Category: Arts & Culture

Verse: Reading the News and Thinking of the T’ang Poets

by John Balaban illustration by Ippy Patterson   When Li Po tried to climb T’ai-hang, he found its passes choked with snow. Thwarted, he turned back to lowlands, to streams sliding through bare willows where he sat and fished and…

At the table: The porch light supper club shines

by Mary E. Miller photographs by Lissa Gotwals The storming of the French Bastille was a hot affair of high ideals, fueled by the restless hungering of many souls. Not, in other words, unlike the Porch Light French Garden Party…

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…

A Box of Blue

by Betty Adcock   Begin with a box. Imagine it made of ordinary and exotic woods: yellow pine and rosewood, mahogany and oak, hickory and ebony, mixed every which way: mosaics, shape-shifting inlays. It can expand to hold a sunset,…

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