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Art Heist on Tryon Streetby Tim Miner on November 12, 2020
Priceless art is missing.
(Not in Charlotte, but in Boston. But that’s old news.) You’re needed to help solve the crime. (Not really — unless you happen to know anything about the stolen art from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which included a Rembrandt, a Vermeer and a Manet.) The Charlotte mystery is entirely fabricated and just for fun, although it is based on that still-unsolved Boston case.
From Nov. 18 to Dec. 13, the Blumenthal Performing Arts needs you to play the role of detective in “Art Heist,” a socially distanced, interactive true crime experience on Tryon Street. Audience members will visit five walkable locations uptown, interacting with actors playing career criminals and dropping hints. Think of it as dinner mystery theater meets a live-action “Clue” in the Center City. The first three events are sold out, but there are more daily tickets available through the run of the show.
To sharpen your sleuthing skills, check out @ArtSearchCharlotte. Every week, they hide a donated work from a local artist somewhere in Charlotte.
They post three clues and information about the artist on Instagram to help you narrow down your search. If you find it, it’s yours. Like Art Heist, this search provides a whimsical way to get outside and support Queen City creativity.
We spoke more about @ArtSearchCharlotte on WBTV’s QC@3. Watch the segment here.
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