Arts and Entertainment

UNC Charlotte to Host World Premiere of Jewish Art

As part of UNC Charlotte’s Violins of Hope project, the University will host the world premiere exhibition of “Not So Still Life, With Music: The Milken Archive of Jewish Music Presents Paintings by Ralph Gilbert.” The display will open Monday, April 9, at UNC Charlotte Center City in conjunction with the Americas premiere of the Violins of Hope, 18 violins recovered from the Holocaust by Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein.

Acclaimed Indian Stage Director Participating in Residency

Acclaimed Indian stage director Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry is on campus for a week-long residency with the College of Arts + Architecture’s Theatre Department.  Based in Chandigarh, India, Chowdhry is chair of the Department of Indian Theatre at Panjab University. She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Academy Award in 2003 for theatre direction and the Ford Foundation Award from 1993 to 1997. Her residence is funded through a Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Grant.

‘Spots of Light: To Be a Woman in the Holocaust’ Exhibit Coming to Storrs Gallery

As part of the Violins of Hope project, UNC Charlotte will host the special exhibition “Spots of Light: To Be a Woman in the Holocaust.” This video installation is from Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, and it is the first international exhibition to focus exclusively on women in the Holocaust. The display opens Thursday, March 22, in the Storrs Gallery and will run through Wednesday, April 25.

Theatre Department Takes ‘Twelfth Night’ into Local High Schools

A new generation of high school students is learning more about the plays of William Shakespeare through an outreach effort by the College of Arts + Architecture’s Department of Theatre.  For two-months, students and faculty from the department are presenting “Twelfth Night” in  area high schools.

In a lively 70-minute rendition of this romantic comedy, directed by assistant professor Lon Bumgarner, student actors perform multiple roles to present a tale of clever disguise, misguided desire and musical revelry.

Campus Crime Down 30 Percent

From 2010 to 2011, the crime rate on campus declined 30 percent, according to records from the Police and Public Safety Department (PPS).

Of the critical offenses tracked by the department, larceny from vehicle showed one of the most dramatic drops from 58 instances in 2010 to 26 in 2011. For 2009, the number of larceny from vehicles was 151. Building larcenies also decreased between 2010 and 2011 by 16 percent.

Faculty to Participate in ‘Cash Crop’ Forums at Harvey B. Gantt Center

“Cash Crop,” an exhibition related to American slavery, will be displayed through June 30 at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture. As part of this event, core and affiliated faculty members from the Department of Africana Studies will participate in public presentations on slavery, labor and globalization.

The first event, “The Artist as Story Teller: Conversation with Stephen Hayes,” will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14. Tanure Ojaide will moderate.

Storrs Gallery Hosts Innovative ‘Cabin’ Exhibit

Created by Brian Ambroziak and Andrew McLellan, the display adheres to Canadian writer Michael Onjaatje’s declaration that “everything is collage” and that every person is an amalgamation of genes, experiences, actions and ideas.

McLellan is a UNC Charlotte alumnus and graduate of the College of Arts + Architecture; Ambroziak is an associate professor at the University of Tennessee. They are intrigued by the perception of time and memory, as well as space, which they explore through installations, theoretical design work and writing.

‘The Tempest’ Features Actors from the London Stage

The Actors from the London Stage will present William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, through Saturday, Nov. 5, in Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts, Black Box Theater.

 Founded 35 years ago, Actors from the London Stage is headquartered at Notre Dame University. British actor Sir Patrick Stewart developed the troupe’s touring concept, which takes the actors to colleges and universities across the United States for a series of residencies that combine public performances and educational outreach.