2020 BOB Awards: Explore

The Best of Arts, Culture, and Entertainment
Luke Mural
When Luke Kuechly announced retirement, Matt Moore and Matt Hooker quickly went to work on a massive tribute.

“Luke Kuechly” by MattMoore and Matt Hooker
Luuukke! The retirement of the beloved Panthers linebacker garnered many tributes, but none stands taller (literally) than the South End mural by Matt Moore and Matt Hooker. The Matts are behind some of the city’s most prominent murals; after Kuechly’s announcement, they quickly got to work at The Brickyard to immortalize the player. 1411 S. Tryon St.

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Blaine Hurdle from Needles & Pins with a couple of his jewelry pieces: the “Hand Collar” and a “Picasso-inspired” piece on his jacket. Photographs by Logan Cyrus.

Needles & Pins
Blaine Hurdle is the son of a jeweler and studied under masters of the craft. His business, Needles & Pins, takes equal influence from that experience and the history of fine art. His playful consideration of light and shadow recalls Modernist sculptors, while his broader sensibility echoes Bauhaus designers. The approach gives each of his handmade pieces a life of its own. needlesandpinsjewelry.com

U.S. National Whitewater Center
Going stir-crazy in your gray cubicle? Of course you are. Mix up the weekday monotony with an outdoor adventure at the best playground in Charlotte. Choose from over 30 activities that include whitewater rafting, flatwater kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, ziplining, and mountain biking. Explore more than 35 miles of developed trails or grab a beer at the Pump House Biergarten or River’s Edge and watch the paddlers go by. usnwc.org

Three Bone Theatre
Charlotteans seldom get to see respected theatrical productions outside the mainstream. For the past eight years, Three Bone Theatre has put on shows geared toward adults and stirring conversation as it navigates an arts scene that isn’t exactly friendly toward such efforts. It’s a vital role in any theater scene, and Three Bone plays it with excellence. threebonetheatre.com

Centurion Lounge
The words “relaxing” and “airport” don’t often go together, but that’s not the case at the new 13,000-square-foot luxury American Express Centurion Lounge. Platinum cardholders can enjoy local art, comfy chairs, food from Kindred (they have the famous milk bread, in French toast form!), Bespoke cocktails, skyline views, and even shower suites. Find the lounge at CLT in the new “Plaza” section between Concourses D and E.

Bank of America Stadium
Hear us out: When David Tepper purchased the Panthers in 2018, Bank of America Stadium had hosted only two concerts in its 22 years. Tepper has more than doubled that admittedly low bar with dates for Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, and Motley Crue and Def Leppard, and says we can expect many more in the coming years. (Ed. note: Concerts have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.) Here’s hoping part of the plan is to get big names outside of classic rock radio. 800 S Mint St., panthers.com/stadium

Mint Museum
Over the past couple of years, the Mint Museum has increased efforts to highlight the work of Charlotte artists. The Constellation CLT project showcases visual art from locals at four locations in the Mint Museum Uptown, including the entrance and atrium. The museum has also teamed up with Southern Tiger Collective in its Battle Walls competitions of public art. And recently, exhibition designers invited local mural artist Owl to craft the backdrop for the exhibition, Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries, at Mint Museum Randolph. Multiple locations, mintmuseum.org

Wheeling Art Dealing
That Penske truck you saw parked at Free Range Brewing? There’s a gallery inside. The project, headed by Rebecca Henderson and Grace Stott, displays the work of dozens of artists on a rotating basis. It’s a reminder that all you need to showcase art are a few walls—even if one of them also functions as a roll-up door. wheelingartdealing.com

Seirin Nagano
Nagano’s striking sculptures and mixed-media works recontextualize the space each inhabits. The one-time Goodyear Arts resident uses space in a way that is as much about the unseen as the forms she creates. seirinnagano.com

Charlotte Ledger
In a little more than a year, Tony Mecia, a former writer and editor at The Charlotte Observer, built a trusted e-newsletter that covers business news in Charlotte. Subscriptions are on the rise, and this one-man operation continues to scoop all of us. cltledger.com

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The Doughnut Wall
Last year, it was the Confetti Hearts Wall. Now another South End mural is blowing up Instagram feeds. On the side of Krispy Kreme’s corporate office on Hawkins Street, artist Gina Elizabeth Franco has painted row upon row of multi-colored doughnuts on the white brick. Some have rainbow sprinkles or icing drizzle, while others have messages like “Good Vibes,” “You’re Dope,” and “Treat Yo Self.” It’s sure to boost your mood—and guaranteed to give you a sugar craving. 2116 Hawkins St.

Charlotte Museum of History’s Diorama
Knowing that uptown’s Revolutionary days were far more rustic isn’t enough. You have to see Charlotte Museum of History’s stirring diorama to appreciate the difference a couple of hundred years can make. Spoiler: Trade and Tryon had more horses than scooters. 3500 Shamrock Dr., charlottemuseum.org

Home Tours
Architectural voyeurism is a widespread obsession, particularly in the South, where homes are showpieces. We love to step inside the homes of friends and neighbors to admire their new renovations or holiday décor, and each year, Charlotte hosts a growing number of home tours so we can do just that. The Mad About Modern Home Tour, Dilworth Home Tour, Parade of Homes, Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour, and many others allow us to step onto the manicured lawns of catalog-worthy homes and see their private gardens, art collections, and chef’s kitchens. Think of it as a socially acceptable way to be nosy in other people’s homes.



Radio Show
Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins – WFAE

Matt & Ramona – 107.9 The Link

Local Podcast
Shrink Tank Podcast

Amplifier WFAE

Weather Forecaster
Brad Panovich

Nick Kosir

Local TV News Team


Joe Bruno

Molly Grantham

Luke Kuechly
Cam Newton

Christian McCaffrey

Twitter Feed


Charlotte Influencer on Instagram


Grazia Walker

Tommy Tomlinson

Art Gallery
Elder Gallery

Goodyear Arts

Mint Museum Uptown

Levine Museum of the New South

Local Artist
MyLoan Dinh

David French

Public Art

Embrace Sculpture

Local Band/Musician
George Banda

Casey Clark

Charity Event/Fundraiser
Queen City Brewers Festival – Benefitting ACEing Autism-Charlotte

Beers & Burpees Charity Event

DIY Studio/Class/Workshop
AR Workshop

Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen

Company to Work for
Wells Fargo

Duke Energy

South End Wine Festival

Charlotte Shout

Pop Up Event
Girl Tribe

Front Porch Sundays

Holiday Event
Charlotte Christmas Village Uptown

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Weihnachtsmarkt

Live Performance Venue
The Evening Muse

Middle C Jazz

Performing Theatre Group
Moving Poets

Children’s Theater

Sporting Event
Carolina Panthers

Charlotte Checkers

Family Attraction
US National Whitewater Center