Arts & Culture

The State of Things
3:07 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Exhibit Explores Attention Through TINY Art

In TINY, artists consider the miniature, very small, and microscopic.
Credit The Carrack

Who says bigger is always better? It seems that the smallest things hold our world together. If you unscrewed the back of your watch, you would see a whole world of washers and gears and screws that held together your concept of time. The Carrack recently opened the exhibit "TINY: Attention, Exploded." The exhibit works to explore how we relate to the small.

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Photographer Spends Forty Years Capturing Rural County

The cover of One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia. Edited and with an introduction by Tom Rankin, coedited by Iris Tillman Hill.
Credit http://documentarystudies.duke.edu

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Many photographers in this day and age seek to capture as many worlds as they can in their lifetime. Paul Kwilecki did all of this while staying in Decatur County, Georgia for over four decades.

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The State of Things
11:26 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Top Raleigh Chef Takes The National Stage As A James Beard Award Finalist

Chef Ashley Christensen is a finalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southeast.
Credit ac-restaurants.com
  • Ashley Christensen, a Raleigh chef and finalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southeast, talks about her life and career with host Frank Stasio

To Ashley Christensen, a restaurant is not just a place where you sit down to eat.  It’s an entire concept.  She carefully plots an immersive experience for her diners. 

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Roanoke Island's Lost Colony To Receive Tony Honor

A scene from a Lost Colony performance.
Credit The Lost Colony

The North Carolina outdoor drama The Lost Colony has been tapped for a 2013 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre.  With 75 seasons under its belt, the yearly production on Roanoke Island began in the summer of 1937 and has continued almost every year since. It is the longest-running symphonic drama in the country. This video shows clips from the play:

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Sat April 27, 2013

The Triangle Foodie Scene Makes Way For Dogs

Dogs wait in line for treats from the Waggin' Wagon.
Credit courtesy of McKinney

The Triangle has some of the state’s most sought-after flavors: a recent slew of James-Beard Award semifinalists and Durham’s newest title, “Tastiest Town in the South,” have people chatting happily about the region’s good tastes.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

North Carolinians Share Their Music In Senegal

Diali Cissokho
Credit kairabamusic.com

Diali Cissokho, a Senegalese musician, moved to the United States several years ago hoping to meet like-minded musicians. He formed the band Kaira Ba with four North Carolina natives.

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Thu April 25, 2013

What Is A Bastard Film?

A still from one of the bastard films
Credit facebook.com/bastardfilmencounter

Host Frank Stasio talks with the founders of the Bastard Film Encounter, Marsha Gordon and Skip Elsheimer, founder of A/V Geeks.

A bastard film is a film that does not fit into any particular category. Bastard films are offensive, disturbing or just plain nonsensical.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Doc Watson Remembered Fondly As MerleFest Continues Without Him

David Holt took this photo of Doc Watson's final MerleFest performance in 2012. Watson died a month later.
Credit David Holt

If you’re searching for the who’s who among bluegrass, Americana, folk, and traditional country musicians, MerleFest is a good place to start. The annual four-day festival kicks off today in Wilkesboro, just as it has every April for the past 25 years. Headlining artists include The Avett Brothers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Jerry Douglas, Steep Canyon Rangers, Matraca Berg, and others. But this year for the first time, the festival will lack a performance from its founder, Doc Watson, who died May 29, 2012.

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The State of Things
3:28 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Local Filmmaker Takes Over Reality TV

Figure 8 Films Production About Twins Conjoined At The Head
Figure 8 Films Production About Twins Conjoined At The Head Figure 8 Films

Film maker and founder of Figure 8 Films, Bill Hayes, talks about his life and career.

Bill Hayes is the founder of Figure 8 Films, a Carrboro production company which created hits like "Jon & Kate Plus 8," "Nineteen Kids and Counting," and "Sister Wives."

Hayes grew up on a chicken, tobacco and dairy farm in the quiet town of Mt. Airy, North Carolina. When colleagues and friends told him he was crazy for starting a production company in North Carolina, he said, "why not?" Bill Hayes joins host Frank Stasio to discuss his success as a documentarian, producer and director.

Back Porch Music
1:41 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Four Concerts Scheduled In Expanded, Larger Back Porch Music Series In Durham

Credit American Tobacco / American Tobacco

The Celtic powerhouse band Solas will kick off the 2013 Back Porch Music concert series in Durham.  Bluegrass, local blues, and much more will be a part of the four Back Porch concerts scheduled between May and October.

The crowds at the annual Back Porch Music concerts On The Lawn at American Tobacco Campus in Durham have grown so much that "the lawn" can no longer contain the anticipated numbers. This spring and summer  the concerts will be in a much bigger space and have a more festival like feel.

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