Grammy-winning folk singer and feminist icon Ani DiFranco is one of those who nixed an appearance here, canceling her scheduled July 4 performance at the Festival for the Eno. I’m nothing if not civic-minded, so since one DiFranco is a scratch, I decided to see if perhaps we could get five DeFrancos.
It was one of the most fascinating afternoons of my life – last Sunday when I spent a few leisurely hours sitting around the table, watching golf and going through pictures of his remarkable life with Robert Brown.
With all the calamitous political carryings-on occurring in North Carolina – our legislature passing a law to save us from unseen bathroom boogeymen and Bruce Springsteen refusing to play here because of it – whose idea was it to write a novel-length newspaper article about cornbread and whether it should be sweet or unsweet?
Rest assured that, regardless of how proud of yourself you are for dealing with UNC’s loss like an adult so far, some of you will still be – 48 years from now – riding on that rollercoaster of acceptance, then elation, and then – 4.7 seconds later – despair.
For Tar Heel basketball fans, there is nobody alive more deserving of a day in his honor than Charlie Scott – so who could be surprised to hear about the “Charles Scott Day” planned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his signing with UNC-Chapel Hill as its first black basketball player?
House Bill 2 won’t just keep transgendered people from using the bathroom that’s not indicated by their birth certificate, says Barry Saunders, but it will also be a source for new jobs: people called “equipment checkers.”