December 02, 2023

Hello, Saturday. It's Ashley and 50K race day!

🌧 Weather: Showers with a high of 64.

🍰 Happy birthday to Axios Charlotte members Lauren Baynham, Amy Howell, Lauren Leetun, Sharon Portwood and a very happy 30th to Axios alum Lizzy Sirkin.

Today's Smart Brevityℒ️ count is 679 words β€” a 2Β½-minute read.

1 big thing: 🏈 Florida State vs. Louisville

Bank of America Stadium's east entrance on Mint Street. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Thousands will flock to Uptown today for the ACC championship.

What's happening: No. 4 Florida State (12-0) takes on No. 15 Louisville (10-2) at Bank of America Stadium tonight at 8pm.

Why it matters: Uptown will be a sea of garnet and red, and many of those fans will be staying in Charlotte's hotels and eating at restaurants, which brings in millions of dollars for the city.

Details: Fan Fest runs from 10am-7pm in Romare Bearden Park. It will include a beer garden, food trucks, mascot and school band performances, plus tailgate games and giveaways.

  • Stadium gates open at 6pm.
  • Tickets start at $60.
  • Find parking options here.

Of note: It's been nearly a decade since Florida State appeared in the conference championship game, and it's the first time Louisville has made it here.

  • Florida State will also be without starting quarterback Jordan Travis, who was named ACC player of the year. Travis, a Louisville transfer, suffered a season-ending leg injury in November. Tate Rodemaker will start in his place.
  • As for Louisville, they're looking to end Florida State's perfect season.

2. 🎭 Encore!

Charlotte Conservatory Theatre's production of "A Doll's House, Part 2." Photo: Fenix Fotography/Courtesy of Charlotte Conservatory Theatre

Spice up your weekend with a little theater.

What's happening: Charlotte Conservatory Theatre and Three Bone Theatre's Encore Series runs through today at Cain Center for the Arts.

Why it matters: Local theater gives a city character, but it's hard for artists here to make a living on stage, as we previously reported.

Details: "A Doll's House, Part 2" and "The Chinese Lady" were so popular over the summer that they're back for a limited run.

  • CCT's production of "A Doll's House, Part 2," Lucas Hnath's Tony-nominated sequel to the 1879 original play, is tonight at 8pm. You don't need to have seen Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House" in order to follow Nora's journey as she returns home a self-made writer, ready to deal with the family she left 15 years earlier.
  • Three Bone Theatre's production of Lloyd Suh's "The Chinese Lady" is today at 2pm. It examines America's colonial history through the eyes of a young Chinese woman. The show includes adult themes and is recommended for ages 14 and up.

🎟 Tickets cost $25-$45.

πŸ“ The Cain Center is located at 21348 Catawba Ave., Cornelius.

Find more fun things to do this weekend here.

β€˜Tis the South End Season πŸ§‘β€πŸŽ„

South End is your one-stop shop for holiday cheer.

  • Get into the holiday spirit with a wreath-making class. πŸŽ„
  • Shop small for unique, locally made gifts. πŸ›οΈ
  • Sip on a festive cocktail. 🍸
  • Collect limited-edition stickers from local businesses.

Read the guide to holly jolly season in South End.

3. πŸ“ What we learned

Charlotte's All-Time Power Player Hugh McColl (left) and Axios' Michael Graff laugh with the crowd during Wednesday night's reception. Photo: Laura Wolff/L. Wolff Photography

πŸ† We announced our 2023 Power Players at a swanky reception at Mint Museum Uptown on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

🍝 James Beard Award-nominated chef Sam Hart will open Spaghett, a pasta and cocktail house, next year in the former Poplar Tapas spot in Fourth Ward.

🍿 Former Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart and wife Natalie are highlighting Charlotte businesses in a new reality series.

🏈 Panthers owner David Tepper promises things will get better after firing head coach Frank Reich.

🎧 Taylor Swift was the most-streamed artist on Spotify this year in Charlotte.

πŸ€ Exit 30 on I-77 could soon be named after NBA superstar Steph Curry.

4. πŸ† 1 exhibit opening to go

Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

"Beyond the Red Carpet: Iconic Awards and Artistic Collaborations" opens today at the Mint Museum Uptown.

What's happening: The exhibit, which was created by Charlotte-based Society Awards, runs through Feb. 18. It highlights more than 150 awards, from American Music Awards to Golden Globe awards.

Why it matters: Society Awards, which creates the trophies for popular award shows, moved from New York to Charlotte, as Axios' Alexis Clinton reported.

Details: Awards in the exhibit fall into six categories: The Makers, Notable, Unexpected, YouTube Creators, Sports and Fame.

  • The museum is open Sunday 1–5pm, Tuesday 11am-6pm, Wednesday 11am-9pm, Thursday 11am-6pm, Friday 11am-9pm and Saturday 11am-6pm. It is closed on Monday.
  • Admission is free for museum members, $15 for adults, $10 for college students and seniors (65+), $6 for ages 5-17, and free for children age 4 and under.

Bonus: Mariposa, a restaurant attached to the museum, will serve a special cocktail for the duration of the exhibit called "And the winner is." It includes golden champagne and honey liquor.

πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ Thank you all for your encouragement and advice over the last 18 weeks of 50K training.

Thanks to Amy Stern for copy editing today's newsletter.