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The Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival Inaugural Event Held April 27, 2013.

2014 N.C. Music Hall of Fame inductees announced

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Congressional candidate Clay Aiken and fellow “American Idol” singer Fantasia Barrino are among this year’s inductees to the 2014 North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.

The ceremony is scheduled to take place Thursday, Oct. 16 at historic Gem Theatre, 111 W 1st St., Kannapolis. Organizers have not confirmed which artists will be in attendance at the ceremony. Continue reading 2014 N.C. Music Hall of Fame inductees announced

Siobhan Shene artist bio for April 26 festival

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This 16″ x 20″ black light/neon piece was created in the 2-day Atlantis Festival in Anderson, South Carolina at Dazzlers April 4-5, 2013

Siobhan Shene will be one of our vendors at the April 26 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in Downtown Kannapolis, N.C., just outside of Charlotte. This is a free street festival that allows artists and performers to have a free space to sell their merchandise and perform for tips. E-mail for more information. Continue reading Siobhan Shene artist bio for April 26 festival

Tommy Chong talks about new animated, “Cheech & Chong” movie

This is an older interview originally published under the Modern Filmzine flagship and has been edited for publication.

By Michael Knox

Believe it or not Tommy Chong still remembers the first time he ever smoked a joint, back in 1956 and still remembers the simple beauty of that particular day.

“A friend turned me on to a marijuana cigarette and a Lenny Bruce  record,” Chong said in a phone interview. “It changed my life.” Continue reading Tommy Chong talks about new animated, “Cheech & Chong” movie

Fantasy fiction author Heather Schuldt to attend April festival

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Heather Marie Schuldt is a fantasy fiction author who will be attending the April 26 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Downtown Kannapolis.
Schuldt is a fiction author of short stories and novellas. She has published three collections of short stories. Her  first anthology, Giant Tales Beyond the Mystic Doors, was published on Valentine’s Day in 2013 it has 61 tales from 16 authors. Her second anthology has 65 tales from the swamp written by 20 authors, Giant Tales From the Misty Swamp. The third anthology has recently launched in January 2014, Giant Tales: World of Pirates, which has 53 tales from 40 authors. Schuldt also has a new release, a novella that was launched in December of 2013, Gryffon Master, a fantasy action adventure where two adventurers are stuck in a dangerous enchanted jungle, similar to an Indiana Jones style of adventure with the enchantments from The Hobbit. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children. Schuldt has a degree in Theater from California State University Fullerton, a minor in Literature, and a minor in Marketing.
Schuldt has been providing a free monthly short story challenge since April 2012. Schuldt offers a place where creative writers can exercise the craft of writing fiction while making good connections in the group, Each month serious fiction writers are welcome to write a short story in the thriller, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, horror and/or contemporary fiction genres and to make it available for others in the group to read. Her philosophy is to write what you know and to use your own natural writer’s voice. Schuldt encourages writers to read each other’s stories and provide helpful feedback. Short stories are usually due on the 25th of each month. Voting is available during the last five or six days of the month. Winners are announced on the 1st day of the month. Details can be found at:

Irish dancer among performers at April festival

Check out some video of Hannah Redlich who will be one of the performers at the April 26 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in downtown Kannapolis. Redlich will also be filming footage of the artists and performers at the festival to promote future festivals.

Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival takes place this year from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on April 26, May 31, Sept. 27 and Oct. 25 in downtown Kannapolis.

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Kaleidoscope sponsor the Independent Tribune to start a series of artist/musician profiles

Cabarrus County artists and musicians please e-mail me at about the Independent Tribune letting me start up a series of “mini” profiles. Get in touch with me so I can send you a list of questions for you to fill out with some images of your work. We plan to start running these with our Entertainment Calendar which will be launching soon. This is focused on Cabarrus County artists and musicians for right now, just to give a heads up. It’s also open to anyone living in the Rowan County portion of Kannapolis. Take care and thanks! Mike

Arsena Schroeder to perform at April 26 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival

Arsena Schroeder, a Breedlove Guitars endorsed artist, will be performing at the April 26 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival taking place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Downtown Kannapolis, N.C.

Schroeder began her journey as a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist in the Fall of 2009 and has since then performed locally, nationally, and internationally at venues such as The Evening Muse in Charlotte, NC, Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse in Washington, DC, Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia, PA, WDVX The Blue Plate Special in Knoxville, TN, and Ponticifia Madre Y Maestra in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and Sociology, Arsena turned down a full-ride to graduate school to pursue her passion in music. She now serves as the Musician’s Overseer at Charlotte’s 24-7, a local expression of a global prayer movement, and tours as a solo-acoustic performer. Her artistic twist of cover song iarsenahttp://nterpretations, impromptu/free-styled songs, and original music has sent a ripple in the independent music industry and deemed her as a force to be reckoned with.

She’s also competed and advanced in a round as an American Idol contestant. Her artistic twist on cover songs, impromptu/free-styled melodies, and original music has been reviewed as an “Arsenal, on fire!”. Breedlove Guitars says, “She has a spark that can’t be ignored”. Her self-produced EP, Abundantly, is available on iTunes today.

FREE movie screenings celebrating North Carolina music and movie history

Modern Film Fest will host two FREE short film screenings at 9 p.m. Friday at the Davis Theater, 65 Union St., Concord, after the art walk. The Cabarrus Arts Council will screen The Projection Room directed by John Sevier Austin and features scenes of the classic Gem Theatre and downtown Kannapolis back in the days of Cannon Mills, Kannapolis, NC 1887-2003. “The Projection Room” looks at the dying art of projection, as digital machinery replaces human expertise in virtually all theaters
After watching The Projection Room at 9 p.m. Friday at the Davis Theater, 65 Union St., Concord, check out the second FREE screening with the short film Firewall of Sound which explores how the digital age has impacted the music industry. Filmed in North Carolina by Devin DiMattia the movie shows how musicians have evolved since the digital age.“Firewall of Sound” trailerhttp://“The Projection Room” trailer

Kannapolis artist finds his muse

Eric Wattinne will be set up at the April 26 Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown KannapolisEric Wattinne

By Michael Knox

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. —Attend a live music venue in the area, and you just might spot an artist in the crowd, busily painting away as he’s inspired by the music.

In fact, it’s hard to miss Eric Wattinne. The Kannapolis artist can be seen wearing a suit and tie — with sandals and a captain’s sailor hat.

“I like comfortable, and I like to be very flamboyant,” Wattinne said. “I love to have people walk in, look over the crowd and stop when they see me. And it’s not just because I’m working on my painting, it’s because they’re like, ‘Who’s that guy with the yellow dress corduroys with gigantic boots on? And is he wearing a shirt? No. That’s a vest. He’s wearing a vest and no shirt and he’s got a captain’s hat on.’”

Wattinne strives to be flamboyant.

“I like to be a walking advertisement for the psychological community, the people that like to explore their consciousness,” he said. “Exploring consciousness obviously leads to your outer appearance changing. So, you’re exploring your inner self, and it’s going to change [how] you want yourself to look.”

That exploration of consciousness is something Wattinne dives into every time he paints at a music event. He attends concerts and festivals as a guest, performing a “live painting” session in which he creates art while musicians play.

One piece that shows how Wattinne’s art style works is his painting “Cosmic Rave.”

“I wanted it be the image of an astronaut who has his face mask break in space and he’s having a death trip,” Wattinne said.

After developing the initial idea for the painting, he was able to work with a band to help the concept flourish.

“Right when I started it I was talking to my friend’s band, The Wormholes, and they wanted me to give them an idea of what I was painting so that they could kind of play along with it and give me inspiration while they played,” he said. “And they already do cosmic sort of sounds.”

Wattinne not only paints to the sounds of live music, but he has also lent his artistic talents to bands, providing their album artwork. He’s worked with Andrew Stamper, as well as the Asian Teacher Factory and The Collectives.

The piece he recently did for Andrew Stamper is a burst of purple and yellow, with strange faces erupting from the explosion of color.

“Some people have been saying it looks like the Big Bang to them,” he said. “You’ve got some sort of demigod deities, looking on to the Big Bang.”

His work often has strange faces in the background, which are also influenced by Wattinne’s emotions.

“When I draw faces, you see inside the work — extreme happiness, extreme interest, this person is very astonished, aghast. And the expressions show what I feel sometimes,” he said. “If I’m working on a piece and something confuses me, the next face I draw might look confused.”

With music, Wattinne has also been influenced by the work of Ralph Steadman, cartoons, the band the Gorillaz as well as images he’s pulled from his dreams.

The different media have influenced a style that he’s spent years developing, dating back to when he was a student at Winecoff Elementary School.

“I was always doodling,” he said with a laugh. “I’d get in trouble in class because I’d draw instead of listening. I would no pay attention to my work. Eventually, I was like, ‘You know what? I’m getting into trouble for it, but later on this is going to be what I do for a living.’”

Wattinne studied art at UNC Charlotte, and he now works at Dragonfly Studios, where he does carpentry work and fabrication designs.

It was at UNC Charlotte, though, that Wattinne first started painting to music. At first he’d just listen to CDs, but by December 2011 he was invited to “perform” with the band The Mantras at the Visulite Theatre in Charlotte. “The energy and the go-for-broke kind of act that they do and just the amount of love they emanate made me just love painting to them,” he said.

Now, Wattinne paints to live music on a regular basis.

“If there’s no music playing, I actually find it hard to work,” he said. “I like to dance while painting, too. Sometimes it’s just as enjoyable for me to be up on stage dancing out and just grooving as it is to paint.”

Contact Michael Knox at 704-789-9133.