Victor Lewis

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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Flavor of the Week: Cholanad

Tucked neatly next to the familiar college town staple “Mellow Mushroom” on Franklin Street is “Cholanad,” a gem of a South Indian restaurant that’s been faithfully proving Chapel Hill with slightly upscale Indian fare for six years and counting. “Franklin Street has a large walking crowd,” said Mathivanan Pothiappan, “Mathi” for short, the owner and manager of Cholanad. “When you open this restaurant somewhere else, even if you have a quality product, you don’t have a walk-in customers. The location is very important for people to come in and taste something different.” Walks-ins certainly are welcome, and even encouraged....

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Essentials: “S.” J.J. Abrams’ Mystery Book

What do you get when J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst decide to write a book together? A head-spinning investigative piece of interactive literary art. For those familiar with unreliable narrators, loose ends and looser interpretations, “S.” has all the hidden-narrative goodies you already expect from the man behind “Lost.” In fact, there’s plenty of similarities to be drawn between “S.” and J.J. Abrams’ body of work. Questions of identity (“Alias”), shades of existentialism (“Lost”) and the blending of genres (“Super 8,” “Cloverfield,” “Star Trek”) all help lend the book a sense of gravity. Abrams’ fascination with found-object storytelling is...

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New Lunch Restaurant Coming to Carrboro

Inspired by traditional home cooking and focused on the kind of inspiration that only seasonal dishes and daily cravings can provide, the soon-to-be-open Mel’s Commissary and Luncheonette promises to be a worthy addition to Carrboro’s already prestigious restaurant offerings. The restaurant is the next project of the local power couple behind the locally famous and award-winning Al’s Burger Shack, Melody and Al Bowers. Mel’s will open its doors and start serving up seasonal Southern comfort food in March, on West Main Street in Downtown Carrboro. “In many ways, Mel’s is a tribute to Mama and all the female Southern...

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UNC Student Named Churchill Scholar

Set up at the request of Sir Winston Churchill, the Churchill scholarship helps to fulfill the famous Prime Minister’s vision of a US-UK scientific exchange that promotes the advancement of science and technology on both sides of the pond. This year, for the third year in a row, a UNC Student has been awarded the Churchill. Benjamin Kompa – a 22-year-old, fourth-year student at UNC – has been named a recipient of the prestigious award. One of only 15 selected, Kompa plans to graduate this May with a double major in mathematics and computational science, as well as a...

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Duke University Receives Record Number of Applications

Only five percent of applicants to Duke University are expected to be accepted for admission this year, with an expected first-year class of slightly more than 1,700 students and a record-breaking 34,400 applications received. “We’ve been increasing the visibility of our programs for low-income and first-generation students, and people are paying attention,” said Christoph Guttentag, Duke’s dean of undergraduate admissions when discussing the nearly seven percent increase in admission applications. A recent partnership with QuestBridge, a non-profit organization that helps to connect low-income students who show academic promise with high-profile and selective universities, has helped to boost Duke’s applications...

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Pass the Pigs!

Have you ever seen a “leaning jowler?” What about a “double razorback?” For those familiar with the game “Pass the Pigs,” those lucky positions represent 15 and 20 points, respectively. “Pass the Pigs” is a whimsical take on the classic dice game “Pig” that features asymmetrical dice in the form of model pigs. On Sunday, January 29, City Barbeque in Durham will be hosting a “Pass the Pigs” competition to benefit local food banks with the help of Food Rescue, an organization that helps to connect food banks and those who wish to support them. “Our work at Food...

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