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A movie thriller for the #MeToo movement writ large, “Promising Young Woman” is like a bit of stale “Hard Candy,” the 2005 film also premised around vengeance against a sexual predator that … more
“I like pork chops.” For my particularly lowkey husband, that statement is the equivalent of a fireworks and marching band declaration. I grew up eating chops made with the store-bought … more
How are your New Year and life resolutions coming along? This week, we talked about that subject with Ashleigh Glover, a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, whose personal experience … more
For some reason, Petey doesn’t want me to sing “Happy Birthday” to him on his birthday. He does, however, want me to cook for him. Every year I make him an easy, yet complicated dish: … more
Mulligan a standout in potboiling revenge flick ‘Promising Young Woman’ PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Grade: C + Director: Emerald Fennell Starring: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison … more
This week, Julie Jengali is our holiday dessert guru. I gave her a list of common N.C. desserts and she, in turn, gave me some garnish ideas to turn the presentation up a few notches. She also … more
Late in “Wonder Woman 1984,” during a climactic scene in which the titular Amazon warrior princess confronts the baddie de jour with the consequences of his diabolical actions, the soundtrack … more
With a raw emotionality that leaps off the page, the prose of playwright August Wilson finds its apt allegory in Tennessee Williams. While Williams spoke from his Southern upbringing, Wilson lends … more
For a film grounded in contradictions, “News of the World” is something of a paradox. It is about the power of storytelling but doesn’t tell an especially compelling story. It fashions a … more
With people relying more and more on their smartphones for information, mobile “apps” — application programs — have grown in popularity and usefulness. The Visit N.C. Farms app is a … more
Last April, I started seeing these amazing desserts on LinkedIn made by one of the most talented pastry chefs I’ve ever seen. Her name is Julie Jangali. Julie and I have worked together on a … more
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to make its mark, families in Chatham County are suffering. The “Neighbor2Neighbor” program created in Chatham last spring — a joint effort by the News + … more
In director David Fincher’s “Mank,” boozy “Citizen Kane” scribe Herman Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) declares, “You cannot capture a man’s entire life in two hours; all you can hope is to … more
J.D. Vance’s 2016 memoir “Hillbilly Elegy” is a sometimes confounding, always provocative overview of the author’s experiences as a second-generation Appalachia descendant raised as a … more
This is the only recipe that I offer every year, because these cookies are spectacularly, astonishingly delicious. But their very humble looks are infinitely deceiving. Finished, they look less … more
Enrollment at North Carolina’s stellar system of community colleges typically goes up as the job market weakens. And while that’s been the case at some of the state’s colleges, it’s not … more
The Local Church, based in Pittsboro, has created an Anti-Racism Task Force to both address it and work to dismantle it proactively. This week, we speak with pastor Rev. Brent Levy and Katie Barnett, … more
While not a cinematic touchstone, “The Croods” was an above-average animated offering — even nominated for an Oscar, no less — that somehow took eight years to finally arrive on the silver … more
Cioppino 1 chopped yellow pepper 1 onion, quartered 6 garlic cloves, chopped 3 T olive oil 1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes 1 cup of full-bodied wine (I use Zinfandel) 2 8-oz. … more
Editor’s note: November is National Caregivers Month, created to share appreciation for family caregivers around the country. In this remembrance, Dennis Streets, the executive director of the … more
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