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April 22, 2010

The DOUGHMAN is for lazy people too

So not too long ago I reminded all of my fellow Durhamites that the third annual DOUGHMAN is coming (and yes, it must always be capitalized – style guide y’all).  A lot of you were probably thinking, well, that’s pretty damn cool, and all the eating stuff sounds awesome, but I could do without all the running and biking and water activity-ing and the what-not.  Well fear not couch crusaders, because the DOUGHMAN is for lazy people too.

On the evening of May 29th, after all the competitive eating has completed, and those participating have had enough time to digest, the DOUGHMAN hEArTS Durham Banquet will take place at the Durham Athletic Park.  Tons of great local restaurants (Piedmont, Toast, Fosters, Tosca, Locopops, etc) will be offering various dishes and local beer (Foothills, CBC, etc) will be flowing as well. Music, good people, good food, and a great cause – the Durham Inner City Garden and SeeSaw Studios will be the benefactors of the event.

Pick up a ticket soon, cus they will most definitely sell out.  See you all there, fat & happy.

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April 22, 2010

Your Inner Burt

Remember the dudes that played croquet with us last year? No, not the beer guys… nope, not the dudes that won either. I’m talking about the good people from the Durham based ad agency Baldwin&. (I think they placed second – which ain’t too shabby considering the stiff competition.) ANYWAY – in honor of Earth Day, David & his team have launched a microsite and a brilliant campaign for Burts Bees encouraging people to ‘find their inner Burt.’ Read about the project here & then visit the site. Always wonderful to see such excellent work from local creatives.

Check back in a week for an interview with David about the project and about their future ambitions in the world of croquet!


March 22, 2010


Today is my wife’s birthday! This past year has been a difficult one for her as she has started her own business. Venturing out on your own is a difficult undertaking, especially when you’re trying to make money doing the things you love. Striking a balance between the work you love and business finances can be trying. So, today I’d like to share with you all the amazing things Ellie has accomplished this year!

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February 19, 2010

The DOUGHMAN is coming


Gear up Durhamites, The DOUGHMAN is coming on May 29, 2010.

For those of you that don’t know about the DOUGHMAN, it’s probably the coolest event you’ll ever hear about.  It’s the world’s premiere team-relay-quadrathalon-slash-eating-contest and it’s coming back to Durham for the third year after a ridiculously successful 2009 race which was featured on Man vs. Food.  This local tour-de-gastronomic-force will feature some of our favorite Durham delights like Hog Heaven, Local Yogurt, Dain’s, LocoPops, and more.  Each leg of the relay journey involves casually enjoying wolfing a meal at one of these fine establishments and then heading off on an athletic event (running, biking, ‘water activity’) and then meeting the whole team for a final dessert course and sprint to the finish line.

The DOUGHMAN is also a charity event, and has raised over $12,000 for the Durham Inner City Gardeners (DIG) through sponsorship and donations over the last two years.  This  year, SeeSaw Studio will also be a beneficiary of the event.

So why talk about this on OK Great?  Well first of all, it’s Durham, it’s awesome, and that’s just what we do here.  Secondly, last year’s poster was designed by some of the talented folks writing for this blog, and this year, we (myself and a partner) were given the unenviable task of trying to follow up their great work from last year (see above, click to embiggify).  Hopefully ya’ll like the poster, and maybe you’ll even see it around town over the next months before the big date.

If you are interested in participating, rally up a team of three of your pals, head over to starting on March 1, and sign up your team.  And start training!

And if you’re not into the whole athletic side of things, but want to get involved with the whole eating delicious local food side of things, the DOUGHMAN will also be hosting their second annual Local Foods Banquet at Durham Central Park Pavilion on the Saturday evening following the race – more deets about that will be coming soon on their website.


December 16, 2009

Mikel Robinson

Hey OK Greatsters!  It’s Michael, you know, the new kid.  Let’s start things off with a bang shall we.

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I feel like this is what dreams (or nightmares?) looked like 100 years ago.

I came across the work of Mikel Robinson at the Durham Art Walk a few years ago and I’ve always made it a point to stop by his booth each time he’s exhibiting around town.  It’s a combination of prints, found objects, wood, and a ton of distressing, both by hand and by computer, often finished with wax or some other sealant to lock in all of those precious layers.  His work is really best appreciated in person since most of his ‘flat’ pieces are actually quite 3-dimensional.  Unfortunately, his website seems a bit neglected, but there are still plenty of gems in there.

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November 11, 2009

Blackarm Bespoke


I am pleased to introduce local designer Kieran Ionescu. I met Kieran a couple of years ago right before he moved to Hungary to apprentice under a master shoe maker. How cool is that!? He’s back in Durham now and he’s started a custom footwear business called Blackarm Bespoke. “Shoes are bench made, one pair at a time, by hand, using traditional methods. Commissions are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.” A lot of thoughtful care goes into each pair of shoes which is completely evident in the final product.

To celebrate the new business, Kieran is teaming up with our friends from Raleigh Denim for a special launch party. The event will be held at Labour Love Gallery in Durham on Saturday, December 5th at 6pm. Be there, fools!


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September 11, 2009

Get Up: 9/19

Local people: on September 19th, LaborLove Gallery in Durham is hosting a showcase of local graffiti art, “Bombed: Panels, Picks and Kicks”.  Four local painters (Window-Down Crew) are going to work it out on 4′ x 8′ panels at the gallery during the days immediately before the show.  DJ’s + a breakdance crew will round out opening night.

The LaborLove people just released this time-lapse video of the artists working on two panels.  I’m sold.  See you there, fools.


September 2, 2009


Something on tonight’s Man VS Food episode on the Travel Channel may look familiar to you. That’s because the host will be running The DOUGHMAN!! Remember those kick ass posters we designed a while back? The rounds of mad scientist-like experiments? The blood, sweat, t-shirts and, uh, dough?


The race was not only a television star, but a fundraising success as well. They managed to raise over $12,000.00 this year! Twelve thousand U.S. dollars for the Durham Inner-city Gardeners program at SEEDS. Amazing. We’re proud to have helped out in some small way.

So, watch it for yourself tonight at 10 pm EST. If you don’t have a TV or a comfy couch just head over to Dain’s Place on Ninth Street where the Doughman crew (whadup, Pae and Emily!) is hosting a viewing party open to the public. I hear there’s beer involved. Specifically, a Foothills Brewery cask. YESSSS.



August 21, 2009

Lump Benefit 8/22


Triangle people! This Saturday our friends at Lump Gallery in Raleigh will be hosting their 3rd annual benefit/dance.  All they’re askin’ for is a $5 donation, which ain’t much considering what you’ll get in return: 3 DJ’s, live video mixing by Ashevillian Megan McKissack and a video screening by Acid Rain Production.

Not to mention another year of the amazing talent that Lump manages to wrangle up and bring to the Triangle.  Support your local LUMP!

Official flyer after the jump.

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August 19, 2009

Katy Clove

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Katy is an excellent paper cut artist based in Durham. She worked as the in-house designer and archivist for the wonderful Branch Gallery before it closed early this year. Currently she is exhibiting in Atlanta, but will probably be showing again in Durham some time soon. I highly recommend seing her work in person, as the intimacy of the paper silhouettes are  somewhat lost on the web.


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