CarlosAlexis Cruz has won the $25,000 McColl Award to create a new work of art.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Arts & Science Council gives the award, which honors Hugh and Jane McColl, every three years “to inspire originality and imagination in the presentation of creative products and to recognize artistic excellence.”
For his project, “Nouveau Sud, Nouveau Cirque” (“New South, New Circus”), Cruz will incorporate “underground” dance, acrobatic and physical theater scenes from ethnic communities into cirque-style performances. The project will include neighborhood residencies in 2015 and a mainstage production in spring 2016.
Cruz, an assistant professor of voice and movement at UNC Charlotte, is a physical theater expert who introduces movement, gesture and facial expressions to the narrative structure of his work.
Vote for musicians
You can vote in the Young Chamber Musicians Competition sponsored by WDAV-FM and OrthoCarolina. Public voting runs through Sept. 1.
This spring, ensembles were invited to submit video performances. Four ensembles, two from each age group, have been selected as finalists. These groups will perform in a judged concert Sept. 13 at Tyler-Tallman Hall at Davidson College. Before that, you can watch the videos and vote; those votes will count toward the final score in the competition.
Studio-C Cinema in the Cornelius Art Center has scored premieres of two BBC films that will apparently be shown nowhere else in North Carolina and will not be available on Netflix or broadcast in the United States.
The theater, in Oak Street Mill at 19725 Oak St., Cornelius, will show “37 Days” 6:30 p.m. Saturday and “Churchill’s First World War” at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, but reservations are required: studioccinema.com; 704-996-7724.
The BBC produced both dramas to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. In the first, we see how Europe’s conventions of secret diplomacy fell apart or were destroyed. In the second, First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill dreams of glory at 39. When the disastrous Battle of Gallipoli leads to his resignation, he enters service in the British Army to redeem himself.
Made in Charlotte Awards
The annual Made in Charlotte film competition concludes at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 with an awards gala, $5,000 in prizes and a silent auction at Suite Charlotte in the EpiCentre. The party will be hosted by comedian Johnny Millwater; free appetizers and a cash bar will be provided. Tickets: $10, madeincharlottefilm.com.
The Made in Charlotte competition is an annual event where Charlotte filmmakers create new short films. You can see their work and vote at that website; audience votes and the decisions of celebrity judges will be considered when awards are given.
Osborne gets reading
York Theatre Company in New York City will host the world premiere of Charles Osborne’s “Paris Through the Window.” Each year, York holds 40 to 50 readings of new musicals through its Developmental Reading Series; the Charlotte native’s turn comes Sept. 9.
Osborne, a 2008 alumnus of Northwest School of the Arts and a 2012 graduate of UNC School of the Arts, is an actor; this show marks his debut as playwright/lyricist and has music by Leo Hurley. The “historical fantasy about Paris during World War I and the healing power of art” tells the story behind the eponymous Marc Chagall painting. Details: www.paristhroughthewindow.com.