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TABLE Celebrates its 5th Birthday

TABLE celebrated its 5th birthday with children of the South Estes Family Resource Center with a delicious and healthy carrot cake — made with carrots, whole grain flower, white flour and cream cheese icing. TABLE is a nonprofit providing hunger relief to at-risk kids in the Chapel Hill Carrboro area. They will be celebrating their birthday with a community event next month and you can find out all about it, plus what this great organization does for our community, at their website.      Photography by Lillie...

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Fred Applegate Speaks on DPACs "Anything Goes"

Fred Applegate – starring as Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin, in the upcoming performance of Anything Goes at the Durham Performing Arts Center – took a moment to speak with Ron Stutts of 97.9FM WCHL. Anything Goes runs from March 19-24 at DPAC.   Tell us about Anything Goes. What can people expect? “Well people can expect a really good time,” Applegate says. “It’s Cole Porter music. It’s amazing how many songs from this show you’re going to think you knew before you were born. People think it’s a jukebox musical because all of the songs are so famous and such a part of our culture. There’s a lot of tap dancing, some good comedy, some mistaken identities, and some mixed-up romances, and it all gets solved on a five day cruise from New York to London.” Winner of three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography, this production of Anything Goes is sure to astound audiences. The New York Times calls it “MUSICAL-COMEDY JOY” and USA TODAY hails it as “GLORIOUS and EXHUBERANT!” Anything Goes follows the story of two unlikely couples on a cruise from New York to London. With the help of some singing sailors, clever disguises, Public Enemy #13 (Applegate’s character), and an evangelist turned nightclub singer, Anything Goes proves that sometimes love needs a little push to come out on top. Top...

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Fred Applegate Speaks on DPACs "Anything Goes"

Fred Applegate – starring as Public Enemy #13, Moonface Martin, in the upcoming performance of Anything Goes at the Durham Performing Arts Center – took a moment to speak with Ron Stutts of 97.9FM WCHL. Anything Goes runs from March 19-24 at DPAC.   Tell us about Anything Goes. What can people expect? “Well people can expect a really good time,” Applegate says. “It’s Cole Porter music. It’s amazing how many songs from this show you’re going to think you knew before you were born. People think it’s a jukebox musical because all of the songs are so famous and such a part of our culture. There’s a lot of tap dancing, some good comedy, some mistaken identities, and some mixed-up romances, and it all gets solved on a five day cruise from New York to London.” Winner of three 2011 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography, this production of Anything Goes is sure to astound audiences. The New York Times calls it “MUSICAL-COMEDY JOY” and USA TODAY hails it as “GLORIOUS and EXHUBERANT!” Anything Goes follows the story of two unlikely couples on a cruise from New York to London. With the help of some singing sailors, clever disguises, Public Enemy #13 (Applegate’s character), and an evangelist turned nightclub singer, Anything Goes proves that sometimes love needs a little push to come out on top. Top...

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Rain: A Beatles Tribute

The Beatles are supposed to be the kind of band that comes once in a generation. (At least that’s how my “Intro to Rock” professor at UNC described them.) The band brought an entirely new sound to the US, ushering in the British Invasion and Beatlemania. They dominated the charts for nearly a decade. However, I think the Beatles are better described as a band that spans generations. How many other artists transformed music in such a dramatic way? How many other bands have inspired musicals, movies (I adore Across the Universe), and even a show by Cirque du Soleil? How many are loved just as much by the youngest generations as they are by the generations who experienced their live concerts? Simple answer: none. RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles which is returning to Durham for a second time. From what I’ve gathered, if you never saw a Beatles performance, this is about as close as you’ll get to seeing a live concert nowadays, over forty years since the band called it quits. The RAIN band recreates history by performing the Beatles’ music in the style and dress of the Beatles. For those few who saw a Beatles live concert, it’s sure to bring back memories; for others, it’s the exciting opportunity to experience the nearest thing to a Beatles concert for the first time. For a taste,...

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March Short List Winners — The Best Place to Watch March Madness

The votes are in and it’s official, the winner of February’s Chapelboro.com Short List for “The Best Place to watch March Madness” in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area is Tobacco Road Sports Cafe! Chef, local, fresh-never-frozen, scratch-kitchen — not exactly characterizations you’re used to hearing about a sports bar. Unless, of course, you’re going to Tobacco Road Sports Cafe. With their newest location in Chapel Hill (to go along with fellow restaurants in Durham and Raleigh), Tobacco Road brings fresh, gourmet cooking to a crisp sports bar setting. The kitchen even provides an online list of the local farms and vendors they use for their produce! Foodie’s will love the Lamb Gorditas, the Orrechiete Pasta, or the Country Fizzle Chicken. And the always-unique side dishes include Tobacco Onions, Ranch Style Beans, Sweet Potato Mash, Southern Caviar, Hoppin’ John and Tomato Basil Salad. Of course, Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available as well. Naturally, it’s called a “sports” cafe for a reason, and it’s no surprise Tobacco Road won the Chapelboro Short List for March 2013 as the Best Place to Watch March Madness. “Infinite Sports” is their mantra and you can catch any big game or sporting event on one of their many flat screen HDTVs. There are even two different patios with one sporting a 100-inch projection screen outside. Check out some March Madness at Tobacco Road while you still...

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DPAC's Lord of the Dance

Dancing has never been my forte. For me, just being able to sway to the beat could be considered an accomplishment. So naturally, I’m amazed by anyone who can not only dance, but is so good they can entertain other people! With that in mind, the Durham Performing Arts Center’s Lord of the Dance created by Michael Flatley is poised to blow everyone away, even if you’re not a good dancer yourself. Lord of the Dance brings together all of the Irish dance, music and folklore that made Flatley so famous for Riverdance — which we all know and love. But don’t take my word for it, you can check out a clip for yourself: As you can see, the LOTD performance is just as action packed and has the same non-stop energy you’d expect from a Flatley production. How can you not want to check that out? It’s a totally different experience in person! There’s an explosive vivacity you can’t simply can’t find through a TV screen. You have to see it and, of course, in person you can feel it. You can find all the info you need on how to see the show at DPAC’s Website. And enjoy the...

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Olivia Newton-John Is Coming To DPAC

For me, Olivia Newton-John has always been associated with one thing: the character Sandy from Grease. Call me uneducated, but I’ve never paid much attention to her career other than this single, stellar performance. Growing up, I was more interested in Brittany Spears than Sandy. Lately though, Olivia seems to be popping up everywhere I look. Over Christmas I saw her once again alongside John Travolta on Live with Kelly and Michael to promote their new Christmas CD, “This Christmas.” The CD will raise money for The Olivia Newton-John’s Cancer and Wellness Centre and the Jett Travolta Foundation (in honor of Travolta’s late son). I heard last week that the duo have decided to perform more songs together, adding to the CD each year. Apparently she’s made a few appearances on Glee as well. Then, I stumbled upon the most surprising piece of news: Newton-John is coming to DPAC in February (so close to home!). So, nosy and curious person that I am, I decided these many signs were telling me I needed to look Olivia up online and see what else she’s been getting into since her performance as Sandy. It turns out, Newton-John has been keeping extremely busy. For an extensive list, take a look at her website. For a summary read on. Olivia has battled and defeated breast cancer, and now she continues to fight it...

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Chapelboro's Short List!

  Plenty of sites and publications offer “best of” lists and top ten awards, but how many let YOU vote on the best businesses and locations around your town? After all, it is YOUR town. Who else is more qualified to choose? Chapelboro.com’s Short List is the monthly award decided entirely by the readers and residents in our community. On the first Tuesday of each month, we’ll announce a topic for that period (this month is “The Best Place For A Romantic Dinner”). For one week, users can submit the best places they think fit the award and send in as many as they like. On the second Tuesday of the month (February 11th this round) we’ll publish the top 10 places you picked, and users can vote on the best. On the final Tuesday of the month, we’ll publish the top five Short List winners that YOU picked! Check here for this month’s award, or sign up for our Chapelboro Insider’s Newsletter for all the information you’ll...

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February Short List Winners — The Best Place for a Romantic Dinner

The votes are in and it’s official, the winner of February’s Chapelboro.com Short List for “The Best Place for a Romantic Dinner” in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area is Glasshalfull! Located in Downtown Carrboro, Glasshalfull is a fabulous restaurant, wine bar and wine shop that’s perfect for any romantic occasion or night out. The ‘Kitchen’ serves delicious contemporary American cooking and an intriguing selection of wines from around the world can be found in the wine bar and wine shop. Owner’s Mick Maloney and Jim Wald take their wine list seriously, and it rotates constantly to keep things fresh. You can choose from over 25 selections while dining and almost always have the choice to sample any bottle. And if you so desire, the wine shop is always open for perusing during dining hours. Most selections are picked from small, family-owned estates throughout the world — ensuring the highest quality every time. Like any classic Carrboro restaurant, Glasshalfull stresses local and healthy ingredients for their Mediterranean-inspired American dishes — pairings and experimentation with the delicious food and fine wines makes any romantic outing a night to remember. If you want a great, and maybe even romantic, night out then stop by Glasshalfull in Carrboro! But you don’t have to take my word for it, because YOU voted on it! Visit Glasshalfull Also on the Short List Carolina Crossroads Carolina Crossroads is...

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