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Re: “With foam and felt, a local puppeteer tries to make a mainstream career and a case for cannabis

A minor correction: I'm the retired Town Manager of Knightdale, not Wake Forest.

We did a background check on Chris before we agreed to do the Kidz Newz with him. The puppets he uses for the Kidz Newz is different than he uses for the Green Report and he's never been arrested.

As for my opinion about legalizing marijuana, I have no use for it, but it's obvious that continuing to spend billions of dollars to fight it, the smart thing would be to legalize and regulate it. We should have learned our lesson with prohibition of alcohol. Same thing.

Gary McConkey

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Posted by Gary McConkey on 04/25/2015 at 3:50 PM

Re: “With foam and felt, a local puppeteer tries to make a mainstream career and a case for cannabis

Saw the Indy cover and immediately knew I had to read the article. I really love that he uses his puppetry for both the community access kids show, and pro-cannabis YouTube puppet show. The article took a hard turn when it delved into the conspiracy theories. Occam's razor is a fantastic concept! It's a pity that the most plausible idea to some involves such amazing complexity.

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Posted by MikeF on 04/24/2015 at 2:52 PM

Re: “With foam and felt, a local puppeteer tries to make a mainstream career and a case for cannabis

Anybody who has an infowars bumper sticker can't be all bad.

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 04/23/2015 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Famed lyric poet Nathaniel Mackey unites modernism, jazz and poets near and far

Thanks for this incisive piece. Nathaniel Mackey has more to say then any one poet since he embraces all worlds.

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Posted by Dale BrightMoment Hardman on 01/01/2015 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Famed lyric poet Nathaniel Mackey unites modernism, jazz and poets near and far

Thanks, Chris. This is a splendid tribute to Nate.

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Posted by Hassan Melehy on 12/10/2014 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Indies Arts Awards: Samuel Montgomery-Blinn unites the many realms of North Carolina sci-fi and fantasy literature

Sam also does a great job of bringing authors to the airwaves via Carolina Book Beat on local community radio station WCOM 103.5 FM several Monday mornings each month. Check out www.carolinabookbeat.com.

Posted by Audrey Layden on 11/18/2014 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Indies Arts Awards: Girls Rock NC shifts the rock band dialogue, one summer camp at a time

Girls Rock has been a powerful influence in my daughters' lives. It's incredibly helpful to have people other than their parents telling them that as girls, they're strong and they're smart and what they have to say is important. Thanks, Girls Rock!

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Posted by ABJ on 11/14/2014 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Indies Arts Awards: Van Alston uses his bars and bank account to boost bands

Van is a big hearted cantankerous dude. I worked with him back in the early 90s at Crowleys of Stonehenge right before he opened the Comet. I was a cook and he tended the bar a few nights a week. He would always lend a poor soul a twenty and buy you a beer. He let me work the door for his Comet winter solstice party and I made more in four hours than I made in two weeks cooking. I sorely needed that money. He rocked then and he rocks now. Thanks Van.

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Posted by alanmyers1 on 11/12/2014 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Indies Arts Awards: Samuel Montgomery-Blinn unites the many realms of North Carolina sci-fi and fantasy literature

It is wonderful to see Sam honored in this way. He deserves the recognition for the countless things he's does for writers and readers in the Triangle and the state. He's helped me and my students in more ways than I can number.

Congratulations, Sam!

John Kessel
NC State University

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Posted by John Kessel on 11/12/2014 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Indies Arts Awards: Samuel Montgomery-Blinn unites the many realms of North Carolina sci-fi and fantasy literature

I would like to attest that Sam Montgomery-Blinn is a true force for good. Sam is intelligent, enthusiastic, kind, deeply learned, with seemingly indefatigable energy to unite the disparate parts of the Triangle's community of science fiction writers, readers, and teachers. I am thrilled that Sam was named the recipient of the Indy Arts Award.

I would make only one emendation to the article. Sam's achievements as a community builder are, in fact, tangible. One need only go to a gathering of folk who cluster around him to meet the best of established speculative fiction writers as well as up-and-coming writers. Shake someone's hand. That's the tangible feel of community, of camaraderie, and of friendships, new and old, made possible by Sam's work.

Bravo, Sam. So well-deserved.

--Professor Tyler Curtain
UNC Chapel Hill, Department of English and Comparative Literature, 2017 President of the Modern Language Associate Discussion Group on Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction.

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Posted by Tyler Curtain on 11/12/2014 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Indies Arts Awards: Van Alston uses his bars and bank account to boost bands

I saw The Yayhoos at The Brewery and it changed my life. Best show I've ever been to and I've seen just about all the big Rock & Roll acts from the past. Also them at Slim's.... Thanks Van for what you do for the Artist who come around your world and the community!

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Posted by David Melvin Gresham on 11/12/2014 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Indies Arts Awards: Van Alston uses his bars and bank account to boost bands

It's fitting that the coolest bar in Raleigh is owned by the coolest cat in Raleigh.

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Posted by murdoch623 on 11/12/2014 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Indies Arts Awards: Van Alston uses his bars and bank account to boost bands

Like the Brewery before it, Slims is a place where you might see some performances that change your life. Every time I see one of my favorite bands in town at some other venue and they ask where to go for drinks after the show someone inevitably directs them to Slims. It's that kinda place. Thanks Mr. Alston!

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Posted by Remo on 11/12/2014 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Monster's Ball comes back to Ninth Street

Nice article

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Posted by deejay C.Geez on 10/30/2014 at 7:02 PM

Re: “Visit Raleigh's little shop of horrors

Thanks, Brian! Zack is a great guy and we enjoyed having him in... I just think that he got a little excited. We don't fault him for that. We enjoy the Indy, and would welcome the chance to carry it in store.

Thanks again for your professionalism.

Warm regards,
R. Sterling

Posted by Mr.Sterling on 10/22/2014 at 4:03 PM

Re: “Visit Raleigh's little shop of horrors

Mr. Sterling, this is Zack's editor, Brian Howe -- I apologize for the error. Will correct the text now.

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Posted by Brian Howe, INDY arts & culture editor on 10/22/2014 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Visit Raleigh's little shop of horrors

Hi Zack, Rod here from the Little Leviathan.

I would like to make a very important correction to your article (and part of the reason I asked to see it before press). You list us as having a two headed *SEA TURTLE*. What you saw was a box turtle, not a sea turtle. Owning a sea turtle in any capacity is illegal.

We work closely with the NC Wildlife Enforcement officers to make certain that we are in full compliance with all state and federal laws, and will continue to do so in the future.

Thanks for the article, it was (mostly) great!

-R. Sterling, Proprietor

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Posted by Mr.Sterling on 10/22/2014 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Highway to Hell: Take a haunted house road trip

"Celebrity Pumpkins (Part 2)":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_peT8hd26s

The horror, the horror!

Posted by Roger Tyson on 10/22/2014 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Durham's Horse & Buggy Press combines the oldest and latest printing techniques in unique books

Great article, and right on about what makes Dave's work at H&B stand out -- design sense + willingness and ability to work with the full range of available technologies. Thanks for shining some well-deserved light on his work specifically, and this kind of work in general.

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Posted by Josh Hockensmith on 10/09/2014 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Durham's Horse & Buggy Press combines the oldest and latest printing techniques in unique books

Big thanks to Brian Howe and The Indy for the article.
I did want to let folks know the Upfront Gallery is open EVERY Thursday and Friday from 11am–2pm if people are interested in checking out our work or the guest artist exhibits — and we will be open the next two Saturdays, Oct 11 and 18, from 9am-Noon.
Also, I will be giving an show and share talk at the downtown Durham County Library on Thursday, Dec 4 at 7:00pm and will have many books available for handling.

Dave Wofford | Horse & Buggy Press

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Posted by Dave Wofford on 10/08/2014 at 5:23 PM

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