Our top stories from around the region.

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…

This SouthPark couple embraced bold, bright (even fuchsia!) hues in their home

Traci Zeller was taken by surprise. In all her years as a designer, she could count on one hand the times a client has asked for more fuchsia. “I think it’s happened once!” Zeller says, laughing. “It’s rare that you find empty nesters requesting not only more color, but more raspberry pink.” But for Wanda and Craig Steinke, the bolder…

16 places with poke bowls to try, from Ballantyne to South End

By now, you’ve likely heard of—and maybe even eaten—poke (pronounced POH-kay). The wave of this Hawaiian raw-fish dish trend, which washed over the West Coast a few years ago, has finally hit Charlotte in recent months. From fast-casual spots such as the new Seoul Bowl on South Boulevard to upscale restaurants like Park Road Shopping Center’s CO, the bowls 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…

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…

The story behind the city’s latest and greatest newcomer gift baskets (seriously, can locals get them, too?)

Victoria Schweizer is something of a Renaissance woman. She’s worked at a law firm, in derivatives on Wall Street, and in front of the camera in Hollywood. (Chelsea Handler was her boss once—and yes, she’s a little bit crazy.) She’s also an artist with a contemporary, Andy Warhol flair, and owns Vane Gallery in South End. But perhaps the 48-year-old…