Arts & Culture

The State Of Things
11:59 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Irish Tenor Treks Across Ireland To Pursue His Dreams

Anthony Kearns singing at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Credit gageskidmore / Flickr

Irish Tenor Anthony Kearns Treks Across Ireland To Pursue His Dreams

Twenty-two year-old Anthony Kearns was working in sales when he decided to try out for the radio competition "Ireland's Search for a Tenor." He earned an in-person audition after singing "Danny Boy" over the phone. After hitchhiking across Ireland, he won the entire competition.  

Host Frank Stasio talks with Anthony Kearns, member of The Irish Tenors about his journey. The Irish Tenors are performing tonight at the Carolina Theater in Durham.   

Arts & Culture
6:30 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

He’s Greensboro North Carolina’s Famous ‘Singing Waiter’

Bobby 'Jaybird' Williams
Credit Soul Central Band

His name is Bobby 'Jaybird' Williams. He works at a diner in Greensboro, and he sings while he works. A lot. Sometimes he dances. 

He says he's worked with the family that owns Fincastles for a long time. He worked with them as a warehouse manager and he sang then. Now he has a bigger stage at the restaurant. 

And his band, Soul Central is also performing regularly.

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The State Of Things
4:02 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Integrating The Navy Through Music

The Forgotten First: B-1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy
Credit http://core.ecu.edu / ECU Creative Writing department

Integrating The Navy Through Music

  

The United States military today has a diverse array of service men and women. But in the early 20th Century, that was far from the case. In World War II, African American men were still predominantly relegated to minor roles. The B-1 Navy band began to change that. It was made up of the first African American men to hold a position higher than messman in the United States Navy. And it was the first of many black World War II Navy bands. 

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The State Of Things
3:56 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

The Singing Waiter Takes On Greensboro

Jaybird Williams of the Soul Central Band
Credit http://www.soulcentralband.com/ / Soul Central band

  

You may have seen him at Fincastles in downtown Greensboro. He’s dubbed “the singing waiter” for his profession and his passion. Bobby “Jaybird” Williams and the Soul Central band bring the funk, as well as the R & B and soul, to the Triad. Host Frank Stasio talks to them, and they play live at the Triad Stage in Greensboro. 

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Arts & Culture
4:31 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

6 Ways To Give Great Presents For Little Or Nothing

This bookshelf gave me $74 in Christmas money.
Credit Carol Jackson

We've seen Black Friday turn into the Black Friday Weekend. That has led into Cyber Monday, and then a series of mad dashes for the perfect holiday gift. But, what if there was a better way? Do we really need to spend money to procure a great gift? Here are six ideas for creative holiday gifts without opening your wallet.

1. Resell the books on your bookshelf.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Sun December 15, 2013

What Made The Wright Brothers' Plane Innovative?

A detail from The Smithsonian animated tour of the Wright's plane. Here is a cross-section of the controls.
Credit Smoithsonian National Air and Space Museum

It's been 110 years this week since the Wright Brothers successfully got their heavier-than-air flying machine off the ground. The "aero-plane" had a number of really cool inventions.

The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum has built a 3D model where you can explore the plane from every angle. Writer Peter Jakab details what made the plane take off. Here's some highlights:

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The State of Things
2:17 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Music Fridays: The Erin Nenni Band

Erin Nenni Band CD
Credit Erin Nenni Band

Singer-songwriter Erin Nenni and guitarist Scotty Miller performed as an acoustic duo until late last year when they decided to form the Erin Nenni Band. They play tomorrow night at The Pour House in Raleigh, but first they talk with host Frank Stasio and perform live in studio.

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The State of Things
11:04 am
Fri December 13, 2013

5 Great Musicians You Might Not Know Are From Eastern North Carolina

Portrait of Billy Taylor, New York, N.Y., ca. 1947
Credit Library of Congress via Flickr

Eastern North Carolina has yielded a rich crop of nationally recognized African American musicians. People like jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk.

But many musicians hailing from this part of the state have gone unnoticed. A new book, African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina, takes readers on a musical journey through this overlooked region.

Here are five musicians whose roots run deep in Eastern Carolina:

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Mandela Memorials
7:46 am
Fri December 13, 2013

The Triangle And Triad Will Celebrate Mandela With Prayers And Drums

Groups across the Triangle and Triad will celebrate the life of the late South African President Nelson Mandela.
Credit Wikipedia Creative Commons / Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science

Celebrations will commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela this weekend across the Piedmont. The former South African President died last week at the age of 95.

Deborah Blackman is President of the South African Tarheels, one of the groups coordinating the memorials.  She says the respect Mandela earned as a prisoner and as a political leader still resonates across the world.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Big Decisions Are Best Made With Hot Dogs

Joe Hudson's new book is a collection of essays he wrote for his weekly column in the Statesville Record & Landmark.
Credit Joe Hudson

Big Decisions Are Best Made With Hot Dogs

  

 Joe Hudson's weekly column in the Statesville Record & Landmark entertains readers with its stories about family, friendship, and Southern culture.  

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