Archive for category: Art and Culture

Denise Hughes: From earthly trash to maritime treasure

Denise Hughes: From earthly trash to maritime treasure

by Samantha Thompson Hatem photographs by Nick Pironio Before you even read this, go ahead and pull out a recycling bag. Denise Hughes asks that you kindly fill it with plastic bottle caps. All sizes and colors are welcome. And don’t stop with water bottle caps, either. Think lids to peanut […]

Bluegrass: Living in Raleigh now

Bluegrass: Living in Raleigh now

by Tracy Davis This month, as more than 150,000 bluegrass lovers converge on Raleigh for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual conference and the accompanying Wide Open Bluegrass festival, the city will be humming along to the music with a special kind of pride. Because bluegrass lives here now. The […]

Searching for small treasures

Searching for small treasures

by Dennis P. Weller, curator of Northern European Art, North Carolina Museum of Art As I watched more than 150,000 visitors file through the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Rembrandt in America exhibit I curated in 2011, a small voice in the back of my head was already asking me: What […]

Playing for the mug

Playing for the mug

by Scott Huler Through the fog of a dimly lit bar, a two-beer buzz, and the blood rushing through my brain, my eyes focus on Fritz, as his grinning visage seems to float towards me. Fritz is short, with the furry beard, barrel chest, and belly of someone who works […]

The Holt brothers

The Holt brothers

by Samantha Thompson Hatem photographs by Tim Lytvinenko If there’s one thing football has taught brothers Torry and Terrence Holt, it’s how to be successful off the field. The former NFL players became local celebrities more than a decade ago at N.C. State. Today they’re using the principles that built […]