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Arts & Life
10:38 am
Fri June 7, 2013

From Soviet Romania To Front Stage: Charlotte Symphony's Concertmaster

Credit Briana Duggan

The Charlotte Symphony begins its summer outdoor concert series this weekend. And before the conductor steps onto Symphony Park stage, steps the orchestra’s highest ranked member: the concertmaster. He takes the seat to the left of the conductor.

For the last ten years, one man has occupied that chair: Romanian born violinist, Calin Lupanu. WFAE's Briana Duggan met with the concertmaster and discovered that the route to that chair has been a tumultuous one.

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Arts & Life
9:37 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Forget 'Buffy', A Local Writer's Spin On A Vampire Slayer

"When writers create worlds, it's always imaginary even if it's modern day Charlotte," says local writer Faith Hunter. "The restaurants change, the stop signs change...I get to go a whole lot farther with my make believe than the average person."
Briana Duggan

If you saw Wonder Woman or Frodo Baggins near the university area this weekend, don't worry, it wasn't your eyes. It was probably someone from ConCarolinas, a sci-fi and fantasy convention that attracted about 1,300 filmmakers, writers, and enthusiasts.

Some writers didn't have to travel far. WFAE's Briana Duggan profiles a Charlotte-based writer who has found quite a following, thanks to one shape-shifting Cherokee vampire slayer.
 

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Arts & Life
11:57 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Dancing Out True Tales Of Murder

UNCC professor E.E. Balcos, at center, practices with several local dancers for Friday's performance of Deep Water: The Murder Ballads. Balcos and composer John Allemeier have been working together on Deep Water for about two years.
Briana Duggan

Not all love stories have a happy ending. Consider one of the most famous ballets of all time, Swan Lake. The story ends with two lovers drowning themselves when they can’t be together.

But then again, that is fiction. A dance performance this weekend portrays true stories from our region. We already know how these relationships end: with murder in the first degree.

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CAJA
10:19 am
Mon May 20, 2013

The Latest Exercise Fad: Run From Zombies

Briana Duggan

Running is a chore for many, and that can make the business of putting on races extra challenging. But on Sunday, one 5K race attracted a crowd of 3,500 people. It featured some unusual extras:  a helicopter, smoke machine, and, oh yes, zombies.

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CharlotteViewpoint
11:07 am
Fri May 17, 2013

In This Garden: MusicalMinds Cultivates Character

Credit Cynthia Williams / Charlotte Viewpoint

  On March 11, in the music room of Blythe Elementary in Huntersville, 25 first- and third-grade children stepped on stage to receive the gift of a new violin. The children are the first class of MusicalMinds NC, a free, classical music program for “at-risk” children modeled upon the famed El Sistema schools of Venezuela. On stage with the children was Eduardo Cedeño, conductor of the Lake Norman Symphony Orchestra and one of El Sistema’s first students.

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CAJA
4:19 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Writer's Pioneer Tales Bring History To Life

Tricia Wagner
Credit Charlotte Viewpoint

Writers often are encouraged to look for inspiration in their everyday lives. Tricia Wagner, a Charlotte-based author of short stories for children, found inspiration years ago when she moved west across the country with her husband and two children. Their flight traced what was once the Oregon Trail. “Moving is always hard,” Wagner said in a telephone interview. “But as I was looking out the window of the airplane, I thought, ‘What am I complaining about? What if I’d had to do this as a pioneer?’”

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Arts & Life
8:55 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Providing Distraction At Hospital, Thanks To A Couple Of Red Buttons

A young girl plays with the new permanent interactive display at the Levine Children's Hospital. The work represents the mythological concept of "The Heroes Journey", where a hesitiant hero confronts challenges, and is empowered in the process.
Credit Briana Duggan


Medicines, needles, strange buttons, there are plenty of things in hospitals you can’t touch – and are tempting for kids to touch.  But a new art installation at the Levine Children’s Hospital turns that on its head. Children are supposed to touch it. 


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Arts & Life
4:28 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

When A Poet Throws Rhymes, And A Right Hook

Boxer John "Spidey" Williams is ranked 41 in his weight class in the country. He is also a poet. "I wanted people to understand and listen to my words rather than just think I'm a fighter," he says. "A lot of times they say boxers are not thinkers."
Briana Duggan

Boxing requires physical strength to be sure, but a boxer’s words can also pack a punch.Perhaps the best known wordsmith is Muhammad Ali, who is known for his clever rhymes, like in 1974 when he said “I have wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale, I done handcuffed lighting, thrown thunder in jail,". One local boxer also embraces poetry,  Spidey “The Boxing Poet” Williams. 


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Arts & Life
11:47 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Breaking Into The Fashion Industry From The Kitchen Table

Johnson hopes that showing her collection at Passport for Fashion will connect her with professional designers. "I would love to find a mentor," she says, "someone that can teach me and help me further my craft."
Briana Duggan

Passport for Fashion is Charlotte’s largest spring fashion show and is estimated to attract around 3,000 people to the NC Music Factory. Around 200 models will wear designs from fashion industry professionals, as well as work from local aspiring designers. WFAE's Briana Duggan spoke with one of them.


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CAJA
12:39 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

By The Light Of Paris, A New Ballet For Charlotte

Czech dancer and choreographer Jiri Bubenicek in rehearsal with NC Dance Theatre.
Credit Otto Bubenicek

 

Leave it to the French to have a name for that specific moment in the atmosphere of Paris when night is nearly finished but day hasn’t quite arrived – not dawn or twilight (they have other words for those), but l’heure bleue, the blue hour.

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