Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh is buying 42 massive stained glass windows for a future cathedral. The church plans to build the Holy Name of Jesus cathedral on 35 acres of land on Western Boulevard. Crews are removing the 85-year-old windows from a church in Philadelphia that closed down in October. Raleigh Diocese Bishop Michael Burbidge grew up in Philadelphia and became interested in the windows when he heard the church was closing. Monsignor David Brockman says the windows show major events in the life of Jesus.

WUNC's Back Porch Music hosts, Keith Weston and Freddy Jenkins, join Eric Hodge to chat about this past year's memorable acoustic and roots music releases and to remember some of the important musicians who left us this year.

Picks mentioned in the conversation:

Artist - Album Title
I Draw Slow - Redhills
Midtown Dickens - Home
Darrell Scott & Tim O'Brien - Live: We're Usually A Lot Better Than This
The Grass Cats - The Mountains My Baby and Me
Matt Flinner Trio - Winter Harvest

Wilbur and Orville Wright launched their first successful powered flight 109 years ago today on the Outer Banks. A series of events at the Wright Brothers National Memorial this morning honor the anniversary. Fly-overs by Marine jets and Coast Guard planes and helicopters and a wreath laying ceremony will be part of the activities. Joshua Boles is a park ranger at the Memorial. He says the weather was a challenge for those manning that first flight.

Pop-Up Music Club: Kevin Roughton

Dec 15, 2012
For more than 25 years, Kevin Roughton has made his living singing and playing guitar in the bars of North Carolina's Outer Banks
Biff Jennings, copyright Shooters at the Beach

Last Saturday, we launched an experiment we’re calling WUNC’s Pop-Up Music Club. It’s a series made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council – a statewide non-profit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Wake Forest University has entered the next phase of its research project studying morality and character. The school previously called on psychologists to perform behavioral studies. Philosophy Professor Christian Miller says that empirical data is the foundation for the character research. Now, philosophers and theologians will look at the issue.

Pop-Up Music Club: Tshombe Selby

Dec 8, 2012
Bryan Blake

This weekend and next, we’re trying something new here at WUNC. We’re calling it the Pop-Up Music Club. It’s a kind of mobile performance adventure, where we hit the road to hear from working North Carolina musicians — up-close and in their element.

We’ll hear them play impromptu gigs on their home turf. We’ll hear the stories they tell in church, and at the bar. And we’ll hear how the culture of the places they call home shapes their music.

Pop-Up Music Club: Tshombe Selby

Dec 8, 2012
Bryan Blake

A North Carolinian has been honored with the naming of a new Coast Guard ship. The cutter Richard Etheridge is named for the first African-American to lead a life-saving station. Commanding Officer Christian Lee says Etheridge started as a cook at the famous Pea Island Life Saving Station on the Outer Banks before working his way up to command.

NC Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn
NC Symphony

Handel's Messiah -- it's a staple this time of year for community sing-alongs and professional orchestras alike. The North Carolina Symphony is performing the work this weekend at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. I spoke with conductor Grant Llewellyn earlier this week. He says he understands why the work has endured to become a holiday classic.

Doc Watson's Gallagher Guitar and album recording using it.

A guitar belonging to legendary North Carolina musician Doc Watson will be auctioned off at Christie's

in New York today. Nicknamed Ol' Hoss, it's the guitar Watson used in the sessions for the seminal 1972 recording "Will the Circle Be Unbroken." On the album, Watson can be heard meeting Merle Travis, who compliments Ol' Hoss.

Civil War artifacts, portraits and flags are part of a new Civil War exhibit on display the North Carolina Museum of History. The exhibit is the second in a three-part series. It commemorates 1863 Civil War battles, weapons and even a mistake. In early May of that year soldiers from the 18th Regiment in this state accidentally shot confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. Curator Jeanne Marie Warzeski.

Lovers of independent and foreign film have lost a landmark. Cary's Galaxy Cinema is closed as of today. A developer reportedly plans to replace the theater with a Harris Teeter supermarket. Meena Jeyakumar is president of Hum Sub, a local Indian-American cultural organization. She says the Galaxy became a cultural hub for her community.

The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is the home of a new Matisse exhibit. It focuses on works collected by two sisters from Baltimore. Sarah Schroth is the senior curator and interim director of the Nasher. She says the Cone sisters made many trips to Paris and were friends with Matisse. They also met Picasso in 1905.

The Carolina Theater in Greensboro is commemorating is 85th anniversary tonight with the debut of a documentary.

The half hour film looks at the theater's 36 years of segregation, how a lack of funding almost led it to become a venue for pornographic films, and its role as an independent non-profit, today. Keith Holiday is the President and CEO of Carolina Theater. He recalled a North Carolina A&T student and later well-known Civil Rights Activist whose efforts helped to desegregate the theater in the early 1960s.

The Archbishops of Blount Street

Oct 26, 2012

The Archbishops of Blount Street have brought the Jamaican sound of ska to North Carolina.

They are an eleven-piece band from all around the Triangle, and they’re launching a “Dreads to Kill” weekend tour in November where they will cover the music of Kiss. Bruce Wassel, Thomas Szypulski, Derek Brinson, George Shepard, Brannon Bolinger, Tim Smith, Richard Klecka and Jeremy Boomhower of the Archbishops talk with host Frank Stasio and play live in our studios.

Meredith Younger Spell
Leoneda Inge

Tens of thousands of furniture retailers, buyers and journalists from more than 100 countries are in High Point this week for the bi-annual High Point Market.  Those in the furniture industry say business is up this year across the country.   That is good news for a state like North Carolina that has been tied to the industry for generations.  Changing Economy Reporter Leoneda Inge visited a showroom in High Point that’s getting a lot of attention this year.

Fans of rides, animals and fried food are looking forward to the start of the North Carolina State Fair later this week. Organizers expect another good crowd after last year's attendance topped one million people. Brian Long is a spokesman for the fair. He says music is also a big attraction at the annual event.

A church from the 1890s is being disassembled and moved to Chapel Hill this month.

For more than 120 years St. Phillips Church has been in Germanton, a small town north of Winston-Salem. Now, the Episcopal Church of the Advocate is bringing it to Chapel Hill. Reverend Lisa Fischbeck says the unconventional move will cost about $250,000.

Tift Merritt

Raleigh native Tift Merritt has been releasing albums for a decade now. In that time her songs have caught the ear of fellow musicians like EmmyLou Harris who says Tift stands out 'like a diamond in a coal patch'. She's spent time in Paris and New York City, where she lives now, but enjoys returning to the Triangle --a place she still calls home. It was here where the U-N-C creative writing student got her start singing with John Howie, Jr. and the Two-Dollar Pistols in the late 90s.

Blakely Cannon at NC Museum of History
NC Dept of Cultural Resources /

A cannon that saw service in Wilmington during the Civil War will now mark the plaza in front of the North Carolina Museum of History. The Raleigh museum is unveiling the artifact later this morning, adding to its exhibits marking the sesquicentennial of the conflict.

Raleigh is holding a day of volunteering and "doing good" to mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Isaac-Davy Aronson reports, the city is hoping it will become a new annual tradition.

Durham's Delta Rae

It's not just politicians speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this week. Organizers have lined up a range of musicians to help keep attendees entertained and fired up. Tonight's performers include the Foo Fighters, Mary J Blige, Earth, Wind and Fire and James Taylor. But Taylor isn't the only North Carolinian playing tonight. Durham-based Delta Rae has toured with many bands since releasing its debut album Carry the Fire earlier this year.

The city of Greensboro is spending more money to study the feasibility of building a downtown performing arts center.

Evangelist Billy Graham has been released from the hospital and is resting at his home in Montreat.

The Durham Performing Arts Center finished the first half of 2012 in grand style.   New numbers put DPAC ticket sales higher than New York’s Radio City Music Hall and the Nokia Theatre in LA. 

Leoneda Inge:  One of the shows that likely put DPAC over the top was you guess it “Wicked.”

Wicked:  I hope you’re happy! I hope you’re happy now!