Arts

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Combat Artist Rob Bates (Rebroadcast)

Rob Bates

Former Marine and UNC Charlotte student Rob Bates has served on two active duty tours in Afghanistan. This past December he went back, not as a soldier, but as an embedded combat artist, returning to the war-torn country to sketch the drawdown of U.S. forces. Many of his drawings are photo realistic - he draws soldiers' portraits, combat scenes and military posts, sometimes having to make a decision on the spot if it's safe enough to sketch now or photograph a scene to draw later. Some of his work is part of the combat art collection at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. We'll talk about his work as an artist, a Marine and get his "boots on the ground" perspective of the U.S. drawdown in Afghanistan. (Originally Aired 1/22/2013)

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Academy Awards

Sean O'Connell, Matt Brunson and Ann Marie Oliva joined us to talk about their picks for the Academy Awards.
Wendy Herkey

The nominees have been announced, the red carpet is being unrolled and it's almost time for that annual movie love-fest known as the Academy Awards. We've tracked our intrepid film critics down, dragged them out of dark cinemas and into the studio to discuss their Oscar predictions. We'll talk about who's in, who's out and what they expect to see when Oscar makes his appearance. Join us for an award winning edition on Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon February 18, 2013

OverMountain Men And The Elaborate Entrance Of Chad Deity

During the first half of our show we welcome back Bob Crawford and David Childers. Bob is the bass player for the Avett Brothers but he and David have formed their own band called OverMountain Men. We'll take a listen to what they are up to and then we make way for The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. It's the latest show at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre and it examines the wild world of Pro Wrestling. It's music and body slams when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Lindi Ortega And SPANK!

Part One: Lindi Ortega. Lindi Ortega has been described as Canada's answer to Dolly Parton and "the love child of Johnny Cash and Nancy Sinatra." The country singer-songwriter out of Toronto puts a unique spin on the genre - blending in folk and rock and sometimes a little humor. Lindi has a voice that draws you in and catchy songs you might find yourself humming. Fun facts, she appeared on ABC's Nashville and has toured with Kevin Costner (yes, THAT Kevin Costner.) While she's in Charlotte for a performance at The Evening Muse, we'll talk with her about her music, her influences and her story and she'll also perform live, when Charlotte Talks.

Guest

Lindi Ortega - Singer-songwriter, her latest album is Cigarettes & Truckstops

  • Lindi Ortega is performing (tonight) Tuesday, Feb. 5th at The Evening Muse at 9pm. Details.

Part Two: SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody. Unless you've been living under a rock, you've at least heard of the erotic literary series "Fifty Shades of Grey," which has become the guilty pleasure of millions of women around the world. The risqué book's popularity has been made into parody, first on Saturday Night Live, and more recently with its own MUSICAL parody. SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody comes to Charlotte this week and promises to be a howling, rowdy comedic night out for (mostly) women from 21 to 91. We'll talk with cast members and the writer about just how this musical came to be, and the surprising enthusiasm they've seen from audiences around the country.

Guests
Danielle Trzcinski
- 'Tasha Woode' in SPANK!
Gabe Bowling - 'Hugh Hanson' in SPANK!
Jim Millan - Writer and Director of SPANK!

  • SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is Feb. 6-9th at McGlohon Theater. Details.
Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Oz With Orchestra And The Secret Garden

Part One: Oz With Orchestra. John Goberman is an Emmy-Award-winning producer and creator of Live From Lincoln Center. He's also on the forefront of a new merging of film and concert presentation called symphonic cinema. We'll talk about he's working with the Charlotte Symphony to bring a live orchestra together with a big-screen presentation of The Wizard of Oz, and how this art form is being received around the country.
Guests
John Goberman
- Emmy-Award-winning producer and creator of Live From Lincoln Center. He is also the creator of A Symphonic Night at the Movies, including Oz with Orchestra with the Charlotte Symphony.
Maestro Albert George Schram - Guest Conductor with the Charlotte Symphony. He also currently serves as Resident Staff Conductor of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Resident Conductor of the Nashville Symphony.

  • Oz with Orchestra, a pairing of The Wizard of Oz with live musical accompaniment by the Charlotte Symphony is Saturday Feb. 2 at the Belk Theatre, 2:30pm and 8pm. Details.

Part Two: The Secret Garden. The Children's Theatre has long been known for its ambitious offerings to children of all ages but the current production may be one of the most ambitious yet. The Secret Garden may feature a child but the complex and richly layered Broadway Musical is a massive production to present. Interim Artistic Director Michelle Long has taken on the task in the midst of other changes at the theatre. We'll visit with her and longtime Executive Director Bruce LaRowe to see how the theatre is handling change and the plan to move forward, when Charlotte Talks.
Guests
Michelle Long
- Director, The Secret Garden, interim Artistic Director, Children's Theatre of Charlotte
Bruce LaRowe - Executive Director, Children's Theatre of Charlotte

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

High School Musical Theater

Credit Broadway or Bust

TV shows like Glee and the High School Musical movies have brought musical theater back to popularity in high schools across the country. Standout students are even recognized for their work at the "Jimmy" Awards on Broadway. We'll meet a choreographer who, among other major projects, works with award-winning students and has been featured in a new PBS documentary following high school musical theater students, including two from Charlotte. We'll also learn how Charlotte is contributing to high school musical theater excellence, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Combat Artist Rob Bates

Rob Bates

  Former Marine and UNC Charlotte student Rob Bates has served on two active duty tours in Afghanistan. This past December he went back, not as a soldier, but as an embedded combat artist, returning to the war-torn country to sketch the drawdown of U.S. forces. Many of his drawings are photo realistic - he draws soldiers' portraits, combat scenes and military posts, sometimes having to make a decision on the spot if it's safe enough to sketch now or photograph a scene to draw later. Some of his work is part of the combat art collection at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Martha Graham Dance Comes To Charlotte

Rehearsal of the Imperial Gesture reanimation by the Martha Graham Dance Company
Credit Pia Vinson

  One of the most revered dance companies in the world is visiting Charlotte this month for the first time in 30 years. The Martha Graham Dance Company is working with UNC Charlotte's Department of Dance for an upcoming performance that will include music by Aaron Copland and a lost work of Martha Graham's, brought back to life on stage. We'll talk about Martha Graham and her contributions to the world of dance, and why the company that bears her name is working so closely with UNC Charlotte's dance department to recreate this lost work here in the Queen City, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

The Magic Flute And Fight Lab

Credit Opera Omaha

Part One: Opera Carolina's The Magic Flute. Opera Carolina continues its efforts to enhance the opera experience by featuring stage and costume design by famed visual artist Jun Kuneko in its new production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. But even with the vibrant visual aspects of the show, the music - and the opera singers - take center stage. We'll meet the stars of this new production of The Magic Flute to talk about how they make Mozart's beloved opera new for audiences in Charlotte, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Bill Strickland On Empowering Students

Reducing the rate of high school dropouts and empowering students to succeed is a goal of several organizations in the Charlotte area, including the Arts & Science Council. They're launching a new program that seeks to serve at-risk students called Studio 345. The program is based on another initiative that's been in operation in Pittsburgh since the 70's. It uses the arts, education and the surrounding community to help students achieve. We'll meet Bill Strickland, founder of the National Center for Arts and Technology, and find out how the implementation of a program like his will help kids in the Charlotte region, when Charlotte Talks.

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