Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

A shot from the top of the Corcoran Street parking garage.  The American Underground sign is visible along with the 21c Hotel to the left.
Philip Vignola Jr. / http://bullcity.pictures

By day, Philip Vignola Jr. works in technology at Research Triangle Park. In his spare time, he likes to roam the streets of downtown Durham and showcase the city’s history and beauty.

Instagram: @bullcitypictures

Gloria Steinem author photo
Annie Leibovitz

Gloria Steinem, 82,  is one of the most iconic figures of the American feminist movement. Her legacy as a journalist and activist includes co-founding and editing Ms. Magazine, publishing writings on the intersecting barriers to women’s rights, and decades of organizing on the front lines of national and international feminist movements.

A drawing of falling cash.
Julienne Alexander / Criminal

Axton Betz-Hamilton is an expert on identity theft. The issue hits close to home because her own identity was stolen when she was just a child. In this week's Criminal podcast, host Phoebe Judge tells the story of Betz-Hamilton's crusade against identity theft and the discovery of her own perpetrator.

political cartoon by Keith Knight
Courtesy of Keith Knight

Whether it's an editorial cartoon or late-night comedy show, political satire is able to inform audiences while adding some much needed humor. It has been a part of mainstream media for centuries, but has taken many forms over the years.

Over the last year, Chapel Hill-based songwriter and producer Chris Stamey has been working on a narrative song cycle set in Manhattan in the early 1960s. Called Occasional Shivers, it centers around a circle of jazz theater performers and their experiences.

Project Orfeo

Sep 21, 2016
Les Todd, Duke University Photography

Musician Jonathan Bagg, of Duke’s Ciompi String Quartet, enjoys putting on performances that combine the intellectual power of words with the emotional nuance of music. His latest hybrid is called Project Orfeo. It weaves two compositions together with readings by acclaimed novelist Richard Powers. The text is from Powers’ most recent novel, “Orfeo” (Norton, 2014), about an avant-garde composer turned biologist. Host Frank Stasio speaks with Bagg and composer Scott Lindroth about the literary inspiration behind the performance.

The history books documented track star Jesse Owens' experiences at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games, hosted in Nazi-controlled Berlin.

But Owens was not the only African-American athlete to represent the United States of America. A new film, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, documents the experiences of 18 African-American athletes representing a country that would not give them equal rights.

REVEAL Fundraiser Episode 2016

Sep 19, 2016

For the 2016 fall fundraising season, here are three of our favorite Reveal stories from this year.

One Thing in Common

Sep 19, 2016
Shaykh Umar
Mark Earley

Ashok Ramasubramanian learns the joy of sharing.

Jane Green is flattered by the attention of a handsome young writer.

Shayk Umar memorizes an entire religious text and only later comes to understand it’s deeper meaning.

Cybele Abbett faces a unique parenting challenge.

Participants in the 2016 Dragon Boat Race in Cary, NC
Lexie Ma Xiaochi / WUNC

The Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary was the site of the third annual Triangle Area Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday September 17, 2016.

The event was organized by Asian Focus, an area nonprofit that supports programs to help Asian American and immigrants of all generations. 

Hunter Lewis
Courtesy of Hunter Lewis

Hunter Lewis grew up in a big family in North Carolina where gathering for meals was the centerpiece of the day.

He deepened his passion for food when he moved to New York to work in some of the top restaurants in the city. Eventually he merged his love of food with his journalism skills. He became food editor at Bon Appetit, then editor of Southern Living and now, editor of Cooking Light.

Youth Radio: The Triangle's Queens of Comedy

Sep 19, 2016
2016 Summer Reporter Institute interns Claire Goray, left, and Gayathri Raghavendra, right, on assignment.
WUNC

This story is part of WUNC's 2016 Youth Reporting Institute, an annual summer program that teaches young people how to tell stories about their community in their own voice.

Meet: Claire Goray
Age: 18

Norm Macdonald Urges You to Release the Moths!

Sep 16, 2016
norm-macdonald.jpg
Lopez, Kristina

Each week you send in your questions about how to behave, and here to answer them this week is comedian Norm Macdonald. After giving us a little insight on his new memoir and his”Saturday Night Live” days, he hung back for a bit to tell our listeners how to behave.

A true test of friendship

Rico Gagliano: Hey, our audience sent in questions for you about how to behave.


Norm Macdonald: Some etiquette questions.

An image of gospel singer Liz Vice
Peter Dervin

Growing up in Portland, Ore., Liz Vice didn't envision herself being a gospel singing. She wanted to be in acting, and eventually landed a job as a producer for the program "Portlandia."

But after she started going to a church in her hometown, she became enthralled with gospel music through the church's worship team. She started singing with the group and eventually recorded a solo album called "There's A Light."

Norm Macdonald Goes Gonzo

Sep 16, 2016
BASED-ON-A-TRUE-STORY_-jacket.jpg
Lopez, Kristina

Norm Macdonald has been a major figure in the comedy world since at least the early ’90s, when he began a long run as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” He ultimately helmed the show’s “Weekend Update” news segment, where he managed to delight and/or outrage the audience and his bosses with his take no prisoner satire.

Later, he started three seasons of his own sitcom, starred or made cameos in a slew of films, and now he’s published a memoir. It’s called “Based on a True Story.”

Mara Wilson Confronts the Hereafter

Sep 16, 2016
mara-wilson-photo.jpg
Lopez, Kristina

As a tiny kid with a huge smile, Mara Wilson starred in films like “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Matilda.” Now 29, she’s traded acting for writing in outlets like McSweeney’s. And her latest work is a memoir called, “Where Am I Now.”


11-1.jpg
Lopez, Kristina

Indie-rock legend Lou Barlow was one of the founding members of Dinosaur Jr, which arguably defined the genre by burying catchy melodies and vulnerable lyrics under layers of noise. The band just released their 11th studio album, “Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not.”

Lou has also helmed other successful bands, including Sebadoh and Folk Implosion, whose song “Natural One” became a modern rock standard. So, naturally, we asked him to craft a dinner party soundtrack.

Carrboro Album Cover
Stan Lewis / Blood Shot Records

You may know Dex Romweber from his recent work with his sister in the Dex Romweber Duo. Maybe you first heard Dex in his early band the psycho-surf-rockabilly-garage-punk combo Flat Duo Jets. Or maybe you've heard Jack White, Neko Case, and Cat Power pay tribute to his music. 

Whatever the context, the Chapel Hill native continues to record and tour with his own brand of rock-n-roll mayhem. And, occasionally he records a solo album. The latest is called Carrboro.

An image of author Ron Rash
Ashley Jones / Clemson World

For 20 years, Ron Rash has been haunted by the murder of a young woman that took place near his home. Nobody was ever charged in the case. 

But over the years, Rash began to think about the two male college students who reportedly last saw her alive. This became the spark for his latest novel "The Risen" (Ecco/2016). The book tells the story of two brothers in Sylva, N.C. whose lives changed after they befriended a free-spirited young woman in the summer of 1969. 

Advice and manners books in Steven Petrow's home library.
Steven Petrow

Steven digs into Bathroom Laws, and just what the rules are for everyone. In New Rules For Better Behavior, is the wife’s word the last word in deciding on baby number 3? Joshua Johnson and Anne Strainchamps also weigh in on how to close an open relationship.

Ji-Ho Park
Steven Petrow

Steven Petrow sits down to chat with transgender activist and singer Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, who says respect must trump grammar. Guest experts Kim Severson and Shereen Marisol Meraji debate Groucho glasses for a vain man’s next party appearance.

A photo of the American flag flying over a rainbow flag.
Steven Petrow

Hello friends, new and old.

I live in North Carolina, where I write the “Civilities” column for the Washington Post, which is about LGBT and straight social dilemmas. I also pen the “Digital Ethics” column for USA Today.

Social Media, Teenagers, McKinney, Laura Tierney
thesocialinstitute.com

Many high school students are settling into this year’s classes, but there is one class that is likely not on the school roster: A course on the ins and outs of how to best use social media.

But research shows, much of this generation’s social development will occur while they are online.

Vicki Juditz
Braden Moran

Carol Leifer is put in a panic when her "signature scent" is discontinued. 

Adrian Estrada, an Air Force veteran, describes what it's like to be a member of The Honor Guard.

Vicki Juditz seeks distraction but finds so much more in a swing dancing community.

Chris McKinlay uses his computing skills to hack into the dating site, OkCupid. 

Image of Hank Willis Thomas's 'The natives will get restless'
ourtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

For a century, advertising campaigns have marketed products to white women by pairing phrases with images to construct a standard for white femininity. The contemporary art exhibit "Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015" ​includes a visual chronology of advertisements without the original ad's accompanying text. The collection aims to explore the intersecting dynamics of  beauty, race and gender through decades of marketing.

Pages