*UPDATE* to yesterday’s post about Charlotte culture

Looks like others are also aware of Charlotte’s lack of “arts” or at least diversity. Reading the papers I missed while out of town last week I came across an article at the bottom of Thursday’s Observer headline section titled- “Charlotte stages pale in comparison”.

It starts like this- ‘Now playing in Atlanta: “The Color Purple.” Now playing in Charlotte: the color white’ then goes on to bemoan the lack of ethnicity in local staged productions and notes Atlanta audiences have a mixed makeup where Charlotte’s are “largely white, affluent and middle-aged”. That type of audience wants “feelgood, uplifting, nonchallenging, nonconfrontational work”. Winston-Salem and Asheville are seen as better markets for cultural diversity than Charlotte. (having spent time in both cities I would agree)

I’m not surprised when the only time I was engaged by someone locally about an upcoming event was when a co-worker repeatedly asked if I was going to see “Mama Mia”.

Charlotte’s idea of cultural diversity is inviting people to your Carolina Panthers pre-game tail gate party who enjoy hamburgers AND hotdogs.


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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