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As both a historical drama and revenge thriller, “The Nightingale” isn’t perfect, but it is powerful and provocative. more
A survivor — that’s what Loretta Morris-White calls herself. As a veteran and victim of abuse, she has opened an arts studio at 227 N. Chatham Ave. in Siler City and is working to organize local … more
“The Peanut Butter Falcon” is such a modern-day Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn story that a character can’t help but avowedly acknowledge its Mark Twain derivation at one point. more
Pepperfest has grown in the last decade or so into one of Chatham County’s largest annual events. This year’s 12th annual Pepperfest is Sept. 22 in Pittsboro, and this week, we spoke to Schwerin … more
Cathy Brooks (Brooksie) Edwards is most alive when she’s helping people deal with death. The Oklahoma native is the founder of heart2heart, which provides holistic services for living and dying. … more
Chana Heins Meeks was born in San Diego — her father was stationed in the Navy there — and grew up in Sanford, graduating from Lee County High School in 1980. She’s part-owner of Siler City’s … more
“Angel Has Fallen” has several unexpected surprises. Who knew that Gerard Butler would still be headlining action movies in 2019? Who knew that the “Fallen” film series would become a trilogy? Who knew that Nick Nolte was still around? And who knew that, as far as August action movies go, “Angel Has Fallen” isn’t that bad? more
It wasn’t necessary for “Them That Follow” to sensationalize or serve as a quasi-documentary about the fringe religious practice of snake handling. But, the discredited, perhaps misunderstood milieu merited more in-depth examination than this earnest, yet languid character study that immerses itself in its sylvan, suffocating setting without dissecting the cultural makeup of its inhabitants. more
JR Butler was born in Port Jervis, New York, and now lives in Silk Hope. He attended Port Jervis High School and Aims Community College in Greeley, Colorado, and receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts … more
The legendary Tommy Edwards was born in Siler City and, with wife Cindy, calls Pittsboro home, but his music is known around the country and the globe. As the lead singer and guitarist for The … more
Is Chatham County “dementia-friendly”? Technically, no, but Jackie Green would like to see that change. Green, the exercise instructor and activity coordinator for the Chatham County Council … more
Keith Medlin, the Chief Information & Technology Officer for Chatham County Schools, was born in the late 70s in Detroit, where he attended Michigan State University and earned undergraduate and … more
ABOUT B DEMERS: B — that’s her real name, along with her “normal” middle name, Natalie — Demers was born “a long time ago, when Truman was president,” she says, and “in a galaxy far, … more
Chatham Ch@t | Shirille Lee Shirille Lee, the Student Support Specialist for Youth FIRST for Chatham Communities In Schools, joined the CIS team as a staff member in 1998. But long before that, … more
It seems like Quentin Tarantino enjoys conceiving fake old entertainment as much as real new entertainment. Pastiche fills his films, from the fictional LA 70s radio station heard throughout “Reservoir Dogs” to the “Fox Force Five” TV pilot described by Uma Thurman in “Pulp Fiction.” There’s another Austin, Texas-based radio show and Tennessee-based movie shoot in “Death Proof,” and faux Nazi propaganda films in “Inglorious Basterds.” more
Rachel Horowitz was born in Massachusetts, but moved to Raleigh when she was a child and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill. Today, the volunteer program manager for Chatham Habitat for Humanity lives in … more
The Lion King Grade: C+ Director: Jon Favreau Starring the voices of: Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, John Oliver, … more
Chatham County’s Salvation Army and its volunteers are preparing for a back-to-school supplies drive they’re calling “Stuff the Bus.” This week, we speak with Jane Wrenn, the Army’s local director, who’s been in Chatham County for 40 years and celebrates her 10 year anniversary this year with The Salvation Army of Chatham. more
Tracy Burnett has been working for the Chatham County Parks and Recreation department for more than a quarter century. A native of Chatham County, she attended Chatham Central High School, where … more
The term “toxic masculinity” has become as virulent as toxic masculinity itself, an amorphous catch-all label attached to any expression mere masculinity itself. The term loses its potency when portrayed in films like “The Art of Self-Defense,” a pitch-black comedy in which the polar extremes of modern masculinity are rendered so risible that any metaphorical value is leached away in the process. more
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