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Walter Now – September 2016

Walter Now – September 2016

Tune in to Walter’s September podcast for behind the scenes tales from this month’s stories, as well as an interview with N.C. Opera’s Eric Mitchko.

The crowd from last year's The Flaming Lips show at the second Hopscotch Music Festival. Year two enhanced the brand and did better financially, turning a modest profit as it inspired this year's more ambitious agenda.

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Spotlight: Hopscotch checklist

Three months of music in three days by Jessie Ammons Hopscotch, the eclectic downtown-wide Raleigh music festival, is back and better than ever. “We’ve programmed a really balanced, well-rounded, diverse lineup, which is what we’ve become known for,” says Greg Lowenhagen, director of the annual event, now in its seventh year. […]

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Spotlight: Reynolds Coliseum

Cooler than ever by Mimi Montgomery The Wolfpack is back. Reynolds Coliseum reopens this month after a $35 million, 18-month-long renovation. The home of N.C. State women’s basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, and volleyball now includes new hospitality and concessions areas, merchandise stands, restrooms, LED sport lighting, and seating reduced from 8,300 to […]

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Spotlight: Pots a plenty

by Mimi Montgomery As the North Carolina Pottery Center revamps and expands its mission to promote the state’s long pottery tradition, it’s also gearing up for its annual gala and auction. “Going, Going, Gone to Pots!” on Sept. 24 at CAM Raleigh will benefit the Seagrove-based nonprofit and its work to […]

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper play to a large crowd early afternoon on the City Plaza Stage Friday, October 3, 2014, during IBMA"s Wide Open Bluegrass.

Spotlight: Bluegrass, blue skies

by William Lewis The grass is bluer here in the Triangle. The International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual World of Bluegrass festival returns to Raleigh for the fourth time Sept. 27 – Oct. 1. It’s the who’s-who event in the banjo-pickin’ world, with live concerts, conferences and workshops, plus the IBMA awards […]