Wall Poems of Charlotte

If paint can bring energy to an old wall, can an art group bring new energy to a corporate building?

A new space uptown aims to do both. The story begins a year ago with a bit of a mystery.

The Harvey B. Gantt Center in uptown Charlotte is currently hosting a video installation called “Question Bridge: Black Males.”

Filmmakers spent countless hours over 4 years recording black men asking questions for others of their race and gender. Then they played the video to other black men and recorded their answers. The result is a 3 hour loop the creators call a “Question Bridge.”

Going Door-to-Door For Laughs

Apr 14, 2014

So, you want to make it in showbiz. Your plan would more than likely look something like this: Move to Hollywood, work a string of odd jobs, and become familiar with rejection.

In this story, Krista Cassidy looks at how a Charlotte comedy duo are trying to make it big from their hometown.

Rachel Woodhouse and Justin Smith are always taking their show on the road. It’s called Door-to-Door. This week’s stop is an unassuming business park in South Charlotte that’s serving as a set.

Amos Lee 'Giving Back Some Goodness' Through Music

Apr 11, 2014
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Singer songwriter Amos Lee’s music has been described as everything from folk to country to rock to soul.He’s toured with the likes of Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and Paul Simon. His latest record is called Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song. He’ll be performing at Ovens Auditorium Saturday night and he joined us this morning.

Comedian Paula Poundstone Makes The Audience The Show

Apr 11, 2014

Comedian Paula Poundstone doesn’t just entertain audiences with her stand-up comedy, she includes them. Her routines are often off the cuff and spend a good deal of time interacting with the crowd. She can regularly be heard on NPR’s Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me, tonight she will be at Wingate University, and she joined us this morning.

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A well-known Charlotte guitarist and TV personality has died.  Arthur Smith wrote the early rock ‘n’ roll song “Guitar Boogie” and the song that became known as “Dueling Banjos.”       

Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn Make Touring A Family Affair

Mar 28, 2014

Banjoist Bela Fleck is a 15-time Grammy award winner, and has collaborated with the likes of Chick Corea, Dave Matthews, and Earl Scruggs. Abigail Washburn’s voice and emerged as part of the all-female powerhouse string band, Uncle Earl, and has two solo albums to her credit. They are also husband and wife, and have decided to combine their talents and head out on the road for a tour. They perform tonight at McGlohon Theater. They spoke to WFAE Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt about how they work together, and they came together in the first place.

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The creepy, the gruesome and the odd will all be on display this weekend at the Mad Monster Party in Charlotte. The guest list is eclectic.  It includes horror movie actors, special effects gurus, as well as William Shatner, Hulk Hogan, Henry Winkler and 80s star Corey Feldman.

Mike Birbiglia is known as a comedian who tells personal, embarrassing stories. He became a public radio listener favorite when he told his funny but true story about dealing with sleepwalking on This American Life, which has since been made into a movie. He’ll be performing his new act, Thank God for Jokes, at the Knight Theater on March 29th and he joins us today.

Courtesy: Ruth Lyons

Today, Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood is known as a creative hub where artists go to live, work and play.

But in the 70s and early 80s, the area was known for its vacant textile mills. The future looked grim.

Then, a new vision started to emerge when a young artist couple arrived 30 years ago and showed what’s possible. WFAE’s Kim Watson Brooks has their story.