Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
10:02 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Carolina Chocolate Drops Co-Founder To Leave Band

Carolina Chocolate Drops co-founders Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemons
Credit Carolina Chocolate Drops

Dom Flemons, a co-founder of North Carolina-based Grammy award winning string band The Carolina Chocolate Drops, will leave the band in mid-December following a series of concert dates. He will be starting a solo career. 

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Arts & Culture
7:37 am
Tue November 12, 2013

More Teens Forego Driver's Licenses

Credit Dave DeWitt

For many teenagers, one of the most anticipated rites of passage is getting a driver’s license. Many of us can remember counting down the days until we turned 16, envying our classmates who had earlier birthdays and who could get behind the wheel sooner.

But several recent studies have found that a growing number of teenagers are passing up the opportunity to drive. The percentage of teens with licenses is steadily falling.

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The State of Things
11:09 am
Fri November 8, 2013

The Hot At Nights Release New Album

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The Hot at Nights are a Raleigh jazz trio with flare.

They have played some of the hottest jazz spots across the country. Now they appear on The State of Things to promote their new album, “Try This!” Host Frank Stasio talks with the band about their new album and they play live in the studio.

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Arts & Culture
8:03 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Billy Graham Celebrates 95th Birthday With Friends, Celebrities, Dignitaries

Rev. Billy Graham

North Carolina icon and evangelist Billy Graham is 95 years old. He gathered with friends, family and celebrities Thursday in Asheville to celebrate. Greensboro Bureau Chief Jeff Tiberii was there and joined Eric Hodge to talk about the celebration.

ERIC HODGE: This was a big event at Asheville's Grove Park Inn.  How were Graham's guests celebrating his birthday?

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The State Of Things
11:47 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Photographer Documents 20 Years Inside The House Ballroom Scene

Tez at the Evisu Ball in Manhattan, NY
By Gerard Gaskin

In the late 1960s, black and latino members of the LGBTQ community were searching for a space of their own outside of white drag shows. Many of them started hosting balls, or pageants where they could perform in a series of competitions and be judged by their peers. Since then the ballroom scene has become a global phenomenon. 

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Superheroes Flock To NC For Comicon

NC Comicon

    

In its fourth year, the North Carolina Comicon is bringing groups of superhero creators, publishers and artists to the Durham Convention Center this weekend for a collection of nerdy goodness.

Some of the biggest names in comics will be there. And if that’s not enough, you might win a ride in the old-school Batmobile.

Jeremy Whitley, co-creator of Firetower Studios and the mind behind the comic “Princeless,” said this area is a prime spot for comic art.

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

War: What Is It Good For?

Christopher McElroen is the director of Measure Back
Credit christophermcelroen.com

    

   

War. The country has been engaged in it for the last decade, and yet the majority of the population knows it as little more than images on a screen.

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The State of Things
12:06 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

The Struggle Of Black Women In The World Of Heavy Metal

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Author Laina Dawes discusses her new book, 'What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal'

When Laina Dawes was eight years-old, she sat in front of her television watching the made-for-television movie “Kiss Meets The Phantom of the Park.”  Soon after, her parents gave her Kiss’ Double Platinum record, and later followed an obsession with bands like Judas Priest and Black Sabbath.  Laina Dawes is a bona fide metal head. But her fandom is complicated, though it probably shouldn’t be, by the fact that Laina is a black woman.

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The State of Things
10:15 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Megafaun Bassist Celebrates Triangle Collaboration

Credit Duke Performances

Nick Sanborn, Bradley Cook, William Tyler, and Alexandra Souser Monning talk about musical collaboration and play live in our studio

You may know Nick Sanborn as the bassist of Megafaun, but his musical influence in the Triangle spreads far beyond that.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Chapel Hill Police Seek Subdued 'Homegrown Halloween' Celebration

Flyer for the "Homegrown Halloween" celebration in Chapel Hill.
Credit Town of Chapel Hill

Franklin Street in Chapel Hill will be cordoned off again this year for the annual Halloween celebration.

Crowd size has steadily decreased since the peak of 80,000 in 2008. Smaller numbers have turned out since then, following strict town rules that prohibit revelers from bringing  alcohol, glass bottles, and anything that resembles a firearm, whether it be the real thing or part of a costume.

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