Arts

West Meck Students Get Lesson From Jazz Great

Oct 9, 2014
Greg Lacour

Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis was in town this week, but not just as a performer.
He was also a teacher.


www.blumenthalarts.org/events/detail/once

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Once, the musical performed at the Belk Theater this week, is a different kind of musical experience. For starters, you can go up on stage, order from the bar and mingle with the cast of this show in its Irish pub setting. Based on a movie, Once won eight Tony Awards and we meet one of the leads. Then, all about the Charlotte Classic Jazz Festival 2014. It's a new effort to make jazz more accessible in Charlotte. 

Willie Little Takes On Tea Party, Klan In Exhibition

Sep 22, 2014
T. Ortega Gaines / Charlotte Observer

In 2010, artist Willie Little began a satirical body of work about racism in the tea party movement. 

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.


Kenneth Carr: Back Home For The Sunset Jazz Festival

Sep 12, 2014

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.”

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.


Pigs Race For Oreos At Cabarrus County Fair

Sep 8, 2014
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. 

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.


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. 

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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