Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
4:52 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Coming To Memorial Hall: The 1910s In Song

Taylor Mac

The world renowned performance artist Taylor Mac is in North Carolina this week with the show 1910s - A 24 Decade History of Popular Music.  The performance is part of a larger project that involves 24 separate performances, each based on a single decade since 1770.

Mac says the 1910s were a critical decade of change in the history of America.

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The State of Things
12:05 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Civil Rights Leader Takes A Page From The Comics

Cover of the first installment of John Lewis' March trilogy of graphic novels
topshelfcomix.com

Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) was once inspired to fight for civil rights by a comic book about Martin Luther King Jr. and his nonviolent protest in Montgomery, Alabama. 

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Arts & Culture
8:52 am
Tue September 30, 2014

World Of Bluegrass Will Draw Thousands To Raleigh

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Fans of bluegrass music are in Raleigh this week for the World of Bluegrass Festival and conference. 

The gathering is organized by the Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association.  The event is part business conference, part music festival.  

Nancy Cardwell is the IBMA's Executive Director.  She said some of the world's finest musicians are in attendance, too.

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The State Of Things
11:58 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Meet Thistle & Shamrock Host Fiona Ritchie

Fiona Ritchie with Frank Stasio. 9/29/14

For more than three decades, Fiona Ritchie has taken public radio audiences on a weekly journey through the world of Celtic music.

The Scottish-born host of NPR’s Thistle & Shamrock, began her radio career in North Carolina at WFAE in Charlotte. She recently collaborated with Doug Orr, president emeritus of Warren Wilson College, on a new book:  Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia (UNC Press/2014)

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Arts & Culture
9:41 am
Mon September 29, 2014

The IBMAs Are 'Living In Raleigh Now'

Chatham County Line wrote "Living In Raleigh Now" to commemorate the International Bluegrass Music Festival's move from Nashville.
Credit http://www.chathamcountyline.com/

The world's premier bluegrass music event is all this week in Raleigh. The International Bluegrass Music Association's annual gathering and Festival used to be in Nashville but moved to Raleigh a year ago.  

Tens of thousands of people attended last year and city officials say visitors spent more than $10 million on food, hotels and entertainment.    

The organization has since decided to put down roots and committed to holding the event in Raleigh for the next six years.  

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The State of Things
11:57 am
Fri September 26, 2014

The Artistry Of Rural Alabama Meets The Art World

Forever (for Old Lady Sally) - Loretta Bennett
paulsonbottpress.com

    

In 2002, the art world was rocked to its foundation by a group of unusual, abstract quilts made by African American women from Gee’s Bend, Alabama. 

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Girls Getting Their Rock On

Girls Rock Alums Tehila Rosenblatt-Farrell and Bella Mead of La Bête Magique performing at The Casbah.
Tim Walter

For much of music history, rock music has been considered a boys club. 

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Arts & Culture
12:56 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Bikefest Revs Up Its 10th Birthday Party

Motorcycle enthusiasts and the public will flock to Bikefest in downtown Raleigh this weekend.
Credit Donald Lee Pardue / flickr

The Capital City Bikefest kicks off in Raleigh this weekend.

The event will feature a classic motorcycle exhibit, a high wire stunt act and a biker fashion show. There also will be a ride to raise money for the U.S.O. and the U.S. Veterans Corps.

Kris Weiss is a spokesman for Ray Price Harley Davidson, which organizes the festival. He says the festival began when Raleigh launched efforts to revitalize downtown a decade ago.

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Arts & Culture
11:39 am
Thu September 25, 2014

'The Most Natural Thing': The Wood Brothers Play Tonight In Saxapahaw

The Wood Brothers are playing in Saxapahaw tonight.
Credit The Wood Brothers

Brothers Chris and Oliver Wood went their separate ways after growing up in Boulder, Colorado. 

Oliver headed to Atlanta where he formed the band King Johnson which combined, blues, R&B, funk and country. 

Chris traveled to New York to continue his studies on jazz bass and went on to form the instrumental Medeski, Martin and Wood

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The State of Things
12:12 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Movies On The Radio: Musicals

Meet Me In St. Louis
Credit Wikipedia

Since the transition from silent films in the 1920s, the musical has been a staple of the movie industry. Some of the cinema’s biggest hits include song and dance.  From Singing in the Rain to Grease, host Frank Stasio looks at musicals at the movies with North Carolina University film professor Marsha Gordon and North Carolina Museum of Art film curator Laura Boyes.

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