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Re: “Theater review: A moving and joyous production of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity

I had questions about this as well. In my research before writing, I found the catalog webpage for the play from Dramatic Publishing, which licenses the performance rights for the work and sells its scripts. The listing includes this notice: "Black Nativity is designed for you to add the music of your choice (from spirituals to traditional carols or your original compositions) and dance." As I understand, there's a very robust tradition of companies doing that with this work.

Thanks for writing.

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Posted by Byron Woods on 12/18/2014 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Theater review: A moving and joyous production of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity

how can the "magical numbers ..been freely modified, with the creator's blessing,
from the original 1961 version," since Hughes is deceased, UNLESS he, in his will,
said 'do what you want with it' or something like that. Howard M. Romaine

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Posted by harold romaro on 12/17/2014 at 2:03 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

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: “Theater review: Chicago composer John Kander doesn't stick The Landing

Perhaps our reviewer was in a bad mood.

I have to agree with the counter-review by Rich Haney. I found the performance of The Landing delightful all the way through from the story-telling frame of the first story and the fine and believable performance of the child actor, Neil Bullard, to the laugh-out-loud funny second story, The Brick, with the romantic and antic dance/song by actors Mark Ridenour and Erin Tito, and the finale with a moving tale of the late-in-life adoption of the perfect son by a gay couple (perfection is always suspect!).

I loved the music and the movement and John Allore's comedic skills. Hats off to a fine performance by all actors and musicians and director Paul Frellick.

Don't miss it!

Evelyn Daniel, Carrboro

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Posted by Evelyn Daniel on 11/07/2014 at 2:23 PM

Re: “Theater review: Chicago composer John Kander doesn't stick The Landing

The following represents a different perspective.,,

Sometimes classical music fans enjoy a symphony concert, and at other times a chamber music concert of Beethoven’s “late quartets”. Sometimes it is great to see a large-scale musical on Broadway or on tour at DPAC and enjoy big production numbers, but it is also delightful to see a work such as The Landing, a set of three small jewels now at the Deep Dish Theater. For this work, John Kander, who wrote the music for Cabaret and Chicago, has now brought us a chamber musical. At the Deep Dish we see four musicians accompanying four actors playing different roles in three short works. Instead of bringing us another big musical, 86-year-old John Kander has brought us his own late quartets.

Last year Kander teamed up with 35-year-old playwright Greg Pierce to bring us The Landing in New York. This fall, Paul Frellick of Deep Dish Theater is staging The Landing for its second time. Paul Frellick’s direction is spare, clean, and not self-indulgent. What adds to the stories’ poignancy is the use of the unamplified instruments and voices.

One of the themes of the three stories is that of loneliness and the longing -- and need -- for companionship of different kinds. You will also find common themes among the three stories made clear in the third play, but that each has its own unique twist.

The acting is all top-level. In the second, Mark Ridenour gives an extraordinary performance. Yet he still gives actress Erin Tito enough room to perform amazingly in what is the lead role. With disciplined acting, the second story is a well-crafted example of the theater of the absurd. Equal to the first two actors – and giving us an acting clinic of his own -- is John Allore in a series of small cameos (some of which are stunning) and well as principal roles. The three actors work well-together with performances by thirteen-year-old Neil Bullard that are also quite good. Under Frellick’s direction, the ensemble plays well together in all three chamber musicals.

In the future, playwright Greg Pierce could certainly write larger-scale plays or musical dramas. But many of us would also be delighted if he and Kander kept working on their own, small-scale works until Kander is 96.

Don’t miss “The Landing” at the Deep Dish Theater. Its three chamber musicals are jewels.

Rich Haney, Chapel Hill

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Posted by RichHaney on 11/06/2014 at 9:31 PM

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: “Greta Garbo's extreme close-up, some fond farewells and an erased mural

Hello, I got in-touch with Caktus Group and met this week. I believe they are looking at posibilities and are not sweeping it all under the perverbial rug. Thank you to the out pouring of support from artists, art and nature lovers. I hope to hear from them by the end of November, Em

Posted by Emily Eve Weinstein on 10/24/2014 at 2:57 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: “A novel art hotel concept is coming to a historic downtown Durham building

I love that they took the sign off the top, it was originally designed not to have a sign.

Posted by Evan Gadow on 10/09/2014 at 3:16 PM

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