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Europa-dope, Part II: Sound, fury For most of the Café Europa supporters in Melvin Municipal Building Tuesday night, it was the first Greensboro City Council meeting they had

by Brian Clarey

ever been to. They filled the pews at 5:30 sharp, with printouts of the Café Europa icon: a man in a bartender’s apron holding a glass of wine in one hand and hoisting the bottle in the other all part of Jeffrey Barbour’s Europa-dope scheme, the purpose of which was to give Europa a fighting shot at retaining its lease in the Cultural Arts Center, but also to expose some of the public-private sausage-making in the city, a dish for which many citizens are losing their taste. It’s one thing to sound off in a barroom filled with your compatriots, quite another to take the podium before council and talk tough, even for a handsome and angry son of a bitch like Barbour, who is my friend. I’m trying to stay agnostic on the Café Europa deal, but it’s tough. These are my friends: owner Jake Pucilowski and John Rudy before him, most of the staff and half of the patrons. Barbour and I worked the bar together at Bert’s Seafood Grille

15 years ago. And I love Europa. Always have. It’s the closest thing to a media bar that this city has, and there are times that I think it is one of the only places in town that makes sense. That was a recurring theme among the speakers from the floor, including Barbour, Katei Cranford and a dime’s worth of longtime locals, one of whom made a most salient point to council: “You’re subsidizing things all the time. If you’re subsidizing Café Europa, you’re subsidizing so my wife and me can go out to dinner.” They appealed to the heartstrings, yes, they leveled accusations and named names, because in their eyes, there’s something not quite right about all of this. Before Puciklowski spoke, Mayor Nancy Vaughan and Councilmember Justin Outling had to leave the room. As board members of Downtown Greensboro Parks Inc., the group that is taking over Europa’s lease, their presence would have violated Pucilowski’s terms in the RFP. In jeans and a simple white shirt, sleeves rolled to the elbows, Pucilowski pled for sunlight on the process that is pulling his restaurant from under him. After a lively back-and-forth — and after many of Europa’s supporters had headed for the bar — they agreed to take no action on the issue.


Anybody who works in Democratic Party politics, including the DCCC, says, ‘Call me back after you have $250,000 to $350,000.’

— Adam Coker, Democratic candidate for the 13th Congressional District, in the News, page 8




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CITY LIFE Feb. 8 -14 by Lauren Barber


Sisters in Cinema @ Bennett College (GSO), 8 p.m.

Skull Form @ Code Gallery (GSO), 7 p.m.

Guggenheim Fellow David Haskell, author of The Forest Unseen and a professor of biology and environmental studies at the University of the South will, consider the lives of a dozen unique trees in cities, forests and thresholds of environmental change from scientific and contemplative perspec-tives in the Porter Byrum Welcome Center. A book-signing and reception follow the lecture. Learn more at

A new art gallery in Greensboro’s Glenwood neighborhood opens with a celebration featuring live music, food and beverages. Local musician Gary Heidt’s newest collection of work, entitled Skull Form, will be on exhibit. Find the event on Facebook. Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes @ Greensboro Coliseum Complex, 7 p.m.


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The Guardians of the Galaxy join forces with a team of Marvel heroes to defend the universe from the villainous Loki, Yondu and Green Goblin. This live adventure features cutting-edge special ef-fects, pyrotechnics, martial arts and motorcycle stunts. Learn more at


Off The Beaten Path Productions presents David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a group of cutthroat Chicago real estate salesmen as they desperately compete to outperform one an-other, employing unethical and illegal practices to get ahead — until their misdeeds catch up with them — in the Stephen D. Hyers Theatre. Wake Forest University associate professor Michael Kamtman directs. Learn more at

Bennett College’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies offers a free screening of Sisters in Cinema, a 2003 documentary examining the history of past and present African-American women film directors during its two-day Black History Media Festival. Learn more at


Valentine’s Craft Market @ Preyer Brewing Company (GSO), 2 p.m. Find saucy, hand-painted imagery on Justin Sergent’s handmade pottery among Nadia Hassan’s colorful notebooks, enamel pins, stationery and prints at this pop-up craft market. Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s, “Gal”entine’s Day or neither, meet local craftspeople and peruse their hand printed pillows, pop art, mugs and lowbrow tees. Find the event on Facebook.

Glengarry Glen Ross @ Greensboro Cultural Center, 7:30 p.m.




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David Haskell @ Wake Forest University (W-S), 7p.m.


Noises Off @ Little Theatre of Winston-Salem, 7:30 p.m. The Little Theatre presents Noises Off, an award-winning slapstick comedy about putting on a comedy featuring love triangles, missed stage cues and bruised egos. Follow the troupe’s back-stage antics from rehearsals through the end of a 10-week run. Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery provides wine at an opening night reception at 6:30 p.m. Learn more at

Rediscovering the Polio Hospital Site @ Greensboro History Museum, 3 p.m.

Graduate students in UNCG’s Museum Studies Program hold a reception to present current re-search findings about the history of the old Central Carolina Convalescent Hospital known for treating polio patients. Find the event on Facebook.

August Wilson Monologue Competition @ Triad Stage (GSO), 3 p.m.

Women’s Balcony @ RED Cinemas (GSO), 7:30 p.m.

Captain Josh Mustache Night @ Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, 4 p.m.

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Ten North Carolina high school students perform monologues from August Wilson’s work in the Pyrle Theater for a chance to compete in the national finals in New York City. Local poet Josephus Thompson III gives a guest performance. Learn more at

The first 750 Carolina Thunderbirds fans in the building will receive a fake mustache from Wash-ington Park Barber Shop in honor of the hockey team’s captain and current top-scorer Josh Pie-trantonio. Find the event on Facebook.

NC beer trivia @ Brewer’s Kettle (HP), 6:30 p.m.



Sip on favorites while putting your knowledge of regionally crafted beer to the test with NC Beer Pride founder Chris Ryker. Find the event on Facebook.

Rabbi Wolff @ RED Cinemas (GSO), 4:00 p.m.


The Triad Jewish Film Festival presents Women’s Balcony, a dramatic comedy that follows a de-vout, tight-knit community as an ultra-Orthodox rabbi pressures them to observe their faith more rigidly. This story about a group of women navigating sexism and modern fanaticism is in Hebrew with English subtitles. Learn more at

Rebels on Pointe @ UNC School of the Arts (W-S), 2 p.m.

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Out at the Movies presents a documentary film celebrating Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, an all-male drag ballet company founded in New York City shortly after the Stonewall riots. A re-ception will follow the screening and Q&A at Vintage Sofa Bar. Learn more at


The Grammy Award-winning, North Carolina-based sextet brings their unique blend of bluegrass, pop, country and rock to the Triad, performing song from their newest album, Out in the Open, alongside the Winston-Salem Symphony. Learn more at

This documentary centers on charming journalist-turnedcleric William Wolff, the state rabbi of North-East Germany. He escaped Nazi Germany as a child and returned later in life to lead liberal Jewish communities and facilitate interfaith outreach. Rabbi Wolff is in German, English and He-brew with English subtitles. Learn more at


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Intentional communities for seniors by Jordan Green


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‘The End of the F***king World’ by Lauren Barber


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Northeast Winston-Salem is an ideal location for mixed-income senior housing that builds on African-American heritage.


James and Alyssa, played by Alex Lawther and Jessica Barden, go on the lam after committing a murder.


“I feel, I dunno, I feel comfortable with him,” Alyssa explains via inner monologue in the first episode of “The End of the F***ing World.” “I feel sort of safe.” Meanwhile, her gangly new beau James wildly sharpens a hunting knife, plotting how best to kill her in cold blood. Such is the sardonic, dark humor of the Netflix show that’s disrupting the coming-of-age genre. The 8-part series follows what becomes an endearing love affair between James and Alyssa, a 17-year-old, self-diagnosed psychopath and petulant misfit, in what feels like a cross between an alternative British comedy, classic heist films like Natural Born Killers and an indie with retro texture. Alyssa aims to escape her predatory father-inlaw and idle mother. The couple runs away, driving through woodland and pastoral English landscapes on their journey to find Alyssa’s deadbeat father. The runaways go on the lam after they become the subjects of national murder case manhunt, though. Aside from an excellent supporting cast, Alex Lawther (“Black Mirror”) effortlessly delivers a comically disturbed portrayal of James who doesn’t blink quite as often as the rest of us. When he speaks, his sentences are short and simple, and during his first kiss with Alyssa, he stares vacuously into the distance. Alyssa is at least partly aware of his oddness, saying he seems “a bit dead” at one point. And that’s what makes their relationship as compelling as it is unnerving: James constantly recalibrates to keep Alyssa comfortable around him, especially after he gives her reason for fear. Viewers are caught in the crawlspace between concern and secretly rooting for the tenuous but genuine emotional bond the pair forms. Thankfully, “The End of the F***ing World” doesn’t romanticize stalking or glorify violence. In a breakout role, Jessica Barden holds the show together with her layered reading of truculent, foul-mouthed Alyssa who alienates everyone she meets, including James at times. While she reveals her character’s secret vulnerability in inner monologues, it is James who ultimately reckons with the vulnerabilities endemic to being human, serial killer in-the-making or not. “The End of the F***ing World” is a gem that visualizes beyond the teenage ennui cliché to bring into focus two young people discovering who they really are the hard way and, in James’ words, “what people mean to each other” in a world more fearsome than themselves.


Last September, a study of housing needs commissioned by the city of WinstonSalem found that the city will need 9,264 owner-occupied units to meet demand over the next 10 years. The overwhelming majority of demand — 75 percent — is coming from seniors ages 65 to 84, a demographic that is projected to grow by 7.1 percent, compared to 3.1 percent by the overall population. The housing study, which is not yet complete, raises some important questions for Winston-Salem City Council, not only about where to build new units, but how to align public transit, along with investments in parks and infrastructure to support retail amenities. But the contours of a solution to at least one challenge are potentially coming into relief. One of the best ideas that came out of a pair of public input meetings at the Home & Garden Building at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds on Jan. 25 was mixed-income retirement communities. The idea particularly makes sense in northeast WinstonSalem, where an aging cohort of black professionals who bought houses in the 1950s and ’60s as educators and plant workers at RJ Reynolds are now struggling to keep up with maintenance costs. “That would allow those who are homeowners, those who are committed to the heritage of their communities to be able to stay there, just transition from house into perhaps condo, but it’s not discriminatory based upon just low-income or wealth,” said one woman. “It would hopefully draw others to the community as well.” Much of the conventional thinking about economic mobility, which by definition is more of a concern for children than the aged, is that it’s better to move people out of high-poverty areas than build new housing there. To the surprise of the facilitator, many commenters expressed support for reinvestment in economically distressed parts of the northeast instead of creating pathways of escape. Elisabeth Motsinger, a member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board, proposed a slightly different variation on the same idea, which could help stabilize legacy African-American neighborhoods while promoting affordability by paring down. “What co-housing does is your individual home is smaller because you have a community space, and you’re intentionally creating a community and often have gardens,” she said. “But I actually think that’s going to be one of the most important things we can do is create communities that are intentional, that give us a place to belong to. I think our children need to grow up with people who care about them who are not just their parents. Their parents absolutely need adults to care about them who are not just them. And seniors need to be vital parts of communities.” Up Front News



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National Dems have eye on North Carolina’s 13th Congressional seat

by Jordan Green Democrats at the grassroots and institutional level are mobilizing to turn North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District blue, but maneuvering to elevate the party’s handpicked candidate threatens bad blood before the primary has even gotten underway.

When Abby Karp went on the Swing Left website and plugged in her address to find her nearest swing district, she made a startling discovery: She was in one. Immediately after the 2016 election, Karp had gone into frantic resistance mode. Along with most of her friends, she was horrified to learn that Donald Trump would be the next president. “I must have called my congressman a hundred times, and there were all kinds of different groups coming together,” said Karp, who is the associate dean of academics at American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro. “My wife and I really got into the calls and cards. We went organization shopping.” A neighbor whose property backs up to hers in Greensboro’s Lindley Park called a meeting to start a local chapter of Swing Left. Founded by Ethan Todras-Whitehill, a writer and teacher in Amherst, Mass., Swing Left adopted the goal of breaking Republican control of the US House as the most effective way to counteract the Trump agenda. Todras-Whitehill wanted to help other progressives like himself who lived in deep blue areas of the country find competitive Republican-held districts to target their activism. North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District, which encompasses two thirds of urban, Democratic-leaning Guilford County and a handful rural, Republicanleaning counties to the west, is one of 70 seats Swing Left is targeting. Although political scientists and Democratic activists alike consider the 13th to be heavily gerrymandered, it was won by the narrowest margin — 12.2 points — of any of the nine Republican-held seats in North Carolina. The seat is currently held by Republican Ted Budd, a gun-range owner from Davie County who won it in 2016 with heavy financial backing from the conservative Club for Growth PAC. Budd’s status as a one-term incumbent and President Trump’s low approval ratings make the 13th District a particularly appealing target for the Democratic Party,

said Michael Bitzer, professor of political science at Catawba University. Bitzer noted that while Budd won 56 percent of the vote in the 13th, Trump earned only 53 percent of the district vote share — giving an indication of the likely floor of Republican support. “The question in my mind is how soft has the president’s support become in the district and will that have a spillover to Budd in the fall?” Bitzer said. “All the midterms have become referendums on the party in power, particularly in the White House. We’re talking about a president with an approval rating in the low forties or high thirties. That in itself should be a warning sign.” Swing Left NC-13 has held 16 canvassing JORDAN GREEN Marisa Kanof, Swing Left’s national deputy field director for the East Coast, speaks days in Greensboro and with staff and volunteers at GTCC on Monday. High Point, knocking on more than 1,500 doors they’re interested in the seat. nal Committee has thrown its support and registering hundreds of voters since A former chair of the Jewish Fedbehind one candidate: Kathy Manning. April, Karp said. The local volunteers erations of North America and chief While not officially an endorsement, were galvanized to move from planning fundraiser for the Tanger Performing Manning has been selected among 18 to action when a couple from Knoxville, Arts Center who described herself in an Democratic candidates for the DCCC’s Tenn. called them to announce they interview with the News & Record as “a “Red to Blue” program, described on were driving their camper to Greensbusiness-oriented moderate,” Manning’s the committee’s website as “a highly boro to canvas. A separate division of campaign has raised $561,891 as of competitive and battle-tested program at Swing Left D-13, based in Charlotte, Dec. 31. When the Greensboro canthe DCCC that arms top-tier candidates fields volunteers to knock on doors in didate unveiled her campaign in early with organizational and fundraising supIredell, Rowan and Davie counties at the December, Budd was prepared with a port to help them continue to run strong western end of the district. Swing Left spoof website that called Manning “an campaigns.” NC-13 attracted about 30 people to a establishment Democrat insider who’s The “Red to Blue” program is also training in an auditorium on GTCC’s worked for decades alongside far-left providing a boost to Dan McCready, Jamestown campus on Monday. Marisa Democrats.” a Marine who is running for the 9th Kanof, Swing Left’s national deputy Congressional District seat currently Adam Coker, a truck driver and cattle field director for the East Coast, told the held by Republican Robert Pittenger in farmer who’s making his second run activists they have the task of managing Charlotte’s southeastern suburbs. Swing as a Democratic candidate in the 13th a flood of national volunteers if the disLeft is also targeting a second district in District, said it’s widely understood that trict proves to be competitive in the fall. North Carolina, but instead of Charlotte proven fundraising ability is a prerequiSwing Left’s grassroots-level comthe grassroots outfit is looking east to site for institutional party support. The mitment to flipping the 13th is matched the 2nd, another gerrymandered district Coker campaign has posted $26,504 in by equal interest from the institutional held by Republican George Holding that receipts through Dec. 31, according to Democratic Party. While Swing Left forms a ring through Raleigh’s suburbs. federal election records. maintains a rigorously neutral role, Manning’s high-wattage campaign has “Anybody who works in Democratic including raising $43,000 so far that will cast a shadow over three other DemoParty politics, including the DCCC, says, be handed over to the candidate who cratic candidates who have spent the ‘Call me back after you have $250,000 to wins the Democratic primary in May, past 12 months criss-crossing the district $350,000,’” Coker told Triad City Beat. the Democratic National Congressioto meet voters or have let it be known Cole Leiter, a spokesperson for the

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McMiller said he feels like he has a pretty good gauge on working people’s concerns from interacting with his students. At the beginning of each semester, he asks the students why they’re in his classes. “The general consensus is they say, ‘I want the opportunity to better my life,’” McMiller said. “When I hear those general themes, yet I don’t hear a message that resonates with the heart of the people, I’m concerned.” Like Adam Coker, Kathy Manning cites a child’s traumatic experience with the healthcare system as the event that crystallized her interest in running for national office. “My daughter was diagnosed with a chronic illness,” Manning recalled. “She was pretty devastated. This is a condition she’ll deal with the rest of her life. She was in college starting her job search. She said that now when she does a job search she knows she’ll need a job with health insurance. She asked, ‘What happens if the ACA is repealed?’ She [wouldn’t be able to] get health insurance.” Manning said they had to fight with their family’s insurance company to get them to cover prescription medication, which would have cost $10,000 out of pocket for only the first round. “There’s something wrong with this system,” Manning said. “She’s got to fight with the insurance company for years. Last year, when our Congress people were trying to repeal the healthcare law, it would have made it impossible for my daughter to get health insurance with a pre-existing condition. I asked myself: Why are they not trying to focus on the real issues like the exorbitant cost of prescription drugs.” Since her campaign launch, Man-


victim of gun violence. “I watched Democrats getting slaughtered,” Coker recalled. “Now, that I have a kid with a pre-existing condition, I thought: I want to look behind the veil and see what’s behind national healthcare policy.” As the 2016 election approached, Coker said he and two other Democrats vowed together to run for Congress. Coker finished third in the 2016 Democratic primary. “I think Americans and North Carolinians would find it interesting to see a debate between a guy who’s a Quaker and his dad was killed by a guy who wasn’t supposed to have a gun, and a conservative evangelical with a gun store,” Coker said. “I think money would pour in. I’d make it a good debate.” Beniah McMiller, an instructor at Mitchell Community College in Statesville, said he was inspired after seeing Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi say after the 2016 election that people who are dissatisfied with the direction of the country should run for office. “We started in January 2017; on the second Tuesday we walked into the Iredell County Democratic Party headquarters when they were having their monthly meeting,” McMiller recalled. “I introduced myself and said, ‘I’m running for Congress.’” McMiller added that he and his wife have traveled across the district to meet with Democrats in all five counties. “We sat down with Latino voters, we sat down with women voters — different demographics — going to churches,” McMiller said. “We just started off by listening. You can gain folks’ trust if you’re willing to have an honest conversation. I tell them: ‘I’d like to hear your concerns and how you think things are going.’”


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The 13th Congressional District is split between urban, Democraticleaning Guilford and four rural, conservative counties to the west.

ning has logged 622 miles and met with voters in all five counties. With the help of her campaign manager, Tori Taylor — a North Carolina native formerly employed with the Democratic National Committee — Manning has put together a staff of five full-time campaign workers. On Tuesday, they visited a factory in Mocksville and held a meet-and-greet in Statesville, before ending the day with the Iredell County Democratic Women in Mooresville. Manning said she’s highlighting the values of hard work, faith and family that she learned from her parents as she speaks to voters across the district. “What’s been really important to me is to get out and understand the district,” Manning said. “The information I’m learning is really informing my opinions. I’m working on my platform. I want to have informed positions that reflect the needs of the district.” Bruce Davis, who won the Democratic nomination for the 13th District in 2016, could not be reached for this story. Federal election records indicate he had raised $28,263 through the end of 2017. Davis put his congressional aspirations on hold in the summer of 2017 to run for mayor of High Point. He narrowly lost that race. “One day in the near future I will run again for Congress; however, there is a pressing call for me to seek the High Point mayor’s seat,” the candidate wrote on the Bruce Davis for US Congress Facebook page in July 2017. “I hope all my supporters understand that this was a tough decision but necessary and the most logical choice at this time.” While the candidates jockey for position ahead of the Feb. 12 filing date, volunteers with Swing Left NC-13 have been busy cultivating likely Democratic voters. Canvassers have talked to voters in Glenwood and a neighborhood near NC A&T University in Greensboro, and low-wealth neighborhoods in east-central High Point. Many of the voters are African-American or immigrants. Unlike conventional campaigns, Swing Left doesn’t work off voter lists; they knock on every door on the block. “The neighborhoods that we’ve gone to have been, I would say, very working class,” said Rick Bardolph, a Greensboro volunteer who is transitioning into retirement. “Working poor, unemployed, people who need good government, and who aren’t getting the services that they need from their government. And they need the support that we’re giving to their communities. And we need them.”

DCCC, denied that the committee uses a financial litmus test to select candidates for support. “There is no one-size-fits-all approach to a successful congressional campaign, and in 2018 we have put a premium on candidates’ grassroots engagement and local support, recognizing the power and energy of people on the ground,” he said in a prepared statement. Even as Leiter downplayed the role of fundraising in the DCCC’s criteria, Dan McCready, the other North Carolina candidate to secure support through the “Red to Blue” program, has posted even more impressive early fundraising numbers than Manning: $1.2 million. Speaking to the DCCC’s gamble that the 13th District will deliver a Democratic win, Leiter said, “We have seen unprecedented activity at the grassroots level that has meant double-digit swings in special elections across the country. And while Congressman Budd spent the last year in Washington taking orders from Speaker [Paul] Ryan and voting lockstep with him to jack up people’s healthcare costs and give a tax handout to corporations that would balloon the deficit, paid for by working Americans, Kathy Manning was building a grassroots campaign with the resources she’d need to beat him.” Five months before Manning entered the race, the three other candidates announced their intentions to run for the seat during the 13th Congressional District Convention in Lexington in May 2017. Coker, who lives in Greensboro and raises cattle in Iredell County, has maintained a visible presence at progressive events over the past six months. He spoke at a vigil in Greensboro to respond to the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally, and has appeared at events ranging from a press conference at Scuppernong Books to highlight anti-LGBTQ discrimination to a recent commemoration of the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. “My candidacy is to be a voice for working people of many backgrounds,” Coker said. “As a person of faith and a Quaker, I’m concerned about the tone and anger of the church as influenced by Trump.” Coker said his decision to run for Congress was influenced by an experience spending election night of 2014 in the hospital while his son was undergoing open-heart surgery. Coker’s position as a gun-control proponent is similarly rooted in family adversity: His father was the


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Winston/Forsyth public art commission initiates master plan by Jordan Green

A public art plan will guide projects in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County over the next 20 years. Over the past seven years the planning department shared by the city of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County has completed more than a dozen area plans through citizen input to guide future land use throughout the county. Now the city and county are gearing up to use the same process to develop a public art plan that will take stock of existing inventory, identify public property conducive for new projects and gauge public sentiment on what kind of art they want to see. A public art plan has been on the Public Art Commission’s to-do list since its founding about 18 months ago, Project Planner Kelly Bennett said. “It’s something we’ve wanted to do since we founded the Public Art Commission — to make a public art plan so that we have a more intentional workflow,” he said. “Where do we need art the most? Where is the most logical place to do it?” Members of the commission wrestled with the question of who exactly to engage and how to productively glean ideas depending on different levels of turnout. “Do we need to get a lot of public opinion from everyone?” asked Daniel Finn, the commission chair. “Maybe the general public doesn’t care about public art unless they don’t like it.” Bennett responded, “I think the people who do get to these meetings

“We, Winston-Salem,” a diptych by Charlotte artist Nico Amortegui, flanks the entrance to a meeting room at the Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem.

would be the people who do like it. I don’t think anyone’s going to come to say, ‘I don’t like public art, and I don’t think you should do it.’” One member asked whether the commission would solicit input through surveys or public forums. Based on the model of area master plans, Bennett suggested first the latter and then the former. “I would envision… you start off with a quick presentation of, what do we have here?” he said. “What are our gaps? And then break up into groups with really open-ended questions to get people at tables, take notes on what they love to see the city do over the next 20 years when it comes to public art. Once you do a meeting or two, now you have a bunch of names and addresses, and you hit them with follow-ups.” The commission members agreed that


they would put the word out through the Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County; various arts organizations like Art For Art’s Sake, the Downtown Arts District Association and Piedmont Craftsmen; university arts programs; and the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce. “This has the potential of having a lot of people in it,” Bennett said. The commissioners didn’t settle on a time to hold the first public input meeting, but Bennett encouraged them to get started soon. “You’re gonna want a lot of public input on this,” he said. “And you’re gonna want it earlier than later.” At its last meeting, in early January, the commission voted to grant a 30day extension on the deadline for an ambitious project to create a collective portrait of Winston-Salem. The reasoning behind the extension was to provide an opportunity for more people to apply, but Bennett reported that the request for qualifications had to be withdrawn to maintain compliance with the city’s minority/women business enterprise guidelines. The project will be put back out for bid through a request for proposals, which Bennett has been delayed because it required review by the city’s purchasing director, who was out last week with the flu. Once the request for proposals is issued, it will remain open for 30 days. In the meantime, interest in the project has ballooned from seven applicants to 49, Bennett said, although that number could dwindle considering that the request for proposals will be more rigorous than the request for qualifications.

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Mostly meaningless markets Since Donald Trump took office, we’ve all been

subject to the occasional Twitter barrage pointing our attention to the stock market, particularly the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which until last week followed a slow, steady, upwards pace. Trump was not exaggerating when he said the Dow hit “a new all-time Record” in a Jan. 5 tweet. From a starting point of 19,827.71 at the close of the day Jan. 20, 2017, the day Trump took office, the DJIA hit its all-time apogee of 26,616 on Jan. 26, before beginning its plummet to, as of close on Tuesday, 24, 802.34. Go ahead and do the math, if you like, to chart the percentage growth and fall, but you’re probably wasting your time. Because the DJIA measures exactly one thing: a daily snapshot of those publicly traded companies on the index, each of which is trying desperately to wring enough cash out of itself so that people will continue to want to buy their stock. We don’t have to look too far to find a company doing whatever it can to increase shareholder value: BH Media, a division of Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway, has been emaciatConsider that 92 ing the staffs of percent of all stocks the Greensboro News & Record are owned by the top and the Winston20 percent of AmeriSalem Journal can households. The since they took ownership, even top 1 percent holds 38 putting the land percent of the market. beneath these newspapers on the table. Large, publicly traded companies are always looking to appease their shareholders. It’s the way of things. And who are those people anyway? A 2016 Gallup study put the number of Americans with a direct stake in the stock market at 52 percent — a historic low — which includes those with IRAs and 401(k) plans as well as individual stock and mutual fund owners. At best, the bull or the bear directly affect only about half of us. And then consider that, according to 2013 Federal Reserve data, 92 percent of all stocks are owned by the top 20 percent of American households, by wealth. The top 1 percent holds about 38 percent of the market. Sure, we’re all entwined in a complex economy, and it’s possible that some benefits of prosperity at the top do “trickle down” to the rest of us, who have at best minimal interest in the DJIA. But the real action in the casino is a closed shop. The rest of us just provide the game.


The radical promise of the Memphis sanitation strike

Black History Month in the Triad begins with a revered anniversary. Feb. 1, 1960, of course, is the date when four students from NC A&T College walked to Woolworth’s in downtown Greensboro and demanded to be served at an all-white lunch counter — an act of by Jordan Green nonviolent rebellion that sparked copycat sit-ins in neighboring Winston-Salem and High Point, and across the country. The sit-ins began a wave of youth-led activism that set the stage for everything else: the Freedom Rides, voterregistration drives, the Civil Rights Act, Bloody Sunday and the Voting Rights Act, to limn the history of the civil rights movement at high tide. But Feb. 1 also marks another seminal moment near the end of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s life that changed history and indeed sealed his fate. Fifty years ago, on Feb. 1, 1968, Robert Walker and Echol Cole, two sanitation workers in Memphis, climbed inside the belly of their garbage truck to take shelter from the rain, and the hydraulic compactor malfunctioned and crushed them to death. Less than two weeks later, 1,300 sanitation workers walked off the job to demand recognition of their union, AFSCME Local 1733. Walker and Cole’s deaths were a tipping point for the black workers who were consigned the lowest-paid, dirtiest and most dangerous work in Memphis’ economic caste system. Their jobs required them to work long hours seven days a week, dragging tubs of garbage from residents’ backyards and dumping them into the trucks, while riding on the outside of the vehicles without special gear to protect from rain, and no opportunites to shower off. As the documentary At the River I Stand attests, pay for sanitation workers was so meager that the workers relied on handouts for clothing, and sanitation workers could be identified by their oversized boots and pants. The oppression of black people in America historically rested not only on the denial of civil rights, but also their economic exploitation and marginalization. It was natural, then, that King, who was planning the Poor People’s Campaign, would respond to a call to support the striking black workers in Memphis. “You are reminding, not only Memphis, but you are reminding the nation that it is a crime for people to live in this rich nation and receive starvation wages,” King said during a speech at Mason Temple on March 18, 1968. “You are going beyond purely civil rights to questions of human rights,” King continued. “That is distinct…. Now, our struggle is for genuine equality, which means economic equality. For we know that it isn’t enough to integrate lunch counters. What does it profit a man to be able to eat at an integrated lunch counter if he doesn’t have enough money to buy a hamburger?” These are the questions that truly shook the pillars of US society, suggested William Lucy, an AFSCME organizer who worked alongside King in Memphis and coined the iconic slogan “I Am A Man.”

While Trump and his Republican allies in Congress are attempting to manufacture a bogus case that the FBI is a rogue agency carrying out a political witch hunt against the president, the 84-year-old Lucy reminded his audience at the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro on Sunday that there was a time when the FBI actually was waging a secret war against US citizens. “Since most of us will remember the name of [then FBI Director] J. Edgar Hoover, he made the decision that the strike of these men was the preliminary work of overthrowing the federal government starting with the public works department of the city of Memphis, Tenn.,” Lucy said. “If you can get weirder than that, you really got to work at it.” As declassified FBI documents reveal, Hoover was obsessed with preventing “the rise of a ‘messiah’ who could unify and electrify the militant black nationalist movement” and named King “a very real contender for this position.” King led a mass march through Memphis on March 28 — exactly one week before his assassination — that turned out to be a disaster. With King at the front, young people thought to be frustrated by the slow pace of progress broke out store windows near the back of the march, prompting the police to attack protesters with mace. The outbreak of violence tarnished King’s credibility with the public at large. “We didn’t know this until 1969 when Sen. Frank Church held the Senate hearings totally unrelated to this issue, and out of this came these concerns about what were unions doing and what were workers across the South doing to destabilize the nation,” Lucy said. “The destruction of the march was caused by provocateurs assigned to diminish the image and stature of Dr. King across the nation in challenging whether or not he could hold a nonviolent protest.” Yet if King’s involvement in the strike inflamed Hoover’s paranoia, his assassination hastened its resolution in the workers’ favor. “The settlement went far beyond what we started with two and a half months before,” Lucy recalled. “We asked for recognition and [dues] check-off for the union. The settlement ultimately involved a grievance procedure. It involved a promotion policy based on seniority. It involved a non-discrimination clause so that workers would not lose status by virtue of having participated in the strike. It involved a training program so you don’t have to throw garbage for the rest of your life; you can be promoted to a driver or you can be promoted to a crew chief. “What came out of the strike was almost a new light for workers, not because of a nickel more an hour but because of the ways and means they found to protect themselves, to develop what we called democracy at work,” he continued. “I was at the Kennedy School of Government a week or so ago. I was having the same discussion with the faculty and so forth, and there was a young lady in the back of the room. After we finished the discussion she got up and she said, ‘I am the granddaughter of one of the sanitation workers.’ She said, ‘I thank the union for what it did. It gave my father the sense of commitment for preparing a way for us.’”

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CULTURE Exhibit nudges viewers into contemplative mode

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ather than awaiting use on a physician’s tray of disconcerting implements, crude obstetric forceps collect the ends of numerous strings at the peak of the conical, mixed-media installation. The strings hold up the tips of brightly printed bandage gauze, with layers of images from Jan-Ru Wan’s upbringing in Taiwan that she wove into the shape of houses, each holding a ceramic spoon in the center. The arrangement stops the beholder in their tracks, and that’s no mistake. Slow Art is a new exhibit in the GreenHill Center for North Carolina Art in the Greensboro Cultural Center on display through April 15. The collection highlights the work of four artists, each interested in enticing viewers into more contemplative states of being. Wan’s elaborate fiber installations are the most visually striking upon entering the gallery, particularly “Hold Still; Still Holding.” A small, standing doll holds Wan’s quarter century-old braided hair in the center of the display. This organic feature symbolizes the inevitable passage of time and her identity as a woman, and rests beneath the cold forceps high above — a mechanical object capable of admitting babies into the world and their homes where culture is then learned. Throughout her work in the gallery, Wan juxtaposes the organic and inorganic, society and the individual and the cultures In Jan-Ru Wan’s “Hold Still; Still Holding,” a small, standing doll holds a length of of the East and West. the display. In “Position to Write/ Position to Erase,” she susbut the varied printed images like dragonflies, a meditating pends dozens of stiff, azure- and emerman and anomalous splotches appear randomly throughout ald-dyed fabric columns from a 10-feetthe set of shirts, indicating individual variations on universal tall, 20-feet-wide suspended beam with experiences. She simultaneously alludes to the individual and tiny shirt collars at both ends, seemingly the universal through the repetition of images and objects treated with too much starch. Wan in her work. Short pencils (sans erasers) the vibrant colors of implies control exerted over the masses pink, orange and lime green highlighters dangle from the red-

the artist’s 25-year-old hair in the center of


dish beam above piglet-pink rubber cap erasers, toy soldiers and little mirrors, many of which lay on the ground where viewers might catch glimpses of themselves. Wan prods us to explore how we as individuals and as societies write and erase histories. Rather than present items for consideration, Leigh Ann Hallberg offers space for intention. “Portable Contemplation

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Jeannine Marchand’s smooth, monochromatic clay reliefs rest in dark steel frames. Most are rectangular; all contain folds that swell and retreat into unseen space, lending contrast and depth. The tightly-packed pleats in “Puerta,” meaning “door” in Spanish, epitomize the intense static energy that characterizes Marchand’s abstract series. More loosely contoured clay slabs bear likeness to a lover’s billowed bedsheets or eddied satin if its sheen were replaced with a matte finish and its density many times multiplied. But, really, they depict nothing, instead offering a metaphorical canvas poised to stir projections from the subconscious. Slow Art proposes a heartening possibility: That it is within our reach to be reborn each hour of each day — not in the evangelist’s sense or with the assistance of Wan’s forceps, but a reawakening of our own volition, our own willingness to block out constant demands to produce and to be efficient, instead slowing down to engage ourselves and each other.


Cube” is a minimalist, eight-foot more than a dozen works by retired cubic structure that sometimes UNCG art professor Setsuya Kotani, houses the artist’s drawings but is who became the university’s first currently home to a nondescript Japanese faculty member in 1974. stool positioned Kotani across from a deals in potted plant, ceramLearn more about the exhibit at one of the only ics, but pieces explicSlow itly encouraging Art feaobservation of tures nature, though it’s worth noting more than a dozen of his color field this is domesticated in a highly paintings, mostly featuring color curated, almost impossibly tidy shifts between pastels as subtle as space. The setup suggests the a dreamy sunset during a windless necessity of solitude and ritual dusk. If his acrylic paintings spoke for reflection. The light-colored from their cotton, linen, masonite wooden frame creates a matrix of or wooden bases, it’d be in a whis4-by-4 squares rendering smooth, per. Most pieces soothe, however semi-translucent inner walls of mysteriously, and a minority permilky plastic paneling visible from turb, but all engender meditative the corner opening. Hallberg offers stillness save a spare linear brush a sanctuary that, though physically stroke at the edge of a painting or off limits to visitors, isn’t closed (mostly off-white) swirls that could off to the formal gallery space. Is it be UFOs. Kotani’s work makes for foolhardy to think contemplative a highly subjective viewing experipractices can be fully separate from ence contingent on an individual’s everyday goings-on, or is Hallberg memories, imaginative process and more so asserting that such spaces learned meanings of colors. ought to be accessible to all? On the opposite wing, in the winNotably, the exhibit includes dowed space facing Davie Street,


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or the artist, manufacturing a sound is easy. There are any number of effects, programs and software that can produce the exact sound you’re going for. But when it comes to the authentic sound Charlotte-based rock band Amigo has captured on their latest record And Friends, there is no substitute for talent and chemistry between the band members. Formed in 2012, Amigo has released three albums to date, working with producers like Scott Solter, who has worked with Superchunk and the Mountain Goats. But for Amigo’s latest release, the trio sought out acclaimed producer Mitch Easter. “In my opinion, the best albums are co-produced by the band and the producer,” Easter said from his Kernersville home, stopping in for the afternoon before heading back out on tour playing guitar with Alejandro Escovedo. “That’s the way I like to work, and people like [Amigo] who are just great songwriters, it works out perfectly.” While some studio engineers and producers live by the notion that you must tear songs down to the foundation and build them back up, Easter’s approach focuses more on the artist’s vision.

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“I’ve always said, ‘Yeah you could do it that way, or you could just record them now when they’re in the mood to play,’” Easter said. “Even when you work very hard on something, when you play a record, it should never feel like work. It should sound like you’ve captured something, a good moment, and good spirit. So while sometimes I need to move things around in the song, the goal is to

keep it sounding spontaneous, or at the very least still expressive.” The driving force for the members of Amigo is their union and connection to each other, having performed together for the past six years. This led to most of the album being recorded live at Easter’s Fidelitorium Studio in Kernersville. Released on Jan. 26, the 10-song record captures a palpable joy and love, on which Amigo centers its music. A tasteful blend of Southern rock, blues and garage rock, Amigo has managed to develop a raw, organic sound, using minimal overdubs and effects. Comparable to Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Barenaked Ladies and Pavement, Amigo at its core sounds like Mitch Easter and Suzi Ziegler on stage at the Let’s Active reunion. He produced COURTESY PHOTO , at hi Fidelitorium in Kernersville. Amigo’s new release, a group of friends coming together to relax and jam. compelling music, there is always the possibility of too many Add to that catchy melodies and fine songwriting, the product instruments playing, of a producer perhaps tinkering too is an album that remains true to itself and to the artist’s much with structure and form. Mitch Easter didn’t have any sound. And while Amigo’s capable and fine-tuned musiciansuch fears. ship plays a massive role in creating an album, the relationship “I never worry about ruining the song,” he said. “If I feel a between producer and artist is likewise of vital importance. song might really need banjos, but the whole world hates the “It’s absolutely critical,” Easter said. “Otherwise it’s like song, I’ll still think the banjos were really great. So you really going on a terrible date. A lot of these studios that sort of can’t worry about something like that because otherwise you shuffle bands in and out don’t really get the human side of it. wouldn’t do anything. It’s so sad to see bands second-guessing Some people love the idea of recording and engineering, but themselves because of what the audience might think. The when the bands actually get in there, it goes haywire. Some real heroes are the ones who had an artistic vision and just people are more technical, others are a little more musical, went for it.” but I think in order to pull the whole thing off you need to be And Friends remains true to able to [do] all of it.” such vision from beginning to In support of their latest LP, end. Taking on melodies and Amigo is currently on tour and structures that fall outside the To listen to the album and find tour dates, is making their way to the Triad, mainstream, such as the song visit playing Monstercade in Win“Own Trip Now” which compiles ston-Salem on Thursday. the unique sound of a mouth And Friends shoots out of the harp with strange guitar effects, gate with the opening track “Big Amigo has accomplished an alIdea.” A grooving, median tempo drives the track. Simplicity bum that remains true to its own spirit, something that made flows through the song (as well as the entire album). Horns the recording process a joy for Easter. and organ layer the melodies and expand the sound, while “There is so much meaningless music out there,” Easter singer and guitarist Slade Bairds’ voice bellows like smooth said. “I was horrified when rock music made its way into whiskey in the forefront. advertising. As a kid, advertising music was silly and dorky, but Amigo collaborated with North Carolina musicians Ednow classic rock is used to sell pick-up trucks. So the challenge die Garcia and Nathan Golub, peppering the stripped-down now is for a rock band to immediately sound more authentic. nature of the songs with brief moments of psychedelic and And it’s not a challenge when people allow themselves to wailing slide guitars. And while at its heart rock and roll be fearless. You can’t be afraid of not fitting in. You have to drives the album, songs such as “I Wanna Live (UK Surf)” and remain true to the music.” “Almost Something Good” reveal a tender, mellow contrast to the happy-go-lucky nature of other tracks. For a band like Amigo that strives to make simple, yet


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altzing into a random Korean restaurant will not always pay off, but it did for me last week. DanJi, meaning “bowl” or “ceramic pottery” in Korean, is located on the right side of the Super G Mart shopping center off Market Street in east Greensboro. Duk Chun and his wife Tae Kim bought the restaurant space from DaSaRang’s owner in 2016 and opened under the new name with their own menu in January of last year. The couple, who immigrated from Seoul, South Korea 15 and 6 years ago, respectively, decided to get into the restaurant industry after encountering faux Korean cuisine in the Triad. “My wife doesn’t like when non-Koreans try to make our food and sell it as authentic Korean,” Chun said. “And so, we started it.” Don’t be fooled, though — the signage out front still bears the name of the previous restaurant, but the menu is Kim’s unique vision and clear pictures next to menu descriptions make ordering stress-free, especially for those with no working knowledge of the Korean language or who are unfamiliar with the much of the cuisine. DanJi offers a number of noteworthy appetizers but if you love omelets, order the seafood “pancake.” It’s a medley of octopus, shrimp, onion, green scallion shoots and carrot cooked in egg that comes with a brown dipping sauce, and it is delightful. Fried or steamed dumplings and squid tempura are always options, but it’s worth branching out from familiar staples with the ddukbok-gi, a saucer of spicy of rice cake, fish cake, LAUREN BARBER Danji isn’t the place for a romantic date; more so, it’s where you go when you want to pile into an orangescallion and egg. As with each appetizer, cushioned booth and behold a table full of savory, spicy, Korean goodness. this vibrantly red dish is well portioned for sharing. DanJi even features a handcuisine will tell you that one way to judge a restaurant is by to clear out the sinuses or keep warm on the wintery days yet ful of shareable entrées like spicy, sweet how well the kitchen prepares classic bibimbop: a heated to come, too. The mildly spicy kimchi stew that comes with and sour chicken and five-spice jok bal ceramic bowl filled with a bed of white rice, scallion, cucumcubed pork, tofu, white kimchi and a side of perfectly sticky or bossam, as well as large-portioned ber, bean sprouts, carrot, mushrooms, spinach, yellow radish rice isn’t out of this world, but it’s a good choice if you’re lookgrilled dishes like and a fried egg on top of the meat ing for something simple. porkbelly and of choice (beef, pork, chicken or Despite no shortage of vegetables and tofu, DanJi isn’t the saeng galbi, grilled shrimp) with a sweet hot sauce on most vegetarian-friendly venue and service can lag during Learn more at or prime rib served the side. I highly recommend Kim’s peak dinner hours. It’s evident that Kim works quickly in the visit at 4929 W Market St (GSO). with lettuce ssam. colorful rendering, which will rekitchen, though, and her husband is in the midst of hiring Regardless main hot for the slowest of eaters. more waitstaff. The place could use an upgrade in décor, too. of the order, Other staples like ramen and a But DanJi isn’t where you go for an upscale, romantic dinner; patrons receive variety of cold noodles are availit’s a place for piling into those orange-cushioned booths and an assortment of four complimentary able at reasonable prices considering quality and portion, and decorating the table with as much savory, spicy Korean goodsmall dishes to start, like crunchy bean the owners maintain an interesting selection of Korean wines. ness as possible. sprouts, spicy kimchi, seaweed, cooked Their corn and barley tea, similar in its earthiness to rice tea potato wedges or fish cake. — is well worth a try, especially this time of year. Kim offers Any connoisseur of traditional Korean an abundance of spicy appetizers, stews, hot pots and entrées

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