Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
6:45 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

The Monti Gets Romantic

On March 24th, the local performance story-telling group The Monti held a story slam. It's a competition of sorts -- where randomly chosen volunteers tell 5-minute stories centered around a theme. Last night, the story tellers focused on "Romance" and Amy Scott, a 4th grade teacher from Durham, was one of the crowd favorites.  This is her story recorded live at Casbah in downtown Durham Thursday, March 24th.

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Arts & Culture
10:23 am
Fri March 25, 2011

Piece Of WTC Comes To North Carolina

A piece of the WTC on its way to Chatham County
Credit Photo: Chatham County Manager's Office

Chatham County first responders will be displaying a piece of the World Trade Center tomorrow. The piece will become the focal point of a planned memorial in the county. Chatham County Spokeswoman Debra Henzey says the artifact will be on display in Pittsboro, Goldston, and Siler City:

"We are offering a way for residents and people outside the county who want to welcome this piece to our area in it's first part of the journey to becoming a memorial to the 9/11 event."

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Arts & Culture
7:00 am
Mon March 21, 2011

Civil War Sword Back In New Bern

A relic from the Civil War Battle of New Bern is back in North Carolina. The combat sword from one of the few female union soldiers to play a prominent role on the battlefield is in the hands of a local Civil War memorabilia dealer.

Will Gorges says Kady Brownell was credited with helping her Rhode Island regiment avoid friendly fire by climbing to high ground and using her unit's flag to wave off an attack from fellow union soldiers:

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Arts & Culture
5:45 am
Thu March 17, 2011

No More Dillard's BBQ

The owners of Dillard’s Bar-B-Que in Durham have announced – “its season is up.” The long-time family restaurant will close Friday.


The cafeteria-style line to get food at Dillard’s Bar-B-Que has been a place to catch up with friends and to get a home-cooked hot meal. And Bar-B-Que makes up just a small part of the menu – which also includes fried fish, smothered chicken, an assortment of greens and more.  But Wilma Dillard says the business has run its course:

"We just closing it down.  We just closing it down."

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Arts & Culture
8:30 am
Mon March 14, 2011

Crook's Corner Restaurant Honored

Crook's Shrimp & Grits
Credit Leoneda Inge

Crook's Corner restaurant in Chapel Hill has been honored with the American Classics distinction from the James Beard Foundation- a Hall of Fame type award in the food world.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the “food scene” in the Triangle went from good to great! But we’re there now and the rest of the country is taking note. Some of the most prestigious awards for restaurants and chefs come from the James Beard Foundation in New York. The tops in the food world will soon celebrate their James Beard Awards in “Oscars-like” style.  And that will include the crew at Crook’s Corner restaurant in Chapel Hill.

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Arts & Culture
1:10 pm
Fri March 11, 2011

Battle Of Guilford Courthouse Commemoration

Credit www.greensboro-nc.gov

Country park in Guilford County will commemorate the 230th anniversary of the battle of Guilford Courthouse this weekend. Re-enactors will show how revolutionary soldiers lived and will re-create the battle.

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Arts & Culture
5:45 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

"Vice" at The Monti

A tale of vice, growing up, and identity as told at this week's live story slam put on by The Monti.

Here's a story recorded earlier this week at a story slam put on by The Monti -- it's a local organization that asks people to go on stage and tell a personal story – without a script or notes. At story slams, audience members drop their names into a hat for the chance to tell a five-minute story on a theme. There are judges -- and winners and losers. This week the theme was “vices” and Dave Van Hook got one of the top scores for the night. This is his story – recorded in Durham earlier this week at The Monti’s Story Slam about vices.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

Islamic Center Holds Open House

The Islamic Center of Raleigh will host its annual open house for the public tomorrow. The event usually draws hundreds of people from the region who come to learn more about Muslims and their religion.

Imran Aukhil is a spokesman for the Islamic Association of Raleigh:

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Arts & Culture
5:32 pm
Tue February 22, 2011

African-American Heritage Commission

The North Carolina African-American Heritage Commission presented findings today of an information-gathering process that involved more than 200 citizens and spanned six communities. Acting director Michelle Lanier says the commission will focus on four priority goals of sustainability, partnerships, recognition and awareness:

"I think when we recognize that the African-American story is an American story, is a North Carolina story, and that we are interested in connecting with people rather than dividing people, then people start to listen a lot more."

Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Poet Maya Angelou Awarded Medal of Freedom

Writer, poet, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has been awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor. President Obama presented the Wake Forest professor with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony yesterday. Mr. Obama said Angelou’s work has spoken to millions:

"By holding on, even amid cruelty and loss, and then expanding to a sense of compassion and ability to love…. By holding on to her humanity, she has inspired countless others who have known injustice and misfortune in their own lives."

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