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Friday, April 29, 2011

Now clean and sober, Steve-O doesn't "have to hurt himself anymore"

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 11:01 AM

steveo.comThere are many dumb things Steve-O regrets. Taking a leap from a plane without a parachute into an ocean is one of them. There was also that time he got an unemployed registered nurse to intravenously fill him with five ounces of vodka. And, of course, there was that rap album. But now that he’s 36 years old and three years sober, the Jackass crew’s rowdiest, most extreme daredevil has became more serene and cautious these days. (Viewers of the last, cinematic Jackass outing, Jackass 3D, may have noticed how he sat out the more dangerous stunts, but still took...

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Met's Nixon in China, to be rebroadcast tonight, is a spectacular success

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Ken Howard/ Metropolitan OperaJames Maddalena (left) and Janis Kelly (second from right) as Richard and Pat Nixon with dancer Haruno Yamazaki and Kanji SegawaNIXON IN CHINAMetropolitan OperaRebroadcast @Regal Brier Creek, Regal North Hills6:30 p.m., March 2; tickets here The Metropolitan Opera’s HD re-broadcast of the most recent in its series of simulcasts is coming up tonight, and anyone interested in either contemporary music or global power politics may want to clear the evening’s calendar for the presentation of this wonderful new production of one of the 20th century’s great operas. Nixon in China, with its thrilling score by John Adams...

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Friday, December 17, 2010

The "legacy" of TRON is real: Looking back at a ground-breaking movie

Posted By on Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 10:08 AM

DisneyJeff Bridges returns to TRONThe one thing you need to know about TRON: It isn’t a great movie, but it’s an important one. Released in the summer of 1982, at the end of the first computer game boom, TRON tried to plug into the immense popularity of video arcades. The plot, such as it is, follows Flynn (Jeff Bridges), a software programmer whose game designs have been stolen by an unscrupulous tech exec. When Flynn breaks into the corporate mainframe looking for proof, the computer’s Master Control Program abducts Flynn, digitizing him and forcing him to fight in the very...

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Friday, October 1, 2010

It's Pandemonium, but only through Sunday; rest of tour cancelled

Posted By on Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Squonkaphones in PandemoniumPANDEMONIUM Raleigh Memorial AuditoriumThrough Oct. 3Whether it's the haunting overtures made by glass bottlebellows or the claxon of squonkaphones and bicycle horns, Pandemonium, a new show by Stomp creators Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, found numerous ways to inspire its Raleigh Memorial Auditorium audience last night. But this is no Stomp redux. Instead, the Lost and Found Orchestra pursues a distinctly different melodic strategy. Unfortunately, Pandemonium is coming to an end only two weeks after the tour began in Miami. Today, the producers announced that after Sunday's performance, the remainder of the tour will be canceled. As reported...

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Slumdog Millionaire composer A.R. Rahman discusses his Wednesday show at RBC Center

Posted By on Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 2:21 PM

arrahmanlive.comThe prolific A.R. Rahman performs at RBC Center tonight.A.R. Rahman's multimedia spectacular, the Indian equivalent of Lady Gaga's Monster Ball, rolls into Raleigh for one last American tour date before he opens the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. We spoke to Rahman last week, and he told us that his double Oscar win for Slumdog Millionaire was "the ultimate, a dream come true for any musician." It has certainly made him the most recognizable desi musician in the West. His Bollywood film scores include the Oscar-nominated Lagaan, such hits as "Chaiyya Chaiyya" from Dil Se and Bombay Dreams (named ninth in...

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Prairie Home confessions: The news from Symphony Lake

Posted By on Thu, Sep 16, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Photo by Andrew HarrerGarrison Keillor, with glassesIn my car on the way to Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary last Saturday, I tuned my radio to NPR just in time to hear Garrison Keillor say “Lutherans,” followed by riotous laughter. It didn’t really matter what the set-up had been: It was one of many comfortingly familiar cues built into Prairie Home Companion, Keillor’s long-running radio variety show. You hear the word “Lutheran” and you know to laugh. (See also “Internet,” “latte” and “vegan.”) My significant other and I don’t disagree about much. Prairie Home Companion is a notable exception. She won’t...

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Stalking the Norris: The Bloody Cinema of ActionFest

Posted By on Mon, May 17, 2010 at 3:37 AM

The bullet-ridden, blood-splattered poster outside Carolina Cinemas Asheville declares ActionFest “the film festival with a body count.” Indeed, over the next few days I’ll see about every possible way for a human being to be shot, impaled, exploded or receive a roundhouse kick to the head on camera. A few efforts might even be Oscar-worthy, head-kicks and all. I’ve driven to inaugural edition of the festival (held April 15-18), out of a desire to see some films that have been earning buzz on the festival circuit, and for the more elusive opportunity to meet action star/unlikely ironic pop-cultural icon Chuck...

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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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Friday, December 11, 2009

On TV: Kate Gosselin spotted in Raleigh -- for new show?

Posted By on Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 1:49 PM

In the "oh, no, not again" category of pop culture news, Kate Gosselin of "Jon & Kate Plus 8" fame was spotted by WRAL "working" for a day in a Raleigh eatery this week, probably for some new reality show. The hush-hush location shoot is not the only North Carolina showbiz connection for the octo-mom with the Flock of Seagulls hairdo. Her recently-canceled reality series on TLC was shot for three years by Figure 8 Films in Carrboro, which created the series. (Figure 8 did not respond to repeated requests by The Independent Weekly for an interview this year, when...

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Hillsborough house of horrors

Posted By on Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Who wouldn't want to live in a house where a strangely indestructible white-masked serial killer began his reign of terror? For many horror fans, Kenny Caperton is living the dream. Caperton is the owner and proprietor of the Myers House North Carolina, a Victorian residence in rural Hillsborough designed to replicate the veneer of the house used as the residence of the Myers family in John Carpenter's horror classics Halloween and Halloween II. He moved into the house in March 2009. Since then, it's served as the base for a number of local horror events, and will celebrate its...

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Thrill the world: A tribute to Michael Jackson

Posted By on Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 8:24 AM

DURHAM—At 8:30 Saturday night, Oct. 24, Michael Jackson fans gathered at The Pavilion at Durham Central Park for a tribute to the late entertainer calledThrill the World. It was a part of a worldwide event meant to synchronize participants at 12:30 a.m. UTC/GMT doing a dance similar to the one in Jackson’s “Thriller” music video. The first“Thriller” dance took place in Toronto in 2006, in an affair that drew 62 people and set the Guinness Book of World Records' "record" for most “Thriller” dancers in one place and time. By last year, the event had gone global and attracted more...

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Friday, October 30, 2009

The hunt for fried October: the food horrors at the N.C. State Fair

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 7:48 PM

It's the next-to-last night of the North Carolina State Fair, and my friends and I are stalking the fairgrounds in search of deep-fried butter. Everyone we've talked with claims that it's here, but no one's actually seen it. Since Oprah Winfrey shared the flash-frozen sticks covered in batter with her audience at the Texas State Fair earlier this month, everyone has wondered if it will make its way to North Carolina. And rumors are flying around. "It's like the Loch Ness Monster," says James Rice of the booth Rice's Corn and Lemonade. "Everyone claims they've heard it's here, but...

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

The night Vegas came to town

Posted By on Sat, Oct 17, 2009 at 8:19 AM

From Indy contributor Rebekah L. Cowell: Listen up high rollers, times are a-changin' in Chatham County. The County's no longer dry and word has it the casino's coming to town. Tonight, Bynum Front Porch hosts its second annual casino night, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Now before the righteous citizens of Pittsboro decide it's time for an ole timey revival, remember that gambling funds go to help the county's kids. All money raised will fund scholarships and programming for two nonprofit community organizations, the Bynum Front Porch,and Chatham Arts Council. Last year's funds helped send two local young...

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Myrick brings the anti-Muslim witch hunt to Fox News (where else?)

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 3:02 PM

If you've been watching cable news lately -- you poor soul -- you may be aware that four Republican lawmakers are promoting a new right-wing-media-inspired witch hunt. No, we're not talking about ACORN-bashing or "czar" paranoia here. Them's old news, partner. But did ... did ...did you know that Muslim spies are infiltrating Congress?! So says loon fringer David Gaubatz, co-author of Muslim Mafia: Inside the Secret Underworld That's Conspiring to Islamize America, published by World Net Daily Books. (World Net Daily, for those of you lucky enough not to know, is a "conservative " Web site that has...

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Chilly Wintour at center of The September Issue

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 3:30 PM

The Indy's Neil Morris reviewed RJ Cutler's The September Issue here, and recently, Karlie Justus, the Indy's fashion contributor, saw the film and offered her thoughts: Fashion, as both an industry and obsession, has emerged as a popular focus of the reality television genre, with shows such as Project Runway, America's Next Top Model, The Hills and The Rachel Zoe Project. They take us middle-Americans down the runway, behind the camera and into the sewing room, without us ever having to leave the couch. Accordingly, The September Issue's look into the nine-month process that went into creating Vogue's largest...

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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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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Cirques Go Berserk

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 2:19 PM

A male dancer catapults himself onto a small table on center stage. He slowly moves into a handstand, then contorts himself to lay perpendicular to the stage, supported by one hand. The audience clapped and cheered. It could only be a Cirque trick. But which Cirque? Obviously, what comes first to mind is Cirque du Soleil. I’ve never seen Cirque du Soleil live, but I grew up devoted to it on TV. Back in Bravo’s pre-Project Runway days, they used to air a lot of Cirque du Soleil specials, thus providing one of my first introductions to what...

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