More than 1,000 people gathered Saturday to celebrate the memory of slain UNC junior Faith Danielle Hedgepeth at the 26th Annual Carolina Indian Circle Powwow at Fetzer Hall. MAR 24
The Sagebrook of Chapel Hill apartment complex has seen a surge in residential break-ins in the past two months. MAR 5
In the face of a weak economy and growing costs, Chapel Hill’s effort to better balance its budget is causing confusion among members of the Chapel Hill Town Council. On Wednesday, the council ranked 25 goals and prioritized funds for long-term projects — and development was at the top of the council’s list JAN 16
A new ordinance establishing a flat-rate fare for Chapel Hill’s taxis went into effect Jan. 1 — more than a year after former Student Body President Mary Cooper proposed the regulations in an effort to improve student safety. JAN 8
Nearly 50 people gathered Friday in Carrboro to protest the new management of Collins Crossing Apartment Homes — the second protest in about two weeks against rising rent prices for some of the complex’s low-income residents. NOV 18
Chapel Hill’s TerraVITA festival is quickly building a network for chefs, farmers and artisan beverage producers looking for local food providers. NOV 7
Though Lori Burgwyn spent Friday night dressed as an ice queen, her compassion shone through.
On Friday, Burgwyn hosted the fourth annual Eve Ball at the Carolina Club in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. The evening included dancing, an open bar, a three-tiered chocolate fountain and other Halloween treats. OCT 28
Franklin Street saw a familiar sight Saturday as protesters again gathered in Peace and Justice Plaza and hung large, black banners from the streetlights. OCT 14
A countywide proposal to ban smoking in public places has received positive feedback, though some are questioning its effectiveness and enforceability. OCT 2
Sandra Lynch-Neagle was evicted multiple times before she and her three kids finally found a permanent home in Chapel Hill. SEP 23
The fate of a half-cent sales tax increase referendum in Orange County might depend on an unlikely source of support this election year — students. SEP 17
The Best Picture frontrunner tramplesover its “talkie” competition by breathing life into along-forgotten genre. If “The Artist” does win Best Picture at this year’s Oscars, it will be the first silent-film winner since 1929. FEB 23
If you remember the ‘90s as a better time when pop punk bands like Green Day and blink-182 ruled the Billboard charts, then consider immersing yourself in a world of nostalgia with Almost People’s Demo #2. But be warned: its shrill, headache-inducing vocals will have the band’s own audience calling the cops. JAN 24
Prepare to cover your ears and hide: Chicago-based band Heavy Times has released its sophomore LP, Jacker . It’s certainly not for those with soft ears or weak stomachs, but it will still make suburban garage bands rejoice. NOV 15
Diversion’s reviews this week’s album releases NOV 10
At the Chapel Hill Town Council meeting Thursday night, council members chose to postpone a decision on financing election campaigns through public funding until after election season. OCT 12
Three of the biggest acts hailing from the Triangle area will unite Friday for a free concert held in the same small town that helped launch their careers. SEP 19
In 2009, The xx’s debut eponymous album achieved critical success, becoming the cult classic of London’s music underground. Fans could only pray that three years later, the band’s sophomore LP, Coexist, would achieve anywhere near the status of an adequate follow-up effort. Boy, will they be pleasantly surprised.
Dive verdict: 4 1/2 of 5 stars SEP 12
Hopscotch Music Festival starts today, bringing 175 bands to downtown Raleigh across 15 venues. Four of these bands chatted with Diversions staff writers Thompson Wall and Alex Dixon about their excitement for the festival’s third round and who they personally want to see perform this weekend. SEP 6
Indie megastar Chan Marshall, better known as Cat Power, has a new philosophy that goes something like this: When life gives you lemons, you kick life’s ass and make a damn good album about it.
Dive Verdict: 4 of 5 stars SEP 5
Rarely does a group of people come along whose mission is as infectious as its music. The Flute Flies, a collaboration of musicians from three separate Triangle-area bands, is best described as half supergroup and half troupe of cancer-battling crusaders. While The Flute Flies stand alone as a successful musical act, the pairing of the band’s music with the nobility of its cause makes it a prevailing humanitarian force. Comprised of Ivan Howard (The Rosebuds), Reid Johnson (Schooner) and Zeno Gill (Pound of Miracles), The Flute Flies first formed in the summer of 2008 to help one of their friends, Cy Rawls. AUG 29
Holy Ghost Tent Revival is best characterized as a folk band that strives to challenge the definition of folk itself. Showing explosive growth from the band’s first release in 2008, So Long I Screamed, HGTR’s second full-length album, Sweat Like the Old Days, melds the goodness of Bourbon Street-style jazz and Appalachian folk into a solid toe-tapping release.
Holy Ghost Tent Revival
Sweat Like the Old Days
Dive Verdict: 4 of 5 stars AUG 22
This week, Diversions writer Thompson Wall talked with rebellious Chelsea Crowell, third generation singer-songwriter and granddaughter of Johnny Cash. APR 11
Coffee is a staple in nearly every college student’s life, but what’s good beyond the chain shops on Franklin Street? Dive staff writers visited South Rd. four different shops scattered around Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Which one suits your fancy?
At 1215 E. Franklin St., Caffe Driade is a bit of a walk from campus. But its secluded and intimate environment make it well worth the trip. Like its sister cafe, Open Eye, Driade carries beans from both shops’ parent business, Carrboro Coffee Company, which offers fair-trade and single-origin coffee and espresso beans.“Beyond our great product, people come here for the atmosphere,”said barista David Ruiz. “It’s a nice, cozy, magical location in the woods. MAR 28
Virginia Woolf, the infamous author and poet who drowned herself in a river by her home, is the inspiration of Florence The Machine’s second album, Ceremonials.
The album tells the story of a “sinful” woman plagued by ghosts and ghouls of her past, finding solace in the tragic stories of historical heroines.
The record is littered with Gothic themes of water, sacrifice, and the passage of time, poetically embodying a shadowy tone that layers into lead singer Florence Welch’s ethereal vocals and explorations of feminism.