My Smarter Living piece syndicated and was picked up by the Charleston Post & Courier.
Check out this great story here at NFocus.
United Way Charlotte is rebounding from past troubles in a big way. Read my update at Nfocus, here.
My home automation piece syndicated and was picked up by the Arizona Daily Star.
My smarter living home automation piece syndicated and was picked up by the Macon Telegraph.
My smarter living home automation piece syndicated and was picked up by the Modesto Bee.
My Smarter Living home automation piece syndicated and was picked up by the KC Star here.
My Smarter Living piece for the Observer syndicated and was picked up in Chicago here at the Chicago Tribune.
TJ Ford prepares for his future. Read my profile here in ThatsRacin.com.
My syndicated piece on hi-tech digital wall covering makes it out to The Bee.
Bechtler’s new works are featured at Uptown’s City Center gallery. Here at NFocus.
Read my NFocus profile/cover story on FFTC and chief Michael Marsicano here.
Illumination of the Jewish experience through story is what CJFF is all about. Read my preview of season 9 here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
We dish on healthcare issues here at the N &O.
Says Dr. Sanjay Gupta in my syndicated piece picked up by the Idaho Statesman.
This Ballantyne couple finds out two cooks in the kitchen are better than one. Here in Ballantyne Magazine.
Who knew reading was so much fun? These Ballantyne book club members, that’s who.
New-wave green building materials, save money, energy but don’t sacrifice on style. Here in Smarter Living at The Charlotte Observer.
Check out this top drawer public art walking tour featuring Charlotte’s finest artwork.
Tommy R. Lawing Jr. is one heck of a nice guy and a super businessman – Read his profile here in the Charlotte Observer.
Read about their opening night with Hava Nagilla Director Roberta Grossman. Here in Nfocus.
Check out these lovely backyard oasis here in NFocus.
Taking on the Pizza Quest adventure with Master Baker Peter Reinhart is a treat – here in SouthPark Magazine.
Think of it as a 2000 year old communications medium. My piece on local manufacturer Domtar here in the Charlotte Observer.
Check out my road trip take on Charleston, SC here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
With these hi-tech gadgets that take care of lots of heavy lifting. Here in my Smarter Living piece.
Check out my piece here at the Charlotte Observer.
Jimmie Johnson’s Jack man is getting ready for act 2 in his professional career – read his story as told by me here in the Charlotte Observer.
Read my review and interview with local author Rebecca McClanahan here at NFoucus.
Why is it that squirrels are smarter than humans – at least this human. Read my story in Carolina Mountain Life and see for yourself.
A lovely Mother’s day story and one I was so flattered to be asked to write by my pal Ali Kavadlo. Here at the Charlotte Observer.
Making the most of a backyard patio doesn’t need to cost a fortune – check out my feature on several economical projects that can make a big difference here at the Charlotte Observer.
My piece is picked up by the University magazine here.
Very few new ideas or fresh thinking came from the five former Charlotte mayors who gathered to address the city’s future. IMHO at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Gorgeous, lush and meticulously landscaped - WingHaven is a respite in Myers Park worthy of a half day detour. Check out my piece in SouthPark Magazine.
Steve Copulsky is one busy guy. He is documenting every piece of outdoor art in Charlotte at Charlotteoutdoorart.org. I chat with him here at Southark Magazine.
Check out this cool imagery and back story in my piece at the Miami Herald.
If you haven’t had matzo-brei, you are missing out. Read my foodie piece featured in the Raleigh News & Observer on that great Passover breakfast food.
Yes that really is my kitchen and I really did cook up the goods!
My interview with the Donald’s son. Here in Lake Norman Magazine.
I do my own House Call w/ Dr. Sanjay Gupta and get to the bottom of some health care issues with CNN’s Medicine Man. Here in the Observer.
We are indeed doomed. CLT Blog reports it here.
London Chamber Orchestra & Charlotte Symphony Music Director Christopher Warren-Green and his wife Rosemary talk with me about cooking in the states vs. the UK. Here in SouthPark Magazine.
Here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Here in the Observer.
“Z” Gizella Abramson shares thoughts on the Holocaust at a teacher workshop on tolerance. Read her story here at CJN.
CLT Blog picks up my interview with Tenor extraordinaire, Jonathan Boyd, here.
Read this Charlotte magazine piece I coauthored on several local artists to watch for during and beyond the DNC.
Danny Lyon is a self taught photographer form the 60s whose work came to define the era of New Journalism. Read my profile on him here in the Charlotte Observer.
Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. Aaron Ciechanover talks with me regarding the education system in Israel, here in The Jewish Daily Forward.
UNCC’s Projective Eye Gallery scores with Crista Cammaroto’s E Pluribus Unum. Read about the special show in light of the DNC Convention here in Creative Loafing.
Awesome, Inspirational Warrior Princesses – Lake Norman Breast Cancer Support Group – Their story here at Lake Norman Magazine.
Urban chicken ranchers are more prevalent than you may think – they might even be in your own back yard. Read my piece in Lake Norman Magazine.
Take-in? You bet when Betty Lee is in the kitchen – Check out my piece here in SouthPark Magazine.
Read my interview with the iconic American actress and comedienne here.
This fascinating restoration project has captivated an entire community. Read the back story, here in Charlotte’s Creative Loafing.
Charlotte Humanitarian David Johnson of Silent Images documents Burmese refugees – read the amazing story here in Creative Loafing.
Tee it up around the Carolinas with more than 600 golf course in NC alone. Here in my travel piece in Lake Norman Magazine.
The DNC 2012 took Charlotte by storm .. some observations here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Charlotte’s spring arts festival is building on their success. Here at the Observer.
Read the incredible back story behind this folk song. Here at CJN.
Read my interview and profile on legendary Broadway Diva, Jennifer Holliday here at Charlotte ViewPoint.
My travelogue to Kerala, Southern India features exploration of a luxury Home-stay in the back waters of Lake Vembanad. Read more here in SouthPark Magazine.
My opinion on why the loss of the Charlotte History Museum is greater than we might imagine. Here at Creative Loafing’s CLOG.
Keep yourself on the course with my pointers here in Lake Norman Magazine.
Check out how these five urbanites ply their style in their very own bachelor pads - here at SouthPark Magazine.
Locally made in small batches, Penny’s Pimento Cheese is more addictive than crack.. you have been warned. Look what the Brawleys are up to now: in the Charlotte Observer.
Charlotte knows Andreas Bechtler as a collector, philanthropist and for the museum of contemporary art that bears his family name. I speak with him about his own creations, here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Read about my Adventure to India here at UCity Magazine.
Yama Asian Fusion is a sushi lover’s delight. Read my review here in SouthPark Magazine.
My Smarter Living piece syndicated in San Diego – Check it out here in the SDUT.
Check out my piece here at the Charlotte Observer.
Rick Lyon has worked on Sesame Street and on television and film projects for Columbia Pictures, New Line Cinema, ABC, CBS, The Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1, and Fox. In addition to performing, Lyon also designs and builds custom puppets, including the puppets for the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q on Broadway, where he was also a member of the original cast.
Read my interview with him here at Charlotte ViewPoint.
Check out my Adventure in India here at Lake Norman Magazine.
Taking fun to extreme lengths is what adrenaline junkies crave. Read about where they get their kicks here at SouthPark Magazine.
Two legitimate questions regarding the 2012 DNC Convention. Read the answers here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Check out the back-story on this young couple and their $3mm business. In the Charlotte Observer.
I speak with local finance guru’s on how to plan for the new year. Here in the region’s premier lifestyle magazine, SouthPark Magazine.
Read how Opera Carolina reaches well beyond the stage and into the community to connect with and build their patron base.
Find my profile here.
Read my review of MOMIX Botanica here.
I talk with local financial gurus on savvy moves coming into the New Year - here at Lake Norman Magazine.
Check out my star studded menu built from about town eateries that feature local celebs. Here in the Charlotte Observer.
Raleigh’s News and Observer picked up my piece on an upcoming pottery symposium in Charlotte. Here at the N & O.
5000 years ancient Chinese culture art, dance all in one evening. Here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Read my preview here in Carolina Mountain Life.
Check out my Smarter Living piece that syndicated in the Miami Herald.
Charlotte news anchor, reporter and filmmaker Steve Crump shares his thoughts on documentary film making, storytelling and his latest work, Sojourn of the Strings.
The film explores the journey of the banjo from slave cabins on the plantation, through the minstrel era, into Appalachia and eventually into the hands of folk legend Pete Seeger, North Carolina’s Joe Thompson, and the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
Great family business story about Gita Sporting Goods and Giorgio Andretta here in Charlotte. Shop Talk in the Observer.
Voice coach and distinguished professor, Dr. Charles Hadley has worked with a galaxy of stage and screen stars including Vivien Leigh, Charlton Heston, Nick Nolte, Jason Robards, Scarlett Johansson and many more. Read about his incredible career here.
Nothing like the DNC 2012 national convention to bring Hollywood to Charlotte – read about one youth forum I sat in upon here at Creative Loafing.
Read how in my piece here at NFocus.
Read about UNCC Gallery Director and curator Crista Cammaroto here in SouthPark Magazine.
Here in my advance at the Charlotte Observer.
2004 Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry, Dr Aaron Ciechanover, entertained several hundred area high school children in a dialogue sponsored by the Echo Foundation. read what he had to say here at Charlotte ViewPoint.
Violins of Hope is a compelling story of perseverance and one man’s desire to restore voice to musical instruments who saw unimaginable horrors. Read my story here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
The holiest prayer in Judaism, is it relevant for today’s Jews. Read my piece here at the Charlotte Observer.
Mint Hill resident Marcus Hamilton took over the daily DTM panels directly from Hank Ketcham. Read my shortie with him here in the Charlotte Observer.
Check out this cool profile on some local area volun-tourists. Here in Lake Norman Magazine.
New career in a new city? No problem for this Ballantyne entrepreneur. Here in South Charlotte News.
Read my preview on her pin exhibit at The Mint Museum - Here in the Raleigh News and Observer.
UNCC Dance faulty member Kim Jones recreates the lost Martha Graham Masterwork- Imperial Gesture. Here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
CATS LYNX has the Blue Line extension public art on exhibition at UNCC. Check out my review here in the Observer.
The Classic International Black Cinema Series at the Gantt Center for African American Art & Culture shows the depth and breadth of Black film. Read my profile here.
The Charlotte Jewish Film Festival has matured significantly after eight years, read my preview here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
The story behind BESA: The Muslim Code of honor here in my piece at the Charlotte Observer.
Great to see widespread recognition for some of Charlotte’s behind the scenes contributors. Here in Nfocus.
Ah to be a teen and out on a double date..A really fun piece here at Ballantyne Magazine.
Marcus Hamilton, the illustrator of “Dennis the Menace” daily panels since 1994 when he took over from Hank Ketcham, sat down with me to discuss his career from a by-mail illustration school to the iconic strip he still loves today. Even crotchety old Mr. Wilson may crack a smile at this one.
Read about his incredible journey here.
Film #2 I co-wrote and produced with CLT Blog regarding an innovative public/private education/jobs project here in Charlotte. This film was produced for the DNC Host Committee in advance of the 2012 Convention. Check out the film here.
Tina Fabrique brings the First Lady Of Song, Ella Fitzgerald, alive in her performance of Ella. Read my profile/preview here.
Why not enjoy your own city on its own terms? My opinion on comparing apples and oranges, here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Hoopster TNT Maddox dishes with me about what it is like to play with the legendary Harlem Globetrotters. Here in the Charlotte Observer.
Read my interview with Olympic Medalist, Paul Wylie here.
Here at the Charlotte Observer.
Charlotte based Susie Films explores the national debt in this revealing documentary - here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
An amazing NC connection is revealed in the back-story of this special Anne Frank Exhibit on display here in Charlotte. Read my Faith feature here in the Observer.
Long before Snooki or ‘the Situation,’ Another type of youthful cool swept the Jersey shore. Read my preview of Jersey Boys here in Charlotte Viewpoint.
Mark Blumberg missed NYC bagels when he moved from Long Island to Charlotte. He took matters into his own hands with some very tasty results. Here in SCN.
Just exactly what will that buy you in Charlotte real estate? Cam Newton found out recently with his Uptown condo and I wanted to know what he passed up. Here in the Charlotte Observer.
When guys grow up it is time for a real watering hole and bar that makes them feel part of a club and special – Check out my review of these four upscale lounges in SouthPark Magazine.
What happens when I get turned loose during the Democratic National Convention with my pal, videographer Donald Devet? Watch here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
It has been more than forty-five years since Alvin Ailey, a product of itinerant, working class Texan parents, founded his eponymous company and introduced the world to an innovative dance troupe that celebrated the African-American experience in a time in America when there was little for the black audience to celebrate.
Read my preview of their celebration tour here.
Standing as a vibrant cultural crossroads in the Charlotte community for the past 22 years, Shalom Park is a unique contributor to the texture and fabric of urban life in the Queen City. Heralded through-out the city as a signpost of interfaith relations and a cornerstone to the community’s diverse religious and cultural heritage, this cooperative effort provides the Charlotte metro area with an array of educational, religious, recreational, entertainment, cultural, and community service offerings.
Read more of my piece here.
Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright brings her pin collection to Charlotte’s Mint Museum – Read my preview here in the Charlotte Observer.
Get Dial’d in at the Mint with their opening of iconic American visual artist, Thornton Dial. Here at NFocus.
Watch: Pages, a free 10-part video series with readings by some of Charlotte’s most prominent authors. The Charlotte Video Project captures some of our city’s best. What an honor to participate in the ultra-cool read.
Charlotte Jazz bassist Ron Brendle eschews categorization. Check out this profile at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Check out my piece at Creative Loafing here.
Amy Aussieker is taking stalking to a new level, she is after comedian Jon Stewart and won’t stop ’till he shows up at her store for a cup of coffee. Here at Creative Loafing.
Here is my piece on Opera Express – Opera Carolina’s outreach program. In the Observer.
Illuminating the global Jewish experience through film is no small task, yet it’s an ambitious mark the organizers of Charlotte’s Jewish Film Festival have hit again with their seventh season in the Queen City.
Read my preview here.
Check out this profile on the all male, Jewish a capella singing group from New York City’s Yeshiva University, here in my piece at the Charlotte Observer.
More high end homes from the most eligible Lake Norman Bachelors – here in Lake Norman Magazine.
Read my interview with Tom Murray here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Charlotte’s Viva Klezmer is one soulful group. Read about them here in the Charlotte Observer.
She stands by her man.. even though he has a split personality. Here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
She’s a Dixie Diva – Honey and don’t y’all forget that. Here is my profile on the one and only Vickie Livengood at the Charlotte Observer.
What’s date night without a goodnight kiss – this couple isn’t telling! Here in Ballantyne Magazine.
“The lesson in the story is so much more than just to follow your dream; it’s really to work to change the world around you.” I interview Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall and discusses Radio Theatre, the autobiographical elements of Billy Elliot, and Hall’s thoughts on working with Sir Elton John. Here at Charlotte ViewPoint.
Circle de Luz is a wonderful example of the new face of philanthropy in our community – these women show how a small commitment can make a huge difference in the lives of others.
Read my story here in the Charlotte Observer.
These couples have some pretty slick outdoor living space - they may never come inside. Here in Ballantyne Magazine.
We all scream for Ice Cream – Especially from this vintage Mooresville manufacturer. Read my piece at Lake Norman Magazine here.
Read more here in my profile.
Arts for Life is a magnificent art education program in Charlotte and in 3 other NC cities. read about the great work they do with pediatric cancer patients here in my piece in the Charlotte Observer.
For more than 16 years, Terri Bennett provided nightly weather forecasts to the Charlotte, NC, television market as a meteorologist and station scientist. From 2004 to 2007, she also penned a daily newspaper column, “Earth, Stars and Skies,” in the Charlotte Observer newspaper where she answered readers’ questions about all things science. After leaving the television business in 2007, Terri’s passion for the environment created the Do Your Part® idea and its core mission. Terri wanted the world to know that going green is easy, economical, and important. In 2010, DoYourPart.com was launched due to a growing demand for consumer-friendly eco-content.
I interview Terri here.
Manoj P. Kesavan & Faron Franks have started it now. Read my piece at Charlotte Viewpoint on their latest collaborative project here.
Franchise owner Nick Smith has had business on his mind since he was ten years old. Read his story here at the Charlotte Observer.
Fighting the caustic erosion of the ordinary – this one suburbanite strikes back in my fictional short, Express Train Uptown. Published at Charlotte Viewpoint here.
Thriving in the new economy means new ways of approaching patrons, donors. Some examples from the National Arts Marketing Project conference held in Charlotte.
One that changes communities. Read about Darrel Williams and Neighboring concepts here in the Charlotte Observer.
Check out these new products specifically geared to make the home office easier to navigate. Here at the Charlotte Observer.
Read my interview with LIT front-man Ari Picker here at Charlotte ViewPoint.
Renowned art critic Garth Clark comes to Charlotte to discuss the future of the folk art tradition. Read my preview here at the Charlotte Observer.
The Charlotte Bureau of Awesome – what more needs be said? – Here at CLT Blog.
Here in my piece at the Charlotte Observer.
Read my tongue in cheek look at how to make the perfect Matzo Ball. Here in The Faster Times.
Growing up on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, Linda Midgett did not envision her father’s job as a harbor pilot playing a pivotal role in launching her career as a documentary filmmaker and television producer. Filming and interviewing her father and other family members working the port at Morehead City turned out to be precisely the initial production experience that eventually led to her Emmy-winning role work as the co-executive producer of the acclaimed daytime television series, “Starting Over.”
Read my profile here.
Some solid moves going into the New Year from local experts here in the Charlotte Observer.
Entrepreneurial juggernaut Manoj Govindian is at the heart of several purpose driven capital initiatives in Charlotte. Read my interview with him here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Learn how in my piece at the Charlotte Observer.
The new generation of philanthropists looks very much like the old, generous and giving. Read my story here in the Charlotte Observer.
Like the junction of several challenging words in the Sunday Times puzzle, the intertwined pursuits of Charlotte musical artist Claire Ritter require careful sequencing in order to occupy just the right space on her busy palate. Possessing more talent than can be confined to a singular label, Ritter’s artistic travels involve composing, teaching, performing, and recording her music. These are but a few of the journeys Ritter undertakes, often simultaneously.
Her profile is here.
Mike Reiss gets to the core of what makes the long running animated series so successful in my interview with him. Here at the Charlotte Observer.
Read my review of this gripping one man show here in Charlotte ViewPoint.
Urban Ministries provide so much more than meals and referrals for our city’s homeless – they nourish their souls as well. Check out this innovative photography program in a piece I wrote for the Charlotte Observer here.
Watching Vic Mignogna address a packed ballroom of screaming anime fans, I couldn’t help but be impressed at how he connected with each of the 400 or so mostly-teenage girls in a personal and almost visceral way.
Mignogna was in Charlotte as a headliner appearing at Ichibancon, Charlotte’s anime and manga convention.
Read my profile here.
Read my piece in the Charlotte Observer about how one man gives area homeless a hand up instead of a hand out.
Read about Dimitris Zaimakis, a music teacher from Crete who is energizing local students. Here in SCN.
Read my preview of Harry Connick Jr.’s recent Charlotte performance here.
The Echo Foundation is a nonprofit humanitarian organization whose mission is to sponsor and facilitate those voices that speak of human dignity, justice and moral courage. Read about founder, Stephanie Ansaldo and the incredible work being done in Charlotte and beyond here.
Read my piece here on moves by NAACP and local advocacy group RAIN here in Creative Loafing.
Journalist Lew Powell contribution to UNC Chapel Hill’s cultural web site, NC Miscellany is nothing short of spectacular. Read my profile here in the Charlotte Observer.
Read my interview with Bryan Fenkart, the lead in the national touring performance of Memphis, the Musical. Here at CLT Blog.
Valaida Fullwood and Charles W. Thomas’ new book, Giving Back; A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists is a remarkable achievement. Read my preview here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Local filmmaker Bev Penninger produces an outstanding documentary – a must see with your kids. Read my preview here in Charlotte ViewPoint.
Read my Smarter Living product review here in the Charlotte Observer.
Follow Celebrity Chef Peter Reinhart as he sets off in search of the perfect pizza. Here in my story at the Charlotte Observer.
A short film I co-produced with my pals at CLT Blog about the local success of national dropout prevention program, Communities in Schools. Here at YouTube.
Atlanta artist Stephen Hayes features his powerful installation: Cash Crop at the Gantt Center. Read my preview here in the Charlotte Observer.
Chas Fagan is at home with Presidents, Astronauts and Landscapes. Read my profile on this fascinating artist here.
Engage Charlotte is a vehicle for young professionals to connect to the QC. Check out my piece in Charlotte Viewpoint here.
Read my interview with WTVI president, Elsie Garner here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Five questions with multi-genre writer Rebecca McClanahan here in the Charlotte Observer.
Adrian Miller talks black chefs in the White House. The former Clinton politico is doing some heavy duty research on this very history. Read my chat with him here in the Charlotte Observer.
My opinion piece on a very real and critically important public health issue is here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Dancer Alexander Lieberman is a Charlotte native, he dishes about life on the road with me here in the Charlotte Observer.
Ray Kaskey may be best known for his work on the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. but few Charloteans know about his significant contributions to the Queen City. Read the back-story behind the most iconic works in Uptown Charlotte here.
Ja mon, Reggae central is de jamminest. Here in the Charlotte Observer.
Check out my feature on the couple who chose to retire to the QC without ever setting foot here. In the Charlotte Observer, Here.
Read about Lew Powell, legendary Forum editor here in the Raleigh N&O.
Few conversations in Charlotte envision the theater as community. Charlotte is not a string of suburbs in search of a city like many American burghs of comparable size. We are a grouping of eclectic and diverse neighborhoods from NoDa, to Chantilly, First and Fourth Wards, Elizabeth, and beyond. Performance art that represents the diverse cultures and fabric of the growing region isn’t often found in touring Broadway productions or at Uptown’s larger venues.
I explore Machine Theater, a small experimental company here.
Check out this piece on Charlotte arts organizations and their affinity groups here in the Charlotte Observer.
There is perhaps no other American song in history that has played a more iconic role in modern popular culture than “White Christmas.” Penned by a Russian/Jewish immigrant Irving Berlin, “White Christmas” had a starring role in at least three celebrated Hollywood films. Making its debut in Holiday Inn, the tune also received airtime in Blue Skies as well as in the Technicolor film White Christmas, which was released nearly twelve years after the creation of the wildly successful song.
Read my preview of White Christmas, The Musical which includes a chat with veteran stage actress Ruth Williamson here.
This special Charlotte School makes a huge difference in kids lives. Read about them here in my piece in South Charlotte News.
Read all about an irreverent graphic Designer and her tongue-in-cheeky buttons poking fun at Charlotte neighborhoods here in the Charlotte Observer.
P. Scott Cunningham is a cool cat who has his way with words. Read how The McColl Center for Visual Art showcases this literary artist in Charlotte. Here in my piece at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Read about the 34rth annual Yiddish Institute at NC’s WildAcres here in the Charlotte Observer.
Charlotte Painter Barbara Schreiber’s work is part whimsy, part mayhem. Read my profile here.
While the likelihood of Charlotte overtaking Cannes as a premier Film Festival destination is remote, area movie buffs are licking their chops nonetheless for ten days of fine films come March; that is when the Charlotte Jewish Film Festival kicks off with a compact but eclectic and inviting selection of cinema in a format that offers one huge advantage the big festivals typically don’t have: accessibility.
See my entire preview here.
With their annual members show – this one is special however – check it out here at the Charlotte Observer.
Dreamgirls is nothing if not a spectacle on a very grand scale. It is rare to see a Broadway performance rely so heavily on lighting and special effects provided by thousands of overworked high definition pixels framing and defining every scene. The ceiling to stage panels dazzle at every turn, initially creating the smoky and soft glow of New York’s Apollo and carrying the performance through brilliantly vibrant multi-colored backdrops.
Read the entire review here.
Out of the closet and into the kitchen, aprons are hip again. Here in my piece at the Charlotte Observer.
A bit dramatic perhaps, but these Uptown bicycle couriers navigate the streets of Charlotte with no fear. Check out my story in the Charlotte Observer here.
Read about how a past recipient of CIS services is paying it forward in a big way. Here in the Charlotte Observer.
HiTech pet products keep your pooch and kitty safe, comfortable and well behaved. Check out my Smarter Living piece here in the Charlotte Observer.
Read my profile on the Wednesday Wingers, Wing Have Garden’s group of volunteers who make it all happen. Here at South Charlotte News.
Charlotte Actor’s Theatre delivers fun syrupy pop with a few missteps in this performance of The Marvelous Wonderettes. My review at Charlotte Viewpoint here.
Especially those that work with small children. A tiny profile, here at the Charlotte Observer.
Read about the unusual tourist agenda as my virtual pal came to the QC. Here in the Charlotte Observer.
As CV turns 10 years old, this piece reflects on its origins.
Charlotte Magazine profiles me and my crew as we have some big plans for the 2012 DNC in Charlotte.
Nine out of ten Charlotte dentists support the arts in the QC just like Dr. Kim. Read my tiny profile on her here in the Charlotte Observer.
This local craftsman really knows how to work in tiny spaces. Here in my piece at the Charlotte Observer.
Check out my piece on digital wallpaper here in Smarter Living at the Charlotte Observer.
Home automation does everything but cook dinner. Check out some great new technology advances in my Smarter Living piece here.
I get to dish with local film guru Jay Morong here in the Charlotte Observer.
Read my piece on a local cheese monger and how she plies her trade. Here at the Charlotte Observer.
Read my profile on local freelance photographer Greg McMurray here in the Charlotte Observer.
Local hummingbird expert, Dr. Jay Whelan, shares some of his vast birding knowledge with me here.
Read my story of high powered lawyer turned entrepreneur here in the Charlotte Observer.
Read my preview of the return of iconic British Pop star – Elvis Costello. Here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Deidre Grubb lends her time talent and treasure to a number of arts and humanities orgs in the QC. Read my tiny piece in the Charlotte Observer here.
Scott Galloway dishes on what it is like to interview Bill Clinton in his Harlem Office and tailgate at UAB with the SEC – ah the life of a filmmaker. Here in the Charlotte Observer.
All things Romare Bearden roar into high gear in the QC. Read my homage to our native son here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Dimitris Zaimakis is very enthusiastic about connecting with his students. Catch a bit of his philosophy here in this tiny piece at the Charlotte Observer.
A Charlotte man with a big idea is inspiring young men and helping them gain self confidence through a character development program and custom made threads. Read my story on him here, in the Charlotte Observer.
Historic Charlotte neighborhood Wesley Heights celebrates their 100 year anniversary. Read my piece covering this cool event here in the Charlotte Observer.
Check out my preview of this fascinating new technology here in the Charlotte Observer.
Armchair historian Walter Klein wants to set the record straight on Mec Dec, the other Declaration of Independence, once and for all. Read my piece here in the Observer.
My homage to the passing of Any Griffith. Here at Charlotte Viewpoint.
Charlotte is making the national map because of our science museum. Really. Check out my piece at Charlotte Viewpoint on Discovery Place here.
The Mint Museum YAMs, their young affiliates are just the ticket for some, check my profile of one in the Charlotte Observer here.
The summer of 2010 was very bad for my usually bountiful tomato crop. Was it me or the weather? Read my thoughts here.
Chapel Hill Based Lost in the Trees forge a new musical style all their own. My interview with front-man Ari Picker is picked up in an abbreviated version here in the Raleigh News & Observer.
New American and Jazz master pianist. composer Claire Ritter dishes on teaching here in the Charlotte Observer.
Read the story of this remarkable historic Federal-style plantation home in south Mecklenburg County here.
Read my preview of the North American touring show of CATS. Here at Charlotte ViewPoint.
Read how two women helped recent immigrants to Charlotte connect to their community through story. Here in the Charlotte Observer.
Learn about the special gems with leaves that grow in our city – fabulous Treasure Trees. Here in the Charlotte Observer.
Read my profile on Johnson & Wales Chef, Harry Peemoeller here in the Charlotte Observer.
Some say obsessed, I say possessed! Tomato tales redux: Read my annual tomato column in the Charlotte Observer here.
One hundred or more photographers. 24 continuous hours. One square city block location, like the NC Music Factory and you have City Block, the Light Factory’s annual urban photography fest and competition. Check out my piece in the Charlotte Observer here.
What’s the real cost of Reality TV? I sound off at Charlotte ViewPoint here.
My chat with Charlotte writing teacher and coach – MRG. Here in the Charlotte Observer.
Felix Curtis curates the Classic Black International Film Series at the Gantt. I riff with him here at the Charlotte Observer.
Theater for very young targets tots from six months to three years. There is plenty for the kid in all of us As I recently discovered at PlayPlay! Charlotte’s answer to the European Baby Theater craze. My piece at Charlotte ViewPoint is here.
Read a heart warming story about a foreign exchange student and the family that hosted her – still connected after 40 years. Here in my piece in the Observer.
Rotary is still making a huge difference, almost 100 years after its inception. Read my story here in the Charlotte Observer.
Check out my chat with hip-hopper Alex Wright here in the Charlotte Observer.
Charlotte theater guru Matt Cosper lays out the world according to him, here in my piece at the Charlotte Observer.
Sometimes you just run into a great story that leaves you all warm and gooey on the inside. Read my feature piece on Marine Chris Nagel in the Charlotte Observer and you’ll see what I mean.
Etiquette it seems is not a dying art at all. Read my piece on a local “charm school” instructor here in the Charlotte Observer.
Check out my tiny profile here in the Charlotte Observer.
Since its opening in 1933, the annual Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular has become the gold-standard in holiday entertainment and a quintessential New York City Christmastime experience. With over 200 performances during its eight-week run from November through December, and as many as six performances per day, the show is seen by more than one million people – more than all other Broadway shows combined for the entire year.
Read my review of this fabulous show here.
Talk to master art teach Rita Shumaker and you’ll understand, Read my tiny piece on her here at the Charlotte Observer.
A great father and son story hear featuring a dad who has overcome his hearing impairment right up onto the stage. Here in the Charlotte Observer.
Read my profile on Johnson & Wales Chef, Harry Peemoeller here in the South Charlotte News.
The Charlotte Arts & Science Council has developed a public art walking tour and podcast showcasing some of the finest public art in our region.
Read my piece about it here.
High school pals don’t let the Atlantic Ocean get in the way of some serious commitments – Check out their story here in the Charlotte Observer.
Armchair historian Walter Klein wants to set the record straight on Mec Dec, the other Declaration of Independence, once and for all. Read my piece here in the Observer.
How can you not love an organization that hosts a monthly event called Muddy Fun Day? Read my piece in the Charlotte Observer here.
What could be more pure and local than honey from your own back yard? Check out the buzz from this urban beekeeper whose bees may just have been in my yard not that long ago.
Read my piece here in the Charlotte Observer.
My rant on the one behavior that will save the arts: Patronage. In My Opinion published by the Charlotte Observer.
Read my overview on the new artistic crew at Charlotte’s McColl Center for Visual Art. Here in the Charlotte Observer.
When dinner and a movie feel uninspired, forget the overpriced popcorn bucket and explore these choices in Crown Town – oh, and tell the babysitter you’ll be home late.
Read my feature here.
Charlotte visual arts Mecca, The McColl Center, offers one of the most unique artist-in-residence programs in the country. And that’s just the beginning.
Read more about this community treasure in my piece here.
Ignite Charlotte takes off with a program built upon the notion of : Enlighten us- But make it quick. See what they mean here.
Yes, you read that correctly. Check out my humorous reporting of this very real occurrence here at Like the Dew, Journal of Southern Culture & Politics.
Charlotte-based nonprofit Spokes Group will distribute more than 2,100 new bicycles and helmets this year to disadvantaged youths, with the majority of those bikes going to kids in Mecklenburg County.
Read this heartwarming story of generosity here.
Read my piece in the Charlotte Observer about an incredible project focusing on local, unsung heroes.
Just what exactly is a sister city and what is the back story behind the QC’s filial relationships? Read more here.
I catch up with Waxhaw-based playwright Judy Simpson Cook here at the Charlotte Observer.
Claire Ritter has studied and performed with legendary Jazz greats Ran Blake and Loonis McGlohon to name a few.
She is most comfortable when she’s teaching others, especially area youth. Read my profile on Ritter and Composers Charlotte here.
Some may not think in these terms, but when on-board an airplane you are really part of a community that deserves some basic common courtesies.
Read my take on what makes for a neighborly flight here.
My lament at being chronically on time. Here in the Charlotte Observer.
Read my profile of environmentalist Shannon Binns and his vision for creating a sustainable Charlotte here.
Palate to Palette is the signature contemporary art event at the McColl Center for Visual Art. Read about its origins here.
What is BarCamp you ask? Find out here in my piece at the Charlotte Observer.
The PPL, a media and culture house concept hosting independent and unaffiliated bloggers, filmmakers, journalists, activities and others is taking root in Charlotte, NC the DNC 2012 host. Read about the innovative concept and the people behind The PPL here in my piece at the Charlotte Observer.
Read how local blogger Desiree Kane her #1 bucket list item fulfilled. Here in the Charlotte Observer.
Read my review of OC’s 2011/2012 Opener with Denyce Graves here at CLT Blog.
Charlotte is quietly becoming a destination city for lovers of comics, animation, superheroes, and cartoons. The Queen City is hosting an expected 1000 attendees for an anime and manga related convention on January 7-9 with Ichibancon 2011. The third such national convention in the past seven months, Ichibancon is the most recent entrant to the growing list of conventions held in Charlotte that specifically target enthusiasts of comic books and related products.
Read my preview here.
Kit Kube is a Kinetic Master Craftsman – Check out my piece in the Observer that tells his story here.
One of only a handful of such experienced and established artisans nationwide, Goodwin was contacted last year by the property manager for the upcoming DreamWorks film production of Alice Sebold’s novel, “The Lovely Bones.” The film needed 50 ships in bottles in just over three months.
Goodwin was more than up to the task, and his work so impressed the film’s director, Peter Jackson, that he asked Goodwin to create some special pieces for his personal collection.
Read this profile here.
Charlotte film-maker Donald Devet has a knack for capturing history with a contemporary twist – all in our own back yard. Read my piece here.
Read my piece here.
Read my review of the zany, wacky Blue Man Group. Here at CLT Blog.
Read my piece on this mother/daughter combo that is harnessing the power of the Latina community. Here in the Charlotte Observer’s South Charlotte News.
Read my review here at CLT Blog.
I wrote this piece about Charlotte hosting the 2012 DNC Convention for India’s largest youth newspaper, The Viewspaper. Read how I describe our sense of place here.
Thursday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway there were more thrills, high speed turns and tension than is typically found at the Coca-Cola 600. It all took place under the Grande chapiteau where close to 2200 attendees were spellbound for nearly three hours with Totem, the latest performing arts feast from Cirque Du Soleil.
Read my review @ CLT Blog here.
Jeff Jackson’s site, Destination:Out finds all that (out of print ) jazz. Check out my piece here in Lake Norman News.
According to officials with the North Carolina State Board of Education, the Tar Heel State’s high school children don’t need to learn about the founding of our nation or the Civil War. The Board is proposing changes to the high school history curriculum that will eliminate teaching about any historical events prior to 1877.
I can’t make up stuff this good, it’s true.
Check it out here.
Those two North Carolina Powerhouse brands that can inspire a diabetic coma have teamed up for something really special. Read my expose here.
While legions of writers and poets struggle with punching up colorful words in just the right shade to elicit emotion or punctuate their meanings, Ross Vassilev manages to connect his work with the reader in black and white. Mostly black.
My entire review is here.
The evolution and convergence of media is certainly nothing new and is being embraced in many circles, particularly with younger readers and technology adapters who use digital forms of media to inform and entertain themselves.
Read my opinion piece on consuming new media and the caveats to keep in mind here.
In what will likely deal a crushing blow to yet another revenue stream for budget-tight South Carolina, State Senator Larry A. Martin last week introduced a proposal to repeal the Subversive Activities Registration Act. According to Martin, the law has been on the state’s books since 1951 and mandates that state-based subversives first register and pay a five dollar filing fee with the state prior to any activities related to overthrowing the government or face some nasty fines.
This is too good to make up. Really.
Read my piece here.
Read my profile on the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, America’s Toothfairy – Here in South Charlotte News.
With ThomThom, Machine Theater celebrates their one year anniversary and fourth production in Charlotte, no small feat in a town that seems loathe to support small, regional theater. Coming off their dark comedy Mum’s the Word earlier this year, Machine has jumped headlong into a realm that requires its audience to suspend their beliefs at the door and allow this performance to rush over them in waves.
Read my full review here.
Tim Tyson’s award winning book, Blood Done Sign My Name, translates well to the big screen. There are many lessons to be learned from this true and very personal account of the civil rights era accounting. They span from the tobacco warehouses of the south to drugstore lunch counters that refused blacks service in the 1960s.
Read my review here and note the comment from author Tim Tyson himself.
From the opening Chim Chim Cher-ee to the closing Supercalifragilisticexpiaidocious encore medley, the brilliantly constructed ensemble cast maintained an energy level that was just slightly below uncontrollable frenzy.
My review of the national touring production is featured here.
Southerners, perhaps more than any other Americans, have a love affair with their food. Of late however, the relationship between Americans south of the Mason/Dixon line and their food has become more complicated and by many measures, downright dangerous.
My opinion on the very real health issues facing all Americans, here.