Vanessa Infanzon

Freelance Writer

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Smoky perfection


Billowing smoke from barbecue pits and the smell of cooked pig were part of the spectacle during courthouse sessions in Lexington, North Carolina, in the early 1900s. It was a chance for the people to have their day in court — and eat barbecue, too. PHOTO: Michael Hrizuk

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This Charlotte artist wants to foster inclusive dialogue through Levine Museum murals


Two years ago, a pair of Davidson College students were accused of posting racist and anti-Semitic comments, which led to calls for change from the campus community. PHOTO: Stevvani Melton

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Charlotte filmmaker turned his childhood movie-making dreams into reality


Asa Kryst’s interest in telling stories began at a young age in Charlotte. Before anyone opened presents on Christmas day, his parents required Kryst and his five siblings to present the story of the birth of Jesus through a play or song. PHOTO: Emil Popa

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One Step Ahead


In 2017, Chris Kerley and Stuart Santos first thought about starting a running club when they saw people wearing local run club T-shirts at a marathon in Savannah, Georgia. With help from Tom Patania, they founded Ballantyne Running Club (BRC) in May 2017. The BRC is free and open to everyone. Runners and walkers vary in age, skill level and gender. 

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Guerilla Poets founder uses art and poetry to help at-risk teens heal from trauma


It was 2012, and poet Shane Manier was reading one of her poems aloud in a Lincolnton coffee shop. The title: “Sitting Beside Death on the Fence with a Pack of Cigarettes.”

PHOTO: Brookhill Community Resource Center

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Charlotte theaters find flexibility is key during COVID-19 as they eye the future


What Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Adam Burke misses hearing is 550 first-graders screaming in delight at something they’ve seen on stage.

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