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.
November 8, 2006 |
The prosecutor in the Duke University lacrosse rape case defeated two rivals to retain his job as district attorney here, in what the Durham Herald-Sun has called "the D.A. race of the century." With 95% of precincts reporting, Dist. Atty. Mike Nifong, a Democrat, had 49% of the vote versus 39% for County Commissioner Lewis Cheek and 12% for county GOP Chairman Steve Monks.
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.