“A Will for the Woods,” the documentary that won the Audience Award and Environmental Award at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, is returning to Durham this weekend for screenings at the Full Frame Theater at American Tobacco Campus. On the weekend of Halloween and All Saints’ Day, the film reminds viewers of what kind of legacy they want to leave on the earth.
“A Will for the Woods” is a moving, thought-provoking look at the idea of green burials, a growing trend across the country for those who wish to be buried in a more traditional, environmentally friendly way. There’s no machine to fill in the grave, people with shovels do that. There’s no metal coffin, but rather reclaimed wood. There’s no embalming fluid. No usual cemetery, but one that preserves nature.
The Orange County Open Studio Tour marks its 20th anniversary this year. Tours of artists’ studios throughout the county begin Saturday and Sunday, and continue Nov. 8 and 9. On Saturdays, studios will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
Much like the varieties of pulled pork barbecue in the South, carnitas in Mexico differ by region.
According to Serious Eats, the most recognized version comes from Michoacán, in central Mexico. This style is occasionally made with “warm herbs” like clove, cinnamon or oregano, according to the site.
UNC music professor and composer Stephen Anderson has had a longtime interest in the Old Testament Book of Isaiah. He was commissioned to write a choral piece based on the book. Here is some video from the first rehearsal of his composition “Isaiah,” combining choir and string orchestra. The piece will premiere Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. in Hill Hall Auditorium. The Herald-Sun | Cliff Bellamy
Holt Elementary Language Academy kindergarten students sing "Two Tigers" in Mandarin Chinese during class. The Holt Elementary Language Academy launched this school year, bringing in more than 100 kindergartners who will be taught Spanish and Mandarin Chinese each day with the hopes of being conversationally fluent by fifth grade.
The Herald-Sun | Christine T. Nguyen
A short list of the great athletes connected to NCCU will ultimately leave out many deserving name, but hopefully the following names will remind area college sports fans that NCCU stands proudly as a university in athletics along with academics.
Q. I have had restless leg syndrome for as long as I can remember. I've been on a lot of different medications that did not work.
Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals, Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck are giants by any standard and a first impulse may be to sniff at small paintings by them and their contemporaries, but the images in the “Small Treasures” exhibit at the N.C. Museum of Art only prove what a rich place northern Europe was for artists in the 17th century. Yes, they are small and the huge gallery walls seem painfully empty, but as the North Carolina Museum of Art’s curator of Northern European art, Dennis Weller, writes in his first catalog essay, “The closer you are the more you see” and that close look offers one delightful surprise after another, proving why their giant status has only grown over the centuries.
Normally my spouse and I enjoy each other’s company, and lead a relatively strife-free existence. But right now, I’m a little bit ticked off at Petey.
When my first column appeared almost 20 years ago I looked a lot younger and was confident that the low-fat way I’d lost more than 100 pounds was the healthiest way to lose weight. Here it is 20 years later and I now know that fats were not the unhealthy culprit I thought they were.
Last week 3,100 eager students poured into our five year-round schools for the start of the school year. They were excited to meet new classmates, teachers and challenges, and their energy was catching. As I visited these schools on the first day, I felt just as excited. It was a new beginning for all of us.