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Band collides unlikely partnerships in musical style, personal background, community causes

Since her very first day of post-graduation freedom, with a major in visual arts and a minor in chamber music in her pocket, Moksha Sommer has dedicated her life to performing. Sommer’s amazingly supportive parents had known she was destined for the stage since their little girl informed them at the young age of six that she wanted to take piano lessons. Performing as a child, touring as a teen and launching directly from college into a full-time career, Sommer has always maintained a life saturated with a love for music and performance.

More than just a ladies’ night

Charlotte’s FemmeFest 2011 promises a fun, fundraising celebration for all to enjoy

Out lesbian and former Christian music star will perform a this year’s FemmeFest. Photo Credit: Eye Photography. As a booking agent for The Evening Muse, Lea Pritchard worked very hard to bring in a diverse collection of artists and musicians. After noticing a female presence in each of the bands during a show one night, …

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Check out the best dog-friendly places in your Charlotte neighborhood

Looking for a great place to take your pup out for a night on the town? Search no more! We’ve got you covered. Check out these great places we’ve found in a few of Charlotte’s most “pet-friendly” neighborhoods. The Wine Vault 9009-L J.M. Keynes Dr. 704-548-9463 Located just across from UNC Charlotte’s campus in …

Beyond the music

Beloved musical ‘RENT’ makes an anticipated return to the Queen City

Billy Ensley, the lead director of Theatre Charlotte’s upcoming production of “RENT,” has been performing professionally since he was a child and dove into directing and choreographing about 10 years ago. According to Ensley, taking on the task of directing a powerful work like “RENT” was an easy yes for him.

Positively Art – a celebration of living with HIV/AIDS

Artisan’s Circle’s new collection collides pain, empowerment and creativity

Kahlil Gibran once wrote, “Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” Gil Croy, local artist and organizer of Artisan’s Circle, strongly subscribes to this philosophy of self-created experience and embodies it fully as a man living with HIV.

Pride Charlotte wants to ‘stand proud’ in Uptown

Pride Charlotte, slated for Aug. 27, captures the heart of the Queen City

Although Charlotte has been hosting Pride festivities since the 1970s, the process of creating a thriving LGBT community hasn’t been easy. In 2005, the non-profit Charlotte Pride organization dissolved after facing intense anti-gay backlash. But since 2006, when the Lesbian & Gay Community Center took charge of the event, Pride Charlotte has grown immensely, jumping from Gateway Village to the N.C. Music Factory and now, for 2011, to the very heart of the Queen City — Uptown Tryon St.

No strings attached

Avenue Qmmunity characters and puppets use fiction to highlight real issues

As bright-eyed young people, we all had questions about life, love and how the world works. So, we turned to the influences we trust most in life — our parents, our friends and, perhaps, most memorably, our TV programs. But, what happens when we cross over that inevitable border into adulthood? Who is there to answer the difficult questions we encounter them then? Often, just as the most pressing questions of adulthood emerge, the advising panel disappears. Well, lucky for us, our answer may have just pulled into town.

Coming out ally

Commentary: Straight sister gets a taste of rejection

I should probably start out with a confession — throughout my youth, my attitude towards the LGBT community was little more than a formulaic result of a traditional Southern Baptist upbringing in small town Hendersonville, N.C., and a unanimously-dedicated Republican family.

T.G.I. First Fridays!

This Friday, April 1, kicks off the first of three wonderfully artistic “First Friday” events at The Mint Museum UPTOWN.

Join in our pet and owner look-a-like competition!

Do you and your furry friend happen to share a resemblance? Send in a photo to see how you measure up with the rest of our readers.

In anticipation of our upcoming print edition on April 30 celebrating our furry (and sometimes not-so-furry) friends and their owners, we’re opening a fun competition to our readers!