June 2, 1991 |
THERE ARE ONLY A FEW PLACES LEFT IN this country where our culture cracks wide open and you can get a pure, distinctly American experience. The Washington Monument comes to mind; so does Ellis Island in New York Harbor. These places reverberate with a living national mythology. This is the way Sandy Katz felt when she came to Fat City.
July 15, 1990 |
When American Dance Festival executive director Charles Reinhart called Twyla Tharp to inform her that she had been selected for this year's $25,000 Samuel H. Scripps/ American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement, she replied: "Can't you just send me the check? Do I have to come down?" The response can be attributed in part to Tharp's cheeky nature, but it also spotlights the off-the-beaten-track location of this major festival.
November 19, 1989
If director Roland Joffe wants to know why "Fat Man and Little Boy" isn't drawing audiences, he need only look as far as his trailer (Outtakes, Nov. 12). Instead of a sober profile of the men behind the Atomic Age, the movie is presented in the trailer as a pious, bombastic, partisan star vehicle for Paul Newman's favorite pinup boy, Paul Newman. Newman is miscast, like having Tom Cruise as Westmoreland, or Dan Quayle as President. WILLIAM J. BECKER JR.
May 27, 2005 |
Three large crosses were burned in separate spots around Durham during a span of about an hour, and yellow fliers with Ku Klux Klan sayings were found at one location, police said. "At this day and time, I thought we'd be beyond that," said Mayor Bill Bell. "People do things for different reasons, and I don't have the slightest idea why anyone would do this." The first burning was reported outside St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
July 17, 1990 |
To travel 2,500 miles to dance in weather hotter and more humid than Orange County has seen lately might seem incongruous. But six people--four college students, one professional dancer and a respected choreographer now teaching at UC Irvine--made the trip to the American Dance Festival here at Duke University.
July 24, 1988 |
The real star of "Bull Durham," this summer's hit movie about a hapless minor league baseball club, is not Kevin Costner or Susan Sarandon. It's a 50-year-old, 5,000-seat, downtown ballpark--with green grass and no dome--that almost died of decrepitude and neglect. And although critics have dubbed the movie a "sex comedy," the real story here is a romance between a team and a town. "This is a special town," says the Bulls' owner, Miles Wolff, with a special stadium.