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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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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Senior Night Is a Homegrown Doc About Basketball Players at Riverside High School

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Friday, May 18 Walltown Children's Theatre, Durham 8 p.m., $15–$25, www.walltownchildrenstheatre.org If you missed Senior Night when it screened in the Southern Documentary Fund's in-progress series last year, here's a chance to see Durham filmmaker David Mayer's short, now completed, as part of a well-rounded evening of entertainment rich with local interest. Centering on Riverside High School basketball player Anthony Peak during his senior year, the elegiac film tells the story of the last game of the season, balancing the glory of the sport against the bittersweet feeling of moving on. And who doesn't love docs set in our...

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Manbites Dog Theater Takes Its Final Bows with Will Eno's Wakey, Wakey

Posted By on Mon, May 14, 2018 at 10:29 AM

Thursday, May 10-Sunday June 10 Manbites Dog Theater, Durham Various times, $5-$20, www.manbitesdogtheater.org "We're here to say goodbye," reads the epigraph from Wakey, Wakey that Manbites Dog Theater selected to promote its upcoming production, the Triangle premiere of Will Eno's play. If the brief quotation is unusually profound, it's because it not only cuts to heart of Eno's play about memory, mortality, and letting go, but it also underscores that this is the venerable Durham theater's final production before it closes in June after thirty-one seasons. There will be time for remembrance, so for now, let's linger in the...

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Friday, May 11, 2018

CAM Raleigh Director Gab Smith Speaks About the Margaret Bowland Controversy and the Museum's Desire to Listen and Learn

Posted By on Fri, May 11, 2018 at 3:54 PM

This is part two of our interview series related to the controversy over the Margaret Bowland exhibit at CAM Raleigh. For context, an overview of the situation and our first interview, with curator Dexter Wimberly, is here. What follows is our in-person interview with CAM Raleigh director Gab Smith. Check our print edition next Wednesday for more. INDY: Do you feel sandbagged by the community response to this show? GAB SMITH: We’re all one community. Me as a person and us as an organization feel very much a part of everything that’s happening. So where do we insert ourselves...

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We Think CAM Raleigh Hasn't Answered the Community's Questions About Its Controversial Margaret Bowland Show. Curator Dexter Wimberly Says We Just Don't Like the Answers.

Posted By on Fri, May 11, 2018 at 11:02 AM

On April 6, CAM Raleigh opened Painting the Roses Red, a solo show of Brooklyn-based artist Margaret Bowland’s paintings that was guest-curated by Dexter Wimberly. Bowland, a native of Burlington, North Carolina, is white; her oil portraits frequently depict black subjects with their faces painted white. Triangle communities reacted strongly to the work, with many people finding it racially problematic at best and traumatic at worst. Heated online debates about issues of race, privilege, and representation set the tone for an April 24 “CAMversation” at the museum with Wimberly, Durham artist Gemynii, N.C. State Africana Studies Program Coordinator Kwesi...

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Try Out Raleigh's New Alamo Drafthouse with an Old Favorite, David Lynch's Eraserhead

Posted By on Mon, May 7, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Wednesday, May 9 Alamo Drafthouse, Raleigh 8:30 p.m., $6, www.drafthouse.com/raleigh The first time I saw Eraserhead, I almost barfed. I went into a screening of David Lynch's celebrated 1977 debut film with no idea of what to expect, thinking that would do me some good. But I was bowled over by the film's surreal plot, stomach-turning gore, and undercurrent of existential panic. I can't say Eraserhead lingers as one of my favorite movies, but it's not one I'll ever forget. This week, Raleigh's Alamo Drafthouse hosts a screening of the film as part of its Weird Wednesday series, hosted...

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Theater Review: NRACT's Peter and the Starcatcher Has the Line Item Often Left Out of Production Budgets: Imagination

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Peter and the Starcatcher★★★★ Through Sunday, May 6 North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, Raleigh Sometimes the cheapest theatrical effects have the greatest charm. I remember how an overhead projector, a cake of shoe polish, and a stick once replaced the digital projector and graphics software we couldn’t get for a college production. Voila! Magic writing on the wall for about $1.98, and a reminder that you don’t always need five, four, or even three figures to pull off a show. The line item most often left out of production budgets is for imagination. That’s hardly in short supply...

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Local Creators and Tons of Free Swag Descend on Ultimate Comics for Free Comic Book Day

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Saturday, May 5 Ultimate Comics, Triangle-wide 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free, www.ultimatecomics.com Free Comic Book Day, an annual tradition in which comics publishers from major to minor release special free issues that readers can snatch up at comics stores, sounds like a great deal. It's free, right? The catch is that the whole point is to get you into new comics, which, 364 days a year, are decidedly not free. It might be the most sneakily expensive giveaway in history. It's also an excuse for stores to throw parties, and nobody does it like Ultimate Comics, which has all-day festivities...

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Beloved Eighties Board Game Fireball Island Is Coming Back with New Tricks. Durham Got to Try It Out.

Posted By on Thu, May 3, 2018 at 2:32 PM

Forget Jumanji. If you grew up in the eighties, the greatest adventure game of all time was Fireball Island. On a recent Thursday, I headed to the comics and gaming shop Atomic Empire in Durham to relive those memories. Restoration Games, which specializes in remaking older board-game properties, was there on a tour to promote its new version of Fireball Island, currently being funded through a highly successful Kickstarter campaign (more than $2.6 million raised with nine hours to go at the time of this post). My goal: to see if the new game lives up to my memories—or...

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Lump Is for The Lovers, Joy Meyer's Tarot-Based Video Installation

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2018 at 4:48 PM

Friday, May 4 Lump, Raleigh 6-9 p.m., free, www.lumpprojects.org At a scale larger and closer than life, pink crepe myrtles quiver in spectral layers. Curtains rustle in glowing purple rooms. An antique mirror rests in a water-stained sink. Windows and doors beckon into other worlds. Such is the imagery found in The Lovers, Joy Meyer's large-scale video installation, a project that began while Meyer was in art school at UNC and now receives its complete premiere at Lump. Thirteen channels of video and sound, augmented with objects such as faux-fur rugs, neon signs, and vintage TV sets, create an...

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Spend A Night with Janis Joplin Courtesy of NC Theatre

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2018 at 4:28 PM

Friday, May 4-Sunday, May 20 Fletcher Opera Theater, Raleigh 7:30 p.m. Tue.–Sun./2 p.m. Sat. & Sun., $30+, www.nctheatre.com Generally, North Carolina Theatre favors the one-and-done: single-week productions of hit Broadway musicals that vanish after their allotted time. But in this change-up, a coproduction with Connecticut's Ivoryton Playhouse, audiences have three whole weeks to see New York's Francesca Ferrari fill a very tall order: channeling Janis Joplin, the gritty, damaged, transcendent goddess of rock, blues, and gospel, in sequences on stage and off. In Randy Johnson's 2013 Broadway musical biography, a two-act homage with a live band, a veritable pantheon...

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Theater Review: Shakespeare Speaks to Every Age but Sometimes Mumbles When He's Drunk

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 4:03 PM

ShakesBEER II: The Bard Strikes Back★★★ Through Thursday, May 3 Various venues, Triangle-wide Shakespeare speaks to every age. Sometimes, though, he mumbles when he’s drunk. That’s one takeaway from Bare Theatre's ShakesBEER II, a new comic collection of Shakespearean souses that’s making the rounds at local bars through this Thursday. (We saw it at Mystery Brewing Co. in Hillsborough; the remaining shows are at Durham's Ponysaurus on May 2 and Raleigh’s Imurj on May 3.) As with the show’s first incarnation, adaptor Chuck Keith, director Dustin Britt, and a winning quartet of game young actors filter what performer Glenn Greggs...

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

N.C. State Alum Tim Kirkman Returns to Screen and Discuss His Acclaimed Indie Drama, Lazy Eye

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 4:15 PM

Friday, April 27 NCSU's Hunt Library, Raleigh 7 p.m., free, www.ncsu.edu "Tim Kirkman's drama about two men who reunite after fifteen years is so well-written and acted you feel like you're eavesdropping," Variety said of Lazy Eye, an indie feature that came out in 2016. Fifteen years after a summer fling, Dean and Alex reunite in the Mojave Desert, a sprawling backdrop for a sprawling conversation that slowly reveals how their lives have developed, why they've been out of touch for all these years, and what they mean to each other now. It's one of those timeless walking-and-talking films...

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Durham Independent Dance Artists Branches Out Into Indian Classical Dance with Ramya Kapadia

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 4:09 PM

Sunday, April 29 Ramya Kapadia:Mataram Walltown Children's Theatre, Durham 4:30-7:30 p.m., $10-$20, www.didaseason.com The names of Indian dance can seem intimidating, but they're clearer when you break them down. Take the female dance form Bharatanatyam, for example: it's a long string of letters, but that's because its syllables describe all four of the classical form's major elements. "Bha" is short for bhava, or emotion, in Sanskrit. "Ra" stands for raga: music. "Ta" means rhythm, or taala. And natyam's easy: dance. Put it all together and Bharatanatyam is emotional, rhythmic, musical movement. Local dance artist Ramya Kapadia has studied the...

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A Party Bro and His Lonely Mom Switch Roles in Tom Perrotta's Latest Suburban Satire, Mrs. Fletcher

Posted on Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 3:37 PM

Tuesday, May 1 Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill 7 p.m., free, www.flyleafbooks.com Even if you haven't read novelist Tom Perrotta, you likely know his brand of spiky satire in Northeastern suburbs from its high-profile jaunts into other forms, such as Alexander Payne's film adaptation of Election or HBO's series based on The Leftovers. Perrotta is up to his usual sociocultural hijinks in his new best-seller, Mrs. Fletcher, which he brings to Flyleaf Books this week. A party-ready freshman bro named Brendan finds campus life much different than he'd imagined, and he winds up branded a "HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT" in someone's art...

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Hamilton and Star Wars Parodies Are on Tap in ShakesBEER II: The Bard Strikes Back

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 4:00 AM

Sunday, April 22-Thursday, May 3 Various venues, Triangle-wide 8 p.m., donations accepted, www.baretheatre.org "We've upped the ante on everything," director Dustin Britt says about Bare Theatre's all-new collection of comic Shakespearean sots, which embarks on a springtime tour of Triangle bars this week. Once again, adaptor Charles Keith scripts a mash-up of the Bard's most famous boozers as we've never even remotely seen them before. Antony and Cleopatra get the Scorsese treatment before a ukulele orchestra (!) reframes a clutch of Shakespeare's clowns in a five-minute mini-musical by—who else?—Cole Porter. A Hamilton parody is on tap, plus a Star...

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

At NRACT, the Inventive Peter and the Starcatcher Finds Some Fresh Life in the Old Pan Tale

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 1:51 PM

Friday, April 20-Sunday, May 6 North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre, Raleigh 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat./3 p.m. Sun., $17-$20>br> www.nract.org In the absolute morass of Peter Pan-related sequels, prequels, and re-imaginings—call them vampires, robots, aliens, punks, whatever, it's still about boys who just won't grow up—Rick Elice's adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's YA novel series about Pan's origin is a welcome standout. The production deliberately employs the limitations of the stage to create a breathlessly paced and self-aware tale of a journey to a mysterious island, using minimalist props and lighting to convey everything from giant...

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