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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Theater & Dance Week: Lives, live on stage

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 2:24 PM

mural of Pauli Murray by Brett CookIt’s the week regional theater takes a turn to the biographical—sometimes even performed by the original cast. At UNC-Chapel Hill, the SOLO TAKES ON festival returns for its second season of striking autobiographical solo shows, before a Duke Human Rights Center contingent in cooperation with the award-winning regional theater troupe Hidden Voices unearth one of the most famous and influential Durhamites in recent history—and the one you've most likely never heard of—in TO BUY THE SUN: THE CHALLENGE OF PAULI MURRAY. Jeffrey Blair CornellWe’re particularly interested in seeing Jeffery Blair Cornell’s take on the...

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

red, black and GREEN: a blues redefines environmentalism in hip hop culture

Posted By on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 3:18 PM

photo by D.L. AndersonMarc Bamuthi Joseph, in "red, black and GREEN: a blues," in the Process Series at UNC-CHred, black and GREEN: a blues (rbGb)Marc Bamuthi JosephThe Process SeriesGerard Hall, UNC-CHJan. 22, 8 p.m. Multi-media artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph noticed that there wasn’t a lot of overlap between the environmental movement and the people actually living in some of the most compromised environments in America. It got him to wondering why—and wondering if increased communication, exchange and cooperation between these populations were possible. “Obviously, folks of color and folks in low-income communities have had survival practices for generations that have...

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"I’m just a black man trapped in a white woman’s body": Questions for Marshall Chapman

Posted By on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Photo by Anthony Scarlati There may not be a harder-working woman in country music than Marshall Chapman. She's a musician, songwriter, journalist and actress. In her four decades-plus on the scene, she's played with, or had her songs performed by, or interviewed such luminaries as Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Joe Cocker and dozens of other leading lights. Last year, Good Ol' Girls, a musical she collaborated on with Triangle literati Jill McCorkle and Lee Smith, received a Broadway run. And she acted with Gwyneth Paltrow, in the recently released Country Strong. This weekend, she's in the Triangle for a pair...

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Reynolds Price, Duke teacher and author, dies at 77

Posted By on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Reynolds Price, the prolific author and longtime professor at Duke University, died this afternoon after suffering a heart attack on Sunday. He was 77. Price wrote fiction, essays, poetry and nonfiction. He taught the works of John Milton and other topics to several generations of Duke students, dating back to the 1950s. A self-described "outlaw" Christian, in 1992 he attracted attention with a speech that denounced anti-intellectualism in the Duke student body. Price's greatest success as a fiction writer came with the 1986 novel Kate Vaiden, which won the National Book Critics Circle award. Here is the Indy's review of...

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

News & Observer lays off Craig Lindsey as McClatchy continues assault on film criticism

Posted By on Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Wiki CommonsCary Grant and Rosalind Russell in the greatest newspaper movie ever (and there have been some good ones)Once again, the News & Observer is reporting in its business pages that members of its own organization are losing their jobs. Today, 20 members of the organization were let go; an unknown number of them were offered voluntary buyouts. It's my particular displeasure to report that fellow film critic Craig Lindsey was among those laid off today by the McClatchy-owned paper. It's been my privilege to work with and around Craig for several years, getting to know both his renowned eccentricities...

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday night movies: The Green Hornet isn't all that, but there are three terrific revivals tonight

Posted By on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Photo by Jaimie Trueblood/ SonySeth Rogen does the action-hero thing...Moviegoers have a few options tonight. Among the new releases, there's The Green Hornet (see Zack Smith's short review below) and, in art houses, Rabbit Hole with Nicole Kidman. Read Nathan Gelgud's review. If you're in the mood for revivals, tonight poses a dilemma: Raleigh or Durham? Melodrama or sci-fi? At Raleigh's N.C. Museum of Art, there is Make Way for Tomorrow, an absolute stunner of a gem from 1937. Read Smith's take on it here. Don't forget your Kleenex. In Durham, consider the Carolina Theatre's exceptional Retrofantasma double feature of...

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Choices and children: Exit Cuckoo comes to PlayMakers

Posted By on Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Photo by Carel Di GrappaLisa Ramirez in Exit CuckooExit Cuckoo (nanny in motherland)3.5 starsPRC2@Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre; through Jan. 16 Who’s taking care of the children is a question that seems to become more pressing every day. Their mothers have never been the sole caregivers of the children, but taking care of their children did formerly constitute a respected job of work (if unpaid) for many women, along with the myriad other tasks that formed their contributions to the familial economic unit. Poorer women have always done other work for money, as well—including caring for richer women’s children. But now,...

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Durham native Heather Havrilesky discusses her new memoir and working for Rupert Murdoch

Posted By on Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Photo by Whitney PastorekWho doesn't feel that their quirky childhood would make a great book? But actually producing such a book takes the kind of wit and talent that Durham native and Duke graduate Heather Havrilesky has manifested into a writing career. In the introduction to her new memoir, Disaster Preparedness, Havrilesky writes: “Growing up in the ’70s, it was tough to avoid the specter of disaster. On every movie screen, airplanes plummeted to the ground, earthquakes toppled huge cities and monster sharks ripped teenagers to bloody bits. But more disturbing than the catastrophes themselves was the utter lack of...

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