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Re: “Hip-hop and comedy both thrive on tight timing

If you like beat-boxing, watch this street performance i saw yesterday in London, UK: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ISu98pMCas

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Posted by Stephan Croix on 02/13/2015 at 1:00 PM

Re: “In the provocative exhibit Wonderland, Sarah Anne Johnson turns sex and nature inside-out

This is some of the best writing I have seen on SAJ's work, and I should know- I have been her dealer for over ten years. Bravo on the great show and beautiful review. ps don't forget to see the amazing catalog/ monograph for the show.

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Posted by Julie Saul on 02/12/2015 at 12:18 AM

Re: “Chaunesti Webb, her play at Manbites Dog Theater and the woman accusing her of artistic theft

Chaunesti Webb stole my work. She stole my story, my words, and admitted as such. She received grants and awards for my work. She crowdfunded my work, and received over $5,000 for that, alone. She traveled the play based upon my story for years. Any of you who writes, or makes any creative work, can probably understand my position. This woman had never claimed to write anything- before or since. Yet, she can apparently read, and comprehend spoken English. I believe she was able to decipher the countless Cease and Desist demands told to her, letters sent to her via email, USPS, and from different attorneys.

Man Bites Dog Theater revealed their position, by elevating this thief to their Board of Directors. They also proudly claim the output from their 'help' made the play as "good' as it has been described by the editors of Indyweek, who awarded her a best new playwright accolade.

Instead of claiming this is any form of the vile televised reality shows, featuring "black" women behaving badly; you should all wonder: what should be the punishment of this woman and her co-conspirators, Man Bites Dog Theater? Many of the things they have done are punishable under North Carolina law.

Further, I would never wish this situation upon my worst enemy. This has been an extremely painful and extraordinarily costly event for me. She had mounted the play, months before she made any contact with me. She thanked, according to Byron Woods, the theater critic of Indyweek, over 160 people in the playbill of the play. None of the 'thanked' were the other two women she stole sentences from; and my name was absent, despite the paragraphs and sentences she stole from me. Instead of placing any blame upon me; take a moment to consider why she and her co-conspirators should be free to steal?

I wish she had stolen my car, or burgled my home, instead. Wait! She did! She broke into a book, selectively stole what she wanted, including way too much of my essay, from a book that was partially named after my essay. Is ignoring this ongoing travesty a way to respond? #blacklivesmatter

So does their work.

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Posted by Plagiarized by Chaunesti Webb Lyon on 02/09/2015 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Wherefore yet another production of Romeo and Juliet?

I agree, it's great to see actors of the correct age in the leads. But I liked the innovative and imaginative fight choreography.

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Posted by Thom Haynes on 02/04/2015 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Art review: The late works of the great Joan Miró come to the Nasher

I really enjoyed Brian Howe's review of this important Miro show at the Nasher Museum. He offers us a wide range of impressions, many both art-historical and natural, all well relating to the singular Miro image worlds
we see, usually floating in the paintings, and playing in the sculpture.

He's writing here more as a poet; sharing impressions and impulses, rather than using the artist's history and possible meanings and object relations, as "exhibit labels" often do. I often skip the information on the "exhibit label" as it tends to drag the wonder of a work down, or save it for a quick reality check afterward.

I appreciate that Mr. Howe's words have simple let the Miro works just be themselves, and offer their joyous questions. After all, Miro is one of the premier artists of the “distant” of life, with uncertain forms and possible meanings. Only these things, these lives, whatever they are… they are precise. Their situation is not understood. (As in life, we know ourselves, but are not sure of our surroundings.)

Miro’s art, in simply being (be here now), regardless of what we think - keeps it art that seems to be in the process of becoming, as we all experience. It's very living art. And in its seeming motion, color and scale, it remains young and joyful art. An art of play, and the dance of life.

Dennis in Hillsborough

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Posted by Dennis in Hillsborough on 01/16/2015 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Year in review: An evolving chronicle of best (and worst) practices on local stages

Living in Durham and teaching at Duke has been incredible. I have had amazing support and encouragement from my colleagues, the Duke Theater Studies Department, SteetSigns, Duke Performances, Manbites Dog, the greater Durham arts community and so many others. Leaving was one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make, and this difficulty came from knowing that I was losing an incredibly supportive community that believed in my work and encouraged me to grow and make. I am so very grateful.

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Posted by torry.bend on 01/07/2015 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Assessing an active but stratified N.C. literary scene—plus, some cool 2014 titles you might have missed

Hey, thanks for the shout out for Wink of an Eye! The article was pretty cool, too :)

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Posted by Lynn Chandler Willis on 01/07/2015 at 8:06 AM

Re: “Year in review: An evolving chronicle of best (and worst) practices on local stages

StreetSigns has the deepest respect for Torry Bend and we turned ourselves inside out to produce her latest work, IF MY FEET HAVE LOST THE GROUND. We could not be more delighted that her groundbreaking work is recognized as among the best of 2014. Torry is the creator and director of the piece but it was produced by StreetSigns. We've been producing theatre for decades. And hope to continue for decades to come.

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Posted by StreetSigns on 01/01/2015 at 10:01 PM

Re: “Famed lyric poet Nathaniel Mackey unites modernism, jazz and poets near and far

Thanks for this incisive piece. Nathaniel Mackey has more to say then any one poet since he embraces all worlds.

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Posted by Dale BrightMoment Hardman on 01/01/2015 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Year in review: An evolving chronicle of best (and worst) practices on local stages

StreetSigns is still kicking. We did produce Torry Bend's "If My Feet Have Lost the Ground" at ManBites. And will be producing Freight in January and "Trojan Barbie" in April at Swain Hall at UNC.

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Posted by Joseph Megel on 12/31/2014 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Theater review: A moving and joyous production of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity

I had questions about this as well. In my research before writing, I found the catalog webpage for the play from Dramatic Publishing, which licenses the performance rights for the work and sells its scripts. The listing includes this notice: "Black Nativity is designed for you to add the music of your choice (from spirituals to traditional carols or your original compositions) and dance." As I understand, there's a very robust tradition of companies doing that with this work.

Thanks for writing.

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Posted by Byron Woods on 12/18/2014 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Theater review: A moving and joyous production of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity

how can the "magical numbers ..been freely modified, with the creator's blessing,
from the original 1961 version," since Hughes is deceased, UNLESS he, in his will,
said 'do what you want with it' or something like that. Howard M. Romaine

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Posted by harold romaro on 12/17/2014 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Famed lyric poet Nathaniel Mackey unites modernism, jazz and poets near and far

Thanks, Chris. This is a splendid tribute to Nate.

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Posted by Hassan Melehy on 12/10/2014 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Indies Arts Awards: Samuel Montgomery-Blinn unites the many realms of North Carolina sci-fi and fantasy literature

Sam also does a great job of bringing authors to the airwaves via Carolina Book Beat on local community radio station WCOM 103.5 FM several Monday mornings each month. Check out www.carolinabookbeat.com.

Posted by Audrey Layden on 11/18/2014 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Indies Arts Awards: Girls Rock NC shifts the rock band dialogue, one summer camp at a time

Girls Rock has been a powerful influence in my daughters' lives. It's incredibly helpful to have people other than their parents telling them that as girls, they're strong and they're smart and what they have to say is important. Thanks, Girls Rock!

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Posted by ABJ on 11/14/2014 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Indies Arts Awards: Van Alston uses his bars and bank account to boost bands

Van is a big hearted cantankerous dude. I worked with him back in the early 90s at Crowleys of Stonehenge right before he opened the Comet. I was a cook and he tended the bar a few nights a week. He would always lend a poor soul a twenty and buy you a beer. He let me work the door for his Comet winter solstice party and I made more in four hours than I made in two weeks cooking. I sorely needed that money. He rocked then and he rocks now. Thanks Van.

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Posted by alanmyers1 on 11/12/2014 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Indies Arts Awards: Samuel Montgomery-Blinn unites the many realms of North Carolina sci-fi and fantasy literature

It is wonderful to see Sam honored in this way. He deserves the recognition for the countless things he's does for writers and readers in the Triangle and the state. He's helped me and my students in more ways than I can number.

Congratulations, Sam!

John Kessel
NC State University

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Posted by John Kessel on 11/12/2014 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Indies Arts Awards: Samuel Montgomery-Blinn unites the many realms of North Carolina sci-fi and fantasy literature

I would like to attest that Sam Montgomery-Blinn is a true force for good. Sam is intelligent, enthusiastic, kind, deeply learned, with seemingly indefatigable energy to unite the disparate parts of the Triangle's community of science fiction writers, readers, and teachers. I am thrilled that Sam was named the recipient of the Indy Arts Award.

I would make only one emendation to the article. Sam's achievements as a community builder are, in fact, tangible. One need only go to a gathering of folk who cluster around him to meet the best of established speculative fiction writers as well as up-and-coming writers. Shake someone's hand. That's the tangible feel of community, of camaraderie, and of friendships, new and old, made possible by Sam's work.

Bravo, Sam. So well-deserved.

--Professor Tyler Curtain
UNC Chapel Hill, Department of English and Comparative Literature, 2017 President of the Modern Language Associate Discussion Group on Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction.

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Posted by Tyler Curtain on 11/12/2014 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Indies Arts Awards: Van Alston uses his bars and bank account to boost bands

I saw The Yayhoos at The Brewery and it changed my life. Best show I've ever been to and I've seen just about all the big Rock & Roll acts from the past. Also them at Slim's.... Thanks Van for what you do for the Artist who come around your world and the community!

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Posted by David Melvin Gresham on 11/12/2014 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Indies Arts Awards: Van Alston uses his bars and bank account to boost bands

It's fitting that the coolest bar in Raleigh is owned by the coolest cat in Raleigh.

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Posted by murdoch623 on 11/12/2014 at 10:49 AM

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