Opera Carolina Maestro James Meena and Director of Production Michael Baumgarten at the Opera Carolina Gastonia set location. Opera Carolina is producing "The Girl of the West," its next show, in collaboration with Italians. The production is something of an international collaboration. Costumes are being made in Italy, sets are being made in Gastonia, and the production is opening here, then traveling to several places in Italy.
Diedra LairdThe Charlotte Observer
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Considering what 19-year-old "American Idol" contestant Johnny White of Hickory witnessed around him as a child – homelessness, sadness, addiction, violence – it’s fair to say he’s extremely lucky just to be getting a shot at it.
Ever since ABC revealed that his “American Idol” audition would be featured on the show this season, 19-year-old Johnny White has been getting the celebrity treatment from the denizens Hickory, a small, blue-collar city an hour northwest of Charlotte.
A epic weekend event started by Mosaic Live co-founders Tiffany Fant and Nakisa Glover, The Official Blackest Weekend Ever, held two private screenings for the Black Panther movie premiere on Friday and Saturday nights at Regal Cinemas Starlight 14. Weekend events included a Kickoff Coming to Wakanda Ceremony, One Stop Wakanda Shop, an after party at Morehead Tavern, and a Wakanda Wind Down Brunch. A portion of proceeds benefited several non profits, including The Males Place, Youth Hope International, and Aviation Camps of the Carolinas. The weekend experience celebrated the Black Panther movie as well as the Charlotte culture and community, and was a platform for beginning to address some of the issues of the community in a meaningful and impactful way.
Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return alongside executive producers Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow for Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Pratt and Howard are joined by co-stars James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, while BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles.
Davian "D.J." Robinson is the first blind dance major in UNC Charlotte's history. As a dancer with a disability performing with others, he asks: "How can we all be this united masterpiece of art? Not separated by fears, comparisons, doubts... Me being vulnerable doesn't mean that I'm weak. Me being vulnerable means that I am real."
Get a window into N.C. artist Bob Trotman's work with this video, made by Charlotte's Basic Cable. Trotman's "Business As Usual" is on view at Davidson College's Van Every|Smith Galleries through Dec. 8 and at UNC Charlotte Center City's Projective Eye Gallery through Dec. 14.