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Monday, February 8, 2016
This Week at The Regulator: Solar Energy, Jay Williams, a Valentine's Cabaret and more!
There are lots of great reasons to stop by The Regulator this week, from Jay Williams to wine, women and song on Friday night. Here's our events schedule for the week:
Monday, February 8, 2016, 7:00 pm
Solar power was once the domain of futurists and hippies. In Harness the Sun: America's Quest for a Solar Powered Future, Philip Warburg explores how solar power has reached its current mainstream status. Beginning with his solar-powered home in New England, he introduces readers to the pioneers who are spearheading our move toward a clean energy economy: CEOs who are promoting solar power to prominence; construction workers who install panels; engineers who are building giant utility-scale projects; and the biologists who make sure wildlife is protected at those sites.
Warburg shows how solar energy has won support across the political spectrum. Yet solar energy has its downsides and detractors too, those who worry about the impact on wildlife, on open spaces and farmland.
Philip Warburg is the author of "Harvest the Wind: America's Journey to Jobs, Energy Independence, and Climate Stability." He was president of the Conservation Law Foundation from 2003 to 2009. He ran the Israel Union for Environmental Defense in Tel Aviv and was an attorney at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C.
As a point guard at Duke in 2001, Williams started all 39 games and led the Devils to the NCAA National Championship, earning NABC Player of the Year honors. By the 2002 season Williams was widely considered the best player in college basketball, earning both the Naismith and Wooden Awards as College Basketball's Player of the Year in 2002.
After one season with the Chicago Bulls, Williams's rise to NBA stardom was cut short when he was gravely injured in a motorcycle crash. He spent a decade recovering from his injuries, attempting a comeback, and seeking other professional work in sports. Williams reflects on his younger self-an invincible kid who had -- then lost -- everything . . . only to gain new wisdom. Williams reviews his decision to return to Duke and Coach K's encouragement to finish his degree. Life is Not an Accident details corruption within college basketball, scandalous recruiting practices in the pros, as well as the NBA's underground culture of gambling, drugs, and sex. Jay Williams is currently a college basketball analyst for ESPN.
Photography will be permitted, but not posed pictures. Williams will not be signing sports equipment. All books for the signing must be purchased at The Regulator.
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 7:00 pm
The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia. Harris County, Georgia, 1912. A white man, the beloved nephew of the county sheriff, is shot dead on the porch of a black woman. Days later, the sheriff sanctions the lynching of a black woman and three black men, all of them innocent. For Karen Branan, the great-granddaughter of that sheriff, this isn't just history; this is family history. Branan spent nearly twenty years combing through diaries and letters, hunting for clues in libraries and archives throughout the United States to piece together events and motives. Her research revealed surprising insights into the day-to-day reality of race relations in the Jim Crow-era South, but what she ultimately discovered was far more personal--a gripping story of privilege and power, anger, and atonement.
Karen Branan is a veteran journalist who has written for newspapers, magazines, stage, and television for almost fifty years. Her work has appeared in "Life", "Mother Jones", "Ms.", "Ladies Home Journal", " Good Housekeeping", "Today s Health", " Learning", "Parents", " Star Tribune "(Minneapolis), " The "Atlanta Journal-Constitution", and on PBS, CBS, ABC, CBC, BBC, and CNN.
VALENTINE'S CABARET WITH ELLEN CIOMPI & GLENN MEHRBACH
Friday February 12, 2016, 7PM
"C-Ya!": A Celebration of "C" Composers & Lyricists
It's a grand Durham tradition: the 8th Annual "Cabaret for Valentine's Day" with Ellen Ciompi (vocals), Glenn Mehrbach (keyboard) and Robbie Link (bass). This year's program is called "C-Ya!" and will highlight composers and lyricists whose names begin with "C". Think Cy Coleman, Noel Coward, Hoagy Carmichael, Harry Chapin, Sammy Cahn, and others. It will be creative--colossal--comedic--cathartic--and of course captivating! Bring your special someone and kick off Valentine's weekend with Cabaret!
Cabaret encompasses music, acting, a little improv, and most of all the intimate connection between performer and audience. There's nothing else like it, and Ellen Ciompi is the Triangle's premiere cabaret performer. Bring your special someone and start the year's most romantic weekend with the area's most unique event.
This event sells out every year so be sure to stop by The Regulator Bookshop and get your advance ticket ($15) at the bookshop or on our website. Stay afterwards and enjoy wine, munchies, and a chat with the artists.