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This Charlotte-Based Contemporary Dance Company Is Quintessentially North Carolina

“Sometimes dance can feel elitist or stuffy,” says Audrey Baran, founder of Baran Dance. “But you would never think that about North Carolina. So our dances are very real.”

North Carolina-trained opera singer Diana Thompson-Brewer, here performing "Lucia di Lammermoor" in 2019, talked to us about her rise in the state's opera scene and watching that scene become more diverse. (Photo by Camille Hayes)
A North Carolina Opera Star on Making Her Art Form More Diverse 

Since starring in the classic opera “Porgy and Bess,” Dr. Diana Thompson-Brewer has become a mainstay in North Carolina opera. She talks to us about breaking barriers in a conservative, white-dominated art form.

Unspoken Tradition, a western NC bluegrass band, credits the Blue Ridge Music Trail with incubating their careers as well as other traditional bands in the area. (Image via Unspoken Tradition)
The Unbroken Chain: Rediscovering North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Music Trail

“Western NC has really punched above its weight in terms of influencing American music,” says one expert. There’s no better way to explore that influence than the Blue Ridge Music Trail.

Clemmie Lee "Fig" Jones near his home in Pink Hill. An R&B and rock-and-roll drummer, Jones is holding the drumsticks that the early Kinston drummer Willie Moore gave him. (Photograph by Titus Brooks Heagins)
The Rise and Rebirth of North Carolina’s African American Music Trail

An eight-county trail in eastern NC doesn’t just revisit our dark history of segregation. It lifts up Black joy by celebrating the musicians who broke barriers and made remarkable music. 

McAdenville, North Carolina (aka Christmas Town U.S.A.) really takes this time of year seriously. (Image via Christmas Town U.S.A. on Facebook)
The Best North Carolina Neighborhoods to See Holiday Lights

North Carolinians go all out with their holiday lights. We’ve curated the best neighborhoods in the Triangle, the Triad, Wilmington, and Charlotte areas. 

The Autumn Leaves Festival is an annual tradition in Mt. Airy, N.C. (Image via Autumn Leaves Festival)
Bluegrass, Blacktoberfest, and Woolly Worms: 9 Fall Festivals in North Carolina

Fall is perhaps the most pleasant time of year. And North Carolina is chock full of pleasant festivals to celebrate it. We've mapped out the next three weekends of events for you.

North Carolina artist Skye Tafoya in her studio. Tafoya once avoided featuring her Cherokee heritage in her work. Now it's front and center in a North Carolina art gallery.
A NC Artist Steered Clear of Her Cherokee Heritage In Her Work. Now She’s Putting It Front and Center.

Skye Tafoya's work is featured in galleries across the country. Here's how she connected with her passion, and her family, at the same time.