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Comment Archives: Stories: Arts: Arts Feature

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

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)":

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.

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

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

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

I enjoyed reading this article for the information about the printing process and our local artisian who is up to his inky finger nails in doing it his way, but i also was pleased and often amused by the writer of the article, or maybe it was really a story. I dunno.

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Posted by edkane on 10/08/2014 at 3:44 PM

Re: “An ardent enterprise

It was as bright and shining night...couldn't feel any better about being there!!

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Posted by Chris Saladino on 08/24/2014 at 2:12 AM

Re: “Local bearded man attends beard competition, flees in mortal terror

TBAM, the club in question is set to do a lot of good in raleigh. I cant even comprehend why a writer for a small, local paper would want to tear them down, especially in such a catty, public way.
Something about this article has a special stink, (and I'm not talking about the aromatic handcrafted beard oils).

The author does everyone a disservice, and this article insults the efforts of;
Everyone who came out, everyone who spent countless hours to pull it off, everyone who spent months planning this event, everyone who competed, everyone who donated money, time and supplies to make the event a success.
There were a lot of selfless, hardworking individuals that helped put on the competition, for no other reasons than to help charity and have fun doing it.

I'm not going to attack the author's person, or what his article says about his own personality. If you read between the lines, it says enough, (or should I say, a lot). I'm also not going to make pointless quips about his sexual preferences, or why he doesnt partake in the humble joys of craft beer and bacon, for no other reason than it is no business of mine.

This is, indeed, a poor excuse for a newspaper article. It seems much more like a personal blog, and would be more at home in the pages of a diary than a magazine. It is clear, that he drew, in his estimation, the proverbial "short straw" in the Indy's staffroom and had come out with no intention of having a good time. If this were the case, it is completely understandable that the point of the whole thing went so far over his head that he didnt even bother to look up.
It's not about gender.
It's not about prizes.
It's not about making yourself look like an alien.
It's not about women looking for lumberjacks.
It's not about "beard culture".
It's not even about beards.

It's about fun for a good cause. Charity. Giving to a good organization and not even asking for a thank you. So many people bought raffle tickets as an excuse to donate more to the cause.

It was awfully convenient to leave the whole charity aspect out of the article altogether, whatever the "reason". No one would take that seriously, it would be way too honest; "Local bearded man sulks at beard and moustache competition, thousands of dollars raised for local charity"

He ought to have let one of the crafty bearded ladies purchase him a libation of his choice.

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Posted by thevoiceofreason on 07/26/2014 at 3:00 AM

Re: “Local bearded man attends beard competition, flees in mortal terror

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Posted by Jim Vititow on 07/24/2014 at 2:12 PM

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