Arts & Culture

This area has been known for decades for its thriving creative music scene. Many people travel from around the region – and sometimes around the world – to attend shows at the Cat's Cradle and other venues in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Less famous, but also doing us proud, are visual artists, dancers, actors, and filmmakers around the Triangle. In fact, Chapel Hill was home to the first Flicker festival, which now takes place in ten cities around the world!

Carrboro mural destroyed

This is just terrible. Carrboro's mural between Weaver and Main Street is gone. The work was originally created as a fund raiser for Club Nova in 2002 and found new life as a poem by Carrboro's first Poet Laureate in 2003. Now it's a blank slate.

On Tuesday, the mural on the side wall of the Jade Palace Chinese restaurant became a blanket of sea-foam green after three men said a man offered them money to paint over it.

"One part of it was something my nephew painted, and that meant so much to me," restaurant co-owner Jenny Chan said. "It breaks my heart. It's so sad to see it all destroyed so quickly."
- | Carrboro mural painted over

Even sadder is how it was done:

Let Robert Speak

Some folks who enjoy the public announcements of U bus driver Robert Moore were very unhappy to see him silenced after a recent complaint. So much so that they started a petition:

Dear Mayor Kevin Foy

For the duration of his ten years of employment with Chapel Hill Transit System, bus driver Robert Moore has consistently used the vehicle's intercom system to speak to the passengers on his various routes. These verbal exchanges involve Mr. Moore wishing riders well as they board the bus, exit the bus, and inspiring them with positive, self-affirming encouragement during the actual commute. Some of the addresses take on a call and response format between Mr. Moore and the passengers, for those who wish to participate. There is no coercion used on passengers who do not wish to speak, nor are there consequences of any kind for those who choose not to participate.

Carrboro Day

... is this Sunday. What's your favorite activity? Do you think it will rain?


  • 12:30-1:00 Village Band
  • 1:15- 1:45 L in Japanese
  • 2:00-2:30 Bo Lozoff & Friends
  • 2:45-3:15 Shannon O'Connor
  • 3:30-4:00 Great Big Gone
  • 4:15-4:45 Lo K Shun
  • 5:00-5:30 Too Much Fun
  • 5:45-6:15 Saludos Compay
  • 6:30-7:00 Storm Front

Stories & Magic

  • 2:00-4:00 Deep Magic of Joshua Lozoff
  • 2:00-3:00 Mother Goose


Skill Share @ the Hillsborough Road Co-op

Free food, workshops, and music this Saturday (May 5) and Sunday (May 6) at the Weaver Community Housing Association's oldest cooperative. Sustainable food harvesting workshops, gender identity discussions, magic trick swap, and more! All documented by The People's Channel! All ages welcome. Please bring a donation for the bands.

Hillsborough photos and more on Friday

This looks interesting:

Hillsborough's people and stories will be showcased in a photo documentary to be presented Friday during the year's first Last Friday.

A sampling of photographs will be exhibited on the sidewalk outside Orange County Courthouse, beginning at 6 p.m. at the downtown arts event. At 7:30 p.m., a narrated slideshow presentation will be given inside the county building at 110 E. King St., where the Economic Development Commission and Board of Elections offices are housed.

The documentary is 14 individual stories documented by undergraduate students in a class called Small Town USA at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies. The students toured the town in January with Mayor Tom Stevens and with Cathleen Turner, executive director of the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough.

- Hillsborough press release

Also in Hillsborough on Friday:

• Stop by the Coldwell Banker office at 114 W. King Street between 6-8pm to learn more about CPR, heart attacks, strokes and have a free blood pressure reading.



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