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February 9, 2011

Hidden Voices: To Buy the Sun, The Challenge of Pauli Murray

Filed under: Theater — Tags: , , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 7:55 am

Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to stand, Pauli Murray refused to sit in the back of the bus; 20 years before the Greensboro sit-ins, she organized restaurant sit-downs in the nation’s capital.  Decades ahead of her time, Durham native Pauli Murray not only lived on the edge of history, she seemingly “pulled it along with her.”

The ArtsCenter brought this fantastic two-woman show to its stage Friday and Saturday night. Photos are below!

–Lisa
P.S. Notice that weird 50s-glamour glow on some of the images? I left my telephoto lens in the trunk of my car in the cold weather, and it fogged up completely in the indoors heat! I saved you from the foggiest of the shots, but I thought these from right before it thawed had a pretty cool effect!

Brie Nash performs as Pauli Murray.

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January 16, 2011

Mangum & Company Shout Band


Friday, The ArtsCenter was proud to welcome its first gospel band straight from the House of Prayer For All People of Charlotte as part of the 8th Annual American Roots Series.

This was hands-down one of the best shows I’ve seen at The ArtsCenter, and I’ve seen quite a few! The band had incredible energy that brought the audience to its feet. Photos are below!

–Lisa

The band had four trombones, with Mr. Mangum (left) on lead.

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January 3, 2011

2010 in Review

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Tags: — Lisa Pepin @ 2:30 pm

Our blog service just sent us an update of how we did in 2010–our first full year of blogging–and the numbers look GREAT! Thank you to all of our readers for your support. Below are some of our stats (6800 views!!!).

Updates are coming soon, including more Charlie and the Chocolate Factory photos. Until then, feel free to drop us a comment or email telling us what you would like to see and how we can make this blog better for you.

Thanks for making 2010 an awesome year!

–Lisa & Lyndsay

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,800 times in 2010. That’s about 16 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 69 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 133 posts. There were 365 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 71mb. That’s about 1 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was February 19th with 60 views. The most popular post that day was Jewelry Making Class.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were artscenterlive.org, en.wordpress.com, rimandi.community.officelive.com, facebook.com, and mail.yahoo.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for tylan greenstein, sophie naima caird, lisa pepin, billie feather, and red molly.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

Jewelry Making Class February 2010

Photos from Alex Forsyth December 2009

The Monti with Elizabeth Edwards May 2010

About Lisa & Lyndsay December 2009

YPAC Hip Hop/Street Dance Workshop for Teens February 2010

December 8, 2010

ELF Holiday Craft Fair–this Saturday!

Filed under: Gallery, Kids, Miscellaneous, Music, Preview — Tags: , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 9:28 pm

ELF holiday craft fair is this Saturday! Local artists, designers and all-around crafty people will be selling their awesome stuff just in time for the holidays. Things like soap, knit wear, baby stuff, jewelry, soy candles, pillows, arts and crafts from Oaxacan artists, paintings, cards, baby stuff, and ceramics, are just the tip of the Elf’s iceberg.

With live music by Billy Sugarfix and Jil Christensen, a holiday movie installation, and delicious grog, wine, cider, and beer on tap. Don’t miss it! 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in The ArtsCenter’s West End gallery.

Click here to show all your Facebook friends where you’ll be on Saturday, and go here to learn more about all the unique stuff you can find!

–Lisa

ELF poster designed by Ron Liberti.

December 4, 2010

Preview: Lizzy Ross with Birds & Arrows

Filed under: Music, Preview — Tags: , — Lisa Pepin @ 4:07 pm

It may be snowing, but Lizzy Ross and Birds & Arrows are still playing tonight at 8:30!

November 28, 2010

Azure Ray


I’ve been listening to Azure Ray for years after hearing of them through the Bright Eyes/Saddle Creek/Omaha music scene, so I was really excited to see them when they came to The ArtsCenter a couple weeks ago! Here are some shots of the show, which also featured James Husband and Dead Fingers.

Don’t forget that over the holiday tickets for the 8th annual American Roots Series went on sale! Learn more and buy tickets here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

–Lisa

Azure Ray performs on Nov. 18 at The ArtsCenter.

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November 11, 2010

PlaySlam! 8

Filed under: Theater — Tags: , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 12:43 pm

The 8th annual PlaySlam! came to the ArtsCenter this weekend. The audience was treated to an evening of competition as playwrights competed for fame and the $100 prize.

Here’s how it works: Playwrights each submit two very short plays, 1-3 minutes long. Actors come in at 5 p.m. and spend a hectic three hours with their playwrights until showtime at 8 p.m. Each playwright presents a play in the first round, and then the audience votes for its five favorites. Votes are tallied, and the top five writers present their second plays in the second round. The audience votes again for its favorite, and the playwrights field questions from the audience while the final tally is counted. Then, the winner takes all!

Check out some photos from the event below, click “more…” to see photos from all of the short plays!

–Lisa

The winning playwright holds his $100 prize.

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November 9, 2010

Transactors: Gratitude


The Transactors improv troupe was back at the ArtCenter on Friday night. Just in time to get everyone in the Thanksgiving spirit, this month’s show featured skits with the theme of gratitude. Check out some photos of the event below!

–Lisa

Rachel Klem strikes a pose on stage as the Transactors introduce the audience to their characters, who were based on three randomly chosen adjectives.

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November 8, 2010

Backstage at The ArtsCenter: Transactors


Friday night, the Transactors came back to The ArtsCenter for “Gratitude,” an improv show involving characters they created out of three random adjectives. I went backstage to see what exactly goes on before one of their shows. Check it out below, and check back later for photos of the show!

–Lisa

Steven Warnock and Nancy Pekar sit in The ArtsCenter's green room just before going onstage Saturday night.

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November 6, 2010

Baby Loves Disco

Filed under: Dance, Kids — Tags: , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 2:06 pm

On Friday, the ArtsCenter welcomed the Baby Loves Disco Lemonade Tour to town. There was great music, adorable dancing babies, face paint and healthy snacks, all for a great cause! The Lemonade Tour is designed to raise money an awareness for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a non-profit which raises money to fight childhood cancer. Check out some photos from the event below (and don’t forget to click “more” to see more photos)!

–Lisa

Batman breaks it down for the win in the Little Dancer dance competition.

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