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Arts & Culture


Writing for the screen and stage minor students Lauren Ragsdale, Grace Siplon, and Christian Pressley rehearse 'Hand Me Downs' at the Swain Hall theater on Oct. 27, 2021.

UNC performance groups navigate a return to the stage

UNC's Ebony Readers/Onyx Theatre, Company Carolina and Kenan Theatre Company all found ways to perform amid COVID-19 restrictions, and their programming has evolved throughout the year.  "I think it was frustrating being home or having a lot of restrictions doing in-person theater," Company Carolina producer and treasurer Ethan Sichel said. "I think it's also allowed us the opportunity to really be creative and explore the possibilities of theater and the capabilities of theater here at UNC.”

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Artists and viewers admire the art of the thirteen LatinX artists on display for the Being and Belonging exhibit at the Fedex Global Center on Oct. 5.

'Part of what's here': Being and Belonging exhibit hosts Latinx artists across N.C.

The exhibition will be on display until Dec. 12 and aims to introduce a greater audience at UNC to a Latin American aesthetic sensibility.  "Being and Belonging" was organized by UNC Global in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of the Americas. The artists featured in the art exhibit are: Antonio Alanís, Tina Alberni, Adriana Ameigh, Georges Le Chevallier, Gabriela Costas, Alexandre Emmanuel, Lina Fernández Giraldo, Gloribel Irizarry, Leandro Manzo, Peter Marín, Renzo Ortega, Alexander Lee Quiñonez and Tina Vasquez. 

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Joshua Schaffer, known virally as WeathermanJosh, dresses as Mario and rides a go-kart through the Pit on Sept. 22. "Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel," he prompted people as they stopped for pictures.

Viral "Mario Kart Man" travels through Chapel Hill, UNC's campus

Joshua Schaffer was wandering the streets of Chapel Hill and UNC's campus driving a go-kart dressed as Nintendo's Mario. Students accordingly dubbed him the "Mario Kart Man." Schaffer runs multiple social media accounts where he has amassed a large following — most notably on TikTok where he has over 900,000 followers. Spreading joy is a large theme on both his Instagram and TikTok pages, where he shares videos of his shenanigans. Patrick McPode, Schaffer’s social media manager, said the two are performing the social media gag in different places across the country. 

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