Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
3:18 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Ashley Christensen Named NC’s Sole James Beard Nominee

Credit James Beard Foundation

More than a dozen North Carolina restaurants and chefs earned a spot on the James Beard Award semifinalist list this year, but only one is advancing to the nominee (finalist) category: Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner in Raleigh. Christensen was nominated for Best Chef: Southeast, a position she shares with four other chefs in the region. Here is her reaction on twitter this morning:

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

2011 James Beard Award Winner Shares A Recipe

Credit courtesy of Andrea Reusing

Like a few others in the Triangle, Andrea Reusing found out she was a James Beard semi-finalist on Twitter.  But of the 13 semi-finalists in North Carolina this year, Andrea Reusing of Lantern is the only one to have ever won the award before.

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The State of Things
11:23 am
Fri March 15, 2013

The Gravy Boys Ladle Americana On Thick

The Gravy Boys at The Pourhouse
Credit gravyboys.com / Christer Berg Photography

The Gravy Boys join host Frank Stasio for a spirited conversation and live performance

The Americana music of The Gravy Boys hit the scene about eight years ago. They’re now three albums in and expanding their acoustic sound. Their newest album is called Crackerjack Whistle, and they’ll be playing in Raleigh tomorrow night.

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Arts & Culture
3:35 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Why Phoebe Lawless Is Shocked To Be A James Beard Semi-finalist

Phoebe Lawless
Credit Lissa Gotwals

People who bake pies for a living usually do so because they love it. Not to win awards. So when Phoebe Lawless of Scratch bakery learned recently that the James Beard Foundation named her a semi-finalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef – an honor she shares with only 19 others in the country – she was thoroughly shocked.   “I certainly did not expect to find myself on the list,” she said.  Lawless learned of the honor while at home on her couch, when someone mentioned it on Twitter.  

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

The Hidden Diaries Of A Young Jewish Woman

Photograph of Etty Hillesum from the Jewish History Museum of Amsterdam.
Credit http://fy.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etty_Hillesum

Writer and performer Susan Stein brings to life the literature of Holocaust victim Etty Hillesum

  Out of the varied horrors of the Holocaust, a body of literature survives.  The most famous voice belongs to Anne Frank.  At 15-years-old, she wrote, “I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”  It's hard to believe that anyone, even a child, can be so big-hearted. 

Less well-known is the voice of an adult woman, Etty Hillesum.  And her writing is finally getting its day in the sun.

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The State of Things
10:22 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Second Journey Seeks To Redefine Retirement

Bolton Anthony
Credit secondjourney.org

Bolton Anthony, author of 'Aging in Community', ponders new ideas for retirement

Baby boomers are coming of retirement age at a rapid pace. The ordinary path forward would be golf, retirement homes and taking it easy, but Bolton Anthony, founder of Chapel Hill non-profit Second Journey, wants to change that conception of old age. He wants the hippies of the ‘60s to become the idealists of the new millennium.

Host Frank Stasio talks to Bolton Anthony about his ideas for changing retirement.

Arts & Culture
4:58 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Fullsteam One Of Four Breweries Nationwide To Be James Beard Semi-Finalist

Fullsteam's First Frost persimmon ale
Credit Fullsteam

Like last year, Sean Lilly Wilson of the Durham brewery Fullsteam found out that he was on the list of 2013 James Beard Award semi-finalists via Twitter.  And he thought it was a mistake.  His reaction?  “Profound disbelief,” he says.  Wilson’s Fullsteam made the semi-finalist list for the Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional Award, joining names like Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Buffalo Trace Distillery, and The Brooklyn Brewery.

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Arts & Culture
4:44 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

How To Cook A Corndog, James Beard-Style

Chef Aaron Vandemark of Panciuto

Even though he’s been a James Beard Award semi-finalist for three years in a row, Chef Aaron Vandemark of Hillsborough’s Panciuto was caught off guard last month when he learned that his name was on the list yet again. He was checking his email and received a congratulatory note, at first not realizing what it was for.  But that’s not too different from last year, Vandemark says. In 2012, he was alone in his kitchen cutting up lamb parts when he received a phone call from a writer in Raleigh who gave him the news.  “I’m always surprised by how informal it is,” he admits, referring to the fact that The James Beard Foundation does not notify its semi-finalists directly.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Tue March 12, 2013

The Story Of Medgar Evers Through Collective Memory

Remembering Medgar Evers by Minrose Gwin
Credit University of Georgia Press

Author Minrose Gwin talks to host Frank Stasio about her new book, 'Remembering Medgar Evers' .

  Medgar Evers’s assassination was a spark that motivated social activists and inspired writers, poets and journalists. Artists like Bob Dylan, Eudora Welty and James Baldwin have contributed to the collective memory of Evers through their own works.

Minrose Gwin, professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, talks to host Frank Stasio about her new book, “Remembering Medgar Evers” (University of Georgia Press/2013).

The State of Things
11:47 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Film Documents The Core Sound Community’s Struggles

LJ Hardy of South River, aboard his boat at the mouth of the Neuse River
Credit Neal Hutcheson

Linguist Walt Wolframand and director Neal Hutcheson talk about their new film, “Core Sounders.”

  For nearly 300 years the Core Sound community has earned a livelihood from the commercial fishing industry. It’s a livelihood that is now seriously threatened. “Core Sounders” is a new documentary that tells the story of a community in transition.

Host Frank Stasio is joined by Walt Wolfram, executive producer and professor of English at North Carolina State University; and Neal Hutcheson, the Emmy-Award winning director, to talk about their new film, “Core Sounders.”

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