Victor Lewis

A Blue-Blooded Birthday Gift

Emotions runs high when the Carolina faces off against Duke. Whenever the oldest – and arguably best – rivalry in college basketball heats up, there’s always someone fanning the flames. The yelling doesn’t stop until the buzzer sounds, and the trash talk seemingly never ends. Snagging a ticket to see this annual clash of titans is no small feat. Demand is high, from both sides of the rivalry, and seats are hard to come by even for students. Those looking to buy such coveted tickets outright should be prepared to pay in the hundreds, or even thousands. While the...

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Chapel Hill Forecasts Wave of Wintry Weather

In planning for the coming weekend, Chapel Hill residents should be prepared for rapidly dropping temperatures and a considerable chance of snow and freezing rain. In a surprising shift, seeing as Chapel Hill’s high temperatures over the past weeks have hovered around highs in the mid-sixties and lows in the mid-to-high forties, temperatures tomorrow are expected to plummet below freezing over the course of Friday and Saturday. The chance of precipitation currently stands at 90 percent for Friday and 60 percent for Saturday according to local forecasts, with potential precipitation currently projected around two to three inches total. With...

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Purple State, Purple Beer

How can you help fight gerrymandering in North Carolina? Oddly enough, by drinking purple beer. The process of drawing the lines that define voting districts is complex, requiring attention to demographics and detail in order to balance representation in our government. Sometimes, though, creative redistricting practices can lead to districts that include and exclude voters with a specific goal in mind. This is called “gerrymandering,” and can be fought by constituents contacting representatives, making their voice heard, protesting and – thanks to a partnership between Fullsteam Brewery and Common Cause NC – drinking the “Purple State” fruited saison. Fullsteam’s...

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Thirsty Thursday: “Hanging Rock” Manhattan

Autumn means oranges and reds, leaves falling alongside temperatures, bonfires and flannel. The change of seasons necessitates not just a change in wardrobe and outdoor activities, but also in food and drink. Rich flavors dominate as colder temperatures called to our ancestors to consume more calories in order to better survive the oncoming winter. Tables at Thanksgiving are a perfect cross-section of the season: braised and roasted dishes, heavy cream on top of decadent desserts, late-harvested vegetables and slow-cooked specialties. Fall signals the start of celebration season, and celebrations mean cocktails. Whiskey is a quintessential fall drink. Wooded, biting,...

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Salt & Smoke: A Travelling Tradition

In the fifth annual iteration of a festival destined to become a local legend, Chef Kevin Callaghan – of Acme Food & Beverage Co. – pulled out all the stops to create an afternoon of food and fun at Rock Quarry Farm this past weekend. “Salt & Smoke is about all these rich traditions of the South turned into a singular celebration,” said Callaghan. “Think of it as your notion of a perfect autumn day. Then multiply that by 10.” The bonfire is a quintessential part of fall in North Carolina, so naturally Salt & Smoke grew out of...

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Thirsty Thursday: Bell’s Brewery & Southern Season

In North Carolina, autumn can sometimes look a lot like summer, with hot sunny days existing side-by-side with frosty mornings. Bell’s Oberon Ale serves as a refreshing reminder of those hotter months – leaving behind all the seasonal spices and dark, heavy beers that mark the colder times ahead in favor of crisp, simple flavor. Of course, pumpkin beers and spiced brews have a special place in our seasonal beverage hearts, and a good porter is a fantastic choice for quaffing in summer months. There’s a lot to be said for a beer that’s simply a beer, however. With...

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Price Drops on Still-Unpurchased Edwards Estate

With nine bedrooms, over a hundred acres of land and ten full bathrooms to perfectly coif your hair in, the Edwards estate is the stuff of dreams for North Carolina homeowners. If it ever gets sold, that is. Lucky for folks in a high tax bracket and looking for a relative bargain, the price of the 26,000 square foot home just dropped to $5.9 million, a cool million lower than the original asking price. Former Democratic senator and presidential candidate John Edwards built the home with his late wife and moved into the gated property with his family in...

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One World: Remembering Jesse Kalisher

Friday, October 13, has been officially declared as “Jesse Kalisher Day” by Mayor Lavelle, as a way to honor a man, his accomplishments and his contribution to the Carrboro community. Kalisher was a noted photographer with work hanging in prominent galleries and exhibits around the world, including the Louve, Smithsonian and George Eastman Museum. Kalisher’s photographic style was firmly rooted in observation, of allowing viewers to experience the world his camera captured in its purest, most truthful form. He was quoted as seeing his camera as “a vehicle for capturing what actually exists in life,” and his work as...

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Curds & Crafts: A Match Made in Hillsborough

The words “wine and cheese” don’t just reference food, they conjure images of a certain set of people, of high-class gatherings full of sophisticated palates sampling specially designed pairings. Beer and cheese, however, have other ideas attached to them. Crowded pubs and pool halls, dips and spreads and guilty pleasures. That said, the case for beer as the superior choice for accompanying cheese is easily made – and Hillsborough’s third annual “Curds & Crafts” event proved that particular point in spectacular fashion. Held at the Cloth Mill in Hillsborough, close by the Eno River, this year’s Curds & Crafts...

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