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Cab drivers pick up all sorts of people going to various destinations: a party, the airport, or to meet up with friends. Those brief interactions are usually just that—short moments of time shared by the passenger and driver making small talk or staring out the window. Nothing too memorable.

But in the movie FARE, written and directed by local filmmaker Thomas Torrey, the protagonist Eric, a cab driver, finds himself transporting a passenger that takes up his entire evening—and changes the course of his life.

K(no)w Justice K(no)w Peace display
Sarah Delia

The phrase “No Justice, No Peace” has been heard around the country during protests in the wake of police involved shootings of African-Americans. It was a chant that rang out in the streets of Uptown back in September after the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott by a CMPD officer.

Now, it’s the title of an exhibit at the Levine Museum of the New South.

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One of the winners at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards has a Charlotte connection. The O’Connor Band comprised of legendary violinist Mark O’Connor and three of his family members brought home the Grammy for best Bluegrass Album. WFAE’s Sarah Delia has more.

Justin Driscoll

If you visit the Charlotte Symphony this season, chances are you’ll hear something…a little different. The Symphony’s new President and CEO Mary Deissler is encouraging a diversity in the group’s sound and audience. WFAE’s Sarah Delia has more.

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If you’re an avid knitter, you may have noticed a new pattern making the rounds. It’s for a hat that’s meant to turn heads at the Women’s March on Washington and sister marches taking place in various cities including Charlotte on Saturday. The hat is getting attention not just because of how it looks, but because of its name which some may find offensive.

Most knitters will tell you the hats are simple to make. The signature mark of the hat are two little ears that perk up like those on a cat. And the hats are supposed to be pink, which as WFAE’s Sarah Delia found kept one yarn shop in Charlotte fairly busy leading up to the women’s march.

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Grammy award winning violinist and composer Mark O’Connor has played with the likes of Dolly Parton, James Taylor, and Paul Simon, and he’s never met a genre of music he didn’t like.

He even invented his own method for teaching the violin, named the O’Connor Method which focuses on teaching traditional Americana music. And he’s currently the Charlotte Symphony’s artist in residence.

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Going to a play can be tough for any kid. After all, theaters are normally places where you're supposed to sit still and be quiet.

But for kids on the autism spectrum, the dark lighting and loud noises can make it especially difficult to have a good theatergoing experience - for them and their families. Children's Theatre of Charlotte is trying to change that. It's among several theaters nationwide that have started offering sensory-friendly performances. WFAE's Sarah Delia and Michael Tomsic caught a show recently.

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If you’re voting today, you may be surprised by what greets you at the polls. Musicians will perform at some precincts in Mecklenburg County. The goal is simple: to bring smiles to people’s faces as they wait in potentially long lines to do their civic duty.

One performer is ragtime pianist Ethan Uslan. WFAE’s Sarah Delia spoke to him as he prepared to play from a particularly unusual stage.

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Courtesy of OWL Bakery

And now for something sweet on the eve of the 2016 Election. It’s an issue everyone can support no matter who you’re voting for: the power of desserts. Two bakers in Asheville have resurrected a tasty treat from the 1700’s known as Election cake. WFAE’s Sarah Delia spoke with the bakers who are out to “Make America Cake Again.”

Gaelynn Lea on stage at The Evening Muse.
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Gaelynn Lea is a classically trained violinist, singer songwriter, and the winner of this year's NPR Tiny Desk Contest. She performed at the Evening Muse on October 29 with musician Jess Klein.

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