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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Return of Dr. Thunder: One cat’s journey from Texas to North Carolina to the afterlife—and back

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There is something about cats that makes you ponder the uncanny. In "The Return of Dr. Thunder," Kellie Hamilton shares the story of how one cat traveled from Texas to North Carolina to the Great Beyond. And then, possibly, back again. We love the quirky humor of this story, and the gentle way that the narrator approaches it. The cat's owner later said that he felt silly revealing his belief in reincarnated pets, but as the ending shows, he's not the only one out there wondering if his cat is a part of something larger—some vast unknown, a cosmic cattery...

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Audio: The sounds of summer on the day before the solstice

Posted By on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Last Third Friday, June 20, I attended the first Audio Under the Stars event at SPECTRE Arts, a small gallery near Golden Belt. In a preview in the INDY, I had described it as “The Moth, but prerecorded.” But with ambient sounds and music mixed in, it wound up feeling more like a bite-sized This American Life. Or, perhaps, This Durham Life, as the first installment, titled “Sound Solstice,” featured stories at least tangentially connected to summertime in the Bull City. Among a couple of dozen other people, I lounged on a coarsely woven blanket in the gallery’s small courtyard, drinking red wine from...

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

What the ocean saw: David Gatten's films at NCSU

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DAVID GATTEN FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSIONN.C. State UniversityCaldwell Hall G107, 2221 Hillsborough St.Fri., Feb. 15, 5-7:30 p.m. This is the true story of how the ocean made a movie. To be more precise, filmmaker David Gatten collaborated on a movie with the Atlantic Ocean, where the Edisto River empties its freshwater into the ocean’s salt along the South Carolina coast. Gatten put unexposed 16mm film stock into a crab trap, tied the ends of a 50-foot rope to the trap and his ankle, and dropped it into the water. Courtesy of the artistfrom "How to Conduct a Love Affair "...

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Woodpecker deserves more than cult status; brilliant new film plays one night-only at CDS

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On Friday night, WOODPECKER, Alex Karpovsky’s low-key, hilarious “ficumentary,” screens at the Center for Documentary Studies in Durham. The screening is part of the Southern Circuit Filmmakers tour, which mostly features documentaries, with the occasional fiction film thrown into the mix. Genre-wise, Woodpecker throws a curve of its own, with a concocted plot about a pair of intrepid birdwatchers threaded through a conventional documentary about the fabled ivory-billed woodpecker, a species thought to be extinct until sightings began to crop up in the Arkansas bayou in 2004. Still from Woodpecker...

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Literary event of the night: Ex-Harpers editor Roger Hodge to discuss his "rise and fall" tonight at CDS

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If you haven't heard of Roger D. Hodge, you're likely familiar with the magazine he used to edit: Harpers Magazine.The 43 year old, who first began working at Harpers as a fact checker in 1996, was recently sacked from the editorship, which he assumed in 2006. Why was he canned? Well, that's the subject of tonight's event, which bears the perhaps intentionally florid title of "My Rise and Fall: Roger Hodge on the State of Magazines." Tonight at the Center for Documentary Studies, Hodge will engage in a public conversation with Duncan Murrell, a Pittsboro writer and teacher who has...

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