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Fullsteam Brewery, Escazu Chocolates, Boxcarr Cheese, Fiddlehead Farm Among N.C. Winners of 2018 Good Food Awards

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:44:00 -0500

(image) Our local food products continue to gain national acclaim, to the delight of tastebuds everywhere. A few Triangle favorites were honored with Good Food Awards this weekend in San Francisco.

Fullsteam Brewery, which won in 2013 and 2016, won again this year for three distinct beers from its Farm's Edge series.…



Federal Court Orders Lawmakers to Use Special Master's Redistricting Plan

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:12:00 -0500

(image) A panel of federal judges ruled this afternoon that lawmakers must use a redistricting plan created by a special master in upcoming legislative elections.

The plan comes after a court ruled last year that twenty-eight of the state's legislative districts were illegal racial gerrymanders. In response, a legislative redistricting committee this summer came up with a new plan that was intended to fix the gerrymandered districts.…



The NFL Is Wrapping Up Its Worst Season in Decades. We Should Blame Fantasy Football.

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:46:00 -0500

(image) Now that we have a full season of ratings to postulate on, you can prepare yourself for a slate of various think pieces on America’s interest (apparently waning) in professional football. While there are many reasons for the decline in overall interest or engagement—bad on-field product, games spread across three and sometimes four nights a week, the slow-and-getting-slower pace of play, the rising number of cord-cutting households—I have a theory that the NFL’s decline has its roots in the Faustian bargain it made roughly fifteen years ago with fantasy football.…



The Supreme Court Stays N.C. Congressional Gerrymandering Ruling

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:15:00 -0500

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



Amazon Gives Raleigh a Rose, Sends Us to the Next Round of the HQ2 Reality Show

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:09:00 -0500

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



Five Thousand Tipsy Harry Potter Fans to Brave the Winter Wondermare for Raleigh’s Wizard & Wand Festival

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:05:00 -0500

(image) Ice and snow won't stop an estimated five thousand adult Harry Potter fans from converging on downtown Raleigh this Saturday for Wizard & Wand, according to a press release from the event's organizers.

The children’s-book-themed event is for adults only, because that is where we’re at as a culture, we guess.…



Bernie Sanders Duke Appearance Postponed

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:06:00 -0500

(image) A "looming budget vote" is keeping Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders from a scheduled appearance at Duke Chapel tomorrow.

Sanders, the former presidential candidate, was supposed to partake in a discussion with the Rev. William Barber as part of Duke's 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration and Duke Chapel's Bridge Panel series.…



Lawsuit: Charlotte Immigration Judges Won't Conduct Bond Hearings

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:53:00 -0500

(image) Three Charlotte immigration court judges are routinely denying bond hearings to people in Department of Homeland Security custody, two immigrant rights groups claim in a federal lawsuit filed yesterday.

The suit, filed by the American Immigration Council and Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, asks that the judges be made to conduct bond hearings, and that their past decisions not to be vacated.

Among the defendants named are Charlotte judges Stuart Couch, Barry Pettinato and Theresa Holmes-Simmons and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

When a person is taken into Department of Homeland Security custody, the agency determines if the detainee should be released on bond, or some other condition.…



Thomas Farr's Nomination for Federal Judgeship Goes to the Senate Floor on a Party-Line Vote

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:42:00 -0500

(image) In a demonstration of the power of President Donald Trump to recast the federal judiciary in a conservative direction, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday moved to the Senate floor the nomination of Raleigh lawyer Thomas Farr to a federal judgeship.

Taken as debate over the national budget and DACA raged around Congress, the vote means that
Farr now only needs the approval of the full Senate to win a lifetime appointment to the Eastern District Court of North Carolina.…



Theater Review: At a Time When a Small Minority of Architects Are Women, What We're Up Against Is No Mere Period Piece

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:20:00 -0500

(image) What We’re Up Against
★★★★
Through Sunday, Jan. 28
Peace University’s Leggett Theatre, Raleigh


You could tell the women in the audience had heard these rationalizations and runarounds before. One snorted audibly as Stu Wilson, the sexist managing architect at a prominent design firm, pontificated on women's place in his field at the outset of Theresa Rebeck’s potent office drama, What We’re Up Against.…



Raleigh Has Made the Shortlist for Amazon’s HQ2

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:35:00 -0500

(image) As yet, we don’t have much info beyond what’s in the headline: Raleigh is included on a list of twenty cities that made the shortlist for Amazon’s HQ2, according to CNBC Washington correspondent Kayla Tausche. The Triangle region of one of 238 cities in 43 states to submit bids to Amazon last year. And while ours didn’t spell out potential incentives—officials told the INDY that they’d propose an incentive package if they made the first cut, which has apparently happened—many of the others did.…



The World Is Losing Respect for the United States Under Trump

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:10:00 -0500

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



The President and the Porn Star

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:04:00 -0500

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



Thomas Farr's Nomination to Federal Judgeship Goes Before Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:16:00 -0500

(image) President Donald Trump's controversial nomination of Raleigh lawyer Thomas Farr as a federal district judge in Eastern North Carolina goes before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.

If the committee OKs his nomination, Farr would only require a vote by the full Senate to assume the influential post. North Carolina's U.S. senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, have praised Farr as an expert lawyer and, in Burr's case, as "a good man," a phrase he used before the committee's first consideration of Farr in October. 

Emails to Farr, Burr, and Tillis seeking comment were not immediately returned Wednesday.…



Are You Enjoying Your Snow Day? These 18 Images from Around the Triangle Say You Should Be.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:24:00 -0500

(image) Want us to add your pic? Send an IG link to jbillman@indyweek.com.…



Return of Del Burns as Interim Superintendent Recalls Years of Wake School Uproar

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:52:00 -0500

(image) The return of Del Burns as interim superintendent of Wake County's public schools recalls the rowdy days of 2009, when a new Republican majority took over the school board.

In those days, school board meetings could last for eleven hours, and arrests of protesters, including the Reverend William Barber II, offered a preview of Moral Mondays and other demonstrations. Burns, who began his education career as an Aldert Root Elementary School teacher, started as superintendent in 2006 and resigned in 2010, saying he could no longer "in good conscience" serve the Wake schools. 

The school board announced Tuesday that Burns will start February 1  and serve until the current school board selects a successor to Jim Merrill, who's retiring.…



Turn Left, Go Fast: A Racing Fan’s Guide to the New NASCAR Season

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:00:00 -0500

(image) It’s almost racin’ season, baby!

We’re mere weeks from the sixtieth running of the Daytona 500 and the official beginning of the NASCAR year.…



What “Shithole-Gate” Has Wrought: Quite Possibly, a Government Shutdown on Friday

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:37:00 -0500

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



Happy Snow Day, Everyone!

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:27:00 -0500

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



Metamorphoses, Water Balloons, and Blood-Smeared Debutante Balls in Nicola Bullock's Imago

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0500

(image) DIDA presents Bullock's new dance solo at the Fruit in Durham through Jan. 20. There's something about preparing for a debutante ball while caked in blood. (Maybe you would see it as something else, but I can't—the deep blue of the party dress against the red smeared on the skin.)…



The Outmoded Power Structures of Race and Gender Encased in a Strong Production of Love Letters Feel Sadly Contemporary

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0500

(image) NC Theatre presents A.R. Gurney's epistolary drama at Fletcher Opera Theater through Jan. 21. NC Theatre's current production of A.R. Gurney's epistolary drama, Love Letters, is a testament to how powerful theater can be when it trusts its audience. At Fletcher Opera Theater, Bill Yates Jr.'s bare-bones set features just two desks, two chairs, two glasses of water, and two open scripts in front of an almost blindingly bright cyclorama.…



The Hidden Link Between Tamara Kissane's New Play, The Master Builder, and Her Artist Soapbox Podcast

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0500

(image) Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern premieres Kissane's gender-flipped update of Ibsen at Mystery Brewing this week. Helen Sullivan, known to the world as Sully, has captured the media's attention as home designer to the rich and famous. When a late-night talk show host pushes too hard during an interview, the flamboyant architect makes a ratings splash: "Go off-limits again with me and I'll pull down your pants and spank your bare ass on live TV.…



Festival Smash Call Me by Your Name Is Accessible, Intelligent, Subtle, and Nearly Perfect

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0500

(image) Luca Guadagnino's passionate character study opens locally on Friday, Jan. 19. Since its premiere at Sundance last summer, Luca Guadagnino's latest film has received nearly unanimous praise, which is often a sign of bland likability. But Call Me by Your Name is the rare festival smash that is broadly accessible without sacrificing one whit of intelligence, subtlety, or craft.…



After a Near Fatal Accident, Chef Scott Howell Slipped Into Depression and Alcoholism. Today, He Bounces Back.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0500

(image) In a profession with the No. 1 rate of substance abuse, the longtime Durham restaurateur hopes his story will help others. Almost four years ago, a 1,200-pound grill fell on Scott Howell from the back of a truck that the chef was unloading. His right leg was broken in multiple places—he almost lost it.…



A Japanese American Cautiously Accepts Conveyor-Belt Sushi at Rockin' Rolls--And All That It Means for a New Foodie Generation

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0500

(image) The 1958 invention exploded into a popular modern eating style. But does it take away the sushi chef's personal connection to diners? Tucked between a nail salon and a dry cleaners off Hillsborough Road in Durham, Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express would be easy to miss at first glance if it wasn't for the cheesy font on its sign—an homage or a rip-off of the typeface popularized by Hard Rock Cafe. Walk inside and you're greeted by upbeat pop singles and sleek, modern décor: walls painted a matte black, faux leather booth seating, and large, peculiar photographs on the walls that show surrealistic wasabi and salmon bisected into halves.…