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One Nation Army

One Nation Army

  Anyone who knows me is aware of my epic love affair with the Terracotta Warriors (not to be mistaken for my tragic love affair with the Cat Returns). I even sat through the entirety of The Film That Shall Not Be Named—known in some territories as The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor or […]

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2017’s National Book Award Winners

2017’s National Book Award Winners

The National Book Foundation awarded various National Book awards on November 15, 2017. The National Book Awards are given to one author each year in four categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people’s literature. There were 1,529 works submitted for review. 394 were in fiction, 553 in nonfiction, 245 in poetry and 337 in young […]

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The Street Art Movement: Vandalism to Urban Art

The Street Art Movement: Vandalism to Urban Art

It began as vandalism, but now is considered a flourishing art movement. Street art has not always been widely considered a valid form of artistic expression.  Perceptions of the art form have changed dramatically over the last century, garnering respect within the art form.  Instead of solely popping up as visual pollution on the sides […]

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His Jacket

His Jacket

I present the newest anthem for everyone who feels lonely right now.  Cry with me as you read my new poem. “His Jacket” Among the great symbols of high school drama is the jacket When a girl dons one of these giant plushy things and the jacket his not hers It is a sign that […]

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Musicals and Popular Culture

Musicals and Popular Culture

I’ve loved theater for as long as I can remember. I didn’t realize how long I’d been a fan of the art until recently, during a conversation in which I couldn’t remember what the first musical I ever saw was nor could I remember when I saw it. I have a vague recollection of it […]

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Artistic Expression and Artificial Intelligence

Artistic Expression and Artificial Intelligence

Citizenship has been granted to a robot in Saudi Arabia. Citizens cry out about the human rights awarded to “her,” arguing she has more freedom than the human women living in the nation. Sophia, as she is called, made her debut during an interview on October 25th at the Future Initiative in Riyadh. Despite her […]

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Cirque Goes to the Cinema: Review

Cirque Goes to the Cinema: Review

The circus, silver screen, and symphony collided in a kaleidoscope of artistic expression at Belk Theater in Charlotte, North Carolina. Scores from famous films – including Rocky, Titanic, and Star Wars – served as a backdrop for aerialists, contortionists, and strongmen. These scores, however, did not fall into the background. Charlotte’s Symphony masterfully set the tempo and mood of […]

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The Great Pumpkin Waltz

The Great Pumpkin Waltz

Here’s a poem for today The Great Pumpkin Waltz A gust of cool wind blows through the air along a path of trees Their looming branches getting caught in the breeze Pairs of leaves fall off in innumerable waves Journeying across the sky catching the sunlight flying to their destination on the ground Each gust is […]

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Weird Theater News: Willy Wonka, Amy Schumer, and Basketball Musicals

Weird Theater News: Willy Wonka, Amy Schumer, and Basketball Musicals

About a month ago, I read the funniest headline of my entire life. It is, and I quote, “Weird Al, John Stamos, Finn Wolfhardt to star in Willy Wonka Concert.” To this day, I am convinced this casting was concocted in some fever dream or an alternate dimension. It is a work of modern art. […]

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Exhibit Exposé: K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace

Exhibit Exposé: K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace

September 20, 2016. On this late summer day, just over a year ago, Charlotte managed to make national news – for all the wrong reasons.  This was the day that the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott brought Charlotte to the forefront of our attentions. The aftermath of the event was explosive.  The riots that ensued […]

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