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 […]

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CHARLOTTE VIEWPOINT – No brakes on her career – An interview with Lily Tomlin

America’s love affair with Lily Tomlin began in 1966 when she made her first national television appearance on The Gary Moore Show. According to Tomlin, it was her ability to “tap dance barefoot” that landed her the job and took her from her 95-dollar-a-week gig at New York City’s Upstairs at the Downstairs to a […]