Arts and Entertainment

Nightsound: Not your typical recording studio

Nightsound: Not your typical recording studio

A music hotbed on Main Street in Carrboro? While Cat’s Cradle may be the first to come to mind, it’s certainly not alone. Chris Wimberley’s Nightsound Studios, located at 116 W. Main St., is dedicated to helping local musicians from all genres maximize their talent and resources, but with a personal touch. “Nightsound is a place which is just as… Read more →

Artist incorporates graffiti's message into mural

Artist incorporates graffiti’s message into mural

If you’ve ever been to downtown Chapel Hill, you’ve probably seen the “Parade of Humanity” mural. Located on the west wall of the Carolina Coffee Shop on East Franklin Street, the mural includes an array of people, animals, objects and symbols that represent the town and the University. But in early December 2014, passers-by saw more than just the familiar… Read more →

Aldermen get feedback on new arts building

Aldermen get feedback on new arts building

  Residents on Tuesday seized another opportunity to weigh in on a proposal for Carrboro to contribute $7.5 million toward a new building to house the ArtsCenter and a local children’s museum. People packed Carrboro Town Hall for Tuesday night’s public hearing, the second in as many weeks as the Board of Aldermen sought public input on the proposed public-private… Read more →

A love for something bigger than beer

A love for something bigger than beer

Craft breweries are the poster boys of the modern beer movement. The depth of flavors, quality of ingredients, and small-scale brewing techniques have fueled beer’s progressive movement into the 21st century. David Larsen, founder of YesterYears brewery and taproom, located at 300 E. Main Street, comes late to the microbrewery game, but it’s not the future he’s looking toward. “I… Read more →

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 →