I easily believe Crawford would. There's a lot of ego needed to achieve the self-aggrandizement required at those levels. Those various awards are all about it. Bragging rights brings bucks. Let's not pretend this isn't a straight-up capitalist system here: that kind of talk is what bosses do to their employees to get them to buy into loyalty that won't ever be returned.
So the complaining resident has lived in the neighborhood for 16 years, and the club has been here for less than three... and the problem is gentrification?
All respect to Umar Muhammad, and hard to deny gentrification is happening in L-T, but it's not just "newer residents" complaining about a "pillar of the neighborhood" in this case. Plenty of neighbors (new and old) are unhappy with the noise.
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@BrianHowe-- Thank you SO MUCH. I had seen that she was part of the Philip Glass program, but for some reason I thought she wasn't going to be there in person.
This makes me think of The America Divided screening at the Hayti back in October. Reverend Dr. Barber opened the discussion after the episode played. Panel members included activists and community leaders from Mitchell County, who were also in the documentary. I highly recommend watching because it presents difficult issues in a straightforward manner while also reminding viewers we have plenty of room for agency and hope. Political documentaries so often take up a hysterical doomsday tone, relying too heavily on fear as a motivator. And then it's easy for audiences to feel overwhelmed and depressed... Oh yeah, bonus! Zach Galifianakis leads the NC episodes. You can watch on Amazon and Hulu, and one episode is up on YouTube. Also, the series site provides steps for how to host a FREE community or school screening. https://americadividedseries.com/democracy…
This interview with Bob Nocek really jolted me. I was not surprised to read about the economic foibles of the theater when they occurred, but the ego and arrogance of Nocek--all I can say is wow. As a marketing and PR professional I was never awed by the theatre's marketing acumen--there were many empty seats at shows that should have sold more tickets.
The Carolina Theatre as a non-profit depends on donors and volunteers to put on its shows. Their staff is not large and as many 30 volunteers are needed to take tickets, provide customer service and usher during shows. Ultimately, the city of Durham controls the reins of the theater and pays the non-profit that runs the Carolina Theatre.
Nocek's failure to admit responsibility for the theater's fiscal meltdown also jolted me. He arrogantly says he was ""responsible" but did not do the accounting and was unaware of the situation. He was CEO of a small staff and didn't know there were financial problems? He admits in the interview he is capable of keeping his own books for his new company, but didn't have a clue about Carolina's financial condition. I find it very difficult to believe that a CEO in a company that does less than $3 million in business would not be curious enough to know how the business is doing month to month let alone every day. It wasn't hard to see which shows made money and which shows lost. It wasn't hard to figure that there appeared to be a lot of shows that lost money or didn't make enough of a profit compared to the shows that made money. I'm sure the theater knows the break-even point for each show and must have known income and expenses every month. Why didn't Nocek? He couldn't just yell down the hall and ask, "How did we do with that show?" It's not like he was running Exxon.
When an organization fails it is usually not the fault of one individual but a systemic flaw in the business. The Carolina Theatre is run by a board but the CEO has day-to-day operational control. Nocek takes great pride in the growth of the theater under his tenure, but it makes one wonder, given the size of the theater's fiscal hole, how much of that success was an illusion? He claims he increased sales from $600,000 to $2.5 million, but he left a hole of at least $1.2 million. That's not an accomplishment. His failure to take credit but not blame is egomaniacally astonishing.
I also don't understand how Nocek can walk away from a CEO position and then turn around and compete with the organization that suffered under his tenure. Didn't he have a non-compete clause in his contract? The result of the theater's financial disaster under Nocek left the city of Durham holding the bag for $1.2 million of which the city is forking over $600,000 to keep the theater afloat, a sum which the Carolina Theatre's board must match from donations.
His last answer in the interview shows Nocek's true arrogance when he talks about trying to "diversify" the audience by booking money-losing shows like Burt Bacharach and Frank Sinatra, Jr. Who were the diversified audiences he was trying to attract? Dead people?
I wish the Indy had gone deeper into its questioning of Nocek. Any curious resident of Durham must wonder what really happened at the Carolina Theatre.In the interview Nocek castigates people for blaming him. They have that right especially since their questions have not been answered. It's not very comforting to know that Durham's citizens must pay for Nocek's failure while he advertises Bob Nocek Presents across the state.
Emma Laperruque and your response to this situation have been very unprofessional. Seeing the way both your organization and she has handled this has made me lose all trust in anything Indy-week publishes about a restaurant. She is unqualified and your display of Facebook comments clearly show why she was put in that position, YOU are unqualified too. This looks like a bunch of teenagers trying to cyberbully one of the popular kids. Grow up. Be professional. This isn't a college newspaper.
Amazing story, great article!
Jim Smith - Don't forget he gave priority to "Christians". Be responsible, repeat what Trump actually said.
@Aims Arches, just in case you haven't seen this, Laurie Anderson will be in Chapel Hill next week!
This is great news, but it won't happen unless we are vocal in encouraging our representatives to act on this. Call or email them!
Don't know who represents you (like, uh, I didn't?) - this site is really helpful! http://www.ncleg.net/representation/WhoRep…
There may be reasons Republicans will relent and agree to some version of redistricting reform. But it won't be because they fear losing control to Democrats. Since taking over the legislature, Republicans have increased their margins from 68-52 (House) and 31-19 (Senate) in 2010 to 74-46 (House) and 35-15 (Senate) today. Democrats would have to bring Republicans down to minority status in both chambers to take control of post-2020 redistricting. Having Cooper in the governor's chair won't slow GOP gerrymandering because when the Democratic-run General Assembly passed a constitutional amendment giving the governor veto power, it specifically excluded redistricting plans. If Republicans agree to non-partisan redistricting it will be from a combination of losing redistricting cases in court and a fear of damaging their party's "brand" if they attempt another full decade of illegitimate and undeserved political power.
but i'm not gonna lie, that incessant trailer gets me every time... smh.
I mean, if "they" includes "world-renowned futurists, philosophers and visionary artists" I think we can be pretty hopeful about what will unfold under the 2017 themes. Super bummed I missed Laurie Anderson last year. She never fails to bring incisive perspectives on current issues home, like in a visceral sense.
We'd be hard pressed to find a free local weekly with film reviews this poetic. Your writers translate complex ideas that could easily alienate an audience into accessible and engaging prose. While I'm definitely enticed to "question everything [I] took for granted about the relationship between victim and victimizer" without the aid of an "easy moral critique," I'm also pretty darn satisfied by the review alone.
I'm not a theatergoer, so it was off my usual path to see this production. The small/ mighty cast approached a timely and delicate theme with feverish energy and grace. They delivered Virginia Woolf's sense of humor intact while also making it their own. I was entirely transfixed, barely realizing the time that had passed. The physical space, which flanked the aisle stage with rows of seating, created a productive discomfort for me; when the actors were faced away from my side of the theater, watching the audience watching on the other side became natural and necessary for gathering information about what was happening on stage. Unforgettably creative on every level. (I would've been happy just sitting among the metalwork.) Maybe I'll become a theatergoer after all...
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Trump did not impose a 'Muslim ban.' False, not so. Be responsible, review and report on what Trump actually did. Trump did impose a temporary travel ban into the USA for people from 7 nations regardless of religious affiliation.
ProudlyUnaffiliated's post is typical of people who never walk anywhere other than to or from their car. Summarizing the road design as a 'pedestrian issue' only reveals the car centric world they live in. Pedestrian bridges are also expensive, ugly, and blight the streetscape. Oh, and they are part of the 70's urban planning mindset that pretends that cars eat at restaurants and work in buildings and not people.
This is more than finding safe places for people to walk. It is about removing the scar this unnecessary motorway has left in the fabric of the town
Ah... so all the snowflakes get their dose of "the feelz" for the day...
You see refugees.. i just see a bunch of people who are running away from their own countries and peoples problems. There heroes are the ones who stay and fight, not the quitter who run away.
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