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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Banned Book Week: Examining Censorship And Parental Oversight

Sunday's Banned Book trading card: Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass"
Emily Lynne Kohler Chapel Hill Public Library

Banned Book Week is a time to talk about censorship and pieces of literature that have been prohibited by schools throughout history. The American Library Association says hundreds of books face challenges every year. 

Last year, the Randolph County School board voted to take Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man off of school bookshelves. But the board called a special meeting the next week and reversed the decision.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Examining Earth’s Forces Through Poetry

A collection of poetry by Janice Fuller touching on themes of death and burial and exploring the tension between light and gravity.
Credit Janice Fuller

  

When poet Janice Fuller sits down to write, she chooses three random words and uses them to jump start her creativity. 

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The State of Things
11:19 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Wilmington Resident Works On Big Films Like ‘Star Wars’ And 'Death On The Nile'

Chunky Huse has worked as a grip in the film industry for more than five decades on more than 100 films.
Credit Chunky Huse

  

For more than five decades, Chunky Huse has been working behind the scenes of the film industry as a grip—a master lighting and rigging technician who provides the support to make shots possible. 

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The State of Things
12:33 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Discovering More Than You Know

Credit Dalkey Archive Press

When Melissa Malouf sat down to write about Alice Clark’s journey across the country, she tried to ride along with her. Her protagonist’s trip is as unpredictable as the winding roads she travels. 

The socially reserved Alice is haunted by a past in which three college friends died young. She is looking for someone who might know why and along the way she finds out she can be someone other than “just Alice.”

Her discovery may give clues to why she survived when her friends perished.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Ciompi Quartet Opens Untraditional Season With Tradition

Ciompi Quartet Promotional Photos - 1
ciompi.org

  

The Ciompi Quartet, Duke University's resident string quartet, opens its fall season September 20th at Baldwin Auditorium with guest pianist Awadagin Pratt

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Raleigh Play Gains New Resonance After Killings Of Unarmed Black Teens

Mike Wiley in Dar He.

This weekend, Triangle-based theater artist Mike Wiley will do several performances of his one-man play, "Dar He," at Raleigh's Little Theater. The play tells the story of the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Chicago boy, in Money, Mississippi. 

The play has taken on new resonance lately, with the killings of unarmed black teenagers such as Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. Earlier this year, producer John Biewen tagged along as Wiley presented "Dar He" in Florida, not far from where Trayvon Martin lived and died almost half a century later.

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Arts & Culture
6:44 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

George Hamilton IV: 1937-2014. Five Songs That Made Him Famous

George Hamilton IV
Credit Opry.com

George Hamilton IV was a student at UNC Chapel Hill when a friend approached him and asked him to sing the song "A Rose And A Baby Ruth." Hamilton didn't like the song, but after some nudging from a local record executive, he relented. The song shot to number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and launched a career marked by a string of chart successes.

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The State of Things
11:28 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Finding Truth Somewhere In Between

Cast Members In Raleigh's Theatre In The Park's Production of Somewhere In Between
Theatre In The Park

A new play premiering at Raleigh's Theatre In The Park encourages viewers to question their notions of love, truth and sexuality. 

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The State of Things
11:21 am
Wed September 17, 2014

The Men Who Were Left Behind

A debut novel by Katy Simpson Smith about the men left behind in late 18th Century America.
Credit Katy Simpson Smith

    

At the end of the 18th century it was very common for women to die during childbirth. 

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Matisse And His Muses

Liseuse Au Bouquet De Roses (Woman Reading with a Bouquet of Roses) - Henri Matisse
http://weatherspoon.uncg.edu/

French artist Henri Matisse was known for his use of color and his fluid and original draftsmanship. 

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