Month: January 2017

Southern Soul

Riding high from their first tour as full-time musicians, The Suffers play on a historic stage just south of Charlotte. Kam Franklin used to work as a gas and power trade analyst at a Houston investment bank. By day, she ran the numbers. By night, she was singing big numbers with her big band, The Suffers. The group—all 10 of…

The Cajun Comeback

New Orleans, known for its grit and grandeur, isn’t merely open for business. A red carpet awaits your arrival. Hurricane Katrina changed New Orleans’ landscape and psyche. But it also proved the city’s mettle. Today, there’s little indication of the destruction the hurricane brought to America’s most Parisian city. The Super Dome, which served as sanctuary to the displaced, is…

The Big Idea

From dog walking to beer delivery, these are the next generation of this city’s entrepreneurs and innovators. These forward-thinkers are reinventing business and redefining success—and taking Charlotte into the future. Meggie and Sebastian Williams The Waggle Company The first time they worked together, Meggie and Sebastian Williams were serving as senior class president and vice president at UNC Chapel Hill.…

The Show Must Go On

Actors Theatre of Charlotte gets knocked down—and gets back up again. The email came on a fall day last October. It was the day Actors Theatre of Charlotte was opening its 28th season in a space they’d been renovating. “Important Schedule Update from ATC—Please Read” was the subject line. “We’ve run into some trouble… it’s going to take more time…to…

Table Talk

Jamie Lynch is a New York native with a New England culinary degree. He had stints in notable kitchens in spots like San Francisco and New York City before moving to Charlotte in 2002. But since he and his partners opened 5Church here in 2012—followed by 5Church in Charleston in 2015 and in Atlanta in 2016—the South has officially adopted…

To-Do List

February’s five essential dates.   4 Help fight heart disease by joining Novant Health and TIAA for the 59th Annual Greater Charlotte Heart Ball. There will be entertainment, auctions, and fine dining at the black-tie affair. The event takes place at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. 500 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, www.charlottencheartball.org.   8 Enjoy a night of art…

Shall We Dance?

Blumenthal Performing Arts wants the whole community to experience Twyla Tharp. After half a century as one of the world’s biggest names in dance, Twyla Tharp could take a victory lap. Her fans would likely welcome a “greatest hits” tour from the woman who choreographed five Hollywood movies (including Hair, with its famous scene of a ragtag band of hippies…

The Pet Pioneer

Since Spay Neuter Charlotte opened in its original NoDa location in 2011, the organization has performed more than 45,000 surgeries. Charlotte native Cary Bernstein was the brains—and big heart—behind the creation of the nonprofit, which now has three Charlotte locations. When she served on the board for the Humane Society of Charlotte, Bernstein was alarmed by Charlotte’s high animal euthanasia…

Lucky Charms

Links golf in Ireland delivers the ultimate pot o’ golfing gold. Two hours after stepping off the plane at Dublin Airport, I was standing on the first tee at Ireland’s storied Portmarnock Golf Club, staring down an opening drive that has challenged the world’s greatest golfers since 1894. Saucer-eyed and ensconced by the club’s history—it has hosted Irish Open Championships,…

Advocating Community

Levine Museum of the New South’s new CEO Kathryn Hill looks for the museum to play an important role in building community in Charlotte. Barely four weeks into her new role as president and CEO of the Levine Museum of the New South, Kathryn Hill faced a dramatic challenge and test of the museum’s core social mission—building community though history.…