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Normally when we interview filmmakers, we would play sound of their movies to give you a taste of their work. But we can’t do that for Petter Hutton. He’s still making silent films, which he admits is a tough job the older he gets, especially with younger audiences.

“In this day and age, you kidding me?” Hutton says.  “You know I’ve had so many different interesting reactions from young people with iPods, listening to music during the films.”

Boon Vang

 

The UniverSoul circus is playing this month at Charlotte's Metrolina Expo Fairgrounds, and the first thing that strikes you after entering the big top is the music. You won’t hear any “March of the Gladiators” playing here. No, this circus plays hip hop, Motown, Caribbean rhythms, African beats, Beyonce, Drake, and many other top ten artists.

Bree Stallings

This week, it’s time to get out and vote. No, not for the next mayor or president…but for public art that could brighten your commute. 


Tina Turnbow

Her music fans may know her as Emily Kinney. But for fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead, she’ll always be the farmer’s daughter with a lot of heart, Beth Greene.

Spoiler alert for those not on the current season.

Sarah Delia WFAE

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra is full of talented and experienced musicians. But talent doesn’t always correspond to a certain age. WFAE’s Sarah Delia explains. 


The Charlotte Observer

A story from Charlotte made its way through the national news cycle. It wasn’t over politics or global warming, but a Christmas display at SouthPark Mall. The massive traditional Christmas tree Santa usually visits families under was replaced with a glacier which sparked a social media uproar.

The tree is now back and the glacier is history, but there’s one perspective we haven’t heard from, Santa.

"Peer Pressure" screen shot

Qcitymetro

Consider just how brief a 100-word story is. And consider how tough it is to have something important to say and be limited to a mere 100 words. Ninety nine is too few, and 101 puts you over the limit. There’s nothing extraneous about 100 words. It takes real discipline to be succinct. A scalpel, in fact. Remember the famous quote, “If I’d had more time, I would have written a shorter letter”? There’s truth to it. Paradoxically, shorter is much harder and takes more effort. It’s almost effortless to be long and lazy. Brevity? Now, that’s a remarkable feat.

Daniel Coston

The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center broke convention last weekend with an “international festival of hip-hop dance theater” that represents the center’s efforts to extend its cultural reach—and Charlotte’s. 

Breakin' Convention Flips The Modern Dance Script

Oct 9, 2015
Paul Hampartsoumain / Charlotteviewpoint

 Charlotte Viewpoint 

No one could possibly have imagined the reverberations when, in 1973 in the rec room of the 1520 Sedgewick Avenue apartment tower in the South Bronx, Clive Campbell—known hereafter as DJ Kool Herc—happened to notice that club-goers preferred the instrumental breaks in the funk, soul and reggae records he was spinning. Eager to tap into that enthusiasm, he soon found a way to keep two records looping to keep the break-beat going and, copping from the tradition of Jamaican dancehall DJ’s toasting over the music they played, began chanting over the beats to the delight of the audience.

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