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Organizers of SpringFest '08 said that, even now, the festival makes some University administrators a little nervous.
Many of those administrators were witnesses to a different version of the festival before it was canceled in the early '90s because of excessive alcohol use and crowd control problems.
But Hilary Marshall, SpringFest '08's event coordinator, said she has worked on the revamped festival to garner administrative and student support.
Organizers of benefit concert "An EVE the Carolina Way" said it was impossible to consider another cause to be the focus of their annual concert after the death of former Student Body President Eve Carson.
And today, Heels4Hire, a Triangle-based service company, and Kappa Sigma fraternity will team up to provide music and entertainment to promote the spirit Carson embodied and to benefit the Eve Carson Memorial Fund.
In his freshman year of high school, Brian Fenty didn't cast classmate Joanna Zelman in a musical production he was directing.
Even after making her sing "Ol' Man River" from "Show Boat," Fenty wasn't impressed.
"When he didn't cast me, I didn't like him for the first two years of high school," Zelman said.
But the two put their differences aside and became friends as they worked together on other drama productions before eventually coming to UNC together.
Multi-platinum R&B artist Musiq Soulchild will round out the Carolina Union Activities Board's musical offerings for the 2007-08 season.
Tickets go on sale today for the concert, to be held at 8 p.m. April 11 in Memorial Hall.
Musiq Soulchild is the second musical artist brought this year by CUAB's performing arts committee to headline Memorial Hall. Committee members said the trend of bringing musical acts has been a focus throughout the school year.
PlayMakers Repertory Company announced last week that it will showcase both modern and classical works in its 2008-09 season.
"We'll present nine shows, six on our main stage and three in PRC2, our enormously popular second stage series," said Joseph Haj, PlayMakers' producing artistic director.
Before it debuted PRC2 in 2007, PlayMakers performed about five shows per season.
"In The Continuum," Sept. 10 to Sept. 14
Event organizers of Wednesday's performance, "Yo-Yo Ma & Friends," in Memorial Hall admitted it was probably the internationally renowned cellist's name alone that sold out the concert early last fall.
However, the more than 15-time Grammy-winning classical artist shared the spotlight equally with each member of the quartet, which included violinists Colin Jacobsen and Jonathan Gandelsman and violist Nicholas Cords.
Even comedian Lewis Black admits his abhorrence for career networking. "I hate that word - networking - I hate doing it," Black said. "I'd rather be a hooker." But at this year's Carolina Comedy Festival, guest presenters managed to make even an hourlong session on how to break into the business of comedy writing full of laughs. With the help of UNC alumni turned A-list funnymen, cast members and producers from "The Daily Show," a nationally acclaimed comic strip author and others, organizers said this year's festival drew the largest crowd in the event's history. Mallory Cash, comedy committee chairwoman for the Carolina Union Activities Board - the organization putting on the event - said that although the festival draws big names in comedy to UNC, entertainment is not always its central agenda. "There's a lot of different parts to the festival, but I'd say the overall goal is still to let students learn about things that they haven't learned before," Cash said. "It's to help students learn from the people who know how to do these things the best." This year marked the fifth time the festival has been held, and organizers estimated its cost to be $25,000. Beginning Thursday and wrapping up Saturday with "Lewis Black and Friends," a performance that sold out Memorial Hall to students before general public tickets were made available, the festival has differed significantly in programming and attendance even since 2007. "There were 20 students doing stand-up last night," Black said Friday, about the Student Stand-Up Competition. "It just goes to show the depth of the illness is growing in Chapel Hill." And while many of the festival's attendees were audience members at Black's main-stage show, others came seeking more than comic relief. "This is really serious for me," said Tom Thriveni, a sophomore who attended Saturday's program, The Ins and Outs of Comedy Writing. "Anyone can meet famous people; I could go over and give Rob Riggle a high-five right now. But it's a great experience to be able to hear from people like him about how to handle internships and getting a job." Thriveni, who said he attended the event to learn more about obtaining his dream job, said hearing from "The Daily Show" writers and correspondents like Riggle made him more aware of what potential employers are looking for. At the event, UNC alumnus Bryan Tucker explained how he worked the stand-up circuit in New York City for years before becoming a writer for "Saturday Night Live." Riggle echoed Tucker's sentiments and explained to students how working up toward his own dream job created inspiration for comedic sketches. "Initially, I wanted it all and I wanted it fast," Riggle said. "But if you get it too fast, you won't be prepared. You have to have that crappy job to know what it's like to have an awful boss. You get that life experience to draw from to get the content you need to be funny." Contact the Arts Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From star-studded showcases of stand up comedy to hands-on workshops geared toward newcomers, the Carolina Union Activities Board's Carolina Comedy Festival aims to bring a fair share of laughs to just about anyone. "This year, one of our goals is to continually increase the number of people we're able to touch through our programs," said Mallory Cash, CUAB's comedy committee chairwoman. The festival, now in its fifth year, boasts marquee acts such as Lewis Black and Rob Riggle. However, the festival brings its stars off of the mainstage and gives students the opportunity to interact with popular comedy figures in intimate settings. *All events are free for UNC students except Lewis Black and Friends Student Stand-Up Competition 7:30 p.m. today, Union Cabaret Watch students from UNC and other schools compete to open for comedian Lewis Black's performance in Memorial Hall. Improv Workshop 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Union Cabaret Chicago's premiere improv troupe, the Sirens, will lead a session for students interested in finding out more about improv comedy. Class with Black 5 p.m. Friday, Union Auditorium Have a conversation with Black. A chance for one-on-one questions and comments with the comedian about anything and everything. Cabaret Comedy Club 6 p.m. Friday, Union Cabaret Watch the Sirens in action at this comedy show. Free food and drinks will be provided. Lewis Black's "One Slight Hitch" 8:15 p.m. Friday, Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre, Center for Dramatic Art The Department of Dramatic Arts' Professional Actor Training Program will perform "One Slight Hitch," a play written by Black, in a script-in-hand performance. A discussion with Black will be held after the performance. Tickets to the farce-romantic comedy are available first come, first serve. Stephan Pastis Comic Strip Seminar - Pearls Before Swine 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Union Class of 2000 Lounge Pastis, cartoonist of award-winning comic strip, "Pearls Before Swine," will discuss his inspiration, the creative process and more. The Ins and Outs of Comedy Writing 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Union 3102 Bryan Tucker, comedy writer for "Saturday Night Live" and "Chappelle's Show," will speak about how to break into the business of comedy writing. A Daily Show Panel 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Union Class of 2000 Lounge Writers and producers from "The Daily Show" will talk about their jobs and their work on a day-to-day basis. Guests include Rob Riggle, John Oliver, Jen Flanz and Rory Albanese. Lewis Black and Friends: sold out 8 p.m. Saturday, Memorial Hall Black, Oliver and Riggle will perform stand up in this annual Carolina Comedy Festival staple. Student stand-up competition winners will open the performance. Hosted by Albanese. Win tickets to this event at noon Friday in the Pit during "Pie in the Face for Tickets."
Students hoping to fill the most coveted seats to rock-folk group Iron & Wine's concert on April 15 in Memorial Hall won't be allowed to pitch tents to secure their spots in line when tickets go on sale Feb. 21.
In previous years camping out for tickets has been allowed for events sponsored by the Carolina Union Activities Board and Cat's Cradle, the organizations sponsoring Iron & Wine with opener, Califone. However, CUAB changed its policy at the beginning of the school year to comply with campuswide policy.
Two eclectic, internationally acclaimed acts will usher in the spring catalogue of musical offerings from the Carolina Union Activities Board in the coming months.
Student tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today for Grammy-nominated R&B singer, songwriter and composer Chrisette Michele, who will perform Feb. 13 in Memorial Hall.
With less than 10 hours until curtain at 8 p.m. today, the cast and crew of Company Carolina's production of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" should finally receive the barber's razors they ordered more than a week ago.
But during a three-week rehearsal period for a large-scale musical, time is relative.
Filmmaker Rodrigo Dorfman said he can barely stand a five-minute-long educational video.
So when the UNC alumnus was approached by Durham's Latino Community Credit Union to make a 90-minute educational film aimed to serve as a manual to the Hispanic community about the process of buying a home, he came up with a different idea.
Paul Edwards, a UNC alumnus turned Hollywood screenwriter and director said that when he moved to Los Angeles years ago to find a job, that he knew only one person involved in the entertainment industry.
Augustana didn't travel to UNC to leisurely enjoy the sights and traditions of Chapel Hill.
But when the pop-rock group performed the fight song, including a resounding cry of "go to hell Duke," on Saturday during one of UNC's Homecoming concerts, those who attended the show could've suspected the band had been around town for awhile.
Robert Gurdian, Carolina Union president said that even though Augustana arrived in North Carolina without a change of clothes, the group took time to get a taste of a Southern staple for lunch Saturday.
When Augustana takes the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Hall, it won't be the first time the band will have performed for an audience of mostly college students.
Jared Palomar, who plays the bass guitar and the keyboard and provides vocals for Augustana, said playing for a college show will bring the band back to only a few years ago - fall 2004 - when some of the members of the band were students themselves.
Kenneth Strong taught only undergraduates before he selected the four cast members of the Department of Dramatic Art Mainstage's production of "Coyote on the Fence."
But the UNC faculty member, professional actor and first-time director of "Coyote on the Fence," said it's those undergraduates who have made his experience with the show a memorable one.
"The actors have gone headfirst into it," Strong said, "and I just went ahead and jumped into it. I'm very lucky with the four actors and the piece. And I think the four of them have become very close throughout the rehearsals."
After Homecoming performances Augustana and Robert Randolph and The Family Band were announced last month, both Carolina Union Activities Board President Robert Gurdian and Homecoming Co-Chairwoman Laura Sheppard said they heard a lot of buzz about the events around campus.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 435 student tickets had been sold for Augustana and 596 for Robert Randolph. Memorial Hall, where both concerts will take place, seats more than 1,400.
Students hoping to attend either of this year's Homecoming concerts might be missing from their 10 a.m. classes next Monday and Thursday.
Tickets will go on sale for students at that time on Oct. 1 for Augustana and Oct. 4 for Robert Randolph & The Family Band.
Auxiliary House will serve as the opener for Augustana while Mowgli will open for Robert Randolph. The groups are composed of mostly UNC students or graduates.
Students will get a double dose of musical performances during this year's Homecoming celebrations.
Memorial Hall will play host to up-and-coming rock group Augustana on Oct. 27, followed by Robert Randolph and the Family Band on Oct. 30.
Breaking the trend from R&B and hip-hop performers who have performed at Homecoming in recent years, Carolina Athletic Association's Homecoming Co-chairwoman Laura Sheppard said this is the first time she remembers two headliners performing at the event.
"To bring two concerts has been a goal for at least three years," she said.
Known as one of the masters of classic soul music, Al Green brought a performance just as big as his name to the Memorial Hall stage Thursday night.
Green utilized his talents as a singer, entertainer and a minister to "spread love" to the sold-out audience that remained on its feet throughout many of the show's numbers.
"We've been to London two times; Madrid, Spain; East Coast; West Coast - Lord, North Carolina is the best," Green said to the audience after his opening number.