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Comment Archives: stories: Arts: Cover story

Re: “The death of CAST

Lots of background missing here. The board had a legal duty to do what is best in the long term interest not what Mr. Simmons and others (who could have stepped up with donations) want to do in the short term. Sad story that CAST closed but not giving the full story here. As always, people love to trash the board because they fail to understand that role. Serve as an arts board member and see if you still feel the same way!

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Posted by AnArtsBoardMember on 08/01/2014 at 2:48 PM

Re: “The death of CAST

Thank you for this grand explanation of a preventable cultural tragedy for Charlotte. What a clusterf**k. My heart goes out to Michael Simmons. My sympathy's saved for the rest of us who loved CAST.

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Posted by Tinderboxing on 07/30/2014 at 2:55 PM

Re: “The death of CAST

Let me see if I am following these dates correctly: The board announced on June 6 that it was closing on June 30. "NoDa's two pre-eminent theater producers," Mr. Simmons (who already knew the fate of his theatre) and Mr. Ford met on June 4 to discuss rental options, and Mr. Simmons was "planning to sound Ford on the possibility of a partnership or a merger."

So this idiot band of board members didn't send up an SOS flare before announcing the closure? That was dumb. But with nearly a month to act, why didn't the "hundreds" of shocked actors, designers, directors, donors and fans, including Mr. Ford at the ready with a lifeline, rise up to kick out this lousy "rogue board of directors"? Board takeovers happen all the time. The Light Factory here in Charlotte and the San Diego Opera mentioned above are two great examples. Bring in fresh blood and money. If CAST really matters to the community, where are those ardent , passionate fans to save CAST? Or perhaps they don't care THAT much…???

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Posted by TheatreFan on 07/25/2014 at 2:59 PM

Re: “The death of CAST

Fantastic story, Perry, as usual. What a damned shame, to put it mildly. One question: why didn't you pose for the Yorick skull photo? ;-)

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Posted by John Grooms on 07/24/2014 at 12:02 PM

Re: “The death of CAST

Just a few months ago, the board of San Diego Opera did the same thing: with no warning, they voted to dissolve the company.*

But that made news nationally, and there was a backlash both within San Diego and beyond. After a lot of drama (including the replacement of the board chair), the decision to close was reversed and the company was saved (at least for the time being).

Any chance something like that could happen with CAST?



*The difference: in San Diego, the company's longtime head, who was evidently ready to retire, was in favor of shutting the opera company down. It may well have been his idea. And while San Diego Opera isn't gone, he is,/i>, and he pretty much blew what had been a rather good reputation in the process.

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Posted by MWnyc on 07/24/2014 at 6:08 AM

Re: “Poetry in plain sight

Love this!!! I used to co-host a kids poetry club in MA before we moved here. Such a beautiful idea!!

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Posted by Sarah Klapprodt on 06/18/2014 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Alternative arts take the stage in NoDa

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Posted by kadopasutri on 05/07/2014 at 3:44 AM

Re: “Filtered: The Photography Issue

Is there any way I could get a paper copy of this still? Please, let me know! :)

Posted by Martina_tv8 on 04/18/2014 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Filtered: The Photography Issue

Thanks Creative Loafing!
By the way, Matt Connolly's photo is awesome!

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Posted by Franklin Castro on 12/11/2013 at 10:14 AM

Re: “The life, death and rebirth of hip-hop artist/filmmaker Jeff Lucky

How can I get in touch with you Mr.
Lucky? There's something that YOU MUST HEAR ASAP.

Posted by YOUNG S on 12/04/2013 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Why are women attracted to burlesque?

And why Burlesque is on its way out:

http://thethingis.co.uk/2010/11/29/the-burlesque-show-is-almost-over/

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Posted by David Gasten on 11/25/2013 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Brit wit John Oliver offers satiric spin on U.S. politics

I stand corrected. The 2002 Monash University shooting left two dead and five injured.

It still pales in camparison to the death toll in the US due to mass shootings since 1996. The 2007 Blacksburg VA shooting alone left 32 dead and 15 wounded. While hardly comprehensive, this list shows over 30 mass shootings in the US from 1999 to 2011:

http://www.newsmax.com/us/mass-shootings-u…

It still stands that since Australia enacted the 1996 gun regulations that firearm homicide rate has fallen by 59 percent, and the firearm suicide rate has fallen by 65 percent.

Posted by patmoran on 11/25/2013 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Brit wit John Oliver offers satiric spin on U.S. politics

What is not true, is that Australia has had no mass shootings since 1996. It had a mass shooting in 2002... the first in a school. New Zealand - which did not ban semi automatic rifles (including military style) and ditched its system of gun registration as it was a waste of money, has had none.

Of course you might say why stop at 1997 and then cite a decline... Why not look back, and you'd see the declining trend in gun homicides since before 1990.

What was the comparative rate of gun deaths in the US and Australia prior to 1996? I can say from a statistical perspective, unremarkably different to what it is now.... and I can say from my own observation, drive by shootings are up, other criminal activity with guns is up.

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Posted by Leigh Nunn on 11/24/2013 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Brit wit John Oliver offers satiric spin on U.S. politics

It's true that gun homicides in Australia increased in 1997. But why stop in 1997? Maybe because since enacting gun control laws, Australia's firearm homicide rate has fallen by 59 percent, and the firearm suicide rate has fallen by 65 percent.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkbl…

Since 1996 Australia has had no mass shootings. The US had had more than 50.

http://iansa.org/system/files/School%20sho…

Turns out that it's not a people problem, it's a people-who-oppose-gun-regulation problem.

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Posted by patmoran on 11/21/2013 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Brit wit John Oliver offers satiric spin on U.S. politics

There were more gun homicides in Australia, in 1997 - one year after the ban, than in the 3 years prior to 1996. We have drive by shootings almost daily in Sydney, and in parts of the Northern state of QLD. WE've had gang shootouts in shopping malls, in the CBD of Melbourne, and in a café in Adelaide. We've had cops, gangsters shot with AR-15s. Drug dealers with home made sub machineguns made by machinists with craftsmanship that would be the envy of many a US gun manufacturer. Criminals imported 220 glock handguns through the federal post system. Australian gun laws worked no better than New Zealand's - who also had a massacre about the same time, yet they didnt take semi automatic rifles off the shelves, just made sure that those that got them, were the right people. Turns out, it wasnt a gun problem... it was a people problem.

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Posted by Leigh Nunn on 11/20/2013 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Girls will be boys in The Androgynous Model

So will there be a show or what? Only information I got from this is Nov 16 on corner of Trade and Tryon. What time? What venue? Is it outside? What's the cover?

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Posted by Toni Moore on 11/01/2013 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Girls will be boys in The Androgynous Model

I'm not a politically correct white guy (use of label for effect), but I hope we are only labeling this "style" and not the beautiful ladies who make this a fashion choice.
The look is great !

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Posted by Backatcha on 11/01/2013 at 7:18 AM

Re: “Girls will be boys in The Androgynous Model

I really enjoyed watching this presentation of a great movement. The ladies were interesting and I feel that once they are tuned up it's going to be on. I love fashion as well as makeup and I have had lots of experience with both. In 1990 I was hired to travel to Europe to take over as an wardrobe Assistant for Scalia for the large cast of Westside Story. I was hired to handle all costumes for the cast each and every night. I went to Switzerland, Germany, London, Paris and Vienna.

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Posted by Sexycougar62 on 10/30/2013 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Trouble in mind: The hard truths of Thornton Dial

my father managed to get through the first 60 years of his life without fame or fortune or a host of interested black people...and i'm proud to say i'm managing to do this as well...

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Posted by helloworld on 08/07/2012 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Not just Black History: America I Am

GREAT STORY! I did a video package on the exhibit Tavis talk about the importance of the exhibit and he hopes it will enrich and inspire conversations around race. - Kendrea Mekkah ... In These Streets! http://vimeo.com/45551306

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Posted by Kendrea Mekkah on 08/02/2012 at 10:38 AM

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