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Q3NC2WG9BUXG Catching a show is something that most people associate with Las Vegas or New York, but Charlotte, North Carolina’s Belk Theater has made it possible for you and your family or friends to experience the best concerts, Broadway style shows, plays, and other entertainment right here in the Queen City!

The culture of a city is largely reflected in the collections of its artists—both what they themselves create and what they purchase from their peers. Of course art is a subjective topic, but it does often mirror the ideas and lifestyles of the people that create it. To share the culture of Charlotte, North Carolina with visitors and residents, the South End community hosts several South End Gallery Crawls throughout the year.

The "New South" is a common term these days, and it’s not difficult to understand why. The American South is a region with a history of both beautiful cultural contributions as well as political upheaval; it’s a varied place and its identity is a complex and at times even conflicted one. The "New South" terminology denotes that it’s an area that’s always changing—that the American South of today is very different from the American South of, say, fifty or a hundred or two hundred years ago.

Located in uptown Charlotte, NC ImaginOn: The Jo and Joan Martin Center was first imagined in 1997, when Bob Cannon – the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s former Executive Director - and Bruce LaRowe – Executive Director for the Children’s Theater of Charlotte, both began to run out of room in their respective facilities. Both organizations shared a vision for "bringing stories to life" and thought it would make perfect sense to combine the two facilities into a shared space...

Charlotte, North Carolina is one of the largest cities in the region, boasting a beautiful skyline, a bustling professional network, and some of the best restaurants in the South. But what makes the Queen City special is not just its urban appeal, but its ability to balance the city’s high-tempo lifestyle with parks and preserves that retain its natural beauty.

The Queen City: Up With Uptown

Published: 08/24/2011 by Brie DePaulo in Business

There’s an old song you’re probably familiar with: "You can always go downtown." Well, in the Queen City, you really can’t go downtown—or at least, you shouldn’t refer to it that way. Charlotte, North Carolina doesn’t have an official "downtown" area, you see, but rather an Uptown—the very name of which signifies that the area is ever-expanding, constantly improving, and ultimately thriving, making it a perfect central hub and cultural focal point for a city that remains always on the up-and-up.

Established in 1948 by the Junior League of Charlotte, NC, The Children’s Theater of Charlotte is a nationally recognized theater and education organization, serving over 300,000 families and children a year. When it was first established, volunteers from the Junior League produced plays in school auditoriums. Later, in 1971, the Theater moved into a Queen City-owned building on Morehead Street and grew into a professional performance company.

Discovery Place is an interactive science museum located on Tryon Street in the Uptown area of Charlotte, NC, offering both adults and children the chance to engage in hands-on scientific exploration through a series of exhibits, experiments, activities and 3D films. Any visitor to the Queen City should not leave without stepping foot inside this one-of-a-kind experience.

The North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is the source of the best performing arts entertainment in Charlotte and in the Carolinas. Located in the uptown area of Charlotte, NC, since it opened its doors in 1992, the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center has experienced tremendous growth, while also helping to stimulate the Queen City’s economy.

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra exists to serve the community of Charlotte, NC "through music that educates, entertains and enriches the human spirit." The Charlotte Symphony was founded in 1932 and is the largest active professional performing arts organization in the central Carolinas. With over 100 performances each year, the Charlotte Symphony attracts more than 200,000 audience members and listeners in the Queen City every season.