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Urban Explorer's Handbook 2007

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Ask anyone to describe the city of Charlotte and you'll undoubtedly hear adjectives like "conservative" and phrases like "Bible Belt" and "banker's town." But, rest assured, there's more to our city than just money, religion and stuffed shirts.

Bubbling beneath the well-behaved surface of the Queen City lies a wondrous world of weird.

Now, this weird world ain't exactly easy to find. But if you do a little peeking and poking about town, you'll find the strange side. It's a place inhabited by artists, writers, business owners, psychics, rabble rousers and more -- and it's been documented and reported on for years on the Web site Weirdcharlotte.com by, perhaps, our town's weirdest denizen: Little Shiva (see story on opposite page). Our writers and editors have long been fans of Shiva (she currently writes our weekly Hot Linx column) and we're lovers of weird shit in general, so we thought it would make perfect sense to devote an issue to exploring and celebrating our town's weirdness. And that thought led to this, our Third Annual Urban Explorer's Handbook -- dubbed, for 2007, "Welcome to Weird Charlotte."

Our hope is that once you've peered through the pages of this peculiar edition of our paper, you'll come to think of your home as more than an office park. We hope you'll gaze through our eyes at the weirdness in Charlotte's streets ... and embrace the weirdo within your own heart and soul.

— Carlton Hargro


Urban Explorer's Handbook

Weird Charlotte


Little Shiva
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Queen of the Weird Underground
BY PERRY TANNENBAUM
03.07.07
Purgatory
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Semi-regular bondage and S&M party
BY NATALIE HOWARD
03.07.07
The Head
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A 6-foot monstrosity
BY TARA SERVATIUS
03.07.07
The Dog Bar
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A place for animal lovers
BY KAREN SHUGART
03.07.07
John W. Love
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Man of all artistic trades
BY SCOTT LUCAS
03.07.07
'Z-Axis'
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Cable access show
BY SAM BOYKIN
03.07.07
Annie McClendon Gurley
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Transforming poverty into plenty
BY JUDY COLE
03.07.07
VisArt
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Video store offering wide array of titles
BY MATT BRUNSON
03.07.07
Charlotte Roller Girls
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Rock 'em, sock 'em league
BY KIMBERLY LAWSON
03.07.07
Preaching and drinking
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Revolution church
BY JARED NEUMARK
03.07.07
Creative Lunch Group
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Platform to share, promote interesting ventures
BY SAM BOYKIN
03.07.07
Lynn Benjamin of Carolina Designer Dragons
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The dragon lady
BY MARIA FISICHELLO
03.07.07
Gold Grills shine
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Custom-made cosmetic mouthpieces
BY SAMIR SHUKLA
03.07.07
Scorpios
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Drag shows
BY CHARLOTTE CASON
03.07.07
Barebones Theatre Group
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Performing outside the box
BY BRANNA CALLOWAY
03.07.07
Independence Promenade
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Strip mall
BY TARA SERVATIUS
03.07.07
Master Psychic Sharon Brown
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Also talks to spirits
BY NATALIE HOWARD
03.07.07

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