Setting the World on its Head
Not only is the world flat, its also upside-down--according to the new Hobo-Dyer Projection World Map, anyway. The two-sided map--which will be on hand at Ten Thousand Villages' map unveiling event--features an upside down, Australia-centered view of the world on one side and the traditional north-up, Africa-centered view on the other. Known as an "equal area projection map," (similar to the Peters map that befuddled the President on West Wing last season), the Hobo-Dyer illustrates the sizes of land and water masses in proportion, while sacrificing their true shapes. "It takes many points of view to understand the truth," says Denis Wood, cartographer, curator and author of the bestselling Seeing Through Maps: The Power of Images to Shape Our World View. Wood will present a guided tour of maps and images and all attendees will receive a free Hobo-Dyer map of their own. Saturday, Oct. 12, 1-3 p.m. Ten Thousand Villages, 435 Woodburn Road, Raleigh. 821-1100. www.odt.org. Free.
A 30-year Tradition
Downtown Chapel Hill will host the 30th annual Festifall on Sunday, Oct. 6. The community celebration features a host of arts and crafts, food, music, and entertainment offerings. "There will be many artists and about 100 booths of arts and crafts," says Parrish Anderson, public events coordinator for Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation. "We also throw into that the whole street-fair spirit," he says. The spirit-filled festivities include the Guiding Lights Choir, allday afternoon, Big Mama E and the Cool, Harmony Keeney, Blue Moon Belly Dancers, Falun Gong, an assortment of regional and international foods--including a new vegan and vegetarian booth, face painters and "Kidzone"--children's' interactive playground and entertainment events. Over 20,000 participants are expected and West Franklin Street will be closed from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. to accommodate the crowds. West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. Sunday, Oct. 6, 1-6 p.m. (rain date Sunday, Oct. 13). www.ci.chapel-hill.nc.us/festifall2002.htm. All events are free. No animals are allowed.