Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
4:15 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Fort Bragg Cancels Fireworks Show, Fayetteville Fills The Gap

Fireworks at a Fort Bragg July 4th celebration in 2008.
Credit Susan Smith / Flickr Creative Commons

Ft. Bragg has canceled their annual 4th of July fireworks show, due to sequestration cuts. Officials there say they just couldn't handle the $80,000 in overtime costs for the annual show. People in the area organized to donate money to save the event, but any donations sent to Ft. Bragg can't be earmarked to one specific program, like the fireworks.

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

1,000 Blue Butterflies Hatching At Museum Of Life & Science

Blue Morphos are about the size of your palm.
Museum of Life and Science

It sounds like a dream—a thousand iridescent butterflies fluttering around in a glass atrium—but this month you can experience it for real at the  Museum Of Life and Science’s Magic Wings Butterfly House. Starting today, the Butterfly House’s one thousand Blue Morpho butterflies will begin hatching from their chrysalises and living out their two to three week adult stage among the House’s other insects and tropical flora.

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Arts & Culture
4:42 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

UFO Conference In Greensboro This Weekend

UFO
Credit dimland via Google Images

The Center for UFO Research is hosting a conference in Greensboro this weekend. Organizers say it will be a gathering of government officials and military witnesses, as well as UFO researchers and experts.
 
Richard Haynes is one of the speakers at the event. He says his talk will focus on how UFOs affect the safety of airplanes and pilots. Haynes says right now, pilots are shamed when they report on UFOs.

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The State of Things
10:51 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Abandoning The Black Hero

The film adaptation of Frank Yerby's 1946 best-selling novel, The Foxes of Harrow.
Credit wikipedia.org

A panel of writers and scholars discuss the white life novel.

African-American literary authors like James Baldwin or Zora Neale Hurston are famous for their depictions of black life. But these novelists have also written books with white protagonists. Why is this unexpected? Is there a mandate that black authors write only about black characters?

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The State of Things
9:43 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Alice Gerrard Releases First All Original Album

Alice Gerrard is a staple of the Triangle music scene.
Credit Irene Young

Frank Stasio talks with Alice Gerrard about her album.

Alice Gerrard is a legend in the world of bluegrass, inspiring many musical greats, including The Judds. But it’s only on her latest production, “Bittersweet,” that she is releasing an entire album of all-original songs for the first time. Host Frank Stasio talks to Alice Gerrard in the studio, and she plays live.

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The State of Things
9:38 am
Thu June 27, 2013

NC Native Documents Life Of Levon Helm

Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm screens at the Chelsea Theater.
Credit Kino Lorber

Frank Stasio talks about the Levon Helm film.

Levon Helm is best known for being the drummer in the music group, “The Band,” but he had a long career after they broke up. He even fought his way back into musical shape after quitting for a time due to throat cancer. He finally succumbed in 2012, but not before filmmaker Jacob Hatley had a chance to film a documentary, “Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm.”

Its Triangle premiere is at the Chelsea Theater in Chapel Hill on June 28.

The State of Things
9:28 am
Thu June 27, 2013

NC Symphony Takes On Science Fiction

An image of the Sombrero galaxy, created from composite photos of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
Credit NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team.

Host Frank Stasio talks to the NC Symphony's Amy Russell and Amy Mason.

The full sound of symphony orchestras is a familiar accompaniment to science fiction spectacles like Star Trek and Star Wars. The North Carolina Symphony is celebrating the music of sci-fi in its Sci-Fi Spectacular tonight and tomorrow.  The concert is hosted by George Takei, “Mr. Sulu” of Star Trek fame.

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The State of Things
10:52 am
Wed June 26, 2013

UNC Professor Educates Maya Descendants

Patricia McAnany researched Mayan ruins in Belize. The Xunantunich ruins of western Belize are pictured above.
Credit cjuneau via flickr

Patricia McAnany had a moment of clarity when a young girl of Maya descent asked her why all the Maya people had to die. McAnany knew that the ancient Maya civilization collapsed in the 8th and 9th centuries, but she also knew that the Maya people continued to exist right up until the modern day.

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The State of Things
10:48 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Musical Insider Draws On Experience For Fiction

Bring Me Back is a new book by Karen Booth.
Credit karenbooth.net

Frank Stasio talks with Karen Booth about her book Bring Me Back.

Karen Booth spent years as an insider in the music industry before leaving behind the glitz. Her love for Duran Duran and other ‘80s groups spurred her to pursue her musical career. She draws upon her love and experience for her new novel “Bring Me Back” (Turquoise Morning Press/2013). Host Frank Stasio talks to her in the studio.

Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

UNC Researchers Unearth Ancient Biblical Mosaics In Galilee

Close-up of a female face mosaic unearthed at Huqoq in 2012 by Jodi Magness and her crew.
Jim Haberman

A group of researchers led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Religion Professor Jodi Magness has unearthed a group of significant mosaics at an ancient synagogue in Galilee. The mosaics, which consist of hundreds of tiny stone cubes, depict scenes from in the Bible and have been dated to the fifth century.

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