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Machete, LoFi and the road diet It took Tal Blevins almost 20 full minutes to yank an iron sconce from this rusted, steel wall, wrenching the anchor bolt as by Brian Clarey he did, and then hoisting it like a trophy after it came loose. “You want it?” he asked. They’re building Machete this week, the supper club-turned-restaurant, into this LoFi space as surely as a hermit crab occupies a new, fancier shell, buttressing a burgeoning entertainment district that now includes three restaurants, a grocery store, two breweries and a greenway, but was once a prime example of downtown sprawl. Does anyone remember what used to be there? There’s not much for him and the team — including culinary duo Kevin Cottrell and Lydia Greene, a ringer from Pittsburgh and a thoughtful guy with a beard — to do here at the former Crafted Street Food locale. After a new floor comes down, the kitchen will be good to go. There’s some painting to be done, including a new mural, a few cosmetic flourishes and some applied minimalism. And those sconces, of course. They’ve got to go.

But the space has many advantages. With just a couple of years residency under his belt, Blevins is fairly new in town, so I point out some of the new features of LoFi that make his location particularly fortuitous. “See those parking spots out there?” I’m mansplaining. “They’re new. We call that a ‘road diet.’ That’s gonna slow down traffic and—.” “I’m gonna stop you right there,” Blevins says. “Did you know I have a master’s degree in urban design?” I did not. “Here’s the thing,” I say. “This little stretch where Eugene meets Battleground is supposed to be an express downtown loop, drawing traffic out of center city to the west and north.” Now, I say, with the Greenway apartment complex, the ballpark and two more residential developments in the works just a block to the west, they are forced to convert the whole stretch into a pedestrian thoroughfare. This is a joke only an urban planner can appreciate. Blevins obliges with a laugh. The he’s back at it, with the hammering and the yanking and the moving of heavy restaurant equipment. These neighborhoods don’t activate themselves.

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CITY LIFE Jan 9-15, 2020 by Savi Ettinger

THURSDAY Jan. 9 Up Front

Glimpses of Winston-Salem @ Gas Hill Drinking Room (W-S), 5:30 p.m.

Tan Universe @ Monstercade (W-S), 9 p.m. Find some rock that will shake your psyche with a show from Tan Universe. The threepiece Asheville band plays their psychedelic tunes alongside Harrison Ford Mustang and Bad Dog, two Winston-Salem bands. Find the event on Facebook.

Onesie Party @ Greensboro Ice House, 7:30 p.m. Slip on a onesie or a favorite pair of pajamas and head to the Greensboro Ice House for a cozy night of skating. Compete for the title of best onsie, or enjoy games and specials. Find the event on Facebook.

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Sherlock, Jr. @ The Carolina Theatre (GSO), 2 p.m.

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The Gas Hill Drinking Room hosts an opening reception for a photography exhibit by Susan Sharpless Smith. The Winston-Salem based photographer captures different areas of the city. Find the event on Facebook.

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Basics in Bullet Journaling @ Foundry Studios and Gallery (GSO), 6:30 p.m. Learn how to organize, schedule and plan using a dot-grid journal during a workshop by Greensboro artist Tristin Miller. Miller shares how to best set up your personal journal to keep you creative. Find the event on Facebook.

The Carolina Theatre presents a silent film, with only the organ music of Michael Britt playing. Sherlock Jr. follows a movie projectionist with dreams of becoming the next Sherlock Holmes. Find the event on Facebook. Béla Fleck @ Stevens Center (W-S), 3 p.m.

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Sip & Swap @ Oscar Oglethorpe (GSO), 4:30 p.m. Gather up some gently used clothing and donate it during this clothing swap at Oscar Oglethorpe. Find a new outfit while tasting wine from Grove Winery. Find the event on Facebook.

Explore where the students and members of Sawtooth develop their photos, with this open house. The darkroom instructors lead a printing workshop for those with black-and-white film negatives. Find the event on Facebook.

Charles Spivey @ Greensboro Cultural Center, 6 p.m. ArtsGreensboro presents the next in their lineup of mini exhibits, welcoming Greensboro artist Charles Spivey. Spivey works with abstraction, basing work on styles like Jackson Pollock’s. Find the event on Facebook.

Murder at the Speakeasy @ Scuppernong Books (GSO), 6 p.m. Step into the world of the Great Gatsby with this murder mystery party inside Scuppernong Books. The downtown bookstore transforms into a 1920s speakeasy as guests try to solve the crime. Find the event on Facebook.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers @ Hanesbrands Theatre (W-S), 7 p.m. Catch a screening of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, with guest Veronica Cartwright. Aside from Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Cartwright starred in films such as Alien, and The Witches of Eastwick. Find the event on Facebook.

American Bowie Experience @ the Ramkat (W-S), 7 p.m. Jam out to songs like “Starman” and “Space Oddity” with this tribute to David Bowie. The American Bowie Experience brings together six musicians to play Bowie’s biggest hits. Find the event on Facebook.

Fourteen-time Grammy Award winner, Béla Fleck brings his expert banjo playing to the Stevens Center. Fleck performs alongside the orchestra in a banjo concerto. Find the event on Facebook.


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This film lays out the history and process of adding sound to movies. Watch the stories of sound designers such as Ben Burtt and Walter Murch, and how directors like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg added audio to their works. Find the event on Facebook.

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Despite only having aired over two weeks ago, Netflix’s live action adaptation of “The Witcher” surpassed “The Mandalorian” as the most in-demand TV series in the world last month. Drawing from the original book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, as well as elements of the beloved video-game franchise, the medieval fantasy series is taking off, so much so that the third Witcher video game, which came out in 2015, saw a huge jump in renewed interest and set a new record for the game with more than 100,000 concurrent players, the first time the game had garnered such numbers since its release more than four years ago. So yeah, it’s kind of a big deal. And I’m here to tell you, it’s just fine. In the show, Henry Cavill sheds his goody-two shoes boring persona of Superman and steps into the gruff, even-hulkier (Have you looked at his shoulders?!) character of Geralt of Rivia, a witcher, aka a monster hunter. The story takes place in a medieval setting that’s not unlike Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings or even the now-disgraced “Game of Thrones.” In fact, had it not been for the gaping cultural hole that was left by the latter, I would argue that “The Witcher” wouldn’t have come close to being this successful. But that’s another argument for another page. Today, I’m going to argue for something different. And that’s for a change in scenery in the world of fantasy. Sure, “The Witcher” is based on books by a Polish author and draws from a plethora of Polish folktales and mythology. That makes it slightly more interesting. But if you hadn’t known that, it wouldn’t have been that farfetched to assume that “The Witcher” is just another Euro-centric, white boy-led fantasy story. Because it is exactly that. And there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, except that at that this point, decades and arguably, hundreds of years after the birth of modern fantasy, it’s just kind of old. It’s boring. Banal even. I mean, hear me out. When Black Panther hit screens and broke records in 2018, it wasn’t just because it was a Marvel movie. It was because so much of the story, setting and even the jokes, revolved around a different historical and cultural context than the usual white, European or American or Canadian or whatever, superhero film. It was new (to screen at least); it was different. And that’s all I’m asking for. The world is vast. There are more cultures, stories, myths and monsters to draw from than just dragons and elves and trolls. Just this past week, Korean drama Parasite and rapper-turned-actress Awkwafina who starred in The Farewell, made headlines for their wins at the Golden Globes. Both related to dramatic, heart-wrenching stories. And those are important. But why can’t we — and by “we,” I mean people of color — see ourselves in a world full of magic and wonder? One of my favorite shows growing up was “Avatar.” No, not the James Cameron colonization story with blue aliens. I’m talking about the animated show about a young boy, a monk, who has to learn to harness different elements like air, fire, water and earth to bring peace back to his world. It featured people of color and drew from Asian cultures and myths and built a world so new and interesting that even I, as a high schooler, was drawn in. But I’d like to see more live-action fantasy starring different cultures. There’s a plethora of diverse fantasy and science-fiction stories out there. Just look to the number of winners on book lists from years past. In 2016, black author NK Jemisin’s fantasy book The Fifth Season won a Hugo Award for best novel. This past year, Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia MorenoGarcia showed up on almost every list of best fantasy books in 2019. Right now, I’m reading The Poppy War by RF Kuang, another frequent best-of lister. So why don’t we have more diverse depictions of fantasy on screen? The recent successes of movies led by and telling the stories of people of color show that not only are they popular, they are important. It’s 2020; we’re more than ready.

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Nicole Gulotta @ Bookmarks (W-S), 3 p.m. Author Nicole Gulotta shares her own discoveries as a writer, to help others develop their own writing habits. Gulotta provides brainstorming help and professional writing advice. Find the event on Facebook.

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For first time in 42 years, W-S’s Northeast Ward will have new rep by Jordan Green The retirement of a political giant in the Northeast Ward sets up a closely fought Democratic primary for succession. Many have challenged Mayor Pro Tem Vivian Burke for her seat representing the Northeast Ward on WinstonSalem City Council. And many have gone down in defeat. This is the first election since 1977 that Burke is not seeking re-election, leaving an open field for three candidates. The winner of the Democratic primary on March 3 in the majority-African-American ward will be taking the seat, barring a successful signature drive by an independent candidate. Although named “Northeast,” the sprawling ward forms a hood along the northern fringe of the city, abutting Walkertown and Tobaccoville. The Carver Road corridor anchors its political base, but it also includes some of the poorest areas of the city, from 14th Street up to Ogburn Station Shopping Center, along with Smith Reynolds Airport. Two of the candidates in the Democratic primary are connected to local political legends. A third operates a popular downtown market. Barbara Hanes Burke is the daughterin-law of the ward’s current representative, and the wife of Superior Court Judge L. Todd Burke. Barbara Hanes Burke is currently serving her first term on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board. Morticia “Tee-Tee” Parmon is the daughter of the late state Sen. Earline Parmon. Keith King owns Kingz Downtown Market, and ran unsuccessfully against Vivian Burke in the previous two elections. Both Burke and Parmon insist that they’re their own people, and not riding on the coattails of the matriarchs in their respective families. “My mother-in-law did an outstanding job,” Burke said. “I’m not Vivian Burke; I’m Barbara Hanes Burke. I will definitely be unique.” Burke, who is 59, noted that she has a track record of public service of her own, including 30 years of work in public education. Before winning her seat on the school board in 2018, she served as an assistant principal at Carver High School. In her first year on the school board, Burke said she created a com-

Left to right: Democrat candidates for Northeast Ward Barbara Hanes Burke, Keith King and Morticia “Tee-Tee” Parmon. The winner of the March 3 primary will almost certainly win the seat.

munity volunteer literacy council to help improve third-grade reading, successfully lobbied the General Assembly to withdraw a bill that would have staggered school board elections and organized a college and career fair, while voting in favor of mandatory African-American studies and against limiting public comment at school board meetings (she was on the losing end of both votes). Parmon, 43, said she grew up in awe of the black women leaders — she calls them “the Golden Girls” — in her mother’s orbit. She considers Evelyn Terry, a state representative, as an aunt. DD Adams, who represents the North Ward on city council, taught her to play tennis. “It’s not about me trying to attain the family legacy,” Parmon said during an interview at Krankies. “My mama made her own legacy. No one will ever be able to fill her shoes.” But later, she added, “I was cut from the cloth of the late Sen. Earline Parmon. All I know how to do is fight for people.” King, 53, has run Kingz Downtown Market for 13 years, defying naysayers who told him the business wouldn’t survive. A couple years ago, he added a

lunch counter. The store is located within a block of the Clark Campbell Transportation Center, and King said many of his customers are residents of the Northeast Ward. “I am on the ground with the people,” King said during an interview in the cramped office at the back of his store. “People talk to me. I see how people live. I see eye to eye with them.” His viability as a candidate is proven by the fact that he’s already been a contender, King said. “I have run against the best — Vivian Burke,” he said, “and I did really well.” In 2013, King collected about 7,500 signatures to get on the ballot as an independent candidate during the general election. He won only 14 percent of the vote, but still out-polled Republican Michael Owens. In contrast to the 7,500 voters who signed a petition to get King on the ballot, only 1,883 people cast votes in total in the Northeast Ward race. Three years later, King ran in the Democratic primary and won 35.4 percent of the vote, compared to 64.6 percent by Burke. (In the Democratic primary for the previous election, Burke commanded 53.8 percent of the vote

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against two challengers.) All three candidates emphasize education, and say the city needs to form a partnership with the school district to support schools and help improve third-grade reading levels. Consistent with high levels of poverty, the inner-city portion of the ward is also home to some of the schools with the steepest academic performance challenges, including Ashley Elementary. Although she has never held elective office, Parmon has a record of advocacy in education to stack against that of Barbara Hanes Burke. For the past four years, local leaders have been talking about a potential deal in which the city would sell land to the school district for a new Ashley Elementary. Replacement of the school was included in an early list of bond projects, but then cut before the referendum went before voters in 2016. In 2017, teachers at the school began complaining that they were getting sick because of exposure to mold. In September 2019, Parmon addressed city council, asking why an item

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Five Democrats and two Republicans have filed to run in the newly drawn 6th Congressional district, which covers all of Guilford County and part of Forsyth County.

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With the March primary less than two months away, the battle for the state’s newly drawn 6th Congressional District is in full swing. On the Democratic side, five candidates vie for the seat while two Republicans have also filed to run. Education, affordable health care and economic opportunity are some of the recurring platforms among the Democratic candidates. After a three-judge panel approved the new congressional map in November, the district, heavily favors Democratic candidates. It is currently represented by Republican Mark Walker. The previous map included parts of Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Guilford, Lee, Person, Randolph and Rockingham counties, but the new district includes all of Guilford County and part of Forsyth County, including Winston-Salem. Given the likelihood that a Democratic candidate will pick up the seat, Walker announced in December that he would not run for public office in 2020, instead holding out for a Senate bid in 2022. Democratic candidates Kathy Manning, who lost to Ted Budd for the 13th Congressional District seat in 2018; Bruce Davis, a High Point native and former three-term Guilford County commissioner; Derwin Montgomery, who currently represents state House District 72 in Winston-Salem; Rhonda Foxx, former chief of staff for congresswoman Alma Adams; and Ed Hanes, former representative for House District 72, have all filed to run. Despite her lack of political experience, Manning, a Greensboro attorney, proved to be a prolific fundraiser during her last run, drawing in more than $4.2 million for the 2018 campaign. Despite outraising Budd by almost $2 million, Manning fell short at the polls by about six percentage points and 17,000 votes. For this year’s cycle, Manning’s campaign has raised $51,615 and has $53,076 cash on hand according to the Federal Election Committee. In an email to Triad City Beat, Manning said that she is focused on a number of issues including affordable healthcare, improved public education, ending gun violence, working against climate change and advocating for women’s rights. She also said that she supports the impeach-

ment process, stating, “No one is above the law, including the president.” Manning, who is Jewish, also spoke out against the Hanukkah stabbings that took place on Dec. 28 in New York, stating, “It is unthinkable that in this country religious minorities should be unsafe while celebrating their faith. Our country was built by people fleeing religious persecution. We cannot sit idly by while the very foundations of our country are under attack.” She pointed to an increase in security as well as more educational opportunities to increase awareness to combat discrimination before violent acts occur. Manning also said that she would work with Republicans across the aisle if they support “legislation that’s good for our district.” Otherwise, she said, she would stand up to them. Davis, a High Point native and threeterm Guilford County commissioner, said that he hopes his experience and FILE PHOTO name recognition will help him at the Clockwise from top left: Rhonda Foxx, Ed Hanes, Derwin Montgomery, Kathy Manning and Bruce Davis are running for the polls. He noted voting rights, women’s new 6th Congressional District. rights and access to affordable healthcare as the top issues for North Carolina votreplaced incumbent Ed Hanes, who “I am the youngest in the race,” ers. He also mentioned his experience of resigned just three months before the Montgomery said, “but I actually have working across the political aisle to come election in 2018, to represent House one of the longest and most diverse to agreements with Republicans during District 72. Prior to becoming a state backgrounds in terms of experience. I his time as county commissioner. representative, Montgomery became am the only candidate to have served on “Working with everybody has been the youngest member to be elected to city council and in state government. I one of my stronger points,” Davis said. Winston-Salem’s city council when he engage people right where they are.” “Not worrying about whether they have won a seat in 2009. Hanes, who hand-picked Montgomery a D or R in front of their name…. Just “We need a voice that will speak to to take his seat after his retirement from because a person is passionate about real issues that real people identify with,” District 72 in 2018, was one of the last their party doesn’t make us enemies.” said Montgomery in an interview with candidates to file for the 6th district. In a He noted that despite his numerous TCB. phone interview with TCB, Hanes noted other campaign losses, Montgomery noted that his experience working within a that his tenacity should the importance of Republican-controlled state legislature signify to voters his will- After a three-judge economic opportuin Raleigh during his six years in office ingness to keep fighting. panel approved the nity for voters within makes him a strong contender in the “There’s a whole lot the district, as well as race. new congressional of humility in losing statewide. “It’s relationships,” Hanes said. “You a campaign,” he said. “There are areas of map in November, the have to recognize that as a freshman, not “But if you can lose poverty and extreme all your legislation is gonna get passed, district heavily favors poverty in the district,” one and come right but you have to get to the table, you have back, that should show he said. “People have Democratic candito take those pieces incrementally. In the people that this person long-term questions General Assembly, I spent time developdates. is willing to fight over and concerns about ing the relationships I needed to pass and over, and that’s the economic opportunity, legislation. It’s not an overnight fix but kind of person that I and whether that opyou have to be at a position to be at the want to represent me.” portunity stretches to everyone rather table to have your voice heard.” Two candidates with ties to House than the select few.” District 72 have also filed to run for the Hanes believes that the most imporHe framed his candidacy in terms of 6th Congressional district. One is Derwin tant issues facing North Carolina voters equity and justice, mentioning issues Montgomery, the current representaare jobs and healthcare. He also voiced like education, housing and healthcare. tive for 72, which covers a span from concerns about President Trump’s and Montgomery is also the youngest candithe northern parts of Winston-Salem to says he supports impeachment. date in the race but said that he has the Stanleyville and Bethania. Montgomery experience to lead the district. Continued on pg. 8

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to sell land to the school district for a new Ashley Elementary had been taken off the agenda. “I’m standing before you tonight, asking, pleading and even begging if you will please put the sale of the land for Ashley Elementary School back on the agenda,” Parmon said. “In good conscience, I would hope that you as a board would see that by not doing so this continues to put our children’s health at risk and it stops development in the Northeast Ward.” Mayor Pro Tem Burke publicly disputed Parmon’s characterization of the proposal as being taken off the agenda. But at her prompting, an assistant city manager explained that the city was yoking the proposed sale to an application by the Housing Authority of WinstonSalem to replace the Cleveland Avenue Homes public-housing community. A month later, the item was on the agenda for the city finance committee, and at the next city council meeting members voted unanimously to approve the sale of the property for the new school. The three candidates take somewhat different stances on the housing authority’s application to the federal government for a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods grant. The agency has been turned down for the grant three years in a row, and is now applying for the fourth time. Some residents have expressed concern that the replacement of Cleveland Avenue Homes will result in displacement of poor people. King said he’s satisfied with the assurances that he’s heard from the housing authority. “As long as the people have somewhere to go and stay, it’s a good idea to have the federal government put $30 million into the project,” he said. “Just make sure people have the opportunity to come back.” Parmon said she would always be open to dialogue with the leadership of the housing authority, which frequently comes before city council seeking financial assistance. But she expressed skepticism that all of the residents will be able to meet the criteria to move back in when the new project is completed. “For those who don’t qualify, where are they gonna go?” she asked. “We already know there’s a shortage of housing.” Barbara Hanes Burke said she’s already met with housing authority CEO Larry Woods to discuss the grant proposal. She said after the agency was turned

down during the most recent grant cycle, she successfully advocated for the grant proposal to expand its focus, covering more areas of the Northeast Ward. On many issues, the candidates are in accord. All three expressed concern about a lack of access to healthy food in the ward. “It’s a food desert,” King said. “The elderly, disabled and kids have a hard time getting fruits and vegetables.” Parmon said the only grocery store in the Northeast Ward is a Food Lion in the Northside Shopping Center. King said he wants to try to recruit a Food Lion to Ogburn Station Shopping Center. “When we talk about development, the best they give us is another Dollar General and a liquor store,” Parmon said. “Those don’t sustain us.” Burke mused, “It would be wonderful if we could get some businesses to come to the Northeast Ward, especially a restaurant that served healthy food.” Parmon agreed. “We have a lot of fast food,” she said. “We don’t have a lot of sit-down-and-eat-healthy, open-up-amenu type of places.” All three candidates cited public safety as one the ward’s highest priorities. Parmon said city leaders need to be willing to “speak truth to power” on the number of homicides in the city, which set a 25-year record last year, although only three took place in the Northeast Ward. In 2014, voters approved a public safety bond to fund three police substations, located in the Southeast, North and Southwest wards. King said he wants to see a substation placed in the Northeast Ward with 24-hour staffing. Burke is thinking along the same lines. “I believe we’re going to have to work more closely with law enforcement,” she said. “We have done a great job in the city of placing police satellite locations. We probably need to increase that number.” While the campaign is off to a spirited start, the tenor has remained respectful, reflecting the intertwined relationships among candidates. Parmon said she has known Burke since she was a student at Carver High School, adding that Burke encouraged her to run for office, although perhaps not the same one she sought for herself. “Outside of politics, we actually have a good relationship,” Parmon said. “Win, lose or draw, after March 3, we’ll shake hands and wish each other well.”

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“It’s an embarrassment,” Hanes said. “We can do better as a country.” In the past, Hanes has faced scandal for his campaign finances. In 2018, Hanes paid the state more than $1,000 after an auditor discovered an illegal campaign contribution from drug company Pfizer, according to the Raleigh News and Observer. The newspaper also noted examples of improper spending of campaign funds by Hanes including during a 2016 trip to Singapore, clothing from a UNC athletics gift store and small amounts used for a gym consultation fee and shoe repair. Hanes told TCB that his campaign worked with the state Board of Elections to clear the discrepancies up and that he’s thankful for the board for their work. A candidate with almost a decade of working behind the scenes with elected officials, Rhonda Foxx has filed to run against the four other Democrats for the 6th Congressional District this March. Foxx began her career as a staffer during an internship with US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2011. The longest position Foxx held was as chief of staff for US Rep. Alma Adams from 2014 through December 2019. Adams, a former state lawmaker and retired professor at Bennett College, moved to Charlotte to represent the 12th Congressional District after the lines were moved. Foxx said she was encouraged to run after the district was redrawn — again — in November. “The highest voting demographic is African Americans,” said Foxx about the new 6th district. “It’s also millennials and women, and there was no one that fit that demographic in this race. I wasn’t going to not let our voices be heard.” Foxx also urged voters to remember that the new maps are temporary and will be redrawn again in 2021. She said she hopes to make the most of the time she has and work to keep voters engaged. “This is a two-year map,” Foxx said. We need to turn out voters across the state. We need a candidate who knows

how to get things done. I represent the bulk of people in this district. Washington isn’t working for all of us.” Foxx said she’s also focused on criminal justice reform and fixing the education system. She said that she hopes that her candidacy encourages other women to run for office. “I want everyone out there to look at this race and see that I had the courage to try and think, I have the courage to try,” said Foxx. “That’s the ultimate goal for us. Moving the needle for us is encouraging people to get off the sidelines and get involved.” Two Republicans — Laura Pichardo from Pelham and Lee Haywood from Summerfield — have also filed to run. Haywood has been the GOP chairman of the 6th district for the past two years. “It has been an honor and privilege to serve as the NC Republican Party 6th Congressional District Chairman for the past two years, but feel compelled to take the leap from GOP activist to candidate and feel my experience can be best utilized by providing a conservative choice in this upcoming race to the good people of the newly redrawn 6th District,” Haywood wrote on Facebook. “This will not be easy and because of the demographics, I am not expecting much support from the establishment GOP, but I refuse to sit by and let the Democrat Party obtain this seat without any competition,” he continued. In another post, Haywood highlighted eliminating the national debt, overhauling the immigration system, protecting gun rights and fixing the education system as reasons for his campaign. Pichardo, who doesn’t reside within the newly drawn district, said on Facebook that her reason for filing was also the $21 trillion national debt. “We and future generations to come would have to be responsible for paying off this debt,” Pichardo posted. “The creation of a sustainable budget and finding cost savings in operations will be my primary goals.”

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reproached Republican lawmakers for relying on race to draw districts, Hofeller was still preoccupied with the distribution of black voters in the new districts drawn by a court-appointed special master. More disturbing is the granular analysis of the voting habits and residences of students at NC A&T University. The New Yorker called the congressional-district line that Hofeller drew through the center of campus “one of the clearest and ugliest gerrymanders in North Carolina — or in the entire nation.” (In a rare stroke of political justice, a court order forced the General Assembly to retire the map in November, and five Democratic candidates are currently battling to represent a new district that reunites Greensboro, while also covering High Point and Winston-Salem.) The previous map had been created as a transparently partisan gerrymander after the courts disallowed the one before that as an unconstitutional racial gerrymander. But the files show that Hofeller used race and other data points concerning A&T students to figure out how to maximize Republican advantage. As David Daley wrote in the New Yorker: “A spreadsheet named ‘NC College Voters for ZIP ID’ contains voter data for more than 23,100 North Carolina university students, including thousands in Greensboro. The detail for the North Carolina A&T students is precise: students are sorted by residence hall. That means that Hofeller knew which A&T students lived in Aggie Village, on the north side of campus, and which resided in Morrow or Vanstory Halls, on the south side — along with a detailed racial breakdown and information about their voting status. As Hofeller sought to create two reliably Republican congressional districts, his computer contained information on the precise voting tendencies of one of the largest concentrations of black voters in the area.” Daley noted that another file identified 5,429 college students who lacked the necessary ID required to cast a ballot at the time he drew the maps — that law has also been struck down by the courts. If Hofeller had incorporated the data into the configuration of the line through A&T campus, Daley wrote, he could have drawn the map “with even greater specificity about who would and would not be likely to vote.” It’s fitting that US Rep. Mark Walker, the Republican who currently represents the eastern portion of the A&T campus, has been forced into political retirement. Voters didn’t elect him; he — or at least a candidate from his party — was selected by Thomas Hofeller.

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On Sunday afternoon, at 2:15 p.m., with a single tweet, Stephanie Hofeller released a massive trove of documents to the world, collected in six folders on a publicly accessible Google Drive. The invitation for public review is not what you might expect from by Jordan Green the daughter of Thomas Hofeller, the late Republican strategist who locked down GOP rule in North Carolina over the past decade, and helped the party rig electoral maps in at least a half-dozen other states. “Check it out, download it, put it on the wall, stomp on it, sacrifice it to the god of your choice, make art, make noise, have fun!” wrote Stephanie Hofeller, an avowed anarchist who lives in an apartment in Lexington, Ky. In her “Initial Statement,” a little more than a page long, Hofeller explains her purpose. “What you’re observing here is my effort to crowdsource The Hofeller Files,” she wrote. “That means that I don’t by myself know exactly what We the People should do about our serious problem, the government of our country. All I can say, for certain, is that what we’re doing now does not seem to be working very well.” Hofeller, estranged from her father at the time of his death in 2018, has lived a tumultuous life, including experiencing domestic violence and losing custody of her children, as related in Melissa Boughton’s stunning profile for NC Policy Watch. Some of the files on her father’s computer address matters in her personal life. But Stephanie Hofeller said she’s sharing them for the same reason she handed them over to a law firm challenging the districting plans — that is, “to preserve the forensic integrity of the material (not just for legal, but for historical purposes).” The files have already been scoured by journalists at a small number of publications, including the New York Times, the New Yorker and the Intercept, whose reporting deserves to be resurfaced. The stories published by the Times and the New Yorker, in particular, show the disturbing degree to which Thomas Hofeller focused with laser-like intensity on Greensboro. Both outlets published a color-coded map found in Hofeller’s files that shows the share of African-American residents in every precinct in the city. Intriguingly, the map includes an overlay of the state House district lines for a court-ordered plan imposed in 2018, the year he died. The courts agreed with plaintiffs that the map drawn by Hofeller had been created to weaken the influence of black voters by packing them into a limited number of state House and Senate districts. The Greensboro map suggests that even after the courts

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When President Trump ordered the As a major general, Soleimani is a state death of Iranian Major General Qassem agent whose actions bear the full weight Soleimani — by drone! — he set into of the sovereign nation that employs motion many disparate things, most of him. There is, in most people’s eyes, which we won’t understand until they a distinction between a soldier and a culminate. terrorist. Most distracting are the partisan eleBut it was the Obama Administration, ments who seek to paint this historical in 2011, that sanctioned Soleimani for instance into a binary — a referendum on human-rights abuses and, yes, “an act of Trump. No doubt this will be an election international terrorism.” And it’s equally issue, giving the anti-war left an actual true that, as commander of the Iranian act of war to posture against and the army’s elite Qud force, Soleimani is at hawks on the right a rallying cry. But like least indirectly responsible for hundreds a lot of big events, this one is compliof American deaths. cated and is best viewed So… not a great guy, but through the lens of the not such a clean hit either. Soleimani: agnostic, independent voter. However you slice it, Iran First off: The Associconsiders this an act of war, Not a great ated Press has ruled that whatever that means these guy, but not we cannot call this strike an days. “assassination,” because if Probably the most trousuch a clean Gen. Soleimani was indeed bling aspect — besides the hit either. initiating military action prospect of war with Iran — is against the United States, the manner in which it all as Trump’s team insists, then went down. he’s fair game for a bullet. Of course, the The New York Times reported that GOP’s track record for honestly defendPentagon advisors gave Trump several ing military action in the Middle East is options to retaliate against Soleimani for less than stellar. attacks against Iraq, and were “stunned” So assassination it is. Sorry, AP. Forwhen he decided to take the most exmer Obama administration officials from treme option — though it seems pretty both the State and Defense departments much in character with this guy. describe it as an assassination, and they And then there’s this: Our president hold a lot more credibility than Trump’s has been impeached in the House and hacks. awaits trial in the Senate, and he’s facing One talking point pushed by the right re-election this year. Perhaps his tiny labels Soleimani as a “terrorist” — which hands should not be holding the instruis technically true, but an arguable point. ments of war right now.


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out what to do next, I suppose.” “I’m going to pick up, pack up and spend time with my 87-year old mother in Pennsylvania and rest,” said Rick, when asked about his plans. Everything in the restaurant is owned by the Keipers, exclusive of the tables and chairs. The family plans to liquidate the restaurant’s physical assets and post the sale on Facebook. The current landlord, Old Salem Museum and Gardens, has other plans for the space and are entertaining offers until the middle of February. The fate of the place may be up in the air, but that does not change the great food and the memories made in this historic spot. It’s the end of an era, the end of a decade, but the beginning of a new story to be told about the Tavern in Old Salem.

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s the sun sets on downtown Winston-Salem, the fire is just beginning to burn for the last time at the Tavern at Old Salem. The tongues of the candle flames in each window wake up slowly, rising, putting on the last show by Nikki Miller-Ka inside the house. The flickering flames dance as if they’re eager to meet each guest that steps across the threshold. In the distance, the Home Moravian Church bell rings out five times, each more solemn than the last. Fresh wreaths and Christmas garland of longleaf pine hang silent and cold on the porch. The scraping of boots and clomping of high heels gets louder and faster as guests traverse along the 250-yearold streets and cobblestones to come to the Tavern. Inside, the staff prepare for the restaurant’s final supper. Clad in a freshly pressed shirt, bespectacled tavern owner Rick Keiper smiles and lovingly pats the hosts on the shoulder as they ask questions about a few of the night’s reservations. Later in the evening, a large party from Joyce Farms, one of the restaurant’s main purveyors, will grace the place once more, to send the restaurant gently into that good night. Outside, a colonial 20-star flag moves slightly with the passing breeze. Diners bundled in their winter’s best gather in the front foyer. The first couple with a reservation walks in. When asked why they chose the tavern for their last meal of 2019, Kayla Lakey says, her husband, Samuel, made the reservation as a holiday surprise. “This is our first time here,” she says. “My mom came and loved it and told us we should come.” I had a first-time date here too, once upon a time. We laughed over spiced crawfish and grit cakes, glasses filled with generous pours of white wine and frothy syllabub desserts accented with diced strawberries, served with two spoons. Rick’s son and former tavern chef, Jared Keiper met his wife here too, for the first time. She The Tavern at Old Salem closed its doors on Dec. 31. was on a date with another man. So many firsts happened here, but tonight is the last. former owners were husband and wife pairs. Putting The night’s specials (a sous vide short-rib dish with their mark on history, the Keipers are the 24th keepers roasted fingerling potatoes, tomato and green-bean of the tavern. Not the first family to be stewards of this hash and smoked pepper jelly), the desserts, including historic place and not the last. the 20 chocolate bourbon pies made by Lori Keiper fly Lucy Tabron has worked at the out of the kitchen. Every dish, every Tavern for more than 30 years. pat of butter, every piece of silverware Affectionately called Ms. Lucy, she are served with just as much care and The Tavern at Old Salem worked under the former tavern detail as if it were the first night of is closed… for now. owner, No. 23, and decided to stay service. on. She was at Hanes Hosiery toiling The Keipers took over the restaurant away in the collections department in 2012 on a whim. While Jared and his during the day and scuttled to the brother Jordan have both moved on Tavern to host at night. She put her daughter through from the restaurant and are thriving in other sectors of college, retired from Hanes and continued to work the culinary field, they both come back for the last time at the restaurant five nights a week. tonight to work with their family in the kitchen and “I don’t really know what I’m going to do next,” she send off the restaurant right. Built in 1816, as an annex says, shrugging. “Take January off, rest relax and figure to the original 1784 Tavern, records show many of the

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CULTURE Role reversal: New teen-led Outsiders show plays with gender by Sayaka Matsuoka

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ou know the story. A group of angsty, young, leather jacket-wearing “greasers” clashes with the rich, Madras-clad “Socs” with the “semi-Beatles” haircuts from the nicer part of town. It’s a story that’s been retold time and again, in the form of plays, a star-studded film adaptation from 1983 and even a short-lived television series in 1990. SE Hinton’s The Outsiders, written in 1967, is a classic coming-of-age narrative rife with themes of class warfare, masculinity and redemption. And despite its many renditions, a small theater group in Winston-Salem has found a way to infuse the decades-old story with new life. “We never have enough boys in theater, but that’s also a good opportunity for a lot of young girls to play roles they wouldn’t get a chance to play,” said Grace Reasoner, the co-director of Spark Theatre Collective’s run of The Outsiders, to debut this June. “We wanted to see how a girl could relate to Ponyboy or Soda Pop or Randy. There’s no reason why a girl couldn’t be a greaser.” Reasoner, an 18-year-old freshman acting major at Columbia University, is one of the co-founders of Spark in Winston-Salem, a teen-founded and run nonprofit theater company. She said that the idea of a gender-blind casting for The Outsiders came about because of the strength of Hinton’s original characters. “Once you take away the context of Randy being a guy, it becomes about the situation that the person is put it and the actor is able to create in a new way,” she said. “It doesn’t matter that it was a boy; you saw actors put on different masks and try different things.” On the second night of open auditions on Jan. 4, more than a dozen teens showed up prepared with monologues. A handful of those in attendance were boys; most were girls. “We wanted to open up that space in our cast to have more genders so people wouldn’t be afraid,” Reasoner said. After the first part of auditions, which included prepared monologues and then a movement exercise, Reasoner and co-director Parker Bond, paired different actors to read scenes from the play adaptation. A girl with long, wavy, blond tresses read lines as Ponyboy while another petite, fair-haired girl acted as Johnny. Both brought a kind of subdued, hard

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quality that marked a difference from their more emotionally portrayals of anxiety in teens. delivered monologues at the beginning of the evening. The “It was about how anxiety manifests in teenagers and the girl reading as Ponyboy acted indifferent, her body language things they keep inside,” she said. “Things they wouldn’t tell mimicking her character’s subdued personality. their parents or even their closest friends.” In another head-to-head, a young, red-headed girl took on In the end, the show sold out and Reasoner and the cast had the role of Ponyboy while a boy with sideswept locks and a multiple attendees come up to them with praise, especially striped shirt stepped into the character of Cherry, a girl Soc. parents, who said that the show was “necessary viewing for The two delivered lines back and forth, their characters’ any parents with teenagers.” gender roles reversed from their own. The boy talked expresDespite being pleased with the outcome, Reasoner said that sively with his hands, reciting Cherry’s impassioned speech it can be frustrating trying to work and create art as a teen about how Soc’s have their own issues too, despite having the because society doesn’t take them seriously. comforts of money and status that the greasers lack. “When you say that you have a teen-run company, some“We have troubles you’ve never times people don’t trust you and are even heard of,” the boy said, lookless willing to give help or respect,” ing straight into the redhead’s eyes. she said. “We’ve had a really difficult To learn more about Spark and “Things are rough all over.” time finding a space for The Outsiders Bond said they picked the story of because the people we reached out to their run of The Outsiders, inThe Outsiders because of the parallels didn’t know who we were, and they cluding the complete cast list, they saw between the book and curdidn’t like the idea of a show of just visit springtheatre.org/season. rent events. teenagers.” “Division is a big thing we’re dealing But Reasoner and others like Bond html. The show will run June 12with right now,” Bond said. “America said that teens have the power and 14. Location is TBD. has always been cast as ‘one nation,’ the experience to tell impactful but there’s always been division; we’re storytelling and that their viewpoints not indivisible.” deserve a space. They point to Hinton, Spark also prides itself on telling stories that work against who was just 15 years old when she started writing The Outsidthe narrative of teens as the lazy and tech-obsessed generaers. And as they start rehearsals and continue to look for a tion. Picking Hinton’s gritty, emotional story shows the depth space for the show, Spark members said they’ll stay true to of experience and maturity that teenagers have, but often get the goal of the company. ignored. “Part of our mission is unapologetic art,” Reasoner said. After the launch of their company in March 2019, their first “We want to do things that are bold and things that are risky; show, Me, My Brain and I, co-written by Reasoner, tackled we don’t have to limit ourselves.”


CULTURE Foresight is 2020: Locals use astrology to map the future by Savi Ettinger

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I do, actually,” Baker says. One guest, found astrology useful as a method of guidBaker explains the impact of these calculations with metaance. After meeting Baker, she began to look more seriously phors, each planet ascribed a certain influence on a topic. at astrology. Like many others, she said the practice helped to He begins where the planets start out in 2020, and moves encourage self-exploration. through the first major shifts. As Saturn and Pluto near one “It helps ask the right questions,” she said. another, he explains, the two planets will meet in the section As Baker approaches the end of his calendar, he stops to of the map that represents Capricorn. Baker translates this talk about November. He explains how Jupiter joins Saturn and as a time of focusing on personal priorities and setting new Pluto in Capricorn, a rare moment in astrology that symbolpaths. izes taking stock of our past, present He touches on how each planet and future. Because of their slow moves month-by-month, stopping to orbits, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto only To learn more about Luke Baker, explain how Mars can bring energy meet once every few hundred years. visit bakerastrology.com. and how Venus implores people to “It’s incredible we’re all here for it,” reflect on what they love to do. He Baker tells his class. mentions a trio of Mercury retrogrades A woman in the front row raises her happening in February, June and October. Baker emphasizes hand and asks how the conjunction affects the 2020 election. that, despite social media portrayals and memes about it, the Baker describes the patterns that could play out, with other retrograde does not mean bad luck, but in astrology repreinfluences coming from more signs, like Chiron in Aries. Yet, sents reflection. as with everything else in his practice, Baker steers away from Sarah McDavid, owner of Terra Blue, sees reflection as a catastrophizing or divining an exact scenario. Instead, he draw for many people who use astrology. Many guests look to speaks to the power of individual choice. the practice to ask questions, rather than finding answers. “We all have free will,” Baker says. “It’s helping us approach with our hearts, and our heads,” she explains.

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t only happens once every 35 years. Pluto and Saturn, due to their distance from the sun and their long, slow orbits, rarely draw near in astrological maps of the sky. Yet, starting on Sunday, they do so for the first time since the 1980s. The event is called a conjunction, which describes a meeting of two planets in the same area on a 12-section map. It’s like an intersection of two interstellar roads. The map itself, with one section for each zodiac sign, helps astrologers like Luke Baker chart movements of the solar system, from our perspective on Earth. Over a rainy weekend, he enters Terra Blue in Greensboro to lay out his research, describing how the patterns in space during 2020 could affect the people on our own planet, according to astrology. “My whole goal with astrology,” Baker says, “is that it’s practical.” A small crowd sits close to the projector, as Baker begins by pointing out what shifts during each month of the new year, and what each movement symbolizes. Baker speaks of the planets like they have a personality, and each time they pass — or oppose — one another sounds more like an interaction. Though divining using the stars and planets has been around for centuries, the practice has found an uptick in recent decades, especially amongst millennials and Gen Z, but in Baker’s class, people of all ages gather for his insight. Baker sees astrology as combining logic with emotions. His clients find that the practice often helps to explain what habits and patterns they fall into, and find more effective self-help methods. “The goal really truly is that you know yourself more,” Baker says, “know yourself better.” It goes a lot deeper than horoscopes. The process involves a lot of arithmetic and geometry, as astrologers aim to chart what the solar system looks like at particular moments, and where each planet or celestial body ends up in the 12-part map. Terms like conjunction, retrograde and opposition all come to describe how a planet moves, or what angle one planet forms with another. Baker explains that with enough math, what the night sky looks like on any day, whether its past, present or future, can be determined. “Geometry is the biggest part of what

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Winston-Salem's teen-led 'Outsiders' plays with gender.

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