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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Hillsborough house of horrors

Posted By on Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Who wouldn't want to live in a house where a strangely indestructible white-masked serial killer began his reign of terror? For many horror fans, Kenny Caperton is living the dream. Caperton is the owner and proprietor of the Myers House North Carolina, a Victorian residence in rural Hillsborough designed to replicate the veneer of the house used as the residence of the Myers family in John Carpenter's horror classics Halloween and Halloween II. He moved into the house in March 2009. Since then, it's served as the base for a number of local horror events, and will celebrate its...

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Thrill the world: A tribute to Michael Jackson

Posted By on Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 8:24 AM

DURHAM—At 8:30 Saturday night, Oct. 24, Michael Jackson fans gathered at The Pavilion at Durham Central Park for a tribute to the late entertainer calledThrill the World. It was a part of a worldwide event meant to synchronize participants at 12:30 a.m. UTC/GMT doing a dance similar to the one in Jackson’s “Thriller” music video. The first“Thriller” dance took place in Toronto in 2006, in an affair that drew 62 people and set the Guinness Book of World Records' "record" for most “Thriller” dancers in one place and time. By last year, the event had gone global and attracted more...

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Friday, October 30, 2009

The hunt for fried October: the food horrors at the N.C. State Fair

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 7:48 PM

It's the next-to-last night of the North Carolina State Fair, and my friends and I are stalking the fairgrounds in search of deep-fried butter. Everyone we've talked with claims that it's here, but no one's actually seen it. Since Oprah Winfrey shared the flash-frozen sticks covered in batter with her audience at the Texas State Fair earlier this month, everyone has wondered if it will make its way to North Carolina. And rumors are flying around. "It's like the Loch Ness Monster," says James Rice of the booth Rice's Corn and Lemonade. "Everyone claims they've heard it's here, but...

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

If you missed Chef Shirle' on Rachael Ray

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 1:03 AM

... here's a link to the clip. As reported last week, Shirle' Hale Koslowski (a Durham resident, personal chef and bassist/vocalist for Free Electric State) appeared Monday in a taped segment of the Rachael Ray show to demonstrate a wine rack she made from coffee cans....

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

"A theatrical night out with the boys that's not to be missed:" Deep Dish Theater's Glengarry Glen Ross nets Indy's latest 5-star review

Posted By on Sat, Oct 24, 2009 at 7:31 PM

Our complete review of the Deep Dish Theater production of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross will run in next week’s Independent.  But for a show deserving a five-star review—only the paper’s 11th since 2003—a little advance warning seems entirely in order. Our advice is get your tickets now: They might be a little harder to come by on Wednesday.  Deep Dish’s box office phone number is 968-1515. In the meantime, just a little reading material while you’re waiting on hold… Here’s the picture—and it’s not a pretty one. In the U.S., unemployment is skyrocketing; its peak, at over 16...

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Waiting it out: Putting a fine point on Beckett's Waiting for Godot

Posted By on Sat, Oct 24, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Indy freelancer Sam Wardle attended opening night of The Classical Theatre of Harlem's production of Waiting for Godot. Here's his report. Waiting for Godot Performed by The Classical Theatre of Harlem
 Duke Campus: Reynolds Industries Theater
 Friday, Oct 23 "Why people have to complicate a thing so simple, I can't make out," playwright Samuel Beckett quipped more than 50 years ago about his masterpiece, Waiting for Godot. Oddly enough, I was left wondering, after watching the Classical Theatre of Harlem's retelling of the play as a Hurricane Katrina morality tale, if this new interpretation didn't go too far in...

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Rockin' Chef on The Rachael Ray Show

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Personal chef and singer/bassist extraordinaire Shirle’ Hale Koslowski is no stranger to television – she did a cooking segment on News 14 for a while until she was replaced by some dorky guy. But this latest development is just surreal. Koslowski, who plays in the Durham band Free Electric State with her husband David, will appear Monday, Oct. 26 on the “Rachael Ray” show, which airs in the Triangle at 10 a.m. on WTVD. A wine rack that Shirle’ made out of coffee cans will be featured in Ray’s regular "Double Duty Tips" segment. It turns out that a...

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Picasso's Closet: The Independent Interview with Ariel Dorfman

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 8:11 AM

I spoke with Ariel Dorfman about his play, Picasso’s Closet, for about 45 minutes in his office at the John Hope Franklin Institute at Duke, at midday on Oct. 13, 2009. Nasher Museum of Art will present a staged reading of the play in conjunction with its Picasso and the Allure of Language exhibit, Oct. 29-31, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Duke Box Office website. Independent: This must be a difficult script to produce. Ariel Dorfman: This is an experimental play. Let’s say I’ve tried to do, modestly, in theater with time what Picasso does with...

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A sort-of preview for Decasia: Light Is Calling

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 3:18 PM

Tonight at 7, N.C. State’s Campus Cinema is showing Decasia, Bill Morrison’s hypnotic collage of decaying film stock from the early days of motion pictures. For lovers of the visual arts it’s a must-see, well worth a trip to Raleigh if you don’t live there. For a preview of sorts, check out this short Morrison made two years after Decasia. Using the same methods and collaborating with the same composer (Michael Gordon of Bang on a Can), Light Is Calling is an 8-minute feast of images and sound that someone was thoughtful enough to post on YouTube in high definition...

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Fighting temperamental scorpions, impossible odds - and the age of jade: David Copperfield at DPAC

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 12:28 PM

Magician David Copperfield’s greatest adversary isn’t the sort of technical snafu that reportedly had him scrub one of the most amazing effects from his 5:30pm performance of An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion at DPAC yesterday afternoon: a 50’s model Lincoln convertible that we saw him, somehow, suddenly produce—not only out of thin air but set squarely in the middle of it, atop a set of pillars—despite a group of witnesses standing all around during the late show Tuesday night. His true nemesis isn’t the 8-foot industrial fan whose whirring blades he walked through at another point on his...

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Paper-crown kingdom and a midnight rumpus

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 8:57 AM

“Let the wild rumpus start!” shouted a college-aged male at the midnight showing last Thursday night of Where the Wild Things Are. He was clad in matching cloud pajamas and he completed his tribute to the boy king of of the wild things by wearing a Burger King paper crown. Like most everyone there, we'd found out, courtesy of Twitter, that Mission Valley in Raleigh would be hosting an early showing of the film. Our excitement was two-fold: This was, amazingly enough, Spike Jonze’s first theatrical feature film in seven years—since Adaptation—but also because Maurice Sendak’s children’s book is a...

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Michael Chabon (in town this Thursday) discusses children and popular culture

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Michael Chabon is the jack-of-all-trades of contemporary literature. His literate, humorous, elegiac books include everything from a Pulitzer Prize winner about comic book creators (The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay) to an alternate-world mystery in a Jewish free state (The Yiddish Policemen's Union). Chabon's making his first trip through the Triangle to promote his new collection of essays, Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father and Son. In the book, Chabon discusses bonding with his children and explores memories of his own childhood. We got Chabon on the phone to discuss some of the ideas...

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Forget the psychoanalysis, let "Where the Wild Things Are" run

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Reviewed by Nathan Gelgud From the first scenes of protagonist Max starting a snowball fight, Spike Jonze's spotty but exciting Where the Wild Things Are spends a lot of time crashing and bashing, and that's when it is marvelous. Tellingly, the best scenes are mostly dialogue-free. But the script gets in the way much too often, throwing off what is exciting and engrossing about the film....

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A somewhat less than intimate interview with David Copperfield

Posted By on Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 10:03 AM

From the printed record we surmised that magician David Copperfield wasn’t the easiest interview. The taciturn answers we'd read in most of the recent published pieces suggested a subject intent on his talking points—and, apparently, just not into most of the conversations. But perhaps, I thought, that’s because no one poses the right questions. I mean, if everyone insisted on asking you the one thing you could never answer while still keeping your job—So, uhh, how’d you do that neat trick on stage?—you’d probably get a bit peevish yourself after a while. So, in advance of "An Intimate Evening of...

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

The night Vegas came to town

Posted By on Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 8:19 AM

From Indy contributor Rebekah L. Cowell: Listen up high rollers, times are a-changin' in Chatham County. The County's no longer dry and word has it the casino's coming to town. Tonight, Bynum Front Porch hosts its second annual casino night, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Now before the righteous citizens of Pittsboro decide it's time for an ole timey revival, remember that gambling funds go to help the county's kids. All money raised will fund scholarships and programming for two nonprofit community organizations, the Bynum Front Porch,and Chatham Arts Council. Last year's funds helped send two local young...

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Tireless advocate of the arts to accept North Carolina Humanities Council’s highest honor

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 4:39 PM

From frequent Indy contributor Rebekah L. Cowell: At the age of 39, Marsha White Warren lost her mother, a loss she calls "devastating." "I needed something to go too for solace and expression," said Warren. A dedicated reader, she began to write. Her grief, and her chosen outlet for expression, was the catalyst that launched Warren into the literary world. In a ceremony tonight at Chapel Hill's William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, Warren will accept the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities for her life of advocacy for the public humanities across North Carolina....

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Myrick brings the anti-Muslim witch hunt to Fox News (where else?)

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 3:02 PM

If you've been watching cable news lately -- you poor soul -- you may be aware that four Republican lawmakers are promoting a new right-wing-media-inspired witch hunt. No, we're not talking about ACORN-bashing or "czar" paranoia here. Them's old news, partner. But did ... did ...did you know that Muslim spies are infiltrating Congress?! So says loon fringer David Gaubatz, co-author of Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America, published by World Net Daily Books. (World Net Daily, for those of you lucky enough not to know, is a "conservative " Web site that has...

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Dormant Raleigh warehouse breathes again in Made in USA show

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Indy contributor Rebekah L. Cowell visited the Made in the USA exhibit in Raleigh prior to its official opening. She sends us this report. Empty warehouses haunt the landscapes of many North Carolina cities. Some have been renovated into funky apartments, art spaces and restaurants, while many others remain shuttered. On Friday, Oct. 2, a vacant warehouse at 320 S. Harrington in Raleigh-built in the days of the American Cotton Oil and Fertilizer Company-came to life....

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

(Very) new playwright wins 2009 ArtsCenter Play Slam

Posted By on Sun, Oct 11, 2009 at 12:34 AM

"I'd never written a play before this spring. Since then, I've written nine of them." The surprising words belong to nacent playwright Debbie Barrett, who apparently won the 2009 ArtsCenter Play Slam on Saturday night in Carrboro based on 22% of her total lifetime dramatic output -- to date, at any rate. Under rules similar to those used in poetry slams, a boisterous crowd of over 200 voted her tender, comic three-minute play Conception as one of the top five plays in the first round of competition. Then A Commitment in Ink sealed the deal in round two, garnering the...

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Memoirs of a Greaser

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 2:36 PM

DPAC/ Durham-My first encounter with Grease lasted precisely 24 minutes. It was 1998 and I was in sixth grade in Western North Carolina, still getting used to my new contact lenses and wearing my hair all the way down my back. It was also the year the movie version of the "girl meets boy, boy breaks out in song, girl and boy shimmy and shake into what they think the other wants them to be" love story was re-released into theaters-just 20 years after Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta (the great-grandparents of Brangelina) first rocked spandex and lettermen jackets...

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“Larry the Cable Guy” to David Cross: Get ’er done

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Indy contributor Danny Hooley wrote this preview of David Cross' performance in Durham Wednesday night. He then went to the show and found that the show started before the patrons even entered Fletcher Hall. Poor "Larry the Cable Guy." He thought he was going to a Jeff Foxworthy show. Instead, he found out that the ticket he purchased for the Carolina Theatre Wednesday night was for his old nemesis, David Cross. When he discovered his boneheaded mistake, he tried the only thing he could think of: scalping. "Git 'er donnnne! Y'all need tickets?" There he was, in all his...

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Chilly Wintour at center of The September Issue

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 3:30 PM

The Indy's Neil Morris reviewed RJ Cutler's The September Issue here, and recently, Karlie Justus, the Indy's fashion contributor, saw the film and offered her thoughts: Fashion, as both an industry and obsession, has emerged as a popular focus of the reality television genre, with shows such as Project Runway, America's Next Top Model, The Hills and The Rachel Zoe Project. They take us middle-Americans down the runway, behind the camera and into the sewing room, without us ever having to leave the couch. Accordingly, The September Issue's look into the nine-month process that went into creating Vogue's largest...

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Monday, October 5, 2009

In the name of Ariel Dorfman: Bono name-drops Chilean expat writer during Raleigh U2 show

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 10:29 AM

CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/ RALEIGH—As U2 ended its 18-song set Saturday night at Raleigh's Carter-Finley Stadium, Bono, the band's frontman, dedicated the night's singing to Ariel Dorfman, the Chilean-American novelist and poet who's taught at Duke University for more than two decades. In 1998, Bono, along with playwright Harold Pinter, contributed his voice to Deadline, a fictional film set to two of Dorfman's poems. The evening included a litany of such dedications, including one to the brother of guitarist The Edge and to members of the United States military in attendance. Still, for a band that  hasn't played North Carolina in...

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Happy First Friday: Made in USA opens tonight in Raleigh

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 7:39 PM

Here are some photos of the Made in USA exhibit, opening in Raleigh's warehouse district. It's one of the highlights of the First Friday tour, and it's happening at 320 S. Harrington St. We'll have a longer look from Rebekah Cowell soon, but here are a couple of photos taken by Carter Hubbard, co-curator of the exhibit. ...

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Punchbuggy Tour: Teen homosexuality, herpes and other topics fit for comics

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 5:10 PM

PERKINS LIBRARY, DUKE UNIVERSITY—Those who maintain that comic books are merely for children would have encountered powerful arguments to the contrary at Duke's Perkins Library on Tuesday, where a trio of young creators discussed comics covering such topics as teen homosexuality, living with herpes and hooking up with a way-too-young waitress on a business trip. The library played home to the Punchbuggy Tour, a two-week junket promoting the work of M.K. Reed, Liz Baillie and Ken Dahl. Each cartoonist read from their work, which amounted to narrating panels projected onto a screen via computer. Reed's deadpan Cross Country chronicles...

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