Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Ralph Campbell Dies

Former State Auditor Ralph Campbell has died. He was the first African-American elected to a statewide executive office in North Carolina.

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Arts & Culture
9:12 am
Fri December 31, 2010

3, 2, 1... Happy New Year!!!

Credit firstnightraleigh.com

New Year's Eve festivities are scheduled to take place all across North Carolina beginning this afternoon and extending into the early morning hours. There's everything from a pickle drop in Mount Olive to a bluegrass concert at Garner's Historic Auditorium. In the state capitol, First Night Raleigh activities begin at 2pm with a series of events for kids including a parade.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Thu December 30, 2010

The Year In Music: Back Porch Style

Back Porch Music airs Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 8 pm on WUNC

Inspired by NPR's Year in Music series on Morning Edition, Eric Hodge quizzes WUNC's Back Porch Music hosts about some choice music selections and stories from this past year.

WUNC Morning Edition host Eric Hodge talks with Back Porch Music hosts Freddy Jenkins and Keith Weston about some memorable music events of 2010.  Inspired by NPR's year-end music series.

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Arts & Culture
9:00 am
Mon December 27, 2010

Time For KWANZAA

Many folks are taking down their Christmas trees this week – but in some communities, celebrating continues with the African-inspired Kwanzaa.

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Arts & Culture
8:00 am
Fri December 17, 2010

Norman Rockwell And Civil Rights

Rockwell, `The Problem We All Live With,` 1963, oil on canvas, 36 x 58in., Illustration for Look, Jan. 14, 1964
Credit Norman Rockwell Museum Collection, NRM. 1975.1, Licensed by Norman Rockwell Licensing, Niles, Ill.

"American Chronicles - The Art of Norman Rockwell" is currently on display at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Rockwell was meticulous in creating scenes of American life that were whimsical and idyllic. But during the latter part of his life - he took his work out of New England and captured the movement transforming the South - Civil Rights. Leoneda Inge reports.

American Chronicles – The Art of Norman Rockwell is currently on display at the North Carolina Museum of Art.  It has traveled the country since last Spring.  The exhibit includes some 40 original oil paintings – chronicling six decades of Rockwell’s work – and a complete set of more than 300 Saturday Evening Post covers.  Rockwell was meticulous in creating scenes of American life – whimsical and idyllic.  During the latter part of his life – he took his work out of New England and captured what was transforming the south – the Civil Rights movement.

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Arts & Culture
9:13 am
Wed December 15, 2010

Music Spotlight: Justin Townes Earle

Justin Townes Earle
Credit myspace.com/justintownesearle

Hear the interview with Justin Townes Earle.

Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle has forged a sound that harkens back to another era. His albums are crisp and his live performances inspired. The latest album, "Harlem River Blues" is something of a love letter to New York City. WUNC's Eric Hodge sat down with Justin Townes Earle before he played Cat's Cradle Monday, December 13th, 2010.

Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Fri June 18, 2010

Chaka Khan! Chaka Khan!

Chaka Khan

Leoneda Inge remembers dancing in her bell-bottoms and tube-top to Rufus and Chaka Khan back in the 1970s. She has this report.

Chaka Khan! Chaka Khan! It’s a name that just rolls off your tongue.  The famous R & B and “funk” superstar has a voice that has mesmerized fans for decades with its range and flexibility.  And who can forget the feathers and the hair!   Chaka Khan takes the stage in Durham this weekend.

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The State of Things
3:42 pm
Fri November 20, 2009

Don de Leaumont Plays Live In Studio

Don de Leaumont
Credit dononthewb.com

Singer-songwriter Don de Leaumont’s music is part storytelling, part folksy warmth and insight. In October, he released his fifth solo album, called “Planes, Trains, Crickets and Central Air.” Now a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, Don returns to his longtime home of Chapel Hill for a gig at The Cave.

He joins host Frank Stasio in the studio to play some tunes and discuss how he broke his heavy metal addiction.

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The State of Things
5:30 pm
Fri November 6, 2009

Russian Duo: Testing The Limits Of Russian Folk Music

Russian Duo: Terry Boyarsky & Oleg Kruglyakov
Credit russianduo.com

The balalaika is a traditional Russian instrument with three strings and a triangular body. Oleg Kruglyakov, a native of Omsk City, Siberia, has been playing the balalaika since he was seven years old. Now, he's devoted to educating other cultures about Russian folk music and testing the limits of his instrument by teaming up with pianist Terry Boyarsky.

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The State of Things
10:10 am
Thu August 27, 2009

Artists In Their Residence

Cassilhaus
Credit Frank Konhaus and Ellen Cassilly

The owners of Cassilhaus and a recent artist-in-residence there join host Frank Stasio for a conversation.

A love of collecting photography led Frank Konhaus and Ellen Cassilly to include an art gallery in their dream home. Then the couple decided that they wanted to do more than just display art. They wanted to build an in-home studio space for artists to create in. Cassilhaus, the name of Frank and Ellen's dwelling, fulfilled their dream. Now, invited artists from all over the world come to their home to write, paint, sculpt, dance or just generate ideas for upcoming projects.

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