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Co-sponsored event: FD200 Kickoff Celebration postponed due to inclement weather

Come help us kick-off a community-wide celebration of the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass with an evening of art and song. Visionary artist Tarish Pipkins, aka Jeghetto, will unveil his newest creation, a Frederick Douglass puppet and multimedia performance. Acclaimed gospel singer and scholar Mary D. Williams will celebrate Douglass by singing the story of the African-American experience–from slavery to abolition and beyond.

This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. Special thanks to our co-sponsors: Orange County, the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, the Chapel Hill Public Library, and the Chapel Hill chapter of the NAACP.

RISING Photography Exhibit Opening, Fri, Feb 16 at 5:30 pm

RISING is a collaborative multimedia research project, using photography and oral history to better understand coastal communities’ beliefs and understandings regarding climate change. What changes have coastal residents witnessed due to recurring coastal hazards? How have they adapted to the changes? How have these past experiences with hazards affected their perceptions of future climate change and sea level rise?

Join us for the opening reception on Friday, Feb 16th, featuring remarks by project directors Baxter Miller and Ryan Stancil as well as snacks by Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner.

This project is made possible by a Community Collaborative Research Grant, a program of North Carolina Sea Grant in partnership with the William R. Kenan Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science at NC State University. Special thanks to our co-sponsors, Food For All, the Coastal Resilience Center, and the Department of American Studies.

Tell About the South: Kimberly Kyser, Thurs, Feb 22 at 12:30 pm

Talking about table manners is a prickly proposition–and big business in the twenty-first century. Join us for a “proper” southern luncheon with Kimberly Kyser, author of Ticket, a thoroughly modern etiquette book that demystifies the dreaded prissiness of “proper” behavior. Kyser draws on personal experience, historical research, and humor to remind us that social skills—especially table manners—are important and will always be a mainstay of civilized conduct. 

Born in Hollywood and raised in North Carolina, Kimberly Kyser graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Art History. She then studied at the Parson’s School of Design, New York, and later earned a B.F.A. in painting at the Atlanta College of Art (now SCAD). After a career in the fine arts with exhibitions in the Southeast and works in private and public collections in the US and abroad, she opened Kimberly Kyser, Inc. to design and manufacture special occasion clothing. She has 30 original pieces on display as part of the 20th century fashion design collection at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte.

This event is free but registration is very limited, and seats will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP to Patrick Horn at pathorn@unc.edu.

Music on the Porch: Ryan Cavanaugh & Rex McGee, Thurs, March 22 at 5:30 pm

Our Spring 2018 Music on the Porch season opens with two of the best banjo players in the world. Ryan Cavanaugh gained early fame as a young musician, sharing stages with with traditional greats like Doc Watson, Doug Dillard, and John McEuen. Béla Fleck–to whom Cavanaugh is often compared–has called him “one of the best technical players ever.” Ryan’s latest release, with C Lanzbom of Soulfarm and Deadgrass, is Every Note the Heart Can Play (2017).

Born in Winston-Salem, NC and raised on a family farm near Sauratown Mountain, Rex McGee had early formal training on the piano and fiddle. He learned to play from his father Will, a left-handed fiddler who learned from his father on a fiddle made out of a gourd. Rex enjoys performing in various musical genres: rock with Celtic stars Brynmor, traditional and original folk tunes with contra dance group Footloose, and jazz/folk with vocalist Martha Bassett. He is known by 3-finger style banjo players all over the world as a vanguard innovator on an instrument of humble origins.

This event is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 5:00 pm in the Park Place parking lot, approximately two blocks from the Love House & Hutchins Forum. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!

Music on the Porch: Orquestra GarDel, Thurs, Mar 29 at 5:30 pm

With a dizzying repertoire that includes salsa dura, jazz, and Afro-Cuban-inflected originals, Durham’s Orquesta GarDel is one of the most respected salsa groups in the region. Co-founded in 2006 by UNC ethnomusicology professor David Garcia, the group boasts a dynamic roster that connects Latino/a performers with musicians from various cultural backgrounds.

Completamente multinacional, pero con un sabor especial de Carolina del Norte, Orquesta GarDel emociona al público con una experiencia enérgica de música de baile latina. La gran orquesta de trece miembros reproduce el formato clásico de un conjunto Nuyorican de salsa dura repleto de metales, percusión y coros, con en sus propios arreglos de canciones de los grandes artistas de salsa, cumbia y merengue. 

Bring a picnic blanket (or your dancing shoes) and stay for a while! This event is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 5:00 pm in the Park Place parking lot, approximately two blocks from the Love House & Hutchins Forum. Special thanks to our co-sponsors, the Carolina Hispanic Association and the Latina/o Studies Program at UNC-Chapel Hill.