Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
1:06 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

NC Shakespeare Festival Suspending Operations

Michael Huie as Scrooge in the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival's production of A Christmas Carol.
Credit Tom Terrell

The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, known as NCShakes, has announced that it is suspending all operations, effective immediately. NCShakes, one of High Point's main cultural attractions, has brought theater lovers to the city for 36 years.

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The State Of Things
10:35 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Breaking The Silence Of Mental Illness

Melody Moezzi 'Haldol and Hyacinths'
Credit Avery Publishing

Iranian-American writer and attorney Melody Moezzi joins Frank Stasio to discuss her memoir 'Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life'

    

Melody Moezzi has always been outspoken. As an Iranian-American writer and attorney, she has devoted herself to discussing controversial issues like religion, politics and culture in Iran. But when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, her family and doctors encouraged silence. On this issue, they thought, you could not speak the truth. Melody would not be quiet. She decided to write a memoir of her experiences so that others with the disorder, and those who know them, could better understand. The memoir is called “Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life,” (Avery/2013). Host Frank Stasio talks to her about her experience.

The State Of Things
10:26 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Bringing A Caribbean Sensibility To Science Fiction

'The Best Of All Possible Worlds' by Karen Lord
Credit http://sf-fantasy.suvudu.com/ / Del Rey

Frank Stasio talks to science fiction writer Karen Lord and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn, publisher of Bull Spec Speculative Fiction Magazine

  

Science fiction is a genre dominated by white men. So, Karen Lord is something of an outlier. She’s a woman, first of all, but she is also a native of Barbados, and as such brings a decidedly Caribbean perspective to her novels.  Karen Lord is in town and making various appearances around the Triangle. She will be at the Bull Spec Summer Speculative Fiction event at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh this weekend.

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Arts & Culture
6:54 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Civil Rights Museum Asks Greensboro For Financial Help

The International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro
Credit Jeff Tiberii

The Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro has formally asked city leaders for $1.5 million in funding.

Since the museum opened in 2010, it has run an annual deficit and failed to meet attendance goals. Museum leaders floated the idea of asking the city to help fund educational programs.

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The State of Things
11:57 am
Fri July 26, 2013

It's Called Ruby Red

The Cover of The Love Language's album, Ruby Red.
Credit Tim Lytvinenko / mergerecords.com

The Love Language plays live

They will be playing tonight at 9 p.m. at Cat's Cradle for their record release party.

Stuart McLamb, Jordan McLamb, Thomas Simpson, Eddie Sanchez, Andy Holmes and Autumn Ehinger join Frank Stasio in the studio today to discuss Ruby Red and The Love Language's upcoming performance.

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Arts & Culture
10:15 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Winston-Salem Musicians Mourn Death Of Faye Hunter

Faye Hunter was the bassist for 80's band Let's Active.
Credit Faye Hunter, Facebook

The Winston-Salem community mourns the loss of local musician Faye Hunter, who was found dead in on Saturday of an apparent suicide. She was 59 years old. Hunter was the bassist in the 80’s band Let’s Active, which was led by Mitch Easter. Yesterday on "Here & Now," host Jeremy Hobson interviewed Easter about his former bandmate.

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Arts & Culture
4:57 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Country's Oldest Known Inland European Settlement Unearthed In Western NC

The remains of Fort San Juan.
Credit Robin Beck

A group of archeologists has discovered the remains of the oldest known European settlement in the inland U.S.: a 16th century Spanish fort in western North Carolina. 

Fort San Juan was the largest of six forts built between 1566 and 1568 by explorer Juan Pardo. It’s located five miles north of Morganton at a site that was believed to be an Indian settlement. 

Robin Beck is an assistant professor of archeology at the University of Michigan and was part of the discovery team.  He says the site has something in common with North Carolina's more famous early settlement.

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The State of Things
12:34 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Mountain Poet Tackles Ode To NC

Cover of Lee Ann Brown's book of poetry, 'In The Laurels, Caught' (Fence Modern Poets Series/2013).
Credit Fence Books / fenceportal.org

Poet Lee Ann Brown talks to Frank Stasio about her two new books of Poetry

Lee Ann Brown splits her time between New York City and Marshall, North Carolina, but she has a special love for her southern home.

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The State of Things
12:15 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Once Upon A Gypsy Moon

The cover of Michael Hurley’s book `Once Upon A Gypsy Moon`;
Credit hachettebookgroup.com / Center Street

Attorney Michael Hurley reveals his memoir, 'Once Upon a Gypsy Moon: An Improbable Voyage and One Man’s Yearning for Redemption'

Michael Hurley’s life had fallen to shambles. His wife was divorcing him, he lost his job and faced big alimony payments. He decided that would be a good time to set sail on his 32-foot boat.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Film Looks At Background Singers In Rock'n'Roll History

Backup singers in the age of Rock N' Roll.
Credit http://twentyfeetfromstardom.com/tagged/photos

Morgan Neville, the director of '20 Feet From Stardom', joins Host Frank Stasio to discuss the making of the film

When you find yourself singing along to your favorite rock'n'roll songs, you're probably not singing along with a front man like David Bowie or Bruce Springsteen. You're probably singing along with their backup singers.

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