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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Slumdog Millionaire composer A.R. Rahman discusses his Wednesday show at RBC Center

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 2:21 PM

arrahmanlive.comThe prolific A.R. Rahman performs at RBC Center tonight.A.R. Rahman's multimedia spectacular, the Indian equivalent of Lady Gaga's Monster Ball, rolls into Raleigh for one last American tour date before he opens the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. We spoke to Rahman last week, and he told us that his double Oscar win for Slumdog Millionaire was "the ultimate, a dream come true for any musician." It has certainly made him the most recognizable desi musician in the West. His Bollywood film scores include the Oscar-nominated Lagaan, such hits as "Chaiyya Chaiyya" from Dil Se and Bombay Dreams (named ninth in...

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

An amazing fusion of theater, film and video:
Triad Stage's THE GLASS MENAGERIE

Posted By on Sun, Sep 26, 2010 at 11:00 AM

VanderVeen PhotographersCheryl Koski, Kate Goehring and Matthew Carlson in The Glass MenagerieClick photo to enlarge.THE GLASS MENAGERIE5 stars (out of 5)Triad Stage, GreensboroThrough Sep. 26 Here’s a question for long-time theater buffs: What if Tom Wingfield, Tennessee Williams’ pseudonymous narrator in THE GLASS MENAGERIE, had gone on to be a filmmaker instead of a writer—one whose ghostly, black and white footage from his memories keeps shifting between a profound sense of intimacy and a much cooler reserve? The answer awaits you—through this Sunday, Sept. 26—in one of the most amazing theatrical productions I’ve witnessed in the past few years. It’s...

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Going green: "punchy" and "charming" Little Shop of Horrors

Posted By on Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Curtis Brown PhotographyLittle Shop of Horrors closes Sunday.LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORSNC Theatre@Raleigh Memorial AuditoriumThrough Sept. 26 It’s rather odd how a retro-chic musical adapting a Roger Corman B-movie whose highlight is a giant man-eating plant puppet became a mainstay of musical theater. And yet, NC Theatre’s production Little Shop of Horrors proves the show remains as punchy and charming as ever, though “charming” is perhaps not the best phrase to describe a play where a key plot point involves dismemberment. Lighter than the original 1960 film but darker than the 1986 adaptation with Rick Moranis (where the original, darker ending...

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Vintage prints getting scarce but Durham's Escapism Film Festival continues this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Sep 24, 2010 at 6:40 PM

The 1985 flop The Legend of Billie Jean has attracted a cult following.If you grew up in the 1980s, and you’d like to see some of your favorite childhood films in their original 35 mm formats, this weekend might be your last chance. The Escapism Film Festival, which begins tonight at the Carolina Theatre, features a wide variety of genre films in 35mm prints. Of the 12 films at the festival, five of them are being screened from the last or next-to-last known prints in North America. “Every year, more and more 35-mm prints are lost,” says the Carolina Theatre’s...

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Slideshow: The fifth annual fashionSPARK

Posted By on Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 10:04 PM

The only thing taller than the models were downtown’s towering buildings this past Friday at the fashionSPARK Fashion Show. Twenty local designers and five jewelry designers sent their creations down a brightly lit runway in the middle of an enthusiastic, standing-room crowd at the open-air City Plaza. The designs ranged from comfortable hippie-wear reminiscent of a winter in Asheville (LLLavender) to post-apocalyptic war-zone knitwear (Gabrielle Duggan). Many of the designers opted for earth-friendly materials, including Payton-Alexis, who showed partially sustainable wedding dresses with striking silhouettes and muted colors and finished with a dress made entirely from used coffee filters....

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

It's still here (but not for much longer): last thoughts on "JP"

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Magnolia PicturesSecond thoughts?So Casey Affleck finally came clean, admitting to The New York Times last Thursday that the “documentary” I'm Still Here, in which his brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix appears to abandon his acting career (and grooming habits) to try to make it as a rapper, is a fiction. Talk about a spoiler! While the film is interesting enough on its merits, half the fun of watching it was discussing it afterward and trying to figure out Affleck and Phoenix’s intentions in making it, and to what extent it was “real.” After a press screening, Indy film critic Neil Morris, culture...

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Prairie Home confessions: The news from Symphony Lake

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Photo by Andrew HarrerGarrison Keillor, with glassesIn my car on the way to Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary last Saturday, I tuned my radio to NPR just in time to hear Garrison Keillor say “Lutherans,” followed by riotous laughter. It didn’t really matter what the set-up had been: It was one of many comfortingly familiar cues built into Prairie Home Companion, Keillor’s long-running radio variety show. You hear the word “Lutheran” and you know to laugh. (See also “Internet,” “latte” and “vegan.”) My significant other and I don’t disagree about much. Prairie Home Companion is a notable exception. She won’t...

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Getting mocked by Tracy Morgan is the new black

Posted By on Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 9:23 AM

D.L. AndersonTracy Morgan during his set Sunday nightThe sign outside the main room at Goodnight’s Comedy Club on Hillsborough St. borrows the movie industry’s ratings system used to assess the kid-friendliness of each performer. Tonight’s sold-out show, featuring 30 Rock star, movie lead and Saturday Night Live veteran Tracy Morgan is rated X. In our jaded times, rating something X for language might seem like a bit of overkill. Not tonight. Months ago, when this show was announced, I bought a ticket and reserved a dinner table at Goodnight’s Comedy Club. It turned out to be a smart move—not only...

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

The weight of the world in five-star Happy Days

Posted By on Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Andrea AkinJulie Fishell and Ray Dooley Happy Days5 starsPRC2 @ Elizabeth Price Kenan TheatreThrough Sept. 12; www.playmakersrep.org My newfound appreciation for the work of Samuel Beckett dates from 7:45 p.m., Sept. 8, after Julie Fishell’s character Winnie had been speaking for just a few minutes in PRC2’s new production of Beckett’s Happy Days in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre of the UNC Center for Dramatic Art. My every previous encounter with Beckett on page or stage had resulted in boredom, irritation and somnolence, as my youthful, impatient romantic soul rebelled against the bleak Beckettian waiting, insufficiently relieved by slaps of...

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

When Critics Attack! What happens when we can't believe:
Free Association Theatre's Talking Things Over with Chekhov

Posted By on Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 8:13 PM

photos by Free Association Theatre EnsembleTALKING THINGS OVER WITH CHEKHOV1 Star out of 5Free Association Theatre EnsembleCommon Ground Theater, Sep. 2-4Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Cary, Sep. 9-11 LETTER FROM ALGERIA1 1/2 stars out of 5 GroundUP ProductionsKenan Theater, UNCClosed Aug. 29 “I want to believe!!” It isn’t just a tag line from that classic sci-fi series, The X Files. It’s also the rallying cry of theater directors, audiences—and critics—alike. Think of it as just another way of putting the ancient show biz secret that more than one director has passed on to a jittery beginner on an opening night....

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