Category: Arts & Culture

Dreams to reality

by Justin LeBlanc photographs by Benjamin Scott April is crunch time at the N.C. State College of Design and College of  Textiles. Student designers, models, and event planners are working overtime to prepare for our 13th annual Art2Wear Runway Show…

Spotlight: Full Frame

by Jessie Ammons You can catch next year’s possible Oscar nominees in Durham this month. Full Frame Documentary Film Festival often debuts works that go on to become acclaimed independent films. Because it’s an Oscar-qualifying festival for documentary shorts, the short…

Daniel Wagner: guiding drivers

by Todd Cohen photograph by Nick Pironio When Daniel Wagner was 14, two teenage girls from his neighborhood in Port Huron, Mich., were killed in a car crash. The tragedy, and the lessons he learned from it, have shaped his…

C Grace: Finding a grace note

by Tracy Davis photographs by Tim Lytvinenko It must be jelly,” sang Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, circa 1942, “’cause jam don’t shake like that.” It seems poor form to contradict Mr. Miller on anything jazz-related, but the fact is that jam…

The gift of a lifetime: The art of Jim and Mary Patton

by Liza Roberts photographs by Nick Pironio “It does something for you. Something rich and powerful and exciting. It has to be around.” Jim Patton is in his Chapel Hill apartment, surrounded by extraordinary art and talking about it. “I can’t imagine…

Person Street comes alive

by Ann Brooke Raynal illustrations by Laura Frankstone Admit it. We’ve all done it. Driven to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts on the corner of Peace and Person streets in our pajamas to pick up a dozen hot, glazed doughnuts. But these…

Spotlight: Catch the spirit

  Throughout the spring, the William B. Umstead State Park hosted a photography contest challenging photographers of all ages to “catch the spirit” of the park. Submissions ended in early June, but you can view the top shots at the…

Thank you for the privilege

by Larry Stogner photograph by Alex Boerner The words hit me like a punch to the gut. “You have ALS.” Wait, what? Your mind spins. Wheelchair. Ventilator. Feeding tube. Death. A most unpleasant scenario. Having just signed a new contract, I had…

Motorcycle maestro

by Charles Upchurch photographs by Chris Fowler The Italians will send your heart racing. Even the names are saucy. Bimota. Benelli. Ducati. Moto Guzzi. La bella figura with fuel injection and a lust for speed. Raleigh’s Bob Steinbugler, 63, an…

Spotlight: Appetite for Art

by Jessie Ammons photograph by Shaun King Two things Raleigh does best are art and food. In that spirit, some of the city’s best chefs, brewers, distillers, vintners, and artists will convene at CAM Raleigh this month for Appetite for Art….

Two good dogs

by Cat Warren Solo is a cadaver dog who  recently retired. For eight years, he and I occasionally worked with local law enforcement by helping to search for the missing and those presumed dead. A handsome red-and-black shepherd with a…

Old Burying Hill, Marlborough, MA

by Shannon Ward If there is a path, it is covered in snow. I walk, stiff-cold, for over an hour, looking with my father for our ancestors’ graves. It is my nineteenth birthday, and I haven’t yet taught myself to…

Spotlight: Bonnets for babies

by Jessie Ammons photographs by Jillian Clark As Leza Driscoll approached 23 weeks pregnant with twins, she was beginning to hit that exhausted phase most mothers can recall. One hot afternoon, she fainted, and before she knew it she was in a…

Listen to the ladies

by Cokie Roberts One little-known moment in Raleigh history might be my favorite. It was New Year’s 1803, when John Marshall arrived in the newly established state capital only to discover he had set off to ride the court circuit…

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