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Photojournalist discusses witnessing, documenting Middle Eastern revolutions

(11/07/13 11:18am)

As a photojournalist in Egypt during the Arab Spring revolutions, David Degner has photographed some of the most influential events of this century. One of the few photographers to have access to the Middle East—including Libya and Syria—during the revolutions, Degner photographed for several publications, from "Time" to "The Wall Street Journal." He will be at Duke on Nov. 12 and 13 to give talks at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) and the Center for International Studies (CIS).

DEMAN expands programming and engages wider Duke audience

(10/31/13 7:45am)

For the past six years, DEMAN Weekend has been key in connecting current Duke students with alumni in the entertainment, media and arts industries. Standing for “Duke Entertainment Media and Arts Network,” DEMAN Weekend will occur on Nov. 1 and 2. It is the final installation of the Duke Arts Festival, poised to be more expansive and significant than ever before.

World-renowned pianist to perform for a sold-out Baldwin

(10/24/13 7:46am)

In the piano world, there are few as technically talented or as divisive as Yuja Wang. Born in Beijing, her remarkable rise to fame and flashy media presence over the past few years have garnered her an equal share of admirers and critics. On Thursday, Oct. 24, Wang will perform at Baldwin Auditorium through the Duke Performances Piano Recital Series.

Poetry festival brings local and international poets to Carrboro

(10/17/13 7:15am)

“Carrboro has this culture and community that likes to celebrate the arts,” said Celisa Steele, the new Poet Laureate of Carrboro. As Poet Laureate, Steele is head of the Carrboro Poets Council. Founded in 2011, the Council organizes the West End Poetry Festival as well as the poetry component of the Carrboro Day event in May. The Council is representative of the spirit behind the West End Poetry Festival and the Carrboro arts community.

Recess Interviews: Tyler Williams

(10/10/13 4:13am)

With their 2011 eponymous debut album, The Head and the Heart charmed listeners with a harmonious, folk-pop sound. The Seattle-based band will release their second album on October 15 and are currently on an international tour with a stop at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC on October 21. Recess’s Sid Gopinath sat down with drummer Tyler Williams to discuss being yourself, writing new music and creating “Let’s Be Still.”

Recess Interviews: Trevor Schoonmaker

(10/03/13 7:30am)

Trevor Schoonmaker joined the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University as the founding contemporary curator in 2006. Prior to that, Schoonmaker worked as an independent curator in New York. Schoonmaker was recently promoted to the newly-created position of chief curator at the Nasher. Recess's Sid Gopinath sat down with Schoonmaker to discuss the transition from independent to museum curation and his vision for the future of the Nasher.

Music Review: MGMT

(09/19/13 9:23am)

You really have to give the guys of MGMT credit for doing their own thing. Their album “Oracular Spectacular” exploded onto the music scene in 2007, playing everywhere from indie radio stations to crowded dance floors. The infectious pop sound of songs like 'Time to Pretend' and 'Kids' appealed to almost everybody.

Music Review: The Electric Lady

(09/12/13 10:12am)

Whether it is the recycled electronic beats of Top 40 dance hits or the banjo-plucking, foot-stomping crooning of singer-songwriters, there is a lot of safe, crowd-pleasing music out there. But "The Electric Lady," Janelle Monae’s eccentric and unabashedly fun album, is absolutely not safe music. This is not a collection of annoyingly catchy singles to be digested one by one over the radio. This is not music created by hired writers and copycat producers. This is a true, cohesive album, crafted by a woman who knows exactly what she is doing. Tied together with interludes by a futuristic radio host, "The Electric Lady" continues the story of Janelle Monae’s alternate, android-filled world from her "Metropolis" concept. This massive, 18-track album shows that Monae is unafraid to experiment.