Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
10:56 am
Thu January 23, 2014

'La boheme Has A Very Special Place In My Heart'- Acclaimed Director In Triangle

North Carolina Opera dress rehearsal.
Credit Curtis Brown Photography

Crystal Manich is known for the magic she works with plywood, duct tape, stage levels, lights, and costumes. She's a theater director, with a passion for opera.

In opera, the stories are big, and the staging matters. One time she directed a production of Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman." "It is an amazing and complicated opera to put together," she says. In one scene, the Dutchman is singing an aria while a ghost crew works on the ship.

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Arts & Culture
7:43 am
Thu January 23, 2014

NC Art Museum's New Treasure, 'Madame X'

I really love the story that's been in the news for a day or so about the painting, "Portrait of Madame X Dressed For the Matinee." A Winston-Salem woman, Charlotte Hanes, and some anonymous donors, gifted the painting to the NC Museum of Art. It's a major addition to the museum's collection.

The picture is lovely, of course. Mary Cassatt painted the work at what would become important time in her career. But what captures my imagination is not the significance of the painting to the art world, but what the subject is wearing.

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The State of Things
10:02 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Kids These Days

Drew Perry's new book Kids These Days looks at the anxieties of parenthood.
Credit Algonquin

Drew Perry talks about his new book, "Kids These Days"

    

When North Carolina author Drew Perry and his wife were having conversations about having children, he was utterly terrified. 

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The State of Things
9:58 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Azerbaijani Violinist Leads Greensboro Symphony Orchestra For More Than A Decade

Dmitry Sikovetsky performs Diamonds in the Rough program at the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.
Credit J Henry Fair

Host Frank Stasio talks with Dmitry Sitkovetsky and he performs live at the Triad Stage

    

  Musician, arranger and conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky has performed across the globe: from Ajerbaijan to Moscow and Los Angeles to New York. 

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MLK
8:29 am
Mon January 20, 2014

The Triangle Prays, Serves And Teaches In Dr. King’s Memory

Credit UNC Librairies

The Reverend Martin Luther King Junior is remembered today for his dedication to racial equality and social justice. Many groups across North Carolina are gathering to march, pray, and volunteer in their communities.

Students and faculty from Duke and NC Central Universities and Durham Technical Community College will gather to assemble dry food packages for Stop Hunger Now. That organization provides food aid to disaster victims around the world.

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Arts & Culture
8:01 am
Sun January 19, 2014

[Photos] Janis Joplin's Custom-Painted Porsche At NC Museum of Art

Porsche Type 356C Cabriolet, 1965, Collection of the Joplin Family
© 2013 Peter Harholdt Courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, Ohio

There aren't many cars in the world as cool as Janis Joplin's Porsche. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame reports that she paid about $3500 for it in 1968.  It was white when she bought it, but her friend Dave Richards made it a work of art.

Howard Kramer of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

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The State of Things
8:00 am
Sun January 19, 2014

Mount Moriah’s Heather McEntire On 3 Musicians She's Loving Right Now

Heather McEntire's guitar. She propped it in WUNC's 'Green Room' before her live conversation with Frank Stasio
Credit Carol Jackson / WUNC

You may know Heather McEntire as the vocalist and guitar player of Mount Moriah.  The beloved band has released two albums and toured nationally, but they call the Triangle their home.

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Arts & Culture
7:49 am
Sun January 19, 2014

Film With Local Ties Gets Prolonged Standing Ovation At Sundance This Weekend

The film The Case Against 8 gets a standing ovation at Sundance
Credit Southern Documentary Fund via Facebook

The Case Against 8 premiered Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

The film is directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White, and was supported by the Southern Documentary Fund. The film received an emotional response from the audience, with a standing ovation that lasted through the credits, SDF and other media outlets report.

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The State of Things
12:57 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Tell Us: What Is Your Favorite Courtroom Movie Scene?

At the movies
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"You can't handle the truth!" For many moviegoers, Jack Nicholson's famous line in A Few Good Men is one of the most memorable courtroom scenes ever. But what other legal dramas from the silver screen stick in viewers minds? And why? 

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Coffee
8:18 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Coffee Experts Duke It Out In Durham

Lem Butler (left) of Counter Culture Coffee and Robbie Roberts (right) of Joe Van Gogh pose for a photo with WUNC Morning Edition Host Eric Hodge.
Credit WUNC

Coffee baristas and roasters across the East Coast are in Durham for a three-day regional competition that begins today. 

Competitors will make cappuccinos and come up with signature drinks. 

Lem Butler works for Counter Culture Coffee, the company hosting the competition.  He's also a former barista champ.  He said this weekend's events are really about taking care of the customer.

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