Arts & Culture

In-Concert
10:34 am
Mon July 28, 2014

[VIDEO] Durham's Sylvan Esso Live In Concert

Sylvan Esso, live in concert. June 2014
Credit still from video

"It's the dreamiest of scenes," Sylvan Esso singer Amelia Meath sighed as she looked out over the sold-out crowd at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club. Wearing six-inch platform tennis shoes and an all-black jumpsuit, Meath gyrated and pumped her fists, urging the crowd on. Meanwhile, the other half of Sylvan Esso, Nick Sanborn, tweaked the knobs on a small control panel plugged into a laptop.

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Arts & Culture
8:58 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Archaeologists Search For Remains Of Edenton's First Court House

The Chowan County Courthouse was built in 1767, but archaeologists believe an even older one used to stand somewhere on the court house green.
Credit visitedenton.com

Visitors to historic Edenton already know about the "new" courthouse. That one was built in 1767. Today, archaeologists will begin searching for the town's original courthouse, which was built in 1718.

Karen Ipock is Historic Edenton's site manager. She said historic documents indicate that the old courthouse once stood somewhere on the block-long Chowan Courthouse Green, which has long-served as a town commons.

“It didn't have the best reputation. One kind of aristocratic traveler from Virginia described it as basically being a common tobacco house,” Ipock said.

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Fri July 25, 2014

NC Songwriters Play In The Round

Credit Will Michaels / WUNC

After years of national success, Katharine Whalen of the Squirrel Nut Zippers and Justin Robinson, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, are taking a step back and looking for new ways to explore the folk music both have loved for years. 

The two North Carolina musicians are sharing the spotlight as solo artists in Songwriters in the Round at the Carrboro Arts Center next Thursday at 8 p.m.

They will be joined by two more local musicians on stage as they trade songs back and forth and play off of one another. 

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Arts & Culture
11:28 am
Fri July 25, 2014

LISTEN: Grammy Winner Lisa Fischer Sings "Breath of Heaven" Live

Lisa Fischer on stage with The Rolling Stones
Credit flickr/ aka Francois aka Mister Pink

Lisa Fischer has made a career singing backup vocals for artists from Mick Jagger and Luther Vandross to Dolly Parton and the Nine Inch Nails. She sang this solo rendition of "Breath of Heaven" live on The State of Things:

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Arts & Culture
6:12 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Bands Converge This Week At Merge 25: Listen To These Three

Bob Mould
Credit Merge Records

Merge Records is well into it 25th birthday party. The label is taking all of 2014 to celebrate its silver jubilee. There've been reissues of classic recordings and a 25K run already, but this week is a big one for the music. There's a series of concerts both in Carrboro at the Cat's Cradle and in Durham at Baldwin Auditorium on the Duke University campus. Eric Hodge checked in with three artists on the Merge label to find out what they're up to.

Bob Mould

Known for: A dark cloud of words steeped in a sunshine of melody.

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Dinner Party During Lunch Hour

Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano, hosts of The Dinner Party
Credit DPD Twitter

  

  Public radio gives you news, politics and entertainment. But what about advice that will make you the star of your next social gathering?

The podcast-turned-show Dinner Party Download gives listeners the arts and culture information, music lists and etiquette advice to ensure dinner party success. Host Frank Stasio talks with Dinner Party Download hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam about the evolution of the show and they offer etiquette advice to listeners.

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The State of Things
11:59 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Choosing To Stay 20 Feet From Stardom

Backup Singer Lisa Fischer on stage with The Rolling Stones
Credit flickr/ aka Francois aka Mister Pink

A conversation with vocalist Lisa Fischer

    

Lisa Fischer is one of the most in-demand vocalists in the music industry, but she rarely takes center stage.

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Arts & Culture
4:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Listen: The Book Acknowledgments No One Expects

What would an author write on the "thank you" page of her novel if she was telling the truth? Pittsboro author Ruth Moose wrote the acknowledgments of her debut novel, Doing It At the Dixie Dew, with a candor atypical of many authors.

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Wed July 23, 2014

A Portrait Photographer Defies Social Norms

Hugh Mangum Photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Hugh Mangum’s photographs exhibit at the Durham History Hub

  The late 19th century American South was marked by inequality; Jim Crow was the law of the land and racial segregation was both a social norm and a legal requirement.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Wed July 23, 2014

A Bed And Breakfast Murder Mystery

An Agatha Christie-inspired murder mystery set at a Southern B&B.

A conversation with author Ruth Moose

    

When Beth McKenzie's grandmother passed away, she left behind a hefty nursing home bill and a dilapidated mansion, and it was up to Beth to figure out what to do. But luckily, she had a plan. 

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