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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lovely—but far too fleeting: Koka Booth Amphitheatre's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 4:43 PM

photo by Nora MurphyLucius Robinson as Puck and Chris Muntel as Oberon in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAMA MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM4 stars out of 5Koka Booth AmphitheatreClosed August 28www.boothamphitheatre.com Cary’s incremental embrace of live theater at Koka Booth Amphitheatre—still too little, if not too late—continued (and concluded) for another year with a brief but notable regional production last week of A Midsummer Night's Dream. By way of recap, it took Cary’s Cultural Arts Division a full decade after Booth Amphitheatre opened before finally committing to the venue’s first live theater event. When it did, last summer’s production of Twelfth Night garnered...

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Monday, August 29, 2011

From Sushi Boy Thunder to Ninja Hamster Rescue: Game On Raleigh happens tonight

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 3:34 PM

The Triangle has proven a home for such large video game companies as Epic Games, but now a new generation of Triangle residents are creating their own games—and are ready to pit them against one another. The first Game On Raleigh will be held tonight at the Busy Bee Café’s Hive in downtown Raleigh from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., a self-described “Battle of the Bands” for video games that offers Triangle gamers samples of what local developers have to offer. Ten developers, ranging from such veterans as Spark Plug Games to newer groups such as Pangolin Games, will show...

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Author Kevin Wilson on The Family Fang; reading tonight in Raleigh

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Photo by Leigh Ann CouchHis first novel, The Family Fang (Ecco, $23.99) only been out for a few weeks, but Kevin Wilson is already making waves as an author. The book's received rave reviews, including a full page in Time magazine and a profile of the author in the New York Times, and has appeared on that paper's bestseller list. The strange, tragic and very funny tale of two siblings coming to terms with being part of their parents' performance art experiments as children (from the boy infliltrating a beauty pageant in a dress to the parents staging a mock...

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Notes on Durham Third Friday, Part 2: Image and idiosyncrasy

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Although summer doesn’t end until the fall equinox in late September, August’s Third Friday in Durham uses the public impatience with the season as a springboard into fall. Tom Elrod already described some of the bounty of visual arts in an earlier post, but that was only the half of it. Lee Delegard's installation "Don't Touch the Ground" is at Golden Belt's Room 100 through Oct. 2.“The Nature of Drawing,” a show of india ink drawings by Ripley Whiteside and paint and graphite compositions by Mary Ann Anderson, opened at the Durham Art Guild's main gallery on the first floor...

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Notes on Durham Third Friday, Part 1: The paranormal and the apocalyptic

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Susan MacWilliam In Durham Friday night at the Stedman Center, Irish artist Susan MacWilliam presented some of her latest work in a lecture entitled “My Adventures in the Supernormal.” She developed her most recent work while in residency the Rhine Research Center in Durham this summer. MacWilliam has been working for more than 10 years on subjects surrounding the “paranormal” and “parapsychology.” Her interest, she says, is not so much the paranormal per se but the people who study it and the many types of apparatus they've created in order to run tests or communicate with the dead. Thus, skepticism...

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Hunting for the old-fashioned kind of trolls in Norwegian horror film

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Magnet ReleasingA few times a year, there’s a Blair Witch Project knock-off that employs the “found footage” gimmick popularized by that film to give the audience a few good old-fashioned low-budget jumps. Improved technology has expanded this to a series of viral “did you just see that?” shorts with odd monsters visible in the middle distance, but this trend of middle-distance-menace achieves a weird sort of artistry with the Norwegian film Trollhunter (originally the cooler-sounding Trolljegeren), a slight satire that’s short on story, but offers a few amusing bits between battles with the title creatures. It opened a week ago,...

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Why you need to eat your worms: Rob Dunn's Wild Life of Our Bodies, reading tonight at Quail Ridge Books

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 9:04 AM

The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites and Partners That Shape Who We Are Todayby Rob DunnHarper, 304 pages Cows. E. coli bacteria. Intestinal worms. Corn, rice and wheat. Man-eating tigers. Lice, crabs, fleas, ticks, and (shiver) bed bugs. These are some of the living things whose fates have been bound up most closely with our own in an ages-long dance of survival. They dwell in our cities and countrysides, in our houses, in and on our very bodies, and sometimes vestigially in our minds. Now consider the list above: If you were playing Noah (and to a great...

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Movie-making with the Kate Plus 8 kids

Posted By on Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 2:59 PM

[UPDATED MONDAY, AUG. 8 WITH VIDEO AT BOTTOM OF POST.] North Carolina-based actress Melissa Lozoff runs filmmaking classes and workshops for kids at Movie-Makers, a project she founded in 2001. Fans of reality TV can get a glimpse of her teaching process on Monday, Aug. 8, at 9:30 p.m. on the TLC channel. "I basically make films with kids," Lozoff says. In fact, she's in the middle of giving classes and summer camp with kids right now at her property in Orange County. She also just got finished with some acting work on One Tree Hill in Wilmington. "The kids...

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Exclusive video preview: Paperhand Puppet Intervention's
THE SERPENT'S EGG

Posted By on Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Exclusive rehearsal footage from THE SERPENT'S EGG, the new musical puppet pageant by PAPERHAND PUPPET INTERVENTION. For more info on the show, read our preview from the Aug. 3 INDY. THE SERPENT'S EGG runs Fridays through Sundays through Sept. 5 at UNC's Forest Theatre, and Sept. 9-11 at the N.C. Museum of Art. A musical pre-show begins at 6:20 p.m. The performance starts at 7. Admission is a suggested donation of $12/adults and $8/children at the door, but the company stresses that no one is ever turned away for lack of funds....

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Very ape: Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a strong, worthy successor

Posted By on Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Rise of the Planet of the Apes*** Opens Friday everywherePlanet of the Apes was the quintessential thinking man’s science-fiction flick, a popcorn actioner born out of the 1960s counterculture movement that entertainingly and provocatively spoke to the issues of racism, class, sexism and humanity’s stewardship over the earth. Four sequels and one 2001 remake later, Rise of the Planet of the Apes pays dutiful homage to the 1968 original, from a smattering of Charlton Heston’s unforgettable lines (e.g., “Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!”) to a TV news clip showing the launch of the Icarus manned...

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