October 2017 Around Town 1

Opera Carolina’s 
69th Season

Opera Carolina returns with a season of deceit, disguise and drama. The Grand Opera productions begin in November with Cyrano, David DiChiera’s reimagining of the tragicomic French masterpiece. Second in the series is a co-production with Opera Grand Rapids and Toledo Opera of Verdi’s tragic opera Rigoletto in February. Concluding the Grand Opera season is The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart’s bawdy tale of a tumultuous trip to the altar, in April. Opera Carolina has been “Thinking Outside The Belk” and continues to expand into the community with the popular “Opera Unlimited” series with performances in area churches, breweries and throughout the community. Opera Carolina also reprises its fifth annual Art • Poetry • Music celebration with opera, visual art and the spoken word for three different cultures, beginning with the Asian-American community this month at the Halton Theater.

Kit Reuther: Casual 

Nashville-based and self-taught painter and sculptor Kit Reuther recently unveiled a new series at South End’s Hodges Taylor in collaboration with David Lusk Gallery. Over the course of his career, Reuther’s work has evolved from realism to complete abstractionism. Her playful take on the confines of geometry stems from her intuition, rather than any particular rubric or subject matter. As Reuther states, “I try to avoid making art with an intended outcome or message for the viewer. My only real intention is to make work that pushes and challenges me and feels slightly odd and fresh to my eyes.” The result is casual elegance that’s both approachable and indefinable. The exhibition will be on view through October 27, 2017.

In Focus: Contemporary Photography in Mexico

The unprecedented In Focus/Enfoque will bring together six cultural institutions across Charlotte: The Mint Museum, The Light Factory, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, LaCa (Latin American Contemporary Art) Projects and SOCO Gallery. The exhibition of contemporary Mexican photography, which began in late summer, will continue through spring 2018. Inspired by the highly successful Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, this unique collaboration features more than 50 artists from Mexico and the United States exploring diverse topics and themes, including design, gender, activism, identity, globalism, and borders. In Focus/Enfoque will showcase a wide variety of contemporary art in dialogue with the Queen City. For more information, visit CharlotteCultureGuide.com/InFocus.

The Relatives Annual Breakfast

On October 17th, The Relatives will be holding its annual Breakfast with The Relatives event to share their inspiring story with leaders in the Charlotte community. The Relatives began in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1974 as a safe haven for youth who were either homeless or had run away from home and had thus been exposed to exploitation and the dangers of street life. They serve the most vulnerable youth and young adults in Charlotte—young people who are not just homeless or in crisis, but many who have aged out of public systems such as foster care, juvenile justice, and children’s mental health systems. The Relatives aims to empower these young adults to become self-advocates and find viable, long-term paths to success through a coordinated continuum of services that serves nearly 6,000 youth, young adults, and families every year. For the chance to attend this annual breakfast event with Publisher George Zorrilla, contact him at