Arts & Music

Gimme Five! Ron Liberti of Pipe

photo by Mike Benson

Stapled to a signpost or taped to a window, Ron Liberti‘s art has long had a finger on the pulse of local music. The relevancy is no easy get given the dearth of screen-printers and graphic design apps. Liberti’s work is a step apart, because of talent, sure, but also years of playing and participating in local music. Off and on since 1991, his band Pipe has been palpable force. Destroying stages (sometimes literally) with their no holds barred punk, Pipe is a fury of howling riffs, blustering drums and front man histrionics.

Sure, Liberti and his crew have things figured out, but can this artist ans showstopper handle our five questions? See for yourself after the jump.


ROSS’S ALMANAC for October 2012

Compiled by Kirk Ross

Rolling through the great Midwest recently, it wasn’t difficult to see the effects of an intense, extended drought and realize that while we had a dry spell earlier this year, we’ve been spared from the withering just west of the mountains. There was damaged corn in the fields unharvested and waiting for the spring plows, and the tips of far too many trees were already browned and ready for fall.

We may have escaped some of the severe effects, but not all. The forest floor around here already is scattered with the early adopters of autumn foliage. The trees here took a beating in the warm weather season. Many had just leafed out when late June’s wave of 100-degree days washed over us for a week or two. They may be in a hurry to take their rest. So if you see some fall color, stop and take it in. Dormancy is right around the corner.

Oct. 1 – Sunrise: 7:12 a.m.; Sunset: 6:59 p.m.
Oct. 31 – Sunrise: 7:38 a.m.; Sunset: 6:21 p.m.
Last Quarter – Oct. 8 New Moon – Oct. 15
First Quarter – Oct. 21 Full Moon – Oct. 29

The full moon in October is the Harvest Moon, Blood Moon and Travel Moon.

Planets & Stars
At nightfall, Mars lies low in the southwest. On Oct. 20, Mars appears near the star Antares, which is reddish like Mars and whose name means “not Mars.” Jupiter is in the constellation Taurus the Bull, east of an orange-ish star, Aldebaran, which marks the eye of the bull. Venus dominates the eastern pre-dawn sky, and on the morning of Oct. 3 appears very, very close to the bright star Regulus in Leo the Lion. Mercury and Saturn spend the month buried in twilight glow.
—Amy Sayle, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

Significant Dates
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Seafood Month, National Pizza Month and Cookie Month.
• Oct. 4 is National Golf Day
• Do Something Nice Day is Oct. 5
• University Day is Oct. 12
• International Skeptics Day is Oct. 13, if you can believe it
• Oct. 17 is Wear Something Gaudy Day
• National Nut Day is Oct. 21
• Punk for a Day is Oct. 25
• National Candy Corn Day is Oct. 30
• Halloween is, well, you know



Each year as the mercury begins to drop, there’s an excitement in the air around here about the season to come, as the community prepares to welcome fall.


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Arts & Music

Gimme Five! Toon

Rapper, producer, all around whiz Toon is here to make you move. This hip-hop head with a love for electro-pop sounds discovered his love of music while studying at Durham’s School of the Arts. He’s stuck around Durham, honing his skills and often performing alongside his friend and fellow artist The Real Laww. His new album, L.D.O.C. is available now at, on iTunes, and other media.

With a clever flow and a crafty sense of humor, Toon’s music is liable to make you smile, but can he answer our five questions? See for yourself after the jump.

Arts & Music

SPOTLIGHT: Jo Gore and The Alternative

Take a listen along the spectrum of rock, R&B and jazz and you will stumble upon jam-band Jo Gore and The Alternative.

These North Carolina artists will be performing part of their second album, The Herstory of Josephine Gore/Return of the Articulate Kinsman Vol. 1 – to be released Sept. 19 – on Thursday, Sept. 26 at Cat’s Cradle.

Arts & Music

Gimme Five! Christopher Bell

Christopher Bell‘s band requires more focus and discipline than the average rock show, at least the members are nice about it… Oh right, he’s the only one. With an electric cello, a keyboard, a suitcase for percussion and a knack for beat boxing and pedal effects, Bell’s one-man band is its own special exercise in performance and the reaches of pop.

Bell can juggle rhythms and keep up the pace, but can this mad musician handle five hard hitting questions? See for yourself after the jump!