It's not an "unintended" effect. This is by design. Concentrations of poor students result in bad classrooms. Anyone who thinks otherwise is fooling themselves. It's not a matter of "black people can't learn" High teacher turnover, discipline issues, lack of high peer standards sink these places. Kids shouldn't be on a bus more than 30 minutes one way, but Raleigh isn't so large that equal-quality schools can't remain in place. The system should be tweaked, not abandoned. Racism isn't history.
Knocked Up - I would have laughed and empathized with the characters in this movie, I can relate, but every time someone muttered/abused the F-Word, and it was used liberally throughout the film, I felt a pinprick and wished I was watching Fast Times or Pillow Talk or Keeping the Faith or Weeds or Sideways, etc.... swearing isn't funny... is it?
Mr. Brooks can't be a grown up American Pyscho, because we never know for sure if Patrick Bateman is having delusions or a cathartic murder spree... I say delusions but the film never really tells us, right?
With all the "free of culture for free" weekends in Raleigh, why did RebusFest have to smack dab conflict with the great music that was scheduled for Moore Square?
I would have like to gone to both.... what are red crocs?
Come to think of it, maybe this newspaper is partly to blame for slack interest in live music.
The last "Live Review" was Joanne Newsom from November 2006.
Letting us know how many free beers you drank in Austin and how much graffiti you scrawled and walls you kicked in at Kings doesn't count.
Reasons I don't go out to shows much in the Triangle:
1. Smoking in clubs, after living in a non-smoking city, I really have to be motivated to see a band at a club that allows cigarette smoking.
2. 50 mile round trips to a show, coupled with headliners that go on round midnight on a Tuesday.
Respect to The Twilight Sad, who played a full on set of blistering, moody BritPop at Kings, opening for Mary Timony last week.
They pushed the sound system, to levels only the British can do, it sounded great! The band made me twitch with the thought I was in a sold out major club (maybe The Fillmore or Felt Forum) to an audience of a dozen of so.
I can envision these guys opening for Radiohead someday, backstage celebs et al....
Kings was definitely the hoped for warm up....
i never went to sxsw. last year i read the blogs to catch some 411 on the next buzz band, but all i read were boring, snotty little columns... about the effects of free food and alcohol.... (we got real hammered at the CYHASY show, it was a blast, later I snapped this crappy jpeg of Lady Sovereign puking! scoop!)
been there, done that, got the t-shirt... so much for music appreciation.... sxsw might be a right of passage, but we'd never know it from last years coverage....
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