Arts and Entertainment

Playing for yourself, not for another’s ears, at a Carrboro gathering of songwriters

Playing for yourself, not for another’s ears, at a Carrboro gathering of songwriters

There’s refuge here. From auto-tune perfection. From contests hawking the industry’s next darling. From judgment, scorn, anything to muffle a voice. That’s anathema here. And that’s how Kirk Ridge says he likes it. “When you’ve done this for a long time, it’s easy to lose your honesty and your authenticity and your soul,” says Ridge, 64, whose music has appeared… Read more →

The Grammy winner from Lloyd Street: Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten’s ascent from Carrboro to folk royalty

The Grammy winner from Lloyd Street: Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten’s ascent from Carrboro to folk royalty

From her house on Lloyd Street, tucked into bed when she, at last, honored her mother’s pleas to put down the guitar and go to bed, she heard the trains on the tracks that cut through Main Street and sidled up to Lloyd. Chug. Chug. Chug. It was too melodic to ignore. She drifted off to sleep with notes in… Read more →

Exhibit features town’s change

Exhibit features town’s change

Sharing a common passion about a small town’s culture and identity, two men with different interests and backgrounds are once again documenting the evolution of Carrboro through words and pictures. Richard Ellington was born and raised in Carrboro and worked in information technology for 43 years. Dave Otto was born and raised in Massachusetts and worked as a research psychologist… Read more →

Chemist by day, tattoo artist by night

Chemist by day, tattoo artist by night

Since Sam Kirby, a Carrboro resident, graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in chemistry, he has been working in a lab in Raleigh that produces LED lights. But on nights and weekends he dives into his true passion—tattooing. Jackson Phetxumphou, a former tattoo shop owner, said it is difficult to get an apprenticeship because many tattoo artists are unwilling… Read more →

Forget candy and flowers; local residents celebrate their love for Carrboro this month

Forget candy and flowers; local residents celebrate their love for Carrboro this month

Red, decorated heart cutouts hung from the ceiling at the headquarters for TABLE, a nonprofit hunger-relief organization based in Carrboro. Picked over cookies sat on the front table, left over from a celebration early last week. The scene resembled an elementary school Valentine’s Day party—minus the shelves stocked with non-perishable goods ranging from Campbell’s soup to Welch’s grape jelly. But… Read more →

ArtsCenter courses bring education to community

ArtsCenter courses bring education to community

Whether your interests include cooking, dancing, ceramics, or even drawing dinosaurs, the ArtsCenter of Carrboro has a class for you. With classes available for all ages and schedules, the ArtsCenter forms the key nucleus of the arts in Carrboro. Shirlette Ammons, the Youth Arts Coordinator for the center, located at 300-G E. Main St., said that the center’s pride comes… Read more →

Perch Studios provides co-working space, art exhibits to Carrboro

Perch Studios provides co-working space, art exhibits to Carrboro

Around 10 years ago, a puppy tore up the cover of an old book belonging to Anna Troupe. Trying to salvage the cover, Troupe meticulously attempted to piece it back together. That process eventually inspired her to make collage artwork, which evolved from a hobby into a profession. Troupe’s work is now featured in an exhibit at Perch Studios, at… Read more →

The ArtsCenter presents to the Board of Aldermen

The ArtsCenter presents to the Board of Aldermen

Members of the board of directors of the ArtsCenter provided a vision for the new facility and the creative economy of Carrboro during its presentation to the Board of Aldermen on Oct. 8. Don Rose, vice chair of the ArtsCenter board of directors, and Philip Szostak, principal of Szostak Design, architect for the new ArtsCenter as well as an ArtsCenter… Read more →