Illumination of the Jewish experience through story is what CJFF is all about. Read my preview of season 9 here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Read my review and interview with local author Rebecca McClanahan here at NFoucus.
UNCC’s Projective Eye Gallery scores with Crista Cammaroto’s E Pluribus Unum. Read about the special show in light of the DNC Convention here in Creative Loafing.
Read my interview and profile on legendary Broadway Diva, Jennifer Holliday here at Charlotte ViewPoint.
Yama Asian Fusion is a sushi lover’s delight. Read my review here in SouthPark Magazine.
Read my review of MOMIX Botanica here.
5000 years ancient Chinese culture art, dance all in one evening. Here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Read my preview on her pin exhibit at The Mint Museum - Here in the Raleigh News and Observer.
Charlotte based Susie Films explores the national debt in this revealing documentary - here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Long before Snooki or ‘the Situation,’ Another type of youthful cool swept the Jersey shore. Read my preview of Jersey Boys here in Charlotte Viewpoint.
Illuminating the global Jewish experience through film is no small task, yet it’s an ambitious mark the organizers of Charlotte’s Jewish Film Festival have hit again with their seventh season in the Queen City.
Read my preview here.
Check out this profile on the all male, Jewish a capella singing group from New York City’s Yeshiva University, here in my piece at the Charlotte Observer.
Renowned art critic Garth Clark comes to Charlotte to discuss the future of the folk art tradition. Read my preview here at the Charlotte Observer.
Read my preview of Harry Connick Jr.’s recent Charlotte performance here.
Valaida Fullwood and Charles W. Thomas’ new book, Giving Back; A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists is a remarkable achievement. Read my preview here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Local filmmaker Bev Penninger produces an outstanding documentary – a must see with your kids. Read my preview here in Charlotte ViewPoint.
Atlanta artist Stephen Hayes features his powerful installation: Cash Crop at the Gantt Center. Read my preview here in the Charlotte Observer.
There is perhaps no other American song in history that has played a more iconic role in modern popular culture than “White Christmas.” Penned by a Russian/Jewish immigrant Irving Berlin, “White Christmas” had a starring role in at least three celebrated Hollywood films. Making its debut in Holiday Inn, the tune also received airtime in Blue Skies as well as in the Technicolor film White Christmas, which was released nearly twelve years after the creation of the wildly successful song.
Read my preview of White Christmas, The Musical which includes a chat with veteran stage actress Ruth Williamson here.
Dreamgirls is nothing if not a spectacle on a very grand scale. It is rare to see a Broadway performance rely so heavily on lighting and special effects provided by thousands of overworked high definition pixels framing and defining every scene. The ceiling to stage panels dazzle at every turn, initially creating the smoky and soft glow of New York’s Apollo and carrying the performance through brilliantly vibrant multi-colored backdrops.
Read the entire review here.
With their annual members show – this one is special however – check it out here at the Charlotte Observer.
Charlotte Actor’s Theatre delivers fun syrupy pop with a few missteps in this performance of The Marvelous Wonderettes. My review at Charlotte Viewpoint here.
Read my preview of the return of iconic British Pop star – Elvis Costello. Here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Read my preview of the North American touring show of CATS. Here at Charlotte ViewPoint.
Theater for very young targets tots from six months to three years. There is plenty for the kid in all of us As I recently discovered at PlayPlay! Charlotte’s answer to the European Baby Theater craze. My piece at Charlotte ViewPoint is here.
Since its opening in 1933, the annual Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular has become the gold-standard in holiday entertainment and a quintessential New York City Christmastime experience. With over 200 performances during its eight-week run from November through December, and as many as six performances per day, the show is seen by more than one million people – more than all other Broadway shows combined for the entire year.
Read my review of this fabulous show here.
Claire Ritter has studied and performed with legendary Jazz greats Ran Blake and Loonis McGlohon to name a few.
She is most comfortable when she’s teaching others, especially area youth. Read my profile on Ritter and Composers Charlotte here.
Read my review of OC’s 2011/2012 Opener with Denyce Graves here at CLT Blog.
Read my review of the zany, wacky Blue Man Group. Here at CLT Blog.
Read my review here at CLT Blog.
Thursday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway there were more thrills, high speed turns and tension than is typically found at the Coca-Cola 600. It all took place under the Grande chapiteau where close to 2200 attendees were spellbound for nearly three hours with Totem, the latest performing arts feast from Cirque Du Soleil.
Read my review @ CLT Blog here.
While legions of writers and poets struggle with punching up colorful words in just the right shade to elicit emotion or punctuate their meanings, Ross Vassilev manages to connect his work with the reader in black and white. Mostly black.
My entire review is here.
With ThomThom, Machine Theater celebrates their one year anniversary and fourth production in Charlotte, no small feat in a town that seems loathe to support small, regional theater. Coming off their dark comedy Mum’s the Word earlier this year, Machine has jumped headlong into a realm that requires its audience to suspend their beliefs at the door and allow this performance to rush over them in waves.
Read my full review here.
Tim Tyson’s award winning book, Blood Done Sign My Name, translates well to the big screen. There are many lessons to be learned from this true and very personal account of the civil rights era accounting. They span from the tobacco warehouses of the south to drugstore lunch counters that refused blacks service in the 1960s.
Read my review here and note the comment from author Tim Tyson himself.
From the opening Chim Chim Cher-ee to the closing Supercalifragilisticexpiaidocious encore medley, the brilliantly constructed ensemble cast maintained an energy level that was just slightly below uncontrollable frenzy.
My review of the national touring production is featured here.
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 classic tale that is never short on drama or musical accomplishment.
OC picked up my review and ran it here.