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Published: Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:01 -0500

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The Very Stable Genius™ Just Had Another Twitter Meltdown

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:55:00 -0500

(image) This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here.…



Why Does North Carolina Still Shackle Women Prisoners During Childbirth?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:47:00 -0500

(image) This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here.…



The INDY’s Daytona 500 Preview Spectacular, Part 1: Can Defending Monster Cup Champ Martin Truex Jr. Repeat?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:12:00 -0500

(image) Over of the past three weeks, the INDY'S resident NASCAR fanatic Mike V. has previewed his favorites to be this year's Cup Champion. On the occasion of this weekend's Great American Race, he makes his final pick and takes us on a sentimental journey with defending champion Martin Truex Jr. It's part 1 of the INDY's Daytona 500 Preview Spectacular! 

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Often he chokes back tears during his post-race interviews in Victory Lane.…



David Bazan Discusses The Beatles and the Next Chapter of Pedro the Lion, Roaring Again After a Decade of Quiet

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:30:00 -0500

(image) Like any longtime fan of pop music, David Bazan has experienced falling out of love with songs and bands that used to totally light his fire.…



The INDY’s Daytona 500 Preview Spectacular, Part 2: A Brief Chat with North Carolina’s Own Ryan Blaney

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:17:00 -0500

(image) Over of the past three weeks, the INDY'S resident NASCAR fanatic Mike V. has previewed his favorites to be this year's Cup Champion. On the occasion of this weekend's Great American Race, he had a brief chat with North Carolina's own star-in-the-making, Ryan Blaney. It's part 2 of the INDY's Daytona 500 Preview Spectacular! 

INDY: Talk to me about your roots in North Carolina.

Blaney: Well I was born in Ohio but moved to North Carolina when I was about four or five, when my dad started racing in NASCAR.…



Movie Review: Believe the Hype About Black Panther, an All-Time Great Superhero Saga

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:23:00 -0500

(image) Black Panther
★★★★★
Now playing


At first, I was worried about the direction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after it was acquired by Disney.…



Politicians and the Gun Lobby Want You to Think Parkland Is About Something Other Than Guns. Don’t Let Them.

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:26:00 -0500

(image) This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here.…



Wake County Commissioner Matt Calabria Will Seek Reelection Instead of Challenging Nelson Dollar for State House

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:00:00 -0500

(image) In December, Wake County Commissioner Matt Calabria announced that he would run for State House District 36, a seat currently occupied by Republican Nelson Dollar. But in light of a recent court decision that blocked new districts in Wake and Mecklenburg County, Calabria announced today that he has reconsidered.…



Locals Ashley Christensen, Vivian Howard, Sean Lilly Wilson, Cheetie Kumar, Gabe Barker, Brewery Bhavana Among Semifinalists for James Beard Awards

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:18:00 -0500

(image) Today, the James Beard Foundation released its list of semifinalists for its prestigious Best Chef and Restaurant categories. Several Tar Heels, including notable chefs Ashley Christensen (Poole’s), Vivian Howard (Chef & the Farmer), Cheetie Kumar (Garland), Gabe Barker (Pizzeria Mercato), and Fullsteam brewer Sean Lilly Wilson, made the cut, as did Brewery Bhavana in the Best New Restaurant category.…



The NCGOP Is Desperate to Put the Stink of Scandal on Roy Cooper

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:27:00 -0500

(image) This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here.…



You’re Damn Right I’m Going to Politicize This Tragedy. You Should Too.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:23:00 -0500

(image) This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here.…



Fox News Host Tucker Carlson Will Lecture UNC Journalism Students

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:30:00 -0500

(image) Fox News host Tucker Carlson, once called "literally our greatest ally" by neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, will give the 2018 Roy H. Park Distinguished Lecture for the UNC School of Media and Journalism.

According to UNC, Carlson "will share his insights on today's political landscape, including candid commentary on the latest insider political news out of Washington, D.C." during the April 12 lecture, which is free and open to the public.

It's a choice that seems bound for backlash on a largely liberal campus recently embroiled in protest — whether that backlash is a reaction to Carlson's politics or the idea of a cable news commentator delivering a journalism school lecture.…



After a Loss at the Dean Dome, the Blue Devils’ Season Is in the Balance: The Week in Duke Hoops

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:26:00 -0500

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The Skinny
An ugly stretch got uglier for the Blue Devils on Thursday, as the team lost again in their first start since a stunning defeat at St. John’s, this time to the suddenly surging UNC at the Dean Dome. A crisp early pace and a visible advantage in natural playmakers seemed to foretell a Duke victory, and Blue Devils held a 45–42 advantage following a freewheeling first half.…



Exhausted Olympics, Vol. 2: So Where's MY Medal? Seventy-two Hours of Fear, Anticipation, Fatherhood, and the XIII Olympiad.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:20:00 -0500

(image) As part of our ongoing, comprehensive coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics, we have assigned chronic insomniac Elizabeth Nelson and brand-new, first-time father Mike V. to turn on the TV and share their reflections whenever they might happen to remember to do so. The INDY's Exhausted Olympics Coverage™ is the sole property of the INDY, and in the event of a legal dispute, the party that loses must pay the winning party's court costs.…



Still Heartbroken Over Tom Petty? These Events Might Help You Heal.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:58:00 -0500

(image) When Tom Petty passed away unexpectedly in early October, he left a gaping hole in the American musical landscape.…



Durham Commissioners May Be Called to Testify in Confederate Monument Trial

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:54:00 -0500

(image) Durham County commissioners may be called to testify Monday as eight people accused of dismantling a Confederate monument in front of a county building last summer appear in court.

Attorney Scott Holmes, who is representing the defendants, requested the subpoenas, which were hand-delivered to each of the five commissioners by attorney Tom Cadwallader in the board's chambers just before their regular meeting Monday night.

"You are being called to testify as to the value and meaning of the county property at dispute in this case," each document reads.…



O Moldy Night Celebrates Jiggly Foods at The Durham Hotel

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:34:00 -0500

(image) There was a time in American food history—and beyond—when gelatin molds added a touch of minimal effort to cooking and entertaining during an era of convenience.…



'A Matter of Life and Death': SONG, People's Alliance and Durham HRC Hold Bail Forum

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:08:00 -0500

(image) "Imagine this," Isaac Villegas implores a crowd filling the pews at downtown Durham's First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday night. "On your way home tonight you're snatched from your life —disappeared.…



Get Some Free Valentine's Day Love from Museum Mouth and Al Riggs

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:58:00 -0500

(image) Happy Valentine's Day! Whether you're into the holiday or not, there's nearly an infinite number of songs that can satisfy your soft or salty side.…



How the White House’s Handling of the Rob Porter Mess Became a Bona Fide Scandal

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:06:00 -0500

(image) This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here.…



The NCGA’s Next Big Idea: Break Up the Wake County School System

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:56:00 -0500

(image) This post is excerpted from the INDY’s morning newsletter, Primer. To read this morning’s edition in full, click here.…



In Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, Annette Bening's Performance Is a Skillful Tribute to Hollywood's Golden Age

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

(image) The elegiac film about the last days of actor Gloria Grahame opens locally on Friday. Based on the 1986 memoir by British actor Peter Turner, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool chronicles the final months of actor Gloria Grahame, who charmed audiences in the forties and fifties. Grahame made films with the biggest names in Hollywood, and she won an Oscar in 1952 for The Bad and the Beautiful.…



Instant Best-Seller The Woman in the Window Is Much More Than Gone Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on the Train

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

(image) We speak with Daniel Mallory, better known as A.J. Finn, about the breakout success of his psychological crime thriller. It's one of those publishing-world stories journalists just can't resist: a first-time novelist writing under a pseudonym sparks a bidding war with his au courant psychological crime thriller and winds up selling it to the publishing house where he works as an editor (handling Agatha Christie books, no less), then instantly enters the New York Times best-seller list at number one. In this case, the publisher is William Morrow, the book—which is damn good, by the way—is The Woman in the Window, and the author is A.J. Finn, known as Daniel Mallory back when he grew up in Charlotte and studied literature at Duke.…



A Weighty Main Course and a Fluffy Dessert Compose a Two-Pronged Treatise on Christianity, The Christians and Tartuffe

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

(image) Both shows run in rotating repertory at PlayMakers through March 11. Is Christianity a religion predicated on coercion, punishment, and fear? If you remove those elements, is anything left?…



Stephanie Leathers’s Stalwart SITES Series Is a Performance-Art Map of Durham Development

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:00:00 -0500

(image) Dance, performance art, Stephanie Leathers, SITES, The Fruit, Durham development One frigid night last November, as a part of Stephanie Leathers's SITES project, the performer Ashlee Ramsey slithered around Golden Belt's Liberty Arts complex while it was under renovation, with exposed columns, concrete divots, and piles of dirt. "She used every inch of that big warehouse," Leathers remembers.…