A magazine, live and in person

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Charlotte Viewpoint and Charlotte Magazine are teaming up to bring Charlotte something they haven't seen before: A live magazine.

During the second week of June, two local magazines will create a new way for area residents to experience some of the best our city has to offer. "Type/Face: A Live Magazine," will showcase our region's top writers and artists as they explore experimental theater, architecture, fashion, pro wrestling, poetry, food, comics and more.

Billed as a literary, journalistic and artistic happening, Type/Face is the collaborative effort of two of the region's leading magazines, Charlotte magazine and the Charlotte ViewPoint. The one-night performance will feature 3-D essays, opinions, photography, video and interviews on a variety of topics.

Lila Allen is the editor-in-chief of Charlotte ViewPoint. She spoke to me about bringing "the page to the stage" for this evening, which promises to re-invent the visual story and re-imagine the visual word.

"We are a culture that increasingly relies on consuming content through technology," says Allen, "A byproduct of the explosive use of social networks where people connect virtually is that, ironically, people crave face-to-face interaction. People like to have a personal connection with writers they read, people they've read about and engage in a way with thought leaders where synergies develop. Type/Face offers that connection and more."

Echoing those thoughts is Charlotte ViewPoint founder and publisher Mark Peres. "There is a desire in our region for smart gatherings that explore our creativity and what we might be," said Peres. "Charlotte ViewPoint is about citizen expression and the meaning of things. Charlotte magazine tells word and graphic stories about the city we live in. So we thought why not come together and address a deep need in our city and have fun at the same time?"

Read the rest of this Charlotte Observer article, by Michael J. Solender, here.

Learn more about Type/Face and purchase your tickets here.

I'll be there. In fact, I'll be one of the people on stage. I'm extremely proud that my Charlotte Magazine article "One Man and a River," about our Catawba Riverkeeper and his work to watchdog Charlotte's coal ash ponds, was chosen to be part of Type/Face. I look forward to telling you all about what it was like to stand between Mountain Island Lake's two high-hazard coal ash ponds.

Never heard of Charlotte Viewpoint? Allow me to clue you in:

Check out more Charlotte Viewpoint videos here.


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