We hope you enjoyed the latest installments of the Center’s outdoor music series. In case you missed them, or if you’d like to relive the experience, click below to hear a few of our favorite numbers. We’ll be back on the porch (and lawn) with more great acts in Spring 2017!
Ray Cashman has been called a “gritty baritone” and “gumbo troubadour” that can “conjure up the ghosts of the Mississippi.” He has worked as a carpenter, a forklift driver, a mystery shopper, a field hand, a fry cook, a car salesman, a long-distance driver, a bartender, a store clerk, a plumber, a roofer, and a stay-at-home Dad.
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Texas, Cashman now resides in Nolensville, Tennessee, where he writes songs about “love, food, music, murder, illicit substances, and the yearning to leave small-town America.” His music is also influenced by his travels around the South (and abroad) and his love of Southern Gothic literature. Cashman’s sixth studio album, Slow Drag, is due out in October 2016, and clips are available on SoundCloud and ReverbNation.
This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!
Our Fall 2016 art exhibit features photographs from William Ferris’s latest book, The South in Color. Together with his two 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.
Ferris 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.
Join 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 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.