Some Artists Finger Paint; Others Paint Fingernails
Julie Nhi of Cosmic Nails
Julie Nhi’s Cosmic Nails practices an ancient art with modern twists
“Guess who may have been the first to get manicures? Menfolk! Sources (and by that, I mean Google) say that aristocratic men in Babylon used to color their nails with kohl to give them that dark, smoky look. It was part of a ritual they practiced before going to war, which is funny because the last thing you’d want to do after getting a manicure today is risk breaking a nail.”
Nail artistry goes back centuries, but it’s suddenly all the rage. Julie Nhi of South End’s Cosmic Nails credits the craze to social media and Instagram, in particular.
Four AAPI Creatives to Follow
In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage (AAPI) Month, we asked you to share your favorite AAPI creatives at work in Charlotte. And, wow, did you respond! Throughout the remainder of the month, we’ll be sharing these amazing Queen City creatives with you on our Instagram feed and here in The Biscuit.
Meet our first four AAPI creatives — Tanner Morita, Rexii Wilson, Ju-Ian Shen and Indrani Nayar-Gall — here.
We’ll update the page above with more AAPI creatives as the month progresses.
Jinna Kim’s 3 Biggest Challenges
“After six years of living in New York, I realized working in arts and entertainment made me appreciate it less. I started turning down free Broadway tickets!” – Jinna Kim
Time and money are two of Jinna Kim’s biggest challenges. (And they may be nearly everyone’s top two.)
South End is Blooming
Flowers are blooming all across the Queen City … and so is art in South End. Local creatives — musicians, fiber artists, painters, dancers and more — will share their skills in public spaces and businesses as part of South End Blooms, a month-long celebration of Charlotte’s creative community with surprise, pop-up art experiences blooming every weekend.
This weekend, be on the lookout for 7-foot crocheted butterfly wings, live painting, live music, sidewalk chalk art and more.
Charlotte Is Creative is partnering with South End on this project.
You-mmus Try this Spicy Deviled Egg
May 13 was National Hummus Day. And, we’re still celebrating.
Last year we shared a recipe for “the very best hummus in the world.” This year, we’re sharing something a little different — a hummus dish that is the perfect way to welcome summer: Hummus Sriracha Deviled Eggs. Here are the ingredients you’ll need. The recipe lets you customize how many you want to make which is nice if you just want to make a few. They’re easy to make, and healthy, too. Made with hummus and sriracha, they pack a spicy kick, but mellow out with a touch of honey and roasted garlic that really makes the flavor pop. They are devilishly delicious!
- Hard-Boiled Eggs
- Canned Chickpeas
- Roasted Garlic
- Lemon Juice
- Olive Oil
- Smoked Paprika for garnish
Find the full recipe here.
Today, May 14, is National Chicken Dance Day. And, that brings to mind the place where we perfected the chicken dance — Bojangles Coliseum. (Go, Checkers!)
The building has gone by many names over its long tenure in the Queen City — The Charlotte Coliseum, Independence Arena, Cricket Arena — and more. While its exterior signage may have changed over time, its proud dome has stood the test of time and the elements.
The original Charlotte Coliseum (here’s a 1966 aerial shot, courtesy of the Robinson-Spangler North Carolina Room Image Collection) was completed on Independence Blvd. in 1966, alongside Ovens Auditorium. A.G. “Goodie” Odell, founder of the architecture firm now known as Odell, was the lead project designer. At the time it opened, the Charlotte Coliseum was the largest unsupported steel dome coliseum in the world as well as the first free-spanning dome in the United States.
Over its long life, the building has played host to Billy Graham, Elvis, the Grateful Dead and a host of sports teams ranging from the Carolina Cougars basketball team to the Carolina Vipers indoor soccer team to the Charlotte Roller Girls.
Renamed “Bojangles Coliseum” in 2008, the former Charlotte Coliseum is now connected to Ovens Auditorium as part of the “BOplex.”
And, it’s still an awesome place to do the chicken dance in tandem with several thousand screaming Charlotteans.
P.S. We think it’s cute that Google Maps describes the Coliseum as “humble” and “snug.”
Photo Credit (Above): PowerWorks
Don’t go ’round hungry. If you missed the last batch of The Biscuit, don’t worry. We’ve kept it warm for you. This batch featured:
- A look into the question: “What Do Charlotte Creatives Need to Thrive?”
- A special report on The Future of Charlotte’s Creative Community
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