Author Archives: zonker

Shaun Richards

by Liza Roberts photographs by Juli Leonard On a treeless, dead-end street of storage units, warehouses, and tinted-window flex space, the studio of acclaimed Raleigh artist Shaun Richards sits anonymously. High-concept, large-scale contemporary art like Richards’ – art that is…

A Champion’s Raleigh Roots – Webb Simpson

Hard work, talent and focus have led Broughton High School graduate Webb Simpson on his path as a champion golfer. by Liza Roberts | photographs by Juli Leonard The balloons are the only hint. Tied to a mailbox and drooping toward…

Freeze frame: Aristarchus Jenkins

text and photograph by John Rosenthal Last summer, on a hot August afternoon, I drove around the grounds of Dorothea Dix Hospital and came upon the old asylum cemetery. Most of the grave markers – hundreds of them – were…

Mandolin’s Sean and Lizzy Fowler count their blessings

by Felicia Gressette photographs by Lissa Gottwals The sun is slipping away on this crisp autumn afternoon, and a shadow begins to fall over the deck where a square table is beautifully set for six. Candles glow in oversize hurricane…

Reflections: recipe for a marriage

by Mary E. Miller Since Julia Child would have been 100 this year, America’s been dishing over our great goofy chef. She inspired so many that everybody seems to have and wants to tell her own Julia story. My mind’s…

Carolina Ballet at 15: constantly creating

by Liza Roberts photographs by Jimmy Williams When Carolina Ballet artistic director Robert Weiss found a seat in Raleigh’s intimate Fletcher Opera Theater one recent afternoon, he and the rest of the audience settled in for an event that has…

Human rocket Chris Hoina

by Charles Upchurch photographs by Lissa Gotwals Chris Hoina is ready to go ballistic. He has trained for this. To be explosive. To fly. He wears only a skin-tight speed suit, spiked shoes, and an alpine racing helmet that will…

Givers: Jill Staton Bullard, fighting hunger in Wake County

by Todd Cohen photograph courtesy of Jill Staton Bullard   As executive director of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, which she co-founded in 1989, Jill Staton Bullard heads a nonprofit that last year collected more than 7.1 million pounds of food…

Made in Raleigh: Roast Grill writes its own rules

In a world where the customer is king, where the answer to most consumer requests is a resounding “Yes,” Raleigh’s hole-in-the-wall hot dog spot, the Roast Grill, prides itself on “No.” No ketchup. No cheese. No mayo, no relish, no…

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