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Monday, September 15, 2014

Bull Spec officially retires as print magazine

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 2:22 PM

For Triangle-based fans of science fiction, fantasy and horror, Durham’s Samuel Montgomery-Blinn has played a major role in raising awareness of and consolidating the rich local scene for these genres with his magazine and website Bull Spec since 2010. The INDY reported on it back when it was on its fourth issue in 2011. But after years of diligently promoting the books and films he loves, Montgomery-Blinn is cutting back … a bit. Bull Spec is officially retiring as a print periodical, though it will continue as a website and email newsletter.  The print version of Bull Spec has been a labor of love...

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Scrap Exchange moving to new location

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 2:16 PM

On August 16, The Scrap Exchange, the Durham-based nonprofit that has come to be a nationwide model for creative reuse centers, will finally have a place to call its own. After three years at its current location on Franklin Street, The Scrap Exchange will reopen in a new, larger space in the Lakewood neighborhood of Durham, in what was formerly the Cinema Theater and Duke Surplus building at 2050 Chapel Hill Road. True to its mission, The Scrap Exchange has worked to repair and renovate the property since buying it late in 2013, ensuring that it's suitable for the organization's activities,...

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Update: Valerie Macon resigns from Poet Laureate appointment after uproar

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Valerie Macon, appointed by Governor Pat McCrory as North Carolina's poet laureate last Friday, resigned her appointment Thursday. The North Carolina literary community noisily—and almost unanimously—objected to the virtually unknown Macon's appointment on the grounds that she was substantially unqualified for the honor and that her inexperience undermined the integrity of the office of laureate as well as the literary tradition of the state. Macon has self-published two books and lacks teaching or program facilitation experience, which are core duties of the poet laureate. Past laureates have all been substantially published poets with national reputations and decades of teaching experience...

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Opinion: McCrory’s mean joke, a poet laureate who’s barely a poet

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Update: Valerie Macon has resigned. Who the hell is Valerie Macon? That’s what poets in North Carolina are asking this week after Gov. Pat McCrory bypassed the established process for choosing the state’s poet laureate and appointed the unknown, inexperienced Macon to the post for the next two years. Typically, the North Carolina Arts Council handles the selection of a new laureate. They solicit nominations, convene a selection committee to review the poets against the position’s guidelines and recommend a finalist to the Governor, who announces the new laureate. But McCrory couldn’t bother with that. Ignoring the NCAC’s process,...

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hopscotch Design Festival announces initial speaker lineup

Posted By on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 12:40 PM

The Hopscotch Design Festival is taking shape with today's announcement of more than two-dozen speakers from across the country. Notable participants include Harper Reed, the chief technology officer for the Obama for America campaign; Alexander Isley, founder of Alexander Isley Inc.; Anne Atkins, lead graphic designer for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel; and Brian Singer, a communication design team manager for Facebook. These speakers and others will take part in sessions throughout the day on Sept. 3 and Sept. 4 in locations throughout Raleigh including Flanders Gallery, CAM, the Lincoln Theatre, Kings and Fletcher Opera Theater. The event wants to reflect...

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Temple of acoustic music: Duke unveils the long-awaited Baldwin Auditorium facelift

Posted By on Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 4:21 PM

A small group of clearly excited Duke officials greeted the media this morning. The occasion: the unveiling of a shimmering, newly renovated Baldwin Auditorium. As Duke Performances director Aaron Greenwald noted in preliminary remarks, the 685-seat facility is designed exclusively for acoustic music and as such, it will fill a niche in the area's acoustic music spaces. Greenwald pointed out that Raleigh's Meymandi Concert Hall, the Triangle's premier recital venue, is more than twice the size of Baldwin. Although the exterior of the building, which was completed in 1927, looks the same, the interior was gutted. Now, $15 million...

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Zach Ward returns to full-time role at DSI Comedy Theater

Posted By on Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 10:24 AM

File photo by Jeremy M. LangeZach Ward in Carrboro, 2010 DSI Comedy Theater’s founder, owner and executive producer Zach Ward returns to Carrboro and DSI this month. Last week, the theater announced his return, following a two-year stint at ImprovBoston in Cambridge, Mass. In a telephone interview, Ward says that returning to North Carolina was always part of his plan when he decided to go to Boston in 2011 and cites raising his 1-year-old son as a key reason for making the move back to his hometown. “When I left, I knew what I wanted to accomplish in five years,...

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Nasher Museum of Art names Sarah Schroth director

Posted By on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 2:36 PM

The “interim” tag is gone. Sarah Schroth is now officially in place as the director of Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of Duke PhotographySarah Schroth loses the interim tag as the new director of Duke's Nasher Museum of Art.Schroth, who has been a curator at the museum since 1995—the pre-Nasher days of the Duke University Museum of Art—took over interim directorial duties for the third time in her tenure after the Nasher’s original director, Kimerly Rorschach, left last fall to direct the Seattle Museum of Art. After a committee comprising academic heavyweights and museum board members conducted...

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Local playwright Monica Byrne lands major book deal with first novel

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 9:10 PM

D.L. AndersonDurham playwright Monica ByrneCrown Publishing Group, a division of publishing giant Random House, has signed a major book deal with Durham playwright Monica Byrne for the rights to publish her first novel, The Girl in the Road, in 2014. Details of the arrangement were released over the weekend on the website for Publishers Marketplace, an industry publication. “I wanted to scream,” Byrne recalls when she received news of the agreement at the end of last week. “[My agent] was excited, everyone was so excited, and so pleased by the deal, which was considerable.” Crown signed what Byrne characterized as...

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Friday, March 8, 2013

CAM Raleigh changes leadership on eve of second anniversary

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM

File photo by Jeremy M. LangeCAM Raleigh officially opened in April 2011.RALEIGH—As CAM Raleigh approaches the two-year mark, the museum is making changes. It’s also taking the opportunity, in advance of the noise of birthday celebrations next month, to revisit its aspirations. One change is taking place at the top. Early this week, CAM parted ways with Elysia Borowy-Reeder, the museum's executive director of the last two years. The change has been announced internally but an official announcement is expected soon. [UPDATE 4:11 p.m.: Here it is.] Kate Shafer, who has served as gallery and exhibitions manager since the institution’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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Monday, August 27, 2012

Progressive talk radio gets FM boost starting Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 12:25 PM

It used to be that fans of station WCHL 1360’s progressive talk lineup were resigned to turning off their favorite station with a sigh at nighttime—particularly if they lived outside of the station’s main broadcast area. And Raleigh? Forget about it. You had a hard enough time listening during the day if you live there. Making matters worse, the FCC required the station to turn down the signal at night. Well, that’s not a problem anymore. When listeners wake up on the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 28, they’ll find a more powerful antidote to all that Limbaugh/Hannity/Dumas crap on Triangle...

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Raleigh Ensemble Players files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Photo by Adam David KissickTwo actors in DOG SEES GOD: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, produced by REP in June 2011Raleigh Ensemble Players (REP), the 30-year old theater company in downtown Raleigh, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. This afternoon, the company sent an email to members of the area theater community confirming that the company had ceased operations, effective immediately: "Following the unanimous adoption of a resolution by REP's Board of Directors, the company has filed for bankruptcy." The email was signed by C. Glen Matthews, the company's artistic director. According to documents filed yesterday in the United...

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Raleigh arts organization make their case as city council ponders cuts

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 5:09 PM

File photo by Jeremy M. LangeMembers of Burning Coal Theatre Company were out in force Tuesday night. In this photo from 2008, members of the company pose in their new Murphey School space. Last night’s Raleigh City Council meeting was packed with people, two-thirds of which were members of the city’s local arts community. (Members of the Burning Coal Theatre Company filled up two rows of seats.) These people, many of them wearing lime-green stickers on their clothing with the words “think art” on it, were there for one simple reason: to convince the council not to cut Raleigh’s arts...

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Carolina Wren Press author Jeanne Leiby dies

Posted By on Tue, May 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Jeanne Leiby, 1964-2011Some slightly belated and very sad news coming across the desk here: Jeanne M. Leiby, who was the Editor of the Southern Review (out of Louisiana State University) and whose debut collection of short stories, Downriver, was published by Carolina Wren Press in 2007, died last month in a single-car accident on Interstate 10 near Baton Rouge. Driving a convertible with the top down, and apparently not wearing a seat belt, she lost control of the car and hit a guardrail, throwing her from the car. She was 46 years old. Leiby was much beloved in the literary...

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Want to see National Theatre's FRANKENSTEIN Thursday?
Fly to London. Or drive to Southern Pines.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 4:24 PM

FRANKENSTEINNational Theatre LiveSunrise TheaterSouthern PinesMarch 17, 3 p.m.Reservations: 910 692 8501 We've got another one of those insanelygreat—and totally last minute—performance opportunities for you. If you'd like to see a live performance of Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle's controversial production of FRANKENSTEIN, at London's National Theatre on Thursday, March 17, you have two options. Plan A: Fly to London and take your chances on a scalper's ducat or a last-minute cancellation. Price: ~$1,500—up. Plan B: Drive 90 minutes to Southern Pines, where you can see the performance, broadcast live via HD satellite feed, at the historic Sunrise Theater. Price: $20...

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

(More) cute "a-gnome-ymous" art in D-town

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Cork gnomes are expected to venture out beginning March 20 Spring is in the air. Heaps of little creatures are prepping for debut, from bitty bunnies to budding bulbs and... lucky little cork gnomes, as the Indy staff has learned. The news came in an "a-gnome-ymous" letter of Lilliputian proportion, attached to this little guy (or gal?). Locals will start spotting these little cuties beginning March 20, according to the message. It seems they were inspired in part by last year's garden-gnome spottings across Durham, which were documented on a local blog, as well as here at the Indy website....

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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 16, 2011

Bye-bye Borders: Superstore files Chapter 11, Triangle stores to close in next several weeks

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Today , the troubled books retail giant Borders filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The long-expected move means 200 stores will close, including four stores in the Triangle. According to documents filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, stores in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Cary and Apex will all close as part of Borders' restructuring. The Borders in Greensboro will also close. Borders' North Raleigh location at 8825 N. Six Forks Road will remain open, as will the stall at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Borders announced today that it had secured $505 million in debt financing to help...

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Reynolds Price, Duke teacher and author, dies at 77

Posted By on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Reynolds Price, the prolific author and longtime professor at Duke University, died this afternoon after suffering a heart attack on Sunday. He was 77. Price wrote fiction, essays, poetry and nonfiction. He taught the works of John Milton and other topics to several generations of Duke students, dating back to the 1950s. A self-described "outlaw" Christian, in 1992 he attracted attention with a speech that denounced anti-intellectualism in the Duke student body. Price's greatest success as a fiction writer came with the 1986 novel Kate Vaiden, which won the National Book Critics Circle award. Here is the Indy's review of...

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Eggers sunnyside up at Duke

Posted By on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Dave Eggers spoke at Duke's Page Auditorium last nightThe theme of writer-humanitarian Dave Eggers's talk to a large audience at Page Auditorium last night was simple and almost shockingly optimistic: "We are a nation that instinctively wants to help people," he said early on. "This is still, and I think always will be, the most welcoming country in the world." Anecdote after anecdote exampled Eggers' stance, from changing someone's flat tire to tutoring kids (which is what his San Francisco literacy project, 826 Valencia, has been doing since 2002) to saving lives after Hurricane Katrina. Eggers, who was at Duke...

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Main Street, the movie, surfaces in Cannes

Posted By on Sat, May 22, 2010 at 7:30 PM

File photo by Jeremy M. LangeA night shoot on Main Street, DurhamA little more than a year ago, there was a motion picture production in downtown Durham. Called Main Street, the film starred Colin Firth, Patricia Clarkson, Ellen Burstyn, Orlando Bloom and Amber Tamblyn. But really, its strongest claim to being taken seriously was that the author of the screenplay was Horton Foote. Foote, who died in March 2009, is a big deal this year on Broadway as his Orphans' Home Cycle had a triumphant limited run during the winter, prompting plans for its transfer to Broadway in the fall....

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Notes from IgniteRaleigh: To be a spark, and not to be rickrolled

Posted By on Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Important takeaways from last night's IgniteRaleigh 2, held Wednesday night in Lincoln Theatre: Raleigh boasts the third-highest concentration of modernist homes behind Los Angeles and Chicago, there is only one female boxer action figure and sexting is beneficial for relationships. The unique event—and those very random facts—was part of Global Ignite Week, a social media meme turned PowerPoint phenomenon that spans 60 cities on six continents. Similar to speed dating for the tech set, Raleigh's version featured 19 presenters who each had five minutes and 20 slides that automatically advanced every 20 seconds to present an idea, story or...

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Varsity Theater to open with courage, heart and hopefully brains

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Chapel Hill moviegoers can click their heels together Thanksgiving weekend. After all, there's no place like the Varsity Theater. The iconic downtown venue will reopen with the Wizard of Oz, new owners, new prices and a renovated décor. Paul and Susan Shareshian purchased the theater after Bruce Stone closed it this summer. It'll show second-run films for $3 a ticket beginning Friday, Nov. 27. "We've done a lot of research on what theaters were like in 1927, when the Varsity opened," Susan Shareshian said. "What was the experience for the customer that went there? How can we bring it back to that more intimate...

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Tireless advocate of the arts to accept North Carolina Humanities Council’s highest honor

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 4:39 PM

From frequent Indy contributor Rebekah L. Cowell: At the age of 39, Marsha White Warren lost her mother, a loss she calls "devastating." "I needed something to go too for solace and expression," said Warren. A dedicated reader, she began to write. Her grief, and her chosen outlet for expression, was the catalyst that launched Warren into the literary world. In a ceremony tonight at Chapel Hill's William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, Warren will accept the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities for her life of advocacy for the public humanities across North Carolina....

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