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Re: “Live: Merge 25 ends hot, humid and with a silly Neutral Milk Hotel kowtow

There's a lot of great writing in this coverage of M25, and I couldn't agree more about Chunk, Chop, Caribou and Imperial Teen. But are you seriously feeling oppressed by a polite request to refrain from taking blurry photos of a band? (I once saw Bob Weston suggest--with much more specificity--that people shove their phones directly up their asses.) It's nice to think that concert-goers might one day have enough respect for the people around them to put their phones away for 45 minutes (dear God, the imposition! Don't take my freedom!) but until then I have no problem with Mangum's rather modest request. I think it was during Sunn O)))'s Asheville show that I finally realized I was primarily robbing myself of the full experience when I was taking pictures during a live set, but I also finally grappled with the truth that it's a dick move to everyone else, too. Honestly I wish more artists would request it.

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Posted by Bill Floyd on 07/30/2014 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Victorian women explore the future in On the Verge

So, now it's missing.


Never mind.

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Posted by Bill Brown on 07/30/2014 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Victorian women explore the future in On the Verge

I thought my now missing comment was pretty good, more ironic than the sarcasm I admitted to. My main point was I disagree (quite sharply, truth be told) with Byron Woods' opinion of the value of the chrononauts [who I was given to believe are akin to stagehands in a more conventional (and mundane) production].

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Posted by Bill Brown on 07/30/2014 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Heartbreak hotel: The history and future of The Velvet Cloak Inn and The Jack Tar motel

Worked as a bell-boy in 1963 at Velvet Cloak while attending NC State . Great place to work and a class act with very classy clientele

Posted by CHHS Tiger on 07/30/2014 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Victorian women explore the future in On the Verge

Huh? "... the women APPEAR to be forging through ... a simulation of the terrains they discover ..." Wow! How did you ever figure that out? How perceptive of you. Are you perceptive enough to recognize sarcasm?

Jus' sayin'

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Posted by Bill Brown on 07/30/2014 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Residents at the Velvet Cloak Inn rise up against property owners in legal fight that has ramifications for North Carolina

This is the same David Smoot who pretty much destroyed Hillsborough Square back in the 70's with permit issues, rules violations and finally, closings.

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Posted by Ron Kemp on 07/30/2014 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Quality Grocery: Part store, part grill, all good

Great place for a meal or just a scoop of Maple View Dairy ice cream. Everything from simple stuff like a egg salad sandwich right on up to full-sized, semi-fancy, southern-granny entrees. Dinner on the porch, and someone else cooks and cleans up. Can't beat it!

Posted by Fuzzsonic on 07/30/2014 at 3:37 PM

Re: “The Triangle celebrates as Virginia court issues a blow to Amendment One

How long will the red herring that "the government should not be able to tell you who you can or cannot love" be propagated as the basis for the argument against Amendment One... Here's the real issue: if you legalize gay marriage, you are giving the state the power to change a fundamental definition. If you haven't noticed, the official definition of marriage is a formal union of a man and a woman. If you allow the state to alter such a definition, then what other basic institutional definitions might they alter in the future?

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Posted by Chad Higgenbottom on 07/30/2014 at 2:58 PM

Re: “On the uncompromising artifice of influential local painter and professor Marvin Saltzman

Mr. Saltzman was my favorite professor at Carolina. He told me I was an artist, and even pointed me out to colleagues of his and said the same thing. That meant more to my incredibly awkward and self conscious 19-year-old self than I can describe here. A hard ass, yes, but still a dear, dear man.

Posted by Ronda on 07/30/2014 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Losing gear, getting cool, being offensive: A Q&A with American Aquarium's BJ Barham

Great dialogue. I like American Aquarium, but LOVE seeing BJ solo so that I can hear the stories behind the lyrics. I grew up in a small Eastern NC town and can relate to the characters in his songs. This gives me a relationship with the music and his solo performances enhance the AA experience.

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Posted by Joy Ingallinera on 07/30/2014 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Tower of Power

@rmacneill: ! I just added a link to renderings. It's in the first sentence. Sorry for the delay, I'm a bit behind on adding links today. More to come!

Posted by Lisa Sorg, INDY Editor on 07/30/2014 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Residents at the Velvet Cloak Inn rise up against property owners in legal fight that has ramifications for North Carolina

Why am I not surprised a member of this deplorable family (the Smoots) is working on Thom Tillis' campaign?

Screw over ordinary people, veterans, our elders... A cherished idea in the Smoot family, just like Tillis and the Teaparty/GOP.

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Posted by inspired on 07/30/2014 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Fracking company makes offers in Durham

I've lived in Pittsburgh PA for over 20 years. Don't let anyone tell you that Pennsylvanians are happy with fracking. Many of us are appalled at what it is doing to our state. A few glimpses: farmland transformed into industrial zones, pastures replaced with compressor stations releasing invisible toxic volatile organic compounds into the air, dairy farmers dealing with dying calves, organic farmers worried that they'll lose their business, heavy trucks tearing up the rural roads, noise from compressor stations around the clock spoiling a formerly quiet area, contaminated water wells, mysterious illnesses in families that live near well sites, frack wastewater companies illegally dumping in small streams, gas companies imposing gag orders to silence affected families as a condition of settlement, state Department of Environmental Protection corrupted by industry failing to properly regulate the gas industry. Welcome to the brave new world of fracking!

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Posted by paulheckbert on 07/30/2014 at 11:10 AM

Re: “The Triangle celebrates as Virginia court issues a blow to Amendment One

Excellent legal commentary at NC Policy Watch on what the Fourth Circuit decided Monday and what happens next in North Carolina. It's still TBD, but all signs point to the U.S. Supreme Court and a final pro-marriage equality ruling from the justices who struck down the federal DOMA.
http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2014/07/30/a-…

Posted by Bob Geary, INDY Opinion Columnist on 07/30/2014 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Old Quarter's Gone, Not Forgotten

From the title of the article I thought they had broken up. I was relieved to discover that is not the case. I've only seen them twice and was distraught momentarily. I guess I'll get more chances after all. Good.

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Posted by Remo on 07/30/2014 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Tower of Power

Thanks for covering this story - are there any renderings or plans of the tower available for public viewing?

Posted by rmacneill on 07/30/2014 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Victorian women explore the future in On the Verge

Dear Mr. Woods,
Did we see the same play? I thought the chrononauts did a great job of moving the action along and making the bridging from chapter to chapter more humorous and accessible to the audience. I also thought each woman's solo readings were not designed to achieve momentum, but to allow the audience to reflect along with each character. And to describe Seth Blum as merely "able" is a serious understatement .
My friends and I all were mesmerized by the action and would happily see it again!
A Fan of Thought-provoking Theater,
Julie Ritterskamp

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Posted by Julie Ritterskamp on 07/30/2014 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Live: Merge 25 ends hot, humid and with a silly Neutral Milk Hotel kowtow

Thanks for that clarification, Waustin. I didn't mention it in the piece because I didn't know, so thanks again for telling me. I also don't think it detracts from the argument, but that's just me. And I don't think I ever said that Mr. Mangum wasn't nice to his fans. That's very good to hear, too.

Posted by Grayson Currin, INDY Music Editor on 07/30/2014 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Monuts Donuts

The yeast doughnuts are to die for and the fresh baked bagel sandwiches are erfect. The lines might be long, but the wait is worth warm doughnuts, and a perfectly fried egg on my bagel. Extra bonus? the dinosaur table signs to have the correct food delivered and the eclectic mix of coffee mugs.

Posted by jkukelhan on 07/30/2014 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Live: Merge 25 ends hot, humid and with a silly Neutral Milk Hotel kowtow

Yes, I took a photo. i'm not proud of that fact. but I don't regret it:
http://hsiitbaaa.blogspot.com/2014/07/okay…

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Posted by brotherjohn on 07/30/2014 at 12:46 AM

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