concerts: bobby bare jr & cory branan

Wednesday night at the Cradle was a Bloodshot double shot, just like I like it — Bobby Bare, Jr, out in support of his fabulous Undefeated, and Cory Branan supporting, touring behind last year’s Mutt and next year’s new record? Regardless, a great night. Cory took requests and charmed everyone (although to be fair most of…

wilson, nc whirl-i-gig festival

Part of my life list: 63. Attend 10 North Carolina festivals. Wilson has an annual whirl-i-gig festival celebrating the work of Vollis Simpson, and the parentals and I stopped there yesterday. Mr. Simpson’s work is being restored by artists in Wilson and surroundings, and being installed in a park in downtown Wilson to preserve and…

life list: 100 foods in 100 counties

58. Eat at every restaurant in Our State magazine’s 100 Foods To Eat In North Carolina’s 100 Counties. Chatham County. Foie gras at Fearrington House Restaurant. I’m not super into goose liver, but the meal as a whole was the best I’ve ever eaten. Plus a bonus carved root vegetable from Halloween. Fearrington’s pumpkins were awesome.

life list: 100 foods, 100 counties

One off the 100 foods list … Hot Dipped Fried Chicken from Keaton’s Barbeque, in Cleveland, NC, Rowan County. I need to go back because I think the chicken suffered from a drive to Augusta, GA, in my trunk, which is not Keaton’s fault. But when they say hot, they mean hot. The spice is…

life list: 100 foods, 100 counties

Though my trip to Hickory was only partially successful — baseball-watching thwarted by a thunderstorm and a dead car battery — I did get to cross off three more counties on my Life List item of eating at all of Our State’s 100 Foods In 100 Counties. From top to bottom: Iredell County: Port-A-Pit BBQ,…

life list: learn to roll sushi

49. Learn to roll sushi. Item 49 on my life list is “Learn to roll sushi”, so when I found a sushi-making class at local gourmet cooking heaving A Southern Season, I bought tickets and took shep. for her birthday. Check that off the list! It was even tasty.

life list: 100 foods in 100 counties

This mini-roadtrip with Mama had three purposes: look at art on barns; hang out with Mama; and eat at a few more places on the Our State list of 100 things in eat in North Carolina’s 100 counties. We hit three in two days, and they were all interesting. From top to bottom, the Hot…

a mind like a diamond

The slip is vintage. The nail polish is Goldeneye from OPI’s James Bond collection. The lipstick is Make Up Forever’s Rouge Artist Intense, part of my life list goal to find the perfect red and pink lipsticks. The camera is my D80, Emmylou, and the strap is my third from vmjess. The title is, obviously,…

midtown dickens & matthew e. white @ haw river ballroom

I have — well, not slacked, but I have seen far fewer shows this year than I did last year, and I have definitely missed a lot of homecoming, release, celebration shows by people I love that I wish I hadn’t. Unfortunately, concert photography is a calling that wars with my anxiety and depression, and I’ve…

mlb stadiums: target field, minneapolis, mn

Eight. The last time I lived in Minnesota, the Twins were still playing in the Metrodome, which, frankly, I had a real fondness for. The seats were cheap, and on Thursday they had five dollar student ticket night and dollar hot dog night, and we used to go sit in centerfield and heckle Torii Hunter….