Arts & Culture

Mad Men Mondays
3:53 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Mad Men Mondays: Episode 6, “The Strategy”

'Loafers' in advertising from Duke University's Hartman Center. Part of Mad Men Mondays.

In partnership with Duke University's Hartman Center, we continue the Mad Men Mondays series with images from the University's advertising archive that relate to Sunday night's episode.

Last night’s episode featured references to loafers, Buick, Barbie, Fondue pots, among other things.  Enjoy our selection of highlighted ads that reflect the brands and themes that Mad Men characters interacted with last night.

Episode Synopsis

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Arts & Culture
7:48 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Grandma Sparrow: Like Children's Music for Adults

Musician Joe Westerlund's new album is Grandma Sparrow & His Piddletractor Orchestra.
Credit Spacebomb Records

Drummer Joe Westerlund is a busy man.  He plays with Triangle based band Megafaun as well as Califone and Durham's Mount Moriah.

But recently he's been working on something else altogether.  It's called Grandma Sparrow & His Piddletractor Orchestra. 

Westerlund describes it as a psychedelic children's song-cycle for adults.  It recons Frank Zappa, Monty Python and Firesign Theater.

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Arts & Culture
4:30 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Noah Stewart Brings His Tenor Talent to the Triangle

Noah Stewart is not your average opera singer–he’s young, he’s black, he’s openly gay . But he’s exactly the person to update opera for the 21st century.

As an African American kid growing up in Harlem, opera was not an obvious career choice. Raised by a single mom, Stewart was encouraged to get involved in any and all after-school activities, so in junior high, Stewart joined the school choir. From there, he fell in love with opera and went on to study at The Julliard School of Music on a scholarship.

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The State of Things
12:17 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

A New Play Mingles Sex And Diplomacy

Tarantino's Yellow Speedo poster
Credit littlegreenpig.org

A preview of "Tarantino's Yellow Speedo"

  Have you ever wondered what goes on in the Olympic Village that doesn't make it on TV? A local playwright imagines a covert operation where sex crosses international borders and makes sport of diplomacy. Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern presents the world premiere of "Tarantino's Yellow Speedo" on Thursday, May 22 at 8:15pm at Man Bites Dog Theater in Durham. It runs through June 5. 

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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Women's Chorus Presents A Cantata About Cancer

Women's Voices Chorus presents The Long Bright
Credit http://womensvoiceschorus.org/

Women's Voices Chorus director Allan Friedman, composer and pianist Andrea Clearfield and singer Susie Hellman join Host Frank Stasio

  When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it's a tragedy. But when writer David Wolman's wife contracted breast cancer, he chose to make the experience into art. He wrote an anthology of poetry, which composer Andrea Clearfield set to music.

A local community chorus, Women's Voices Chorus, is performing "The Long Bright" tonight at 8pm in the Hill Hall Auditorium at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Drawing From Family History To Write About Love, Abuse and Reconciliation

Credit Twelve Books

Chapel Hill author Randi Davenport uses experiences from her own life to write about a range of issues from mental illness to love and reconciliation. 

Her memoir centered on her son’s struggle with debilitating hallucinations. Now her debut novel, The End of Always(Twelve Books/2014), draws again from her family history as she explores the ideas of domestic abuse and gender roles during the turn of the century.

Host Frank Stasio talks with author Randi Davenport about The End of Always.

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Back Porch Music Concerts
8:35 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Back On The Lawn: Concert Series Starts Tonight

The Back Porch Music on the Lawn concert series starts tonight with Southern Culture on the Skids.
Credit WUNC

Update: 12:28 p.m. Southern Culture on the Skids to has been rescheduled for  Thursday May 22 at 6 p.m.

Update: 12:06 p.m. Due to the weather, the concert tonight with Southern Culture on the Skids and the Letter Jackets has been canceled.  We're hope to reschedule -- stay tuned for details. We'll post updates on the main Back Porch On The Lawn Concerts page.

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The State of Things
12:19 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Movies On The Radio: The Film You Watch Over And Over

Groundhog Day
Credit Wikipedia

  You know that movie. The one you can almost recite word for word. The one you had on VHS but you wore out the copy. The one that comes on the television and you are glued to the screen.

What is it that draws viewers to these films? Why would someone watch something they have seen so many times before? Is there a sentimentality embodied in watching the same film over and over? Does it change as we age?

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The State of Things
11:58 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Thriller Novel Plays On Fear of Needles

The Skin Collector book cover
Credit hachettebookgroup.com

Author Jeffery Deaver talks about his new book, 'The Skin Collector'

    

Needle phobia is a popular fear, so it is a natural place for a horror writer to start. Author Jeffery Deaver added darkness and poison to the mix in his new book, "The Skin Collector"(Grand Central Publishing/2014). The novel's villain kills his victims in New York City's subterranean tunnels by tattooing them with poison. Detectives try to decipher a message in the tattoos. Jeffery Deaver will be reading at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill tonight at 7pm and at Quail Ridge Books tomorrow at 7:30pm. 

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The State of Things
11:49 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Photographer Documents Post Office Closings Across Rural South

Post Office on Harkers Island
Rachel Boillot

A conversation with Durham-based photographer Rachel Boillot

Although some regard the United States Postal Service as a beloved American icon, technological developments and budget concerns have taken a toll on the institution. Recent funding issues, competition and the rise of email have transformed the postal service into an endangered species. Thousands of post offices have closed their doors in the last three years. 

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