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Tuesday October 19th

Arts & Culture


Enlightenment Comes to Ackland

The new exhibition at the Ackland Art Museum offers a healthy dose of normal mixed with a taste of the weird. "Reason and Fantasy in an Age of Enlightenment" opened on Jan. 20, including etchings and gravings from Francisco Goya, Giovanni Battista Piranesi and William Hogarth. The collection draws attention to the contradictory notions of European culture during the 18th century. Over the years, the Ackland has collected many works dating from the Enlightenment. They are not displayed often -- they make up only a tiny fraction of the Ackland's 15,000-piece collection.

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Indonesian Gamelan Finds New Home

UNC's gamelan is a musical beast difficult to contain, but it has found a home after all. Needing to relocate after 13 months in the Chapel Hill Museum, the gamelan -- an enormous ensemble of 68 instruments that takes up 460 square feet while in use -- found a new home in Person Hall. The move meets the deadline set by the museum: the UNC-based Gamelan Nyai Saraswati group's performance at 8 p.m. today in the Hill Hall Auditorium.

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Raleigh's All-Stars Shine Brightly

Cabarrus Street All-Stars The Cave Sunday, Jan. 13 4 Stars Music enthusiasts often say the best live music is underground. At The Cave on Sunday night, located a level below Franklin Street -- they were right. The Cabarrus Street All-Stars are part of a new, young music movement that's a little bit rock, a little bit blues and a lot of fun. With the energy and sound of young bluesmen Kenny Wayne Shepard and Jonny Lang, the seven-piece, Raleigh-based band put on a terrific live show.

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'General' Reunion

Elesha Barnette sat alone Tuesday night, joined only by broken dialogue trickling from small speakers and digitized images of those who sat in a similar chair 10 years ago. Barnette is editing a special reunion episode of "General College," a collegiate soap opera produced by Student Television. With roughly half of the two-part episode complete, Barnette has several long nights ahead of her to ready the reunion episode for its Feb. 24 premiere at 8:30 p.m.

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No Doubt Surprises Longtime Fans With Club-Ready Dance Album

No Doubt Rock Steady 4 Stars It's unexpected that a band previously known for ska-punk music can make such a successful dance record. But No Doubt has pulled it off and reinvented itself with Rock Steady. Sure, the group recalls trusted reggae and dub elements, but the album is also notable for its marching beats, club-ready grooves and keyboard effects reminiscent of '80s dance-pop.

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Wu-Tang Clan Experiences Resurrection; The Good Life Gets Too Complicated

Wu-Tang Clan Iron Flag 4 Stars Although it feels like a lifetime ago, the Wu-Tang Clan first burst upon the scene with Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) just nine years ago. With its brash disregard for bouncy West Coast style and an imaginative reconstruction of New York City streets as the Shaolin they learned from old kung fu flicks, the Wu-Tang sound came to be, and hip hop was forever changed.

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Twinkle Toes in a Row

After 14 years of tenancy at Carrboro's ArtsCenter, the Carrboro Senior Program has found a new home -- and a new name. A Nov. 28 press release announced the program's move from West End Theater located at 300 E. Main St. on Dec. 31, 2001. Jerry Passmore, director of the Orange County Department of Aging, said the program has now relocated to the Century Center of Carrboro. Its full name has been changed to Carrboro Recreation and Parks Senior Leisure Program at Century Center.

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Awards Honor Superb Undergrad Artists

Eighteen UNC studio art majors will be honored tonight at the opening reception of the Undergraduate Award Winners exhibit at Hanes Art Center. The reception will be held in the Allcott Gallery in Hanes Art Center, where the exhibit is located. Featured in the gallery is the work of undergraduate artists who have received one or more of five possible prizes from the Department of Art. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. and will give student artists an opportunity to connect with community members and showcase their works.

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Tenenbaums Tread Fine Line of Ingenuity, Satire

"The Royal Tenenbaums" 3 Stars The photographic rule of thirds states that a picture should be divided into three both horizontally and vertically, and the subject of the picture should lie along one of the dividing lines to create visual interest. In simpler terms, a serious photographer would never take a shot of someone smack dab in the middle of the frame. Yet almost every single shot in "The Royal Tenenbaums" does just that, violating one of the great tenets of the visual arts in order to showcase its complicated characters in a portrait-like format.

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Grammy Winner Brings Soul, Funk Mix to Cradle

Robert Cray Band Cat's Cradle Sunday, Jan. 13 4 Stars Robert Cray didn't simply walk onto the stage Sunday night -- he sauntered. In front of a packed house, Cray and his band proceeded to wow the audience with dazzling guitar and organ work coupled with a vivacious presence. Cray is a five-time Grammy winner with one double platinum album, two gold albums and guitar that has been a driving force in the R&B world since the '80s. At Cat's Cradle he offered up a mixed bag of rich, soulful blues and driving funk from the small, intimate stage.

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Ferlinghetti Exhibit Highlights Elements of Beat Generation

In dimly lit Wilson Library, dozens of smiling faces gathered around a historical and literary compilation commemorating beat generation poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, founder of City Lights Books publishing house. The exhibit, titled "Visions from the Underground: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, City Lights Books, and Alternative Publishing in America," opened at 5 p.m. Tuesday and will remain open through March. Chronologically organized photographs, poems and books from Ferlinghetti, a UNC alumnus, and other beat writers highlight the landmark publications of the beat movement.

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Exhibit To Open In Wilson

In the beat writers' world of the 1950s, Chapel Hill is hardly associated with San Francisco or the "angelheaded hipsters" of Allen Ginsberg. But a new exhibit sponsored by Wilson Library's Rare Books Collection is about to prove otherwise. Titled "Visions from the Underground: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, City Lights Books, and Alternative Publishing in America," this exhibit on beat poet and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti will open today in Wilson Library.

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Merritt Helps Ring In New Year With Full Scale Southern Rock

Tift Merritt and the Carbines Cat's Cradle Thurs., Dec. 31 4 Stars Dec. 31, 2000, marked the last night that alt-country singer-songwriter Tift Merritt was officially a waitress. What a difference a year makes. With a national tour under her belt, a Lost Highway Records contract in hand and her first album, Bramble Rose, almost ready for release, Merritt had as much to celebrate on New Year's Eve as the all-ages collection of young hipsters and mature country fans populating the Cat's Cradle.

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Milo Rocks on First EP; Dreis Struggles Toward Success

Milo Even If You Knew The Language 4 Stars Textured and grungy, Milo's first independent EP sounds like grinding early 90s rock but with an attitude and maturity transcending the band's inexperience. A fresh and impressive blend of alternative and indie sounds, Milo weaves hypnotic rhythms and haunting vocals into a forceful voice. Coming from humble beginnings in Chapel Hill, Milo is a little bit of Radiohead and a lot of Pearl Jam but with a style and sound all their own.

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Lord of the Rings Captures Magic, Mystery

Lord of the Rings 5 Stars The next Star Wars Trilogy has been born. The first in a series of three films to be released over the next two years, "Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring" sets a near impossible standard to follow. Capturing all the energy and fantasy of J.R.R. Tolkien's legendary epic but never alienating viewers unfamiliar with the series, this film is both creative and enchanting.

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'Fresh Prince' Dances Way Out of Corner With 'Ali'

Ali 3 Stars Will Smith has come a long way from his days rapping the theme song to "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." In the turnaround performance of his life, Smith takes the showmanship and emotion of Muhammad Ali to the big screen. Looking deeper into his life, "Ali" shows the historical and emotional conditions that surrounded this controversial fighter who changed the face of boxing forever.

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UNC Alumnus Returns as Resident Director

Ted Shaffner has always put work before furniture. By age 28, the '97 UNC graduate already had served a two-year term as the resident directorial assistant at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. Before that, he directed several productions in New York in the Lincoln Center's Director's Lab program, founded the Vesuche Ensemble and received the Drama League's Fall Production Program fellowship.

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All in Good Company

Mention modern art to most people and you'll get a response similar to a one-liner in the British comedy "Absolutely Fabulous:" "and what the hell is the difference between someone who chooses to paint like a child and a child's painting?"

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Brit Band Leaps Onto American Music Scene

Starsailor love is here 4 Stars Often called Britain's next big thing, alternative rock band Starsailor reached its homeland's Top 10 with its single "Alcoholic." Almost six months later the group is releasing its popular album in the States -- indeed, love is here.

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