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Monday September 20th

Arts & Culture


Opening Act Upstaged Unremarkable Athenaeum

Athenaeum Cat's Cradle October 6, 2001 3 Stars Athenaeum fed the Cat's Cradle crowd some very meaty music, but they would have done better to serve some more filler. The Greensboro rock band, which has been attracting a small legion of fans for several years, is known for its 1998 hit "What I Didn't Know" and has recently re-released its self-titled debut.

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Dive Recommends

"Freeway" The classic Little Red Riding Hood gets violently made over Oliver Stone style. A pre-stardom Reese Witherspoon and an exceptionally creepy Keifer Sutherland turn in dead-on performances in this disturbing-yet-hilarious modern folk tale. Studio One Soul, Various Artists The legendary Studio One puts a reggae twist on American soul hits of 1964-74. This compilation spotlights some of Jamaica's greats -- Jackie Mittoo, Alton Ellis -- and exemplifies how musical cultures mix and match.

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Style, Sentiment Redeem Calorie-Free `Serendipity'

Serendipity 3 Stars "Serendipity" is so obvious that it comes close to insulting the audience. Thankfully, it doesn't quite cross that line -- despite the absence of rational situations or truly human characters, the film is endearing enough to be sat through for its 90 minutes. The movie focuses on the dilemma of Jonathan (John Cusack) and Sara (Kate Beckinsale). Their lives are thrown into disarray when they meet over a pair of gloves in Bloomingdale's and quickly fall in love.

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Washington, Hawke Add Life to `Training' Tale

Training Day 4 Stars If "Training Day" is an accurate look at the life of a Los Angeles narcotics officer, our friends in California are in a lot of trouble. Fortunately, director Antoine Fuqua's dark portrayal of a rookie cop's first day as a narc is definitely a flight of fancy. Accurate, no. Entertaining -- very. The movie's theme is familiar -- a new cop clashes with his corrupt, no-rules teacher. But the solid acting of Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington freshen up the cookie-cutter story.

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Before and After

Should it stay or should it go? Following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, artisans and entertainers on both a local and national level have been trying to determine whether their work is appropriate. Barely 24 hours after the attacks, announcements of rescheduled events or release dates were in the news. The Emmys have been postponed twice. Several films have been moved from their original release dates. Many projects under development were permanently held because their content either mirrored the attacks or could possibly offend a more sensitive America.

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New Garbage Album Marred by Confusion, Pop

Garbage Beautiful Garbage 3 Stars It seems Garbage has contracted a massive case of advanced schizophrenia. The band's third LP release, Beautiful Garbage, runs amok. Garbage obviously couldn't choose just one genre or focus, so the band experiments and incorporates every possible option.

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Town to Host Sparklefest

Musician and promoter Mike Nicholson has seen enough music festivals done wrong for him to want to finally do one right. And Nicholson said he hopes his goal of orchestrating a successful and unforgettable festival will become a reality when Sparklefest opens at Local 506 on Thursday. Based on festivals like Los Angeles' International Pop Overthrow and the locally founded Sleezefest, Sparklefest is the sequel to last year's Shindig at Kings in Raleigh.

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Traveling Dance Troupe Visits UNC

If the Ringling Brothers joined the cast of Hee Haw, they might look a little like Rhythm in Shoes. The performance company -- an eclectic, 10-member cast whose ages range from mid-teens to middle age -- mixes tap, clogging and step dancing with juggling, comedy skits and old-time music provided by a live string band. "It's almost like a circus," said Sharon Leahy, the group's director. Leahy and her troupe have spent a weeklong dance residency at UNC.

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Comic Relief

Most readers have heard about Art Spiegelman's "MAUS," Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman" or Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' "Watchmen." And while those are all good places to begin exploring comics, many of the best introductions to comics aren't well-known. Here's a brief introduction to the most accessible of modern comics' great works.

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Local Retailers, Creators Survive In Weak Industry

"Comics aren't just for kids anymore." The phrase is so well-known that marketers for an anthology of child-friendly comics once twisted it, stating "comics aren't just for grown-ups anymore." So it might seem comics are for everyone, young and old alike. Sales figures suggest otherwise. Traditional comics like "Spider-Man" and "Batman" sell fewer copies today than they have in decades. In 1993, total sales of all comics reached $800 million -- that figure had dropped to $250 million six years later. Comics' visibility continues to shrink, too.

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Brown Wins 2nd Annual Thomas Wolfe Award

The 2001 Thomas Wolfe Prize was presented to acclaimed Southern writer Larry Brown on Tuesday night. Professors and students filled Hamilton Hall to see him accept the award and to hear his advice on being working writer -- ironic considering Brown seemed to be the only one with no formal education in literature. Regardless, Brown's eight-book bibliography asserted him as a highly successful writer. He is the only two-time winner of the Southern Book Award, and the experience of being a writer and a Southerner was the focus of his lecture.

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Concert Aids NYC Families

Musicians and community leaders joined together and raised more than $10,000 at a benefit concert Sunday to help families affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The WTC Benefit Concert featured 12 bands, including regional bands such as the b-Sides, Runaway Cab, Hobex and Poor Valentino, at the Fayetteville Street Mall in downtown Raleigh from 1 p.m.

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