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…

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…

3 of Charlotte’s top event planners offer tips for being a host—and guest—this holiday season

Whether you’re doing the entertaining or the partaking this holiday season, you may need a little inspiration. So we asked three of the city’s top event planners to design tablescapes and give their best tips for being both the host and the guest. Then all that’s left to do is clink a glass and toast to the season. Carla Eustache…

Peek Inside This Myers Park Stunner—an Indiana Couple’s Second Home

For Gabriella and Gerald, moving to Charlotte was less about finding a place to retire and much more about the proximity to their two daughters, Kiri and Nicole, and—down the road—grandchildren. “Our daughters started a company, The Daily Details Beauty Bar, here in Charlotte so we knew at some point we wanted to make a move down South,” says Gabriella.…