Art for Africa 

Africa needs help, but not everyone can hop on a plane to assist starving refugees. That's where United Action International (UAI) comes in. The locally based African relief agency is planning a trip to Nairobi, Kenya, this summer. Global-aid consultant/recent Rhodes grad Rachel Boulden will be conducting surveys of refugee camps to determine who needs what -- medicine, food, clothing, etc. Aid will be purchased by the four-member agency and distributed accordingly on a later mission.

But they're going to need money. On Friday, May 12th, UAI is holding "Art for Africa," a silent auction at Askew Nixon Ferguson. The event will feature work by Mary Pelshak of Nigeria and seniors from Rhodes College, including Preston Drum's Sustenance for the Empire (pictured). Also on tap is a series of benefit concerts called "Bleeding Hearts." The first features Jamie Randolph and the Bloodsuckers, the Silent Parade, and Myla Smith at the Hi-Tone on Sunday, May 14th. On Friday, May 19th, "Bleeding Hearts Two" at the Young Life Cabin in Germantown features the Opening Night, the Raleigh Symphony, and Westbrook. And "Bleeding Hearts Three" features the Secret Service, Brad Postlethwaite, Organ Thief, and others at Newby's.

"Art for Africa" at Askew Nixon Ferguson, Friday, May 12, 6-9 p.m.

"Bleeding Hearts One," The Hi-Tone, Sunday, May 14, 8:30 p.m., $7

"Bleeding Hearts Two," Young Life Cabin, Friday, May 19, 7 p.m., $5

"Bleeding Hearts Three," Newby's, Friday, May 26, 9 p.m., $10

For more information, go to UnitedActionInternational.com

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