*WHAT’S UP WNC: Meet Debra Roberts: Free-range Honeybee Devotee, Celebrant and Poet – SHOUTOUT LA
We had the good fortune of connecting with Debra Roberts and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Debra, what role has risk played in your life or career?
My life has been a constant stream of risk taking if viewed from the outside. But within me, each leap, inclination, and navigating decision has come from a place of calling and intuition. When I look back, the many large decisions in my life have often involved potential risk but in the moment itself, that word isn’t what governs me. It generally isn’t even in the room.
I move in a certain direction governed by interest, curiosity and sometimes full-blown passion. Then, later, my mind steps in with its job of co-creating the planning with my heart. This is where a whole spectrum of thoughts and feelings might stir and perhaps a feeling of risk. But in my 68th year, I now recognize those arisings as old friends who I welcome to the table. I have always had a very full and creative life and despite the challenges, my risks have always been worth it. CLICK FOR MORE
Photo credit: Emily Nichols
MALAPROPS BOOKSTORE ASHEVILLE, Regional Authors and Staff Picks
Western North Carolina is fortunate to claim an abundant community of authors and other artists. Over the years, many of these artists have become good friends of Malaprop’s, and our store is often a first or early stop for them when they publish new work. We believe that their creativity is a large part of what makes our region great. Here’s a small sampling of notable reads that we hope will pique your interest.
WNC Historical Association celebrates Black History Month with new exhibit
HISTORIC SOUNDS: Nathaniel Lowery (aka “Nat the Cat”), who worked as a DJ at Canton’s WWIT radio station in the 1950s, is one of many Black community leaders featured in the exhibit “When All God’s Children Get Together,” on display at the Smith-McDowell House Museum through April 30. Photo courtesy of the Haywood County Public Library History Collection
Ask someone to name the groups of people most closely associated with Western North Carolina’s past, and you’re likely to hear about native Cherokee, plus Scots-Irish settlers. But there is and has been much greater racial and ethnic diversity in the region than many realize, notes Anne Chesky Smith, executive director of the Western North Carolina Historical Association. CLICK FOR MORE exhibit on display through April 30th
STORYTELLING FOR PERFORMANCE w/TOM CHALMERS (7-Week Online Workshop)
Thu, Feb 11, 2021, 6:00 PM – Thu, Mar 25, 2021, 7:00 PM EDT
About this Event
“So I had this memorable experience and I want to tell you all about it!”
Now more than ever, people are looking to stay connected by crafting short personal narratives to be shared online or onstage in the spirit of stories told at story-slam shows like The Moth StorySLAM, at curated series like Listen to This, and on popular podcasts like This American Life. But those who do it well know that it is more than just hitting “record” on your video camera or just getting up on stage and winging it. It is more than simply riffing on recollections of the past. CLICK FOR MORE
For Your Black History Month Coverage Consideration:
The Green Book Landmark Celebrates 50 Years of Black Entrepreneurism in Asheville’s Southside Neighborhood
ASHEVILLE, NC — A three year revitalization project taking place inside of Asheville, North Carolina’s historic Southside neighborhood has come to fruition with the opening of SoundSpace @ Rabbit’s, the city’s first public access music rehearsal facility. The studio space, which will soon include a soul food eatery and mixed medium artist amenities has taken residence inside the now-defunct Rabbit’s Motel, a Green Book site for African-American travelers which operated from the late 1940s until the turn of the 21st century. Repurposing the building to accommodate the influx of creatives who call Asheville home, co-founders Claude Coleman, Jr. (of the rock outfit Ween) and Brett Spivey hope to carry the legacy of the historic construction by providing functional practice quarters and an accessible gathering place for artists of all mediums. CLICK FOR MORE
Organic Growers Upcoming Events and Programs – Spring Conference
Organic Growers School is the premiere provider of practical and affordable organic education in the Southern Appalachians, building a vibrant food & farming community by boosting the success of organic home growers and farmers in our region. Our hands-on training, workshops, conferences and partnerships inspire, educate, and support people to farm, garden, and live organically.
MISSION Organic Growers School inspires, educates, and supports people to farm, garden, and live organically.
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WOMANSONG PRESENTS TWO NEW VIDEOS: “MY VOTE, MY VOICE, MY RIGHT” AND “59 CENTS”
This spring, Womansong had planned a concert entitled “Ain’t I A Woman? – Celebrating Women’s Lives and the Right to Vote!” The concert theme highlighted the facets of a woman’s life, including advocating for equal rights in the workplace and in the voting booth. A pandemic may have prevented the performance but it cannot stop our choir from sharing this important message. So to our fans and our village around the country we offer two new recordings: 59 Cents and My Vote, My Voice, My Right. You can watch them both below!
We encourage you to vote and use the privilege for which our ancestors fought so bravely. For more information on voting or to support local organizations working on voting rights, contact one of our partners: Democracy NC, JMPro TV Voto 2020, League of Women Voters of Asheville-Buncombe, and the YWCA of Asheville. WATCH THE VIDEO HERE!