Category: Arts & Culture

Raleigh Fine Arts Society at 50

by Marion Church, President, Raleigh Fine Arts Society photograph by Jillian Clark As the Raleigh Fine Arts Society welcomes our 50th year, we have thriving organization and a vibrant local arts culture to celebrate. Since 1964, when we began putting on…

Spotlight: Green Chair Project

Heart & Home Housewarming Benefit by Anna Long What began as a fledgling idea among friends in 2010 is now a thriving nonprofit that has helped more than 1,000 area families in need. The Green Chair Project has grown from a…

Butterhead lettuce

by Kaitlyn Goalen A politician. A bribe. A business. What sounds like the basis for season three of House of Cards is in fact the story of lettuce – butterhead lettuce from LL Urban Farms, to be specific. The politician…

Urban sketchers

To learn more about the urban drawing group, see The Usual.  

Cool hand Luke

by Liza Roberts photograph by Nick Pironio When Raleigh artist Luke Buchanan met developer James A. Goodnight, Buchanan was pouring drinks behind the bar at Poole’s Downtown Diner, where he works many evenings. The two developed a rapport, and Goodnight became…

Builder, potter: Bobby Kadis

 photographs by Geoff Wood Thirty-five years ago, commercial real estate developer Bobby Kadis was strolling through an arts fair in Goldsboro with his wife Claudia when he saw a man throwing a pot on a wheel. Kadis was mesmerized. The next…

Linda Nunnallee: Helping people help themselves

by Todd Cohen Linda Nunnallee believes that building relationships is indispensable to serving people. The executive director of StepUp Raleigh, a nonprofit that helps adults and children build stable lives through jobs and life skills training, she says it’s a…

How to live

by Maureen Sherbondy Forget rules. Make your way to the finish line. The snake is the end and the beginning. Sing while you work. Work is play. Eat all the apples. Toss cores into the stars. Remember to climb jungle gyms…

Tanya Jisa: Cultivating second chances

by Todd Cohen Tanya Jisa found her mission in 2006, when she read in a newspaper article that roughly one in 100 Americans was behind bars. A trained social worker, Jisa had worked at a juvenile detention center, an abortion clinic,…

Gabe Bratton: Artistry and old lace

by Samantha Thompson Hatem photographs by Tim Lytvinenko Gabrielle “Gabe” Bratton loves a good story almost as much as she loves making jewelry. Bring her your grandmom’s old lace wedding dress or yellowing veil, and Bratton wants to hear everything…

The poetry box

  When celebrated poets Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar moved from Oregon to Raleigh in 2008, they brought a love of verse they wanted to share. Laux, a professor of poetry in N.C. State’s creative writing program, had just the…

Hot tracks for cool days

Is there a better cure for the cooped-up winter blahs than great music? Walter asked four local DJs for their top picks. Carson Blackley  Recent N.C. State graduate Carson Blackley is a radio host and producer for Raleigh’s new country…

Hometown heroes: The World Series champs next door

by Cam Higgins “Should I use the autograph I’ve been practicing, or just sign my normal name?”  Few 13-year-olds get the chance to ask their coach that question, but then again, Dante Defranco and his fellow players on the West…

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