Junk Mail Prompts An (Almost) Date with Death

May 28, 2019 | By Page Leggett | CLT Creatives | Columnists | Editorials

I recently got a postcard inviting me to something called a “Peace of Mind Seminar.” Awesome, I thought. Peace of mind is in short supply these days. I’m nervous by nature, and President Trump’s twitchy Twitter finger (and all that entails) have exacerbated my anxiety. I could use a free yoga class. Or some aromatherapy. Whatever this was, I wanted in on it. “We invite you to learn more about how planning for your final wishes may shield your family from unnecessary emotional and financial burden,” reads the card … from a local funeral home. So much for that promised peace of mind. The seminar…


SHOUT! Shots – Creative Correspondents Capture the Spirit of the Streets

May 16, 2019 | By The Biscuit Staff | CLT Creatives | Editorials | Exploring Charlotte | Happenings

Last weekend, the inaugural Charlotte SHOUT! took over Uptown, SouthEnd and Camp North End for three days of creative revelry that capped off three weeks of over 200 artistic events — festivals, concerts, art installations, etc. – celebrating the Queen City’s 250th anniversary. For more information, visit CharlotteShout.com and click here to see the team behind SHOUT!, organized by Charlotte Center City Partners. With this many events enveloping Charlotte in 72 hours, it’s impossible for any one publication to cover … well … everything. That’s why The Biscuit chose to assemble a team of “Creative Correspondents” to cover the event with help from Porter Metzler…


That time Anthony Hamilton dropped by CreativeMornings/Charlotte …

May 8, 2019 | By The Biscuit Staff | CreativeMornings/Charlotte | Editorials | Videos

You never know just what’s going to happen at CreativeMornings/Charlotte … or who will stop by. On Friday, May 3, the group held their monthly meeting at the Charlotte Jazz Festival’s “Jazz Garden Tent” in Romare Bearden Park, coutesy of Blumenthal Performing Arts. Admist the celebration of Charlotte’s creativity, Anthony Hamilton, Grammy Award-winner and one of the Queen City’s favorite native sons, dropped by to surprise the audience with an impromptu performance of his song “Best of Me.” If you missed CreativeMornings, you’re in luck. Charlotte Star Room captured the performance and you can watch it below. Better still, you can catch Anthony Hamilton’s full…


We don’t know what to say about gun violence. But, we’ll help you say it.

May 7, 2019 | By Matt Olin & Tim Miner | CLT Creatives | Creative News | Editor's Pick | Editorials

Charlotte is our home. Despite trying our best to escape it after high school, Charlotte drew us back in and has emerged to become a great love of both of our lives. Charlotte is a source of pride for us. Championing the creativity abilities alive in this city has become our passion and our purpose. It’s not a blind love. As much as Charlotte enthralls us, it also angers us, frustrates us and saddens us. When we look at our city, we see a community bursting with creative energy and potential. We also see a place where many people are hurting. A place where many…


BOOM-Shaka-Laka: Two Artists Bringing an Explosion of Creativity to the BOOM Festival

April 23, 2019 | By Porter Metzler | CLT Creatives | Creative News | Editorials | Happenings

Three… two… one… BOOM! The fourth annual BOOM festival is taking over Plaza Midwood this weekend — Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28. BOOM is a three day arts experience that aims to highlight the power of art and the ways it can bring communities together by creating a space for artists and audiences to collaborate. The festival will feature a diverse range of visual artists, musicians, performers and poets who are helping create an explosive wave of creativity in the Charlotte region. Included in the long list of excellent artists participating in BOOM are two HUG (Helpful, Unfettered Gift) Micro-Grant recipients: Andrea Downs…


The Business of Murals in a City of Business

April 23, 2019 | By Tim Miner | CLT Creatives | Creative News | Editor's Pick | Editorials | Exploring Charlotte | For Newcomers

It was the summer solstice of 2017. The temperature hovered just below 100 degrees. As the sun beat down on him, Jonay di Ragno painted a mural in NoDa. And, he was having the time of his life. “I was having fun. People bringing me slices of pizza and Sprite and beer,” di Ragno remembers. “I was going to start at 8 am and stop later, but people were so interested in the process, they would not let me finish. [When I went to the bathroom and came back], people were already taking pictures. [The work wasn’t even at] 50% of my vision. They were…


Turbo Charged Creativity – CLT Father & Son Make Music Together

April 22, 2019 | By The Biscuit Staff | CLT Creatives | Editorials | Music

Graphic designer. Musician. Dad. While those words can’t capture the creative prowess of David Haire, senior designer at Wray Ward, they’re a good start. And, they help explain what drives him. Haire has been a mainstay in Charlotte’s local music scene for decades, and his aural creations show no sign of slowing. His musical project up/dn’s most recent release is called “Turbo Volvo.” Listen here. Dave’s latest musical project was inspired in no small part to Griffin, his son. Griffin has been diagnosed with autism. While extremely intelligent, Griffin has communications challenges. That said, he responded strongly to Dave’s music, listening to it repeatedly. He…


Take This Job and Shove It – Break Out by Breaking Good

April 22, 2019 | By Josh Jacobson | CLT Nonprofits | Columnists | Editorials

Oh no! The end of the Breaking Good series! This week we close it out by calling for an infusion of private sector talent into our local nonprofit organizations. It’s a concept that goes against conventional wisdom and yet it’s exactly what we need. In other words, we’re breaking good again. “I’d love to meet and pick your brain.” There is no more gross and invasive metaphor for meeting for coffee than, “Let me pick your brain.” Please, don’t molest my noodle. But, do reach out. I love coffee. I’m one of those people who typically takes the random meeting with a person hoping to…


‘Commercial gentrification’ pushes 120 entrepreneurs out at North End biz center

April 22, 2019 | By Jonathan McFadden | CLT Creatives | Creative News | Editor's Pick | Editorials

Up to 120 small businesses in a coveted piece of North End real estate have until April 30 to move out before developers transform it into a mixed-use space for large offices and retail. Last November, Texas-based Artesia Real Estate purchased the City North Business Center at 1801 N. Tryon St., less than a mile from uptown, for $8.8 million. Plans call for Artesia to turn the sprawling business plaza into General Assembly, a 125,000-square-foot office/retail building with common meeting areas, a café and large windows for natural light. For that to happen, though, the 120 businesses — many of them black-owned — that call…


SHARE Charlotte: 9 Unique Ways for Teens to Give Their Time

April 10, 2019 | By Nicole Copsis, SHARE Charlotte | CLT Nonprofits | Editorials | For Newcomers | How To/Resources

At The Biscuit, we get excited about handing the reins over to tomorrow’s emerging leaders. Leadership is leadership. Inviting teens and young adults into creative public service is our jam. And, when we saw this article by chief storyteller, Nicole Copsis, published on the SHARE Charlotte blog, we had to share it. Let’s face it- service hours can sometimes feel like that thing you “have to do” with your free time, instead of that thing you are looking forward to doing in your spare time. But, what if you used your service hours as a time to explore your own interests and strengthen your skill…


Doodle in Class … and The Biscuit Will Bite You

April 10, 2019 | By Tim Miner | Editorials

When you’re hard at work in the middle of a CreativeMornings/Charlotte, chances are you’ll get noticed. And, that’s a good thing. That’s exactly what happened to graphic artist Jacquelynn Glass on Friday, April 5. While the audience was focused on the stage, Jacquelynn was engrossed in the pad on her lap. In almost any other Charlotte meeting, that might seem rude. But, at a gathering of people who believe that “Everyone is creative,” it was a welcome sight. “At CreativeMornings, there’s no higher honor than inspiring someone to create … right here … in the moment,” says Matt Olin, co-host of CreativeMornings/Charlotte. “When I heard…


We’re NUTS About This Book!

April 4, 2019 | By Porter Metzler | CLT Creatives | Creative News | Editorials

People of Charlotte, meet Mai-Lis Bahr. Wait a minute … that’s her line not ours! After sharing hundreds of stories about local Charlotteans as the founder of People of Charlotte, Mai-Lis Bahr decided to share an important story of her own. She recently released her very first children’s book titled Mixed Nuts, a story about the ways diversity and inclusion help foster growth in the community. Mai-Lis wanted to write a relatable story that could be used as a resource to teach children the importance of empathy and acceptance. She hopes it will help children and parents talk about diversity. Over on People of Charlotte,…


27 Years Later … We’re Still Stuck on Grandmama

March 28, 2019 | By Tim Miner | CLT Creatives | Creative News | Editorials | O.G. CLT

She bounded onto the Charlotte scene in all her 90s splendor — a blur of horn-rimmed glasses and gray — and slammed dunked our hearts. Her name was Grandmama. The Queen City adorned her. But, by 1996, she was gone. And, we’re still not over it. Luckily, thanks to the long memory and chutzpah of The Charlotte Podcast, the graphic prowess of Nalee Thao and a $250 HUG (Helpful Unfettered Gift) Micro-Grant, Grandmama lives again. This time, she aims to stick around. But, why now? “I would say 80% of the time we have to explain who Grandmama is to people,” added The Charlotte Podcast….


Our Favorite Stories from Around the Crown

March 28, 2019 | By Tim Miner | Editorials

Our cooks at The Biscuit work hard to bring you tasty, nourishing content about the Queen City. But, we’re media carnivores, too. Media channels all over Charlotte are sharing incredible stories about creatives and CLT history. Here are just a few recent favorites from Around the Crown. #52Tuesdays: Charlotte Is Creative and Brixx Pizza, A Partnership Easy As Pie from SHARE Charlotte Every Tuesday, the team at SHARE Charlotte kicks out a story of how nonprofits, volunteers and local businesses are working together to make Charlotte a better place. This week, it was our turn the be featured. Bias aside, this is a fun, quick…


Young People Got No Time for Your Lame Nonprofit

March 27, 2019 | By Josh Jacobson | Editor's Pick | Editorials

Should a nonprofit operate more like a business? Young people seem to think so. And, amen to that. Despite arguments I have made and will make in this series about nonprofits embracing earned revenue strategies and employing for-profit talent, let’s not forget that the real power of the nonprofit model is in our collective ownership of them. It’s the nonprofit’s superpower. The Founder Generation I’m a trend guy. I love trying to understand the future through analysis of present-day data points. It’s kind of my thing. One big trend that is right around the corner will be the impact of Generation Z, which MTV dubbed…


Fire Up the Family Truckster! Visiting 59 National Parks in 5 Years

March 27, 2019 | By Mai-Lis | CLT Creatives | Columnists | Editorials

The interview below with Charlottean Bill Goldstein (AKA Mr. Outdoor) and his family – wife, Alisa, and sons, Luke and Winston, is part of our partnership by the People of Charlotte blog. After visiting Yosemite National Park in 2009, The Goldsteins caught National Park fever … and they found a creative way to cure it. SEE 59 NATIONAL PARKS before their sons turned 18. So, they fired up the family truckster and got down to business. Today Bill and his family have been to every (yeah, we said EVERY) national park in America and wants to inspire you to do the same. What was the…


If Your Nonprofit Fails in the Forest, Will Anyone Hear It?

March 12, 2019 | By Josh Jacobson | CLT Nonprofits | Columnists | Editorials | How To/Resources

Being “the best kept secret in Charlotte” might sound cool, but it’s rarely a recipe for success. And, that gets us to the question: Should nonprofits be encouraged to spend money on marketing their missions?In this week’s installment of “Breaking Good,” we reflect on a topic that pits what we know about the way the world works with how we think “charities” should function.Okay, analogy time. You’re a rising chef in the culinary world of Charlotte. You’ve studied at quality institutions and have done the hard work to earn the respect of those in the foodie scene. With the backing of a few people who…


Be Who You Are, And OWN It – Conversation with Nikki Eason

March 12, 2019 | By Bryan Li | CLT Creatives | Editorials

“I am so much more than this!” This is a thought that all of us have had at some point in our careers — a realization that you have more to offer to this world than what is expected of you. For Nikki Eason, creator & producer of The Androgynous Model, that realization came to her when she was a D-1 basketball player for the University of Georgia and D-2 ball for Winston-Salem State University, which is part of the CIAA. “I want to be a business owner — an influencer. I want to promote change and empower others to do the same.” She said….


Andrea Downs Airs Out the Dirty Laundry

March 12, 2019 | By Mai-Lis | CLT Creatives | Editorials

The interview below with HUG recipient, Andrea Downs, was originally posted on PeopleOfCLT.com on 1/18/19. The Biscuit is proud to say that Andrea Downs and the Airing Out the “Dirty” Laundry project was among the first recipients of a HUG (Helpful Unfettered Gift) micro-grant in 2018. People of Charlotte, meet Andrea, Founder of Airing Out the “Dirty” Laundry, a collaborative, pop-up art exhibit of women’s stories. Through ongoing exhibits of visual narratives, women are given a space to unite through storytelling while building community. Andrea states, “There is nothing “dirty” about these stories, but we have been told by people and our culture that some…


Historical Blindness: Lillard Would Bar Foreigners

February 26, 2019 | By Matt Olin & Tim Miner | Editorials

“We must have an uninterrupted period, in which we can create out-and-out Americans and an out-and-out spirit of Americanism.” – T.J. Lillard (The Charlotte News, February 26, 1919) “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” – Edmund Burke (1729-1797) As we’re well into the celebration of Charlotte’s 250th anniversary, we think it’s fitting to unveil “Historical Blindness,” a new feature in The Biscuit dedicated to exploring the news of the day in Charlotte … from exactly 100 years ago. Now, it’s not completely fair to judge people from 100 years ago by today’s standards, but it IS appropriate to measure ourselves today against…