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A western onstage? Guns, bars, crime and love? “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,’’ the season opener for Gilbert Theater, brings the wild American frontier to the stage through …

Musicians, artists and vendors will celebrate Hispanic culture at Fiesta Latina on Friday evening in downtown Fayetteville, a kickoff for the 44th annual International Folk Festival. Musicians who will perform live include Moises Inostroza, DJ Heaven Knows, and Jimmy Roman.

A month after classic rock fans were remembering Elvis Presley, Cape Fear Regional Theatre is celebrating the legacy of another musical legend who was gone too early. The theater will open its season on Thursday with “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” a musical tribute to the life of a rock pioneer who died in a plane crash in 1959. He was 22.

The North Carolina Symphony will perform music that celebrates African American culture in a concert Thursday night at Fayetteville State University. The Freedom Celebration Concert will be at …

The art of the sandwich

Brian and Staci Graybill are passionate about food and, specifically, the possibility to elevate a humble sandwich to something special. Their creativity in the kitchen — using the freshest ingredients, many from North Carolina farmers and purveyors — comes to fruition at Pan, an artful eatery that’s quickly become a lunchtime favorite in the heart of downtown Fayetteville.

Chilling out

Hafeena Ali-Martinez is as colorful as the frozen treats and bright yellow walls of her Feena’s dessert shop, an island-inspired oasis in Bronco Square just across from Fayetteville State …

Filling a need

A backpack can be a simple thing, but to hundreds of children in Cumberland and surrounding counties, it is a necessary accessory for a successful school year. With the cost of everything from groceries to gas at higher prices, some parents struggle to find their children the school supplies needed for the classroom.

Elvis’ piano man – almost

It was without a doubt the best gig a gospel pianist could dream of: On the road with Elvis Presley. But Milton Smith never got to the first stop on that concert tour. After years of declining health and personal struggles had taken their toll, Elvis had left the building.

Food for thought

The job of feeding schoolchildren has changed with the times, but the goals have remained essentially the same: Healthy meals, satisfied appetites, and a friendly face ladling the soup.The …

J.R. Rodriguez was, literally, the oldest cat on the stage, and he was struck by the conversations he overheard among his younger castmates. The result is “Remember Yesterday,” a movie he directed that was recently an award winner at a film festival in Italy. The film will be screened Aug. 16 at Cameo Art House Theatre in downtown Fayetteville.

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