If productions staged inside the planned GSO performing arts center turn out to be as entertaining as last night's pass-the-popcorn City Council meeting, the place is not going lack for business. Drama, comedy, mystery, star turns...
The envelopes, please:
- Our Town award: Greensboro, which gets a great new performing arts center to replace its superannuated public facility, and a huge boost for its rejuvenated downtown as well.
- Small-d democracy award: The people's PAC. Criticized as an elitist endeavor, our music hall is designed to be inclusive of the local arts community to an extent undreamt of by those swells down the road in Durham...and also will support the arts thanks to the $1 ticket surcharge dedicated to that purpose.
- Ringmaster award: Nancy Vaughan, who kept things moving (for the most part) as the project that will define her legacy sailed toward approval.
- Best mystery: Who is Mike Barber's secret downtown investor? (Bonus Barberism: The Alice-in-Chains-citing, concept-of-risk-slowslpaining councilman said TriQuint is the acquiring company in the RFMD deal, which is contrary to every published report I've seen. What does he know that we don't?)
- Taking one for the team award: Zack Matheny. His command of the facts, particularly about DPAC funding, was impressive, but it's hard to see how coming out swinging in support of a big public project is going to play well in his GOP congressional primary.
- When you've got a hammer, everything looks like a nail award: Tony Wilkins, who whacked that "blank check" line until he got blisters.
- Closed in Previews award: GSO's conspiracy-mongering bloggers, who raged against the PAC for months but failed to get opponents to the meeting, much less influence the proceedings to any noticeable degree. Nice comic touch when Hartzman suggested the Community Foundation might get bought by a for-profit entity, though.
- Behind-the-scenes mastery award: Kathy Manning, who spoke early, briefly, and effectively, then let her work speak for itself.
- Best cameo appearance: Oh, hi, Jamal, have you been here the whole time?
- Equus award: Walker Sanders, for performing while hoarse.
- Banquo's ghost award: Robbie Perkins, for revenge from beyond the political grave.