Author: Page Leggett

Midcentury Marvels

Mad About Modern Home Tour on Sept. 9 celebrates natural materials, open floor plans, and good design. The thing that sold Amy and Jim Langdon on the midcentury modern home they bought a decade ago was the brick. Specifically, the exposed brick. “It’s everywhere,” says Jim, of the brick inside their quietly stunning Old Foxcroft home. It’s along the wall…

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…

Pillow Talk

Charlotte’s colorful artist Jill Seale may be hitting the high point of her career. Krispy Kreme is probably not the first place you’d think to meet an artist to discuss her luxury line of marbled textiles. But that’s where Charlotte resident Jill Seale and I found ourselves discussing her successful debut at the High Point Market this spring. “This is…

The Big Escape

A family-friendly resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast offers a giant helping of fun and relaxation. “Everything’s bigger in Sandestin,” my driver tells me on our approach from the airport. The slogan, originally applied to Texas, is true here at the Hilton Sandestin on Florida’s Miramar Beach. The massive complex is tucked away, yet it’s just down the road from an…

Taylor Made

It’s been 15 years since Paul Taylor’s legendary dance company performed in Charlotte, but the iconic troupe returns for Sensoria. True legends are rare. And living legends are even rarer. But modern dance master Paul Taylor, 86, is exactly that. His famed dance company, founded in 1954, has been to 524 cities in 64 countries. The company hasn’t been to…

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 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…

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…

An Unlikely Star

The arts revitalizing a former mill town in central North Carolina. Something exciting is happening in a small town in central North Carolina that’s not used to much excitement. Star, N.C. (population: 876) is home to STARworks, an arts center that uses the area’s natural resources to bring industry to a town that had lost its largest employer—and its mojo.…