Entries by Michael J. Solender

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Theater as Community

Few conversations in Charlotte envision the theater as community. Charlotte is not a string of suburbs in search of a city like many American burghs of comparable size. We are a grouping of eclectic and diverse neighborhoods from NoDa, to Chantilly, First and Fourth Wards, Elizabeth, and beyond. Performance art that represents the diverse cultures […]

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Alvin Ailey Dance – 20 Years Under Artistic Direction of Judith Jamison

It has been more than forty-five years since Alvin Ailey, a product of itinerant, working class Texan parents, founded his eponymous company and introduced the world to an innovative dance troupe that celebrated the African-American experience in a time in America when there was little for the black audience to celebrate. Read my preview of […]

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Opera Carolina Review – La Boheme

Opera Carolina kicked off their 2010 season last evening in spectacular fashion with Puccini’s La Boheme. Complete with a sidewalk “Cloud Broadcast” where the live performance was streamed in a live video to a manufactured cloud outside the theater, Opera lovers both inside and outside of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center were treated to this […]