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Bright Star reaches kids with theater magic

Bright Star reaches kids with theater magic

By Kevin Collins Carrboro Commons Co-Editor Bright Star Touring Theatre of Asheville brought its unique blend of kid-friendly entertainment and parent-approved educational value to The ArtsCenter on Feb. 9. Due to a miscommunication, the small space was forced to accommodate an extra classroom’s worth of elementary school students for the company’s already sold-out performance of “African Folktales.” Fortunately, with Bright… Read more →

Senior citizens celebrate Black History Month

Senior citizens celebrate Black History Month

By Maggie Cagney Carrboro Commons Staff Writer It was a gathering of all nationalities—African-American, Caucasian, Asian—in a room rich with history, to celebrate the heroes of a constant battle. Senior citizens from Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Orange County assembled at the Hargraves Community Center on Friday, Feb. 10, in observance of Black History Month. “This month has been amazing for… Read more →

Photography exhibit explores spirit of Carrboro

Photography exhibit explores spirit of Carrboro

By Kaelyn Malkoski Carrboro Commons Co-Editor It all stems from a simple question: What moves you? To many, the answer is spiritual — a homily, a hymnal, a call to prayer. But is spiritual expression confined to religion? To Nerys Levy, chairwoman of the Friends of the Carrboro Branch Library Art Committee, the answer is no. “What deeply moves the… Read more →

Braxton Foushee reflects on Chapel Hill sit-ins

By Melissa Abbey Carrboro Commons Staff Writer More than 50 years ago, Braxton Foushee and his friends organized a sit-in at Franklin Street’s former Colonial Drug, which is now West End Wine Bar. Today, Foushee, 71, a longtime Carrboro resident and custodian at Culbreth Middle School, speaks quietly and humbly of those days — and only when asked. On a… Read more →

Weaver Street reopens, ending construction’s effect on businesses

By Danielle Tepper Carrboro Commons Multimedia Editor EDITOR’S NOTE: It’s been a long, difficult wait for Weaver Street business, but at last the construction is all but over, and the iconic street is now open to traffic again. Carrboro Commons videographer Danielle Tepper takes her camera to the street to gauge the reactions.   http://vimeo.com/36033200  

Carrboro's Hispanic-owned eateries overcome obstacles

Carrboro’s Hispanic-owned eateries overcome obstacles

By Jeremy Gerlach Carrboro Commons Staff Writer According to the 2010 Census, there are no Hispanic-owned restaurants in Carrboro. There are chain Latin-themed establishments, yes, but none are owned by the Latino community that comprises more than 13 percent of Carrboro’s population. Yet on any given morning, you can walk past tienda after tienda – and by night, taco truck… Read more →

Figure 8 Films finds success in anonymity

Figure 8 Films finds success in anonymity

By Kevin Collins Carrboro Commons Co-Editor Nobody does hidden gems quite like Carrboro. From longtime residents with primetime stories to small companies that do big things, the community is full of treasures that manage to fly under the radar. Take Figure 8 Films for example. The small production house located right in the heart of downtown Carrboro (307 W. Weaver… Read more →

Crook’s Corner chef Bill Smith receives national recognition for his Southern cooking

Crook’s Corner chef Bill Smith receives national recognition for his Southern cooking

By Maggie Cagney Carrboro Commons Staff Writer From the honeysuckle sorbet made fresh from local flowers, to an eastern Carolina corned ham, chef Bill Smith of Chapel Hill’s Crook’s Corner has gained widespread recognition for his Southern cooking. “27 Views of Chapel Hill,” a recently published book featuring a collection of stories and essays from Chapel Hill writers, contains a… Read more →

PTA Thrift Shop Carrboro location will grow to accommodate more retail

PTA Thrift Shop Carrboro location will grow to accommodate more retail

By Kaelyn Malkoski Carrboro Commons Co-Editor It’s a big year for the PTA Thrift Shop. 2012 not only celebrates the 60th birthday of the local thrift store, but it also marks the beginning of its expansion project. Founded and bounded by love for the Carrboro community, the store’s mission to “shop, save and support” local, public and charter schools in… Read more →