November 2007


Standing in the Shadows
Has it really been twenty years since this city fell in love with the Charlotte Hornets? For the Charlotte Bobcats, on the other hand, it’s been a different story. After the team stumbled out of the gate, owner Bob Johnson shook up his front office and brought in a new partner (Hello, Michael!). Will it work? We spent three months behind the scenes to find out

Leaving. Fighting. Loving. Living.
While most of us watch the war on television, life for residents of Fayetteville—home to Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base—rages on. It’s a four-day journey to ground zero for the war at home

Thanksgiving with a Twist
Duck, quail, cod, risotto, ravioli, and devil’s food cake? We asked three local chefs to create holiday menus with a twist. One chef went decidedly retro; the others opted to save cash and time, without sacrificing style or taste. So dig in—it’s Thanksgiving three (very) different ways


The writer stumbled upon Staunton, Virginia by accident. The Shakespeare theater and picturesque downtown will bring her back -- this time on purpose.

Van's World
After serving time in a jury box for two days, the writer is beginning to understand what's wrong with this country. Is it so hard to just pay attention?

Through art, gardening, and soccer, the Urban Ministry Center's Lawrence Cann is trying to show homeless people a life beyond the street -- and it's working. 

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Editor’s Note



The Buzz

Spotlight Tiwanna Hagans says coffee is good for business 
Update John Schwert is at it again Toon In Signs of the season 
Play Call this the man page: cheerleaders and guns
Health An old technique makes taking prescription drugs less of a pain
Critical Eye Go inside the Sudan, Bill Rosinski’s last word, travel back to the 1920s, and the second best thing to live jazz
QC Culture A pioneering doctor from way back. And a pioneering twenty-something today 
Money & Power The top exec of the new Levine Children’s Hospital is passionate about her work. Plus, bank CEOs—past and present—still hold the power


To Die For Keep your hands warm and your coat in check with gloves in great patterns, fabrics, colors, and styles
In Search Of Add one-of-a-kind statement pieces to your home with these handcrafted items Shopping Scene A sweet selection of denim and exclusive designer wear, Lavendar Boutique adds style to Lake Norman ShopTalk Try out Chantecaille and Susan Posnick cosmetic lines this month. Plus, one serious Black Friday sale at Metropolis of Ballantyne
Stylemaker A new golf-chic line that pairs style with function Shopping At What we have our eyes on at The Pink Hanger Trendsetting Skip the oversized hobos—pick up a clutch instead
City Seen The Mint Condition and The Patriot galas, plus Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Alice Waters, Steve Smith, and Ric Flair make their rounds around town

Back Page

The sky is blue; the water is white
Photograph by Chris Edwards

Charlotte Guides

Spotlight Mayor, city council, school bonds, school board, transit tax—election day is a can’t-miss event!
Best Bets See the Beatles perform live at Belk Theater—sorta. And Davidson takes on the Tar Heels
Calendar What to do this month
Conversation Broadway star Adam Pascal on Rent, why he doesn’t care much about acting, and his new tour

Eat, Drink
Review Arooji’s takes you from SouthPark to Tuscany
Restaurant Listings
Global Table Sofram is so good
Quick Bites Hickory Tavern is where to go for the big game
At Night Hot wine bars and cool pubs
Local Color Great eats for cheap
The Dish It’s opening season on the restaurant scene