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khoragos 
Member since Aug 6, 2015

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Re: “The N&O’s Performing Arts Correspondent Says the Paper Is Cutting Back on Performing Arts Reviews

Apparently we must hope that the N&O doesn't follow through on this trend by deciding that they will cover legislative elections, but not legislation.

I should also note that as much as I would enjoy seeing reviews from Roy Dicks on a blog, I don't think it's unfair for him to be seek to be compensated for his work with something beyond my enjoyment.

Posted by khoragos on 09/21/2017 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Carolina Jews for Justice Says NC Pride Schedule Fix Isn't Enough

Just to clarify my previous comment: I'm disappointed that NC Pride didn't prevent the issue, but I am more upset at those who are responding to the error by (apparently) trying to make things worse.

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Posted by khoragos on 08/09/2017 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Carolina Jews for Justice Says NC Pride Schedule Fix Isn't Enough

I haven't been involved in organizing NC Pride (and apparently Rosen hasn't either), but I've spent most of my career in events & this response is infuriating. If you want the event moved, feel free to start writing your budget!

The original oversight was a terrible mistake, & I don't want to downplay its hurtfulness, but human beings (including the Jewish volunteers among the organizers of NC Pride) make mistakes sometimes. I don't know what the organizers did in 2004 (the last time the two events could have coincided), but this isn't like forgetting a date that recurs on a solar calendar; the High Holy Days can vary over a full month, & are not restricted to a day of the week. Inferring that Pride's statement mentioning the next coincidence seven years from now means that there won't be a change in advance of that conflict is, not to put too fine a point on it, either an attempt to maximize anger or sheer idiocy. The revised schedule is a disappointment to everyone, but at least it allows for some degree of participation for everyone.

There are a lot of real issues that can't be waved away about moving a major regional event on a few weeks' notice--especially considering how many more regional events the Triangle hosts now, compared to even a decade ago. Money has been spent, contracts have been signed, & various other venues have committed to their own related events--not to mention thousands of individuals who have also spent money & made plans that would be difficult to change.

I'm sure anyone who feels that more could be done to overcome this mistake & prevent it from recurring would be more than welcome to get involved.

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Posted by khoragos on 08/09/2017 at 2:03 PM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for Wake County Offices and the Sales Tax Referendum

I am not an expert & this is difficult to research--I'm not certain whether the additional half-cent would apply to grocery items. I am fairly sure, however, that the General Assembly does not allow local governments to levy taxes on luxury items.

My understanding is that the restrictions created by the current majority allow a raise in the local sales tax across the board (which, again, might or might not apply to grocery items) within very strict parameters, & do not permit the creation of categories of purchase. A "luxury tax" (whether statewide or local) would have to be created & approved by the General Assembly, which seems unlikely (to say the least).

Posted by khoragos on 11/02/2016 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Paul Frellick Diagnoses Deep Dish Theater Company’s Lasting Legacy and Quiet Demise

Best wishes & thanks to a fine artist & a real gentleman.

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Posted by khoragos on 09/28/2016 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Resolution: In 2016, local independent theaters should focus on solving longstanding marketing issues

I strongly agree with Mr. Johnson's contention that theatre has obligations that go beyond maximizing audience by any means necessary, obligations I would consider not only aesthetic but social and even spiritual. A wise colleague long ago corrected my use of "nonprofit" to "not-for-profit"; we aren't opposed to profits, that's just not what we're for.

I assumed from Byron's essay, however, that "marketing" and "advertising" are not synonymous. Market research and audience development, for example, are areas where pooling resources and sharing data might be a great help, and a regional organization like Byron's notional RITA (lovely!) or a project of the existing Triangle ArtWorks (or NCTC, or somebody) could really make a difference. I have long believed that theatre companies & arts institutions too often treat one another as competitors, when in fact our competition isn't other arts institutions: our competition is sports & Netflix.

When Raleigh Ensemble Players mounted *Hedwig & the Angry Inch* some years ago at Legends, I tracked down Glen after the performance so I could promise (hoping to be overheard) that I would buy a ticket for one out of every six additional performances they presented of that production for as long as they felt like it. I did, too, & would have happily attended for months. I'd buy a ticket for another performance of *Mr. Burns* RIGHT NOW. But open runs and extended runs require commitments of time and money that are hard to manage without lots of faith and lots of infrastructure--and making a big bet can lead to disaster, as it recently did for Chicago's Redmoon Theater (and possibly to at least one local company in the past).

What we know would be awesome and what we can actually accomplish might be very different--anyone who has lived through a tech week knows that. But this conversation is incredibly important to the long-term health of the arts; and if artists and administrators can approach it with the same open minds, creativity and generosity we try to bring to the stage, we can make a big difference for our institutions and our community.

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Posted by khoragos on 12/31/2015 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Nine great local theater performances of 2015

Not that I am Byron's lawyer, but I see these works referred to as "great" and as his favorites. There's so much theatre & dance in the Triangle now that the Indy couldn't possibly cover it all.

In past years I have seen commenters jump in with their own favorites to fill in the gaps. Sadly I only saw one of these works (Seminar, which was excellent). My own favorite this year was Mr. Burns at MDT, with that company's typical passion & verve.

What else did people love?

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Posted by khoragos on 12/23/2015 at 11:54 AM

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