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The State of Things
11:35 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Tig Notaro Comes To Durham

Comedian Tig Notaro is one of the hottest comedians in America right now and she is in town on her Boyish Girl Interrupted Tour.
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Since comedian Tig Notaro went public with her breast cancer diagnosis in 2012, her life has been a whirlwind.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Sun October 5, 2014

Hip Hop Goes To Church In The Triangle [VIDEO]

True Settles (left), Joshua Weaver
Credit Carol Jackson

There's some innovative dancing taking place in North Carolina that's not on a stage; It's in a tiny basement-level space underneath the post office on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. Two young men, Joshua Weaver and True Settles, are teaching area kids the latest dance moves.  But when the class is over, the two crank the music really loud, and battle their friends. The goal is to out-shine,  out-innovate and out-dance the opposition. Battles can last for hours.

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Arts & Culture
3:21 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

LISTEN: IBMA Male Vocalist Of Year Recalls Accident That Almost Left Him Unable to Sing

Balsam Range

North Carolina bluegrass band Balsam Range took home the Entertainer of the Year award at the International Bluegrass Music Awards in Raleigh last night.  The Haywood County ensemble's lead singer, Buddy Melton, was named Male Vocalist of the Year. The awards have special meaning for Melton who suffered major injuries from a farming accident in 2012. 

 "I was loading cattle and the cow kicked the gate I was closing," he told The State of Things host Frank Stasio in an interview last year.

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The State of Things
12:22 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

NC's Balsam Range Wins Big At IBMA Awards

Balsam Range
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The World of Bluegrass festival wraps up this weekend in Raleigh. One of the highlights of the five-day convention is the International Bluegrass Music Association awards ceremony which took place last night.

North Carolina band Balsam Range took home three statues, including the award for Entertainer of the Year.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Tim White, host of the bluegrass and roots music show “Song of the Mountains” on PBS, about the awards and final days of the World of Bluegrass festival.

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The State of Things
12:16 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Béla Fleck Comes To Raleigh For IBMA

Host Frank Stasio and Béla Fleck prepare for their conversation.
Hady Mawajdeh (WUNC)

  

 The relentless Béla Fleck is known for taking his banjo on a wide array of sonic journeys. 

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The State Of Things
12:12 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Send Us Your Submission: What Is Your Favorite Film Noir, And Why?

Two silhouetted figures in the 1955 film The Big Combo
Credit Wikipedia

  The highly stylized crime dramas of the 1940's marked a very specific space in cinematic history: film noir. The genre is called "one of Hollywood’s only organic artistic movements" by the Film Noir Foundation

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Arts & Culture
11:46 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Bluegrass! 'The State Of Things' Live Video Stream, Noon

Credit Carol Jackson

The State of Things is broadcasting live from the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh today, 10/2/14 at noon. Watch the show here:

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The State of Things
11:08 am
Thu October 2, 2014

World Of Bluegrass Rambles On

Credit IBMA

The World of Bluegrass festival is rambling through North Carolina this week.

The rising stars and veterans of bluegrass from around the world are in Raleigh. It’s all part of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual convention, which moved to Raleigh last year.

Host Frank Stasio talks with IBMA board member Craig Havighurst, who hosts a radio program called “Music City Roots” from Nashville and has contributed to NPR and the Wall Street Journal.

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The State of Things
11:06 am
Thu October 2, 2014

The Czech Romance With American Bluegrass

Marko Čermák is considered the father of Czech Bluegrass.
Lee Bidgood

People in the Czech Republic first heard bluegrass music during World War II when Western music was hard to access in the sphere of Soviet influence. 

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The State of Things
11:05 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Mandolin Virtuosa Sierra Hull Secures Eighth IBMA Award Nomination

Sierra Hull
Credit Delman

    

The International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass festival features dozens of the world’s most talented bluegrass artists.

Mandolin player Sierra Hull has been nominated for seven IBMA awards in the last four years. This year, she got her eighth nomination. She’s up for instrumental performer of the year in the mandolin category.

Hull is also one of the youngest performers at the World of Bluegrass, but young does not mean inexperienced. She signed her first record deal at age 13 and has been playing professionally for 10 years.

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