Category Archives: Opinion

‘Anastasia’ is memorable & inspiring

By Hollyann Gardner Times-News correspondent    DURHAM — The national touring production of “Anastasia” at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) is a stunning show that will be beloved by audiences. With talented actors coupled with gorgeous sets and costumes, this is a production that you cannot miss. Lila Coogan plays leading lady Anya, a [...]

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‘Anastasia’ comes to DPAC

By Hollyann Gardner Times-News correspondent    DURHAM — The beloved musical “Anastasia” is coming to Durham Performing Arts Center next week. The story is based on the 1997 animated film of the same name. Lila Coogan plays determined leading lady, Anya. “I have always loved the movie,” Coogan said in a recent phone interview. “It [...]

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‘The Lightning Thief’ comes to DPAC

By Hollyann Gardner Times-News correspondent     ”The Lightning Thief,” a musical based on the novel by Rick Riordan, will be performed this week at the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham. Sarah Beth Pfeifer plays rough-and-tough female fighter Clarisse, as well as eight other characters including Katie Gardner, Mrs. Dodds, and even a squirrel. “The [...]

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Kiss show ‘a night to remember’

By Bret Pierce Times-News correspondent     RALEIGH — From the moment Kiss came on stage at the PNC Arena on Saturday night, it was clear that this was no run-of-the-mill concert. With everything from classic pyrotechnics to the more modern technology-driven special effects, concertgoers were entranced by the performance. This is being called the End [...]

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Democratic field takes shape for 2020 race

By Jakob S. Miller Times-News correspondent     With the first presidential primary debate for the Democratic party scheduled in June, the field of candidates seems to be mostly set. The biggest wild card now is whether former Vice President Joe Biden will enter the race, especially after recent allegations of crossing personal boundaries by women [...]

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In the market for a ‘new ride?’ Follow these four tips when car shopping

By Sydney Horton Times-News correspondent Editor’s note: This week, Sydney Horton’s Adulting 101 series tackles buying a car. Ready to buy a car? Or ready to trade your current vehicle? In this weeks edition of Adulting 101 you’ll learn all about first time car buying. 1. Buy gap insurance: If you’re ever in an accident [...]

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Adulting 101: Three tips for finding your own ‘space’

By Sydney Horton Times-News correspondent  Editor’s note: This is a continuation of Sydney Horton’s Adulting 101 series. The biggest and scariest next step of adulthood is moving out. These three tips should help soften the blow of taking that leap.  1. Location — This is probably the hardest part of moving out. You’ve likely become [...]

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‘Music Man’ a memorable show

By Sydney Fischer Special to the Times-News Editor’s note: Incorrect ticket prices were listed in the print edition on Thursday, March 14. The correct information can be found below. Alamance Children’s Theatre’s “Music Man” is a show filled with great lessons along with fun songs and dance numbers. Meredith Willson’s story follows a traveling con [...]

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‘Bernstein and Robbins’ an evening of Americana in dance

By Logan A. White Times-News correspondent    RALEIGH  — It’s a melting pot of Americana. Carolina Ballet’s “An Evening of Bernstein and Robbins,” is being performed now through March 27, 2019, at Fletcher Opera Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E South St. Beginning the evening of March 8 with a bang, [...]

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‘Rock Of Ages’ a dramatic, yet comical show

Reviewed by Michael Basirico Times-News correspondent     DURHAM — The national touring production of “Rock Of Ages,” which stopped at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) on Feb. 22, is similar to the 2012 film.    It is a dramatic, yet comical depiction of how life was in Los Angeles in the 1970s and ’80s [...]

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