Black and white and Juneteenth all over

June 15, 2007

JuneteenthJuneteenth is starting to come into its own as a celebration, which seems like a good thing, but the P.R. about local celebrations hasn’t been the best, so I wanted to draw your attention to not one but two upcoming events.

First, this Saturday, June 16th, is the 3rd Annual Durham Juneteenth Celebration at the Hayti Heritage Center on Fayetteville Street, featuring music, spoken word, food, and of course, martial arts.

Then next Saturday the 23rd, there’s even more competition for the Rock ’em Sock ’em robots below—our neighborhood former plantation Historic Stagville is having its first Juneteenth Celebration, including “costumed actors portraying actual members of the enslaved community at Stagville,” whoa. Also, local string band faves the Carolina Chocolate Drops will perform (thanks to that ever-so-influential-article by the Indy’s Mr. Geary for that tipoff).

Check ’em both out, and let’s start planning the celebrations for January 21, 2009 while we’re at it…


June 23 PartyBots

June 14, 2007


House, Durham

June 13, 2007


Another one bites the dust

June 12, 2007

Holy reacharound, people! An exciting scoop has just come in to the ‘Shatcave.

Bull Blaze Irregular “Bull Kalkhoffenbull” sent this red-hot item over the transom (tied to a large rock), and I think it’s gonna set the town afire.

Certain names have been altered to protect penniless blogging smartasses from getting hosed by deep-pocketed and potentially litigious development entities.

219 regular view

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DURHAM (June 12) – Yellowater Development announced today the acquisition of the Durham County Jail, which the company plans to rebrand “Mangum South: 219.”

“This is an exciting and unique addition to our downtown portfolio,” said Spencer ‘Spud’ Lebowski, the third, and little-known, Lebowski brother. Brother Spud has been a silent partner in the burgeoning Yellowater empire, but has been known to friends as ‘the Lebowski brother with the least to lose.’

A mixed-use, extended-stay center is envisioned for the property, which Spud said would “meet the lifestyle needs of an untapped market segment.”

“Many of our prospective tenants are looking for the security of a gated community,” he said. “Our customers do not want just anyone off the Durham streets to have access to them, and, frankly, would prefer not to have access to the street.”

Security will be a priority at Mangum South: 219. Uniformed officers will patrol the hallways, maintaining order and preventing residents from disturbing one another. Meals will be provided ‘al fresco’ on the Pettigrew Terrace. Each unit has a unique floor plan – ‘green design’ ensures that there is no wasteful heat loss through large windows, and one wall of each unit will have a specialized air circulation perforation pattern with metallic ‘climatizing bars.’ A health spa will boast ‘all of the latest free weights.’

Yellowater has announced their marketing campaign for Mangum South: 219, which will feature the catch-phrase “Be Someone’s Bitch Downtown.”

Things that vaguely terrify me

June 11, 2007

(part of a continuing series)

Creepy janitor

Now that’s geeky

June 7, 2007

Nerd!!Sometimes, I love this world.

Specifically, the nerds of this world.

More specifically, the nerdy nerds of this town.

It’s no secret that the Ole North State has no shortage of persons of the dork variety, and that they have no problems finding each other. There are the requisite comic book conventions, gaming conventions, anime conventions, of course our own bitchin’ horror/genre film festival, hell, Raleigh even has its own Starfleet ship (who knew?).

But I feel like this weekend’s get together is the cherry on the giant dork cake. Not as flashy as the Dixie Gun and Knife Show (but still mightier-than-the-sword), it’s the Triangle Pen Show!

That’s right—four whole freakin’ days of nothing but implements to die for. And I’m not being a dick here—believe it or not, in the days before the internets your humble blogger had a mighty affair with nibs and parchment (the sight of a luscious Vacumatic or a good Moleskine still has the power to get my six cylinders a’firin’).

And best of all, through all this I find out there’s a Triangle Pen Club—and they meet in Durham! And aw, they make each other wooden pens with Bic inserts for the luvvapete:

Woody pen

Sorry, gentle readers, but honest to gawd, I feel like I’m falling in love with this town all over again. Just give me a moment and I’ll recover.

So maybe I’ll see you at the show in Cary (I know, I know…), I’ll be the guy who’s blotting his eyes with a kleenex every two seconds. Now we just have to figure out how to get cursive back in the curriculum in schools, hey?

Pardon me for guffawing

June 7, 2007

Be very afraid, Dermites.

I have seen the future, and it is being marketed in Raleigh. “West at North,” a new residential condo funhouse in GlenSo, has a silly web site (complete with stupid “whooshing” noise, 3D flybys, insipid announcer, etc), but their print ads are really something special.

Let’s break down the colorful notice that appeared in last week’s Independent Weekly and see if there are any clues about the intended demographic, shall we?
Pardon me for puking

Sigh. Our time is coming…