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!

West House

Guest Post by Ellie Kinnaird

"Export the qualities of McCorkle and Polk Places, the low stone walls, brick walks, and natural landscaping of McCorkle and Polk Places are the physical essence of Carolina [and] extending their graceful balance of buildings, open spaces and trees to developing areas of campus will improve the University." That's the recommendation of the Master Plan for UNC's North Campus. What happened to that goal? It has been abandoned and our older buildings on north campus, including the unique and graceful West House, are being sacrificed for a parking deck.

Carrboro Knows the Importance of Bread and Circuses

19 Venues
130 Acts
11 Hours

The Carrboro Music Festival is today! Why would you want to be anywhere else?

It's been going on now for seven years. It's changed its name and place on the calendar, but is still one of the most delightful and most anticipated events of the year.
See you there!

Flicker's Birthday This Weekend, Too

Is it the New Year's Eve romance yeilding September babies? In addition to OP's first birthday, this weekend also brings the 34th birthday of two close friends of mine (both of whom will be at the OP party), and the Flicker Festival's Tenth Birthday!

I have been a loyal Flicker-watcher since it's early days at Local 506, so while this anniversary makes me happy, it also makes me feel really old. ;-} Flicker will be observing it's tenth year with a variety of activities:


The three day event will begin Thursday at the original Flicker venue, Local 506, when all past and current Flicker directors will screen films. Norwood Cheek's "Young Rock" will wrap up the evening and features 17 music videos from bands such as Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, and Polvo. The film provides a veritable slice of the Chapel Hill music scene back from 1994.

8 pm Local 506, Chapel Hill (919) 942-5506


Visit Your Community Radio Station

According to their newsletter, WCOM is having an open house on Sunday for visitors to tour the new station. They don't say when, but I bet any time after brunch at Weaver Street until dark is fair game.

Visit the Studio on Sunday for an informal open house/ studio tour: Jacques and his hardy band of volunteers have been working furiously to get the new studio completed, and we plan to move furniture and equipment in starting tomorrow. We'll be in there all weekend plugging in wires, testing, and getting ready for real programming to begin. All critical studio hardware has been received, and we could really be "live" on the air VERY SOON. Thanks to everyone who has helped pull this together- it's a great testament to what a community can do when we get behind a worthwhile cause.

Radio Free Orange

OK, well almost. WCOM is on the air, but without any programming yet. I think this could be a great asset to our community, but there's a lot of work to be done if it's going to happen. And so far the organization is unproven.

What kind of programming would y'all like to hear on WCOM? Some people have suggested some kind of OrangePolitics talk show where we would discuss the latest issues that are on the website and interview local public figures. What do you think?



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