Vanessa Infanzon

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Charlotte, Chicago youth dancers join forces in film about being seen for who they are


“A Chance to DanceOn” will premiere in Charlotte on Jan. 8 at Ayrsley Grand Cinema to a sold-out crowd. The nearly two-hour documentary, produced by Chicago-based producer and Emmy Award-winning editor Richard Hemmingway, features 25 dancers from A Chance to Dance and DanceOn.

PHOTO: Phil Roccuzzo

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Charlotte theater company, now in its 10th season, strives to be a catalyst for change


In October, Three Bone kicked off its 10th season in The Arts Factory at West End Studios with “Open,” written by Crystal Skillman. Tynes-Miller also became the nonprofit’s first full-time employee as the artistic and operations director.

PHOTO: The Charlotte Observer

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How can young Charlotte musicians get started, easier? Symphony Orchestra has a plan


In February, the youth ensemble will begin Saturday rehearsals at First Baptist Church-West at 1801 Oaklawn Ave. Students accepted into the program will participate weekly through June. This short season will conclude with a performance at an uptown Charlotte venue.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

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UNC Charlotte professor’s podcast connects witchcraft, how we interact on social media


The intersection of mythology, pop culture and science intrigues Heather D. Freeman, professor of art and digital media at UNC Charlotte.

 PHOTO: Heather D. Freeman

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Former child prodigy gets to ‘stretch his boundaries’ with the Charlotte Symphony


The symphony had postponed auditions for seven openings due to COVID-19 protocols, and staff and space scheduling. For the 2021-22 season, acting section positions were offered to musicians without an audition. 

PHOTO: Richard Israel Photography

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Bold rebirth


When visual artist Frankie Zombie was hounded by a longtime friend to paint a Yamaha piano, he resisted. He’d painted on jackets, shoes and other nontraditional canvases, but he wasn’t sure how a musical instrument — especially something as large as a piano — would work. PHOTO: Vicki Taylor

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