Mar 14, 2018 8:30 AM

IXL Live brings a wealth of strategies and insights straight to you—all in one fun and convenient half-day session! This hands-on workshop will take you on a deep dive through the most important parts of IXL (including brand-new areas like the Continuous Diagnostic). You’ll explore practical, powerful ways to use IXL’s curriculum and analytics to solve the challenges in your unique classroom.   This event is highly interactive and limited to 50 participants so we can offer personalized attention to each attendee. You’ll be led by an experienced IXL Professional Learning Specialist and discover and share ideas with other educators in your community. Everyone will walk away feeling challenged, rewarded, and confident in their newfound expertise. Additional benefits include: You’ll return to your school/district with an abundance of new knowledge to share (and have the certificate to prove it). All these insights and ideas require some processing power, so we’ll provide snacks and coffee to fuel your day. Every attendee will receive exclusive IXL swag! Need more info or have questions? Visit, or email us at [email protected]! You can also contact us via phone at 650.372.4327. 

Feb 21, 2018 6:00 PM

Chapel Hill Networking Group Powered by Rockstar Connect presents an evening of free business networking hosted by Mary and Dave Carter.The What: Free after hours business networking event open to all industries and professions. Bring your business cards.The Where: Time-Out Restaurant, N Fordham - 1301 N Fordham Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514The When: Wednesday, February 21st at 6 PM - 8 PMThe Why: Rockstar Connect networking events are widely known as the preeminent functions to friend "successful and intriguing people."The Cost: FREE entrance and FREE light delicious complimentary appetizers will be served on a first come first serve basis. All attendees are responsible for their own alcoholic beverages.To get updates about this event, join Chapel Hill Networking Group Powered by Rockstar Connect. Promote this event widely in your sphere. Direct all questions to Rockstar Connect at 1-800-205-2327www.rockstarconnect.comFAQsAre there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?18 years of age and ID must be provided for any alcoholic drink purchases.What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?Free onsite parking.What can I bring into the event?Bring your business cards.Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?No.Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?Yes.Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?Yes.

Mar 02, 2018 7:00 PM

On the weekend of March 2nd through 3rd, Zach Evans - practitioner of Craniosacral Therapy and international facilitator of Activate Breathwork - will be returning to Saint Anne’s Chapel to host two days of events. Zach, from Asheville, NC, is the only trained facilitator of Activate Breathwork in the United States, advanced practitioner of Craniosacral Therapy including SomatoEmotional Release, and has studied internationally with master teachers including Roy Eugene Davis (direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda) and acclaimed author, Suzanne Scurlock-Durana (Full Body Presence and Reclaiming Your Body.) He brings an enthusiastic sensitivity and dedication to his work, inspiring and empowering people to access the healing potential of the breath, sound, intuitive movement and creative visualization. Zach’s offerings for the weekend will include a full group session of Activate Breathwork, his Integrative Techniques for Self-Healing workshop, and private sessions for individuals, couples or families. The schedule of events are as follows: Friday, March 2nd at 7 PM: Activate Breathwork Session Saturday, March 3rd at 4 PM: Integrative Techniques for Self-Healing Workshop Private sessions will be scheduled on Saturday morning. 4 sessions are available. Contact Zach for booking.  Both of the group offerings are limited to 16 participants. Tickets are $25. Many of Zach’s sessions at Saint Anne’s have sold out in the past, so it is essential to reserve your space ahead of time through this page.  Activate Breathwork Activate Breathwork is a guided multi-sensory experience that takes the participant on a journey to the source of their inner wisdom and allows the potential for profound healing and awakening insight. This is a unique modality that draws upon elements of ancient practices, all of which have been condensed and refined to make this an all-encompassing and powerful tool for self-healing. Benefits include: -       The release of deeply stored tension in the physical body -       Freedom from limiting beliefs and emotional obstructions -       Euphoric, blissful states – often providing creative inspiration -       Profound relaxation and clarity of mind Each of the 5 physical senses are activated and stimulated through visuals, sound, bodywork, aromatherapy, and tastes. Zach incorporates elements of sound healing - immersing participants in the sounds of the didgeridoo, steel tongue drum, Koshi chimes and Tibetan singing bowls throughout the session. This simple, yet powerful technique can open up the flow of energy and life force to all areas of the body in a rapid and organic way. These intimate, interactive and immersive sessions are reported to be life changing experiences by most participants. Integrative Techniques for Self-Healing Workshop Zach will be presenting his Integrative Techniques for Self-Healing workshop to a maximum of 16 participants. Zach offers this workshop in order to teach participants techniques for facilitating their own self-healing beyond the experiences provided in private or group healing sessions. In this workshop, you will explore elements of breath-centered intuitive movement, self-massage and bodywork, energetic rebalancing (including grounding and centering) and cultivating your inner garden. Zach uses a combination of techniques, both ancient and modern, to create an all-encompassing healing experience in the final hour of the workshop. Zach will teach from his background in the Healing Arts, which includes elements that have been shaped by his time spent living in India and training one-on-one with Swami Anand Prakash. He also incorporates healing elements from: Chinese Medicine, Reiki, Suzanne Scurlock-Durana’s “Healing from the Core” as well as his own techniques that have evolved over the years. Zach has also completed extensive training in the osteopathic techniques of Craniosacral Therapy and Kerry D’Ambrogio’s Total Body Balancing.   NOTE: There will be a $10 discount for previous attendees of Integrative Techniques for Self-Healing Private Sessions Zach's private sessions include a combination of the techniques explained above in a way that is tailored to your needs at the time of working together. The nature of the work involves clearing through disturbances that have either recently manifested or have stored themselves in the body and reharmonizing the flow of life force through areas of decreased flow. Emphasis is put on stabilizing the system in order to open oneself up to embodying fullness and harmony. Sessions are between 60 and 90 minutes long including a brief consultation and are offered on a sliding scale of $60 - $100 (based upon your ability to pay - honest needs will try to be met.)  Contact Zach at (828) 776-9224 to schedule a private session for yourself, you and a partner, or your family. 

Feb 21, 2018 6:00 PM

Co-Creating a More Walkable, Bikeable and Transit-Friendly Greensboro A native of Greensboro, Gray Johnston decided to move back after graduating from UNC Chapel Hill in 2016. His current role for the City of Greensboro is a Transit Planning Apprentice with the Greensboro Transit Authority ('GTA'). Gray's mission is to co-create a more walkable, bikeable and transit-friendly Greensboro. The Mobility Greensboro 2040 Plan is designed to establish long-term strategies and programs to make the Greensboro area’s bus system more efficient, while increasing ridership. Gray will share his insights on the plan and on the in-depth study being conducted to assess the changing transit needs of the Piedmont Triad’s residents, workers, students and visitors.  Join fellow innovators, design thinkers, students, entrepreneurs and other curious types as we share ideas and learn from one another. IdeaNetwork events are free and open to the public. Rioja! A Wine Bar offers wine, beer, soft drinks and tapas for your purchase.

Apr 28, 2018 10:00 AM

"Town and Gown Gardens: Synergy in Bloom" 2018 CHAPEL HILL GARDEN TOUR GARDENS  2018 Tour will feature 2 UNC officials’ private gardens along with the public UNC President’s Garden in addition to 4 notable local gardens, UNC’s Coker Arboretum, and the North Carolina Botanical Garden.  Plein air artists, musicians and select vendor educators will add additional charm to several gardens. A photography contest with multiple categories is open to all. The Gardens 1) North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, off 15/501. Something for Every Gardener! 2) Coker Arboretum, 399 East Cameron Avenue. UNC’s Campus Garden  3) The President’s Garden, 400 East Franklin Street. UNC’s Southern Classic  4) Guskiewicz Garden, 803 East Franklin. Historic Streetscape, Private Garden  5) Frankstone Garden, 100 Greenwood Lane. Refashioned, Formal, and French  6) Clements-Keels Garden, 119 Wisteria Drive. Wish List Fulfilled 7) Currier Garden, 4207 Oak Hill Road. Gardening for Love and Livelihood 8) Kuehnle-Rosinia Garden, 1615 High School Road. No sun? No problem!  9) Dean Garden, 100 Painted Turtle Lane. Artful Suburban Garden  Complete descriptions and highlights of each garden are available at TOUR INFORMATION -- Hours: Saturday April 28, 10 am - 4 pm and Sunday April, 29 10 am - 4 pm -- Tour takes place rain or shine. No refunds. -- Redeem your Eventbrite Ticket for a full-color, ticket booklet filled with complete descriptions and discount coupons on the day of the tour at the ticket redemption site at: -- North Carolina Botanical Garden (9 am – 4 pm days of tour, so you can redeem your e-ticket and get started as soon as the gardens open) -- All ticket sales and Eventbrite Ticket redemptions will be done at the redemption site. No ticket sales in the gardens. -- Gardens may be visited in any order, but you must show ticket booklet for admission. -- Pets, strollers and smoking are not permitted in the gardens. -- Gardens are not ADA compliant and handicapped access is limited.  -- For terrain ratings, please consult -- Limited parking at some gardens. Please consider carpooling. -- Photography is permitted. -- Restroom and water bottle refill station at NC Botanical Garden.      LOCAL TICKET OUTLETS (Beginning April 1, 2018)       North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC Piedmont Feed and Garden Center Southern Season, University Place Southern States, Carrboro  PRELUDE PARTY Plan to attend the Stroll into Spring Chapel Hill Garden Prelude Party on April 26, 2018 between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $25. To purchase your tickets, click here. BENEFICIARIES Tour proceeds benefit the expanding Children’s Wonder Garden and programs at the NC Botanical Garden as well as the educational/community service programs of the Chapel Hill Garden Club.

May 06, 2018 7:30 PM

Raleigh Speed Dating Event for Single Professionals For more information, and a full list of our events around Raleigh, please click HERE!   Who: All Single Professionals Ages 46-59 Date: Sunday, May 6th, 2018 Location: R&R Grill 137 East Franklin Street Chapel Hill, NC 27514 Time: 7:30 PM (Check-in: 7:10) Cost: Only $39.00! For more information, and a full list of our events around Raleigh, please click HERE!    For more information, contact Michael, your Raleigh Pre-Dating Speed Dating Coordinator: Email: [email protected] Phone: 919-727-4588 Or, contact our National Customer Service Hotline: Email: [email protected] Phone: 1-877-iPreDate (1-877-477-3328) Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9am-10pm EST Friday: 9am-5pm EST Saturday: 10am-2pm EST Sunday: 3pm-6pm EST   HOW IT WORKS:   Let's face it, by now you know it takes meeting a number of people before you find someone you click with. But the problem is, how do you meet them in the first place? Sure there are ways--bars, blind dates, dating services, online, etc. But they all have their disadvantages and they take time...lots of it. What fun is it to wait around for someone to talk to you in a bar or when you're out and about? What fun is it to risk rejection over and over again striking up conversations with people you don't even know are single? What if the conversation goes well, what about the awkwardness afterwards with asking for phone numbers? With Raleigh Pre-Dating, you meet up to 12 (and sometimes more) single professionals in less than 2 hours. Think of it as a series of "facilitated introductions" just like when you go to a party with a good host. Afterwards, if there's interest (you discreetly circle on your interest sheet who you would like to hear from again), you'll get an email with links to contact your "mutual matches". There's no pressure, no rejection, no embarrassment and no games, just fun! Try it and you'll see for yourself.   For more information, and a full list of our events around Raleigh, please click HERE!

Apr 28, 2018 9:00 AM

Arkansas is the “Natural State,” and Petit Jean Mountain makes it easy to see why. From towering pines to open fields to sparkling lakes, Petit Jean offers stunning vistas at every turn. The Art in its Natural State competition is a regional competition for the creation of 10 temporary, outdoor artworks to be displayed among that natural beauty here at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute and Petit Jean State Park. The Kickoff The 10 installations will be installed in late April, with a kickoff event scheduled for Saturday, April 28, that will be a celebration of the arts in Arkansas. During that event, which will begin at 9 a.m., the artists responsible for the 10 pieces will be on hand for scheduled artist talks. Also part of the kickoff event will be demonstrations, performances and interactive opportunities related to art that will be provided by a host of partner organizations, including Arkansas Arts Center; Arkansas Arts Council; Arkansas Public Media; Arkansas State Parks; Arkansas Symphony Orchestra; Arkansas Tourism; Arkansas Shakespeare Theater; Bonnie Montgomery; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville School of Art. In addition, there will be food trucks on hand to add to the festival atmosphere. Admission to the daytime event is free and open to the public, though we ask that those planning to attend register in advance through the "Register" link above. The evening of April 28, we will host a special reception in which attendees will have an opportunity to meet the artists, enjoy food and beverages and be entertained by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's Rockefeller Quartet. The reception will culminate with a performance by renowned country/folk artist Bonnie Montgomery. Ticket options for the reception are also available through the "Register" link above. Our Partners Arkansas Arts Center Arkansas Arts Council Arkansas Public Media Arkansas State Parks Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Arkansas Tourism Arkansas Shakespeare Theater Bonnie Montgomery Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art University of Arkansas, Fayetteville School of Art The Artists The winning artists for Art in its Natural State competed by submitting a design mock-up, build plan and artist statement created specifically for one of the 14 sites that were considered between the Institute and Petit Jean State Park. All works were considered and judged by a panel of representatives from the Arkansas Arts Center; Arkansas Arts Council; Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; University of Arkansas at Fort Smith; University of Arkansas at Little Rock; and representatives from the Institute and the Park. Whatever work was conceptualized, we challenged the artists to work in harmony with the chosen sites, either through complementing the natural landscape of the mountain or highlighting the environment’s beauty with aesthetically pleasing contrasts. Both approaches required careful thought and consideration for each of the unique worksites. Proposals from artists across the South were judged in September 2017, and the winning artists were selected and will be awarded $5,000 to cover materials and costs related to transporting and installing their work. The winning artists are: Monica Dixon, Kansas City, Mo. Monica Dixon is a visual artist as well as a yoga, movement and meditation facilitator living and working in Kansas City, Mo. Monica’s studio practice encompasses installation, sculpture, collage, costuming and movement workshops. Pervasive throughout the various forms her work takes is a fascination with exploring the elusive, seemingly intangible elements of personal reality (memory, emotion, beliefs, etc.) through sensual experience. She constructs images, objects, spaces and events meant to embolden people to accept and acknowledge what is present and more fully engage with the physical world. Monica graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Art in painting in 2011. She has exhibited locally as well as internationally. Recently, she was the recipient of the 2017 Art in the Loop Public Art Commission. Heather Joy Puskarich, Houston, Texas Heather Joy Puskarich is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on the contradictory nature of beauty, time, aging and our consumptive culture. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as Glasmuseet Ebeltoft in Denmark, The Kinsey Institute and the State Museum of Pennsylvania, where she received several awards in photography and sculpture. Her work was selected for the Corning Museum’s Publication, New Glass Review 36, and she was named one of the 20 Women of Power in Maniac, Pittsburgh's Fashion Magazine. She is currently the cultural arts director for The Woodlands Arts Council in The Woodlands, Texas, and is a faculty member at Sam Houston State University, where she teaches contemporary art history and graphic design classes. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University in sculpture and dimensional studies and a Bachelor of Arts in film studies. She currently lives in Houston.  Lee and Betty Benson, Jackson, Tenn. Benson Sculpture, LLC was created in 2005, successfully combining the talents of Aaron Lee and Betty Jane Benson into a team that had, for 30 years, created sculpture and public works around the globe. Both bring a unique set of talents and skills that have allowed them to build a family business into a formidable sculpture enterprise. They work mainly in mixed media, stone, timber, wood, clay and 24k gold producing large-scale architectural forms as well as figurative, narrative monoliths. They have four earned degrees, including a Master of Fine Art in ceramics/sculpture from the University of Tennessee.  They have four grown children, Aaron Tennessee, Mary Elizabeth, Zachariah Chyanne and Sarah Blessing, three of whom are now professional artists with master degrees in fine arts, and all four regularly help in the family business. Lee and Betty make their home in Jackson, Tenn., where they maintain two studios. They have produced works from the Dakotas to Australia and have had wide public recognition. They have also recently developed a relationship with Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity International to use materials used in their sculptures to be recycled into homes for low-income families.  Phoebe Lickwar (collaborating with Laura Terry), Fayetteville, Ark. Phoebe Lickwar is founding principal of Forge Landscape Architecture, a research and design practice dedicated to creating enduring landscapes of cultural and ecological significance. Her work reveals the power of landscape architecture to forge intimate connections between people and place, synthesizing art and ecology to strengthen local culture and support healthy communities. In 2015, Phoebe was selected as the landscape architect on the winning team for the National World War I Memorial at Pershing Park in Washington, D.C. Phoebe teaches advanced design studios and seminars in urban agriculture and fieldwork methods at the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, where she holds the rank of associate professor of landscape architecture. In 2016, she was selected as designer-in-residence at the Fuller Center for Productive Landscapes in Waverly, Penn. She holds degrees in visual and environmental studies, education, and landscape architecture from Harvard University, Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Rhode Island School of Design. Her recent scholarship on urban agriculture includes “Toward a Future Agrarian Urbanism” published in Places Journal and a forthcoming book Farmscape: The Design of Productive Landscapes, which examines the integration of agriculture and landscape architecture through history. Her award-winning photographic work has been featured in notable juried exhibitions across the United States, including the 56th Annual Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center, the 6th and 8th International Juried Plastic Camera Shows at Rayko Gallery in San Francisco, and Grit: The Urban Landscape at the Copley Society of Art in Boston. Laura Terry (collaborating with Phoebe Lickwar), Fayetteville, Ark. Laura Terry grew up in Georgia, where she developed a love for the Southern landscape and Southern writers. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental design from Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction and earned a Master of Fine Art degree in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Since 1998 she has been teaching the beginning design studios in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at University of Arkansas, where she holds the rank of associate professor of architecture. For the past 20 years, Laura has explored the relationships between the built and natural landscapes in her abstract paintings. In 1998, her paintings were selected for inclusion in the Southern edition of New American Paintings, a juried publication. Her work has been included in notable juried competitions including the ArtFields 2016 in Lake City, SC, the 57th and 54th Annual Delta Exhibitions at the Arkansas Arts Center and the 3rd Annual National Juried Exhibition at the South Arkansas Arts Center. A one-person exhibit of her work “14 WORDS” is planned for January 2018 in the Smith Gallery at the Steven L. Anderson Design Center. Her work has been exhibited nationally in Los Angeles, Denver, Minneapolis, New York, Atlanta and Savannah. Karina Pais (collaborating with Edwin Penick), Miami, Fla. Karina Pais is a Miami-based multi-disciplinary artist working in painting, drawing, photography, installation, performance and interventions. Her work is often developed through projects that engage with the public as an experience involving some type of interaction or participation. Some of these projects are conducted using ordinary objects and materials to create durational performance pieces, ephemeral art installations and art interventions in public spaces. Recent exhibitions include Gritty in Pink at Bailey Contemporary Arts, Pompano Beach, Fla.; Opposing Futures and THE NERVE 2017: Annual Performance Art Festival at The Projects Contemporary Art Space, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Public art interventions: Miami Dade College, Homestead, Miami, Fla., 2017. DRESDEN PUBLIC ART VIEW / International Billboard Exhibition, Dresden, Germany, 2014; and Billboard Text Art - EMERGING WOR(L)DS, Tina B. – The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Prague, 2008. Edwin A. Penick (collaborating with Karina Pais), Miami, Fla. Edwin Penick has lived and traveled in various parts of the United Sates and several countries. Working in exhibition design and the design/build fields has had a tremendous influence on his work. His work began with traditional painting and montage, focusing on complex relationships in a two-dimensional plane that grew into using nontraditional techniques. He then progressed to architectural and three-dimensional work. Having always worked in a large-scale format, over time it was natural for his work to grow into more three-dimensional physical and spatial concepts. Penick received his Bachelor of Fine Art degree at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C., and his Master of Fine Art degree at the University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received an emerging arts grant in North Carolina after graduation and has shown extensively throughout the southeastern United States with shows at the North Carolina Museum of Art, The Chrysler Museum and the Ashville Art Museum.  Sabine Schmidt, Fayetteville, Ark. Sabine Schmidt is an award-winning photographer, mixed-media artist and writer. She was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, and came to the United States to attend graduate school. She holds a Master of Fine Art degree in literary translation from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Her work has appeared in publications in the United States and Germany, including Whitefish Review, L.A. Times Online, Audi Magazine and Rolling Stone Germany. Schmidt has translated books by Wynton Marsalis and Henry Chancellor and translates articles for the German edition of National Geographic. Her photography has been shown in more than 40 regional and national group exhibitions, including PhotoSpiva, the Delta Exhibition, the Arkansas Arts Council’s Small Works on Paper touring exhibition and the River Valley Invitational at the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum. She received Artist Registry Awards from the Arkansas State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts for 2015-16 and 2017-18. The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette named her one of Ten Artistic People to Watch in 2016. After living in Hamburg, London, Memphis and New York, she is now based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Schmidt photographs in color and creates formal compositions of landscapes, city settings and staged scenes that feature residential, public and commercial buildings. Her images are informed by the cultural history of vernacular architecture as well as personal and philosophical ideas of what “house” means. She often works in rural areas, looking for structures built according to simple utilitarian principles, such as farmhouses, churches and schools. They reflect shapes and uses that can be recognized by viewers from many different places. In a three-year collaboration with photographer Don House, Schmidt created a series of images showing the past and present of the Wichita Mountains of southwestern Oklahoma. Some of the last Indian wars were fought there. The first national wildlife refuge was created in the Wichitas to save the bison. They are the home of the Army’s Fort Sill, the location of a gold rush and the final resting place of Native American leaders Geronimo and Quanah Parker. Photos of farmhouses, amusement parks, schools, summer camps and other sites of human interactions with the landscape link human experience across geography and time. Schmidt’s long-term paper house project is a visual exploration of the house as object and symbol. Handmade miniature houses highlight the familiar features of vernacular buildings. The artist places the paper houses in environments that carry historical or emotional meaning. Some of the houses seem protected by their environment, others appear isolated or damaged. Most are photographed using only natural light. Viewers are invited to let the photos remind them of real or imagined places they know and to respond with their own thoughts on place, home and belonging. Don Wilkison (m.o.i. aka The Minister of Information), Kansas City, Mo. As much civil servant as artist, Don Wilkison’s work is informed by his scientist background. As m.o.i. aka The Minister of Information, his art work, and the methods used to create that work, evolve from the problems at hand. This is an art practice rooted in active experimentation uncovering how human actions intersect with the world. Recently his practice has been informed by the use of color-field theory as a placeholder for environmental markers, be they representations of contaminants of concern or the relationship of the built environment to water-quality issues. We seek to transform the mundane into the profound and to erect bridges between tangible materials and the deeper, underlying metaphorical implications that support them. The metaphor, rather than the medium, is often the message.  A frequent collaborator, m.o.i. is also one-half of Father-Daughter Confessional, an inter-generational collaborative team with Sarah Star (the daughter) who produce interactive sculptural and civic engagements examining economic, environmental and social justice issues and the sins of middle-class America. Russell Lemond, Little Rock, Ark. Russell Lemond began creating art in earnest out of a sense of “self-preservation” in 2010 when he found himself without a job at the age of 55. Having always had a creative streak in his character coupled with a strong entrepreneurial desire and an MBA from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, he started making aluminum contemporary “industrial looking” furniture and selling it on his website Once he discovered the properties of aluminum he realized it afforded him a new world of creative opportunities with what has become his medium of choice. Encouraged by friends, family and a few contacts in the Little Rock art community, he re-directed his efforts to sculpting, which he says “opened up an entire new chapter for me.” His work is always three dimensional in character, and the swirling technique he employs adds a holographic effect when viewed under the right lighting conditions. As he states, “I like to engage the viewer from every possible angle.”  Russell has recently started employing mathematical principles in many of his pieces and is fascinated by how they lend themselves to an outcome that can become very artistic with such a “hard-science” foundation. Equally rewarding to him is the naming of the piece when it’s finished because he rarely starts something new with a particular outcome in mind. “It tells me,” he says. His work has been juried into several regional competitions with “Little Rock Skyline” taking a national first place from Contemporary Art Gallery Online in 2013. Central Arkansas Library System has several of his pieces in their permanent collection and his art can be found in homes and businesses across the nation and in Europe discovered via gallery outlets and private commissions. Looking to the future, Russell has stated he wants to begin creating more work that is larger in scale.  “I want people to not only be able to look at it; I want them to be able to get inside it. It’s almost like allowing them to be able to get inside my head. A place you might find it interesting to be—at least it is for me.” Nathan Pierce, Cape Girardeau, Mo. Nathan was brought up in the Midwest, where his father, a third-generation stone mason, taught him the value of craftsmanship. From this experience grew an appreciation for the working man, as well as a passion for building things with his hands. His sculptures reflect not only his personal interest in architectural forms, but also a belief that communication plays a fundamental role in our perceptions of the world we live in. His work has always dealt with the conflicts of confinement and freedom and exploring catalysts between the two: building or destroying communication. “The material I use and the process of my work is directly influenced by experience. I come from a Midwest, blue-collar family that has been in the construction business for four generations, and the idea to create sculpture from those same materials seemed natural and permanent. My decision to utilize the benefits of structural steel in my work also comes from being inspired by the fabrication process. I enjoy the dedication and commitment that is required with this material; it helps build character.” His work has been displayed extensively in juried exhibitions and outdoor sculpture programs across the Midwest, including the Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, Sculpture Walk Sioux Falls, SPACES Sculpture Invitational in Huntsville, Ala., and the recipient of the 2013 Lewis C Weinberg Award at Skokie North Shore Sculpture Park. Marshall Miller, Hot Springs, Ark. Marshall Miller is an Arkansas native who has spent his adult life working in the construction industry. As a lifelong student and lover of art, Marshall has sought an understanding and an application of knowledge relating to sculpture and graphic art. In retirement, he pursues sculpture full time. Miller is married and resides with his wife, Jeanne, in their home in the Ouachita Mountains.

Mar 02, 2018 7:30 PM

The Speaker Derrick Drakeford, Ph.D. is an educational researcher and professor who has lectured at numerous colleges, to include; Shaw University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke Universty, Hampton University, and North Carolina Central University. Drakeford's research utilizes the qualitative research method of autoethnography to help groups become more inclusive.  From the Author "I've partnered with six authors to create a new book entitled Inclusion: The Art of Story-Listening. The book teaches how to communicate powerful life stories through autoethnography to embrace difference and inform others through small group story-listening sessions.  I use the latest academic research to argue for small group Story-Listening as a practical solution to racism and discrimination. "Diversity" is the mere number of racially different people, but "Inclusion" is the space created when diverse people have a voice in the group, thereby their story is heard. The book includes six life stories, three academic studies, and 10 group training activities that can help groups create Inclusion." The FREE Inclusion Workshop with RSVP SURVEY At this workshop Dr. Drakeford will share research findings from the book, powerful life stories from contributing authors, and two inclusion training activities with attendees. Event will also include a raffle and book giveaways.

Feb 28, 2018 7:00 PM

Join us for the launch of the latest book by John Kessel, author of The Moon and the Other. Pride and Prejudice meets Frankenstein in this NCSU English professor’s literary mash-up of the classics as Mary Bennet falls for Victor Frankenstein and befriends his monstrous creature. Pride and Prometheus will be a perfect addition for lovers of modern twists on classics.  More About Pride and Prometheus  Pride and Prejudice meets Frankenstein as Mary Bennet falls for the enigmatic Victor Frankenstein and befriends his monstrous Creature in this clever fusion of two popular classics. Threatened with destruction unless he fashions a wife for his Creature, Victor Frankenstein travels to England where he meets Mary and Kitty Bennet, the remaining unmarried sisters of the Bennet family from Pride and Prejudice. As Mary and Victor become increasingly attracted to each other, the Creature looks on impatiently, waiting for his bride. But where will Victor find a female body from which to create the monster’s mate?Meanwhile, the awkward Mary hopes that Victor will save her from approaching spinsterhood while wondering what dark secret he is keeping from her.Pride and Prometheus fuses the gothic horror of Mary Shelley with the Regency romance of Jane Austen in an exciting novel that combines two age-old stories in a fresh and startling way. “Dark and gripping and tense and beautiful.” —Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club John Kessel lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, novelist Therese Anne Fowler. He is a professor and the director of creative writing at North Carolina State University. He is the author of The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories, Corrupting Dr. Nice, The Moon and the Other, and Pride and Prometheus. Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 7:00pmFlyleaf Books 752 Martin Luther King Jr BlvdChapel Hill, NC 27514

Jun 27, 2018 8:00 PM

Southern Culture On The Skids has been spreading the rock and roll gospel since since they formed in Chapel Hill, NC in 1983. Guitarist/singer Rick Miller, drummer Dave Hartman and bassist/singer/heartbreaker Mary Huff, play a greasy mix of surf, rockabilly, R&B and country-fried garage with a side of psych, all the while driving fans into ecstatic, sweat-drenched paroxysms of joy. It's a musical gumbo Miller calls, “Americana from the wrong side of the tracks.“ The band has been prolific and ubiquitous for over thirty years, touring everywhere from the North Carolina Prison System to Mt. Fuji, Japan and delivering what Rolling Stone calls “a hell raising rock and roll party.“In 2014 the band was honored by the Southern Folk Life Collection at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with an exhibition featuring their music and cultural contributions. The flame-adorned La-Z-Boy from the cover of their Plastic Seat Sweat LP now resides at UNC-CH!THE ELECTRIC PINECONESSouthern Culture On The Skids' newest album, The Electric Pinecones, will be released on September 16, 2016. It's the band's fifth album on their own label, Kudzu Records. The album features 12 original SCOTS tunes - 11 brand new songs and a whole-lotta NOLA remake of the SCOTS classic, “Swamp Fox - The Original.“ All the tunes were produced and recorded at Rick's studio in NC, The Kudzu Ranch.The Electric Pinecones is a bit of a departure for the band conceptually and sonically. The inspiration for the record was born in an alter-ego side project from the early years of the band. “The Pinecones was folk-a-hill-a-billy garage band we used to put together just for kicks,“ Miller relates. “We loved the sound of '60s west coast folk rock and psych bands. The Pinecones was our outlet for material that was not in the SCOTS vein. We even opened for ourselves occasionally. The Pinecones set list was the jumping off point for this latest collection of songs.“The first single off the album, “Grey Skies,“ is a minor key mood piece with that folk-a-billy, psychedelic sound. Listen to how the acoustic 12-string riff slides into the band's hypnotic rhythms that propel Mary Huff's reflective vocal into the mind's eye of times past and love lost. “Check out the Mellotron on the chorus - that is a first for us,“ Miller says.The lead off track, “Freak Flag,“ is more upbeat, but no less tweaked, with modulating guitars riding on pounding drums after the first verse. The song's message is a good one - it is okay to be different and always respect yourself. The band debuted the song to an auditorium full of rowdy students at Carrboro Elementary School. “I was nervous,“ Miller says “if the kids don't like something they let you know, but when they started singing along with the second chorus and waving their imaginary freak flags in the air, I knew it was a hit!““Dirt Road“ is Mary's three-minute ode to sances, thunderstorms and good lovin' long gone. The song is a backwoods southern gothic ghost story that opens with a big tom fill then twists and turns around a folky strum and a fuzz guitar. Mary's spooky-good vocal takes it down that dirt road way back into the piney woods.The album also has some country rock songs that highlight the melodic side of SCOTS, with “Baby I Like You,“ “I Ain't Gonna Hang Around“ and “Given To Me“ featuring some of the best harmonies Rick and Mary have ever recorded.“Waiting On You“ is the longest song on the album, coming in at 4:22; it's a folk-garage-rocker with a sing-a-long chorus that segues into a surf raga breakdown before heading back to the big riff and out.The album has traditional Southern Culture flavor too. Check out the remake of “Swamp Fox - The Original“. This take goes back to the beginnings of the song and is much closer to capturing the essence of the many all-nighters the band pulled in NOLA with friends and colleagues. The country funk of “Rice and Beans,“ is a good humored tale of a cash strapped southern courtship, and “Midnight Caller“ is Mary's slinky R'n'B flavored woman-to-woman warning about bad men looking for good times.Song for song, on The Electric Pinecones, Southern Culture On The Skids continues to blow minds and blur the lines between genres delivering a stellar album. From their 1985 debut Voodoo Beach Party, to their 1988 international smash, Dirt Track Date (featuring the hit single “Camel Walk“), and now to the SCOTS-ified tunes of The Electric Pinecones, 30 years, 200 songs and 1,000,000 road miles in, Southern Culture On The Skids just continues to get better with time.

Mar 06, 2018 9:00 AM

This conference will showcase work done by academia, non-governmental organizations, and the military to Counter Violent Extremism (CVE). Each sector offers different capabilities and unique perspectives, experiences, and ideas that will not only be mutually educational, but may also generate opportunities for future collaboration and cooperation.  The event will feature two panels, with presenters and panelists from the UNC Chapel Hill Peace War & Defense Department, the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade, Fort Bragg, NC, and RTI International staff. Speakers will discuss current research, ongoing development initiatives, and military lessons learned in the CVE space.  Moderator: Noah Flessel, Conflict and Transition Specialist, RTI International Panel One: 9:15am CVE Tools & Approaches: Building community resilience, identifying pathways to (de) radicalization and reintegration, and CVE tools and approaches Speakers:       Dr. Matthew DeMichele, Research Sociologist for Center for Justice, Safety, and Resilience, RTI International       Ross Owens, Social Scientist, Security and Resilience Program, RTI International       MAJ Alex Chung, Echo Company Commander, 97th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne)       SSG Jeremy Barbour, Charlie Company Operations NCO, 97th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) Panel Two: 11:05am The CVE Information War: How Violent Extremist Organizations use media to recruit/radicalize and strategies to fight extremism        Dr. Cori Dauber, Professor of Communication, UNC Chapel Hill, and Research Fellow at the Triangle Institute           for Security Studies        Dr. Alice Marwick, Assistant Professor of Communication, UNC Chapel Hill, and Faculty Advisor to the Media           Manipulation Initiative at the Data & Society Research Institute        Dr. Mark Robinson, Director of the Multimedia Laboratory, UNC Chapel Hill        Michael Waltman, Associate Professor of Communication, UNC Chapel Hill, and Moister Fellow in the Institute         for the Arts and Humanities        Dr. Kemal Ilter, Visiting Professor of Communication, UNC Chapel Hill Light refreshments will be provided. Please contact Linda Chung at [email protected] with any questions.

Mar 02, 2018 12:00 PM

Spend the afternoon learning about the exciting career options in local government. You'll learn from area local government professionals, many of them UNC alumni, about the diversity of career options that you can find working at the city or county level. This event includes lunch, an afternoon of learning and networking, and a social hour. RSVP is required for attendance. Inspiring Women to Local Government Careers Who: Undergraduate women at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill What: A free half-day symposium and networking event about the exciting and diverse career opportunities in city and county government. When: Friday, March 2 from noon to 4:00. Includes lunch and social hour. Where: UNC School of Government Why: From environmental science - to urban affairs... from communications - to land use planning: city and county jobs are wonderfully diverse and appeal to people from every major or educational background. Learn more about how you can work in public service from virtually any undergraduate background at this free, half-day event especially for UNC women. Speakers include representatives from City of Durham, NC, Orange Co Water & Sewer Authority, Aiken County, SC, Town of Chapel Hill, NC, Chatham County, NC, and Town of Carrboro, NC How: RSVP required at Free for undergraduate women. Cohosts: UNC School of Government, Carolina Center for Public Service, Carolina Women's Center Partners: Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Carrboro, City of Durham Presenting Sponsor: GFOA