Creative News: Week of June 23
Here’s some of the most interesting creative news for the week of June 23:
Price’s Chicken Coop Closes After 59 Years
Unless you were hiding in a sensory deprivation tank last week, you know that South End staple Price’s Chicken Coop closed for business after 59 years, citing market challenges (labor, coin availability, food costs) as the reason. The lines of hundreds of hungry (and nostalgic) Charlotteans wrapped around the building — a tribute to a Charlotte culinary and cultural institution.
The once lively storefront now stands empty. But, artists can find beauty even in sadness, as local urban sketcher, Mike Daikubara, did in the drawing he posted on Instagram.
Close City Council Vote Adopts the 2040 Plan
As reported by our media partner, WFAE, the Charlotte City Council voted in favor of adopting the 2040 Comprehensive Plan by a slim margin of 6 votes to 5 Monday night. The plan was developed under the direction of the city’s Assistant City Manager and Director of Planning, Design & Development Taiwo Jayeoba. It is intended to guide development and city investments for the next two decades.
A portion of the plan, which would allow duplexes and triplexes in areas currently zoned only for single-family homes, remained in the adopted plan, despite a last-minute measure to strike it from the final plan mounted by District 3 Council member Victoria Watlington. To read WFAE’s full story, click here. To view the 2040 plan, click here.
Theatre Charlotte Takes it On The Road
Last December, Theatre Charlotte’s building at 501 Queens Road was severely damaged in an electrical fire. Repairs are underway, but the historic building isn’t yet suitable for performances.
Since the fire, Theatre Charlotte has continued to offer programming and announced Wednesday that it will produce six musicals and other programs in various locations around Charlotte for its 94th season. The musical line-up includes:
- The Fantasticks – Sept. 2-19, 2021 at The Palmer Building
- All Together Now – Nov. 12-14, 2021 at Dilworth United Methodist Church
- A Christmas Carol – Dec. 16-19, 2021 at CPCC’s Halton Theatre
- Smoke on the Mountain – Jan. 27-Feb. 12, 2022 at The Great Aunt Stella Center
- Love, Loss and What I Wore – March 24-April 10, 2022 at Camp North End, Warehouse 242, Mint Museum Randolph and Palmer Building
- Detroit ’67 – May 26-June 5, 2022 at a location TBD
Ticket sales for Theatre Charlotte’s 94th season open June 25 and can be purchased on their website.
Five More AAPI Creatives to Know
In honor of May’s Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we have featured profiles of some of Charlotte’s most dynamic and exciting AAPI creatives sourced from our Instagram followers. The response was so great, that we have continued into June. This week, meet our final five featured creatives — Evelyn Tsai, Mark Borja, Malu Tan, Varsha Pradhan and Pooja Nair. Click here to get to know them.
More National Acts Announced for SHOUT!
Blumenthal Performing Arts has announced three performances they’re adding to this fall’s Charlotte SHOUT line-up:
- Author, chef, and Queer Eye co-host, Antoni Porowski on Sept. 20
- Renowned therapist, speaker, and podcaster, Esther Perel on Sept. 22
- New York Times bestselling novelist and storyteller, Nicholas Sparks on Sept. 23
Tickets for each speaker go on sale Friday, June 25, 2021 at 10am. More information and ticket links here.
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