Alexandria Shealy


SpringFest bigger in part II

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.

Second Carson concert tonight

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.

'Funeral' at black box

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.

Soulchild tickets go on sale

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' new season

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

Yo-Yo Ma packs house

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.

Comedy stars dish out industry tips

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.

Carolina Comedy Festival 2008 preview

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.

No campouts allowed for Iron & Wine 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 musical acts slated for UNC performances

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.