About this blog

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.....]

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Yes one more art venue -- this time in Raleigh

The long, winding journey of the Raleigh Contemporary Art Museum ends this weekend with its opening  in downtown west Raleigh.  A gentleman and photographer named John Morris has a marvelous blog called Goodnight, Raleigh that has a lengthy post on the museum, its history and the development of the building with some excellent before, during and after shots. John begins his post...

This weekend the Contemporary Art Museum will officially open with a catered street festival and black tie event Friday, and the free admission official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday.
It’s my belief that CAM’s opening in this beautiful building in the Warehouse District is the greatest thing to happen to Downtown Raleigh since the new Convention Center opened almost three years ago.
This weeks Independent also has a couple of features on the museum here and here.  One of John's photos of the building is linked below.

Copyright John Morris

Friday, April 29, 2011

Another arts venue???

From the News & Observer Campus Notes Blog. Hmmm?? The idea is to have the old Chapel Hill Museum building at 523 E. Franklin St. become a joint UNC-CH-Town of Chapel Hill space for art and art events.  The blog post includes the UNC-CH proposal by Distinguished Professor of Art elin o'Hara slavik which begins:
523 East Franklin will be named CHART to be able to promote, brand and support the space as a location to be visited. It will be a collaborative project space between the town of Chapel Hill (Jeff York, Public Arts Administrator) and UNC’s Art Department (Professor elin o’Hara slavick), with a 3-year renewable contract/lease with an "out clause" for both parties.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Call for musicians for the 14th Annual Carrboro Music Festival

The 14th Annual Carrboro Music Festival will be held on Sunday, September 25th, 2011.  If you'd like to apply to perform go here for both a printable PDF or online submittal. Whatever type of music you play, it likely fits the bill for Carrboro!

Please note:  applications are due by July 10th.

Here's a video by my talented friend Nic Berry from 2005:

Carrboro Music Festival - BeeryMedia.com from BeeryMedia.com on Vimeo.

Keeping up with artist opportunities

From the NC Arts Council on keeping up with artist opportunities:

The N.C. Arts Council is pleased to share the following opportunities for artists that have recently been submitted to us. Please contact the organization listed if you have any questions.
 The Arts Council does not endorse or recommend any specific opportunities, but provides this list for information only. We encourage artists to research each opportunity thoroughly before applying. Artist opportunities may be submitted to jennifer.huggins@ncdcr.gov.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Two great music shows coming up at the Artscenter

Joe Ely on June 18th brings the best in Americana and David Wilcox on July 11 the best in singer-songwriter folk.  Tickets links: Joe Ely and David Wilcox

Joe Ely on Flickr

Art discussion on the radio at WCOM FM 103.5

Carrboro's very own community radio, WCOM 103.5, provides all kinds of interesting programming: music, politics, African-American and Latino issues, energy, health, etc.  The schedule is here.

For our purposes, its the arts that is important and there are a number of shows that address a range of artistic endeavors.  For now I am going to ignore music shows where the focus is a Deejay spinning CDs.

How about the Book Beat or Inside the Artists Studio with interviews and discussion on books and visual art respectively?  Or the compendium of what's going on in the arts locally with Jackie Helvey and Valerie Schwartz called The West End Report on the Arts?  Then there is Readings With Tobin Logan
which focuses on children's literature. 

The radio station is streamed here but I listen to it using the TuneIn Radio app on my iPhone.

Last chance for photographers out there

The deadline for entries into the ArtsCenter 18th Annual Community Photography Contest is fast approaching.  In fact it's this Saturday, April 30th.  Download your application form and pick up that old Brownie camera.  Or maybe just use your iPhone.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Good news, bad news (but the good kicks ass on the bad)

Old Ceremony, one of my favorite bands, wanted to tour Europe but one little old thing got in the way. Cash. Moola, Greenbacks. Coinage. Dough. Bread. Scratch. Mazuma. They needed not one but $4,999 smackers to be exact.

So they went to Kickstarter and setup their own little piggy bank.  What exactly is Kickstarter you say? Ask and I deliver:

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wow: The Haw River Ballroom opening on May 27!

With Love Language opening for the New Ceremony. Two of my favorite bands playing in my old stomping grounds/home out in Saxapahaw.  Nothing much on the website yet but bookmark it anyway.

If you're on Facebook go and click the Like button at their page.

If you've been following me you know I love "The Love Language"!

One of favorite new bands and by far my fave new local band.  They just finished playing Coachella and then an opener for frickin' Arcade Fire in frickin' Santa Fe!   They topped that off by stopping by at the topnotch indie music website HearYa's studio in Chicago to lay down some live tracks which you can download here.  The Love Language website has a list of their upcoming tour dates that includes May 3-6 at Slim's in Raleigh but according to the always reliable Triangle Music blog only the 3rd and 4th are still available.  They're blowing up people!

Here's the vid of them doing Two Rabbits originally released on their self-titled debut:

The Love Language - Two Rabbits from HearYa.com on Vimeo.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Just more Superchunk!

The latest video from Superchunk's most excellent CD Majesty Shredding, here's Crossed Wires.....

Buy it here or on iTunes.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Metal Animals at the Carrboro's Farmers Market

Here's one that's a bit different.  I was at the Carrboro Farmers Market the past two Saturdays giving out circles for the Circle 100 Art project.  I noticed the parents with their children enjoying the metal critters on sale so this weekend a took a couple of photos.

Friday, April 8, 2011

30 Band Benefit Show in Carrboro at Jesse's Coffee

From the most excellent Triangle Music blog comes the following:
This weekend, music will be filling Carrboro from morning to night as more than 30 bands take part in a two-day event on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10 called Carrboro Gets the HINT.

The show will be free and is being held to raise awareness of the group HINT, which is the Future of Music Coalition's Health Insurance Navigation Tool which provides musicians with advise about health insurance options.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Circle Game

Thanks to Debbie Meyer at the Chapel Hill News for the front page article on the  Circle Art 100 Project! You've got a week to get your circles in!

Photo by Harry Lynch, © Chapel Hill News.  Circles by Karen Stone

New Ackland exhibit on German art

Two new exhibits of German art open tomorrow at the UNC Ackland Museum.  One exhibit includes  prints and drawings from 1840-1940.  The list of artists is impressive:
This exhibition includes more than 75 prints and drawings by Adolf Menzel, Max Klinger, K├Ąthe Kollwitz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Max Beckmann, and others.

Poets reading at Carrboro Day, May 1st Town Hall

The following announcement from the Town of Carrboro Poet Laureate, Jay Bryan:


Continuing a tradition that began in 1995, the Carrboro Day celebration on Sunday, May 1st, will feature several distinguished local poets.
The poetry readings will begin at 2:30 p.m.  in the Town Hall Board Room and last until about 4:00.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Jackie Helvey Week in Carrboro

Last night the Town of Carrboro Board of Alderman honored Ms. Jackie Helvey and declared the first week of May "Jackie Helvey Week in Carrboro".  Mayor Mark Chilton noted that he believes this is the first time Carrboro has given anyone a week.  Plenty of Carrboro days but no weeks.  Here's the text of the resolution:

Resolution No.

WHEREAS, Ms. Jackie Helvey has been an untiring advocate for the arts in Carrboro; and 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Maggi Grace's new show!

The Sound of Angels -- new artwork by Carrboro artist Maggi Grace
The Red Bicycle Coffee and Cafe
2805 Homestead Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

April 1 - June 1, 2011

Visit:    www.maggigrace.com    

Monday, April 4, 2011

Good link for learning about the Carrboro Circle 100 Art Project

Jackie at www.carrboro.com has a great description of our art project.  Check it out here.

Valarie Schwartz's circle made from wine bottle foil!