Around Town

By Madeline Erdossy

Are you feeling a little stir crazy post Snowpocalypse Part 2? Here’s what you should see and do in Chapel Hill now.

Kipos Greek Taverna

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Photo by Dara Schwartz

The newest addition to Franklin Street dining, Kipos Greek Taverna offers Greek classics like baklava and mousaka made by two charismatic chefs straight from Greece. Savor food served mezze style accompanied by a variety of Greek wines and liquors. Grab a drink like the Athena or buy a pastry from their all-day bakery and enjoy the homey atmosphere only found at Kipos. 431 W. Franklin St., (919) 425-0760; Kiposchapelhill.com

Steel String Brewery

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Carrboro welcomes Steel String Brewery, which prides itself in furthering the North Carolina craft beer movement through its assortment of ales. Though they don’t serve food, they have partnered up with food trucks so customers can enjoy a beer and some street food while sitting outside in the beautiful winter weather. Non-beer drinkers, don’t fret! Steel String also serves wine, crude bitters and sodas. 106A S. Greensboro St., (919) 240-7215; steelstringbrewery.com

Thrill City

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Thrill City, a student-run apparel brand, started up in the summer of 2011 with very little direction. They’ve since figured out their brand and are now are selling their merchandise at their first retail location on Franklin Street. They’ve also recently started a locally-focused online magazine. For the first time ever, the community has a magazine made solely by students filled with smart opinion pieces, great photography and all things Chapel Hill. 422 W. Franklin St.; Thrillcitync.com 

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He’s Got the Beat

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By Mary Frances Buoyer

Carter Fourqurean doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to his involvement with Vinyl Records UNC, the University’s student-run, service-based record label that helps campus musicians break into the industry.

“It’s the greatest thing I’ve ever done in college, and there’s nowhere else where college students can get hands-on experience with professional equipment,” Fourqurean says.

Fourqurean, a senior media production major and co-president of Vinyl Records UNC has been involved with the label for over a year. Students can record with state of the art equipment for free, which is the reason why Fourqurean says he loves the label the most.

For more information, check out Vinyl Records UNC on Facebook or follow on Twitter @vinylrecordsunc.

Bryn Renner Talks Fall Fashion

By Marisa Hill Dunn 

Bryn Renner, UNC’s star football quarterback, is just as savvy about the sport he plays as he is about the clothes he wears.

He has his perfect first date outfit planned to a T. “Some Lucky jeans, a big button down, nice Fossil watch, probably some Cole Haan shoes,” and of course “a little gel.” How did Renner become so designer chic? “I have a GQ subscription so I’m trying to get up to date on everything,” he says.

Sadly first dates aren’t in Renner’s near future. He has a girlfriend who is fashion savvy as well. “She’s really big into maxi dresses,” he says, although he admits, “I don’t really know what that is.”

Renner’s favorite store is Nordstrom, but he probably won’t stop by for the next few months as the intense practice schedule puts him in sweats for most of football season. “The season is kind of tough, you don’t get time to dress up for things,” he says. “You try to dress up on the weekends.”

Besides his fashion sense, Renner says he is best known on the team for his competitiveness. “I hate losing,” he says. “Even with this little trash can game in the locker room. It’s a big fit if I do lose.”

With a stylish, GQ-reading quarterback who has a knack for winning, you aren’t going to want to miss any football games this season.

Blonde Ambition

Photo by Dara Schwartz

Photo by Dara Schwartz

By John Geraghty

Blonde, beauty, brains, and a whole lot of talent. She can bend and snap, too.

“Omigod you guys!” Jessica Hoffmann seems more similar to her upcoming leading role than the Carolina theater community could have ever imagined.

From November 22-24, UNC-Chapel Hill students will have the opportunity to see Hoffmann perform in Company Carolina’s fall main stage production of Legally Blonde: The Musical as leading role, Elle Woods.

If you’ve seen previous productions on campus, including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and HAIR!, then you must be familiar with her massive talent.

What you probably did not know is that Hoffmann is a business major at the Kenan-Flagler Business School and has interned for AEG Live in Los Angeles. Although not pursuing theater as a career, she intends to combine her passion for the arts with her knowledge of business as a liaison between creatives and suits. That’s right, she’s an unexpectedly brilliant Southern California girl, just like her current role.

One thing is different, she’s chasing after her own dreams and not Warner’s. Additionally, she’s not a Delta Nu or part of the UNC Greek system, but has rather found her own “sorority or fraternity in a sense,” within the close-knit theater community.

Theater has taught Hoffmann focus, discipline and teamwork, all of which will ultimately benefit her in the long run within any professional arena she decides to pursue.

“I’m a little insane, but I honestly don’t think I’m crazy enough for theater,” Hoffmann said.

However, she is crazy enough to survive tech rehearsals, a competitive major, and a vibrant social life. How does she handle it all “so much better” than many other students?

“Good question. I drink a lot of coffee, and a lot of water so I don’t kill my vocal chords with the coffee.”

Photo by Dara Schwartz

Photo by Dara Schwartz

Where the Wild Things Are: Animal Hats

As the temperature drops in Chapel Hill, a jungle of hats have sprung — literally. From Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the beloved sock monkey, animal hats are a student’s way of fighting the cold with character.

To incorporate an animal hat into your jacket ensemble without looking too juvenile, wear the hat with a solid matching scarf and gloves to keep the rest of your look tame. (P.S. Looking for an animal hat on Franklin Street? Look up at Lightyears. You’ll find them hanging out on the ceiling.)

 

Quick Picks:

1) Cooperative Woodland Earflap Hat
$34, Urban Outfitters

2) Delux Sock Money Face Wool Pilot Animal Cap
$32.99, Amazon.com

3) Uglydoll Hat — Ice-Bat Blue
$20, Uglydoll Shop

A New UNC Clothing Brand!

Rachel Weeks, a graduate from Duke University, has created her own line of collegiate apparel for Unc and Duke. The School House Fashion brand will be available in Student Stores soon after her showcase in the Pit on April 24th at 5:30pm. (If you can’t make it then, School House Fashion is having a trunk show at Julian’s on May 9th. )

So what makes this clothing so glamorous and special? Well for one, it is not your average line of collegiate apparel. Weeks created a high-end line of apparel ranging from collared-shirts to dresses. The focus of her line is fit, which is a treat for us ladies because we all know that clothes intended for girls are usually way too big or way too small!

To find out more information about Rachel Weeks and her new line, you can check out her blog by clicking here. You won’t find any sneak-peeks, so you’ll just have to show your school spirit and attend the fashion show!

Keep an eye out for School House Fashion the next time you are looking to make a purchase!

Go Heels!

Erin