Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
9:03 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Pittsboro Memorial Will Honor 9/11 First Responders

New York Fire Department Deputy Chief Joseph Curry calls for rescue teams at Ground Zero three days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Credit Petty Officer 1st Class Preston Keres / US Navy

Pittsboro will break ground today on a memorial to 9/11 first responders. 

Organizers say town and Chatham County officials will take part, along with anyone who wants to bring a shovel. 

The site will feature a beam from the base of one of the twin towers that collapsed after the attack on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001. 

Jody Allen is the president of the Chatham County First Responders Foundation Corporation.  He said the beam will point from the site in downtown Pittsboro toward ground zero in New York City.

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The State of Things
12:33 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Do Our Memories Define Us?

Jim Crow Wisdom by Jonathan Scott Holloway

Scholar Jonathan Holloway discusses his new book, 'Jim Crow Wisdom'

The book, "Jim Crow Wisdom," (UNC Press/2013) explores stories black Americans tell about their past and the way those stories inform modern black identity. 

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The State of Things
12:27 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Syrian Pianist Helps Children In Conflict

Malek Jandali
Credit Malek Jandali

  

For Syrian pianist Malek Jandali, music is about more than art and entertainment. It is a mechanism for social change, particularly in the context of conflict.

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The State of Things
12:35 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Hip Hop Music In The Classroom

Patrick Douthit, better known as hip-hop producer 9th Wonder.

An expert panel discusses hip hop music in academia

Hip Hop Studies is a growing field in academia led by the work of scholars like Patrick Douthit, the hip-hop producer and artist better known as 9th Wonder

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yMusic
3:24 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Setting The Shuttle Launch To Music

yMusic rehearses while in residency at Duke
Credit Eric Oberstein / Duke Performances

Scott Lee grew up on the Gulf coast of Florida. Once in a while, on a clear night, at the right time of year, he could walk outside, look 150 miles to the East, and see the glow of a shuttle launch from Cape Canaveral.

"As they rise upwards, they kind of start to curve," Lee said. " And it's a really interesting phenomenon, because they're still just going straight up. But to you, it looks like they're coming back down. So you start to wonder... 'Is something wrong?' "

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Arts & Culture
2:55 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

This Man Made A Version Of The Trevi Fountain In Cardboard, And Then Let It Be Destroyed

The real Trevi Fountain
Sean MacEntee Flickr/Creative Commons

Jimmy Grashow first saw Rome’s Trevi Fountain in the mid-sixties, when he studied in Italy as a young sculptor. The fountain was originally designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and his marble horses and gods of the sea tower 85 feet above the crowds of tourists.  Grashow was hooked and he kept that image of the fountain in the back of his mind.

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Arts & Culture
2:14 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

How Lessons Learned From DPAC May Help Help The New Performing Arts Center In Greensboro

This rendering is of a proposed design for the performing arts center in Greensboro. The project is expected to break ground before the end of 2014.
Credit City of Greensboro

Plans for a new downtown performing arts center in Greensboro are moving forward. City officials and fundraisers finalized an agreement this month about construction and operation details for "The Steven B. Tanger Center For The Performing Arts". A ground-breaking could take place this fall. The building is expected to host Broadway shows and co-exist with a state-of-the-art venue just down the road, Durham's Performing Arts Center (DPAC.)

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The State of Things
9:56 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Writing About War

Veteran salutes other veterans
Credit flickr.com

A conversation with two of the Veterans Writing Collective co-founders: Paul Stroebel and Rebecca King

  

The complexities of war do not fit neatly into a poem or a novel. Writers grapple with how to address conflict responsibly, honestly and creatively. An April 12th panel at the North Carolina Writers' Network Spring Conference at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro will examine the challenges of writing about war. 

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The State of Things
9:52 am
Tue March 25, 2014

New Songs With Old Roots

Bruce Piephoff's new album is Soft Soap Purrings
Credit brucepiephoff.net

Bruce Piephoff talks about his new album and performs live with dobro player Aaron Ballance

  

Bruce Piephoff's music draws inspiration from the Appalachian tradition of story and character-centered songs. The poet, guitarist and singer released a new album, "Soft Soap Purrings" earlier this year. 

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StoryCorps
4:53 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

StoryCorps Comes To Durham: Please Participate

The StoryCorps Mobile Booth

 Update: All the sessions available have been booked. We will be opening another round of sessions for booking at 10 A.M. on Friday April 18!

StoryCorps is that terrific project where regular people can go into an audio recording booth and interview someone they know. StoryCorps interviews are regular Friday morning features on Morning Edition.

Do you want to record an interview with someone? Here's all the info you need:

When: April 17 - May 18

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