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Comment Archives: Events: 1 Star

Re: “Rosé and Romance

How ironic that I just wrote two blog posts this week on sexual harassment and wrote in conclusion that I did think we were getting better, although we have far to go. This? This is not getting better. This is a steaming pile of sexism and I'm embarrassed for both the writer and whatever editor approved this. You think you're being funny, but the rule in comedy is that you should always "punch up" and not down. You can crack jokes about people for being hypocritical or careless with their power. You don't take a subject that is popular particularly with women and then make fun of them for it. That's cheap and crass. You should know better. You should do better.

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Posted by Amy Jo Cousins on 07/31/2014 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Rosé and Romance

Wow, you guys are really on the "we think we're edgy" but we're really sexist train here. I won't bore you or Mr. Smith with the extraordinary accomplishments of these four women or the phenomenal success of romance in the publishing world. I will ask: If this night had featured authors who wrote books about murder, incest, dismemberment, or random violence against women, would you have written such a condescending blurb?

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Posted by Dabney Grinnan on 07/31/2014 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Bubonik Funk, George Tisdale Band, Roshambeaux

You must have clearly not been there on the 3rd when they just played there, badassery is only the beginning of what I would describe I saw and heard on stage.

Oh, and that middle slot you were talking about? They didn't show up and not even the venue knew why....pro

Posted by MasterTom on 07/12/2013 at 2:19 PM

Re: “The Thermals, Pipe

thanks for ignoring pipe. What, they don't have curled up mustaches and drink pabst. Or they're just too old?

Posted by Remo on 05/30/2013 at 2:39 PM

Re: “The Rite of Spring

Hideous. Do not waste your time or money. My tickets were gratis. My time is not.

With all due respect to the below mentioned choreographer....acclaimed by who?
Christopher Stowell's acclaimed 2009 version, choreographed for Oregon Ballet Theatre.

Do not attend...

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Solange on 03/12/2013 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Automag

Sorry to disagree with your review here Chris but where did you see Automag Live exactly?? These guys are one of the BEST live acts I've ever seen. Great stage presence. Original material plus some howling covers. And they actually BACK UP the image they portray on stage. Yes, they have a Redneck/Johnston County/Proud Country Boy vibe. Thats what they deliver. Every time I have gone to see them. What other songbook would you recommend they take thier influence from if that is the image they are selling exactly?? Dissappointed in your description of them sir. If your going to review a band how about talking about the talent level. Singers vocal chops. Musical ability. Does the band sink well? How did the crowd react? These are things I look for and I believe other do as well.

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Posted by Dean Da Costa Pratt on 08/16/2012 at 10:18 PM

Re: “Safe N Sane Halloween Celebration

It was awful...I mean come on it was sponsered by the town of cary, bj's and cary towne center and the candy was gone from most stores at 5:50pm when the trick or treating portion was not even scheduled to start until 6pm?!?!?! town of cary website and cary towne center websites advertised the event start at the same time 5:50pm and end at two different times (one said 7:30 the other said 8pm)???? Then visitraleigh.com had it all wrong and said it started at 2:30-4:30pm??? What? I have never been to a mall to trick or treat before and if this is what it is like I will never do it again. The whole thing was just too weird!

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jennifer Barrow Trabold on 10/31/2011 at 11:00 PM

Re: “Bertha Young

arrived at 630pm for dinner and drinks at Prime Smokehouse and was asked at 830pm to pay the cover charge to listen to band. We had no intention of staying as long as we did. But wanted to patronize a local business. Why would you ask a couple who had eaten and drank over $50.00 worth to pay an additional cover? There was no one in the place. Less than 15 people total including the staff. No wait for tables. No lines forming at the door. And we were asked (by the owner) to pay the cover charge in order to stay so he could pay the band!!!! Inappropriate and an all around bad call. ALL about the $$$$ and not the service.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Sassyone Plummer on 08/05/2011 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Lizh CD release

I feel like I should make a quick update of my review, having attended the show:

seriously? after being over-hyped by a deluge of pre-photoshop quality posters and single-handedly threatening Facebook with the same manner of indiscretion that came to define the talentless horde of myspace...I maybe expected a little something. In her defense, Lizh did provide a very little something, but it was mostly an after-school special on what not to do when people are watching.

This entire experience is nothing more than a case study that will one day be used in a business school. This notion of "if you build it, they will come" is getting tired, and if the turnout on Friday is any indication - clearly we need to build something better before anyone comes.

Posted by wolfwolfwolf on 07/12/2011 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Carolina Rollergirls

The Carolina RollerGirls are a nice idea that stumbles and falls -

I would love to say that my Carolina Rollergirls roller derby experience was just awesome, a real asset to the Raleigh. I really would, because the Triangle needs more entertainment choices, especially unusual faire. But alas, this was so “on the edge” I feel off into the abyss. My fiancé and I took my child ($35) to the June 11 charity matches at Dorton Arena. I went in with expectations, here they are in one overlong sentence.
I expected something like the movie Rollerball, in comfortable seats at an air conditioned arena watching scantily clad, athletic women in matching outfits on a banked track with appropriate lighting, a good public address system with competent voice talent interspersed with rock’in music snippets – basically like a Carolina Hurricanes game but in a smaller venue and lady athletes instead of men.
What I got was none of the above. Rather than bitch and moan about the particulars, just imagine the reverse of everything in the aforementioned paragraph. We stayed for exactly one thirty minute ‘match’ and got the hell out of that furnace. I figured as long as I’ve spent thirty five bucks to learn a lesson, I’d save at least a few of you the trouble and warn you against this activity. There is nothing very good about it, as was evidenced by the 97 people in attendance (I counted) which rivaled the number of participants, staff, EMS, security, concessions and support crew (60) It was so slow and boring I actually had time to count. Sad. If it were not a charity event, I would have demanded my money back. C’est la vie. Of course, this is all just an opinion, and like a**holes, everybody had one, here’s mine.
As a public service, here’s five things the Rollergirls folks could do to make it even watchable until it all falls apart due to lack of interest in a couple years.
1) PA - I literally understood nothing the announcer said (glad there wasn’t a fire!) so no one seemed to really know what was going on. This was a key flaw, as it would have engaged patrons on some level. At the very least - rent, steal or otherwise acquire a decent PA system, if for safety if nothing else. It’d be nice if it didn’t fail during the National Anthem, at least.
2) A banked track – Watching people skate around on a flat circle at skipping speeds can be done at any cul-de-sac in the suburbs. Instead, borders were marked by duct tape…really. Boring.
3) Scheduling - Any event held in June in the mid afternoon without air-conditioning is just stupid. It’s also dangerous to people with certain medical conditions and older folks. Shame on you.
4) The Ladies – you’re probably great people and terrific athletes, so find a sport that treats you with the respect you deserve. If you like the fringe element, then show some skin, get rude and sexy and let it all hang out. Currently, you seem like fit but mislead soccer moms.
5) Let it go - The women's flat track roller derby league based in Raleigh should let this antiquated sport die a natural death, like the ‘hoop and stick’ fun grandma enjoyed. Continuing seems like a waste of resources and talents better utilized elsewhere.

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Posted by DBowden on 06/11/2011 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Angels in America

Went with very HIGH expectations and ready to sit for many hours. Very psyched to finally see this Pulitzer Prize winning play. All I can say, in all honesty is that this show sucked. Bigtime. The direction was poor, the acting was not true to character, but what about the turbid, hackneyed, unfunny script! I don't care if I'm in the minority. Both my friend and I left at the first intermission.

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Posted by SoniaK on 02/23/2011 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Red River, Jenna & the Jentlemen, Big Picture

I was expecting this band to be a lot better than it is, considering level of talent coming from the musicians involved. However, I was disappointed by the mediocre sound. The vocals are alright, but obviously nothing special. Blah.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Apple on 01/27/2011 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Nanook of the North

AS a scholar who has specialized in Flaherty studies for many years, I appreciate the humor in your piece, and actually love the contemporary casting,. Your review however makes it sound as if the film is a joke and that no one should see it. Everyone should see this film. It is an important part of North American cultural heritage, as subject too often slammed by supposedly ironic comments such as yours. Time to go post-po-mo and look at the world with a kind eye.

Betsy A. McLane, Ph.D.

Posted by documentarydiva on 10/20/2010 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Nanook of the North

Re.: "some question as to whether traditional Inuit dress ever included the kicky polar bear-skin pants" As one who's lived in Canada's Arctic since the 1980's and worked with the Nunavut Department of education, I can assure you that the cultural advisers (Inuit Elders) working for the Dept of Education were quite clear that those"kicky polar bear-skin pants" are, when available, the best cold weather pants for hunting in the Arctic.

Posted by MediaMentor on 10/19/2010 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Luego, Schooner

I keep listening to their music, cease to be blown away or even impressed to say the least. Worth seeing live if it's free, not put together enough to dish out any money.

Posted by Rich Havens on 09/30/2010 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Scumfest

Wow, does the IW not care about hiring actual journalists anymore? I can't believe that all the people who actually graduated with a degree in journalism were so busy that they were forced to hire this guy.

Posted by dudeface on 09/09/2010 at 8:02 AM

Re: “The Year of Empty Wine Bottles

If only there was a way of giving 0 stars... this is one of the worst productions I've ever seen. The audience should get paid to watch this sort of trash. A masturbatory work, it explores obvious ideas and themes related to wine - nothing new, enlightening, or interesting. Performers are mediocre at best. Don't waste your time or money on the show, use it to buy yourself a nice bottle of wine instead!

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by prefers better art on 07/16/2010 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, Vince Williams

They have a GREAT sound, vintagey, Rockabilly, old-jazzy. ALSO, completely unintelligeable singing enunciation, seriously. I thought she was singing in Swedish, like a Swedish Ethel Murman, maybe possessed by Bjork having a joke on us, with a touch of Bjork screetch. (Or maybe imitating Dead Can Dance's imaginary language?)
100% Less understandable than Saturday Night Live's Buckwheat singing "Wookin Pa Nub in all Da Wong Pwaces.."
It will probably be awesome background music if you need to concentrate on studies. The teenage hipsters were just loving it though, dancing in unison.

Posted by Rimmer H. Q on 05/22/2010 at 3:38 AM

Re: “Chicago

1-star rating for yet another Indy music review showing contempt for its readers by blandly insulting their tastes. Why do you even bother, Indy? Why not just post this image anytime you're discussing music that isn't hip and ironic: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/improvised-blog/snob.jpg

You'll save tons of time!

Posted by Boooooooo on 05/17/2010 at 4:36 PM

Re: “BrickMagic LEGO Festival

Rose, what rose? More like what a rip-off. My 7 year old went there to build a rose for his mom. Where did it say for your 20 bucks it was BYOR! There were some nice builds, although they were leaning and bit shopworn from all the set-ups and take-downs of the Lego circuit. We could not even buy new Lego sets at any price. There was a guy there selling 2nd hand parts obviously bought from retired Lego'rs on the internet, packaged randomly into in ziploc baggies, and then sold for prices that made the Lego store look cheep!

Very disappointing!

Posted by dadof4 on 05/09/2010 at 2:03 PM

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