Task Force Discusses Future Of Arts Funding

Jun 25, 2013
Carolina PR

  Many of Charlotte’s largest arts organizations are in financial trouble. Funding from the Arts and Science Council is down and groups must figure out where money will come from in the future. 

Recently, a task force formed to help out. The Cultural Life Task Force met Monday at the Arts and Science Council offices, and discussed, among other things, whether the Arts and Science Council is necessary.  

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.

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.

Dancing Out True Tales Of Murder

May 29, 2013
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.

The Latest Exercise Fad: Run From Zombies

May 20, 2013
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.

In This Garden: MusicalMinds Cultivates Character

May 17, 2013
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.

Writer's Pioneer Tales Bring History To Life

May 6, 2013
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?’”

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. 

When A Poet Throws Rhymes, And A Right Hook

Apr 29, 2013
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. 

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.