Category: Arts & Culture

Ashley Christensen: A cultivated palate, a life of purpose

by Liza Roberts photographs by Lissa Gotwals   Raleigh’s hottest chef has no back burner. Take one week in late July: Ashley Christensen’s cross-country commitments had her outside and up all night in Sonoma, Calif., cooking a pig for a…

My town: NOFO’s Jean Martin knows Five Points

photograph by Hide Tarada map by Jeff Poe When Jean Poe Martin, 70, talks about the Raleigh she knows, start listening. It’s a place steeped in yesteryear, yet vital today; it’s a place with a familiar landscape, old and friendly…

Hellebores: A rose is a rose, except when it’s a lenten rose

by Tony Avent illustration by Ippy Patterson Most folks don’t typically think of winter as a great garden season, especially if they migrated here from the northern gardening hinterlands. In Raleigh, however, winter is usually filled with windows of good…

The artful life of Eliza Kraft Olander

by Liza Roberts photographs by Jimmy Williams Her friends joke that they should have their passports stamped when they enter Eliza Kraft Olander’s universe. It’s not hard to see why. She lives in a world of another kind. It’s a…

At first sight

by Tim McBride “As G force increases, the visual field constricts” -USAF Aviator’s Medical Manual   No Cupid’s bow, no darling buds of May, no weakening of the tendons in my knees, no earth unsteadying, no trumpet blasts or violins,…

Verse: Reading the News and Thinking of the T’ang Poets

by John Balaban illustration by Ippy Patterson   When Li Po tried to climb T’ai-hang, he found its passes choked with snow. Thwarted, he turned back to lowlands, to streams sliding through bare willows where he sat and fished and…

At the table: The porch light supper club shines

by Mary E. Miller photographs by Lissa Gotwals The storming of the French Bastille was a hot affair of high ideals, fueled by the restless hungering of many souls. Not, in other words, unlike the Porch Light French Garden Party…

Michelle Pearson

by Stacy Chandler photographs by Lissa Gotwals Dance has taken Michelle Pearson all over the world – as a professional performer, a state department cultural envoy, and a William C. Friday fellow – but she has always had a home at…

David Connell

by Samantha Thompson Hatem photographs by Missy McLamb Most people know him as the lanky bass player in the popular Raleigh-based band The Connells. But if you ask David Connell, 51, how he wants to be remembered, it isn’t for…

A Box of Blue

by Betty Adcock   Begin with a box. Imagine it made of ordinary and exotic woods: yellow pine and rosewood, mahogany and oak, hickory and ebony, mixed every which way: mosaics, shape-shifting inlays. It can expand to hold a sunset,…

Cane Pole Fishing

By Charles Upchurch photographs by Shawn Rocco I have a neighbor who sport-fishes all over the world. Hawaii, Costa Rica, the Atlantic Gulf Stream. Marlin, tuna, sailfish. I told him I was writing a piece on a guy here in…

Thomas Sayre

by Liza Roberts photographs by Jimmy Williams    You might not know it, but you’ve probably seen Thomas Sayre’s art. It’s big, it’s bold, and it’s public. In Raleigh, his three gigantic earthen ellipses spool across a field at the…

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