The movie guys are back to talk about the Summer blockbuster movie season. Matt Brunson from Creative Loafing and Sean O’Connell from Charlotte Weekly will guide us through a season of Monsters and Aliens, Wizards, Angels and Demons, lots of explosions and even a few laughs.
Matt Brunson – Entertainment Editor, Creative Loafing
Sean O’Connell – Film Critic, Carolina Weekly
We’ll look at what its like on both sides of the job search in the current economy. We’ll talk about the tried and true strategies of job hunting that may or may not work in this economic downturn. A panel of experts will talk about what sectors are hiring, about the best ways to introduce yourself to a prospective company, and how to get yourself noticed – in the right way.
Janice Habash – YMCA Board Member, financial services veteran
Amy Noland – Co-Founder, Accrue Partners search and staffing firm
Part One: Rachel Vanslyke, Bicycling Musician
We’ll meet Rachel Vanslyke, a musician who has made a name for herself not only by writing award-winning songs, but by going on tour not in a bus, but on her bicycle. We’ll talk to her about songwriting, performing, hear some of her music, and talk about life on tour… on a bike!
Rachel Vanslyke – Musician, won Clear Channel’s 2006 “Song of the Year”
Part Two: CAST Theatre’s Metamorphoses
CAST Theatre in Charlotte is known for “experiential theatre.” They transform their entire space- not just the acting area, but the lobby, box office, and bathrooms- to reflect the world of the play they are presenting. Their latest offering, Metamorphoses, takes experiential theatre to new depths as the play takes place around, in and under water.
Michael Simmons – Director of Metamorphoses
Robert Lee Simmons – Technical Director, Metamorphoses
Paula Schmitt – Lead Actress, Metamorphoses
Join us for a look at the level of diversity in Charlotte’s workforce. We’ll talk about how we measure and define workplace diversity, and we’ll have a discussion about what Charlotte companies, and companies around the country are doing to maintain and increase the diversity of their workforce, client base and work environment.
Peter Aranda – Exec. Director, The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management
Dr. James Johnson – Director, Urban Investment Strategies Center, UNC Chapel Hill
Brenda Anderson – President, The Galilee Agency
For over 21 years, The Evangelical Network has advanced the notion that gays and lesbians can embrace an evangelical lifestyle. The organization of churches, ministries and Christian workers hold conferences with bible study and lectures to present biblical text that they say supports diverse lifestyles. This year the conference will be held in Charlotte and the President of the Evangelical Network joins us.
Todd Ferrell – President, The Evangelical Network
Warren Smith – Editor and Publisher, The Evangelical Press News Service
Many people looking to save money on their food budgets are turning back to gardening, which can be cheaper and more nutritious. We’ll discuss organic gardening with Don Rosenberg, who has spent much of his career making gardening so easy anyone can do it. A specialist in backyard gardens, he’ll share his wisdom.
Don Rosenberg – Organic Gardener and Author of No Green Thumb Required!
- More information at Instant Organic Garden.com
Bishopville, South Carolina resident and topiary artist Pearl Fryar just wanted to win garden of the month. But he ended up turning his yard into a living work of art that attracts fans from all over. We’ll hear the story behind his art, the media attention his garden has received, and the documentary about him. (Originally aired (3/3/2009)
Pearl Fryar – Topiary Artist
Charlotte’s top restaurant critics join us to discuss the latest news on the culinary scene. They’ll share their best dining experiences and perhaps a place or two that fell short of expectations. Chef Peter Reinhart helps lead the discussion on new restaurants, old favorites and what is changing on the region’s culinary landscape. We’ll also get a few tips on “dining on a dime” around Charlotte.
- Keep reading for a list of some of the restaurants mentioned
More than 6,700 high school seniors will receive their diplomas from Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools this Spring. But will they be adequately prepared for higher education or the job market? Do students who enter college actually graduate? These are some of the questions asked in the study “To a Culture of No Excuses,” recently released by the Public Education Research Institute at Queens University. We’ll discuss the results of the study, how CMS students stack up against their counterparts around the state, and look at the challenges public schools face with student performance and graduation around the country.
Cheryl Pulliam – Director, Public Education Research Institute, Queens University
Katara Dixson – Assoc. Director, The Lee Institute
Part One: Charlotte Roller Girls
Flat track roller derby is a sport that’s gaining quite a bit of momentum in cities around the country. Last year, Charlotte was introduced to the sport in the form of The Charlotte Roller Girls. The team now has one of the largest fan followings of roller derby teams in the nation and is made up of a very diverse group of women. They’re all ages, and are mothers and wives, lawyers, teachers and businesswomen. We’ll hear their story.
Cress Barnes (aka Lucy Kwipment) – Pivot and Blocker
Rosemary Gardner (aka Rosie Cheeks) – Pivot, Blocker and Jammer
Paige Leary (aka Court ‘her, Pound ‘her) – Jammer and Blocker
Part Two: The Color Purple
“The Color Purple” has arrived in the Queen City. The Broadway production was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and now many of the original players are onstage again in the production’s first North American tour. We’ll talk about the musical’s message of hope and love and about the response of the audiences around the country.
Angela Robinson – Plays “Shug Avery”
Felicia Fields – Plays “Sofia,” and was nominated for a Tony
Scott Sanders – Lead Producer for The Color Purple