NC Shakespeare Festival Shuts Down

Aug 17, 2014

Financial troubles have brought down the curtain on the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival in High Point. Trustees of the nonprofit professional theater company confirmed last week that the festival has shut down after 37 years.  Officials told the Greensboro News & Record the organization would not have the money to program a 2014-2015 season. Mark Woods and Stuart Brooks founded the festival in 1977.

Charlotte's only African-American theater company, On Q, has received a $105,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that will more than double its budget.


After more than two decades in Charlotte, the Carolina Actors Studio Theatre is shutting down because of declining ticket sales and continuing financial challenges.

First Lady Calls Angelou 'a great spirit'

Jun 8, 2014

Family, friends and fans remembered poet and teacher Maya Angelou as an important influence on Saturday in Winston-Salem. At a memorial service at Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel,  First lady Michelle Obama called Angelou “one of the greatest spirits the world has ever known.”  

Obama said Angelou’s words have sustained her on every step of her journey.  “She knew our hope, our pain, our ambition, our fear, our anger, our shame. And she assured us that despite it all---in fact because of it all---we were good," Obama said.

Elevation Pastor Steven Furtick

Part One: Elevation Church. Elevation Church is one of the fastest-growing churches in the country. 33-year-old Elevation Pastor and Founder Steven Furtick draws about 14,000 members to weekly services at nine church campuses across the Charlotte region, the latest, a Lake Norman campus just launched over the weekend. With a $25 million operating budget in 2013, and a New York Times best-selling author at the helm, the church draws lots of attention.

$800K Renovation Set For Belk Theater Ladies Room

Oct 28, 2013

  Theater-going ladies will rejoice at an $800,000 restroom renovation on the city council's agenda Monday night.

Tim Ross

Part One: Ragtime Piano Player Ethan Uslan. Ethan Uslan is a throwback musician with a modern mission. Ethan plays old time ragtime piano tunes and he also provides a live score for silent movies. Ethan's music and film tastes are from yesteryear but he's on a mission to bring this sound and style to modern audiences. Uslan is the subject of a new documentary film and he has concerts scheduled throughout the area. Ethan Uslan comes back for another music filled visit, when Charlotte Talks.

Broadway Honors 'The Lost Colony' With Tony

Jun 10, 2013
Tony Awards

One of the longest-running outdoor dramas in the country, The Lost Colony, has won a Tony Honor for excellence in theatre. It's a first for North Carolina. This summer, the show enters its 76th season in Manteo, which is part of the Outer Banks.

Part One: Queen City Theatre Co.'s Me and Jezebel. We've all had a houseguest who overstayed their welcome. Most do so for a matter of minutes or hours. Hollywood superstar overstayed her welcome by 32 days! Author Elizabeth Fuller met Bette Davis in 1985 and offered to let Ms. Davis stay in her home while there was a hotel strike raging in New York City. Over a month later, Davis finally left but her legacy continued as Ms. Fuller wrote a popular book about the experience. That book is now a play and Queen City Theatre is presenting it. We'll learn more when Charlotte Talks.

Part One: Michael Graves And F.O.O.D. Conference. A celebration and discussion of good design is heading to Charlotte this week. The F.O.O.D. Conference at the Mint Museum (FOOD standing for Food, Objects, Objectives, Design) will host writers, historians, chefs and designers to speak about objects we use to prepare, cook and present food. Among the experts is Michael Graves, perhaps best known for his accessible Target product line. He'll join us to talk about how he works to combine function and style in his designs and we'll also hear about the Mint Museum's exhibition, which is also called F.O.O.D., when Charlotte Talks.