April 2011

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Dramatic Dining at Mez

Power Politics

These are history-making times in the Tarheel state. For the first time since the late 1800s, Republicans rule the state legislature. A hometown politician boasts the highest rank in Raleigh.

Frayed Pride and Fried Pickles

One family built a little restaurant in Plaza Midwood called The Penguin. Three friends reinvented it. A neighborhood adopted it, then a city claimed it. They all thought they owned it. Then, one day last fall, all hell broke loose

Where Charlotte Chefs Eat

Ever wonder where the talented chef from your favorite restaurant goes to satisfy his post-work culinary cravings? We chatted with the executive chefs from five fan favorites about where they like to unwind and dig in after a long day.

Can't You Take a Joke?

One local graphic designer has a bit of fun at Charlotte's expense—and ends up starting a buzzy new business.

Professor Facebook

How the Egyptian revolution made a media star out of an obscure professor at Queens University of Charlotte

Dueling Deliveries

If you’ve ever had a night where nuking a can of chicken noodle soup sounds as taxing as serving a holiday dinner, then you can appreciate the option of having your favorite restaurant dishes delivered to your doorstep.

The Italian Job

Crafty Cocktails at RE:PUBLIC

Defensive Driving

Car ownership requires that you know the law—sometimes well enough to defend yourself in court

Soul Stirring

From Jodeci and Anthony Hamilton to Fantasia, the Charlotte area has made significant contributions to R&B music. Now, a new crop of artists seeks to carry on the tradition

House of Blues (and Rock ... and Folk)

Smaller, more intimate concerts, it seems, are best performed at home

Oh, Man

Ditch your 9-to-5 uniform and try one of these 10 trends for men this spring.

Walk All Over Me

A well-designed welcome mat can make a big statement outside your front door

Bang for your Buck

Whatever your home's problem, it's time to fix it. But what renovation gives you the most return on your investment?

The Talented Mr. Talley

Quentin Talley is a slam poet, theater producer, and gifted goofball. He’s using all those talents to help bring this city a little closer together

How to Get Around

Why do Charlotte’s streets always change names? How does the bus system work? What’s the plan for light rail? What’s up with the streetcar? Is our air quality really that bad? What’s the most pedestrian-friendly neighborhood? Are bicycles really allowed to ride three across on the Booty Loop? Anyone who’s ever tried to navigate this confusing city has a thousand questions. We have the answers