Category: People

Summiting Everest: With Martin Middle School behind him

by Charles Upchurch photographs courtesy of Chip Popoviciu It’s called the Death Zone. The last thousand meters from Camp Four to the summit of Mount Everest is an oxygen-fueled ridgeline traverse at 28,000 feet over ice, rock and snow –…

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…

Alex Long

by Jesma Reynolds photographs by Travis Dove Long established in the world of Raleigh fashion, Alex Henriquez Long got her start as a store manager, then as an owner of Beanie + Cecil in Cameron Village. After a 14-year stint,…

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…

Q&A with Billy Warden and Greg Behr: Joby Warrick

From Raleigh to Kabul, from the N.C. House of Representatives to mustard gas – reporter Joby Warrick has covered it all. As a reporter at The News & Observer in the 90s, Warrick shared a Pulitzer Prize for a series…

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…

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…

Magnolia queen Erin Weston

by Liza Roberts photographs by Lissa Gotwals When magnolia farmer and luxury wreath-maker Erin Weston inherited 30 acres in Garner from her uncle a decade ago, she was busy pursuing a publishing career in New York. Becoming a farmer had…

Raleighites: Mike Phillips and the Men at Work

by Liza Roberts photographs by Travis Dove Mike Phillips speaks at a decibel all his own. He booms and hollers and even shrieks, but with such visceral, upbeat enthusiasm – even joy – that you find yourself raising your own…

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…

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…

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