Here’s what happened when high fashion met high voltage at the Chinese Lantern Festival

This season’s fashions are all about “maximalism,” about scaling up, not down. So we let two of fall’s most relevant trends—chinoiserie and this season’s it-color, red—take center stage at a high-fashion shoot amid the wondrous shapes and graphic impact of the Chinese Lantern Festival at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden (which ends Oct. 29). Life-size illumination has never been more chic.…

How the Tosco Music Party grew from ‘Bring a six-pack…and we’ll just play’ to one of Charlotte’s premier events

When musician John Tosco’s music party outgrew his living room, the Fayetteville native found a bigger venue. Each Tosco Music Party — an outgrowth of the song circles Tosco used to host at his home — features an eclectic mix of performances by more than a dozen musicians of all ages and genres. Whether it’s the annual Beatles tribute, a…

Artist Annie Leist is blind in her right eye and sees little with her left. But her view of the world is breathtaking

When Providence Gallery & Frames Owner Debbie Bass visited Nancy Atwell’s Charlotte home in March to install paintings, she was gobsmacked by several wall-size pieces already there. Who was the artist? she wondered. They were the work of Annie Leist, a New York City (by way of Winston-Salem) artist — and Atwell’s sister. Leist’s work packs a visual wallop even…

This girls’ night trend sweeping the nation started in Pineville

Anders Ruff Workshop is bringing industrial-chic crafts to thousands of women nationwide.  Take wine, throw in some power tools, and a fun DIY project for your home, and you’ve got the latest girls-night-out trend sweeping the nation. The coolest part: it started in Pineville. Maureen Anders, 36, and Adria Ruff, 42, met at a preschool open house in 2010 and…

The Charlotte Ballet’s Sarah LaPointe is a rising star on the stage—and off it

Fidget spinners were made for people like Sarah Lapointe. “I can’t ever sit still,” she says. “I just have to be moving all the time.” Entering her third season with the Charlotte Ballet, the perpetually in motion LaPointe, 20, is as at home skimming her leg past her ear skyward as she is walking the runway at Charlotte Fashion Week…

This Carolina Panthers watch party will help cash-strapped cancer patients

It was 2007 when Jen Pagani, an endurance trainer who completed two Ironman triathlon competitions, discovered a lump in her breast while breastfeeding her youngest son. While undergoing treatment, the SouthPark mom and her husband, Joe, were overwhelmed by all of the emotional and financial support they received. That inspired them to start the GoJenGo Foundation (gojengo.org), a nonprofit that…

Check out the amazing home bars of 3 couples transforming Charlotte’s drink scene

Amanda Britton & Larry Suggs 204 North Kitchen & Cocktails and SouthBound In late 2015, Larry Suggs thought his girlfriend, Amanda Britton, had found someone else. Every day for more than a week, she made up excuses to leave for hours at a time. What she was really doing: working on the front porch of her twin sister’s Mint Hill…

Baku owner Birdie Yang wants to banish all your ‘sake shots’ misconceptions

Birdie Yang, 33, is a sake evangelist—and he wants to make the rice-based alcoholic beverage a staple in Charlotteans’ dining experiences. Enjoy a meal at one of his four restaurants—Baku, YAMA, Yama Izakaya, and a new YAMA  location coming soon to the new Waverly development—and you can order from one of the largest sake collections in the Southeast, with bottles…