In CLT Traffic … No One Can Hear You Scream
COMING THIS HALLOWEEN TO AN INTERSECTION NEAR YOU …
Construction traffic in Charlotte is an absolute terror! And, now we have the movie to prove it. In a world where the road closures and detours of Charlotte, NC are evolving every day, residents are stalked by legions of orange plastic invaders — the BARRELS and the CONES! Who knew that the innocent invention born in the Queen City would grow to bring residents to their knees!?!?!
Remember: In traffic … no one can hear you scream.
PLEASE NOTE: This video utilizes brief strobing effects.
Okay. Okay. So, construction barrels aren’t really that scary. Maybe they just need a little more personality. So, we proudly introduce you to Charlotte’s newest mascot… Barry the Barrel! You can find him at construction sites and closed lanes all across the Queen City. (P.S. Please note that most versions of Barry you’ll see don’t dance mirthfully. They’ll just sit there and stare at you with judgment and condemnation.)
“You get a gig! And, you get a gig! And, you get a gig!”
This week brought exciting news for stalwart of the Charlotte music scene, Harvey Cummings II. Harvey announced Tuesday that his ensemble would be playing in front of keynote speaker, Oprah Winfrey, at the 2019 UNCF Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon in Charlotte this Saturday, Sept. 28. Harvey referred to this event as a #scratchesoffbucketlist gig on his Instagram post … and we caught up with him for a few more details. (P.S. The bad news is … the event is sold out. But, that’s also good news for UNCF.)
How did you land the gig and what are you doing at the event?
I got the call from the UNCF event/social chair, Tiffany Jones. She asked for my availability and did NOT mention Oprah. (LOL) We’ve done this gig before in the past.
We are playing at the beginning of the program as people enter the ballroom. The setup for this one will be a jazz/hip hop trio (keys, drums, trumpet). We’ll play classic jams from Coltrane all the way to Lizzo. (And, we’ll throw some of my originals in there, too.)
What are you going to do to prep?
I just need to pick up my tux from the cleaners! Everything else just comes naturally. We’ll make sure to set up early for the event and drink lots of water! It should be fun. I can’t wait.
How are you feeling about it?
I feel good! I feel honored! My job is always to create a vibe and ambience for people to chill to. I always want to take people on a musical journey.
We’re only one day out, but the weekend seems pretty far away. A soul-lifting tune from Charlotte musician, Greg Cox, is just what the doctor ordered to push us over the finish line. Greg’s new song, “Good Day,” is the subject of a new video from Light + Song, an amazing series of local music videos documenting live musical performances in cinematic fashion. It is a collaboration between filmmakers and musicians, storytellers and poets. After you click here to listen (and watch) Greg, make sure to watch their entire collection.
As reported in The Charlotte Observer (Chemtob) on Wednesday, Providence Square Shopping Center is getting a makeover after 47 years in South Charlotte. (We highly suggest that 46-year-olds, Matt Olin & Tim Miner, should be next in line for a facelift. Just sayin’.) Levine Properties announced that the $9 million redevelopment is already underway. Salons by JC has already signed a lease for 7,800 square feet. While we’re sure human neighbors are excited about the change, we were curious about how residents of the duck/goose pond on site feel. So, we asked them.
Lindsey Crisp — Coffee Drinker, Artist, Arm-Wrestling Champ
At Not Just Coffee Jay Street last Friday night, native Charlottean (That’s right! They exist!) Lindsey Crisp reigned supreme. She won the inaugural night of bouts from Southern Ladies Arm-Wrestling League (S.L.A.W.) Watch the moment of her victory here. By the way, all rumors that she trained by arm-wrestling lads in Ireland last month are 100% true.
When Lindsey’s not flexing her muscles, she teaches yoga with the Khali Yoga Center in NoDa, works in mixed media and pottery and hangs with her dog, Cashew. While she’s putting the finishing touches on her yoga studio, Lindsey actually slowed down long enough to let us ask her five ridiculous questions.
Find out more about Lindsey on Instagram: @MsCrisp | @KhaliYoga
They say “Charlotte’s Got A Lot” … of, what, do you think?
Charlotte’s Got A Lot of dogs on retractable leashes.
Where’s your favorite place you’ve ever gotten lost in Charlotte?
I really like getting lost around the Queens Road West area. I love looking at the architecture and landscaping of the houses. There is such an art to how people present their house and its cool to see all the different personalities.
What never seems to fall off your To Do List?
“Drink water” is always on my to-do list. The amount of hot yoga classes that I am in every day means I am constantly having to push myself to drink water. I have my water bottle with me at all times.
Which do you like more … the scent of fresh markers or the scent of wet paint?
Wet paint for the win. I associate wet paint with something fresh and new.
Charlotte needs a yoga pose that captures its spirit. What is it? What’s it called?
Charlotte needs savasana. This is the final pose of every yoga practice. You basically lay on the ground, rest and take it all in. It’s a good way to calm down and let go. We are a city that is growing FAST. All this change means we also need a strong grounding practice…. otherwise we’ll get swept up in the emotional rollercoaster of our ever-changing city.
And, a sixth question to grow on…
(We get to make the rules, here, y’all.)
When Cashew whispers the secret of the universe into your ear … what does he say?
Cashew tells me to keep it simple. He tells me to prioritize the primal (movement, food, water, sleep) and that the rest will fall into place. He’s such a good boy.
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While we love to tell the stories of all things #OGClt — people, destinations, history, restaurants, shops, etc. — we are also fascinated by the stories of those who move to Charlotte to start a new career or because of their partners’ career. How did you get here? Why did you come? What were your first impressions? What do you love? What drives you nuts? We want to know.
Click the button below to share your story of how you got to the Queen City. If we love it, we’ll feature it in our new section, “Transfer Tales” and you’ll get some groovy prizes to help you explore Charlotte.
While we’re still reeling from the announcement that the Dairy Queen in Plaza-Midwood is headed for the history books, we’re comforted to know that, when the urge for DQ hits, we can still stop by an #OGClt classic. The historic drive-up Dairy Queen on Wilkinson Blvd. is still crushing the frozen custard until 10pm 7 days a week.
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