John Cusack will attend a screening of “High Fidelity,” the 2000 film based on Nick Hornby’s 1995 best-seller, in Raleigh. He’ll answer questions after about his career, which includes roles in “Say Anything” and “Grosse Pointe Blank.”
North Carolina writer Perry Deane Young, journalist & author of the Vietnam War memoir “Two of the Missing” died of cancer. The playwright also wrote the book “The David Kopay Story” about a gay football player.
PineCone executive director William Lewis is one of The News & Observer’s 2018 Tar Heel of the Year finalists. Lewis is a force behind the rise of traditional folk music in Raleigh. IBMA’s World of Bluegrass has established the city as a major music-festival center.
Alonzo Bodden, the Season 3 winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” keeps busy as a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me! and host of the weekly podcast, “Who’s Paying Attention?”. He also loves cars.
Rhiannon Giddens, winner of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” and the Steve Martin Banjo Prize, is already a multi-media star. She’s writing a musical about the Wilmington 1898 uprising, which should take her even higher.
‘Crazy Rich Asians’ star Ken Jeong, ‘2 Broke Girls’ creator Whitney Cummings and Arsenio Hall are among the first acts coming to new Cary comedy club called Raleigh Improv. It’s part of a nationwide chain with comedy clubs in more than 30 cities.
Durham mayors past and present: Steve Schewel, Bill Bell, Nick Tennyson, Sylvia Kerckhoff, Wib Gulley, Wense Grabarek, along with jazz musician Branford Marsalis will ride in the Durham Holiday Parade.