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Renovated Baldwin Auditorium to host gala

(09/04/13 1:55am)

On September 14, the Duke and Durham community will have an opportunity to see the renovated Baldwin Auditorium in its full musical force for the first time at the Inaugural Gala Concert. Current upperclassmen all remember the beautiful Georgian building at the end of the East Campus quad, with its iconic Jeffersonian Dome—meant to be scaled before graduation—and how it was always closed for renovation, yet no changes were ever made to the outside. After two years and $15 million, Baldwin has opened its doors once again and is equipped with state-of-the-art features for the musical performances Duke will be hosting throughout the year.

CAM Raleigh showcases women's art

(09/27/12 8:22am)

On a surface level, the works in CAM Raleigh’s new exhibition, Girl Talk: Women and Text, are neither immediately “beautiful” nor overtly avant-garde—they seem almost too easy to understand. Their veiled simplicity captures the very nature of “girl talk”: an interaction between women that, from a distance, seems to consist of gossip or superficial topics, but is actually nuanced, heartfelt and cathartic. It’s only after leaving the museum that Girl Talk comes alive; its importance lies not within the viewer’s immediate perception of the artwork, but rather in the lingering afterthoughts it inspires.

Music Review: The xx

(09/13/12 7:49am)

Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft have always exuded a strange friendship and sexual chemistry. It’s twisted, almost incestuous. Most modern duets feel so forced, so fakely sexual, so disingenuous (case in point: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw). In their interviews and music videos the two singers of The xx behave like siblings, without tension or self-awareness, and yet they somehow make us believe that they’re in love.

ADF finds permanent home in Durham

(09/06/12 8:49am)

For eighty years, the American Dance Festival (ADF) has been hosting dozens of premier international dance troupes and trained hundreds of the nation’s rising dancers. For the past 36 years, ADF has been hosting its classes and events in Durham, becoming a cultural and artistic asset in the surrounding community. And yet, ADF has never had its own space to use for classes, showcases or training—that is, until now.

Laura Poitras to participate in Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visiting Filmmaker Series

(09/04/12 9:15am)

With her nominations for an Oscar, Independent Spirit Award and an Emmy Award, as well as her Peabody and Sundance Film Festival award, it’s clear that Laura Poitras is an exceptional documentary filmmaker. As such, she was chosen to take part in Duke University’s Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visiting Filmmaker Series to visit campus for two days this fall.