Arts & Culture

News and information about arts and culture from Charlotte and the Carolinas. 

Alex Phillipe Cohen

When guitarist Tashi Dorji hits the stage in Charlotte this weekend, he doesn’t know exactly what he’ll be playing. That’s usual for the musician, who lives in Asheville.  All of his music is improvised. 

It’s called free improvisation, because there are no rules to follow. He had an epiphany the first time he heard someone play a guitar this way.

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The Charlotte Museum of History announced that it has selected Adria Focht as its new president and CEO.

Focht comes to Charlotte by way of Kings Mountain, where she was the director and curator of Kings Mountain Historical Museum.

WFAE Rearranges Its Weekend Programming

Oct 30, 2017

Saturday, Nov. 4, WFAE moved Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, the popular news quiz show, to Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. After more than 20 years on WFAE, Car Talk is ending its production.

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On Thursday, new members will be inducted into North Carolina’s Music Hall of Fame in Kannapolis. Two honorees have strong ties to the Charlotte area.

Jerry Lewis
The Jerry Lewis Show

  Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91.

Publicist Candi Cazau says Lewis died Sunday morning of natural causes at age 91 in Las Vegas with his family by his side.

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John Coltrane's Giant Steps is a song that continues to make legions of saxophonists sweat as a practice template with its dazzling display of technique.

"What are we, almost 60 years later?  I mean it's still considered the measuring stick," says Charlotte saxophonist Phillip Whack.

He's not only taking on the song but the whole album Friday and Saturday nights at the Blumenthal Stage Door Theater. Like most fulltime musicians, Whack wears many hats.  He tours overseas in a funk band. He plays regularly at a local church, and you might also catch him in a cover band at a wedding.  Playing Giant Steps in its entirety is the most difficult project he's ever taken on.  

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Actor, singer, and comedian Andy Griffith grew up about two hours north of Charlotte in Mount Airy. And even though he passed away in 2012, his legacy is still very much alive in the city commonly known as Mayberry. So much so, the museum there that bears his name just got a major renovation

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The 2017-2018 Broadway series at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is sold out. The reason? The Tony Award winning musical Hamilton that comes to Charlotte next fall.  

Architect's drawing of the planned InterContinental Hotel, above a renovated Carolina Theatre at Sixth and Tryon streets in Charlotte.
Foundation for the Carolinas

The Foundation for the Carolinas is asking the city for $4.5 million to make up a shortfall in fundraising for the Carolina Theatre renovation project uptown. The City Council's Economic Development Committee unanimously recommended the expenditure Thursday, which now goes to the full council for a vote on July 24. 

Music's 'Amen Break' Calls Carolina Home

Jul 12, 2017
Erin Wygant / WFAE

What do Salt-N-Pepa, Amy Winehouse, Oasis, and the theme song to the animated TV show Futurama have in common? Six seconds. It's called the 'Amen Break.' It’s used in at least 2,000 songs spanning several genres, including hip hop, rap, and pop. It was created by the 1960s band The Winstons, but they never saw a cent from it. WFAE’s Erin Wygant visited one of the last remaining band members in Wadesboro.  

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