Arts & Culture

Sylvan Esso
8:46 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Get Up, Get Down: Sylvan Esso Brings Infectious Grooves Back To Carrboro

Durham-based duo Sylvan Esso is playing a sold-out show at Cat's Cradle tonight.
Credit Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso's eponymous album is full of catchy tracks, ripe for getting stuck in your head. "Coffee" is hypnotic, with a droning vibe that's infectious and profoundly danceable.

The Durham-based duo filmed much of the music video for "Coffee" in Carrboro months back.

Singer Amelia Randall Meath designed the video to explore different kinds of dance parties. She  is a fervent fan of contra dancing, which kicks off the video and inspired the lyrics. Meath taught band mate Nicholas Sanborn to dance for the occasion.

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The State of Things
11:26 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Talkin' Tar Heel

A Book Exploring North Carolina's Dialect Diversity

'Talkin' Tar Heel: How Our Voices Tell The Story of North Carolina'

    

For more than 20 years, researchers at North Carolina State University have collected interviews exploring the rich diversity of dialects in North Carolina. 

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The State of Things
11:04 am
Wed May 7, 2014

A Snapshot Of A Nazi

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 book cover
Credit harpercollins.com

A conversation with author Francine Prose

  

It was a photograph of two women at a table, one in a dress and one in a suit, that inspired Francine Prose's latest novel. The suited woman is Violette Morris, a French athlete turned Nazi collaborator. Mixing history with fiction, "Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932" (HarperCollins, 2014), imagines Morris' life through multiple narrators.

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Arts & Culture
7:34 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Plans For Raleigh's Catholic Cathedral Updated

Artistic rendering of the dome at the future "Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral."
Credit The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh

Catholic parishioners in the Raleigh Diocese can expect the ground to be turned on their new cathedral by the end of the year.

Plans have been underway for years to raise $41 million to build a “mother church” for the people of the Raleigh Diocese.

Bishop Michael Burbidge heads the Raleigh Diocese.

“We will build what the people of God let us build, so this was a good faith campaign," said Burbidge.

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The State of Things
12:21 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Giving Motherhood A Microphone

KeAnne Hoeg with her son, Daniel.
KeAnne Hoeg

Host Frank Stasio talks to cast members of 'Listen to Your Mother'

 "Listen to your Mother" are words that make most children squirm. But a group of Triangle women put a new spin on the dreaded phrase in a theatrical event that celebrates the diverse experiences of motherhood.

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Food
12:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Ashley Christensen Of Poole's Downtown Diner Wins James Beard Award

Chef Ashley Christensen

Chef Ashley Christensen won the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southeast. The news was announced Monday.

To Christensen, a restaurant is not just a place where you sit down to eat.  It’s an entire concept.  She carefully plots an immersive experience for her diners.

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Arts & Culture
5:06 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

The Big Walk: The Story Of The First Woman To Hike The Appalachian Trail

 In 1955, 67-year-old Emma Gatewood became the first woman to walk the entirety of the more than 2000 mile Appalachian Trail.  She made the trek from Georgia to Maine, crossing over 300 mountains, alone, with $200 dollars in her pocket.   Tampa Bay Times reporter Ben Montgomery grew up hearing stories about Emma Gatewood, who was his mother’s great aunt. “Bedtime stories," Montgomery said.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Opera In The Garden

Andrea Moore as the governess in the North Carolina Opera's rendition of Turn of the Screw.
Credit Benjamin Britten / andreaedithmoore.com

A preview of 'Opera in the Garden'

   

Opera comes to life in elaborate performance halls with high-priced seats. But the high-brow setting is not the only place for opera; it also takes place in modern art museums, bars and even outdoors. "Opera in the Garden" takes the artform outside on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at Chapel Hill’s North Carolina Botanical Garden.

The performance is part of the Chapel Hill Spring Garden tour and proceeds will help build a Children's Wonder Garden.

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Arts & Culture
4:53 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

My Accidental Jihad, A Love Story

Credit the author

My Accidental Jihad is a book Krista Bremer never imagined that she'd write. Krista is a surfer, she'd  grown up in a secular middle-class California family, dreaming of "a comfortable American life of adventure, romance, and opportunity."

Then she met Ismail. When Krista discovered she was pregnant, the two joined their lives. Ismail seemed to come from another world. He'd been raised in a fishing village in Libya, one of eight children. His parents are illiterate. His family was raised Muslim.

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The State Of Things
11:58 am
Thu May 1, 2014

The Word Exchange By Alena Graedon

The Word Exchange
Credit DoubleDay

In the near future, print is dead. Newspapers and books have been destroyed in favor of handheld gadgets that anticipate a user’s needs.

This world is the backdrop for author Alena Graedon’s debut novel, The Word Exchange (DoubleDay/2014). The story explores the complexities of language and the intersection of technology and communication.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Graedon about the book and the power of language in the digital era.

And here are the five things on Alena's reading list right now:

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