What’s a library without shelves?
Lights on Stairs
Overhead View of Stairway
Shelves from Afar
Even More Shelving
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A cornucopia of fun awaits you in November. From overindulging on all things turkey to feasting on the second installment of the Hunger Games movie, this month is stuffed with fun things to do!
Seasonal Fun: Thanksgiving Day Parade , Gobblefest at the Harris YMCA, Turkey Trot, Turkey Dash, Turkey Talk, Thanksgiving Crafts
Music/Performing Arts: Live and Let Die:Paul McCartney Tribute, Drake, Miguel, The Eagles, MattyB, Cyndi Lauper, Jim Brickman, Charlotte Symphony Pops: The Midtown Men-4 Stars from the Original Jersey Boys, The Sphinx Virtuosi,Venus in Fur, Sleeping Beauty, Celtic Thunder Mythology, Forbidden Broadway, The Newport Effect, Irish Tenors, Joe Bonamassa, Adventure in Space, Rusted Root, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Steep Canyon Rangers, Jim Avett (father of the Avett Brothers), Huey Mack, Taking Back Sunday, Ben Bridwell, Tim Kasher, David Ramirez, Hanson
NoDa Fall Musicfest
Chews&Booze: Dining with Friends, Totally 80′s Murder Mystery Dinner, 2nd Annual SausageFest, Halfway to Cinco de Mayo at Vida Cantina, Zipline&Dine
For the film buffs: Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Book Thief, Thor: The Dark World
For laughs: Chris Tucker, Carlos Mencina, Almost Homeless Comedy Tour, Pam Ann Cockpit Tour, John Oliver, Bobby Lee
For the kids: Reedy Creek Eco Race, Billy Jonas, Miracle on 34th Street, Hansel&Gretel, Willy Wonka, Zootastic Park, Narnia, Family Day at the Bechtler Museum, Adventures in Outer Space, Kids can try hockey for free
For the four-legged kids: FidoFest
Races: Tough Mudder, Thunder Road, Cure Search Walk, Light the Night Walk, 2nd Annual Charlotte Checkers 5k, St.Jude Give thanks Walk
Other fun events:
Charlotte International Auto Show, Fall Ball,Southern Christmas Show, Brides Against Breast Cancer Charity Gown Sale and Expo,Henry Frye, NC’s first African American Chief Justice , Renaissance Festival , ScanFest, Holiday Books and Coffee presented by the Friends of the Library at Queens
Of particular interest this month is the Levine Museum’s New South for the New Southerner series highlighting public art around town. Your $12 admission includes a buffet dinner from Mert’s.
Gobble gobble, ya’ll!
The Firebird, or ’Oiseau de Feu Sur l’Arch (literally, “Bird of Fire on an Arch”) by French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) is the center piece to the entrance of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, located on 420 South Tryon Street. The Firebird is perhaps the most photographed piece of art in Charlotte. At one time the Firebird had a Twitter account. The sculpture was created in 1991 and was purchased by Andres Bechtler specifically to be placed in front of the Bechtler Museaum of Modern Art. Bechtler wanted the sculpture to serve as a counter piece to the geometric lines of the museum that was designed by the noted Swiss architect Mario Botta.
The Firebird is over 17 feet tall and is covered in small bits of mirror and colored glass. It is dazzling when sunlight strikes the surface and glows at night reflecting the sculpture’s spot lights while also reflecting ambient light from the nearby shops, offices, and street lights. It is not uncommon at almost any time of day to see people gathered around the Firebird to have pictures taken or just to admire the artwork. Niki de Saint Phalle was a dynamic figure of the modern art world and her works challenged conventional ideals about the role of women in society. Many of her works were controversial while also being whimsical. Her sculptures are wild biomorphic shapes painted with bold primary and secondary colors or painted all white. She was friends with of many other luminaries of the Modern, Dada, and Pop Art moments such as Jean Tinguely. Tinguely and de Saint Phalle would later marry in 1971.
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A few months ago Charlotte premiered its newest park, the Romare Bearden Park. The 5.4 acre park is located only a few blocks from our Charlotte Plaza building at 300 S. Church St. In addition to the beautiful landscaping the park offers gorgeous waterfalls, and a children’s play area which is equipped with a splash ground during the summer months.
Whether you’re interested in music, the arts, family fun, or fitness it is likely that the park has something you are interested in. Coming up this weekend the park will host a pumpkin patch party, where there will be music, face-painting, pumpkin carving and lots of other fun activities. If you want to know more about the park or you want to see a schedule of events check out the parks website.
II Grande Disco by sculptor Arnaldo Parmadoro. Photo copyright Sarah Womack, all rights reserved.
One of the benefits of the Charlotte School of Law relocating to downtown is the plethora of artistic and cultural objects one can encounter just walking about the city. In this new column, I will discuss an art piece or upcoming event/ show that relates to the downtown or near downtown area.
For this first installment, I present to you the II Grande Disco (Second Large Disk) by internationally renowned artist Arnaldo Parmadoro.
Parmadoro started his artistic career as a theater set designer and gold smith in post WW II Italy. His large, abstract geometrical sculptures are what he is best known for, and his works are on display in major cities and cultural centers throughout the world. As you can tell from the title of the work, the disk that is on display at the Bank of America Plaza is the second example of this particular piece. The first version is on display in Milan, Italy.
The sculpture was commissioned in 1973 by North Carolina National Bank and Carter and Associates, who developed Independence Square plaza. The sculpture was donated to the Charlotte Mint Museum of Art in 1978. In 1980, the sculpture had to be restored because it had been vandalized over the years with magic markers, paint, and had surface scarring. The piece had to be sandblasted and a clear urethane coating applied to protect it. A new bearing was added to the base to allow the sculpture to turn again.
The Grande Disco is perhaps one of my favorite sculptural works that is on public display in Charlotte. Not only is it striking to look at, its position in the heart of the city provides a focal artistic experience. The way the sculpture is reflected in the more sterile glass and steel edifices around it transforms those structures into an extension of the artwork. I also find the contrast of the smooth, polished gold bronze against the geometric pewter color of block and rod-like shapes fascinating. In many ways, Parmadoro’s Grande Disco is a statement about the urban environment and how we interact with that environment. Of course,with art one can draw their own conclusions about its value and meaning.
The Grande Disco on display in Milan
Whether you like tricks or treats, October in Charlotte has something for everyone!
Halloween activities: Scarowinds, Ghost Tales in the Dark, NoDaWeen, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Campground Massacre, Scary Dairy, The Maze of Terror, Spirits of Rosedale Tour, Elizabeth Neighborhood Pumpkin Wall, Scarrigan Farms, The Haunted Mill, Masquerade Ball, Camp Fear, Hickory Grove Haunted Trail, The Old Haunted School, Dracula Bites, Shake your ghoul thing 2, Music Monsters and Mayhem at NC Music Factory, Kryptonite Halloween Bash + Costume Contest, Halloween at Wing Haven, Aw Shucks Farm, 13th Acre Haunted Trail, Haunted Trail at Latta Plantation Equestrian Center
Festivals: Renaissance Festival Latin America Festival, Queen City Fringe Festival, Carolina Balloon Fest, Carnival for St.Ann’s Parish, Lake Norma Folk Art Festival, Lexington BBQ Festival, Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival, Center City Literary Festival , Day of the Dead Festival , Hola Festival, Kaleidoscope Cultural Festival, Carolina Clay Matters Pottery Festival , Greater Charlotte Fine Art Festival
Chews&Booze: 2nd Annual Taste of Freemore featuring a Dunkin’ Donut Eating Contest with a chance to win $250, Plaza Midwood Chantilly Chili Cook Off, Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship ,Chocolate for a Cure, Mecktoberfest , Bachtoberfest: Bach&Beer at the Knight Theatre for a (K)night out for only $29, Halloween Pub Crawl, Halloween Howler Bar Crawl, Clips Beer and Film Tour, Southeast Crab Fest, Taste of the World
Tunes: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Aimee Mann, India Arie, Hinder, Zac Brown Band, They Might be Giants, Emeli Sande, Will Hoge, Michael Buble, Matt Nathanson, Selena Gomez, Bullet for my Valentine, Vanessa Carlton, KISS 95.1′s Grave Digger’s Ball with Flo-rida
For the little goblins: Rural Hill’s Amazing Maize Maze, Great Amazing Race, Scarrigan Farms, Fall Farm Festival , Tarzan: the Stage Musical, Hansel and Gretel, 5th Annual Fall Festival at Naomi Drenan Rec Center, Creepy Crawly Critter-ween, Palisades Wicked Welcome Home, Bootanical at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Hoot and Howl at the Carolina Raptor Center, Disney on Ice, Hodges Family Pumpkin Patch, Riverbend Farm, Country Daze Corn Maze, The Hunter Farm, Hall Family Farm, Regal Corn Maze
For a howlin’ good time with Fido: Trails for Tails, Humane Society’s Ties and Tails Gala
For the fashionistas: Lights, Camera, Fashion, Simon Fashion Now, Wine, Women and Shoes , Lust for Life
For the thrill seekers: Over the Edge Charlotte , Hero Rush
Tickle your funny bone with: David Sedaris, Judah Friedlander, Cedric the Entertainer, Sarah Bernhard
Thrilling Races: The Color Run 5K, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, City Solve Urban Race, Race for the Cure
Other fun events: Creative Loafing’s Best Of Charlotte Party, Geek Gala, BarCamp,Venus in Fur, Women of Faith conference, International House 25th Anniversary Benefit Gala, Little Shop of Horrors, Opera Carolina: Aida, New Mythologies: William Villalongo, Arsenic and Old Lace, Bank of America 500, Dollar General 300, Gospel Shout!, Explore History: Veterans Day Program, Charlotte Book Fair, Metrolina Expo Marketplace,
For your health: Michael Pollan: How Cooking can Change your Life, The Fresh Expo has everything you need to learn about healthy living
Get out of Town: For a scenic day trip, ride the rails to North Carolina’s capital and enjoy the NC State Fair with rides, games, food, exhibits, livestock, etc.
This Friday, September 20, marks the 49th year for Festival in the Park. This is the granddaddy of Charlotte area art and entertainment events. Every fall the Festival is held at Freedom Park which is the largest urban park in the city located at 1900 East Blvd.
There is something for everyone at the Festival and it is free to get in. Artists come from all over the country and from the world to exhibit their work. There are craftsmen making pottery, blowing glass, carving, weaving, you name it, it can be found at Festival in the Park. There is also a plethora of live music acts, dance performances, and street theater. And what would a festival be without food vendors, face painting, balloon artists, magicians, clowns, and caricaturists?
Festival in the Park is an experience and a great date night. Saturday night starting at eight pm, The Spongetones return for their annual gig at the park band shell. Below is a link for more information about the event. It is easy to get to the park by taking the Light Rail to the East/West Blvd. station and then catching a shuttle or bus to the park. If you are going to drive be warned that parking gets hectic.
Now that the Charlotte School of Law is located in the heart of uptown some of you may not want to deal with driving, traffic, or parking. Why not get a Lyft?? It’s an alternative to a taxi cab where you are greeted by a friendly fist bump and picked up by a car with a pink mustache.
According to their Facebook page, “Lyft is your friend with a car.” Lyft is an affordable ride service and social media community that is accessible by means of an app on your phone. It started in San Francisco and is now available in Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, San Diego, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, St. Paul and Indianapolis. This new service launches in Charlotte Thursday, September 12th, 2013.
The Lyfters are celebrating their new service in Charlotte with a free launch party at Heist Brewery located at 2909 North Davidson Street, from 6:30pm to 10pm. There you’ll be able to enjoy local art, free food as well as an open bar. In addition anyone who attends will leave with $50 in Lyft credits for rides. All you have to do is to download the Lyft app onto your smartphone and show the app for admission to the launch party.
~ Brian Trippodo ~