Theater

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Lindi Ortega And SPANK!

Part One: Lindi Ortega. Lindi Ortega has been described as Canada's answer to Dolly Parton and "the love child of Johnny Cash and Nancy Sinatra." The country singer-songwriter out of Toronto puts a unique spin on the genre - blending in folk and rock and sometimes a little humor. Lindi has a voice that draws you in and catchy songs you might find yourself humming. Fun facts, she appeared on ABC's Nashville and has toured with Kevin Costner (yes, THAT Kevin Costner.) While she's in Charlotte for a performance at The Evening Muse, we'll talk with her about her music, her influences and her story and she'll also perform live, when Charlotte Talks.

Guest

Lindi Ortega - Singer-songwriter, her latest album is Cigarettes & Truckstops

  • Lindi Ortega is performing (tonight) Tuesday, Feb. 5th at The Evening Muse at 9pm. Details.

Part Two: SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody. Unless you've been living under a rock, you've at least heard of the erotic literary series "Fifty Shades of Grey," which has become the guilty pleasure of millions of women around the world. The risqué book's popularity has been made into parody, first on Saturday Night Live, and more recently with its own MUSICAL parody. SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody comes to Charlotte this week and promises to be a howling, rowdy comedic night out for (mostly) women from 21 to 91. We'll talk with cast members and the writer about just how this musical came to be, and the surprising enthusiasm they've seen from audiences around the country.

Guests
Danielle Trzcinski
- 'Tasha Woode' in SPANK!
Gabe Bowling - 'Hugh Hanson' in SPANK!
Jim Millan - Writer and Director of SPANK!

  • SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is Feb. 6-9th at McGlohon Theater. Details.
Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

High School Musical Theater

Credit Broadway or Bust

TV shows like Glee and the High School Musical movies have brought musical theater back to popularity in high schools across the country. Standout students are even recognized for their work at the "Jimmy" Awards on Broadway. We'll meet a choreographer who, among other major projects, works with award-winning students and has been featured in a new PBS documentary following high school musical theater students, including two from Charlotte. We'll also learn how Charlotte is contributing to high school musical theater excellence, when Charlotte Talks.

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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
3:22 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin

TV and Broadway star Mandy Patinkin spends a lot of his time in Charlotte because his hit show, Homeland, shoots here. He's also performing his one man show, Dress Casual, at the Belk this Sunday and joins us in advance to talk about his career, the people he's worked with, that voice and more. An hour with Mandy Patinkin.

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Arts
10:59 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Actor's Theater Goes Equity; Local Theaters Applaud Move

Actor's Theatre of Charlotte is the first theater in the city in almost eight years that will pay its actors a professional fee.  The theater company has signed a contract with the actors' union called Actors' Equity Association. The move is good news for other local theater companies.

Actor's Theatre has long wanted to be what's called an equity theatre.  The theater's executive director Dan Shoemaker says this year the company finally has enough money in the budget to do that. 

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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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Education
9:13 am
Sat September 15, 2012

High School Uses Original Broadway Props For The Color Purple

Northwest junior Keston Steele plays the lead role of Celie in the play. She was one of 80 students selected to perform in the play.

The Northwest School of the Arts is the first high school in North Carolina to have the rights to put on a high school production of the Broadway musical "The Color Purple." The play is based on the 1982 Pulitzer-Prize winning novel of the same name by Alice Walker, centered on the story of a black woman’s struggle to find her identity while overcoming abusive family relationships. 

Mekhai Lee, a junior at Northwest, plays the male lead of Mister. He sings from inside a shop set in rural Georgia in the early twentieth century.

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