Spotlight: Audubon’s lights out

by Jessie Ammons photographs by Jillian Clark In the early morning hours of spring, pairs of walkers take to the streets of downtown Raleigh. They meet at the Wells Fargo building at 6:30 a.m. sharp, rain or shine, to gather supplies –…

Reagan Weaver and the Rotary’s Centenary

by Todd Cohen The Rotary Club of Raleigh has long brought together people of diverse perspectives for the purpose of doing good. The nonpartisan club, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, has attracted civic, business and government leaders of all…

Collecting photography

by Allen Thomas Jr. Allen Thomas Jr.’s photography collection is widely known. A Wilson native and part-time Raleigh resident, Thomas has had solo exhibitions of his collection at several museums, including Raleigh’s North Carolina Museum of Art and CAM, and…

Tony Tata: Writing thrillers by moonlight

by Liza Roberts photograph by Robert Willett After his workday, in a study filled with memor- arablia from a 28-year career in the U.S. Army, N.C. Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata writes thriller novels. He writes about special forces officers, combat missions,…

Oak City Project: No bike snobs here

by Bill Krueger photographs by Tim Lytvinenko What is the Oak City Cycling Project? Yes, it involves bikes. But what kind of project, exactly, are David Zell, Ken Metzger and Jared Harber up to behind the giant garage door at…

Big band, big following

by Ann Brooke Raynal photographs by Doug Van de Zande There was a tense moment at the Five Points Center for Active Adults one recent Thursday night as Kesano “Kay” Bisset and Steve Catafygiotu reminisced about the war years. The…

Oysters

by Kaitlyn Goalen I am helpless when faced with a freshly shucked oyster. If the salty bivalves are featured on a restaurant menu, I will always order a dozen  – or two. Part of my love affair is due to…

Spotlight: Bark in the park

If your Shih Tzu is a superfan, get ready to celebrate. The Durham Bulls open their gates to canines of all stripes at Bark in the Park at the Aug. 12 game against the Norfolk Tides. This special event for the…

Father knows best

by Ann Brooke Raynal photographs by Eve Kakassy Hobgood “Sundays too my father got up early and put his clothes on in the blue-black cold then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze. No…

Labor of Light

by Andrew Kenney photographs by Missy McLamb Patrick Shanahan lives in the wrong city. He’s a movie maker. He shoots on film because he needs its grain and grit. He bought a ’57 Chevy Bel Air, matte black because it was the…

Smedes York: Growing up with Raleigh

by Liza Roberts photographs by Tierney Farrell If anyone’s memoir could be accurately called Growing up with Raleigh, it would be Smedes York’s. His life and work – in business and in public service – have spanned, and often spurred,…

Live music

photograph by Travis Long “I love live music, and May is full of it. I’m excited about Needtobreathe, Dave Matthews, and Kenny Chesney.” – Andrew Valkanoff, owner, Triangle Dairy Queen Entrepreneur Andrew Valkanoff has a pretty sweet gig: he owns and…

Essential ingredient: Rare and briny shad roe

by Kaitlyn Goalen photographs by Jillian Clark Ramps, truffles, Pappy van Winkle. Ingredients in short supply, whether by season, production, or fetish, are a double-edged sword. Exclusivity breeds interest – generally a good thing – but it can also engender a market…

Imani Abdullah-Lutes

by Todd Cohen photograph by Carla Williams Some would say the odds have been stacked against Imani Abdullah-Lutes from day she was born 18 years ago. Those people don’t know this young woman. When Imani’s biological mother went into labor,…

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