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Why I Serve

Charlotte community and business leaders bring time, talent and treasure through service to their favored cultural organizations. Here’s why they do it. by Michael J. Solender   •   Photographs by Tim Sayer Charlotte museum visitors, concertgoers and theater enthusiasts know the city’s cultural scene is a burgeoning one. What may be less well-understood, however, is that for every musician,…

Country Cool

Venerable country-music hotspot Coyote Joe’s has attracted some of the biggest names in the business since opening in 1991. Get ready to kick up your heels and take in some of today’s hottest western looks. Wardrobe styling and production by Whitley Adkins Hamlin | the Queen City Style Photography by Joseph Bradley Hair and makeup by Patrice Clonts Shot on…

Show Stoppers

A Funny Thing Happened on the way to Dixie’s Tupperware Party: The music, art, theater and comedy to add to your agenda for the rest of 2019.  By Page Leggett This fall and winter will bring a bit of the old and the new to Charlotte’s cultural scene. Here are 20 events we’re most excited about. August The Band’s Visit…

Peace Amid Pain

In her new book, cancer survivor Niki Hardy explores how fear and faith can coexist, and how life can be full — even when facing our greatest challenges. By Page Leggett Photographs by Peter Taylor A Charlottean by way of Oxford, England, Niki Hardy was diagnosed with rectal cancer in 2012 at the age of 43. At the time, the…

Fostering Fitness

Try It For Life founder Alyse Kelly Jones helps women of all fitness levels meet their training goals. By Michelle Boudin Alyse Kelly Jones is all about empowering women. The 54-year-old managing partner at Novant Health Mintview OB/GYN is known for helping women improve their sex lives — her TedX Talk Charlotte was called “Shedding Sexual Shame (and Some of…

We All Scream For Ice Cream

Nothing satiates scorching summer days better than a trip to the ice-cream parlor. Here’s the scoop on three locally owned shops where you can truly cool down. by Lauren Eberle The Crafted With two neighborhood locations — SouthPark and South End — Golden Cow Creamery has the corner on small-batch, handcrafted ice cream. Made from scratch with a real cream…

My Favorite Things . . .

Basketball fans might remember Eric “Sleepy” Floyd from his early days at Hunter Huss High School in Gastonia — his team won the 1977 state championship, defeating future Tar Heel James Worthy and Ashbrook High — or from Georgetown University, where he was team captain in 1981 and 1982. Floyd went on to enjoy a 13-year career in the NBA…

August Books

Notable new releases Compiled by Sally Brewster The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz-Age America, by Karen Abbott We love great narrative nonfiction, and Abbott is in top form with her epic true crime story of the most successful bootlegger in American history and the murder that shocked…

Southern Holy Smoke

Matthew Register’s quick rise from roadside to barbecue fame By Wiley Cash  •  Photographs by Mallory Cash For Garland, North Carolina, native Matthew Register, it all started with a dream, a dream of teaching his three young children how to cook barbecue. “In eastern North Carolina, you’re always around barbecue,” he tells me on a warm July day. The two…

The Reluctant Pilgrim

By Jim Dodson Two decades ago, on the eve of the new millennium, the acclaimed Cambridge biologist Rupert Sheldrake was asked what single change in human behavior could make a better world. Every tourist, he replied, should become a pilgrim. Sheldrake earned the distinction of being the “world’s most controversial scientist” because he rejected the conventional belief that nature and…