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UNCSA School of Dance Presents: ‘The Nutcracker’

On Dec. 7, students, staff, friends and family packed the Stevens Center for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts dress rehearsal of “The  Nutcracker.” Presented this year by Wells Fargo, the show runs from Wednesday, Dec. 12 until Sunday, Dec. 17 in the Stevens Center.   According to the press release, “UNCSA’s heralded ballet has received rave reviews from critics and enthusiastic audiences alike since the reimagined production debuted in 2009 under the direction of Ethan Stiefel, ...
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Triad Stage Presents “Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity”

At the Pyrle Theatre in downtown Greensboro, a holiday show truly fit for all ages, will be showing until Dec. 24. Written and directed by Preston Lane with original music and musical direction by Laurelyn Dossett and presented by The Carroll Companies, “Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity” was commissioned and originally produced in 2006 by Triad Stage and was published by Playscripts, Inc. in New York, New York. From the name, you know this show is not your usual nativity ...
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Mexican Jumping Scenes: ‘Coco’ Is a Lively Toon Triumph

By: Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing Viewers who elect to see the animated feature Coco have my full blessing to arrive approximately 30 or 35 minutes after the announced show time. That way, they can miss the 15 or so minutes of trailers for mostly awful-looking efforts like Duck Duck Goose and Sherlock Gnomes and, more importantly, avoid the painful Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, the preceding short that runs a punishing 22 minutes. After that, it’s all smooth sailing, as Coco proves ...
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Local Record Review: ‘Yearling’ EP by the Bronzed Chorus

By: Sam Haw While instrumental music has maintained popularity for centuries, this millennium has not been as kind. Without a singer as the primary focus, instrumental music often challenges modern listeners beyond their comfort level. Even the catchiest of melodies is ignored without lyrics to complement it. Greensboro act, The Bronzed Chorus, have faced these obstacles for over a decade, yet have overcome them to become one of the Triad’s most promising groups. On Oct. 27, The Bronzed Chorus released ...
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Soldiering on: Three Vets Hit the Road in Thoughtful ...

By: Matt Brunson With such titles as Dazed and Confused, Everybody Wants Some!! and the masterful Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight trilogy, writer-director Richard Linklater has spent the majority of his career focusing on the experiences of the young and the restless. Last Flag Flying leaps so far in the opposite direction that it’s almost startling to see his name appear in the credits. In this picture, the central characters are more likely to carry AARP cards rather than the fake IDs required of ...
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Ed Asner’s Strong Constitution

By: Jim Longworth Some years ago I moderated a panel discussion featuring a number of television’s biggest stars. The event took place just prior to election day, so I began by asking, “Is it OK for actors to be openly involved in and vocal about politics?” A tinge of unease came over their faces. You would have thought I had asked them to disrobe. They, like many performers, worried that taking a political stand could alienate half of their viewers, ...
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The Wauls of Justice

By: Matt Brunson Look! Up on the screen! It’s a mirage! It’s an apparition! It’s Wonder Woman! Certainly, after the three-and-out represented by Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, the arrival of this past summer’s Wonder Woman was nothing short of a miracle. The solo starring vehicle for the Amazonian warrior princess clicked on all cylinders, and it appeared that DC had finally turned the corner and would begin producing superhero sagas as acclaimed and as beloved as those emanating from the ...
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The Plot Curdles: Lavish Murder-mystery Derails

By: Matt Brunson Although Peter Ustinov and David Suchet would repeatedly portray Belgian detective Hercule Poirot on screens both big and small, it was Albert Finney who headlined one of the most popular and enduring of all filmic properties based on an Agatha Christie whodunnit. Released in 1974, Murder on the Orient Express proved to be a potent box-office property, thanks in no small part to an all-star cast that numbered Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall and Anthony Perkins ...
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An Open Letter from Keith Volz, Jamestown’s Out-going Mayor

Hello Jamestown Citizens, It is another beautiful day in Jamestown! I want to take this opportunity to thank my fellow citizens for entrusting me with the honor and privilege of serving on the Jamestown Council and the added responsibility as the Mayor, for the past 16 years. During those years, we have seen many exciting changes taking place throughout our community. Our Main Street area went from a time where empty buildings were the norm to now reflecting a vibrant ...
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Longworth at Large: JFK Death Still a Mystery

By: Jim Longworth Last month, in accordance with a 1992 law, President Trump ordered that the JFK assassination files be made public. However, thousands of documents in those files still remain under lock and key, at the request of the CIA and FBI. The remaining documents will now undergo a six-month review to determine if they too should be released. Some political pundits speculate that the protected documents might compromise informants who had been recruited by the CIA. Others believe ...