Mike Moore, the red wolf would still be eligible for protection under the ESA. The ESA includes all plant and animal species including "subspecies, varients, and in the case of vertebrates, distinct population segments." Under these regulations, hybrids so long as they are a distinct viable population are eligible for ESA listing.
I wholeheartedly agree with the position that there should be more structured, civic support for the thriving arts community in Durham. Imagine the growth for our community if there was stable, affordable, available space for this talented, creative group of resilient artists to thrive.
Common Ground Theatre was created with the mission of helping make that happen. For over a decade it succeeded. It was a space where companies, artists, directors, writers, musicians could share their talents, and hone their crafts. The work that was produced within those four walls was often great, sometimes brilliant.
Keeping the space affordable was always the mission. So it wasnt the most beautiful building, and it was run with a small staff. But we all knew it was the spark of magic that happens when the lights go down, the world that was created through the relationship between the players and the audience that mattered the most.
I was honored to play a small roll in the growth of the arts community here through Common Ground Theatre. It was an artistic home to me, and many others, for many years. This article was about the need for places like Common Ground. I agree. But separate from that agenda is a different story. A story of an amazing space filled with talent that thrived for 12 years. What this article didnt say, and what I wish it had said, was thank you. Thank you Rachel and Jeff for all your years of love and creativity. Thank you Devra and Shelby, for your hard work and caring for the community. Thank you to everyone who contributed to its success. Our community is better because of you.
hardly a disaster, don't be over critical. It is a great movie but I agree that the ending was disappointing. But it certainly didn't ruin the whole movie for me. I imagined their children being there to greet the passengers when they awoke with perhaps some screen shots from their life for the past 88 years on the ship.
Berger is great at posturing. He teed up the perfect smokescreen- that Democrats voted NOT to repeal HB2- and he knocked it out of the park, then feigning shock and horror at what the evil Democrats have done.
It was a nasty trick- separating the bill- to force Democrats not to sign. What good is repealing HB2 if the other half of the bill says no anti-discrimination legislation can be passed for a year/indefinitely? He tied the Democrats hands and then had the nerve to call them untrustworthy.
Like I said back in March, the Ds walking out on the HB2 bill in protest would come back to haunt them. It's now part of the narrative Berger had conveniently ready to publish last night immediately after session.
But in a post-truth society, a good headline is all that matters, right? Thanks to the Indy for not running with "Dems vote No to Repeal Hb2".
I sincerely hope we see the last of Berger, Newton, and many others in NCGA very soon. If anyone wanted proof that politicians are liars and power grabbers, they need look no further than the above.
On a happier note, Senators Bryant, Jackson, Chouhuri, McKissick and Blue distinguished themselves once again as leaders with integrity and courage.
The entire NCGA is not a lost cause .
"But people want us to work together."
Mr. Cooper, you may want to do some polling to see if that's really what the majority of North Carolinians want. I, for one, don't want you to work together with the Republicans in the legislature. I want your every move to be focused on getting rid of their supermajority in 2017. If that had been the case, you never wouldn't brokered that atrocious deal with Charlotte City Council and we'd all be in a better place today.
Thank you to all the people who came to Common Ground to see our eclectic, experimental and ever changing theatre productions. Thank you to all the artists and producing companies who used Common Ground Theatre over and over again to create brilliant work. Thank you to the few but mighty individuals who gave financially to Common Ground over the years.
Common Ground was a Community Space and served us for over a decade. That's an amazing tenure in our fragile art world. As the Theatre Community rises out of the ashes to build a new and better Community Space (and it will happen), I beg you to question how you can make the next one last even longer. Can you purchase tickets to more events? Can you book the space more often? Can you give a little each year toward the operation costs or to create a paycheck for the administrator of the venue? So much responsibility seems to be put on the back of the administrators when ultimately the loyalty and passion of the Community is also imperative to sustain the venue.
I was so lucky to get to manage Common Ground for 9 years. It was a time of great creativity and joy in my life. I met amazing people and watched the independent theatre scene thrive. Thank you to everyone for making Common Ground Theatre the amazing success it was.
Well played, Kerry :)
Great article about the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill) breweries scene. I would love to recommend Raleigh Brews Cruise, as a great service and place to stop for hosted brewery tours for some of the major breweries in the Raleigh and Durham areas. Visit http://www.brewscruise.com/raleigh/ for more information. Raleigh Brews Cruise is Cruisin' for a Brewsin in the City of Oaks!
Great article about the Triangle breweries scene. I would love to recommend Raleigh Brews Cruise, as a great service and place to stop for hosted brewery tours for some of the major breweries in the Raleigh and Durham areas. Visit http://www.brewscruise.com/raleigh/ for more information. Raleigh Brews Cruise is Cruisin' for a Brewsin in the City of Oaks!
Pat McCrory lost. The NCGOP and party leaders refuse to accept that decision, the will of the voters. The republican lawmakers have gotten it into their evil little minds they can just grab power from Tar Heels. What the NCGA has done is suppress the vote by making up stuff and attempting to block Roy Cooper from doing his job as the incoming governor.
The Executive Director of the NCGOP, Dallas Woodhouse, who is a bully and serial liar, screams that Democrats moved the goal posts on conservatives back in 1976. Say what? This is 2016. A new day. A different time. But the right wing does not play well with others and believes it can pay bad deeds forward.
Stripping Cooper of powers, standing on the necks of voters, holding illegal sessions with little or no notice--will be challenged in court. The right wingers hope Trump's attorney general pick will chose party over the PEOPLE.
Excellent venue with friendly staff and great acoustics. Drinks are a little pricey, otherwise Four Stars.
Free parking a plus. Private bathroom with your own personal toiletries a plus.
Note to editor: Event dates need to be updated to include Jan 1-3 performances of "Laying in Bed at Home."
Oh, man. I felt at home when I was on Common Ground. I felt free to create however I chose. That is rare and will be missed by all that experienced this rarified space. Many thanks to my family "in the moment" Jeff, Rachel, Michelle, and Devra (and others too many to list) you all deserve a standing O that never ends.
The Never. Haven't thought about them in ever. That song "The Astronaut" from their first record is a power pop opus.
Enjoy peeing in your Gatorade bottles, Jerry.
Whatever happens, IF what amounts to co-ed restrooms comes to pass, *I* am not GOING into such a restroom, and no mealy-mouthed little leftist twit will MAKE me. The whole idea of such all-in-one bathrooms is so WRONG it defies description. And we DO know what this is REALLY about: an avenue and a billy stick to FORCE a WRONG. BEHAVIOR onto the mainstream. Like it or lump it, THIS citizen is not going to abide by it, and if some pervert assaults a child, or a family member of mine, he'd better be faster than me because he will regret it! How a society could even THINK of putting women and children at risk with their wild-eyed, el pinko, "rainbows and moonbeams" ideas is just beyond words. And this is precisely what will happen! Like the so-called "LGBT" agenda, there is another dreadful group just waiting in the wings to get access to their "rights" thru access to our children; that is, the PEDOPHILES. By using the same tactics as the homosexuals, saying "we can't 'help the way we are, 'we were *born* that way, and calling it "rights", they, too, will want their perversions mainstreamed, too! God help us for the horrible, blinded times we live in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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