Creative News

Want to stay in-the-know with news about the immense creativity happening throughout Charlotte, and the people behind it all? You’re in the right place. Our team of writers, videographers, photographers, illustrators and podcasters are committed to clogging your arteries with Queen City creative news, rich profiles and a heaping helping of humor. Dig in!

Delilah, a New Series on Oprah’s OWN Network, Was Filmed – And Set In – Charlotte

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte | March 2, 2021

In TV and movies, Charlotte has stood in for Washington, D.C. and its Virginia suburbs (Homeland), Chicago (Leatherheads) and even a bleak, post-apocalyptic wasteland (The Hunger Games). But beginning next week, Charlotte will – finally – not be cast… read more »

Onboarding Podcast – Nao Tsurumaki Takes the Stage with Children’s Theatre

CLT Creatives, Creative News, Podcasts | February 25, 2021

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte (CTC) has long been revered by Charlotteans, but especially head Biscuit-baker Matt Olin. Having spent many of his formative years working with CTC, Olin credits the organization for making a profound impact on him and… read more »

Giant Postcards Proclaim Love for the Queen City 

CLT Creatives, Creative News, Happenings | February 16, 2021

February is all about love. And, to celebrate their affection for Charlotte, six local artists painted giant, love-themed postcards along the light rail line at 7th Street Station. Most works are 8-feet wide on display outside 7th Street Public Marke… read more »

JazzArts Charlotte Charts the Beat of the Future with Songs of the Past

CLT Creatives, Creative News, Happenings | February 12, 2021

“Whisper, listen, whisper, listen. Whispers say we’re free Rumors flyin’, must be lyin’. Can it really be? Can’t conceive it, don’t believe it. But that’s what they say Slave no longer, slave no longer, this is Freedom Day.” – Lyrics from Freedom Day… read more »

How Retailer blis is Weathering the Pandemic

Creative News | February 9, 2021

We’re used to hearing about restaurants and retailers that started online or at pop-up locations and then made the leap to brick and mortar. blis did that in reverse. Like most retailers, blis started small. “We used to call the original store ‘littl… read more »

We’re Huggers (and Our Hugs Just Got Bigger)

CLT Nonprofits, Creative News, HUG Micro-Grants | January 26, 2021

“Many creative people are finding that creativity doesn’t grow in abundance; it grows from scarcity. The more Lego bricks you have doesn’t mean you’re going to be more creative; you can be very creative with very few Lego bricks.” – Jorgen Vig Knudst… read more »

Camp North End Announces Winners of Emerging Black Architects Design Competition

Creative News | January 26, 2021

“Charlotte has a public plaza problem,” said Hasheem Halim, GM of creative workshop Saturn Atelier in Charlotte’s Derita neighborhood. “And Camp North End solves it, to an extent, with that main drag where dupp&swat and BLKMRKTCLT are. It’s great… read more »

‘How to Adapt to Your New Reality’

CLT Creatives, Creative News | January 21, 2021

“Here I am – 50 years old and starting a restaurant, and then COVID happened. It’s kind of crazy.” – Christa Csoka of The Artisan’s Palate COVID-19 and the attendant economic fallout have pummeled restaurants, galleries and artists.  So, a hybrid res… read more »

Theatre Charlotte

Update on Theatre Charlotte’s Post-Fire Recovery

Creative News | January 20, 2021

An electrical fire tore through Theatre Charlotte on December 28, damaging the stage, seating, light and sound equipment and roof. The Theatre Charlotte stage has been a staple of the performing arts in the Queen City since 1941. Days seem to move od… read more »

WFAE Reporters’ Favorite Stories of 2020

Creative News | January 12, 2021

We’re not going out on much of a limb to say that 2020 was a year of stories. The political climate and the COVD-19 pandemic provided a new context and perspectives on timeless stories of family dynamics, homelessness, racial disparity and more. Whil… read more »

Lost Drone on Christmas Day Leads to an Unforgettable Flight

Creative News | January 12, 2021

By 5 p.m. on Christmas Day, they were up all over the neighborhood — hand-drawn, 8.5” x 11” signs that simply read: “Lost Drone” (with a phone number). There was something so pure about them that compelled Biscuit publisher, Tim Miner, to snap a pic… read more »

It All Started with a Field Trip – Tom Gabbard’s Creative Journey

Creative News | January 7, 2021

“We are maturing as a city in a lot of good ways. I see growth here – and we’re becoming a better city. I’ve never felt any hesitation or constraints on programming in terms of subject matter. And I feel even freer now than ever to stretch artistical… read more »

New Year. Same Four Walls. – How We Create Connections in 2021

Creative News, Editorials | January 6, 2021

CreativeMornings/Charlotte in March 2020. PHOTO CREDIT: Stephen Lamar [NOTE: The image above of CreativeMornings/CLT at Divine Barrel in March of 2020 (the last time the group met in person) fills me with emotions — a longing to HUG everyone I see …. read more »

Our Favorite Biscuit Stories of 2020

Creative News, Editorials | December 31, 2020

Happy New Year. Goodbye, 2020. (You’ve overstayed your welcome.) On January 1, 2020, We’d just completed the first full year of publishing The Biscuit. We had a clear vision of exactly where we wanted to go in the 12 months that lay ahead. And, we we… read more »

New Mural on W. Trade Street is a Tribute to NC Music Legends

Creative News, Exploring Charlotte, Murals | December 30, 2020

Queen City visual artist Abel Jackson is at it again, painting a third historic mural along West Trade Street, just a few blocks from Johnson C. Smith University and in full view of the Gold Line. (And, we have lovely photos from photographer and CLT… read more »

Where Are We in CLT? Sankofa Mural

Creative News, Where Are We in CLT? | December 30, 2020

The Biscuit doesn’t have a “Man/Woman of the Year” award. But if we did, Ricky Singh would be a top contender. As one of the founders of the Charlotte Lab School, Singh is no stranger to the creative scene. But, in the wake of a shooting along Beatti… read more »

No Waiting in the Wings 

Creative News | December 29, 2020

After an already devastating year for live theater, 2020 had one more cruel surprise for Theatre Charlotte this week.  Early Monday morning, an electrical fire in the HVAC system broke out in the historic theater at 501 Queens Road. While no one was… read more »

The Panthers Match Philanthropic Passion with Creative Prowess

CLT Nonprofits, Creative News | December 22, 2020

“Our experience working with local artists … was truly eye-opening. Each artist brought their own flavor to the collaboration and took to heart the passion behind the highlighted cause of each player.” – Jill Cole, Community Relations Assistant for… read more »

Who are the Unsung Creative Heroes of 2020?

Creative News | December 17, 2020

Help Us Identify 2020’s Unsung Creative Heroes As tough as this year was, there were bright spots. Behind so many of those bright spots were bright people — creatives using their talents and their passions to lift our spirits, challenge us and keep… read more »

An Exhibition of Creative Prowess … and Creative Friendship

CLT Creatives, Creative News, Exploring Charlotte, Happenings | December 17, 2020

“Something fundamental for me is the great joy that comes from having true friends who encourage and promote the artistic work that one does, knowing how complicated this profession can be sometimes.” – Leandro Manzo More than 100 paintings and print… read more »