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  • Art Smart: Charlotte Ballet

    By Arden McLaughlinGet ready to jeté into the holiday season with the Charlotte Ballet’s “Nutcracker,” which kicks off on Dec. 8 with a special preview party—aptly named “Night at the Nutcracker”—then runs from Dec. 9 to 23. Born out of the vibrant late-1800s Russian dance...

  • Be a Sommelier for the Day

    By Lauren LevineYou don’t have to trek out to Napa Valley to swirl and swish your way to a new favorite wine. With powerhouse vineyards churning out flavor profiles ranging from oaky to sweet, and the Charlotte wine scene becoming increasingly more robust, there’s never been a...

  • Charlotte Firsts

    By Tom HanchettAt the first of the year, let’s take a look back at Charlotte’s many firsts. Innovations developed here over the years have touched every part of the nation. Some findings were big and impressive, like the rise of huge banks and the growth of national retailers...

  • Live Music in Charlotte

    By Ashleigh White  Night 1: The Evening Muse Big sound fills a small space at this intimate venue in the heart of NoDa. The club reaches capacity at 120 standing guests (or 80 seated), offering no bad views of the stage. Generally, there’s music at least three...

  • 24 Hours in Myers Park

    Rise and shine and head to the beautiful Freedom Park for a game of tennis or take a stroll around “the Booty Loop.” This is a 3-mile circuit in the heart of Myers Park, which is a staple for walkers, joggers and cyclists alike. From here you can take in the sights of the...

  • Charlotte Savor: Stoke Charlotte’s Day the Music Died Cocktail

    Ingredients1 ounce Doc Porter’s Distillery Gin½ ounce Aperol liqueur½ ounce Campari liqueur½ ounce grapefruit juice1 ounce Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry Blanc3 dashes grapefruit bitters1 grapefruit peel curl for garnish PreparationCombine all ingredients in mixing beaker,...

  • History of Ovens Auditorium and Bojangles’ Coliseum

    Story by Kristen MooreOver the past 60 years, some of the greatest musicians, performers and athletes have graced the stages at the auditorium-coliseum complex on Independence Boulevard, known today as Ovens Auditorium and Bojangles’ Coliseum. From concerts and sporting events...

  • Art Smart: City Art Room

    By Joanne SpataroIf you’re looking for a special, local space to flex your painting chops, look no further than City Art Room. Located three miles west of Uptown Charlotte, City Art Room offers in-studio and off-site private painting parties for adults, youth and children, all...

  • Art Smart: In Focus/Enfoque

    By Arden McLaughlinPhotography, stories and intrigue haunt the walls of The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, thanks to a Bank of America initiative, In Focus/Enfoque, which is bringing works from more than 50 Mexican and American artists to Charlotte museums and galleries through...

  • The Beef ‘N Bottle Steakhouse’s Oysters Rockefeller

    (Yields 20 servings of 4 oysters each)Ingredients2 3-pound bags frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained1 large yellow onion, finely chopped2 pounds salted butter2 cups Dry Sack Sherry4 1/2 cups cracker meal6 cups dried parsley flakes2 tablespoons cayenne pepper4 tablespoons...

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