Lonnie Davis Isn’t Singing the Blues

Charlotte’s jazz maven is busy teaching, advocating, and running the city’s best jazz club. Husband-and-wife team Lonnie and Ocie Davis created Charlotte’s hottest jazz club. But the Jazz Room, their pop-up club in a small, back-door space at the Blumenthal, is just one part of their nonprofit Jazz Arts Initiative (JAI). Lonnie serves as its president and CEO, and Ocie…

Unexplored Tuscany

From family-owned vineyards to truffle hunting adventures, Tuscany offers an allure all its own. The breeze in Tuscany comes gently with the scent of lavender and the sound of old church bells. This picturesque region of Italy is known for its rich history, Renaissance art, stunning landscapes, and fine wines and food, but there’s more to it. Tuscany offers a…

Seaside Serenity

Florida’s historic Amelia Island beckons beach lovers in search of the ultimate relaxing escape. Arriving at Omni Amelia Island Plantation instantly sets the scene for luxurious relaxation. Spanish moss-draped oak trees line the roads that wind past marshes and into the resort, which is at the southern end of the island. As guests take their first steps into the hotel,…

Lessons on Learning

Former teacher Greg Schermbeck wants to make education more innovative—and fun. Greg Schermbeck always chooses his words carefully. So when he says, “We do cool sh*t in education,” describing the work his consulting firm does, you know he means it. Still, the 31-year-old quickly clarifies, smiling as he says, “We help people do cool things in education.” In other words,…

Keeping the Faith

Providence Presbyterian quietly celebrates 250 years as a Charlotte church. In the midst of the 21st-century frenzy that surrounds Providence Presbyterian Church, Rev. Walt McCanless often steps outside his office to find someone sitting on one of the benches that grace the campus. Thinking benches, the church calls them. Traffic on Providence Road, which the church overlooks, is whizzing past.…

Soul Food

Asian flavors mix with local ingredients at Chef Tim Groody’s newest restaurant. It’s not often we ask you to venture outside of the loop for a new dining adventure, but some chefs warrant a drive north. Chef Tim Groody is one of those worthy reasons. His newest concept, Ramen Soul, lives high up in Mooresville (exit 35, to be exact)…

Garden Graces

The summers latest looks are as romantic as they are chic. Photography by Scott S. Clinton Styling by Whitley Adkins Hamlin | The Queen City Style Hair and Makeup by Jami Svay Photography assisting and retouching by Ty Duncan Modeling by Alexa S. with Factor Chosen and Elizabeth T. with Ursula Wiedmann Models Shot on location at Daniel Stowe Botanical…

State of the Arts

These days, Charlotte’s arts scene is painting an impressive picture. Meet the creative geniuses and innovative players giving this city an artistic edge. Matt Hooker and Matt Moore Matt Hooker isn’t shy about taking credit for the fact that more painters in Charlotte are “jumping off the easel” and instead standing on ladders to do their craft thanks to his…

To-Do List

August’s five essential dates. 4 Wrap up the summer with Movies Under the Stars. Every Friday in August, starting Aug. 4, bring the whole family to Symphony Park for a free outdoor show. The fun starts at 7 p.m. with food and refreshments available for purchase. The movies for August are “Trolls,” “Secret Life of Pets,” and “Sing.” The last…

Fall Arts Preview

15 don’t-miss arts events this fall. Festival in the Park For the past 53 years, Festival in the Park has been bringing live music, local art, and great food to Charlotte natives and visitors alike. Held every year in Freedom Park, this festival is free to attend and designed to get the community engaged in the arts. From face painting…