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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Well, This Blows: The INDY's Rolling Blog of Hurricane Florence Cancellations and Delays in Arts, Culture, and Food

Posted By on Sat, Sep 15, 2018 at 9:32 AM

Now that the Dreamville cancellation is out of the way, let's get on to the rest. Though its website has yet to be updated with the news, we got word in an email newsletter today that SPARKcon, which was scheduled to begin on Thursday, is officially postponed. In fact, according to the letter's authors at VAE Raleigh, all City of Raleigh events this weekend have been nixed. VAE says it wants to reschedule SPARKcon as soon as possible, though there are no specific plans yet. Over at Raleigh Little Theatre, a concert featuring The Connells with Dillon Fence and...

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Durham Independent Dance Artists Will Use Winter to Center Before a Streamlined 2019 Season

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 12:01 PM

Since Durham Independent Dance Artists began curating, promoting, and supporting an annual performance season in 2014, participation in independent dance in Durham has grown by leaps and bounds, on both sides of the ticket stand—a feat in which DIDA, though far from alone among emerging support organizations, played an undeniably large role. Though DIDA does not fully fund or traditionally present the works in its season, bundling short-run, off-map, self- or crowd-funded dance shows into a season that tracks with the academic presenters has consolidated disparate local dance artists while lending their work a sense of legibility and legitimacy....

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Through This Lens Hosts an Exhibit and Flash Sale of Colectivo Liminal Photos to Benefit Local Migrant-Support Organizations

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 2:07 PM

Colectivo Liminal Silent Auction Friday, Jul. 20, 6–9 p.m. Through This Lens, Durham At Through This Lens on July 20, Colectivo Liminal is holding a flash sale of fifty photographs that document issues of immigration, migration, and refugee crises in the global South. The photos are the product of Colectivo Liminal’s network of journalists and photographers, hailing from as close to home as Durham and as far away as Argentina, who "work in the liminal spaces created by borders." (One wall will be entirely dedicated to photos or photographers from North Carolina.) The flash sale is a response to ongoing...

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Monday, June 11, 2018

A Villain Burglarized All Three Ultimate Comics Stores Last Night

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 4:30 PM

It was about ten o'clock last night when Ultimate Comics owner Alan Gill got word from two employees returning from a convention that his flagship store, on the border of Durham and Chapel Hill, was a shambles. A window was shattered, as were many of the “geek boxes” inside—the glass cases housing the most precious items—and there were clearly toys and comics missing. But what at first looked like a simple smash and grab quickly became more complicated. When Gill reached the store, which he lives across the street from, he realized the thief had specifically targeted the brand...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Want to Be The Carrack's New Director? Laura Ritchie Is Stepping Down This Summer.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 9:09 AM

Laura Ritchie, the director of The Carrack Modern Art, announced in a press release yesterday that she is stepping down from her position in June, after seven years as the leader of the nonprofit community gallery, a mainstay in the Durham art scene. Ritchie cofounded The Carrack in 2011 and has since grown the volunteer-run, zero-commission gallery (meaning artists keep all money from sales) into a sustainable art and community space with a paid staff. Hosting the work of more than one thousand artists to date, Ritchie made The Carrack a cornerstone, supporting local artists who otherwise had few platforms and...

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

DPAC Announces Dates for Hamilton and the Rest of the 2018-19 SunTrust Broadway Season

Posted By on Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 1:11 PM

In our recent 28 Reasons We Love the Triangle Right Now feature, we wrote a little rap—a parody of “My Shot”—about our frustration over not knowing when we'll finally get to see the Broadway smash Hamilton. (We're so sorry.) Well, rap and you shall receive, we guess: shortly thereafter, the Durham Performing Arts Center announced the dates of its 2018-19 SunTrust Broadway season, which is headlined by Hamilton. The season, branded “New York, New York,” features eight current or recent direct-from-Broadway hits, plus a return of The Book of Mormon. You’ll finally get to see Hamilton November 6 through December 2—if...

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Friday, February 2, 2018

The Race Is On to Raise $150,000 to Save the Chelsea Theater

Posted By on Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 7:51 AM

Last November, Chapel Hill’s Chelsea Theater quietly broke the news that it would probably not renew its lease when it expires at the end of March. (The art cinema mainstay has been in continuous operation since 1990.) Since then, under the rallying cry “Save the Chelsea,” a local group has created an exploratory committee and advocacy effort to raise enough funds to take over the lease, hoping to make an offer to retiring owner Bruce Stone by the end of February.  In December, the group circulated a public survey to gauge interest in saving the theater and test the ideas of making...

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Long-Running Raleigh Gallery Lump to Change Leadership This Month

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 4:33 PM

Kelly McChesney, the director of Lump, has announced that she is stepping down from that position this month to become the public art director at the Office of Raleigh Arts. "I will continue to be an active figure during this time of transition and will support Lump’s goals and vision into the future," McChesney said in a press release. "I feel privileged to be a part of the Lump team and to help build upon the foundation that was created over the past twenty-one years by Bill Thelen, Med Byrd, and so many exceptional national and international artists." McChesney retired...

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Sick of Facebook Invites? UNC-Chapel Hill Just Launched an App for Tracking Events on Campus.

Posted By on Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 2:00 PM

As a part of the Arts Everywhere initiative to promote widespread participation in the arts, UNC-Chapel Hill launched its new Arts Everywhere app today. Available for iPhone and Android, the app will help users discover, track, and plan attendance for arts events at the university, from dance and theater to exhibits and pop-up shows. The app provides users with custom recommendations, identifies trending topics in the arts on campus, and serves as a social networking platform. It's available to anyone, not just students. UNC is demonstrating the utility of the app by timing its launch with a week of pop-up...

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Chelsea Theater, the Last Old-School Art Cinema Standing in Chapel Hill, Might Close at the End of the Year

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 3:56 PM

Though the Chelsea Theater is a Chapel Hill institution, it has never made a big deal about itself. Tucked away in the Timberlyne strip mall, almost literally in the shadow of the Regal multiplex, the little-art-house-that-could has discreetly held its ground in a volatile cinema market for almost thirty years. So it’s no surprise that the Chelsea recently slipped a major announcement onto the “News and Notes” page of its ancient website, where no one would ever think to look. Unless a buyer comes through, the theater’s long legacy looks likely to end when the calendar rolls over to 2018....

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Durham Independent Dance Artists Announces New Season Balancing "Risk and Excellence"

Posted By on Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 12:26 PM

The past three seasons from Durham Independent Dance Artists have exemplified creative experimentation. Some artists mounted multimedia collaborations in nontraditional venues; others prioritized work that passed the reins to audience members. In its next season, beginning in October, DIDA is particularly interested in highlighting the ways different artists leverage risk in performance—and, as DIDA organizer Justin Tornow says, “strive toward balancing risk and excellence.” So what will this look like? Among the 2017–18 artists, some names—Anna Barker, Ginger Wagg—are familiar from past seasons. Culture Mill’s Murielle Elizéon will present her first U.S. solo; Nicola Bullock, a DIDA founder based in...

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Manbites Dog Theater Is Closing After Its 2017-18 Season, Turning Into an Artist-Support Organization

Posted By on Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 3:35 PM

Manbites Dog Theater, the region’s oldest independent theater company, has announced plans to close and sell its theater building on Foster Street at the end of its upcoming 2017-18 season. The news shocked the area’s artistic community, coming one week after the venerated company announced the details of its thirty-first—and now, final—season as a producing organization. In a press release on Tuesday evening, Manbites Dog’s board of directors framed the decision as a transition from the first two stages of the company’s life, as an itinerant theater troupe that found a stable venue in downtown Durham in 1998, to its...

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Friday, July 14, 2017

The Bookshop Brought Many Rare and First Editions—and Two Famous Cats—to Franklin Street for Thirty-Two Years

Posted By on Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 2:46 PM

“Books. Cats. Life is Good,” reads the standing sign outside The Bookshop in Chapel Hill. Sadly, that won’t be true for much longer. The Bookshop, a Franklin Street staple since it opened in 1985, announced in January that it would close its doors for good in July. Tomorrow will be the last day of its liquidation sale before it shutters, though on Sunday and Monday, you can haul off any remaining books for free if you bring your own containers and transport. Betty Schumacher, the manager of The Bookshop, says that the store had a consistent customer base, but multiple...

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Study: Durham’s Arts and Culture Industry Generates $154 Million in Economic Activity a Year

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 9:52 AM

Durham County's nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $154 million in annual economic activity, according to a new study administered by the Durham Arts Council. The Americans for the Arts economic impact study was conducted in 341 communities nationwide and looked at spending by nonprofit arts organizations and art consumers. Nationally, nonprofit arts and culture is a $166 billion industry. Statewide, the total is $2.12 billion, meaning Durham accounts for about 7 percent of North Carolina's nonprofit arts industry. Sixty-nine local organizations and 824 audience members were surveyed to figure the local numbers. According to the study, Durham organizations spent...

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Hannibal Buress Announces Surprise Show at Motorco Tonight

Posted By on Sun, May 21, 2017 at 7:39 PM

"@Moogfest Is it possible to come through this year and build a synthesizer and film it? DM please," Hannibal Buress tweeted a few weeks ago. Well, seems like it was possible to come through: as you've seen or heard by now, the comedian has been knocking around the Durham music festival doing band intros and shenanigans all weekend. Now he's announced a show at Motorco at 9:30 tonight. At the time of this writing, the link for tickets has been live for thirteen minutes, get them while they last. Note that the $10 cover is cash only....

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Common Ground Theatre Is Gone, But Some of Its Resources and Its Role Live on in Walltown Children's Theatre

Posted By on Fri, May 12, 2017 at 1:53 PM

Cynthia Penn-Halal is beaming as she stands amid the clutter of construction at Walltown Children’s Theatre. The company’s executive director points out a neighborhood worker painting the wooden side rails on new risers for the audience, while theatrical carpenter Jeff Alguire puts the finishing touches on the technical booth he’s made out of what was once the baptistry in a former church building on Berkeley Street. “I’ve wanted to do this since 2005,” Penn-Halal says of a monthlong project that has transformed the main room of her facility into a commercial-grade black box theater, capable of hosting the region’s...

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Sonorous Road Productions Is Moving to Hillsborough Street in June

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 1:20 PM

Prospects for the region’s independent theater scene look brighter today, after Sonorous Road Productions announced that it would relocate to a new facility on Hillsborough Street in June. The news follows a span of uncertainty about Sonorous Road's fate after the building it currently occupies on Oberlin Road was sold. After months of searching and negotiations, the theater and filmmaking concern signed a five-year lease Thursday morning on a space in the Royal Bakery Building at 3801 Hillsborough Street, across from Meredith College. “It was the biggest relief,” artistic director Michelle Murray Wells said. “We’ve been under so much pressure...

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

UNC-Chapel Hill's Ackland Art Museum Receives a Major Trove of Dutch and Flemish Art

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 4:04 PM

January 2017 may be full of tumult, but it’s brought unexpected windfalls to university museums in the Triangle. Earlier in the month, Duke’s Nasher Museum of Art announced it had been gifted with a major work by Archibald Motley, an acclaimed painter of the African-American Jazz Age experience. And UNC’s Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill just announced that it had been given a major collection of Dutch and Flemish drawings, including seven works by Rembrandt van Rijn himself, collected by UNC alumnus Sheldon Peck and his wife, Leena, over the past four decades. The Peck Collection consists of...

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Matthew Griffin Snags 2017 Crook's Corner Book Prize for His Graceful Novel, Hide

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 6:08 PM

Greensboro native Matthew Griffin has won the fourth-annual Crook's Corner Book Prize for a debut novel set in the South. Griffin, now based in New Orleans, attended the ceremony to accept the honor, which was selected by Tom Franklin, a novelist and writing professor at the University of Mississippi at Oxford. Announced Monday night during a reception at the award's namesake Chapel Hill restaurant, the prize includes $5,000 and confers the privilege of a glass of wine at Crook's every day for a year. Griffin's Hide, described in a Booklist starred review as "something like a miracle," is set in...

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

NC Comicon and Oak City Comicon Consolidate Brands as New Competition From Florida Looms

Posted By on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 3:38 PM

Basking in the success of November’s annual NC Comicon in Durham and its Raleigh-based spinoff, Oak City Comicon, the conventions' owners recently announced plans to consolidate their brands. The Oak City show on March 18 and 19 is now called “NC Comicon: Oak City” and the traditional Durham Convention Center show planned for November is “NC Comicon: Bull City.” Underlying NC Comicon’s expansion, as the owners are calling it, might be a concerted effort to fend off new competition. It's not the first time NC Comicon has faced down a bigger challenger. A few years ago, another convention, Wizard World—part of...

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Friday, January 6, 2017

The Nasher Museum of Art Receives a Significant Gift, a Major Painting by Archibald Motley

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 3:13 PM

“Hot Rhythm,” a major painting by Archibald Motley, has been donated to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Two of the artist’s heirs, Mara Motley and Valerie Gerrard Browne, have given the dynamic work to the Nasher in honor of Richard J. Powell, Duke’s John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History, and C.T. Woods-Powell. Powell curated the standout 2014 exhibition Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist, which originated at the Nasher before traveling to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago Cultural Center,...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Theater News: Common Ground Theatre to Go Dark in December

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Common Ground Theatre, the influential, intimate Durham venue that has nurtured regional independent theater and improv comedy throughout its twelve-year run, is set to cease operations next month. Last night, executive director Shelby Hahn told the INDY that he will step down at the end of December. Hahn took the post in July 2015 after the departure of former director Devra Thomas. Following an unsuccessful search across the theatrical community for his replacement, the company’s board decided to cease operations when Hahn leaves. Rachel Klem and Michelle Byars created the theater in 2005 to provide an affordable rehearsal and...

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Discover Ovation Cinema Grill 9 in Holly Springs, the Latest Addition to the Boutique Multiplex Scene

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 3:41 PM

The light green accents scattered throughout Carmike Cinemas’s Ovation Cinema Grill 9 in Holly Springs suggest, ever so subtly, the vintage Art Deco motif of the early twentieth century’s golden age of movie houses. It’s the last bit of nostalgia you’re likely to detect in western Wake County’s newest cinema, the latest addition to the burgeoning boutique movie theater scene. The long-gestating Holly Springs multiplex concludes a weeklong soft opening tomorrow and begins showing first-run films on Thursday, October 13. The nine-screen theater includes eight traditional screens, three of them 3-D capable. It also sports Carmike’s branded BigD auditorium, only the...

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Tale of Two Galleries: Raleigh’s Lump and Flanders to Merge

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 11:02 AM

In a lot of ways, Bill Thelen and Kelly McChesney’s stories as gallery directors couldn’t be more different. But they have been subtly bending toward each other for years, which culminates in the merger of the two galleries under one name and director, functionally by the end of this year and officially in February. Thelen is an artist; you can see one of his pieces in Southern Accent at the Nasher right now. Twenty years ago, he founded the experimental, collective-spirited project space Lump, as if bringing a grungy little slice of Bushwick to Blount Street, and never moved. McChesney...

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

New Performers, New Personnel, and New Venues Enliven Durham Independent Dance Artists' 2016–17 Season [Updated]

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 9:56 AM

Durham Independent Dance Artists has just unveiled its third season. Eight performances across 2016–17 include a handful of artists new to DIDA—including one international choreographer, collaborating with Culture Mill's Tommy Noonan—in addition to local mainstays. The new season is also marked by key venue and personnel changes. Since its start, DIDA has positioned itself as an adaptive organization, shape-shifting to meet its original aim: to strategically bring together resources and promotional support in order to solidify the independent dance scene in Durham. This season, DIDA extends its emphasis on nontraditional performance spaces; none of the 2016–17 shows will take place...

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