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Monday December 5th

Arts & Culture

Wilco Bursts From Stage Onto Silver Screen

"I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" 4 Stars If moviegoers hesitate to see "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart" because they think it's just a simple documentary on a simple topic, it's hard to fault them. After all, that's what filmmaker Sam Jones thought when he joined innovative Chicago rock group Wilco as it began to record its fourth album -- Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Jones didn't foresee the laborious recording process, inner band turmoil and two-year struggle with the record industry to release what became one of the most brilliant albums of the year.

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De Niro Saves 'City' From Drowning in Dated Story

"City by the Sea" 3 Stars Not many actors truly can stand the test of time. Of today's stars, Tom Hanks is at that point -- so are Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts. Ed Norton is on the right track. Near the top of the list, of course, is Robert De Niro. In the new film "City by the Sea," he plays Vincent La Marca, a New York detective who is assigned to investigate the murder of a small-time dealer from Long Beach. To his dismay, the chief suspect turns out to be his own son Joey (James Franco), whom Vincent left when the boy was four.

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Coldplay Triumphs Over 'Yellow' With Heartfelt Release

Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head 4 Stars It's not fair that "Yellow" is Coldplay's only hit to date. There were other, better songs on Parachutes, such as "Shiver" and "Don't Panic," that deserved equal attention. So why should a band as serious and well-meaning as Coldplay be remembered for an obsessive love song about stars, skin and bone? With the dazzling A Rush of Blood to the Head, Coldplay returns, sans the fluffiness of "Yellow," to amaze with its spirit, ability and ambition.

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Memorial Wall Future Uncertain

A makeshift monument rose out of the ashes of shock and despair days after the terrorist attacks on the United States took place. During the aftermath of Sept. 11, a black wall served as the slate on which the UNC community could express its feelings, opinions and sentiments. Despite its tremendous impact, the wall was put into storage last October, where it has remained ever since.

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Stone Spiral Tribute Planned for Sept. 11

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Arts Carolina is organizing a unique artistic tribute around the flagpole in Polk Place. After the conclusion of the noon University convocation Wednesday, members of the campus community will be invited to place stones in a spiral emanating 20 feet out from the flagpole. Amy Brannock, Arts Carolina director, said that the 3,000 egg-sized river stones each represent a life lost and that Arts Carolina requested the stones be multicolored to reflect the diversity of both the victims and the University.

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'Rita' Provides Big Laughs on Small Stage

"Educating Rita" tells a surprisingly universal story in a couple of hours -- using just two actors, one set and the small West End room of the Carrboro ArtsCenter. Willy Russell's British story of an aging alcoholic teacher turned tutor and his prodigal working-class student kicked off its nine-show run 8 p.m. Sept. 5.

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Lennon's Artwork Visits Area

Before John Lennon died, he had a dream. Lennon wanted the world to see his art and to recognize him as an artist, according to a release from his widow, Yoko Ono. To fulfill that wish, Ono's Bag One Arts Inc. and Legacy Productions collaborated to produce "In My Life: The Artwork of John Lennon," an exhibition of Lennon's artwork that was displayed at The Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel from Friday until Sunday. Ono was not present.

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Lennon's Art Comes To Triangle

Click here to see a gallery of John Lennon's artwork that is on display at the Sheraton Hotel Thousands of pieces of John Lennon's artwork -- some originals and some reproductions -- arrived in Chapel Hill on Thursday, more than 20 years after the artist's death. From 5 p.m. Friday until 6 p.m.

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Group Brings Bowie, Beethoven to Town

For the Ahn Trio, music is all in the family. The three Ahn sisters will perform "Ahn-Plugged" to kick off the Carrboro ArtsCenter's World Arts Festival on Friday. The trio performs selections ranging from David Bowie and the Beatles to Beethoven -- evidence that they are anything but the Von Trapps. "These women are amazing," said Tess Ocana of the marketing department at the ArtsCenter.

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Underground Culture

Beneath the old post office on Franklin Street is a room full of words. Some are raging, and some are thought-provoking. There are quotations in Spanish and Latin alongside poems by Lewis Carroll.

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Franklin's 'Post Office Kids' Find Second Home at Street Scene

It is Wednesday afternoon on Franklin Street. As intense August heat pounds down on the asphalt, passers-by hurry to their destinations and out of the sun. But the kids in front of the post office, sitting thoughtfully in the shade and peering out at the teeming street, are content to stay where they are for the moment. The so-called "post office kids" are just as much a fixture on Franklin Street as any college hangout.

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Apollo to Search for New Talent

A number of courageous performers will begin a process Thursday that might lead them to follow in the footsteps of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and other icons. Harlem's Apollo Theater has extended its reach well beyond New York City. In fact, the legendary venue's influence will grab hold of the UNC campus Thursday, when the Apollo will hold auditions for its famed Amateur Night program from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event, which will take place in Carmichael Auditorium on Oct.

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