Category: Arts & Culture

Sharing music: Bett Padgett’s open house keeps it alive

by Liza Roberts photographs by Mark Petko As Bett Padgett welcomes yet another stranger into her Raleigh home on this bright-green evening, she’s doing something she considers vital: Sharing music. Tonight, she’s sharing it with about 90 people who have…

My relationship with Raleigh: It’s complicated

by Peggy Payne photograph by Robert Willett We met in 1954 when I was 5 years old and went to visit – all by myself! – my twenty-something aunt, a single girl with a job in the big city. What I…

A grand tour: Larry Wheeler’s European inspiration

by Larry Wheeler Director, North Carolina Museum of Art Europe. That mass of civilizing geography, which lures us to its oldness and its coolness, seems to work a special magic during the rites of spring, summer, and fall. Spring, and…

Diane Chen: A passion for freedom

by Todd Cohen photograph by Robert Willett Diane Chen knows only too well that a family’s financial well-being can change in a heartbeat. A native of China who was plunged from a privileged early upbringing into the impoverishing nightmare of the…

Think of a Broom

by Ruth Moose   This simplest of tools perhaps began as twigs twined to a stick by someone in a far away cave in a long lost time who said, “Look, This saves my back, farthers my reach.”   I’ve…

Slow, sweet and spicy: Summer books to savor

by P. Gaye Tapp How I do love a good book, especially  at this time of year. With the change in the weather comes a change in my reading habits. Summer reading should be lighter, brighter: not necessarily a “beach…

No airs, only fish: Milburnie Fishing Club turns 100

  by Charles Upchurch  photographs by Nick Pironio If you conjured up an image of Raleigh’s oldest social club – where for 100 years the seasons have carried with them a ritual flow of barbecues, oyster roasts, family celebrations, debutante…

Art as Heritage

by Liza Roberts photographs by Mark Petko For Monica and Dalip Awasthi, art is the glue. It helped cement their relationship early on, and it links the two of them – and their three young children – to the Indian…

Redesigning Raleigh: Limitless possibilities

by J. Michael Welton photographs by Travis Dove In the 1950s, Raleigh’s visionary design community redefined the way we saw our city architecturally. Today, local designers are at it again, turning their attention not just to buildings, but to consumer…

Hummingbird heaven: Spigelia Marilandica (Indian Pink)

by Tony Avent illustration by Ippy Patterson Spigelia marilandica is another of those great plants native to the Southeast that few people have grown or even heard about. In the wild, I usually see Spigelia growing on deeply wooded slopes,…

Coming full circle With Clay Aiken

When Raleigh-born American Idol star Clay Aiken, 34, takes the stage this month to star in North Carolina Theatre’s The Drowsy Chaperone, he will be coming home in more ways than one. “My first audition ever was at North Carolina…

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