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After the INDY’s Report About Judicial Nominee Thomas Farr Misleading a Senate Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein Wants Answers

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:33:00 -0500

(image) U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Friday she's "disturbed greatly" by the INDY’s report that Raleigh lawyer Thomas Farr wasn't truthful with her in committee hearings on the federal judgeship for which he was nominated by President Trump.

In addition, two national nonprofit advocacy groups, Alliance for Justice and Lambda Legal, called for new Judiciary Committee hearings on Farr and Alabama nominee Brett Talley—an inexperienced lawyer and former paranormal investigator who is married to a senior White House lawyer—in light of new information.

Farr, sixty-three, was picked by Trump to become a federal district judge in the Eastern District of North Carolina this year. In Farr's response to questions from Feinstein, he said he had didn't learn in advance of the more than one hundred thousand postcards the late Senator Jesse Helms's U.S. Senate campaign sent to primarily to African-American voters in 1990, insinuating that they would be arrested if they voted.…

Theater Review: It's an Awkward Time for a Gypsy Revival, but NC Theatre's Production Doesn't Let Us or Its Characters Off the Hook

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:02:00 -0500

(image) Gypsy
Through Sunday, Nov. 19
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh

It’s an awkward time for a revival of Gypsy, biggest of the big-time classic Broadway musicals. After the recent death of Hugh Hefner, our culture has been re-reexamining the social politics of the skin trade, including sex work, pornography, and erotic dancing, the famous occupation of the musical’s subject: Louise Hovick, better known to the world as Gypsy Rose Lee.…

More Tasty Treats Are Now Available at Monuts. Which Means Fewer Donuts, But Happier Bakers.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:49:00 -0500

(image) For years, the display case at Monuts in Durham has been reliably filled with four cake donuts and four yeast donuts of varying seasonally inspired flavors. The owners, Lindsay and Rob Moriarty, were so confident in the restaurant’s signature offering that they put it in the name—a portmanteau of Moriarty and donuts.…

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Opponents Screen Documentary About Pipeline Resistance, Urge Cooper Administration to Reject Necessary Permits

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:58:00 -0500

(image) Atlantic Coast Pipeline opponents huddled inside Raleigh's Unitarian Universalist church last night to watch Water Warriors, a documentary tracking a remote Canadian community's successful fight against a Texas-based oil and gas company. The screening was part of an ongoing statewide effort to oppose the ACP, a six-hundred-mile pipeline that would transport fracked gas from West Virginia through Virginia and into eight eastern North Carolina counties.

A fierce opposition movement has coalesced around the $5 billion mega-project.…

Dammit, Al Franken

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:34:00 -0500

(image) So we’ve added another big name to the list of powerful men accused of sexual misconduct: Al Franken, the comedian-turned-Democratic-senator-and-possible-presidential-contender who, while on a USO tour in 2006, allegedly forcibly kissed a woman and then posed, with a shit-eating grin, for this photo while she was sleeping.
  • Franken apologized a few hours the allegations, made by radio newscaster Leeann Tweeden, came to light yesterday morning: “The first thing I want to do is apologize: to Leeann, to everyone else who was part of that tour, to everyone who has worked for me, to everyone I represent, and to everyone who counts on me to be an ally and supporter and champion of women.…

A Writer Walks into a Bar: Read the Winning Entry of Foundation's Essay Competition

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:13:00 -0500

(image) Literary heroes throughout history have famously put pen to paper while nursing a tumbler of liquor. The bartenders and owners of Foundation, Raleigh’s longtime cavernous refuge for whiskey lovers and cocktail connoisseurs, know that introspection and creativity can be nourished by a good drink.…

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Calls for Thomas Farr to Reappear Before the Senate Judiciary Committee for More Questions About His Role in the 1990 Helms Campaign

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:58:00 -0500

(image) The NAACP Legal Defense Fund on Thursday called for the Senate Judiciary Committee to bring back Raleigh lawyer and federal judicial nominee Thomas Farr before the panel to answer renewed questions about his role in the 1990 Jesse Helms campaign for U.S. Senate.

As the INDY reported yesterday, Farr informed U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein, a California Democrat, that he had no knowledge of a controversial postcard mailing to black residents in that year until he received a Department of Justice letter about it. But Gerald Hebert, a Department of Justice lawyer who was part of investigating the October 1990 event told the INDY that Farr knew well before the mailing that it was going to take place.…

Theater Review: One Work Clearly Stands Out in Cary Playwrights Forum's Annual Romp Through Short Plays Set and Performed in Bars

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:40:00 -0500

(image) Bar Plays 3.0
Closing Thursday, Nov. 16
Fortnight Brewing, Cary

If you think ten-minute plays are the kiddie pool or the junior division of theater, think again. It’s hard enough for a playwright, a director, and actors to introduce and develop vivid characters, place them in a novel situation, support them with a robust backstory, and authentically convey the truth of changing lives or cultures in two full acts.…

Movie Review: Justice League's Concoction of Snyder's Bombast and Whedon's Wit Actually Kind of Works

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:18:00 -0500

(image) Justice League
Opening Friday, Nov. 17

Earlier this year, after the death of his daughter, Zack Snyder—the de facto patriarch of the DC Extended Universe—stepped away from post-production on Justice League, which brings together Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman with other classic DC Comics characters. Enter Joss Whedon, who directed both Avengers films.…

Movie Review: Lady Bird, a Winning First Film from Greta Gerwig, Is Alert to Class but Falters on Race

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:01:00 -0500

(image) Lady Bird
Opening Friday, Nov. 17

In many ways, Lady Bird is a winning directorial debut by Greta Gerwig, who also wrote the film. It captures the fuzzy nostalgia as well as the pains of coming of age at the start of the twenty-first century, as the Iraq War blares through the television in the background of a bustling Catholic family’s life.…

Thomas Farr and the Radical Remaking of the Federal Judiciary

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:15:00 -0500

(image) Last night, the INDY’s Thomas Goldsmith reported that Thomas Farr, the longtime North Carolina Republican lawyer who is now President Trump’s nominee for the federal bench, appears to have lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
  • “Raleigh lawyer Thomas Farr, a nominee for a federal judgeship, knew well in advance about a controversial 1990 postcard campaign designed by Republicans to intimidate blacks who wanted to vote, according to a former Department of Justice investigator.…

“I Am Human, I Am Black and I Am Fed Up”: UNC Trustees Hear Public Comments on Silent Sam

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:07:00 -0500

(image) UNC's Board of Trustees on Tuesday morning heard from students, faculty, staff, and community members about Silent Sam, the Confederate monument on campus.

Twenty-eight people addressed the board and Chancellor Carol Folt. Most called for the statue's removal.…

Did Former Helms Lawyer Thomas Farr Lie to the Senate Judiciary Committee? It Sure Looks That Way.

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:49:00 -0500

(image) Raleigh lawyer Thomas Farr, a nominee for a federal judgeship, knew well in advance about a controversial 1990 postcard campaign designed by Republicans to intimidate blacks who wanted to vote, according to a former Department of Justice investigator.

The statements made this week by Gerald Hebert, a federal attorney in 1990, directly contradict Farr's sworn testimony in September before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee that he only heard about it after a Justice Department letter responding to the plan.

Farr did not respond to requests for comment from the INDY Tuesday and Wednesday. Farr’s nomination was approved by the Judiciary Committee last month.…

Court Stays Civitas Institute's Francis De Luca Appeal of Smithfield Agreement Lawsuit

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:00:00 -0500

(image) Earlier this week, the Court of Appeals stayed a Wake County judge's ruling last month that dismissed a lawsuit filed last year by Francis De Luca, the president of the conservative Civitas Institute.

The lawsuit, filed in October 2016, claimed that then-attorney general Roy Cooper had diverted money from public schools to environmental projects in conflict with state law. The money at the center of the lawsuit was the result of a 2000 settlement known as the Smithfield Agreement, in which former attorney general Mike Easley made a deal with pork giant Smithfield Foods that required the company to invest tens of millions of dollars into environmentally superior waste management technologies.…

The Chelsea Theater, the Last Old-School Art Cinema Standing in Chapel Hill, Might Close at the End of the Year

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:56:00 -0500

(image) Though the Chelsea Theater is a Chapel Hill institution, it has never made a big deal about itself. Tucked away in the Timberlyne strip mall, almost literally in the shadow of the Regal multiplex, the little-art-house-that-could has discreetly held its ground in a volatile cinema market for almost thirty years.…

The Farm Labor Organizing Committee Sues Governor Cooper on Behalf of Farmworkers, Saying a New State Law Is Discriminatory

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:24:00 -0500


The Farm Labor Organizing Committee filed a lawsuit this morning against North Carolina governor Roy Cooper over a state law that prohibits farmworkers from organizing and collectively bargaining with their employers.

Fine, Let’s Talk About the Dumb Raleigh Christmas Parade Fight

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:23:00 -0500

I’ve been reticent to weigh in on the ongoing dispute over the downtown Raleigh Christmas parade, simply because I have a hard time getting worked up over these things. But now that the grievances have reached something of a fever pitch, here we are.…

What’s the First Thing You Think of When You See Raleigh’s New Logo?

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0500

(image) We asked. You answered. Last week, the city of Raleigh unveiled its new logo, for which it paid the princely sum of $226,000—$83,000 to Oklahoma-based consultants to do research, and $143,000 to the local design firm The Assembly to actually make the thing. Perhaps inevitably, there were, shall we say, mixed reviews on the internet.…

Beowulf Meets Bro Culture in a High-Spirited but Low-Stakes New Play at N.C. State

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0500

(image) Beowulf, Lord of the Bros runs at Titmus Theatre through Sunday, Nov. 19. We've encountered man-children in musicals before: the winsome Peter Pan, the urbane Bobby (Company), and the raging Johnny (American Idiot). But it's just plain weird to find one—actually, two—in a stage adaptation of Beowulf, the eighth-century Old English epic about monsters vanquished by warriors brave.…

Pioneering African-American Sci-Fi Author Octavia Butler’s Empathy and Foresight Take the Stage in Parable of the Sower

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0500

(image) Toshi and Bernice Johnson Reagon's musical adaptation of Butler's sci-fi classic comes to Carolina Performing Arts Nov. 16 and 17. To fans of Octavia Butler, the 2016 election seemed to come straight out of science fiction. Those of us acquainted with Butler's Parable series watched with familiar trepidation as our compatriots pledged their votes toward making America "great again."…

The Tamales and Mezcal at WillCo Embody Mexico City Spirit

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0500

(image) The Raleigh neighborhood bar serves trendy tradition without making a fuss about it. Last week, only four bottles of mezcal remained behind the bar at William & Company—or WillCo as it's known on North Person Street. "We were depleted after Day of the Dead," bartender Carrie Gephart tells me. Most of the time the bar offers at least eight to ten brands of the Mexican spirit, one that's enjoying a trendy moment on American cocktail menus.…

Cults Aren't the Best at Their Instruments, but Their Polished Pop Formula Still Shines

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0500

(image) The duo headlines the Cat's Cradle main room Saturday night in Carrboro. For some music fans, a band intentionally shooting for catchiness is, on principle, a cheap move. But another school of thought holds that producing a truly original, memorable melody can be just as challenging—and worthwhile—as composing some crazy prog-rock symphony.…

With the Rosebuds, Ivan Howard Inspired a Generation of Triangle Musicians. So Where Did He Go?

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0500

(image) This weekend, at least, he'll be at the Cat's Cradle Back Room in Carrboro as Howard Ivans. Ivan Howard grins when he talks about crossing over Kanye West. Early in October 2014, Howard—the cofounder of longtime Raleigh pop favorites The Rosebuds and a native of city suburb Fuquay-Varina—was about to wrap up weeknight band practice for an annual Halloween-themed crew he'd assembled in Portland, Oregon.…

Deep Listening Is Yoga to Our Ears at Global Breath Studio in Durham

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0500

(image) What’s deep about this listening is how it reconnects the auditory sense to a more primal, elemental kind of hearing. What's the difference between hearing and listening? That's the question Lindsay "L. Cooper" McKenzie explores in her Deep Listening workshops at Durham's Global Breath Studio.…

For the Last Five Months, Pastor Jose Chicas Has Been Hiding from ICE Inside a Durham Religious Center

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:00:00 -0500

(image) Under a deportation order, he’s taking advantage of ICE’s “sensitive locations policy.” About a month ago, a fifty-two-year-old evangelical pastor named Jose Chicas was overcome with an inexplicable craving. For months, he'd been secluded inside a small religious space in Durham, and suddenly he had the urge to sink his teeth into a McDonald's pancake.…