Arts & Culture

News and information about arts and culture from Charlotte and the Carolinas. 

Anthony Hamilton / Twitter

Charlotte’s own R&B star Anthony Hamilton will perform the national anthem at the 68th annual NBA All-Star Game Sunday. Hamilton said he hopes he can put a new meaning on the Star Spangled Banner.

Sharon Dowell
Sharon Dowell

A weekend from now, there'll be a lot of buzz around Charlotte with the NBA All-Star game taking place. But it's no reason to sit around this weekend and do nothing — unless you just want to. There are some interesting things on the calendar for entertainment in Charlotte this weekend and Ryan Pitkin, editor-in-chief of Queen City nerve, talked with "All Things Considered" host Mark Rumsey about them.

David Gilbert
Matt Peiken / BPR News

It only takes seconds to tour David Gilbert’s West Asheville home to learn he’s a ferocious music fan.

There are shelves of vinyl albums right past the front door. Toward the back is a long room with assorted music memorabilia and a complement of guitars, amps and a drum kit. This is where Gilbert’s bands rehearse.

Gantt Museum

Events are planned around Charlotte this weekend to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader who would have turned 90 this week. Among them is a full day of programming at the Harvey B. Gantt Center in uptown featuring film screenings, art-making workshops, and community discussions.


WFAE has created a few different podcasts over the past couple years. They’re all part of WFAE’s ongoing commitment to tap the voices of our diverse community.

Now we’re getting ready to launch a new podcast. The topic? We have no idea. That’s because it could come from you, a neighbor, a friend — anyone within the Charlotte region.

Sarah Delia / WFAE

Last weekend, some of the laid-off staffers of Creative Loafing, the former alt-weekly magazine and now digital-only outlet, held a "Rest In Paper" festival to raise money for a new venture they’re calling Queen City Nerve. 

Sarah Delia / WFAE

After 31 years of reporting the news, arts and quirky stories in Charlotte, the city’s alternative weekly newspaper Creative Loafing has printed its last issue. On Wednesday, the paper’s former publisher Charles Womack announced he sold the company to his son and it will now be digital only. This was a surprise to readers and staff who are now all out of a job. / Barnard College

Playwright, poet and author Ntozake Shange, whose most acclaimed theater piece is the 1975 Tony Award-nominated play "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf," died Saturday, according to her daughter. She was 70.

Alvin C. Jacobs at the entrance of his exhibit at the Harvey B. Gantt Center in uptown Charlotte.
Nick de la Canal / WFAE

A new exhibit opened up this month at the Harvey B. Gantt Center in Charlotte that examines a small neighborhood south of uptown and the people that live there. Brookhill Village is not wealthy like Myers Park. It’s not booming like South End. Many of its residents are poor and African-American, and are making a home in the hundred-or-so deteriorating dwellings that make up the neighborhood. Many of those homes are in the process of being demolished by developers.

Nkieru Okoye composed "Charlotte Mecklenburg" for the Charlotte Symphony.
The Charlotte Symphony

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra launches its season tonight with famed violinist Joshua Bell playing Braham’s Violin Concerto. But before that, there will be a piece that has never been performed for an audience.

New Mint Museum CEO Todd Herman talks to supporters and community members at an introductory breakfast Wednesday at Mint Museum Uptown.
David Boraks / WFAE

The Mint Museum's new CEO says he wants to help raise Charlotte's profile on the national arts scene. Todd Herman was introduced at a breakfast for supporters and community members Wednesday at the Mint Museum Uptown, where he talked about his decision to accept the job.

Robert Bush
Arts & Science Council

The head of Charlotte's Arts & Science Council has announced plans to retire. Robert Bush said Wednesday he will step down at the end of council's fiscal year, June 30, 2019. 

Briana Duggan / WFAE

A woman who treated hundreds of incarcerated young men like her own grandchildren passed away last week. Millie Gordon was a music and choir director at churches in Morganton. But it was at Morganton’s Western Youth Institute where she found her calling and earned the name “Music Lady.”

Blumenthal Performing Arts

Musical theater fans were in a frenzy Wednesday morning as tickets went on sale for "Hamilton" - the blockbuster musical that comes to Charlotte Oct. 10 - Nov. 4.

Interconnected includes three large digital screens with constantly changing images derived from airport data.
David Boraks / WFAE

Passengers this week began flying in and out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport's $200 million expansion of Concourse A. As they stroll to nine new gates, travelers pass what's billed as the nation's largest data-driven digital public art installation.