By Alexis Nelson
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    Swine & Dine: Porkapalooza at Foster’s Market

    June 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Foster’s Market outdid itself with its second annual Porkapalooza on Thursday night. As its name suggests, the evening revolved around pork…

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    Triangle Rising Stars Shine Bright at DPAC

    June 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    The Triangle Rising Star Awards is a singular program designed to bring together talented musical students from high schools across many NC counties.

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    “Sister Act” is in at DPAC

    May 16, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    The glitz alone was enough to make “Sister Act” at the Durham Performing Arts Center enjoyable.

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    ‘Sincerely Yours’ On Display At Ackland Art Museum

    April 27, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Buzzing with conversation and congratulations on opening night as the artists mingled with the public, “Sincerely Yours”…

  • Cabaret at PlayMakers

    April 10, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    “In here, life is beautiful,” says our host, or “Emcee,” for the evening as he ushers us away from our troubles and into a glitzy, lascivious place where politics are a trifle—a bore—and the party, it seems, need never end. “Yes, it’s going to be that kind of show,” he adds. The crowd laughs, but […]

  • 'Of Two Minds' Tackles Mental Illness

    April 3, 2013 at 5:31 am

    The film shifts in and out of stories of pain, hope, connectivity, isolation, and struggle—following various adults who are afflicted with, but not defined by, bipolar disorder. “Of Two Minds” was directed by Lisa Klein and her husband Doug Blush. After premiering at the Cleveland International Film Festival last April, the documentary has been shown […]

  • Spring Breakers, Defined

    April 1, 2013 at 9:00 am

    The film opens to a montage of butts, boobs, beer funnels, and blissfully dreamy yet hard-edged debauchery. Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” overlays the revelry. The song swells like a techno lullaby, declaring, with a sweetness, “You don’t need to hide my friend/For I am just like you,” and then crashes cathartically onto a […]

  • Light Sensitive at Nasher

    March 19, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Immediately upon entering the exhibit, one is greeted by images at once recognizable and disorienting. The photographs in “Light Sensitive” are not merely beautifully captured or distilled moments in time. Rather, they are hyper-consciously manufactured artistic works. In this exhibit the idea of photography as an unbiased portal into reality interacts powerfully with the more […]

  • Poppins Pops at DPAC

    February 14, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I may have sighed audibly (and grimaced a bit dramatically) when, early in the play, the curtain did not rise to reveal Mrs. Banks, sash across her body, recounting her exploits with the suffragettes or singing “we’re clearly soldiers in petticoats.” However, I was slowly pacified as the show’s undeniable freshness and charm, along with […]

  • More Love at Ackland

    February 5, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Echoes of “I love you” resound, each with a different inflection, when anyone passes through the museum’s doorway. It is an appropriate way to introduce an exhibit that exchanges the safety blanket of irony or inaccessibility for an urge toward earnestness, participation, and connection that at times may feel uncomfortable. The Ackland’s new exhibit, “More […]