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Art & Soul

The Arts Empowerment Project Paints new possibilities for court-involved youth. Can art change the direction of a child’s life? Natalie Frazier Allen believes so, and she’s harnessed the support of several area youth advocates by founding The Arts Empowerment Project (TAEP), a nonprofit connecting children impacted by violence and abuse to community art programs. The project connects area kids in…


Peak Retreat

Celebrate 100 years of NC State Parks in the place where it all began. This summer, North Carolina celebrates 100 years of NC State Parks with events across the state—from Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks to Grandfather Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains. What better way to honor the anniversary, though, than to return to the place where it…

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Look for Lochte

Charlotte’s Olympic superstar talks training for Rio and hanging in the Queen City.  Eleven-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte made a splash when he moved to Charlotte three years ago to train alongside his best friend and fellow Olympian, Cullen Jones, and under Coach David Marsh at SwimMAC, one of the nation’s most elite swim programs. This month, we caught up…

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Home Grown

Chef Matthew Krenz is serving up family tradition at the Asbury. Chef Matthew Krenz steps out of the swinging door of the Asbury kitchen with a measured confidence. The newly appointed executive chef dons clean chef’s whites and brings with him a  beef heart carpaccio, one of his newest creations on the summer menu at the sophisticated restaurant in the…

Left: 1960s Handmade coordinating two piece crop top and pant set, Private Collection, House of Landor
Chanel Sunglasses, $350, Innovative Eye Care, www.innovativeeyecare.net
Bendall Necklace, $310, Addison Weeks, www.addisonweeks.com

Right: Lilli Diamond 1970s pink embellished Caftan, $325, House of Landor
Chanel Sunglasses, $350, Innovative Eye Care, www.innovativeeyecare.net
Bendall Cuff, $310, Vaughan Double Earrings, $299, Bendall Clutch, $748, all Addison Weeks, www.addisonweeks.com

A Sign of the Times

Vibrant colors, dramatic jewels, and vintage style set the scene for poolside glamour this season. Joseph Bradley Photography   Styled by Whitley Adkins Hamlin of The Queen City Style Hair and makeup by Adrienne McCann Modeled by Taylor Sharpe and Hadley Hilton of Marilyn’s Agency Shot on location at the home of Charlotte artist Windy O’Connor Find all House of…

Ethel Schwabachter, Antigone I, 1958. Oil pain on canvas. 50 5/8 x 82 1/4 in. Collection of Christopher C. Schwabacher and Brenda S. Webster. Copyright Estate of Ethel Schwabacher.

A Few Good Women

As The Mint celebrates its 80th birthday, the museum honors the women who nurtured it—and opens two new female-centric exhibitions. Charlotte is known for a few things—banking, NASCAR, Cam Newton. What we’re not known for is our historic preservation efforts. Fortunately, though, Mary Myers Dwelle saw the value in preserving the past. In 1932, when our U.S. Mint branch (yes,…

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Night at the Museum

These days, some of Charlotte’s top museums are keeping the lights on—and drawing big crowds—after hours. Here’s where to go for your arts and science fix after dark. Science on the Rocks Care for a side of science with your martini? On the third Friday of every month Uptown’s Discovery Place hosts Science on the Rocks—an adults-only evening of drinks…


To-Do List

This month’s five essential dates. 5-26 Enjoy a warm summer evening by relaxing under the night sky and watching a fun movie with your family and friends. Starting at 7 p.m. every Friday in August, there will be live music, activities, and food at SouthPark Mall’s Movies Under the Stars. The movies start at dusk, and admittance is free for…


Cold Comfort

Who says soup isn’t a summer dish? This month Fran Scibelli of Fran’s Filling Station in Dilworth serves up all of your favorite fresh, seasonal flavors in one cool bowl.   Chilled Roasted Tomato Soup with Blue Crab & Charred Corn Relish (Serves 4) Ingredients for soup 2 ½ pounds fresh tomatoes (mixture of any or all – heirlooms, grape and plum…

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Toque Talk: Mark Andelbradt

Mark Andelbradt travels the world as the corporate executive chef for the WolfGang Puck chain. He’s in Charlotte once a month and at the start of the year helped transform the former pizza bar in Phillips Place into what is now called WP Kitchen + Bar, featuring a more diverse and sophisticated menu, while still offering traditional favorites. Why the…