Three Young Charlotte Actors Head to Melrose Place
From R to L: Charlottean Ella Dorsch, Heather Locklear, Jason MacDonald and Natasha Bure
Co-starring with Heather Locklear? Several young Charlotte actors find it’s no ‘Sweat’
“The film tells the inspiring true story of Kristine Carlson, co-author of the best-selling (25 million and counting!) book series Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff with her husband, Dr. Richard Carlson, who finds herself unmoored after Richard’s unexpected death. She’s always been comfortable being his second banana, and now she’s a single mom to two girls and expected to become the new spokesperson for the Don’t Sweat brand.”
Charlotteans Ella Dorsch, Amelia Rose and Avynlee Howley Wood are featured in a new Lifetime movie — Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: The Kristine Carlson Story — that debuts tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 16) at 8 p.m. EST. Oh, yeah! And, Heather Locklear also stars in it …
Photo Credit: digidreamgrafix
City Council Names First Six Members of Arts & Culture Board
Tuesday night, City Council voted on four more members of the new arts and culture advisory board, adding to two from last week. All six members appointed by Council are:
- Shefalee Patel
- Nick Tosco
- Carla Aaron-Lopez
- Kevin Patterson
- Aisha Dew
- Tim Miner *
* Tim Miner is a co-founder of Charlotte Is Creative and co-publisher of The Biscuit.
Members of the advisory board will serve for three years and will assist Priya Sircar, the City’s first arts and culture officer. The description of the board’s responsibilities posted on the City of Charlotte website is:
“The arts and culture advisory board will work with the arts and culture officer and the community to:
- Determine the allocation of the remaining arts and culture funding in FY 2022
- Determine the allocation of arts and culture funding FY 2023 and FY 2024
- Develop a comprehensive Cultural Plan
This Board will incorporate community and stakeholder engagement, data-driven decision making and principles of equity and inclusivity into decision making.”
The arts and culture advisory board will have 18 members in total. Mayor Lyles will select three more members (and appoint the chairperson) and an additional nine will be chosen by the private sector. Those appointments have yet to be announced. The Arts & Science Council will automatically receive one seat on the board.
Charlotte creative, Aguinaldo Santos
Two More Latinx Creatives to Know, Love and Hire
It’s amazing how creative opportunities present themselves … if you’re looking for them. In preparation for this week’s batch of The Biscuit, we were looking for a way to commemorate National Dictionary Day on Oct. 16. When we least expected it, we found it.
Are you familiar with the word, ouroboros? According to Merriam-Webster, it’s “a circular symbol that depicts a snake or dragon devouring its own tail … that is used especially to represent the eternal cycle …”
That’s exactly what we have here. We reached out to two Latinx creatives to celebrate this week. At the end, we asked them both to recommend a fellow creative we should feature. And, they each mentioned the other. That’s a cycle of love and respect we had to honor. So, this week, please meet:
- Aguinaldo Santos – A photographer and architect who, in his spare time, is putting the finishing touches on a giant model of a daguerreotype, the world’s first commercial camera. When it’s installed along South Tryon St. in the coming weeks, you can see it and climb inside to enjoy projections of pictures of Charlotte.
- Pam Torres – A creative who, according to her Instagram account was “born and raised in Ecuador, but somehow ended up in America.” After leaving her creative passions behind for years, she’s studying graphic design and advertising at CPCC and is ready for a full-time creative career.
Read more about these wonderful creatives and what drives their passion.
These creative profiles are sponsored by OrthoCarolina.
A piece from JOY by Lo’Vonia Parks
Elder Gallery Brings Joy to the Charlotte Art World
Joy as an act of resistance looks like color on canvas, feels like the embrace of a friend you’ve gone a year without greeting face to face; and sounds like good music pumping through a speaker in the middle of a shared space among creatives.
Charlotte’s Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art has curated such a rebellion with its newest exhibition, JOY, aided by four brilliant artists — Erin Comerford Miller, Carla Aaron-Lopez (“kingcarla”), Windy O’Connor and Lo’Vonia Parks.
Dive Into Kelly Zimmerman’s Coral Reef
OK; we’re calling it. Kelly Zimmerman’s Coral Reef, now on display in Founders Hall, is one of the “Eight Wonders of the Queen City Creative Community.”
If you didn’t get down to see GAIA, the large replica of the planet earth by artist Luke Jerram which ended its temporary tenure in Founders Hall last week, or you haven’t seen the Of Earth & Sky poem installations scattered across uptown, you may have missed this gem. Let’s correct that.
Using some patterns and photo references of actual coral reefs, Zimmerman crocheted an entire coral reef from yarn. Her mom (Pat) and aunts (Bonnie and Jean), helped her arrange and install the pieces of this project, initially slated for Charlotte SHOUT!, which has been delayed until next year.
This coral reef would still be mind-blowing if 20 artists worked on it. But, Zimmerman did it all herself.
And, it would still inspire awe if she’d had been a fiber artist her entire life. But, Zimmerman began working in fiber art less than two years ago. (Let that sink in a moment.)
This Installation by the Numbers
We caught up with Zimmerman, and she shared some details on this project:
- It took her over 600 hours to make
- She used 35,000 yards of yarn
- 1,000 individuals pieces form 600 different pieces of coral
Click here to scroll through photos provided by Zimmerman to see the amazing, intricate detail. The coral reef will be on public, free display in Founders Hall, along with Of Earth & Sky, through the end of the month. Its home after that has yet to be determined.
The Charlotte News from 9/24/1981
The Queen City’s Forgotten Crown Saga
Charlotte’s crown logo reigns across the Queen City. It has been used as a Charlotte emblem for more than 65 years, stemming from the City’s royal namesake, Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III.
From hats and hoodies to garbage cans and street signs, the crown has become a fixture in Charlotte’s culture. But the crown hasn’t always reigned supreme. When a modern iteration of the Queen City’s crown designed by Joe Sonderman and his team was unveiled to city council members in 1981 after months of back and forth discussion, the emblem was met with little love, a pinch of controversy and a wealth of opinions.
The official logo for the City of Charlotte approved in 1982.
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