Tonight my wife Kate and I -- and a lot of folks in the Bull City -- will head downtown to take in a free screening of Durham: A Self-Portrait at the Carolina Theatre. The first show at 7:30 is sold out.
The documentary chronicles the people and neighborhoods of my hometown, as well as the history of race and class here. It's the work of Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Dr. Steven Channing and Durham-based VideoDialog.
The city has a rich heritage as a textile center and of course, tobacco production (Liggett-Myers, which vacated long ago); my father's side of the family has long been a part of the city's history as well, in business, public service and civil rights. It will be interesting to see how civil rights era history will be covered in the doc.
When surfing by the excellent local blog Bull City Rising, I found a short video tribute to the city center by Luther Blissett. It's below the fold.
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