Arts & Culture

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

Scott Wishart

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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This past summer Actors Theatre of Charlotte shared some news: the building they had called home for over a decade was going to be sold and demolished to make way for new apartments and stores.

After looking at over a dozen spaces the theater is ready to announce plans for its next move. And this new location comes with some history attached.

Sarah Delia

A new artist in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation is busy creating in Charlotte. But for this particular project you won’t find her work hanging on a wall or standing in a gallery. 


Sarah Delia

In 1961 the Friendship 9, a group of young African-American men, sat at the counter of McCrory’s Five and Dime in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The counter was whites only and the group was quickly arrested. But instead of paying their $100 fine, they served 30 days in jail. They weren’t the first to peacefully protest and sit in a white only section, but they were credited with the creation of the “jail, not bail” strategy.

Friday night, remaining members of the Friendship 9 will speak at Emmett Scott Center, sharing their memories and their thoughts on civil rights today.


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Every once in a while, during an election year, it’s important to stop and take stock of the absurdity of it all. If you happen to be in the audience when Barry Crimmins takes the stage at the Comedy Zone Tuesday night, you can do just that.

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The lives and habits of transgender people have been in the news cycle a lot lately in Charlotte. Next week the city is expected to take a vote on expanding the city’s non-discrimination ordinance to include gay and transgender people.

 

A play staged by Queen City Theatre Company this month provides another setting for the discussion - a hidden bungalow in the Catskill Mountains in the 1960s.

Sarah Delia WFAE

For over two decades, a Charlotte man has had a successful music career singing throughout the city. But, it’s not his songs he’s best known for but those of Elvis Presley.

Charlotte can’t seem to get enough of Rene Escarcha, better known as Renelvis. And the Filipino native is grateful for the Elvis inspired career he’s had. 

But as WFAE’s Sarah Delia found, walking a mile in Elvis’ blue suede shoes is both a blessing and a curse.

Lara Americo

You've probably wondered at some point in your life—what would it be like to be a rock star?

One woman in Charlotte is giving that chance to other women, some of whom have never picked up an instrument before in their lives.


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As the mother of an almost six-year-old boy of color, choreographer Christal Brown thinks a lot about what it means to be a black teenager and a black man in America.

“We live in a small town in Vermont,” Brown says. “My son knows he’s brown. He knows his racial identity is black. But he doesn’t yet know what the social implications of his blackness are.

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