December 2007

 Lefty, Bob, and the Kid

Lefty, Bob, and the Kid

Lefty arrived in 1960 and built tiny Davidson College into a basketball powerhouse - and Charlotte's favorite team. But by decade's end, he'd taken his winning ways to a big university, leaving Davidson to fall back into years of mediocrity. Now, with Coach Bob McKillop running the show and star sophomore Stephen Curry running and gunning, the Wildcats are on the cusp of the national - and local - spotlight again. READ MORE

By MICHAEL KRUSE 

 Women of the Word

Women of the Word

This is the Bible Belt. So no matter how big business gets in this city, no institution will ever be larger than church. And just like in business, women have made a lot of headway in gaining leadership roles in the spiritual community - though there's still work to be done. Meet these seven female religious leaders and find out what inspires them. READ MORE

By LORI K. TATE 

 2007 Best New Restaurants

2007 Best New Restaurants

From Italian (twice) to tapas (ditto), these are the ten best restaurants that have opened in the past year. Plus, predictions and wishes for the upcoming year, and how Restauranteur of the Year John "J.D." Duncan went from 200 wines by the glass (Bonterra) to 150 beers by the bottle (Mac's) READ MORE

By JOHN LUTHER AND RICHARD THURMOND 

Departments

Life Lines
When you're setting the table this holiday season, you're doing more than preparing dinner. You're creating memories. By LAURIE PRINCE

Arts
After two decades, dinner theater (of all things) has made a comeback in Pineville. There's a nothing like a good sex farce over a plate of lobster-crusted grouper. By PERRY TANNENBAUM  

Business
Seven years ago, town leaders created a plan for the future of downtown Mooresville. Since then, developers and council memers haven't always seen eye to eye. But that isn't stopping people like Kurt Busch. By SAM BOYKIN 

In Every Issue

The Buzz

Spotlight Anthony Hamilton sings for American Gangster
Update An environmental protest and lots of job cuts - just a week at the big banks
Reality Check Confessions of a confused urban dog walker
Critical Eye Good books for the holidays, some easy listening, and tips for your travels
QC Culture Charlotte's airport wasn't always so busy. And meet a cabbie who's created a karaoke machine on wheels
Money & Power New CEO Randy Kibler wants to see yellow Bojangles' boxes everywhere. Plus, see who made our Power Meter and why Tampa wants to be us
Real Estate As they compete for buyers and attention, new condo projects roll out the red carpet 

Life/Style

For everyone on your list , here's the perfect gift, from trendy and helpful to over-the-top and unique
City Seen Rock stars, NASCAR celebs, and bigwigs make appearances at openings and galas

Back Page

If these walls could talk...
Photograph by Chris Edwards

Charlotte Guides

Agenda
Spotlight Eta Carina and the newly formed Orquesta Carolina are hot
Best Bets The Nutcracker and Rockapella means it's Christmas, and Ballantyne Resort wants you to dance in the New Year
Calendar What to do this month
Conversation Grace Slick paints White Rabbits

Eat, Drink
Revisit Cajun Queen is as good as ever
Uncorked Your guide to giving thoughtful wines
Restaurant Listings
Local Color Great eats for cheap
At Night Hot wine bars and cool pubs
Global Table Tomi is known for takeout, but you're missing out by not eating in
The Dish Plaza Midwood heats up while Elizabeth hits a snag