Join us Dec. 6 for University City 2.0 – Building a City in the City

Join us Dec. 6 for University City 2.0 – Building a City in the City

University City is in the midst of incredible change. Guiding that change for maximum benefit to our community will require bold vision, thoughtful planning, and creative design. Urban-design expert David Dixon will share ideas for navigating the sea change on Dec. 6 at University City 2.0 – Building a City in the City. The free public event, presented by University City Partners and Charlotte Research Institute, will take place 5-7 pm Dec. 6 at UNC Charlotte’s PORTAL Innovation Hub.   About David Dixon Dixon leads the Urban Design team at Stantec, a multi-faceted company providing community planning, architectural design, engineering and related services worldwide. In Charlotte, the Urban Design team is helping master-plan and develop the $700 million Brooklyn Village mixed-use neighborhood in Second Ward. Stantec also helped create Charlotte’s South End Vision Plan. Dixon also is co-editor of “Suburban Remix: Creating the next generation of Urban Places,” and co-author of “Urban Design for an Urban Century: Placemaking for People.”   About University City 2.0 University City 2.0 is a Charlotte Research Institute and University City Partners signature reception and guest speaker event for area businesses and business partners, civic and economic development leaders, and UNC Charlotte faculty and staff. The Dec. 6 event will begin with the Charlotte Research Institute winter reception from 5-6 pm. The guest-speaker program will start at 6 with remarks by Dixon. After his remarks, Mr. Dixon will be joined by City of Charlotte Director of Planning, Design and Development Taiwo Jaiyeoba and Assistant City Manager for Economic Development Tracy Dodson for a panel discussion and open Q&A exchange.   Want to attend? The...
Students star at Booth, Ovens and campus halls

Students star at Booth, Ovens and campus halls

November days are short, but the spotlights will shine brightly throughout the month on UNC Charlotte dancers and musicians. Among the shows – the Fall Dance Concert in Belk Theater at Robinson Hall, The Veterans Day Concert at Ovens Auditorium and the university orchestra’s Prayer for Peace at Booth Playhouse. Orchestra: Prayer for Peace 7:30 pm Nov. 8 at Booth Playhouse in Blumenthal Performing Arts Center The UNC Charlotte Orchestra, under the direction of Jonathan Govias, presents Prayer for Peace: A Symphonic Remembrance of War, Holocaust, and Hope. The concert features cellist Cicely Parnas and narrator Jay Morong. Six pieces will be performed, all with strong connections to the tragedy of World Wars I and II. Details For Heroes Proved: A Veterans Day Concert 7:30 pm Nov. 11 at Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. The UNC Charlotte Wind Ensemble is joined by the University Chorale and the Pride of Niner Nation Marching Band for a Veterans Day salute. Performed on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the multi-media concert features patriotic music and video from the marching band’s summer performances at World War II sites in Normandy, France. The concert is free and no tickets are necessary; there will be a fee for parking. Details Fall Dance Concert 7:30 pm Nov. 15-17 and 2 pm Nov. 18 in Belk Theater at Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts Students in the Department of Dance will perform four works choreographed by UNC Charlotte dance faculty and guest artists, including choreographer Claudia Lavista of Delfos Danza Contemporánea, Mexico. Lavista will converse with the audience following the Nov....
This UCity venue is alive with concerts, comedy, dance and more!

This UCity venue is alive with concerts, comedy, dance and more!

One of Charlotte’s best venues for great entertainment this fall is right here at UNC Charlotte. Among the two dozen shows through early December are Shakespeare’s gender-bending comedy, “Twelfth Night,” a stirring choral tribute concert, one-of-a-kind dance performances and concerts featuring jazz, gospel, classical and contemporary music. October performances include:   The Sweet By and By: Choral Reflections on Death 7:30 pm Oct. 15 in Belk Theater at Robinson Hall. The University Chorale performs The Sweet By and By: Choral Reflections on Death, dedicated to the memory of beloved former accompanist Greg Underwood, who died in 2017. Presented in the three stages of “Loss/Grief,” “Acceptance,” and “Peace,” the concert includes music by J.S. Bach, contemporary choral pieces, and arrangements of well-known hymns and gospel songs. Tickets   Woodwind and Brass Chamber Ensembles concert 7:30 pm Oct. 23 in Rowe Recital Hall The performance is free.   “Twelfth Night” Oct. 25-28; Oct. 31-Nov. 4 in the Black Box Theater at Robinson Hall. All shows are 7:30 pm except 2 pm on Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. Robinson Distinguished Professor of Theatre Andrew Hartley directs this production of Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s gender-bending comedy about a love triangle shaped by disguise, deception, and yellow stockings. Tickets   See the full fall semester schedule Click here to see the full schedule of performances, shows and other events taking place through early December. Click here to sign up for regular notification of events.   Campus venues and galleries Most main-campus performances take place at Robinson Hall, home to the 340-seat Ann R. Belk Theater and the 100-seat “black Box” Lab Theater, and in the newly renovated...
Website offers details of university hotel-conference center

Website offers details of university hotel-conference center

The proposed UNC Charlotte conference center and hotel have drawn plenty of interest, especially from people following the surge of development taking place near the new LYNX light-rail stations on North Tryon Street. Thanks to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department, vivid renderings and many building details are now available for public view. You can find the latest site plan and other materials on the department website, among its list of 2018 rezoning petitions, under Petition 2018-047.   Site for facility will require zoning change The UNC Charlotte Foundation, which owns the site for the proposed development, is asking the Charlotte City Council to rezone 4.42 acres near the JW Clay Boulevard Transit Station for a hotel with up to 230 rooms and a 15,000-square-foot conference center. All of the project’s required planning documents and city-staff reviews (as they are completed) are available online. As of June 15, the rezoning public hearing for this project is scheduled for the Charlotte City Council’s monthly zoning meeting on June 18. However, several petitions including possibly this one will be deferred to a later date. See below for more meeting details. Download the meeting agenda here.   What we know so far Tentatively called the UNC Charlotte Marriott, the hotel and conference center are proposed for about 4.4 acres bordered by North Tryon Street, JW Clay Boulevard, Robert D. Snyder Road and the PORTAL Building parking lot. The land is owned by the UNC Charlotte Foundation. The current site plan shows a six-story hotel fronting North Tryon Street and the conference center fronting Robert D. Snyder Drive. A second building for parking would be built...
University City hits the high notes with 5 concerts!

University City hits the high notes with 5 concerts!

If you enjoy live music, you will LOVE the next few days in University City. We just learned that Thursday’s rain-postponed free performance of The Voltage Brothers at The Shoppes at University Place has been shifted to May 3. Meanwhile, UNC Charlotte’s musicians and singers will perform four concerts in six nights, starting tonight, April 27.   Special themes and great venues The Voltage Brothers will appear lakeside near the main bridge at the University Place lake. Is there a better place to enjoy music outdoors on a beautiful spring evening? All campus performances will take place in Belk Theater at Robinson Hall. This an acoustic gem of a hall, with great seats throughout. The university’s Wind Ensemble perform a program entitled “Angels and Demons.” The Jazz Ensemble will offer works by Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn and others. The Chamber Orchestra will celebrate the many voices of the Americas in its second “Symphony of Diversity” concert.   Tickets The Voltage Brothers will perform for free, courtesy of the many shops and restaurants at The Shoppes at University Place. For the UNC Charlotte performances buy tickets online or visit the Robinson Hall Box office 11 am-3 pm weekdays in the front lobby of Robinson Hall. You also can order tickets by calling the box office11 am-3 pm weekdays at 704-687-1849.   Performance details Chamber Orchestra – 7:30 pm April 27 in Belk Theater at Robinson Hall. The UNC Charlotte Chamber Orchestra, led by Jonathan Govias, celebrates the many voices of the Americas in its second “Symphony of Diversity” concert. More than half of the repertoire is by women composers, including the...
Conference center, hotel in works near Clay Blvd Station

Conference center, hotel in works near Clay Blvd Station

Marriott is partner; hotel could open summer 2020 Just three weeks after the launch of light-rail service to University City, UNC Charlotte is moving forward on plans for a hotel and conference center beside the J.W. Clay Boulevard station. “Once completed, this full-service UNC Charlotte-branded Marriott hotel will provide 226 rooms and a 15,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art conference center,” wrote Chancellor Phil Dubois in his April “Fast Five” update to the campus community. The hotel could open by summer of 2020, The Charlotte Observer reports.   A dream dating back three decades Proposals for a university-focused conference center date back more than 30 years, to the original plans for nearby University Place. UNC Charlotte’s current Master Plan envisions a hotel and conference center near the Clay Boulevard campus entrance. The university recently submitted a request for Charlotte City Council to rezone a wooded property on North Tryon Street for the new hotel and center. The 11.4-acre site is directly across from the Clay Boulevard station and parking deck. An overhead walkway, paid for by the university and Carolinas HealthCare System University, already connects the property to the station.   Hotel could open in 2 years The Charlotte Observer reports that if the rezoning is approved, university officials hope to have construction begin in 2019, with the hotel opening in 2020. The 11.4-acre property is owned by the Foundation of UNC Charlotte, which works to support the university’s mission. Foundation President Niles Sorenson told The Observer that the launch of light-rail service to uptown Charlotte and the university’s Center City campus was key to the conference center and hotel project...