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The Flight Is Not White

Responding to a recent story pointing out that Orange County charter schools are disproportionately white, a number of charter-school parents took umbrage in the d comments at any insinuation that they had racial motivations. Charter.Parent writes: “Our decision to move our child to a charter was 100 percent n, the result of wanting our child to be motiJane vated and inspired to learn. Project-based Spencer ura learning supplies this; more traditional eduDonald, cational methods of memorizing and regurtick, n Ruccia, gitating used by district schools do not. It is very disappointing that Orange County tiello, charters are not more diverse, but if local le Villena schools can’t motivate even a gifted child, then parents are going to send their kids to schools that can, even if they value diversity. ms The author should interview parents with students at charters and district schools. I

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suspect he will find a much more nuanced picture of what different parents value for their children’s education, and it won’t be that they are looking to avoid minorities.” MissyR offers similar thoughts: “My children attend an OCS charter because 1) it is a more socially conscientious environment for the difficult middle school years, 2) it is the right place for my child with special needs, and 3) I feel it is a safer situation during this time of gun violence in schools. I would love to see more diversity in the student body and certainly did not choose it because there is less.” Colormetruthful says the story was “lazy journalism”: “Having been there a few years, I can say that the division you see between charters and others is almost completely due to socioeconomic factors. How many economically disadvantaged parents

can drive their children to school and pick them up every day? If your child needs free or reduced lunch/breakfast to be able to eat, then why would you even apply to a school that doesn’t provide it? You wouldn’t. Because of this, the applicant pool for charter schools is going to closely mirror the affluent or upper-middle-class residents of the community. If you want to talk about racial disparity, then let’s talk about the socioeconomic disparities that disproportionately have a negative impact on people of color, but don’t just opine that charter school parents are racist.” Of course, the story did make those points and didn’t call charter-school parents racist, as Edward Teach points out: “You people in the comments talking about where your little Suzy and Johnny attend school and why need to get a grip. The author of this

piece didn’t call you racist. Learn to read for Christ’s sake!” And on Facebook, Judy Nelsen Fogg says there definitely are racial imbalances between North Carolina’s charter and traditional public schools. Speaking of the teachers profiled in a story about a Durham charter seeking to reconcile from the school system, she writes, “I applaud your honest and bold action in speaking out about the obvious though typically ignored disparity between charters and public schools. It most definitely is and will continue to be ‘white flight,’ and ultimately we all lose when an education for our children has come to this.” Want to see your name in bold? Email us at backtalk@indyweek.com, comment on our Facebook page or indyweek.com, or hit us up on Twitter: @indyweek.

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SUMMIT CHURCH’S JD GREEAR WANTS TO TAKE THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION INTO THE FUTURE. NOT EVERYONE’S INTO IT. BY AMANDA ABRAMS

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wenty years ago, Homestead Heights was a traditional, red-brick Baptist church located off of Duke Street in northern Durham. Founded in the early sixties, the congregation had swelled and then waned; by the late nineties, only about 350 people were left. Observers would’ve been forgiven for assuming it had fallen victim to the decline in church attendance besetting the country. But today, it boasts ten thousand worshipers on Sundays—and a new name, Summit Church. With campuses throughout the region, Summit is one of the largest churches in the Triangle and one of the fastest-growing congregations in the country. Far from teetering on the edge of obsolescence, its pews are packed with enthusiastic young people. Some of that change came from smart strategizing by longtime church staff. But most of Summit’s growth stems from the dynamism of its pastor, JD Greear. Greear, now forty-five, has brought in new worshipers through a combination of characteristics that have proved particularly attractive to young professionals and millennials: theological orthodoxy paired with informality and openness, a commitment to service, and an unstinting focus on bringing the gospel to all corners of the earth. He’s been a resounding success in the Triangle. Now Greear wants to take that formula national. This week, he’ll seek election as president of the Southern Baptist Convention at the group’s annual meeting in Dallas on June 12–13. Many Southern Baptists around the country say Greear represents the best of their denomination and is exactly what they need—particularly at a time that’s been characterized by public fighting and scandal. That includes the recent dismissal of longtime leader Paige Patterson for his controversial comments

about women. Patterson came under fire after reports surfaced that he advised one woman to return to her abusive husband and encouraged another who’d been raped at the seminary where he was president not to report it to the police. But a small yet vocal minority is pushing back against Greear’s candidacy, implying that he’s too progressive to be a “real” Southern Baptist. A few months ago, a second candidate—much older, much more conventional—was nominated to run against Greear, turning this into one of the most pivotal Southern Baptist elections in years. It’s a question of methodology, not theology: There are fundamental differences in how the two candidates structure their churches, reach their congregations, connect with their communities, and engage with the wider world. To some insiders, the future of the SBC is at stake. “Baptist presidents in the last forty years have been cut from a very similar mold,” says Jonathan Howe, who runs the podcast SBC This Week. “JD would be the first pastor of a new era, a new type of Southern Baptist leader.”

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s salvation by faith alone? What about helping the poor and suffering—is that a contradiction?” It’s Sunday morning at Summit’s main campus in Brier Creek, and Greear is working his way through Matthew 25. But he’s gone off on a tangent, hinting at the perennial argument over whether personal salvation or social justice is the key focus of Christianity. Clad in jeans, talking a mile a minute, and injecting his sermon with jokes and personal anecdotes, Greear comes across as an easygoing, eminently relatable “regular guy”—albeit one who knows the Bible and can easily dissect its finer points.

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Both sides are correct, Greear says: “You demonstrate your faith by engaging in the works of God.” In a way, that sums up Summit’s focus— adhering closely to a traditional interpretation of the Bible’s teachings, while simultaneously exhorting worshipers to get involved in their communities and in missions abroad. Summit has done that well. The church has established—or “planted,” in Christian parlance—more than two hundred churches overseas and another forty in the United States. Of the forty-six thousand churches that are part of the Southern Baptist Convention, Summit has by far sent the most missionaries into the field. Greear and his staff also constantly exhort congregants to engage in local service work; the church holds an annual volunteer week, ServeRDU, and regularly partners with local schools and municipal social service agencies.

gotten his Ph.D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest. He immediately set about restructuring the church in order to attract more people. That included the name change, as well as tangible efforts to make the place more welcoming to newcomers. He was quickly successful, and eventually, Summit outgrew its building. Church officials opened a second location in 2007 when they failed to find a new site large enough for the burgeoning church, and the trend has continued. Becoming a multicampus church wasn’t necessarily intentional, but it allowed Summit’s young congregants to worship in the communities where they live. The church’s growth coincided with that of the Triangle, which saw hordes of newcomers throughout the early 2000s who lacked family in the area and were looking to build connections. Today, Summit has eight physical locations, including sites in Chapel Hill,

Johnson, a young mother, didn’t grow up Southern Baptist, but she says the denomination doesn’t matter to her (and it’s not something Summit advertises about itself ). She’s in good company. Summit attracts thousands of college students, young professionals, and families, many of whom weren’t raised Southern Baptist, evangelical, or even Christian. “I go to church to learn about God and to have a community who believes what I do,” says Sophia Noor Kiser, a former atheist who describes herself as “very liberal and a feminist.” “[Greear] wants to have the difficult conversations, and everyone I’ve met at Summit has been really open and eager to learn.” That includes issues of racial diversity. Summit is largely white, but church staffers say they are working hard to bring other ethnicities into the church’s leadership and regularly talk about racial justice. And when Greear says, during a sermon, “When

en the sanctuary. Millennials are said to be casual and anti-institutional, seeking meaning, authenticity, and a sense of community. Greear’s approach—eschewing appearances and formality, cutting through bureaucracy and unnecessary dogma to provide worshipers with a direct relationship to God, and allowing them to meaningfully connect with their community and the wider world— speaks to young people in a way that traditional Southern Baptist pastors don’t, and can’t. And that’s where the divide within the denomination comes from.

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he first thing to know about the Southern Baptist Convention is that it’s huge. There are about fifteen million Southern Baptists in the United States, and while the group is well known for its older, conservative Bible-thumpers, it includes a surprising number of younger people who

“We try to teach that there ought to be a reservation and a hesitation if there is a group of people who, in the name of Jesus, are getting engaged in particular policies.” But personal salvation and individuals’ dedication to God are primary at Summit. Attendees say they like that Greear speaks directly from the Bible without adding his own views. Greear himself acknowledges it. “We have a lot of people who say they appreciate that the messages aren’t really my opinions on things,” he says. “I’m just trying to explain what the Bible says.” The combination of passionate belief with passionate outreach was baked into Summit Church from the beginning. Back when it was Homestead Heights, the church had been floundering; with a largely middle-age congregation, it had lost its senior pastor and attendees were questioning its direction. Senior staff members determined that the church needed to better serve the local community, and in 2001, they turned to the twenty-eight-year-old preacher running their college ministry and asked him to become the senior pastor. Greear, a native of Yadkinville, had just 8 | 6.6.18 | INDYweek.com

Mebane, downtown Durham, Apex, and Raleigh. (The Brier Creek location also hosts a Spanish-language service, and Summit has men’s and women’s prison ministries.) The church is just starting construction on a North Raleigh facility that’s reported to cost $20 million; it should be complete by the end of 2019. Summit’s money isn’t going to appearances. The Brier Creek location, for example, is functional, but it looks like the former warehouse that it is; the boxy, windowless sanctuary has a concrete floor, low ceiling, and simple chairs lined up in rows. But to its followers, that doesn’t matter. “It’s not about how pretty the church is; if I can hear a good message, that’s what’s important,” says Nicole Johnson, a Brier Creek resident who’s attended Summit for over a decade. “Pastor JD is charismatic and provides an understanding of the Bible through his sermons in a way that I have not seen at any other church.”

someone shows up in my community, regardless of how they get there, my responsibility is to love them,” in reference to refugees and immigrants, the sanctuary spontaneously bursts into applause. But make no mistake: Summit isn’t liberal, and Greear isn’t a progressive. He studied under Paige Patterson at Southeastern, after all. He believes that the Bible is the unerring word of God and freely talks about evil. Summit hews very closely to the Baptist Faith and Message, the statement of conviction put out by the SBC. Women pastors are not allowed, homosexuality is considered a sin, and the leadership staunchly opposes abortion rights. Many of Summit’s younger followers disagree with some of those beliefs. But still they return, because there’s something about Summit and Greear that transcends politics and speaks to them fundamentally. It’s not the Christian rock band that opens the service, nor the colored lights that enliv-

live in cities and appreciate urban life, even as they strategize about Christian theology and how to best attract millennials. That is to say, there’s a wide range of practices and positions within the SBC. So when a preacher in Texas puts forth a resolution asking that the convention reject various forms of “social justice,” as one did recently, he isn’t speaking for the entire group. The second thing to know is that the group’s history is deep and detailed. The denomination was formed in 1845 explicitly to support slavery as other Baptists around the country condemned it. Today, Southern Baptists conversationally mention things like “the Great Commission Resurgence debate”—a 2010 discussion about how to best support mission work—and “The Battle for the Bible,” a struggle by more conservative pastors to strengthen and redefine biblical authority. The outcome of that battle was the Conservative Resurgence, a return to fundamentalist


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principles that began in the 1980s. Patterson was one of the main architects of that movement, as were many of the SBC’s other current leaders. That includes Ken Hemphill, the South Carolina pastor who’s been nominated to oppose Greear at the upcoming convention in Dallas. A traditional Southern Baptist preacher who wants to strengthen the SBC’s institutions—including seminaries, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and the Cooperative Program, which governs giving from churches to the SBC—the seventy-year-old Hemphill clearly represents the old guard. And he was clearly put up to oppose Greear. “He was nominated by a group of people who worked for a long time to come up with a candidate,” says Allan Blume, the editor of the Cary-based Biblical Recorder, a news journal for North Carolina Baptists. “Obviously there’s a campaign [against Greear]; that’s the way it’s playing out.” That was a surprise to many observers. Greear had run for the SBC presidency in 2016, but after tying with the other candidate, Steve Gaines, Greear dropped out and Gaines became president. So it seemed Greear would be a shoo-in this time. But Greear is viewed with suspicion by many from the SBC’s more traditional wing. Some leaders have questioned his theology, picked apart comments he’s made, and implied that he’s not “one of us.” On the stalwartly anti-Greear website SBC Today, for example, he was blasted for saying that he thinks Muslims and Christians worship the same God. (Representatives from SBC Today declined to comment on this story.) Others, like the online Capstone Report, have questioned Greear’s theology after he recently said that women should have more leadership roles within the SBC. The irony is that he’s not liberal at all; analysts across the board agree that Greear is completely aligned with fundamental Southern Baptist theology. “He’s a dressed-down conservative,” says Curtis Freeman, a professor at Duke Divinity School. But the characteristics that have led to Greear’s success with younger worshipers are exactly those that have attracted the suspicion of older pastors. The concept of having several church campuses is unusual, for example, and viewed with some distrust simply for that reason. Greear is also less institutional, encouraging Summit to do more on its own rather than working through the SBC. “JD represents an entrepreneurial spirit; he’s a risk taker,” says Freeman. “I think [if he becomes SBC president], you’ll see a different kind of vision for how missions get done—more church-centered rather than denomination-centered.” 10 | 6.6.18 | INDYweek.com

Greear is also rarely explicitly political; it’s unimaginable that he would engage in the divisiveness that’s characterized conservative Christian political activity over the past few decades. “We try to teach that there ought to be a reservation and a hesitation if there is a group of people who, in the name of Jesus, are getting engaged in particular policies,” Greear says. He did, however, speak out forcefully against any kind of abuse of women in response to Patterson’s comments and recent ouster. That’s all appealing to young Christians who have been disgusted by the hypocrisy that they see in the Religious Right—and by the seeming enthusiasm with which many of their fellow evangelicals have supported Donald Trump. But it makes many older pastors, who still see themselves as fighting for the soul of America, uncomfortable. Hemphill, for example, has been endorsed by Robert Jeffress, the Dallas preacher who has become a close associate of Trump’s. Trevin Wax, a blogger for The Gospel Coalition—an organization of more modern evangelical churches—thinks that Greear represents some distinct divides among Southern Baptists. Most significantly, he says, “cosmopolitan” Southern Baptists like Greear are interested in diversity for its own sake, including diversity in age. Meanwhile, “conventionals”—like Hemphill—believe the truth is the truth, whether or not it attracts younger worshipers, and that the traditional Southern Baptist style of preaching and running a church should persist. At heart, the question of who supports Greear (and why) is about how an aging denomination, one whose churches were once very similar, responds to change and modernization. “JD Greear certainly represents a generational—and something of a cultural—shift, and there are all sorts of underlying fears and anxieties about what that’ll mean for the SBC and the future of the SBC,” Wax says. If Greear loses, younger Southern Baptists might take it as a sign that they aren’t really welcome in the SBC. Most observers think, however, that Greear will be victorious—aided, perhaps, by the Patterson scandal and a sense that it’s finally time for a passing of the baton. “It would be a signal that the Southern Baptist Convention recognizes the need to be multigenerational and multi-ethnic,” says Daniel Akin, president of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. “I don’t understand why anyone would be opposed. I would to God that more churches would be like Summit.” backtalk@indyweek.com


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t’s impossible to defend state Representative Mickey Michaux’s comparison of the legislature’s budget process to rape for the same reason that it’s impossible to defend comparing anything to rape. Nothing is rape except rape. Civil rights icon though the Durham Democrat may be, Michaux screwed up, and then compounded that screw-up by refusing to apologize. But it’s also impossible not to understand the frustration underlying that comment. What the General Assembly’s Republicans did last week was emblematic of the kind of opaque, backroom, zero-sum politics that has given Congress its sub-basement approval ratings. Following a massive teacher demonstration on May 16 and fearing that Democrats would force uncomfortable votes on things like improved teacher pay, school safety, and tax cuts for the rich, a handful of Republicans cobbled together the budget behind closed doors—with input from special interests but no elected Democrats (or even most Republicans)—then rammed it through without allowing any amendments. It was a breathtaking affront to democratic norms, although perhaps nothing out of the ordinary for the Trump era. But it did allow Republicans a chance to seize the political high ground. Now they can run campaign ads this fall asking why Democrats voted against raising teacher salaries 6.5 percent, rather than having to defend votes against Democratic amendments to raise teacher pay higher than that, as Governor Cooper proposed, by eliminating tax breaks for the wealthy. And that’s why people hate politics. But when sweeping policies are enacted behind closed doors, without substantive debate, they can often lead to unintended consequences—or, less charitably, intended consequences dressed up as accidents.

Such was the case with a single sentence on page 179 of the 267-page budget, which, if not repealed, all but dooms the DurhamOrange Light Rail Transit project. The sentence—“A light rail project is ineligible for scoring, prioritization, and State funding until a written agreement is provided … establishing that all non-State funding necessary to construct the project has been secured”—doesn’t say as much, not explicitly. Rather, it says the state won’t fund its share of the project’s costs—as much as $247 million, though probably less—until the federal government kicks in its share, about $1.2 billion, or half of the total project cost. The problem: By law, the feds can’t pay up until local and state authorities have all of their funding secured. Effectively, this creates a catch-22 in which the state won’t commit funds until the feds do, but the feds can’t commit funds until the state does, and around we go. The Republicans claim this wasn’t their plan. They just wanted to ensure that the state didn’t dump money into a project that was going nowhere. But their budget process didn’t offer an opportunity for amendments, just a yes-no vote, so there was no chance to remove or alter this provision— or even to debate its implications. Before we go further, I should mention that I’m ambivalent about the DOLRT and skeptical of its ridership projections. But that aside, it’s clear that the project has widespread local support—every local official is fully behind it, and Durham and Orange Counties have already spent about $148 million on it. And it’s also clear the GOP’s motives aren’t really about fiscal responsibility. Never mind the fact that the budget is loaded with pork, including handouts to antiabortion groups, a Christian hunting club, a

proselytizing prison ministry, and a YMCA in Onslow County. Focus on the stunningly obvious point that there are myriad other ways for the state to ensure it’s not throwing good money after bad without strangling the project in its cradle. The legislature could, for instance, simply say the state won’t distribute funds without a federal commitment, instead of saying it won’t even evaluate the project without it. And it’s important to note that commuter-rail projects in Wake and Mecklenburg Counties weren’t targeted—though, according to state Representative Verla Insko, an Orange County Democrat, they originally were. However, she told the Herald-Sun, Republicans pulled that provision to protect vulnerable Wake and Mecklenburg Republicans in a tough election year. There are no Republicans representing Durham or Orange in the legislature, and that’s not a coincidence. If Insko is correct—and everything about the way Republicans have comported themselves since taking power suggests she is—then the motives here are obvious: With their supermajorities threatened in November, Republicans had in this budget one last chance to whack Durham and Orange progressives for the hell of it. And, to my eyes, that’s just what they did: They killed light rail because they could. Now, local leaders are scrambling to get lawmakers to fix it. Durham County Commissioner Wendy Jacobs, a member of the GoTriangle Board of Directors, says “highlevel leaders” in the General Assembly want to help, via a “technical correction”— a way for legislators to say that what’s in the budget isn’t what they actually meant. Of course, this last-ditch strategy assumes that the budget’s language isn’t, in fact, exactly what they meant. jbillman@indyweek.com INDYweek.com | 6.6.18 | 13


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he food you find at a sports stadium is almost as iconic as the game itself. What would baseball be without peanuts and Cracker Jack, hot dogs and plastic cups of frothy domestic beer? You can, of course, find those tried-and-true standbys at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. But, since deliberately changing its food strategy a few years ago, the home of the Bulls has come to boast a local food lineup that even a majorleague ballpark might envy. Last season, Moe’s Southwest Grill gave way to a second location for Gonza Tacos y Tequila; this season, local pizza slingers Pie Pushers replaced Papa John’s. The key to the ballpark’s culinary success is Bull City Hospitality, which took over the food franchise starting with the Bulls’s 2015 season. This was a year after the park reopened with a multimillion-dollar facelift, which the Bulls’s parent company, the Capitol Broadcasting Corporation, had taken as a chance to reexamine the park’s hospitality side, too. Food and drinks had been the responsibility of Centerplate, which runs concessions for several large stadiums around the country. But when its CEO, Des Hague, was caught on video kicking a dog in the summer of 2014, it made the decision to build an in-house hospitality operation even easier. The CBC launched Bull City Hospitality as a separate business entity from the Bulls, but one complementary to the stadium’s operation. “If the Bulls sat back and said, ‘Hey, we want to try this promotion’ or ‘We want to develop a relationship with this vendor,’ it wasn’t like you were talking to someone else that had another boss, and you had to sell them on it,” says Dave Levey, Bull City Hospitality’s director of food and beverage. “We talk about it as a team.” Prior to Levey’s arrival, there were a handful of Triangle-based vendors peddling their treats at the park, including Locopops and locally owned franchises of Chik-fil-A and Rita’s Italian Ice. 14 | 6.6.18 | INDYweek.com

But now, there are about a dozen local vendors, including Makus Empanadas, Hog Heaven Bar-B-Q, and fried goodies from The Kupkake Fairy. The stadium’s impressive local beer list includes Raleigh’s Lynnwood Brewing Concern, Wake Forest’s White Street Brewing Co., and Durham’s Bull Durham Beer Co., yet another company that falls under the CBC’s Bulls-related enterprises. There’s even a stand to buy fresh fruit cups from the Durham Co-op Market—an unexpected hit. “The amount of fruit we sell here, it’s crazy,” Levey says. “Hundreds of dollars of fruit cups a night. They sell out most nights.” Levey thinks bringing a variety of local vendors to the ballpark also helps the inhouse concession operation stay focused on keeping the basics great. “A lot of times we sat back and said, ‘Let’s make sure that, from the Bull City Hospitality side, we’re sticking to the core items that you would expect at a ballpark,’” he says. Of course, one of those is hot dogs, which have been subjected to serious scrutiny. Levey says that, in his experience, most people favor all-beef hot dogs over other varieties, but a blind taste test of more than twenty franks revealed that the two-meat Bright Leaf brand from Carolina Packers remained the favorite at Bulls HQ. “Carolina Packers is not necessarily famous for their all-beef hot dog. They’re famous for their red hot dog,” Levey says of the famous regional oddity whose ingredients—spoiler alert—are identical to its brown counterpart. “The red hot dog has always been a two-meat hot dog, pork and beef.” And anyway, celebrated all-beef hot dogs brands such as Nathan’s and Hebrew International don’t have the right credentials for the DBAP menu. “They’re good hot dogs, but they’re not from North Carolina,” Levey says. “If we can do something local, we’d rather do it local.” If you want to take your ballpark hot dog expe-

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rience to the next level, opt for Hog Heaven’s ’Cue Dog, which is topped with pulled-pork barbecue and coleslaw. There are strong signs that Bulls fans prefer local fare. National pizza giant Papa John’s still sponsors the Bulls, but there wasn’t quite enough business at the seasonal spot to justify keeping it open. Levey went looking for a solution that wasn’t Domino’s or another major chain and found an eager candidate in Pie Pushers.

“[Nathan’s and Hebrew International are] good hot dogs, but they’re not from North Carolina. If we can do something local, we’d rather do it local.”

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The Bulls’ 2018 season started at the beginning of April, but already, Pie Pushers is significantly outpacing Papa John’s sales. Beyond that immediate payoff, Becky Cascio, who co-owns Pie Pushers with her husband, Mike Hacker, says that their relationship with DBAP carries the benefit of bringing the Pie Pushers name to a new audience. “It’s a nice challenge and addition to what we were already doing,” Cascio says. “It’s another place to be involved in Durham, and it brings a whole other crowd.” The Bulls’ famous “Hit Bull, Win Steak” billboard looms over left field, billowing clouds of smoke out of its nose when the home team knocks one out of the park. But athletic excellence isn’t necessary to find good food with the Bulls—in fact, you barely have to get in the door to do it. ahussey@indyweek.com

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alk with Phil Cook for even a few minutes, and the discussion will inevitably lead to community and the accompanying concepts of trust and love. Dive deeper, and it becomes clear just how important it is for him to reflect those themes in his music. “I’ve got a chance now to show the world not what’s in my head, like I did on Southland Mission, but what’s in my community. That’s what People Are My Drug feels like,” he says, referring to his newest LP. Southland Mission, Cook’s 2015 album and his first leading a full band under his own name, was an intensive, highly involved experience for the singer, guitarist, and pianist. He made virtually every musical decision himself. Even then, he asserts that the encouragement of Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath, who was the first person to hear demos for that album, was critical for him in beginning the process. It’s indicative of the kind of mutual support that’s always been key to Cook’s collaborations, in this case eventually leading to co-writing People duet “Miles Away” with Meath in less than an hour. While that collaborative spirit has long been present in his music, Cook credits the years since Southland for teaching him how to act as a bandleader rather than a director. As his band members learned to perform Southland in their own way, they gained Cook’s trust while he recognized that the beauty and soul inherent in their playing was more essential to the songs than any particular technique. Cook even ascribes the impetus for recording People Are My Drug to keyboardist James Wallace, saying that he’d been “coasting for a bit” when Wallace asked him about a new album over beers with drummer JT Bates at Durham’s Ponysaurus last summer. Despite having no material written, the conversation escalated so quickly that, within fifteen minutes, Cook had booked the first week of January 2018 at April Base Studios, the Wisconsin recording home of

Phil Cook, at home with his dogs Fletch and Willie PHOTO BY CAITLIN PENNA friend and former bandmate Justin Vernon. While Wallace pushed Cook in this instance, Wallace admits that he rediscovered his love of piano after meeting Cook while working on the 2012 compilation Hymns from the Gathering Church. “I was really burned out on being the keyboard player in a band,” Wallace remembers. “We instantly bonded over the piano, and his enthusiasm was addictive. He showed me this documentary about James Booker called Bayou Maharajah, and it started me off on this tear of learning New Orleans music.” The two began playing together frequent-

ly as live members of Hiss Golden Messenger. When Cook tapped his younger brother Brad to produce People Are My Drug, his sibling convinced him to complete the bulk of the recording in just two days, similar to how they had recorded Hiss Golden Messenger’s recent Hallelujah Anyhow. Immediately after playing four shows over four days in Minnesota and Wisconsin, Phil and his core band—Wallace, Bates, and bassist Michael Libramento—headed directly to April Base to begin tracking, this time with Phil fully trusting his bandmates to craft their own parts.

“It was like summer camp,” Phil says, still brimming with delight over the sessions. “We didn’t leave that room or check a mix for the next two days.” Unbeknownst to him, Brad had been noting the best takes of the fifteen songs they attempted—a mix of originals and covers of old gospel and soul songs—and played back what became People after dinner the second day. “Almost all of them were first or second passes, so all the fuck-ups are on there, but you’re also catching that rawness,” Phil adds. “I felt like I could live behind it because it felt so real and honest.” INDYweek.com | 6.6.18 | 17


The Cook brothers have shared experience, of course, beyond playing together in bands for more than twenty years, including Megafaun and DeYarmond Edison, the outfit Vernon fronted when they moved to the Triangle together from Wisconsin in 2005. Both point to a family upbringing that involved lots of acceptance and vulnerability while cultivating “a deep appreciation for building and nurturing community,” according to Brad. When the siblings first

but what did you give? I was raised by people where it was all about what they gave, so that’s my standard and how you win me over. That’s the community I’m talking about—these likeminded people that want to build something and want to connect.” Indeed, People’s emotional centerpiece, “Another Mother’s Dream,” features Cook and poet Kane Smego meditating on family and, in the wake of the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, the stark differences

“When you look back at your life, love needs to conquer over fear for anything meaningful to happen.” began exploring their musical interest, Phil saw how that dovetailed with the tightknight music scene of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, but soon after college, his desire to live somewhere more diverse grew. He wanted to be somewhere with a deeper, richer history of music and culture, so he moved to the South. Cook feels like it’s taken a decade of living in Durham—weaving himself into its fabric both musically and socially—to truly understand the city, and he continues to find ways to venture outside his bubble. “As a citizen of Durham, it seems like less and less of an option for someone from the white community to continue to be able to live in insulated ignorance,” he says. That mindset closely follows his family’s background in political activism: His father was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, while his mother served as a community organizer and worked with the black and Latinx populations in Madison, Wisconsin, during the city’s riots of the late sixties and early seventies. His grandparents wrote weekly to their congressmen, and his maternal grandfather was on familiar terms with Senator Russ Feingold. He’s naturally following their lead as he uses his craft to forge his own way through the world. “Especially as a dad, I have a sense of needing to say something in the medium that I have, which is music. When you look back at your life, love needs to conquer over fear for anything meaningful to happen,” he says. “It’s not what about what you got, 18 | 6.6.18 | INDYweek.com

between his own experiences and those of black Americans. The track climaxes with Cook joined on shouts of “no more bodies!” by a five-member gospel choir, recruited by Tamisha Waden and recorded on Martin Luther King Day in the sanctuary of Durham’s Hayti Heritage Center as the final piece of the album. “I just reached out to some of my closest friends who I knew would have a vested interest and could do exactly what he wanted for that part of the song,” Waden says. “Not just to lend their voices, but to put the emotion and feeling behind it, which was powerful.” Like much of Cook’s work, “Another Mother’s Dream” echoes his lifelong devotion to gospel, soul, and blues music. Cook grew up in a Presbyterian church, where the congregation sang its hymns in an emotionless fashion that he compares to elementary schoolers reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. But he recalls being moved to tears as a middle schooler the first time he heard the harmonies and power of a big choir during the performance of “Oh Happy Day” in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. Despite that earnest, unusual Hollywood introduction, Cook emphasizes writing and performing in a way that honors his predecessors in an authentic manner rather than whitewashing the music’s history. “You just can’t subtract black music from any part of the American musical story,” he says. His band mates, meanwhile, back up his efforts.

“I respect Phil and love him for wanting to keep the authenticity of [gospel] music alive [while remaining] true to himself. I love the fact that I’m able to do it with him,” Waden says. Though Cook half-jokes that the last hip-hop music he bought was Onyx’s hit single “Slam” in 1993, he considers “the most incredible artist making anything right now” to be Kendrick Lamar. “I can hear a hundred years of musical history in him and how deep and sophisticated and referential it is. That’s what I love about music, when it transcends genre.” Cook was so captivated by G Yamazawa’s 2017 record Shouts to Durham

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that he began digging deeper into the Triangle hip-hop scene and exploring how it intersects locally with jazz. “I just want to constantly absorb things and be into all the different ways that I can be part of the trunk of the American tree of music, rather than the temporary leaves,” Cook says. “I want to build a career based on how well I listen to others, not what I have to say. We’re all in this together and that unbroken chain—staying open to what’s happening and trusting people that are making music now. But honoring those that came before and brought their gifts— that’s how you become part of the trunk.” music@indyweek.com

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In the three years since singer-songwriter Phil Cook released his debut solo album, Southland Mission, he’s steered his blues-driven roots sound closer to the shores of gospel and soul. That directional shift makes sense in light of the extracurricular work he’s conducted in the interim: Cook wrote for Mavis Staples and The Blind Boys of Alabama, and has partnered with The Branchettes’ Lena Mae Perry, among other seminal roots music figures, on a handful of projects. For his second album, People Are My Drug, he borrows from their encouraging messages at a time when being kind remains critical. Community forms the thematic cornerstone of the nine tracks, which include covers of Allen Toussaint (“Life”) and Randy Newman (“He Gives Us All His Love”). But more than simply sing about how and why people need one another, Cook embodies that ideal by drawing upon the community itself. People Are My Drug reverberates with voices. There’s Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath on the bluesy call-and-response “Miles Away” (which she co-wrote), Tamisha Waden on the churning gospel number “Steam Powered Blues,” and a powerful choir on “Another Mother’s Son.” Encouragement can’t be a solo effort; it requires the action of many. As Cook has explained, People Are My Drug presents listeners with the kind of music “that makes him feel.” Feeling has long been the backbone of his musical approach, and it shines on People Are My Drug. The quietly poignant “Tupelo Child,” about respecting those who have journeyed before you, was written by Hiss Golden Messenger’s MC Taylor, with whom Cook plays as a recording and touring member. Cook’s soft strumming and whisper-like harmonies with Molly Sarlé and Meath capture all the front-porch-magic of the city’s roots scene. If Cook’s music sounds like a porch gathering, People Are My Drug actually comes closer to a prayer. Be kind, Cook reminds listeners, and don’t forget that none of us can get through life alone. The passage requires people and People Are My Drug celebrates those relationships big and small. —Amanda Wicks


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CAN BOB WEIR AND THE BOYS BRING THE GRATEFUL DEAD BACK TO LIFE? BY JIM ALLEN

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he continuing exploits of Dead & Company are a reminder that loving The Grateful Dead has become an increasingly complicated proposition ever since Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995. In 1998, the surviving members of the band began dusting off the old tunes and performing as The Other Ones, with guest guitarists filling in for the departed bandleader. In 2003, The Other Ones started billing themselves simply as The Dead, taking one more turn around the wheel and then knocking it off until 2008, when they reemerged with Gov’t Mule/Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes for one more tour. After that, founding members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh splintered off to start yet another Dead legacy band, Furthur, which choogled along up until the beginning of 2014. Of course, in 2015, the four surviving Grateful Dead members celebrated the original band’s fiftieth anniversary with Fare Thee Well, a short run of mega-shows. Joining them were The Dead/Other Ones/ Furthur keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, early nineties Grateful Dead auxiliary member Bruce Hornsby on piano, and Phish fretmeister Trey Anastasio in the hot seat. A few months later, Dead & Company played their first show, featuring a lineup of original members Weir, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, former Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge, Chimenti, and John Mayer on guitar and vocals. And they’ve been at it ever since. At no point has it been possible to fault Lesh, Weir, Kreutzmann, and Hart for wanting to keep the fire burning. Garcia may have been the star of the band, but what they achieved together would have been impossible without each member’s contributions, and the survivors retain just as much claim on the legacy as their late leader. How Deadheads feel about all the postGarcia ensembles has always depended on the push and pull between the perpetuation of the group’s improvisatory frisson and unassailable repertoire on the one hand, and

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Dead & Company PHOTO BY DANNY CLINCH on the other, the willingness to sit through a long string of Garcia substitutes and Lesh’s ill-advised insistence on vocalizing. The latter is a non-issue in the Lesh-less Dead & Company, and while no one can really replace Lesh’s transcendent bass lines any more than Garcia’s guitar, Burbridge does a damn fine job on his own terms. And if Chimenti isn’t the man for the keyboard stool by now, nobody is. Weir and the drummers have doubled down on their commitment to the music on the band’s most recent tours, which leaves only the X-factor of Mayer, occupying the least enviable job in rock ’n’ roll: replacing the irreplaceable. There’s no way to win when you’re standing in for Jerry Garcia. To his credit, however, Mayer doesn’t really try to emulate him, opting instead to try to capture a bit of Garcia’s aura without aping his style. He’s an undeniably excellent guitarist; not only does he have plenty of technical facility, he’s also great at turning out concise, visceral melodic phrases, and he knows how to rock out when it’s called for. That said, an enormous part of the reason The Grateful Dead worked was that Garcia was not merely a great player, but one of the most gifted improvisers ever to front a rock band. And for all of Mayer’s considerable

assets as a musician, when it comes to the extended improv that’s responsible for much of the band’s magic, he’s not really able to sustain a long enough stream of interesting ideas for the other band members to bounce off of. As a vocalist, he’s serviceable, but his throaty, blues-informed style frequently feels ill-suited to the songs he’s required to sing. No reasonable person expects Mayer to sing like Garcia, but its unlikely anybody’s looking to learn what it might sound like if Dave Matthews fronted the Dead. That doesn’t mean Dead & Company don’t deliver an enjoyable experience. There’s still plenty of chemistry onstage, and those tunes won’t wear out under any circumstances. What you come away with depends on what you bring with you. If you arrive expecting an act of musical necromancy that brings The Grateful Dead as the world once knew them back to life, you’ll inevitably be disappointed. But if, on the other hand, you attend a Dead & Company concert seeking a contemporary extension of that phenomenon, to revisit the jubilant realm of the Deadheads, or simply to have a fun evening watching some world-class musicians playing the bulletproof tunes that some of them helped bring into the world, all will be well. music@indyweek.com


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CONTRIBUTORS

LOCAL COLOR

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JEFFREY C. BILLMAN

EAT+DRINK

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ERICA HELLERSTEIN

OUT+ABOUT

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BRIAN HOWE

SHOPS+SERVICES

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ALLISON HUSSEY

HEALTH+BODY

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LAYLA KHOURY-HANOLD

very year, we try to perfect the formula for our editorial companions to our readers’ picks in our annual Best of the Triangle issue. In 2016, we made up our own categories to bring attention to things we wanted to talk about, but that seemed to confuse folks more than anything else. Last year, we wrote about a selection of our readers’ choices, sometimes having a little fun with them. Some people thought this diminished our readers’ picks, which wasn’t our intention (although we stand by our statements that Frank Stasio is not a crank and Carrboro is not a neighborhood). So for 2018, here’s a new theme for our staff picks: Like that? Try this. We wrote these blurbs before voting had wrapped, when we just knew who the nominees were. In categories where we had strong feelings about something that wasn’t nominated, we added our own editorial comments. The point isn’t that readers got it wrong, but that the Triangle has so many great things they couldn’t all possibly be nominated, and we just wanted to throw a few more wonderful things to explore into the mix. (You’ll notice that we skimped a bit in the Health & Body section. This is because, as journalists, we care little for either our health or our bodies, which means we have little insight to offer. Sorry, professional hazard.) If you ask a hundred people what the Best Whatever is, you’ll probably get a hundred different answers. And that’s great. To each their own. Our job in this issue, both through the readers’ picks and our own staff choices, is to highlight as much of that cool stuff as possible. So read it, then go try something new. —Jeffrey C. Billman

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Best charitable group

TROSA

1820 James Street, Durham trosainc.org

Finalists: Saving Grace NC, Hope Animal Rescue, GiGi’s Playhouse (Raleigh)

Best local activist group

Best local TV newsperson

Barbara Gibbs

Finalists: Renee Chou, Debra Morgan,

Bill Leslie

Best local TV weatherperson

Greg Fishel

Hope Animal Rescue

Finalists: Don Schwenneker, Elizabeth Gardner, Chris Hohmann, Bill Reh

Finalists: Durham for All, SONG,

Best local Twitter feed

hopeanimals.org

Defend Durham

Best local Facebook page

Hope Animal Rescue @HopeAnimalsNC

Fuquay-Varina Memes

Finalists: @joeovies, @MajorTheBull, @mom_had

Finalists: Duke Lemur Center,

Best local-interest blog

facebook.com/fuquaymemes

Hope Animal Rescue, New Raleigh

Best local Instagram account

Triangle Explorer triangleexplorer.com

RDU Baton

Finalists: Bites of Bull City, Best of the Bull, Chatham Life & Style

Finalists: Hope Animal Rescue,

Best local-interest website

rdubaton.com

RDU Brews, Triangleveganfood

Best of the Bull bestofthebull.com

Best local politician in need of a reality check

Finalists: itbinsider, Chapelboro, Chatham Life & Style

Finalists: Richard Burr, Phil Berger,

Best place to bike

Thom Tillis Virginia Foxx

Best local radio station

WUNC 91.5 NPR wunc.org

Finalists: MIX 101.5, WCOM

American Tobacco Trail

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Best place to hike

Eno River State Park ncparks.gov/eno-river-state-park

Finalists: Umstead State Park, Duke

Forest, Capital Area Greenway, Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area

Best Place to Hike

Brumley Forest Nature Preserve Indy: If you’re an outdoorsy sort, there

are few spots in the United States with more hiking opportunities than the Triangle. Any number of gloriously verdant trails could warrant mention here: the hidden-gem portion of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail that begins just across Old Oxford Road from Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve in Durham, or Penny’s Bend itself, or Durant Park Nature Preserve in Raleigh, just to name a few. But here we want to highlight the Brumley Forest Nature Preserve in Orange County, because doing so allows us to highlight the inimitable work that the Triangle Land Conservancy is doing throughout the region. Brumley is a gorgeous 613-acre preserve just south of Hillsborough, with some fifteen trails between its north and south sections. At the south entrance, off New Hope Church Road, take the Wood Duck Way trail to the Walnut Grove Loop to the 3.5-mile Springhouse Loop to—if you’ve eaten your Wheaties— the 2.1-mile Buckeye Loop. It’s a hell of a workout, but it’s too pretty to notice. One word of warning: Get there early, especially on weekends, as you’ll have to share some of these trails with mountain bikers. And now a quick shout-out to the TLC, which since 1983 has been leading efforts to identify and preserve sites for open space throughout the Triangle. Brumley is one of ten preserves in its care in Wake, Durham, Orange, Chatham, Lee, and Johnston Counties, seven of which currently offer public access. You can become a member and support the cause for just $35 a year. Just saying. —Jeffrey C. Billman

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Best place to people-watch

N.C. State Fair

1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh ncstatefair.org

Finalists: Weaver Street Market Lawn, American Tobacco Campus, Cup A Joe

Best place to pick up an INDY

Whole Foods wholefoodsmarket.com

Finalists: The Carolina Theatre, King’s Sandwich Shop, The Blue Note Grill

Best place to run

American Tobacco Trail triangletrails.org/ american-tobacco-trail

Finalists: North Carolina Museum of Art, Al Buehler Trail, Neuse River Trail, Lake Johnson Mews

Best Use of Public Money

Participatory Budgeting in Durham Indy: We think the best way to use

public money is to do whatever the hell you want with it. Through participatory budgeting, governments set aside a portion of their budgets and let the public decide how it should be spent. The Durham City Council recently voted to let residents spend $2.4 million in just this manner. Not only does this allow residents to generate their own ideas for city projects or speed up others planned down the road, but it also lets people who normally cannot vote engage in government. In Durham, residents and students age thirteen and older will get to weigh in regardless of their citizenship status. Around this time next year, Durhamites will be casting their votes, and we hope other communities in the Triangle follow suit. —Sarah Willets


Best Local Politician in Need of a Reality Check

Larry Pittman Indy: OK, so Larry Pittman is not technically a local politician. But he’s a legislator, which means he’s in Raleigh sometimes, and that’s close enough. Pittman, a Republican from Carrabus County, Presbyterian pastor, and no fan of Abraham Lincoln, has always been a boatload of crazy. Last year, he (in)famously compared the founder of his own party, whom he called a “tyrant” who was “personally responsible for the deaths of over 800,000 Americans,” to Hitler. He’s previously proposed repealing a section of the state constitution that forbids North Carolina from seceding from the United States, called for the public hanging of abortion providers, and continued to try to ban gay marriage even after the Supreme Court ruled on the matter. This year has been no different. After a nineteenyear-old armed with an AR-15 killed seventeen people in a high school in Florida in February, Pittman, a gunrights fanatic, responded to a fake meme on Facebook by commenting that “so many of these shooters turn out to be communist democrats, that I suspect they are doing these things to push for gun control so they can more easily take over the country.” Pittman won his Republican primary in May with more than 60 percent of the vote. —Jeffrey C. Billman

Best place to take visitors from out of town

Sarah P. Duke Gardens 420 Anderson Street, Durham gardens.duke.edu

Finalists: North Carolina Museum of Art, Museum of Life & Science, Duke Lemur Center

Best politician in Durham County

Steve Schewel Finalists: Former Mayor Bill Bell,

Jillian Johnson, Floyd McKissick, Mike Woodard

Best Local-Interest Website

North Carolina Health News Indy: The state’s major-metro dailies

and the handful of TV stations that still bother doing actual journalism are the Goliaths of North Carolina’s news ecosystem, to be sure. Despite shrinking news holes and nearly eviscerated newsrooms, they still have more reporters and resources than anyone else, and they break lots of important stories. But beneath the big dogs is a thriving layer of independent, nonprofit news outlets that are also doing important work. Among them: NC Policy Watch, which ended state Representative Duane Hall’s career by reporting on sexual harassment allegations against him earlier this year; Carolina Public Press, a nonprofit that has been doing excellent journalism in Western North Carolina and recently announced a statewide expansion; and North Carolina Health News, which since 2011 has been doing vital—if perhaps unglamorous—reporting on health care in the Tar Heel State. Founded by editor Rose Hoban—a nurse who enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley’s journalism school, then earned a master’s in public health policy, and eventually became the state health care reporter for North Carolina Public Radio—N.C. Health News has assembled some of the area’s best reporters to tackle one of the most complicated subject matters out there. Hoban and crew have reported tirelessly on Medicaid, mental health care, issues facing seniors, and so much more. They deserve your eyeballs (northcarolinahealthnews.org) and, if you have the means, your financial support, too. —Jeffrey C. Billman

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Best politician in Wake County

David Price Finalists: Josh Stein, Nancy McFarlane, Ken Romley

Best reason to leave the Triangle

N.C. Legislature Finalists: Inflated housing costs, HB2, traffic

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The people Finalists: The food, universities and colleges, the performing arts

Best use of public money

The Atomic Fern Indy:

Let’s say you’re in Durham, downtown, nighttime. It’s Third Friday. You just want to catch up with a friend over a chill drink. But there’s a dance party at Arcana. The Pinhook and Beyù and Motorco are all swamped with shows. Ponysaurus is packed out with cool dads and feral kids. Someone’s doing a weird popup performance at Counting House. Bull McCabe’s is bumping sports. You’re going to instantly run into fifty people you know at Criterion. No one wants to give up their hard-won parking spots to drive to The Federal or The Green Room. Is there anywhere you can just get a damn whiskey and a beer in this town? Oh, wait, yeah—there’s always The Atomic Fern, a low-key and cozy spot on Parrish distinguished by its utter lack of events or other drinking distractions, save for its copious selection of board games. —Brian Howe

Public Schools/ education

Best Local Twitter Feed

Finalists: Libraries, public transportation

@yesyoureracist

Best-kept secret in the area

Duke Lemur Center

3705 Erwin Road, Durham lemur.duke.edu

Finalists: Cedar Creek Gallery, Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe, The Right Space, Trey Roberts

Biggest waste of public money

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Best-Kept Secret in the Area

Indy: The Twitter feed @yesyoureracist made a splash last summer in the social media world after the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. The account, which turned out to be run by the Triangle’s own Logan James of Progress NC, posted photos of the rally’s screaming participants and then asked users to identify them. The cause soon went viral, successfully outing white nationalists from Nevada to Berkeley, and earning the account a following of nearly four hundred thousand people. The doxxing didn’t happen without a few hiccups, though: After James posted a photo of a tiki-torch-toting rally goer, online sleuths misidentified him as a professor at the University of Arkansas, briefly making the professor’s life a living hell. Still, the account was cathartic for people who watched the events of Charlottesville with horror and indignation—and wanted to see some form of justice meted out, even in online mob form. —Erica Hellerstein


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Upcoming concerts: June 8 Donovan Cheatham Trio with Autumn Rainey June 9 Sarah Partridge Quartet June 15 Jonathan Markow Quartet June 16 Chris Bittner Quintet June 22 Dominican Jazz Project June 23 Kate McGarry/Keith Ganz/ Gary Versace


Best Place to People-Watch

The Fullsteam / Motorco block of Rigsbee Indy: Rigsbee Avenue between Geer Street and Corporation Street is probably the best place to bar hop around downtown Durham. You can play a game of bocce ball at Surf Club, enjoy a local pint at Fullsteam, and end your night with a Frito Pie at The Accordion. This concentration of friendly neighborhood offerings also makes for a great place to people-watch, especially during the summer when you can sit outside. You might spot some famous (or famous-ish) musicians in town for a show at Motorco or witness strangers spark a connection during Fullsteam’s Love at First Pint dating game. As a bonus, you will almost definitely see some very good doggos. —Sarah Willets PHOTO BY JEREMY M. LANGE

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Best Bagel in the Triangle

Monuts

1002 Ninth Street, Durham monutsdonuts.com

FINALISTS: New York Bagels & Deli

(Raleigh), Bagel Bar (Chapel Hill), Bagel Bar (Durham)

Best Bakery in Durham County

Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe & Restaurant

2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, Durham, guglhupf.com

Finalists: Loaf, Ninth Street Bakery,

The Mad Hatter’s Cafe & Bake Shop

Best Bakery in Orange / Chatham County

Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe & Restaurant

1800 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill guglhupf.com

Finalists: Weaver Street Market;

Mediterranean Deli, Bakery, and Catering; Phoenix Bakery

Best Bakery in Wake County

La Farm Bakery

220 West Chatham Street, Cary lafarmbakery.com

Finalists: Boulted Bread,

Yellow Dog Bread Company, lucettegrace

Best Barbecue in Durham County

Best Biscuits in Wake County

The Original Q Shack

Rise Biscuits Donuts (Cameron Village)

2510 University Drive, Durham theqshackoriginal.com

Finalists: Picnic, Backyard BBQ Pit, Blue Note Grill

530 Daniels Street, Raleigh risebiscuitsdonuts.com

Best Barbecue in Orange / Chatham County

Finalists: State Farmers Market Restaurant, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Jubala Coffee

6203 Millhouse Road, Chapel Hill

Finalists: The Pig, Hillsborough BBQ,

Best Bloody Mary in Durham County

Best Barbecue in Wake County

Motorco Music Hall / Parts & Labor

Allen & Son, Chapel Hill Allen & Son (Pittsboro)

The Pit Authentic Barbecue

723 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham motorcomusic.com

Finalists: Watts Grocery, Geer Street Garden, The Durham

328 West Davie Street, Raleigh thepit-raleigh.com

Finalists: Clyde Cooper’s Barbecue, Big Mike’s Brew N Que, Longleaf Swine

Best Bloody Mary in Orange / Chatham County

Best Biscuits in Durham County

LaPlace Louisiana Cookery

Rise Biscuits Donuts (Downtown Durham)

111 North Churton Street, Hillsborough laplacehillsborough.com

401 Foster Street, Durham durhamrisebiscutsdonuts.com

Finalists: Rise Biscuits Donuts (Southpoint), Monuts, Baby Scratch

Finalists: Spotted Dog Restaurant & Bar, Postal Fish Company, Acme Food & Beverage Co.

Best Biscuits in Orange / Chatham County

Best Bloody Mary in Wake County

1305 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill sunrisebiscuits.com

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Finalists: Rise Biscuits Donuts (Carrboro),

Finalists: Jose and Sons, Person Street

@ The Pig Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen NOFO 2014 Fairview Road, Raleigh Neal’s Deli, LaPlace Louisiana Cookery

Bar, Parkside Restaurant

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Best Bread in Durham County

Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe & Restaurant

2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, Durham, guglhupf.com

Finalists: Loaf, Ninth Street Bakery,

Baby Scratch

Best Bread in Orange / Chatham County

Weaver Street Bakery

101 East Weaver Street, Carrboro weaverstreetmarket.coop/food/our-bakery

Finalists: Guglhupf Bake Shop, Chicken

Bridge Bakery, The Bread Shop

Best Bread in Wake County

Best Breakfast in Durham County

Elmo’s Diner

776 Ninth Street, Durham elmosdiner.com

Finalists: Monuts, The Mad Hatter’s Cafe

& Bake Shop, Saladelia Cafe & Catering

Best Breakfast in Orange / Chatham County

Elmo’s Diner

200 North Greensboro Street, Carrboro elmosdiner.com

Finalists: Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen,

Breadmen’s, Neal’s Deli

Best Breakfast in Wake County

La Farm

Big Ed’s City Market Restaurant

Finalists: Boulted Bread, Yellow Dog Bread Company, Stick Boy Bread Co.

Finalists: La Farm Bakery, Metro Diner, Nourish Raleigh

4248 Northwest Cary Parkway, Cary lafarmbakery.com

220 Wolfe Street, Raleigh bigedscitymarket.com

Best Brewery in Durham County

Ponysaurus Brewing Company 219 Hood Street, Durham ponysaurausbrewing.com

Finalists: Fullsteam Brewery, Bull

City Burger and Brewery, Durty Bull Brewing Company

Best Brewery in Orange / Chatham County

Mystery Brewing Company

437 Dimmocks Mill Road, #41, Hillsborough, mysterybrewing.com

Finalists: Steel String Brewery, Carolina Brewery, Top of the Hill Brewery

Best Brewery in Wake County

Trophy Brewing

Best Brunch in Durham County

Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe & Restaurant

2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, Durham, guglhupf.com

Finalists: Vin Rouge, The Mad Hatter’s Cafe & Bake Shop, Saladelia Cafe & Catering

Best Brunch in Orange / Chatham County

Elmo’s Diner

200 North Greensboro Street, Carrboro elmosdiner.com

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Luna Rotisserie and Empanadas Indy: You probably wouldn’t assume

that a spot that gets so crowded on weekend nights, let alone one that our readers nominated for Best Latin American Restaurant in the Triangle, would also pass for cheap eats. You’d be surprised! At less than ten bucks for an empanada and two sides (or vice versa), we’re calling it cheap— especially because the tastiness of the food far surpasses the affordable price. Try the quinoa empanada with yuca frits and jicama-kale slaw, or the potato empanada with spicy bacon collards and maduros with cinnamon crème fraiche. Adding a house cocktail (we love the Bees Knees) will double the price of your meal, but after making such a savvy and economical dinner choice, don’t you deserve it? —Brian Howe

827 West Morgan Street, Raleigh trophybrewing.com

Finalists: Bond Brothers Beer Company, Brewery Bhavana, Lynnwood Brewing Concern, Crank Arm Brewing Company

La Farm’s Carolina Gold Rice Loaf PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER

Best Cheap Eats in Durham County

Finalists: Acme Food & Beverage Co. LaPlace Louisiana Cookery, Venable

Best Fries in Durham County

Saint James Seafood Indy:

For all their starchy splendor, French fries are an ignoble food. Even when piled with toppings from chili to cheese to truffle oil, fries are usually meant to be eaten with your hands, in all their greasy glory. You wouldn’t expect one of Durham’s higher-end establishments to serve such an uncouth treat, but that’s exactly what’s on offer at Saint James Seafood. Their fries unexpectedly check all the boxes. Served hot and crispy? Yep. Not too thick? Oh yeah. A moderate dusting of tasty spices? Got it. These fries fare particularly well with the restaurant’s menu of tropical cocktails, adding an excellent salty balance to the drinks’ smooth sweetness. It might not be worth a trip to Saint James just for the fries, but if you’re there, don’t miss them. —Allison Hussey


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8314 Chapel Hill, Road Cary, NC 27513 919-465-2455 | maximilliansgrill.com

Authentic Mexican Restaurant DINE IN • TAKE-OUT • CATERING

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www.lillyspizza.com

919-928-9002 Beer & Wine • Lunch Specials Tues-Sat: 11-9 • Sun 11-8 3307 Hwy 54 (5.3 miles west of Carrboro Plaza)

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A special thanks to all our supporters who voted for us in the 2018 Best of the Triangle! Vic’s has been proudly serving the Triangle for nearly 30 years and sets the standard for authentic, old-world Italian cuisine & New York style pizza. Our recipes have been passed down for generations and we use only the freshest local ingredients. We hope you’ll join us at one of our two Raleigh locations to experience a cozy and family-friendly atmosphere that both locals and tourists call their own. If you’re one of our regulars, we’ll see you soon! Vic’s is open for lunch and dinner, and would love to host or cater your next event.

Vic’s | City Market

331 Blake Street | Downtown Raleigh | 919-829-7090

Vic’s | The Marketplace

4035 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 109 | Raleigh, NC 27607 | 984-200-9292

Open M-Th (11 am – 10 pm) | Open F & Sa (11 am – 11 pm) Closed on Sunday

www.vicsitalianrestaurant.com

Follow us on FB, Instagram & Twitter! @vicsraleigh

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Best Brunch in Wake County

Best Burrito in Wake County

Gringo A Go Go

Irregardless Cafe & Catering at The Glenwood

Finalists: Original Flying Burrito, Chuy’s Baja Burrito

Finalists: Coquette, Parkside Restaurant,

Best Caribbean or Cuban in the Triangle

3300 Woman’s Club Drive, Raleigh irregardless.com/catering Metro Diner

Best Burger in Durham County

Bull City Burger and Brewery

100 North Person Street, Raleigh gringoraleigh.com

COPA (Old Havana) 310 East Main Street, Durham oldhavanaeats.com

Finalists: Cuban Revolution Restaurant & Bar, Oakwood Cafe, Carmen’s Cuban Cafe

107 East Parrish Street, Durham bullcityburgerandbrewery.com

Best Cheap Eats in Durham County

Finalists: Only Burger, Dain’s Place,

Erwin Square, #A-100, 2200 West Main Street, Durham, guasaca.com

Town Hall Burger and Beer

Guasaca

Finalists: Pie Pushers, Saladelia

Best Burger in Orange / Chatham County

Cafe & Catering, The Mad Hatter’s Cafe & Bake Shop

516 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill alsburgershack.com

Best Cheap Eats in Orange / Chatham County

Al’s Burger Shack

Finalists: Wooden Nickel Pub, Buns,

The Pickle Jar Cafe

Best Burger in Wake County

Chuck’s Burgers

237 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh ac-restaurants.com/chucks

Finalists: The Players’ Retreat, Royale, Krafty’s Burgers and Brews, Metro Diner

Best Burrito in Durham County

Cosmic Cantina 1920 Perry Street, Durham

Carrburritos

711 West Rosemary Street, Carrboro carrburritos.com

Finalists: Wooden Nickel Pub, Cosmic

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Best Cheap Eats in Wake County

Mami Nora’s

2401 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh maminoras.com

Finalists: Armadillo Grill, The Players’ Retreat, Mitch’s Tavern

Best Chef in Durham County

Finalists: Nanataco, Chubby’s Tacos, Taqueria La Vaquita

Matt Kelly

Best Burrito in Orange / Chatham County

Schleiffer, Bo Peterson

711 West Rosemary Street, Carrboro carrburritos.com

Vimala Rajendran

Finalists: Phoebe Lawless, Carrie

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Finalists: Cosmic Cantina, Fiesta Grill Restaurant, Ixtapa

Finalists: Andrea Reusing, Christopher McLaurin, Seth Kingsbury

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Best Chef in Wake County

Best Chinese Restaurant in Wake County

Best Coffee Shop in Orange / Chatham County

Ashley Christensen

Brewery Bhavana

Finalists: Cheetie Kumar, Oscar Diaz, Jeff Seizer

Finalists: Five Star Restaurant, Red Dragon, Taipei101

Finalists: Cup A Joe (Hillsborough), Open Eye Cafe, Joe Van Gogh

Best Chinese Restaurant in Durham County

Best Chocolate in the Triangle

Best Coffee Shop in Wake County

Happy China

2505 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, Durham

218 South Blount Street, Raleigh brewerybhavana.com

Videri Chocolate Factory

327 West Davie Street, Raleigh viderichocolatefactory.com

Finalists: Neo-China Restaurant, Shanghai, Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant

Finalists: Escazu Artisan Chocolates, Matthew’s Chocolates, Special Treats

Best Chinese Restaurant in Orange / Chatham County

Best Coffee Shop in Durham County

Gourmet Kingdom 301 East Main Street, Carrboro thegourmetkingdom.com

Finalists: Jade Palace Restaurant,

Red Lotus, Shanghai Dumpling

Cocoa Cinnamon

420 West Geer Street, Durham cocoacinnamon.com

Finalists: Bean Traders, Joe Van Gogh, The Mad Hatter’s Cafe & Bake Shop, Saladelia Cafe & Catering

Best Coffee Shop in Durham County

Caffe Driade

1215 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill caffedriade.com

Cup A Joe (Hillsborough Street) 3100 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh cupajoe.com

Finalists: Sola Coffee, Jubala Coffee, BREW Coffee Bar

Best Cupcake in Durham County

Smallcakes Durham 4711 Hope Valley Road, Durham smallcakescupcakery.com

Finalists: The Cupcake Bar, Mad Hatter Cafe + Bake Shop, Favor Desserts

Baby Scratch Indy:

We at the INDY still don’t even know what to do with ourselves since the downtown Durham Scratch, which was right around the corner from our office, closed. Sometimes our bodies just automatically launch themselves out the door, and we don’t remember until we get to the empty storefront (which we mentally refer to as Itch). It’s crushing. Then we just wander hopelessly, dazed, looking for coffee and tartines. But those of us who live in Lakewood can at least drop in at Baby Scratch and see some of our favorite Mama Scratch employees. While the food options are slimmer than they were at the flagship, the espresso drinks are just as good, and you’re more likely to be able to grab one quickly at Scratch than at the perennially bustling Cocoa Cinnamon nearby. —Brian Howe

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Best Restaurant in the Triangle

Mateo bar de tapas Indy: So much competition. So much

worthy competition. The new and acclaimed Brewery Bhavana? What about Poole’s? Or Saint James Seafood in Durham? Or, if you want to go a little less highbrow, Saltbox Seafood? I could also make a case for Pizzeria Mercato, or M Sushi, or Gocciolina, or Goorsha, or Lantern, or a half-dozen other joints, depending on my mood. To put it mildly, we have a thriving food scene, with options aplenty. But when friends and family come in from out of town and want to go someplace great, we head to Mateo, a tapas restaurant that does patatas bravas as well as it does sweet potatoes with burnt honey as well as it does pan con tomate as well as it does pollo frito as well as it does a giantass whole lobster. (OK, I only saw the latter on the chalkboard menu once, on New Year’s Eve, and it was very expensive. But man, was it worth it.) In so many words, everything is excellent, all the time, no exceptions. If we’re talking about the best restaurant in the Triangle, there’s plenty to argue about, but Mateo damn sure needs to be in the conversation. —Jeffrey C. Billman

Best Sandwich in Durham County

American Hero Indy: Nothing fancy here, but if you’re

into a straightforward, old-fashioned submarine sandwich, with no skimping on the toppings, you’d be hardpressed to find a place around these parts that does it better than this North Roxboro Street joint. Even the simple cheese sub is piled ridiculously high, with three kinds of cheese layered thick (melted, if you ask) over a toasted (again, if you ask) sub roll, then topped with whatever your heart desires. The half will do you fine; the whole could feed an army. —Jeffrey C. Billman

Best Cupcake in Orange / Chatham County

Sugarland

140 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill sugarlandchapelhill.com

Finalists: Weaver Street Market, Phoenix Bakery, Carolina Cafe

Best Cupcake in Wake County

The Cupcake Shoppe 104 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh thecupcakeshopperaleigh.com

Finalists: Sugarland, Bittersweet, Cupcakes d’Amour

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Lucky’s Delicatessen 105 West Chapel Hill Street, Durham luckysdelinc.com

Finalists: Parker & Otis, Mediterranean Grill and Grocery, Saladelia Cafe & Catering

Best Deli in Orange / Chatham County

Mediterranean Deli, Bakery, and Catering 410 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill mediterraneandeli.com

Finalists: Neal’s Deli (Carrboro), Southern Season, Bacon’s Meat Market (recently sold)

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Village Deli

500 Daniels Street, Raleigh villagedeli.net

Finalists: The Butcher’s Market, Carroll’s Kitchen, Manhattan Cafe

Best Desserts in Durham County

The Parlour

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117 Market Street, Durham theparlour.co

Finalists: Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe & Restaurant; Rose’s Noodles, Dumplings and Sweets; Mad Hatter Cafe + Bake Shop

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Best Desserts in Orange / Chatham County

Weaver Street Market (Carrboro) 101 East Weaver Street, Carrboro weaverstreetmarket.coop

Finalists: La Place Louisiana Cookery,

Root Cellar Cafe & Catering, Insomnia Cookies

Best Desserts in Wake County

Hayes Barton Café 2000 Fairview Road, Raleigh

Finalists: lucettegrace, Bittersweet, so.ca cocina latina, Royal Cheesecake & Varieties

Best Distillery in the Triangle

Durham Distillery 711 Washington Street, Durham durhamdistillery.com

Finalists: Pinetop Distillery, Fair Game Beverage Company Wine and Spirits, Graybeard Distillery

Best Donut in the Triangle

Monuts

1002 Ninth Street, Durham monutsdonuts.com

Finalists: Duck Donuts, Rise Biscuits Donuts (Raleigh, Cameron Village), Early Bird Donuts

Best Draft Beer Selection in Durham County

Beer Study / Starpoint Brewing 2501 University Drive, #4, Durham beerstudy.com

Finalists: Growler Grlz, Pour Taproom,

The Glass Jug Beer Lab

Best Draft Beer Selection in Orange / Chatham County

Beer Study

106 North Graham Street, Chapel Hill beerstudy.com

Finalists: Tyler’s Taproom, Wooden Nickel Pub, Mystery Brewing Public House

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Best Draft Beer Selection in Wake County

Best Fries in Durham County

614 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh theraleighbeergarden.com

107 East Parrish Street, Durham bullcityburgerandbrewery.com

Raleigh Beer Garden

Bull City Burger and Brewery

Finalists: House of Hops, Bottle Rev

Finalists: The Federal, Heavenly Buffaloes,

(Apex), Krafty’s Burgers and Brews

Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub

Best Food Truck in the Triangle

Best Fries in Orange / Chatham County

Chirba Chirba Dumplings chirbachirba.com

Finalists: Buoy Bowls, Pie Pushers,

Frankly The Best Hot Dogs

Best French Restaurant in the Triangle

Vin Rouge

2010 Hillsborough Road, Durham vinrougerestaurant.com

Finalists: Rue Cler, Coquette, Royale

Al’s Burger Shack

516 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill alsburgershack.com

Finalists: Wooden Nickel Pub, Tyler’s Taproom , Buns

Best Fries in Wake County

Chuck’s Burgers

237 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh ac-restaurants.com/chucks

Finalists: Capital Club 16, Carolina Ale House, The Station


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The Parlour

117 Market Street, Durham theparlour.co

Finalists: Locopops, Fresh,

Best Guacamole in the Triangle

Best Hot Dog in the Triangle

7713 Lead Mine Road, #39, Raleigh gonzatacoytequila.com

3600 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh snoopys.com

Gonza Taco y Tequila

Finalists: Dos Perros, Jose and Sons,

Totopos Street Food & Tequila

Treat Ice Cream & Coffee

Best Gluten-Free Friendly Restaurant in the Triangle

Primal

202 N.C. Highway 54, #107, Durham primalfoodandspirits.com

Finalists: Saladelia Cafe & Catering, Fresh Levant, The Mad Hatter’s Cafe & Bake Shop

Best Greek Restaurant in the Triangle

Mediterranean Deli, Bakery, and Catering 410 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill mediterraneandeli.com

Finalists: Taverna Agora Greek Kitchen & Bar, Kipos, Saladelia Cafe & Catering

Best Taqueria in the Triangle:

Super Taqueria Indy: It doesn’t get the sort of glossymagazine acclaim as some of its competitors, perhaps owing to its humble location in a not-yet-completely-gentrified section of North Durham, but for a simple taco or burrito done exceptionally well for not a ton of money in a laid-back, authentically Mexican environment, you really can’t do better than Super Taqueria. The menu is extensive—tortas, tacos, burritos, etc., with whatever meat you want—but even the simplest offering, a bean burrito with tortilla chips, will more than satisfy. Don’t forget to hit up the salsa bar while you’re there. There’s a good chance it’ll leave your eyes watering and your nose running, and I mean that in the best way possible. —Jeffrey C. Billman

Snoopy’s

Finalists: The Cardinal Bar, The Roast Grill, Frankly The Best Hot Dogs

Best Indian Restaurant in the Triangle Best Distillery in the Triangle

Mystic Farm & Distillery Indy: There are several excellent distilleries in the Triangle, but for the whiskey aficionado, there’s one that’s not to be missed: Sourced almost entirely from North Carolina ingredients and distilled on a solarpowered, twenty-two-acre farm in Durham, Mystic offers a booze-forward but not too harsh bourbon— the harshness is tempered by a hefty wheat bill—called Heart of Mystic that stands out both as a rugged base for any whiskey cocktail and neat (or with a splash of still water, or with a rock) in a glass. This is not to be confused with the first product Mystic brought to market, Mystic Bourbon Liqueur, which uses this bourbon as base for a honey-infused concoction. Nor should it be confused with Soul of Mystic, the unaged white lightning whiskey. Those are both fine, though the liqueur is a little too sweet for my liking. (If you cut it with straight bourbon, it becomes more palatable.) But the bourbon itself, aged in barrels for several years, is as good as, if not better than, any you’d find in Kentucky. After all, as Jonathan Blitz (an attorney who cofounded Mystic) will tell you, before Prohibition, North Carolina had one of the best distilling scenes in the country. All of the ingredients are here: good water, good agriculture, seasonal changes that cause the barrels to expand and contract just like you want them to. After Prohibition and the decades of ridiculously restrictive alcohol laws that followed, we just need to catch up again. The more distilleries like Mystic that pop up, the quicker that’ll happen. —Jeffrey C. Billman

Vimala’s Curryblossom Café 431 West Franklin Street, #415, Chapel Hill, curryblossom.com

Finalists: Garland, Viceroy, Sitar

Best Irish Pub in the Triangle

Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub

427 West Main Street, Durham bullmccambesirishpub.com

Finalists: Hibernian Pub (Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh), Doherty’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, James Joyce

Best Italian Restaurant in Durham County

Best Italian Restaurant in Orange / Chatham County

411 West

411 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill 411west.com

Finalists: Pizzeria Mercato, Pancuito,

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Best Italian Restaurant in Wake County

Bella Monica

3121 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh bellamonica.com

Finalists: Caffe Luna, Gravy, Vic’s Italian Restaurant

Best Japanese Restaurant in Durham County

Dashi

415 East Chapel Hill Street, Durham dashiramen.com

Finalists: M Sushi, Kanki, Shiki Sushi

Best Japanese Restaurant in Orange / Chatham County

Gocciolina

Akai Hana Japanese Restaurant

Finalists: Mothers and Sons Trattoria, Pizzeria Toro, The Boot

Finalists: Oishii, Spicy 9 Sushi Bar & Asian Restaurant, Fusion Fish

3314 Guess Road, Durham gocciolina.com

206 West Main Street, Carrboro akaihana.com

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Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant in Durham County

Elmo’s Diner

776 Ninth Street, Durham elmosdiner.com

Finalists: Bull City Burger and Brewery, Pompieri Pizza, Hope Valley Bar & Grill

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant in Orange / Chatham County

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Crank Arm BMX Barleywine Indy: Asking me to pick my favorite local beer is a bit like asking Jim Bob Dugger to pick his favorite child. At some point, you can’t even keep all their names straight, let alone figure out which one you prefer—and anyway, it all depends on what style you’re into at any given moment. Bond Brothers in Cary slays the IPAs. Durty Bull in Durham makes incredible sours and a stellar hazy IPA. You can’t really go wrong with anything at Ponysaurus or Trophy Wife or Lonerider. And look at all the well-deserved awards Lynwood Brewing Concern has taken home! And so on. So how to pick just one? In the end, it comes down to preference. It’s not my everyday beer, but when the occasion is right, there are few beverages that hit the spot quite like a barleywine. And, for my money, no brewery in the Triangle makes a better barleywine than Crank Arm in Raleigh. Boozy, hoppy, aged in rye whiskey barrels (this year’s variety, at least), and currently on tap in the West Davie Street brewery—and also available in bottles at shops around the area; I recently scored a couple at Beer Study in Durham— this robust beer is not for the beginner, nor for the faint of heart, nor for the chuggers, and definitely not for the designated driver, but it is perfect for those suds-lovers who savor complexity. —Jeffrey C. Billman

200 North Greensboro Street, Carrboro elmosdiner.com

Finalists: Italian Pizzeria 3 (IP 3), Mystery Brewing Public House, Root Cellar Cafe & Catering

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant in Wake County

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

4208 Six Forks Road, #100, Raleigh thecowfish.com

Finalists: Neomonde, Carolina Ale House, Parkside Restaurant

Best Late-Night Meal in Durham County

Cosmic Cantina 1920 Perry Street, Durham

Finalists: Heavenly Buffaloes, Dashi, Alley Twenty Six

Best Late-Night Meal in Orange / Chatham County

Time-Out

201 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill timeout247.com

Finalists: Cosmic Cantina, Wooden Nickel Pub, Northside District

Best Late-Night Meal in Wake County

The Players’ Retreat

105 Oberlin Road, Raleigh playersretreat.net

Finalists: The District, Gallo Pelon Mezcaleria, XOCO Raleigh


112 West Main Street, Durham lunarotisserie.com

Finalists: Alpaca Peruvian Charcoal Chicken, Dos Perros, Blue Corn Cafe

Best Latin-American Restaurant in Orange / Orange County

Carrburritos

711 West Rosemary Street, Carrboro carrburritos.com

Finalists: Fiesta Grill Restaurant, Lucha Tigre, Ixtapa

Best Latin-American Restaurant in Wake County

Gonza Tacos Y Tequila 7713 Lead Mine Road, #39, Raleigh gonzatacoytequila.com

Finalists: Mami Nora’s, Centro, so.ca cocina latina

Best Vegan-friendly Restaurant in Durham County

Goorsha Indy: “When cousins Fasil Tesfaye and

Zewditu Zewdie fly home to America from their native Ethiopia, they bring back large suitcases packed with spices: berbere, mit’ten shiro, bulla, besso,” Katie Jane Fernelius wrote in the INDY last year, when Goorsha opened in the former Rainbow Chinese Restaurant space on the Brightleaf edge of downtown Durham. While these spices enliven many a beef and chicken dish, don’t forget that Goorsha is also a vegan paradise, with an entire menu section dedicated to beautifully seasoned meat-and-dairy-free options. The problem isn’t finding something you can have, it’s choosing which three things—yellow split-pea stew or chopped collard greens, red lentils or green beans—you want to sop up with spongy injera bread for $12. (Psst. A vegan duo should get all six.) —Brian Howe

Trophy Wife Session IPA, Trophy 656 Maywood Avenue, Raleigh trophybrewing.com

Finalists: Bier de Garde (Ponysaurus), Glean (Brewery Bhavana), Six Impossible Things (Mystery Brewing)

Best Locally Made Liquor in the Triangle

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Conniption Gin, Durham Distillery 711 Washington Street, Durham durhamdistillery.com

Finalists: Krupnikas (The Brothers Vilgalys Spirits Company), Lassiter’s North Carolina Rum (Lassiter Distilling Company), Oak City Amaretto

Best Locally Made Wine, Cider or Mead in the Triangle

Bull City Ciderworks

305 S Roxboro Street, Durham bullcityciderworks.com

Finalists: Botanist & Barrel Cider (Honeygirl Meadery), Starrlight Mead (Fair Game Beverage Company Wine and Spirits)

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10235 Chapel Hill Road, #400, Morrisville, neomondebakery.com

Finalists: Mediterranean Deli, Bakery, and Catering; Saladelia Cafe + Catering; Jasmin Mediterranean Bistro

Best Mexican Restaurant in Durham County

Gonza Tacos Y Tequila 604 Fernway Avenue, Durham gonzatacoytequila.com

Finalists: Nanataco, Taqueria La Vaquita, Dos Perros

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Best Mexican Restaurant in Orange / Chatham County

Carrburritos

711 West Rosemary Street, Carrboro carrburritos.com

Finalists: Fiesta Grill Restaurant,

Monterrey Mexican Restaurant, Ixtapa

Best Mexican Restaurant in Wake County

Gonza Taco y Tequila 7713 Lead Mine Road, #39, Raleigh gonzatacoytequila.com

Finalists: Centro, Viva Mexican Kitchen, Totopos Street Food and Tequila

Best Outdoor Dining in Durham County

Best Pie in Durham County

723 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham motorcomusic.com

406 South Driver Street, Durham eastdurhambakeshop.com

Motorco Music Hall / Parts & Labor Finalists: Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe &

Restaurant; Geer Street Garden; Foster’s Market; Namu; Refectory Cafe

Best Outdoor Dining in Orange / Chatham County

Weaver Street Market 101 East Weaver Street, Carrboro weaverstreetmarket.coop

East Durham Bake Shop

Finalists: Baby Scratch, Bean Traders,

The Mad Hatter’s Cafe & Bake Shop

Best Pie in Orange / Chatham County

Weaver Street Market 101 East Weaver Street, Carrboro weaverstreetmarket.coop

Finalists: Wooden Nickel Pub, Lantern,

Finalists: LaPlace Louisiana Cookery, Root Cellar Cafe & Catering, The Pickle Jar Cafe

Neomonde Mediterranean

Best Outdoor Dining in Wake County

Best Pie in Wake County

Finalists: Mediterranean Deli, Bakery,

326 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh tavernaagora.com

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant in the Triangle

3817 Beryl Road, Raleigh neomonde.com

and Catering, Sassool, Bosphorus

Best New Restaurant in Durham County

Acme Food & Beverage Co.

Taverna Agora Greek Kitchen & Bar Finalists: The Station on Person,

Humble Pie, Krafty’s Burgers and Brews

Saint James Seafood

16 East Martin Street, Raleigh bittersweet.com

Finalists: Slice Pie Company, Once in a Blue Moon, Yellow Dog Bread Company

Goat Cheese Guacamole at Cantina 18 Indy: You’d expect the guacamole at Cantina 18 to be good—the chef-driven menu at the Southern-inflected Southwestern eatery comes from Jason Smith of the fine-dining restaurant 18 Seaboard, after all. But this goat-cheese guac is ridiculously good. It starts with perfectly ripened avocados that are mashed until the texture strikes a balance between smooth and chunky. Minced pickled jalapenos bring the heat, tempered by chopped cilantro and lime juice, while quartered cherry tomatoes and black beans add heft, transforming it into a salsa-guac hybrid. But what makes the guacamole here so irresistible is the unconventional addition of Holly Grove Farms’ goat cheese, whose creaminess complements the buttery avocado while acting as a tangy foil to the dip’s richness. —Layla Khoury-Hanold

Best Food Truck in the Triangle

806 West Main Street, Durham saintjamesseafood.com

Mr. A’s Beignets

Finalists: Goorsha, Jack Tar and

the Colonel’s Daughter, Namu

Best New Restaurant in Orange / Chatham County

Mystery Brewing Public House

230 South Nash Street, Hillsborough mysterybrewing.com

Finalists: Postal Fish Company, Village Diner, The Pickle Jar Cafe

Best New Restaurant in Wake County

Brewery Bhavana

218 South Blount Street, Raleigh brewerybhavana.com

Finalists: The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail, St. Roch Fine Oysters + Bar, Pizzeria Faulisi

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Indy: Since 2015, Mr. A’s Beignets has been serving up “three squares a day” from its signature yellow truck on North Salem Street in downtown Apex. The squares in the equation are not meals but rather an order of three square doughnuts—though you could certainly make a meal out of them if you were so inclined. The beignets are fashioned after the classic French dish of fried fritters made with choux pastry, deep-fried till golden, sprinkled with powdered sugar, and served warm. Owner Arlton Cangelosi is a New Orleans native, so it’s no wonder that these beignets stack up to the ones dished out at famed NOLA joint Café Du Monde. Pair them with a cup of chicory coffee for a taste of the Big Easy in Apex. Pro tip: the beignets are easy to devour, but don’t make the rookie mistake of inhaling the powdered sugar. —Layla Khoury-Hanold


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Best Pizza in Durham County

Pizzeria Toro

105 East Chapel Hill Street, Durham pizzeriatoro.com

Finalists: Pie Pushers, Pompieri Pizza,

Randy’s Pizza (Miami Boulevard)

Best Pizza in Orange / Chatham County

Pizzeria Mercato

408 West Weaver Street, Carrboro pizzeriamercatonc.com

Finalists: Italian Pizzeria 3 (IP3), Radius Pizza, Pazzo

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Best Salad in Wake County

Happy + Hale

443 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh happyandhale.com

Finalists: Relish Craft Kitchen & Bourbon Bar, Parkside Restaurant, Manhattan Cafe

Finalists: Trophy Pizza, Oakwood City

345 West Main Street, Durham toast-fivepoints.com

Pizza Box, Brookside Market and Pizza

Best Place to get fresh-pressed juice in the Triangle

Happy + Hale

703B Ninth Street, Durham happyandhale.com

Best Restaurant in the Triangle

Toast

Finalists: Lucky’s Delicatessen, Saladelia Cafe & Catering, The Mad Hatter’s Cafe & Bake Shop

Best Sandwich in Orange / Chatham County

Merritt’s Store & Grill 1009 South Columbia Street, Chapel Hill merrittsstoreandgrill.com

Finalists: Neal’s Deli, Root Cellar Cafe & Catering, Mystery Brewing Public House

Bida Manda Laotian Restaurant and Bar

Best Sandwich in Wake County

Finalists: Royale, Maximillians Grill & Wine Bar, Krafty’s Burgers and Brews

Finalists: Manhattan Cafe, Southern Craft Butchers, Krafty’s Burgers and Brews

Best Salad in Durham County

Best Seafood Restaurant in the Triangle

222 South Blount Street, Raleigh bidamanda.com

Happy + Hale

703B Ninth Street, Durham happyandhale.com

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101 East Weaver Street, Carrboro weaverstreetmarket.coop

Best Sandwich in Durham County

1813 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh lillyspizza.com

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Parkside Restaurant 301 West Martin Street, Raleigh parksideraleigh.com

Saltbox Seafood Joint 608 North Mangum Street, Durham saltboxseafoodjoint.com

Finalists: 42nd Street Oyster Bar, Saint James Seafood, The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail


Best Cheap Eats in Wake County

Best Frozen Treats in Wake County

Sultan’s Deli

Andia’s Ice Cream

Indy: It’d be easy to gloss over the Sultan’s Deli storefront among the chains in Apex’s Beaver Creek Commons. But seek out this no-frills Mediterranean spot (it’s a couple of doors down from Regal Cinemas, in between Five Below and Dollar Tree) and you’ll feast like a king on a pauper’s budget. Standouts include the Lebanese Kabob Platter, which includes baba ghanoush, tabouleh, a bulgur-tomato-parsley salad, crispy falafel, hummus, and grilled pita with either one or two chicken, lamb, or gyro meat skewers, or the juicy ground beef and lamb Kofta Sandwich, where the Middle Eastern-style meatballs are wrapped in griddled pita and dressed with lettuce, tomato, and tzatziki; be sure to ask for extra “cucumber sauce” for dipping. The $7.99 gyro lunch special is a popular pick and includes either beef and lamb shawarma, falafel, or chicken wrapped in a warm pita, and comes with fries, Greek salad, or rice, and a fountain drink. —Layla Khoury-Hanold

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It’s easy to lose track of time ogling the chalkboard menu at Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream in Cary. The ice cream is made in small batches, so flavors rotate often; you’ll find classics like the award-winning French Vanilla, crowd-pleasers like Malted Twix and Cotton Candy, and flavors that point to owner Andia Xouris’s Greek roots like rose pistachio or baklava, featuring a cinnamon nutmeg-infused base folded with chopped walnuts and pieces of layered phyllo dough pastry. Baklava scoops also star in the Baklava Sundae, where they’re topped with honey, hot fudge, and a piece of baklava. Other treat-yo’-self-worthy frozen confections include the Donut Sundae, where your scoop of choice is sealed into a warm, glazed doughnut using a special machine, then finished with sprinkles and chocolate and caramel sauces; and ice cream sandwiches, where scoops are sandwiched between thick chocolate chip cookies, half dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with toppings such as M&M’s, white chocolate chips, and nuts. —Layla Khoury-Hanold

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Best Southeastern Asian Cuisine in the Triangle

Bida Manda Laotian Restaurant and Bar 222 South Blount Street, Raleigh bidamanda.com

Finalists: Thai Cafe, Namu, Twisted Noodles

Best Southern Food Restaurant in the Triangle

Poole’s

426 South McDowell Street, Raleigh ac-restaurants.com/pooles

Best Steak in Orange / Chatham County

Bin 54

1201-M Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill binchapelhill.com

Finalists: The Farm House, Stoney River Steak House, Pancuito

Best Steak in Wake County

Angus Barn

9401 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh angusbarn.com

Finalists: Death and Taxes, Vinnie’s

Finalists: Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, LaPlace Louisiana Cookery, True Flavors Diner

Best Sushi in Durham County

Best Sports Bar in Durham County

311 Holland Street, Durham msushidurham.com

Tobacco Road Sports Café

280 South Mangum Street, #100, Durham tobaccoroadsportscafe.com

Finalists: Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub, Dain’s Place, Mattie B’s Public House

Best Sports Bar in Orange / Chatham County

Wooden Nickel Pub

105 North Churton Street, Hillsborough thewnp.com

Finalists: Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, Hickory Tavern (Carrboro), Might as Well Bar & Grill

Best Sports Bar in Wake County

The Players’ Retreat 105 Oberlin Road, Raleigh playersretreat.net

Finalists: Lynnwood Grill & Brewing

Concern, Parkside Restaurant, Krafty’s Burgers and Brews

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Finalists: Shiki Sushi, Sushi Love, Basan Bull City Sushi

Best Sushi in Orange / Chatham County

Akai Hana Japanese Restaurant 206 West Main Street, Carrboro akaihana.com

Finalists: Oishii, Elements, Kurama Sushi & Noodle Express

Best Sushi in Wake County

Waraji Japanese Restaurant

5910 Duraleigh Road, Raleigh warajijapaneserestaurant.com

Finalists: Sushi Blues, City Market Sushi, Tasu (Brier Creek)

Best Tapas in the Triangle

NanaSteak

Mateo Bar de Tapas

Finalists: Vin Rouge, Metro 8, Nantucket Grill

Finalists: Humble Pie, Stanbury, Taberna Tapas

Best Steak in Durham County 345 Blackwell Street, Durham nanasteak.com

109 West Chapel Hill Street, Durham mateotapas.com

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Taqueria La Vaquita 2700 Chapel Hill Road, Durham lavaquitanc.com

Finalists: Nanataco, Gringo A Go Go, Taqueria El Toro

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Best Vegan-friendly Restaurant in Durham County

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107 East Parrish Street, Durham bullcityburgerandbrewery.com

Finalists: Only Burger, The Federal, Refectory Cafe

Luna Rotisserie and Empanadas

Best Veggie Burger in Orange / Chatham County

Finalists: Refectory Cafe, Saladelia Cafe & Catering, The Mad Hatter’s Cafe & Bake Shop

111 East Main Street, Carrboro

Finalists: Buns, Wooden Nickel Pub, Living Kitchen

Best Vegan-friendly Restaurant in Orange / Chatham County

Best Veggie Burger in Wake County

112 West Main Street, Durham lunarotisserie.com

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Vimala’s Curryblossom Café 431 West Franklin Street, #415, Chapel Hill, curryblossom.com

Finalists: Spotted Dog Restaurant & Bar,

Sage, Living Kitchen

Best Vegan-friendly Restaurant in Wake County

Spotted Dog Restaurant & Bar

Fiction Kitchen

428 South Dawson Street, Raleigh thefictionkitchen.com

Finalists: The Remedy Diner, Parkside Restaurant, Abbey Road Tavern & Grill

Best Wait Staff in the Triangle

Fiction Kitchen

Brewery Bhavana

Finalists: Irregardless Cafe, Remedy Diner, Living Kitchen

Finalists: Elmo’s Diner, Royale, The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail

428 South Dawson Street, Raleigh thefictionkitchen.com

218 South Blount Street, Raleigh brewerybhavana.com

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Best Wine List in Durham County

Bar Brunello

117 East Main Street, Durham barbrunello.com

Finalists: Mateo, Nana’s Restaurant, Vin Rouge

Best Wine List in Orange / Chatham County

Glasshalfull

106 South Greensboro Street, Carrboro glasshalfull.net

Finalists: Bin 54 Steak & Cellar, Elaine’s on Franklin, Kitchen

Best Wine List in Wake County

Angus Barn

9402 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh angusbarn.com

Gocciolina Indy: I haven’t seen our readers’ top

choice as I write this, but I’m going to go out on a limb and guess you picked Mateo, as well you should have. It’s no surprise that Gocciolina wasn’t nominated in this category, because Gocciolina is not a tapas restaurant. Except for the small fact that Gocciolina is … secretly kind of a tapas restaurant? The intimate Italian spot serves fine pasta dishes in startlingly reasonable portions (there’s a reason that the tasty baked gnocchi is only $12), and myriad antipasti make it easy to build a table-sharing meal sans entrée: little ramekins of spicy chickpeas, white-anchovy-wrapped olives, sautéed brussels sprouts, and the down-low best roasted potatoes in town. —Brian Howe

Finalists: Vita Vite, Stanbury, Vidrio

Best Wings in Durham County

Heavenly Buffaloes

1807 West Markham Avenue, Durham heavenlybuffaloes.com

Finalists: The Blue Note Grill, M Kokko, The House

Best Wings in Orange / Chatham County

Wooden Nickel Pub 105 N Churton St, Hillsborough thewnp.com

Finalists: Spotted Dog Restaurant & Bar, Wings Over Chapel Hill, CrossTies

Best Wings in Wake County

Lynnwood Grill

4821 Grove Barton Road, Raleigh lynnwoodgrill.com

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Best Outdoor Dining in Wake County

Mulino Kitchen & Bar Indy:

With its reflecting pool, cozy tables and couches, and ivied brick walls, the outdoor patio at Raleigh’s Mulino Italian Kitchen & Bar is a year-round fixture for al fresco dining. On balmy summer nights, there’s no better place to sip an aperitif than perched on a couch poolside. Come wintertime, the patio maintains its festive vibes with strings of party lights draped inside a clear-paneled, retractable tent. Normally this kind of real estate comes at a premium, but the classic Italian menu—spanning antipasti, handmade pastas, and wood-fired pizzas and entrees—is priced just right. Cozy up at a table for two and share a bottle of Lambrusco and appetizers or snag a table poolside with your crew for the Wednesday agriturismo menu for a four-course, family-style feast. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a Tuscan villa, complete with nonna’s cooking. —Layla Khoury-Hanold


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Best Art Gallery in the Triangle

Artspace

201 East Davie Street, Raleigh artspacenc.org

Finalists: The Carrack Modern Art, Pleiades Arts, Lump

Best Barback / Busboy in the Triangle

Corey Horne Legends

330 West Hargett Street, Raleigh legends-club.com

Finalists: Dylan (Person Street Bar), Ian Grice (Brewery Bhavana), Will Travato (Foundation), Travis Wisk (Bittersweet)

Best Barista in Durham County

Dave Chapman Bean Traders

105 West N.C. 54 Hwy #249, Durham beantraderscoffee.com

Finalists: Benjamin Tarlton (Joe Van

Gogh), Arielle Bryant (Monuts), Tori Partin (Kaffeinate)

Best Barista in Orange / Chatham County

Haley Vaughan Perennial

403 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill perennial.cafe

Finalists: Jillian Hamrick (Joe Van

Gogh), Bobby Lewis (Cup a Joe), Shaw (Gray Squirrel Coffee)

Best Barista in Wake County

Julian Dalton

A Place at the Table

300 West Hargett Street ,#50, Raleigh tableraleigh.org

Finalists: Klay Misenheimer (Bittersweet), Stephanie Caronna, Ethan (Stewart’s Bistro)

Best Bartender in Durham County

Daniel Sartain Bar Virgile

105 South Mangum Street, Durham barvirgile.com

Finalists: Stefan Isaza (Growler Grlz), Katy Creech (The Glass Jug Beer Lab), Jannell (The House)

Best Bartender in Orange / Chatham County

Ari Sanders

Mystery Brewing Public House 230 South Nash Street, Hillsborough mysterybrewing.com

Finalists: Richard (Orange County Social Club), Zach White (Belltree), Sam Newby (Country Fried Duck), Stirling Little (Belltree)

Best Bartender in Wake County

Alison Williams Slim’s

227 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh slimsraleigh.com

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Best Neighborhood Bar in Durham County

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as the director of the North Carolina Museum of Art, the institution decided to go big. The result is You Are Here, a stunning collection of large-scale works that play with light and sound. The centerpiece is one of Yayoi Kusama’s famed infinity rooms, which is now a part of the museum’s permanent collection. But the exhibit’s other pieces—a forty-speaker sound installation, a stylized sitting room, a dense curtain of LEDs—are no less stunning. Rarely has an art exhibit incited such delighted curiosity among people all over the Triangle. You Are Here is an adventurous, ambitious effort from the museum that reminds us that our relationship with art can be far more complex than staring at a painting on a wall. —Allison Hussey

Best Comedy Club in the Triangle

Goodnight’s Comedy Club

861 West Morgan Street, Raleigh goodnightscomedy.com

Finalists: ComedyWorx, Improv at the Varsity

Best Community Event in the Triangle

Durham Farmers Market 501 Foster Street, Durham durhamfarmersmarket.com

Finalists: Beaver Queen Pageant, Blondes vs. Brunettes Raleigh Game Day, Flash Chorus (Durham)

Best Farm in the Triangle

Maple View Farm

6900 Rocky Ridge Road, Hillsborough mapleviewfarm.com

Finalists: Funny Girl Farm, Raleigh City Farm, Hux Family Farm

Best Gay or Lesbian Bar in the Triangle

Pinhook

117 West Main Street, Durham thepinhook.com

Finalists: Ruby Deluxe, Legends Nightclub, The Green Monkey, The Bar Durham

Best Karaoke in the Triangle

Flex

2 South West Street, Raleigh flex-club.com

Finalists: Pinhook, Krafty’s Burgers and Brews, The Bar Durham

Best Local Art Exhibit of the Year

Art in Bloom, NCMA 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh ncartmuseum.org

Finalists: Truth to Power at Pleiades Arts (Durham), The Carrack Community Art Show, Shades of Goldfish at Spectre Arts


Best Local DJ

DJ Uniq uniq.dj

Finalists: DJ Luxe Posh, K Stones, DJ

Best Museum in the Triangle

North Carolina Museum of Art

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2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh ncartmuseum.org

Best Local Fiction Author

Finalists: Museum of Life and Science, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Nasher Museum of Art

Finalists: Lee Smith, Sarah Dessen,

Best Neighborhood Bar in Durham County

David Sedaris Monica Byrne

Best Local Filmmaker

Saleem Reshamwala / KidEthnic kidethnic.com

Finalists: StoryDriven, Alexis Bravos, D.L. Anderson, Jasper Lee

Best Local Music Series

Accordion Club

316 West Geer Street, Durham

Finalists: Blue Note Grill, The Glass Jug Beer Lab, The Bar Durham

Best Neighborhood Bar in Orange / Chatham County

The Kraken

2823 N.C. Highway 54 West, Chapel Hill thekrakenbar.com

NCMA Summer Concerts

Finalists: The Wooden Nickel Pub, Mystery Brewing Public House, Orange County Social Club

Finalists: American Tobacco Music

Best Neighborhood Bar in Wake County

2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh ncartmuseum.org

Series, Pinecone, Music in the Gardens by Duke Performances

Best Local NonFiction Author

Timothy B. Tyson Finalists: Barry Yeoman, Kendra Leonard, Adam Sobsey

Person Street Bar 805 North Person Street, Raleigh person-street.com

Finalists: The Green Monkey, Crosstown Pub & Grill, William & Company

Best Open Mic Night in the Triangle

Best Local Podcast

Carolina Waves Open Mic

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Finalists: Blue Note Grill, Deep South Bar, City Soul (Noir)

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Finalists: SPORTSRAP, Intelligently Ratchet, Free Lunch

Best Local Visual Artist

Sara Buxton Oak City Revival oakcityrevival.com

Finalists: Tedd Anderson, Gnarley Nick,

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Best Outdoor Music Venue in the Triangle

Red Hat Amphitheater 500 South McDowell Street, Raleigh redhatamphitheater.com

Finalists: North Carolina Museum of Art, Booth Amphitheatre, Walnut Creek, Duke Gardens

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Best Place for Dancing in the Triangle

Ruby Deluxe

414 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh rubydeluxeraleigh.com

Finalists: Coglin’s Raleigh, Blue Note Grill, The Bar Durham

Best Place for Indoor Fun in the Triangle

Museum of Life & Science

Best Place to Get Specialty Cocktails in Orange / Chatham County

The Crunkleton

320 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill thecrunkleton.com

Finalists: Lantern, LaPlace Louisiana

Cookery, Belltree, BowBarr

Best Place to Get Specialty Cocktails in Wake County

Foundation

433 West Murray Avenue, Durham lifeandscience.org

213 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh foundationnc.com

Finalists: Tic Toc Escapes, Bull City Escape, Raleigh Room Escapes

Finalists: Watts & Ward, Bittersweet, William & Company

Best Place to Get Specialty Cocktails in Durham County

Best Place to Hear Bluegrass in the Triangle

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Finalists: Bar Virgile, The Durham Hotel,

Finalists: Blue Note Grill, Pinecone, Community Church Concert Series

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Best Museum in the Triangle

Gregg Museum of Art & Design Indy: In addition to our readers’ uni-

formly worthy picks for where to get you some culture, might we suggest also making time to swing by the Gregg Museum of Art & Design at N.C. State? If it’s been awhile, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Last summer, the museum reopened in a building twice the size of the old one, in a renovated historic chancellor’s residence prominently located on Hillsborough Street, and the proper space has unleashed curatorial ambition. Now’s the perfect time to see what the museum can do—through the first of July, it remains dominated by Bob Trotman’s absurdist, largerthan-life animatronic sculptures of bureaucrats and workers. Welcome to the new Gregg. —Brian Howe

Best Place to Hear Blues in the Triangle

Best Place to Hear Noise / Electronic music in the Triangle

709 Washington Street, Durham thebluenotegrill.com

405 1/2 West Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill nightlightclub.com

Blue Note Grill

Finalists: The Carolina Theatre, The

Finalists: Pinhook, Kings/Neptunes,

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Ruby Deluxe, Wicked Witch

Best Place to Hear Hip-Hop or Soul in the Triangle

Best Place to Hear Rock’n’Roll in the Triangle

300 East Main Street, Carrboro catscradle.com

300 East Main Street, Carrboro catscradle.com

Cat’s Cradle

Finalists: Slim’s, The Kraken, Blue Note Grill

Best Place to Hear Jazz in the Triangle

Best Place to Hear World or International Music in the Triangle

Beyú Caffé

341 West Main Street, Durham beyucaffe.com

Finalists: C Grace, Sharp 9 Gallery, Mystery Brewing Public House, Watts & Ward

Duke Performances 2010 Campus Drive, Durham dukeperformances.duke.edu

Finalists: Motorco Music Hall / Parts & Labor, The ArtsCenter, The Fruit

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Best Place for Indoor Fun in the Triangle

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Finalists: Beyú Caffé, Pinhook, The DURM Cypher, The House

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plete with arcade and concession stand, DJ booth and disco ball, with mini-golf and go-karts outside? One that periodically transforms into a nocturnal haven for Disco Sweat, in which the fine folks from Nightlight in Chapel Hill unleash the friendly mayhem of their dance parties on wheels at Wheels (with beer)? Don’t you love living in the Triangle? (Bonus rec: We all tend to do hot things when it’s hot and cold things when it’s cold, because humans are funny like that, but on days too blistering for the beach, don’t forget, we’ve got an indoor ice-skating rink at the Orange County Sportsplex in Hillsborough.) —Brian Howe

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Best Place to Shoot Pool in the Triangle

The Green Room 1108 Broad Street, Durham thegreenroomnc.com

Finalists: Circa, Player’s Retreat, Zogs Pool, Sharkys

Best Strip Club in the Triangle

Capital Cabaret

6713 Mount Herman Road, Morrisville capitalcabaret.com

Finalists: Pure Gold of Raleigh,

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Indy: Especially if you’re new to the area, the Triangle’s local arts scene—buzzing away in so many niches throughout so many cities and towns—might seem like a tough nut to crack. Is this show supposed to be dance, theater, or what? What’s this place, some warehouse? If you like to learn in podcast form, Artist Soapbox is a crash course in who’s who and what they do. Host and creator Tamara Kissane, a Durham-based playwright, director, and actor, has thirty-one episodes and counting of knowledgeable one-on-one interviews with everyone from Bull City Black Theater Festival founder JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell and veteran choreographer Killian Manning to Women’s Theatre Festival production manager Katy Koop, developing a full picture of a regional arts community marked by the strong leadership of women and an openness to rethinking old ways of doing things. —Brian Howe

Best Theater to see an Indie Film in the Triangle

The Carolina Theatre 309 West Morgan Street, Durham carolinatheatre.org

Finalists: Chelsea Theatre, Rialto, The Cary Theater, Silverspot, Alamo Drafthouse

Best Theater Venue in the Triangle

Durham Performing Arts Center 123 Vivian Street, Durham dpacnc.com

Finalists: The Carolina Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre’s GaddyGoodwin Teaching Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

Best Place for Dancing in the Triangle

Arcana’s Super Secret Dance Parties Indy: Sounds pretty elite right? But

don’t let the cheeky billing fool you; Arcana’s recurring Third Friday dance party is defined by inclusion, not exclusion. Some dance parties are elevated by superior sound systems or a killer floorspace, but no one would claim Arcana has either of those. What it has is a diverse group of attendees united less by age or race or gender or musical style than a desire to get down hard in a close, dark, sweaty, loose, but safe and all-welcoming space. Deejays Rang and Forge keep their varied selections changing fast, both propelling and responding to the collective organism that forms on the floor. It’s not really super secret, but you do have to look a little to find it, and the dedicated crowd that has is a reminder that the most important thing about a good dance party is always the people who make it up. —Brian Howe


Best Trivia Night in Durham County

Growler Grlz

4810 Hope Valley Road, #110, Durham growlergrlz.com

Finalists: Tomato Jake’s Pizzeria, Pinhook, The House

Best Trivia Night in Orange / Chatham County

Mystery Brewing Public House

230 South Nash Street, Hillsborough mysterybrewing.com

Finalists: Linda’s Bar & Grill, The Northside District, Carolina Coffee Shop

Best Trivia Night in Wake County

Kings Dining and Entertainment

141 Park at North Hills Street, Raleigh kings-de.com

Finalists: Hammered Trivia, The Stag’s Head, Krafty’s Burgers and Brews

Best Theater Venue in the Triangle

The Fruit Indy: We’re fine on venues for big-ticket professional theater, from DPAC and Progress Energy Center to PlayMakers and Memorial Hall. But what about spaces scaled and priced for local, independent theater? Raleigh’s got it the best, with Sonorous Road, NRACT, and others. But Chapel Hill’s never had much, and Durham’s in decline, losing Common Ground last year and Manbites Dog Theater soon. The most likely candidate to pick up the slack is still relatively new: The Fruit, and its twenty-two thousand square feet of “eclectic industrial textures,” as the venue aptly describes itself. The cavernous, labyrinthine warehouse—which really did used to house fruit—is a grungy theatrical funhouse, full of endless possibilities for Durham’s boundary-pushing artists, many of whom were kind of over black boxes anyway. The Fruit has already been used to wonderful effect by groups like Little Green Pig and DIDA, and you can expect many more to follow suit. It’s as open-ended and fluctuating as the city surrounding it, and it has that most chimerical Durham dream: copious free parking on nights and weekends. —Brian Howe

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Best Bookstore in the Triangle

Alamo Drafthouse

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Indy: Raleigh’s new Alamo Drafthouse

just opened at the end of April, but it’s already earned its spot as one of our favorite area theaters. Sure, it offers a luxury viewing experience for fresh blockbusters and a full food-anddrink menu, but its Triangle-specific offerings make it extra special. The theater’s Video Vortex is an almostold-school video-rental emporium, where you can borrow a DVD or VHS for free. (No VHS player? No problem—Alamo will rent you one of those, too.) The Vortex’s vast selection appeals to super-nerds, families, and casual movie fans alike. Special oneoff screenings and its weekly Terror Tuesdays and Weird Wednesdays add extra (and often cheap) incentives to swing by, too. What could’ve been just another chain parachuting in has so far established itself as a friendly new hub for Triangle movie-lovers, which merits its own round of applause. —Allison Hussey

Indy: Raleigh has Quail Ridge, Chapel Hill has Flyleaf, Pittsboro has McIntyre’s, and Durham has the Regulator. This has been the dispensation for a long time, and we’re grateful to have one bustling independent bookstore per city and town in the Triangle. But don’t forget that if you’re just looking for a book, not a touring author, we’ve got a swell shop in the heart of downtown Durham. Letters, run by veteran local bookseller Land Arnold, has all the latest paperbacks and hardcovers and a well curated, tidily organized selection of recent used books, in a cozy but not cramped storefront on Main. They don’t deliver by drone or anything, but Letters’ inventory is searchable on its website—though isn’t the whole fun of an actual bookstore to browse? —Brian Howe

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Best Accountant in the Triangle

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Finalists: Gina DeVine, H. Lee Miller, Paul

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Best Animal Control / Exterminator in the Triangle

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Finalists: Triangle Pest Control, Finish

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Best Bike Shop in Wake County

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502 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill chapelhilltire.com

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Finalists: Auto Logic, Sturdivant’s Tire & Wheel, Lloyd Tire & Alignment, A Better Wrench

Finalists: The Bicycle Chain, Cycling Spoken Here, Cycle Logic

Best Auto Repair in Wake County

Best Bookstore in the Triangle

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Finalists: A & J Automotive Inc., Cary Car Care, Autohaus Imports

Finalists: Flyleaf Books, The Regulator Bookshop, Dog-Eared Books

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Best Bed & Breakfast in the Triangle

Best Butcher Shop in the Triangle

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Best CD / Record Store in the Triangle

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Finalists: Capital City Law, Ben Hiltzheimer, Jonathan Richardson

Finalists: Bicycle Chain, Durham Cycles, Seven Stars Cycles

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Best Bike Shop in Orange / Chatham County

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Finalists: Neal’s Garage, Massey Brothers

Automotive & Towing, Ingold Tire & Auto Service Center

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Back Alley Bikes 100 Boyd Street, Carrboro backalleybikes.net

Finalists: The Clean Machine, Hillsborough Bicycle, Pittsboro Bicycle

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Finalists: Chaz’s Bull City Records, Carolina Soul, All Day Records

Best Children’s Clothing Shop in the Triangle

The Red Hen

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Ultimate Comics

6120 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill ultimatecomics.com

Best Consignment Shop in Wake County

Best Contractor in Wake County

Dorcas Thrift Store 187 High House Road, Cary dorcas-cary.org

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Best Early-Childhood Learning Facility in Orange / Chatham County

Finalists: Grey Star Woodworks, Nathan

The Goddard School (Chapel Hill)

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Finalists: Revolver, Fifi’s, Raleigh

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Best Consignment Shop in Durham County

Best Contractor in Durham County

Best Dance Studio in the Triangle

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Finalists: Casa Club Spanish Immersion Preschool, Children’s Campus of Chapel Hill, Childcare Matters

Finalists: Atomic Empire, Capitol Comics

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Finalists: Star Woodworks, Little Corner

Change, Everything but Granny’s Panties, Once and Again

Best Consignment Shop in Orange / Chatham County

Clothes Mentor

241 South Elliott Road, Chapel Hill clothesmentor.com

Finalists: Rumors, My Secret Closet, The Stock Exchange

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8523 Meadow Ridge Lane, Chapel Hill new.actualsizebuilders.com

Finalists: BuildSense, Grey Star Woodworks, Hollow Rock Construction

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Finalists: Academy for the Performing Arts (APA), Cary Dance Productions, Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance

Best Early-Childhood Learning Facility in Durham County

Children’s Campus at Southpoint

Best Early-Childhood Learning Facility in Wake County

Temple Beth Or Preschool

7317 Fayetteville Street, Durham childrenscampus.com

5315 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh tbopreschool.org

Finalists: Lakewood Avenue Children’s

Finalists: Arts Together, Follow the Child Montessori School, Preschool for the Arts at APA

School, Grey Stone Preschool & Kindergarten, Harvest Learning Center

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Best Nonprofit in Durham County

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Indy: The Community Empowerment

Fund is a student-powered nonprofit with a broad mission of helping people get out and stay out of homelessness and poverty. In addition to providing financial education and matched savings accounts to its members—who are treated like equals and not customers—CEF also works to identify gaps and hurdles in the processes members go through on the way to stability. This might mean helping individuals connect with hard-to-find, subsidized Section 8 housing or working with former Durham Mayor Bill Bell to convene landlords to talk about what they need to keep their properties affordable and up to standard. CEF even has an Advocacy Choir that sings popular songs rewritten with lyrics about issues like affordable housing. Donations to CEF’s Fearless Fund go toward matching funds for members’ savings accounts. —Sarah Willets

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Indy: If you read the INDY, you already know there were 859 eviction cases filed in Durham County during the last fiscal year. For low-income residents facing eviction, Legal Aid of North Carolina, a statewide nonprofit law firm, is one of their only options for legal help. These attorneys are doing yeoman’s work, helping North Carolinians who need it most, despite heavy caseloads and a funding cut last year at the behest of a lawmaker who felt they were overzealous in protecting tenants. In Durham, Legal Aid is taking the eviction crisis head-on, representing tenants in its own practice and through the Eviction Diversion Program, a new partnership with Duke’s Civil Justice Clinic and the Durham County Department of Social Services. It’s now seeking funding to expand the program, but has already succeeded in helping dozens of people avoid displacement, and is shifting the community conversation around housing stability. —Sarah Willets


Best Electrician in the Triangle

Volt Doctors

5605 Novaglen Road, Durham durhamelelctricalservices.com

Finalists: Braco Electric Company, Bonneville Electric, Ryan King Electric

Best Environmentally Friendly Store in the Triangle

The Scrap Exchange 2050 Chapel Hill Road, Durham scrapexchange.org

Finalists: TROSA Thrift Store,

Form & Function, Vert & Vogue

Best Erotic Gifts Store in the Triangle

Cherry Pie

1819 Fordham Boulevard, Chapel Hill cherrypieonline.com

Best Ethnic Market in the Triangle

Li Ming’s Global Market

3400 Westgate Drive, Durham lm-globalmart.com

Finalists: H Mart, Grand Asia Market, Caspian International Food

Best Fabric Store in the Triangle

Cary Quilting Company

Finalists: Wish Upon a Quilt, Mulberry Silks & Fine Fabrics, Bernina World of Sewing, Freeman’s Creative Craft Supply

Southern Coalition for Social Justice Indy:

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice isn’t who you’re going to call for help getting out of a speeding ticket, but the work of its attorneys affects the everyday lives of thousands of North Carolinians nonetheless. The nonprofit was instrumental in prompting policy changes that have led Durham police to stop fourteen thousand fewer drivers in 2017 than they did in 2013 and has been a leading opponent of the legislature’s efforts to gerrymander congressional and legislative districts. SCSJ has also been a strong advocate for raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction (a change that takes effect next year), operates a police data website, criminal-record expungement clinics, and is starting a bail fund to free people being held in jail because they can’t pay to get out. The SCSJ does compassionate, crucial work, and our community is better for it. —Sarah Willets

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Finalists: Frisky Business Boutique, Maxx Adult Emporium, Phoenix Adult Superstore

Best Attorney / Law Firm in the Triangle

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A Place at the Table Indy:

A Place at the Table had big shoes to fill. The pay-what-you-can cafe, which opened its doors in January, took up residence in what was formerly the bright and trippy coffeehouse Café de los Muertos. Now the Day of the Dead decor has been swapped for gentle yellow walls decorated with pictures from local photographers. A Place at the Table serves standard cafe fare—granola bowls, panini, soups—but with an interesting twist: You pay (more or less) what you can. The shop provides a suggested price for each item, like $7 for a house salad, but you can pay up to half of what is suggested if you’re short on funds. A donation pot helps account for the missing dollars. A patron can choose to buy a coffee and donate enough for someone else, for example. And if you can’t spare even a penny for an item on the menu, you can volunteer to make up for the cost. It’s a more humane approach to the sometimes-stuffy cafe culture—and so far, it seems to be working. —Erica Hellerstein BEST OF THE TRIANGLE 2018 | INDYweek.com | 6.6.18 | 55


Best Fair Trade Store in the Triangle

Ten Thousand Villages

Best Garden Store in the Triangle

Best Gift Shop in Wake County

Logan’s One Stop Garden Shop

1150 Fleming Road, Creedmoor cedarcreekgallery.com

707 Semart Drive, Raleigh logantrd.com

1357 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary tenthousandvillages.com/cary

Finalists: Stone Bros. & Byrd, Durham

Cedar Creek Gallery

Finalists: Deco, The Green Monkey, Little

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Finalists: One World Market, Cameron’s, The Flourish Market

Garden Center, Fifth Season Gardening Co.

Best Florist in the Triangle

Best Gift Shop in Durham County

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Finalists: Grey Star Woodworks, Joe

Pine State Flowers 2001 Chapel Hill Road, Durham pinestateflowers.com

Finalists: Brewery Bhavana, Victoria Park

Florist, English Garden

113 South Gregson Street, Durham morganimports.com

Finalists: Parker and Otis, Vaguely

Reminiscent, Indio

Best Furniture Store in the Triangle

Best Gift Shop in Orange / Chatham County

TROSA Thrift Store

Southern Season

3500 North Roxboro Street, Durham trosainc.org/trosa-thrift-store

Finalists: Furnish This, Raleigh Furniture Gallery, Ambiente Modern Furniture, Inspirations Home Decor and More

201 South Estes Drive, Chapel Hill southernseason.com

Finalists: Cameron’s, WomanCraft Gifts,

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Best Handyman / woman in the Triangle refinishyourdoor.com

Monitor, Better Call Joe, Little Corner Construction

Best Hardware Store in the Triangle

Fitch Lumber & Hardware

309 North Greensboro Street, Carrboro fitchlumber.com

Finalists: Ace Hardware Seaboard Station, Ace Hardware in Woodcroft, Briggs Hardware

Best Home Accessory Store in the Triangle

Cedar Creek Gallery 1150 Fleming Road, Creedmoor cedarcreekgallery.com

Finalists: Deco, Form & Function, Inspirations Home Decor and More

Best Home Furnishing Store in the Triangle

TROSA Thrift Store

3500 North Roxboro Street, Durham trosainc.org/trosa-thrift-store

Finalists: Raleigh Furniture Gallery, Inspirations Home Decor and More, Furnish This

Best Hotel in the Triangle

The Umstead Hotel and Spa

100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary theumstead.com

Finalists: The Durham Hotel, 21C Museum Hotel, Unscripted


Best House Cleaners in Durham County

Carpe Diem Cleaning 902 Pearl Street, Durham carpediemcleaning.com

Finalists: Enovana Green Cleaning,

Tangerine Clean, Southern Hospitality Cleaning & Concierge

Best House Cleaners in Orange / Chatham County

Southern Hospitality Cleaning & Concierge shccraleigh.com

Finalists: Enovana Green Cleaning, Tangerine Clean, Class Act Cleaning

Best House Cleaners in Wake County

Go 2 Girls

Best House Painter in the Triangle

Hansell Painting 606 United Drive, Durham hansellpainting.com

Finalists: Zarazua Painting, Jason Johns Specialty Paint, Brush Up Painting

Best HVAC Company in the Triangle

6 & Fix Heating & Cooling 3517 Angier Avenue, Durham 6andfix.com

Finalists: Boer Brothers Heating &

Cooling, Alternative Aire, Comfort Monster Heating & Air

Best Insurance Agent in the Triangle

Amanda Hagood State Farm

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5910 Duraleigh Road, #135, Raleigh statefarm.com

Finalists: Southern Hospitality Cleaning & Concierge, Enovana Green Cleaning, The Other Woman, Inc.

Finalists: Whitehurst Strategic Partners, Matthew Gorman (North Carolina Farm Bureau Insurance), Scott Clark

Best Jewelry Store in Durham County

Best Landscape Company in the Triangle

TROSA Lawn Care

Jewelsmith

2200 West Main Street, Durham jewelsmith.com

1100 Neville Street, Durham trosainc.org

Finalists: Light Years Jewelry, Hamilton

Hill, Vert & Vogue

Finalists: Leaf & Limb, Agape Lawn Company, Artistry in Plants

Best Jewelry Store in Orange / Chatham County

Best Local Brand

Light Years

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121 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill lightyearsjewelry.com

Finalists: WomanCraft Gifts, Melissa

212 West Main Street, #102, Durham runawayclothes.com

Finalists: Munjo Munjo, Good Dirt, Pass

Designer Jewelry, William Travis Jewelry

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Best Men’s Boutique in the Triangle

Light Years Cameron Village 430 Daniels Street, Raleigh lightyearsjewelry.com

Finalists: Little Details, Quercus Studio, HTY Jewelry

The Art of Style

19 West Hargett Street, Raleigh theartofstyleboutique.com

Finalists: Vert & Vogue, Lumina Clothing, Kannon’s Clothing

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Best Moving Company in the Triangle

Best Nonprofit in Orange / Chatham County

700 Mallard Avenue, Durham trosainc.org/trosa-moving-storage

232 Goathouse Road, Pittsboro goathouserefuge.org

TROSA Moving

Goathouse Refuge

Finalists: Two Men and a Truck, Crabtree Family Moving, Little Guys Movers

Finalists: Carolina Tiger Rescue, Paws4Ever, TABLE

Best Music Lessons in the Triangle

Urban Ministries of Wake County

Notasium

3750 Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, Durham, notasium.com

Finalists: Triangle Music School, The

Musicians Learning Center, High Strung

Best New Business in Durham County

Freeman’s Creative Craft Supply

2020 Chapel Hill Road, #25, Durham freemanscreative.com

Finalists: The Glass Jug Beer Lab, The Artisan Market at 305, Tap the Triangle

Best New Business in Orange / Chatham County

Postal Fish Company 75 West Salisbury Street, Pittsboro postalfishcompany.com

Finalists: Village Diner, K’s Closet

Best New Business in Wake County

Bottle Rev, Apex

800 West Williams Street, #140, Apex bottlerev.com/br-apex

Finalists: Meraki Salon, Autumn & Avery, Beaumonde

Best Nonprofit in Durham County

TROSA

1820 James Street, Durham trosainc.org

Finalists: Animal Protection Society of Durham, Hope Animal Rescue, Durham Literacy Center

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1390 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh urbanmin.org

Finalists: Triangle Beagle Rescue, Alzheimer’s Association ENC, Archangel Alliance

Best Pet Boarding in Durham County

Camp Bow Wow

4310 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham campbowwow.com

Finalists: Suite Paws Pet Resort (Durham), The Pet Wagon Hotel, Creature Comforts Inn

Thank you, from all of us at Bonneville Electric for your votes

Best Vintage / Antique Store in the Triangle

Rumors Indy: In the words of Saturday Night

Live’s Stefon, Chapel Hill’s Rumors has it all. An overwhelming selection of crop tops, sunglasses galore, sassy pins, and go-to graphic tees for your vintage dudes. A secondhand clothing and selling store, you can also sell your own threads there for cash or store credit (beware, the buyers are selective). One of the more refreshing things about Rumors is that, unlike some posh vintage stores that sell starched clothing at markedup prices, it actually is affordable. You can find vintage leather bags for $20, old-school windbreakers for $30, and men’s button-downs for less than $10. And, located right off Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street, it’s easily accessible, with many a postshopping beer option. If only it could clone itself and move over to Raleigh. —Erica Hellerstein

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Best Pet Boarding in Orange / Chatham County

Green Beagle Lodge 6805 Millhouse Road, Chapel Hill greenbeaglelodge.com

Finalists: Doggie Spa & Day Care,

Companion Camp, Dogwood Veterinary Hospital & Pet Resort

Best Pet Boarding in Wake County

Suite Paws Pet Resort, Raleigh 110 South Rogers Lane, Raleigh suitepaws.com/raleigh

Finalists: Dogtopia of Raleigh, The K9 Kabana, Pup’s Day Out

Best Pet Groomer in Durham County

Elliotte’s Pet Spa and Salon

2005 North Pointe Drive, #1B, Durham elliotespetspa.com

Finalists: Amber Stoehr (Petco Southpoint), Beth’s Barks and Bubbles, Petropolitan Dog Grooming

Best Pet Groomer in Orange / Chatham County

Hair of the Dog

11312 U.S. Highway 15-501 North, #305, Chapel Hill, hairofthedognc.com

Finalists: Fiona (The Dog’s Paw), Green Beagle Lodge, Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming at Chapel Hill

Best Pet Groomer in Wake County

Woof Gang Bakery Cameron Village 2046 Clark Avenue, Raleigh woofgangbakery.com

Finalists: Woof and Wheels Mobile Pet Salon, City Pet Grooming, Pup’s Day Out

Best Pet-sitting Service in Durham County

Bull City Pet Sitting

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Finalists: Kate’s Critter Care, A Whole Lotta Love, Love’m and Leave’m Pet Sitting

Best Pet-sitting Service in Orange / Chatham County

Kate’s Critter Care katescrittercare.com

Finalists: Doggie Day Care and Spa, Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming at Chapel Hill, Laughing Dog Pet Care

Best Pet-sitting Service in Wake County

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Finalists: Furbaby Pet Sitters, Wag the Dog Pet Care, Peak City Puppy, Pup’s Day Out

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Finalists: Unleashed, The Other End of the Leash, Oliver’s Collar

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Best Place to Buy Locally Made Art in Durham County

Durham Craft Market 501 Foster Street, Durham durhamcraftmarket.com

Arts, The Artisan Market at 305

311 South Harrington Street, #100, Raleigh, era.com/ era-dream-living-realty-588c

Best Place to Buy Locally Made Art in Orange / Chatham County

Finalists: Element Realty Group (Allen Tate Realtors), Triangle Real Estate Chix, Ashley Wilson Realty Group, Carpenter Real Estate Group

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Finalists: Womancraft Gifts, FRANK

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Finalists: The Green Monkey, Downtown Cary Food & Flea, Cary Gallery of Artists

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Best Place to Buy Musical Instruments in the Triangle

1901 Chapel Hill Road, Durham red-collective.com/chloe

Finalists: Justin Burleson, Steven Norris

Finalists: Montgomery Violins, 2112

Best Realtor in Wake County

Best Plumber in the Triangle

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Carrboro Plumbing

(919) 213-0881 • www.oakcitychiro.com

2814 Hillsborough Road, Durham inhabitthetriangle.com/adrian-brown

Best Realtor in Orange / Chatham County

Services: Chiropractic Care • Active Release Technique® (ART®) Graston • Massage Therapy • Functional Nutrition

Conveniently located near Cameron Village and downtown Raleigh

Inhabit Real Estate

201 East Davie Street, Raleigh artspacenc.org

Percussion, Music & Arts

Oak City Chiropractic

Adrian Brown

Finalists: Alison Domnas, Connie Semans, Justin Burleson

1805 West Markham Avenue, Durham highstrungdurham.com

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Best Place to Buy Locally Made Art in Wake County

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Finalists: Pure Line Plumbing, After

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6531 Creedmoor Road, #207, Raleigh acolerealty.com

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Sam’s Quik Shop

1605 Erwin Road, Durham samsquikshop.com

Finalists: Sam’s Bottle Shop, The Glass Jug Beer Lab, Bottle 501

Best Retail Beer Selection in Orange / Chatham County

Beer Study

106 North Graham Street, Chapel Hill beerstudy.com

Finalists: Carrboro Beverage

Company, Southern Season, Bottle Rev (Chapel Hill)

Best Retail Beer Selection in Wake County

Pelagic Beer & Wine 300 Pace Street, Raleigh pelagicbeerandwine.com

Finalists: Peace Street Market, Tasty Beverage Company, Bottle Rev (Apex)

Best Retirement Community in the Triangle

Carol Woods

750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill carolwoods.org

Finalists: The Forest at Duke, Croasdaile Village, Carolina Arbors

Best Roofing Company in the Triangle

Baker Roofing

517 Mercury Street, Raleigh bakerroofing.com

Finalists: Alpine Roofing, Joe Ray’s Roofing, Roofcrafters (Pittsboro)

Best Running Store in the Triangle

Bull City Running Co.

202 West N.C. Highway 54, #109, Durham, bullcityrunning.com

Finalists: Runologie, 9th Street Active Feet

Best Salvage / Re-use Business in the Triangle

The Scrap Exchange 2050 Chapel Hill Road, Durham scrapexchange.org

Meet the Chix: Vanessa, Jennifer, Julie and Diane

Finalists: Habitat for Humanity Restore (Durham/Chapel Hill), TROSA Thrift Store and Donation Center, CompostNow

Best Auto Repair in Durham County

Durham Tire & Auto Center Indy: Without having sampled every

auto mechanic in Durham County— my God, can you imagine the bills?— it’s really impossible to assess the single best auto repair shop around. All you have to go on is your necessarily limited personal experience: This guy tried to screw me. This one’s pretty cheap. This dude tried to upsell me into a news transmission. Et cetera. Same goes for me. I’ve never used the services of any of the auto repair shops that were nominated in this category. I’m sure they’re great. But when I moved to Durham, I lucked out and found a terrific auto repair shop less than a mile away from my house. At Durham Tire & Auto Center on North Roxboro Street, the prices are reasonable, the service folks are incredibly nice and willing to explain exactly what that noise is, and I’ve never once felt like they were trying to hose me. In fact, on one occasion I took my car in, thinking that I needed new brake pads or axles; just about anywhere else, I would’ve been told, “Yeah, sure you do. That’ll be four hundred dollars.” Here? “Nah, you’re fine. You’ve got time. Oh, and we put air in your tires.” Points for honesty. And when we were looking to buy a new car, they even took a look at one we had under consideration for free— and advised against the purchase, which we didn’t make. Points for helpfulness. In fact, the only issue I’ve had with Durham Tire—and the only reason I’d ever go anywhere else—is that they’re not open on weekends. —Jeffrey C. Billman

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Best Store to Buy Eyeglasses in the Triangle

Upchurch Optical Center

5826 Fayetteville Road, #104, Durham upchurchoptical.com

Finalists: Specs, Carrboro Family Vision, The Spectacle

Best Summer Camp in Durham County

Schoolhouse of Wonder

5101B North Roxboro Street, Durham schoolhouseofwonder.org

Finalists: Durham Academy Summer

Programs, Piedmont Wildlife Center, Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts

Best Summer Camp in Orange / Chatham County

Schoolhouse of Wonder schoolhouseofwonder.org

Finalists: Carolina Friends School, Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center, Piedmont Wildlife Center, Carolina Tiger Rescue

Best Summer Camp in Wake County

Schoolhouse of Wonder

Best Toy Store in the Triangle

Ali Cat

200 North Greensboro Street, Carrboro alicattoys.com

Finalists: Museum of Life & Science Gift Shop, Crowemag Toys, The Red Hen

Best Veterinary Practice in Durham County

Southpoint Animal Hospital 5601 Fayetteville Street, Durham southpointpets.com

Willow Oak Veterinary Hospital, Broadway Veterinary Hospital

Best Wine Shop in Durham County

Best Veterinary Practice in Orange / Chatham County

2501 University Drive, Durham wineauthorities.com

Carrboro Plaza Veterinary Clinic

104 N.C. Highway 54, Suite M, Carrboro carrboroplazavet.com

Finalists: The Animal Hospital (Carrboro

and Chapel Hill), Piedmont Veterinary Clinic, Four Paws Animal Clinic

Best Veterinary Practice in Wake County

Crossroads Veterinary Hospital

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1112 Jones Franklin Road, Raleigh mycrossroadsvet.net

Finalists: YMCA of the Triangle, Arts Together, Piedmont Wildlife Center, Artspace Summer Arts Camp

Finalists: Care First Animal Hospital (Oberlin), Hayes Barton Animal Hospital, CityVet

Best Tattoo Studio in the Triangle

Best Vintage / Antique Store in the Triangle

Dogstar Tattoo Company

Father and Son

807 East Main Street, Durham dogstartattoo.com

302 South West Street, Raleigh facebook.com/ Father-and-Son-133275510048293/

Finalists: Authentic Tattoo Company,

Finalists: Dolly’s Vintage, Raleigh

Blue Flame Tattoo, Altered Aesthetics

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Finalists: New Hope Animal Hospital,

Vintage, Raleigh Furniture Gallery

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Wine Authorities

Finalists: Bulldega, Hope Valley Wine &

Beverage, Durham Co-op Market, Bottle 501

Best Wine Shop in Orange / Chatham County

Southern Season

201 South Estes Drive, Chapel Hill southernseason.com

Finalists: Weaver Street Market, Hillsborough Wine Company, Chapel Hill Wine Company

Best Wine Shop in Wake County

Wine Authorities

211 East Franklin Street, Raleigh wineauthorities.com

Finalists: The Raleigh Wine Shop, Seaboard Wine Warehouse, Chatham Street Wine Market

Best Women’s Boutique in Durham County

Smitten

2702 Hillsborough Road, Durham facebook.com/ImSmittentoo

Finalists: Vert & Vogue, Magnolia Belle

Boutique, Moon.Flower.Child

Best Women’s Boutique in Orange / Chatham County

Sofia’s Boutique

200 North Greensboro Street, Suite B3, Carrboro, sofiasboutique.us

Finalists: Clothes Mentor (Chapel

Hill), WomanCraft, Women’s Birth and Wellness Center Boutique

Best Women’s Boutique in Wake County

Possibilities Boutique

1247 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary possibilitiesboutique.com

Finalists: The Art of Style, Autumn & Avery, Little Details, StyleFinder Boutique

Best Yarn Store in the Triangle

Hillsborough Yarn Shop

114 South Churton Street, Hillsborough hillsboroughyarn.com

Finalists: Warm ‘n Fuzzy, Freeman’s Creative Craft Supply, DownTown Knits (Apex)


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Finalists: Beth McElhinny Hayden, Carrie Fasola (Awakenings Center), Jennifer Kirby

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Finalists: Lindsey Westendorf (Smoothe LLC), Brooke Johnson (All About Aesthetics), Kim Forster (Aesthetic Solutions)

Finalists: Wellville Massage & Healing Arts, Spa Retreat, Bella Trio

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Best Chiropractor in the Triangle

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Finalists: Jessica Fay (Oak City

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Finalists: Riccobene and Assoc., Wendell

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Finalists: Vent Salon, Blue Bamboo Hair

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Syd’s Hair Shop

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Finalists: To the Woods, Ceremony Salon, Mina’s Studio

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Finalists: Blo, Southern Roots Beauty Bar, Meraki Salon

Triangle Krav Maga

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Finalists: Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts, Bushiken Karate Saint-Cyr Dojo, NC Systema

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Finalists: Kelly Cox (Randori Bodywork), Matthew Fecteau (Active Recovery Massage), Brittany Herzberg (Cary Flow Yoga), Dilworth Bodyworks

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Durham Women’s Clinic

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Finalists: Chan Little, The 360 Approach, Hardee Merritt, JoJo Polk

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Best Nurse Midwife in Wake County

Stacie Diette

Regional Midwifery

Finalists: Clayton Alfonso, Paul Andrews, Kara McElligott, Toby Ritterhoff

Best OB/GYN Practitioner in Orange / Chatham County

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Finalists: Heather Helton, Jewell Whitmer, Mandesa Smith

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Durham Women’s Clinic

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Finalists: Duke Women’s Health

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Chapel Hill Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Tanneisha Barlow

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Finalists: Bull City Pilates and Massage, Base Pilates & Movement, reCharge Pilates & Barre

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Best Pilates Studio in Wake County

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Academy Eye Associates Barre-Up 3115 Academy Road, Durham

Best Pediatric Practice in the Triangle

Chapel Hill Pediatrics 205 Sage Road, Chapel Hill chapelhillpeds.com

Best Pediatrician in the Triangle

Carolina OB/GYN, Regional Midwifery

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Best Optometry Practice in the Triangle

Best OB/GYN Practice in Wake County

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Finalists: Carrboro Yoga Company, Carolina Core Pilates, Club Pilates Chapel Hill

Finalists: Women’s Birth and Wellness Center, UNC OB/GYN at Weaver Crossing, Regional Midwifery

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Finalists: Carrboro Family Vision, Upchurch Optical, Woldorff Family Optometry

Finalists: Regional Pediatrics, Durham

Kyne Wang

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Finalists: Martha Gagliano, Jenny Detert,

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Best Hair Salon in Durham County

Finalists: Pulse Pilates, Blue Sky Pilates, Evolve Movement

Best Primary Care Practice or Practitioner in the Triangle

Mosaic Comprehensive Care 1240 Environ Way, Chapel Hill mosaiccarenc.com

Finalists: Dr. Livingood (Triangle Health Center), Avance Primary Care, Susan Catchings (Avance Care)

Best Therapist in the Triangle

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Finalists: Leah Berry (CAS Counseling Associates), Allison Grubbs, Carrie Fasola (Awakenings Center)

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I’ve been getting various kinds of asymmetrical swoopy cuts at Moshi Moshi since the 2000s, when I lived in Carrboro and they just had the one salon on Franklin Street. Clearly, we are meant to be together, because they opened a second shop at Golden Belt in Durham as my life migrated there. First of all, it’s just a nice place to hang, with its Hello Kitty gone urban chic vibe. It’s like chilling inside a modernist pink cupcake. It feels fance but not stuffy or posh, and it has not a whiff of the mustache-waxed dudebro vibe of some of the area’s “manlier” salons. There’s indie rock on the playlist and cool women with tattoos will say swear words to you (if you want! swearing is optional) while they expertly razor off your locks. Shout out to Mary, who must have, like, a topographical map full of pushpins locating my cowlicks, which she’s been valiantly battling into submission for years. —Brian Howe

Best Women’s Health Practitioner in Durham County

Frank A. Frenduto

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Finalists: Beth Wrenn, Clayton Alfonso, Nicolette Schreiber

Best Women’s Health Practitioner in Orange / Chatham County

Melinda Everett

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Finalists: Durham Yoga Company, Blue Point Yoga Center, Hot Asana Yoga Studio (Durham)

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Finalists: Franklin Street Yoga, Heart of Yoga School, Loving Kindness Yoga School

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Finalists: Blue Lotus Yoga, Cary Flow Yoga, Element Hot Yoga

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Threehouse Studios INDY: INDY editors don’t do yoga; that’s too relaxing for a journalist. (We prefer to keep our bodies wracked with coffee and hunched-over clattering.) So we would keep mum if this category were best yoga class. But we happen to know of a relatively new Durham yoga studio because it doubles as a dance venue, which is something we do know about. Ever noticed that crooked little building with the glass brick windows, shoved in that odd little nook between Duke Street and Lakewood Avenue? Surprise: it’s gorgeous inside, with watery light spilling into a spacious room of warm wood and brick. It houses the dance company OM Grown Dancers and hosted a Durham Independent Dance Artists show in March, and it offers a baffling variety of yoga classes. If we ever decided to give up journalism and get healthy, we would totally want to do it there. —Brian Howe Stephanie Friede in the falls along the Eno River PHOTO BY ALEX BOERNER BEST OF THE TRIANGLE 2018 | INDYweek.com | 6.6.18 | 71


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ith her statuesque proportions and freckled complexion encasing a megawatt smile, Amy Sherald, one of today’s leading painters, commands the attention of any room simply by walking in. Her sandy blonde afro is like a crown that adorns her stylish ensemble. Behind bold acrylic frames, her eyes twinkle with artistic ingenuity. It is not hard to see why Michelle Obama hand-picked Sherald to immortalize her at the National Portrait Gallery last year. Sherald recently visited the Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill for the opening of The Outwin: American Portraiture Today because her portrait “Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance)” won first prize in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, which this touring Smithsonian exhibit celebrates. The painting exemplifies Sherald’s now-iconic style. Interestingly, it began with the garment, not the subject. Sherald found a dress that spoke to her in a North Baltimore secondhand store. It reminded her of something her mother would have dressed her in as a child. It was bright orange with cream polka dots, and so tiny that she had a hard time finding a model to wear it. But it was a perfect fit for Crystal Mack, a friendly preteen with a loquacious personality who was famous for selling candy in Sherald’s Baltimore neighborhood. In the portrait, Sherald changed the color of the dress to blue and added a vintage headpiece. One is drawn into the young woman’s confident gaze—something Sherald said she was programmed not to have as a black girl growing up in the South. She is motivated to empower women to own their truth while also leaving room for an identity separate of race labels. Sherald had been hard at work for many years before winning the Outwin competition in 2016. In fact, this exhibit is a full-circle moment; she had her first solo exhibit at 22 | 6.6.18 | INDYweek.com

Amy Sherald's "Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance)" at the Ackland UNC’s Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History in 2011. When asked what it was like working with Michelle Obama, Sherald simply replied, “stressful.” She clarified that Obama herself was a joy to work with, but the pressure to produce something so historic was great. True to her process, she began with the dress.

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Working with Obama’s stylist, Sherald narrowed down a selection of dresses that ultimately led to the Milly gown depicted in the now-historic portrait, which made Sherald, along with Barack Obama portraitist Kehinde Wiley, the first black artist to paint a presidential portrait. Sherald felt it was important to pose the former First Lady in a way that showcased the beauty of the dress

while simultaneously elevating her iconic stature. But she brings the same level of care and attention to her portrait of Crystal Mack, as do the dozens of other portraitists in the exhibit. (As it happens, another Outwin finalist also went on to gain presidential ties: Sedrick Huckaby, a Fort Worth, Texas native, became George W. Bush’s painting instructor.)


Amy Sherald at the Ackland PHOTO BY SP MURRAY Dorothy Moss, an associate curator at the National Portrait Gallery and director of the Outwin competition, said that the jurors who selected the finalists focused on the psychological connection between the artist and the subject, the experience rather than objectivity. This is especially evident in the mixedmedia work of Adrián Román. To capture the grandeur of his grandmother in “Caja De Memoria Viva II: Constancia Colón de Clemente,” Román masterfully depicted her in charcoal on a large wooden box suspended only a few feet from the ceiling. The sound of her voice, in her native Spanish, emanates from the box, and mementos line its illuminated interior. The piece is vastly different from many of the others, but intimacy and individuality are ever-present. National Portrait Gallery director Kim Sajet said that when the collection was

first revealed, some questioned whether the selections were politically motivated. There are portraits featuring LGBTQ people, migrants, and people with disabilities. She said that political messaging was not a factor for the jurors, but she is excited about the open dialogue the exhibit has fostered. She recalled a previous showing where an elderly gentleman said to artist Jess T. Dugan, after viewing her post-mastectomy, genderambiguous self-portrait, “I just have to ask, are you a girl or a boy?” In a time when the political climate is so divisive, it’s important for people to be having these conversations about humanity. The authenticity of the work on display at the Ackland leads us on a journey of self-reflection and deeper thought about what America looks like today. arts@indyweek.com INDYweek.com | 6.6.18 | 23


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lready being hailed as a major statement from a giant of American cinema, Paul Schrader’s latest film is no quiet reflection on a finished career. First Reformed is as risk-taking as his best work from the seventies and eighties (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, American Gigolo), confronting our strange, terrifying cultural moment by focusing on those it leaves behind.

ist, whose pregnant wife, Mary (Amanda Seyfried), begs Toller to counsel him. Michael holds forth with precise empirical detail on the apocalyptic threat posed by climate change, voicing the increasingly common feeling that there is no moral justification for bringing new life into a doomed world. Though Toller fails to offer any lasting hope, the debate stirs something within him.

formances combat any tendency toward didacticism. Of course, as an ex-Calvinist intellectual who came to filmmaking through criticism, Schrader’s films thrive on ideas. First Reformed relates various forms of secular despair—the loss of loved ones, our civilization’s will to self-destruction—to a much older spiritual one, the inability to imagine anything beyond the horizon of one’s own life. The connection is apparent at every level of the film’s biting, often funny satire of commercialized religion. The evangelical organization that finances Toller’s church is beholden to donations from the

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very energy executive Michael and Mary’s activism worked to expose. But Schrader is not content to let Michael’s bleak vision of the world go unchallenged. Near the end of the second act, a pivotal scene presents an alternative view, as the mounting sexual tension between Toller and Mary culminates not in a physical affair, but in a quasi-psychedelic montage of aerial landscape footage. Ungrounded in the film’s reality, this cosmic vision of love haunts the events that follow, the promise of everything we don’t and can’t know for certain. arts@indyweek.com

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Ethan Hawke in First Reformed PHOTO COURTESY OF A24 Ethan Hawke plays Ernst Toller, the pastor of a tiny congregation at a Dutch colonial church in upstate New York. A former military chaplain who convinced his son to serve in Iraq, Toller’s guilt over his son’s death overseas and the subsequent collapse of his marriage have left him a broken man. Like Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle, he spends most of his time alone, but in a rectory instead of a cab, keeping a spiritual journal we hear in voiceover narration. But this last-ditch effort at self-preservation only comes to magnify his grief and resentment. Toller’s return to life is sparked by his encounter with Michael (Philip Ettinger), an equally desperate environmental activ24 | 6.6.18 | INDYweek.com

“It was exhilarating,” he writes in that day’s journal entry, eager to test his faith. But again, tragedy diverts his reawakening, and the two men’s very different crises catalyze each other in the film’s most provocative twist. Schrader sacrifices a degree of psychological plausibility for allegorical heft, more like a European art film than an American thriller. But his command of the latter mode is what makes the film work, infusing even its most heavy-handed disquisitions on faith and meaning with palpable suspense. Elegant cinematography, a spare yet immersive score by ambient composer Lustmord, and several excellent per-

Artful, twisted, and scary as hell, the indie horror film Hereditary is designed to mess you up. You won’t find the pleasant chills of the ghost story or the cathartic thrills of the slasher. Instead, the film trades in real human anxieties, hideously disturbing images, and the occasional headless cultist. It’s a lot of fun. Toni Collette plays Annie Graham, an emotionally fragile gallery artist who specializes in meticulously assembled miniatures. Annie’s cruel, creepy mother has just died from dementia, and her little girl, Charlie, has started to make miniatures of her own— with dead animal parts. Meanwhile, Annie’s relationship with her teenage son Peter is a bit strained ever since that night when she kinda-sorta tried to kill him. Yes, the Grahams are a troubled lot. The sinister strategy of Hereditary is to dig deep into the festering wounds of one family’s dysfunction—grief, guilt, resentment, and neglect—and then turn the emotional violence into both physical and metaphysical trauma.

Director Ari Aster conjures echoes of classic familial horror films of the past, such as The Shining, Rosemary’s Baby, and Carrie. But then he confounds expectations with a series of bold narratives swerves concerning the Graham family ancestry. Collette is simply brilliant in the lead. She really should be officially funded, like a national monument. And Broadway child actor Milly Shapiro does new things with the standard Spooky Little Girl role. But the real star is Aster, who has delivered an extremely disturbing yet carefully controlled art-house horror show. Despite some unfortunate choices in the closing scenes, Hereditary largely transcends its disreputable genre. In fact, it fits better into the older literary tradition known as weird fiction, which often uses supernatural elements to explore all-too-real human themes and fears. This is the best horror film of the year so far. —Glenn McDonald


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WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK FRIDAY, JUNE 8–SATURDAY, JUNE 16

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Dori Freeman grew up in Galax, Virginia, a small town that’s mostly known as a hub for old-time music and for hosting the world’s biggest, longest-running fiddler’s convention. Freeman largely rejects those traditions on Letters Never Read, which she released last October, but her heart still lies in the adjacent world of country music. Letters Never Read is a clear-eyed record that centers Freeman’s thoughtful songwriting, which she wraps with tastefully twangy arrangements. “Ern and Zorry’s Sneakin’ Bitin’ Dog,” on the other hand, features Freeman singing unaccompanied, which throws her unique skill set (and golden voice) into sharp focus: The song sounds fresh and contemporary while simultaneously nodding to old-time ballad singing and Andrews Sisters-era melodies. She kicks off Duke Performances’ annual Music in the Gardens series with a breezy, early evening set. —Allison Hussey DUKE GARDENS, DURHAM | 7 p.m., $5–$10 www.dukeperformances.duke.edu

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CRUMBLE (LAY ME DOWN, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE)

Earlier this year, Monét Noelle Marshall premiered the unforgettable first part of her Buy It Call It trilogy. In Buy My Soul and Call It Art, she and her team of local artists created a performance installation that “immerses visitors in the problematic relationship between black art and the arts and entertainment industry,” as Kevin J. Rowsey II wrote in his four-and-a-half star INDY review. Moving through a series of tableaux, we experienced a living treatise on the racial inequities—monetary, social, and cultural—to which the local arts world is no more immune than the national one. Now Marshall returns with part two, Buy My Body and Call It a Ticket. As she described the piece to Frank Stasio on The State of Things, it sounds like a thematic continuation of Buy My Soul with a more inward focus. Marshall becomes the ringmaster of a carnival midway, complete with mirror maze and unsettling exhibits. Like its predecessor, you’d call it a funhouse if it weren’t so morally serious. A must-see. —Brian Howe

The Women’s Theatre Festival’s theme this year is Women Are Heroes. So who’s the hero in offbeat season opener Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), a dark comedy by Sheila Callaghan, the writer-producer of Showtime series Shameless? Is it frazzled Clara, a professional chef and mother at wit’s end, living in a dilapidating apartment a year after the bizarre Christmastime death of her husband? Her daughter, Janice, a foul-mouthed, precocious eleven-year-old whose deep discontent at school and home is fueling increasingly unhealthy interests in chemical catalysts and *NSYNC-era Justin Timberlake? Or maybe it’s Clara’s busybody sister, Barbara—or her fiftyseven cats. It could be the apartment itself, anthropomorphized and played by Laurel Ullman: a fading relic with resentments all its own. One thing’s certain: Time is clearly running out. It’s almost Christmas again, and Janice has come up with a formula and a plan. Kayla Kaufman directs a cast including Laquana Henny and Kimmy Fiorentino. —Byron Woods

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SUNDAY, JUNE 10

SAM EVIAN, BUCK MEEK

If you’re looking for an easygoing Sunday evening, this stacked bill will assuredly hit the spot. Sam Evian, the solo project of Celestial Shore’s Sam Owens, features Owens floating through dreamy rock songs that exude a gentle sense of calm. Like 2016’s Premium, Evian’s new record, You, Forever, is a cozy and comforting collection. Buck Meek spends most of his time as the guitarist for the excellent indie rock band Big Thief, but on his own, he slings loose, charming tunes that have a country edge. Where Owens leans toward sweet synthy fizz, Meek opts for airy, guitar-driven constructions, making for an unexpected but simpatico pairing. Mountain Man’s Molly Sarlé, who performs first, has yet to issue her solo debut, but her captivating live performances indicate something great is on the horizon. —Allison Hussey THE PINHOOK, DURHAM | 8:30 p.m., $12, www.thepinhook.com

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ROOSEVELT COLLIER TRIO PLAYING MUSIC OF JIMI HENDRIX! 9:30p ID FT. BREWTAL/ OAK CITY SLUMS/ TROUBLE/ THUMPER (18+ ONLY) 9p THE BREAKFAST CLUB 8p RED NOT CHILI PEPPERS 7p DAVID ALLAN COE 7p AT RED HAT AMPHITHEATER

AMERICAN AQUARIUM W/ TRAVIS MEADOWS 6p CREATIVE NATION PRESENTS

“MONEY POWER RESPECT TOUR” 7p p FR 29 CHAD PRATHER 6p

SA JUNE 30 • 7:30p

SA JUNE 16 • 7p

THE BREAKFAST CLUB real.live.people PHOTO BY LUKE BARKER

W/ ABACAB 7:30p

W/ HARMONY HOUSE SINGERS 7p

FR 13 LITTLE OZZY (OZZY OZBORNE TRIB)

REAL.LIVE.PEOPLE: AGAIN, BUT THIS TIME WITH FEELING

W/ THE GRAY/NEON KNIGHTS (DIO TRIBUTE) 7p

SA 14 CONTROL GROUP REUNION

WE JUNE 20 • 7p

RED NOT CHILI PEPPERS

THE 39 STEPS AT KENNEDY-MCILWEE STUDIO THEATRE (P. 34), PHIL COOK AT CAT’S CRADLE (P. 17), DEAD & COMPANY AT COASTAL CREDIT UNION MUSIC PARK AT WALNUT CREEK (P. 20), RAE DELBIANCO AT THE REGULATOR (P. 36), LAYERED LIVES AT THE ARTSCENTER (P. 32), THE OUTWIN: AMERICAN PORTRAITURE TODAY AT THE ACKLAND (P. 22), GREG SESTERO AT THE ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE (P. 36)

W/ KRIS HEATON BAND / DONNA BLUE BAND / NIGHT SHIFT 7p

SU 15 AFTON MUSIC SHOWCASE

W/ AIRCRASH DETECTIVES/ LANDON GRAY/ THE LUCKY STRIKES/ TBA 5:30p ERIC SCHWARTZ 7p

TH 19 TH 26 TAB BENOIT 7p FR 27 TORY LANEZ 7p SA 28 MOTHER’S FINEST 7:30p

CO M I N G S O O N

8/3 COSMIC CHARLIE 8p 8/7 PENNYWISE 8p 8/10 PHISH AFTERPARTY

LIVING ARTS COLLECTIVE, DURHAM | 8 p.m., $15, www.livingartscollective.com

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I DO?

J U LY

FR 6 THE STEEL WOODS 8p SA 7 INTERSTELLAR OVERDRIVE TU 10 BERES HAMMOND

THURSDAY, JUNE 7–SUNDAY, JUNE 10 Anna Barker wanted to get out of her safe zone. After her longtime choreographic and performance partner, Leah Wilks, left the area for graduate school, Barker found herself alone in the studio trying to make a solo piece. It was weird. “I felt like I was bouncing ideas off of no one,” she says. The solution? New collaborators, and lots of them. That solo is one of thirteen vignettes in the evening-length performance Again, but this time with feeling by real.live.people, Barker’s de facto company of dancers and artists in other disciplines. Premiering this week in the Durham Independence Dance Artists season, the piece explores the experience of failure, in a dialogic relationship to Barker’s 2016 work with Wilks, Feature Presentation, which dealt with the theme of success. Barker has taken on a more directorial role in Again, developing vignettes with collaborators including theater artist Patience O’Neill, poet Chris Tonelli, composer Adam Lindquist, and video/film artists Emily Frachtling and Adam Graetz. Working with such a wide variety of artists and media, she’s created a highly productive unsafe zone for herself—the desired result. “To fail,” Barker says, “necessitates a certain level of honesty and vulnerability.” Her willingness to risk this makes Again worth seeing. —Chris Vitiello

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w/ POISON ANTHEM RICHARD BACCHUS & THE LUCKIEST GIRLS

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FRI SAM’S FUNKY NATION FRI6/8 7/8BIG SolKitchen & The Art of Cool Project:

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MON 7/11 Regulator Bookstore presents HEATHER HAVRILESKY: Ask Polly Live

BIG SAM’S FUNKY NATION

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TUE6/9 7/12 DANNY SCHMIDT / REBECCA NEWTON with WES COLLINS SAT Family Bizness Presents The Pinnacle 2 “The Wave Season”

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THE RAGBIRDS

TU 6/19

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS

6/21 MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA W/ O'BROTHER ($23 /$28) 6/23 THE FEELIES ($20/$23) 7/7 ELLIS DYSON & THE SHAMBLES W/ KATHARINE

WHALEN PERFORMING THE SQUIRREL NUT ZIPPERS ($10)

6/7 THE REGRETTES W/ DESTROY BOYS($10/$12)

7/11 KURT VILE AND THE VIOLATORS W/ DYLAN CARLSON ($23/ $25)

6/8 THE GRID FT. SON!, DISQO VOLANTE, AND KOSMONAUTA *EMCEED BY GORDY40*

7/19 DEAFHEAVEN W/ DRAB MAJESTY AND UNIFORM

6/9 DRAG QUEENS ARE COMING! FT. NAOMI DIX, STORMIE

7/20 CREATE YOUR SUMMER TOUR FEAT. KARINA GARCIA, WENGIE AND NATALIES OUTLET

6/10 WAND W/ ITASCA ($12)

7/25 DANNY DUNCAN ($25/ $30, VIP AVAILABLE)

DAIE, BEN ETHER, DUSTIN REAMS 6/11 BENT KNEE W/ GATHERERS ($10) 6/12 LIZ COOPER & THE STAMPEDE ($10/$12)

$10 advance / $12 day 6/13 of PASTEL PANTIES,

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6/7 PHIL COOK W/ JAKE XERXES FUSSELL ($17/ $20)

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THU MON6/147/18 MAIL THE HORSE

SAT 6/23

SA 6/16 @ NCMA

SHOVELS AND ROPE

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8/10 TOWN MOUNTAIN 8/11 SAM BUSH ($30/$33) 8/28 WOLF PARADE 9/19 FIDLAR W/ DILLY DALLY AND NOBRO ($22/$25; ON SALE 6/8) 9/27CAAMP ($14/ $16) 9/29 MT. JOY ($15/$17) 10/11 APARNA NANCHERLA ($22/$25)

CHARLIE BROWN, HANK AND BRENDAN ($5)

6/14 PROPERSLEEP (ALBUM RELEASE PARTY) W/ SO SOON, THE TRUTH , AN AUTHOR, A POET, PAPERBACK, AND OL’ SPORT ($8) 6/15 THE TILLS, PIE FACE GIRLS, REESE MCHENRY & THE FOX 6/16 JEANNE JOLLY ($15/ $18) 6/17 MAPS & ATLASES W/ PRISM TATS ($15/$17) 6/18 YOUNG WIDOWS W/ NULL, WAILIN STORMS

TU 6/19 @CAT’S CRADLE BACK ROOM

7/7 QUIET SLANG ($13/$15)

MOTORCO (DUR)

7/13 PIERCE PETTIS ($15)

6/15 TRACYANNE & DANNY (TRACYANNE CAMPBELL FROM CAMERA OBSCURA AND DANNY COUGHLAN FROM CRYBABY) ($18/$20)

7/14 MATTHEW E WHITE W/ ANDY JENKINS ($15) 7/17 PETAL & CAMP COPE ($13/ $15) 7/19 JOE PUG ($15/ $18) 7/21 SUMMER SALT W/ HOT FLASH HEAT WAVE AND THE SYMPOSIUM ($13/ $15) 7/25 MEGA COLOSSUS, WITCH

MOUNTAIN, BIBLE OF THE DEVIL, DEMON EYE ($10)

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8/9 THE ESSEX GREEN 8/16 VACATIONER W/ SEGO ($15/ $17)

8/18 TROMBONE SHORTY'S

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10/15 BOB MOSES (ON SALE JUNE 8)

6/28 FORTH WANDERERS

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6/8 FIRST AID KIT LD W/ JADE BIRD SO OUT

6/19 JEREMY ENIGK ($18/$20)

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7/8 BOB SCHNEIDER (RESCHEDULED) ($20/ $23)

7/27 BODY GAMES W/ TOW3RS ($10/$12)

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2ND WIND: Yeaux Katz; 7-9 p.m., free. THE ARTSCENTER: Karla Bonoff; 8 p.m., $25. CAT’S CRADLE: Parquet Courts, Goat Girl; 9 p.m., $15–$17. HUMBLE PIE: Peter Lamb & the Wolves; 8:30 p.m. THE KRAKEN: Shake Sugaree Americana Residency with Jonathan Byrd & Friends; 7-10 p.m., free. MOTORCO: Brick + Mortar, The Unlikely Candidates; 8 p.m., $15. POUR HOUSE: Threesound, Unaka Prong; 9 p.m., $6–$8. THE WICKED WITCH: Deep Sleeper, Jaguardini, Ships in the Night, Brutal Jr.; 9 p.m.

THU, JUN 7 2ND WIND: 2 fer; 7:30-9 p.m. BLUE NOTE GRILL: Nash Street Ramblers; 7-9 p.m. CAT’S CRADLE: Phil Cook, Jake Xerxes Fussell; 8 p.m., $17–$20. See page 17. CAT’S CRADLE (BACK ROOM): The Regrettes, Destroy Boys; 8 p.m., $10–$12. MOTORCO: Dumpstaphunk, The Get Right Band; 9 p.m., $17.50–$30. NEPTUNES PARLOUR:

Martin Bisi [$10/10 P.M.]

Martin Bisi has been a central figure in the New York underground for thirty-five years. In 1981, he founded BC Studios in a dingy basement in Brooklyn, where he would go on to record everyone from Sonic Youth and Afrika Bambaataa to Dresden Dolls and Violent Femmes. As a musician, he mines the same experimental, New York City noise soup as many of the best bands he’s recorded, with some crazy, tongue-firmlyin-cheek rants thrown in for kicks. With Gown. —Dan Ruccia

POUR HOUSE: Local Band Local Beer: Casey & The Comrades, The Wright Ave; 7 p.m., $5. RED HAT AMPHITHEATER:

Khalid

[SOLD OUT/8 P.M.] It’s been a year since American Teen turned Khalid into a breakout R&B sensation, and nothing has slowed down for the twenty-year-old phenom, who already has four Billboard Top 40 singles on his resume. Last month’s “Love Lies” and April’s “OTW” show the range in his songwriting with the former illustrating his soulful charm, and the latter, an ability to lay down rhythmic melodies in vibey trap music. —Charles Morse THE RITZ: Tash Sultana, Reuben Stone; 8 p.m., Sold Out.

FRI, JUN 8 THE ARTSCENTER: Songs from the Circle 9; 8 p.m., $12–$15. BEYÙ CAFFÈ:

Future Prospect [$15/7 & 9 P.M.]

It comes as no surprise that this Richmond-based septet does a flaming version of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.” Their brand of R&B-inflected jazz grows directly out of the grooves, melodies, and chords of Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, and Marvin Gaye. Everything they do goes down easy, helped along by their funky exuberance. —Dan Ruccia BLUE NOTE GRILL: Duke Street Dogs; 6-8 p.m., free. THE BULLPEN: The Atlanta Blues Revue; 8:30 p.m. CARRBORO TOWN COMMONS: Freight Train Blues: Harvey Dalton Arnold, A.J. Ghent; 6:30 p.m., free. CAT’S CRADLE: Shredders, Astronautalis; 8:30 p.m., $17–$20. CAT’S CRADLE (BACK ROOM): Son!, Disqo Volante, Kosmonauta; 8:30 p.m., $10.

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DURHAM CENTRAL PARK:

Gabriel GarzónMontano [FREE/6 P.M.] WE 6/6 TH 6/7 FR 6/8

SA 6/9 SU 6/10 TU 6/12

6/13 6/20 6/29 7/6 7/7 7/26 7/28 8/3 8/9 8/10 8/18 9/19 10/3 10/10 10/17

BLUE WED: THE SPOONBENDERS NASH STREET RAMBLERS DUKE STREET DOGS SCOTT MOSS BAND WELL RESPECTED MEN/ THE MANNISH BOYS MYSTI MAYHEM TRIO TUESDAY BLUES JAM WITH CLARK STERN

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Stones Throw recording artist Gabriel Garzón-Montano fits the romanticized archetype of a bedroom pop artist. It’s easy (and accurate) to imagine the multi-instrumentalist rummaging through crates of funk and Colombian folk dance records, sourcing from a huge collection of hand percussion, and tinkering with drum machines, in order to create a hip and spare recording sound that marries analog and digital sensibilities. —Josephine McRobbie

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7P 6-8P 9P $8 8PM $8 5-8P 7:30P

HANK, PATTIE & THE CURRENT AMANDA ANNE PLATT & THE HONEYCUTTERS BOBBY MESSANO GRACIE CURRAN & HER HIGH FALUTIN’ BAND COOL JOHN FERGUSON REUNION SHOW LARKIN POE *SOLD OUT* THE FABULOUS KNOBS CHRIS O’LEARY BAND JOHNNY SANSONE WITH MEL MELTON KARA GRAINGER BILLY PRICE BAND CHRIS RUEST / GENE TAYLOR ROOMFUL OF BLUES NIGHTHAWKS WITH REV. BILLY C. WIRTZ ALBERT CUMMINGS

MOTORCO:

Big Sam’s Funky Nation [$15–$29/9 P.M.]

WE 6/6

Considering Big Sam’s Funky Nation was tapped by the City of New Orleans to play its official New Year’s Eve celebration just a couple of years ago, it’s safe to assume the veteran Crescent City quintet is plenty capable of throwing an early summer party in Durham. On Songs In The Key Of Funk, Volume 1, the

KARLA BONOFF

outfit crosses Big Easy brass with vintage funk and soul— think Parliament, Sly Stone, and, of course, Stevie Wonder. The Upward Dogs open. —Spencer Griffith NC MUSEUM OF ART: First Aid Kit, Jade Bird; 8 p.m., Sold Out. NIGHTLIGHT:

Savage Weekend [$20/4:45 P.M.]

There’s no stronger portal into the wild and diverse underground art scene that has thrived around the Chapel Hill venue Nightlight in the last few years than the annual twoday examination of the human psyche, Savage Weekend. For eight years, booker Ryan Martin’s guiding framework has been that of the DIY punk and noise worlds that he navigates touring under his Secret Boyfriend moniker. Through his wide-ranging friendships and considerable talent for providing structure to absolute chaos, around eighty acts from all around the country, including a diverse cast of North Carolina talents, bang out fifteen-minute sets of all shapes and colors. You might see gooey New York City techno, or terrifying Providence performance

art, or wonderfully broken turntablism from Florida, or bizarro MIDI-backed sophistipop from unknown America. For those interested in the stranger end of progressive underground arts culture, this is essential and one of the best secret music festivals in the state. —David Ford Smith POUR HOUSE: Better Off Dead, Fireside Collective; 8 p.m., $5–$15. SHARP NINE GALLERY: Donovan Cheatham Trio featuring Autumn Rainey; 8 p.m., $10–$20. THE WICKED WITCH, THE POUR HOUSE:

Triangle Psych Fest [$15/8 P.M.]

The inaugural Triangle Psych Fest delivers exactly what it promises: two nights of lineups chock-full of musicians with a bent toward psychedelia, folk, shoegaze and experimental musics. Night one at the Wicked Witch stars paisleyprinted Austin songwriter Timothy Eerie and also features Giant Red Panda, Lazaris Pit, Tide Eyes and Laser Witch Queens, plus two deejays in Andie L. and DJ Pangean. Night two at The Pour House is topped by acts

WEDNESDAY 6/6

KARLA BONOFF FR 6/8

SONGS FROM THE CIRCLE 9 6/8-9 JUST ANOTHER LYNCHING (PRESENTED BY JEGHETTO)

SA 6/16

THE MONTI SA NO SHAME THEATRE – 6/16 CARRBORO TH POPUP CHORUS 6/21

(BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY & DANCING QUEEN)

FR 6/22

5P1N0K10 (PRESENTED BY JEGHETTO) FATMOUTH IMPROV NC 10 BY 10: A FESTIVAL 7/19OF 10-MINUTE PLAYS 22 SA 6/23

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SAXAPAHAW RIVER AMPHITHEATER: Saturdays in Saxapahaw: Django Haskins; 6 p.m., donations. SHARP NINE GALLERY: Sarah Partridge Quartet; 8 p.m., $25. WENDELL FALLS: The Boomers; 5:30 p.m., free.

SUN, JUN 10 ARCANA: Safar; 8 p.m. CAT’S CRADLE BACK ROOM:

Wand

[$12/8 P.M.] To make its fourth LP, last year’s excellent Plum, the Los Angeles outfit Wand made an unusual move for a rock band: it turned the volume down. The result is a record that’s bubbly and melodic, wielding steady power without ever beating listeners over the head with it. As Itasca, Kayla Cohen spins fascinating yarns with her guitar. She takes the opening slot. —Allison Hussey DEEP SOUTH: Live & Loud Weekly; 9 p.m., $3. DUKE MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: Black Music Month Celebration: Ubuntu Music Academy, 100 Men in Black, Durham Symphony Orchestra; 4 p.m., $20. THE DURHAM HOTEL: The Beast; 5:30 p.m., free. MOTORCO: LL Orchestra: Stop Making Sense; 8 p.m., $8–$10.

La Luz performs at The Pinhook on Tuesday night. from New York (Heaven, Dead Leaf Echo) and Manchester, England (Politburo), but is flush with the area’s best psych-rock acts (including The Veldt, Lacy Jags, Eyeball, The Quarter Roys); Dex Romweber plays, too. There’s also an official kickoff party at Kings on Thursday with Micah Gaugh, Stray Owls, Night Battles, Charlie Horse and Your 33 Black Angels. —Patrick Wall

SAT, JUN 9 ARCANA: Diva Prance; 9 p.m., $5. BINKLEY MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH: Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus: Journey to the Past; 7 p.m., free.

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THE BULLPEN: Bette Smith; 8:30 p.m. THE CARY THEATER: Bill West, Ari Pappalardo; 7 p.m., $15–$25. COASTAL CREDIT UNION MUSIC PARK AT WALNUT CREEK: Dead & Company; 7 p.m. See page 20. DURTY BULL BREWING COMPANY: Kevin Fuller; 4 p.m. Kevin Fuller; 4 p.m. IMURJ: Sundressed, Northbound, Youth League, Lowborn; 7 p.m., $10–$12. THE MAYWOOD:

Raleigh Death Fest [$15–$18/4:30 P.M.]

Like this weekend’s PsychFest, the third installment of the Raleigh Deathfest delivers on its name, packing its lineup with a mass of maniacal

metal acts that will sonically slam you up against the wall. Richmond’s Inter Arma headlines; the quintet crafts a moody amalgam of post-, death, black, doom and Southern metals that puts them squarely in the lineage of boundary-pushing heavies like Neurosis and Isis. Rounding out the headbangers’ ball: Raleigh’s Widow, Eldritch Horror, Mo’ynoq, Datura, and Necrocosm; Richmond’s Deathcrown and Murdersome, plus King’s Mountaineers Abhorrent Deformity. —Patrick Wall MOTORCO: Lvitto, Jooselord, Kronoz Time, 3AM, Hasina, Ethan Taylor, Mally Evans; 8:30 p.m., $10–$12. POUR HOUSE: Triangle Psych Fest Night 2; 2 p.m., $15.

POUR HOUSE: The Balkun Brothers; 1 p.m., $5. Jesse Dayton, Thomas Wynn & The Believers; 7:30 p.m., $10–$12. PULLEN MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH: Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus: Journey to the Past; 3 p.m., $10. WEST END WINE BARDURHAM: Eric Meyer, Noah Sager & Friends; 4-6 p.m., free.

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CAT’S CRADLE (BACK ROOM): Bent Knee, Gatherers, Zephyranthes; 8 p.m., $10. IMBIBE: Grewen and Griffin; 7-10 p.m., free. MOTORCO: Flash Chorus; 7 p.m., $7–$10. NEPTUNES PARLOUR:

Kraken Quartet [$8/9 P.M.]

A typical Kraken Quartet song starts with a lustrous vibraphone line and some kind of breakbeat. The percussion quartet then piles on layers of

chirring keyboards, resonant marimbas, fleet bass lines, and the ever-forward tumble of dance music enhanced by the rhythm complexity of minimalism. It’s always quite the ride. Joe Westerlund and Nathan Bowles open as a double-drum duo. —Dan Ruccia THE PINHOOK: Mama Played Mondays; 7 p.m., free. POUR HOUSE: The Monolithic, Young Yonder, Five Mile Radius; 7:30 p.m., $7–$10. RED HAT AMPHITHEATER:

Lamb of God [$35–$99/8 P.M.]

Before Lamb of God rose to the top of the American death metal heap, the band got its start in Richmond as Burn the Priest, which enthusiastically (if artlessly) embraced punk and metal with both arms. Legion: XX, a twenty-year celebration and retrospective, features Lamb of God returning to those roots. It’s flush with cover songs from their far-flung influences, so if you ever wanted to hear a metal version of “I Against I,” well, here you go, champ. —Patrick Wall RUBY DELUXE: DJ Lord Redbyrd; 10 p.m.

TUE, JUN 12 ARCANA: Andy Pratt; 9 p.m. CAT’S CRADLE (BACK ROOM): Liz Cooper & the Stampede; 8 p.m., $10–$12. THE PINHOOK:

La Luz

[$12/8 P.M.] La Luz has been called “surf noir” and “doom wop,” evocative descriptors only amplified by a recent video for single “Cicada” that showcased the group camping it up on a gothy telenovela. A tight-ashell four-piece fronted by the prolific and inventive Shana Cleveland (hear her take on noodly folk on the excellent 2015 solo record Shana Cleveland and the Sandcastles), the group presents intricate vocal harmonies and delivers instrumentals with the dark cinematic flair of the Ventures. Timothy Eerie and Stevie open. —Josephine McRobbie POUR HOUSE: Holy Wave; 8 p.m., $10–$12.

WED, JUN 13 CAT’S CRADLE:

Too Many Zooz [$17–$19/8:30 P.M.]

A trumpet, a baritone saxophone, and drums form the palette of this pop-jazz trio, which earned its fame from its bombastic performances in New York City subway stations. Their music is emphatically ebullient, consisting of major-key horn riffs repeated ad infinitum. Such insistence on in-your-face joy may, in the fashion of a pops orchestra or pep band, try your patience, or it may foster a similar, all-encompassing cheerfulness. With Joe Hertler and The Rainbow Seekers. —Noah Rawlings HAW RIVER BALLROOM:

Washed Out [$20–$23/8 P.M.]

Both the title and music of Washed Out’s latest record, Mister Mellow, suggest that the project of Ernest Greene is veering into self-caricature. The lead single from that record, “Get Lost,” made explicit what was always the implicit aim of chillwave—to lose oneself in a dreamy, sunny headspace. While the overall atmosphere of Washed Out’s latest is much the same as Greene’s earlier albums, it is cleaner, punchier, and more likely to make for an energized, danceable show. —Noah Rawlings HUMBLE PIE: Sidecar Social Club; 8:30 p.m., free. THE KRAKEN: Shake Sugaree Americana Residency with Jonathan Byrd & Friends; 7-10 p.m., free. POUR HOUSE:

Kuinka

[$10–$12/8 P.M.] Seattle folkies and Tiny Desk alumni Kuinka boast all the strings and high harmonies that you would expect from a band with its biographical background. They also spike their music with dreampop and synth influences, which gives their quirky pop package a unique and thoroughly modern sheen, like an anthemic roots indie band you would Shazam in a Starbucks. With Massachusetts folk purveyor Avi Jacob and Raleigh songwriter Matt Southern. —David Ford Smith INDYweek.com | 6.6.18 | 31


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OPENING Brought to Life: Opening reception for exhibit by local high school students in collaboration with artist mentors. Fri, Jun 8, 6-8 p.m. Durham Art Guild, Durham. durhamartguild.org. Folk Keepers: Art by Charlie and Susan Frye. Paintings and found-art assemblages. Jun 8-Aug 9. Alexander Dickson House, Hillsborough. historichillsborough.org. Juneteenth at Stagville: Local African-American history, historic cooking demonstrations, performances, and stories of life before and after emancipation. Fri, Jun 8, noon-5 p.m. Historic Stagville, Durham. www.stagville.org.

ONGOING The Art of a Scientist: Art and science exhibit. Sat, Jun 9, 2-4 p.m. Rubenstein Art Center Gallery 235, Durham. Artspace Corridor Exhibition: Member artists Jane Cheek, Autumn Cobeland, Arsis Fruritch, Joyce Watkins King, and Susan LaMantia. Thru Jul 28. Artspace, Raleigh. www.artspacenc.org. Business as Usual: A massive white man’s head hangs from the ceiling, with furrowed brows, beady eyes, and veins protruding at the temples. This omnipresent “boss” watches over Winston-Salem artist Bob Trotman’s exhibit, which incorporates mixed media and video art into dozens of figurative sculptures that critique big business by unmasking its gospel of greed and envy at the expense of workers. In wood, resin, tempera, and wax, the handcarved figures range from doll size to larger than life. The 32 | 6.6.18 | INDYweek.com

details in their caricatured faces show that they have become hardened to their expendability in an ecosystem of private enterprise. Echoes of 9/11 and the 2008 financial crisis are also present. Trotman uses the form of the automaton to propose his concerns about the dehumanization of workers. Though it was made two years prior to Trump’s election, “Trumpeter” seems like an on-the-nose caricature of our POTUS as a CEO. A trumpet connected to a motionactivated speaker stands in for the figure’s head. As you draw close, it emits indiscernible squawking sounds, implying that the bullying figurehead offers citizens nothing more than a farcical circus of noise. Thru Jul 1. Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Raleigh. gregg.arts. ncsu.edu. —Julie M. Hamilton Elizabeth Bradford: Paintings. Thru Jul 31. Umstead Hotel & Spa, Cary. theumstead.com. Bursting into Bloom: Abstract florals and cats by Debra Wuliger. Thru Jul 19. Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Durham. eruuf.org. Coalesce: Watercolor Society of NC Central Region exhibit. Thru Jun 27. Sertoma Arts Center, Raleigh. parks.raleighnc.gov. Combinations: Pottery by Garry Childs, photography by Eric Saunders, and paintings by Pat Merriman. Thru Jun 24. Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, Hillsborough. hillsboroughgallery.com. Downtown Cary Food & Flea: Locally made goods, antiques, crafts, food, and art. Sun, Jun 10, noon-4 p.m. Fidelity Bank Plaza, Cary. www.dtcfoodandflea.com. Free as a Bird: Thru Jun 26. Cary Gallery of Artists, Cary. www.carygalleryofartists.org.

“Tears for Beers” by Ron Liberti PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARTIST

Ron Liberti, a local legend for his leadership of the punk band Pipe and his countless gig posters for area nightclubs, and Harry Lane Wurster, who’s been painting in Pittsboro for twenty years, team up for a posthumous tribute to Roger Kellison, who created thousands of digital photos and collages before he passed away last year after battling Parkinson’s disease. The exhibit, which runs through June 30, includes more than a hundred pieces from the three artists and is a benefit for UNC Hospice. But the local terroir gets even deeper at this opening reception, with a rare performance by Shark Quest, one of the early signees to Merge Records. The band’s filmic instrumentals fuse world music and post-rock in a way that just screams late nineties, a time when its lineup was a who’s who of Triangle indie, including Sara Bell (Regina Hexaphone), Chuck Johnson (Spatula), Groves Willer (Evil Wiener), and the brothers Dixon, most of whom are back for this expedition. —Brian Howe

THE ARTSCENTER, CARRBORO | 6-9 p.m., free, www.artscenterlive.org

FRESH Juried Exhibition: Work by N.C. artists juried by NCMA curator Jennifer Dasal. Thru Jun 29. Artspace, Raleigh. www.artspacenc.org. SPECIAL June/July Show: EVENT Woodworker Keith Allen, painter Carroll Lassiter, ceramicist Linda Prager, and photographer John Rosenthal. Thru Aug 4. Reception: Fri, Jun 8, 6-9 p.m. FRANK Gallery, Chapel Hill. www.frankisart.com. LAST Latino Arts CHANCE Collective Exhibit: Thru Jun 8. Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex. www.thehalle.org. LAST The Lovers: Pink CHANCE crepe myrtles quiver in spectral layers. Curtains rustle in glowing purple rooms. An antique mirror rests in a water-stained sink. Windows and doors beckon into other worlds. Such is the imagery found in Joy Meyer’s large-scale video installation. Thirteen channels of video and sound, augmented with objects such as faux-fur rugs, neon signs, and vintage TV sets, create an immersive environment that draws on themes from speculative fiction, epistemology, feminism, and the tarot (the show is named after the deck’s sixth card) to test the edges of space and time, love and desire. Thru Jun 9. Lump, Raleigh. lumpprojects.org. —Brian Howe Our House: Durham Arts Council student and instructor exhibition. Thru Jul 7. Durham Arts Council, Durham. www.durhamarts.org. Debbie Quick: PNC Pop In Artist in Residence. Beaded drawings and figurative sculptures. Thru Fri, Jun 29. Artspace, Raleigh. www.artspacenc.org.


Rise of the Phoenix – El Ascenso de la Fénix: Sarah Elizabeth Cornejo, Felicity Palma, Yuko Nogami Taylor. Thru Aug 4. Duke Campus: Fredric Jameson Gallery (Friedl Building), Durham. Snippets: Paintings by David Molesky. Thru Aug 15. Gallery A, Raleigh. www.gallerya-nc.com. Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection: The most famed names in postwar abstract art— Mondrian, de Kooning, Pollock, Rothko—had very different ways of pushing painting past representation. They also had something in common: all were white. Of course, it isn’t that African Americans weren’t making vital contributions to the course of art history; it’s that the white male canonmakers didn’t as readily embrace them. This touring exhibit at the Nasher is a spectacular corrective, highlighting the Africandiaspora abstract artists who refined this new way of seeing. They range from midtwentieth-century Abstract

Expressionist Norman Lewis to contemporary iconoclasts such as Theaster Gates and Mark Bradford, whose twenty-five-foot-tall sculpture anchors the exhibit. Thru Jul 15. Nasher Museum of Art, Durham. nasher.duke.edu. —Brian Howe LAST Spring Sublime: CHANCE Thru Jun 11. FRANK’s Outreach Gallery, Chapel Hill. Step Right Up: Sculpture by Patrick Dougherty. Thru Aug 31. Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill. www.ackland.org. Structure: VAE Photographers Forum exhibit. Thru Jun 14. Litmus Gallery, Raleigh. litmusgallery.com. Summertime: Summerthemed nature paintings. Thru Jun 30. V L Rees Gallery, Raleigh. vlrees.com. The SuperNatural: We’ve lost sight of the seams, once considered inviolable, between nature, technology, and commerce. The SuperNatural explores how we see and shape the contours of our

planet as the physical refuse of the industrial age shades into the digital refuse of the present. The show includes a generative digital video by Tabor Robak, a virtual reality installation by Jakob Kudsk Steensen, and photos by Lars Jan, among many others. Brooklyn artist Chris Doyle created “Dreams of Infinite Luster,” a digital animation. In it, “All the elements are rendered in gold, the color of lucre—the product, engine, and goal of capitalism.” Is a luxury hotel an odd site for post-capitalist critique? Sure. But, as we’ve said, what seams? Thru Jul 1. 21c Museum Hotel, Durham. www.21cmuseumhotels.com/ durham. —Brian Howe Three Quilts: Fiber art by Martha Clippinger. Thru Aug 12. Durham Arts Council, Durham. www.durhamarts.org. Through Eyes of My Own: Exhibit exploring identity curated by the Nasher Teen Council. Thru Jul 7. Durham Arts Council, Durham. www.durhamarts.org.

Transendental Concord: Photographs by Lisa McCarty. Thru Jun 24. Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill. chapelhillpreservation.com. UNTITLED, 2018: Works by 2018 MFA graduates Allison Coleman, Lindsay Metivier, Kimberly English, Jeanine Tatlock, Sara Farrington, Carley Zarzeka, and Joel Hopler. Thru Jun 23. UNC Campus: Hanes Art Center, Chapel Hill. art.unc.edu.

Visualizing Micro Environments: Paintings by Orr Ambrose inspired by cosmology, physics, and microbiology. Thru Oct 11. Durham Convention Center, Durham. durhamconventioncenter.com. The Walls We Build: (dis)Ability: Pleiades member artists with guest artists with a range of special needs and disabilities. A collaboration with artist UNITED. Thru Jul 1. Pleiades Gallery, Durham. www.PleiadesArtDurham.com.

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Bambo Wind Fundraiser: Fundraising dinner for ShaLeigh Dance Works. With chef Matt Kelley of Mateo. $100. Tue, Jun 12, 7 p.m. Mateo bar de tapas, Durham. www.mateotapas.com. NC Seafood & Beer Dinner: Dinner celebrating Debbie Moose’s cookbook Carolina Catch. With Sean Fowler of

Mandolin, Lin Peterson of Locals Seafood, Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood, Nate Garyantes of Mateo, and Jake Wood of 18 Seaboard. Proceeds benefit NC Catch. $75. Mon, Jun 11, 6-9 p.m. Mandolin, Raleigh. www.mandolinraleigh.com. Rose Wine and Cupcake Tasting: Rose and cupcake

Watercolor Paintings from the Estate of Harry De Maine (1880 – 1952): Thru Jul 31. Gallery C, Raleigh. www.galleryc.net. The Wild: Leah Sobsey, Joy Meyer, and Jeff Whetstone videos in downtown Raleigh’s Market Plaza. Thru Jun 27. BLOCK2 Video Series, Raleigh. Worlds Apart: Thru Jul 7. Craven Allen Gallery, Durham. cravenallengallery.com.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 7–SUNDAY, JUNE 24

THE 39 STEPS

In Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 spy thriller The 39 Steps, suave central character Richard is plunged into a web of intrigue when a drop-dead gorgeous secret agent actually drops dead in his London flat after their chance encounter at a West End show. Framed for her murder, with police and a spy ring in hot pursuit, Richard makes a series of narrow escapes as he tries to prove the espionage and his innocence. But Patrick Barlow’s stage adaptation keeps the entire production in a metatheatrical position as precarious as Richard’s. Suspense and comedy build as we try to anticipate how a minimal cast will manage to enact Hitchcock’s cinematic classic. Four actors play all the roles—as one plays Richard, the other three careen between more than two hundred other characters. Take it from us: Self-referential theater isn’t usually this amusing. Rachel Klem directs. —Byron Woods

KENNEDY-MCILWEE STUDIO THEATRE, RALEIGH Various times, $8–$23, www.theatre.arts.ncsu.edu


OPENING Again, but this time with feeling: Dance theater by real. live.people. $15-$20. Jun 7-10, 8 p.m. Living Arts Collective, Durham. livingartscollective.com. Comedy Night: In the Zoo!: Two comedians in conjunction with current exhibition Pet the Zoo. $10. Sat, Jun 9, 7:30 p.m. VAE Raleigh, Raleigh. Drag Queens are Coming!: Featuring Naomi Dix, Stormie Daie, Ben Ether, and Dustin Reams. $10. Sat, Jun 9, 10 p.m. Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro. www.catscradle.com. Oliver!: Presented by Justice Theater Project. $23-$27. Fri, Jun 8-Sat, Jun 23. Umstead Park United Church of Christ, Raleigh. www.upucc.org.

ONGOING Anything Goes Late Show: Saturdays, 10:30 p.m. Goodnights Comedy Club, Raleigh. goodnightscomedy.com. Deathtrap: It isn’t healthy to trifle with an overactive imagination. In Ira Levin’s Deathtrap, playwright Sidney Bruhl has long been known as the Neil Simon of the Broadway murder mystery, but after his most recent flop, he’s licking his wounds at his remote Connecticut mansion with his wife, Myra. Even more irritating, a bright young student in his playwriting class has generated a surefire thriller but wants Sidney’s thoughts before letting anyone else know the play exists. In an age before computers, there’s just one typewritten draft. To Myra’s horror, Sidney begins imagining different ways to kill the student to steal the script and then invites him over for the night—you know, for feedback. But because everyone in this meta-theatrical whodunit has at least one double-cross in them, all is not as it seems. The first big reveal is not the last, and each twist reframes everything that’s happened up to then. $6-$23. NCSU Campus: Titmus Theatre, Raleigh. —Byron Woods

The Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson House Party Comedy Open Mic: Second and fourth Wednesday, 9 p.m. The Harry Show: Ages 18+. Potentially risque games improv games with audience volunteers. $10. Fridays & Saturdays, 10 p.m. ComedyWorx, Raleigh. www.comedyworx.com. Improv at the Varsity: Stand-up, sketch, and improv comedy. $6. Saturdays, 9:30 p.m. Varsity Theatre, Chapel Hill. improvatthevarsity.com. LadyBits Open Mic: Fiveminute comedy sets by women. Second Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. The Pinhook, Durham. www.thepinhook.com. Open Mic Stand-Up Comedy at Durty Bull: Local comedy open mic. Fri, Jun 8, 8 p.m. Durty Bull Brewing Company, Durham. Spring Awakening: Ours isn’t the only nation to have lost perspective on—and lives over—the sexuality of its youth. In the 1870s, as the Comstock Laws criminalized the distribution of information on birth control in the United States, Germany’s new Reich Criminal Code banned “anything that offends the public’s sense of modesty and morality in a sexual sense.” This is why teenagers in a small German town are desperately looking for insight into the changes their bodies are undergoing. No adult is telling them anything because of a toxic combination of legal intimidation, distaste, religious beliefs, and ignorance. What happens when a generation learns about its sexuality strictly through trial and error? Frank Wedekind recorded the results in his controversial, frequently banned play. Then, playwright Steven Sater and nineties pop-music maven Duncan Sheik adapted it into a Tony-winning musical in 2007, just in time for renewed assaults on contraception by the American right. Aya Wallace choreographs and Timothy Locklear directs. $12-$20. North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre, Raleigh. www.nract.org. —Byron Woods

 Wakey, Wakey: I’d love to give Manbites Dog Theater a critical victory lap for its final show, and no words here could diminish the reputation artistic director Jeff Storer and managing director Ed Hunt have earned. But on one level, this is a transparent exercise in theatrical grief counseling—a dubious bit of fan service for the company’s longtime supporters. Will Eno’s 2017 script applies a postmodern aesthetic of awkwardness and failure—both personal and theatrical—to the one subject where defeat is a given: mortality. Central character Guy acknowledges that time and nature conquer our bestlaid plans: “You adjust. And your life is the adjustment. To the real things.” But of course, there comes a point when no further adjustment is possible. For Guy, it’s when he can no longer rise from the wheelchair he’s previously stepped out of to underline its artifice as a prop. From that point, Wakey, Wakey turns into a coercive living wake: an indeterminate time spent with a man awaiting his own death, armed with little more than a stack of notecards, a juice box, an animal video, and an abiding sense of irony. Despite Ivey’s convincing emotional inventory, an unwelcome sense of lassitude deliberately creeps in. Actor Lakeisha Coffey’s late appearance as Lisa, a nurse, injects moments of compassion and patient conversation. But who is Guy, exactly? Given Wakey, Wakey’s marked similarities to an earlier Eno play—Thom Pain (based on nothing), which Manbites Dog produced in 2006—it seems like an awkward coda featuring the same character later in life. Both plays share another weakness: the hasty shorthand Eno uses, from single-word incantations to a supposed “gratitude exercise,” to refer to emotional states instead of writing scenes and dialogue that actually evoke them. $5-$20. Various times. Manbites Dog Theater, Durham. www.manbitesdogtheater.org. —Byron Woods INDYweek.com | 6.6.18 | 35


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Duke alumna Rae DelBianco hasn’t even published her first novel yet (it’ll be out by the time you read this), but she’s already getting compared to heavy hitters like Cormac McCarthy, Denis Johnson, and Jim Thompson. Rough Animals is a “furious and electric” debut (Publishers Weekly) that tells the story of Wyatt Smith, a one-eyed young man on a remote ranch in Box Elder County, Utah, who catches a girl shooting his cattle. (Ranch life is one DelBianco knows firsthand; she was raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where she started showing livestock in competitions at age eight and founded a cattle company at age fourteen. Talk about an early bloomer.) Smith holds the girl captive overnight, but she escapes, and he embarks on a mythic quest through a brutal landscape to find her. Find out what the fuss is about when the young author, who now lives outside of New York City, returns to Durham for this reading and signing at The Regulator Bookshop. —Elizabeth Chen

THE REGULATOR BOOKSHOP, DURHAM 7 p.m., free, www.regulatorbookshop.com

READINGS & SIGNINGS Artist UNITED Poetry Reading: Featuring Gideon Young, Tema Okun, and Francisco Laguna Correa. Emceed by Jaki Shelton Green. Part of The Walls We Build, an artist UNITED project held throughout the Triangle in June. Thu, Jun 7, 7 p.m. Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill. www.flyleafbooks.com. 36 | 6.6.18 | INDYweek.com

LECTURES ETC. The Jedi Council: A Star Wars Panel at Marbles IMAX: Discussion on the Star Wars universe. Presentations from Mika Elovaara, Stephen Kent, and Kathleen Callahan. Sun, Jun 10, 3:30 p.m. Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre at Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh. marbleskidsmuseum.org.

If you’re a fan of the so-bad-it’s-awesome film The Room, here’s a chance to meet the man who lived that story. Greg Sestero, its cowriter and costar (and the original utterer of the oft-repeated line “Oh hi, Mark”) chronicled the bizarre tale of making the film and his oddly symbiotic friendship with Tommy Wiseau in the book The Disaster Artist, with Tom Bissell, which was adapted into the James Franco film of the same name. (Sestero also does quite the Wiseau impression in the audiobook.) Now, he’s reunited with Wiseau for the two-part deranged dark comedy Best F(r)iends. At Alamo Drafthouse, Sestero is hosting a double feature of the first part and The Room, followed by a Q and A and book signing. Judging from interviews with Wiseau, this might be your best chance for any kind of coherent explanation of The Room. Be polite and avoid jokes like, “What a story, Mark!” Sestero has definitely heard them already. —Zack Smith

ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMA, RALEIGH | 7:15 p.m., $22, www.drafthouse.com/raleigh

SPECIAL SHOWINGS BEYOND: The Film Festival: Independently produced shorts and features and screenwriter workshop with actor/producer Shawn Schepps. $9+. Wed, Jun 13-Sun, Jun 17. The Cary Theater, Cary. Movies Under the Stars: Spiderman: Homecoming: Free movies outdoors on top of the Wallace Parking Deck. Wallace Plaza, Chapel Hill. www.townofchapelhill.org.

OPENING Hotel Artemis—In this thriller, Jean (Jodie Foster) runs a secret hotel for criminals in near-future Los Angeles. Rated R.

½ First Reformed— Reviewed on p. 24. Rated R.  Hereditary— Reviewed on p. 24. Rated R. Ocean’s 8—Director Gary Ross spins off Steven Soderbergh’s heist-comedy franchise with an all-star, allfemale leading cast. Rated PG-13. On Chesil Beach—Ian McEwan adapts his acclaimed novella about a couple struggling with intimacy. Rated R. ½ Won’t You Be My Neighbor—This documentary about a nationally beloved kids TV icon captures the incredibly genuine nature of the late Mr. Rogers. Rated PG-13.

N OW P L AY I N G The INDY uses a five-star rating scale. Read reviews of these films at indyweek.com.  Black Panther— Marvel’s Afrofuturist breakthrough shows what black writers, actors, and characters can do with center stage. Rated PG-13.  Deadpool 2—If the first Deadpool movie was a halfhearted R-rated Spider-Man, the sequel is a controlled detonation of the superhero-movie template: filthy, funny, and cheerfully ultraviolent. Rated R. ½ Disobedience— Acclaimed Chilean director Sebastián Lelio sets out to explore lesbian sexuality within a conservative Hasidic

community, but international stardom does not make for international cultural competency. Rated R.  RBG—Forgot those Avengers. This doc about pioneering Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the best superhero movie of the year. Rated PG. ½ Solo: A Star Wars Story—If Rogue One was a war picture set in the Star Wars universe, then Solo is a space western, and a pretty good one, too. Rated PG-13.  A Wrinkle in Time— Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of the classic novel is bold and messy, but with its diverse cast, it could be a touchstone for today’s twelve-year-olds. Rated PG.


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