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Posted by Junay Mencobabelajar Halyanguniq on 04/18/2014 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Theater review: Ophelos

Seeing this show is truly a unique experience. Highly recommended.

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Posted by Mat on 04/08/2014 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Book review: Wiley Cash's This Dark Road to Mercy

Just ordered the Kindle edition. Can't wait to read it. Also, keep an eye out for Tobit's Dog which will be released in April. It's by an NC author also.

Posted by Sherri Richard on 03/26/2014 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Theater review: Reasons to be Pretty

Katherine Murdoch is so sexy.

Posted by nodawatcher on 03/12/2014 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Book review: Linda Ronstadt's Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir

Shep Cooke, the Folk Rock Prodigy from the 70's, Announces the Launch of Digital Versions of His First Two Solo Albums.-Linda Ronstadt, Tom Waits, Stone Poneys
The world of music was introduced to Shep Cooke in the early 60's, when he performed with the rock group The Dearly Beloved. Fascinated by Shep's music, eleven time Grammy winner Linda Ronstadt persuaded Shep to join her now legendary folk rock group, The Stone Poneys.

Posted by iwebchk on 02/10/2014 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Theater review: Boeing Boeing

Actually, the first area production of this show took place at Little Theatre of Gastonia, around a year ago.

Posted by No one important on 02/05/2014 at 7:09 PM

Re: “The Dark Knight falls

I did actually play it - and complete the story - and yes, I did play the DLC (but I'm reviewing the disc - not paid downloads meant to add more value to a lackluster release). The story isn't interesting because the means by which you have to unravel the narrative are so monotonous: scan this, fly here, pummel these guys, decode this - it's the same three or four gameplay elements repeated ad nauseam.

Prequels are seldom interesting (in any medium) because we already know the progression of the characters - we don't see them grow so much as fall into place. If prequels were a great vehicle for good stories, they would have been the initial story - not an idea that's stumbled upon later when other good ideas are exhausted. Arkham Asylum and Arkham City (not to mention 75 years of Batman lore) tells us everything we need to know about that universe - an origin story is the last thing we need.

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Posted by Adam Frazier on 01/26/2014 at 10:13 AM

Re: “The Dark Knight falls

Did you actually play the game, or to that notion, even finish it? The story was more in depth and flushed out than the previous two games, and it made more sense as far as why the rouges gallery would be out trying to kill Batman for one night. And if you seen some of the recent DLC, you see that Bruce Wayne gets in his ninja training.

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Posted by Isaac D. Parker on 01/24/2014 at 9:36 PM

Re: “Spirited away

So let me get this straight...these theater companies were given FREE space and because its only two weeks and not three and they can't to Sundays, they are complaining? Man, way to look a gift horse in the mouth.

This coming from an agnostic...I see absolutely nothing wrong with Elevation using Spirit Square if they are a paying client.

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Posted by danielle_lundquist on 01/10/2014 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Spirited away


Posted by erok2040 on 01/10/2014 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Spirited away

This isn't the the most cogent piece of writing I've ever read.

"Apparently, the $2,885 tab . . . for each of the two third weeks they were planning for 2013-14 wasn't to their liking."

WTF? Production companies can't handle paying rent for only one week of a three week run? If a set of Wed-Sat performances can't average 25 paying patrons in order to break even, then maybe the producers are really not producing good theater. Or their conceit is to fill seats with comps for family and friends.

And the piece's "nut" graph, which amusingly begins with the words "It's simple." Really, it is unintelligible to me. If someone can make some coherent sense out of that, please chime in.

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Posted by Solly on 01/09/2014 at 3:23 PM

Re: “Year in Review: The best books of 2013

CORRECTION: For some reason known only to my aging brain cells, I mistakenly wrote that two Northern journalists in Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy were taken to a Confederate prison in Statesville, NC. They actually were prisoners in Salisbury, NC. Sorry for the brain burp; please don't let it keep you from checking out a fantastic book for history buffs.

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Posted by John Grooms on 01/02/2014 at 12:05 PM

Re: “PaperHouse Theatre's The Aliens gets it right

I was there the day 'Evan' was born... SO proud of him!

Posted by Assunta Thompson on 12/15/2013 at 6:48 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.

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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:

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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:…

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.…

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

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

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