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Becca Brenner

	American Dance Festival School dean, will move to Philadelphia in September.

Dance school loses dean of 10 years

After spending half of the summers of her life at the American Dance Festival School, Donna Faye Burchfield, 52, is seizing a new opportunity to influence the dance world. At the end of the 2010 season, Burchfield will leave the school where she has been dean for the past 10 years to become the director of School of Dance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

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Artist Ben Long will complete Erskine Bowles’ customary exit portrait in the coming months.

Bowles commissions classmate for portrait

It is a common practice for UNC-system presidents to have their portraits made upon their departure.But it is less common for that portrait to be painted by a former classmate.Erskine Bowles knew artist Ben Long, who has been commissioned to paint his portrait, back in their days at UNC more than 40 years ago.“We’ve been friends a long time,” Long said.

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James Carlson practices on his newest guitar. DTH/Stephen Mitchell

Rocking out at the opera

Tchaikovsky’s “Polonaise” may not be in the Top 25 Most Played on James Carlson’s iPod, but learning to conduct it is his top priority. “It is really the other end of the spectrum for me,” said Carlson, a UNC alumnus and guitarist for the local band Modena. “I’m more of an alternative rock musician, and I grew up on listening to Nirvana.”

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Ackland Art Museum preparator Andrew Nagy hangs a painting for a new exhibit. DTH/Becca Brenner

‘Fortune smiles’ for Ackland

“It is one of the most significant gifts of artwork we’ve ever received.” The words of Nic Brown, museum communications director, echo sentiments felt throughout the Ackland Art Museum.  The 51-piece gift from former Director Charles Millard’s Tyche Foundation will make its public debut Sunday. The gift

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Professional hoop dancer Julia Hartsell spins two flaming hoops outside The ArtsCenter. DTH/Becca Brenner

Paris of the piedmont

Street artists tossed flaming props in the parking lot while a magician mingled with guests in the lobby and a live jazz band started up the tune “Witchcraft” in the next room. Ragged outlines of the Eiffel Tower hung opposite classic Parisian posters.

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