Category: Arts & Culture

Overcoming barriers, building leaders

by Lewis Beale photographs by Nick Pironio When Marco Zárate arrived here from Mexico in 1979 to study for his master’s degree in industrial engineering at N.C. State, he discovered that Hispanic culture in the Triangle was basically nonexistent. No Hispanic markets,…

The piano

by Elaine Neil Orr My 32-year-old son wanted the piano, and I told him he could have it.  I hadn’t played it for years.  But I put off making the arrangements.  Finally I got a piano technician to come to…

Rock star: Bailey McNeill’s jewelry for the cure

by Jessie Ammons photographs by Nick Pironio Growing up, Bailey McNeill always looked forward to her family’s annual summer trip, one she still takes with her grandparents, siblings, and cousins to the mountains for a week of hiking and gemstone mining. It…

Dogs at work

photographs by Juli Leonard Bringing your dog to work can have major benefits. Canine companions make for more than good company – they lower stress levels, boost productivity, and increase camaraderie. Studies prove it’s true. At Walter, we know this first…

Blake Simpson Fricks: A good neighbor

by Todd Cohen Raleigh lawyer Blake Simpson Fricks is the kind of volunteer every nonprofit wishes it had: one so dedicated and effective that the agency is compelled to hire her. That happened in early 2012, after Fricks had volunteered…

A day in the life of the Carolina Hurricanes

photographs by Geoff Wood Raleigh’s Carolina Hurricanes have undeniably had a challenging few years. The team hasn’t made it to the Stanley Cup playoffs since 2009. Its current record of 16-25 puts it in last place in the NHL’s Metropolitan…

Birds Are One Music of the World

by Al Maginnes Because they are beautiful and small, with brassy songs and feathers that host the entire range of visible color, I could listen or watch without any need to know their names. My wife reads markings and colors,…

The human season

by Heather Bowlan Last night a choir of owls in the parking lot, one on every branch of the oak tree, the mottled colors of autumn turning to winter around them, their own feathers silk petals streaked brown to white,…

From golf to great: Raleigh’s Peter Millar goes global

by Liza Roberts photographs by Missy McLamb When Lindsay Browder leaves her historic home in Oakwood for work this fall morning, it’s warm enough for shorts. That’s fine at her office, where her yellow Lab, Palmer, is welcome, too. He…

Spotlight: Classical twist

  by Elizabeth Lincicome photograph by Brad Habeeb Photography For Triangle area music lovers, one of Raleigh’s oldest cultural attractions is getting ready to celebrate a landmark birthday and just got a facelift to boot. Chamber Music Raleigh (CMR), formerly…

The new philanthropists

 photographs by Tierney Farrell   A silver pendant in the shape of North Carolina shines above Nicole Stewart’s hear as she sips coffee at Joule. The busy downtown coffee shop, filled with young professionals, is a fitting location for the…

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