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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. 

Opera Carolina’s Tosca And Historic Salisbury

Oct 5, 2012

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.

Fall Arts Preview

Oct 3, 2012

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.

Russell Goings (Rebroadcast)

Sep 14, 2012

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.

Katyn Forest Massacre (Rebroadcast)

Sep 13, 2012

During World War II, the Soviets massacred 22,000 Poles in Stalin’s Russia. On Monday, it was announced that in 1943, American POWs sent secret coded messages to Washington with news of the atrocity. The US might have been able to use that information to rescue Poland from its post-war fate under the Soviets but did nothing. North Carolina author Allen Paul, an expert on the massacre, joined us in 2010 to talk about it. That conversation, when Charlotte Talks.

NC Town Holding Dirty Dancing Festival

Aug 24, 2012

Fans of the movie "Dirty Dancing" are gathering in the small mountain town of Lake Lure this weekend for the "Dirty Dancing Festival." Much of the movie was shot there. This year is the 25th anniversary of the film's release. 

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The Charlotte Economic Development Committee is planning a trip to the theater. Committee members decided Thursday they need to go see the historic Carolina Theatre - and just how rundown it's become - to help them decide between two proposals to renovate it.

The Carolina Theatre used to be an old, Southern gem. Now, it’s just an old, empty building in a key spot uptown.

Slam Poets Take National Stage In Charlotte

Aug 9, 2012

The national championships of slam poetry are in Charlotte for the first time. Every evening through Saturday, poets are on stage Uptown trying to win over audiences with an art form that's as much performance as poetry. 

A Swiss Take On Appalachian Music

Jun 11, 2012
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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.

The Best Of MerleFest Isn't Confined To Main Stage

May 4, 2012
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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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