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Cecy's Art Hall will be located in the now-closed Cole's Transmission Shop, next to Durham Central Park.
RECESS  |  LOCAL

Cecy’s Art Hall seeks to establish permanent place for art in Durham’s Central Park

With almost 10 percent of its undergraduate population hailing from New York, Duke’s student body may have a different idea of what constitutes “Central Park” than local Durhamites. Located just off Main Street and next to the YMCA, Durham Central Park features a playground and hosts the renowned farmers' and art market that also bring food trucks, music and crafts to town. 


Does Valentine’s Day have you down in the dumps? It’s okay — we’re here to help. (Or maybe make it worse, depending on how you feel about love songs.) Listen away!
RECESS  |  CULTURE

Recess' 2019 Valentine's Day Mix

Love got you down? Finally found your one true love? Trying to avoid any and all couples on February 14th? Whatever your feelings are toward Valentine's Day, Recess has got you covered with our songs describing love, loss and everything in between:


RECESS  |  STAFF NOTE

Where to start with twee pop this Valentine’s Day

When it comes time to assemble Valentine’s Day-themed playlists every year, I’m often struck at just how easy it is to ascribe “love song” status to nearly any piece of pop music: Love, heartbreak and all their variations probably account for a good 50 percent of pop — from “Be My Baby” all the way down to “thank u, next” — and for the rest, it isn’t too difficult to draw the line.


"You" originally premiered on Lifetime Sept. 9, but moved to Netflix Dec. 26.
RECESS  |  CULTURE

Does 'You' normalize gender violence or criticize harmful romance tropes?

If you’ve seen one romantic comedy, you’ve seen them all. The genre’s tropes are well-known: There’s the misunderstood brooding male love interest, the quirky yet loveable female heroine we can’t help but root for, the dowdy best friend whose main plot point is to encourage the heroine until she gives in to the hero’s strange quirks and learns to love him anyway.


Barry Berger, former director of folk and traditional arts for the National Endowment of the Arts, and photographer discuss their work at the kickoff event for the documentary initiative.
RECESS  |  CAMPUS

Duke Arts and NC Arts Council's documentary initiative supports traditional artists

In the 1970s, a recent Duke graduate named George Holt — who is now director of performing arts and film programs at the NC Museum of Art — organized one of North Carolina’s first folk festivals on Duke’s campus. With the help of Holger Nygard, a former Duke professor of folklore and medieval literature who passed away in 2015, Holt expanded his scope and formed a folk festival that would eventually become the Festival for the Eno, which still takes place annually at the Eno River State Park.


Girlpool released their third studio album, "What Chaos Is Imaginary," Feb. 1.
RECESS  |  CULTURE

'What Chaos Is Imaginary' highlights Girlpool's metamorphosis

Girlpool have already outgrown the minimalism that both elevated and plagued their first album. Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker stripped their debut “Before The World Was Big” down to its most barebones components in an attempt to expose their imperfections. The effort was sometimes clumsy, sometimes earnest and always teenage in its self-sabotaging expression of vulnerability.