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Saturday, February 25, 2012

The best show your grandparents will ever see: Yes, it's time to hate the Oscars again

Posted By on Sat, Feb 25, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Dale Robinette/ DreamWorksSleeper awards winner? Jessica Chastain (left) and Octavia Spencer in "The Help" After all these years of movie-going and movie reporting, you’d think I would’ve gotten used to the Academy Awards—and all the bullshit that comes with it—by now. Year after year, the most powerful people in Hollywood cram into the Hollywood and Highland Centre (yes, with the digital-age bankruptcy of film purveyor Kodak, the theater's name has changed) and take part in this incessant pageant of predictability, a globally televised popularity contest masquerading as a ceremony where the truly deserving gets honored for their work. But the...

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Why you should know about Sara Benincasa, who appears at Flyleaf Books on Monday

Posted By on Sat, Feb 25, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Photo by Lauren GoldbergSara Benincasa is a gal you really need to know more about. There's her tendency to reveal personal, rather gross things on stage and her occasional desire to e-hot-lesbian-conservative-hate-sex-with-michelle-malkin" target="_blank">hook up with female, conservative bloggers, but also because she is quite funny on YouTube. Since she’s coming to Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill on Monday to promote her memoir Agorafabulous! , Artery rounded up 10 of her funniest moments on YouTube. (For more, look through ol’ girl’s YouTube page.) Sara Starts Beef with Rapper Jean GraeIn what has to be one of the funniest celebrity co-signs of...

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

When The Spinning Stopped: LES MISERABLES' 25th Anniversary at Progress Energy Center

Posted By on Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Deen van MeerAt the Barricade: Jeremy Hays, Max Quinlan and Chasten Harmon in LES MISERABLESLES MISÉRABLES4 stars out of 5Broadway Series South/North Carolina TheatreThrough Feb. 19 There’s a certain contradiction when a production celebrates the 25th anniversary of a world-wide musical theater phenomenon by completely discarding the original’s landmark production concept—and then cutting, according to reports, somewhere between 20 and 40 minutes from the show. That, however, is the outcome with the 25th Anniversary Tour of LES MISERABLES which stops at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium this week. The odd result is a historical production (in more than one sense of the...

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Chris Gethard talks about weirdness, New Jersey and tonight's show at Cat's Cradle

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Wikimedia CommonsIf you have no idea who Chris Gethard is, then you obviously haven’t been watching The Chris Gethard Show, quite possibly the most quietly addictive show on the Internet. Simultaneously broadcasted on Wednesday nights on Manhattan public access and Ustream (the episodes are also archived on iTunes and Blip.tv), the show features Gethard and a peanut gallery of sidekicks, including ornery best friend Shannon O’Neill, various people in costumes, an old lady who constantly hula-hoops and Human Fish, a man who’s mainly covered in swim trunks, flippers and an unbelievable amount of body hair. With their assistance, Gethard has...

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Chapel Hill Comics owner draws cover for comic based on cult Adventure Time cartoon

Posted By on Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 5:10 PM

On Saturday, Feb. 18, fans will head to Chapel Hill Comics to pay $15 for a comic book with a locally drawn cover depicting a princess made of bubblegum and a vampire rocker who drinks the color red instead of blood, and was traumatized by her father eating her fries as a child. And I will be among them. From the Adventure Time episode "It Came From the Nightosphere": Marceline the Vampire Queen sings of the traumatic childhood incident where her father ate her fries. The comic book, Adventure Time, is based on an Emmy-nominated animated series on Cartoon Network...

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Monday, February 6, 2012

What the negative saw: M.J. Sharp's long-exposure photographs at Durham's Craven Allen Gallery

Posted By on Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 5:29 AM

Say the word “click” out loud. It’s only one syllable, but its sound has a beginning, middle and end. There’s a duration, albeit brief, before its harsh, terminal consonants. Despite that fact, photographs are commonly thought of as moments of frozen time. The camera’s click doesn’t elapse, it just occurs. M.J. Sharp, "Ladybanks Rose Ring"M.J. Sharp’s clicks, however, last for minutes or hours. A selection of her long-exposure photographs at the Craven Allen Gallery in Durham through Feb. 11 in a show entitled Light Cache features meditative images of her home and neighborhood, and nocturnal landscapes both local and distant....

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Corners cut, and an audience divided: Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Van Hughes in AMERICAN IDIOTAMERICAN IDIOT3.5 stars (out of 5)Broadway Series South / North Carolina TheatreThrough Feb. 5 Unfortunately, AMERICAN IDIOT is not—repeat, not—the great American grunge opera. Not with seven central characters this poorly defined and developed. And not with a flimsy book that reads, more than once, like a downer version of HAIR retrofitted specifically for Generation Y. Since it’s hardly the first—or the twentieth—retelling of the story of disillusioned youth trying to come of age, it’s particularly disappointing that AMERICAN IDIOT comes up with so few new findings. Much of that difficulty lies with director Michael Mayer....

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Despite presence of Scary Potter, Woman in Black is a musty curio

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 10:12 AM

CBS FilmsDaniel Radcliffe as "Scary" PotterThe Woman in Black** starsOpens Friday (see times below) The epochs of classic creature features and splatter fests have gradually given way to a contemporary horror film genre shaped by Asian influences and, more notably, the trappings of today’s technology. Starting with Hideo Nakata’s Ringu—a convenient, affecting marriage of these two influences—popular modern scare fare is the stuff of The Blair Witch Project and such progeny as Paranormal Activity. They’re the same chills and thrills, just filtered through the grainy prism of camcorder and surveillance monitors. From this standpoint, The Woman in Black feels more...

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Birbiglia, Emo and Brill: Zach Ward discusses returning to North Carolina to oversee NC Comedy Arts Festival

Through Feb. 19

Posted By on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 2:09 PM

NC Comedy Arts FestivalZach Ward (right), performing with Emo Philips at last year's NCCAFZach Ward is currently making it his thing to be at two places at once. The former Chapel Hill resident and current DSI Comedy Theater owner and executive producer has been making Boston his home as of late, running the ImprovBoston theater in Cambridge, Mass. However, he’s still very much an integral, behind-the-scenes member of his pride and joy, the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, which began yesterday with shows at the DSI Comedy Theater. We spoke to Ward about what to expect at this year’s festival,...

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