Arts and Entertainment

Locally Renowned Artist and UNC Charlotte Student Plays with Portraiture

Large-scale portraits, dense with rich color on heavy wood frames, adorn the Student Union Art Gallery like distant relatives.

UNC Charlotte undergraduate William Puckett showcases new work in “Exploration in Application: Searching for the Problematic in Portraiture,” which will be displayed in the gallery through Wednesday, July 10.

Puckett, locally renowned for public art installations and murals throughout Charlotte, merges styles in “Exploration in Application” in attempt to change audience perceptions about how people want and need to see the human form displayed.

Documentary to Premiere at Center City

“From the Back of the Line,” a documentary film exploring the impact of immigration policies on mixed-immigration status families in Charlotte, will premiere, at 7 p.m., Friday, May 3, at UNC Charlotte Center City.

UNC Charlotte graduate student Hannah Levinson, who is pursuing her master’s degree in ethics and applied philosophy, has worked with the Latin American Coalition and Haberdashery Films to create the film.  Her co-producer is Armando Bellmas, director of communications for the Latin American Coalition. Toby Shearer of Haberdashery Films is the director.

Annual Festival to Screen Films and a Live Reading

The fifth annual UNC Charlotte Film Festival will be held from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, April 27, in the Cone University Center.

This free event, sponsored by the UNC Charlotte Film Club, will begin with a live reading of the three winners from a screenwriting competition at 5 p.m. in the After Hours Lounge. Screenings of various short films will begin at 7 p.m. in McKnight Hall.

UNC Charlotte Department of Theatre Presents Bilingual Play for Children

Throughout the month of April, the UNC Charlotte Department of Theatre will present multiple free performances of Mamá Goose, a delightful bilingual play for children (ages 3 to 7) and their families. Fluidly incorporating songs, rhymes, games and riddles in both Spanish and English, Mamá Goose is based on the popular book Mamá Goose: A Latino Nursery Rhyme Treasury/Un Tesoro De Rimas Infantile, by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy.

‘Architecture of Survival’ on Display in Projective Eye Gallery

The Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte Center City is displaying “Favelas: Architecture of Survival,” which features 48 large-format photographs by Brazilian photographer Pedro Lobo.

In this exhibit, Lobo documents the favelas or shantytowns of Rio de Janeiro. These shantytowns are considered the longest-lived squatter settlements in the world. Of the approximate 1 billion squatters worldwide, 1 million live in Rio de Janeiro.

Persian Culture Program Scheduled for April 14

The seventh biennial Persian culture program will be at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 14, in the Rowe Arts Building Recital Hall.

This year’s program is entitled “Celebrating Love and Passion” and will feature an introduction to the 13th-century poet Moulana Jalal ad-Din Rumi, followed by a reading of his selected works in Farsi and English. There also will be music and spiritual dancing.

‘Romeo.Juliet’ to Deconstruct Classic Love Story

The Department of Theatre will present “Romeo.Juliet,” a contemporary portrayal of the classic love story, between Friday, April 12, and Sunday, April 21, in the Belk Theater of the Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts.

To a generation reared in the age of electronic communication – what does “falling in love” mean? In “Romeo.Juliet,” Elizabethan verse encounters the world of texts, tweets and Tumblr to provide a 21st-century approach to Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers.