Poetry. Theater. Music. It's all story!

Story Slam! Charlotte

1401 Central Ave., Charlotte NC 28205


Join us for The Next Chapter...

Did you notice the words "ARTS CENTER" under our logo? After getting feedback from fans
and critics, the Story Slam team revamped its programming to reflect new mission:
Be an arts center for the community.

We invite you to join us at Story Slam on Feb. 21, 4-6 p.m., for a preview of what we've got planned
 and how you can be involved. Keep an eye on our web site for more details!


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Heart of da Poet

FEB. 11
Respect da Mic
Poetry Slam

Doors @ 7 p.m.; slam @ 8 p.m.

The heart of a poet is often heavy with words.  This month is for the love of the word. Respect da Mic will have an open mic prior to the slam. After the open mic, watch as poets compete for the RDM Poetry Slam team.

The RDM crew will collect money to help citizens of Haiti via the American Red Cross.

$5 to enter; admission: $10.

FEB. 26-27
"One In
The Spirit"

"One In The Spirit," a play written and directed by Brian Daye, deals with three couples who realize after some life-changing events that are all closer than they think they are.

Show: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20.

To reserve seats: 704-724-1516


Also on the calendar...

Senior Theatre League

#FOJ: The Tucker
Mitchell Session

Guitar Workshop Music Party

"Aphasia": A screenplay
about Carl McIntyre


Dr. Sketchy class

Charlotte, please
welcome Dr. Sketchy!

He's not a real doctor. It's not a real school. But if you love to draw and if you are tired of  lifeless life drawing classes, Dr. Sketchy may have just the tonic you need!

The brainchild of artist Molly Crabapple, Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School opened in New York City in 2005. Crabapple spent several years modeling for life drawing classes and had grown tired of "model as object." Instead she wanted the model to be part of the process: glamorous, wildly costumed and treated like rock stars or royalty. She wanted life drawing classes to be lively, celebratory, imaginative, inspirational and - dare we say it? - fun. 

Think Paris. Think Moulin Rouge. Think Burlesque shows. Think Toulouse Lautrec. 

Bob NulfIntrigued? So was faux finishing artist extraordinaire (and Story Slam's facilities manager) Bob Nulf, who read about "Dr. Sketchy" in an art magazine. Artists waxed poetic about how refreshing it was to sit in one of Molly's classes, where curves and tattoos were welcome and celebrated, where artists tipped the model (who was very well paid), and where contests livened up the process.

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School is in more than 100 cities, including Anchorage, London, Tokyo, Paris, Singapore and Norfolk, Virginia.  Following a bit of correspondence with Molly, Bob got the OK to open one here.

GretaAnd what will Dr. Sketchy look like in Charlotte? It will be "theatrical and fun," says Bob. "Our February session will be Mardi Gras themed. I have lined up a gorgeous model (Greta Zandstra, right, local artist and veteran of stage and life drawing classes)." Also expect fabulous music, funky contests, and prizes galore.

Affordability is another big part of the vision. Admission is only $10. Seating is limited to only 40 people per session. "On the chance we are overwhelmed that first night we already have a make-up session planned," Bob says.

While Mardi Gras was an obvious choice for February, future themes include Goth Night, Holiday Fantasy, Back to School, maybe even a tribute to Bettie Page. As Bob says, eyes now twinkling, "the possibilities are endless." 

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School Charlotte is Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Story Slam. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Class is 7-10 p.m. Bring your own supplies. No photography allowed.

Tipping encouraged. Fun expected. Come join us and draw your heart out!