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.
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.
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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