Arts & Culture

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

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A general rule of thumb when viewing art in a gallery: Look with your eyes, not your hands. But a new installation at Charlotte’s Latin American Contemporary Art Projects encourages the opposite. It’s up this Saturday at the gallery to help kick off festivities for the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. And its subject matter? The place between the living and the dead.

WFAE Sarah Delia

Where will you be August 21 of next year? That’s when the next total solar eclipse will be in the United Sates. One retired Florida couple already knows their plans. They spent the summer driving some 11,000 miles around the country telling people about the cosmic event and where to go for the best view.

Courtesy David Ghantt

In 1997 one of the biggest heists in America’s history happened right here in Charlotte—and now there’s a movie about it.

Bree Stallings

The sounds of a typical weekday in Charlotte’s Uptown have returned. Though there is still a sense of unease and restlessness in the city after the shooting death of Keith Scott and as protests continue.

But in the wake of this emotionally raw time for Charlotte, art has emerged in the center city. WFAE’s Sarah Delia took a walk around Uptown to hear from artists who are trying to help heal Charlotte through their work.

Actor's Theatre of Charlotte

Actor's Theatre of Charlotte has found a permanent home. After a promising location fell through in Charlotte’s Belmont neighborhood, the theater has been scrambling to find a solid venue for months. WFAE’s Sarah Delia has the details.


Courtesy of Raymond Grubb

 


It all started ahead of the 2016 Charlotte Pride Parade and Festival in late August. Artist Jason Watson, formerly an artist in residence at the McColl Center for Art and Innovation, had an idea. He knew parade participants would be lining up in front of the McColl center in uptown Charlotte, and that participants would likely need safe restrooms to use.

Everyday Sunday Facebook page.

About a decade ago, the band Everyday Sunday had several hits on the Christian Rock music charts. The band's founder, Trey Pearson, switched to independent record labels a few years ago.  Pearson, now 35, made headlines earlier this year by publicly announcing that he is gay.  

Courtesy of Charlotte Pride.

There have been many events canceled in North Carolina because of House Bill 2, but you can’t count this weekend’s Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade as one of them.

Kimberly Melton, is the Executive Director and first full time employee of Charlotte Pride. Melton pointed out this is one event that is expected to be in high attendance because of HB2. She spoke to WFAE’s Sarah Delia about the increased security around the festival and parade this weekend.


Scott Durfree

Everyone deals with stress in different ways. For some it’s meditation or running. For one woman in Concord, it’s an arcade game in the midst of what some might say is making a bit of a comeback...pinball. She’s so good in fact, she’s ranked as the number one player in the state of North Carolina. WFAE’s Sarah Delia’s caught up with the local pinball wizard and has this story.

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Over the past week, you may have noticed a strange new phenomenon…people staring down at their phones…not to read text messages…but to catch Pokemon. The game invented in the mid 1990’s is seeing a resurgence around the country through the Pokemon Go app. WFAE’s Sarah Delia went on the hunt for would-be Pokemon masters.

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