Nina Simone, who entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, has her childhood home in Tryon, NC, designated a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The artist co-owners want it to be an artistic workspace.
The International Bluegrass Music Association's keynote speaker in 2018 will be Jamie Dailey of acclaimed duo, Dailey & Vincent. Last year's speaker Rhiannon Giddens, won a MacArthur Fellowship "Genius Grant" shortly afterward.
Manbites Dog Theater has presented challenging, edgy new plays for 31 years. It's liquidating assets to fund other theater in the area, and the upstart Bulldog Ensemble Theater has emerged as possible successor.
Tarish Pipkins has performed with Missy Elliott and Paperhand Puppet Intervention. This weekend the Chapel Hill puppeteer brings "Just Another Lynching: An American Horror Story" to the ArtsCenter in Carrboro.