Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Image of writer and performer Aaron Davidman.
Ken Friedman

Aaron Davidman grew up on the West Coast in a progressive Jewish family, with a specific understanding of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. 

Generation of Change
http://generationofchangefilm.com/

  A new film documents the life and work of leaders in North Carolina from 1920-1972. Former UNC System President Bill Friday and Governor Terry Sanford are just two of the generation of leaders who wielded tremendous influence on politics and education in the state.

UNC-TV will broadcast the film, A Generation of Change, Thursday at 10 pm. Host Frank Stasio talks with producers Steve Channing and Rebecca Cerese about the work. 

The cover of Mette Ivie Harrison's The Bishop's Wife.
http://sohopress.com/

Linda Wallheim is a stay-at-home wife who is married to quite possibly the most influential man in her Mormon community of Draper, Utah. 

Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue - Sondra Bianca Piano, Warsaw Concerto, Cornish Rhapsody, Dream of Olwen - Addinsell, Hubert Bath, Charles Williams, Musiphon op.153
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The North Carolina Symphony will play a familiar tune in its upcoming shows: George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue."  

Gone Girl Premiere at the 52nd New York Film Festival, October 2014
aphrodite-in-nyc Wikimedia

From Boyhood To Gone Girl, 2014 had many blockbuster movies. What is your favorite and why? Answer the survey and leave your contact information if you are interested in the possibility of being on the show.

A picture of the glowing Mt. Olive pickle.
Mt. Olive Pickle Company

Some folks bang pots and pans. Others tote empty suitcases to bring on a year of travel. Whatever your tradition, communities across North Carolina are hosting family friendly (booze-free) events to welcome 2015.

New Year's Eve

The Virginia opossum, Didelphis virginiana
Cody Pope via Wikimedia commons

The annual possum drop in western North Carolina will go on this year, but without a live animal. 

For more than 20 years, Brasstown residents have watched a possum drop in a Plexiglass box at the stroke of midnight. But following challenges from animal rights advocates, organizer Clay Logan said he plans to use possum stew, hide or road-kill instead. 

A picture of the Avett Brothers performing at the Outside Lands 2009.
Moses / Wikipedia

North Carolina drops an acorn, a pickle, and a possum every New Years Eve. But Concord-natives Scott and Seth Avett have their own holiday tradition.  The Avett Brothers will be playing their annual New Year's Eve concert at the PNC Arena in Raleigh this year. 

The band does a New Year’s show in North Carolina every year. Seth says it’s a tradition borne out of convenience. When the band started 14 years ago, they were on the road a lot. Like, more than 200 shows in a year.

Photo of Former State of Things Producer Meghan Modafferi and Producer Anita Rao try out sitting on the other side of the glass in "host attire" on Meghan's last day.
Jorge Valencia

As 2014 comes to a close, The State of Things producer Anita Rao takes a look back at some of her favorite segments from the show this year. 

Charlotte, N.C., the state's largest city
James Willamor / Flickr Creative Commons

North Carolina has moved up in the rankings of the largest states in the U.S.

The U.S. Census Bureau released its newest population estimates Tuesday.  They say North Carolina has overtaken Michigan to become the ninth-largest state.  As of July, North Carolina's population was just shy of 10 million. 

State demographer Jennifer Song says the nature of the growth shows North Carolina remains an attractive state for retirees and new professionals.

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