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The Temperature at Which Books Burn

| November 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Temperature at Which Books Burn

Heat. Red flame. The smell of kerosene and ink. This is book burning, a tactic of control and suppression that has been used since the birth of human civilization. It is the ultimate attack on freedom of thought and the right to publicly dissent. Even more dangerous, it allows those in power to shape (and […]

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Bringing Women to the Forefront

| October 31, 2017 | 1 Comment
Bringing Women to the Forefront

In sixth grade, we spent three weeks learning about the myths of Ancient Greece. They were typically stories of powerful demigods fighting fate, monsters and sometimes the gods themselves. They were stories like that of Herakles, the son of Zeus, and his twelve labors and the story of Jason and his quest to find the […]

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Magic Comes to the Queen City

| October 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
Magic Comes to the Queen City

The people who entered the auditorium were mainly comprised of three different groups. The first, middle-aged and elderly couples in suits and dresses, the typical symphony attire. The second group was made of families in casual t-shirts and jeans. You see this every once in awhile, especially at more kid-friendly events. The third? People in […]

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From Iowa to North Carolina

| October 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
From Iowa to North Carolina

The stage is empty. On it stands a sole actress in a basic brown dress. The music begins and she sings the story of how she traveled from Italy to Iowa, through big towns and open plains. Around her, townspeople begin to carry in set pieces. Some fencing. A kitchen sink. Stairs. As she sings […]

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Let’s Have a Conversation

| October 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
Let’s Have a Conversation

I first noticed the helicopter as I was walking back from my night class. Being both new and female on campus, I wasn’t all that comfortable walking alone and the searchlight from the helicopter wasn’t exactly helping matters. I eventually made it back to my dorm, assumed there’d simply been a crime or police search, […]

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Seasons of Love

| October 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Seasons of Love

I have a confession to make. Despite the fact I have been a fan of theater for the past 19 years of my life, I have never seen the musical “Rent.” I’ve never seen the movie or even listened to the cast album all the way through. For a long time, this was not intentional. […]

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Tricks of the Trade

| April 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
Tricks of the Trade

Photos by Pooja Pasupula. The “trickster” archetype is prevalent in most cultures around the world. There is Loki from Norse mythology and Hermes from the Greeks. The stories of Robin Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk contain popular European tricksters. UNCC’s Department of Theater chose to explore this concept with their newest production, “Trickster,” which […]

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Life’s Imitation of Art: ‘La Bohème’

| April 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
Life’s Imitation of Art: ‘La Bohème’

Hickory Ridge High School might be one of the saddest places I have ever been.  It doesn’t have nearly enough windows to suit its size; its labyrinthine parking lot is nearly impossible to navigate; and the inside is dull and lifeless. What the school does have, however, is friendly people and an enthusiastic arts program. This may […]

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Open Mic Night Done Right

| March 19, 2017 | 0 Comments
Open Mic Night Done Right

Photos by Pooja Pasupula In my sophomore year of high school, my teacher decided to show us a video of the spoken word poet Sarah Kay. It was her TED talk, a video I’ve since watched dozens of times. She spoke confidently, with both passion and rhythm. I was in absolute awe. It was a […]

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The Power of Lies

| February 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Power of Lies

The stage was littered with simple 20th century furniture, the perfect replica of a classroom. However, the most important and imposing part of the set was spelled out. Literally. Large wallpapered letters spelled the word “MERCY” across the stage. Most of the time, they blended into the background, acting as walls for the set. However, […]

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Female Empowerment Showcased at “Tales From Down There”

| February 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
Female Empowerment Showcased at “Tales From Down There”

I walked into the Cone building and was immediately greeted by a giant vagina made of felt and craft supplies. People were using it as a background for pictures, the kind that would definitely go on Instagram later. There were also tables surrounding the entrance to McKnight Hall, representing a variety of different organizations, from […]

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‘Of Ebony Embers’: A Harmonious and Heartfelt Portrayal of a Past Forgotten

| February 15, 2017 | 0 Comments
‘Of Ebony Embers’: A Harmonious and Heartfelt Portrayal of a Past Forgotten

A dim of the lights, a whip of a snare drum, the eerie strum of a cello. On stage, a single man takes the form of many; inhabits the psyche of an artist, a poet, a dreamer, a legend. Even with your eyes shut, you could still capture the same essence of the performance spilling […]

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Taking a Step out of Africa and into Charlotte

| January 22, 2017 | 0 Comments
Taking a Step out of Africa and into Charlotte

Photos by Pooja Pasupula. From the first moments of Step Afrika!’s Saturday night performance in the Popp-Martin Student Union, the troupe’s best assets were apparent: Their synchronization is airtight, their sense of rhythm is fail safe, their energy is unmatched, and they’ve got a likable, mischievous sense of humor.  But it’s only after seeing their performance in its […]

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Geeking out with “She Kills Monsters”

| November 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Geeking out with “She Kills Monsters”

“Monsters” follows the story of Agnes Evan’s “Dungeons and Dragons” quest to know her dead younger sister Tilly Evans. A model like Dark Elf, a sexy Demon Princess are a part of Tilly’s sick ass “D&D” squad which were dressed to a teenage boy’s wet dream. “Monster’s” had a lot of stage combat but because […]

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