Arts & Culture

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

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It was a big night for high school theater students from around the Charlotte region as the Blumenthal Performing Arts held it's 5th annual Blumey Awards, recognizing achievements in high school theater.

The excitement was palpable as audience members clad in tuxedos and floor-length evening gowns paraded down the aisle to their seats, and orchestra members began tuning their instruments under the watchful eye of music director David Dabbon, who had traveled all the way from New York to direct the show’s musicians.

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Since 2001, The Evening Muse has sat on the corner of North Davidson and East 36th Street in the heart NoDa, Charlotte's arts district.

Over the last 15 years the music venue has been a witness to the changes of the neighborhood: the ebb and flow of crime, the fall of other local music establishments, and now the expansion of the light rail and its constant construction.

The owner of the Evening Muse says he's confident the Charlotte staple will last, but not without adapting to the changes of the time. WFAE's Sarah Delia sat down with him and has this story.


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A speaker critical of Islam ignited a campus debate this spring at Wingate University about free speech and how Muslim students are viewed.

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For as far back as 2,000 BC, mothers in the Catawba Indian tribe have been using special techniques to craft unique pieces of hand-made pottery, passing down its traditional methods from generation to generation.

The tradition nearly died out a century ago, when the tribe’s population fell to just over 100 people. But over the last several decades, the Catawba people have reestablished themselves on a reservation near Rock Hill, South Carolina, right off the Catawba river, and that’s led to a revival of the tribe’s pottery-making.

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There's a new face in one of Charlotte's oldest neighborhoods.  With the help of three artists, a local festival, and various community members, the image of one of the Queen City's better known drag queens is now part of the Plaza Midwood landscape.


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The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte debuts a new, original play this weekend that centers around a young boy, Tito, whose life is thrown off balance when his father is abruptly deported. Distressed, the boy sets off to find his father with the help of a magic, flying kite.

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North Carolina native and comedian Clifton Cash is tired of well-worn redneck jokes and how easily comedians in and out of the south use the region as the butt of jokes.   

The Sick of Stupid Comedy Tour, comprised of three comedians (Clifton Cash, Stewart Huff, and Tom Simmons) all from the south, are out to provide something different…what Cash calls progressive, witty commentary about the south, by southerners.

WFAE’s Sarah Delia spoke to Cash before his show in Charlotte which is Wednesday night at the Comedy Zone.


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A few days before a nearly sold out show in Greensboro, North Carolina Bruce Springsteen canceled in protest of House Bill 2. Cirque Du Soleil, the rock group Boston and Pearl Jam have also canceled shows in opposition the law.

WFAE’s Arts and Culture Reporter Sarah Delia has this rundown of some other reactions in the arts community. 

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Vinyl records fell out of favor beginning in the late 80s and 90s as digital music became king. And by the early 00s, it looked like vinyl’s days were numbered. But a mixture of new artists releasing their music on vinyl and a new generation discovering the format is breathing new life into the medium.

This trend is evident at Charlotte’s very own Lunchbox Records. Business has been so good it’s moved into a space that’s more than twice as big. WFAE’s resident record nerds Sarah Delia and Marshall Terry stopped by as the record store was preparing to open the new spot.

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There are many different ways to decorate Easter eggs. 

Usually in America no matter how you choose to decorate the eggs they are temporary and seasonal. But one Charlotte resident says they can be more than just a craft for kids. They can be art.  Sarah Delia has more.


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