Briana Duggan

Vince Finnerty has been a priest at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church since 1995, and in that time he has seen a large growth in the Latino community.

“We have done the celebration in different places, but it got to the point where we needed some place bigger”, Finnerty says.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church now holds its festival for its namesake at Bojangles’ Coliseum. The church celebrated the Virgin Guadalupe on Tuesday night with about 5,000 people in attendance.

Amanda Smith Dances Into History

Dec 11, 2012
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.’”

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

Dec 6, 2012
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.

Dilworth Unveils Public Sculpture

Nov 30, 2012

A new public art sculpture will be unveiled this weekend.

Friendship And Opera Bring South Africans To CPCC

Nov 28, 2012
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.

McColl Center Exhibit Questions American Identity

Nov 19, 2012
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?”

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.

The Man (And Artist) Behind The Museum

Nov 15, 2012
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. 

York County Celebrates Its Own

Nov 14, 2012
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.

The Architecture Of Richard Neutra

Nov 12, 2012

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.