Category: Arts & Culture

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…

Sole Brothers: Santana Creative

by Mary E. Miller photographs by Geoff Wood It takes a considerable stride to go from a career implem- enting World Bank-funded health and education projects in Peru to launching an artisanal leather repair business in Raleigh. But in Robert…

Concert for a Cause: Band Together

by Samantha Thompson Hatem It all started in 2001 when Raleigh entrepreneur Danny Rosin and four enterprising young friends – Phil Gruber, Shellie Gruber, Tom Lyon, and Skip Mangum – were feeling helpless in the aftermath of 9/11 and wanted…

Trapeze

by Victoria Reynolds I got so used to letting you go that now I prefer the moment the empty bar dips to the lowest point in its arc then begins its flight upward to where I stand on my platform,…

Design Books: That stand the test of time

by P. Gaye Tapp As someone who has loved books since I was a child checking out biographies from the school library, I’ve come to realize there is no cure for such an addiction. I was born this way. In…

Made in Raleigh: I was here first

photograph by Simon Griffiths When Raleigh commercial photographer Simon Griffiths and his family ordered seven chickens from mypetchicken.com last summer, all but one died en route. His daughter Gillian, 13, named the sole survivor Nemo after the animated fish, and…

I was here first

When Raleigh commercial photographer Simon Griffiths and his family ordered seven chickens from mypetchicken.com last summer, all but one died en route. His daughter Gillian, 13, named the sole survivor Nemo after the animated fish, and Griffiths started photographing her…

Letter from the art world

by Marjorie Hodges As the Raleigh arts community continues to thrive, many local artists, museum directors, curators, dealers, collectors and patrons are on the move, becoming part of the national and international arts scene. Over the last few months, I…

It’s so easy being green… When your ride looks like this

      When Raleigh resident Munther Qubain got rid of his Ferarri and replaced it with a new sports car in 2009, the Department of Motor Vehicles didn’t know how to process it. Nobody in North Carolina had registered…

SMALL AND CLEVER: The Martin house thinks big

by Liza Roberts photographs below by Juli Leonard When Steve and Sujitra Martin decided to move to Raleigh from Charlotte in 2006, they knew what they wanted in a house here: Something small but efficient, in a walkable, downtown neighborhood….

History and tradition at Raleigh Golf Association

by CHARLES UPCHURCH  photographs by LISSA GOTWALS I have one golf story. I’m in New Hampshire with my uncle who has invited me to play the local club. It’s noon and the first tee is right beside a patio full…

NANCY WELSH: Builders of Hope

by Todd Cohen We are too quick, in this American life, to throw away the things, and the people, we no longer think we need. Fortunately, Nancy Welsh is here to pick up the pieces. “I’m a sucker for the…

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