Arts & Culture

The State of Things
12:01 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Writing About Justice In The Developing World

Credit Quercus Books

Corban Addison uses his experience as a corporate lawyer to write about human rights stories in the developing world. 

His first novel, A Walk Across the Sun, followed two girls who were orphaned after a deadly tsunami and sold as sex slaves in Mumbai. 

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Holy Ghost Tent Revival's Stephen Murray Drops A Solo Album

Credit On Pop Studios

Stephen Murray has spent years making big, spirited sounds with the band Holy Ghost Tent Revival. Now, he has a new album of his own called “The Backlot Sessions.”

It’s a collection of songs that had been sitting in Stephen’s mind for years, and came together in just days.

He will be performing at On Pop Studios in Greensboro on May 30th and with Holy Ghost Tent Revival on Saturday, May 31st, at the Penguin Music Festival in Wilmington.

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Arts & Culture
5:03 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

'My Father Told Me I Was Crazy As Hell' - Potter Sid Luck Wins NC Heritage Award

Pottery by Sid Luck
Credit Sid Luck

There's a potter in North Carolina who can trace his roots by the generations of family members who've spun clay.

Sid Luck's great-great-grandfather, William Henry Luck, began turning pots in Seagrove just after the Civil War. This week, five generations later, Sid Luck was awarded a North Carolina Heritage Award from the NC Arts Council for his work as a potter.

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

StoryCorps: An Hour Behind The Scenes

StoryCorps Facilitators Chaela Herridge-Meyer and Adriana Gallardo outside the mobile airstream trailer that travels the country recording stories.
StoryCorps

Listen to the full State of Things program about StoryCorps.

StoryCorps, a national oral history project, has collected more than 50,000 interviews across the country. 

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Arts & Culture
7:59 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Third Time's The Charm: Asheville Rocker Becomes American Idol

Caleb Johnson, 23, of Asheville won Season 13 of American Idol last night.
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The newest American Idol comes from Asheville. Caleb Johnson won Season 13 of the televised singing competition last night.

Johnson took the stage with Kiss. Together, he and the band performed a medley of "Love Gun" and "Shout it out Loud."

He beat out Jena Irene Asciutto from Michigan.

Third time was the charm for Johnson, who had been an American Idol contestant twice before. He only made it as far as the Hollywood auditions in previous seasons.

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Arts & Culture
7:50 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Bill Myers Wins NC Heritage Award - His Music Was Almost Never Heard

Bill Myers, 2014
Credit NC Arts Council

Bill Myers was honored this week with a North Carolina Heritage Award. Myers is a saxophone player, and he's led the jazz band The Monitors for close to 60 years.

Bill's earliest introduction to music was when the minstrel shows came through Eastern North Carolina in the 1940s.

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The State of Things
12:11 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Diary Secrets Revealed

The Diary Play poster
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A preview of The Diary Play: Four Teens Tell Their Story

    

For a teenager, a diary can be a safe haven. It is a place to share thoughts that one would never speak aloud. But The Diary Play: Four Teens Tell Their Story brings those intimate details to light. Based on the teenage journals of four women who are now adults, the play asks questions about self-censorship and the boundaries between adults and young people.

Diaries cover everything from the monumental to the mundane. From tests and papers to crushes and self-esteem, it's all in there.

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

The Inside World of Broadway

Broadway comic Seth Rudetsky
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Seth Rudetsky gives a sample of his acclaimed one-man show "Deconstructing Broadway"

For many, the bright lights of Broadway connote a mystical place filled with ornate costumes and incredible talent. 

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Arts & Culture
12:01 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

WATCH: 10-Time Grammy Winner Bobby Hicks Performs In-Studio

Bobby Hicks, 2014 NC Heritage Award Recipient
Credit Eric Mennel / WUNC

Bobby Hicks had no intention of playing fiddle as a kid. He was playing mandolin in a band with his brothers when one of them asked for some help.

"My brother had a friend he wanted in the band, but he couldn't play anything," said Hicks. "So he talked me into teaching him to play the mandolin, and then they fired me."

It was to all our benefit.

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The State of Things
9:59 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Romare Bearden's Work Returns Home

Romare Bearden, Conversation, 1979, Lithograph, sheet 21.5 x 28.25 inches
Art © Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

A panel of experts discuss the life and work of Romare Bearden
Romare Bearden is recognized as one of America's most important 20th century artists, known for his collages, paintings and prints depicting various aspects of African American life.
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