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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

4th Annual Carrboro Film Festival

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 12:55 PM

A week after the twin eruptions of cinephilia at the far corners of the state (Cucalorus in Wilmington and the Asheville Film Festival), the Triangle played host to a festival of its own last Sunday. In its fourth year, the Carrboro Film Festival is comparatively low-key, and strictly locals-only—all entrants must reside, or have at one time resided, or at least stopped for gas in or near Orange County (just kidding about the last part). Sure, the organizers may be a bit loose in their definition of “local,” but then, a loose, down-home atmosphere is part of the festival’s...

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Main Street, the Photoshopped movie poster

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 10:08 PM

Remember all those Colin Firth and Orlando Bloom sightings last summer? Well, the movie they were shooting, Main Street, just made a stop at one of the stations of the indie-film cross by being screened at the American Film Market earlier this month. The AFM is an international film bazaar in which hopeful producers show off their finished (or unfinished) films; this year, more than 8,000 buyers from around the world viewed approximately 500 films. Most films at AFM will never see the light of day, but others could become the next Paranormal Activity or Clerks or — well,...

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Friday, November 20, 2009

A show for one twentieth of a dollar: Nickel Shakespeare Girls!

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 7:03 PM

You take a turn down one of the bustling avenues at the Renaissance Festival, and a calamity appears before you. Three girls in ragamuffin street dress from another time assume a defensive football position against the oncoming crowd. “Hunchbacks!” one roars, “One! Two! Three!” Simultaneously, they drop their shoulderblades on one side and grunt, before assailing the onlookers, in 3-D: “NOW IS THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT MADE SUMMER BY THIS GLORIOUS SON OF YORK!” Mere moments later, when the fit has passed, the group debates the merits of a man in the crowd. “Think not I love him,...

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Man for all media: A conversation with Anthony Horowitz, television writer and children's author par excellence

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 8:39 AM

Anthony Horowitz is considered one of the top television dramatists in the UK, as the mind behind such shows as Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders, numerous adaptations of Agatha Christie's Inspector Poirot tales and, most recently, Collision, currently airing on PBS' Masterpiece Contemporary (the miniseries concludes at 9 p.m. on Nov. 22; Part One encores at 2 a.m. on Nov. 21, for those with insomnia or TiVo). But his biggest success hasn't come from his reality-based dramas but a series of children's books about a teen spy: Alex Rider, a teen James Bond-style secret agent whose latest adventure, Crocodile...

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Loading in Phantom of the Opera—and the chandelier—at DPAC

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 2:35 PM

DURHAM PERFORMING ARTS CENTER/DURHAM—There's no musical juggernaut like The Phantom of the Opera: The touring version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's great show has been on the road for 17 years. Its upcoming month-long stand at Durham Performing Arts Center represents the fulfillment of one of the facility's objectives, and DPAC officials are betting that they'll be able to fill seats for the 32 performances that begin on Thanksgiving Day. Although the show doesn't open for another week, the huge work of loading it in began this morning. The famous decorative elements of The Phantom of the Opera-the chandelier, the...

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The last time we saw Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca...

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Tonight, Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca take UNC's Memorial Hall through a passionate tour of this Spanish dance and musical form. The name should be familiar: the group closed the American Dance Festival in 2006 -- with a vengeance. Here's what we found in our July 26, 2006 review: "At the end of the first act, we'd been all but catapulted out of Page Auditorium on the bravado and the daring of dancer Juan Oglalla's "Maria - Alegrias." His solo was equal parts psychodrama and dance, as it deceptively swayed from cool disregard to laser-like insistence. We watched as...

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Doc watching at Cucalorus

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 3:47 PM

WILMINGTON, NC—After hearing for years about the hip, up-all-night film festival in Wilmington, I finally got to check out Cucalorus for myself this weekend. It’s a cozy affair, taking place mostly in small, intimate venues, and even though it’s developed a national presence in its 15 years, it’s totally unpretentious, with a youthful staff and a laid-back vibe. The slate of films was nicely varied, with some foreign titles and a few high-profile selections set for theatrical release (including THE MESSENGER, a Woody Harrelson vehicle that opened in New York the same weekend, and PRECIOUS, winner of audience awards at...

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Michael Kearns' Solo Take: Intimacies

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 6:33 PM

Note: The video clip from this performance features graphic language and adult situations. Viewer discretion advised. "I've been an HIV nurse for 14 years, and I know all of those people." The endorsement came from a woman in the audience, after the opening night performance of intimacies kicked off the Solo Takes On Festival of one-person shows, Friday night at the ArtsCenter. As one of the first television and film actors to come out as gay, Michael Kearns helped pave the way for generations to come. But when he announced that he was HIV-positive, his career evaporated before his...

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Ashley Lucas: "Doin' Time" at Solo Takes

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Some stories you live. Then you tell the tale. Playwright, ethnographer and performer Ashley Lucas began work on Doin’ Time, her one-person show in the Solo Takes On festival, when her father was denied parole by the Texas prison system in the summer of 2003. In a 2008 interview, she said, "When I was brave enough to come out and say, ‘I am a child of a prisoner,’ I was overwhelmed by the number of people who came to me wanting to share their stories as they, too, were in similar situations." Lucas corresponded with over 400 prisoners from...

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Urban Bush Women at Duke

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 12:41 PM

The Nov. 12 performance by Urban Bush Women at Duke’s Reynolds Theater began with a lone dancer, her arms and shoulders rippling with muscles, standing under a misty spotlight as someone offstage read the names of African-American leaders and activists from Sojourner Truth to Malcolm X. It set the tone for the evening. Though Urban Bush Women performances are ostensibly a form of modern dance, they’re more Toni Morrison than Martha Graham. The troupe’s six dancers avoid nearly any hint of classical ballet forms, focusing on athletic, dramatic stomps, slaps and chest bumps. Troupe founder and choreographer Jawole Willa Jo...

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Nicholas Nickleby: What did YOU see?

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 11:08 AM

The first week of the British blockbuster Nicholas Nickleby closes tonight at Playmakers Rep -- and we are looking for the buzz on the show. Why? For some reason, journalists aren't being allowed to see Part I until its "official" opening, on Nov. 21 -- at the end of its second week. Conventional Playmakers productions open with three weeknights of previews before critics are permitted in on a gala—and inevitably papered—Saturday opening night. But after previews Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 11-13, Nicholas Nickleby Part I then goes dark for eight days, until Saturday, Nov. 21. In a second scheduling...

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Varsity Theater to open with courage, heart and hopefully brains

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Chapel Hill moviegoers can click their heels together Thanksgiving weekend. After all, there's no place like the Varsity Theater. The iconic downtown venue will reopen with the Wizard of Oz, new owners, new prices and a renovated décor. Paul and Susan Shareshian purchased the theater after Bruce Stone closed it this summer. It'll show second-run films for $3 a ticket beginning Friday, Nov. 27. "We've done a lot of research on what theaters were like in 1927, when the Varsity opened," Susan Shareshian said. "What was the experience for the customer that went there? How can we bring it back to that more intimate...

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Old songs, old terrors: Revisiting South Pacific

Posted By on Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 3:55 PM

South Pacific Memorial Auditorium, Progress Energy Center Through Nov. 8, 831-6060 As audience members file into the theater to see this touring production of South Pacific, they see a huge screen hanging in front of the stage. It's covered with phrases that refer to the "Japs" and the human heads available as souvenirs. Striking a note of defiantly old-fashioned terror, this prop effectively sets the scene for audience, and reminds us that the original production, produced in 1949, came as America was still recovering from the trauma of World War II. This South Pacific is the touring production...

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Thanks RobU. This review ran online only.

by Brian Howe, INDY managing editor for arts & culture on Theater Review: Three Shakespeare Plays Are Pared Down to a Ninety-Minute Game of Dramatic Chess in Henry VI (Arts)

Great review! Since it was out in previous paper, how do we get this in print? Possible to order it?

by RobU on Theater Review: Three Shakespeare Plays Are Pared Down to a Ninety-Minute Game of Dramatic Chess in Henry VI (Arts)

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