Originally from Florida, Brendan and Jeremy Smyth came to Durham in 2013 under the impression that the city had a thriving experimental film community. When they arrived, they realized they were mistaken, but took advantage of the situation and started their microcinema, calling it Unexposed. Their series has changed the local and national state of contemporary experimental film and now the brothers hope to make their art form accessible to all.
Carrboro’s Phil Torres has a new book called The End: What Science and Religion Tells Us About the Apocalypse. Torres specializes in existential risk studies, which is a philosophy focused on understanding risks and determining strategies for eliminating. He says the primary danger to the world is the creation of designer pathogens.
The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham released a statement against House Bill 2, the discriminatory legislation against transgender people. Four of the most interesting films at this year’s festival take up LGBTQ issues. Though each has a different cultural perspective, each finds the same hetero-normative pressures around the world.
Mountain Fiesta Yurt GLAMPing offers yurt rentals through Airbnb near the French Broad River. Yurts are a good compromise between camping and comfort for outdoors enthusiasts visiting Hot Springs, North Carolina. Accommodations are also located near craft breweries, white water rafting, and the Appalachian Trail.
The Carrack Modern Art gallery moved to the Torus Building, a new space in downtown Durham. Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the Carrack welcomes musicians, filmmakers, poets, and dancers. Their mission is to connect artists, particularly marginalized and emerging ones, with social and financial support.
Culture Mill is a well-established force in the Triangle’s artistic life, whether presenting dance shows at the Carrack in Durham or Trust the Bus in Saxapahaw. They have hosted and collaborated with a number of international independent artists. This weekend, Culture Mill is featuring an Australian dance company performing in the Trust the Bus series.
Durham Artists Movement (DAM) is a collective of people of color and LGBTQ people seeking safe space to create and share art. After the Carrack Modern Art closed, DAM has been using the loft as their gallery. This Friday, DAM will have an art show to gauge public support for the gallery and form community relations.
Adam O’Fallon Price is the former bassist for The Mayflies USA, a power pop band in Chapel Hill that earned national notices in the late nineties. Now Price debuts as a novelist, drawing on his band experience with some authorial sleight of hand. The Grand Tour is a book about a washed-up fiction writer who gets a second wind from a Vietnam War memoir and a fan he meets on his book tour.
For the past two decades, Dave Wofford has been hand-setting movable type and cranking paper through a press to create beautifully textured printed artifacts. Wofford started Horse & Buggy Press in Raleigh before moving to Durham, where he has run it out of the Bull City Arts Collaborative, which he cofounded for the last decade.
The Duke immersive Virtual Environment, or DiVE, is a cyber-archaeology project funded by the Brazilian government and made for education and research, in collaboration with archaeologists at the University of São Paulo. The goal is for archaeologists to be able to experience a site without going there, and to have the ability to compare side-by-side different stages in an expedition.
The Hopscotch Design Festival brings together designers such as urban planners, computer engineers, or start-up entrepreneurs. This year’s keynote speaker is Dan Heath, a senior fellow at Duke's Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship. He’ll be speaking about designing moments and how to reverse-engineer memorable experiences of our lives.
Horse & Buggy Press in Durham combines the oldest and latest printing techniques in unique books. Founder Dave Wofford started the press in 1996 and creates books that are entirely hand-printed, entirely machine-printed or a hybrid of the two. He collaborates closely with authors to create small runs of books that are self-published and allow for more artistic freedom in the printed book through images, the paper, the type, and the layout.
Letter press printing is described and pictured step-by-step in this photo journal. Durham’s Horse & Buggy Press’ Dave Wofford prints the cover for a forthcoming book called Phototorist from Carrboro imprint Daniel 13.
Ross White is a nationally recognized poet, editor of Bull City Press, and a teacher at the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics. White describes himself as a cheerleader for other poets and his press publishes chapbooks and the magazine Inch. White is also the founder of two national poetry projects, The Grind and the Frost Place Chapbook Competition. White’s first book of poetry was recently published called How We Came Upon the Colony.
Celisa Steele is looking to raise the community profile and diversify the lineup for the 9th annual West End Poetry Festival. Steele is Carrboro’s poet laureate and is looking for new programming and opportunities to get the local public involved in the festival. The festival focuses on poets with North Carolina roots, writing traditional poetry.