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Friday, November 25, 2011

Rings of fire: Notes on The Met's Siegfried

Posted By on Fri, Nov 25, 2011 at 7:35 AM

Ken Howard/ Metropolitan OperaJay Hunter Morris in the title roleSIEGFRIEDThe Met Live in HDRegal Brier Creek Stadium 14 All my life, I’ve been hearing—words and music—the epic story of Siegfried, the hero of the eponymous third section of Richard Wagner’s four-part opera inspired by Norse mythology, Der Ring des Nibelungen, or the Ring Cycle. I had my mother’s childhood books on the Ring (published by the Metropolitan Opera Guild in 1939), and my father liked to tell the story to his children, because his father had told it to him. Yet in all these years, I’d never seen Siegfried, never...

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Monday, November 21, 2011

[Updated] Durham City Council greenlights public art program

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 1:36 PM

UPDATED: 10:48pm Monday, Nov. 21.File photo by D.L. AndersonJaume Plensa's light sculpture "Sleep No More," at its unveiling in December 2008.DURHAM—The Bull City is finally taking the public art plunge. The Durham City Council passed a resolution Monday night to devote up to one percent of the proposed General Capital Improvement Project (CIP) annual budget to the installation of public art at CIP sites and other locations around the city, including a priority area downtown and along "gateways" to the city. And it's been a long time coming. The percent-for-art program was flagged as a high-priority section of Durham's Cultural...

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Breaking Dawn: Love it or really, really hate it, Twilight saga continues.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Summit EntertainmentThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1Bomb (zero stars)Opens Friday New ad posters for the upcoming Muppets movie picture Kermit and Co. in send-ups of the Twilight films (e.g., Miss Piggy as “Bella Swine”). And, a recent episode of the new Beavis and Butt-Head opens with the slackers watching Twilight in a movie theater: “Is Bella a zombie?” Beavis asks. “She’s always standing there with her mouth open.” In truth, nothing about these lampoons is half as parodical as the haughtily titled The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1. I write this knowing full well that nothing...

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Jack and Jill is Adam Sandler's new dumpster fire

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Sony PicturesAdam and AdamJACK AND JILLBOMB. (Zero stars)Opens today At the heart of Adam Sandler’s latest comedic romp, Jack and Jill, are lessons about the extricable bonds of family and the existential duality of the human soul, encapsulated under the guise of a…oh, who the heck am I kidding? The degree of celebrity and financial success that Sandler continues to amass as a result of films that are increasingly and resoundingly putrid is fascinating only if one day we learn that the entirety of Sandler’s career was one big lampoon of Hollywood: A marginally talented star spoon-feeds producers and moviegoers...

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Public enemy: J. Edgar is chilly but effective

Posted By on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Warner Bros.J. EDGAR* * * (Three stars)Opens Friday throughout the Triangle Unless you’re someone who wants to find Dick Cheney’s secret lair so you can hang out and watch football with a neoconservative mastermind, it’s probably easy to guess your opinion of J. Edgar Hoover, long-time FBI chief and enemy of the civil rights movement. What you might make of Clint Eastwood’s biopic J. Edgar is less easy to predict. Charting Hoover’s life from a repressed mama’s boy to a right wing radical trying to blackmail MLK out of the Nobel Prize, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk) forgoes proselytizing while...

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Interview: The areas of John Hodgman's expertise; tonight at Durham Armory

Posted By on Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Photo by Bradley GutierrezWriter John Hodgman has become an international symbol of geekery since he began appearing on Comedy Central's The Daily Show in 2005 to promote his book of fake trivia, The Areas of My Expertise. Since then, he's become a regular on The Daily Show, appeared in numerous movies and TV shows, developed an enormous Internet following and, of course, appeared as the oft-upstaged personification of the personal computer in the "Mac vs. PC" TV advertisements. Now, Hodgman has completed his continuously paginated saga of false knowledge with That is All (Dutton, $25), a massive compilation of made-up...

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Drive to Raleigh to see one photograph? Do it.

Posted By on Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 11:07 AM

“It is not (it seems to me) by painting that photography touches art, but by theater,” Roland Barthes wrote in Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography. The French theorist’s book investigates the relatively young medium through the question of why certain individual images fascinate him. Burk Uzzle's "Red, White, and Blue" (2007)One image at the back of the Burk Uzzle retrospective at Raleigh’s Flanders Gallery through Nov. 29 would likely have been in Barthes’ book. And its complex theatrical power makes it worth a special trip to camp out in front of for a half-hour pondering where America is, and where...

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Urbanized examines the design of cities: Tonight at Raleigh's Rialto

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 11:33 AM

urbanizedfilm.comBeijingUrbanizedRialto TheatreMonday, Nov. 77 p.m. Gary Hustwit’s first film, Helvetica (2007), was a surprisingly engaging documentary that made font fanboys of people who didn’t know they could care about the studied minutia of typeface design. He broadened his gaze to industrial design in 2009’s Objectified, which lacked the tight focus of Helvetica, but compensated with a wealth of seductive shots of the fetishized tokens of consumer desire (fittingly, Apple design chief Jonathan Ive gets plenty of screen time). The latest entry in what Hustwit is calling his “design trilogy” takes another step back, to look at the largest-scale—and perhaps most...

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Rakish but satisfying Don Giovanni at Met in HD. Up this weekend: Wagner's Siegfried

Posted By on Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Marty Sohl/ Metropolitan OperaMojca Erdmann as Zerlina and Mariusz Kwiecien as the title character in the Met's new production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni."Don GiovanniMetropolitan Opera Simulcast @Brier Creek Stadium 14, Saturday, Oct. 29Rebroadcast: Wednesday, Nov. 16 The digital revolution has made many wonderful things possible, but culturally speaking, one of the grandest is the live-in-high-definition broadcast of opera from the world’s major opera houses. The leader in bringing the enormous multi-art undertaking that is grand opera is New York’s Metropolitan Opera, with its Live in HD programming, now nearing its fifth anniversary. The most recent broadcast, on Oct. 29 (all...

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What will Iron Man 3 mean for Wilmington and North Carolina?

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Double Negative/ Marvel EntertainmentLast Thursday, Chris Cooney, co-owner and COO of EUE/Screen Gems studios in Wilmington, confirmed at a press conference that Marvel Studios would be shooting Iron Man 3 at their studios. Yes, there’s a really good chance Wilmington locals will see Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson and other A-listers who will return to film the third chapter in Marvel’s chief superhero franchise, which will be directed by Shane Black (who directed Downey in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). Needless to say, local fanboys, like Raleigh film blogger and comics aficionado Isaac Weeks, are curious to find out...

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