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Arts & Culture

Best Homegrown Publications

August 4, 2011 6:27 AM

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Whether you want the latest on Charlotte’s music scene, a rundown of this week’s sports scores, or where to have to your child’s birthday party, Charlotte dishes the dirt on everything that’s great about Charlotte from the locals who know in several homegrown publications such as Creative Loafing, Charlotte Parent and last, but not least, Charlotte’s oldest daily newspaper, Charlotte Observer. Take your pick from the many local publications that you’ll find in kiosks around town or check them out online!

Creative Loafing

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Creative Loafing Charlotte, is the Queen City’s best alternative weekly newspaper with many talented bloggers, photographers, web designers all from right here in Charlotte. Earlier this year, one of Creative Loafing’s own became the first murder in Charlotte for 2011. Chris Radok died at age 55 when he interupted a burglary at his home after coming home from work at a local hotel and was stabbed to death. Radok, fondly known as Kodar by his friends, worked for Creative Loafing from 1994 to 2006 as a photographer and photo editor and was a beloved figure in Charlotte’s music scene. Creative Loafing recently featured a few articles on Chris, The Chris Radok Photo Gallery, Radokfest, and the details of his murder and his murderer’s trial. For more information about Chris Radok and anything in Charlotte that has to do with news, music, arts, love, classifieds and more, check out Creative Loafing’s website at www.clclt.com. All proceeds from The Chris Radok Photo Gallery, held during the month of July at Gallery Twenty-two, and Radokfest, a conglomeration of the many bands Radok photographed for Creative Loafing, held July 22nd-23rd at Tremont Music Hall, will go to The Chris Radok Photography Preservation Brain Trust.

Charlotte Observer

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The Charlotte Observer, www.charlotteobserver.com, is Charlotte’s largest and oldest daily newspaper and this year, is celebrating 125 years of being in print. It’s the best place to read about the Panthers, NASCAR, Charlotte-Mecklenburg County school systems and the politics behind it, the Democratic Convention, Charlotte’s job economy or how Wall Street is affecting Charlotte’s banking industry. Online, you can read columnists such as Kevin Siers on sports, Taylor Batten on politics and Fannie Flono on education. The Charlotte Observer offers impartial views on world news, national news and most importantly, local news. Public Notices, Obituaries, Wedding Announcements, Opinion and Jobs are all listed online and in print so you can conveniently keep your finger on the Queen City’s pulse.

Charlotte Parent

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Charlotte Parent, www.charlotteparent.com, is the Carolina’s premier magazine and website for parents in Charlotte, Pineville, Matthew, Rock Hill, Waxhaw and Lake Norman. The magazine features everything child-related and what every parent should know! From birthing centers to summer camps, child care referrals and nannies to North Carolina colleges and universities, you will know only get the know-how while raising your child, you will also get a community of Charlotte Mommies to join in discussions and read their blogs about the best there is for kids in Charlotte. On the website, questions about your pregnancy to questions about your child as they grow from infants and toddlers to pre-schoolers to big kids and even into their tweens and teens will be answered. Find the bargains on child birthday parties and entertainers to on-a-budget day trips to after-school programs and activities. Most importantly, there is an urgent-care directory that features after-hours doctors and hospitals. As they say, it takes a village to raise a child!

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