Arts

Poet brings hope, healing to audiences

Poet brings hope, healing to audiences

When she was a child, Phyllis Wiley was picked on for being too quiet. She was clumsy with words and an introvert, rarely speaking in class. “In elementary school, I came home several days crying because people were looking at me, that’s how shy I was,” Wiley said. Now this East Durham native stands—all 5’4” of her—with arms outstretched and… Read more →

Handz Up Entertainment works to make positive, Christian rap popular in Durham

Handz Up Entertainment works to make positive, Christian rap popular in Durham

It’s 2 a.m. in downtown Raleigh. Laser lights glow from inside Solas, a popular nightclub, accenting a lively crowd: women in short, form-fitting elastic dresses and skyscraper-high heels stumble arm in arm with friends, laughing, down the animated street. Men playfully shove each other around, guffawing, drinks in hand. Amid the crowd stand Julius Hicks, otherwise known as S.J., and… Read more →

Rock and Shop creator, Michelle Smith, poses for a picture at her Cary-based store, Gather.

Rock & Shop Market supports local arts and crafts businesses

Food trucks, local bands and shopping sounds like a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. The Rock & Shop Market, an event that brings together local makers and crafters, happened April 5th at the Durham Armory. But don’t worry, this event will be back this year in November or December. Michelle Smith, creator of the Rock & Shop, said… Read more →

Durham Mardi Gras brings a taste of New Orleans

Durham Mardi Gras brings a taste of New Orleans

  Sally Grant spent three years of her life in New Orleans. So when she heard Durham musicians & artists held their own raucous downtown Mardi Gras parade each year on Fat Tuesday, she knew instantly she had to get involved. The organization known as Durham Mardi Gras was founded four years ago by a Durham-based, New Orleans-style parade and party… Read more →

Swap-O-Rama-Rama highlights Scrap Exchange year of growth

Swap-O-Rama-Rama highlights Scrap Exchange year of growth

A long, red scrap of cloth and an old mirror wrapped in lights comprised the red-carpet centerpiece for an event Saturday, Feb. 15, that exemplified the Durham Scrap Exchange’s mission of creative reuse — the Swap-O-Rama-Rama. In return for a suggested donation of $10 and their own bag of old clothes, participants could peruse rows of clothing and shoes, then… Read more →

Otis Lyons smiles while listening to the audition for Ridin wit' Joe Crack on Saturday afternoon at the Durham Country Main Library. (Staff photo by Melissa Key)

Former gang leader campaigns for change

  Once a drug dealer and the leader of a Durham gang, Otis Lyons now leads a movement called Campaign 4 Change to stop young people from falling into his former lifestyle. “A lot of kids that’s acting up they tell people that’s trying to help, ‘You don’t understand. You don’t live my life. You don’t walk in my shoes’…they… Read more →

Carmen O’Neal poses with Lilly’s newest artwork.

A slice of uniqueness in downtown Durham

In a world filled with chain restaurants, it can be tough to find local establishments. At Lilly’s Pizza, however, it’s not only about using local ingredients – it’s about maintaining a unique feel and giving back to the Durham community. “As far as the community is concerned, we make a lot of donations to a lot of places including schools,… Read more →