Apr 22, 2010

Durham to Dakar

Early Jurassic
Did you know that the Appalachian Mountains used to be part of a range that included the Anti-Atlas Mountains of Morocco?

Image by Ron Blakey, Emeritus Professor of Geology at Northern Arizona University, who has a series of ~40 slides (550 million years ago to present) at his Paleogeography and Geologic Evolution of North America.

For the last 40 million years of West Coast history, watch this plate tectonics animation from UC Santa Barbara.

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Oct 25, 2009

Durham Skate Park at Central Park

Durham Skate Park

~30 skaters this afternoon at the Durham Skate Park, downtown at Central Park.  I don't think it's officially open (what with the "do not enter" signage and the construction equipment) but the neighbors directly across the street at the Durham Police Department District 5 substation don't seem to object.

Random stats:

~30 skaters this afternoon: ~5 Afro-American, ~5 Latino, remaining caucasian.  All male.

Ages: 12 to 35.

Geographics: some local, some clearly not (overheard: "I'm from Morrisville", "Durham's got a reputation so I've got to mind my f**king cigs.  Goddammit.  I hope you f**king enjoyed them, whoever stole them" and "where do you get something to eat around here?"

Safety equipment of choice: none to be seen.

Drinks of choice: McDonalds (four cups), Jimmy Johns (one cup), and Cristalino sparkling wine (two bottles, no brown paper bag, and did I mention that it's across the street from a a Durham police substation?)

Durham Skate Park 2


Links: Bull City Rising on the skatepark planning and design.  Per the Durham Parks and Rec page, "Features include a floating quarter pipe, launch boxes, step-up bank, 3-seven step stairs with handrails, a street clam, and an 8 inch trog bowl."  And the Durham skatepark's unofficial MySpace page (Age: 36, Mood: stoked)

Please pardon the crap pix from my otherwise useful Blackberry.

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Aug 16, 2009

Help Durham City Council with its Resolution in Support of Civil Marriage for Same Sex Couples

Time sensitive Re: Durham City Council meeting -- Monday night, 17 August, 7 p.m.

Various sources remind us to encourage the Durham City Council to adopt the resolution as planned. If you're local, please shoot a note of support to the City Council folk and/or show up at the meeting with smiles.

Meeting is at 7 p.m.  The resolution item is scheduled for shortly after the consent agenda.  See here for full agenda.

The word from Equality NC:

Council members are getting pressure from conservatives to vote against this resolution. Make sure they know where you stand by contacting them directly: 

Mayor William V. "Bill" Bell: bill.bell@durhamnc.gov 

Cora Cole-McFadden (Ward 1) cora.cole-mcfadden@durhamnc.gov 

Farad Ali (At-Large)  farad.ali@durhamnc.gov 

Eugene A. Brown (At-Large)  eugene.brown@durhamnc.gov 

Diane Catotti (At-Large) diane.catotti@durhamnc.gov 

Howard Clement, III (Ward 2) howard.clement@durhamnc.gov 

Mike Woodard (Ward 3)  mike.woodard@durhamnc.gov

My email: Dear City Council Members - - I'm delighted to hear of your Resolution in Support of Civil Marriage for Same Sex Couples. Thank you for standing with the principles of love and fairness embodied in this resolution, and for withstanding the criticism of those who do not (yet!) see the light. Sincerely, Phil Marsosudiro, Durham Business Owner

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Jul 07, 2009

"Just Around the Corner" Independent Bookstore Video

Video by Jim Haverkamp, commissioned by the Regulator Bookshop, Durham NC.

Just Around the Corner from Jim Haverkamp on Vimeo.


Hat tip, Christina P. who plays one of the hot book-packers.

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Jun 07, 2009

Herald-Sun Shoutout from Sports Illustrated

SI Cover On Michael Phelps racing in Charlotte:

His sport is still riding the Phelps wave.  Last Thursday a premeet press conference that would normally struggle to lure the Durham Herald-Sun welcomed L'Equipe, Japan's TV Asahi and the BBC.

-- Brian Cazaneuve, Water Under the Bridge, Sports Illustrated, May 25, 2009


Nice of him to mention Durham instead of Raleigh, n'est-ce pas?  But the thought of the Herald-Sun covering a non-basketball sporting event in Charlotte?  Those days seem gone...

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May 22, 2009

Durham Fountain

Durham Water Fountain

On the northeast corner of downtown, a public water fountain and garden.  Still pleasant despite the weenie water pressure and the loud HVAC unit across the street.  "There's a fountain here?" exclaimed my friend as we walked by.  Her offices are in the building top right but she'd never had reason to walk in the fountain's direction until I invited her for a visit at Urban Ministries of Durham.

You notice different things when you're on foot, of course.  I first saw this then-dry fountain during the ~2000 Great Human Race which looped around the fountain at the halfway mark. 

I'm told that we're officially "not in drought" for the moment.  Enjoy it while you can -- a treat that has so far escaped the gov't budget cuts.

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May 18, 2009

Durham Station -- by Jay at FortuitousCapture.com

Durham station awesome

I came across this great photo while trolling the internet for a pic of Durham Station.  Photographer Jay at FortuitousCapture.com was kind enough to permit my reposting.  Click to enlarge.

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May 14, 2009

Drums in Downtown Durham -- Let the Asheville-ization Begin

At Five Points on Tuesday: one dude with drums, beating out the same pattern for like two hours.

Durham drummer

Will we soon have our own Asheville Drumming Circle?

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May 12, 2009

"Why Do I Like Living in Durham?" -- A Durham Neighborhood College Joint

I Heart Durham

Click it! ------> Why Do I Like Living in Durham? <------

Why Do I Like Living in Durham? is a 9-1/2 minute audio piece by my pal Sarah Ovenall and her teammates Allison Moy, Barbara Lau, Ricardo Correa and Joyce Logan at the Durham Neighborhood College.  Sarah pointed her microphone at me and it was fun.

To turn the tables, I emailed Sarah with some questions about the production. Read on for her fine responses about producing audio docs for the Durham Neighborhood College and for her WXDU show Divaville Lounge.

So, what's this Durham Neighborhood College thing?

Durham Neighborhood College is a ten week course about Durham government, jointly sponsored by the city and county. Each week representatives of different agencies come to the class and talk about what they do, where their funding comes from, how they make decisions, the problems they face, their upcoming goals, etc. I signed up because last year I did some political canvassing in neighborhoods I had never been to before, and often didn't even know were there. Cool neighborhoods where I met friendly, interesting people. It made me realize that despite living in Durham for 22 years, there's so much I don't know about it. I tend to stay in my own little area, go to the same places and see the same people. I wanted to learn more about Durham and the DNC seemed like a good place to start.

And why the audio documentary?  And why "Why Do I Like Living in Durham?"

The class broke into 4 groups which each had to do a project on the topic of "perceptions of Durham." Our group was lucky to get the "pro" argument. It's a lot easier to do a happy project about positive perceptions! 

The specific idea came from someone else in my group. She suggested we do a vox pop, short "man on the street" interviews with no names. (from the Latin vox populi, voice of the people). The original idea was that we use the information in the vox pop to decide what to do our project on. As we started collecting the interviews, we liked them so much that we decided to use the vox pop as the project itself.

The whole group collected the interviews, and then I edited it together into the finished piece. For the DNC presentation we added a slide show of drawings to go with the voices, drawn by a couple of kids we know.

Did the shape of the project change after you started recording?  After you started editing?

I initially thought it should be much longer. My (music) radio show is 2 hours so I'm used to thinking in much larger blocks of time. Due to the prep time available & the number of interviews we had, the version we played for the DNC ended up being about 5 minutes long. Which turned out just right for holding people's attention during a class. Longer than that and people would have been fidgeting in their seats.

After the DNC project was over I collected additional interviews and put together a longer version for WXDU, with music to break it up. That version was about 9-1/2 minutes and I think it worked well for radio.

Your production is 9-1/2 minutes long.  How much time did you spend planning/recording/editing?

I didn't do all the recordings, so I'm not sure how long that took. The ones I did sometimes had to be scheduled, and sometimes just happened off the cuff. For a couple of weeks I carried my recorder with me everywhere.

The editing took about 35-40 minutes for every minute of final audio. That's a bit long for me, because there were so many transitions. For a longer interview I usually plan to spend about 20 minutes editing for each minute of the finished piece.

How was it received?

The DNC class seemed to really enjoy it. It was a strange experience, to stand there watching people listen to audio I had produced. Very different from radio, where you have no contact with the audience. I used to overcome nervousness about being on the radio by telling myself no one was even listening. You can't do that when they're right in front of you!

Were there any things you hoped or expected to happen during the project?  Any things you hoped or expected to hear?

I didn't have any specific expectations, except that I know some really interesting people and I knew they would say good things.

How did you choose your interviewees?

We tried to get people from a range of ages, races, income levels and experiences. We were hoping to widen the range of what people might say, and also to reflect the broad range of people who live in Durham. Two of the people in the vox pop were members of the project -- the man who mentions the Durham Bulls, and the woman who says "funkytown." I regret that I didn't get to record a child or an older person. It would have been really good to have those perspectives in the mix. I did talk to an elderly woman who had lived her whole life in Durham, and she said all kinds of interesting things, but she refused to be recorded. Alas!

Did you worry people might say certain things you didn't want to hear?

I was kind of worried that we'd end up with an undiverse group saying "I like diversity!" over and over, which could sound a little clueless. And a lot of people did mention diversity, but it wasn't the only thing that was said so I think it worked.

Oh yes, "diversity."  How did/do you feel about the words "diversity" "funky" and "gritty"?

Well, some people were obviously looking for a euphemism for Durham's minority population. And some meant crime, which is a genuine issue in Durham, though outsiders perceive it as more of a problem than it actually is. I think people were trying to say that without coming right out and saying it.

But not everyone was euphemizing; I think some of them said "funky" and meant the fun culture in Durham, like the local music scene, or the people with homemade sculptures in their yards, things like that. There are pockets of cool weirdness all over Durham and I think that's a lot of what people were talking about. 

Not everyone bothered with euphemisms: one white guy (who we didn't end up using) came right out and said "I like that black people live here"!

Did anything else in the recording make you cringe? Laugh?

The part that made me laugh, of course, was the young woman saying that Durham is not the armpit of the state! I had a hard time not busting out laughing during the interview when she said that. 

The things that made me cringe weren't included in the final piece. Several people described their liking for Durham in terms of how much better it is than other nearby communities. Like the woman who said "It's not sterile," she actually said "It's not sterile like Chapel Hill." I don't agree with that, and besides, it's not necessary to trash other towns in order to make Durham sound good.

Also when people talked about diversity, sometimes they said cringe-inducing things. Like the guy who said he likes Durham because black people live here. Or another person said "I always wanted to visit Mexico, and now I don't have to because Mexico is moving here!" I'm pretty sure that person did not mean that the way it came out, so I edited it out. 

What were you delighted to discover about the process, or the people, or Durham?

One surprise was that the two people who have traveled the most, both described Durham people as up-front and lacking pretense. It's not something I'd ever thought about, and it was nice to hear!

On the technical side, I hadn't done field recordings before so that was a good learning experience. It's very different from a long interview in a controlled environment.

Many folks want to try their hand at audio docs.  Any advice?

Listen to programs that are doing what you want to do. Don't just listen to what they're saying, but how it sounds: how is it paced? how do they build tension? if there's narration, when does the narrator break in? if there's music, how do they use it? do they edit out all the "ums" or leave a few in? All of those decisions were made for a reason. 

There's a website called Transom.org which is full of advice about audio documentary. The site is specifically aimed at breaking into public radio, but it's useful for anyone doing audio work.

And if you live near Durham, contact WXDU. They have a weekly half-hour documentary program called Durham Noise Network and they are very welcoming of new people.

Speaking of WXDU, tell me about your soundtrack...

The music was two different versions of the theme from the movie The Third Man. It's one of my all-time favorite movies, and if you haven't seen it, you really should! I used the original version which appeared in the movie, played on the zither by Anton Karas, and then a really fun version by the Skatalites.

The music almost made it too easy: it makes everything sound good.

You've done some solo documentary work, haven't you?

I do a show on WXDU about old music like Tin Pan Alley, pop and jazz from the 20s to the 60s. Occasionally I do interviews, and last year I did a series about WWII that I'm proud of: a man who was a child in England during the war, another who was a child in Sicily during the war, and a WWII veteran who served in the US Navy. It was really interesting to hear such different points of view. (the one from England also happens to be my dad.)

I'm working now on a series of interviews with older people who experienced that great music when it was new. So if you know any older folks with interesting musical experiences -- they danced to big bands in the 40s, they went to a famous nightspot to hear the music, they saw a great singer back in the day -- please put them in touch with me!

And where can we find Divaville?

My show is called Divaville Lounge, Sundays from 2-4pm. http://www.divavillelounge.org If you like old music, check it out!


Photo yoinked from Zazzle.com where you can buy the shirt and more.

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May 09, 2009

We Want Oprah to be Sipping Drinks by the Pool, Waving to Friends in the Plaza

The Upper Deck Patio and Pool

The Upper Deck to CCB

The Upper Deck

Changes in the last year: Ronnie Sturdivant got shot.  "We Want Oprah" signage came down.  "We Got Obama" signage went up.  Oprah got Elizabeth Edwards.  And Duke Got Oprah.

Meanwhile, the old Washington Duke / Jack Tar Motel remains mostly in rot.  Blue Coffee is the standout tenant.  A few others pay rent and the parking deck gets a dozen or so fares each day.  What a waste.  What a drain on Durham's energy.  On this, all agree.

But I'll go minority voice with a followup: I think it's an excellent (and rare) good example of 1960s-modern commercial architecture in Durham.  Clean it up and take away the air conditioning units, and you'd have a very hip collection of hotel rooms or urban apartments.  Of course, I'm sure that whoever owns the building (Hank Scherich and the Sturdivant heirs perhaps?) has plans that start with "tear it down".  But I can dream, can't I?

Imagine summertime drinks by the pool, waving to friends in the plaza...  Did you even know they had a pool?



Pardon the craptastic photos. It was grey day and even it wasn't, my Blackberry camera sucks eggs.

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Apr 16, 2009

West Village Parking -- And They're Not Even "Smart"

West Village Street Parking
Above, four cars fit into three parking spaces on W. Morgan Street at West Village.

The 600/700 blocks of W. Morgan Street are some of downtown's "magic parking" -- pockets of good spots with no time limit.  I've been using them for several months and one of the first things I noticed is that they were sized for the big cars of my childhood.  I wonder how that happened?  In any case, it's a nice throwback.

Note that throwback sizing works well for parking spots, but not for, say, stadium seats which (I've read) used to be smaller, but have been resized over the years to accommodate the spreading American butt.

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Apr 09, 2009

Durham Performing Arts Center - Backstage Autographs

Durham Performing Arts Center backstage wall b

Above, one of the backstage walls at the Durham Performing Arts Center. 

A first few autographs are up on walls that will lose much of their white space as the years and performances accumulate.  At right, it looks like Bill Cosby signed once with a not-so-hot pen before trying again with another.  The legendary Topol signed somewhere at left, and Harry Connick, Jr. did his number in between.

On another wall, I was charmed to see a big set of Durham schoolkid signatures just a few feet from an autographed (and plexiglass-protected) poster from Rent.

I enjoyed tonight's backstage access courtesy of the folks at 30Threads who organized a great blogger's bash, and the Durham Performing Arts Center who graciously hosted (with a fantastic dinner on stage, no less).

On our tour, the DPAC marketing director shared a remarkable tidbit: ticket-holders are allowed to bring their drinks and snacks into the beautiful auditorium, which has remained unsullied due to the respectful nature of guests so far.  Like I said: remarkable.

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Mar 31, 2009

Discovered on Main Street?

Main Street Extra App

Guess who wants to be in the movies?

Main Street is casting for extras, so on Saturday I dropped by the Homestead Suites along with dozens of others:

Dreams of Glory

Maxann Crotts runs the company that Main Street hired to cast extras.  I didn't meet Maxann but the woman who took my form asked if I wanted to have head shots taken or to sign up for any acting classes.

"No thanks," I said. 

I worry that if I ever learned how to "act", I'd use those powers for evil.

Maxann's instructions for extras:

  • don't talk anywhere on the set unless the director tells you to.
  • be prepared to sit for a long time doing nothing.
  • don't bring valuables to the set -- if they get stolen, you're out of luck.

I'll bet Elrond Hubbard has yet more.


With luck, I'll get to check off an item on this list.

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Mar 07, 2009

Saul Alinsky on Means and Ends

Rules-for-radicals"The practical revolutionary will understand Goethe's "conscience is the virtue of observers and not of agents of action"; in action, one does not always enjoy the luxury of a decision that is consistent with one's individual conscience and the good of mankind.  The choice must always be for the latter.  Action is for mass salvation and not for the individual's personal salvation.  He who sacrifices the mass good for his personal conscience has a peculiar conception of "personal salvation"; he doesn't care enough for people to be "corrupted" for them.

"The men who pile up the heaps of discussion and literature on the ethics of means and ends--which with rare exception is conspicuous for its sterility--rarely write about their own experiences in the perpetual struggle of life and change.  They are strangers, moreover, to the burdens and problems of operational responsibility and the unceasing pressure for immediate decisions.  They are passionately committed to a mystical objectivity where passions are suspect.  They assume a nonexistent situation where men dispassionately and with reason draw and devise means and ends as if studying a navigational chart on land.  They can be recognized by one of two verbal brands: "We agree with the ends but not the means," or "This is not the time."  The means-and-end moralists or non-doers always wind up on their ends without any means."

-- Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals -- A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals

I'm a newcomer to Alinsky's work and am shocked that no one forced me to read this book before now.  There's much in there to learn from and much to argue with.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, some right-side bloggers made a point of showing the Obamas' connection to Alinsky's Industrial Areas Foundation founded in 1940. Left-side bloggers said, yeah, but that's a good thing.

Locally, Durham CAN (Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods) began forming as an IAF affiliate in 2000. On their Accomplishments page they "claim victory" for several accomplishments such as the City Council approving $300k in funding for after-school programs in 2003, and the City Council increasing Parks & Rec funding by $350k in 2004. 

Recently, Durham CAN seems to have recently morphed into (or been enveloped by) Triangle CAN, according to this N&O article about director Ivan Parra, in which Parra comments on the difference between Durham County and Orange County:

“The culture of the towns is different,” Parra agrees when I ask him about Durham and the Chapel Hill/Orange County areas.

“The people in Durham act more out of impulse. The heart is at the center of everything they do,” he says. “In Orange County there’s so much education. People act out of intellect.”

I haven't found any links to a Triangle CAN website, but will be glad to hear from anyone with info or other commentary.

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Mar 06, 2009

Human Trafficking 101 -- Durham County Department of Social Services, 1 April 2009

PSA for the Department of Social Services:

Free Workshop: Human Trafficking 101

Baltimore police closed down a brothel that used Mexican women imported into the country through Durham.  We  cannot ignore this issue locally.

Join us on April 1, 2009, from 3‐5 p.m. in the conference room of the Durham County        Department of Social Services for Human Trafficking 101.    

Government agencies, non‐profit, faith‐based organizations, schools, hospitals, and law        enforcement representatives are  encouraged to attend. 

North Carolina has  been identified as  among the eight  most common destination states  for human   trafficking, due in part to its location along I‐85 and I‐95.

Trainer: Donna Bickford, a local expert with the Carolina Women’s Center   

Topics covered will include: • Definitions • Statistics  • How people are trafficked  • How to identify or detect trafficking  • Challenges of working with trafficking survivors   

April 1, 2009  Durham County DSS, 220 East Main Street, Room 609  3pm‐5pm

Space is Limited.  To Register call 560‐8082.  Durham County Department of Social Services   919‐560‐8000 (Bilingual) 


Download Poster: Human Trafficking 101

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Feb 14, 2009

Happy Birthday to Carpe Durham


Congratulations to Carpe Durham on their first birthday!  At tonight's celebration at Pinhook, it was great to meet many of their contributors -- who are younger, slimmer, and better looking than you might have guessed for people who write so well and eat as much as they do.

In a September 2008 interview with Claire Cusick at the Independent, Carpe's Andrew Prins said:

"People in Durham seem to spend a lot of time discussing how we can build a closer community, yet often what it seems like they need to do is stop thinking about it and actually just live in it like a community. There are so many fantastic places and parts of Durham that most residents have probably never seen, and that we certainly wouldn't have seen without the blog."

Right said, Andrew.  The saddest thing about Carpe Durham is that their writers are graduating from Duke Law in May and will move on to far flung places for federal clerkships and more.  One writer said that friends may take on the mantle after May -- but I will not dare hope until I see it.  For now, I'll just be glad we've got the original team for as long as we do.

Above is the Sabor Latino truck they got to park outside Pinhook for their birthday party.  When the west-stretching queue reached around twenty people long, the MarVell Club folks next door politely asked if we could shift the line's direction so it wouldn't block their entrance.  But soon enough, the line grew beyond thirty and started threatening the entrance to Revolution several doors to the east.

The truck people looked pretty happy with the 3 tacos for $5 crowd, despite occasional struggles with language* and despite the early so-many-customers-we're-out-of-cheese (or some other important ingredient) crisis.  Still, downtown Durham has never smelled so good.  And that's counting the weekdays when Ninth Street Bakery is cooking up the cinnamon rolls, and the olden days when Liggett and Myers was processing their sweetest of leaves.  Carpe's SPL interviewed many diners on video.  All had greasy smiles and talked with their mouths full; some expressed their joy via dance.  I burned my fingers on food and did not care.


*near as I can tell from the line: one person in seven spoke Spanish but one person in five had trouble placing an order.  Everybody pitched in.

Photo yoinked from Carpe Durham, of course.  If you're very very clever, you can recognize the boxes of Premium Saltine Crackers on the front dash.  My fellow blogging Carpe-fans did not know what recipe those go into.  Do you?

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Feb 13, 2009

Greg Cox, Triangle Food Critic -- on the radio next Wed (18 Feb)

Cox_greg Local eaters take note:

Restaurant critic spills the beans on the radio

Tune your radio to 100.7 The River next Wednesday, February 18 from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., when I’ll be the guest on the Mornings with Kitty Kinnin Show. Excerpts of my recorded conversation with Kitty about the local food scene will be scattered throughout the program. For a more complete sampling (or if you miss the broadast), you can catch the podcast at www.river1007.com/cc-common/podcast.html whenever you like.

posted by Greg Cox at the N&O blog.

Hey, why didn't Shooting the Bull get him first?! :-)


Image yoinked from N&O, duh.

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Feb 10, 2009

Office Condo -- Amazing Sunlight, in town in Durham




Make your office home in a bright and airy two story suite with six offices.

Second floor offices feature 14-foot ceilings with high windows. The first floor reception has an 18-foot ceiling and two floors of windows. Offices like these will make a difference for you and your professional colleagues.

This office condo is at Duke Forest Place Office Park, 3326 Chapel Hill Durham Boulevard (also known as Highway 15-501 Business) near the intersection with Highway 751. This is a convenient location for access to all parts of Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill via I-40 and I-85. You're just five minutes to Duke; ten minutes to downtown Durham, twenty-five minutes to the Airport or Chapel Hill. Dozens of restaurants are nearby, including Foster's Market, Guglhopf, Nana's and many more. Sam's Club and Super Target are just blocks away.

With high second-floor ceilings, windows and skylights, the space is bright enough to avoid artificial lighting during the day. The suite includes six private offices, a large reception area with an 18-foot ceiling and two floors of windows, kitchen, two restrooms, and a 2nd floor balcony that faces west for warm afternoons. Ample and safe parking for employees and visitors.

The office suite is approximately 1,500 square feet for lease at $1,750/month. Landlord pays taxes, property insurance and condominium fee. Tenant pays water, sewer, utilities and janitorial services.

Contact David at 919-384-5820 or E-mail to set up a visit.

More photos at www.bullcityoffices.com


Note from Phil: I'm posting this for a friend and would appreciate anyone passing it along.

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Feb 02, 2009

Book Exchange

Book Exchange

If you're local, you already know: The Book Exchange is closing after 75 years. 

For decades, The Book Exchange was like the pre-Amazon.com for academics, before Amazon.com came along to help put it out of business.  As an undergrad at Brown, I remember my schoolmate David -- a fellow-Durhamite -- calling his dad with a list of ~15 books that he'd need for two courses in Classics and English Lit.  His dad would buy them at The Book Exchange for a fraction of what the new reprints would cost at Brown. And David would look extra-cool because he'd be reading something old and yellowed instead of the same new Penguin editions that the rest of us carted around. 

A walk through the Book Exchange is like a physical tour of the 20th century's humanities canon.  For that, alone, it's worth the trip.

The N&O and Herald-Sun mention a long list of factors that pushed the owners to sale: internet bookstores, an extended downtown street construction that reduced access for months, and no one in the family that was really itching to run the place.  But one thing I heard in the stacks that wasn't mentioned in the press: the credit crunch.  Textbook buys require several hundred thousand in credit, and this year the credit just wasn't there.  That's what I heard.

Books are going for $10 a bag (excepting current textbooks) and with three floors of everything from Teri Hatcher's Burnt Toast: And Other Philosophies of Life (one copy only, thank goodness) to Vera Micheles Dean's The Nature of the Non-Western World (1957 paperback edition, ~40 copies), you will find something interesting. Go -- even if you worry that the choices and nostalgia will be so overwhelming that you buy not a thing. 

At checkout, dropping my hefty bag of books by the register, I noticed some boxes of Paper Mate pens nearby.  "Twenty-five cents" said the label.

I asked the clerk, "is that per pen, or per box?"

"Ah, just throw them in your bag," he said.  "They're pretty old.  I don't know if they'll even write."

"Thanks," I said. Then I asked him how he and his colleagues were doing with the transition. 

"I guess we're doing OK," he said.  "Thanks for asking."

I could see that he meant it.


Photo orientation:  you're looking north up one of the third-floor stacks.  The people in the distance are more or less right where the big The Book Exchange sign is mounted on the store's outside wall.

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Jan 20, 2009

We Got Obama

We got obama - downtown durham

"We Got Obama", downtown Durham next to the former "We Want Oprah" building.

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Nov 13, 2008

Connie from Durham


My Couchsurfing hosts in Houston had a couple of Redneck Joke books, and I stumbled into this joke while skimming.  The choice of Durham, NC as the punchline town surprises me on several counts.  But I had to laugh, especially since I have a Durham friend named Connie.

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Nov 12, 2008

Durham + 8 months

So I've only been gone for a few months, but plenty in Durham looks different.  Since I last drove around downtown, Pettigrew St. has suddenly gone up in lights: the new Performing Arts Center is beautiful at night, the Bull Durham neon sign ("Bull Du" on election night -- some bulbs were out) is blazing red, and the transportation center has gotten all framed out.  Holy cats!  I also visited the north side of Washington St. where I got my first glimpse of the two new/adapted buildings at Trinity. 

Still undone: I have yet to visit Pinhook, Maverick Partners has yet to put any tenants into the great space at 1001 W. Main St., and Mangum South 219 has yet to be renovated. Too bad on all counts, though I think I can rectify one of those by myself.

It's good to be back.  Now if only we could replace Pettigrew St. with a river.

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Nov 08, 2008

Blue Coffee Cafe, Blue City Durham


Above, Blue Coffee Cafe on Election Night.
Off camera to the left, a TV set is counting up the delegates.

After a few hours here on Tuesday, Dave from Boston declared Durham his new second favorite city in the world.  In town on a business trip for the NIH, he celebrated his fifty-something birthday at a packed Blue Coffee Cafe.

"I had no idea about this place," he said.  "I'm staying at the Marriott and assumed I was going to spend the evening in my hotel room, watching the TV and jumping up and down by myself.  But then I looked out my window and saw a bunch of people, so I came on down."

With the delegate count around 220, Dave let my pal Jenny treat him to some birthday coffee but he refused any hugs until Obama was over the top.  "I'm old school, and I've been disappointed enough times that I'm not going to jinx this." 

While we waited, I told him that he was standing right where Obama had visited in May, and where the still-needing-to-win-the-primary candidate treated his gathered supporters to a few slices of baked Blue Coffee yumminess.* Meanwhile, I knocked off my own fantastic slice of red velvet cake -- chosen without irony, and enjoyed more than any I'd ever tasted.

When the newscasters finally called California and the race, Dave joined the yelling, clapping and hugging without any New England reserve.  "Wow," he said.  "Four decades ago, I could never have imagined this..." Looking around at all the happy on his birthday, he declared, "Durham is now my second favorite city.  This place is great."


*Actually, I told Dave it was pie.  I found out later that it was all cake, and that my memory was off.  I can tell you, however, that Blue Coffee was much more crowded than the photo, above.  I think that by the time I took that photo (after 270), more people had gone outside to holler in the streets.

Recommended visits: That's No Bull's Blue Coffee blog entry from May and the The Durham News' post-election coverage also centered around the Cafe.

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Sep 25, 2008



Do you remember Divaville on WXDU?  Of course you do.  And of course you know it's now hosted at KMHD in Portland, Oregon, ever since Christa broke three thousand east coast hearts with her three-thousand mile move to the Pacific Northwest.

Above from last night, a shot of Tony Starlight hosting Christa on the stage of his Supper Club and Lounge, during their second Divaville Listener's Party.  I can't recall whether he was serenading or speaking to her in that particular moment. With Tony it could be either.

I'm enjoying a short visit in Portland with all its nice people, rich culture, and fantastic scenery.  Last night at Tony's it was fun to see several dozen of Christa's local Divaville fans treat her like the celebrity that she is.  Despite the cool weather up here, people find ways to be warm.  I shared a table with two of Christa's friends and two new acquaintances who had each come solo to the evening, open to making new friends.


Photo taken with Christa's little Canon, I think.  A fantastic little camera with a "twilight photo" setting, which I used for this shot.

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Sep 18, 2008

Stupidity and Laziness vs. Ego and Greed

A modest debate: can more corporate problems be credited to stupidity and laziness, or ego and greed?

I vote for stupidity and laziness.  Some of my debate partners in San Francisco vote for ego and greed.

Given the differences in our respective markets, we may both be right.  San Francisco sits at the far end of the corporate behavior curve.  It's one of the first places you'd want to be if (you think) you've got the brains, imagination, and drive to make it big and quickly.  As for the Triangle (and many other "mid-cap" or "low-cap" markets), we don't have nearly the concentration of the corporate ambitious.

I'm sort of OK with that, especially since I have the freedom to spend time in either place.

But back to the debate, if you were to frame it nationally rather than by locale.  Stupidity and laziness vs. ego and greed: who "wins"?

(By the way,  I want to claim Scott Adams for my side, given his explaining theory for nearly everything: "people are idiots''.)

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Sep 16, 2008

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Sep 09, 2008

West Coast Bull

To commemorate my dinner with Bull City peeps who are coincidentally traveling in San Francisco, here is some West Coast Bull that I saw a few days ago. Just north of Death Valley, on the turnoff from Highway 95 to Highway 266 you see this:


They are not kidding.  Because twenty miles later, after seeing nobody else on the road, you'll pass a few dozen of these:


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Jun 23, 2008

Dance of the Street People



American Dance Festival.  I just remembered that it's going on right now up in Durham, and I remember the quote of some Ninth Street business owner who said upon the dancer's arrival each year, "It's the return of the posture people!".

Back in 2000, I saw Mark Dendy's "I'm Going to my Room to be Cool Now and I Don't Want to be Disturbed," and my God it was loud.  I think of that performance almost every time I hear "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone", and I thought of it again when I saw this friendly guy on W. Main Street in a year or two ago.  I thought I might send a copy of the photo to the Dendy folks, but then I discovered that the dance company had shut down some years ago.  Dendy is still around but not his dance company.

In any case, I wanted to mention that there's street people, and there's street people.  The guy pictured here seemed to be high-functioning alcoholic when I met him.  I don't remember ever seeing him at Urban Ministries of Durham, but on this occasion, he was a perfectly amicable guy to chat with for a while.  Yesterday I met someone like him on the streets of La Ceiba Honduras.  "Stone" (his nickname, not a pseudonym) is a recovering crack addict Honduran who teaches English (he grew up on one of the Bay Islands where they speak both English and Spanish) and writes poetry about staying away from drugs.  He was sitting outside my hotel when I was looking for folks to share some excess candy with and we hung out for a bit.  He's pretty funny.

There are sadder sights in La Ceiba.  Though it's nothing like, say, India, there are still more than a few kids on the streets at night looking for a few Lempiras or some food.  I don't know what the "responsible system" is down here, but I've avoided giving money to any kids so far.  I've also avoided eye contact, and I can't help but feel some shame about that.  But shame is nothing compared to hunger, right?  Fortunately for the kid on this evening, another kid from the hotel ran into the restaurant and brought him a small meal.  When the kid approached me a second time, I gave him a fresh pack of gum.

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May 24, 2008

Vit Goal - Boiling Korean. Plus Triangle Bailliage


The tofu soup at bottom is boiling.  Yummy lunch at Vit Goal -- the 2nd Korean restaurant near the corner of Highways 55 and 54 by RTP.  (The first is Chosun OK in the northeast corner.  Vit Goal is on Allendown Dr., a block south of the southeast corner.)  You should go.  And afterward, buy some make-your-own-Korean-meal ingredients next door at Shilla Oriental Food and Gifts.

Update: Jason Perlow (founder of eGullet) has a great blog about both Vit Goal and Chosun OK here at OffTheBroiler.com

Looking for Vit Goal map, I stumbled across Vit Goal photos and an article from the Triangle Bailliage de North Carolina. According to their website:

"The Triangle Bailliage de North Carolina is a local chapter of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.  La Chaîne is a unique gastronomic society, headquartered in Paris,  with more than 20,000 members in over 100 countries."

I remember reading about La Chaîne some years ago (I probably wanted to join), and I think it's fair to say that the Triangle Bailliage -- founded in 1987 -- was one of the earlier Triangle foodie groups.  Their website hasn't been updated since November, so I'm not sure if they're still cranking, but you can take a tour around several years of their restaurant visits. 

You'll see that they are clearly "traditional".  As part of their custom, officers and some members wear ribbons and medallions.  Professional members include prominent restaurateurs such as Van Eure, Giorgios Bakatsias and Scott Howell, representing several of the Triangle's longstanding well-regarded restaurants.

That said, a visit to their website will also make you wonder if their "model" is a bit out of date for 21st century US eating.  The first thing I noticed was that their trip to Vit Goal last year was billed as their "annual ethnic dinner".  In the previous year, their "annual ethnic dinner" was a trip to Jibarra.  Oh well -- just visit and you'll see what I'm talking about.  Different generations.  Different approaches to food and culture and writing.  (And yes, I remember that everything we have today is built on what people did before.)  Someone let me know if they've moved their website to a new address, or if they've shut down, or anything else about them.  I'm curious.*


*Not that I'm claiming credit for any of his skills -- but throughout that last paragraph, I felt like I was channeling the spirit of Eat at Joe's :-)

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May 23, 2008

Filipino Grocer in Durham - Phil Asia on Highway 54

A very cool person recently told me about this place, and I'm sorry I can't remember who it was.  If it was you, holler!

Phil Asia Market opened four months ago near RTP and has a bunch of cool stuff you might not find elsewhere.  Among them, the Magnolia brand ube and monggo bean ice milk pops which are currently calling to me from the freezer.


Ube is a purple yam used in the Philippines as a sweet, starch, and coloring ingredient.  Monggo beans are widely used throughout Asia and are also known as  the same thing as mong beans or green soy that you might have seen in other dishes. 

Western palates (especially Southern ones) are used to sweet potatoes serving in a dessert role.  But it's rare for us to see beans as a sweet dish ingredient and I'm suspect that these ube and monggo bean treats wouldn't be everyone's fave.  I guess that just means there's more for me.  In fact, I'll be surprised if I can write this whole blog without interrupting myself with a trip to the freezer.  But I digress...

So what should you try at the Phil Asia Market?  For sure I recommend the Magnolia brand ice creams of any flavor.  Phil Asia has several of the standard Magnolia flavors including ube, macapuno (a special coconut), and probably some others like mango.  Sausage fans should try to the Filipino-style longanisa.  I spotted several cooked/smoked/preserved bangus (milkfish) items on the shelves and in the freezers.  And if you like light, sweet breads, try the pan de coco: rolls with a bit of sugar and shredded coconut thrown in.

For more of the Filipino-American experience, click over to rapper NUMP on MySpace.  NUMP is a Filipino-American rapper out of the Bay who's done a Magnolia Ice Cream commercial

Phil Asia Market
1708 E. Highway 54
Durham (next door to the wacky True Value Hardware store, just west of the Highway 54/55 "Indigestion Intersection".)  This True Value has both a pharmacy and a wacky, ever-changing sign.  See one courtesy of Southern Kind of Life, a six-month-old blog from southern Durham (happy half birthday, SKoL!)


Magnolia Ice milk photo from Ramar Foods in California. Magnolia has been the longtime "best of the major producers" ice cream brand in the Philippines, sort of like Breyer's was in the US until the early 80s when we got our first explosion of more premium ice creams. The US-distributed ice cream uses Filipino flavor ingredients plus US cream.

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Apr 21, 2008

Akashi Sushi and the Food Gulley of Durham


The Mercury Rising roll at Akashi Japanese Restaurant.  In case the phone pic isn't clear, that's two different lumps of orange/red fishiness on top.  The first layer is (very) spicy tuna.  The second is tobiko (flying fish roe).

Akashi is famed for its almost everything half price almost all the time menu.*  It's also famed for its very long menu (including a Wolfpack roll).  I can't believe I hadn't visited before this weekend. 

Quality impressions?  Hmmm... I'd give my first meal a B-.  The Spider Roll (behind the Mercury Rising) was the least inspired I've ever eaten.  But I'll try it again if someone else wants to go. [Update: I had lunch with my pal Adam last week, and we both gave our meals a solid B+ at a great BOGO price.]

Speaking of fame, Akashi is in the ought-to-be-famed Food Gulley** at 2223 Highway 54 E., one block east of Indigestion Intersection (aka intersection of Highways 55 and 54 at the edge of RTP).  The Food Gulley is cool.  It has a taqueria/carniceria, Sal's Pizza, Montas Latin dance club***, Akashi, and Bombay Grille. I have no idea how their lunchtime customers find a place to park.****


*I'm not kidding about the half-price stuff.  Everyone tells me it's always half price all the time.  If you're worried it won't be whenever you go, click here for Akashi's Citysearch listing, then scroll to the instant offer coupon.

**Food Gulley.  I made that up and if you've been, you'll know what I mean.  Below street grade, it's easy to miss if you don't know where you're looking -- so drive slowly and pay attention.  It's just east of the railroad track. While I didn't make up "Indigestion Intersection", I'm surprised to see that it doesn't seem to have currency outside of RTP.

***Hey, has Montas changed names?  I seem to recall different signage on Friday.  Amusement: one of the club's security guards had locked himself out and was knocking on the window to regain admittance.

****One time in that parking lot, I was surprised when one of the landscapers looked up and said, "Hey, Phil.  Howgozit?"  It was my friend Paula whom I'd last seen in Chicago four years earlier.  Her ex-boyfriend story is here.

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Apr 18, 2008

Job Opening - Development Director at Urban Ministries of Durham


Urban Ministries of Durham seeks an
Exceptional Development Director. 
Our current budget is just over $1MM. 
Our goals are even bigger.
That’s why we need someone great.

The Opportunity

Homelessness. Hunger. Substance Abuse. Poverty. We confront these challenges every day. Can you help us fuel our efforts – as we work to improve the lives of our brothers and sisters in need?

Our work isn’t easy. Every day, we provide shelter to ~110 people, and serve more than ~500 meals. We have a substance abuse recovery program that opens the door to great successes, but that takes immense effort. Our food pantry and clothing closet serve ,more than 450 people every month. And much more work needs to be done.

In the words of one of our Board members, “we could double our spending and still use every penny on the essentials.”

We know that the money is out there. We just need to help people decide that they want to put it to work through Urban Ministries of Durham.

The Ideal Candidate

What are we looking for in our next Development Director?  Here are the essentials:

Compassion – You believe in the dignity of each person. You work in a way that respects and increases the dignity of our clients, donors, volunteers, and staff.

Commitment to Results – You set goals you believe in, and you find a way to meet them.  You create good outcomes even when the path is not easy.

Leadership – For corporate and individual gifts, you lead by example and by teaching. Sometimes you make the Ask. Other times, you help the executive director (or a board member, or another volunteer) make the best Ask they can. With your leadership, the team gets stronger every year.

Organization and Follow-through - You are a self-starter who sets and implements solid work-plans. For annual giving and for foundation or government grants, you work with your team of volunteers and colleagues to create professional and timely requests that turn into reliable funding streams. And you make sure we deliver the very best “Thank You”.

Strength and Spirit – you make principled decisions based on shared organizational values.   You inspire confidence among donors and colleagues.

Why Work with Urban Ministries of Durham?

Here are some reasons we might be the right place for you to do your good work:

• Urban Ministries of Durham (UMD) has a strong reputation built on nearly 25 years of service. Our programs improve every year.

• We partner closely with City and County government, religious organizations, and the private sector. We are a faith-based organization whose services are primarily secular.

• We have a diverse set of funding sources. Individuals, congregations, corporations, government grants, and foundation grants fuel our work. We are not over-reliant on any one funder, and many of our funders have supported us over many years.

• While it won’t be easy to meet and grow our budget every year, we know it can be done. Durham has the resources we need to rebuild lives and to strengthen our community. We have some great development volunteers who are ready to receive your quality guidance.

• Durham is a vibrant and growing community. Our downtown neighborhood is in the midst of incredible new development and urban renewal.

Much more about us is online at www.umdurham.org

Professional Qualifications

We recognize that successful development directors come in different shapes and sizes, and that they come from different paths. That said, we have a list of likely characteristics:

Proven success in several of the following:
• Fundraising for $1MM+ budgets
• Annual Fund campaigns
• Major Gift campaigns (with responsibility for some fraction of Asks)
• Foundation and government grant writing
• Corporate giving requests.

Proven competence with several of the following:
• Leading and teaching other development committee staff and volunteers
• Database management (Sage Fundraising 50, MS Access)
• Public relations and marketing
• Event planning

Candidates with strong connections within the Durham community are particularly encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Please send resume and letter of interest no later than May 20 to:
   UMD Search Committee
   c/o Phil Marsosudiro
   UMD.search + gmail + com

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Apr 17, 2008

Job Ads -- Durham Morning Herald, 1 Apr 1947


I've long wondered how Asians/Asian-Americans got on in the Jim Crow South, but I've not had much luck searching the internet, and I've only now started scanning through old Durham newspaper indexes and issues.

The Durham Morning Herald hardbound index that spans ~1930 to ~1960 offers nil for these index terms: Japanese, Oriental, Asian and Chinese.  If there were any Asians in Durham back then, you wouldn't know it from the index.


I did see some interesting headlines on black/white relations in the 1 April 1947 edition ("Durham committee on Negro affairs again seeking to put a representative on the city board of education"), so I picked up that microfiche reel for a read.

Wandering elsewhere in that edition, I spotted this set of classified ads with the interesting gender/race specifics. (Question: are today's employers looking for much different?). 

Only later did I notice the dishwasher job at an "Oriental restaurant" at 118 E. Parrish St.  I wonder what it was like? Endangered Durham has a blog about the block it was on: 100 E. Parrish St. block (south).

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Apr 15, 2008

Five Points Cafe is Open!


I had a nice lunch there with Claire from The Crone Report.*

And I asked the owner, Steven Matherly, what he'd like us to share with you:

  • We're open!
  • Breakfast opens at 7, and deli sandwiches and the like for lunch ($7 or $7.50 for a nice-sized sandwich, fancy chips plus a fountain drink.)
  • The plan for evenings: "downtown Durham's dessert destination."  Current desserts are provided by "The Cake Lady", Mrs. Lott (see pics below), who rents kitchen space at the Cafe, and also from Sweet Jane's and Guglhopf.
  • In Phases 2 and 3, the cafe will add international dry goods (chick peas, arborio rice, etc. etc.), fresh vegetables, staples like milk and such, soon followed by sliced deli meats, fresh fish on ice, and eventually...
  • ...Wine with a focus on affordable bottles, with many from South America.

Best of luck to Steven on his expansion into what I hope he'll eventually call "Five Points Cafe & Market" or some other name that suggests shopping and not just eating.  Downtown Durham would love such a spot.  A small, sustainable version of what Fowler's had hoped to be.  A place for downtown residents and workers to pick up their evening's dinner groceries.  You know, like they were living in a "City".

Here's a pic of Mrs. Lott (in hat) and other friendly folks:


Among her offers at the Cafe: pound cake, sweet potato pie, and a coconut cake of some kind.  Below, ~1/3rd of a serving her very dense and not-to-sweet bread pudding.  A monster-sized slab** goes for $2.85, which is a bargain for the amount of food and flavor you'll get.


Five Points Cafe
347 W. Main St.
Durham NC 27701


* DurhamFood of CookingEatingDurham came in just after we did, but was gracious enough to let me call blog dibs on "we were there first!"  (I'm sure he could have gotten to his computer faster than I, had he wanted to.)  And Claire was double-gracious enough to let me blog first -- extra nice since she picked up the tab. 

Related: I never knew that I had a competitive personality until ~10 years ago when a few people pointed it out.  Damn.  Oh well.  But since it's out now, I'll say it:  "We win, we win, we win!" 

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Apr 06, 2008

N&O Coverage of Durham -- My Comment and the N&O Editor's Response

I recently sent a frustrated comment to the News & Observer regarding their seeming "Most everything in Durham is crime" coverage.  See below for my comment, and for the reply from the N&O's Durham editor, Rob Waters (who graciously gave me permission to publish his response).

My comment (27 March, 8:45 p.m.):

Subj: Is there nothing else to report about in Durham?

12 out of 15 articles in today's N&O "Durham" link are about crime (see below)*. I'm not denying that most of the 12 are in some form newsworthy. But is there nothing else happening in Durham that might be MORE newsworthy than at least half of these? Would your readers not find it interesting or useful to read about more things than an 80% roster of crime-related happenings?

I'm a Hillsborough resident who spends a lot of time in Durham. And I'm finding the N&O less and less useful at telling me about what might be happening in my second city.

News & Observer Durham Editor Rob Waters's response (28 Mar, 10:30 a.m.):

From: rwaters [mailto:rwaters@newsobserv...

Sent: Friday, March 28, 2008 10:23 AM
To: phil@marsosudi....
Cc: metroeds; Eric Frederick
Subject: Re: Contact Newsroom: Is there nothing else to report about in Durham?

Mr. Marsosudiro,

We report plenty of news other than crime in Durham, but sometimes our Web site makes it seem otherwise.

The snapshot you provided was from early last evening, before we posted our stories that are in today's print edition. Below is a snapshot from this morning, that contains a bit more of a mix.

As the day progresses, our Web site is programmed to list the most recent postings first. Some of them are fairly trivial, and more than a few of them are simply announcements from the city or county government or the Durham PD — information these public entities would like to have out there — and we're just passing it along. A lot of days, the posting of these minor news items (many of which are about crime) has the effect of displacing some of our more comprehensively reported stories. It's an imperfect system, and we're continually trying to tweak it to make it more useful.

The other thing you should know if you're interested in news from Durham is that much of our news-gathering energy is focused on the weekly Durham News, which comes out Saturday and is distributed free to about 70,000 households in Durham County (but not to Hillsborough). You can find that online by poking around the regular N&O site for awhile, or you can go to it directly here:
A fresh weekly batch of stories (none of them about crime) will be posted there early tomorrow morning.

Our Durham staff also maintains a blog. We have busy days and slow days, but generally we post a dozen or more times a week here:

Thanks for writing,

Rob Waters
Durham editor, The News & Observer
Editor, The Durham News
Durham, NC
919 956-2431

Durham police report 'suspicious death'
Durham police this morning are investigating "a suspicious death" of a man at Bay Creek Apartments, 1309 Hudson Ave.
Updated: Mar. 28, 2008 7:26 AM | Full story

Durham police get new deputy chief
Triangle Briefs: A new deputy chief will be among 24 Durham Police Department employees promoted at a ceremony tonight.
Updated: Mar. 28, 2008 3:21 AM | Full story

Schools might ask for more
School officials could ask county commissioners for a $7.4 million increase in their local budget for next year, according to a draft proposal that debuted at a school board meeting Thursday.
Updated: Mar. 28, 2008 3:21 AM | Full story

Teen with a record gunned down on Durham street
John Fitzpatrick Jr. saw Sean Kali Buwe as more than just a defendant he represented in court. He wanted to help change the 18-year-old for the better.
Updated: Mar. 28, 2008 3:21 AM | Full story

Used adult bikes wanted
They will be sent to Costa Rica.
Updated: Mar. 28, 2008 3:21 AM | Full story

Durham police wrap up internal cases
Internal investigations into the actions of three Durham police officers, including one who shot and killed a teenager, have been completed, but the public may never know whether the department thought the officers acted appropriately.
Updated: Mar. 28, 2008 3:21 AM | Full story

Durham police chided for marijuana case
A prosecutor has tossed out marijuana trafficking charges against a Duke University student, prompting criticism from a defense lawyer that police are doing their business backward.
Updated: Mar. 27, 2008 5:28 AM | Full story

County is collecting hygiene items
Triangle Briefs:Several county agencies and volunteers are leading a drive to gather donations of personal hygiene supplies for middle schoolers.
Updated: Mar. 28, 2008 7:37 AM | Full story
Suspect in break-in surrenders to police

Triangle Briefs: A man wanted in connection with a break-in at a home on North Roxboro Street on March 12 turned himself in to authorities Wednesday.
Updated: Mar. 27, 2008 2:24 AM | Full story

Durham sets session on probation
Failure to keep up with two now accused of murder prompts crime Cabinet meeting.
Updated: Mar. 27, 2008 2:24 AM | Full story
Man fatally shot on Durham sidewalk

Durham police officers are investigating a homicide after a man was found fatally wounded on a sidewalk Wednesday night.
Updated: Mar. 27, 2008 2:23 AM | Full story
3 shootings, 3 deaths, 3 autopsies

Triangle Briefs: Recently released autopsy reports detail how three men who died late last year were killed, including one who died from police bullets.
Updated: Mar. 26, 2008 3:02 AM | Full story

Man collapsed, died after fight
Frank Carver Jr. of Durham was talking with police after the affray when he fell ill.
Updated: Mar. 25, 2008 2:44 AM | Full story

First there's 'smoke,' then ATM is swiped
Triangle Briefs: A tall man apparently led a Durham motel clerk astray with a false report of smoke in the building, then wheeled the motel's ATM into his waiting pickup truck, police said.
Updated: Mar. 25, 2008 2:43 AM | Full story

Durham trial opens window on police work, gangs
A murder trial set to begin today in Durham offers a glimpse into how young people can be drawn into gang life in this city.
Updated: Mar. 24, 2008 8:22 AM | Full story

Stories from The Durham News:

Downtown boom bypassing civic center
City debates spending $6 million on upgrades.

Mold-free building wows crowd
Adolescents surged through the doors of Durham School of the Arts in February to see new building.

Prayer vigil scheduled for slain Duke grad student
Abhijit Mahato was fatally shot Jan. 18.

Pitch made for city-funded neighborhood liaison
Advocate would cut through bureaucracy, some claim, but others say it's unnecessary.
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*here was the previous evening's list that I was complaining about:

Durham police chided for marijuana case
A prosecutor has tossed out marijuana trafficking charges against a Duke University student, prompting criticism from a defense lawyer that police are doing their business backward.
Updated: Mar. 27, 2008 5:28 AM | Full story

County is collecting hygiene items
Triangle Briefs: Several county agencies and volunteers are leading a drive to gather donations of personal hygiene supplies for middle schoolers.
Updated: Mar. 27, 2008 4:52 PM | Full story
Suspect in break-in surrenders to police

Triangle Briefs: A man wanted in connection with a break-in at a home on North Roxboro Street on March 12 turned himself in to authorities Wednesday.
Updated: Mar. 27, 2008 2:24 AM | Full story

Durham sets session on probation
Failure to keep up with two now accused of murder prompts crime Cabinet meeting.
Updated: Mar. 27, 2008 2:24 AM | Full story

Man fatally shot on Durham sidewalk
Durham police officers are investigating a homicide after a man was found fatally wounded on a sidewalk Wednesday night.
Updated: Mar. 27, 2008 2:23 AM | Full story

3 shootings, 3 deaths, 3 autopsies
Triangle Briefs: Recently released autopsy reports detail how three men who died late last year were killed, including one who died from police bullets.
Updated: Mar. 26, 2008 3:02 AM | Full story

Man collapsed, died after fight
Frank Carver Jr. of Durham was talking with police after the affray when he fell ill.
Updated: Mar. 25, 2008 2:44 AM | Full story
First there's 'smoke,' then ATM is swiped

Triangle Briefs: A tall man apparently led a Durham motel clerk astray with a false report of smoke in the building, then wheeled the motel's ATM into his waiting pickup truck, police said.
Updated: Mar. 25, 2008 2:43 AM | Full story

Durham trial opens window on police work, gangs
A murder trial set to begin today in Durham offers a glimpse into how young people can be drawn into gang life in this city.
Updated: Mar. 24, 2008 8:22 AM | Full story

Boy's death in pool is ruled an accident
Triangle Briefs:The death of a 6-year-old boy in an abandoned pool near Durham has been ruled an accident.
Updated: Mar. 20, 2008 2:42 AM | Full story

Autopsy shows man riddled with bullets
Victim attacked in car on N.C. 98.
Updated: Mar. 20, 2008 2:42 AM | Full story

Durham convict is granted a new trial
Triangle Briefs: The N.C. Court of Appeals granted a new trial Tuesday to a Durham man convicted of assault because a prosecutor failed to provide adequate explanations for dismissing potential jurors who were African-American.
Updated: Mar. 20, 2008 2:42 AM | Full story

Gubernatorial forum set at Duke
Triangle Briefs: Duke University will host a forum from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday for gubernatorial candidates on "The Future of Water in North Carolina."
Updated: Mar. 20, 2008 2:42 AM | Full story

Suspects sought in trailer break-in
Triangle Briefs: Investigators are looking for the people who entered a business parking lot at 5420 Chapel Hill Road about 11:30 p.m. Feb. 12, broke into a trailer, stole about $6,000 worth of tools and fled in a white Ford F-250 crew-cab truck.
Updated: Mar. 19, 2008 2:42 AM | Full story

Suspect who fled police is sought
Triangle Briefs: Police are trying to locate Walter Chavis IV, who is wanted on weapons and drug charges.
Updated: Mar. 19, 2008 2:42 AM | Full story

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Apr 04, 2008

Cleveland-Holloway Is the Heart of Durham!

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It charms me that if you Google "Durham NC", the top link is a Google Map with the arrow smack dab in the Cleveland-Holloway neighborhood. [Less charming: I can't figure out how to get the embedded Google Map to show the closeup and the arrow, but if you click on "View Larger Map" just above this paragraph, you'll get what I mean.]

In case the Cleveland-Holloway neighborhood blog isn't on your reader, click on over to see great pix of last month's neighborhood cleanup.  Here's a teaser:


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Mar 28, 2008

NCCU Baseball at Durham Bulls Athletic Park


Above, from game 1 of a doubleheader between NCCU and Elizabeth City State.  As you can see, there weren't too many spectators for the double loss (1-8 and 10-13), but it was a mid-week day-game, and the weather was cold.  So who could blame anyone?  [I'll save my commentary on "why do college students take time off from classes to play sports?" question for later.]

NCCU revived its baseball team this spring after a 33-year hiatus.  Their return has been marked in style: with their first season's home games at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.  Next year they'll move to their permanent home at the Historic Durham Athletic Park.  The other Triangle universities have much more prominent teams (especially Carolina), but none have digs nearly so cool.  Duke beat NCCU at the DBAP earlier this week.  I wonder if they were more thrilled about playing at the DBAP than they were with their win.

NCCU plays Shaw for a double-header tomorrow in their last home/DBAP game.  If you don't mind the weather, head out.  Seats should be free.  They'll have at least one snack bar open.  No beer, though.

College Baseball Digest has a very nice article on NCCU's return, here at  Baseball returns to NC Central after three decades The Eagles have landed at DBAP

Click here for: NCCU Baseball Home Page.  And click here for: BlackCollegeBaseball.com


Changes at DBAP?  New bull to be visible/legible from both sides (under construction at far left).  And is "The Blue Monster" (see faint paint at bottom of left field wall) something new?  Or did I miss that one from last year?  And of course, the bigass new building, which nicely fills out the horizon.

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Taverna Nikos, Revived and Slightly Revised

At long last, Taverna Nikos is re-opened at Brightleaf Square.*  The calamari are as good as I remembered them.  They've redecorated just a little.  The accent colors seem to be different now -- much more blue (on the walls, in the trim, in the napkins?) than I remember.  But I'm horribly bad for remembering colors, so maybe I'm just confused.

The menu is shorter -- one big sheet, laminated.  The bread now has seeds and whatnot (instead of being plain white) but the butter is still as yummy, as is the olive oil.



*OK, so I know it's been open for a month or so now.  But after being closed for so darned long, it still feels "just" re-opened to me.

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Mar 27, 2008

Duke Dookie

Folks have wondered out loud about water conversation at Duke.  Here are two signs I saw in a dorm restroom while I was visiting a faculty fellow friend last week:

First, a yellow sign (that did not refer to "if it's yellow, let it mellow") posted in each stall.  Focused on cleanliness, not conservation:


Conservation comes when you're done:


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Mar 25, 2008

First Annual Downtown Durham Conference -- March 31 at Duke


This will probably be a fine conference (see below for details from the Duke Real Estate Club), but I hope that whoever did the posters isn't hoping for a job with Greenfire.  See alternate spelling of "Lemanski", highlighted above.*

March 31, 2008 -- 1st Annual Downtown Durham Conference -- http://www.DurhamConference.com

The purpose of the Downtown Durham Conference is to foster awareness of the revitalization of downtown Durham. The conference will feature a panel of city leaders, Duke University officials, and real estate developers involved with downtown Durham. The panel discussion will focus on the collaboration of the city, developers, and Duke to rebuild downtown.

The panel will include: 

  • Bill Kalkohf, President of Downtown Durham Inc.
  • Michael Lemanski, Managing Partner of Greenfire Development
  • Andy Rothschild, President of Scientific Properties
  • Patrick Baker, Durham City Manager
  • Mike Woodard, Durham City Councilman
  • Scott Selig, Associate Vice President of Capital Assets at Duke
  • Dr. Phail Wynn, Vice President of Durham and Regional Affairs at Duke

The conference will consist of a panel discussion from 7-9 PM followed by a reception. The event will be located at the Love Auditorium, Duke University West Campus. Free parking will be available at the Bryan Center Parking Lot.


*Hooray that they fixed it on the website.  If these folks learn anything in B-school, it's that you need to double-check important documents before they go out...  I won't ask why they put a poster with tear-off strips inside the window of a locked office. 

Thinking back, I can't remember the last time I made a poster with tear-off strips.  What was I selling?  What was I trying to get someone to do?  I'll be happy to never do another.  It's too easy to make mistakes that earn heckling :-)

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Mar 06, 2008

"Durham - A Self-Portrait" Saturday in RALEIGH

Durham - A Self-Portrait <-works best in IE.

  • 8 March, Saturday, 2 p.m. NC Museum of History, Raleigh
  • 30 March, 12:45 and 4:45, NC Triangle Jewish Film Festival, Galaxy Theatre, Cary
  • 11 April, 7:30 p.m. Durham Arts Council

DVDs available for purchase or as a premium for $30+ donations.

Shout out to Raleigh blogger RDUWTF.com for the info.


Rumor has it that I appear for a second or two in the back of one shot.

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Feb 19, 2008

Mid-South Fencers' Club Grand Open


With the opening of the MidSouth Fencers' Club this January, fencing in the the Triangle and North Carolina has taken a nice step forward.  Owners Matthew Cox and Jennifer Oldham Cox were standout fencers at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  Jennifer went on to be one of the nation's top women's sabre fencers, and she represented the US in international competition.  She recently served as assistant coach to the US Olympic women's team.  Matthew has earned his reputation as a national level competitor and a top US fencing official.  They're going to run a great program for advanced fencers and beginners.  And they're very very nice people.  Please join me in welcoming them back to the Triangle after a decade away.

The fencing club's "Grand Open"* is this weekend, Feb 23 and 24 at their new site on Ninth St., in the former "The Basement" venue, entrance below the newest Cup-a-Joe, on the nicely developing little block that includes the Broad Street Cafe, The Palace, Watts Street Grocery, and High Strung musical instruments.**  The fencing tournaments are open to all spectators.  If you don't know the sport, you can easily find a friendly soul to tell you what's going on.

Mid-South Fencers' Club
1104-C Broad Street
Durham NC 27705


*"Grand Opening" x "Open Tournament", get it?  Heh.

**Of note (about the club and about fencing people in general): Matt and Jen tout their "near lots of great food" location as an important feature of the club :-)

***spiff phone number, eh?

Fencing Photo yoinked from the Mid-South Fencers' Club website.  But not from their new location.

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Feb 16, 2008

Google Street View, Durham NC -- How to Correct Errors

Immersive Media car pic yoinked from Engadget.

As others have noted, the amazing Google Street View is now available for Durham.  And as some have also noted, Google Street View isn't always precise.  Not a big deal for some things, but an annoyance when you want to make it easy for visitors to find/see YOUR house, and not your neighbor's house, three doors down.

Fortunately, it's fixable:

1.  Enter your address at Google Maps.
2.  Click on the edit link near the bottom of the pop-up window.
3.  Follow the directions.

Your change will be immediately (more or less) live in both Google Maps and Google Street View.  I just did this for my old address at 4100 Five Oaks Drive, Durham, and was surprised at the update speed.

You'll need a free Google account of some sort: Gmail works fine.

A couple of odd observations:

1. I can't find a direct link to Google Street View.  You have to get there through their main (and decidedly ugly) maps page at http://maps.google.com. 

2. The Google search folks, brilliant as they are, seem to have goofed something in their algorithm and/or their own SEO.  I wanted to find a Google satellite image of Cleveland, so I entered these search terms:

Cleveland Map Google. 

Google returned bunch of stuff that wasn't their own product, with the only visible link to Google Maps over on the right in the sponsored links column, with a generic link to Google Maps (not even to Cleveland).  D'oh!  So I changed my search entry to just:

Cleveland Map

And Google gave me back exactly what I wanted: a Google Maps entry for Cleveland, on the first AND second lines of their search results.

Go figure.  I tried to make it easier for them with a "Cleveland Map Google" search string, and they made it harder for me.

This reminds me of another computer-"assisted" event from the Ohio region.  Back ~1991, my office-mate David and some colleagues needed to visit Lexington, KY, so they checked the flights at Delta.  The price and schedule were reasonable: a quick flight from RDU to the Delta hub at Cincinnati* (CVG), then a quick connection to LEX.  Out of curiosity, they wondered if they'd save money by flying only to CVG, then renting a car for the leg to LEX.  Believe it or not, the round trip just to CVG cost MORE.  As David said, "They're actually paying us to go to Lexington.  It's like we don't want to go there, but they really wish we would."


*Did you know that the "Cincinnati" (CVG) airport is actually in Kentucky?  Yup.  Click here for SkyGod.com's great article on the history of airport codes.

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Jan 08, 2008

Opening and Re-Opening Plans at Nikos, Gatsby's and Sinuses


Taverna Nikos has again announced a new re-opening date (black ink, above) but as you can see, someone snarky has added a revision (in red ink, above).  I snapped this photo last week.  The good news is that someone (presumably from the restaurant) has wiped out the "2010".  Which means, at least, that some action is happening behind those doors.

Gatsby's on Main St. (at the former Bread & Kabob location) now has stuff in the building and one of the owners told me today that they plan to open the 2nd week in February.


As for me, my sinuses are improving but still (like Nikos and Gatsby's) not yet fully "open".  I'm glad that I didn't hop on an airplane today.  I'm about to try an Ayr nasal rinse but not a Neti pot.

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Nov 29, 2007

Watts Grocery Roofline


Watts Grocery and its neighbors the Broad Street Cafe* and the High Strung music store occupy what used to be a Revco drug store.  Back in '85 when I went to school across the street at NCSSM, the Revco installed a Talking Diet Coke Machine on the sidewalk right where the Watts Grocery e ntrance is now.  My girlfriend and I would often head over to grab a Diet Coke (they were new then) and to listen to the 12-bar jingle that I'll have in my head until the day I die.**

As for the restaurant, I haven't yet tried it.  I think that's because I'm still smarting from the discovery that it was a restaurant instead of an actual neighborhood grocery store (like the small and great places I walk to whenever I'm visiting San Francisco).  And yes, I hate it when businesses have confusing/misleading names.  But many of my friends like the restaurant, and I wish it well.  See here for reports from Bull City Rising, Durham Foodie, Eclectic Glob of Tangential Verbosity, and CookingEatingDurham.  Pix here from Pique and Reverie.


*Want to freak yourself out?  Visit www.broadstreetcafe.com when you you're intending to visit www.broadstreetcafe.org.  By coincidence they're both in NC.  I'd love to see what happened if a genie came along and switched them some Saturday night in summertime.

**Oddly, I can't find any web references to the Talking Diet Coke Machine.  Maybe I have the name wrong?  Maybe we just got test-marketed?  In any case, I credit that high school girlfriend for introducing me to many good things including: Diet Coke, a theory of movie reviewing, marinated mussels, dark chocolate with bread, an appreciation for feisty women, and this fine knitter.

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Nov 13, 2007

Triangle Emerging Green Builders -- Bull City Biofuels Tour

Join the Triangle Chapter Emerging Green Builders as we discuss alternative fuels and tour the Bull City Biodiesel facility!

Where:    Bull City, 1404 Angier Ave., Durham NC

When:      November 14th, 2007 @ 6pm

We hope to see you soon!

Readers might be interested in the Triangle Emerging Green Builders, which: "encourages the integration of students and recent graduates into the Triangle Chapter, encouraging participation and involvement. EGBers develop valuable relationships in the field while established professionals benefit from the energy and enthusiasm of the next generation of green building leaders.  EGB initiatives include lectures, community outreach, LEED Study Groups, green program university development, networking, and more!"

The Triangle EGB is sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council.


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Oct 23, 2007

"If It's Yellow, Let It Mellow..." - Water Conservation at Halloween

If it's yellow, let it mellow.  If it's brown, flush it down.

-- water conservation slogan that I first heard in the mid-80s.

Live it for Halloween:



Toilet costume photo from JokesUnlimited.com, which will sell you that Halloween costume or many others.

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Oct 06, 2007

Editorial -- Z06-64 Zoning Plan

Editorial posted on behalf of a friend.  Opinions expressed are those of authors, not the Archer Pelican:

‘Orange’ you interested?

We of the Durham Watch (newhopefordurham@yahoo.com) need your help and advice. 

On Monday, October 15, 2007, at 7p.m. the Durham City Council will vote on yet another Rezoning. 

We hope to convince the Council to postpone, or deny, the Proposal. We need lots and lots of people to show up wearing orange to prove to elected officials that we citizens demand sensible development – not urban sprawl and the curse that goes with it.

This particular Plan (Z06-64) embodies all the ills of careless land use.  Citizens will suffer:

1. ECONOMICALLY –housing Prices Drop as roads get very busy and schools get more overcrowded;  and read on
2. DANGEROUS ROADS-increased traffic on Hope Valley and Garrett add risks of accidents and lives; 15-501 is one of the most Dangerous in Durham;
3. POLLUTED WATER/ENVIRONMENT-Jordan Lake Reservoir is on list of “impaired waters” and Cape Fear Standards for Improving Jordan Lake Reservoir have not been passed yet;
4. MORE CROWDED SCHOOLS-The cost for each added child to a trailer is $20,000;
5. EXCESS # OF HOUSES-Our homes are a Big investment in the future and we want them to be prime;
6. LOSS OF HISTORICAL LANDMARK-The Old Garrett House is to be removed;
7. INCREASED TAXES-City of Durham estimates that cleaning up Jordan Lake could cost more than $1.2 billion over a 30 year period (and we’re planning add to the mess…).

Elections are in November so now is the time to set a PRECEDENT with rejection of a very poor Plan that disregards the needs of the community for now and for the future.  It could be the Landmark Decision that brings about some change… We are hoping you have suggestions as to how to contact many people and make a Petition perhaps.

Thank you, Claire F. Jentsch       Stan Bekowski    Helen Fischer

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Sep 30, 2007

LocoPics at the Market Street Plaza


Above, maybe one quarter of the folks who came by the LocoPops 2nd anniversary party in downtown Durham.

Pops, agua frescas and horchatas were all great.  Music was great.  Weather was perfect.

If you weren't there, where the heck were you?  (maybe the Carrboro Music Festival?  Or on your honeymoon?)

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Sep 26, 2007

LocoPops 2nd Anniversary Party -- Sunday, Sep 30, 3-6


Locopops 2nd Anniversary Party

Sunday, September 30th
3 to 6 pm on the new CCB plaza in the heart of Downtown Durham!      

Music will be provided by the Ron Hunter Trio.

Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. 

Admission is free. 

Pops will be sold with all proceeds donated to Music Maker Relief International, a Durham-based international charity which assists musicians from the South meet basic living needs and gain recognition for their contributions to the Southern musical tradition.      

About Music Maker Relief International: "The Music Maker Relief Foundation, Inc. helps the true pioneers and forgotten heroes of Southern music gain recognition and meet their day to day needs. We present these musical traditions to the world so American culture will flourish and be preserved for future generations.   Our criterion for recipients is they be rooted in a Southern musical tradition, be 55 years or older and have an annual income less than $18,000.   Music Maker Relief Foundation, Inc. is a tax exempt, public charity under IRS code 501(c)3.   Programs       Musician Sustenance - grants to meet basic life needs and emergency relief.       Musical Development - grants and services for recipient artist professional development and career advancement.       Cultural Access - supports the preservation and proliferation of American musical traditions.       New Orleans Musician's Fund - assistance to musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina."

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