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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…

Game Changer

Former Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart and his family say goodbye to the gridiron and hello to a new home and careers as entrepreneurs. by Caroline Portillo | Photography by Michael Blevins Natalie Stewart gets gala-ready in 15 minutes. About 90 minutes into an interview at the home she and her husband, former Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart,…

Full Circle

Orr Ambrose’s fascination with nature and science has shaped the direction of her art. by Vanessa Infanzon When Charlotte artist Orr Ambrose was just 15, she started making annual or biannual trips to tiny Monhegan Island off the coast of Maine. The picturesque island, totaling 1 square mile and accessible only by boat, has long been an inspiration for poets,…

Family Man

After 15 years at the helm, Theatre Charlotte’s Executive Director Ron Law begins a yearlong farewell. By Page Leggett Photograph by Joe Ciarlante It was early 2013, and Theatre Charlotte was preparing for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Edward Albee’s three-hour look at one drunken night in an unhappy marriage. The play has just four roles, each with a lot…

Cuisine

Bites and Brews Legion Brewing SouthPark brings a casual vibe that caters to both foodies and craft-beer fans. By Cathy Martin  •  Photographs by Justin Driscoll SouthPark diners have long lamented about the area’s lack of casual, family-friendly spots to grab a savory bite and a beer. While a half-dozen or so upscale steakhouses dot the neighborhood — the ranks…

My Favorite Things: Courtney Kovacs

compiled by Whitley Adkins Hamlin CoKo Concierge is a local business offering personal services from grocery shopping to dog-walking, from overseeing home projects to helping throw the perfect dinner party. Performing all that behind-the-scenes work is owner Courtney Kovacs. Here’s the inside scoop on Kovacs’ favorite sips, spots and more. Place to get work done: Napa on Providence (pictured) is…

Relaxing at Reynolds

The beach and mountains aren’t the only places to unwind: This lakeside Georgia property is a retreat for couples and families alike. By Blake Miller Photos: Donald J. Riddle, Heidi Geldhauser, Terry Allen, Evan Schiller When it comes to weekend getaways, most Charlotteans tend to head for the coast or mountains. But just a few hours away in inland Georgia,…