This Charlotte Art Gallery Has Something For Everyone

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This Charlotte Art Gallery Has Something For Everyone

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When you think art galleries what do you think? An all white space bumping electronic beats and showcasing risqué modern art? A pristine room filled with expensive artifacts that cost more than you’ll make in a lifetime? Whatever you dream up, we’re sure it’s intimidating and includes associates pressuring you to buy, or turning their nose at you because you don’t look like you can afford a damn thing. If you’re an avid art lover and we just described your worst nightmare, then we can guarantee you will find solace at allison sprock fine art in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Allison’s passion started at a young age, when she grew an immense love for her aunt’s artwork. After graduating college she frequented art galleries wherever she lived, including New York City, San Fransico, Atlanta. After opening her own gallery in Charleston, she finally settled down in Charlotte, North Carolina. Unlike the scenario we previously described, allison sprock fine art welcomes everyone who has an appreciation for good art with open arms. The gallery is located in one of the oldest historic houses in the neighborhood, and has been designed to feel like a museum that people can browse through without feeling the pressure to buy.
There’s only one way to describe the pieces that Allison showcases in her gallery, and it’s eclectic. There is no method to the way she chooses the art in the gallery. Simply said, if it speaks to her, and she gravitates towards it, then she aquires it. She loves abstracts, figurative work and a little bit of everything and is fortunate enough to get first pick of the artists’ pieces. She also makes a point to have a collection that appeals to most everyone’s taste, and more importantly everyone’s price point. It doesn’t matter if you’re a long time art connoisseur or a first time buyer, there will be something stunning available for you.
allison sprock fine art
If you’re just looking to learn, that’s fine too. Many of the pieces in allison sprock fine art have interesting back stories, and even more interesting artists. It’s no secret that most creators are a little… extra fun. After all, they do think differently than the rest of us, and that’s what makes them so good at what they do. Allison has had the luxury of meeting many of the artists featured in the gallery, and even hosts meet and greets with them. A few examples of artists who have been guests in the gallery are Marc Chatov, Hunt Slonum, Martin Frias, P. Allen Smith, Hans Petersen, and Yasharel. We would say it’s a safe bet that some of the artists you meet will be characters. Take Louis St. Lewis for example, he showed up wearing a sequined blindfold and didn’t take it off the entire night. Spanish artist Martin Frias came into the gallery for a show and just hours beforehand he was here wrapping his canvases from Barcelona around the stretcher boards.

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Food & Drinks

Join The Darkside At This New Star Wars Themed Bar

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It would seem that we’re always rooting for the Jedi’s, the Rebel Alliance, and really anyone who isn’t the Empire. It’s almost an anomaly to find any fan who has pledged their allegiance to the darkside, but haven’t you always kind of wondered what it would be like to be one of them for a day? If the answer is yes, or if you have a top secret spy mission, then this new star wars themed bar is just for you.

The Darkside Bar is making it’s way to Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C for a limited time on November 24th. As it is a pop-up reservations are definitely encouraged. Tickets cost around $33 and include two drinks. If you decide to show up unannounced, entry isn’t guaranteed. But if you happen to be so lucky there will be a cover charge of $40.

star wars themed barPhoto via The Darkside

Their drink menu boasts 6 different cocktails that will definitely make you feel the force, and a menu of small bites from around the galaxy. You can expect to see items such as tentacles on a stick and bantha fodder. If it sounds daunting don’t worry, we can confirm that it’s just octopus and vegan egg rolls.

Photo via The Darkside

Throughout their residency The Darkside Bar will also be hosting nightly events such as an intergalactic burlesque show (hopefully done by stormtroopers), themed dance nights, trivia, alien speed dating, and games of chance. The bar also highly encourages costumes, as it would be weird to see earthlings walking around. We probably don’t need to say this, but capes are of course a must for any villainous get up.

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Things To Do

Big Red Bus Will Take Your Sunday Funday To The Next Level!

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Have you ever dreamed of driving around in a double decker bus with the wind in your hair, a beer in your hand, and a man in a kilt taking you to all the best pubs in the area? Probably not, but we bet that you will now! Big Red Bus in Long Beach has heroically gotten rid of the Sunday scaries with their Sunday funday pub crawl, and it looks like a blast!

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The tour runs from 1-4 and stops by 3 different pubs. Your journey will include food at all three stops, and also consist of some brews on board the bus! However these are to be provided by yourself. This particular tour is open to anyone, which means that you and your pals will be thrown into a bus with a bunch of strangers! But don’t worry, booze typically bands people together. You’ll most likely all be best friends by the end of the day!

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Photo via Big Red Bus

If you have a big group and want a bus for yourself, that’s perfectly fine too! Big Red Bus has something for everyone. You can bring out the leprechaun in you on the Irish pub crawl, catch some waves on a surfing safari, bust out a bikini for the beach front bar hop, pound some beers in 2 hours on the pub crawl express, taste some new brews on the Socal sampler, or even build your own unique tour! Either way, it’s a guaranteed hoot and a half!

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Photo via Big Red Bus

The company started off with one double decker bus that was used for parties and private events. It was a major hit (because who doesn’t love a big red bus?) and thus the tours and pub crawls began! Now they have a fleet of four sick rides including the traditional open top double decker, a closed top double decker, a refurbished school bus complete with dance poles, and a classic trolley. So you really can’t go wrong no matter how you choose to ride in style.

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Travel

This Mobile Hotel Will Take You From LA to SF

Do you ever wish there was a more relaxing way to travel? Road Trips are stressful and literally exhausting, airports are almost always a complete s**t show, trains are either really late or really early, and the Megabus is not even appealing after seeing one break down on the way to Vegas in the middle of the summer. Yikes. Well, what about a mobile hotel?

Yes, a mobile hotel. California based company Cabin, has created a new (and far more relaxing) way to travel by dreaming up a mobile hotel that takes guests between LA and SF. The vehicles drive between cities over night so that guests can catch some Z’s and wake up refreshed in a new city.

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What makes Cabin a much better option than just any old bus is their built in private sleeping cabins. Each cabin is 75-77 inches in length, 25 inches in height, and 26-31 inches in width. Each cabin is equipped with a privacy curtain, luxury bedding, complimentary ear plugs, a reading light, air conditioning, two electrical outlets, and two USB ports.

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The bus is two stories high, with sleeping cabins up top and a common lounge area and a full bathroom on the bottom floor so you can leave your excursion feeling refreshed. Each route also has attendants that will ensure your comfort throughout the trip, and they’re always happy to hand out complimentary water, tea, and coffee.  

Prices vary depending on when you want to make your excursion, but we can guarantee that your trip will be relaxing and stress free! Book your tickets here today!

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Food & Drinks

Kusakabe Is Your Best Bet For Authentic Sushi In San Francisco

Anyone who has good taste in food loves some good sushi, but finding a place with real and authentic cuisine in the US is few and far between. For those of you who live in the bay area or are visiting for the weekend, Kusakabe is your best bet for experiencing authentic sushi in San Francisco.

Kusakabe is the pioneer for Omakase sushi in San Francisco. If you’re not familiar with the concept, we will enlighten you. In japanese Omakase means “chef’s choice” and often refers to the tasting menu. This means that at Kusakabe there is a prix fixe menu that is hand crafted by chef Nori.

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The Omakase menu does change by season in true Kaiseki style, which is a form of art through Japanese cuisine, based off seasonality and harmony. There are four essential elements when creating a Kaiseki style menu:

Five Colors

A color pallet that is visually expressed in dishes: white, black, yellow, red, green

Five Tastes

A balance of tastes throughout the course: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, spicy

Five Senses

An aim to appeal to five senses: sense of taste, smell, vision, hearing, touch

Five Methods

A variety of cooking methods used to create the menu: roast, steam, fry, simmer, raw

All of these elements are beautifully executed by chef Nori, and aim to provide an exceptional dining experience. To further enhance your experience there are a few tips you can follow. It is suggested to eat your sushi the very moment that it is served. This is when it will be most fresh and at the best temperature. You are also encouraged to eat with your fingers and all in one bite, so that you can enjoy the entire flavor as a whole.

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Whether you’re a seasoned sushi eater or someone who is a little apprehensive, you couldn’t be in better hands. Chef Nori has made his mark as a chef at Nobu Tokyo, New York, and Malibu. Most impressively he has been crowned the world champion of the Eat Japan-World Sushi Awards, which is basically the equivalent of winning the olympics or an oscar. So, needless to say your meal is guaranteed to be amazing.

If you haven’t guessed, they’re a pretty hot commodity. Just ask Obama and Kim Kardashian! Make your reservation for an unparalleled dining experience on their website, and do it sooner rather than later.

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Things To Do

Find Your Happy Place At This New LA Pop-up

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There’s another pop-up coming to Los Angeles and it’s guaranteed to make you happier than a t-rex with arm extenders. Happy Place will be making the arts district home from November 20th to January 7th, with the goal of surrounding every visitor with all things happy.

The pop-up promises to be filled with smiles, laughs, one of a kind installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms, and of course major selfie moments. There will be 13 rooms to walk through in total, each just as instagrammable and fun as the last.

happy placePhoto via Happy Place

We don’t want to give too much away but we can confirm that you’ll be able to climb around on a giant birthday cake, dance in the world’s largest confetti dome, and jump off a rainbow into a pot of happiness. The pop-up will also feature a special happy place food truck with a hand crafted menu full of goodness.

Tickets went on sale November 6th and can be purchased here. Get them while you still can!

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