Last night, I finally made it out to an event sponsored by Traction, a Triangle organization dedicated to discussing and promoting progressive issues in politics. I’ve wanted to many times before but the stars just never aligned until now. So I headed on over to The Regulator Bookshop and decided to learn a little more about this movement that I believe I ‘d like to be a part of. Michael Lux, author of The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be, was giving a discussion of progressive politics and signing his new book.
Last night, I dragged my husband with me to the 30 Threads Blogger Bash at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC). For those of you unfamiliar with 30 Threads, it’s a website run by Ginny Skalski, a journalist based in Raleigh, and exists to help us get the goods on which Triangle area websites and blogs are worth a click. As a subscriber to the site, I was already planning to attend this bash and take advantage of the chance to meet bloggers whose sites I’ve enjoyed reading and drum up some more readers for my own. You know, that whole networking thing people talk about. But then, I actually got a nod on 30 Threads this past week, so I was even more excited to go. Being profiled is fun!
I spent this evening attending a discussion at Duke on banjos and their roots in Africa. There are three reasons why I chose to attend:
- I have loved banjos ever since I realized that the melancholic and slightly creepy plucking during the Pirates of the Caribbean ride was, in fact, a banjo.
- Tickets were completely sold out to the “Thrown Down Your Heart” performance tomorrow night with Bela Fleck and a number of musicians from Africa.
- The banjo is from Africa?