A Food Town

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Living in Durham the past 12 years my wife and I have seen the appearance of a bunch of new, trendy restaurants. We’ve remarked to each other on numerous occasions how Durham has become somewhat of a food town. Well, it seems that we’re not the only ones that recognized that. The New York Times yesterday came out with an article titled “Durham, a Tobacco Town, Turns to Local Food“. It’s a good article, and along with the accompanying slide show, gives a very good overview of the local food scene in Durham. I highly recommend reading it. My only complaint is that they didn’t mention probably our favorite restaurant in downtown Durham: Toast. But, still, I’m very glad we’re being recognized nationally for something other than tobacco.

H1N1 Clinics Held at Local Schools this Saturday

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The Durham County Health Department will be holding 3 H1N1 Vaccination Walk-in Clinics at local schools this Saturday, January 9 from 10am to 3pm.  The schools are Hillside High School, Riverside High, and Neal Middle School. More information can be found at http://bit.ly/8jDssD.

If you haven’t already gotten an H1N1 vaccination this is a good opportunity to get one. My wife & I managed to get one at our local pharmacy (Triangle Pharmacy on Hwy 54) a few weeks back and it literally took us more time to fill out the forms than to get the shot.

I would highly recommend getting a shot. My son’s violin teacher has already had H1N1 as well as one of my son’s schoolmate. Getting the vaccine will definitely help your chances of avoiding the virus.

Mikado Sing-Through

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The Durham Savoyards, Ltd. presents

Gilbert & Sullivan’s


and invites you to join in a public


at the Durham Arts Council building

120 Morris Street, Durham NC 27701

Sunday, November 1, 2009

2pm to 5pm

Scores will be available for loan or sale ($25).



2010 Performances: March 18, 19, 20, 21
at the Carolina Theatre
309 West Morgan Street, Durham NC 27701

January 2010 at the DAC
by appointment
Sunday, January 3 from 1pm to 6pm
Monday, January 4 from 7:30pm to 9:15pm
Callbacks: Tuesday, January 5 at 7:30pm

To schedule an audition or receive more information, contact
or 919-491-2364

Audition guidelines, preferred selections, and complete show and ticket information are available at

Southpoint Mall Owner Declares Bankruptcy

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I see from the Independent this morning that the owner of Southpoint Mall has declared bankruptcy. It says their malls will continue to operate while they reorganize. I don’t really know, but it seems to me that SouthPoint seems to be doing ok. At the very least, it’s always hard to find a parking spot there. It looks like mall performance wasn’t what did the company in, but rather that they financed their growth using short term loans and were unable to roll over the debt into new loans. So, now, they’re looking to sell malls to pay off their debts. Here’s hoping that a buyer for SouthPoint can be found soon.

Blogger Bash at the DPAC Tonight

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So, apparently, there’s a blogger bash at the DPAC tonight (also see facebook event) organized by 30Threads. I almost forgot about it but thankfully remembered it yesterday! Maybe this event will be a good kickstart for me to get back to blogging. Anyway, if you’re there, please say hello.  I’ll be the guy from the picture on the right.

Business Week Ranks Durham 3rd Best City In Which to Ride out Recession

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Business Week has a new story up on how Some Cities Will Be Safer in a Recession. Of note is that they ranked Durham as #3 on their list of safe cities citing the academic and medical connections in town. I’m not sure how accurate they will turn out to be, but one can always hope.

Plowed Under

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A couple of weeks ago I was driving by the 55/54 intersection in south Durham and noticed that the Burger King and Crown gas station had suddenly disappeared! The two plots right next to each other have been completely plowed under and not even the asphalt is left. I’m very curious to know just what happened and what will be done with the site.

Of course, my track record with that intersection is fairly bad (even though I drive through it every weekday). The Taco Bell there burned down a few months ago and I didn’t notice until they were rebuilding it.

So, we’ll just have to see what happens with it.

Oh, and happy 2009!

Musical Reviews

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Just a quick note to point out two reviews of musical concerts from this past weekend:

Interestingly enough, the concert for the Duke String School got a review while the 3 full performances of Handel’s Messiah, presented by the Duke Chapel Choir, did not.  Something’s a bit wrong there.

In The Mood For Some Christmas Music?

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The Christmas season is upon us and that means Christmas concerts. This weekend there are three performances of the entire Handel’s Messiah by the Duke Chapel Choir at Duke Chapel. In addition the Durham Symphony will be performing their annual holiday pops concert at the Carolina Theater on Friday evening. Featuring former Miss NC Elizabeth Grayson and guest conductor Fouad Fakhouri the Durham Symphony will perform Christmas favorites along with Beethoven’s first symphony. The concert starts at 7pm and tickets can be bought at the door or online at the Durham Symphony website. There will also be a silent auction at intermission to raise money for the symphony.

Annual Durham Savoyards Sing-Through

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The annual Durham Savoyards Sing-Through will be this Sunday from 2-5pm in the basement of the Durham Arts Council.  Everyone is invited to come and site-read the vocals from the Savoyards show next year: Gilbert & Sullivan’s Gondoliers.  More information can be found here (note that the web page doesn’t include the time, but it will be from 2-5pm).  If you have any interest in singing, vocal music, or Gilbert & Sulivan, please come out!

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