Despite decades of theater-going, including four separate full productions of Love's Labour's Lost (for some reason), this is my first time seeing Hamlet on stage. I knew I could count on LGP to knock it out of the park, which they did. Congratulation to all!
Nice Byron. Scuttles is a word I have missed and is invariably misused. Congratulations to all for rolling on and up.
Thanks Stacie and Sam. There is way too much going on in the Triangle to cover everything here (which is why living here is great), so the more events the merrier in the comments section.
the Bull's Head bookshop in Chapel Hill also has readings: i've posted a link to some of them here i hope that's okay.
... and Scott Westerfeld (Sep 24) and Jason Mott (Oct 1) ...
Fantastic coverage of the great bookstores we have here. And totally awesome that Gibson is coming back to Durham for his new book!
Between now and the fall, some more excellent goings-on for bookish folks: Lev Grossman (Thursday Aug 28), John Scalzi (Aug 28 and Aug 29), Stuart Rojstaczer (Sep 11), Kim Harrison (Sep 12), John Darnielle (Sep 18 and 22), ...
That's corrected now, above. Thanks, Devra.
Minor correction, please: The Common Ground Theatre fundraiser will be held Saturday, September 13th. Not the 3rd as listed in the article. Thanks.
It was as bright and shining night...couldn't feel any better about being there!!
So glad I saw this show at the Eno. Some of the work made my jaw drop because it was so powerful; all of it was inspirational to this artist. Far too long ago I was one of Mr. Saltzman's students. Looking back on those student years, I believe he was one of two two-dimensional art profs who deserved to be there (granted, there were a couple profs I never had), and in fact were the reason we all enrolled there. His teaching was solid and he worked closely with those who wanted extra help. Yet the clearest picture of him I have in my mind from those days is him brandishing a double-sided razor bade and free-handedly cutting a mat in one swift stroke. The angels are still singing the beauty of that.
The story itself is incomplete. Our story, The Story, is being lived now. The Painted Bird is not an end unto itself. It is a symbol of hope renewed, magic revived, and balance recognized as a thing worth working toward. We point out that bridges need to be built, not that we have built them. No, unfortunately the Painted Bird will not save us from ourselves, we'll have to be the ones who do that.
Lazy stereotypes abound
If we had the answers we'd certainly give them. All we have are questions and the desire to inspire. Art is a mirror.
Emily Weinstein actually does have a legal leg to stand on, as the federal VARA legislation has been called upon by numerous mural artists whose work has been destroyed under similar circumstances. And I don't particularly blame her for not wanting to participate in a meeting called by the group that destroyed her work without bothering to get in touch with her. She told me that she would rather spend her time making new work than spend time helping Caktus heal their public image. She's hurt -- her life's work is gone. And Caktus has shown alacrity by... putting a post on their blog. Time is ticking off and other than that they've done zilch, which makes me wonder how sincere the remorse and shame really is. I don't really understand why a public meeting would take time to put together, and I wonder if they're waiting until enough time passes that they feel safe enough to not call a meeting at all. I hope they get their act together very soon. And in my opinion, this is a cultural disaster for Durham. I've spent a lot of time with the mural with my kids over the years. Our family shed tears when we saw Caktus' gray wall, and I know plenty of others who can say the same. It might not be a disaster for everyone, of course. Different parts of a city become different parts of our lives. For instance, if the Durham Bulls moved away I wouldn't care at all -- the team isn't important to me. But I know friends next door who would mourn that for the rest of their lives. And I care about my friends and neighbors, so I would sympathize. I hope that you, badpoetry, could find a way to sympathize too.
It is truly sad when the Indy does not present the whole story and presents only biased news coverage based on an artist's feelings. One cannot passively stand by and expect any community to protect what you see as your identity - if it's that important you should actively be protecting it and restoring it and educating others as to what it is about. Additionally, the artist actualy has no legal leg to stand on, if researched further this would become evident to the author. And Caktus has shown considerable alacrity in addressing this by offering to have a public forum (that once again the artist passively bows out of) and expressing remorse and shame which is something most companies would not do. And finally, NO, this is not "a disaster." Tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, homeless people needing food those are all disasters. This is a spun biased piece of news, which isn't news at all.
No one has yet posted Valerie Macon's resume in order to enable the public to make educated comments on this situation. I presume that "elitist" was not the word intended, but rather something like the word clique (Sp?) is what happens in all poetry societies, I believe, and also Arts Councils. There always seems to be an "in" group that gets and gives all the attention and it is difficult to crack the system unless one self-publishes as she did. Macon's mind may be overflowing with ideas to share with students. I'd like to see an interview with her to see whether what she has done already is the sum of herlifelong contributions, or whether she is bursting with enthusiasm to locate a readership with whom to share her current and developing convictions. We have no idea of who she really is. No mainline media will review self-published poets or authors so we haven't read about her. The Governor must have had some kind of reliable insider information to have gone out on a limb with the appointment.
I've always been in the camp that anyone can (and should!) make art and share it however they want, or not at all. Community arts programs make that available all around NC and with technology it's becoming even easier. However, I don't think it is in any way elitist to have a practiced writer and teacher serving as poet laureate, especially if they only have 2 years to do the work. It doesn't leave much time to learn on the job. I hope that Ms. Macon continues to write and finds other ways to serve her community through art.
This attitude clearly exhibits the very elitist mentality the governor was addressing. How do you know she couldn't do the job, she wasn't even given the chance. Thank you for supporting the very walls that keep the "regular poetry" followers out. I think the four of you should be ashamed of what you put this poor lady through. For a group that should be leading the way to celebrate a skill that we celebrate from the tobacco barns and lament the way that these voices are "drowned out" in today's world, you surely turned the faucet on one that was trying to be heard. For one that has always been proud of his North Carolina writing heritage, you have given me pause.
Answers: not much and no.
You're a nice guy, Julian.
However, the reviewer and I still disagree on whether the chrononauts controlled the behavior of the three women or the three women, through their respective desires, controlled the the actions of the chrononauts.
I wonder if Bryon Woods opinion of those extras would have been different of the women had arrived at the island on a stylized steamship?
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