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Monday September 20th

Arts & Culture


`World' Adapts Pain, Humor of Comic Book

Ghost World4 Stars I used to worry that some people never really recover from adolescence. After seeing "Ghost World," I realize I'm not alone in this opinion. A new film by Terry Zwigoff and Daniel Clowes, "Ghost World" explores the fierce friendship between two war-wounded high school graduates, Enid (Thora Birch) and Becky (Scarlett Johansson). Enid and Becky bond over their mutual awkwardness and disgust at almost everyone around them.

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Pittsboro Native Delivers Solid Guitar Lines; Jump Little Children Returns to Indie Roots

Randy WhittSo It Goes4 Stars N.C. country boy Randy Whitt began strumming his guitar at an early age to escape the boredom of his hometown of Pittsboro. With his first album, "So It Goes," his excellent guitar performance reinforces the old adage of "practice makes perfect." His guitar playing overshadows his vocals. They aren't bad, maybe just a little less polished and practiced than his guitar playing. When he sings the title track, he belts out the chorus as over-earnestly as a kid trying to impress the crowd at a talent show.

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Eclectic Silos Bring Organic Sound To Chapel Hill

The Silos Go! Rehearsal Studios Today 9 p.m. The idea that there are completely unobserved yet nonetheless beautiful things surrounding us is the backing philosophy, as well as the title inspiration, for The Silos most recent LP, Laser Beam Next Door. "Most of us go through life looking through some kind of a haze -- we wear blinders," said Walter Salas-Humara, the band's lead vocalist, lyricist and guitarist.

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Ozomatli Delivers Politics, Latin Fire on Chaos

OzomatliEmbrace the Chaos4 Stars Forget about Ricky Martin and J. Lo. If you're looking for the real Latin invasion, you'll find it in the L.A.-based Ozomatli -- a party band with a political agenda. While Ozomatli's sound is rooted in salsa, the group is as diverse as the city that spawned it: Ozomatli counts blacks, Chicanos, Cubans, Japanese, Jews and Filipinos among its nine members.

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Syndicate Cooks Up Southern Jam

Acoustic Syndicate Cat's Cradle Friday, Sept. 14 3 Stars When they amble on stage, it's immediately obvious the members of the Acoustic Syndicate are regular guys, not rock stars. They're homegrown. And they're not all that acoustic either, filling Cat's Cradle with equal parts electric and acoustic. The N.C. band's specialty is progressive bluegrass with hints of roots, jazz, reggae and funk. A handful of jam bands cover similar territory, though sounding less truly Southern than the Syndicate.

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UNC Expresses Grief, Hope Through Art

Initially a featureless black barricade, a tribute surrounding the flagpole on Polk Place became cluttered Wednesday with painted handprints and messages such as "Let us not respond to hate with hate." The centerpiece of the tribute was an eight-foot black wall meant to serve as a memorial for the victims of last week's terrorist attacks.

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UNC to Hold Arts Memorial

UNC's arts community has banded together to help students, faculty and other members of the University community express reactions to last week's terrorists attacks with a series of events scheduled for Wednesday. The arts community is holding a tribute at the flagpole on Polk Place throughout the day. Several speakers and performers from various arts-related campus groups will take place in front of a giant canvas that will display the public's feelings toward the attacks.

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Show Goes On Despite Tragedy

Before Tuesday's terrorist attacks, the Deep Dish Theater's production of William Mastrosimone's "Cat's Paw" was simply a work of fiction. Now it seems to hit eerily close to home. In an inadvertent parallel to the attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., "Cat's Paw" focuses on two terrorists who defend their motivation for a recent bombing. The play also includes a character reading from Psalm 23, as the play's cast said they had heard passengers on the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania allegedly did before they attempted to take control of the plane.

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UNC Professor to Sign Published Memoirs

When most people think of memoirs, they think of a genre filled with mournful recollections of alcoholic mothers, deadbeat dads and tearful lost innocence. Marianne Gingher, director of the creative writing program at UNC, has reclaimed the genre with something a little different in her newest work, "A Girl's Life: Horses, Boys, Weddings and Luck" (Louisiana State University Press, $24.95). The work is the author's first memoir. Unlike memoirs like Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes," Gingher's memoir explores the wonder and positive aspects of childhood.

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Accessibility Masks Jettingham's Flaws

The b-sides Yes Indeed, The b-sides, Quite 3 Stars Something about The b-sides is strongly reminiscent of the offbeat band Cake. The unsigned local band, which boasts the best-selling local release at School Kids Records, has the same strange lyrics and upbeat music as the more widely known Cake. With the release of their second album, Yes Indeed, The b-sides, Quite, The b-sides has succeeded in putting together a catchy album that anyone can throw on to relax after a long day.

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Newest Righteous Babes Stay Hard

Bitch and Animal Eternally Hard 4 Stars One time, after flipping past a public television showing of an avant-garde dance troupe that hooted, grunted and wrestled, my father mused to me, "I don't think Jesse Helms would call that art ..., and I don't know if I would either."

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Self-Taught Musician Promotes Dancing Barefoot

It's not often you meet a folk singer/songwriter who readily admits he grooves to 'NSync. It's not often you meet someone as unusual as Chapel Hill native Andy Kuncl. If there's something strangely familiar about Kuncl's name (pronounced Cun-cell. "It's like pencil ... sorta," he explained) it's because you've undoubtedly seen it on countless fliers and posters around town.

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Bad Acting, Script Mar `Musketeer'

The Musketeer 1 star "The Musketeer" falls flat on its face and wins the prize for corniest movie of the year. The appeal of the movie is that Hong Kong action expert Xin Xin Xiong choreographs the film's fight scenes to create an Oriental, karate feel in a sword-toting European setting. Surprisingly, the action scenes are unimaginative, badly edited and perfunctory. The disappointment of the failure of the film to deliver creative action leaves the viewer feeling cheated of the possibilities the film could offer.

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Fox's Battle of Sexes Proves Far From Ghettofabulous

Two Can Play That Game 2 Stars Men are simple-minded, easily manipulated creatures who need to be controlled by their women with a set of fail-safe rules. Or so the makers of "Two Can Play That Game" would have us believe. The latest release from writer-director Mark Brown ("How to be a Player") explores the battle of the sexes and the games people play.

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Couple Donates Abstract Art to Ackland

UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus Jim Patton and his wife, Mary, want to give back to the University what they got out of it -- an appreciation of artistry. The Pattons have amassed an impressive collection of abstract art that they are now promising to the Ackland Art Museum's exhibit "Space, Abstraction and Freedom: Twentieth-Century Art from the Collection of Mary and Jim Patton," that opened Sunday. "I think art, if you let it in, changes how you look at life itself and the world around you," Jim Patton said.

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Event Kicks Off 10th Year of Second Sunday Readings

Staff Writer Literary illuminati and lovers of literature alike gathered Sunday for a celebration of N.C. writing as the 10th year of the Second Sunday Readings kicked off at the Carolina Inn. The Second Sunday Readings, a series that hosts two N.C. writers each month, is sponsored by the North Caroliniana Society, the North Carolina Collection in Wilson Library and UNC's own Creative Writing Program in the Department of English.

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