Arts

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Ethan Uslan And I Love Lucy

Ethan Uslan's passion is old ragtime music and it's his mission to keep it alive. He performs live on the show in our Spirit Square studio.
Tim Ross

Part One: Ragtime Piano Player Ethan Uslan. Ethan Uslan is a throwback musician with a modern mission. Ethan plays old time ragtime piano tunes and he also provides a live score for silent movies. Ethan's music and film tastes are from yesteryear but he's on a mission to bring this sound and style to modern audiences. Uslan is the subject of a new documentary film and he has concerts scheduled throughout the area. Ethan Uslan comes back for another music filled visit, when Charlotte Talks.

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CAJA
10:51 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Charlotte's Other Concert Venue: Your Living Room

The crowd listens closely during a concert at Judy Mace's home. "I just wanted the chance to hear concerts ina place where people were really listening and respectful of the musicians," says Mace.
Credit Briana Duggan

Many music venues go to lengths to give their space that cozy, homey feel. And then, there’s the real thing. A living room or garage may be smaller than your typical concert hall, but house concerts can often be more lucrative for musicians.

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Local News
2:23 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

New Take On Collecting Gives Donors A 'Taste' Of Local Art

Charlotte artist Sharon Dowell is one of nine participating in the new Community Supported Art program where people can buy a 'share' and get surprise boxes of original art.
Credit Julie Rose

A new take on art collecting launched in Charlotte Tuesday morning with the Community Supported Arts program.  It's a spin on a long-standing tradition in farm-fresh produce courtesy of the Arts and Science Council.


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Local News
9:51 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Arts Funding Task Force Turns To Government

Cultural Life Task Force
Credit Carolina PR

As a group of community and cultural leaders works to find an answer to Charlotte's crumbling arts funding system, they're looking to individual donors, corporations and the government.

On Monday, the Cultural Life Task Force heard from city and county administrators, including the budget director of Mecklenburg County. His message: Don’t expect the county to give more.


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CAJA
4:06 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

New Exhibit To Boost Mint's Randolph Road Location

The work of American painter Richard Caton Woodville (including this self-portrait) is on display at the Mint Museum Randolph beginning June 28.
Julie Rose

While much of Charlotte's fine art focus is Uptown with the city's new museum complex, officials at the Mint are shifting their attention back to their roots. The first major painting exhibit to come to the Mint's original home on Randolph Road in more than six years opens this weekend.


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

The Kinseys And The Kinsey Collection

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey are more than just art collectors. They own one of the largest and most diverse private collections of African American artifacts and artwork in the world. Their wide-ranging collection examines 400 years of the African-American experience from nineteenth-century slave documents and an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation to letters written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and works by artists Romare Bearden and Henry O. Tanner. Now, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Kinseys have brought their passion for art and history to Charlotte where their collection will be on exhibition at the Harvey B. Gantt Center. We'll talk with Bernard and Shirley Kinsey and their son Khalil about their collection, their philanthropic vision and what they hope new generations will learn from four centuries of African American art, history and culture, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Arts Task Force And Animal 'Grossology'

Blood suckers, slime makers and vomit munchers. Discovery Place has a summertime exhibit sure to grab your kids . . . and probably make you gag. We go inside "Grossology" on the next Charlotte Talks. But first, we sit down with some people on a mission to make sure the city's museums and cultural institutions – like Discovery Place – have stable financial future. Government grants and workplace giving have declined so dramatically in recent years that Charlotte's arts leaders are sounding the alarm. They've formed a task force to come up with solutions. We talk to the co-chairs of that task force, when Charlotte Talks.

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Local News
6:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

NoDa's Neighborhood Theatre Reopens After Renovation

Duncan McFadyen

The Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte’s NoDa area has seen lots of changes over its 60 year history. It was originally the Astor movie house, part of a bustling community built around the mills north of uptown. After those mills shut down in the 70s, the theater declined along with the neighborhood around it and was showing X-rated films. The building got a renovation in the 90s and opened as a music venue under the Neighborhood Theatre name. Saturday night, it re-opens after two months of renovations. 


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

'Me And Jezebel' And 'BUSK!'

Part One: Queen City Theatre Co.'s Me and Jezebel. We've all had a houseguest who overstayed their welcome. Most do so for a matter of minutes or hours. Hollywood superstar overstayed her welcome by 32 days! Author Elizabeth Fuller met Bette Davis in 1985 and offered to let Ms. Davis stay in her home while there was a hotel strike raging in New York City. Over a month later, Davis finally left but her legacy continued as Ms. Fuller wrote a popular book about the experience. That book is now a play and Queen City Theatre is presenting it. We'll learn more when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Michael Graves, F.O.O.D. Conference And Blumenthal's New Season

Michael Graves

Part One: Michael Graves And F.O.O.D. Conference. A celebration and discussion of good design is heading to Charlotte this week. The F.O.O.D. Conference at the Mint Museum (FOOD standing for Food, Objects, Objectives, Design) will host writers, historians, chefs and designers to speak about objects we use to prepare, cook and present food. Among the experts is Michael Graves, perhaps best known for his accessible Target product line. He'll join us to talk about how he works to combine function and style in his designs and we'll also hear about the Mint Museum's exhibition, which is also called F.O.O.D., when Charlotte Talks.

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