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Arts & Culture
9:21 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Charlotte Symphony CEO Discusses Good Financial News, Future Challenges

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating more than its season-opening concerts this weekend. The Orchestra announced this week it finished the last fiscal year in the black for the first time since 2002. Charlotte Symphony president and CEO Bob Stickler says the Symphony is doing a better job of generating community support after years of relying too much on big donations from institutions like the Arts and Science Council. He spoke to WFAE's Duncan McFadyen.


QCityMetro
10:09 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Kenneth Carr: Back Home For The Sunset Jazz Festival

Kenny Carr

It’s been eight years since Charlotte-born jazz musician Kenneth "Kenny" Carr last played before a home crowd.

Not familiar with Carr?

Well, let’s start there.

“Charlotte has a lot of great musicians,” Carr said during a phone chat from his home in West New York, N.J. “However, Charlotte is the type of city where they actually grab other artists from someplace else.

“I can go to Europe, I can go to Budapest, I can go all over the world and people love and embrace me,” he continued. “But you go to Charlotte, you can barely get played on the radio.”

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Arts & Life
1:02 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

NoDa Is Charlotte's Arts District, But Where's The Art Gone?

North Davidson, or NoDa, is known as Charlotte’s arts district – but that reputation might not be deserved anymore. A lot has changed in the last decade. So where is Charlotte’s local arts scene going? Contributor Greg Lacour reports.


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Arts & Culture
10:06 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Pigs Race For Oreos At Cabarrus County Fair

Hammy Faye Bacon won a full Oreo cookie after winning first place in the Robinson's Racing Pigs event at the Cabarrus County Fair.
Tasnim Shamma

More than 80,000 visitors are expected to visit the Cabarrus County Fair this week. It's been an attraction in the county for more than 60 years. 

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Arts & Culture
3:46 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Artist Finds Inspiration At Walmart

"big Jif", by Brendan O'Connell
Credit Courtesy of Brendan O'Connell

Imagine you’re walking through your neighborhood Walmart and somewhere between the pet supplies and check-out lines, you run across a 40-something guy with a painting easel that's propped up on a shopping cart. That was the scene in Charlotte this week at the Walmart on Wilkinson Boulevard. Contemporary artist Brendan O'Connell, wearing jeans and an un-tucked pinstripe shirt, was hanging out in the produce section. The paint was drying on his rendition of a cluster of bananas.   

O’Connell has been dubbed “Walmart’s Warhol,” he's been on the Colbert Report and he was featured in Time Magazine as “America’s Brand Painter.” WFAE's Mark Rumsey caught up with O’Connell and chatted with him about his Walmart live painting sessions and his vision for everyday art in America today.


Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon August 4, 2014

The Bacon Brothers: Kevin And Michael Bacon

You certainly know Kevin Bacon as an actor, but he is also one-half of a musical duo called The Bacon Brothers. Kevin and his brother Michael have been singing and playing together since they were kids and doing so professionally since the mid-90s. Their act has finally arrived in Charlotte with music that has been described by The New Yorker as "sharply executed rock that has a blue-collar, rootsy edge."

The Bacon Brothers will perform tonight (August 4, 2014) at 7:30 at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. Details here. 

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Arts & Culture
5:25 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Arts And Science Council Cuts CMS Field Trip Program

Credit Thomas Bus Company

CMS students won’t be going to the museums this year, at least not on the Arts and Science Council’s dime, and a fund-raising shortfall is the culprit.

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Charlotte Observer
10:06 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Levine Museum Makes History With LGBT Exhibit

Barbara Lau, foreground, curator of the Pauli Murray exhibit, along with Rebekah Miel, designer of the Pauli Murray exhibit, arrange placards that date the life of Pauli Murray, a North Carolina gay activist who was the nation’s first female African-American Episcopal priest. Levine Museum of the New South’s staff and exhibitors are preparing items for the “LGBTQ Perspectives on Equality” exhibit that opens to the public July 25.
Credit T. Ortega Gains / Charlotte Observer

The Levine Museum of the New South is unveiling a historical exhibit Friday that is in itself historic.

Called “LGBTQ Perspectives on Equality,” the show is a combination of exhibits that tell the history of Charlotte’s gay and transgender community, including the largely forgotten stories of average Charlotteans who made that history happen. The show then puts their stories in context of the national gay civil rights movement.

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Arts & Life
6:23 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

On Q Performing Arts Receives Grant That Will Double Its Budget

Charlotte's only African-American theater company, On Q, has received a $105,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that will more than double its budget.

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Arts & Culture
12:05 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Gov. McCrory Bypasses Arts Council In Selection Of Poet Laureate

Valerie Macon, North Carolina's 8th poet laureate, was appointed July 11, 2014 by Governor Pat McCrory.
Credit MATTHEW WAEHNER / N.C. STATE ARCHIVES, DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL RESOURCES

Sometimes a news story is best told in rhyme…so here goes:

There once was a governor named Pat
Who thought in verse this state should not lack
So he picked a poet
To be our State Laureate
But his pick others found out of whack.
Here’s Duncan McFadyen
To explain what has happened

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