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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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Arts & Life
9:26 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Folk Society Blends Bluegrass With Some Latin Romance

Fiddler Glen Alexander, and bolero musicians, Jesus and Alberto Morales will perform at Bluegrass Meets Bolero, the latest monthly concert put on by the Charlotte Folk Society.
Briana Duggan

For over 30 years, the Charlotte Folk Society has given free monthly concerts to share the region’s traditional music. At this Friday's concert, North Carolina’s bluegrass meets a Latin import, bolero. And this music – was made for romance.


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CAJA
9:39 am
Fri April 5, 2013

A Blumey-ing Theater Program in Belmont

Senior Kourtney Conway was part of last year's award-winning cast. "It was a major thing that clicked with me at that point," she says. "I was like, 'hey, maybe I can do this', when we won."
Briana Duggan

Just about every high school has its cliques, groups like the jocks, and the theater crowd. South Point High School in Belmont is no different. 

The school gets a lot of recognition for its football team, which has won a long list of conference and state titles over the last forty three years. But last year, the drama crowd gained some ground with its own title.


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CAJA
11:20 am
Thu March 28, 2013

66 Musicians: Putting It Together

Charlotte Viewpoint's video cameras go backstage to spotlight the creative energies of NCDT, CSO and OC, Charlotte's premier performing arts organizations preparing for the 2013 Ulysses Festival. This three-part series includes exclusive footage of dancers, musicians and singers at work with insightful commentary from choreographers, orchestral and musical directors. 

Part 2 - 66 Musicians: Putting It Together

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CAJA
9:16 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Civil War Play Thrives With Hip Hop Voice

left: Mark Sutton, Chaz Pofahl and Mason “Quill” Parker in a hip hop stage adaptation of author Stephen Crane's 1895 novel "Red Badge of Courage"
Credit Donna Bise / Qcitymetro.com

  A 118-year-old literary masterpiece of Civil War fiction, told as a hip hop story? Really?

Yes. "The Red Badge of Courage" -- presented by Children's Theatre of Charlotte at ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse through March 16 -- takes an unlikely marriage of art forms and makes them resonate. Eric Schmiedl's adaption for the stage flourishes because he uses hip hop to accentuate the story's timeless themes rather than overshadow them.

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Arts & Life
9:56 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Morganton's 'Music Lady' Finds Her Calling Behind Bars

"I try very hard not to be judgmental and offer these guys understanding," says Gordon. "They desperately need someone to listen to them."
Briana Duggan

North Carolina has sixty-six prisons, housing more than 37,000 inmates. Morganton’s Western Youth Institution is meant for the youngest of them; It houses about 430 inmates for sentences ranging from ninety days to life in prison.

It also has a flourishing music program, a rarity in the state’s prison system.  It was started by Millicent Gordon thirty years ago. Now in her eighties, the Juilliard-trained pianist has found her meaning behind bars.

Only one person at Western Youth Institution has a reserved parking space, and it’s not the warden.

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