Congrats to CPCC’s Sensoria celebration. The festival was recognized with a 2018 BOB Award by Charlotte Magazine!
CPCC’s Cassidy Hooper, who will graduate from CPCC in May, is set to perform in the Sensoria performance of Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem.” What makes her story so special? She was born blind and had to learn the music by using braille – no easy feat. Read the complete WFAE-FM story.
CPCC invites you to attend Sensoria, its annual 10-day celebration of literature and the arts, featuring visual art, dance, theatre, music, film, culture, history and more. Join CPCC as it celebrates its 26th year of literary events and hosts nearly 90 events on multiple campuses, including the following highlights:
April 6-8 – CPCC Opera Theatre presents “Elixir of Love”
“L’elisir d’amore” (“The Elixir of Love”) will be performed on the Halton stage for the first time in CPCC Opera Theatre’s 20-year history. In this endearing comic opera, a love-sick Nemorino buys the dubious Dr. Dulcamara’s magic potion (it’s really just wine) in order to win the beautiful Adina’s heart.
*ticketed event, visit tix.cpcc.edu
April 6-15 – CPCC Theatre presents “On Golden Pond”
“On Golden Pond” is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. This touching, funny and warmly perceptive study of a spirited and lovable elderly couple facing their twilight years received some of the most powerful critical and popular acclaim of any new playwright’s debut in Broadway history.
*ticketed event, visit tix.cpcc.edu
Friday, April 6, 6 – 9 p.m. – Local Music Night at Camp North End
This year’s Sensoria kicks off a new tradition: a spotlight on local music! Come hear the Behailu Band, David Childers and the Serpents, and Patois Counselors in the outdoor Boileryard at Camp North End, CPCC’s partner in this event, which will take place at 1824 Statesville Avenue.
Monday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. – CPCC Dance Theatre presents “Spring Student/Faculty Showcase”
CPCC and Mallard Creek High School dance students perform CPCC faculty works, and a guest aerial artist performs.
Tuesday, April 10, 5 p.m. – CPCC Visual Arts presents “The Annual Juried Student Show”
“The Annual Juried Student Show” showcases top talent among our students at CPCC, highlighting the variety and skill in our Visual Arts program.
Wednesday, April 11, 8 – 9 p.m. and Thursday, April 12, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Irene Blair Honeycutt Distinguished Lecturer: U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith
Current U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is the 2018 Irene Blair Honeycutt Distinguished Lecturer and she will read from and discuss her work twice, with book signings to follow. Both are free and open to the public, with general admission and no reservations.
Thursday, April 12 – Felicia van Bork presents “color + “color = space”
In collaboration with Jerald Melberg Gallery, CPCC Art Galleries present “color + color = space,” an exhibit of recent collages and paintings by Felicia van Bork.
Friday & Saturday, April 13 and 14 – CPCC and UNC Charlotte Departments of Music Present Britten’s “War Requiem”
Central Piedmont Community College and UNC Charlotte’s College of Arts + Architecture mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI with performances of Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece “War Requiem.”
*ticketed event, visit tix.cpcc.edu
WHERE: CPCC campuses, including Central Campus, 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte
CONTACT: To see a full calendar of events at all campuses, please visit http://sensoria.cpcc.edu.
Sex Education Workshop
Thursday, March 30
Overcash, Rm 308
Join Student Life and the Mecklenburg County Health Department for a workshop on healthy sex habits, local statistics and other information on how to make safe decisions regarding personal health.
Monday, April 3
Zeiss, Rm 1106
In Deaf Jam, Aneta Brodski seizes the day. She is a deaf teen introduced to American Sign Language (ASL) Poetry, who then boldly enters the spoken word slam scene. In a wondrous twist, Aneta, an Israeli immigrant living in the Queens section of New York City, eventually meets Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slam poet. The two women embark on a collaboration/performance duet – creating a new form of slam poetry that speaks to both the hearing and the Deaf.
Student Talent Showcase
Tuesday, April 4
Come out to see some of CPCC’s best talent at the Sensoria student talent showcase.
Wednesday, April 5
10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Belk, Room 2100
Mecklenburg County Health Department will be on hand for free and confidential HIV and STI testing. Free Condoms and information will also be available.
Read Me Different
Thursday, April 6
Zeiss, Rm 1103
A shock of recognition in social work school leads, award-winning filmmaker Sarah Entine, to explore how undiagnosed dyslexia and ADHD have impacted three generations in her family, starting with her own struggles. With surprising candor, vulnerability and even a touch of humor, Read Me Differently reveals the strain of misunderstood learning differences on family relationships.
CPCC invites you to attend Sensoria, its annual 10-day celebration of literature and the arts, featuring visual art, dance, theatre, music, film, culture, history, and more. Join CPCC as it celebrates its 25th year of literary events and hosts nearly 90 events on multiple campuses, including the following events, as listed in the Charlotte Five.
To learn more about the event – including the fact that most events are FREE! – visit the Sensoria website.
Considered Stoppard’s best-known work, the play follows the duo of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, a Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy, who finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of “Waiting for Godot” resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads the two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.
The timing of the production couldn’t be more perfect; April 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. As a result, the troupe’s performance of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” is part of a larger, global celebration slated to recognize the Great Bard’s passing.
CPCC Opera Theatre will present Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act opera “The Old Maid and the Thief” and his short, two-act opera “The Medium,” during this year’s Sensoria celebration in the Halton Theater. Both operas have haunting melodies and deal with a common theme of powerful women and their influence, often negative, on the lives of others.
WHEN: April 8 and 9 at 8 p.m.
April 10 at 2:30 p.m.
Individual tickets are $20 and $18, and a $10 ticket is available for children under 15 with the purchase of an adult ticket. College and high school students who have a valid student I.D. can purchase a $5 ticket. Tickets may be purchased online at tix.cpcc.edu, at the CPCC Box Office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday or by calling 704.330.6534.
To view a complete list of Sensoria events, visit
The Harris Campus Library invites YOU to participate in the Human Library at Harris, a part of Sensoria at Harris! This event takes place on Wednesday, April 13, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Harris 1, Room 1235.
What is a Human Library?
The Human Library started in Denmark in 2000 as a way to challenge prejudice and stereotypes while fostering understanding among people within a community. As part of the Human Library, readers can borrow a book to learn more about the life experiences faced by the book due to being stereotyped or judged in some way.
What is a book?
Books are people who have volunteered to share their unique experiences or perspective on life—their story. Because of their experiences, books have often been stereotyped by others.
What is a reader?
A reader is a person who is interested in borrowing a book from the Human Library. The reader will spend 30 minutes having a one-on-one conversation with a book about their experiences.
What kind of stories can a book share?
A book can share any experience that they feel comfortable talking about to their readers.
I am interested! How do I sign up?
If you want to share your experiences with a reader, contact Monique Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 704.330.4618, or stop by the Harris Campus Library (Harris I, Room 2100). Happy reading!
The Harris Campus Library invites YOU to submit an entry for the Edible Book Fest, a part of Sensoria at Harris!
What is an edible book?
An edible book can be created from anything that can be safely ingested by humans. An edible book can look like a book, be inspired by a book, be a pun on a book’s title, look like a character and more! Be creative—there’s no limit to the form an edible book can take.
Do I need to be a professional chef to participate?
No! Cooking skills are not required and everyone is encouraged to submit an entry and have fun putting their creativity to the test. You can view examples of edible books at http://researchguides.cpcc.edu/ediblebookfestival.
How do I sign up?
Visit http://researchguides.cpcc.edu/ediblebookfestival and download the Edible Book Fest entry form (PDF). You can turn in the form in person at the Harris Campus Library, email it to email@example.com, or send it via snail mail. If you need help, feel free to stop by the Harris Campus Library where our staff members would be happy to assist you. The deadline to submit your entry form is Friday, March 25.
For more details about the Edible Book Fest or to sign up, visit http://researchguides.cpcc.edu/ediblebookfestival or contact Monique Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org). Happy reading and eating!
On Saturday, April 11, Student Parking Deck #3 (located at the corner of Charlottetowne Ave. and E. 7th St.) will be closed until around 5 p.m. for maintenance related activities. Students should plan to park in Student Deck 1, Student Deck 2 or one of the surface lots. The deck will re-open in late afternoon and be available for any Sensoria related activities.
Come out and support CPCC’s Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry. Baked goods will be provided by CPCC’s Baking and Pastry Arts Club and will consist of fresh baked breads, cookies, coffee and various pastries. 100% of the proceeds will go to No Kid Hungry.
Wednesday April 15
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry is a national fundraising initiative that encourages people to host bake sales in their communities to help end childhood hunger. For more information about No Kid Hungry please visit bake.nokidhungry.org.
Sensoria starts this Friday with a great line-up that features more than 80 events. For details about each event feel free to check out our website, visit http://sensoria.cpcc.edu//
Also, if you haven’t gotten a copy of the 2015 Sensoria program, check it out here.
Battle of the Composers: Verdi vs. Wagner presented by CPCC Opera Theatre ($5 tickets for CPCC faculty, staff and students)
Friday, April 10 , 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 11, 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 12, 2:30 p.m.
As America well knows, battles between the North and South are not uncommon, and the operatic world has its own North and South conflict. Only this conflict was born North and South of the Swiss Alps. The Italian composer, Giuseppe Verdi and the German composer, Richard Wagner defined the Romantic Period of Opera. They were born in the same year, were both renowned composers during their lifetimes, and are both operatic legends; but that is where the similarities end. Join CPCC Opera Theatre as we battle it out between these two operatic greats!
August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone ($5 tickets for CPCC faculty, staff and students)
Friday, April 10, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 11, 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 12, 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 17, 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, 2:30 p.m.
Set in Pittsburgh in 1911, this drama by the author of The Piano Lesson and Fences is the story of the denizens of a boardinghouse who each have a different relationship to a past of slavery as well as to the urban present. The boarders include the proprietors, an eccentric clairvoyant with a penchant for old country voodoo, a young homeboy up from the South and a mysterious stranger who is searching for his wife.
Charlotte Concerts Presents Inon Barnatan & Alisa Weilerstein (Group special of 1/2 off tickets for CPCC faculty, staff and students)
Friday, April 17, 8 p.m.
Inon Barnatan has been hailed “a true poet of the keyboard: refined, searching, and unfailingly communicative.” His sincerity and expressiveness brings audiences into each phrase as if hearing them for the first time, rivaling his technical abilities and sensitive phrasing. Barnatan has been named the New York Philharmonic’s first Artist in Association, and has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein’s passion, commitment and breathtaking technique combined with undeniable musicianship make her one of today’s most exciting artists. A 2011 MacArthur Fellowship recipient, she is also an exclusive recording artist for Decca Classics and has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others. Together, these two artists offer an alluring and passionate musical event not to be missed!
Global Issues Forum: What is Fair?
The People and Principles of Fair Trade
Presented by Ten Thousand Villages
As the global economy grows, fair trade organizations seek to ensure that producers and artisains from developing countries are justly compensated for their goods and have the opportunity to grow sustainable businesses. Come learn about individuals’ journeys and how it may impact your purchasing decisions.
Thursday, March 19; 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Tate Hall, CPCC Central Campus
Cost: Free and open to the public
For questions or to reserve a space: contact email@example.com or 704-330-6167
In Need of a Unique Gift? Interested in Global Art?
Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Pop Up Store
Beauty is created all over the world, but not every artisan has the means or access to get their products to market. Ten Thousand Villages began more than 60 years ago when Edna Ruth Byler began selling handcrafted products from Puerto Rico out of the trunk of her car to help eradicate poverty. Today a global network of social entrepreneurs works to empower artisans in developing countries. CPCC will be hosting a pop up store where you can peruse and buy fair trade items from around the world.
Open 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Open to the public
Sensoria: Test Your Global Knowledge
Think you’ve got what it takes? Know more about the world around you than your friends? After visiting the World Experience Event, join CPCC’s Global Learning Office for a chance to test your global knowledge. We will have trivia questions and games correlating to the regions covered in the World Experience event. Prizes will be available for our top participants.
Friday, April 17
9:30 a.m. – noon
2nd Floor Lobby Overcash Building (In front of Tate Hall)
Calling all student writers, poets, journalists and bloggers! Would you be interested in being on a panel to discuss how you started writing? Then CPCC Libraries wants YOU! The panel discussion will take place during CPCC’s literary festival, Sensoria, during the week of April 4-12, 2014. If you would like to participate and/or need more information, please contact Lynette Kendrick at(704.330.6114 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to respond is December 2.
This month, CPCC will host a variety of community-friendly events at its six campus locations. This is part of the college’s year-long celebration of its 50-year anniversary in Mecklenburg County. The events coincide with Governor Pat McCrory’s proclamation naming April 2013 as “North Carolina Community College System Excellence in Education Month.”
In honor of its golden anniversary, CPCC will host the following events:
CPCC Cato Campus, 8120 Grier Rd., Charlotte, NC
WHAT: Arbor Day Celebration
CPCC’s Horticulture Department invites the community to this special event that will include a tree planting and bench dedication on the campus’s grounds. Following the event, the campus will host a barbeque lunch for attendees to enjoy.
WHEN: April 26, 11 a.m.
CPCC Central Campus, 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC
Sensoria is CPCC’s celebration of the arts. Enjoy a variety of performances, exhibits, speakers and events to celebrate art in all its forms. Make plans to attend a performance by CPCC Theatre or CPCC Opera, listen to New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash or international poet Li-Young Lee, sing along with the Tosco Music Party or be enthralled by the Bechtler on Campus. New this year is Sensoria Nights, showcasing a special, highlighted event each evening. For more information, visit sensoria.cpcc.edu or download the app to find out what’s happening each day.
WHEN: April 12-20
COST: Most events are free, ticketed performance information and pricing may be found at tix.cpcc.edu. Visit sensoria.cpcc.edu for a full schedule of events.
CPCC Harper Campus, 315 West Hebron St., Charlotte, NC
WHAT: Legacy Garden Dedication
WHEN: April 30, 2:30 p.m.
Join us at the campus’s front entrance for this special dedication event that will honor and celebrate the many departed individuals who have contributed to the success of Harper Campus since its founding in 1999.
CPCC Harris Campus, 3210 CPCC Harris Campus Dr., Charlotte, NC
WHAT: Early Childhood Garden Celebration
Join us on our back patio for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and garden celebration, sponsored by the Early Childhood Education Division and Friendship Gardens. As a special treat, attendees can help name the new garden.
WHEN: April 16, 1 p.m.
CPCC Levine Campus, 2800 Campus Ridge Rd., Matthews, NC
WHAT: Disc Golf Tournament
Invite your friends and family as we celebrate the college’s 50th anniversary with a Disc Golf Tournament. Organizers will be on hand to teach the sport to those who’ve never played. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase a commemorative 50th anniversary gold disc; play our nine-hole course, designed and provided by Innova; and win a variety of prizes.
WHEN: April 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
CPCC Merancas Campus, 11930 Verhoeff Dr., Huntersville, NC
WHAT: Annual Car Show and Open House
Featuring cars from the last 50+ years with 20 different car class competitions and winners awarded for each class. The family friendly event features a live band, food, demonstrations of car safety tips, interior dyeing of car fabric, special paint finishes, hybrid vehicles, Carolina CAT construction equipment, and Public Safety awareness information including free service of DNA cards of children for parents.
WHEN: April 20, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
COST: Free for spectators, $25 registration fee for car show participants
All events are open to the public. For more information, local residents may visit www.cpcc.edu/50years.
CPCC’s annual celebration of the arts brings exhibits, performances and events, including author series, art exhibits, history programs, film screenings, theatre, opera, music performances and more, to CPCC’s campuses each spring. Sensoria is a week of cultural enrichment, community engagement and pure entertainment. Best of all, many Sensoria events are free and all are open to the public.
For more information, including daily event schedules, visit the official Sensoria website.
For information or to purchase tickets to ticketed events, visit the CPCC Tix website.