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Wednesday September 28th

Arts & Culture

Singer/Songwriter Chambliss to Perform at Skylight Exchange

For musicians, setting up shop in Chapel Hill can be good for your musical career. Or at least that's what Ashley Chambliss, a 28-year-old pianist, singer/songwriter, hopes. Chambliss, who is performing at the Skylight Exchange on Friday, is venturing away from the piano bars in and around her town of Asheville and coming to Chapel Hill to develop her career. "The Triangle is an important place to be heard," Chambliss said.

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Dave Barry-Based 'Trouble' Partners Wit, Goats

"Big Trouble" 4 Stars The makers of "Big Trouble," at first glance, took a bunch of random characters, situations and jokes, shook them up and threw the mixture on celluloid. But clearly the finished product is well-written and funny. Or maybe they just got lucky. Born from the twisted mind of columnist Dave Barry, "Big Trouble" is fast, cute and simply hilarious. Like a family-friendly version of "Pulp Fiction," it follows several different characters who weave together in a wild plot that ends up threatening national security.

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Classes Weave Together Cooking, Art

Everybody eats. Whether you slave over a hot stove and let your dinner simmer to perfection or just swing by the Top of Lenoir or the McDonald's drive-through, cooking plays a fundamental role in your dining experiences. It's no surprise, then, that more people are seeking out cooking lessons to make their own dining more enjoyable, to acquire an essential life skill or even to flex a little of their creative muscle.

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Pleasing The Palate

Many people tend to think that only two ingredients -- tasty food and sanitary utensils -- are required for a restaurant to garner a well-known reputation. But behind all the shiny silverware and fanciful entrees, a whole other world of culinary creativity exists to make restaurants visually and aesthetically appealing to customers.

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Add Some Flair to Your Food

For most college students, the extent of dorm room culinary capabilities is Ramen, Easy Mac and the elusive (and forbidden) George Foreman grill. But you can't live like this for long, and a meal for a special someone can't always consist of different microwaveable pastas and a hamburger patty off the iMac-colored Foreman. But even if you do make that delectable meal, garnish can turn it from Chef Boyardee to Chef Your-Name-Here. Here is a how-to for some simple garnishes and accent ideas. Shaped Accents

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'Our Town' Features Diverse Cast and Audience

Few plays underscore the importance of cherishing the little things in life as clearly as Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Our Town." The introspective play, which runs through April 28, will bring PlayMakers Repertory Company's 26th theater season to an end. "('Our Town') is an American masterpiece," said PlayMakers' artistic director, David Hammond. "It looks for the meaning in daily life, and people feel a need for that now."

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If Walls Could Talk

The North Carolina Museum of Art's new apocalyptic exhibit might have been a simple effort by museum standards, but there's far more behind each painting than mere hanging devices. Stepping into the "Reverend McKendree Robbins Long: Picture Painter of the Apocalypse" exhibit in progress for the first time was surreal. Instead of a perfectly polished layout of well-lit paintings, elaborate wall labels and milling crowds, a mostly empty room beckoned. Scaffolding on wheels stood in front of the opening painting, a vibrant view of hell dominating an entire wall.

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Collaborative Dance Event Merges Styles

The title of this Sunday's dance performance at the ArtsCenter, "Woven: A Dance Partnership," brings to mind stereotypes of New Age, pseudo-hippie sensibilities. But the event will do more than merely pay lip service to this idea. Instead, a collection of dancers throughout the Triangle will perform a variety of pieces, basically weaving the works together to form one coherent whole. Durham dance company Brookerdance is hosting the event. Maureen Jordan, a member of Brookerdance, explained that her company is one of many involved in the production.

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Art Serves as Medium for Religious Motifs

Throughout history, artists have taken the cue to pour their souls into the work -- nowhere is that more true than in the world of religiously inspired art. Across the globe, different media and styles have been used to reflect spiritual beliefs. Much of the art of African tribes south of the Sahara has been sculpture. These pieces weren't just created as art for art's sake. While their aesthetic value certainly was taken into consideration, they also had practical uses, and they often had important functions in religious rituals.

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Dive Recommends

"Jason's Lyric"Jada Pinkett Smith and Alan Payne star in this ghetto fairy tale. Jam-packed with memorable one-liners like "Don't touch my hair" and fluffed up by a killer soundtrack, this movie will have you reciting scenes when you would least expect it. The Tom Joyner Morning ShowLaugh it up every morning with Tom and the gang on FOXY 107/104.

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Triangle Photography Group Shows Off Artwork

Photography is something most anybody can do -- grab a camera, point, shoot, and you're done. But for the devoted black-and-white photographer, things aren't that easy, and the finished product is usually a work of art. At the Horace Williams House at 610 E. Rosemary St., you can catch a glimpse of that art form. The Horace Williams House is featuring the work of members of the Triangle Black and White Photo Group through April 24.

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WXYC Fund-Raiser to Revisit '80s

The Me Decade will soon have its ego stroked once again. Thursday night, an expected throng will descend upon the Cat's Cradle for the '80s Dance, a biannual fund-raiser for WXYC, UNC's student-run radio station. The crowd will pay tribute to the 10 years that gave us the Material Girl and hair metal. The music of the '80s is sometimes mocked for overusing synthesizers and bringing along such wacky acts as Flock of Seagulls.

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