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Monday December 5th

Arts & Culture


The Sames Come Too Close to Teen Flick Soundtrack

nitially, The Sames crank out catchy songs that easily could provide the background music to a well-groomed guy's laments over an even better groomed girl in your typical teen flick. But the band deserves more than top-40 radio play and a music video featuring Freddie Prinze Jr. movie clips. Unfortunately, The Sames also could be compared to many other bands, as their name might insinuate. The band's "unconventional" experimentation with sound is generally nothing new to the music scene.

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NYC's The Leader Kicks Off Tour In Chapel Hill

Looking to break away from their "hostile" environment, New York City musicians Sam Lazzara and Julie DeLano of The Leader, decided to take their show on the road. First stop, Chapel Hill. For a band that seeks alternative spots to perform, The Cave seemed an appropriate choice. With no more than 15 people present, the band received a disappointing turnout yet a friendly, enthusiastic welcome as it began its cross-country tour.

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Pacino, Williams Share Deadly Secrets

When you can't sleep, your mind has that much more time to go over the things you wouldn't normally want to think about. This idea is one of many explored by the darkly engaging film "Insomnia," directed by Christopher Nolan and written by the creators of the 1997 Norwegian film of the same title. The story begins with L.A. detectives Will Dormer (Al Pacino) and his partner Hap Eckhart (Martin Donovan) flying over the icy Alaskan landscape to the remote town of Nightmute. They've been called to help investigate the murder of a 17-year-old girl.

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Disband Breaks Rules, Steals Basement Sound

Ashes fell lightly to the Local 506's stage from the cigarette bassist Charlie Estes held at the corner of his mouth. Sprawled out in a spread stance, guitarist Brian Bedsworth forced out chords with the exaggerated body movements of a prize fighter. And sporting a sound that embodied the harder side of The Dismemberment Plan, Disband gave the crowd proof that the locals can keep up with the basement bands of larger cities.

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'Boy' Redeems Errant Genre

It's a rare romantic comedy that focuses on the nuances of a relationship between a 38-year-old loafer and a 12-year-old boy. Not to mention one that remains clean while doing so. Initially the premise of "About A Boy" -- the friendship between do-nothing Will (Hugh Grant) and social-reject youth Marcus (Nicholas Hoult) -- seems a disarming idea. But this offbeat relationship reveals truths about the brutal and occasionally blissful nature of life and love from a fresh and intriguing story line.

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Art Group to Give UNC A Taste of N.Y. Flavor

With all the changes New York has gone through since September, it seems one thing will never change -- its reputation as one of the country's biggest performing arts centers. Spectators have long flocked to the city, hoping for a taste of its lively arts culture. But with the New York-based arts group Jump Arts coming May 1 to Hill Auditorium as part of the first Jump Arts American Road Project, local residents might not have to travel north to experience Manhattan's arts scene.

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Cutting Corners

It's 11:55 a.m., and Deborah Hallam is busy preparing her art room at Glenwood Elementary School for her next class. Wearing a smock complete with multicolored paint splotches, she puts away hand towels and arranges clay blocks as the random chatter of first-graders accumulates outside the door. It isn't long before the children file in and plop down on the carpet, ready to hear about how they will get their hands dirty today.

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Brit Comedy Veers Between Laughs, Soft-Core Porn Flick

"Crush" 2 Stars While "Crush" has been billed as a sort of girls'-night-out emotional bender, it would be more appropriately described as a mindless journey through a room-temperature piece of Swiss cheese. Not only is the material relatively uninteresting, far from heart-warming and trite, it is one of the most uncharming British comedies ever shipped stateside.

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Undergraduate Art Students Revive Pittsboro Mill With Loom2 Exhibit

A group of University undergraduates is once again bringing a defunct Pittsboro mill back to life with an exhibition of art created from and inspired by the historic building. Loom2, which opens Saturday, follows a similar exhibit held to great acclaim in December. "There's a sense of spiritual presence in the building, a religious aura to the space," said senior Jeffrey Waites, the exhibit's creator and co-curator. "I wanted to comment on that, that sense of past life."

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Sneaker Pimps Grow in Talent, Sound Despite Ditching Dayton

Four Stars Sometimes you've just gotta give up the girl. After the band's first album, Becoming X, the Sneaker Pimps boys ditched vocalist Kelli Dayton of "6 Underground" notoriety. Remade, the quartet released its superb sophomore effort, Splinter, an album that has yet to see record store shelves in the United States. Though Splinter garnered little mainstream success and traveled no further than its limited release in Japan and Germany, the boys were not much deterred by their temporary career dip. Now, the Pimps are back full force with Bloodsport.

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Stagnant 'Scorpion' Battles With Bad Acting

"The Scorpion King" 2 Stars "The Scorpion King" should have been a throwback to the B-movie hey-day of Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Conan the Barbarian" flicks. Unfortunately, the end result of The Rock's first headlining film falls far short of those campy treats. Instead, audiences are served up something more akin to a two-hour episode of UPN's "Hercules."

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Docu-Drama Set in Afghanistan Finds Its Way to Chapel Hill

"One day the world will see your troubles and come to your aid." Delivered to a group of refugee girls preparing to re-enter Afghanistan, this line from Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's "Kandahar" was prophetic in the movie's premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May of 2001. When the movie made its North American premiere Sept. 8 in Toronto, it was even more so. Now, almost a year after Cannes, this line and this film will be making their way to Chapel Hill during the film's eight-month distribution period.

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State Officials: No Cuts Directed Toward Art Programs As of Now

Members of the local arts community will be reassured to know that as state officials work to combat a projected $1.2 billion budget deficit for the next fiscal year, arts programs across the board are standing stoically against the monetary woes. Rebuking rumors that area school systems are thinking of cutting funding for the arts programs, Orange County Board of Education member Delores Simpson said the board had not discussed making cuts specific to the arts. "As of now the arts programs are still safe," she said. "As of now the cuts are not in that direction."

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Sankofa Unleashes Matured Hip-Hop Sound

Sankofa just isn't the same that it used to be -- but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Perhaps Sankofa can be best described by looking at its name. Sankofa is an Akan word that means "We must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward, so we can understand why and how we came to be and who we are today."

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Mesmer-Rhyising

One of the University's smallest dance groups made a big impression Tuesday night when it drew more than 100 attendees to its second annual spring show in the Great Hall located in the Student Union. Mezmerhythm, a multi-genre dance group formed in 1999, packed its two-hour performance "Rhythms of the Night" with eight different styles of dance. Participants showcased their talents in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, African, South Asian, lyrical and modern dance styles.

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Monk Choir Tops Off Performing Arts Series

Tibetan monks will enlighten the UNC campus about their culture and traditions Thursday with a performance by the Gyuto Monks Tibetan Tantric Choir. From noon until 1 p.m., the monks will sit with Students for a Free Tibet in the Pit to perform and discuss their work. At 3 p.m., the Abbot for the Gyuto Monks will speak at the Ackland Art Museum about the several pieces of Tibetan art currently on display there.

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Music Festivals Abound With Spring's Advent

Spring is here. And, thanks to several campus groups, music is in the air. Among campus organizations offering musical performances or festivals this weekend are the Carolina National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the Electronic Music Symposium and the Clef Hangers. Combining musical entertainment and education, NORML will host its seventh annual Greenfest. The two-day camp out and music festival will begin at 4 p.m. Friday and last until early Sunday morning at the Chicken Shack, a camping ground near University Lake in Carrboro.

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'Bridge Author' to Speak at Chapel Hill Public Library

Students might know Doug Marlette as the cartoonist of Kudzu and a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. But members of the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library know him as something altogether different: a hilarious kick in the pants. Marlette's witty reputation made him an easy choice for the FCHPL's monthly Meet-the-Author Tea. Greensboro-born Marlette will appear at 3:30 p.m. this Friday in the Chapel Hill Public Library to discuss his recently released novel, "The Bridge."

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