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Danny Knaub: Theater fan and publicist, Broadway veteran, jaywalker
Right after earning his master’s degree in English literature, a young Danny Knaub joined Blumenthal Performing Arts Center as marketing and video coordinator. That was 2008. He was promoted twice during his nearly five years with the Blumenthal, eventually becoming a communications manager.
But the siren song of a bigger city called. After spending a few years in San Francisco and New York City, a still-young (just slightly older) Knaub is back where it all began — Charlotte.
Get to know the Blumenthal’s witty, wonderful vice president of marketing in a meaningful way – by reading our insightful, five-question Q&A. (We have inquiring minds; we can never actually stick to just five.)
Four Creatives to Know on July 9, 2021
Over the past three years, we’ve shared the stories of hundreds of inspiring creative Charlotteans at work in our city. And, throughout that time, we’ve learned one immutable truth …
We’ll never run out of inspiring, creative Charlotteans at work in our city.
While we may not always give ourselves enough credit for it, the Queen City is fortunate to have a passionate (and nearly endless) community of innovative and artistic neighbors. And, while it’s a nearly impossible task to share them all, we’re sure going to try.
This week, we’re featuring:
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DUNC Creates a “Massive Mural” for Binaco Tower
“I wanted to make it for the city of Charlotte and incorporate an uplifting message – WE ARE TOGETHER.“ – Artist Alex Duncan
Alex Duncan – a.k.a. DUNC – started 2020 with a mission: Paint a large (if not the largest) mural in Charlotte.
He wasn’t sure how or where he’d paint his mural, but he was ready to act when the opportunity arose. And, it did.
A few months after setting his goal, Duncan was approached by Vijay Bhojwani of Binaco Real Estate. Bhojwani wanted a mural that could be seen from Binaco Tower, a new, five-story tower he’s building at 123 E 5th St. in uptown Charlotte.
This was the big opportunity Duncan was looking for. How big? 5,360 square feet to be exact.
Here are two exciting upcoming events we suggest make their way to your calendar:
Strawberry Fields Forever:
FabFest Returns This Weekend
Tosco Music’s FabFest returns this weekend to celebrate the immortal music of The Beatles at Belk Theater tonight — Friday, July 9 at 8 p.m. – and tomorrow (July 10) at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at fabfestcharlotte.org.
Plus, you can enjoy free live music, a memorabilia silent auction, a Beatles art contest and more at FabFest Daytime from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Spirit Square. Saturday also features live music — also free — on the Square of Trade and Tryon Streets.
Experience a Different Side of the Circus:
Nouveau Sud Premieres LA BESTIA
In LA BESTIA: A Circus Journey, Nouveau Sud’s fifth original production since its 2014 founding, the audience follows the immigrant journey from Central and Latin America to the United States.
It’s a dangerous, harrowing trip, and not everyone who sets out will make it. The production has won a grant to tour, but Charlotte audiences get to see it first. Tickets are just $10 for performances on July 15, 16 and 17.
One Amazing Sight: Rainbow on Main
Calling Kermit the Frog! If you’re still looking for a “rainbow connection,” we found one for you.
It’s right in the heart of downtown Waxhaw, clinging to the outer wall of Tangles Knitting on Main at 200 W North Main St.
For the last seven years, Julie Philip and her friends in the knit and crochet community have built a fiber installation in Waxhaw. Last year, they created “Hearts on the Wall” to offer the Waxhaw community a message of love and comfort.
This year, Philip invited her friends to help create a giant rainbow made of over 300 knit, sewn or crocheted flowers. She made an open ask on Instagram and attracted some new creatives to join in. Children even participated by cutting flowers out of felt.
Why rainbows? Well, besides their ability to make connections (See, Kermit? We got back around to you), Philip said, “Rainbows are happy. The flowers are a manageable size. I knew it would be a challenge, but we had a blast making them.”
The “Rainbow on Main” flower bomb will remain up for several weeks, until the elements take their toll on the installation and it’s time to come down. And, don’t worry, Philip already has her idea for the 2022 installation.
Rainbow on Main by the Numbers:
- Number of Flowers: 375
- Size: 7 ft. x 12 ft.
- Number of Artists Who Created It: 10
- Tari Marowski
- Denise Lindberg
- Dr. Anait Balasanyan
- Julie Philip
- Elizabeth Climer
- Donna Tarney
- Natalia Pleshko
- Judi Siver
- Debby Paulson
- Ina Plyler
Last week’s batch of The Biscuit featured a story about a mural on the move — a work of art created to honor the memory of Mary Collins, a young woman murdered in the NoDa area during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring.
Click here to read the emotional story of how Mary’s mural came to be, as well as other stories about the future of arts and cultural funding in Charlotte, a cartoonist who moved to Charlotte from Iraq and more.
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