Category Archives: Entertainment

Twenty One Pilots’ latest release as unique as its players

“Blurryface,” by Twenty One Pilots. Copyright 2015, Fueled by Ramen LLC. $9.99.  Reviewed by Catherine Wiggins Times-News correspondent    Twenty One Pilots, an alternative rock band with a bit of pop, rap, and ukulele screamo, released its third studio album “Blurryface” on May 15. Following the album’s release, it was rated No. 1 on [...]

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Betty Who gives Raleigh crowd a fun night of music

Reviewed by Alexis Dickerson Times-News correspondent    RALEIGH — On Tuesday night, Betty Who fans piled into King’s Barcade, a little venue nestled in downtown Raleigh. Fans ranged in age from late teens to early 30s, and far more in-between. Betty Who had just performed last weekend at the well-known Firefly Music Festival in [...]

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Betty Who plans two N.C. shows next week

By Alexis Dickerson Times-News correspondent    Jessica Anne Newham, better known by her stage name, Betty Who, is an Australian singer-songwriter currently touring the U.S. Betty Who will come to North Carolina for two shows next week — 8 p.m. Tuesday at Kings, 14. W. Martin St., Raleigh, and 8 p.m. Wednesday at Visulite [...]

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YA literature isn’t just for young adults

By Meghna Mahadevan Times-News correspondent GRAHAM — If you enjoy reading young adult books and are looking for a venue to discuss them and discover new books to read, the Graham Public Library may have a book club for you. The YA (Young Adult) Book Club is for anyone 16 years and up. Meetings [...]

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A fangirl’s guide to … well, everything

“A Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Geek Girls,” by Sam Maggs. Copyright 2015, Quirk Books (208 pages, $11.50)  Reviewed by Catherine Wiggins Times-News correspondent    Have you ever wanted a book that describes what it’s like to be a fangirl? Well, “A Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Geek [...]

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‘Newsies’ excels on all levels

Reviewed by Rachel Teseneer Times-News correspondent    DURHAM — High-energy and big dreams started off the show of a lifetime. Disney’s “Newsies” welcomed its opening night audience on Tuesday at Durham Performing Arts Center with a heartfelt story featuring passionate singing and spirited dancing throughout. Based on the historical newsboy strike of 1899 and [...]

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Twisted Measure video trending on YouTube

Times-News    ELON – Elon University’s a cappella group, Twisted Measure, is trending on YouTube for its performance of Sia’s “Chandelier.” The video has received more than 1.5 million views. Click on this link to see the video, For more on Twisted Measure, visit!members/c1g3j.  

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Actor enjoy his role in Disney’s ‘Newsies’

By Rachel Teseneer Times-News correspondent    DURHAM — The musical spectacular “Newsies” is coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center starting June 2. Winner of two Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography, “Newsies” is known by many as the exciting and energetic retelling of the newsboy strike of 1899. It follows the [...]

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Music isn’t only focus in “Pitch Perfect 2″

Reviewed by Zoie Nelson Times-News correspondent    Three years ago, the musical comedy “Pitch Perfect” was an instant hit and now, the sequel, “Pitch Perfect 2,” is doing it again. After embarrassing not only themselves but the entire a cappella community in front of the President of the United States of America, the Barden [...]

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‘Pippin’ amazes Durham crowd

Reviewed by Lincoln Pennington Times-News correspondent    DURHAM — The Broadway tour of “Pippin,” now visiting the Durham Performing Arts Center, more than just looks like a traveling circus group; the show makes the audience feel like it is a circus. The cast brings endless energy to the stage, and at times there’s so [...]

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