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Tom Acitelli, author of “The Audacity of Hops,” spoke of his new book that chronicles the history of America’s beer.

Q&A with 'Audacity of Hops' author, UNC alumnus Tom Acitelli

A UNC alumnus and former senior editor of The New York Observer, Tom Acitelli is the author of “The Audacity of Hops,” which chronicles the history of America’s craft beer revolution. Staff writer Alex Dixon spoke with Acitelli about the beer industry in North Carolina, a trip to Belgium and his favorite places to drink in Chapel Hill.


	North Carolina native Earl Scruggs is seen playing banjo in Miami in 1969. Scruggs popularized a three-finger banjo-picking style.

A Brief Banjo History

The banjo has become a staple instrument in American music. On Aug. 25, the Southern Folklife Collection at Wilson Library will present lectures, music and an exhibition as part of the symposium, “The Banjo: Southern Roots, American Branches.”


Q&A with Jodi Magness

_Jodi Magness, who is a distinguished professor in the department of religious studies at UNC, is conducting an excavation of a recently-discovered ancient synagogue in the village of Huqoq, located in the Galilee region of Israel.


	People at the barbeque dance along to music by the band Flesh Wounds.

Backyard Barbecue draws more than 100

Karina Soni thinks the combination of food and music is the perfect way to enjoy the summer outside. Soni is the station manager at the UNC student-run radio station WXYC, which put on its first Backyard Barbecue event of the summer outside of Chapel Hill Underground Sunday. Sunday’s event featured live music from two local bands, pulled pork barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs and chips for a cover charge of $3. Around 150 people attended the event. Backyard Barbecue shows are scheduled to occur on the last Sunday of every month at the Chapel Hill Underground.


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Bene?t show held by UNC graduate

Adrian Schlesinger curated and coordinated two art shows before she graduated from UNC in May. Her third show, held last week at Carrack Modern Art Gallery in Durham, benefited Church World Service — an organization that partners with religious groups to serve refugee and immigrant communities. The show, “Home is in You,” featured artwork from recent UNC graduates Laura Melosh and Katie Frohbose. Wilmington-based artist Wendy Kowalski provided paintings from her new collection for the show as well.


Tibetan monk artists visit Chapel Hill

Four monks sit in a circle at the Unity Center for Peace recreating a complex piece of art, the Medicine Buddha mandala, using millions of grains of colored sand. The large piece of three-dimensional sand art takes five days for eight monks to complete and requires painstaking attention to detail and knowledge of the intricate Medicine Buddha mandala.


Music short: Virgins Family Band, Honeylion

Virgins Family Band’s members are young, many still students at UNC. But you wouldn’t know that by listening to their new album, Honeylion. Boasting a mixture of everything from smooth jazz to upbeat pop, the new album sounds like it’s the product of musical maturity cultivated from many years of playing together. Dive verdict: ?????


Q&A with Dan McGee of Spider Bags

A former truck driver who grew up in New Jersey, Dan McGee is the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the Chapel Hill-based rock band Spider Bags. The band’s latest record, Shake My Head, has earned acclaim across the Triangle for its raucous rock that guarantees a good time. McGee talked to Dive staff writer Alex Dixon about wine, the Chapel Hill music scene, and delivering toilet paper to members of popular indie bands. Spider Bags will perform with Gross Ghost Tuesday in Durham.


Q&A with Holy Ghost Tent Revival

Greensboro-based band Holy Ghost Tent Revival showcases an energetic style of folk rock performed by its seven members. Drummer Ross Montsinger talked to Diversions writer Alex Dixon about the band since the departure of its founding bassist, Patrick Leslie, and its new album, “Sweat Like the Old Days,” due out Sept. 4. The band will perform at Cat’s Cradle on Friday.


Q&A with Chatham Co. Line

Coming off a recently released live album recorded in Raleigh, Chatham County Line will bring its eclectic take on acoustic bluegrass to Cat’s Cradle on Saturday. Mandolin and fiddle player John Teer talked to Diversions writer Alex Dixon about plans for a new studio album, playing in the Triangle and old, abandoned gold mines


Music Review: the dB's

The dB’s have not released an album of new material in 25 years. But in their newest album Falling Off the Sky, they merge the jangle-pop sounds of their early 1980s works with a more mature take on lyricism. The dB’s Falling Off The Sky Alternative rock Dive Verdict: 3 1/2 of 5 stars


Get your coffee fix

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? Caffe Driade 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.