Looking For the Best Sushi in the Triangle? Stephanie Smith, Contributing Writer Are you a sushi lover who is looking for excellent, high quality sushi around the area? If so, Mura is the spot! Mura is a Japanese fusion restaurant located in North Hills which serves a wide range of food such as steak, seafood, mixed cuisine, and of course the best sushi in the triangle. I have been a sushi lover for quite some time now and have tried almost every sushi res taurant in the Raleigh area, but let me tell j^ou, nothing compares to Mura. Mura is well known for their specialty rolls with over twenty five delicious, unique rolls to choose from, some of my favorites being the Piano Roll, Sujjer Shrimp Crunch Roll, Caro lina Roll, and the wonderful Sin City Roll. One of the things I love about Mura is that it offers alternative ways to create a more interesting and tasty roll unlike other sushi restaurants I have dined at. Muras fresh sushi platters are expertlj^ prepared and presented, with service that is always prompt, friendly, and cour teous. Not only is the sushi delicious and wait staff pleasant, but the atmosphere is absolutely miraculous. There are four private rooms inside, a very spacious dining area, tables outside, and a bar area with flat screen TV’S. There is no doubt that Mura is a classy, modern setting for a delightful meal, and is a §reat spot for families and big parties to dine at, especially for birthdays. Whenever it’s someone’s birthday at Mura, the birthday boy or girl gets one free roll, which no other sushi restaurant in the area offers. Mura also provides wonderful weekly specials which at tracts a crowd of people on a regular basis. Mura has sushi happy hour Monday-Friday from 2:oopm to 5:00pm, where if you buy one sushi roll, you get the second half off. The same deal also ap plies every Sunday and Tuesday. Overall, Mura is out to impress, and every sushi lover I know has the same opinion as me. Mura has the widest selection of sushi, and excellent presentation. Although certain rolls may be a little pricy, the cost is worth it since dining at this restaurant is always an enjoyable experience. So for all you sushi lovers out there, if you are looking for tasty, fresh sushi and a fun place to dine, Mura may just be the place for you. For more information on Mura, visit their website at www.muranorthhills.com, and check out all they have to offer! What’s Up in Raleigh March 29-April 12: Mar 29 - April 8: Hand Prints @ Amplified Art Mar 29 - April 10: Carolina Ballet presents Carmen @ Memorial Auditorium Mar 29 - April 12: Dis/order @ Artspace Mar 30: Canes vs. Canadians @ RBC Center Mar 31: Indina Menzel @ Memorial Auditorium Papercuts @ Kings April 1: First Friday @ Downtown Wiz Khalifa @ Raleigh Amphitheater Lady GaGa vs Madonna vs Rihanna dance party with DJ Lil’e @ Lincoln Theater Faculty Guitar Recital with Ed Stephenson @ Carswell, 8 pm April 3: Canes vs. Sabres @ RBC Center April 4: Warpaint @ Kings April 5: Jazz pianist Lenore Raphael @ Carswell, 1 pm April 6: Canes vs. Red Wings @ RBC Center April 8 -12: The Last Night of Ballyhoo @ Raleigh Little Theater April 8-9: Meredith Opera Workshop production of Mozart’s Magic Flute @ Carswell, 8 pm April 9: Canes vs. Lightning @ RBC Center April 15-17: Danceworks @ Jones image via nyu.edu Final Four Preview Jillian Curtis, Contributing Writer It’s that time again! The 2011 March Madness NCAA tournament is in full swing! The tournament began on March 15, and there has been nonstop action ever since. Although there were 68 teams who managed to earn their spot in the Big Dance, only 4 final teams remain. This year’s Final Four is veiy unique as there are no No.i seeds re maining. Here are the final 4: Butler Bulldogs: The Bulldogs en tered the tournament as a N0.8 seed, despite the fact that they had made it to the finals in the 2010 tournament, only to lose to Duke. After losing their best player to the NBA, Butler fought throughout the season to prove them selves as a serious competitor. So far in the tournament they have managed to pull out four victories against very talented teams, including No.l seed Pittsburgh and No. 2 seed Florida. The Bulldogs are led by Senior Matt How ard and Junior Shelvin Mack. The team is known for its players’ tenacity and perseverance, factors that have allowed the team to emerge as a 2011 Cinderella team. Butler, led by Coach Brad Stevens, is the only team from a smaller confer ence. Virginia-Common wealth (VCU) Rams: VCU is the biggest underdog in this year’s Final Four. After entering the tournament amidst controversy, the team has managed to win five upset games. To get to the Final Four, the team defeated No.l Kansas in a 71-61 victory. VCU led by as many as 18 points in the first half, and despite a rally by Kansas, they never lost the lead. This young team is known for the players’ pe rimeter shooting and defensive pressure. Their coach, Shaka Smart, is the young est coach in the country and is knovm for his inspirational pre-game speeches that help motivate his underdog squad. Despite the fact that everyone in the country doubted them, VCU will face off against fellow Cinderella team Butler in the Final Four round. Connecticut Huskies: The Huskies, a No. 3 seed, have reeled off nine straight victories in 19 days after winning the Big East Tournament and the first four games in the NCAA. The team is led by junior guard Kemba Walker, who has been responsible for a majority of their points throughout the tournament. Walker has hit numerous big shots at the end of the games to help lead his team to victories over pow erhouses such as San Diego State, Cincin nati and Arizona. Freshman Jeremy Lamb is a major contributor to the team as well. The team is the highest-ranked squad in the Final Four and will fight the Kentucky Wildcats for a place in the championship game. Kentucky Wildcats: The Kentucky Wildcats are a No.'4 seed and will appear for the first time in the semi-finals since 1988. They defeated N0.2 seed University of North Carolina in order to earn a bid in the Final Four. The team is excellent defensively and has the ability to dominate from the perimeter. The players’ tenac ity and sheer determination has helped them defeat top-ranked teams so far in the tournament. The Wildcats are led by outside shooter Brandon Knight, who has the ability to make important last-minute shots. Center Josh Harrellson’s size poses a great threat to teams looking to make inside drives. Look for the Wildcats to put up a good fight against UConn and Kemba Walker on 4/2. As you can see, this year’s Final Four teams are very well-rounded and talented in all aspects of the game. Almost all of the teams were underdogs at the beginning of the tournament, and it will be interesting to see which two will advance to the cham pionship game.Watch on 4/2 and 4/4 for the Final Four and the championship game of the 2011 NCAA tournament!

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