The old Kings Barcade certainly had its funky charms; but it's got nothing on the vastly superior new Kings that opened a few months back on Martin Street in downtown Raleigh. And one of the coolest things about the new spot is a piece of decor put together by Kristin Matwiczyk, a local artist who also waits tables at a nearby restaurant. Putting knowledge gleaned from a past job in a puppet workshop to good use, Matwiczyk built an amazing likeness of a couple of legendary hecklers. For more on how she did it, see the story in Sunday's paper.
The Muppet Kings
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David Menconi has been the News & Observer's music critic since 1991. Before that, he spent five years at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. He has a masters in journalism from the University of Texas and a B.A. in English from Southwestern University. You can find more of his writing here.