Arts & Culture

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

Tom Bullock

The Confederate battle flag flew above the South Carolina capitol or on its grounds for 44 years. That changed after the massacre at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston. Photos emerged of accused killer Dylann Roof with the flag. Demands to take it down intensified, and the Confederate flag was gone three weeks later.

It was sent to a state museum for display. But as Sarah Delia reports from Columbia, that display isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

Taylor Dabney

Last year’s massacre at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina renewed the debate over gun control, racism…and the Confederate battle flag that flew outside the South Carolina statehouse at the time.

For Virginia artist and former McColl Center for Art +Innovation resident Sonya Clark, the Confederate flag has long been a part of her work. In a piece titled Unraveling, she unravels a cotton Confederate flag with members of the public in a museum. It’s a tedious task that takes time—which is no coincidence. The piece shows people how long it takes to deconstruct a complicated symbol in American history.

WFAE’s Sarah Delia spoke with Clark around this time last year about that piece. She circled backed with her a year later to learn how her work has been received and to hear what’s next.  

Actor's Theatre of Charlotte

Actor's Theatre of Charlotte is once again a theater without a stage. The group thought they were close to securing a new location…but as WFAE’s Sarah Delia reports, that’s now a no-go.

Courtesy of National High School Musical Theatre Awards

 

A Charlotte area high school student has won best actress at Monday night’s National High School Theatre Awards, nicknamed the Jimmy Awards, in New York.

Ira Glass on a stage
Ebru Yildiz

Ira Glass, the host of This American Life, is coming to Charlotte Saturday. His show is known for its powerful emotional content and distinct narrative storytelling. He’s bringing his radio show to the Belk Theater stage with a twist.

Glass spoke to WFAE’s Sarah Delia in an interview we’d like to call three acts, two radio people, and one interview.

Group Brings People's Stories To Life

Jun 20, 2016
a woman telling story to group of people
Allison Braden / WFAE

It’s a big night for Ruth Russell. She stands at a microphone, in front of a crowd, and she begins to tell a story.

But Ruth’s story really begins two months earlier, when she attended a meeting of the Charlotte Storytellers for the second time. On that rainy Monday in Uptown, she would first tell the story of her journey toward becoming a professional businesswoman. It was a nerve-wracking experience.

Malcolm Graham holds a portrait of his sister, Cynthia Hurd.
Courtesy of Malcolm Graham

For the past year, former Charlotte city councilman and state lawmaker Malcolm Graham has grappled with the loss of his sister, Cynthia Graham Hurd. She was one of the nine shot and killed at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston a year ago. 

Sarah Delia WFAE

The City of Asheville goes by another name, Altamont. That's how it appeared in a book by early twentieth century writer Thomas Wolfe.  He called the place home, but not in an especially fond way. His novel Look Homeward Angel about a young writer trying to break free of his small town and family was largely autobiographical and brought him literary acclaim. A new film which takes place in New York, called Genius, portrays Wolfe and his working relationship with his editor. As Jude Law got ready to fill Wolfe's literary shoes, it wasn't the big city he had to go to fully understand the writer, it was Asheville, and one place in particular there. 

Courtesy of Anthony Hamilton

When artists hit the big time, it’s not uncommon for them to move on to LA or New York. Grammy Award winning singer and Charlotte native Anthony Hamilton is no exception. But he’s learned you can go home again and still have a successful career.

WFAE’s Sarah Delia caught up with Hamilton at his home just outside of Charlotte to talk about his latest album and the changes he’s been through since his last one.

Tom Bullock

Around this time last year a former Goodyear Tire building in Charlotte’s Uptown was entering its final phase: as a creative space for local artists. That project has come to an end, but now its story lives on in another building needing a new breath of life. 

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