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Friday, February 1, 2013

Rites without seasons: Bill T. Jones and Anne Bogart's A Rite at Memorial Hall

Posted By on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Paul B. GoodeListening, up: Will Bond as the infantryman in A RITEA RITEBill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance CompanySITI CompanyMemorial Hall, UNCClosed January 26 Some rites are seasonal. It's a fact those who've spent any part of their lives in close contact with the land know, intimately. Plant tomatoes in the spring under the sign of Scorpio; set potatoes in the dark of a Cancer moon. Feed a pig generously—until the last week of its life. Then, at the first hard frost, gather family members or neighbors. Shoot it in the head, hang it by its heels and slit its throat....

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Disarming delight: Iris Gottlieb's Inventories and Observations

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Self-consciousness is exhausting. It’s such a drain to have to maintain one’s personality or to display a situationally appropriate persona as one moves from place to place over the course of a day. This is why we cherish those private places where we can let our guard down and especially those rare public places in which we feel comfortable enough to do so. Iris Gottlieb’s earnest pen-and-ink drawings of everyday objects, currently on view at Durham’s Carrack Modern Art Gallery through Feb. 9, provide just such an art experience. Photo by Chris VitielloGottlieb's labels favor whimsy over analysis.Presented simply on...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

DVD+Digital: Colors, shadows and Tales of the Night

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 4:18 PM

courtesy of Cinedigm In recent years, I've become fascinated with animated foreign films for kids. There's so much good stuff out there — some recent examples include The Secret of Kells (Ireland), Chico & Rita (Spain), A Cat in Paris (France) and Ponyo (Japan). These are movies you're unlikely to see in theaters, so you have to track them down on DVD, Blu-ray or digital download. While I certainly appreciate the artfulness of these films — each has earned various world cinema awards — I have very practical reasons for keeping them on the shelf. I have two young kids...

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

DVD+Digital: South Central, found footage and End of Watch

Posted By on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 4:01 PM

courtesy of Universal Pictures End of Watch — the intense police drama new to DVD, Blu-ray and digital this week — truly is a different kind of cop movie. I know, I know. They all say that. But director David Ayer (writer of Training Day) executes an interesting game plan here and gets big results by going small. He narrows the focus radically by following two L.A. cops and their day-to-day experiences in a notorious South Central neighborhood. Jake Gyllenhaal headlines as Brian Taylor, a young patrolman for whom the term "gung-ho" was apparently invented. As stated in the film's...

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Nerds, a new musical about Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, premieres in Raleigh

Posted By on Sat, Jan 19, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Photo by Curtis Brown PhotographyDiana DeGarmo and other performers in NerdsHalf a dozen nerds cross the stage at the A.J. Fletcher Theater holding their homemade computers, hoping to launch their careers and, more importantly, make friends. Behind them, a computer motherboard acts as a backdrop, with dozens of LED screens providing commentary. Director Marc Bruni stops the action: the screens are blank. “The lights aren’t talking to each other,” says a technician. Thus this rehearsal, for a new musical about the rise of the digital world, has to pause in order to fix a computer. North Carolina Theatre’s Nerds: A...

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Mom fight! Jessica Chastain battles a maternal ghost in the very scary Mama

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 5:47 PM

courtesy of Universal Pictures Mama*** starsOpens Friday For several years now, I've held the considered opinion that Jessica Chastain is the single most beautiful creature on the planet. Now I know the truth: Jessica Chastain dressed as a goth rocker is the most beautiful creature on the planet. Chastain's lovely performance regularly elevates Mama, the very effective new paranormal thriller from producer Guillermo del Toro and first-time director Andrés Muschietti. Fans of del Toro's previous horror movies (The Devil's Backbone, Pan's Labyrinth) will recognize his sensibilities all over this thing. The film opens with a disturbing scene. A distraught father,...

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

DVD+Digital: Distance, despair and Detropia

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 1:01 PM

courtesy of Docudrama Films Family lore holds that my mom and dad met as teenagers during Detroit's heyday in the 1950s, when the Motor City was an enviable American metropolis. Mom worked at a diner downtown. Dad raced hot rods up Telegraph Road. She calmed his ass down and we settled in the suburbs, six blocks from Detroit's famous 8 Mile Road. My dad worked as a truck driver in the city for the next 40 years, often shuttling parts between auto plants. A dedicated union man, he clocked overtime pretty much every day and made enough money so that...

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Closing Sunday at NC Museum of Art: Project 35: Volume II

Posted By on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 5:48 PM

NC Museum of Art"Despair" by Stephen SutcliffePROJECT 35 — Volume IINorth Carolina Museum of ArtPart II closes Jan. 13Part III Jan. 20-March 24Part IV April 2—June 2 Heading: Return to the Small Dark RoomSub-heading: In which our itinerant arts writer catches the second installment of NCMA’s global video festival at the last possible moment --> When it comes to good art, sometimes late is better than never. In August of last year I wrote about Volume I of Project 35, Independent Curators International (ICI)’s collection of new video works, 35 artists chosen by 35 curators from all over the globe,...

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DVD+Digital: Sand mandalas, sex dolls and Samsara

Posted By on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 1:46 PM

courtesy of MPI Home Video "Samsara" is a Sanskrit term that suggests the endless flow of life and death in the material world. It's a core concept in Indian spiritual traditions, particularly Hinduism and Buddhism. Samsara is the trap of the waking world, from which we can only awaken through enlightenment. The film Samsara, new to DVD and Blu-ray this week, is an attempt to evoke this cosmic concept by way of music and motion picture images. It's a non-narrative documentary, a visual essay, or — in the words of director Ron Fricke — "a guided mediation on the cycle...

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Leave 'em wanting more: Deborah Cox sparkles, briefly, in Jekyll and Hyde at DPAC

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Photo by Charles BennionConstantine Maroulis and Deborah CoxJekyll and Hyde: The Musical* * 1/2 starsDurham Performing Arts CenterThrough Jan. 13Tickets $35-$95 If you’re not a Deborah Cox fan, you’ll probably become one if you see Jekyll and Hyde: The Musical at the Durham Performing Arts Center this week. The Grammy-nominated R&B star pushes the rest of the cast out of the way with her round, rich voice and nuanced singing. It’s too bad this show doesn’t keep her onstage enough. Cox, as hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold Lucy Harris, belts bawdy brothel songs like “Bring On the Men” as well as she croons moony...

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UNC School of the Arts graduate Craig Zobel gets under your skin with Compliance, now out on DVD

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Photo by Ben EngebrethCraig ZobelIt’s not every Hollywood résumé that includes multiple Southern art films, a flash animation about a tiny Luchador and an award-winning feature about an interrogation in the back room of a fast-food restaurant, but UNC School of the Arts graduate Craig Zobel is not your typical filmmaker—and his latest film Compliance, which hit DVD this week, is anything but your typical film. In its premiere at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, Compliance proved one of the most controversial films there, prompting multiple walkouts in its initial screening. And last month, INDY Week's Neil Morris called it...

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

DVD+Digital: Cerebral sci-fi, the future of corpse disposal and Looper

Posted By on Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 5:35 PM

courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment It's the year 2044 and America is in shambles. Economic collapse has led to social breakdown. Cities teem with desperate refugees, gangs of vicious vagrants roam the countryside, and organized crime has asserted itself as the law of the land. Street transactions require precious metals and Chinese currency. The cops and the criminal czars work together openly. Drugs are cheap, powerful and ingested through the eyeball. On the bright side, about 10 percent of the population is now telekinetic. These are the spooky dystopian details we get, in glimpses and flashes, throughout the excellent...

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Last chance to see "Season of Japan" at the Ackland

Posted By on Tue, Jan 1, 2013 at 12:35 PM

CHAPEL HILL—The word “ambivalence” is usually used to express an emotionless, uncaring state or a kind of personal isolationism. But the term really describes the conflicted state of holding two contrary points of view. Not only can ambivalence be highly expressive, but it’s also the impulse behind any thorough critique. Merrill C. Berman Collection.Shigeo Fukuda, Japanese, 1932—2009: "UCC Coffee," 1985; color offset lithograph.Themes of ambivalence and isolationist tension run through two exhibitions of late-20th-century Japanese poster and video art at the Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill. The shows are part of the Ackland’s “Season of Japan,” which displays one...

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Great review! Since it was out in previous paper, how do we get this in print? Possible to order it?

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Thanks RobU. This review ran online only.

by Brian Howe, INDY managing editor for arts & culture on Theater Review: Three Shakespeare Plays Are Pared Down to a Ninety-Minute Game of Dramatic Chess in Henry VI (Arts)

Great review! Since it was out in previous paper, how do we get this in print? Possible to order it?

by RobU on Theater Review: Three Shakespeare Plays Are Pared Down to a Ninety-Minute Game of Dramatic Chess in Henry VI (Arts)

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