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Music on the Porch: Mipso, Tues, Apr 14, 2015 at 5:30 pm

**Due to a forecast of inclement weather, this event will be held in the large auditorium of the Genome Science Building, room G-100.** Free parking will be available after 5:00 pm in the Bell Tower Parking Deck.**  

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Join us for a night of live music and conversation with UNC’s very own Mipso! These self-described “renegade traditionalists” are doing their part to take three-part harmony and Appalachian influences into new territory. Formed in Chapel Hill in 2010 and fresh off their 5,000-mile “Tour of Everywhere,” the band features Jacob Sharp (mandolin), Wood Robinson (bass), Joseph Terrell (guitar), and Libby Rodenbough (violin). You can sample some tunes from their 2013 album “Dark Holler Pop” on their website, on Bandcamp, or at ReverbNation.

This show is free and open to the public. Bring an umbrella and stay for a while!

Music on the Porch: Mary D. Williams, Thursday, April 9 at 5:30 pm

MWilliamsJoin us at the Love House & Hutchins Forum as living legend Mary D. Williams performs “Music from the Movement,” accompanied by Wilbur Tharpe. A combination of spirituals, protest songs, and inspiring tunes from the Civil Rights Movement, this performance will take you on an aural history tour from the time of slavery through the present day. Williams is an African American historian and performer with over twenty years of experience performing songs and narratives about southern black culture. Tharpe accompanies Williams on her performances around the country and has over forty years of experience in music.

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

African American History Month Lecture by Khalil Muhammad, Tues, April 7 at 7:00 pm

Khalil Muhammad lecture

Italy and the American South: Seba Pezzani, Thursday, April 9 at 3:00 pm

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Join us at the Love House & Hutchins Forum for the next installment of “What’s Up Down South?” hosted by William R. Ferris. Ferris will be joined by translator and blues musician Seba Pezzani, as well as novelists Jeffery Deaver and Joe Lansdale.

Pezanni translated Ferris’s Blues From the Delta into its Italian edition, Il Blues del Delta, and has also worked with Deaver and Lansdale. The four will discuss the collaborative process of translating. For the second half of the program, Pezzani, who tours with his band RAB4 and directs a blues festival in Piacenza, Italy, will perform with Lansdale’s daughter and Texan singer-songwriter Kasey Lansdale.

Tell About the South: Elizabeth Engelhardt, Tues, March 31 at 12:30 pm

EngelhardtAn often-repeated line about the southern food story is that restaurant culture was delayed in the U.S. South relative to the rest of the nation. Even Kim Severson’s recent New York Times profile of female chefs in North Carolina is a version of the argument. Concurrently, Elizabeth Engelhardt made the argument in her most recent book, A Mess of Greens, that we should study the foods and tables in the middle—beyond the fetishized plantation tables of excess or the differently romanticized tables of black and white poverty—to understand the daily decisions that connect past and future, processed and home grown, regional and national, individual and structural of southern food. This discussion, titled “Boardinghouse Space: Rewriting Southern Food Studies,” proposes that the public, middling restaurant table has been hiding in plain sight: the understudied, undercounted, but ever-present boardinghouse table in southern communities large and small.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.