Arts

Walltown Children’s Theatre dazzles with the “Durham Nutcracker”

By Brenna Elmore

November 28, 2016

In this updated version of “The Nutcracker,” hip-hop, Bollywood and African dance replace the traditional types while a diverse cast of children perform new and different roles. In Act One, we follow Sarah Tucker through the highs and lows of being a dancer as she takes on an updated version of Clara, and in Act […]

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Young artist excels in small business

By Prescious Blackwell

November 13, 2016

  Moments after Megan George, of Raleigh, uploaded a picture of a single terrarium she created, someone wanted to buy it. That’s all it took for her to begin to develop her online business. Her success has allowed her to evolve to a storefront: Zen Succulent on Parrish Street in downtown Durham. Durham became a […]

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Fashion designer inspired by Durham’s strong sense of community

By Riley Turner

November 9, 2016

If you ask Donta Belvin where he got his hat – he’ll gladly tell you the story behind it and build a new connection with you through the process. Durham native Belvin uses inspiration from everyday things and the surrounding Durham community to create one-of-a-kind five-panel hats. What started as a shirt printing business idea with […]

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The Wiz’s opening night a success for Hillside Drama Department

By Noah Grant and Meredith Wilson

Hundreds  of theatre-goers converged on Hillside High School Friday, Nov. 4, for Hillside Drama Department’s opening night performance of “The Wiz.” Along with the sold-out show, the audience was treated to an awards ceremony and celebration of Wendell Tabb, Hillside’s theatre director. The night began with a “Night Out with Mr. Tabb,” an event honoring […]

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Art from New Zealand to Northeast Central Durham

By Prescious Blackwell

October 25, 2016

  Originally from New Zealand, Rachel Campbell brought her art career in 2003 to Durham where she showcases her paintings at art exhibits around the Triangle and beyond. Her painting of NECD resident Malinda Davis and her beloved plants has made it all the way to Hollywood, where it appears in the background of NBC’s […]

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Hillside Drama Department kicks off season with ‘The Wiz,’ celebration of Tabb

By Noah Grant and Rob Gourley

October 24, 2016

Hillside High School’s Drama Department will kick off its 2016-2017 season with “The Wiz,” Nov. 3-6. The opening weekend will also include a celebration for Wendell Tabb, Hillside’s theatre director, who is in his 30th year of service. Tabb said he directs “The Wiz” every five to seven years. He said he comes back to […]

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Ken Moshesh: Durham musician draws inspiration from activism and homelessness

By Rachel Herzog and Meredith Wilson

Ken Moshesh is full of stories — stories he’ll tell you over drums. He organized communities with the Black Panthers, taught at the University of California at Berkeley, toured with experimental jazz composer and bandleader Sun Ra, and the fell into a series of circumstances, including skyrocketing real estate prices in the Bay Area, that made him […]

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Out of the backyard: dance company expands to new studio

By Ashlen Renner

When Cheryl Bellamy started her own dance company in 2005, she moved all of the furniture out of her living room so her students could have a place to dance. A year later, she built a small studio in her backyard at 2210 Southern Drive, a trailer-like building with bright purple walls and smooth laminate wood […]

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The MontiSlam brings storytelling to Durham

By Nijah McKinney

October 7, 2016

  People chatted, laughed, and sat on the edge of their seats Tuesday night, Oct. 4, at The Monti’s fifth annual fear-themed “StorySLAM” held at the Motorco Music Hall on Rigsbee Avenue in Durham. The “fear” theme allowed eight people who had registered get five minutes to tell their story to the local audience. The […]

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Viajeros Melodiosos bringing people together through music

By Hollie Shelton

September 21, 2016

  Throughout time, music has been connecting people all over the world. Local group Viajeros Melodiosos hopes to strengthen community with their original songs and covers. Viajeros Melodiosos has an eccentric style and feel-good vibe. In English their band name means “melodious travelers.” The group took to the Herald-Sun Stage at Bull McCabes in downtown […]

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