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This fundraiser combines two Charlotte loves: original artwork and the tree canopy

As if you needed an excuse to buy more beautiful pieces for your home, this new fundraiser combines two things Charlotteans love: original artwork and the city’s tree canopy. Prominent businessman and artist Paul Simon, who owns retailers Paul Simon Co. and Paul Simon Women with his wife, Marcia, is selling 27 of his original works to benefit TreesCharlotte and…

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…

Suit Up: INDOCHINO brings more menswear options to SouthPark

INDOCHINO, a global leader in made-to-measure apparel for men, is the newest arrival in the ranks of the Queen City’s menswear retailers. The 3,000-square-foot “designed by you” showroom opened in late February adjacent to Neiman Marcus in SouthPark Mall.   Every customer who enters gets a personal stylist who helps him design his suit or shirt from countless possible combinations of…

Cork & Crate, Charlotte’s newest wine shop in Plaza Midwood, is keeping things casual

On a drive home to Charlotte after a trip to Atlanta last summer, Lakendra and Chris Walker decided to open their own wine shop. Over the weekend, the couple had spent a happy evening at a wine shop called Wine Shoe and fell in love with its warm vibe. As they drove back, they talked about how they wanted to…

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…

Mark your calendar with these April must-dos

Here are this month’s five essential dates:   April 5-8 Some of the Queen City’s most talented filmmakers will showcase their works during the eighth-annual Charlotte Black Film Festival. This year’s theme is “Essence of Creativity,” and the film showings—as well as workshops, classes, and networking events—will be held at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. Cost is…