Interview with Filmmaker John Waters (HAIRSPRAY, PINK FLAMINGOS)

SEPTEMBER 19, 2007 John Waters on the mainstreaming of gay culture BY ZACK SMITH John Waters, shocking audiences since 1964’s Hag in a Black Leather Jacket Photo courtesy of Admire Entertainment After decades of notoriety, can anyone be shocked by John Waters anymore? Probably not: This year has been very good to the one-time underground […]

Carolina Theatre Controversy

Carolina Theatre hosts anti-gay performance Venue’s rental policy protects free speech BY ZACK SMITH Given that next weekend is N.C. Pride, and that the Carolina Theatre chose the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival as the occasion for reopening after a summer-long renovation project, it’s ironic the theater will host a show that suggests […]


MEETING THE DOCTOR WITH STEVE GERBER: TALKING DC’S DR. FATE by Zack Smith Since the 1970s, Steve Gerber has been one of the most original and offbeat writers in comic books. Gerber’s subversive, existential works range from groundbreaking runs on The Defenders and Man-Thing to such original creations as the recent Hard Time for DC/Paradox. […]

Fall Programming at UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State University

Ambitious live arts programming at UNC and N.C. State Teachers and students BY ZACK SMITH Emil Kang, director of Carolina Performing Arts, looks forward to a season that includes Al Green and Caetano Veloso. Photo by Jeremy M. Lange UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University are both attempting to broaden their performance horizons with their […]

Christina Askounis (THE DREAM OF THE STONE)

Christina Askounis BY ZACK SMITH Christina Askounis’ track record includes a Peabody Award-winning TV series on the environment and 20 years of teaching writing at Duke. And now, her science-fiction novel The Dream of the Stone is poised to become a hit—14 years after it was originally published. Full story here.

ChrisCross on MIDNIGHTER and More

CATCHING UP WITH CHRISCROSS by Zack SmithChrisCross (aka Chris Williams) has earned a loyal fan following from his work on such books as Captain Marvel, Slingers, Blood Syndicate and most recently, Firestorm. His work has also earned raves from the writers he’s collaborated with – Christopher Priest has a page on his web site calling […]