National Geographic Live! On the Trail of Big Cats
Join award-winning National Geographic photographer Steve Winter for a thrilling journey into the world of big cats. From trekking high in India’s Himalaya in search of rare snow leopards and stalking the elusive jaguar through Latin American jungles to chronicling the nocturnal activities of the “American lion” or cougar, this determined explorer ventures far and wide to come face to face with his subjects. This is no easy task. Since many big cat species are in danger of extinction, they have good reason to avoid humans.
While these felines may be endangered, they're still wild, unpredictable creatures⎯and caution is required in their presence. Negotiating their habitats can be more dangerous still. Winter has been attacked by rhinos and gotten stuck in quicksand while working in the field. There have been lighter moments as well: mishaps with remote-controlled cameras, and waiting on a Southern California hillside to catch a shot of a cougar under the famous “Hollywood” sign. Throughout it all, Winter’s mission is to share the beauty of big cats while reinvigorating efforts to save them. One of Winter’s snow leopard images won him the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year award. His decade-long project to document the world’s shrinking but resilient tiger species recently culminated in the stunning National Geographic Steve Winter, Photographer book, Tigers Forever, co-authored with Sharon Guynup. Spend an evening daringly close to tigers, snow leopards, jaguars, and cougars⎯through the unforgettable stories and images of Steve Winter.
It's all about CATS both big and small! Join us at Discovery Place Science to identify the genetic and physical adaptations that make both wild and domestic cats the way they are. Get hands on and dirty with what comes out of the front end of some and the back end of all cats. Classify species based on teeth replicas and explore our collection of large cat furs and skulls with our Collections staff.
Directions & Parking
A special preferred parking rate of only $5* is available for our patrons in our designated garage.
7th Street Station Parking Garage
Enter on 6th or 7th Streets between N. College and N. Brevard Streets.
*The $5 rate is applicable when parked in the garage after 5pm on weekdays, Mon – Fri. If parked in the garage before 5pm, the $5 rate is void. There is no time restriction for the weekend, Sat & Sun.
GETTING AND USING YOUR PARKING PASS WHEN YOU ARRIVE
- Pull the garage entry ticket when you arrive at the designated garage. You will need this to exit!
- Purchase a $5 Blumenthal exit pass at the theater or purchase in advance online. If you would rather purchase by phone, please call 704.335.1010*
WHEN YOU EXIT
- Insert your garage entry ticket into the yellow slot. Amount due will display on the screen.
- Insert your Blumenthal exit pass in the same yellow slot, with arrow pointing at slot.
- Gate arm will rise and screen will display “drive safely.”
*Pre-paid parking is not available day of show.
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square seats 730 and has become a showplace for live performances.
Uptown’s only historic theater, McGlohon Theater was originally the First Baptist Church sanctuary. The venue was carefully restored and opened in 1980. With its stained glass windows and Byzantine dome, this historically designated space makes each event a memorable experience. McGlohon Theater features the orchestra (stage) level and the balcony level.
The theater is named in honor of the late, legendary jazz pianist Loonis McGlohon of Charlotte.