Arts+Culture

Night and Day, Sun and Moon

Night and Day, Sun and Moon

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Elizabeth McAfee would prefer not to be known as “the rabbit lady” or “the cat lady,” even though her art has prominently featured those animals for many years. “Now I may be moving into ‘possum lady’ status,” jokes the artist, referring to her recent string of paintings that pay homage to America’s only marsupial.

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Wild Life

Wild Life

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In July 1966, a brutal murder in Henderson County would ooze to the surface of consciousness like rainwater saturating drywall. Terry Neal summarizes the gruesome crime thusly: “Three people were murdered in a small town in the mountains of Western North Carolina. But there was much, much, much more to the story than anyone would’ve realized.”

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The Tools That Take You Higher

The Tools That Take You Higher

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If your father races motorcycles, he can’t tell you not to be an artist. Michael Sherrill says his dad was “enough of a rebel that it gave me permission to not fit into certain middle-class constraints. He encouraged me to not give up on my dream of doing what I’m passionate about.”

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Seizing a New Day

Seizing a New Day

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Over its more than 80-year history, Brevard Music Center has seen plenty of historic performances by some of the biggest names in classical, jazz, and Americana. Summers around the lake at the center’s campus have usually been soundtracked by arias, symphonies, and string quartets, as the stage has played host to such legendary performers at Yo-Yo Ma, Renée Fleming, and Joshua Bell.

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The People Still Need a Poet

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The deep fryer is fertile ground for poetry. While tending to chicken thighs churning in hot vegetable oil, part-time deli worker, part-time dishwasher, and “people’s poet” Tony Robles writes. He writes about peach cobbler and green beans, about snapping turtles marooned on Greenville Highway. He writes about racism. But mostly, Robles writes about people.

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