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
5:03 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

The Architecture Of Richard Neutra

Mid-Century Modern Architecture. Design by Richard Neutra.

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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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Arts & Life
5:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

NC Painter Speaks About Loss, Caregiving And Family

Beverly McIver. Renee as an Angel. Oil on Canvas. 2008

In 2004, Beverly McIver’s career was taking off. She was 42, single, and well positioned in her role as a tenured art professor at Arizona State University.

But then everything changed. Her mother got sick, passed away, and Beverly was thrust into a new role – caregiver.

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Arts & Life
1:00 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

A Swiss Take On Appalachian Music

A Betty Fisher album hangs in The Kruger Brothers recording studio in Wilkesboro.Brothers Jens and Uve and their bassist, Joel
Briana Duggan WFAE

Jens and Uwe Kruger play music the way birds fly in formation - synchronized. They are brothers who always anticipate the other's next movement. They have been playing music together their whole lives. They grew up in Switzerland - not far from Zurich. They had no TV, so their evenings were spent in song. Uwe Kruger leads a guitar workshop at the first Kruger Brother's Academy.

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The Best Of MerleFest Isn't Confined To Main Stage
1:00 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

The Best Of MerleFest Isn't Confined To Main Stage

Festival goers crowd in to get a glimpse of Merlefest's Hillside Album Hour Concert, one of the most popular of the weekend.
Briana Duggan WFAE

The first thing you notice when you get to Merlefest is the sheer number of people. Around 76,000 attended the four-day festival at Wilkes Community College. The second thing you notice is the number of people carrying their own instruments - guitars, banjos, mandolins, upright bass. You get the picture. You can find them at the Pickin' Tents. Outside are the instrument cases strewn about, inside are the players. 

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