The Smoke-free View from Austin

Our city has some unfinished business. Spartanburg City Council needs to pass a long overdue non-smoking ordinance for our bars and restaurants. It’s not an economic issue. Other communities have banned smoking in bars and restaurants without gutting their downtown economies. Starting Jan. 2 the entire state of North Carolina, the former epicenter of cigarette manufacturing, will ban...

I Love a Parade

In an old Woody Allen film the hero recounts a recurring dream: he’s on a dark train full of sad old people and everyone is settled silently in seats waiting for departure. There’s an ancient conductor creeping down the aisle checking tickets. The hero looks out the window and there’s another train headed in the opposite direction ready to leave. On it there’s a party...

Downtown Tipi Village

Hub-Bub artist-in-residence Sarah Witt is an installation/performance artist, and when she has an art idea, it’s most likely bigger than something a frame can hold and it requires multiple trips to the hardware store. Sarah often imagines her art occupying big spaces and tackling contemporary issues. In some ways she works as a cross between what Joe the Plumber or Joe Six-pack might think...

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