Arts & Culture

The State of Things
10:55 am
Thu April 18, 2013

North Carolina Central University Hosts Its 23rd Annual Jazz Festival

Benny Golson
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Jazz Department Director Ira Wiggins and musician Benny Golson talk about the state of jazz education today, and give us a preview of the NCCU Jazz Festival

North Carolina Central University became the first university in the state to offer a jazz degree in 1977. The university has since been a force on a state and national level in keeping the jazz scene alive.

The university is now throwing its 23rd annual Jazz Festival this week. Ira Wiggins, director of their jazz department, founded the festival in 1990 with hopes of creating a space for students to meet and learn from seasoned jazz musicians. This year the festival features jazz artists Carl Allen and Benny Golson. Benny Golson is a world-renowned saxophonist, composer, and producers.  Ira Wiggins and Benny Golson join Host Frank Stasio to talk about the state of jazz education today, and give us a sneak peek of the festival.

The State of Things
10:47 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Afro-Puerto Rican Music Group Brings Bomba And Plena To The Triangle

Los Planeros de la 21
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Members of Los Plenero join host Frank Stasio to discuss Afro-Puerto Rican music

When Juan Gutiérrez arrived in Harlem from Puerto Rico in the early 1970s, he had hopes of becoming a professional concert musician. But soon enough he started longing for a community that embraced and celebrated his roots.

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Arts & Culture
3:06 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Raleigh Set To Run For Boston Marathon Victims

Aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.
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Runners in the Triangle will be jogging through Raleigh this weekend to support victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. 

Organizers will be taking donations for the families of those who died or were injured in Monday's explosions.  Kazem Yahyapour is the director of Cary's annual Tobacco Road Marathon and organized this Sunday's benefit.  He finished the Boston Marathon minutes before the bombs went off.

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The State of Things
11:56 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Scholars Push For Interculturality

Scholars Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio and Issa Asgarally join Host Isaac Davy-Aronson to discuss the possibilities of interculturality

The United States has for centuries been a nation of multiculturality, with many cultures and communities existing within it, but not necessarily integrated. Many scholars say that the way to true peace is through interculturality, where cultures are educated about other culture through methods like language, arts and education.

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The State of Things
11:50 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Undocumented Struggle To Assert Identity Through Art

Undocumented & Unafraid
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Artist Annabel Manning and young undocumented immigrants collaborate to express their identities through art

As Washington debates immigration reform, more and more undocumented young people are coming out of the shadows.  One local group is engaging their struggle with their identities through art.

Guest host Isaac-Davy Aronson speaks with artist Annabel Manning about her exhibition, now on view at Duke University. She is also joined by one of the undocumented young artists, Marco Cervantes, and by Jose Torres-Don, a member of the advocacy group NC Dream Team.

The State of Things
11:54 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Why Did You Pick Up The Bassoon?

US Army image of a bassoon from the US Army Band Europe.
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Seven musicians join host Frank Stasio to show off their bassoon playing skills

  The music critic and composer Cecil Gray once said: "The bassoon in the orchestra plays the same role as Gorgonzola among cheeses -- a figure for fun. Actually, the bassoon can be the most romantic and passionate of instruments, and Gorgonzola can be the finest of cheeses, but they must both be treated properly."  Why would anyone pick up the bassoon?

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The State of Things
11:40 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Mount Moriah Release Sophomore Album

Mount Moriah
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Mt. Moriah rocks the studio with songs from their new cd

Mount Moriah is getting ready to continue their national tour for their critically-acclaimed album, "Miracle Temple." The band was signed by Merge Records and this is their first release under the new record label. "Miracle Temple" offers fans more of Heather McEntire's soulful vocals and lyrics but takes chances with a more intricate sound. Host Frank Stasio talks with founding members Heather McEntire and Jenks Miller about the band's incredible success.

The State of Things
11:42 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Photographer Explores Artifice Of Nature In New Exhibit

Abandoned Pier Building North of Surf City
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Photographer Peter Goin thinks nature isn’t all its cracked up to be, and he’s not sure just how natural it really is. He has an exhibit up at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at North Carolina State University called “Humanature. It’s a collection of photographs documenting the ways in which humans shape and create nature, and it explores ideas about the nature of reality and artifice. Host Frank Stasio talks to Peter Goin, a professor of art in photography and videography at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Arts & Culture
10:23 am
Thu April 11, 2013

McCrory Declares Rev. Billy Graham ‘North Carolina’s Favorite Son’

Governor McCrory presented Graham with the proclamation during a visit to the reverend's home in early March.
Credit Office of Pat McCrory

It’s not every day that you’re called somebody’s favorite son, but if you’re Billy Graham, you might be accustomed to earning superlative titles. He has been voted one of the “Ten Most Admired Men in the World” in a Gallup poll a whopping 56 times, and yesterday, Governor Pat McCrory and state lawmakers added another one to his list: North Carolina’s favorite son.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

What Being The 'Tastiest Town In The South' Means For Durham

Shelly Green with Durham's award for the Tastiest Town in the South
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It’s a booming year for the Durham food scene. In February, four of its restaurants became James Beard semi-finalists, and today Southern Living magazine declared Durham the “Tastiest Town in the South.”

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