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for Independent Weekly Vol. 27 Issue 21, May 2010
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The successes of North Carolina’s arts community are praised. The state has seen an increase in funding for the arts in the state despite the recession. The arts community has also seen their political influence grow as they have been successful in linking creativity to commerce and education. Proving that creativity is wanted by employers, jobs in the creative industry have grown and account for 41.4 billion in goods and services each year. Not known for lobbying, the arts activists in North Carolina finding great success in promoting and funding the arts programs and serve as a model for other states.
Sara Isaacson recently came out as a lesbian. Isaacson is a member of UNC’s ROTC program and generals at Cadet Command are deciding whether she has to pay back her $79,285.14 scholarship. Iaascson violated the Don’t Ask. Don’t Tell policy for military service members and will not be able to serve her eight-year obligation. Isaacson says she could not live with lying and has lobbied Congress and the president to change the military’s policy.
The events that take place at the Wake County Speedway are explored. Kristin Gault and Robert Arch talk about their motivations for racing. They also discuss how competing against each other effects their romantic relationship. Other drivers and individuals at the racetrack talk about the atmosphere and racing the speedway.
The history of when pimento cheese first appeared, its popularity in North Carolina and the south, and its cultural importance are explored. The Triangle area with Charlotte is the biggest market in the nation for pimento cheese. Ruth’s Salads of Charlotte is the top producer of the cheese in the nation. Pimento cheese gained popularity due to the fact it was cheap to make, tasted good, and convenient to take to work.
Making rocking chairs is an art. Elia Bizzarri from Pittsboro and Brian Boggs from Asheville both teach students how to make rocking chairs. Bizzarri uses a 2,000 year old process and makes the majority of the chair with hand tools. Suggestions are provided for finding the most comfortable and highest quality rocking chair and the importance of the rocking chair in our culture is explored. Photographs showing the steps to making a rocking chair as shown by Bizzarri are provided
PlayMakers Repertory Company artistic director Joesph Haj discusses his philosophy of work and his latest plays with the company. A biography of Haj is also provided. American Theatre magazine recently named Haj among the 25 theater artists likely to shape American theater for the next 25 years. Haj’s most recent success and his challenges directing Hamlet are highlighted.