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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Fortune rising: One-time Peace College student returns to Raleigh for Goodnights gig

Posted By on Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Fortune FeimsterYou hate to be the asshole who points out that it’s a good thing Fortune Feimster has that first name, since a lot of that has been coming her way as of late. But it’s true. The 31-year-old stand-up comic and Belmont, N.C. native has gotten herself the sweetest of gigs, as a writer for Chelsea Lately. Feimster says there were many people angling to be on Chelsea Handler’s popular, late-night bitchfest. Luckily, her appearances on NBC’s Last Comic Standing led to Handler and her staff taking a chance on her. “They had about 400 people apply and I...

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Monday, December 19, 2011

When the Triangle last saw Vaclav Havel: Remembering LARGO DESOLATO, 14 years ago

Posted By on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Playwright Vaclav HavelDeath catches us. It reminds us—too late, of course—of the ones we’ve lost track of. The used-to-be's. The discards. When it does, it tends to ask us one pointed question: “Why?” The death last weekend of Vaclav Havel reminds me that this region's last independent production of the Nobel laureate and playwright’s work took place 14 years ago this month. ArtsCenter Community Theatre mounted Tom Stoppard's translation of LARGO DESOLATO in December, 1997. It wasn't just one of the best shows of that year; it was one of the strongest works this area has produced in any of...

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Mission: Impossible celebrates action; Sherlock goes on and on

Posted By on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Paramount PicturesMission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol***Opens in IMAX theaters today, everywhere else Dec. 21 The mission at the heart of Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol could not be more trite: a race to stop a Russian megalomaniac from triggering nuclear war. However, I suspect the simplicity is by design, for it allows the audience to sit back, have fun and enjoy this action-packed ride. The members of this Impossible Missions Force (IMF) lineup are cast from an archetypal mold. Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) returns as the embattled leader; Will Brandt (Jeremy Renner) is the newcomer who may be hiding secrets;...

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

A stockingful of question marks—for now: INDY's Year In Theater 2011

Posted By on Thu, Dec 15, 2011 at 11:50 AM

= = = = = UPDATE: Dec. 21, 2011: Our Year in Theater article is now available here. Short link: http://bit.ly/Tt2011. Happy holidays! = = = = = "It was a large room. Full of people. All kinds. And they had all arrived at the same building at more or less the same time. And they were all free. And they were all asking themselves the same question: What is behind that curtain?"— Laurie Anderson In each issue, the Independent's critical crew is more than happy to answer Laurie's question. But when it comes to sizing up an entire year...

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Addictive personalities in an uncompleted house: Love Drunk at REP

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Evan FulksLOVE DRUNK2.5 stars out of 5J&J Productions@ Raleigh Ensemble Players Through Dec. 17brownpapertickets.com/event/210573 417-2477 Director Joshua Benjamin and actors John Honeycutt and Jess Jones find themselves in the best of theatrical company this week. Would that that were better news than it is. For after I witnessed two of the region’s most renowned actors humbled by the demands of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at PlayMakers Rep the night before, this upstart company’s production of Romulus Linney’s last play, Love Drunk, similarly seemed a theatrical puzzle only partially solved by last Sunday night in Raleigh Ensemble Players'...

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Philip Glass' Satyagraha: Sounds are beautiful, but stamina is required.

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Photo by Ken Howard/ Metropolitan OperaRichard Croft as GandhiSATYAGRAHAThe Met Live in HD, live in theaters Nov. 19Rebroadcast 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 Regal Brier Creek, North Hills, Crossroads Philip Glass is one of those artists who make you work for the satisfaction that is ultimately to be found in his music. His 1980 opera Satyagraha is no exception. Although it is based on Mahatma Gandhi’s early adult years in South Africa, where Gandhi developed his techniques for non-violent protest, the opera is highly abstracted, and lacks a narrative through-line even though the scenes are chronologically arranged. Unless you know a...

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Friday, December 2, 2011

It's a nice enough show—but is "A Christmas Story" really a local production?

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 4:37 PM

photo by Carol RoseggClarke Hallum with that obscure object of desire, in A CHRISTMAS STORYA CHRISTMAS STORY3.5 stars out of 5Broadway Series South, N.C. Theatre, Hot Summer NightsThrough Dec. 4 Apparently there's some confusion about whose production of A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL is currently running in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. It's understandable enough. After all, this time last year, North Carolina Theatre and Hot Summer Nights collaborated with long-time Raleigh presenter Broadway Series South on a joint venture—a locally produced stage adaptation of Jean Shepherd's classic holiday tale, A Christmas Story. That gentle saga of triple dog dares, a table...

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Khan artistry: Why you should visit the NC Museum of Natural Sciences' exhibit on the Mongolian warlord

Posted By on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 1:52 PM

So, tonight is First Friday and, as always, downtown Raleigh will have a bevy (that’s right, I said bevy!) of happenings that wandering folk can dip into. Over at the Museum of Natural Sciences, the museum’s monthly “Natural Horror Picture Show” will show the 1989 comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, which has Alex Winter and a pre-Matrix Keanu Reeves as high-school dunderheads picking up historical icons in a time-traveling phone booth for their history report. One of those icons is Mongolian warrior/leader Genghis Khan, about whom the museum just happens to have an exhibit. It opened a couple weekends...

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Ariel Dorfman: Occupy movement is a "movement of exiles in their own country"

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Public domainAriel Dorfman paused and looked up from the book he was reading. "Any relationship to today is meant so," he said, a bit playfully. "I'm hopeful, but wary… because I've seen defeat," Dorfman said of the Occupy protest movement. Dorfman, the renowned novelist, playwright, poet and journalist, read from his latest book, Feeding on Dreams: Confessions of An Unrepentant Exile, Tuesday night at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham. Dorfman, also a professor at Duke University and a prominent human rights activist, shared his thoughts on Chile, the challenges of creating true political change and the Occupy movement. Dorfman was...

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Breaking blood: After guilty pleasures, more thoughts about Twilight

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Summit EntertainmentA couple for the ages. And ages and ages.Spoiler alert: If you want to be surprised by anything that happens in the film, read this after you’ve seen it.Let me state at the outset that I thoroughly enjoyed the latest Twilight movie. This is not Jean-Luc Godard. Werewolves take their shirts off. Pale vampires make ethereal beauties swoon. There’s a wedding and a honeymoon in Rio. And a demon baby. The franchise is critic-proof. Debating the relative artistic merits of the film is as meaningless as reproaching Transformers movies for having too many robots. In spite of the guilty...

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