The Carrack Modern Art Moves, Shifting the Center of Gravity in Durham


Laura Ritchie in the new Carrack / photo by Alex Boerner for INDY Week

If you’d like to read a story about Durham that didn’t come from the Guardian’s slush pile, here is something. Let’s not bury the lede: Yes, the Carrack Modern Art is leaving its beloved Parrish Street loft at the end of June, when it will join the hive buzzing around Golden Belt (Spectre Arts, The Shed, UNEXPOSED,Alicia Lange’s new Torus Building) — and, I believe, significantly shift the center of gravity in the art scene while continuing to provide the superlative community service it’s known for. In addition to Laura Ritchie, Heather Gordon, and others, I spoke with Ginger Wagg about her DIDA show, AndAlwaysWhy, a deeply envisioned movement and music installation whose premiere this week is the first event in the Torus Building gallery that will soon house the Carrack. We explore the momentum and meaning of the move for the Carrack, Golden Belt, and the shape of downtown in this INDY cover story. And somehow, not to brag, but I got through the whole thing without a single Bull Durham reference.

Wax Wroth Poetry Series at the Shed



An evening of words, images, and sound featuring Atlanta’s Scott Daughtridge and Stephanie Dowda

With Jessica Q. Stark, Amanda Dahill-Moore, Brian Howe, and Calapse

Saturday, March 19, 8 p.m., The Shed, Durham [DETAILS]


Wax Wroth is a series like Halley’s Comet is … a comet? That didn’t quite work but you see what I’m getting at. I put on Wax Wroth whenever I have the chance to present something extra cool. It doesn’t come around that often, but when it does—*low, impressed whistle*.

After hosting the likes of Heather Christle, Tony Tost, and kathryn l. pringle in venues ranging from Carrboro’s Looking Glass Café to Durham’s Carrack, Wax Wroth moves to The Shed to present writer SCOTT DAUGHTRIDGE and artist/writer STEPHANIE DOWDA all the way from Atlanta, where they run the amazing Lostintheletters festival. (

Scott and Stephanie will be joined by four Durhamites: Amanda Dahill-Moore, Jessica Q. Stark, Reed Benjamin (a.k.a. Calapse), and yours truly. Amanda and I will read and host. Calapse is making interstitial sound. Jess asked for a projector, so god knows what she’s up to, but I can’t wait to see.

We’ll have a bit of music at 8 sharp, then readings by 8:30. It’s free. Come meet some cool visiting writers and then we’ll all go out for drinks. Drinks! On a Saturday! Imagine.



SCOTT DAUGHTRIDGE lives in Atlanta, where he runs Lostintheletters, a literary organization. Most recently, his work has appeared in CHEAP POP, Midwestern Gothic, Necessary Fiction, Storychord, and others. Lame House Press released his chapbook, I Hope Something Good Happens, in 2014.

STEPHANIE DOWDA is an artist and writer living in Atlanta. Dowda’s writing and photography have been featured in Possible Press, Issue Press, Gesture, ArtsATL, Oxford American, Bad at Sports, and BurnAway. She is the recipient of an Idea Capital grant, a Fellowship with Vermont Studio Center, Hambidge Fellow and Studio Artist with Atlanta Contemporary.

JESSICA Q. STARK is a doctoral student in English at Duke University, where she studies the intersections between poetry and comic books. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Invisible Bear, a poetry and visual arts review, and she organizes the Little Corner Poetry Reading Series in Durham. Her work has been published in Potluck Magazine, the Tipton Poetry Journal, and Big River, among others. Her forthcoming poetry manuscript The Liminal Parade was selected by Dorothea Lasky for Heavy Feather Review’s Double Take Grand Prize.

BRIAN HOWE’s poems and sound art have appeared in journals including Coconut, Octopus, So and So, Effing Magazine, Drunken Boat, and others. He has issued three chapbooks, Guitar Smash (3rdness Press), This is the Motherfucking Remix (with Marcus Slease; Scantily Clad), and Foreign Letter (Beard of Bees). A journalist and critic by trade, he is Arts & Culture Editor at Durham’s INDY Week. He runs the Wax Wroth Poetry Series now and then, and he clearly has no qualms about booking

AMANDA DAHILL-MOORE writes, works, and makes art in Durham. She studied writing and sculpture at Guilford College. Her interest in social spaces and lived experience has lead to several installations and collaborative multimedia projects in Durham. She is currently writing her first book of poems.

As CALAPSE, Reed Benjamin creates electronic music using analog synths and drum machines as well as digital software.

Apocalypse How?

3.9_page_phil-torres-book-coverCan’t express how much I enjoyed geeking out with existential risk studies specialist Phil Torres about nanobots, biotech, A.I. and other day-after-tomorrow threats to our species’ survival. The world will end not with a bang or a whimper but in a flood of gray goo? Well, it may depend on the choices we make today. Read the Q&A about Phil’s book The End: What Science and Religion Tell Us About the Apocalypse in the INDY, and be sure your nightlight has fresh batteries. Existential risk is cool but unnerving stuff. Now I’m worried my smartphone is trying to harvest my molecules.

The Best Little Tuba Museum in Durham


Vince Simonetti at the V&E Historic Tuba Collection in Durham / photo for INDY Week by Alex Boerner

Seven years ago, I visited The Tuba Exchange, the lemon-yellow house on Chapel Hill Road in Durham that seems like it must be a front for something but isn’t. I wrote about it for the INDY. Now, with the retail business gone and the space preparing to reopen as a museum to showcase Vince Simonetti’s incredible tuba collection, I’ve gone and written about it again. What a cool place.

Durham Microcinema Goes Large


Brendan and Jeremy Smyth / photo for INDY Week by Jeremy M. Lange

Oh hey, I have a blog! Imagine. So many stories since I last took the time to post on it, but this one reminded me to, because I’m really psyched and a little awed about what the Smyth twins are bringing to Durham. After basically single (double?) handedly creating a social nexus for experimental film with their Unexposed series, Brendan and Jeremy are going all in, plunking down cash to rent their own commercial space and upping their programming from monthly to weekly. Catch the grand opening of the new Unexposed Microcinema this Friday, and learn more about the Smyths and their series here.