Arts

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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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Art Forgery And The Charlotte Hornets 2.0

A real Giacometti and a counterfeit. Alberto Giacometti's work fetches a lot of money at auction and is ripe for forgery.
Credit Alberto Giacometti Foundation

Part One: Art Forgery and Alberto Giacometti. Counterfeits and forgeries plague the art world. Google "Pablo Picasso" or surf over to eBay and you can own your very own Picasso fake. It's something museums, galleries and artists foundations themselves are dedicated to fighting. And there's a lot of money at stake. The most expensive sculpture ever sold at auction was by a Swiss artist named Alberto Giacometti - it sold for $104 million in 2010. Because the artist's work is so valuable, it's ripe for forgeries. We'll meet the person who spends time fighting fraud and counterfeiting for the Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation and hear about the Giacometti exhibit now on display at the Bechtler.

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Arts & Life
5:05 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

A Prima Ballerina Bestows Lessons To First Ward Kids

In 2004, Ayisha McMillan Cravotta became the first African-American dancer to play a lead role in The Nutcracker for the North Carolina Dance Theatre.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Ayisha McMillan Cravotta has devoted her life to keeping her back straight and keeping her toes in the right direction since the age of two. In 2004, she made history when she became the North Carolina Dance Theatre’s first African-American ballerina to play a lead role, of Clara, in The Nutcracker

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Local News Features
11:49 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Charlotte Symphony Showcases Young Musicians

Christopher Warren-Green leads the Charlotte Symphony in a rehearsal of Mozart's Mass in c minor
Credit Duncan McFadyen

Charlotte Symphony Music Director Christopher Warren-Green is paying it forward. He credits singing in a church choir as a boy for sparking his interest in music. Now, as a professional conductor, he’s leading an orchestra with an ambitious mission: to become the region’s primary source for music education. Warren-Green has invited more than two dozen elementary through high school students from groups sponsored by the Symphony to join the Orchestra and Oratorio singers on stage at their performances November 16 and 17 at the Belk Theater.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Charlotte Film Society And Arts Journalism

Part One: Charlotte Film Society 30th Anniversary. Charlotte is a growing, changing city and in the last few decades, Charlotte residents have experienced a growth in their appetite for culture. The demand for different kinds of culture is one that the Charlotte Film Society has tried to fill over the years. During their 30th anniversary this year, they’re celebrating the films they’ve brought to Charlotte audiences over the years that wouldn’t have been seen here, had it not been for their work. We’ll take a look at some of the different kinds of films and the many series and conversations the Charlotte Film Society brings here and how the organization has evolved and grown as the city of Charlotte has grown.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Flu Season, Jekyll And Hyde

Part One: Flu Season. Flu season is on the way. In the recent past, health officials dealt with vaccine shortages. That may not be problem this year but flu seasons are unpredictable. Plus there's a new delivery device that could make it easier for more people to get the shot.

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Charlotte Talks
3:22 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin

TV and Broadway star Mandy Patinkin spends a lot of his time in Charlotte because his hit show, Homeland, shoots here. He's also performing his one man show, Dress Casual, at the Belk this Sunday and joins us in advance to talk about his career, the people he's worked with, that voice and more. An hour with Mandy Patinkin.

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