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Friday, June 22, 2018

Theater Review: One of Theater's Great Sacrificial Characters Strikes Back in Iphigenia in Splott

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 3:31 PM

Iphigenia in Splott ★★★★½ Through Saturday, Jun. 23 Burning Coal Theatre, Raleigh Iphigenia is one of the greatest sacrificial characters in Greek mythology. Splott, however, is a rundown section of Cardiff, Wales, best known to locals as the place where a library, swimming pool, doctor’s office, and other amenities used to be—before government funding cuts. “They cut everything we need to make a life,” a chronic, salty-tongued young alcoholic, purposefully named Effie, tells us in  playwright Gary Owen’s harrowing, challenging one-person show. As in the ancient texts, a soldier will cruelly betray this unlikely Iphigenia. She will also be repeatedly...

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ADF Review: Shen Wei, Samuel Beckett, and Morton Feldman Meet in the Bardo in Neither

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 9:58 AM

Shen Wei Dance Arts: Neither★★★★½ Saturday, June 16 & Sunday, June 17 Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham In retrospect, it was obvious. If grim Samuel Beckett, indeterminate composer Morton Feldman, and choreographer Shen Wei were going to meet anywhere, it was going to be in the bardo, that liminal space between lives contemplated in the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Shen’s interpretation of Neither, the disquieting 1977 “opera” Feldman composed to Beckett’s skeletal eighty-seven-word libretto, seems to document transactions in that Buddhist analog of purgatory, a disorienting place of reckoning and transformation where souls work out their next incarnation....

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Coming Home: ADF Alumni Return

Posted on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Saturday, June 23-Sunday, June 24 Reynolds Industries Theater, Durham 7 p.m. Sat./2 p.m. Sun., $12-$33 www.americandancefestival.org Each summer at the American Dance Festival, student choreographers and dancers sharpen their skills in its rigorous Six-Week School and frequently launch professional careers. Here, a blue-ribbon panel of choreographers has chosen five emerging talents, all ADF alumni, for a showcase of their divergent work. Burr Johnson's grace, precision, and long physical lines have made local choreographer Helen Simoneau's work look good for years. Raja Feather Kelly continues his series of Andy Warhol dance interpretations. Alex Springer and Xan Burley's study in proximity,...

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Durham Comics Fest 2018

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Saturday, June 23 Durham County Library Southwest Regional Branch) 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m., free, www.durhamcomicsfest.org If your budget or tolerance of crowds makes you wary of NC Comicon or Raleigh Supercon, the Durham County Library's free, relatively intimate annual comics festival is a less intimidating venture into the waters of fandom. The main event is at the library on Saturday, where alternative comic creators will offer family-friendly insights into their craft. Guests include Molly Ostertag, creator of the webcomic Strong Female Protagonist (about a female superhero braving the challenges of college); and Liz Prince, whose comics range from Steven Universe...

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Movie Review: A Murky Moral and the Diminishing Returns of Digital Dinos Weigh on a Once-Mighty Franchise in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 9:47 AM

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ★★½ Opening Friday, June 22 The tension between science and consumerism is the narrative thread running throughout the Jurassic Park franchise. It’s a marvel to revive an iconic extinct species, but these dinos ain’t going to sell themselves. In 2015, Jurassic World saw the realization of John Hammond’s dream of a dinosaur-centric amusement park, at least until the customers became the day’s feeding. Now, at the outset of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, an erupting volcano threatens to turn the cloned dinosaurs living in and around the now-derelict theme park on Isla Nublar back into fossils....

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Tarish "Jeghetto" Pipkins and Pierce Freelon Bring 5P1N0K10, a Hip-Hopera to the ArtsCenter

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Friday, June 22 The ArtsCenter, Carrboro 8 p.m., $15, www.artscenterlive.org In recent years, you can hardly turn around without bumping into the uncanny puppet artistry of Tarish "Jeghetto" Pipkins, whether it's in Paperhand Puppet Intervention shows, Missy Elliott music videos, public libraries and schools, The Steve Harvey Show, or the Durham Hotel's lobby. Last year, Jeghetto's talent and work ethic earned him a Jim Henson Foundation grant to develop signature work 5P1N0K10, a hip-hopera created with The Beast bandleader and 2017 Durham mayoral candidate Pierce Freelon. Using music, video, and magical marionettes, the show spins the story to which...

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After a Year Off, Rock 'n' Roll Partyfest Revs Up Again at Slim's

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Saturday, June 23-Sunday, June 24 Slim's, Raleigh 6 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, $15-$25 www.slimsraleigh.com To some extent, every music festival is an endurance test. But whereas most music festivals are marathons, Raleigh's Rock 'n' Roll Partyfest—back in action after a year off—is a two-night sprint, a mad dash that crams more than twenty bands into shotgun-shack Slim's between early evening and last call. The sonic breadth covered by the acts—a wild mix of punk, garage, psych, and more—promises some interesting pairings. On night one, Obnox's dense, noise-slathered garage guitar heroics contrast with Natural Causes' synth-punk spasms; Zodiac Panthers'...

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Friday, June 15, 2018

ADF Review: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company Offers a Muscular, Political, Restless Evening of Virtuosic Dance

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 4:49 PM

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company ★★★★½ Through Saturday, June 16 Reynolds Industries Theater, Durham We are watching. We have been preparing. And we are ready for whatever you can throw at us. That’s the message that Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, which is devoted to the work and performance of artists of color, delivered with an inspiring program to open the 2018 American Dance Festival. Muscular, political, and restless, the evening (which repeats tonight and also has a children's matinee tomorrow) combines old and new work and features the world premiere of Indestructible, choreographed by Abby Zbikowski. The program opens with...

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Movie Review: At Least We Get Bening, Moss, and Ronan Mucking Around in Chekhovian Mischief in an Otherwise Standard The Seagull

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 10:21 AM

The Seagull★★★ Now playing You love her But she loves him And he loves somebody else You just can't win —The J. Geils Band, “Love Stinks” It's summertime on a nineteenth-century Russian country estate, and love triangles are colliding in a tangle of messy geometry. The aging stage actress Irina is visiting her lover Trigorin, a famous writer from Moscow. Alas, Trigorin is bewitched by young Nina, who is with Konstantin, Irina's resentful son. Meanwhile, the schoolteacher Medvedenko is obsessed with Masha, daughter of the steward, whose wife, Polina, is in love with the town physician, Yevgeny, who's pursuing—you...

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Movie Review: Fourteen Years Later, Incredibles 2 Is Stuffed with Allusions to Contemporary Social Issues. But to What End?

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 1:07 PM

Incredibles 2 ★★★½ Now playing Although the plot of Incredibles 2 picks up where its forerunner left off, it’s been fourteen years since the moviegoing public checked in on the Parr family. The storyline is uninterrupted, but the focus of the metaphors has shifted with the times. Whereas The Incredibles was largely a commentary on exceptionalism, its sequel adopts an array of more progressive social contexts. The end result is fun, funny, and timely, but not quite transcendent. The Incredibles’ failed, calamitous pursuit of the Underminer triggers the government to shutter the Super Relocation program, forcing superheroes to retreat...

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Dance Review: Anna Barker Burns Toxic Masculinity and Self-Doubt as Fuel for a Work Full of Humor and Beauty

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 10:12 AM

real.live.people: Again, but this time with feeling ★★★★ Thursday, Jun. 7–Sunday, Jun. 10 Living Arts Collective, Durham One way to respond to oppression is to make fists and fight back. That kind of conflict draws attention to a revolutionary cause, but one risks everything in the fight—not just losing it, but also losing oneself in it. In Again, but this time with feeling, Durham-based dancer and choreographer Anna Barker’s new evening-length work with her company, real.live.people, and other local artists, the fists are unclenched. Instead, hands proffer vulnerability and reflection in a work about preserving one’s being amid struggle, which turns...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Vape Smoke, Rick and Morty Costumes, $10 Chair Rentals, and Some Big TV Reveals at Adult Swim on the Green in Cary

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 3:20 PM

Adult Swim on the Green Sunday, Jun. 3 WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary I’m barely out of my car in the crowded gravel lot at the WakeMed Soccer Park when someone calls out to ask if I want to smoke, and it’s clear he doesn’t mean tobacco. I politely wave him off. It’s going to be that kind of evening. The scenic vistas of the soccer park are home, at least for this evening, to Adult Swim on the Green, a tour promoting the popular older-crowd-oriented cable channel that takes up the evening hours of Cartoon Network. Surreal humor is...

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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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Friday, June 8, 2018

Theater Review: Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's Songs Can't Quite Shine Through a Patchy Production of Spring Awakening

Posted By on Fri, Jun 8, 2018 at 4:30 PM

Spring Awakening★★½ Through Sunday, June 17 North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, Raleigh Spring Awakening, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s triple Tony-winning 2007 musical, is set in Germany a century ago, when public education about contraception was criminalized. Generations of teenage boys and girls, like the ones depicted in the musical, learned by trial and error—and lived and died by the consequences. But if the musical is about the tragic outcomes of adolescent children not learning survival skills about human sexuality, then this too-minimal NRACT production suffers because its young actors haven’t fully learned basic musical-theater survival skills, including vocal...

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Theater Review: Not Every Forty-Year-Old Thriller Still Elicits Gasps Like Deathtrap

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 9:01 AM

Deathtrap★★★★ Through Sunday, June 10 NCSU’s Titmus Theatre, Raleigh To anyone considering a relationship with a wordsmith, a word of warning, from experience: Writers don’t fight—at least, not in any conventional sense. Instead, they just … rewrite. I went from romantic lead to episodic supporting character in one distractible young author’s life while I was out buying groceries. Then there was the college-town scribe who decided my views—and face—needed a bit more editing, with his fists. So everyone surrounding Deathtrap’s central character, a playwright named Sidney Bruhl, has good reason to be wary. By the end of Ira Levin’s devious...

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Theater Review: Some Theater Is Timeless, but Chamber Musical Daddy Long Legs Can't Shake the Twentieth Century

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2018 at 1:35 PM

Daddy Long Legs ★★½ Through, Sunday May 27 Kennedy Theatre, Raleigh The chamber musical Daddy Long Legs tries so hard to join us in the twenty-first century. In the book by John Caird (the original director of the mega-musical Les Misérables) and the lyrics by Paul Gordon, two characters strain against the societal conventions of the first decade of the twentieth century. Jerusha Abbott (played by a luminous Hilary Maiberger for Theatre Raleigh) is the oldest ward of the John Grier Home, a lovely, lifeless orphanage, but her potentially permanent position is changed when Jervis Pendleton, a wealthy young...

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

If Black Panther Was Your Intro to Afrofuturism, Get Caught Up on Its History with Space Is the Place

Posted on Thu, May 24, 2018 at 9:41 AM

Thursday, May 24 Shadowbox Studio, Durham 7 p.m., free, www.shadowboxstudio.org If Black Panther recently spread the gospel of Afrofuturism to the masses, the canon of Sun Ra, including this 1974 sci-fi film, is one of the cosmology's foundational sources. The film's genesis lies in the early seventies, when the visionary jazz musician was teaching a course on "The Black Man in the Cosmos" at UC Berkeley. These lectures formed the basis for Space Is the Place, in which a time-traveling Sun Ra and his Arkestra discover a new planet where they want to resettle African Americans. But they have...

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Meet New Friends and Hear About Old Ones at Audio Under the Stars

Posted By on Thu, May 24, 2018 at 9:24 AM

Friday, May 25 Center for Documentary Studies, Durham 8 p.m., free, www.audiounderthestars.org Whether it's NPR in our cars or podcasts at the office, many of us are constantly awash in audio documentaries. The stroke of brilliance of Audio Under the Stars was to open the doors, pull out the earbuds, and fling these stories open to social life in the night air. Every summer since 2014—first at SPECTRE Arts, now at its own digs—the Center for Documentary Studies has put on this monthly Third Friday event in which short, locally produced or focused audio docs are introduced live and...

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Tom Whiteside Spins a Fantasia Around Sophia Loren in Movies in the Park's "Crazy Italian Night"

Posted By on Thu, May 24, 2018 at 12:54 AM

Friday, May 25 The Leaf at Durham Central Park, Durham 9 p.m., donations accepted, www.durhamcentralpark.org If the Center for Documentary Studies' Audio Under the Stars series is an emerging hallmark of Durham summers, then Durham Cinematheque's Movies in the Park is a well-established one. To kick off his tenth season of showing vintage film oddities outdoors at The Leaf in Durham Central Park, archivist par excellence Tom Whiteside has zeroed in on the theme of "Crazy Italian Night," a cinematic fantasia he describes as "a fractured narrative with the love-life adventures of the lovely young Sophia Loren intercut with...

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Theatre Raleigh Opens Its Summer Season with the Musical Daddy Long Legs

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2018 at 5:35 AM

Through Sunday, May 27 Kennedy Theatre, Raleigh Various times, $33-$35, www.theatreraleigh.com Here's to the Anonymous Benefactor, that chestnut from Romantic and gothic potboilers of yore. Over the years, Abel Magwitch, John Beresford Tipton, and even Charles Montgomery Burns (on two very special occasions) have all partaken of the philanthropy that dares not speak its name. With only two actors on stage in the chamber musical Daddy Long Legs, the A. B. will be easy to spot. It's the male character, Jervis Pendleton, the youthful but wealthy trustee of an orphanage, who takes an interest in the home's oldest ward,...

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Fourteen Thousand Anime Fans Descend on Raleigh for Animazement

Posted on Wed, May 23, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Thursday, May 24-Sunday, May 27 Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh Various times, $55-70, www.animazement.com Another Memorial Day weekend, another massive influx costumed folks (fourteen thousand, according to the website) into downtown Raleigh for a celebration of Japanese animation and culture. Trying to explain Animazement, the largest homegrown genre-fandom event in the area, to the uninitiated is like trying to explain the backstory of Game of Thrones or the Marvel movies. The convention's guest list is dominated by animation voice actors, anime merchandise dealers, karaoke, cosplay, and panels. Some of the ones that seem most accessible to newcomers are "100 Years...

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

The New Oak City Comedy Festival Takes Over Raleigh Venues for Five Laugh-Filled Days

Posted By on Sun, May 20, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Tuesday, May 22-Saturday, May 26 Various venues, Raleigh Various times, $10+, www.oakcitycomedyfestival.com Institutions such as Goodnights have made Raleigh a stopping place for many of the finest comedians in the world. Now, the city's branding itself as a center for comedy with the new Oak City Comedy Festival, which features both local and national voices over five laugh-filled days. Guests and performers include veteran local comic Mike Mello, "N.C.'s Funniest Person" J Bliss, Wilmington's Blaire Postman, Charlotte improv group Now Are the Foxes, and Raleigh improv and sketch groups Spectral Spouse and Dear Sirs. Events are spread out across...

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Movie Review: Sebastián Lelio's Hotly Anticipated Disobedience Is a Strangely Flat Look at Lesbian Love in a Hasidic Community

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 6:30 PM

Disobedience ★★½ Now playing Acclaimed Chilean director Sebastián Lelio's hotly anticipated Disobedience sets out to explore the complexities of lesbian sexuality within the conservative, hermetic Hasidic community. The film stars Rachel Weisz as Ronit and Rachel McAdams as Esti, former teenage lovers who became estranged when Ronit fled the restrictive life of the Hasidim to become a photographer in New York. When Ronit returns to attend her father’s funeral, she discovers that Esti has married Dovid (Alessandro Nivola), a close childhood friend of the two women. Cowritten by Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Disobedience is flat in transmitting the sense of...

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Durham and New Orleans Connect at the Carrack in The Bull Meets the Bayou

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2018 at 11:50 PM

Sunday, May 20 The Carrack Modern Art, Durham 5-10 p.m., $5 suggested donation, www.thecarrack.org In a global, digital age, art, like everything else, risks turning into an unmoored commodity in virtual space. That's why shows like The Bull Meets the Bayou are so refreshing, reasserting that art emanates from real communities in certain times and places and then strengthening those communities by forging bonds between them. The exhibit, curated by local artist Jaclyn Bowie, presents the works of Durhamites alongside New Orleans's Level Artist Collective. Featuring collaborative installations, videos, sculptures, paintings, drawings, and a library of artist books and...

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Theater Review: Francesca Ferrari Captures a Rock Icon's Reckless Conviction in A Night with Janis Joplin

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2018 at 2:57 PM

A Night with Janis Joplin ★★★★ Through Sunday, May 20 Fletcher Opera Theater, Raleigh It’s the matter-of-fact delivery that makes the line so devastating. “People like their blues singers miserable,” Janis Joplin says. “People like their blues singers to die.” Boom. All the light and air go out of the room as designer Ryan O’Gara silhouettes the vulnerable rock star in a single cold, white spotlight. There are other moments that qualify NC Theatre’s production of A Night with Janis Joplin as something of a musical séance, at least when Francesca Ferrari is at the helm as the title character....

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