Category Archives: Opinion

How we got Valentine’s Day

Commentary by Andrew Pankratz Times-News correspondent    The origin of Valentine’s Day is rather obscure, although several colorful legends have survived to modern times. Some believe that Valentine’s Day is related to an ancient Roman love festival celebrated in February, though there’s not much historical evidence supporting this view. A more commonly believed legend credits [...]

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‘Marvel Universe Live!’ a chance to cheer on your favorite superheroes

By Gable and Bret Pierce Times-News correspondents GREENSBORO  – “Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes” had Marvel fans on the edge of their seats during Saturday night’s show at the Greensboro Coliseum. Children of all ages (and a handful of adults) were cheering on their favorites. Superheroes included Black Panther, whose movie debuts Friday nationwide; [...]

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‘Les Miserables’ is an astonishing spectacle

By Rachel Teseneer Times-News correspondent    DURHAM — Since the 1980s, “Les   Miserables” has been a musical classic, and on   Tuesday night, Durham audiences were   reminded why. The Durham Performing Arts   Center (DPAC) hosted the national tour of     ”Les  Miserables,” which will remain at the   DPAC through Sunday. Adapted from Victor Hugo’s novel of [...]

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Things To Do (week of Jan. 29, 2018)

Times-News • Little Scotties: An exhibit of Scott Family Infants & Children: on display through Wednesday, Scott Family Collection, Wallace W. Gee Building, Alamance Community College, Haw River. For more details, call 336-506-4203. • Cheers For Chocolate: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Holly Hill Mall and Business Center, 309 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington. $5 [...]

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Audra McDonald awes Chapel Hill audience

Reviewed by Elspeth Macnab-Stark Times-News correspondent    CHAPEL HILL — Audra McDonald enthralled the audience with her powerful voice and captivating stage presence during her concert Saturday night at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall. McDonald is renowned for her work on Broadway, on TV and her concerts, and has culminated a record-breaking number of Tony, Grammy [...]

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Snow days: Teens & 20s capture beauty of wintry weather

Times-News correspondents    Teens & 20s writers picked up their   cameras (and camera phones) and shot  snow  scenes during their snow days. From   Burlington to Browns Summit, enjoy these  images.

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Move more in 2018: Teens need 60 minutes of exercise daily

By Lydia Pankratz Times-News correspondent    Teenagers should get at least 60 minutes of   physical activity daily. So if your New Year’s resolution was to   exercise more, here are a few tips from   Seventeen magazine on how to break up those   60 minutes: • Go for a 15-minute walk before school or   between classes. • [...]

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Rewriting the stars: New musical reshapes rags-to-riches story

By Elspeth Macnab-Stark Times-News correspondent    Despite a reportedly inaccurate portrayal,   award-winning actor and Broadway star Hugh   Jackman delivers an outstanding performance   as P.T. Barnum, the creator of the first circus,     in the film “The Greatest Showman.” The story  follows Barnum as he rises from a homeless, hungry orphan to a famed ringmaster. Inspired  [...]

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Fresh start: New year a chance to accomplish goals

Times-News correspondents    New Year’s typically means compiling a list of   things you’d like to accomplish. A few of the   Teens & 20s writers have shared their dreams   and goals for 2018. One thing I’m hoping to do differently in the   New Year would be to start doing things for   my family and others that [...]

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Origin of the Christmas tree

By Andrew Pankratz Times-News correspondent    How did we get the Christmas tree? Ancient Roman culture dictated that the people should honor the emperor by placing evergreen boughs around the entrance to their homes. Evergreens were also used in decorating for winter feasts. Because idol worship was identified with evergreen decorations, the Early Church condemned [...]

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