Arts Listings, July 9

July 8, 2014 

  • Autism, art and water safety

    For the past six months, Chapel Hill photographer Barbara Tyroler has spent time at the Homestead Aquatic Center in Chapel Hill photographing students with developmental disabilities as well as youth on the autism spectrum who are taking an adapted aquatics class.

    Her camera has captured the students as they learn to swim and overcome their fears and hesitation of the overstimulation of the pool environment. The project, “Rockin’ the Spectrum,” began when Tyroler received an Into the Streets arts commission award from the Chapel Hill Public and Cultural Arts Division.

    “It’s just fascinating for me to observe and capture the students transitioning this place of fascination and release,” Tyroler says. “The more I read and learn about people with autism spectrum disorder, the more committed I feel towards using my art to help educate others about the need for support and understanding.”

    A permanent installation created from Tyroler’s work is being installed at the Aquatic Center (300 Northern Park Drive) this month, and a Meet the Artist reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Jun 28. For more information, call Public Arts Administrator Jeffrey York at 919-968-2750.

    Also, My Circle of Girls, a Triangle group for girls with autism 2 to 6 years old and their families, will hold two sessions of swimming and water safety lessons July 7-10 and July 14-16 and 21- 23 at the Chapel Hill YMCA in Meadowmont.

    Classic symptoms of autism include wandering and low awareness of danger. Also, some individuals on the autism spectrum tend to be attracted to bodies of water. Understanding these dangers, particularly during the summer months when more pools are accessible and water is often a location for entertainment, is important.

    All lessons will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 7:30p.m. The deadline to enroll is July 3. For more information about My Circle of Girls, email Dawn Dudley at or “like” the group on Facebook at My Circle of Girls.


BYNUM FRONT PORCH: The Bynum Front Porch Friday Night Music Series will feature performances from 7-9 p.m. Fridays through the end of August at 950 Bynum Road, Bynum.

SOUTHERN VILLAGE MUSIC AND MOVIES: Southern Village will host musical performances at 6 p.m. Sundays through the end of September at 600 Market St. Movies will be screened for $4 at dusk Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, Sept. 13. There will be music before movies at 6 p.m. Fridays in June.


ALOFT CHAPEL HILL: 1001 S. Hamilton Road. Tuesdays: Bibis Ellison and Dante. W xyz bar. 8-10 p.m. 919-932-7772.

CAT’S CRADLE: 300 E. Main St., Carrboro. July 11: Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys. July 23: Us The Duo. Aug. 1: Boris. Aug. 22: Clockwork Kids, Ghostt Bllonde, Body Games. Aug. 23: Kevin Gates. Oct. 7: Afghan Whigs. Nov. 8: Rachael Yamagata. 919-967-9053,

LOCAL 506: 506 W. Franklin St. July 19: Horse Thief. July 22: Chrysalis. Aug. 6: Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why. 919-942-5506,

SECOND WIND: 118 E. Main St., Carrboro. Wednesdays: Bluegrass Night. Thursdays: Twofer. Tuesdays: Big Fat Gap. Every third Friday: Skinny Bag of Sugar.

UNITY CENTER OF PEACE: 8800 Seawell School Road, Chapel Hill. July 10: Brian Lottman, “Awakening the Heart: An Evening of Satsang and Kirtan.” 7 p.m. 919-968-1854,

UNIVERSITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 150 E. Franklin St. July 18: Voices, “American Songs, Poems & Spirituals.”


CARRBORO CENTURY CENTER: 100 N. Greensboro St. July 11: Betsy Lowry Donovan, “Outdoors in North Carolina.” 6-9 p.m.

CHAPEL HILL ART GALLERY: 1215 E. Franklin St. July 11: “Celebrating Our Country: Celebrating Our Art.” 6-9 p.m. 919-636-4557,

FRANK: 109 E. Franklin St. July 11: “Tree: Witness to Life.” 6-9 p.m. 919-636-4135,

HILLSBOROUGH GALLERY OF ARTS: 121 N. Churton St. July 25: Linda Carmel, Marcy Lansman, Lynn Wartski, “Attention to Detail.” 6-9 p.m. 919-732-5001,

VINYL PERK: 709 W. Rosemary St., Carrboro. July 11: Birds & Arrows. 6-9 p.m. 919-929-3370.


DEEP DISH THEATER COMPANY: University Mall, 201 S. Estes Drive. Aug. 29-Sept. 20: “A Kid Like Jake.” Oct. 31-Nov. 22: “The Landing.” Feb. 27-March 21: “Journeys End.” May 1-23: “The Liar.” 919-968-1515,

PLAYMAKERS: Center for the Dramatic Art, UNC campus. July 16-20: “Hairspray.” 919-962-PLAY,

TOP OF THE HILL BACK BAR: 100 E. Franklin St. Tuesdays: Back Bar Comedy, 9 p.m.

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