Rewriting The Bard: AJ Harltey's Cross-Genre Work

Feb 6, 2013

  This past July, when A.J. Hartley made his annual journey to New York City’s Thrillerfest, the UNC Charlotte theatre professor found himself swapping stories with a fellow Brit, New York Times best-selling author Lee Child of Jack Reacher fame. While sharing drinks at the cocktail hour, the two compared notes about growing up in England. While Childs drew on his experience of being the biggest, baddest dude in his neighborhood to create his larger than life Reacher character, Hartley took a softer, more cerebral route.

He became a Shakespeare professor.

Charity Auctions Art To Benefit Shelter

Feb 1, 2013
Safe Alliance

This weekend art will be auctioned off to help victims of domestic violence. 

The event is called "Art with a Heart." Donated paintings and sculptures will be auctioned off at Founders hall on Saturday night.  

The event has raised over $1 million over the past 13 years for the group, Safe Alliance.  

When Cameras Are Part Of The Party

Feb 1, 2013
Dina Litovsky

A new exhibit at the Light Factory documents our desire to, well, document everything. It’s called Connected There but Not Always Here and it questions our relationship with social media and how it influences our relationships with each other. The exhibit will be on display through May 19. 

Elephants Stop Uptown Traffic

Jan 30, 2013
Briana Duggan

Elephants paraded through Uptown on Tuesday as part of Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus Grand Animal Walk. The circus will be performing in Time Warner Cable Arena until Sunday.

Russian Dancer Learns The Meaning Of 'Fun'

Jan 25, 2013
Briana Duggan

Standing front stage at the Knight Theater, Tatiana Kasakova counts off for the other dancers.

She choreographed all of the dances for tonight's show, Ballroom. The concert features members of Metropolitan Ballroom in Charlotte dancing alongside the Charlotte Symphony.

An Ode To MLK At The Excelsior Club

Jan 22, 2013

When the Excelsior Club opened in 1944 it was the area’s first African American-owned club. It soon became a center for African American social and political activity in the Charlotte area.

On Sunday the club honored Martin Luther King Junior with a concert. It brought together an eclectic mix of music and people as an ode to the civil rights leader.

The concert in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. was called "Bridging Musical Worlds." It brought together members of the Charlotte Symphony with local jazz group, A Sign of the Times.

When Artists 'Stick' In Charlotte

Jan 21, 2013
McColl Center for Visual Art

Those who don’t go beyond the first floor of the McColl Center for Visual art might just think it’s a gallery. But the top floors hold the real machinery of the organization - the artist-in-residence studios.

The McColl hosts the city’s only artist-in-residence program.

The Center provides artists with studio space, art materials, a stipend, and housing for its residents that are increasingly moving out of the studio and into the community.

Minting Treasure From Trash

Jan 8, 2013
Mint Museum of Art

Brazil is one of the world's most rapidly developing countries. In the past decade, the South American country has lifted millions of its residents out of poverty and into a growing middle class.

Digital Media Program Creates 'Ambition'

Dec 27, 2012
Arts and Science Council

In past several months, Uniq Ishman has discovered something about herself.

“I like to take pictures,” she says. “I like to look at things up close and make it look pretty."

Children's Theatre Helps Give 'Extreme Makeover'

Dec 17, 2012
Children's Theatre of Charlotte

The Children’s Theatre has been staging performances for over sixty years.

The sets they build, however, do not have the same longevity. They are up for only three or four weeks.
So the Theatre’s set designers had their hands full last year when Extreme Makeover: Home Edition asked them to construct two children’s bedrooms – on a one week deadline.