Arts & Culture
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Carolina Actors’ Studio Theatre
1118 Clement Ave., 704-455-8542, nccast.com
At Plaza Midwood’s Carolina Actors’ Studio Theatre, the curtain rises when you walk inside. For each performance, in addition to the stage set, CAST decorates the box office, lobby, and even the bathroom to put the audience in the scene. At the recent production of The Elephant Man, visitors were handed plastic rats at the box office, which they handed off to whip-wielding ushers.
Free Public Art
Carillon Building, 227 W. Trade St.
The Bechtler’s glittering Niki de Saint Phalle sculptures have garnered a lot of buzz, but salute Cascade, the two-story installation by Saint Phalle’s husband, Jean Tinguely. In 1991, Tinguely hung tractor parts and found objects from across
the city inside the lobby of the Carillon Building, creating his last work of this scale before he died. It is Charlotte’s most distinctive public artwork.
McColl Center for Visual Arts
721 N. Tryon St., 704-332-5535, mccollcenter.org
Whether you’re looking for something different to do with the kids for an afternoon, a funky installation to wander through, or an off-beat art workshop, the oft-overlooked McColl Center for Visual Arts, located in a renovated church, is your spot. The McColl’s Open Studio Saturdays, when artists leave their doors open for the public to watch them work, are a can’t-miss. On Community Days, artists set up family-friendly projects in their studios.
Family Art Events
Sunday Fun Day at Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St., 704-337-2000
The third Sunday of each month, the Mint hosts an afternoon of themed family-friendly activities. The activities are free with admission, and visitors can take a guided tour of the museum that focuses on works related to the day’s theme, watch a demonstration from a featured artist, or go on a scavenger hunt, which sends kids prowling the galleries.
2011 Art Event
Romare Bearden’s 100th Birthday
Charlotte is throwing a party for what would have been artist Romare Bearden’s 100th birthday. Among the must-sees are the Mint Museum Uptown’s Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections and the Gantt Center’s Romare Bearden: His Life, His Love, His Legacy.