Arts & Culture

The State of Things
11:56 am
Fri October 17, 2014

A Chapel Hill Utility Player

Nick Vandenberg is a Chapel Hill musician (posing outside the Durham studios).
Credit Hady Mawajdeh (WUNC)

Nick Vandenberg  is a man of many talents. 

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The State of Things
12:22 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

The Value Of Your Home Movies

Home Movie Day
Credit http://www.avgeeks.com/hmd.html

    

The reel of film or a stack of VHS tapes gathering dust on your shelves might seem pretty useless beyond your family.

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The State of Things
11:43 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Regarding My Son: Poetry And Mental Illness

Credit Finishing Line Press

    

When Sonia Usatch-Kuhn's son was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, she started keeping a diary of sorts.

She wrote poetry about the devastating moments when her son was institutionalized, and when he did not speak for two years. She also wrote poetry about the moments of joy when he began to distinguish reality from his paranoia and hallucinations.

Sonia’s writings are now a book of poetry that follows the story from her son’s diagnosis 35 years ago to his life today.

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Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Wed October 15, 2014

HBO Without Cable, Coming In 2015

Lena Dunham and Allison Williams star in Girls, one of several popular HBO shows that stand-alone streaming could include.
Mark Schafer HBO

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 12:28 pm

HBO has built a robust and popular online presence over the past couple of years with its app, HBO GO. But to get it — as is the case with many streaming services that offer television over the Internet — you've needed a cable subscription. In other words, HBO GO was an add-on for people who already had HBO, not an alternative way of getting shows for people who didn't.

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The State of Things
4:13 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

From 'Ahmed's Diary' To 'Musings Of An Iraqi Patriot'

A sketch from Ahmed Fadaam, featuring Dick Gordon in the upper left and bottom
Credit Ahmed Fadaam

Iraqi artist Ahmed Fadaam spent years reporting about the Iraq War for WUNC's The Story with Dick Gordon.

His segment, "Ahmed's Diary," gave listeners the story of the war from the streets of Baghdad while his artwork reflected the instability of a country under fire.

But death threats from within Iraq forced Fadaam to flee the country. His story is now the subject of a documentary, Musings of an Iraqi Patriot.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Tobe: An African-American Children's Book Ahead Of Its Time

Credit UNC Press

    

First published in 1939 by UNC Press, the picture book Tobe was a rare children's story featuring an African-American protagonist.

The book follows a boy who works hard on his family farm. The story uses the real photos of people who lived in an African-American township just outside of Greensboro called Goshen.

The book gave a historical glimpse into African-American communities in North Carolina, but left open questions about what happened to these families in the decades to come.

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

This Is A Chef’s Life

Vivian Howard in the WUNC studios with engineer Robin Copley.
Hady Mawajdeh

Vivian Howard originally made a name for herself in the Manhattan restaurant world by starting as an onion peeler and working her way up to chef. 

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The State of Things
12:09 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

In Their Shoes—Exploring Domestic Violence Through Theater

Seema Kukreja as Udip, Robin Carmon Marshall as Anaba and Alexus Wilcox as Corrine in the play "From the Boot of Timberland."
Eric Barstow

A new family-run black theater company in the Triangle is presenting two companion one-act plays that encourage men and women to come together to address violence against women. 

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Joe's Sailing On Dry Land

Joe Woodson prepares for the show.
Hady Mawajdeh

Joe Woodson and The Bean Trees have released a new album of Americana music that has an old-fashioned grounded by solid songwriting. 

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Once More Into, Not Unto, The Breach

Credit The ArtsCenter

“O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention, a kingdom for a stage, princes to act and monarchs to behold the swelling scene!”

That grand phrase introduces William Shakespeare’s war saga: Henry V. The verse instills raw patriotism but at the cost of bloody and brutal conflict. And that is one of the main themes behind a new play called Into the Breach.

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