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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Quail Ridge Books Sets Opening Date for Its New Raleigh Location

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 5:19 PM

Last December, beloved Raleigh indie bookstore Quail Ridge Books announced it would be leaving its location in the Ridgewood Shopping Center. Since then, the shop has been in a temporary space, endearingly known as Quail Ridge Books on the Fly, at 4381-105 Lassiter at North Hills Ave. In a few weeks, though, Quail Ridge Books will hold its grand opening at its new, nine-thousand-square-foot location just down the way, at 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road. Yes, there will be a party. It will be held July 23 and 24, and, according to a release from the bookstore, will be "complete with games, prizes...

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Video: Raleigh Murals Project Mashes Up Vibrant People and Public Paintings

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 12:15 PM

The colors of spring preceded the flowers in Raleigh this year, thanks in large part to the people of the Raleigh Murals Project, who work to catalog and highlight historic urban murals and to facilitate the creation of new ones (see Jane Porter’s article for more). They just released a fun new video that draws a parallel between the vibrancy of Raleigh's citizens and its public art.   Co-owner Jedidiah Gant is also a digital strategist at Raleigh video production company Myriad Media, where he worked with creative strategist Tina Haver Currin (disclosure: Currin is an INDY contributor) to produce...

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

M.C. Escher speaks through new downtown Raleigh murals

Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 8:27 AM

On Thursday morning, the first day of Hopscotch, painter David Eichenberger stares at an off-kilter A-frame ladder. One set of the ladder’s legs sits on a platform nearly a foot above the second, and the entire thing is perched atop tall metal scaffolding in front of AHPeele Studio in downtown Raleigh. Eichenberger is one word into a six-word mural, and he looks at the silver ladder, uneasy. “Are you going to climb that thing?” I ask, peering up at him from below the metal tangle. A few onlookers crane their necks to get a better view. Even cars on notoriously zippy...

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hopscotch Design Festival gets back to basics with Herman Miller's Steve Frykholm

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 4:34 PM

Iconic furniture manufacturer Herman Miller’s design pedigree requires no introduction, but just in case: think Eames, Nelson, Noguchi and the ubiquitous Aeron chair (the company claims to produce one every 17 seconds). For me, Steve Frykholm, Herman Miller’s Vice President of Creative Design, added real credibility to the Hopscotch Design Festival, which wraps up today. He was the warmest, wisest, most intelligent speaker I saw yesterday. Frykholm, an AIGA Medalist, is a designer to the core. His company picnic posters belong to MoMA’s permanent collection. Outfitted in a colorful, checked button-down and bushy gray beard, he offered some design advice he’d...

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Hopscotch Design Festival declares war on technology

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2015 at 4:43 PM

The Hopscotch Design Festival is in full swing today (read the INDY's preview), launching with an introduction by co-founder Matthew Muñoz, chief design officer at Raleigh’s New Kind. The company's offices are in one of Raleigh’s more pristine modernist buildings, designed by a protégé of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Muñoz noted the presence of “so many people with different backgrounds,” even though the attendees were predictably homogenous: young white people with glasses and interesting sneakers. Less predictably, the festival got started with a couple of surprisingly anti-tech presentations. The keynote guest, New York Times best-selling author Austin Kleon (Steal Like...

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Too much fun at SPARKcon 2014

Posted By on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 3:37 PM

If you’re in downtown Raleigh during the weekend of SPARKcon, it’s nearly impossible to avoid. I was still in pajamas on Saturday, Sept. 13, when I noticed a throng of 30 people in front of my house around 10 a.m. They were on designSPARK’s Urban Issues Walking Tour, learning about design in the historic district. A jumble of umbrellas colored the sidewalk as neighbor Matthew Brown explained the history of my home. From my porch, I waved politely when he said, “A nice couple has done wonderful things to the interior.” I quickly returned to the comfort of said interior...

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Is the Hopscotch Design Festival for you?

Posted By on Mon, Sep 1, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Hopscotch Design Festival Sept. 3 and 4 Raleigh-wide If you’re a hardcore design head—architectural or digital, graphic or urban—then the new Hopscotch Design Festival, a collaboration between Hopscotch Music and Raleigh design firm New Kind, is a no-brainer. Following the music festival’s example, it brings more than 25 events with 36 local and national design leaders—from fields as diverse as video games, music and sustainable transit—to a walk-able spread of venues in downtown Raleigh. But for the casual observer, who is asked to pay $150 (or $75 as an add-on to a Hopscotch Music wristband) for two days of design...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Design flaws bedevil Death by Design

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 2:08 PM

DEATH BY DESIGN ★★ 1/2 NCSU TheatreFest through June 29 Since frames and red herrings are par for the course in mystery novels, the genre’s aficionados were mostly unfazed when amateur detectives Jane Marple and Jessica Fletcher were recently arrested in a coordinated sting operation. (Miss Marple’s exploits have long been immortalized in the novels of Agatha Christie; Fletcher sleuthed on TV's “Murder She Wrote.”) But thriller fans were shocked—shocked!—when the pair subsequently confessed to heading a sophisticated murder-for-money scheme over much of the last century. “Oh, we didn’t do the first few in,” Marple said in a press conference...

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Patrick Torres appointed artistic director at Raleigh Little Theatre

Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Raleigh Little Theater has announced this morning the appointment of Patrick Torres as its new artistic director. Torres will be the theater's 14th artistic director since its founding in 1936, and the first person of color chosen for that position. The selection comes on the heels of a national search, following the death of longtime artistic director Haskell Fitz-Simons in May, 2013. An award-winning arts educator and director, Torres comes to Raleigh from Austin, Texas, where he has served as middle and high school program director for Creative Action, an arts education organization, since 2011. His production of Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset...

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Laughter overflows in Theatre Raleigh's dystopian romp Urinetown

Posted By on Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 5:23 PM

URINETOWN  ★★★★Theatre Raleigh/Hot Summer NightsThrough Aug. 11 Theatre Raleigh’s checkered 2013 season has featured some of the best—and worst—work on regional stages this year. It’s a relief, therefore, to report that Wednesday night’s performance of the acerbic 2001 musical URINETOWN represented a nimble, artistic 180-degree turn back into fair territory. A couple of student groups have tackled this savvy, self-aware satire which manages to send up corporate corruption and politics as usual—and idealism, populism and a host of sappy musical theater conventions—after Raleigh Little Theatre’s regional premiere of the work in 2007. But no one’s done it better than...

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Update: Longtime regional director Haskell Fitz-Simons dies at 64

Posted By on Mon, May 13, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Raleigh Little TheatreHaskell Fitz-SimonsUPDATE May 14 5:00pm: The funeral for Haskell Fitz-Simons' will be Tuesday, May 21 at 4 p.m. at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 1520 Canterbury Road, Raleigh. A reception will follow in the church's fellowship hall. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Raleigh Little Theatre or Wake County Animal Shelter. Haskell Fitz-Simons, the longtime artistic director of Raleigh Little Theatre, died last night at UNC Hospitals following a lengthy battle with lymphoma. He was 64. The Chapel Hill native had served as a director at the prominent Raleigh community theater for...

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Friday, May 10, 2013

A loopy musical send-up with a heart: this Drowsy Chaperone's no sleeper

Posted By on Fri, May 10, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Curtis BrownShe doesn't really want to show off: Paige Faure as unwilling Broadway bombshell Janet Van De Graaff, in THE DROWSY CHAPERONETHE DROWSY CHAPERONENorth Carolina TheatreThrough May 12 Musical theater fans can be quite rigid in their tastes, and even more so once they’ve reached a certain age. Take this tart little number, whom I encountered the other night in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. Mere moments from the opening curtain, he was already griping to me about the long-term decline of the American musical—and at a North Carolina Theatre show, no less: They’re too disappointing. Too long. And then there are...

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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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Friday, April 26, 2013

"The world's best artist" Mitch O'Connell brings modern kitsch to Raleigh

Posted By on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Image provided by Mitch O'Connell Mitch O'Connell's colorful, crazed pop-art illustrations have appeared everywhere from the cover of Newsweek (four times) to a recent full-page story in The Wall Street Journal, but you'll have to forgive him for hoping for a good-sized turnout at his appearance at Nice Price Books in Raleigh on April 27. "I’ll be in North Carolina meeting my fiancé’s father," says O'Connell, on the phone from his home in Chicago. "My only goal is that hopefully a respectable line is in place to impress him. "So I impose this responsibility on the people of Raleigh—hopefully it’s...

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

A problematic Elektra, on the trail of a generational dilemma

Posted By on Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM

ELEKTRA2 stars (out of 5) Chip RodgersMeredith Studio TheaterThrough Apr. 14 I love it when a theater review heralds the arrival of a new artist or a new work of art. Sorry, but this isn’t one of those. Instead, we have more of a report from the road that director / adaptor / designer Chip Rodgers is currently exploring. His certainly audacious—and, at times, extremely frustrating—new adaptation of the ancient Greek drama ELEKTRA, whose workshop production runs through Sunday at Meredith College’s studio theater, is a work that can only be said to be in process. Still, presently, it’s headed...

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Embrace your inner goddess: 50 Shades of musical kink

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Photo by Michael BrosilowUnless you live under a rock, you’ve likely heard of E.L. James’ best-selling erotic romance series Fifty Shades of Grey. The trilogy had less than illustrious origins: The first book began as a piece of self-published online Twilight fan fiction. But the series—known as “mommy porn” by some—catapulted to fame thanks to the power of word-of-mouth and the thrill of the transgressive. For many readers, the tale of the sadomasochistic relationship between young Anastasia Steele and sexy millionaire Christian Grey was their first foray into smutty literature. To date, the Fifty Shades series has sold more than...

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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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Monday, February 18, 2013

Brandon Sanderson finishes Robert Jordan's bestselling Wheel of Time Series with A Memory of Light

Posted By on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Imagine if J.K. Rowling had died before finishing Harry Potter, or if (as some fans fear) George R.R. Martin passes away before completing A Song of Ice and Fire, the bestselling series that’s also the basis for HBO’s Emmy-winning Game of Thrones. Now imagine you’re the one who has to come in, bring the epic to a satisfactory conclusion, resolve dozens of dangling plot threads, all while dealing with a passionate and demanding fan base who’ll never let you forget it if you fail. That was the challenge set before young writer Brandon Sanderson when he was called upon to...

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

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

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:31 PM

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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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden talks The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Journalist Mark Bowden’s books have covered everything from D-Day to cyber war to NFL football to the intense military action of Black Hawk Down, the basis for the Oscar-winning film of the same name. Now, he’s chronicled a recent and harrowing event in international history with The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden (Atlantic Monthly Press), a chronicle of the 10-year battle to find the notorious terrorist. We spoke recently with Bowden, who appears at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh on Thursday. INDY WEEK: It’s only been a little over a year and a half since bin...

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Stephan Pastis talks Pearls Before Swine and the future of newspaper comic strips

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Posted By on Sun, Oct 7, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Provided by Andrews McMeel PublishingPearls Before Swine CoverAs the mind behind the hit newspaper comic Pearls Before Swine, Stephan Pastis appreciates the time he's able to get away from the drawing board and interact with his fans. "When you’re a cartoonist, you basically see nobody," says Pastis, who appears at Quail Ridge Books and Music Monday night, in a call from his home in Santa Rosa, Calif. "You’re in a room by yourself, and you know that people see the strip, but the reality to the people reading it is very different from your reality — it’s like being a...

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Cirque du Soleil's athletic prowess compensates for show's flaws

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Cirque du Soleil's Dralion - Images by Independent Weekly CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: DRALION* * * starsPNC ArenaThrough Aug. 19 Cirque du Soleil is a global juggernaut, but it's still a surprisingly youthful institution. In contrast to, say, those 19th-century animal drivers Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey, Cirque is a babe. Officially dating to 1984, the Montreal-based troupe exploded in the 1990s. In the middle of that decade, the troupe developed an Eastern-themed show called Dralion. The show focused on Chinese acrobatics and became a huge hit, running for about 13 years. In 2010, the show was revived for arena...

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Heroic puppetry, but how late? Hot Summer Nights / Theatre Raleigh's AVENUE Q

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 6:23 PM

photo by Lauren KennedyThe cast of Hot Summer Nights / Theatre Raleigh's AVENUE QAVENUE Q4 stars (out of 5)Hot Summer Nights / Theatre RaleighFletcher Opera House, Progress Energy Centerthrough Aug. 19www.hotsummernightsatthekennedy.org It’s hard enough being one character on stage in a musical. In Hot Summer Nights / Theater Raleigh’s lively production of AVENUE Q, Heather Maggs, Adam Poole and Erik and Annie Floor play ten. They’re the heroic puppeteers animating, speaking and singing the roles of the self-described “people of fur” (and fuzz) who occupy this slightly scuzzy neighborhood well beyond the city’s high-rent district. And since their characters weave...

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

It's wrestling, but is it art? Food trucks and smackdowns tonight in Raleigh

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Shonna GreenwellA superstar from the late ’90s Southern Championship Wrestling sceneThere’s art to be found in men beating the crap out of each other. There is also wholesome, family entertainment located there too. Just ask Rebus Works owner Shonna Greenwell. Today, the men of local wrestling outfit GOUGE Wrestling will be smashing and bashing outside her arts and crafts gallery, entertaining spectators as they take part in another one of Rebus Works’s Food Truck Rodeo. So, just how did an art gallery owner hook up with a bunch of tights-wearing bruisers? Well, for starters, she lived next to one for...

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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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