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πŸ‘‹πŸ½ Hello Saturday! It's Alexis, Laura and McKenzie (AKA the lifestyle team), and boy, do we have a fun one for you today.

☁️ Weather: Cloudy with a high of 69.

β˜•οΈ Situational awareness: Haraz, a late-night Yemeni-style coffee shop in Plaza Midwood, has its grand opening today at 9am.

Today's Smart Brevityℒ️ count is 506 words β€” a 2-minute read.

1 big thing: 🎀 Lovin' Life Music Fest lineup grows

The Chainsmokers will perform in Charlotte in May. Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

Three more performers have been announced for the Lovin' Life Music Fest coming to Uptown this summer: The Chainsmokers, Quinn XCII and Petey Pablo, Alexis reports.

  • They join headliners Post Malone, Stevie Nicks and Noah Kahan.

Details: Lovin' Life is a three-day festival that will take place on three stages in First Ward on May 3-5.

  • The festival will include more than 40 artists β€” both local and national.
  • Tickets are still available. Children under the age of 11 are free.

Festival guide: Everything you need to know about Lovin' Life Music Fest in Charlotte

2. πŸ₯™ Halal cart update

"Halal white sauce" was Charlotte's top recipe on Google in 2022. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Halal Street Food is now targeting an early spring 2024 opening at its new Camp North End location, a representative from CNE tells Laura.

Context: The fast-casual Middle Eastern restaurant's second brick-and-mortar location was supposed to open last summer.

Why it matters: Halal Food Cart has been an Uptown staple since 2016 when husband and wife duo Khuram and Damaris Bashir launched the cart.

Driving the news: The Bashirs' son, Cristopher Collado, will lead their Camp North End expansion.

Read about the new shop

3. πŸ’• This one's for the gals

Some Galentine's Day frosΓ© from Dilworth Tasting Room seems fitting. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

πŸ‘―β€β™€οΈ Let's go, girls. Galentine's Day (Feb. 13) is around the corner, McKenzie writes.

Here are several ways to celebrate with your girl gang on Tuesday:

πŸ’— Sip themed cocktails and create your own charcuterie board at Dilworth Tasting Room's Galentine's soiree. Tickets are $75.

πŸͺ΄ Take a Galentine's terrarium workshop at PlantHouse Charlotte. Tickets range from $23-$36 depending on terrarium size.

🍷 Join a table of strangers for a Galentine's wine night at The Wine Loft with DishCourse. Tickets are $65, and include a wine flight and shared plates.

πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ Channel self-love vibes with Galentine's yoga and stretch at Top Shelf Candle Co. Tickets are $35-$6o with the option to add a massage.

4. 🎨 Arts and crafts for every age

Gestalt! at Arts+ is a group class where participants make individual pieces of art that assemble into a larger piece to reveal a cohesive image (this was a portrait of Queen Charlotte). Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

πŸ–Œ It's time to get crafty β€” Charlotte nonprofit Arts+ is now offering group classes and workshops for all ages, McKenzie writes.

πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ¨ What to expect: Hands-on art experiences for youth, tweens and adults.

πŸ—“ Details: Classes are held at the Arts+ Uptown studio (inside the Ascend Nonprofit Solutions building), 601 E 5th St. Some upcoming workshops include:

πŸ’­ McKenzie's thought bubble: I had a lot of fun taking an Arts+ Gestalt! workshop last spring (it's BYOB, too). I still have my piece hanging in my room!

πŸ“† Today marks the third anniversary of our launch as Axios Charlotte.

  • Yesterday was the third anniversary of the last Charlotte Agenda newsletter.
  • Three years ago Alexis was working at WRAL in Raleigh, Laura was at WBTV, and McKenzie was in Chapel Hill writing for Cosmopolitan. Oh, how time flies!