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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Catching up with John Woodard of Chapel Hill landmark Sutton's Drug Store

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Hollie knows that I need cream for my coffee and that I don’t need syrup for my pancakes. “We haven’t seen you in a while,” she says. It’s been about a month. It seems I’m now a regular at Sutton’s food counter, and that I was missed. After the morning rush, owner John Woodard is also drinking coffee at the food counter. He looks great. Well rested. “That’s what people have been telling me,” he says. The sign above the front door still reads Sutton’s Drug Store, but it’s now a drug store in name only. Woodard was the pharmacist at...

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Art review: Ritual and repetition in the Ackland’s annual MFA exhibit

Posted By on Fri, May 2, 2014 at 12:54 PM

The annual MFA art exhibition at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Ackland Art Museum used to be a frustrating show. After two years of studio work, the graduates would have to choose just a piece or two from a substantial body of work and fit them into the galleries whether or not they worked alongside those of their fellow students. However, since the program added a one-week solo show for each student in the Allcott Gallery throughout the spring, some of the pressure has been taken off the Ackland group show, turning it into more of a celebration of the graduating class....

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Empathy and ritual in art cakes at UNC

Posted By on Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 9:44 AM

This is the time of year to trot out our rituals. We have to eat a turkey on this certain November Thursday and go shopping before sunrise the day after. Maybe we automatically put a spangled tree or a menorah in our houses. Too many of us try to get to the bottom of a bottle in order to flip the calendar over to next year. But what if we could make a thought or feeling ritual instead of just a series of actions? A seminar class of undergraduate art majors at UNC-Chapel Hill did just that on Monday...

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

From Iron Man to Funky Winkerbean, a guide to upcoming comic book events in the Triangle

Posted By on Thu, May 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

This Friday Iron Man 3, which was partially filmed in Cary and throughout North Carolina, will blast into theaters after already taking in $200 million internationally. While it's the biggest comic-book-related event in the Triangle, it's not the only one, as a series of local and national creators are headed through the area during the next few months. These events help emphasize the variety and diversity of the medium. Image via FCBD siteSaturday sees the annual Free Comic Book Day event, where comic book retailers provide sample books created by publishers designed to hook new readers of all ages. Though...

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Monday, March 4, 2013

In its last week before closing, Nice Price Books partners with Chapel Hill Library

Saturday & Sunday

Posted By on Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Photo by Jeremy M. LangeA patron browses through Nice Price's selections.For those who've been following our coverage of the closing of the original Nice Price Books in Carrboro, there's one more chance to get some of their inventory this weekend. According to a news release, Nice Price has partnered with the Friends of the Chapel Hill Library for a benefit bag sale on March 9 and 10. Nice Price will donate 20 percent of sales to the Friends of the Chapel Hill Library, with books priced at $10 a bag on Saturday and $7 a bag on Sunday. Records, CDs...

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Monday, September 17, 2012

One hell of a tale, in a Scottish pub: The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

Posted By on Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Photo by Drew FarrellMelody Grove in The Strange Undoing of Prudencia HartTHE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART4 stars (out of 5)National Theatre of Scotland@ Back Bar (Top of the Hill)Through Sept. 20 If strange be the tales that are invoked by strong drink, the National Theatre of Scotland has ginned up a production to match in The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart. But if any expect the gravitas of Black Watch, the Iraqi War documentary drama which got our nod for five stars when the company performed here last February, they’re in for a shock. Instead, playwright David Grieg’s 2011...

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

There's only one Nina Simone: Weekend of tributes opens at UNC

Posted By on Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Sonja Haynes Stone CenterFive words: Zoe Saldana is Nina Simone. Those words have already summoned the disgust of fans, admirers and even Simone family members, who don’t think casting the light-skinned, Avatar ingénue as the late, legendary artist is a good idea. The New York Times recently reported that one woman posted an online petition that called for the producers of an upcoming biopic to cast someone who could pass for the darker-skinned Simone. Meanwhile, Simone Kelly, Simone’s daughter (who wrote on Simone’s official Facebook page that the project was unauthorized and Simone’s estate was not asked to participate in...

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Boneshaker author Cherie Priest talks steampunk at ConTemporal in Chapel Hill

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Photo by Libby BulloffCherie PriestWhy should you head to ConTemporal, the Chapel Hill-based science fiction convention that focuses heavily on the retro-futuristic concept of steampunk? We’ll let the con’s literary guest of honor Cherie Priest tell you why. Steampunk, for those not in the know, is a branch of science fiction that postulates what would have happened if modern or futuristic technology had been created in the past, using the technology and materials available at that time, e.g. steam engines, zeppelins and the like. It’s become a particularly popular subset of science fiction fandom, with many fans creating steampunk-themed outfits...

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hinge Poem offers chance to go deep into poetry

Alan Shapiro live in the comments box Sunday

Posted By on Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Have you ever been to a poetry reading? You know that awkward time afterward when you're not sure what to do? The Hinge Poem, a new online feature from the Hinge Literary Center, gives a new model for how to connect with an author's work, perhaps even more deeply than one might at an auditorium or bookstore reading. Alan Shapiro's lyric poem "Wherever My Dead Go When I’m Not Remembering Them" kicks off the program, which will feature a new poet and poem each month. As with a blogpost, readers can start and participate in conversations about the poem by...

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bricks will be thrown, warns David Simon, creator of The Wire

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 2:05 PM

[UPDATE 9/30/2011: Video of the full lecture is now embedded at the end of the story.] David Simon warned Monday night that America’s “great engine is beginning to rust,” the middle class is being destroyed, the poor are cast aside and the sale of the political system to the highest bidder along with wars on drugs and the Middle East spell the end of the country’s ability to lead and prosper. Photo Courtesy of UNC“We basically said, ‘As much of our political system as you’d like to buy, feel free,’” Simon said. “Nothing buys stupidity like money in this country....

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Exclusive video preview: Paperhand Puppet Intervention's
THE SERPENT'S EGG

Posted By on Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Exclusive rehearsal footage from THE SERPENT'S EGG, the new musical puppet pageant by PAPERHAND PUPPET INTERVENTION. For more info on the show, read our preview from the Aug. 3 INDY. THE SERPENT'S EGG runs Fridays through Sundays through Sept. 5 at UNC's Forest Theatre, and Sept. 9-11 at the N.C. Museum of Art. A musical pre-show begins at 6:20 p.m. The performance starts at 7. Admission is a suggested donation of $12/adults and $8/children at the door, but the company stresses that no one is ever turned away for lack of funds....

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

In this political climate, Arts Advocates are needed. Here's how you become one...

Posted By on Sun, Mar 6, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Arts Advocacy WorkshopsArts North Carolina RaleighUnited Arts of Raleigh/Wake County110 South Blount StreetTuesday, March 8, 12 noon DurhamDurham Arts Council120 Morris StreetMonday, March 14, 11:30 a.m. Chapel HillPlaymakers Repertory CompanyPaul Green Theater, UNC-Chapel HillMonday, March 28, 2 p.m. The moment has occurred repeatedly since the early part of the 2000s, when Arts N.C. executive director Karen Wells and her colleagues began conducting what she calls “Advocacy 101”—hour-long workshops that teach total novices how to coordinate and raise their voices with their elected representatives as citizens who support the arts. At some point it starts to dawn on her students: It...

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Angels in America: We can't talk about it, but you can...

Posted By on Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 6:22 PM

PlayMakers photo by Jon GardinerMatthew Carlson and Marianne Miller in Angels in AmericaThe good side? Another theater season, another blockbuster-level show as ANGELS IN AMERICA gets underway at PlayMakers Rep. The questionable side? For the second season running, PlayMakers' performance schedule for said blockbuster creates—oops!—an embargo that essentially keeps the region's critics gagged during the first two weeks of the run. As they say, once is an accident. Twice... and it begins to look like company policy. The still unfolding story of SPIDERMAN: TURN OFF THE DARK has raised a number of potentially useful questions. Just how "sacred" should preview...

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

red, black and GREEN: a blues redefines environmentalism in hip hop culture

Posted By on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 3:18 PM

photo by D.L. AndersonMarc Bamuthi Joseph, in "red, black and GREEN: a blues," in the Process Series at UNC-CHred, black and GREEN: a blues (rbGb)Marc Bamuthi JosephThe Process SeriesGerard Hall, UNC-CHJan. 22, 8 p.m. Multi-media artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph noticed that there wasn’t a lot of overlap between the environmental movement and the people actually living in some of the most compromised environments in America. It got him to wondering why—and wondering if increased communication, exchange and cooperation between these populations were possible. “Obviously, folks of color and folks in low-income communities have had survival practices for generations that have...

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Choices and children: Exit Cuckoo comes to PlayMakers

Posted By on Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Photo by Carel Di GrappaLisa Ramirez in Exit CuckooExit Cuckoo (nanny in motherland)3.5 starsPRC2@Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre; through Jan. 16 Who’s taking care of the children is a question that seems to become more pressing every day. Their mothers have never been the sole caregivers of the children, but taking care of their children did formerly constitute a respected job of work (if unpaid) for many women, along with the myriad other tasks that formed their contributions to the familial economic unit. Poorer women have always done other work for money, as well—including caring for richer women’s children. But now,...

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Did a variety show really save activists' lives?
Mike Wiley Productions' THE PARCHMAN HOUR

Posted By on Fri, Dec 3, 2010 at 11:52 AM

THE PARCHMAN HOUR4 stars out of 5 Mike Wiley ProductionsKenan Theatre, UNC Department of Dramatic ArtThrough Monday, Dec. 6 Over the past decade, the region has come to admire Mike Wiley’s series of intensely researched—and brilliantly crafted—original one-person shows that have illuminated significant (but frequently neglected) events in America’s long and problematic racial history. Wiley's unerring ear for dialogue, acute editorial sense of scene, and significant gifts as an actor and a mimic have made solo works like DAR HE: THE LYNCHING OF EMMETT TILL (partially captured in the film EMPTY SPACE, which took honors at last year’s Carrboro Film...

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Return to Sender: GroundUP's Letter from Algeria
needs more postage after out-of-town tryouts

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 6:47 PM

GroundUP Productions graphic by Wade Dansby 3LETTER FROM ALGERIA1 1/2 stars out of 5 GroundUP ProductionsKenan Theater, UNCClosed Aug. 29 Beware, New York City: Ali is coming! (At last: Now I know what Masaji Sieji must have felt like in the 1954 classic, Godzilla.) As a character, this one-woman juggernaut is Margo Channing with a chainsaw, a drama school diva able to size up a room with a glance (well, a dorm room, anyway), and lay waste to its inhabitants with her invariably oversized gestures, her raw—or, at least, uncooked—sexuality, and a literally endless series of terribly witty putdowns. Though...

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Conflicting takes on what the body means:
5 stars for Body Awareness at Deep Dish Theater

Posted By on Tue, May 4, 2010 at 3:24 PM

BODY AWARENESS5 STARS (highest recommendation) Deep Dish TheaterThrough May 22 byron.woods@gmail.com | Twitter: @byronwoods | Facebook: arts.byron.woods The tea lights gleamed like molten butter—the only source of light in the entire restaurant—as our host stooped to ignite the Cherries Junior Johnson. The sponge cake, soaked in moonshine, had just begun to flash-broil its little lake of rendered fruit and syrup as my companion leaned forward. “You’ve had such success with your writing,” she said, as I looked (demurely, I hoped) off to one side. “And you’re so high-functioning,” she marveled breathlessly, while the waiter’s hand-tossed mix of baking soda and...

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

One-man "Gospel of John" show plays Chapel Hill Friday. Too bad its playbill and Web site bear false witness...

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 1:41 AM

Brad Sherrill in "The Gospel of John"The Gospel of JohnUniversity United Methodist ChurchApril 2, 7 p.m.www.chapelhilluumc.org/uumc/tickets It happens every so often in this business: A company just a little too desperate for praise distorts a critical review in its publicity for a show, by cherry-picking a positive word or phrase out of an article that's just a bit more…qualified in its endorsement. But somehow, one expects Christian actors performing Christian drama to be...above that sort of thing. (Perhaps that has something to do with the penalties reserved for bearing false witness, lies or perjury—extreme examples of which are littered through...

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Is "A Remarkable Document" Remarkable Enough?

Posted By on Sat, Mar 27, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Actor Joy JonesI Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda3 1/2 starsPRC 2Kenan Theater, UNC Through Mar. 28 Usually, determining a play’s subject is something of a preliminary task: one that leads us, more or less directly, into deeper critical waters. But within the past week, two productions—MoLoRa (Ash) at Duke and I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady from Rwanda at UNC—have stopped me at what is usually a fairly neutral border in my critical walk. In both cases, it wasn’t enough to ask...

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

"A theatrical night out with the boys that's not to be missed:" Deep Dish Theater's Glengarry Glen Ross nets Indy's latest 5-star review

Posted By on Sat, Oct 24, 2009 at 7:31 PM

Our complete review of the Deep Dish Theater production of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross will run in next week’s Independent.  But for a show deserving a five-star review—only the paper’s 11th since 2003—a little advance warning seems entirely in order. Our advice is get your tickets now: They might be a little harder to come by on Wednesday.  Deep Dish’s box office phone number is 968-1515. In the meantime, just a little reading material while you’re waiting on hold… Here’s the picture—and it’s not a pretty one. In the U.S., unemployment is skyrocketing; its peak, at over 16...

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