Culture

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Martha Graham Dance Comes To Charlotte

Rehearsal of the Imperial Gesture reanimation by the Martha Graham Dance Company
Credit Pia Vinson

  One of the most revered dance companies in the world is visiting Charlotte this month for the first time in 30 years. The Martha Graham Dance Company is working with UNC Charlotte's Department of Dance for an upcoming performance that will include music by Aaron Copland and a lost work of Martha Graham's, brought back to life on stage. We'll talk about Martha Graham and her contributions to the world of dance, and why the company that bears her name is working so closely with UNC Charlotte's dance department to recreate this lost work here in the Queen City, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

The Magic Flute And Fight Lab

Credit Opera Omaha

Part One: Opera Carolina's The Magic Flute. Opera Carolina continues its efforts to enhance the opera experience by featuring stage and costume design by famed visual artist Jun Kuneko in its new production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. But even with the vibrant visual aspects of the show, the music - and the opera singers - take center stage. We'll meet the stars of this new production of The Magic Flute to talk about how they make Mozart's beloved opera new for audiences in Charlotte, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Art Forgery And The Charlotte Hornets 2.0

A real Giacometti and a counterfeit. Alberto Giacometti's work fetches a lot of money at auction and is ripe for forgery.
Credit Alberto Giacometti Foundation

Part One: Art Forgery and Alberto Giacometti. Counterfeits and forgeries plague the art world. Google "Pablo Picasso" or surf over to eBay and you can own your very own Picasso fake. It's something museums, galleries and artists foundations themselves are dedicated to fighting. And there's a lot of money at stake. The most expensive sculpture ever sold at auction was by a Swiss artist named Alberto Giacometti - it sold for $104 million in 2010. Because the artist's work is so valuable, it's ripe for forgeries. We'll meet the person who spends time fighting fraud and counterfeiting for the Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation and hear about the Giacometti exhibit now on display at the Bechtler.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Charlotte Film Society And Arts Journalism

Part One: Charlotte Film Society 30th Anniversary. Charlotte is a growing, changing city and in the last few decades, Charlotte residents have experienced a growth in their appetite for culture. The demand for different kinds of culture is one that the Charlotte Film Society has tried to fill over the years. During their 30th anniversary this year, they’re celebrating the films they’ve brought to Charlotte audiences over the years that wouldn’t have been seen here, had it not been for their work. We’ll take a look at some of the different kinds of films and the many series and conversations the Charlotte Film Society brings here and how the organization has evolved and grown as the city of Charlotte has grown.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Flu Season, Jekyll And Hyde

Part One: Flu Season. Flu season is on the way. In the recent past, health officials dealt with vaccine shortages. That may not be problem this year but flu seasons are unpredictable. Plus there's a new delivery device that could make it easier for more people to get the shot.

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Charlotte Talks
5:35 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Real Life Ghostbusers And Costume Culture

Jason Porter, left, and Mat Owens run Carolina Paranormal Society and join us today.
Credit Carolina Paranormal Society

Part One: Carolina Paranormal Society. On this Halloween edition of Charlotte Talks, when something goes bump in the night and you can't explain that strange noise in the basement, who you going to call? The Carolina Paranormal Society! This non-profit organization of real life "Ghostbusters" researches and investigates evidence of paranormal phenomenon using scientific methods. We'll talk with the founders of the Carolina Paranormal Society about what they've seen and why they belive.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Opera Carolina’s Tosca And Historic Salisbury

Puccini's Tosca

Part One: Opera Carolina’s Tosca   Opera Carolina’s season opens next week with Puccini’s Tosca. The classic was last performed in 2005 in Charlotte, and this production features new scenery, staging and an all-star cast. We’ll be joined by Maestro James Meena and two of the stars of Tosca to talk about this classic work and about performing works like it around the world.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Fall Arts Preview

Take a peek behind the curtain at this season's arts offerings in Charlotte.

Autumn marks the traditional beginning of the arts season and we'’ll cover it all for you. Three of the area'’s top arts writers will join us to talk about this year's offerings of play’s, visual art openings and symphony offerings. It promises to be a busy season from well-known Broadway offerings at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center to lesser-known gems at smaller theatres, dance studios and galleries. Get your social calendar out and join us.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Indian Food And Culture

Dancers at the Festival of India

Fall is a time for festivals - this weekend the Festival of India celebrates the culture and food of that country. Last Spring, we visited with several Indians who have made their home here. We talked about the transition and what they’ve done to make Charlotte home. We’ve invited them back, this time to talk about how you can enjoy their festival. We’ll talk about art and dance and - Indian food - among other things.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Russell Goings (Rebroadcast)

After playing professional football, founding Essence Magazine and owning the first African-American Brokerage Firm with a seat on the New York Stock Exchange, Russell Goings became friends with artist Romare Bearden. That is what led Goings to his most recent line of work: writing poetry. His book of poetry, The Children of Children Keep Coming features Bearden's art work and chronicles the African-American journey. Russell Goings talks about that journey, art and poetry.

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