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10:40 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Amanda Smith Dances Into History

Ballerina Amanda Smith
Credit Jeff Cravotta

As Amanda Smith tells it, her father’s attitude was always, “Aww, my baby girl, she’s a little dancer.” Her mother, however, was skeptical. “This is just a hobby,” Smith remembers her telling everyone. “She’s not really going to do this. She’s going to be a lawyer; she’s going to be a doctor.” But once her mom saw young Amanda perform her first solo around eighth grade or so, “she was crying and said, ‘this is what you’re supposed to do.’”

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Arts & Life
9:16 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Lukas Nelson, Son Of Willie, Makes His Mark In Music

Lukas Nelson is the 23 year old son of music legend, Willie Nelson. "He’s very good at going with the flow," Lukas says of his father.
Joe del Tufo

It’s not unusual for Willie Nelson to share the stage. He has performed with some of the industry’s best voices including Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, even Snoop Dogg.

But now Nelson has been performing with a new voice, one that sounds eerily similar to his own. It’s his son, Lukas Nelson, and he wrote several songs on his dad’s latest album.

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Arts & Life
11:13 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Dilworth Unveils Public Sculpture

A new public art sculpture will be unveiled this weekend.

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Arts & Life
9:41 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Friendship And Opera Bring South Africans To CPCC

Thabang Masango (left) and Bongani Ndhlalane pose with Deloris Chisley from Friendship Ministry Baptist Church. The two young men are close with Ms. Chisely, who has helped secure them funding for their education from the church.
Briana Duggan

Thabang Masango had been doing well as a singer in South Africa. He had won large singing competitions and was part of prominent choral group. In 2008, the choral group toured the United States and made a stop in Charlotte along the way.

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Arts & Life
9:45 am
Mon November 19, 2012

McColl Center Exhibit Questions American Identity

Guardian, Acrylic on Carved Wood Panel, 2011
The McColl Center for Visual Art

For the last four years, Randy Shull has spent part of his year in Mexico.

He moved for the culture, the language, and the inspiration it gives him as an artist. All around him he saw the local artists defining what it meant to be Mexican.

"I felt like, well I could come to Mexico and have this experience that is really different than what I have in Asheville, but in the end I’m still from the United States.” Shull says. “So I began to ask myself, what is it to be uniquely American?”

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Local News Features
11:49 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Charlotte Symphony Showcases Young Musicians

Christopher Warren-Green leads the Charlotte Symphony in a rehearsal of Mozart's Mass in c minor
Credit Duncan McFadyen

Charlotte Symphony Music Director Christopher Warren-Green is paying it forward. He credits singing in a church choir as a boy for sparking his interest in music. Now, as a professional conductor, he’s leading an orchestra with an ambitious mission: to become the region’s primary source for music education. Warren-Green has invited more than two dozen elementary through high school students from groups sponsored by the Symphony to join the Orchestra and Oratorio singers on stage at their performances November 16 and 17 at the Belk Theater.

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Arts & Life
4:57 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

The Man (And Artist) Behind The Museum

Andreas Bechtler
Charlotte Observer

Andreas Bechtler is best known as the man behind the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art – a member of a visionary family that has invested in art and the people who make it, cultivating deep relationships with some of the most enduring artists of the 20th century.

But Andreas Bechtler is also an artist in his own right. 

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Arts & Life
11:16 am
Wed November 14, 2012

York County Celebrates Its Own

The recipients of this year’s Keepers of the Culture awards, presented by the York County Culture & Heritage Museums. From left to right, Joe Zdenek, Pat Veasey, and Allan Miller were honored for their community work.
York County Culture & Heritage Museum

The ceremony celebrated three York County residents. There was civil war women’s historian, Pat Veasey, retired Winthrop professor, Joe Zdenek, and history loving radio DJ, Allan Miller.

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Local News
12:23 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

The Architecture Of Richard Neutra

Mid-Century Modern Architecture. Design by Richard Neutra.

They called him a “prophet of clean, crisp, modernism”, and behind Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra one of the 20th century’s most famous architects.

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Local News
12:31 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

High Stepping Marching Band Championship This Weekend At JCSU

The best of the nation's high stepping marching bands will be on display this weekend in Charlotte.

Thirty bands from across the country will compete National High School High Stepping Marching Band Championship at Johnson C. Smith University.

High stepping  involves dancers, tall, plumed hats, a strong drumline, and plenty of attitude.

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