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During Black History Month, the News + Record will feature issues related to the African American experience in our Chatham Chats. This week, we speak with Chatham County resident David Warren, who … more
“Warts and all.” When I write a column that’s what I give you. Good or bad, embarrassing or not, you get it all. Just sayin’. On an unrelated note, if my house caught on fire and I … more
In playwright/screenwriter Kemp Powers’ seminal “One Night in Miami,” Cassius Clay, mere hours removed from winning the heavyweight boxing title, mulls his impending decision to join the Nation … more
Mike Zelek, the director of Chatham County’s Public Health Department, and his staff have been working non-stop to provide information to county residents about the vaccine ... more
Because of the pandemic, but more compellingly, because when it ain’t quite payday and we’ve eaten all the flashy, expensive grub, I’ve taken it as a personal (and pecuniarily necessary) … more
Compared to other counties across North Carolina, the numbers found on Chatham’s “COVID dashboard” look positive. But don’t be fooled, says the county’s top physician. Dr. Andrew C. … more
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
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