State of the Arts

These days, Charlotte’s arts scene is painting an impressive picture. Meet the creative geniuses and innovative players giving this city an artistic edge. Matt Hooker and Matt Moore Matt Hooker isn’t shy about taking credit for the fact that more painters in Charlotte are “jumping off the easel” and instead standing on ladders to do their craft thanks to his…

Fall Arts Preview

15 don’t-miss arts events this fall. Festival in the Park For the past 53 years, Festival in the Park has been bringing live music, local art, and great food to Charlotte natives and visitors alike. Held every year in Freedom Park, this festival is free to attend and designed to get the community engaged in the arts. From face painting…

Connecting The Dots

Two Charlotte creatives are launching a playful quiz Show to engage the community. Five minutes with Matt Olin and Tim Miner is all it takes to realize the pair are like twin sons of different mothers. Their back-and-forth patter over pizza at lunch earlier this year had a rhythm and flow Jazz combos would envy. As if on que, they…

Stage Presents

A look behind the curtain at Charlotte’s Blumenthal performing Arts Center. When the Broadway smash hit Hamilton takes the stage in Charlotte during the 2017/2018 season, local fans will be so busy congratulating themselves on scoring tickets, they may not consider just how much goes on behind the scenes in assuring Broadway’s best acts to come to the city.  And…

Southern Soul

Riding high from their first tour as full-time musicians, The Suffers play on a historic stage just south of Charlotte. Kam Franklin used to work as a gas and power trade analyst at a Houston investment bank. By day, she ran the numbers. By night, she was singing big numbers with her big band, The Suffers. The group—all 10 of…

The Show Must Go On

Actors Theatre of Charlotte gets knocked down—and gets back up again. The email came on a fall day last October. It was the day Actors Theatre of Charlotte was opening its 28th season in a space they’d been renovating. “Important Schedule Update from ATC—Please Read” was the subject line. “We’ve run into some trouble… it’s going to take more time…to…

Shall We Dance?

Blumenthal Performing Arts wants the whole community to experience Twyla Tharp. After half a century as one of the world’s biggest names in dance, Twyla Tharp could take a victory lap. Her fans would likely welcome a “greatest hits” tour from the woman who choreographed five Hollywood movies (including Hair, with its famous scene of a ragtag band of hippies…

An Unlikely Star

The arts revitalizing a former mill town in central North Carolina. Something exciting is happening in a small town in central North Carolina that’s not used to much excitement. Star, N.C. (population: 876) is home to STARworks, an arts center that uses the area’s natural resources to bring industry to a town that had lost its largest employer—and its mojo.…

Tuned In

Charlotte Symphony’s new President and CEO Mary Deissler is hitting all the right notes. Mary Deissler’s career might have turned out differently if she hadn’t experienced crippling stage fright as a budding concert pianist. She might be performing with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra today instead of leading the organization as its newly appointed president and CEO. “I was a very…