Category Archives: Entertainment

“Motown” musical rewinds back down a melodic path

Reviewed by Logan A. White Times-News correspondent    DURHAM — Looking for a musical filled with classic old-school hits, snazzy dances and a dash of history?| If so, “Motown: The Musical,” being performed now through Sunday at the Durham Performing Arts Center, is a show worth your time. Based on the life of Motown [...]

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Studio 1 brings show to life in 12 hours

Commentary by Abby Chester Times-News correspondent    Studio 1 is producing “12,” a middle school event that teaches kids how to do many things in the show business. Three teams of middle-schoolers come together to direct, stage and produce a one-act show, in only 12 hours. The participants are given the show and then [...]

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Fall Out Boy’s latest CD is captivating

   “American Beauty/American Psycho,” Fall Out Boy. Island record label. Copyright 2015. $11.88. Reviewed by Catherine Wiggins Times-News correspondent    Fall Out Boy’s new album “American Beauty/American Psycho” has topped the charts since its release on Jan. 20. This is its second album after the band’s hiatus from 2007 to 2010. The album’s original [...]

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Studio 1 captivates audience in “Comedy of Errors”

Reviewed by Caroline Carpenter Times-News correspondent    Studio 1’s teen actors present to the public a comedy of epic proportions and a performance that would have Shakespeare smiling. This cast of incredible and well-rounded actors makes the classic “Comedy of Errors” into a masterpiece of hilarity from the moment they take the stage. The [...]

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‘Nerdfighters’ unite: Followers of brothers John and Hank Green bond through books, movies

Commentary by Allison Tate Times-News correspondent    John Green has found great success among young adults with his novels about life, love and loss. Out of his many books, two have become popular with readers worldwide: “Looking for Alaska” and “The Fault in Our Stars.” The two books, as well as Green, have gained [...]

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‘Wicked’ is a winner

Reviewed by Kaitlin Gillespie Times-News correspondent DURHAM — Few musicals are able to incorporate a love triangle, a sisterly bond between rivals, family drama and an insurmountable amount of perfectly placed witty repartee, but “Wicked” manages to do all of the above and more. It is hard to exactly place what is so consuming [...]

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Bungee jumping (inside) can be fun

Commentary by Joshua Fitzgerald Times-News correspondent    There are many good ways to entertain a child in Alamance County; however, the EuroBungy (Bungee Jumps and Trains) inside Holly Hill Mall and Business Center in Burlington is quite possibly the most exhilarating of them all. EuroBungy is a set of four one-person trampolines arrayed around [...]

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Elon grad a part of “Wicked” tour

By Kaitlin Gillespie Times-News correspondent    DURHAM — “Wicked” draws people in with its mystical tale, entrances the mind with the music and effects, and encourages all who encounter it to go and tell others of the power and sheer talent it possesses. Reaching more than 8 million theatergoers worldwide, the touring production of [...]

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End 2014 with latest ‘Hobbit’ film

Reviewed by Catherine Wiggins Times-News correspondent    “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” concludes the epic trilogy of the “Hobbit” movies. Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and directed by Peter Jackson, also the director of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, this action-packed, fantasy movie keeps the audience entertained the whole [...]

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Author’s unique debut brings readers into a ‘World of Magic’

– “When it Rains,” by Rosetta M. Overman. Copyright 2014, CreateSpace (197 pages, $9.80) Reviewed by Christian Hornaday Times-News correspondent    A surprisingly unique debut, “When it Rains” is the opening story to the “World of Magic” series by local author Rosetta M. Overman. Presenting a fresh perspective regarding the classic elements (fire, water, [...]

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