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August 2017

Coffee with the Curator, featuring “The Photography of Lewis Hine”

August 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 159 Chestnut St.
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
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Take a walk through the galleries with the Curator and get a behind-the-scenes look into "The Photography of Lewis Hine: Exposing Child Labor in North Carolina, 1908-1918." Guests are invited to converse and pose questions while enjoying complimentary cookies (courtesy of Appalachia Cookie Co.) and coffee (courtesy of Hatchet Coffee Co.) with the Curator at the Museum. The exhibition is on loan from the North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC. Special thanks to our sponsors: Appalachia Cooke Co. &…

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The Big Bang of Modern American Music: The Lasting Impact of 1920s-era Appalachian Recording Sessions

August 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 159 Chestnut St.
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
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2017 marks the 90th anniversary of the Bristol Sessions, a legendary recording event often referred to as "the Big Bang of Country Music."  Held in Bristol, Tennessee, during July-August 1927, those sessions included the first-ever recordings by such important early country recording acts as The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and Blind Alfred Reed. Those sessions were first documented in their entirety by Ted Olson, whose 2005 book and 2011 boxed set brought broad-based attention to those recording sessions in Bristol. Olson subsequently produced and wrote liner notes for…

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September 2017

Mill Mother’s Lament: Child Labor, Protest Music, and Mill Work in North Carolina

September 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 159 Chestnut St.
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
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Join Dr. McDaniel as she discusses North Carolina labor songs and links them to issues of child labor and family in mill villages in North Carolina. After the talk, please visit The Photography of Lewis Hine: Exposing Child Labor in North Carolina, 1908-1918, on loan from the North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC, and on exhibit at BRAHM from August 12 until November 4, 2017. The talk will be accompanied by locally-baked goods and coffee from Boone-based Hatchet Coffee…

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The Greenbriar Ghost: The Unquiet Grave and the Facts Behind the Legend

September 13 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 159 Chestnut St.
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
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Greenbrier County, West Virginia – 1897. A man is convicted of murdering his wife based on the testimony of her ghost. New York Times bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb thoroughly researched this true story, heretofore told as a folktale. Using a century of documents, including birth certificates, death certificates, census records, and newspaper articles, she pieced together a chronicle of events. Told from the point of view of the young African American attorney who second-chaired the defense, The Unquiet Grave brings…

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Romare Bearden: My Friend

September 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 159 Chestnut St.
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
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Join curator Jerald Melberg as he shares stories and anecdotes about his friend Romare Bearden. Melberg knew Bearden during the last 15 years or so of his life, and in many ways Bearden was like a grandfather to him. Of Bearden, Melberg says: “He was intimidatingly bright and knew well his status as an American artist although he never let it (or his ego) get in his way. He simply went to the studio every day and did what he…

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FOOTBALL: Carolina Panthers vs. Buffalo Bills

September 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Movies at the Museum: Waste Land

September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 159 Chestnut St.
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
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What happens in the world’s largest trash city will transform you. Nominated for a 2011 Oscar® for Best Documentary Feature, and filmed over nearly three years, Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores” — or self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective…

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FOOTBALL: Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints

September 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Summer Concert Series: William Jackson

September 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, 159 Chestnut St.
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
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Concerts begin at 4 and seating is first-come, first served. Tickets are nonrefundable. Advance Purchase: $13, members, students, seniors, military, EBT cardholders / $18 all others. Day of Show: $15, members, students, seniors, military, EBT cardholders / $20 all others William Jackson is an award-winning and internationally-known composer, harpist, and multi-instrumentalist, and will present a program of music from Scotland and Ireland. Jackson has been a major figure in traditional Scottish and Irish music for over 30 years. In 1976…

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October 2017

TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band

October 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, 733 Rivers Street
Boone, NC 28608 United States
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$20 - $45

Iconic blues legends Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ unite for historic cross-generational collaboration. “TajMo” marks a timely convergence of the talents of two unique American artists who’ve already built iconoclastic individual legacies that have extended and expanded blues traditions into adventurous new territory. The collaboration brings out the best in both artists, with the pair merging their distinctive voices, personalities and guitar styles to create vibrant, immediate music that’s firmly rooted in tradition yet ruled by a playful sense of adventure. “Don’t pass up…

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