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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bricks will be thrown, warns David Simon, creator of The Wire

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 2:05 PM

[UPDATE 9/30/2011: Video of the full lecture is now embedded at the end of the story.] David Simon warned Monday night that America’s “great engine is beginning to rust,” the middle class is being destroyed, the poor are cast aside and the sale of the political system to the highest bidder along with wars on drugs and the Middle East spell the end of the country’s ability to lead and prosper. Photo Courtesy of UNC“We basically said, ‘As much of our political system as you’d like to buy, feel free,’” Simon said. “Nothing buys stupidity like money in this country....

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Remembering SPARKcon 2011: Raleigh shows off local artists

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Despite some rain and colder weather, the four-day event called SPARKcon, the sixth-annual celebration of Raleigh's creativity, was well-attended and included a number of great showcases for local and independent artists. SPARKCon is organized around various “Sparks,” collaborative groupings of artists around a theme. These range from groups like danceSPARK and theaterSPARK to geekSPARK (technology) or wheelSPARK (skateboarding). One of the most fun aspects of SPARKcon is wandering into a building off of Fayetteville Street and coming across a SPARK you didn't know about while witnessing a demonstration of something new and innovative. GeekSPARK probably tops the list in that...

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Hands on the wheel: Drive is moody, memorable

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Photo by Richard Foreman Jr.Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan as neighbors in DriveDRIVE*** Opens today The narrative chassis supporting Drive is the sort of heist-gone-wrong story that Hollywood has made and remade a thousand times. As a parable about greed and its unintended, even violent consequences, there’s not a lot of daylight between it and the typical Coen Brothers film—a Sophie’s choice offered near the end of Drive closely mirrors the one Anton Chigurh extends to Llewelyn in No Country for Old Men. The pleasure of this vehicle is a matter of style, not substance. Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn...

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Good and evil siblings—and both with a father to match:
PRC2's brilliant A NUMBER

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 4:35 PM

PRC photo by Andrea AkinRay Dooley and Josh Barrett in A NUMBER at PRC2.A NUMBER5 STARS — HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONPlaymakers Repertory Company - PRC2Kenan Theatre, UNCThrough Sep. 11 Given that Caryl Churchill’s drama A NUMBER is at least ostensibly about cloning, you could say that each production mounted out of the theatrical DNA embedded in Churchill’s script constitutes a clone of the play. It’s a tempting argument, but it’s wrong. I actually touched on one of the reasons why in Tuesday’s review of Somewhere Out There. If a group of graduate students assaying Beckett can all but be counted on to...

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A flexing of muscles in an interdisciplinary volley for serve: Urban Garden's SOMEWHERE OUT THERE

Posted By on Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 11:02 AM

photo by Amy QuinnUrban Garden's SOMEWHERE OUT THERE, at Antfarm StudiosSOMEWHERE OUT THERE3.5 stars out of 5Urban Garden Performing ArtsAntfarm StudiosClosed Sep. 2 There’s—always—more than one way to envision a script. It’s an early assignment in a directing class. The students are given the same text—say, Come and Go, Samuel Beckett’s self-described dramaticule. Their assignment is unambiguous: stage the brief one-act, exactly as it’s written—without collaborating with one another. As such things go, you’d think it would be something of a theatrical no-brainer. Beckett’s dialogue is riddled with stage directions, conspicuous in their precision. They cover all elements of a...

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Ultraportraiture: Morag Charlton’s new paintings of Facebook profile pictures

Posted By on Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 6:43 AM

Although it’s not always activated in painting, scale is one of the most interesting aspects of an artifact. Monumental garden sculptures by Henry Moore turn you into a child wandering through the looking glass, while gazing up at Louise Bourgeois’ gigantic maternal spiders can leave you feeling meek or apologetic for the rest of the day. If those were tabletop pieces, your emotional reaction to them would be smaller, if not absent. Courtesy Eno GalleryMorag Charlton's portrait of her daughter Anna's Facebook profile picture: "I absolutely love myself"Morag Charlton uses scale to reveal the complex identities of the subjects of...

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