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Strayer University Speaker Series to Feature Local Real Estate CEO


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Raleigh, NC – Michelle Keaton-Barrow, CEO of Keaton Barrow Realty will be returning to her alma mater to participate in the Strayer University Raleigh- Durham (RDU) Alumni Chapter Speaker Series on Saturday, May 19.

Keaton-Barrow, whose firm has offices in Raleigh and Charlotte, is among the school’s distinguished alumni to participate in the Speaker Series, which focuses on the joys and challenges of launching a business. Keaton-Barrow will be addressing topics ranging from the background and skills she brought to her business to the challenges she faced and the advice she would give others.

“Coming back to RDU and sharing my life and business experience with a new generation is an honor and a privilege,” says Keaton-Barrow. “If I can give just one person a solid piece of practical advice that eases their entrepreneurial journey or that focuses them on the right path, I will have accomplished my goal.”

Keaton-Barrow will be speaking at the Strayer University Raleigh-Durham (RDU) Alumni Chapter Speaker Series on Saturday, May 19, from 11-11:30 a.m. at the South Raleigh Campus (3421 Olympia Dr,, Raleigh, NC 27603).

FREE journalism workshop
focuses on covering rural America


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June 8, 2018 • Research Triangle, NC

AHCJ's 10th Rural Health Journalism Workshop will bring journalists together with health, health care and policy experts who focus on the medical challenges of rural areas.

Leave with a better understanding of what's happening 
-- or will be happening -- in rural regions, and return to work with dozens of story ideas you can pursue.

This special one-day, no-fee workshop will help you find and cover health stories in rural America. The program includes:

  • What reporters should know about rural 
    residents and rural health
  • Will your local hospital survive?
  • Addressing rural health workforce hurdles
  • Rural opioid crisis: Access to treatment 
    and harm reduction
  • Can telemedicine transform health care 
    in rural communities?

The workshop will take place on June 8 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh-Durham Airport at Research Triangle Park. This workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch are included

Registration deadline is May 25. Register now.

*This workshop is free to attend for journalist members of AHCJ. If you are not a member and would like to learn more about the benefits and join, please visit our website

North Carolina Museum of Art Announces
Summer Concert and Movie Schedule


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Raleigh, N.C.—The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) announces the 2018 summer schedule of outdoor concerts and movies. The 21st annual performing arts summer season includes concerts from recording artists ranging from local favorites Mandolin Orange and Brooklyn-based quartet Lake Street Dive to New Orleans’s Trombone Shorty and Swedish indie rockers First Aid Kit. The summer movies include Oscar nominees Lady BirdThe Shape of Water, and the blockbuster hit Black Panther. See the full schedule of summer concerts, movies, and more below.
Outdoor Concert Series
First Aid Kit with Jade Bird, presented with Cat’s Cradle
Friday, June 8, 8 pm

Celebrated for soaring, exquisite harmonies, the duo’s live performances moved Patti Smith and Emmylou Harris to tears. First Aid Kit now returns to the U.S. to debut an acclaimed fourth album, Ruins, which features REM guitarist Peter Buck and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche. Backed by pedal steel, bass, keyboards, and guitar, First Aid Kit’s live shows transfix audiences with everything from lilting ballads to a head-banging Black Sabbath cover—and their tribute to the #MeToo Movement, “You Are the Problem Here.” 
Shovels and Rope with Son Volt, presented with Cat’s Cradle
Saturday, June 16, 8 pm

Son Volt will open the June 16 Shovels and Rope show, presented with Cat’s Cradle. Alt-country pioneer Son Volt is the creation of singer-songwriter-guitarist Jay Farrar, who formed the band 25 years ago after the breakup of Uncle Tupelo, the band he cofounded with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco fame. Son Volt’s 1995 album Trace is a masterpiece and was expanded and remastered by Rhino Records for a 20th-anniversary reissue. The band recently released a fine album of classic blues called Notes of Blue.
SOLD OUT: Mandolin Orange with Charlie Parr, presented with Cat’s Cradle
Saturday, June 23, 8 pm

On June 23 Mandolin Orange hits the stage after Charlie Parr opens. The show is presented by Cat’s Cradle. The duo’s 2013 album, This Side of Jordan, was named by NPR Music as one of the year’s top 10 folk and Americana albums. Ever since they’ve been building a devoted following, performing on big stages at Bonnaroo and Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater, and opening for the Avett Brothers’ 2017 New Year’s Eve show at PNC Arena. Their most recent release, Blindfaller, features a full-band sound and has garnered praise from critics throughout the land.
Lake Street Dive, presented with Cat’s Cradle
Thursday, July 12, 8 pm

Brooklyn quartet Lake Street Dive returns to the Joesph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park for a show presented with Cat’s Cradle July 12. They are back with a new album called Free Yourself Up. (It releases May 4 on the Nonesuch label.) The Boston-based quartet met as students at the New England Conservatory of Music, where they discovered a mutual love of jazz, R&B, rock, and pop and the ability to put it all together in one irresistible package.
An Evening with the Mavericks, presented with Cat’s Cradle
Saturday, July 28, 8 pm

On July 12 Cat’s Cradle and the NCMA present an Evening with the Mavericks. Led by the Miami-born “Caruso of country music,” Raul Malo, this roots-rock and country band with a Latin twist makes its second appearance at the NCMA. All Music Guide calls the band’s new Grammy-nominated album Brand New Day “a rich, thoroughly satisfying delight.” Rolling Stone says “Malo's glorious bellow has never sounded better,” and that the album “is another impeccable, lushly operatic set, suggesting that Malo really is the Roy Orbison of our time.”
Father John Misty with special guest Jenny Lewis, presented with Cat’s Cradle
Wednesday, August 1, 8 pm

Hitting the stage August 1 is Father John Misty with special guest Jenny Lewis, presented with Cat’s Cradle. In 2012, following a stint with indie folk rockers Fleet Foxes, Josh Tillman released the album Fear Fun—his eighth solo album but the first under the name Father John Misty—and it marked a notable departure in his austere style of writing. A review in Pitchfork said, “He's finally shaken that lonesome, somber tone, and these songs sound all the better for it: gregarious, engaging, even funny.” Tillman has released two more acclaimed albums as Father John Misty: I Love You Honeybear in 2015 and last year’s Pure Comedy, “a sprawling, incisive, exasperating, hilarious, and yes, petulant look at modern life.” 
A Special Evening with Kishi Bashi and Jake Shimabukuro, presented with Cat’s Cradle
Friday, August 3, 7:30 pm
Cat’s Cradle and the NCMA present a Special Evening with Kishi Bashi and Jake Shimabukuro on August 3. How often does a classical violinist win accolades for also sounding “synthtastic?” Seattle-born Kaoru Ishibashi ranks among the few. After studying film scoring at Berklee College of Music, he toured with Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and Deerhoof. Soon he was layering Caribbean beatboxing and electronic looping with classical string arrangements. Ishibashi tours as a five-piece band under the pseudonym Kishi Bashi. Accompanying Ishibashi’s lustrous violin are percussion, electric guitar, keyboards, and Mike Savino’s electric, color-changing disco “banjotron.” The result is an unforgettable live show that flows from rollicking indie anthems to hushed acoustic numbers.
Paris Combo
Saturday, August 4, 8 pm

Paris Combo performs Saturday, August 4. Six albums and two decades spent crisscrossing the globe have enabled Paris Combo to create a unique, cosmopolitan sound, establishing the band as one of the most piquant, intriguing groups on the international music scene. Fronted by the charismatic vocals of Belle du Berry, the combo has struck a chord with critics and audiences alike with their fun-loving mix of swinging gypsy jazz, cabaret, French pop, and Latino and Middle Eastern rhythms.
SOLD OUT: Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown Celebrating the Tercentennial of the City of New Orleans, presented by Southern Comfort with Cat’s Cradle
Saturday, August 18, 6 pm

Presented by Southern Comfort with Cat’s Cradle, Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown Celebrating the Tercentennial of the City of New Orleans takes place August 18. New Orleans celebrates its 300th anniversary in 2018. To celebrate his hometown's rich cultural heritage and the bright future of its music, Trombone Shorty has assembled an all-star lineup of Crescent City musicians to tour the nation as “Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown.” The revue brings the spirit and the sound of New Orleans to 27 cities from coast to coast in August and September. Headlined by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, the touring street party also features Galactic, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and New Breed Brass Band, plus special guest appearances by Big Easy legends Cyril Neville and Walter “Wolfman” Washington.
Paperhand Puppet Intervention presents In the Heart of the Fire
Friday, September 7, 7 pm
Saturday, September 8, 7 pm
Sunday, September 9, 7 pm
Fabricating fantastical worlds with the most ordinary of materials, Paperhand Puppet Intervention has been wowing audiences for over 15 years. Each year’s production is new, and all feature giant puppets, stilt dancers, shadow puppets, and original live music. While suitable for all ages, the show carries a strong environmental message and some adult content.
Outdoor Movies
The NCMA’s outdoor movie season kicks off with a screening of the Oscar-nominated Lady Bird on June 9. This year’s summer movies include drama and comedy classics, such as Say AnythingThe PostThe Big SickDarkest Hour, The Shape of Water, Yellow Submarine, and Get Out. Action films like Wonder Woman, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and the cult classic Night of the Living Dead will also be screened.
All outdoor movie tickets go on sale the Friday before each movie screening date. Tickets are on sale now for special movie and party combinations for the films Coco and Blank Panther.
Lady Bird
Saturday, June 9, 9 pm
Tickets on sale Friday, June 1
Say Anything
Friday, June 15, 9 pm
Tickets on sale Friday, June 8
Wonder Woman
Friday, June 22, 9 pm
Tickets on sale Friday, June 15
Darkest Hour
Friday, July 6, 9 pm
Tickets on sale Friday, June 29
The Post
Saturday, July 7, 9 pm
Tickets on sale Friday, June 29
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Friday, July 13
Tickets on sale Friday, July 7
The Big Sick
Friday, July 27, 9 pm
Tickets on sale Friday, July 20
Night of the Living Dead
Friday, August 10, 9 pm
Tickets on sale Friday, August 3
Get Out
Saturday, August 11, 9 pm
Tickets on sale Friday, August 3
The Shape of Water
Saturday, August 25, 8:30 pm
Tickets on sale Friday, August 17
Yellow Submarine
Friday, August 31, 8:30 pm
Tickets on sale Friday, August 24
Coco Fiesta Fantastica
Saturday, September 1, 8:30 pm
Tickets on sale now
Wakanda Forever: Blank Panther Movie Party
Friday, September 28, 8 pm
Tickets on sale now

Visitor Information 
The concert and movie schedule is available at Concerts and movies take place at the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park. Parking is free.
The NCMA offers eclectic summer fare during concerts. Concessions, including beer and wine, are available at movies. Visitors are also welcome to bring picnics (excluding alcohol). Nonalcoholic beverages, including water, must arrive in factory-sealed containers.
Children 6 and under are admitted free on the lawn. For Museum members, concert tickets are discounted and movies are free. Purchase tickets at or by phone through the Museum Box Office at (919) 715-5923.
All polices for the summer concerts and movies are available online.

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OMAi Digital Painting


Thursday, May 24: Space Is the Place / The Magical Forest 
6:30–11 pm
Museum Park Theater

Free; ticket required

Featuring digitally animated projections by OMAi with visual artist Robin Vuchnich, this event starts with the magic of the forest. Later, take a science fiction–themed trip to remote corners of the universe with more projections by visual artists Ria Aubry Taylor and Carmen Neely. Plus, join in the fun with free first-come, first-served digital painting sessions with OMAi’s Tagtool app. What you create will be incorporated into the main animated projections!
Fun for all ages with the Poetry Fox, performances by Cirque de Vol, sky viewing with Morehead Planetarium, creature encounters with Piedmont Wildlife Center, and more. Music by DJs Gemynii and SPCLGST. Food trucks and beverage tent open throughout.

Friday, May 25: The Incredible Machine / Underwater Love
6:30–11 pm
Museum Park Theater

Free; ticket required 

Featuring digitally animated projections by Austrian artist collaborative OMAi with local artists Brittain Peck, Adam Cohen, and Ursula Gullow, this event highlights mysterious creatures beneath the sea and the amazing mechanics beneath the shell of the human body. Plus, join in the fun with free first-come, first-served digital painting sessions with OMAi’s Tagtool app. What you create will be incorporated into the main animated projections!
Fun for all ages with sea and body-themed art making, Acro Yoga, an obstacle course, giant jellyfish, and more. Music by DJs Luxe Posh and NYM. Food trucks and beverage tent open throughout.
Projection-only events
May 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 26

9–11 pm
Museum Park Theater

The Museum is hosting a temporary installation of OMAi’s large-scale projections outside. Enjoy a summer night under the stars viewing unique digitally animated graffiti. The projections will be displayed on a wall of East Building. Plus, on May 22, 23, and 26, visitors can try out OMAi’s Tagtool app on iPads to see their own creations projected on the wall. These free sessions are first come, first served. 
Family Day: Light Play
Saturday, May 19, 10 am–4 pm
East Building, Levels A and C
Free; ticket required
Ticketed storytelling experiences: $5 Members, $7 Nonmembers

Create projection art using the Tagtool app and participate in other free art-making activities. Children may also participate in storytelling projections led by OMAi; separate tickets required for storytelling.
Light Bright Workshops 
Adult Workshops: Tuesday, May 22, and Wednesday, May 23, 7–9 pm
Teen Workshops: Saturday, May 26, 10 am–noon and 2–4 pm
East Building, Level C
$18 Members, $20 Nonmembers
Led by OMAi artists, participants paint with light, create animated graffiti, or tell improvised stories using the Tagtool app. Bring an iPad loaded with the Tagtool app (free on App Store).