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Charlotte Miscellany & The Lion King

Part One: Charlotte Miscellany. Why is there a statue of an unknown golden man in Myers Park? Why is there a car on top of a Restaurant? Why are there Onion Rings in the ground in Cotswold? Charlotte, despite its shiny new skyscrapers, is a very old town and has collected its share of quirks over the changes that decades and generations bring. We'll have some fun trying to find answers to questions perhaps you've always wondered about our Queen City. Which Queen? That answer and more when Charlotte Talks.Guests
Tom Hanchett
- Staff Historian, Levine Museum of the New South
Dan Morrill - Professor, History Dept. UNC Charlotte
Shelia Bumgarner - Staff Librarian, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library

  • For more information, visit The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story or call the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room at the Char-Meck main branch library at (704) 416-0150, opens at 10, or email ncrstaff@cmstory.org

Part Two: Freedom Schools/ Lion King Experience. Thousands of people in the region have already, or plan, to see The Lion King while it's in town this month at Blumenthal Performing Arts. But the Blumenthal knows that not everyone gets the opportunity to see these kinds of shows because of the costs associated with Broadway tours. They want to make sure students in our community are exposed to the arts, so they've partnered with Children's Defense Fund Freedom Schools to bring 1000 Charlotte area kids to see The Lion King. We'll talk about the Freedom Schools and hear about several of the ways they work with kids promote education and the arts and meet some of the students and staff involved, when Charlotte Talks.
Cindy Rice
- Vice President of Development for Blumenthal Performing Arts
Alan Davis - Program Coordinator for Freedom Schools Charlotte
Amber Heath - Freedom School Intern (at Highland Renaissance)
Jayla Hallman - Rising 6th grader at Highland Renaissance, part of Freedom Schools

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