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Out and About: Two New Brew Venues

Out and About: Two New Brew Venues

Fall’s arrival has brought Greenville’s beer and pub fans some good news: the opening of two new venues in our area. Both Tapped and Dickinson Avenue Public House offer modern and welcoming atmospheres for socializing, with a full selection of craft beers. To learn more, we asked the folks behind these new ventures how their concepts […]


Local Author Writes the Hidden into Being: A Profile of Micah Harris

Heaven's War. Harris and Gaydos.

by Spencer Bennington Guardian contributor Typically when you ask a writer to relay his or her single greatest accomplishment, it has something to do with a beautifully conceived line, a prestigious award, or perhaps their first publication. But for local author Micah Harris, it was making a little girl cry. “To be fair,” Harris explained, […]


Greenville’s Own Film Fest: An Interview with the Founder

Photo source: Tommy Faircloth

by Lisa Ellison Guardian editor When I heard that Tipsy Teapot at Limelight was hosting their first TeaDance Gay and Lesbian Film Festival this fall, I sent off an email to find out more. “Whoever is in charge” turned out to be Tommy Faircloth, a writer and director from Columbia, SC. In our email interview, […]


Darkenwald’s Quantum: Dancing the Unseen

Photo by John Dixon.

by Spencer Bennington Guardian contributor Take a look around you. What do you see? Tables? Chairs? A picture on the wall? Look closer. Can you feel it? Within each of these seemingly inanimate objects, on a smaller scale than the human eye can see, units of energy simmer and swirl beneath the surface. Luckily for […]


The Art of Dance at ECU

ECU dancer Nichesa Jones, pictured above, was one of 13 selected as a cast member for the ECU performance of “Standing in Tears," set for March as part of the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series. Credit: ECU News Services, Oct. 16, 2014.

by Lisa Ellison Guardian editor As I do many years, I attended East Carolina University’s College of Theater and Dance’s annual concert, Dance 2015 (that’s not it’s name every year, of course), in early February. As is often the case, I was struck by the excellent work happening there. The best pieces were fully-formed creative […]


Solving a Music Mystery

Actual fragment from Tchaicovsky's "Swan Lake."

by Lisa Ellison Editor Nearly a week ago, my sister Denise Cerniglia, a ballet teacher and choreographer in Holly Springs, NC, told me she’d started choreographing a ballet to music she didn’t have. “I mean,” she elaborated, “I’ve already started teaching the dance, whistling the music. I’ve been whistling it for everyone I know, and have […]


Recommended Read: Virginia Woolf

Recommended Read: Virginia Woolf

by Lisa Ellison Editor Seven (and last) in a series highlighting the books our contributing and guest writers most enjoyed reading in 2014. Thanks to a colleague who asked me to read a few of her books, I’ve been on a Virginia Woolf kick lately. My favorite of all was Mrs. Dalloway (Hogarth Press, 1925). […]


Recommended Read: Chicago History, Politics and Media

Recommended Read: Chicago History, Politics and Media

By Sidney Moseley Guardian Contributor Six in a series highlighting the books our contributing and guest writers most enjoyed reading in 2014. I’d like to recommend two small books by a pair of Chicago natives. Chicago has always served as a microcosm of American politics in general despite its unique status as a major metropolitan city. […]


Recommended Reads: Imaginative Fiction to Inspire Creativity

Recommended Reads: Imaginative Fiction to Inspire Creativity

By Jennifer Johnson Guardian Reviewer Five in a series highlighting the books our contributing and guest writers most enjoyed reading in 2014. Mark Haddon’s original and humorous novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Doubleday, 2003), is a unique murder mystery of sorts, narrated by the quirky Christopher Boone, an academically gifted […]


Recommended Read: Motivation for the New Year

Recommended Read: Motivation for the New Year

By Kimberly Smith Lukhard Guardian Guest Four in a series highlighting the books our contributing and guest writers most enjoyed reading in 2014. The decision to become an entrepreneur is an easy one — at first, until you look to your friends and family for support and are left with “get a real job” ringing […]


Recommended Reads: A Boy’s Adventure Story, American History and N.C. Politics

Front cover of With Lee in Virginia. A Story of the American Civil War, by G. A. Hently - A. L. Burt, Publisher.

By Vince Bellis Contributor Three in a series highlighting the books our contributing and guest writers most enjoyed reading in 2014. I read a fiction book every two or three years. My background is science and engineering. I am not a literary person. One book I read in the past year was With Lee In Virginia, a boy’s adventure […]


Recommended Read: Small Person Does Great Things in Big, Tall World

Cover of "The Hobbit," 1937 George Allen & Unwin; First Impression original dust jacket, First UK Edition.

By Aaron Lucier Guardian Guest Two in a series highlighting the books our contributing and guest writers most enjoyed reading in 2014. As the final film of the mega-movie trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, hits theaters this holiday season, I encourage people to read the book to gain more insight into the films […]


Recommended Read: America’s Eleven Nations

Recommended Read: America’s Eleven Nations

by Anthony Noel Contributing Writer One in a series highlighting the books our contributing and guest writers most enjoyed reading in 2014. American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America Colin Woodard Penguin Group, 2011 Employer-paid contraception. Gay marriage. The militarization of police departments. Abortion. Labor unions. Marijuana legalization. The […]


MAC’s Holiday Variety Show Spans Cynical to Joyful Cheer

MAC’s Holiday Variety Show Spans Cynical to Joyful Cheer

by Jennifer Johnson Reviewer Magnolia Arts Center ‘s Christmas variety show, Santaland Diaries and Holiday Follies, is cynical yet charming.  Musical acts, comedic monologues and amusing skits punctuate Raleigh humorist David Sedaris’ SantaLand Diaries in which a man in desperate need of a job accepts the demeaning position of a department store elf during the holidays, complete with humiliating red and […]


Beautiful Masks: MAC presents Picnic

Beautiful Masks: MAC presents Picnic

by Jennifer Johnson Picnic is an award-winning romantic drama by William Inge from the early 1950’s, presented by Magnolia Arts Center and directed by Chip Galusha. Challenging social expectations, sexism, the loss of youth and the definitions of beauty, Picnic opens our own lives up for questioning in this initially simple yet multi-layered play. The […]


Ousted NYT Editor Addresses Wake Grads

Ousted NYT Editor Addresses Wake Grads

By Justin Catanoso Special to The Greenville Guardian WINSTON-SALEM, May 19, 2014 — Without a trace of rancor or bitterness, Jill Abramson, the recently deposed executive editor of The New York Times, offered graduates of Wake Forest University on Monday morning a message that is highly uncommon among powerful and accomplished commencement speakers: she’s just […]


Internationally Acclaimed Novelist to Visit Greenville

Free and open to the public.

by Lisa Ellison Editor Edit March 31: Sad news has reached us that Adichie has cancelled her engagement citing “nervous exhaustion.” The event will not be rescheduled.  On Wednesday, April 2, Nigerian-born author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be in Greenville as part of the ECU Contemporary Writers Series. Selected as a 2008 MacArthur Fellow for […]


“Too cha cha for words:” MAC’s “Steel Magnolias”

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by Jennifer Johnson, Reviewer Directed by Kevin Lee, Magnolia Arts Center presents Steel Magnolias, a heartwarming and hilarious southern story well known on the big screen as well as the stage.  The character-driven play written by Robert Harling, is full of inventive southern witticism and beauty of the human spirit. The small, all-female cast deals with […]


Moscow on the Tar

Photo by Vince Bellis.

By Vince Bellis and Lisa Ellison Scroll down for new information. On January 14, Vince Bellis noticed something on a walk along the Town Common promenade: a golden heart-shaped lock with names inscribed. Bellis informed the Guardian, “this is a marriage custom currently in vogue in Russia. Newlyweds pledge their everlasting love by locking a […]


Sometimes Nature Stinks

Columned Stinkhorn on East Wright Road. Note ‘raw meat’ color of spongy body and brown remains of spore mass inside ring at top. Photo: VJB

by Vince Bellis “Gross! There’s something dead in the yard. I can smell it from the door.” After several minutes of failed searching for a mangled furry body with my eyes, I switch to ‘follow your nose.’ This search reveals only an orange ‘thing’ emerging from the mulch. The culprit: Clathrus columnatus Bosc, A.K.A. the […]


“Freedom is Life, Not Money:” MAC’s “A Raisin in the Sun”

“Freedom is Life, Not Money:” MAC’s “A Raisin in the Sun”

By Jennifer Johnson A crowded, sunlight-deprived low-income apartment in Chicago’s South Side is the setting for Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play, A Raisin the the Sun in which a death gives the Youngers, a struggling African American family, conflicting dreams of a better life. Directed by Janice V. Schreiber, and presented by the Magnolia Arts Center, […]


West Greenville, Home to Superb Baroque Music: The Music House

West Greenville, Home to Superb Baroque Music: The Music House

By Thomas Herron Venture a few yards west of S. Pitt St. in Greenville and you’ll find a cultural treasure: The Music House at 408 W. 5th St, home of ECU professor of music John Bibby O’Brien. Prof. O’Brien has restored the giant old Victorian house, built by Jesse Moye in 1901-04, into a period […]


And They Were Never Hungry Again: MAC’s “Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell”

And They Were Never Hungry Again: MAC’s “Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell”

by Jennifer Johnson Produced and directed by Andrea Croskery, Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell, written by Duke Ernsberger and Virginia Cate, is loosely based on the collaboration between Gone with the Wind producer David Selznick (Joseph Horst), director Victor Fleming (Rick Croskery), and writer Ben Hecht (George Crowl) during the week they spent locked […]


Alliterative Academics Assemble

Alliterative Academics Assemble

by Lisa Wilbourne Last night, May 31, seven faculty members from ECU’s English department participated in the first Pirate Prof Pack–a group of creative writers interested in reading their work publicly. The twenty or so people gathered in the performance area of the Tipsy Teapot heard a variety of styles from verbal snapshots: poetry not […]


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