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SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2011






Bye, Bonne

Hello, rosy

Stacy-Lynn Waddell mourns as Bonne Soiree prepares to close. PAGE 2

Thousands of showy, fragrant blooms are amassed in Georgia’s City of Roses. PAGE 11

Facing storms with optimism


his morning, my wife, Megan, returned home from a vet appointment with our 6-year-old lab, Bear. The vet, after examination, found that Bear had broken a tooth and was in need of a root canal or an extraction. The cost, depending on our course of action, would dip well into our savings. Like so many in this economy, we have struggled to maintain our baseline. When Megan me OUR LIVES showed the estimate for both procedures, we found ourselves in a fit of sudden laughter. It seemed this S. Barton was yet another atCutter tempt by the mundane to keep us from gaining the financial freedom we are working so hard to build. As the economy seems to slowly turn and find an energy that makes many of us hopeful about what lies around the corner, it seems that if we can maintain our grounding, just a little bit longer, the possibility for new headway is not far from our reach. Yet the question that many of us struggle with is how, in the interim, do we maintain clarity of vision and purpose, until this potential energy transforms into the kinetic? I am well aware that, for many, maintaining the optimism needed to hold fast to one’s vision can lead to a perceived opening for becoming blindsided by tragedy. Yet, in taking an approach that is purely based in damage control, we risk not only the potential exhilaration of permitting ourselves to dream, but we also risk our freedom to experience a full array of possibilities, and thus become locked into our own faulty reasoning. In my experience, however, having confidence in my potential for success has been of extraordinary value. I found the determination to leave behind the supposed experts’ lowered expectations my family and I faced during my Chicago upbringing; the prevailing assumptions by teachers, disability experts, and other concerned friends that someone with such severe cerebral palsy would be incapable of living independently, much less find success at a large state university. I saw, however, a brighter and more expan-

Rye Barcott greets a child in Kibera last year. A program he started helps children in the slum, the largest in Nairobi, Kenya. COURTESY OF JASON ARTHURS

War and idealism



decade ago, Rye Barcott was a walking contradiction – a soon-to-be Marine officer who longed to fight a war, an idealistic UNC Chapel Hill student committed to waging peace. Amazingly, he did both, on different continents, at the same time. Barcott, who lives in Charlotte and works for Duke Energy, recounts his unusual journey in a new memoir, “It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine’s Path to Peace” Out on Tuesday, the story of how Barcott helped build a nonprofit, Carolina for Kibera, in Kenya’s largest slum while serving in the Marines is the lead nonfiction title this season for Bloomsbury, the book’s publisher. He sets off on a national book and education tour this week, an international Why 26? tour this summer. He’s The number 26 is special to Rye hoping to spread his Barcott. That’s how much money book’s message that helphe lent to Tabitha Festo to help ing people in poverty her start a free clinic in Kibera. means giving them the tools they need and realizThis is why “It Happened on the ing that they know best Way to War” costs $26. It’s why how to solve their own the book tour is 26 days long. problems. And on Monday, you can go to “Talent is universal,” to participate in a Barcott says. “Opportuni26-day campaign to adjust your ty is not.” DAVIE HINSHAW - lifestyle to reflect conditions in In the book, we learn Kibera. One day, for instance, how Barcott arrives at limit yourself to a single meal. On another, wash your clothes and that conclusion as he recounts his dishes by hand. own coming-of-age story. It begins in Chapel Hill as Barcott, a Meet the author rising senior from Rhode Island, Barcott will appear 7 p.m. Monday at McIntyre’s Books, 2000 Fearsets off on a summer trip to do rington Village Center in Pittsboro; 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at UNC’s research for an honors thesis. Inspired by a trip to Africa Bull’s Head Bookshop in Chapel Hill; and 7:30 p.m. April 22 at Quail when he was 14, he has arranged Ridge Books, 3522 Wade Ave.

A Marine and UNC-CH graduate helped build a nonprofit organization in Kenya’s largest slum – and his $26 loan for a free clinic got it all started. He has written a memoir.

to study ethnic violence among youths in Kibera (key-bear-ah), Nairobi. He wants an adventure. He’s also looking for a way to make a difference. In the book, Barcott introduces us to Kibera’s tin-roof shacks, its dangers and its energy. This Nairobi slum – one of the largest in the world – is the size of New York’s Central Park and home to more than 200,000 people. Half the population is younger than 15, and despite raw sewage and lack of safe drinking water, the place feels vital, compelling. During his stay, he meets the two people who become his colleagues – Salim Mohamed, who grew up in a nearby orphanage, and Tabitha Festo, a nurse who persuades him to lend her $26. Her plan is to sell vegetables and use profits to open a free clinic. When he returns to Chapel Hill, he commits to starting a youth sports program in Kibera that would promote peace by putting rival tribe members on the same teams. But Barcott has another commitment, too. He went to UNCCH, his parents’ alma mater, on an ROTC scholarship. He wants to follow in the footsteps of his father, who served as a Marine in Vietnam. After graduation, he goes on to complete officers’ training, then military service in Bosnia, the Horn of Africa and, finally, Iraq. Over the next five years, with the blessings of his superiors, Barcott serves his country, and, on his time off, nurtures his fledging nonprofit. SEE BARCOTT, PAGE 4D


Avant-garde dance troupe stops in Chapel Hill By Rebecca J. Ritzel CORRESPONDENT


Nederlands Dans Theater will present “The Second Person” in Chapel Hill. COURTESY OF JORIS-JAN BOS

n the spring of 1978, Jim Vincent was a sophomore at the N.C. School of the Arts. It was midterm week in Winston-Salem, and one night while studying, his dorm room phone rang. Vincent answered, and on the other end was a man with a thick European accent. It was choreographer Jiøí Kylián, artistic director of Nederlands Dans Theater. “I had no idea who he was at the time,” Vincent recalled. “He said he was in New York looking for dancers. He didn’t understand that I was in the middle of midterms. I drove up four days later – a 14-hour drive – and auditioned for him at Steps on Broadway. After class he offered me a contract,

details Nederlands Dans Theater When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Where: Memorial Hall, UNCChapel Hill Cost: Tickets are $20 to $40; $10 for students Information: www.carolina-

and two months later, I moved to The Hague. I’m still not sure what I did to deserve that phone call.” When pressed, the modest Vincent acknowledged that his professors had recommended students to Kylián. This week, in what can be called coming full circle, Vin-

cent, 52, is returning to North Carolina, this time as artistic director of the company he joined at age 19. Nederlands Dans Theatre, the leading dance company in Holland and one of Europe’s top, will perform at UNC-Chapel Hill on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. It’s the final of just three engagements booked on NDT’s first American tour since Vincent became artistic director in 2009. He hasn’t been estranged from North Carolina, however. Vincent has served on the UNC School of the Arts board, and for nine years, led Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, twice bringing the troupe to ADF. (In fact, ADF just announced Hubbard Street will SEE DANCE, PAGE 3D


Nederlands Dans Theater When:7:30 p.m. Tuesday; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Where:Memorial Hall, UNC- Chapel Hill Cost:Tickets are $20 to $40; $10 f...

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