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@betsub:t-5>In fêtes

@bettxt:t-5>In September 1970, UNC-Chapel Hill grad student Nyle Frank launched one of the strangest campaigns in academic history: He started his own school, named it the Invisible University of North Carolina, declared himself "dictator" of it, and published the I>Centipede$>, biweekly communiqués with the world at large. Soon after his coronation (Frank decided that "king" had better connotations than "dictator"), he was evicted from his apartment, fired from his teaching assistantship\m>and he moved to Carrboro, which he nicknamed the "Paris of the Piedmont" in a subsequent issue of the I>Centipede$>. Frank makes a triumphal return to his town this year as Grand Marshal of the parade at B>Fête de la Musique$>, Carrboro's summer-solstice, outdoor music festival. At venues ranging from the ArtsCenter to the town hall lawn, the June 18 fête will host dozens of bands, including klezmer group South of Delancy, local comedy singer-songwriter Larry Weaver, Janet Bratter, Memphis, the Jumpstarts, Sorry About Dresden, the Micro East Collective, and Nyle Frank himself playing "boogie woogie piano." For more information, go to

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