Category: Arts & Culture

Freeze frame: Three responses to art

text and photograph by John Rosenthal    Jackson Pollock  When I was 16 I took my girlfriend, Amy, to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. I didn’t know much about modern art, though I knew I liked Picasso’s…

Larry Wheeler’s letter from the art world

by Larry Wheeler director, North Carolina Museum of Art At the North Carolina Museum of Art’s annual art auction, Marion Church of Raleigh won a weekend in New York with me. So the long-anticipated adventure – a three-day weekend of…

Hunting as Heritage

by Charles Upchurch photographs by Shawn Rocco   You’re a tundra swan. Tonight, you will leave your summer nesting grounds in subarctic Canada and begin the southern migration to your winter home. By ancient imprint, guided by moon and stars…

Dog Heart

by Noel Crook   He lies still, breath clouding the slate tiles between his paws. Only the occasional twitch of an ear mars his perfect vigil. He has grown old following the girl, his only lamb; has watched her  …

Reflections: Let’s call this place home

by Doug Glanville illustration by Laura Frankstone When my wife and I moved from Philadelphia to Chicago in the winter of 2005, we also had Charlotte, Asheville, and Raleigh on the tips of our tongues. Without children at the time,…

Hear: Grant Llewellyn on big band and jazz

photograph by Michael Zirkle North Carolina Symphony music director Grant Llewellyn, who divides his time between his North Hills apartment, his 600-year-old Welsh farmhouse, and gigs across the globe, is famous for sophisticated, imaginative interpretations of classical scores and accomplished…

Charman Driver joins the circus

by Charman Driver photographs by Scott Sharpe I like to get high. I expect my clients to do it and I’d like to suggest you do it, too. Of course I’m talking about that natural high one gets through exercise….

Just one plant: Sabal minor

by Tony Avent illustration by Ippy Patterson Certain plants, like the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield, never get the respect they deserve. A classic example is our native scrub palm, Sabal minor, also known as the dwarf or bush palmetto. Perhaps its ubiquitous…

Pointe shoes not required

by Charman Driver photograph by Scott Sharpe If every cloud has a silver lining, then it’s fair to say that former Carolina Ballet dancer Margot Martin has gone a step further, striking gold with her innovative form of exercise known…

Shaun Richards

by Liza Roberts photographs by Juli Leonard On a treeless, dead-end street of storage units, warehouses, and tinted-window flex space, the studio of acclaimed Raleigh artist Shaun Richards sits anonymously. High-concept, large-scale contemporary art like Richards’ – art that is…

Freeze frame: Aristarchus Jenkins

text and photograph by John Rosenthal Last summer, on a hot August afternoon, I drove around the grounds of Dorothea Dix Hospital and came upon the old asylum cemetery. Most of the grave markers – hundreds of them – were…

Reflections: recipe for a marriage

by Mary E. Miller Since Julia Child would have been 100 this year, America’s been dishing over our great goofy chef. She inspired so many that everybody seems to have and wants to tell her own Julia story. My mind’s…

Carolina Ballet at 15: constantly creating

by Liza Roberts photographs by Jimmy Williams When Carolina Ballet artistic director Robert Weiss found a seat in Raleigh’s intimate Fletcher Opera Theater one recent afternoon, he and the rest of the audience settled in for an event that has…

Givers: Jill Staton Bullard, fighting hunger in Wake County

by Todd Cohen photograph courtesy of Jill Staton Bullard   As executive director of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, which she co-founded in 1989, Jill Staton Bullard heads a nonprofit that last year collected more than 7.1 million pounds of food…

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