Category: Arts & Culture

An uncanny mystery

text and photograph by John Rosenthal A visionary splendor: the Titanic’s grand staircase. A glittering chandelier. Bronze cherubs, carved balustrades, oak paneling, glass domes high above, shedding light. Of course visionary, especially if you were traveling first class. James Cameron…

Paris Alexander shows us how it’s done

photographs by Mark Petko When Raleigh’s Artspace studio challenged 50 artists to create works from a box of mystery materials in a limited amount of time, Paris Alexander raised his hand. The sculptor – a maker of monumental public art collected…

VISIONARIES: People who get things done

by Charles Meeker photograph by Mark Petko The qualities of a visionary today differ from what one supposes. The thought of a dreamer first comes to mind.  But practical persistence defines a visionary now. Let’s go over first things first….

FIELD OF DREAMS: Envisioning Raleigh’s Central Park

by Amber Nimocks photographs by Missy McLamb The grass is thick beneath your palms and bare feet as you recline atop Dix Hill, watching the liquid glow of the sunset reflected in the glass walls of downtown Raleigh. You’re tired in the…

Strumming up a community: HARRY’S GUITAR SHOP

by Charles Marshall photographs by Geoff Wood Each weekday morning, a veritable supergroup of top local musicians gather in a fabled spot on Glenwood South. But they don’t plug in and jam together. Instead, they disappear into tiny rooms to…

Givers: Abdul Rasheed, servant leader

by Todd Cohen Abdul Rasheed founded and runs the North Car- olina Community Development Initiative, based in Raleigh. He was raised without his father or mother, and he lost his 20-year-old son to gun violence. But hardship has never stopped…

Hear: What’s gonna fit the groove at WSHA-FM

by Lewis Beale photographs by Scott Sharpe Five in the afternoon, and the request line at WSHA-FM, Shaw University’s eclectic radio station, is starting to light up. Sharon Berry-Vivian is already one hour into her weekly “Funk Friday” show, 88.9…

Joyce Watkins King

by Amber Nimocks photographs by Lissa Gotwals  The first time you hear Joyce Watkins King laugh, it takes you by surprise. King is a petite woman with a trim waist and pretty smile. But her laugh is the size of…

Q&A with Amy Sedaris

with Billy Warden and Greg Behr Oh sure, it’s easy to love Amy Sedaris…now. Who doesn’t want to cozy up to a movie star (two Shreks and an Elf), bestselling author and cult leader (TV Guide ranked Strangers with Candy,…

Q&A: Matt Goulding of Eat This, Not That

with Billy Warden and Greg Behr As co-author of the hugely popular Eat This, Not That book series, Matt Goulding, 31, is well-equipped to offer some “do this, not that” advice on making the most of the capital city’s dynamic…

Givers: Mary Susan Fulghum

In 1954, when she was 9, Mary Susan Fulghum was unconscious for a week and nearly died from polio. The experience simply reinforced her existing fascination with medicine. Even before her illness, Fulghum, 67, now a leading Raleigh doctor and…

Living with art: Young collectors Brooke and Will McDaniel

by Marjorie Hodges photographs by Missy McLamb Art is personal. Some prefer contemporary art or traditional art, while others favor an eclectic mix. Some develop a passion for a particular medium or artist and collect in great depth. Brooke and…

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