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The 20th annual Carrboro Music Festival was held Saturday and Sunday, featuring a variety of local musicians.

Scenes from the Carrboro Music Festival

On a peculiarly hot September day, a circle of drummers dressed in intricate patterns of red, black and white dance in the middle of West Weaver St., intermingled with grooving children, teenagers and a handful of gregarious adults.

The festival is named for Alice Guy-Blaché (1873-1968), a pioneering filmmaker from Paris.

ALICE FEST provides space for independent women filmmakers

It’s no secret that the film industry is a male-dominated field. In 2016, women comprised only 4% of directors, 13% of writers and 17% of executive producers on the top 100 grossing films that year. Of the top 250 grossing films in the same year, 58% of them had no female  executive producers whatsoever.

Jacques Demy's "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" is one of the films featured in this fall's Retro Film Series at the Carolina Theatre.

Carolina Theatre's Retro Film Series continues this fall

The Retro Film Series continues at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham from July to December. The series will celebrate its 20th birthday next year and includes RetroFantasma, RetroClassics, RetroTreasures and RetroAmore—four sections in which anyone in their mid-30s to early-40s will find the fancy of his or her youth.

Moogfest boasted talented artists like Sudan Archives, pictured at Durham's First Presbyterian Church, but its message of protest often contradicted itself.

Moogfest 2017: A dubious union of wealth and protest in Durham

When the organizers of Moogfest announced in February that the music, art and technology festival would feature a “Protest Stage” dedicated to resisting the current wave of inequality in both North Carolina and the United States (specifically: HB2, President Trump’s travel ban), many were delighted.