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Apr 09, 2009

Durham Performing Arts Center - Backstage Autographs

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Above, one of the backstage walls at the Durham Performing Arts Center. 

A first few autographs are up on walls that will lose much of their white space as the years and performances accumulate.  At right, it looks like Bill Cosby signed once with a not-so-hot pen before trying again with another.  The legendary Topol signed somewhere at left, and Harry Connick, Jr. did his number in between.

On another wall, I was charmed to see a big set of Durham schoolkid signatures just a few feet from an autographed (and plexiglass-protected) poster from Rent.

I enjoyed tonight's backstage access courtesy of the folks at 30Threads who organized a great blogger's bash, and the Durham Performing Arts Center who graciously hosted (with a fantastic dinner on stage, no less).

On our tour, the DPAC marketing director shared a remarkable tidbit: ticket-holders are allowed to bring their drinks and snacks into the beautiful auditorium, which has remained unsullied due to the respectful nature of guests so far.  Like I said: remarkable.

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I'm so glad we were able to connect again at the bash. Thanks for coming out and THANKS for posting this picture. I was so busy hanging out with everyone that I didn't get to really go backstage and see all these autographs. I'm disappointed b/c this is the type of thing I love. I'm so glad you shared this aspect of the tour ... at least I didn't miss out completely.

Posted by: GinnySkal | Apr 10, 2009 12:34:03 AM

Perhaps I should have gone on that tour after all...oh, well. Great to meet you last night! Becca, aka The Gourmez aka I like to eat.

Posted by: becca gomez farrell | Apr 10, 2009 3:55:08 PM

You have to love the freedom to bring drinks and snacks and be treated like a grownup!

Posted by: Lisa | Apr 12, 2009 4:18:04 PM

Phil - I was going to the bash but got derailed by one of my teenage daughters who needed homework assistance. It looked like a lot of fun. I saw your photo from the bash at eronel.blogspot.com.

Posted by: david watts | Apr 13, 2009 1:18:58 PM