Category: Arts & Culture

Editor’s Letter: June/July

WALTER was delighted to welcome the author Frances Mayes to a special luncheon with 125 WALTER readers at the Umstead Hotel & Spa on a Sunday in late April. This latest in our series of WALTER EVENTS combined literary conversation with gourmet food…

Making music: Raleigh’s instrument restorers keep the town in tune

by Corbie Hill photographs by Lissa Gotwals Violins are made to be repaired. Their tops aren’t flush to their sides, like a guitar’s. Instead, those tops are designed to be removed, so violins can be tended to over multi-hundred-year lifespans….

A better ‘bot

photographs by Tim Lytvinenko At Dorton Arena one recent afternoon, groups of teenagers wearing kooky matching outfits huddled together, eyes fixed on an obstacle course of sorts – but machines were navigating it, not people. As the teenagers looked on, robots…

Spotlight: Author with a purpose

by Jessie Ammons Paul Leonard has always been an intentional observer. “When I have experiences and they move me, I write about it,” he says. “I don’t necessarily journal every day, but when I see something that means something to me,…

Dave Rose: Raleigh’s man behind the curtain

by Liza Roberts photographs by Nick Pironio In a modest bungalow along the grassy, unmowed edge of Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Hospital campus, Dave Rose presides over the Triangle’s most comprehensive music and entertainment empire. Unless you’re a music geek or one of…

Art and empathy

by Sarah Schroth Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University Art museums are, for me, almost sacred spaces of contemplation. If I slow down and take enough time to look at a work…

CAM docents: Leading the way

by Liza Roberts On the first Friday of any given month, when Raleigh’s galleries and museums are all open late, art lovers head out to see the latest shows and mingle with their peers. When they walk under the cantilevered…

Local roots, local eats

by Dean McCord photographs by Nick Pironio We live in a society that places a high value on rolling up your sleeves to start a business, getting family members to join in, and making a buck. We tell romantic tales of the…

Contemporary art right now

by Larry Wheeler, director, North Carolina Museum of Art Art collectors of the world gather each year at several contemporary art fairs: Art Basel in Miami in December, the Frieze Fair in New York in May, and the Armory Show in…

Eric Hall: Community catalyst

by Todd Cohen photographs by Doug Van de Zande To build a better community, it’s often necessary to lend a hand to people in need. Morrisville’s Eric Hall learned that lesson at 9 from his grandfather, a small-town grocer in…

Redress Raleigh

text and photographs by Chris Seward When seven local fashion designers got together May 29 for Redress Raleigh’s eco-friendly fashion show, “green” was not the only color on display. The clothing and jewelry may have been crafted from environmentally conscious…

Spotlight: Raleigh’s bragging rights

If it feels like every week brings another Raleigh accolade, that’s about right. Not only does our city receive frequent recognition as a place to both visit and move, our restaurants and bars also constantly top “best of” lists. To…

Rediscovering Raleigh

by Mack Paul all images courtesy of Mack Paul “You can’t go back home to your family, back home to your childhood … back home to places in the country, back home to the old forms and systems of things which once…

Shop local: Apex Outfitter & Board Co.

photograph by Travis Long “I love being active, I love being outdoors, and I love community. I love being face-to-face with people all day and learning about them…and developing relationships.” – Kyle Denis, co-owner, Apex Outfitter & Board Co. Five years…

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