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Wednesday November 30th

Arts & Culture


Great Escapes - San Francisco, California

The San Francisco art community got a jolt in 1995 when the current location of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art opened in the trendy South of Market area, convenient to the downtown Financial District (and to the subway lines for suburbanites like myself). The building, designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, provides a perfect container to the ever-changing collection of 20th century painting and sculpture, a collection that constantly challenges the viewer to see what's really there.

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Angry Industrial Rockers Make a Hard-Core Attak

KMFDM Attak 4 Stars KMFDM's latest attempt, Attak, is the kind of music that you can only appreciate if you listen to it loud -- really loud. But that is, after all, exactly what the band is going for. Powerfully frantic, bristling with unrestrained energy and angry as hell, KMFDM pumps out raucous industrial dance beats.

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Great Escapes - Mont Tremblant, Canada

Standing at the summit of Mont Tremblant, staring down at a massive frozen lake behind wide white slopes speckled by skiers and snowboarders, I wondered why anyone would want to go to the beach. Instead of rough, dirty sand I got pure, perfect snow; instead of salt in the eyes and shark attacks I got the wind in my face and an adrenaline rush; instead of sunburns and a hangover I got rolling moguls ... and a hangover.

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Chanticleer Redefines Perfection With Memorial Hall Performance

Chanticleer Memorial Hall Tuesday, March 19 5 Stars Its secondary moniker is "an orchestra of voices." Yet it is rare to see any orchestral performance that so widely lays bare the expectations and emotions of its audience. The rarity of this phenomenon of undisputed musical excellence may have something to do with the rarity of this particular type of ensemble.

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Rusty Gears, Plot Line Plauge H.G. Wells' Revised 'Machine'

"The Time Machine" 1 Star What has the world come to when a movie based on H.G. Wells' classic book "The Time Machine" ends up being a huge letdown? According to the film, the world has come close to being obliterated by humongous gray chunks of a crumbling moon while large, mutated beasts called Morlocks systematically feed off of mankind. At least that is the vision director Simon Wells ("The Prince of Egypt") gives to viewers in this disappointing remake of his great-grandfather's novel.

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Superior Animation Makes 'Ice Age' A Fun, Frosty, Family-Oriented Flick

"Ice Age" 4 Stars While "Ice Age" may not be the next coming of animated perfection, this family-friendly film is sure to please. Starring the voices of Ray Romano, Denis Leary and John Leguizamo to name a few, "Ice Age" weaves a story of good conquering evil via acceptance and loyalty to friends. Romano, ("Everybody Loves Raymond") lends his voice to a woolly mammoth named Manfred, a solitary ancestor of the elephants who refuses to migrate south with all the other animals at the coming of the Ice Age.

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Great Escapes - Panama City, Florida

Driving to Panama City Beach, I had three main goals in mind: get a tan, bond with my best friends and party. Unfortunately these goals came at a price: being subjected to catcalls and enduring wet T-shirt contests. I knew Spring Break would be a little wild and crazy, but no more than I had witnessed at Myrtle Beach during Senior Beach Week. In Florida, there were only more beads, Confederate flags and boobs.

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Senior to Donate Voice To Distinguished Arts Series

Old-school rhythm and blues, swing, gospel -- you name it, and baritone-bass Prince Taylor will tell you he has been doing it for more than 50 years. And come Sunday, he will be doing it all again for men and women at the Chapel Hill Senior Center. Taylor will be performing as part of the senior center's Distinguished Artists Series. Sponsored by Friends of the Chapel Hill Senior Center, the series raises money to benefit activities of the center as well as aid the Chapel Hill Department on Aging in paying the center's rent and utility bills.

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'Moon Woman' Author To Read Excerpts of Work

UNC graduate Pamela Duncan tells it like it is -- and her gift for depicting small-town North Carolina life has helped establish her as one of the up-and-coming new Southern writers. Duncan's first novel, "Moon Women," is about a family of women living in the hills of Madison County. Drawing from the stories she heard from her grandmother and from her own background growing up in Black Mountain, Swannanoa and Shelby, she has created her own distinctive flavor of regional literature. "I write about blue-collar folks.

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Inking Art Draws On History

The oldest known tattooed human was found frozen in the Alps. The body, which had been preserved for more than 5,000 years, has more than 50 different tattoos. But evidence of skin art has existed for a much longer time, as images of humans with markings on their bodies have been displayed on artifacts dating back 30,000 years. Female mummies discovered in Egypt have shown signs of body art. Designs were often located on the stomach and supposedly relate to fertility. Tattooing lived on through the great civilizations.

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UNC Receives Grant to Save Rare Dylan, Ian Recordings

Rare folk music tapes in UNC's Southern Folklife Collection will be restored thanks to a $22,649 grant from The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. The 236 tapes contain rare and unheard performances by such influential artists as Bob Dylan and Janis Ian. These performances were originally recorded for Broadside, a '60s folk music magazine.

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Imbruglia Torn by Influences; Cary Finds Life After Adams

Natalie Imbruglia White Lilies Island Three Stars In what seems to be an attempt to overthrow her former "Torn" personality, Natalie Imbruglia has managed to inhabit a strange place between Lisa Loeb and Shirley Manson. Aussie pop princess Imbruglia, who gained fame for her single "Torn" from 1998's Left of the Middle, has returned to the music scene with something different.

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'Insomniac' Comedian Gets Down and Dirty

Four Stars Sometimes, you just have to tell it like it is. Dave Attell, host of Comedy Central's "Insomniac," isn't afraid to speak rawly and without reserve. Nothing is taboo with Attell, who performed Friday at Raleigh's Charlie Goodnight's Comedy Club before a crowd that was at capacity and then some. From the hypnotic appeal of a dog's penis to his midget friend, affectionately named "Baby Shoes," Attell kept the crowd shocked but laughing.

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A Permanent Mark

Tattoos hold mystery like a two-handled cup glazed with savagery and filled with the collective blood, sweat and beers of Hell's Angels and whaleboat skippers. But in 1951 while writing about the illustration of the flesh, author Ray Bradbury looked past the typicalities and saw an often overlooked facet of tattoos -- art. The placement of ink on tissue is escaping from the margins of American culture as the artistry of the tattoo industry becomes more and more evident.

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Morissette's Album Suffers From Self-Inflicted Overproduction

Three Stars An Alanis Morissette album is a lot like Lenoir Dining Hall's sushi. Just as there's something disturbing about the idea of Lenoir preparing raw fish, there's also something off-putting about listening to Morissette yodel her most intimate secrets. But once you acquire the taste for them, you start to crave their distinctive flavor.

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Lack of Tattoo Parlor in Chapel Hill Not Political Issue

Although rumors about a political anti-tattoo conspiracy abound in tattooing circles, Chapel Hill officials say the only town barrier to tattoo parlors is small business regulations. About a half-dozen tattoo parlor employees and managers said a potential town bias against parlors has been mentioned in the body art community.

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