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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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Monday, October 5, 2009

In the name of Ariel Dorfman: Bono name-drops Chilean expat writer during Raleigh U2 show

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 10:29 AM

CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/ RALEIGH—As U2 ended its 18-song set Saturday night at Raleigh's Carter-Finley Stadium, Bono, the band's frontman, dedicated the night's singing to Ariel Dorfman, the Chilean-American novelist and poet who's taught at Duke University for more than two decades. In 1998, Bono, along with playwright Harold Pinter, contributed his voice to Deadline, a fictional film set to two of Dorfman's poems. The evening included a litany of such dedications, including one to the brother of guitarist The Edge and to members of the United States military in attendance. Still, for a band that  hasn't played North Carolina in...

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Raleigh dancer Lea Ved's next step: Juilliard

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Each year, thousands of young ballerinas dream of entering The Juilliard School, the pre-eminent conservatory in the United States for professional training in the performing arts. Of those, only hundreds actually work up the resume—and the nerve—to show up for one of nine regional auditions held annually across the country. The day begins with an advanced ballet and modern dance class—where three-fourths of the applicants are weeded out. The survivors from that round present a two-minute solo they’ve prepared: two whole minutes to show your full range and achievement as a performer. In New York, 22 members of the...

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Kathy Griffin show at DPAC postponed

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 3:47 PM

The acid-tongued comedian has strep throat, according to her Web site, forcing the cancellation of three shows this week, including her gig Thursday, April 23, at Durham Performing Arts Center.  No confirmation yet from officials at DPAC. UPDATE 3:59 p.m.: DPAC confirms the cancellation and says the show will be rescheduled. UPDATE Thursday, April 23: Word comes from DPAC that Griffin's performance has been rescheduled for Friday, October 16, at 8 p.m....

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