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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Local plays about video game culture and Eugene O’Neill win national recognition

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 11:02 AM

Local playwrights Adrienne Earle Pender and Allan Maule have travel plans to make. This fall, Pender will be the third recipient of a new artist residency at the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, and Maule’s EverScape will be produced in August at the New York International Fringe Festival. Raleigh's Theatre in the Park has produced two of Pender's plays: The Rocker and Somewhere in Between. Her work has also been presented at the National Black Theatre Festival, Edward Albee’s Last Frontier Theatre Conference and the Drama Book Shop in New York. But it was luck, she says, that led her to the...

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

North Carolina Museum of Art’s Judaic Art Gallery reopens with larger selection

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 3:44 PM

All manner of renovations are underway at the North Carolina Museum of Art, and one of them has just come to completion. After being closed for five months, the Museum’s Judaic Art Gallery reopens July 1 with more space, new custom-designed glass cases and a larger selection of Jewish ceremonial objects on display. The renovated gallery is 50 percent larger than it used to be, allowing for the display of more pieces from the Museum’s collection as well as loans from the Jewish Museum in New York City. Artifacts newly on view include a large Hanukkah lamp from Eastern Europe...

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

UNC-TV to broadcast Charleston massacre victim's funeral live

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 12:56 PM

UNC-TV announced today that it will preempt its regularly scheduled children’s programming at 11 a.m. Friday, June 26, in order to present a live broadcast of a funeral service for one of the victims of the Charleston massacre. Pastor and State Senator Clementa Pinckney was one of the nine people killed June 17 at the historic Emanuel A.M.E. Church. Suspect Dylann Roof has been arrested in what appears to be a racially motivated hate crime. UNC-TV is collaborating with South Carolina Educational Television to broadcast the funeral service, where President Obama is scheduled to speak. "This horrific event has touched...

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Devra Thomas to leave Common Ground Theatre

Posted By on Mon, May 11, 2015 at 4:18 PM

A change in leadership is in the works at Durham’s Common Ground Theatre, a performance and teaching space that has nurtured and supported many Triangle theater artists. On July 1, a new executive director, Shelby Hahn, will replace Devra Thomas, who is relocating with her family to Morehead City. “Common Ground serves a really unique purpose within the Triangle theater community,” Thomas told the INDY on Friday. “It was a joy to be able to serve that community by helping people figure out how to do theater, figure out what they wanted to do and what they wanted to say.” In...

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Friday, February 27, 2015

As a power couple leaves the Triangle, two arts institutions face new questions

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 8:57 AM

PlayMakers Artistic Director Joseph Haj is leaving the Chapel Hill theater company to direct the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, starting in July (read Byron Woods for more). As Minnesota Public Radio recently reported, “Haj plans to move to the Twin Cities later this year with his wife and 14-year-old daughter.” If you know who Haj is married to, that passing mention probably piqued your interest. Joseph Haj is married to Deirdre Haj, who has been the executive director of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham since 2010. As PlayMakers faces the question of new leadership, we wondered if...

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Monday, February 23, 2015

A new shop in Raleigh, a pair of new conventions and other local comics news

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 8:10 AM

A new comic shop opens in Raleigh Comic book fans in Raleigh now have a new option for getting their fanboy fix, Fight or Flight Comics, which just opened at 6675 Falls of Neuse Rd., Suite 015. Named for the classic human psychological response—as well as the action of many a superhero comic book—it was founded by former clerks from Hillsborough Street comics mainstay Foundation’s Edge. Fight or Flight’s Daniel Foust says the store was placed in this part of Raleigh so as not to compete with existing shops, such as Foundation’s Edge or Capitol Comics II. It’s actually gotten...

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Joseph Haj is leaving PlayMakers—and North Carolina

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 10:33 AM

Joseph Haj is leaving PlayMakers Repertory Company to become Artistic Director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, starting in July. Haj has been Producing Artistic Director of UNC-Chapel Hill’s professional theater company since 2006, presiding over Shakespeare and Sondheim as well as helping establish a more adventurous second-stage series, PRC2. "We are enormously grateful to Joe for his deep-rooted contributions to PlayMakers," McKay Coble said in a PlayMakers press release. Coble is a UNC Department of Dramatic Art faculty member and PlayMakers designer. Praising Haj’s vision and leadership, Coble said that PlayMakers is “beginning the search for new leadership as...

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Raleigh Little Theatre cancels Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Raleigh Little Theatre announced yesterday that it has canceled a scheduled May production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, replacing it with a run of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The company reports making the decision on the basis of conversations with the region's Native American community over the fall. The musical satire based on the life of the seventh American president won awards for best musical and book during a run at the Public Theatre before transferring to Broadway in 2010/11. But the controversial work, which recasts American history as a scathing satire in the vein of South Park or...

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Gov. McCrory gets it right the second time around, names new N.C. Poet Laureate after controversy

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Call it poetic justice: After sparking controversy with his appointment of a questionably qualified state poet laureate in July, Gov. Pat McCrory announced in a press release today that the eminently qualified Shelby Stephenson will take the post. As the INDY wrote in July, Gov. McCrory’s abrupt, unilateral selection of state employee Valerie Macon as poet laureate caused an outcry in the state’s literary community—and beyond. Facing national scrutiny and criticism, Macon resigned after less than a week, leaving the post vacant until now. There were two reasons for the controversy over Macon’s appointment. For one, she lacked the legitimate publication and poetry...

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Chapel Hill’s Varsity Theater starts fundraising campaign to stay in business

Posted By on Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 3:13 PM

As 2014 winds down, a Chapel Hill institution turns to Kickstarter in the hopes of making it through 2015. Today, the Varsity Theatre, which has operated on Franklin Street under different names for more than 85 years, unveiled a Kickstarter campaign starkly named Go Digital or Go Dark. Its goal is to raise enough money to convert the theater’s projectors and other equipment from 35mm film to digital, simply so they can keep showing movies as the new technology replaces the old, and even older films are being converted to digital and, sometimes, destroyed. One day into its 60 day run, the...

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New folk art museum working to come to Pittsboro

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Things will be stirring in the local art world this spring. As the North Carolina Museum of Art embarks on a major renovation, a mom-and-pop business in Pittsboro hopes to break ground on a new folk and outsider art museum. It’s an exciting prospect for an area whose rich artisanal tradition predates its fine-arts pedigree. The Small Museum of Folk Art is the vision of Dave Clark and Lisa Piper, who own the Small B&B Café. According to a press release, they received a gift from an unnamed donor of more than 400 pieces of folk and outsider art, including...

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

North Carolina Museum of Art reveals plans for major renovations

Posted By on Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 10:23 AM

In a press release yesterday, the North Carolina Museum of Art announced plans for a long-term, multi-phase renovation of its 164-acre campus, Museum Park. The plan includes a new campus entrance and street front, woodland and meadow restoration, new bike and pedestrian trails, additional parking spots, a new building and new outdoor artworks. “The goal of this plan is to connect people, art and nature in a sustainable way,” project leader Dan Gottlieb, NCMA’s director of planning and design, said in the press release. NCMA received $13 million from an anonymous donor to complete the first phase of construction, which...

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Comics roundup: A civil rights legend, Congressman John Lewis, visits Durham in comics and real-life form

Posted By on Thu, Oct 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM

“Durham Reads Together” and The Durham Comics Project A major public figure with an connection to comic books will be in Durham this weekend: Georgia Congressman John Lewis, the legendary Civil Rights Movement leader who is the last surviving speaker from the 1963 political rally in Washington, D.C. where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. Rep. Lewis’ life and experiences have been adapted into the graphic novel trilogy March from Top Shelf Comix, which has published acclaimed works such as Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Craig Thompson’s Blankets. The first volume of March...

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

John Darnielle's Wolf in White Van longlisted for National Book Award

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Success was a long time in coming to John Darnielle as a musician. Before his folk-rock project The Mountain Goats started edging toward household name (or at least major cult) status, he spent the 1990s releasing lo-fi cassettes and records for a small group of dedicated fans. But it looks like literary success will prove less elusive, as Darnielle's first proper novel, Wolf in White Van (which is discussed with the author and reviewed in this week's INDY), has just landed on the longlist for the 2014 National Book Awards for Fiction. About that "proper"—Wolf in White Van, which elliptically...

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Bull Spec officially retires as print magazine

Posted By on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 2:22 PM

For Triangle-based fans of science fiction, fantasy and horror, Durham’s Samuel Montgomery-Blinn has played a major role in raising awareness of and consolidating the rich local scene for these genres with his magazine and website Bull Spec since 2010. The INDY reported on it back when it was on its fourth issue in 2011. But after years of diligently promoting the books and films he loves, Montgomery-Blinn is cutting back … a bit. Bull Spec is officially retiring as a print periodical, though it will continue as a website and email newsletter.  The print version of Bull Spec has been a labor of love...

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Scrap Exchange moving to new location

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 2:16 PM

On August 16, The Scrap Exchange, the Durham-based nonprofit that has come to be a nationwide model for creative reuse centers, will finally have a place to call its own. After three years at its current location on Franklin Street, The Scrap Exchange will reopen in a new, larger space in the Lakewood neighborhood of Durham, in what was formerly the Cinema Theater and Duke Surplus building at 2050 Chapel Hill Road. True to its mission, The Scrap Exchange has worked to repair and renovate the property since buying it late in 2013, ensuring that it's suitable for the organization's activities,...

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Update: Valerie Macon resigns from Poet Laureate appointment after uproar

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Valerie Macon, appointed by Governor Pat McCrory as North Carolina's poet laureate last Friday, resigned her appointment Thursday. The North Carolina literary community noisily—and almost unanimously—objected to the virtually unknown Macon's appointment on the grounds that she was substantially unqualified for the honor and that her inexperience undermined the integrity of the office of laureate as well as the literary tradition of the state. Macon has self-published two books and lacks teaching or program facilitation experience, which are core duties of the poet laureate. Past laureates have all been substantially published poets with national reputations and decades of teaching experience...

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Opinion: McCrory’s mean joke, a poet laureate who’s barely a poet

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Update: Valerie Macon has resigned. Who the hell is Valerie Macon? That’s what poets in North Carolina are asking this week after Gov. Pat McCrory bypassed the established process for choosing the state’s poet laureate and appointed the unknown, inexperienced Macon to the post for the next two years. Typically, the North Carolina Arts Council handles the selection of a new laureate. They solicit nominations, convene a selection committee to review the poets against the position’s guidelines and recommend a finalist to the Governor, who announces the new laureate. But McCrory couldn’t bother with that. Ignoring the NCAC’s process,...

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hopscotch Design Festival announces initial speaker lineup

Posted By on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 12:40 PM

The Hopscotch Design Festival is taking shape with today's announcement of more than two-dozen speakers from across the country. Notable participants include Harper Reed, the chief technology officer for the Obama for America campaign; Alexander Isley, founder of Alexander Isley Inc.; Anne Atkins, lead graphic designer for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel; and Brian Singer, a communication design team manager for Facebook. These speakers and others will take part in sessions throughout the day on Sept. 3 and Sept. 4 in locations throughout Raleigh including Flanders Gallery, CAM, the Lincoln Theatre, Kings and Fletcher Opera Theater. The event wants to reflect...

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Temple of acoustic music: Duke unveils the long-awaited Baldwin Auditorium facelift

Posted By on Thu, Aug 1, 2013 at 4:21 PM

A small group of clearly excited Duke officials greeted the media this morning. The occasion: the unveiling of a shimmering, newly renovated Baldwin Auditorium. As Duke Performances director Aaron Greenwald noted in preliminary remarks, the 685-seat facility is designed exclusively for acoustic music and as such, it will fill a niche in the area's acoustic music spaces. Greenwald pointed out that Raleigh's Meymandi Concert Hall, the Triangle's premier recital venue, is more than twice the size of Baldwin. Although the exterior of the building, which was completed in 1927, looks the same, the interior was gutted. Now, $15 million...

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Zach Ward returns to full-time role at DSI Comedy Theater

Posted By on Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 10:24 AM

File photo by Jeremy M. LangeZach Ward in Carrboro, 2010 DSI Comedy Theater’s founder, owner and executive producer Zach Ward returns to Carrboro and DSI this month. Last week, the theater announced his return, following a two-year stint at ImprovBoston in Cambridge, Mass. In a telephone interview, Ward says that returning to North Carolina was always part of his plan when he decided to go to Boston in 2011 and cites raising his 1-year-old son as a key reason for making the move back to his hometown. “When I left, I knew what I wanted to accomplish in five years,...

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Nasher Museum of Art names Sarah Schroth director

Posted By on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 2:36 PM

The “interim” tag is gone. Sarah Schroth is now officially in place as the director of Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of Duke PhotographySarah Schroth loses the interim tag as the new director of Duke's Nasher Museum of Art.Schroth, who has been a curator at the museum since 1995—the pre-Nasher days of the Duke University Museum of Art—took over interim directorial duties for the third time in her tenure after the Nasher’s original director, Kimerly Rorschach, left last fall to direct the Seattle Museum of Art. After a committee comprising academic heavyweights and museum board members conducted...

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Local playwright Monica Byrne lands major book deal with first novel

Posted By on Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 9:10 PM

D.L. AndersonDurham playwright Monica ByrneCrown Publishing Group, a division of publishing giant Random House, has signed a major book deal with Durham playwright Monica Byrne for the rights to publish her first novel, The Girl in the Road, in 2014. Details of the arrangement were released over the weekend on the website for Publishers Marketplace, an industry publication. “I wanted to scream,” Byrne recalls when she received news of the agreement at the end of last week. “[My agent] was excited, everyone was so excited, and so pleased by the deal, which was considerable.” Crown signed what Byrne characterized as...

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Friday, March 8, 2013

CAM Raleigh changes leadership on eve of second anniversary

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM

File photo by Jeremy M. LangeCAM Raleigh officially opened in April 2011.RALEIGH—As CAM Raleigh approaches the two-year mark, the museum is making changes. It’s also taking the opportunity, in advance of the noise of birthday celebrations next month, to revisit its aspirations. One change is taking place at the top. Early this week, CAM parted ways with Elysia Borowy-Reeder, the museum's executive director of the last two years. The change has been announced internally but an official announcement is expected soon. [UPDATE 4:11 p.m.: Here it is.] Kate Shafer, who has served as gallery and exhibitions manager since the institution’s...

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Nerds, a new musical about Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, premieres in Raleigh

Posted By on Sat, Jan 19, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Photo by Curtis Brown PhotographyDiana DeGarmo and other performers in NerdsHalf a dozen nerds cross the stage at the A.J. Fletcher Theater holding their homemade computers, hoping to launch their careers and, more importantly, make friends. Behind them, a computer motherboard acts as a backdrop, with dozens of LED screens providing commentary. Director Marc Bruni stops the action: the screens are blank. “The lights aren’t talking to each other,” says a technician. Thus this rehearsal, for a new musical about the rise of the digital world, has to pause in order to fix a computer. North Carolina Theatre’s Nerds: A...

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