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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New ArtsCenter, Kidzu center in Carrboro draws mixed reaction

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 9:57 AM

A $15 million downtown Carrboro development with tremendous implications for the town received a predictably mixed reaction during a public hearing Tuesday night in packed Carrboro Town Hall. Some locals offered concerns about the financial risks of the proposed Carrboro Arts and Innovation Center, a four-story, 55,000-square-foot structure at East Main and Roberson streets which would house Carrboro's long-running ArtsCenter and Kidzu Children's Museum, currently located in Chapel Hill. Others, such as former Carrboro mayors Mark Chilton and Ellie Kinnaird, urged town leaders not to miss this chance. Supporters said the facility would have an estimated $320 million economic impact...

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Carrboro considers $12 million Arts and Innovation Center tonight

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 2:07 PM

A building proposal with dramatic implications for downtown Carrboro goes before the Board of Aldermen tonight. As reported in last week's Indy, town officials will hold a public hearing to consider partnering with The ArtsCenter and Kidzu Children's Museum to build a four-story, 55,000-square-foot home for the nonprofits at the corner of East Main and Roberson streets. The proposal, which has received an icy reception from town leaders thus far, calls for the town to put $4.5 million into the $12.1 million center, with the nonprofits responsible for generating the remaining $7.6 million. Backers of The ArtsCenter and Kidzu say...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Study shows growth in NC nonprofit arts & culture

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM

North Carolina’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $1.24 billion in direct economic activity, and the Triangle region led the state, accounting for just under a third of the total amount in 2010. Moreover, in a time when economic growth has been scarce, jobs in the state’s creative industry have grown by more than 3.5 percent since 2006. Those numbers were among the findings announced Monday in Winston-Salem when the North Carolina Arts Council released the results of a statewide study into the economic impact of the arts. The study, “Arts and Economic Prosperity IV,” also found that arts and...

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Rowand art gallery vandalized; personal art collection to be auctioned

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Update: The Joe Rowand Art Gallery was vandalized Saturday, Nov. 26, according to a Chapel Hill police report. Two large flower pots were broken, the business' banner sign was torn and the building was spray painted. Damage is valued at $1,100. No arrests have been made. The report is here. policereport.pdfThe Indy redacted some personal information for privacy reasons. After declaring personal bankruptcy last year, Joe Rowand, former president of the now-defunct Somerhill Gallery, is auctioning 164 pieces from his own art collection Dec. 2–3 at Leland Little Auction and Estate Sales in Hillsborough. Rowand filed for individual bankruptcy around...

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Friday, November 11, 2011

After Somerhill bankruptcy, Joe Rowand opens new art gallery

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 11:36 AM

He’s back. Joe Rowand, who owes artists thousands of dollars after declaring bankruptcy last year, is opening his new gallery, tomorrow in Chapel Hill. Over the past several years, Roward pulled down a $15,000 monthly salary while his previous enterprise, Somerhill Gallery, owed artists at least $270,000 in commissions on works that had been sold but for which they were never paid. And in some cases, the artists said, they were told by the gallery that their pieces had not sold when in fact, they had. Last year Somerhill declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy and closed; its debts included $200,000 in...

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

(More) cute things are happening in Durham

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Spring is in the air. Heaps of little creatures are prepping for debut, from bitty bunnies to budding bulbs and... lucky little cork gnomes, as the Indy staff has learned. The news came in an "a-gnome-ymous" letter of Lilliputian proportion, attached to this little guy (or gal?). Locals will start spotting these little cuties beginning March 20, according to the message. It seems they were inspired in part by last year's garden-gnome spottings across Durham, which were documented on a local blog, as well as here at the Indy website. (In fact, we even placed random gnome in one issue...

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Somerhill Gallery declares Chapter 7, owes more than a quarter-million dollars to artists

Posted By on Mon, Aug 30, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Somerhill.com Disclosure: The Indy’s Durham office is in the same building as Somerhill Gallery. The Indy is also a creditor in the gallery’s bankruptcy proceedings for advertising that has not been paid. Somerhill Gallery President Joe Rowand lives in a 4,500-square-foot mansion filled with fine art on a 22.5-acre estate outfitted with a saltwater swimming pool and separate guest quarters—yet his gallery owes nearly $200,000 in back rent and $277,000 to artists whose work it consigned. somerhillcreditorlist.pdf And during the gallery’s financial meltdown, Rowand has drawn a $15,000 monthly salary, according to federal bankruptcy court documents. (See pages 4-5 of...

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Chapel Hill offers reward in on-loan sculpture heist

Posted By on Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 1:43 PM

The Town of Chapel Hill is calling for the safe return of “our missing little girl” after someone pilfered a $16,000 sculpture from the lawn of the Chapel Hill Museum on Franklin Street. Courtesy of the Town of Chapel Hill"Landing," a sculpture by Florida-based artist Cecilia Lueza, went missing from the Chapel Hill Museum earlier this month.Jeff York, Chapel Hill’s public arts administrator, says the town is offering a $250 reward, no questions asked, for the piece, a bright orange and yellow epoxy girl leaping skyward. “We aren’t interested in pressing charges or anything like that,” he says. “We just...

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

ABC nixes Bud Light naming rights for Raleigh amphitheater

Posted By on Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 11:37 AM

The Raleigh Amphitheater and Festival Site, as the Raleigh Convention Center’s website now calls it, is still seeking a title sponsor. Thursday morning, the chairman and commissioner of North Carolina’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission denied the City of Raleigh and Harris Wholesale the advertising exemptions necessary to put Bud Light’s name and logo on the $2.5 million downtown space. The decision would have set a new precedent for the state, which does not allow public buildings to be named for alcoholic products. “The Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission is not here to condemn alcohol as an industry, but we are...

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Durham Rocks, Durham Love Yourself merch available online

Posted By on Thu, May 6, 2010 at 4:50 PM

For all those Durhamites who take great pride in the Bull City, who love equally its grit and glamour, you can still get your "Durham Rocks" and "Durham Love Yourself" stickers, tees and other merch online. James and Michelle Lee, former purveyors of the now-defunct Untidy Museum and 305 South Anti-Mall, announced today on Durham's arts e-mail list that the items are available through Cafe Press. This is not meant as a commercial endorsement, but to many, the initial introduction of the "Durham Love Yourself" tees and stickers years ago spurred a larger, more vocal and collective movement toward...

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Spoken word artists compete tonight. Topic: 2010 Census

Posted By on Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Spoken word artists will compete in a poetry slam tonight at Night Life Comedy Club and Lounge at 5504 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard for a $100 prize. What's interesting about this event is the topic, the 2010 Census. The census has been controversial this year for several reasons, including doubts about its accuracy, efforts to reach undercounted groups and notably, the inclusion of "Negro" as a race category. Read the Indy's recent story >> The even begins at 8:30 p.m. and admission is $1. The slam is sponsored by Best Kept Spoken, a project of Black Poetry Theatre, and the prize...

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Broad Street Cafe gets its permit, gets to keep the rock

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 4:13 PM

From Correspondent Rebekah Cowell, cross-posted from the Indy's Scan blog: In a packed Durham City Hall Committee Room early this morning, the Durham County Board of Adjustment voted unanimously in favor of issuing a special-use permit to The Broad Street Cafe. For the past four years, Broad Street has operated as a nightclub in a district that is zoned so that such a special-use permit is necessary to host music after 10 p.m. Less than one year after the first noise complaint was filed by Clarendon Street neighbor Waldo Fenner, who was not present at this morning’s hearing, Broad Street...

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Arts collective to fill Franklin Street space

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 4:49 PM

An arts gallery will fill the vacant Kerr Drug space on the 100 block of Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, officials announced today. The space will house a nonprofit group of 25 member artists dubbed Frank, with a lease agreement in place with building owner Michael Brader-Araje. The artists hope to occupy the 3,400 square foot 109 E. Franklin Street building by early next year. The town along with the Downtown Partnership gave the green light on a $40,000 loan via its Small Art Business Loan Program to fund the project. Barbara Rich will serve as the director of...

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Varsity Theatre to reopen next month

Posted By on Sat, Oct 24, 2009 at 7:21 PM

The historic Varsity Theatre will return to Franklin Street in November under new ownership and will feature $3 movies, a renovated lobby and a children's party room. The business closed in June. More information can be found at www.varsityonfranklin.com where the new owners promise a slate of recently released and classic movies, private screenings and lectures, corporate meeting and children's birthday space....

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Family modifies plan for jazz center; council defers vote

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 9:29 PM

As reported last week on Triangulator, Durham property owner Mozella McLaughlin has excised The Know Book Store from plans for the jazz center she hopes to build at 2520 Fayetteville St. McLaughlin also has downsized the renovations she planned for the building, thus postponing any vote the City Council would have made Monday night to give her a neighborhood revitalization grant. Among the changes, McLaughlin will nix plans for a rooftop garden, her son William McLaughlin told Triangulator last week. The revision could trim $200,000 from the initial proposal of $575,000 in renovations. The smaller total investment by McLaughlin could...

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Know Book Store likely out by Dec. 31

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 4:18 PM

The Know Book Store, which has called 2520 Fayetteville St. home for the past 18 years, will likely be moving out at the end of the year. William McLaughlin, acting manager for the property owned by his mother Mozella McLaughlin, delivered a letter to tenant Bruce Bridges today, he said.  The letter asks that Bridges and his book store and restaurant be ready to move as soon as Dec. 31, so the McLaughlins could move forward with plans to turn the building into the Mok'e Jazz Cultural Center. Initially, the family planned to include The Know in the new center,...

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Statement from owners of Varsity Theater (yes, it’s closing tonight)

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Just an hour ago, Bruce and Mary Jo Stone, the owners of the Varsity Theater on Franklin Street, released a written statement confirming the closing of the theater. Although the document doesn't specify the effective date, presumably the theater will close after tonight's final showings of The Hangover and The Brothers Bloom. In the statement, signed by Bruce Stone, several factors are cited. First, he numbers currently don't support the continuation of both theaters [the Varsity and the Chelsea, also owned by the Stones] as viable enterprises. The Varsity especially has been struggling for over two years, with no...

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Varsity Theater to go dark Friday, June 26

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 7:26 PM

[caption id="attachment_4387" align="aligncenter" width="461" caption="UNC-Chapel Hill freshman Walker Percy, later the author of "The Moviegoer" and many other books, extends his leg while waiting in line for a movie at the Varsity Theatre, then known as the Carolina Theatre, on Franklin Street, circa 1933-34. Photo courtesy of North Carolina Collection, UNC-Chapel Hill"] [/caption] The Varsity Theater, which has been in operation under different names on Chapel Hill's Franklin Street for more than 80 years, will go dark this Friday. Owner Bruce Stone wouldn't directly confirm the theater's closing, but when asked if the fact that the Indy had not been...

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Movie cameras now set to roll in Durham in late March

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Main Street, the movie, may be shooting on your street soon. We've got the story over on Artery, our seasonal arts blog—which will be cranking up in earnest for Full Frame....

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

He's just that into you: Justin Long is Romeo to Evan Rachel Wood's Juliet

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Theatre in the Park announced today that Justin Long, an actor seen in such titles as He's Just Not That Into You, Galaxy Quest, Live Free or Die Hard and the Peyton Reed-directed The Break-Up, will play her BF from the Montague side of the tracks in the Theatre's May production of Romeo and Juliet. The production will run for five performances from May 15-17, at the TIP space in Pullen Park. Tickets are on sale for $50.  Wood, whose star will continue to rise when her next film, Woody Allen's Whatever Works, opens the Tribeca Film Festival in April, is a...

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Friday, March 13, 2009

New York Times "succumbs to economic pressures," withdraws support from Full Frame

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 6:44 PM

  If there was any doubt about the depth and breadth of the economic crisis in general and the daily newspaper crisis in particular, this afternoon's announcement from the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival abolishes it. The New York Times, which has provided sponsorship support for the 12-year-old festival since 2001, has withdrawn its commitment, the festival announced today, less than three weeks away from the start of this year's event, which is scheduled for April 2-5 in Durham. The Times was one of two "presenting sponsors" for the festival. Duke University is the other. The threshold for being...

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Kaye Gibbons handed suspended sentence, fine for forging prescriptions

Posted By on Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 5:04 PM

The Raleigh author was given a suspended 90-day jail sentence, two years on probation, with random drug tests, and was fined $300 for using forged prescriptions to obtain painkillers. The story of her day in court....

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Robin Williams show at DPAC postponed

Posted By on Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Robin Williams was admitted to a Florida hospital yesterday after complaining of shortness of breath. After first postponing his remaining Sunshine State dates, tour organizers announced this afternoon that the remainder of his 80-date "Weapons of Self-Destruction" tour will also be postponed while Williams undergoes emergency heart surgery for an aortic valve replacement. Officials at Durham Performing Arts Center said his show, scheduled for Friday, March 13, will be rescheduled for the fall, and that tickets to the sold-out show will be honored. Text of announcement after the jump....

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Main Street holds casting call on Durham's Morgan Street

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 3:38 PM

There was more evidence this week that a film production is indeed getting underway in Durham. Auditions for Main Street were held all week at Durham Convention Center. Two actors confirmed independently that they'd read for parts this week, and that the production is scheduled to begin in April. The casting agency is Telsey and Company, described by one of our confidants as a very reputable casting agency out of NYC. They cast lots of Broadway shows and big movies like Sex and the City, Rachel Getting Married, and Milk. I saw them a few times while I was living in...

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Carolina Ballet decision prompts arts groups to meet with Mayor Meeker

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 12:48 PM

The controversial move by the Carolina Ballet to relocate some of its performances from Memorial Auditorium has prompted a meeting this evening between Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker and representatives of several Raleigh arts organizations. But behind the scenes, the conflict over performance space centers on a more pervasive issue: Raleigh's largest venues are now competing with Durham for the biggest touring acts. Meeker and the groups plan to discuss the implications of moving the Carolina Ballet from Memorial Auditorium into Progress Energy Center's Fletcher Opera Theater. Raleigh City Council recently approved a multi-year lease agreement term sheet for the Carolina...

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