Arts & Culture

The State of Things
11:50 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Orchestral Music For Social Change

Marcus Gee (left) and Heyda Ortiz with Frank Stasio
Credit Carol Jackson

  

 For ten hours each week, 300 children in the Triangle create a cacophony of sound using flutes, violins, cellos and drums. The  organization Kidznotes uses classical music as a tool to combat poverty by strengthening kids' community and self-esteem.

Kidznotes hosts a Renaissance-themed gala on Thursday, April 24th, inspired in part by a local children's author. 

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Arts & Culture
7:55 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Undefeated: Bobby Bare, Jr. Takes On Love, Breakups And Babies

Bobby Bare, Jr.
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There's an honesty in Bobby Bare Jr.'s songwriting. A familiarity. He's a famous son, his dad is country music legend Bobby Bare. Bobby Bare Jr. was nominated for a Grammy award at age 6 for this song, Daddy, What If.

Bobby Bare Jr.'s latest album is Undefeated.

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Arts & Culture
5:02 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Young NC Poet: 'I Will Fight For My Rights To Be Black In This Crazy World'

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There is some intense poetry writing happening this month in Eastern North Carolina.  Select groups of students are participating in the Teach for America Poet Warriors project.

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Arts & Culture
2:05 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Mad Men Mondays: 'What The Government Is Doing About Our Drinking Problem'

'The highway safety bureau has established a standard to help determine which drivers are legally drunk.'
Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/hartman

All this spring,  during AMC’s final Mad Men season, we're working with the Hartman Center at Duke University to bring you some real archival advertisements based on the content of each Mad Men episode. (The center specializes in advertising and marketing history.) Our collaboration is based on their blog called “Mad Men Mondays.” 

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Fri April 18, 2014

The Stanley Baird Group

From his contributions to the sixties Asheville band Innersouls, to helping found North Carolina Central University's Jazz Studies department, Stanley Baird has been influencing the North Carolina jazz scene for decades. Today he leads the jazz band, The Stanley Baird Group. The group is saxophonist Stanley Baird, vocalist Connie Rodgers, guitarist "JP" James Perry, bassist Christopher "Spanky" Thompson, drummer Carl Gerald, and keyboardists Glenn Williams and Jonathan Perry.

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The State of Things
11:46 am
Thu April 17, 2014

The Secret World of Dr. Seuss

The Hat behind The Cat in the Hat
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Art curator Bill Dreyer talks about the secret world of Dr. Seuss

For many, Dr. Seuss is an icon of clever rhymes and fantastical children's book characters. But few people know he also created elaborate paintings and sculptures. Or that he had a room filled from floor to ceiling with hats. Curator Bill Dreyer describes one use Seuss had for the hats:

If a party was lagging a little bit, he would go into the hat closet, bring out hats, put them on people's heads and ask them to spend the rest of the evening in the persona they might expect the person wearing that hat would have.

 The touring "Hats Off to Dr. Seuss" exhibit includes paintings, sculptures and hats from Seuss' personal collection. The collection is on display at The Art Shop in Greensboro through April 19th. Dreyer believes Dr. Seuss is just beginning to receive the recognition he deserves as a fine artist:

Here we are, 23 years after Ted Geisel passed away and he's now really being considered a significant 20th century American artist because people are viewing his art as separate from... his most important legacy, children's literature.

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StoryCorps In Durham
9:41 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Captain Luke Mayer, Music Maker Relief Foundation, Is StoryCorps' First Durham Interview

Musician Captain Luke (right) is 88-years-old. He talked with Music Maker Relief Foundation's Tim Duffy
Credit StoryCorps

The StoryCorps Mobile Booth opens today. The first very first interview was between the musician Captain Luke Mayer, and Tim Duffy of the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Captain Luke has a wonderful deep rich baritone. He came to music early in life. Music Maker has documented the story of his life and music:

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The State of Things
2:40 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

At The Movies: What Movie Have You Seen Over And Over?

Groundhog Day, The Movie
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You know that movie. The one you can almost recite verbatim. The one you just cannot stop watching over and over. The one that comes on the television and for some strange reason, you just can't change the channel.

Marsha Gordon, film professor at North Carolina State University and Laura Boyes, film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art, return to The State of Things to talk with host Frank Stasio about those films we have watched over and over.

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Movies On The Radio: Which Is Better- The Book Or The Movie?

The Great Gatsby movie set
Credit Wikimedia

  The Hunger Games. Harry Potter. The Great Gatsby. Blockbuster films or popular literature? Do you ever walk out of the movie theater and hear, "The book was so much better than the movie."? Or do you prefer the silver screen adaptation of your favorite novel? Turning a book into a movie poses all sorts of challenges.

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Arts & Culture
7:38 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Merge Turns 25 in Durham

Merge Records is hosting a series of events at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and Duke Gardens to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
Credit Merge Records

It's a big year for Merge Records. The Durham-based label is celebrating its 25th birthday with a series of events, which has included concerts, limited release recordings and a 25K run.

Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance founded the label in Chapel Hill to promote their band, Superchunk. A quarter-century later, dozens of other celebrated artists have jumped on board, including the Grammy-winning Arcade Fire.

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