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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Exclusive video preview: SERAPH, Pilobolus world premiere

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Exclusive video footage from the world premiere of SERAPH, a collaboration between the dance company PILOBOLUS and the MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab, at the 2011 American Dance Festival. Pilobolus performs at the Durham Performing Arts Center through July 2....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Video preview: Rosie Herrera's DINING ALONE

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Video footage from the world premiere of Rosie Herrera's DINING ALONE at the 2011 American Dance Festival. Herrera's company performs DINING ALONE and PITY PARTY through June 29 at Reynolds Theater....

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Video preview: Ronald K. Brown / Evidence at ADF

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 6:42 PM

New video preview of the dance company Evidence performing a section of Ronald K. Brown's new suite to Stevie Wonder, ON EARTH TOGETHER, at the 2011 American Dance Festival. The company appears with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company through June 25 at Durham Performing Arts Center....

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Bad education: Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake can't save Bad Teacher

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Photo by Gemma LaManaBAD TEACHER* Opens today throughout the Triangle Lately, Cameron Diaz is known more for the men she dates than the movies she makes. Over her 16-year film career, it’s hard to tell the difference between versatility and never quite finding a niche. She has starred in romances (My Best Friend’s Wedding; The Holiday), dramas (Gangs of New York; In Her Shoes), action films (Charlie’s Angels; Knight and Day), psychological thrillers (Vanilla Sky; The Box), animated movies (the Shrek series), and indie fare such as Being John Malkovich and A Life Less Ordinary. Still, it is comedies like...

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Exclusive video preview: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company at ADF

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 2:01 PM

Exclusive video preview of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company performing a section of Donald McKayle's RAINBOW 'ROUND MY SHOULDER at the 2011 American Dance Festival. The company appears with Evidence through June 25 at Durham Performing Arts Center....

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Exclusive video preview: Tao Dance Theater at ADF

Posted By on Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Exclusive video footage of TAO DANCE THEATER at the 2011 American Dance Festival. The company performs June 20-22 at Reynolds Theater at Duke University. Produced and narrated by Byron Woods....

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Despite a few flickers of promise, Green Lantern burns out

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Warner BrosGreen LanternTwo starsOpens today everywhere Warner Brothers, which owns DC Comics, has a problem. They own 75 years' worth of DC Comics characters, but only Superman and Batman have proved capable of headlining multimillion-dollar franchises in the past decade, while arch-rival Marvel Comics has figured out how to monetize the lesser-known-likes of Iron Man and Thor. Their solution to this, along with the inevitable demise of the Harry Potter franchise, is Green Lantern, an action figure-friendly fusion of Spider-Man and Star Wars that isn't as dire as some early reviews have claimed, but suffers from a few too many...

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

This Week at the ADF: Bill T. Jones and Tao Dance Theater

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Lois Greenfieldfrom the 1989 production of "D-Man in the Waters"BILL T. JONES / ARNIE ZANE DANCE COMPANYD-MAN IN THE WATERS, SPENT DAYS OUT YONDER, CONTINUOUS REPLAYDPAC Thursday-Saturday, June 16-18 at 8 p.m. A busy year for Bill T. Jones? You decide. His incandescent musical on the life of Nigerian Afropop composer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, FELA!, closed this January after 13 months on Broadway and a no-brainer Tony Award for choreography. By then, the musical’s world tour had already opened at London’s National Theater, before dates in Fela’s native Nigeria this spring. The tour continues: FELA! opens tonight (June 15) in Amsterdam,...

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Talking with Harry Shearer about The Big Uneasy, which opens tonight at Varsity

Posted By on Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Courtesy of The Big UneasyHarry Shearer has a resumé as an actor, writer and musician large enough to fill several careers—even if you don’t know his name or his long-running radio program Le Show, you know him as part of the rock-parody group Spinal Tap, or as the voice of half the population of Springfield on The Simpsons, including Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Mr. Burns and Smithers. But Shearer takes on a more serious side when he explores the problems faced by New Orleans residents post-Hurricane Katrina in his new documentary The Big Uneasy, which opens exclusively at the Varsity...

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Timeless corruption in Raleigh Little Theatre's The Threepenny Opera

Posted By on Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Photo by Stuart WagnerMark Ridenour as MacheathThe Threepenny Opera 2.5 starsRaleigh Little Theatre@ RLT Sutton Main Stage TheatreThrough June 19 I’m not sure if it was my perfume or the play, but by the beginning of the third act, my entire section of the audience had not returned. At first, I was a bit alarmed that they would start the last act before approximately 30 people returned from the restrooms, but the unfortunate truth quickly dawned on me: They had walked. Now, I think there are very few reasons to walk out of a show before curtain bows, and Raleigh...

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Raleigh arts organization make their case as city council ponders cuts

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 5:09 PM

File photo by Jeremy M. LangeMembers of Burning Coal Theatre Company were out in force Tuesday night. In this photo from 2008, members of the company pose in their new Murphey School space. Last night’s Raleigh City Council meeting was packed with people, two-thirds of which were members of the city’s local arts community. (Members of the Burning Coal Theatre Company filled up two rows of seats.) These people, many of them wearing lime-green stickers on their clothing with the words “think art” on it, were there for one simple reason: to convince the council not to cut Raleigh’s arts...

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This Week at the ADF:
In-depth previews of ADF Gala 2011, Rosas Danst Rosas, & Animal Lost

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in Ohad Naharin's THREE TO MAXADF GALA 2011: AFRICAN AMERICAN DANCE ENSEMBLE MARTHA CLARKE MARK DENDY HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGOSCOTTISH DANCE THEATREDPAC, June 9 at 7 p.m. You understand, this just doesn’t happen. After a certain point in their careers, two dance headliners just don’t share the same stage on the same night. Five? Fuggedaboutit. But the occasion isn’t just the opening evening of the 2011 AMERICAN DANCE FESTIVAL. It’s something of an early retirement bash honoring director Charles Reinhart, whose long and storied career draws to a close this season. The night’s also a benefit...

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Mad X-Men: Prequel reaches to the early 1960s for a fresh start

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 6:00 PM

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS**Opens everywhere FridaySee showtimes below Early in X-Men: First Class, we discover that the childhood memories of Erik Lehnsherr/ Magneto extend beyond contorting Jewish ghetto gates with his mind. When Erik is later unable to replicate his magnetic power on command, Nazi scientist Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) guns down Erik’s mother in front of the boy. These patent, commendable efforts to summon sympathy for a future super-villain ignore the irony that Magneto is a Holocaust survivor who eventually embraces the same mantra of genetic superiority as his erstwhile Nazi persecutors. And, we mustn’t ignore the sidelong anti-Semitism conjured...

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Writers, quit your garrets! Readers, rise from your couches! The Hinge Literary Center launches tonight.

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 1:27 PM

There’s a tendency these days to know writers across the continent or the world while the novelist or poet next door remains anonymous. The Hinge Literary Center hopes to remedy this. A new literary endeavor aimed at connecting local literary communities through classes and events, the Hinge launches itself with a night of readings and music at the Pinhook Bar in downtown Durham tonight at 7 p.m. Photo by Button BoggsBelle Boggs will co-teach a fiction workshop, one of the debut offerings through the Hinge Literary Center, which launches itself with a night of readings at Durham's Pinhook Bar on...

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