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March 15, 2024

πŸ„β€β™€οΈ TGIF! It's Laura, jamming to "Surfin' USA" by the Beach Boys.

🌧 Weather: Scattered showers with a high of 76°.

πŸŽ‚ Happy birthday to our Axios Charlotte members John Witherington, Robin Goodson and Ann Davis!

🀲🏼 Situational awareness: Birdsong Brewing is collecting gently used sleeping bags, ground pads, tents and ready-to-eat meals (easy-to-heat, pop-top canned food) for the nonprofit Hearts for the Invisible.

Today's Smart Brevityβ„’ count is 583 words β€” a 2-minute read.

1 big thing: 🎀 Scoop: Surfin' CLT

Bruce Johnston (left) and Mike Love (center) of the Beach Boys and John Stamos (right) perform during Sea.Hear.Now Festival on September 17, 2023 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Three new artists were just added to the Lovin' Life Music Festival lineup: the Beach Boys, Parmalee and Happy Landing.

Catch up quick: The inaugural three-day festival runs May 3-5 in First Ward with several major headliners, Axios' Alexis Clinton writes.

  • Tickets are still available and start at $299 for general admission.
  • Big-name artists like Post Malone, Stevie Nicks and Noah Kahan will headline the event.

Check out the full lineup: Everything you need to know about Lovin' Life Music Fest in Charlotte

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2. 🍻 Opening in the former Protagonist spot

Rendering: d3 Studio

The Writer's Room is a new bar by Cory Duran, owner of The People's Market in Elizabeth.

  • It'll open in the former Protagonist spot in NoDa later this year.

Why it matters: The Writer's Room will highlight and celebrate local artists of all genres.

  • Duran, who is a published author (hence the name), says that the bar will be a chill place where artists can congregate and showcase their work β€” whether it's a new EP or painting.

The vibe: Expect a relaxed atmosphere that caters to good conversation.

  • Its food menu will consist of light bites and its drink menu will have wine, local beers and classic cocktails.

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3. πŸ€ Let's go girls

15,196 people showed up for women's college basketball on a Thursday night in Charlotte last fall. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

High-profile women's college basketball is coming back to Uptown this fall, Axios' Ashley Mahoney writes.

Why it matters: More than 15,000 fans gathered at Spectrum Center to watch Iowa vs. Virginia Tech in the inaugural Ally Tipoff last fall, proving people don't just show up for women's sports, they show out.

Between the lines: This is part of a three-year extension of the Ally Tipoff, which is organized by the Charlotte Sports Foundation.

What's next: The second Ally Tipoff is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 10, at Spectrum Center. It will feature a doubleheader between No. 2 Iowa vs. No. 13 Virginia tech and No. 1 South Carolina vs. N.C. State.

Read about the event's financial impact on the city

4. Speed reads

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

🎀 Meghan Trainor will perform at PNC Music Pavilion on Sept. 15. (Axios)

🀝 Afton Pub & Pizza in Concord started a donation program to help people struggling with food insecurity. A $20 donation applies to any menu item and a $6 donation will cover any kids' menu item. (CharlotteFive)

πŸ—³ Former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has resigned from his position as national co-chair of the centrist group No Labels. (News & Observer πŸ”)

πŸš” CMPD arrested a person accused of running a traffic stop and hitting multiple cars in Uptown. (WBTV)

🏞 Southern Living magazine named Blowing Rock "The Best Small Town" in North Carolina. (WBTV)

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5. 🏘 Hot homes for sale

This house is located at 3112 Cosby Pl. Photo: Courtesy of Lauren Brumlow

This two-bed, two-bath home just hit the market in Country Club Heights, Alexis writes.

Notable features include stainless steel appliances, a porch, large laundry room and a spacious backyard with a deck and patio.

  • The 1,260-square-foot house is listed for $469K.

More hot homes: 5 houses for sale in Charlotte ranging from $360K to $1.2M

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πŸ“† New events to check out

See what's going on around the city.

  • St. Patrick's Day with the Charlotte Checkers at Bojangles Coliseum on Sunday: Get a game ticket and a voucher for a green draught beer for $35 total.
  • Survivor Night at Fonta Flora Brewery at Optimist Hall on March 20: Every Wednesday watch the newest episodes, play some fun games, and win some sweet prizes.
  • Women in Data Science Conference at UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel and Conference Center on March 21: UNC Charlotte's Women in Data Science Conference features speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions with industry and academic experts from across the region. $249.
  • My Precious Release at Birdsong Brewing on March 21: My Precious is the newest release in Birdsong Brewing's IPA series and focuses on the big citrus punch of New Zealand hops.
  • LEDISI - The Good Life Tour at Ovens Auditorium on March 21: Immerse yourself in the soulful melodies as nine-time Grammy-nominated R&B and jazz recording artist LEDISI graces the spotlight. $60-$126.
  • Isabella Santos Foundation at The Revelry North End on March 22: Mark your calendars for Isabella Santos Foundation's first signature event of the season – A Speakeasy Soiree. Enjoy a 1920s-style evening with signature cocktails, culinary experiences, music, a live auction and a special announcement from executive director, Erin Santos-Primis. Prices vary.
  • Heart of the Home Tour at Five private homes throughout Charlotte neighborhoods March 22-23: The Symphony Guild's annual Heart of the Home Tour, March 22–23, features five beautiful, private homes along with live music by the CLT Symphony Youth Orchestra. Be inspired by CLT's top designers. $ 35 Tour+ $25 VIP Event (optional).

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6. 🧁 1 sweet thing to go

Renee Ratcliffe, a former special education teacher, started the nonprofit in 2019 with her husband John. Photo: Courtesy of Cakeable Cafe

A nonprofit coffee shop and bakery called Cakeable Cafe is opening its first brick-and-mortar shop in Uptown soon.

Why it matters: Cakeable Cafe offers vocational training and job opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The vibe: The cafe will sell baked goods, plus hot and iced drinks (like lattes, cappuccinos, mochas and teas).

  • The 1,200-square-foot space has 14 seats inside and a small area with outdoor seating.

Stop by: Cakeable Cafe will open at 401 North Tryon St., about a block away from Discovery Place Science and Duckworth's.

  • Its hours will be 7am to 4pm Monday through Friday and 8am to 12pm on Saturdays.

πŸ‘€ I don't know if Uncle Jesse will be at the Beach Boys' Charlotte performance but he has been known to make an appearance with them on tour.

S/O to Katie Peralta Soloff for editing this newsletter and Lucia Maher for copy editing.