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Life’s Imitation of Art: ‘La Bohème’

| April 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
Life’s Imitation of Art: ‘La Bohème’

Hickory Ridge High School might be one of the saddest places I have ever been.  It doesn’t have nearly enough windows to suit its size, its labyrinthine parking lot is nearly impossible to navigate and the inside is dull and lifeless. What the school does have, however, is friendly people and an enthusiastic arts program. This may […]

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Open Mic Night Done Right

| March 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
Open Mic Night Done Right

Photos by Pooja Pasupula In my sophomore year of high school, my teacher decided to show us a video of the spoken word poet Sarah Kay. It was her TED talk, a video I’ve since watched dozens of times. She spoke confidently, with both passion and rhythm. I was in absolute awe. It was a […]

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The Power of Lies

| February 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Power of Lies

The stage was littered with simple 20th century furniture, the perfect replica of a classroom. However, the most important and imposing part of the set was spelled out. Literally. Large wallpapered letters spelled the word “MERCY” across the stage. Most of the time, they blended into the background, acting as walls for the set. However, […]

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Female Empowerment Showcased at “Tales From Down There”

| February 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
Female Empowerment Showcased at “Tales From Down There”

I walked into the Cone building and was immediately greeted by a giant vagina made of felt and craft supplies. People were using it as a background for pictures, the kind that would definitely go on Instagram later. There were also tables surrounding the entrance to McKnight Hall, representing a variety of different organizations, from […]

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‘Of Ebony Embers’: A Harmonious and Heartfelt Portrayal of a Past Forgotten

| February 15, 2017 | 0 Comments
‘Of Ebony Embers’: A Harmonious and Heartfelt Portrayal of a Past Forgotten

A dim of the lights, a whip of a snare drum, the eerie strum of a cello. On stage, a single man takes the form of many; inhabits the psyche of an artist, a poet, a dreamer, a legend. Even with your eyes shut, you could still capture the same essence of the performance spilling […]

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Taking a Step out of Africa and into Charlotte

| January 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
Taking a Step out of Africa and into Charlotte

Photos by Pooja Pasupula. From the first moments of Step Afrika!’s Saturday night performance in the Popp-Martin Student Union, the troupe’s best assets were apparent: Their synchronization is airtight, their sense of rhythm is fail safe, their energy is unmatched, and they’ve got a likable, mischievous sense of humor.  But it’s only after seeing their performance in its […]

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Geeking out with “She Kills Monsters”

| November 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Geeking out with “She Kills Monsters”

“Monsters” follows the story of Agnes Evan’s “Dungeons and Dragons” quest to know her dead younger sister Tilly Evans. A model like Dark Elf, a sexy Demon Princess are a part of Tilly’s sick ass “D&D” squad which were dressed to a teenage boy’s wet dream. “Monster’s” had a lot of stage combat but because […]

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Students Stun at Last Poet Standing Competition

| November 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
Students Stun at Last Poet Standing Competition

I love words. Reading them, writing them, hearing them. I have a firm belief that they contain the power to heal wounds and bring people together. Never was that more apparent than this Thursday evening at the Last Poet Standing competition hosted by spoken word poet Jasmine Mans. Participants presented their poetry, raw and personal, to […]

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Standing With Standing Rock

| November 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
Standing With Standing Rock

The performance of Larry Yazzie was promoted to students at UNC Charlotte as a Native American Dance concert, but it was so much more. Yazzie and manager/performer Christal Moose teamed together to take their audience on a musical and spiritual journey. Before Moose introduced Yazzie, she took the time to tell her audience a little […]

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Dancing into Fall

| November 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
Dancing into Fall

Every year, UNC Charlotte’s Dance Department works hard to put on their annual fall dance concert. The choreography comes from many esteemed choreographers in the dance world and features a variety of styles, from ballet to vintage jazz. It features performances from various students in the department. The concert opened with a large group number […]

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UNCC Students Show Off Their Skills

| October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
UNCC Students Show Off Their Skills

On Friday Oct. 20, the Campus Activity Board hosted their Fall Talent Show in McKnight Hall, allowing 13 gifted students to take the stage and be recognized for their talents. Talent shows have a tendency to be over saturated with certain types of performances, but this was not a problem here. I was impressed by […]

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“The Aliens” is Strangely Human

| October 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
“The Aliens” is Strangely Human

The evening sun is beginning to set and an October chill fills the air. In the Robinson Hall courtyard, people sit in folding chairs in front of the newly constructed stage. It is the perfect setting for UNCC’s first theater production of the season, Annie Baker’s “The Aliens.” The show originally premiered Off-Broadway in 2010 and […]

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Step Back in Time with “1776”

| October 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
Step Back in Time with “1776”

Long before the hit musical “Hamilton” reinvigorated America’s interest in our founding fathers, “1776″ was released unto the world. With music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone, the musical went on to win three Tonys after its Broadway premiere in 1969. Now you can see it right here in the Queen […]

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UNCC Faculty Shine In Annual Faculty Dance Concert

| September 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
UNCC Faculty Shine In Annual Faculty Dance Concert

I come from a dance background, having danced various styles since I was a little girl. Still, I had no idea what I was getting into when I volunteered to cover the Faculty Dance Concert for Niner Times. What I got was a truly phenomenal theater experience, a wide range of topics and emotions told through […]

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CAB Spring Talent Show 2016

| April 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
CAB Spring Talent Show 2016

Photos by Chris Crews. McKnight Hall came to life on Friday, April 8 during the Campus Activities Board Spring Talent Show. With a packed crowd, some of UNC Charlotte’s brightest young stars take the stage to demonstrate their talents. Darren Brand from MTV’s “Wild N’Out” and comedian, Tyler Does, hosted the two hour showcase of […]

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‘Hamletmachine’ – A unique take on a Shakespeare classic

| March 20, 2016 | 0 Comments
‘Hamletmachine’ – A unique take on a Shakespeare classic

Upon entering Belk Theatre, I didn’t exactly know what to expect from this production. My foggy memory of reading “Hamlet” in high school provided some expectations, however, “Hamletmachine” is truly unique. Originally written by German playwright Heiner Müller and loosely based on the work of William Shakespeare, this play is both thought-provoking and disturbing. The […]

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Magic Mike turns skeptics into believers

| March 20, 2016 | 1 Comment
Magic Mike turns skeptics into believers

There are very few things I can think of that are more frightening than trying to impress a room full of college students. And if I had to make a list titled “The Least Likely Things to Excite College Students,” magic would handily make the top three. And so I entered Cone Center and filled in […]

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Friday Night Live – JR De Guzman

| February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments
Friday Night Live – JR De Guzman

Photos by Ashwin Ananthapadmanabhan and Erin Cortez . “Friday Night Live” on Feb. 5 was not the event it should have been considering the talent that was present with musician and comedian JR De Guzman. Although De Guzman was not supposed to be on his own according to the advertisement for the event, he was […]

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‘The Opulence of Integrity’ – The Muhammad Ali story told through dance

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
‘The Opulence of Integrity’ – The Muhammad Ali story told through dance

Inspired by the mind of Fred Ho “The Opulence of Integrity” is an interpretative dance piece written to encompass much of the life and consciousness of legendary American Boxer Muhammad Ali. Presented at Belk theatre here at UNCC, the ensemble work was split up into four movements. Each of which were divided by a monologue, by […]

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‘Grease Live’ proves that grease is still the word

| February 1, 2016 | 1 Comment
‘Grease Live’ proves that grease is still the word

Our thoughts at the Niner Times go out to the Hudgens family at this time of grieving over the loss of Vanessa’s father from stage IV cancer on Saturday night. However this show goes, Vanessa Hudgens is already the MVP. #GreaseLive — Hunter Heilman (@HungerHuman) February 1, 2016 So unbelievably proud of @VanessaHudgens for not […]

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