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Matt French, a Greensboro-based chef and and subject of this week's cover story, talks about his Stone Soup Project. 

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Unlike our childish, mean-spirited president who thrives on name-calling and social unrest, I never intend to stir up controversy with my words. And yet, last week, my column, “Cooper’s Shell Game Could Ruin Us,” did just that. Not long after YES! Weekly publisher Charles Womack posted my co…

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Flip Wilson was arguably one of the most popular comedians of the 1960s and 1970s, and his signature routine was about how most Christians never take responsibility for their sins. Their excuse, he would say is, “the Devil made me do it.”  The fact is, none of us like to own up to our mistak…

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During these difficult times, and in an effort to draw attention and praise for those in the medical profession, Kino Lorber is offering a free streaming re-release of the award-winning 2014 documentary feature The American Nurse.

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I am so proud to be a North Carolinian. That is something I thought I would never say about myself again—especially after our former fear-mongering governor signed a bigoted and economically devastating “bathroom bill” into law for absolutely no reason based in reality.

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I have, on many occasions, used this column to excoriate Donald Trump for the irrational things he says and does, but even a stopped clock is correct twice a day. For example, Trump warned that when it comes to dealing with our current healthcare crisis, the cure must not be worse than the disease.

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Rather than begin this week’s column with dessert, I’m going to put in my proverbial two cents worth of advice to policy makers, restaurant management, and patrons regarding a way to improve things: outdoor seating. Sidewalk or patio tables and chairs, placed at an appropriate distance, woul…

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Dudley High School and Wake Forest University each lost a good friend recently, and their loss was felt throughout the Triad, and far beyond. Harlem Globetrotter legend Freddie “Curly” Neal passed away on March 26, at the age of 77, and legendary basketball coach Carl Tacy lost his battle wi…

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To this day, Marcel Marceau (1923-2007) is regarded as the greatest mime ever. He may well be the only performer to have attained superstar status in that realm of performance art. Yet before reaching fame on an international scale, he distinguished himself as a hero in the French Resistance…

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My favorite place to take my partner on a date is a/perture cinema. But since COVID-19 shut down the city, I brought a/perture cinema to my date, instead. On April 3, I saw on a/perture’s website that the movie Extra Ordinary had opened, and since the poster looked cute, I clicked on it. I w…

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I may not be good at very many things, but I’ve always been pretty good with words, so it is particularly frustrating to me that I can’t find just the right word to describe Sen. Richard Burr. “Congenial” comes to mind because that’s what he is whenever you meet him in person. “Humble” is an…

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The year was 1928 and Philo Farnsworth was in a celebratory mood as he and his wife Penn took a leisurely drive back home to Los Angeles from San Francisco, where he had just secured financial backing for his new invention. Though it would be another twenty years before the masses could appr…

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Most crises have lasting effects. World War II spawned the United Nations but also the Cold War. The Vietnam War caused many to question our major institutions and also created a revaluation of U.S. military tactics and objectives. One of the lasting impacts of the Great Recession of 2007-20…

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In the wee hours of the morning on March 19, NPR released a secret recording of Winston-Salem native and the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, who is heard telling a “small group of well-connected constituents” at an expensive luncheon that the coronavirus (COVID-19)…

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Even before its release, The Hunt aroused considerable controversy. Its initial release date last Sept. 27 was understandably postponed following a spate of shootings in the United States, and its basic storyline – liberals hunting conservatives – piqued the ire of many, including the president, despite the fact that no one had seen even a […]

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Ronald Reagan used to say that the difference between a recession and a depression is that a recession is when your neighbor loses his job, and a depression is when you lose yours. That analogy also applies when a global health crisis occurs. Back in January, when Americans first heard about the coronavirus outbreak in […]

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Have you noticed that seafood boil restaurants are all the rage right now? They are popping up everywhere—and I’m not complaining! Greensboro’s most recent addition to the genre is Crazy Crab, and it’s really something special. 

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Cover photo by Caitlin Alexander

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Cover photo by Alan Sims of InsideOfKnoxville.com

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The senior pastor at College Park Baptist Church in Greensboro has no interest in saving my soul.

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A married couple of cosmetologists/estheticians have started an esthetics school in Kernersville that caters to students’ financial needs as well as offers low-cost spa services to the public. Corey and Julie Barham are both cosmetologists, instructors, salon co-owners and the co-owners of t…

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Writer/director Carlo Mirabella-Davis makes an auspicious feature debut with Swallow, a film that operates on – and succeeds on – numerous levels. It’s a psychological drama, a character study, a subtle social satire, a queasy thriller, and an allegory on addiction and female empowerment. Th…

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Last week, this publication paid tribute to “Wonder Women of the Triad,” of which there are many. In fact, our area is not only replete with female leaders of various businesses and organizations, but we also have a pretty good track record of electing women to public office. Greensboro has …

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With the 2020 RiverRun International Film Festival on the horizon, another local film organization – the Triad Film Collective – will also be celebrating cinema, as it presents its second annual short film showcase on March 12 at Marketplace Cinemas in Winston-Salem.

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Everyone in the Triad is invited to attend a free, kid-friendly and spring-themed event at The Silo Entertainment Complex, located at 816 S. Elm St. in Greensboro. Enjoy food, mimosas (ages 21+) and network with local vendors on March 15 from noon-5 p.m. The “Local Pop-Up Shop” is a free, bi…

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As I noted in last year’s Wonder Women of the Triad edition, I owe everything to the first two women I ever met. The first was Dr. Mary Griffith. In the 1950s, Dr. Griffith supervised medical students at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem and was one of the first women to be named to the medical […]

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Well-made but ultimately unsatisfying, Disappearance at Clifton Hill (originally titled simply Clifton Hill) has all the earmarks of a murder/mystery and psychological thriller but is unable to bring the elements together in a compelling manner. The potential is there, the pay-off is not. Set in the titular region of Niagara Falls, the story focuses on […]

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Rooted in fact, Incitement marks director Yaron Zilberman’s first feature since the 2012 ensemble drama A Late Quartet and is clearly a project born out of passion, although its tone is methodical and its pacing meticulous. The principal character is Yigal Amir (Yehuda Nahari Halevi), the Israeli law student who assassinated Yitzhak Rabin, Israel’s prime […]

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Throughout much of our history, Triad area residents have been represented by at least two Congressmen. But now, thanks to various court rulings and legislative maneuverings, Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem will all fall into the newly formed 6th district, as well as all of Guilford County and much of Forsyth. The new alignment favors […]

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Appropriately timed for a Valentine’s Day release, The Photograph is much in the Nicholas Sparks spirit, which for some makes it irresistible and for others, eminently resistible. With attractive leads in LaKeith Stanfield and Issa Rae and a gently appealing rhythm-and-blues soundtrack, there’s no doubt that love is in the air. He plays Michael Block, […]

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I was in my late forties when I saw the first print ad for a “smartphone.” It was a Blackberry, on a towel, with sand in the background. “Now you can bring the office to the beach!” it said. Why on earth would anyone want to do that? Wasn’t the whole point to be able […]

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Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story opened this past weekend to sold-out shows at the Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance. A smiling, happy and packed-in audience clapped and sung along for a super-sweet Valentine’s rock ‘n’ roll blast from the past! Songs included over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits such as “That’ll Be The Day,” “Peggy Sue,” […]

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Throughout much of our history, Triad area residents have been represented by at least two Congressmen. But now, thanks to various court rulings and legislative maneuverings, Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem will all fall into the newly formed 6th district, as well as all of Guilford County and much of Forsyth. The new alignment favors […]

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Throughout much of our history, Triad area residents have been represented by at least two Congressmen. But now, thanks to various court rulings and legislative maneuverings, Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem will all fall into the newly formed 6th District, as well as all of Guilford County and much of Forsyth. The new alignment favors […]

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Love is in the air (and newspaper) this week because Valentine’s Day is on Friday! To celebrate the season of love, I decided to ask a few folks from the Triad to share some of their love stories! (Warning: All of these stories are adorable, and some have even made yours truly tear up! Didn’t […]

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To coin a sports term, the much-acclaimed (and no less divisive) filmmaker Terrence Malick has, with his latest film, A Hidden Life, “snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.” This is a wonderful film, beautiful and inspiring, and had the running time been two hours or thereabouts, it would have ranked among Malick’s best films, […]