Author: pleggett

What not to miss during the 10-day Sensoria festival—an all-you-can-eat buffet of music, theater, Pulitzer-Prize-winning literature and food

Americans love self-help. There’s no archetype we admire more than the Person Who Pulled Himself Up by His Bootstraps. “There’s a sense that we can fix anything if we just learn the keys,” says abstract artist Felicia van Bork. But some things that break, of course—from dinner plates to democracies—are beyond repair. You can see the artist’s take on our…

An insider’s look at ArtFields, a revolutionary S.C. arts festival founded by a billionaire

The annual ArtFields exhibition on April 20-28 will bring serious cultural cred—and crowds—to a small South Carolina town.  Everyone’s from somewhere. Darla Moore—billionaire investment banker, philanthropist, and the first woman to grace the cover of Fortune magazine—is from Lake City, S.C. It’s a spot I’d known only as one of the hard-luck towns I drive through to get to Pawleys…

This writer was forced to sell her dream house and downsize to a 650-square-foot condo — here’s how she found her way home again

My health insurance was going up by 61 percent, and I was distraught. “You will not let this defeat you,” my friend Jill gently commanded. But I was going to have to make some hard decisions. With my out-of-control healthcare costs and my fluctuating freelance income, something had to give. Insurance costs were beyond my power; my mortgage wasn’t. For…

Jeffre Scott Apothecary Owner Dishes on Holiday Beauty Tips, His Celebrity Muse, and that Elvish Tattoo

You’d never guess that Charlton Alicea—with his flawless, olive skin, perfectly arched brows, chic style, and cosmopolitan comportment—grew up in small-town Indian Land, S.C. You’d also never guess that the ever-youthful Alicea, owner of cosmetics mecca Jeffre Scott Apothecary in Myers Park, is 41. Outside the shop, the worldly makeup mogul is a man of many talents, doing everything from…

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…

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…