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Friday May 20th

Arts & Culture


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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Dive Recommends

"Trading Spaces," The Learning Channel: Never before have I been so entranced by a home improvement show. Just one of the many great programs TLC has to offer, "Trading Spaces" gives two twosomes the opportunity to decorate a room in the other's home but only a thousand dollars and two days to complete the task. Sure, they get an interior designer to help them in their quest, but the results are sometimes just as horrendous as if the civilians had done it alone (would you want moss on your bedroom wall?).

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Define Your Scene

The Musical Greenhouse of the South. The Birthplace of Indie Rock. Or for rock musicians and fans, simply, the place to be. National rock critics and musicians have used all these phrases to describe the music scene in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. But all the terms and catchphrases can be just as confusing as they are descriptive -- what do people mean when they refer to "the scene"? Defining scene is a little like defining irony --

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Music Explorium Offers Variety of Instruments

Honey-colored sitars hang on the wall, a rainbow assortment of drums clutters a side room, and electric violins line the back room. Everywhere you turn there are instruments, big and little, that come from exotic places like Africa or Turkey and familiar places like the United States. Materials range from bamboo to PVC piping. The sea of world instruments that fill Music Explorium in Carrboro, whether plastic or wood, large or small, come with a common theme.

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Jay, Bob Embark on Crude Cinematic Quest

"Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" is the lewd, cameo-filled and weed-riddled version of "Epic of Gilgamesh." Kevin Smith's latest follows the typical quest-story format but forgoes the long gaps in story line established by most films in the quest genre. Instead, Smith relies on a goldmine of cameos, tight comedic performances and a constant barrage of crude sex and drug references to carry the fast-paced film.

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New Zealand Band Looks East; David Makes Novice Debut; Beulah Channels Brian Wilson

The Clean Getaway I thought it would be clever and witty to give The Clean's new album, Getaway, a first listen while cleaning my house. I always need a soundtrack to dusting and sweeping, and this album seemed better than most for obvious reasons. The Clean blend catchy head bobbing beats, fuzzy guitar distortion, a few sing-along melodies, some electronic blips and a hint of Eastern music to create the soundtrack to a lazy summer day.

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