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Music on the Porch: (J) Rowdy & the NightShift, Thurs, Sept 1 at 5:30 pm

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Joshua “Rowdy” Rowsey is an underground North Carolina recording artist, actor/improviser, and writer featured on NPR, DJ Booth, Indy Week, and various national publications–most recently performing at the Del Close Marathon alongside improvisers such as Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation). Rowdy is a founding member of the national hip hop collective No9to5 Music. Proclamation2He initiated the UNC-Chapel Hill cypher, which unofficially broke a Guinness World Record for longest group freestyle (decision pending) and was nominated for an Indy Week award. Rowsey has shared the stage with Rakim, Busta Rhymes, Murs, Snow Tha Product, Asher Roth, and a plethora of other national recording artists.

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The NightShift is a live hip hop group that formed in Chapel Hill in early 2015. The two permanent members, Atticus Reynolds and Kevin Beardsley, collaborate with other local instrumentalists as the backing band to No9to5 Music as well as (J) Rowdy & the NightShift. Their music is available on SoundCloud, iTunes, and Spotify.

This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!

Music on the Porch: Nathan Bowles, Thurs, Sept 8 at 5:30 pm

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Nathan Bowles’ music, previously featured on NPR, has been called “hypnotic” and “mesmerizing,” “a Terrence Malick film in a handful of strings.” When not performing with the Black Twig Pickers or Pelt, Nathan explores the possibilities of the clawhammer banjo as a solo artist, inspired in part by his childhood home on the Virginia side of the Great Dismal Swamp. HiPoB-28s third solo album, recently released by the Paradise of Bachelors record label, is titled Whole & Cloven.

This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!

Process Series Opening Reception: Fri, Sept 9 at 5:30 pm

ProcessJoin us at the Center as we kick off the 2016-17 season of UNC’s Process Series. Dedicated to the development of new and significant works in the performing arts, the Series features professionally mounted, developmental presentations of new works in progress. Its mission is to illuminate the ways in which artistic ideas take form, to examine the creative process, to offer audiences the opportunity to follow artists and performers as they explore and discover, and to enrich the development process for artists with the ultimate goals of better art and a closer relationship between artists and audiences.

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Your Desires in Fragments, Sept 30 / Oct 1

This reception will include live music by Nicholas DiEugenio and Mimi Solomon as well as comments by Process Series Director Joseph Megel, Communication Department chair Pat Parker, and Senior Associate Dean for Fine Arts & Humanities Terry Rhodes. We’ll also enjoy a sneak preview of an upcoming performance. This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Hutchins Lecture: Bernard E. Powers, Thurs, Oct 27 at 4:30 pm

“Manners, Memory, and Murder in America’s Holy City”

Sometimes called the “Holy City,” Charleston, South Carolina is one of America’s oldest and most historic cities. It has won numerous awards for its residents’ politeness, and it has been chosen as a top destination for world travelers. However, the nation was shocked by the racially motivated murders that occurred at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the summer of 2015. The reverberations of this tragic event were felt most powerfully across the South, where they amplified ongoing and crucial Powers1debates about the region’s understanding of history, memory, and race. In this lecture, Powers will examine the meaning of what happened in Charleston, the cultural intro-spection it triggered, and its ongoing significance for understanding life in the South today.

We_Are_CharlestonBernard E. Powers, Professor of History at the College of Charleston, has published numerous works on African American social and cultural evolution. His book Black Charlestonians: A Social History 1822-1885 (University of Arkansas Press, 1994) won a Choice Award for Best Academic Books. Powers also served as associate editor for The South Carolina Encyclopedia (Columbia: USC Press, 2006), and he recently co-authored We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel (Thomas Nelson, 2016).

This lecture, to be held in the Pleasants Family Room at Wilson Library, is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Music on the Porch: Harmonyx, Thurs, Aug 25 at 5:30

Join us TONIGHT for the first live show of Fall 2016! Last year, the undergraduate a cappella singers of Harmonyx wowed us with their awesome vocals, harmonies, and beatboxing. We are thrilled to host them once again for UNC’s Week of Welcome.

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Founded in 1995 by members of the Black Student Movement, Harmonyx performs old and new favorites from R&B, Hip Hop, Gospel, Soul, and Pop–delivering rhythm and gaining audience since their creation. But don’t take our word for it–you can view their 20th anniversary concert here.

This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!