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The Wait For Dreams In Gold

Words by Courtney Thomassen   At 4AM on Thursday, October 27th, while most of us were still asleep, the first general admission ticket holders were arriving outside of Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina to line up for Greta Van Fleet’s Dreams in Gold tour. Waiting in line at 4AM for a 7PM show may seem excessive, but that’s just the half of it – literally. This show wasn’t set to begin at 7PM October 27th, it was scheduled for 7PM October 28th. When these fans arrived, armed with sleeping bags, blankets, and folding chairs, they were signing up for …

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Catching Up With Paula Cole

Words by Rob Nicholson    Paula Cole was literally plucked from obscurity in 1993 by Peter Gabriel when she replaced Sinead O’Connor on the 1993-94 Secret World Tour. Since then, she’s been a multi-Grammy winner in various categories including Singer/Performer, Songwriter and Producer. Paula was an instrumental part of the team that put together and toured with The Lilith Fair and Cole has been on the voice faculty at Berklee College of Music while continuing an active performing career. In anticipation of her Concert on November 20th with Sophie B. Hawkins at the Thrasher-Horne Center, after twenty years since they …

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Pre-Made Dinners; Giving Thanks to Those Who Cook So We Don’t Have To

Words by Rob Nicholson The traditions of Thanksgiving dinner haven’t gone away completely, but in the last few years, the world has certainly changed and more than anyone would have ever thought. The days of spending several days in the kitchen to get ready for a meal that will get eaten in 15-20 minutes have been falling by the wayside for years. Fortunately, restaurants, retailers and caterers have realized the need and offer fully prepared meals you just heat and eat. As expected, offerings vary but are typically served family style. Some packages can be personalized and even come with …

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Boring Social Media is Making a Comeback

Words by Carmen Macri   Once a day at random, I receive the notification “Time to BeReal: 2 min left to capture a BeReal and see what your friends are up to.” No matter where I am or what I am doing, I have to take two photos simultaneously; one is a selfie and the other is whatever is in front of me. The only way to enter the app is to post photos and there’s only one post per day. There is no mindless scrolling on BeReal. Why? Because it’s boring as hell.    Swiping through my friends’ posts …

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In Pie We Crust

Words By Ambar Ramirez   Located behind a row of businesses in Riverside, through a path filled with greenery and florals, one will find the pie shop, Mixed Fillings. Though you may not see it immediately in passing, you’ll definitely be able to smell it. It’s as if Chef Natasha Burton places a freshly baked pie on the windowsill, allowing the aromas to attract hungry passer-byers.    It all started when Burton got an Easy-Bake-Oven for Christmas when she was just five years old. It was when the light blew out in the toy oven, that the light within turned …

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“This Is My Life”

A close-up of local native and filmmaker Harry Williams II regarding his recent projects. Words by Molly Britt “A Life Worthy” is a short film based on the book “Blessed” written by Harry Williams II. The story touches on the life of a young man “who grew up in the hood” and found himself dealing with drugs and violence, despite his loving parents and his path in life, and the film touches on the book’s topics of gang violence, drug deals, life and death situations, and a man simply promising to change his ways and move toward a faith-based life. …

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The Age of Armor Exhibit

Words by Ambar Ramirez   As a little girl, I dreamed a knight in shining armor would save me from my one-story apartment and whisk me away on his white horse. But, of course, that’s a fairy tale, except that knights in shining armor very much existed. They just weren’t saving princesses from tall towers (and they probably didn’t own white horses).    On Oct. 21, the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens revealed its newest exhibition to the public. As part of “The Age of Armor”: Treasures from the Higgins Armory Collection at the Worcester Art Museum, visitors can …

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Full of Holiday ‘Spirit’

Words by Molly Britt A rated list of holiday boozy drinks for those fun adults at the party (and maybe a mocktail or two for those who say no to alcohol) Apple Cider Mimosa  5/5 stars (can also be made as a mocktail)   Dip the rim of your champagne glass (or plastic glasses for you “oops” types) into gold sprinkles or a spice of your choice (think cinnamon, not thyme)   Fill your glass halfway with apple cider (we won’t tell if you pour a little less; we like our mimosas like we like our stockings on Christmas Day …

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Bar Brawl

Words by Carmen Macri Spirits were high during the third quarter of the Bar Brawl at The Volstead downtown.  The bracket-style competition calls for the best bartenders in the city to show the people what they’re made of, only it comes with a twist. The bartenders are given a spirit and a list of secret ingredients… though, they aren’t allowed to choose freely. There is a Plinko-type board with unique ingredients at the bottom and the fate of the bartenders’ drinks being left to gravity. The broad spectrum of components ranges from fresh pineapple to carrot turmeric puree.  Two bartenders …

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