Monthly Archives: December 2013

Allman just as good solo

Reviewed by CJ Click Times-News correspondent    CHARLOTTE — Were you to try to come up with one person who has influenced music in the Southern region of the U.S. the most, Gregg Allman would be it. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers [...]

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Looming with excitement: Teens, tweens enjoy creating one-of-a-kind bracelets

By Kaitlin Gillespie Times-News correspondent    A new craze has swept the younger generation; making bracelets on a loom from small rubber bands. This may seem like an eye-roll-worthy concept, but many kids have fallen in love with the activity, and it’s now “cool to be creative” as one young child, Thatcher Metcalf said. [...]

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December’s Student of Month has compassion for others

By CJ Click Times-News correspondent    Helping others may include actively volunteering, but it can also involve lifting someone’s spirits through laughter and simply being a friend. Tyler Cook, a sophomore at Western Alamance High School, is that friend. “He can take a dark day, make a joke out of it and make you [...]

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Christmas Cuts

Times-News There’s nothing quite like curling up in front of a roaring fire on a cold winter day and watching some great holiday movies with friends and family. The Teens & Twenties writers share some of their favorites that capture the holiday spirit: –When Christmastime comes around, there’s nothing better than snuggling under blankets, drinking [...]

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‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ is a long-awaited masterpiece

Reviewed by Rachel Teseneer Times-News correspondent    After the cliffhanger ending of “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” moviegoers watched and waited with anticipation, wondering where the second installment of director Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy would begin. On Dec.13, the wait ended. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” begins with

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Carolina Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ is impressive

Reviewed by Kendall Wiggins Times-News correspondent DURHAM — Most are familiar with the story of the classic ballet “The Nutcracker,” but the Carolina Ballet’s performance of this holiday classic last Saturday at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) was mesmerizing. Complex choreography, an enchanting set and Christmas “magic” combined for a ballet that you [...]

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Operation Christmas Child is a worthy organization

Commentary by Emma Gadbery Times-News correspondent    A boy opens a box in his native home of Africa and is brought to tears because of the pair of mittens he finds inside. He isn’t disappointed because it’s 90 degrees outside and has no use for them. He’s glad to finally have something to protect [...]

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Under the Streetlamp offers a dose of Christmas classics

Reviewed by Abby Redding Times-News correspondent    RALEIGH — Under the Streetlamp brought the audience back to the 1950s and ’60s as it performed some of the greatest hits Friday night at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Michael Cunio, Christopher Kale Jones, Michael Ingersoll and Shonn Wiley came running on stage in [...]

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Reason for the season: BADA presents ‘Unto Us A Son’ Wednesday and Thursday

By Briona Kiser Times-News correspondent    Through Burlington Academy of Dance & Arts’ performances of “Unto Us A Son,” Western Alamance High School junior Victoria Maness hopes “the audience will get a sense of what Christmas is really about.” Maness, who performs as the Guiding Angel, said “my desire is someone, somewhere in the [...]

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Don’t be so quick to judge others

   While I was working at Columbia Sportswear, an older woman approached me with a melancholy look on her face. She was trudging along the aisles with the assistance of a rolling walker as she looked at me and asked for a dressing room. Remembering that I had been working a long eight-hour shift, I [...]

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