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This is my blog on the arts scene of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and surrounding Triangle communities. I'll focus on visual arts and the 2ndFriday Artwalk and other visual art events but that doesn't mean I won't chat about music, literary events, film or anything else in the local creative world. Please email with ideas, links, comments or brickbats. [I have comment moderation on so if you don't see your comment right away that means that I haven't had a chance to approve it yet. Sorry, but the spammers.....]

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I'm on the radio now...well not this minute!

I will be a sometime host of the Inside the Artists Studio show on WCOM 103.5 Community Supported Radio serving Chapel Hill and Carrboro.  Molly Matlock, Executive Director of Chatham Arts, has been hosting weekly but asked me and others if we could do shows to lessen her load.

Show details:

Tusedays from 4 - 5 pm.
Live stream @ www.wcomfm.org.
Inside the Arts blog

My first show will be next Tuesday, May 24th and I'll be speaking with a monk from the Drepung Gomang Monastery who is visiting the area on the Sacred Arts Tour 2011.  It ought to be interesting.  Send me questions ahead of time to lighten my load!  More info on their Facebook page, their website or the New York Times.  The Town of Chapel Hill press release is below.

Sacred Arts Tour 2011 comes to Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill welcomes the monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery; a window into another culture.  The tour begins with an opening ceremony on May 22, 2011 at 523 E. Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, NC. The monks will complete their sacred sand mandala over the course of five days and will hold a deconstruction ceremony on May 30, 2011. The mandala construction site will be open to the public from May 22 until May 30.

The Mandala, Tibetan sand painting, is an ancient art form of Tibetan Buddhism. The mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning “cosmogram” or “world in harmony.” Mandalas are drawings in three-dimensional forms of sand. In Tibetan, this art is called dul-tson-kyilkhor which means “mandala of colored powders.”  The monks begin by consecrating the site of the mandala sand painting with approximately 30 minutes of chants, music and mantra recitation. This event is visually and acoustically striking.

Throughout the monks visit, there will be classes for children and adults.  The classes include sand painting and creating butter sculptures in the Losar tradition taking place May 27-29.  100% of all proceeds go directly to support, educate, house, feed, and clothe nearly 2000 refugee monks living at the Drepung Gomang Monastery in Southern India.

Gallery hours 10am – 6:30pm
For event information, class registration, and volunteer opportunities visit www.monkstour.info 

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