10:26 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Old-time Appalachian Band A Weekly Fixture In Hospital Lobby

The Local Tomatoes gather Saturday mornings in the lobby of Presbyterian Medical Center to play old-time Appalachian music.
Greg Lacour

Sisters Trish Bowen and Maureen King recently spent their Friday night and Saturday morning at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center. Their 87-year-old mother had fallen and cut her head.

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Charlotte Viewpoint
5:20 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Winging It: Broadway's Next H!t Musical

Members of Broadway's Next H!t Musical improv a new production every night.
Credit James Shubinsky

Theater and music lovers venturing into Davidson College's Duke Family Theater on Tuesday, Feb. 24, are advised to check their inner adult at the door. A sense of play and a giddy embrace of the unknown are encouraged when New York City maestros of improvisation, Broadway's Next H!t Musical, take the stage. In return, the audience is guaranteed a show they've never seen, plus songs they've never heard — that's because the quick-witted troupe is making it up as they go along.

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12:29 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Charlotte Artist's Work Gives Voice To Latinos Stuck In Immigration Policy Battle

Rosalia Torres-Weiner applies a brushstroke to a painting that represents American deportation of undocumented Latino immigrants.
Greg Lacour

In her 20 years in Charlotte, Rosalia Torres-Weiner has raised two children, worked as a flight attendant, and run a successful mural painting business. As the political fight over immigration policy continues in Washington and in the courts, Torres-Weiner is using her work to give a voice to local Latino immigrants caught in the middle. 

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11:03 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Othalie Graham Returns To Charlotte In Opera Carolina's Production Of 'Turandot'

Othalie Graham

Othalie Graham loves to the tell the story of how, as a teen growing up in Brampton, Ontario, an unlikely meeting with legendary soprano Leontyne Price all but cemented her own future path into the international musical arena and the operatic stage.

“Growing up in Canada, I didn’t have much exposure to opera, let alone black performers,” said Graham, in Charlotte performing the title role of Turandot in Opera Carolina’s current production. My father learned of Price performing with the Toronto Symphony and arranged for me and my mother to go.

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1:34 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Ziad Rabie Talks About Jazz At The Bechtler And Music He Loves

For nearly five years Charlotte musician Ziad Rabie, above, and his jazz quartet have been featured musicians at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art's popular "Jazz at the Bechtler" monthly music series.
Credit Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

If you search online for the phrase “don’t like jazz,” you’ll come away with more than 55 million search results. Quiet as it’s kept, despite its uniquely American roots, jazz continues to confound a large segment of the American music audience.

Ziad Rabie, who for nearly five years has been the featured musician at the popular Jazz at the Bechtler series, knows this well. He has seen it firsthand, even among some of his friends and close associates.

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Charlotte Observer
1:49 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Christmas Comes To 'Trailer' Park

The Great Trailer Park Christmas Musical
Credit George Hendricks

It’s a smart playwright who creates new Christmas fodder for the stage. People are hungry for holiday cheer.

There’s the nostalgia of “Scrooge!”, and the elegance of “The Nutcracker,” but for a gut-busting piece of bawdy Americana, get your tickets to Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte’s “The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical.” It has a long run, but tickets are selling faster than the pancakes at Stacks, where they promise: “If we don’t say y’all, y’all eat for free.”

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Local News
11:45 am
Sun November 30, 2014

One Giant Grizzly At Lenoir-Rhyne

Credit Kevin Granados / WFAE

At Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, the time had come for a huge red oak. The roughly 200-year-old tree was dying.  The school had to take it down. But now, the tree has a new life – as a bear.

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Arts & Life
10:20 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Old Typewriters A Treasure For This Artist

Brian Rumping in his Rock Hill workshop
Amy Rogers

Before computers, offices were filled with noise made by this machine that was a huge commercial success: The IBM Selectric typewriter.

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4:17 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Step Afrika! Returns To Children's Theatre

The Step Africa! dance troupe got its start 20 years ago in Soweto, South Africa, when American C. Brian Williams founded a cultural festival there that celebrated traditional African American stepping tradition.
Credit Step Afrika!

It’s been 20 years since C. Brian Williams, an American, founded Step Afrika! in the dusty township of Soweto, South Africa. In the two decades since, he has taken the African American art form of stepping to diverse audiences around the globe.

On Nov. 7 and 8, Williams will bring his Washington, D.C.-based dance company to Children’s Theatre of Charlotte for three performances. It will be the troupe’s third stop there in four years.

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Arts & Life
11:57 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Program Highlights Work Of Homeless Artists, Teaches Life Lessons

Credit Kevin Granados

When we think of art exhibits, we certainly don’t think of Homeless outreach centers as venues, but that was the case last month the Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte.

The liveliness of the happy and colorful art on display is matched by the energy of visitors and artists as they roam the Hope is an Open Door exhibit.

“It’s an awesome thing. It’s awesome. I mean, real awesome,” says Annie Gurley.

There are sculptures, paintings, drawings – all the creations of artists who are or have been homeless.

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