Arts & Culture

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

Al Phillips self-portrait
Al Phillips / Charlotte Observer

Al Phillips, an artist who used his talent and imagination to capture major moments, big ideas and compelling people during 14 years as an illustrator for the Charlotte Observer, died Sunday at Asbury Methodist Village, a retirement community in Gaithersburg, Md.

He would have turned 84 on Thursday. The birthday party his family and friends had been planning will now be a memorial, said his daughter Kendra’s partner, Julie Chitty.

Sarah Delia

The president and CEO of the Charlotte Museum of History is stepping down to accept a position at a new museum in Washington, D.C.

Sunday night's awards show included performances by students from all 46 schools participating.
Blumenthal Performing Arts

Blumey Awards were handed out Sunday to the Charlotte region's top high school musicals - a production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at Cramer High in Gaston County and Northwest School of the Arts' show "All Shook Up."

Review: The Wizard Of Oz - Country Day School

May 20, 2017

“The Wizard of Oz” remains a classic in film and in theater for many reasons: it has fantastically colorful scenery, memorable characters, and songs that no one can help but sing along to. But perhaps the most remarkable part of the work is not something we notice on the surface; instead it is the meaning we pull from Dorothy’s whole experience: true friendship, one regardless of outward appearance or background.

Sarah Delia

What do you get when a jail and a museum partner together? In the case of this story the answer is…an art class. The Bechtler Museum has been working to bring art and the museum world into an unlikely classroom: Jail North. WFAE’s Sarah Delia recently spent the day in class and has this story.

Sarah Delia

You may wonder whose home you’ve wandered into when visiting a particular corner of the Mint Museum in uptown. A new installation making its Charlotte debut this weekend is a space full of grandma’s old furniture and knickknacks. But there’s a catch: what looks like an inviting and still, livingroom is actually slowly moving toward a path of destruction. WFAE’s Sarah Delia has this story.

Mint Museum

The Mint Museum announced Monday that its president and CEO is stepping down in June. 


Tim Parati

You may not know the name Tim Parati, but chances are you’ve seen work by this native Charlottean around the city and on your TV screen. Whether he’s designing a set for a local play, or has a recurring role on the post-apocalyptic show The Walking Dead, Parati has a hard time saying no to creative undertakings.

Many projects keep him busy these days but Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is his home base. Which is where WFAE’s Sarah Delia caught up with Parati to discuss the two very different worlds he lives in.

Sarah Delia

Residents and businesses along Charlotte’s light rail blue line extension received some bad news this week. The 9-mile line from uptown to UNC Charlotte won’t be opening in August as planned. It’s been delayed until next March. Businesses and residents in Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood took the news especially hard as they saw August as the light at the end of a massive construction tunnel.

Sarah Delia

The Excelsior Club, Charlotte’s first African American-owned club, is officially in foreclosure. It opened in 1944, and at one point it was a center for African American social and political activity on Charlotte’s west side.

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