Arts

Hillside alumni reunite through song

By Travis Butler

April 20, 2016

College towns have become integral parts of the American landscape, making it difficult to find a city where a high school is still a central part of the community. This is not the case in Durham, where Hillside High School has remained a mainstay of the city. Hillside is so vital to its community that […]

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Reduce, reuse, expand? The Scrap Exchange celebrates 25 years

By Bradley Saacks

 Welcome to Ann May Woodward’s “alternative universe.” The executive director of The Scrap Exchange, a reuse artistic smorgasbord at 2050 Chapel Hill Rd. by the Lakewood Shopping Center, couldn’t help but be happy with the somewhat chaotic, yet consistently sustainable scene that surrounded her on April 16. The Scrap Exchange celebrated its 25 anniversary with its […]

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Lion King at DPAC -An unforgettable experience

By Kristine Royster

March 25, 2016

Are you a Lion King fan? A majority of kids probably know the story of the lion king. It’s a tale of courage, coming of age, responsibility and “Hakuna Matata”, or living stress free. The film was first released in 1994 and more than 20 years later its showing here in Durham at the world […]

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Art bridges gap between past and present in Durham

By Tanner Boggs

February 17, 2016

When Garry Atkinson and Jaguar Perry moved to Durham, both artists noticed positive changes in the variety and success of the art culture as well as the community in which they would become deeply embedded. Atkinson moved from Goldsboro and Perry from Charlotte, but both have found their niche in Durham. Both artists played a large […]

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The African American Quilt Circle stitches together generations

By Candice Craig

After losing the love of her life, she pushed away what she most loved to do. 71-year-old Jeanette Farmer’s husband died of cancer just before her daughter’s wedding. “After I finished sewing my daughter’s wedding dress, I told myself that that would be it,” said Farmer. Sewing was something Farmer had loved ever since she […]

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Hayti film festival sparks discussion

By Cole McCauley

Vendors gather in the lobby.  The smell of popcorn fills the air.  Mellow jazz bounces off the walls. Durham residents start finding their seats as they await the 21st annual Hayti Heritage Film Festival. In 1891 the Saint Joseph’s Church opened as a church for newly freed slaves. Sixty years later it relocated to W. […]

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Local 20-year-old blows the audience away in Beyú Caffé

By Rowland Givens

February 11, 2016

Many children aspire to be music stars; unfortunately, not everyone gets that chance to become one. Anyone can pick up a microphone or a guitar, but are they the gem that stands out amongst the rest? Local artist, 20-year-old Kayla Thompson, small in stature, inherited a big voice and is hoping to be that one […]

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Seeds and swords: community garden hosts after-school dance program

By Cole McCauley

February 3, 2016

Community garden SEEDS, found at 706 Gilbert Street, has been known for its community gardening and youth education since 1994.  But the students involved in the SEEDS after-school program will be learning more than nature and gardening in the months to come. Youth Educator Thaddeus Bennett is bringing Chinese mixed martial arts choreography to his […]

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All new Durham Nutcracker debuts Dec. 12, 13

By Anna Williams

November 12, 2015

It would be difficult not to notice the joy that this building contains as cast members rehearsed for their annual performance of “The Durham Nutcracker.” But this isn’t the version that you’ve seen before.

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