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Couple extends Celtic celebration to community

Couple extends Celtic celebration to community

Singing, dancing, fiddles and Gaelic phrases welcomed the Celtic New Year at Johnny’s Gone Fishing on Saturday, Nov. 1. Stephanie Johnston, a Celtic musician and dancer, and her husband, Dr. Michael Newton, a Scottish Gaelic scholar and writer, planned and held the celebration in hopes of meeting people who would be interested in Celtic workshops. Celtic languages include traditional Irish and Scottish… Read more →

Community radio station WCOM celebrates 10 years

Community radio station WCOM celebrates 10 years

When Carrboro community radio station WCOM launched in 2004, it was a tiny revolution. WCOM, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last week, was one of the first radio stations to open under the Federal Communications Commission’s low-power FM licensing program, an initiative that began in 2000 to offer more licenses to small community radio stations and allowed Carrboro to carve… Read more →

Creative Carrboro committee one step closer to arts district goal

Creative Carrboro committee one step closer to arts district goal

Carrboro is known for its artistic leanings, but now they’re closer than ever to making it official. The seven-member Creative Carrboro committee, given voice by Recreation and Parks Director Anita Jones-McNair, is researching how best to make Carrboro into an “Arts and Creativity District.” “We want to hear the opinions of the people before we do anything,” said Jones-McNair during… Read more →

The art beat in town: The Wacqueline Stern Show

The art beat in town: The Wacqueline Stern Show

Jackie Helvey was enjoying her breakfast at Weaver Street Market when a sweet melody drifted into her ears. There was a young violinist serenading the morning crowd with his playing. Helvey was interested. She walked up to him, handed him a card, and introduced herself. She was Jackie Helvey, host of The Wacqueline Stern Show at WCOM (103.5FM) in Carrboro,… Read more →

Carrboro CD and Record Show fueled by passion, love of music

Carrboro CD and Record Show fueled by passion, love of music

The atmosphere in the Carrboro Century Center on Sunday, Nov. 2, can only be described as “good vibrations.” During the 19th Carrboro CD and Record Show from noon until 6 p.m., guests rummaged through thousands of recordings of all genres, from The Beatles and Nirvana to more obscure bands and musicians such as The Misunderstood. Gerry Williams, the founder and… Read more →

Shining a light on bicycle and pedestrian safety

Shining a light on bicycle and pedestrian safety

Bicyclists and pedestrians gathered for a “Friday Night Lights” event on Oct. 7 that wasn’t about football. The Carrboro Bicycle Coalition, the Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department and Go Chapel Hill hosted “Friday Night Lights” at the Carrboro Town Commons to encourage bicycle and pedestrian safety after dark. The event provided free lights, reflective armbands and safety information for bicyclists… 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 →