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There’s a lack of balance at Raleigh’s Benchwarmers Bagels

(11/08/19 5:01am)

Popular eateries can be conflicting. Perhaps it boils down to the fanfare surrounding a place, the high expectations that stem from it or simply the lingering thought that it’s among the “best” a city can offer. Compare the expectations with the reality and unfortunately, you’ll often be met with disappointment. Such was the case with Raleigh’s Benchwarmer’s Bagels, an eatery in Raleigh’s Transfer Co. Food Hall.


‘Modern Love’ offers bite-size rom-coms to those seeking a digital dose of feel-good this fall

(11/09/19 5:01am)

Amazon Prime’s newest anthology series, which premiered Oct. 18, follows a string of New Yorkers navigating their way through dating apps, running clubs, therapy sessions and grocery aisles in search of one connection to make it all worthwhile. The characters, ranging from a grieving girl who sees her father in the silvering sideburns of a workplace acquaintance  to an anxiety-ridden man who manages to impale himself on a martini glass during a second date, collectively demonstrate that love can manifest in clumsy and unconventional ways, particularly in the city that never sleeps.  Despite each episode’s relatively unique premise, some of the authenticity of its source material is lost in the neatness of each happy ending.


Jeff Goldblum is making sure jazz finds a way

(11/10/19 5:01am)

“Jazz, uh, finds a way,” or so says Jeff Goldblum’s Spotify playlist. Even if this weak attempt at capitalizing on his movie star status makes you cringe, Jeff Goldblum would like you to know that he is a man of many talents. In his newly released album, “I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This,” Goldblum introduces to the world 11 new jazzy tracks. 


What’s your sign?

(11/07/19 5:00am)

One of the first things I consciously remember reading as a child was a book on zodiacs. Dec. 4, 1998 — I was born a Sagittarius, the archer, a mutable fire sign with a “penchant for travel and the outdoors.” The Sagittarius is often signified by a centaur holding a bow and arrow, and is, in general, “idealistic, adventurous and energetic.” Sagittarius is most compatible with Leo, Aquarius and Aries, least compatible with Capricorn, Virgo and Pisces. The corresponding constellation is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. In many ways, even though I was still young and highly impressionable, I identified with these traits — not on experiential grounds, but through a sort of intrinsic sensibility — and simultaneously internalized them.


‘The Infiltrators’ is a unique mix of documentary and reenactment that addresses the immigration crisis

(11/08/19 5:00am)

The news is alight with stories and videos of law-abiding immigrants snatched away by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in front of their loved ones, families ripped apart and pregnant women blasted with fire hoses. They are taken to detention centers, where they either apply for asylum or wait to be deported. These facilities are shrouded in mystery and concerningly under-regulated.


Behind the scenes of arts and media: Sights and sounds at DEMAN Weekend 2019

(11/07/19 12:06am)

Each fall for the past 10 years, DEMAN Weekend brings together undergraduates and alumni for a fun and informative weekend about the creative industry. With famous keynote speakers, resume workshops and alumni panels, DEMAN Weekend is the perfect resource for any student looking to go into the arts. This year marked the 10th annual DEMAN Weekend, from Nov. 1 to 2. Duke made sure to make this particular weekend special, bringing in accomplished alumni and speakers such as CBS producer Marc Lieberman, Trinity ‘92, and ABC’s “Black-ish” producer Robb Chavis, Trinity ‘98.


Disney Plus and Generation Z’s insatiable nostalgia

(11/09/19 5:02am)

Scrolling through Instagram, I can never avoid posts asking for a return to the “Old Disney”: the Disney Channel movies and TV shows that defined childhood in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. Nostalgic young adults reminisce in the serendipity of seeing old commercials, theme songs and musical numbers pop up on their feed. These clips, however, appeared to be the only remaining form of these fading memories. That is, until now: starting this month, the nostalgic can binge all of their favorite titles on one platform. 


Key three: Duke men's basketball needs to feed the freshmen against Colorado State

(11/07/19 3:07am)

Duke has started off the season on a positive note, taking down No. 3 Kansas in a nail-biting grudge match. Now, the Blue Devils will return home and face off against Colorado State in their first home game of the regular season. The Blue Zone breaks down three key factors for Duke to keep momentum and stay undefeated:






‘The Lighthouse’ is a darkly funny and harrowing examination of masculinity

(11/06/19 6:22pm)

Divorced from visuals and performances, Robert Eggers’s screenplays read like landmark pieces of American theater still studied and performed for their enduring relevance. Though ostensibly marketed as horror films, his movies are historical dramas at heart, so deeply researched and written in such dense, archaic language that they serve as roadmaps into specific eras of American history. 





Making the most of Nasher brunch

(11/07/19 5:00am)

It’s November, Mercury is in retrograde and I for one have mapped out the remaining weeks of the semester with a mild but steadily intensifying sense of dread. The semester is flying by, and it’s a good idea to check in with the Food Points Usage Chart. If the food point balance is at all in your favor, it is time for one thing: Nasher Brunch.  


Beyond the arc: Duke men's basketball's defense carries Blue Devils in win over No. 3 Kansas

(11/06/19 6:22am)

It wasn't exactly pretty, but fourth-ranked Duke took care of business against No. 3 Kansas Tuesday night, winning 68-66 for the program's third consecutive Champions Classic victory. The Blue Zone takes a look at three takeaways, three key stats and looks forward for the Blue Devils: