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Re: “Common Ground Closed. Sonorous Road Might Be Next. Is It Curtains for Small, Affordable Theaters in the Triangle?

The Triangle needs to do what Arlington VA did: http://www.arlingtonarts.org/cultural-affairs/arts-incubator.aspx

That said, I've worked in both venues and will sorely miss them.

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Posted by Lucinda on 12/21/2016 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Common Ground Closed. Sonorous Road Might Be Next. Is It Curtains for Small, Affordable Theaters in the Triangle?

In praise of the Common Ground: I think what Rachel and Michelle and Jeff and Devra and Shelby did was remarkable. They defined a need in our community and worked day and night to make it a reality. They provided a home for hundreds of artists and were home to some of the best companies we've seen in the Triangle in the last thirty years. More often then not they provided a stage for experimental work that grew new audiences year after year; new audiences that ALL of the theater's benefitted from. They took astronomical risks, all the while making it look easy. And it was always fun to go to the theater at Common Ground. That theater always created community in the most professional way possible. It breaks my heart to lose such an incredibly valuable venue. It was always Rachel, Michelle, Jeff, Devra and Shelby that made that magic. You never realize how important it was and how fragile it is until its gone.

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Posted by bear@duke.edu on 12/21/2016 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Sneak Attack: Inside the Legislature’s Surprise Assault on Democracy

From these headlines, I understand that being elected is no longer its own reward. It has mostly been to punish the losing party and create court cases, all at taxpayer expense. This behavior gets repeated every four years or so because winners hope to hear whiners cry a loser's lament. Voters are left with the childish ideas of politicians whose actions are more to seem than to be.

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Posted by Glenn Maughan on 12/21/2016 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Common Ground Closed. Sonorous Road Might Be Next. Is It Curtains for Small, Affordable Theaters in the Triangle?

Lost in the negativity of this story - and it is a sad tale - is how much area artists loved Common Ground. It was our artistic home. I always loved playing there. And so many area artists can be proud of the work they did there.
The venue might not have been much to look at, but it consistently drew a knowledgeable and gracious audience - just not a large one. I don't know how the independent local theater community will recover from this blow. I know that i will always remember Common Ground as one of my favorite venues to play ever.

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Posted by dancehip on 12/21/2016 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Common Ground Closed. Sonorous Road Might Be Next. Is It Curtains for Small, Affordable Theaters in the Triangle?

Common Ground allowed me to produce, direct and grow as an artist. I am saddened by this news for CGT and the arts community.

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Posted by Veronique MacRae on 12/21/2016 at 8:59 AM

Re: “State Rep: Protesters Were "A Group of Malcontent Thugs Who Were Likely Paid"

Does Michael Speciale have a Twitter account? If he doesn't, I sure wish he did. How can we tell him ourselves and show him what people actually feel?

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Posted by mnc on 12/21/2016 at 2:20 AM

Re: “Resident: Durham City Council Ignoring Fatal Shooting of Frank Clark; Council to Cooper: Expedite Investigation

Thanks, Mr. Muhammad. It shouldn't take disruptive protests to get the city to take police brutality seriously. But if that's what Councilmember Davis wants, maybe we should shut down the freeway one more time.

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Posted by Ruby Sinreich on 12/20/2016 at 11:18 AM
Posted by Greg Adams on 12/19/2016 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Breaking: Charlotte Repeals Nondiscrimination Ordinance That Prompted HB 2, Legislature Reportedly to Repeal HB 2 Wednesday*

I'd love to hear what "stand with" actually entails...

Posted by J.P. McPickleshitter on 12/19/2016 at 1:27 PM

Re: “Sarah Shook and Erika Libero Mark Progressive Territory With Rainbow Decals and Amplify Women’s Voices

Sarah is just plain fucking cool. Her music, her actions. Keep it up and play more Disarmers shows in Raleigh!

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Posted by Remo on 12/19/2016 at 11:11 AM

Re: “State Rep: Protesters Were "A Group of Malcontent Thugs Who Were Likely Paid"

They're taking a page out of Trump's play book and projecting bigly. We're not the paid shills, they are.

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Posted by bigly on 12/19/2016 at 10:12 AM

Re: “State Rep: Protesters Were "A Group of Malcontent Thugs Who Were Likely Paid"

I was there to witness against the immorality of the actions of some of these legislators. I was born and raised in Fayetteville. I am presently living in Durham. No one paid me, but I want to know if someone paid those legislators to undermine the incoming Governor. Have any investigations been conducted into their financial dealings?

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Posted by Marena Groll on 12/18/2016 at 10:33 PM

Re: “State Rep: Protesters Were "A Group of Malcontent Thugs Who Were Likely Paid"

I'm a Triangle-area mother of 3 who didn't have the time to drop everything and hustle to Raleigh for 4 days last week, but I have learned after several other NCGA special sessions that only nefarious lawmaking comes from these sudden gatherings of our lawmakers (HB2, Voter ID, etc.). None of the 4th special session bills were emergent (or necessary) in my opinion. We the People understand a special session about natural disaster relief. We don't appreciate abuse of power. House and Senate leaders need to stop being so partisan and represent the people's interest.

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Posted by Mary Swann Parry on 12/18/2016 at 9:15 PM

Re: “State Rep: Protesters Were "A Group of Malcontent Thugs Who Were Likely Paid"

Those fools don't get that we're protesting out of passion. There's no money in this. Such weak, silly reasoning.

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Posted by Vivian Brenner on 12/18/2016 at 8:56 PM

Re: “State Rep: Protesters Were "A Group of Malcontent Thugs Who Were Likely Paid"

I was there Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. I was born in North Carolina, grew up here, and now I am raising my children here. I was there because I love this state and its people and I cannot sit by and watch as the elected leaders entrusted to act in the best interest of North Carolinians do HARMFUL things - like when they passed HB2.

I cannot sit idly by when our state legislature completely disregards NC law on open meetings, notice periods, and the prohibition against deliberating and acting on legislation in secret meetings instead of in open session.

My friends who had planned on joining me on Tuesday ended up not being able to go - but they still wanted to help. I asked them to send food - and they did. I personally took delivery of pizza and water that was sent in on Tuesday - and none of it was paid for by the NAACP or any organization. It was paid for by a loose network of friends - all North Carolinians - who cared about what was happening to their state and wanted to help however they could.

I should have been home with my children getting ready for Christmas, but because the NCGA has continually betrayed the very spirit of honest, open dialog and debate upon which our country was founded - well, I felt that there was no choice but to go and bear witness.

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Posted by Aylett Colston on 12/18/2016 at 8:30 PM

Re: “State Rep: Protesters Were "A Group of Malcontent Thugs Who Were Likely Paid"

The tactic is Trumpian misdirection. Say something outrageously untrue, and laugh while people do cartwheels to refute it. All the while what aren't people talking about? The real issue, of course. The clearly unethical attempt (forget legal, I'm talking ethics) to steal the governor's power because they couldn't steal the governor's office. Keep talking about how the Republicans planned the special session for weeks but lied about it. Keep talking about how they cut citizens out of the process. And don't pay attention to those incredibly childish chants of "Well, you did it first" because a) no party in history has ever called a surprise session and stripped power from an incoming governor; and b) even if the Democrats had done it, it was wrong then and wrong now. It's wrong period, no matter who does it. Fight lies. Fight anti-democratic, unethical, self-centered behavior. And show up to vote in 2017.

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Posted by chappa hillian on 12/18/2016 at 8:14 PM

Re: “State Rep: Protesters Were "A Group of Malcontent Thugs Who Were Likely Paid"

....while of course the exact opposite is true. While the protestors were missing work and other responsibilities to be there, only the cockroaches voting in session were being paid.

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Posted by EN Farstad on 12/18/2016 at 2:53 PM

Re: “State Rep: Protesters Were "A Group of Malcontent Thugs Who Were Likely Paid"

I am outraged at these claims. I was at the legislature much of last week. Everyone that I came into contact with (dozens and dozens of people) were there missing work, rearranging childcare plans, or canceling other appointments to volunteer their time and stand up for justice, civil discourse, and the rights of the citizens of our State in the House of the People.

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Posted by irgeffner on 12/18/2016 at 2:31 PM

Re: “State Rep: Protesters Were "A Group of Malcontent Thugs Who Were Likely Paid"

I am outraged at these claims. I was at the legislature much of last week. Everyone that I came into contact with (dozens and dozens of people) were there missing work, rearranging childcare plans, or canceling other appointments to volunteer their time and stand up for justice, civil discourse, and the rights of the citizens of our State in the House of the People.

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Posted by irgeffner on 12/18/2016 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Members of Congress Accuse the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of Not Protecting Red Wolves

I'm a conservation biologist with a background in forensics and DNA, it's a fact the 'red wolf' is a name given to a wolf coyote hybrid. We should redirect the effort to preserve the 'species' to the preservation of habitat and support of apex predators. That will best ensure that the conditions that have produced the hybrid in the past continue to exist with healthy populations of prey and sufficient range.

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Posted by AntonioVivaldi on 12/18/2016 at 7:49 AM

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