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


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.


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


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.


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: Tracie McMillan, Tues, Sept 13 at 4:30 pm

Our first James & Marguerite Hutchins Lecture American_Way_1of the semester, titled “Southern Hunger and the American Food System,” will be presented by award-winning journalist Tracie McMillan. McMillan is author of the bestselling study The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table (Scribners, 2012), which poses the question, “What would it take for us all to eat well?” She has written about food, labor, and class for The New York Times, the Washington Post, National Geographic, Harper’s Magazine, Mother Jones, Saveur, and Slate.

McMillan2The American South is often celebrated for its rich food heritage and its powerful influence on American cuisine, but the region’s culture and politics are also linked to the darker side of food. McMillan will discuss how modern American food issues like hunger, wages, and labor are deeply tied to the history of the South. You can read more about McMillan’s work on “The New Face of Hunger” here.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by UNC’s Food For All steering committee. The lecture will be held in the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room at the Stone Center. Light refreshments will be served.

Art Reception: The South in Color, Friday, Sept 16 at 5:30

Our Fall 2016 art exhibit features photographs from William Ferris’s latest book, The South in Color. Ferris is the Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History at UNC-Chapel Hill and the former chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Together with his Ferris1two previous books, Give My Poor Heart Ease and The Storied South, The South in Color completes Ferris’s documentary trilogy on the South’s tumultuous twentieth century. Although color film was not commonly used by documentarians during the latter half of the twentieth century, Ferris found color to work in significant ways in the photographic journals he created of his world in all its permutations and surprises.

FerrisFerris writes, “These portraits are not of the region’s celebrities–such as Eudora Welty and B.B. King–whom I photographed and wrote about elsewhere. They are, rather, prison inmates, quilt makers, and roadside vendors, photographed as they went about their daily lives. Each person has a deep connection to the place in which she or he lives, and they share intimate ties to family and friends in those places.”

The reception will include light refreshments and a live performance by acclaimed jazz vocalist Yolanda Hall. This event, which is co-sponsored by UNC Press, is free and open to the public.