Victor Lewis

Carrboro Celebrates National Bike Month

Dust off those pedals and pump up those tires, because we’re well into the spring season and May is officially “Bike Month” in Carrboro and across the country. Established by the League of American Bicyclists in 1956, Bike Month is meant to celebrate the reliable and environmentally friendly form of transportation that is the bicycle. Whether it’s your preferred method of commuting, favorite way to make trips into town or just an enjoyable leisure activity, Bike Month in Carrboro will present a number of opportunities to get outside and ride. With local projects like The Recyclery and community leaders...

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Flavor(s) of the Week: Ponysaurus Brewery & East Durham Pie Company

219 Hood Street in Durham is a unique place. A nearby construction site surrounds what seems to be a dilapidated residential building, and a complex just up the block belonging to Durham’s department of public health still smells like fresh asphalt and looks like state funding. A small auto shop sits streetside, with limited parking and intimidating “towing enforced” signs to match. But there are cars in those spaces, cars lining either side of the street. There are people here, the dull roar of a small crowd just barely audible over noise from the highway. People come to this...

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Flavor of the Week: Cousins Maine Lobster

As wind rises and unexpected rain starts to drizzle out of mostly blue skies, Deb Keller jovially speaks with the people walking up to the Cousins Maine Lobster food truck parked in a Raleigh business center. As she cheerfully shoos customers to wait in their cars and out of the rain while carrying loose trays of food to waiting windows, it becomes clear that this isn’t just another franchise food truck. “We get our produce from the market or someplace local, depending on what we’re doing,” said Keller. “We’re very locally grounded. I’ve been here for 20 years. Our...

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Hometown Hero – Carolyn Walters

This week’s Hometown Hero is Carolyn Walters, co-founder of “100 Women Who Give a Hoot,” a local charitable organization that feels like a small-town social club but donates like a high-class fundraiser. “100 Women Who Give a Hoot” is a group of women, we’re over 250 now, women with big hearts and limited time,” said Walters. “What we do as an organization is we connect women who want to make a difference in the community, who want to give back in the community, with local organizations who need their support financially.” “100 Women Who Give a Hoot” is an...

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Playthrough’s New Game+

Raleigh’s Playthrough Gaming Conference was back for a second year with a vengeance this year in its “New Game+” iteration. “I knew I had to come back,” said con-goer and avid gamer Paul Kirkland. “Last year was pretty small, but it was a lot of fun … When you play with the same people for so long, it’s exciting to have new opponents.” The convention hosted areas dedicated to every form of gaming, from CRT televisions playing out Super Smash Bros. Melee matches to tabletops filled with miniatures battling out mathematically-driven conflicts. A two-day event taking place on Saturday...

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Stoney River Soft Opening Makes a Bang

A new addition to Chapel Hill, Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill is an offshoot of the noted restaurateurs in the J. Alexander Restaurant Group. Located in the seemingly endlessly-improving University Place, Stoney River officially opens its doors today, February 27, at 4 pm. For some lucky patrons, however, the kitchen opened a little early. In an invitation-only soft opening, the Chapel Hill location of Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill welcomed a full dinner crowd on Friday and Saturday night before the official opening on Monday. When the bill arrived at each table, it was with an additional surprise: the...

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Essentials: The LEGO Batman Movie

The LEGO Batman movie doesn’t have the advantage of being unexpectedly wonderful like its 2014 counterpart “The LEGO Movie,” but that doesn’t stop it from being completely, utterly spectacular. When audiences walked into “The LEGO Movie,” most were expecting a children’s movie that reflected current LEGO television and direct-to-video offerings. What moviegoers ended up with was a piece of pop-culture brilliance wrapped in tiny plastic bricks and featuring an engaging all-star voice cast. When “The LEGO Batman Movie” was announced, expectations were rightfully high. Luckily, LEGO Batman was ready to deliver. In a fast-paced movie that falls in line...

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