Author: Michael Solender

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…

On Pointe

This month, Hope Muir takes over as Charlotte Ballet’s artistic director. Muir, who comes to Charlotte from the Scottish Ballet in Glasgow, danced with the English National Ballet before joining Rambert Dance Company, where she danced for more than a decade under the direction of Christopher Bruce. She concluded her stage career in 2006 as a dancer with Hubbard Street…

Hole in One

PGA National Resort & Spa is Florida’s ultimate golf getaway. Golf mania is in full swing this summer as Charlotte hosts the 99th PGA Championship, “The Season’s Final Major,” next month at SouthPark’s Quail Hollow Club. And while most of us can’t stretch together birdie-filled, sub-par rounds on pristine golf links like the pros, the opportunity to play in one…

Make It Whiskey in a Barrel, Neat

Local spots like The Ballantyne are crafting their own spirits with a Legendary Kentucky bourbon maker. As soon as The Ballantyne’s general manager Peter Grills learned that he could create a custom barrel of bourbon for his guests at Gallery Restaurant & Bar, he knew it was something he must do. Grills was on a trip with friends in Kentucky…

Connecting The Dots

Two Charlotte creatives are launching a playful quiz Show to engage the community. Five minutes with Matt Olin and Tim Miner is all it takes to realize the pair are like twin sons of different mothers. Their back-and-forth patter over pizza at lunch earlier this year had a rhythm and flow Jazz combos would envy. As if on que, they…

Dream Girls

Indrani Nayar-Gall knows the power of sunshine. Indian-born Charlotte-based artist, teacher, and activist Indrani Nayar-Gall has spent a lifetime illuminating societal inequities and social justice issues. Her artistic creations serve as an access point and inspiration source for action. When she was exploring women’s issues in her homeland years after leaving, Nayar-Gall learned the facts behind the religious practice of…

Stage Presents

A look behind the curtain at Charlotte’s Blumenthal performing Arts Center. When the Broadway smash hit Hamilton takes the stage in Charlotte during the 2017/2018 season, local fans will be so busy congratulating themselves on scoring tickets, they may not consider just how much goes on behind the scenes in assuring Broadway’s best acts to come to the city.  And…

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.…

Tuned In

Charlotte Symphony’s new President and CEO Mary Deissler is hitting all the right notes. Mary Deissler’s career might have turned out differently if she hadn’t experienced crippling stage fright as a budding concert pianist. She might be performing with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra today instead of leading the organization as its newly appointed president and CEO. “I was a very…