Local News
1:31 am
Mon October 28, 2013

$800K Renovation Set For Belk Theater Ladies Room

The ladies' room at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center's Belk Theater is slated to double in size with an $800,000 renovation.

  Theater-going ladies will rejoice at an $800,000 restroom renovation on the city council's agenda Monday night.

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2:01 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

15 Short Film Festival Impresses

15 Short Film Festival attendes at the Evening Muse in NoDa.
Craig Elmore

The 2013 15 Short Film Festival was held this past Sunday at the Evening Muse in NoDa.  More than 1,500 short films (films 15 minutes or less) were submitted from around the world.  Of them, 28 were selected. Craig Elmore wrote  this review for WFAE as part of the Charlotte Arts Journalism Alliance:

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Local News
8:37 am
Sat October 12, 2013

High-Wire Artists Nik And Lijana Wallenda Prepare To Cross Charlotte Motor Speedway

Nik Wallenda crossing the inner harbor in Baltimore, Maryland
Credit spike55151 / flickr

;If you’re going the Bank of America 500, you don’t have to wait for the green flag for the suspense to begin.

You may be familiar with Nik Wallenda as the guy who crossed Niagara Falls on a high wire a few years ago.

Tonight (Saturday), he and his sister Lijana will cross the race track at Charlotte Motor Speedway on a tightrope that’s 140-feet high and 500 feet long.

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10:07 am
Tue October 8, 2013

The Light Factory To Suspend Operations

Photography students from The Light Factory stand at the edge to take photos during a night class of the Charlotte skyline.
Credit MichaelKuhn/Flickr

Charlotte’s Light Factory museum celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. Now it’s closing its doors, at least temporarily.

The museum of photography and film announced Monday it’s suspending operations.

Board chairman Jeff Wise say revenue has dropped 30 percent in the last three years. He says the museum needs time to reorganize.

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11:37 am
Wed October 2, 2013

The Life And Music Of Trumpet Legend Arturo Sandoval

Jazz trumpet master Arturo Sandoval comes to Charlotte Thursday evening at McGlohan Theater. Sandoval is the winner of nine Grammy awards, but will receive his biggest award next month – the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Local News
12:31 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Warren-Green Opens Charlotte Symphony Season With Music That Has A Personal Connection

Christopher Warren-Green rehearses with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
Credit Duncan McFadyen / WFAE

The musicians of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra are practicing one more time this morning before they kick off another season of performances. Tonight and tomorrow night at the Belk Theater, they’ll be playing several well-known pieces of classical music, including “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” by 20th Century British composer Benjamin Britten. The orchestra’s music director, Christopher Warren-Green, chose the piece in part because Britten would’ve turned 100 this fall. But, as WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports, Warren-Green has a special connection to the composer.

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3:25 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Lloyd Knight, To Inspire And Entertain At UNC Charlotte

Lloyd Knight, now in his eighth season with the New York-based Martha Graham Dance Company, will perform as part of the UNC Charlotte Department of Dance’s annual Faculty Concert.
Credit Courtesy Lloyd Wright

When he was a middle-school student, Lloyd Knight made a deal that he called “my dad’s tradeoff.” His father told him, “If you’re going to dance, you’re going to do karate.” For a while, he took karate at night. But dance won.

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Arts & Life
10:08 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Palestinians Celebrate Culture Through Dabke Dance

Al Hannouneh Society Dancers perform dabke, a popular folk dance performed at Arab weddings.
Tasnim Shamma

A flavor of Palestinian culture was on stage last weekend at Queen University.  A dozen dancers from the Palestinian territories and Jordan were in Charlotte to perform a traditional folk dance called dabke. The performance was part of an eight-city U.S. tour. 

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Local News
4:23 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Romare Bearden Park Opens In Uptown Charlotte

Boulders at Romare Bearden Park came from Mount Airy, N.C.
Duncan McFadyen WFAE

Starting Friday, people will have a new place to spend time outside in Uptown Charlotte.

The 5-acre park on South Church Street has been under construction for two years. The county had hoped to open it back in June, but rain slowed things down. Over 150 days of it. The weather has been more cooperative this week, though. Workers have been busy planting shrubs, pushing around wheelbarrows full of mulch, and caulking between stones in the sidewalks.

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Local News
11:53 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

A South Charlotte Church Gets A New Organ With A Rich History

The new organ's console.
Duncan McFadyen WFAE

Providence United Methodist Church in south Charlotte has a new organ. That isn’t extraordinary news in itself. But the new organ is actually extraordinary. 

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