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Moms

Mother’s Day fight, Mother’s Day love

Without a doubt, my mother, Starr, had many faults. Among other things, she was an irresponsible, moody drug addict. But, she was often my biggest supporter and champion. And, on the day of my one and only fist fight, she was my biggest hero.

Travel

Day Trips: Spotlight on Upstate culture, cuisine at Artisphere

A case can be easily made that Greenville, S.C., is Asheville south of the N.C. line. Similar Southern Appalachian climate, a well-preserved and bustling downtown, a college-friendly vibe, etc. And Greenville has Artisphere, which wraps food music and arts into one enormous package May 13-15.

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McColl Center Studio Party 16

This year’s McColl Center gala, held at that venue April 16, was all about colors. Bright, bold, classy and flashy. Patrons decked out in their most colorful attire, while many artists showed their work on every floor of the center, with food featured in every corner.

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World Affairs Council of Charlotte gala

The long-running World Affairs Council of Charlotte -- held March 20 at the Weston Hotel -- honors those who have had an impact on the Charlotte community and on how the city works with the international community. This year’s honoree, Philip Dubois, has been chancellor of UNC Charlotte since 2005, and has helped the university expand its international studies. Al Guarnieri of Parker Poe Adams

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Gallery: Chanel goes to Cuba

French luxury label Chanel hits the streets of Havana. The show was the most extreme manifestation to date of the hot new status Cuba has assumed in the international art and cultural scene since the December 2014 declaration of detente with the United States.

Moms

600 Festival’s 5 family-friendly events that you and your family should experience

Eighteen years ago, I began a new chapter of my life by joining JHE Production, an event production company. At that time JHE had produced the event known as Speed Street for just two years. As you can imagine, my first year was a wild ride. I had no clue that all these years later JHE would still produce the event and I would be the executive director of the 600 Festival Association, a nonprofit that has been commemorating the May races at Charlotte Motor Speedway with family-oriented events for more than 31 years.

Moms

Family Meals Matter: Make-ahead meals give Mom a break from cooking

Mother's Day is a perfect time to show Mom how much you care. You can also show her how much she means to you by giving her a well-deserved break from cooking. Instead of opting for reservations at a local restaurant, make it a learning experience for the whole family. Let mom put up her feet and have kids roll up their sleeves to help prepare these make-ahead breakfast and brunch dishes everyone is sure to love.

Living

Reel talk: Alicia Vikander cast as Lara Croft in 'Tomb Raider' reboot

Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander is set to play Lara Croft in a coming adaptation of "Tomb Raider," based on the popular video game franchise of the same name. Vikander won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "The Danish Girl" in 2015. Angelina Jolie starred as the titular character in the 2001 adaptation and its sequel in 2003.

Living

Club sports conundrum

Every student-athlete has a different experience when it comes to high school sports. But the majority of current athletes are following the same trend: participating in travel or club sports in their off-seasons. Playing in the off-season has become almost a necessity to competing at the high school level. But does this new norm hurt more than help?