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2019 F E AT U R E D F A C U LT Y May 3 - 5 Eben Alexander &Karen Newell

A Home for the Heart

Living in a Mindful Universe May 3 - 5 Dan Millman

Life purpose & the peacful waaior’s way May 10 - 12 James Van Praagh

Discover your Spiritual Superpowers

In the Blue Ridge Mountains

Jun 21 - 23 Sharon Salzberg

Lovingkindnee Retreat


Haainee Retreat

In the serene Blue Ridge Mountains, discover peace of mind, greater energy and vibrant health through

Weenee journeys, Yoga & Ayurveda.


Silent Retreat All year around ART OF LIVING FACULTY

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The Park Expo: Liberty Hall 800 Briar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC 28205 Thursday–Sunday 10a–7p

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There is no shortage of buzzy restaurants in the Charlotte culinary scene, but sometimes you want to indulge in a more timeless meal and support an institution in the process. Here are a few ideas for good bets off of the beaten path.





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Restaurants specializing in JAPANESE food often focus on one aspect of the cuisine and do it well. Sushi, ramen, sashimi, gyoza, nigiri, donburi — you name it, one, maybe two, are normally a restaurant’s primary focus.


In HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: The Hidden World, Berk has blossomed into a paradise for human and dragon alike, with Hiccup constantly rescuing dragons imprisoned elsewhere and adding them to his village’s population. But not everything is groovy in this corner of the world.


From March 7-10, PROFOUND GENTLEMEN will host its 4th annual


Community Impact Assembly in Charlotte. Community Impact Assembly (CIA) is a retreat-style conference that gathers approximately 200 male educators of color from around the country for a weekend of educational development, selfreflection, and establishing relationships.


KURTZ, who divides her time between living in Rock Hill and Kernersville and working in Charlotte, is the author of six novels, including a near-future noir trilogy in which tough private investigator Cybil Lewis solves crimes in the District, the fragmented city that was Washington, D.C. before the U.S. suffered its second Civil War and became the

Divided States of America.


The Durham-based singersongwriter SKYLAR GUDASZ strikes a near-impossible balance between wells of emotion and darts of razorsharp wit, biting intelligence and intense feeling. There’s a chestheaving resonance, depth and style to her songs.



Zen TV painter Bob Ross has been gone for 24 years, but his inspiration lives on -- at least at Madison Middle School in Abilene, Texas, where on Feb. 7, students in Brady Sloane’s ART CLASS donned curly brown wigs, blue shirts and paint palettes for a “Flash Bob Flash Mob.”

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WHAT: Come meet artist Heidi Nisbett, who was inspired to hike the entire Appalachian Trail and sketch along the way. Find unique and handmade gifts, and enjoy some tasty treats for Nor’East Family Treats & Eats. Wine, cider and Prosecco will be available.

WHAT: Bring the family and enjoy a variety of food options, meet local businesses, shop in the market, and have fun with free entertainment including bounce houses, photo booth, face painting, ballon animals, laser tag, trampolines, and more.

WHAT: Discover the world of fantastic bugs in our Bug Lab special exhibition. Venture through larger-than-life “bug chambers,” exploring the world as bugs do. Enjoy the Masquerade with lively music, delicious drinks, and a fun photo booth. Cash/credit bars will feature beer, wine and liquor.

WHEN: 6-8 p.m. WHERE: Blue Blaze Brewing, 528 S. Turner Ave., Charlotte MORE: Admission is free. For more information, find Blue Blaze Brewing on Facebook.


WHEN: 12-6 p.m. WHERE: Heritage international Ministries Conference Center, 375 Star Light Dr., Fort Mill, SC MORE: Activities and parking are free. This is a kid friendly event. No alcohol will be served. Only service animals will be allowed.

WHEN: 5-9 p.m. WHERE: Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte MORE: Must be 21 or older for this event. Photo ID is required for entry and will be checked at the door. Admission is $13, but can be upgraded for an additional cost. Visit www.discoveryplace.org for more details.

MARCH 16 CARS & COFFEE WHAT: Charlotte Motor Speedway will host monthly “crusie-in” style events as part of the growing Cars and Coffee phenomena that’s become a global sensation. Joining more than a dozen similar clubs hosting events across the country and around the world. Cars and Coffee Concord happenings will take place on the third Saturday of each month (excluding May). The speedway’s Fan Zone will be transformed as car owners and enthusiasts gather to celebrate their shared passion for cars and showcasing their prized classics, customs and hot rods. There is no charge for car owners or spectators to participate. WHEN: 7-10 a.m. WHERE: Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy. S., Concord MORE: Admission is free to car owners and spectators. For more information, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/experiences/cars-and-coffee


march 16 Green River Revival Color Me Green 5K Trail Run What: The spirit of St. Patrick’s Day covers the Whitewater Center trails as the Color Me Green 5K Trail Run returns for its seventh year. This untimed race challenges runners to avoid (or invite) being bombarded with green dye as they run through the USNWC trail system. Stick around after the race for all the festivities happening at Green River Revival including yoga, live music, and the whitewater channels turning shamrock green. We recommend that runners wear white T-shirts as awards will be given to the cleanest and the greenest participants. When: 10 a.m. until Where: U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., Charlotte More: Pre-registration is $35 before March 13. Race-day registration is $42. Racers can add on access to a post-race brunch. For more information and to register, visit www.usnwc.org.


march 16 & 17 7th Annual Celtic Festival What: This two-day historic celebration of all things Celtic includes authentic music, traditional Irish & Scottish dancers, Celtic warriors, historic encampments, weavers, spinners, blacksmiths, food trucks, whiskey tastings, and a beer garden. The event is topped off with a special Outlander themed after party Saturday night (separate ticket)! When: 10 a.m. Saturday - 4 p.m. Sunday Where: Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Rd., Huntersville More: Admission is $10 adults, $9 seniors and students. Ages 5 and under plus members, free.

march 21 Fly Fishing Film Tour What: The fly fishing community in the Charlotte-area joins together to celebrate the sport & those that help support it. Whether you enjoy fly fishing, travel or independent film, all are welcome to this once a year-Charlotte event. Fly Fishing Clubs, Conservation Groups and area fly shop, Jesse Brown’s will be on hand with prizes, raffles & fun. When: 5:30 p.m. until Where: Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte More: Live Music starts at 5:30 p.m. and the movies start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $14 and are available in advance at Jesse Brown’s - Charlotte. For more information please contact Jesse Brown’s - Charlotte at 704-556-0020 or bill@jessebrown.com.

march 22 Liberate Your Palate Cocktail Class What: The second of our #DrinkLocal Spirits Series Class with Key City Spirits, the premier North Carolina spirits representation firm featuring their line of international award-winning brands all produced in North Carolina. From floral touches to smoke and fog, there seems to always be a new trend in the world of booze — but some cocktails simply stand the test of time. In this class we will make the most popular cocktails from three European countries using local North Carolina spirits. When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Where: Sweet Spot Studio, 4412 Monroe Rd., Suite D, Charlotte More: 3 Full-sized cocktails are including with individual bar stations. This event is for 21 and older. Tickets are $70 per person. For more information, visit www. liberateyourpalate.com/passbook/cocktailsbycountry.

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Find your favorite Japanese dish at Yume Ramen Sushi & Bar

estaurants specializing in Japanese food often focus on one aspect of the cuisine and do it well. Sushi, ramen, sashimi, Jennifer gyoza, nigiri, donZeleski buri — you name it, one, maybe two, are normally Contributor a restaurant’s primary focus. Yume Ramen Sushi & Bar, located at 1508 S. Mint St., offers more than just one or two. It offers all of them, aiming to please and impress everyone from ramen-addicts to tempura taste-testers. Surely it would please a group whom each vary slightly in appetite, both in size and preference, so I gathered some friends for a weekend night out, just a few blocks from downtown. The restaurant is calm and welcoming, with plenty of natural light flooding in from the large floor-toceiling windows, and has more than enough room for a group of any size. If you’re riding solo, there are over a dozen seats at the two separate bars: one for sushi, and one for libations. Prior to ordering, I was quick to notice the different paintings scattered on each of the walls. There were small fish on canvases outside of the bathrooms, a picturesque Japanese cherry blossom with koi fish, and a few pieces similar to macro-photography in their color and clarity. They were colorful, well-placed and really brought an artistic feel into the dining area without feeling tacky or too showy. After admiring our surroundings, which would be great for a firstdate or late-night weekend meal, we took our time leafing through the pages of our menus, wondering just what might satisfy our Japanese cravings. I chose to share an appetizer of tsukemono, described simply as “pickled vegetables.” When they CREATIVE LOAFING MARCH 2019

arrived, they were brightly-colored: one was yellow and sliced; another dark green and soft; another purple and similar in texture; and the last an inky-black that seemed chewier than the rest. The only one we recognized was the pickled ginger, and we were stuck trying to figure out exactly what the others could be. It turns out, the purple and black were both the same: the softer, branch-like part of daikon, a winter radish with its roots in Southern and Southeastern Asia (no pun intended). The yellow was the sliced, firmer part of the daikon often recognized by its sweeter, crisp flavor. Lastly, the green was

a pickled Chinese bok choy. Each was subtly different, a little sweeter or sour, but they weren’t a huge hit for all of us. More than anything, I think we hoped for a bit more variety in the vegetables and would opt for a different appetizer next time, such as the kakuni bao (braised pork belly in steamed buns) or the takoyaki (octopus hush puppies). As we watched the rain come down for what seemed like the 40th day, my boyfriend Peyton and I couldn’t resist the urge to order ramen, the perfect rainyday food. Each member of the table ended up with some combination of sushi and ramen: two

orders of the tonkotsu ramen with miso broth. Other options included shio (salt-based flavor), shoyu (soy sauce flavor), and spicy miso, that came with the pork bone broth, pork chashu (imagine a folded and spiralized piece of pork belly, braised with soy sauce for a crisp exterior and tender interior), wood ear mushrooms, bean sprouts, sweet corn, sesame seeds, scallions, seaweed and a soft-boiled marinated egg. There were also two orders of the Thai coconut curry ramen, which came filled with the same ingredients but substituted the mushrooms for marinated bamboo shoots. One order of the


fermented black garlic tonkotsu, which added fermented black garlic oil into the mix, and three types of sushi: Ichiro, a “box sushi” with torched salmon, salmon belly and Ikura (salmon caviar), a tempura roll (fully-cooked), and a Naomi roll, with hamachi, torched salmon, avocado, tuna, crab and a sweet and spicy sauce. Despite just how many factors played into each of our dishes, they came out promptly. It was impressive, to say the least. There’s a reason many restaurants don’t try to do too many things at once— they don’t want it to be sub-par. Yume made it look easy, and the food was a hit. Peyton had ordered the fermented black garlic tonkotsu ramen, which he found to be a great pork-based broth that was slightly sweet from the garlic (which was reminiscent of the robust yet mellow flavor of roasted garlic) and was not overly salty, as some ramen broths can be. On the other side of the table, I had ordered the Thai coconut curry ramen, which I was impressed by. However, it didn’t win me over. Let me explain: I am obsessed with Thai curry, and I’m not ashamed, but this was not the curry flavor I was expecting. It was identifiable as flavored with yellow curry powder, which is delicious to some, but not my go-to. Rather, I expected a sweeter, more coconut-focused flavor paired with the slight spice of a red or green curry paste. The coconut was faint, and the flavor just didn’t come together quite right. Aside from the broth (and trying the others, which were wellbalanced and rich in their defined flavors), everything within the ramen was wonderful. The marinated egg had the oozing yolk that added a silkiness to everything it mingled with, the bamboo shoots were a little spicy with a bit of crunch, the bean sprouts and sweet corn added necessary texture, and the noodles were exactly what you wanted in every bowl of ramen, thin and creamy


when mixed with the broth. The pork chashu was the most impressive, as it was tender enough not to chew, and gave a necessary bite of protein throughout the dish. I would gladly go back to order one of the many other broths, and especially to try some of the multitudes of add-ons. Extra kimchi, an additional ajitama (marinated, soft-boiled egg) or even to just try it extra spicy. Overall, the ramen was smooth and filling and moderately priced for the size and components of each bowl. The only downside was that it could have been warmer, and seemed as if it had sat a little longer than intended, or the other ingredients had cooled it off before making it to the table. For the sushi, not only was it wellplated, it was fresh and delightful. The Naomi roll had the perfect texture from the sweet rice. The sauce really gave that balance of sweet and sour, and each slice of fish paired with the avocado and green onions made you go back for more. Based on the quality of just one roll, I regretted not ordering more, even though the ramen had us stuffed. A great way to balance both? Order your sushi or hand roll as an appetizer, followed by the ramen or another entrée, and save a bit of it for your lunch the next day. That could make for the best of both worlds, and two days of great-tasting Japanese favorites. There was so much more to try, but a handful of people can only eat so much, especially when it’s good enough to clean the plate and the bowl. Whether you’re looking for vegan ramen, the hamachi ‘n’ chips, a flowershaped sushi roll or a mystery roll, there is something dreamt up for you on the menu at Yume. Jennifer Zeleski is a senior Communication major at High Point University, who is always eager to cook, eat and listen. Her many food adventures can be followed on Instagram @jayz_eats.

NCDOT TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING MARCH 14 REGARDING THE PROPOSAL TO WIDEN N.C. 16 (PROVIDENCE ROAD) FROM REA ROAD EXTENSION (S.R. 1316) TO WAXHAW PARKWAY (S.R. 3530) IN UNION COUNTY STIP Project No. U-5769 The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes to widen N.C. 16 (Providence Road) between Rea Road Extension (S.R. 1316) and Waxhaw Parkway (S.R. 3530) in Union County. A public meeting will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 at Weddington United Methodist Church, 13901 Providence Road. The purpose of this meeting is to inform the public of the project and gather input on the proposed design. As information becomes available, it may be viewed online at the NCDOT public meeting webpage: https://www.ncdot.gov/news/public-meetings. The public may attend at any time during the public meeting hours, as no formal presentation will be made. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and receive comments. The comments and information received will be taken into consideration as work on the project develops. The opportunity to submit written comments will be provided at the meeting or can be done via phone, email, or mail by March 28, 2019. For additional information, please contact Travis Preslar, NCDOT Division 10 DM-STIP Project Manager at 12033 East Independence Boulevard – Suite H, Matthews, N.C. 28105, 980-262-6290 or TJpreslar@ncdot.gov. NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this workshop. Anyone requiring special services should contact Matthew LeShure, Environmental Analysis Unit, at 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1598, at 919-707-6087 or maleshure@ncdot.gov as early as possible so that arrangements can be made. Persons who do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494. Aquellas personas no hablan inglés, o tienen limitaciones para leer, hablar o entender inglés, podrían recibir servicios de interpretación si los solicitan antes de la reunión llamando al 1-800-481-6494. MARCH 2019

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oing for the three-peat, the How to Train Your Dragon series ends on a high enough note that fans won’t be feeling a discernible letdown. So while How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ( ) might be the runt of this particular litter, it won’t come near to stirring memories of The Matrix Revolutions, X-Men: The Last Stand or other trilogy closers that left depressed devotees reaching for the Jack Daniels. Based on the children’s book by Cressida Cowell, 2010’s How to Train Your Dragon centered on Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel), a young Viking who befriended a Night Fury dragon he named Toothless. The conflict there came from the fact that humans and dragons were sworn enemies, a stance that melted away by the film’s conclusion. In 2014’s How to Train Your Dragon 2, everyone in Hiccup’s village of Berk had a pet dragon, yet fun and games weren’t the order of the day in that picture, a second installment that was a shade darker and deeper than its predecessor (basically, it was The Empire Strikes Back of the franchise). In How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Berk has blossomed into a paradise for human and dragon alike, with Hiccup constantly rescuing dragons imprisoned elsewhere and adding them to his village’s population. But not everything is groovy in this corner of the world. The tagline for the 1935 classic Bride of Frankenstein asserted that “the monster demands a mate,” and that’s applicable here as well. (OK, so Toothless is too adorable to be deemed a monster, and he doesn’t exactly demand, but once he catches sight of a female Light Fury, he becomes smitten.) Unfortunately, the Light Fury is a prisoner of the ruthless dragonslayer Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham), and he plots to use her as bait to capture ToothCREATIVE LOAFING MARCH 2019

less. Desperate to save not just Toothless but all the dragons in his domain, Hiccup convinces everyone to pack up their belongings to begin the long journey to The Hidden World, a place where he hopes Berkians and beasts can continue to live in peace. What made the first two Dragon installments pop is that the themes of responsibility and sacrifice — often only given insincere lip service in animated features — were carefully woven into the fabric of the stories, thus raising the emotional stakes when the characters were confronted with hard decisions or even the specter of death itself. That continues in full force in this latest picture, with the best moments saved for the last act. Indeed, the final stretch is what provides this entry with its power and makes it a worthy companion piece to its predecessors. In other words, don’t be too surprised if lumps suddenly develop in the throat. The character of Valka (Cate Blanchett), Hiccup’s mother, joined the series in the second chapter and proved to be a vital player; here, she’s reduced to an afterthought. But the trusty Gobber (Craig Ferguson) again provides the reliable comic relief, and even the antics of Hiccup’s

dim-witted friends (voiced by, among others, Kristen Wiig and Jonah Hill) are more amusing and less irritating than usual. Grimmel proves to be a worthy adversary, and Astrid (America Ferrera) continues to ably function as Hiccup’s wonder woman, serving as a romantic interest, sounding board, conscience, and kick-ass warrior. As for the animation, it remains top-notch, particularly in the design of the various dragons. This is especially true when it comes to Toothless, whose look and movements resemble nothing so much as a silky feline. More than any other visual ingredient in this imaginatively conceived franchise, he has steadfastly remained the cat’s meow. One need not be a wrestling fan to enjoy Fighting with My Family ( ), a guaranteed crowd-pleaser sure to entertain even those who just always assumed that Hogan was the Christian name of The Incredible Hulk rather than a lord-of-the-rings superstar in his own right. Turning to both real life and a 2012 documentary for his source material, writer-director Stephen Merchant (co-creator of BBC’s The Office) examines the odyssey of Saraya Bevis (Lady Macbeth’s Florence Pugh), who hails from a

family jam-packed with wrestlers. Under the proud tutelage of their parents Patrick (Nick Frost) and Julia (Lena Headey), Saraya, calling herself “Paige” in the ring, and her brother Zac (Jack Lowden), known as “Zac Zodiac,” devote their lives to landing a tryout with the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). They succeed, but after carefully screening all the applicants, only Paige is chosen by the trainer-scout (Vince Vaughn) to continue the path to possible WWE stardom. Among those sent packing is Zac, who must return to their Norwich, Norfork home in England while Paige heads to Florida for further tryouts. Co-produced by Dwayne Johnson (who also appears as himself), Fighting with My Family is full of rowdy humor (much provided by a garrulous Frost) and introspective moments (most provided by a perfectly cast Pugh), but what elevates the movie’s game is its willingness to also follow Zac as he copes with crushing disappointment. If Paige’s journey infuses the piece with spirit, Zac’s ordeal provides it with poignancy, and the resultant tag team of emotions makes it easy to cheer for this family and this film.



Profound Gentlemen


rofound Gentlemen’s 4th annual Community Impact Assembly brings male educators with a purpose together. From March 7-10, Profound Gentlemen will host its 4th annual Community Impact Assembly in Charlotte. Community Impact Assembly (CIA) is a retreat-style conference that gathers approximately 200 male educators of color from around the country for a weekend of educational development, self-reflection, and establishing relationships. This years’ conference theme is “Educators With Purpose”. Over the course of the weekend, participants will be invited to visit innovative classrooms, participate in thoughtpartner conversations, indulge in reflective activities, and engage in workshops hosted by outstanding educators in our community. Profound Gentlemen believe that when educators fully grasp their “why”, they will act with a sense of urgency and intentionality. Community Impact Assembly will invite educators to collectively spend time reflecting on our purpose and how it connects to the larger community. As part of the conference, Profound Gentlemen will honor the profound work of educators from around the country at the Night of Impact dinner on Saturday, March 9th. This year, we will be honoring a NC male educator who has made a tremendous impact in their school’s community with the inaugural Dr. E.E. Waddell Award. The award will be presented in honor of the renowned Charlotte educator and community leader, Dr. E.E. Waddell. Night of Impact is open to the community, and tickets can be purchased on PG’s Eventbrite page.



Profound Gentlemen is a national organization whose mission is to build a local community of male educators of color who provide a profound additional impact on boys of color. Since 2014, PG has strived to retain educators who dismantle the cradle to prison pipeline by establishing a cradle to career pipeline. To date, PG supports over 350 men of color in education across five markets: North Carolina, Chicago, D.C., Memphis, and Atlanta. www.profoundgentlemen.org For registration information visit www.profoundgentlemen.org/ cia2019

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Try one of Charlotte’s historic, hole-in-the-wall restaurants


here is no shortage of buzzy restaurants in the Charlotte culinary scene, but sometimes you want to indulge in a more Emily timeless meal Ferron and support an institution in the process. Here Contributor are a few ideas for good bets off of the beaten path. LANG VAN 3019 Shamrock Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215 Lang Van is an off-the-radar Vietnamese restaurant on the outskirts of Plaza-Shamrock. The first time I ate there, I was with two friends who are regulars. Our table was treated so warmly – with hugs CREATIVE LOAFING MARCH 2019

and an “I love you!” when we left – that I assumed my friends must have spent a mint at the place. A few trips later, I realized that’s how Lang Van takes care of everyone. The authentic cuisine is terrific, with all of the heart-warming and belly-filling effects you’d expect from home cooking. With over 100 items on the numbered menu, there’s something for everyone. It represents an opportunity to sample ingredients rarely seem on the American table, such as tripe and squid, while still offering safe bets for less adventurous palates, such as chicken, pork, and tofu. Items such as the crispy quail appetizer could appeal to both camps. Amidst Lang Van’s many decorations, there’s a framed painting of the restaurant itself. It shows the storefront from the outside on a dark night, with the swirling cosmos beckoning above. After several very sweet experiences there,

that’s exactly how I picture Lang Van in my mind: otherworldly, a little magical, yet humbly tucked away on Shamrock Drive. ZACK’S HAMBURGERS 4009 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28209 I’m the type of person to a notice an onion ring before an engagement ring, so I wish Zack’s Hamburgers was closer to my regular commute. Regardless, the onion rings alone are worth going out of your way. Zack’s is family-owned hamburger stand that’s been at the corner of South Boulevard and Scaleybark Road since 1975, and surely it hasn’t changed much since then. The old-school building offers a menu of hamburgers, hot dogs, onion rings, grilled sandwiches, milkshakes, and other nostalgic fast food staples. The “Zack’s Special” – two ground beef patties with Ameri-

can cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, mayo, and special sauce on a lightly toasted sesame seed bun – is a regular on Queen City best burger lists. It comes with fries, but you’ll want to add the side order of onion rings anyway. The crispy, perfectly battered onion rings hold their shape and texture and are well-worth the calories. If you want to make a pit stop at Zack’s, plan ahead. They’re open for lunch and dinner from Monday-Friday only. GREEN’S LUNCH 309 W 4th St, Charlotte, NC 28202 In operation since 1926, Green’s Lunch is the oldest restaurant in Charlotte, an honor in which owner and proprietor Joanna Sikiotis takes pride. “I really can’t wait to do something big for our 100th anniversary,” she said. The Uptown eatery is best known



GREEN’S LUNCH for its hot dogs, though these days, Sikiotis burgers make up a significant portion of the business as well. For some perspective, a busy day usually means sales of around 200 hot dogs. Most of those are served “all the way,” which means they’re topped with mustard, ketchup, cole slaw, freshly chopped onions, and the secret housemade chili. “I’m the only one who knows the recipe,” Sikiotis vows, though it is also written out and stored in a safe deposit box. Even her father, who formerly owned the place, has forgotten it in his retirement. Green’s has had a short list of owners in its long history: the original Mr. Green, then his daughterin-law (who invented the secret chili recipe and kept the restaurant through her divorce), followed by Sikiotis’ father. She took over in 1989. Sikiotis attributes the restaurant’s


longevity to high-quality ingredients, but it’s clear that the restaurant’s frozen-in-time feeling also has something to do with it. With so few changes over the years, it’s a destination where regulars can appease their cravings while new guests get a taste of Charlotte history. LUPIE’S CAFE 2718 Monroe Rd, Charlotte, NC 28205 At Lupie’s Cafe on Monroe Road, it feels like everyone knows each other and you’re welcome to join the club. Maybe it’s the fast, friendly, no-frills service, or the way you can observe other diners get up to clap an old friend on the shoulder, exchange greetings, and then return to their seats. Blackand-white staff photos from over the years hang framed on the wall like family portraits, and the brick building feels warm and cozy even on drizzly winter weekdays.

The classic comfort food menu – think chili, chicken and dumplings, and meatloaf – has been so steadfast over the years that they’ve painted the daily specials into the mural on the side of the building. Indeed, Lupie’s Charlotte cafe has held fast for over three decades – even after Hurricane Hugo ripped off the roof, two incidents where cars careened into it, and the closure of its second location in Huntersville.

ston Road offers just that. Hundreds of internet reviewers attest to Musashi’s quaint ambiance, authenticity, and lack of pretentiousness, citing favorite dishes like the katsu, bento, gyoza, hand roll, and ramen offerings. Heads up: this place is small and off the beaten path, but not completely undiscovered. Expect a wait during peak mealtimes, but also expect to enjoy fresh, highquality umami-forward meals.

MUSASHI JAPANESE RESTAURANT 10110 Johnston Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210 Sushi and other Japaneseinspired dishes such as tempura appear and reappear in food trends and fusion restaurants, so you won’t be hard-pressed to find such cuisine in Charlotte. However, you’d have to look hard to find it in an authentic and low-key setting. Luckily, Musashi Japanese Restaurant on John-

What did we miss? Tell us about your favorite low-key eatery on the web at www.clclt.com, or get in touch with Creative Loafing Charlotte via Facebook or Instagram. EMILY FERRON is a community-minded writer with an endless appreciation for good food, drinks, and jokes. IG: @ emilykateferron / www.emilyferronwrites. com. MARCH 2019




Six-gun sisters & future female private eyes: The diverse pulp fiction of Nicole Givens Kurtz


icole Givens Kurtz is, like me, someone who grew up watching Westerns but went on to professionally write science Ian fiction, fantasy McDowell and horror. But she belongs to a younger and Contributor more inclusive literary generation than my own, one come of age at a time when those genres are no longer perceived as the exclusive domain of white males (a generalization never true, but once widely believed). Kurtz, who divides her time between living in Rock Hill and Kernersville and working in Charlotte, is the author of six novels, including a near-future noir trilogy in which tough private investigator Cybil Lewis solves crimes in the District, the fragmented city that was Washington, D.C. before the U.S. suffered its second Civil War and became the Divided States of America. Kurtz told me that “Silenced,” her 2008 first novel about Cybil, was a major milestone in her career and one of her proudest achievements. “It earned me a three-book contract and an advance,” she wrote in a recent Facebook message. “It’s also rare in the pulp noir genre [due to its] black female protagonist.” Kurtz’s short fiction has been published in over 40 magazines and anthologies and nominated for EPIC, Dream Realm and Fresh Voices in Science Fiction awards. She also founded the Kernersville-based publishing imprint Mocha Memoirs Press to provide more diversity in science fiction, fantasy and horror. Yet, she also has roots in a genre once far more popular than those. While she first discovered science fiction by watching Star Trek with her father and horror by reading Stephen King, Kurtz spent many childhood hours watching Westerns on T.V. with her mother, who remains an avid fan of that genre. creative loafing march 2019

“Imagine a young black girl in a housing project watching these men settle scores with the fastest pistols in the West,” she told Atlanta Retro when she was a guest at Blacktasticon last year. “As a writer, my weird Western stories are rooted in the theme of freedom.” The “weird Western” is a subgenre that, while it brings supernatural (or, sometimes, science fictional) genre tropes to the 19th Century Southwestern United States, often represents that region’s diversity more accurately than ostensibly more “realistic” stories of cowboys and gunslingers did. In the harshly beautiful, deadly dangerous and sometimes literally magical landscape of Kurtz’s supremely weird West, freed slaves, Native Americans, Chinese immigrants and white Easterners and European immigrants interact without the rigid

Nicole Givens Kurtz social stratifications of the “civilized” society on the other side of the Rockies. Kurtz’s weird Westerns are influenced by the six years she spent living in New Mexico, where she fell in love with the Zuni River Valley and the high deserts of Gallup, and with the cultures of the region’s indigenous peoples. Her stories set in this landscape have appeared in such anthologies as Straight Out of

Tombstone, Six Guns Straight from Hell, and Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier. This April, Mocha Merlin Press will publish Sisters of the Wild Sage, a 225-page collection of her weird Western short stories. The title Sisters of the Wild Sage riffs on Riders of the Purple Sage, the 1912 novel by Zane Grey that essentially created the modern Western as we know it. Kurtz told me that this upcoming book is her other proudest achievement so far, due to it being her first story collection, and because it “is unique in that it places black women at the front of the weird West.” Perhaps the most popular Western movie of recent decades is Tombstone, about the famous 1881 gunfight outside (not actually in) the O. K. Corral in the Arizona mining town of that name. However,


the best-remembered duel in that 1993 film actually takes place an hour later, when Val Kilmer’s deadly drunken dentist Doc Holiday drawls “I’m your huckleberry” as he faces down Michael Biehn’s Johnny Ringo. Another man with a variant of that name became the center of an online controversy involving Charlotte’s popular and longrunning science fiction convention ConCarolinas last year. This was the conservative military science fiction and political action thriller writer John Ringo, whose announcement as Guest of Honor caused some other scheduled guests to boycott the convention. Many of them cited Ringo’s 38-page vituperative rant about women who allegedly interrupted him at a 2006 Virginia convention (in which he also devoted several paragraphs to the breasts of another woman in the audience). They also took exception to a 2015 Facebook post by Ringo, in which he accused “Social Justice Warriors” of “destroying science fiction” and stated “White males have dominated the planet’s art, culture, music, politics and wars for centuries” despite being “seriously outnumbered and almost always seriously outgunned.” Kurtz was one of those who announced she would not be attending the 2018 convention, despite being previously announced as a guest. I asked her if she planned to attend this year’s ConCarolinas, which will be held May 31 through June 2 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place Hotel. “There is an entirely new board and new convention committee this year,” she wrote back, “so I am going to go and see if they’ve done anything differently. I know first-hand from speaking with board members and programming directors they are very interested in increasing diversity and fostering an open, collaborative, and safe environment. I am going to see the changes put in action. The board has stated they wanted to show fans that what was shown last year wasn’t who they are as a convention.” Ian McDowell is the author of two published novels, numerous anthologized short stories, and a whole lot of nonfiction and journalism, some of which he’s proud of and none of which he’s ashamed of.


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Skylar Gudasz plays nice and dark

he Durhambased singersongwriter Skylar Gudasz strikes a near-impossible balance between wells of emotion and John Adamian darts of razor@johnadamian sharp wit, biting intelligence and intense feelContributor ing. There’s a chest-heaving resonance, depth and style to her songs. Gudasz released her head-shakingly excellent debut full-length solo record Oleander in 2016, and she’s set to put out her second album later this year. Gudasz will play at the Evening Muse in Charlotte on March 20. I CREATIVE LOAFING MARCH 2019

spoke with her by phone last week from her home in Durham. Sometimes you stumble on new and relatively little-known music, and you want to wave your hands in the air and shout out, ‘Holy crap, people, this is really, really good, and everyone should know about how talented this artist is.’ That was sort of how I felt about Gudasz’s music. She’s smart, and her songs have this unlikely combination of cutting humor, devastating insight, and beautiful musical artistry. Her songs cover a lot of terrains, digging into varieties of self-deception, the ways that physical and emotional distance weighs on us, and power of song itself. You could start out by listening to “I Want To Be With You In The Darkness.” It’s a smoldering slowdrip song about sharing burdens

and intimacy, about love and loss. About maintaining one’s own personhood while being subsumed by something bigger and uncertain. It’s crazy romantic, but also crazy heartbreaking. Gudasz knows how to emphasize the dark-light contrast in her songs by adding a jolt of brightness, a soaring high note, a surprising chord change or a lyrical detail to intensify the whole mood. The opening song on Oleander, a tune called “Kick Out the Chair,” hovers around that light-in-darkness mystery. The song was inspired, in part, by a quote Gudasz read about a poet who had taken his own life. Nested in the lyric is the idea that creativity, making art and beauty, can be a valiant fight against darkness. Another track, “I’m So Happy I Could Die,” is the rare funny

breakup song, a tune built on layers of irony, from the musical quotation of the Beatles’ “I Feel Fine” to the clearly unreliable insistence of the singer’s indifference about being alone. And then there’s just the plain humor of some of the lines, like “I’m so rich since you left me, honey, I could marry someone who would marry me just for my money.” The last laugh counts for something. Gudasz was raised in Virginia, out in the country, and music was just in the air of her house. She started playing the flute as a kid and taught herself piano. “I’ve always written songs, and my family’s very musical,” Gudasz said. “I grew up listening to a lot of Joni Mitchell. Having songs and having music was just always second-nature to me. I was very fortunate to have that as part of


my family dynamic. Writing a song just felt as natural as reading a book.” Gudasz is a member of the touring group that paid tribute to Big Star’s third album, working alongside Peter Holsapple of the dBs, original Big Star drummer Jody Stephens, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, and Chris Stamey (also of the dBs), who also co-produced her debut album. In that context, Gudasz got a real intense glimpse into both how music-making can be a lifetime pursuit and also the variety of ways that artists approach honoring the legacy and material of other songwriters. “Anytime you learn someone else’s music, like really learn it, it makes you a better writer or player because you’re sort of mathematically figuring out the logic of what’s going on,” said Gudasz of the Big Star experience. “It made me see how much fun people can have on stage.” Gudasz can bring to mind a slew of powerful singers and songwriters -- Judee Sill, Aimee Mann, Rufus Wainwright, Gillian Welch, Randy Newman and even Karen Carpenter. She does brainy piano balladry, with whiffs of the spartan lonesomeness of alt-country, and flourishes of art song. The timbre of her voice is warm and full, with hints of a nasal edge at times. Gudasz delivers lyrics with clear precision, and then sometimes she’ll take a syllable and add expressive ornamental touches, extra shivering notes, melodic frills that prolong the timed-release punch of a line. As a student at UNC-Chapel Hill, Gudasz studied theater and creative writing, and she brings ele-


ments of both of those disciplines to her music. There’s an aspect of drama to the unfolding of the narratives in her songs and how she delivers them in videos and on stage. Her lyrics have a compressed power, showing attention to how the lines work and build. “Play Nice,” the first single off the forthcoming record, was released in the fall. It’s a departure in terms of metabolism, with a slightly perky synth-pop feel, but it retains Gudasz’s signature lyrical touch. “You can’t tell right from wrong, so I had to write it down for you in a fucking love song,” goes one line. Another goes: “You say play nice/Babe, I’m as nice as a guillotine.” Music wades into the realm of feeling, but the challenge is in emerging from the murk. As a songwriter, Gudasz does an impressive job of reconciling internal sense and uncertainty with story, character and potent detail. “I feel like something that’s intriguing to me, that I end up writing songs about, not necessarily on purpose, is getting to all the things that are sort of under the surface, or even palpable, but [that] aren’t necessarily addressed in day-today interaction -- the reality of emotion.” JOHN ADAMIAN lives in WinstonSalem, and his writing has appeared in Wired, The Believer, Relix, Arthur, Modern Farmer, the Hartford Courant and numerous other publications.

WANNA go? See Skylar Gudasz with Brian Dunne at the Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., Charlotte, on Wed., March 20, at 7:30 p.m. eveningmuse.com MARCH 2019




Local & Live Blumenthal Performing ARts

130 N Tryon St, Charlotte | 888.363.2418 www.blumenthalarts.org Mar 7: Chris Botti Mar 15: Chatham County Line Mar 20: Pink Panther & The Henry Mancini Orchestra Mar 23: The Queens Of Soul Jazz Mar 28: I’m With Her Mar 29: Band Of Friends Mar 30: Parker Millsap Mar 31: Lea Delaria Apr 4: Graham Nash Apr 5: Star Wars

BoatYard Eats

18418 Statesville Rd, Cornelius | 704.997.8201 www.boatyardeats.com Mar 7: Uptown Dueling Pianos Mar 9: Painted Man Mar 15: Joystick Mar 21: Whiskey Man Mar 23: Farewell Angelina Mar 30: The Breakfast Club Apr 4: Uptown Dueling Pianos Apr 5: We Got The Beat

bojangles coliseum 2700 E Independence Blvd | 704.372.3600 www.bojanglescoliseum.com Apr 5: TobyMac

Cabarrus Brewing Company, Concord

329 McGill Ave NC, Concord | 704.490.4487 www.cabarrusbrewing.com Wednesdays: Trivia Night

Cajun Queen

1800 E 7th St, Charlotte | 704.377.9017 www.cajunqueen.net Ongoing: Live Jazz 7 Nights A Week

Comet Grill

2224 Park Rd, Charlotte | 704.371.4300 www.cometgrillcharlotte.com Mar 6: Open Mic w/ Leebo Mar 7: Crystal Fountains Mar 8: The Lenny Federal Band Mar 9: Jim Garrett & the Dirty Water Dogs Mar 10: Omari & The Hellhounds

Coyote Joe’s

4621 Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte | 704.399.4946 www.coyote-joes.com creative loafing MARCH 2019

Mar 1: DJ Kool Big Day Party Mar 8: Clay Walker Mar 16: Diamond Rio Mar 22: Lanco Apr 5: The Beaumont Boys ft. Tracy Byrd & Mark Chesnutt

Crown Station Coffeehouse & Pub

3629 N Davidson St, Charlotte | 704.910.2249 www.crownstationpub.com Mondays: Jazz Mondays Tuesdays: Soulful Tuesdays Wednesdays: Nonconsensual Comedy Open Mic Thursdays: Open Mic Night Mar 2: Outkast on a Quest Mar 2: House Iz My Release ft. Lady Alma & Terry Hunter

Evening Muse

3227 N Davidson St, Charlotte | 704.376.3737 www.eveningmuse.com Mar 6: Tosco Music Open Mic Mar 7: Wild Moccasins Mar 8: Sean McConnell, Caleb Elliott, Veaux & AfroBear Mar 9: Cory Wells, Kaska Sun & Mickey Stephen & Friends Mar 11: Open Mic ft. Michael Kelsey Mar 12: Jason Eady Mar 13: Cody Webb & Tom Mackell Mar 14: Clark Beckham & Tim Halperin Mar 15: Tony Lucca, Eliot Bronson, Electric Kif & The Moon Unit Mar 16: James Maddock, Bruns & The Daybreaks Mar 18: Open Mic ft. Jordan Scott Huggins Mar 19: Jesse Lamar Williams & The Menastree Jazz Jam Mar 20: Brian Dunne & Skylar Gudasz Mar 21: Kyle Dainel Album Release Mar 22: Theodore, Greg Keys & Grand Marquis Mar 23: Unstoppable Failure, The Mammoths & Red Dress Amy Mar 25: Open Mic w/ Tylor Hill Mar 27: Fatai & Anna Pancaldi Mar 28: Rachel Baiman & Sally & George Mar 29: The Honey Dewdrops CD Release, Pam Taylor & Matt Parker & The Deacons Mar 30: William Fitzsimmon,

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Jim & Sam, The Band Watkins & Our Brother George Mar 31: Mark & Maggie o’Connor, Vacation Manor, Leffty & Briston Maroney Apr 1: Open Mic Apr 4: Andrew Duhon & Lydia Luce Apr 5: Hip-Hop Violinist Rhett Price, Juice & Deion Reverie

Hattie’s Tap & Tavern

2918 The Plaza, Charlotte | 980.938.6228 www.hattiescharlotte.com Tuesdays: Bingo w/ Nick Rowlett Thursdays: Karaoke Mar 8: Surreal Nation Mar 9: Ponce Mar 15: Bentwater Mar 16: Aarodynamics Mar 22: To Better Waters Mar 29: Elizabeth Beckwitt Mar 30: Madpark Music Showcase

Heist Brewery

2909 N Davidson St, Suite 200, Charlotte | 704.375.8260 www.heistbrewery.com Wednesdays: Team Trivia Thursdays: Music Bingo


3213 N Davidson St, Charlotte | 704.334.5140 www.jackbeagles.com Wednesdays: Open Mic Night Mar 16: The Swinging Richards

Legion Brewing

1906 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte | 844.467.5683 www.legionbrewing.com Mondays: Open Mic w/ Lisa De Novo

Neighborhood Theatre

511 E 36th St, Charlotte | 704.942.7997 www.neighborhoodtheatre.com Mar 7: The Motet w/ No BS! Brass Band Mar 8: Savannah Conley + Katie Pruitt Mar 13: Tank & The Bangas w/ Maggie Koerner & Alfred Banks Mar 16: Tropidelic + Roots Of A Rebellion Mar 20: Eric Hutchinson & Nick Howard Mar 21: Coco Montoya + Tinsley Ellis Mar 22: GucciHighWaters

Mar 23: Buckethead Mar 26: Jonathan McReynolds Mar 27: DDG Mar 29: Lilly Hiatt & Kate Rhudy Mar 30: Doobie, Krash Minati & DJ Hylyte Mar 31: The Messthetics Apr 4: Aaron Lee Tasjan + Bonnie Bishop & Rorey Carroll

Ovens auditorium

2700 E Independence Blvd | 704.372.3600 www.ovensauditorium.com Mar 15: Experience Hendrix Mar 16: Lauren Daigle Mar 17: Hozier Mar 22: John Mellencamp Apr 4: Marisela


1919 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte | 704.332.6608 www.petrasbar.com Mar 8: Aretha Franklin Tribute Mar 9: Midnight Ravers Mar 10: Paint Fumes, Scott Yoder, Plastic Man & Pet Bug Mar 11: Ghost Trees Mar 12: Drag Trivia w/ Onya Mar 13: Karaoke Night Mar 14: Potions & Pixels Mar 17: Hazy Sunday Mar 19: Foreplay Goes South Mar 20: Karaoke Night Mar 21: LeAnna Eden w/ Azul & Arsena Schroeder Mar 22: It Looks Sad, Spirit System & It’s Snakes Mar 23: Su CASA Mar 27: Karaoke Night Mar 28: Emily Scott Robinson Album Release Mar 29: Mirror Moves Apr 1: Piano Bar Karaoke w/ Ryan Stamey Apr 3: Karaoke Night Apr 3: Bugalú Old School Latin Boogie Apr 4: Thayer Serrano Apr 5: Party Battleship, Mike Strauss Band & Lily Rose

pnc music pavilion

707 Pavilion Blvd | 704.549.1292 www.livenation.com

Skylark Social Club

2131 Central Ave, Charlotte | 980.236.8342 www.skylarksocialclub.com Mar 7: Stand Atlantic, Never Home & Sherman Neckties


Mar 12: Green Fiend, Heavy Temple, Flesh Mother & Crossed Off & Slowride Mar 14: Lucciano De G Mar 17: NeverFall, Waft, Cadaver Creator & Hatteras Mar 20: Ryan Patrick White Mar 23: Pröwess, AMFMS, The Bleeps, Johnny Z & Shiv Mar 30: Saferwaters, Glow & The Dirty Low Down

Smokey Joe’s Cafe

510 Briar Creek Rd, Charlotte | 704.338.9380 www.smokeyjoescharlotte.com Mondays: Cito Jamorah & Friends Tuesdays: Open Jam w/ The Smokin’ Js Wednesdays: Quincey Blues Thursdays: Shana Blake & Friends

Snug Harbor

1228 Gordon St, Charlotte | 704.333.9799 www.snugrock.com Sundays: Bone Snugs-N-Harmony Mondays: Knocturnal Tuesdays: GLBL Thursdays: Le Bang Mar 8: Player Made Mar 9: Latin Night w/ Orquestra Mayor Mar 15: Latin Masquerade w/ Primavera Zero, Los Acoustic Guys & Dorain Girls Mar 16: Petrov w/ Pullover, Patois Counselors & Jail Socks Mar 19: Heckdang w/ TKO Faith Healer, Asbestos Boys & Alright (Solo) Mar 23: GUSTAF Mar 29: The Wormholes w/ Where Are We & Sweat Transfer Mar 30: Triangle Afrobeat Orchestra w/ Skewed Apr 2: Ami Dang w/ Monoculture Apr 3: Pleather, Tommy & The Commies, Les Lullies & DJ Pete Slovenly Apr 5: Blow Your Head Apr 5: Rnie w/ Patois Counselors, Dollhands & Wild Trees


333 E Trade St | 704.688.9000 www.spectrumcentercharlotte.com Mar 9: P!nk

Studio 13

19725 Oak St, Suite 13, Cornelius | 704.765.1794 www.facebook.com/studio13nc Third Fridays: Hip Hop at the Mill

Summitt Coffee Co.

128 S Main St, Davidson | 704.895.9090 www.summitcoffee.com


Wednesdays: Open Mic Mar 8: Mick Strauss Trio Mar 9: Caroline Keller Band Mar 14: Songwriters Showcase Mar 15: Sunday Union Mar 21: Jamie Hofmeister-Cline Mar 22: Rusty Knox Mar 24: Rick Sprietzer & The Antique Babies Mar 30: Davidson Local

Sydney’s Martini & Wine Bar

401 N Tryon St, Suite 104, Charlotte | 704.503.9060 www.sydneysmartiniandwinebar.com

Sylvia Theatre

27 N Congress St, York, SC | 803.684.5590 www.sylviatheatre.com Mar 29: Doug McCormick

Temple Mojo Growler Shop

195 N Trade St, Matthews | 704.246.8196 www.templemojo.com First Thursday: Open Mic w/ Lisa De Novo

The Kilted Buffalo

8625 Townley Rd, Huntersville | 704.892.7571 www.tkbbirkdale.com Mar 8: Chris McPeck Apr 5: Lip Sync Battle

The Milestone

3400 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte | 704.398.4072 www.themilestone.club Mar 9: Harm w/ Falling Through April, Fear Until Fury & Earther Mar 10: Deaf Comet w/ The Stone Eye, The Hazytones & Izar Estelle Mar 13: Niiice. w/ Couch Surfer, Leith K. Ali (Of Ol’ Sport) & More Mar 14: Secret Nudist Friends w/ Broke Jokes & more Mar 16: Den Of Wolves Album Release w/ Kairos., Blackwater Drowning, Winter’s Gate & Broken Testimony Mar 22: Flatfoot 56 Mar 23: Digital Noir w/ DJ Spider & Michael Price Mar 31: Direct Hit! w/ Dollar Signs, The Eradicator & more Apr 2: Moodie Black

The Peculiar Rabbit 1212 Pecan Ave, Charlotte | 704.333.9197 www.therabbitspot.com Thursdays: Karaoke Fridays: Latin Night

The Underground

Ami Dang @ Snug Harbor

The Fillmore

1000 NC Music Factory Blvd | 704.916.8970 www.livenation.com Mar 7: Whiskey Myers Mar 8: Big Head Todd & The Monsters Mar 9: On The Border Mar 9: Zhu Mar 10: Robert Glasper Mar 13: Hippie Sabotage Mar 15: Nothing More Mar 16: Grits & Biscuits Mar 18: Haters Roast Mar 22: Rumours - Fleetwood Mac Tribute Mar 23: Gogol Bordello Mar 29: Ghostface & Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan Mar 30: The Marshall Tucker Band Mar 31: Gilberto Santa Rosa Apr 3: Gary Clark, Jr

820 Hamilton St, Charlotte | 704.916.8970 www.livenation.com Mar 6: Subtronics w/ Blunts & Blondes Mar 7: Here Come The Mummies Mar 8: Metal Madness Mar 9: Get Sad Y’all Mar 13: State Champs Mar 14: Marsha Ambrosius Mar 15: Lil Tracy Mar 16: Lords Of Acid Mar 20: Moneybagg Yo Mar 25: Earl Sweatshirt Apr 3: Red Sun Rising

Tin Roof

210 E Trade St, Suite 286, Charlotte | 704.910.1330 www.tinroofcharlotte.com Wednedays: Karaoke Thursdays: Music Trivia Mar 7: Page Mackenzie Mar 7: DJ Jeyone Mar 8: Jay Taylor Mar 8: DJ Apollo Mar 9: Blue Monday

Mar 10: DJ Holla Mar 12: Greg Adams Mar 13: Karaoke Mar 14: The Barons Mar 15: Matt Bennett Band Mar 17: DJ Holla Mar 19: Lisa De Novo Mar 21: Jake Bartley Band Mar 22: The Jump Cut Mar 23: DJ Duplex Mar 23: Cooper Alan Mar 24: DJ Holla Mar 26: Ellie Morgan Mar 29: Jerry jacobs Band Mar 30: Matt Bennett Band Apr 2: Jason Leake

Three Spirits Brewery 5046 Old Pineville Rd, Charlotte | 980.207.4881 www.threespiritsbrewery.com Thursdays: Cardio Funk Fridays: Music Bingo

Whisky river

210 E Trade St, A-208, Charlotte | 704.749.1097 www.dalejrswhiskyriver.com Wednesdays: Trivia Thursdays: Karaoke Mar 19: DJ AllStars

Wild Wing Cafe (EpiCentre)

210 E Trade St, Charlotte | 704.716.9464 www.wildwingcafe.com/locations/charlotteuptown-nc Mar 8: Crashbox Duo Mar 12: Ben Gatlin Mar 13: Russell n’ Wood Mar 14: Mike Haywood Duo & DJ A-Rod Mar 15: TBT Trio & DJ A-Rod Mar 22: Mike Haywood Duo Mar 29: Lisa De Novo


5237 Albemarle Rd, Charlotte | 704.537.3323 www.vibrationsclub.com Saturdays: Rae Styles w/ Old School 105.3

Visulite Theatre

1615 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte | 704.358.9200 www.visulite.com Mar 9: Southern Culture On The Skids w/ Esther Rose Mar 12: Lawrence Mar 15: Cody Dickinson & Friends Mar 16: Brawley’s Black & Blue 10 Mar 22: Cosmic Charlie Mar 23: Same As It Ever Was Mar 26: Shallou & Slow Magic w/ Yoste Mar 28: Desmond Myers w/ Soelle MARCH 2019

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Zen TV paintLAST CALL er Bob Ross has been gone for BREAK TIME! 24 years, but his inspiration lives on -- at least at Madison Middle School in Abilene, Texas, where on Feb. 7, students in Brady Sloane’s art class donned curly brown wigs, blue shirts and paint palettes for a “Flash Bob Flash Mob.” Sloane’s pre-Advanced Placement students were stressed about grades and projects, and she “wanted to find a way to reward them,” she told the Abilene Reporter News. The students used music stands as makeshift easels, where they painted “happy little trees” and projected an episode of “The Joy of Painting” as parents memorialized the special day with photos and videos.


Asalene Branch, 29, was only defending her spot in a McDonald’s drive-thru lane on Feb. 18 when she stabbed another woman in the head. Fox News reported

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that Branch and the other woman were waiting at a Memphis restaurant when a physical fight broke out over their places in the line; Branch took out a knife and assaulted the alleged victim, resulting in injuries that were not lifethreatening. Branch was tracked down by police and charged with aggravated assault.


Valentine’s Day is complicated in Japan. On Feb. 14, women traditionally give men chocolates: “giri choco,” or “obligation chocolates,” to their male colleagues, and “honmei choco,” or “true feelings chocolate,” to their boyfriends or husbands. (Men return the favor on White Day, March 14.) But according to Japan Today, Japanese women are rebelling against giri choco; 40 percent of workers see the custom “as a form of power harassment,” and some companies have banned the practice.

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ON THE WATER AT GALLANTS CHANNEL IN BEAUFORT, NC Hiss Golden Messenger, No BS! Brass, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Stop Light Observations, Lilly Hiatt, Kamara Thomas Plus Many Others!

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Women find giving chocolates to associates stressful: “Before the office ban, we had to worry about things like how much is appropriate to spend on each chocolate and where we draw the line in who we give the chocolates to,” said one worker.


Looking for a new home? A newly listed suburban Philadelphia home offers something a little sideways from your typical basement rumpus room. The five-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath brick colonial in Maple Glen has three fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen -- and a sex basement. The finished lower level includes a bed-in-a-cage, complete with straps, whips and other accouterment for any buyer’s “50 Shades of Grey” fantasies. Realtor Melissa Leonard stresses, however, that the basement “can be converted back to a typical suburban basement.” Neighbors are shocked to find out what’s been going on in their ‘hood, but “I know it’s a way of life for people,” Leonard told Slate magazine.


You think things are wild in the U.S. Congress? In Albania, Edi Paloka, an opposition lawmaker, was asked to leave the parliament hall on Feb. 14 and suspended for 10 days after throwing ink at Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama. It all started when Rama scolded a fellow lawmaker for making accusations of corruption against the leftist government, according to Xinhua. A statement from the center-right Democratic party explained, “The action of ink-throwing is a rejection of the bullying exerted by the PM, which is witnessed by the public opinion.” Apparently, Rama had repeatedly mocked Paloka during previous sessions of parliament. The Weirdo-American Community A dispute over a box of CheezIts provoked a DeKalb County, Georgia, man to do the unthinkable on Feb. 12. As Jeremy Lamar Wyatt, 32, his brother and 61-yearold mother argued over the salty snacks, Wyatt went outside, locked his family inside the home, poured

gasoline on the front steps and started a fire, according to WGCLTV. Wyatt’s brother was able to lower the mother down from a second-story window, and both escaped without injury. Wyatt, who had reportedly been enjoying some adult beverages with his Cheez-Its, was taken into custody at the scene and charged with arson and criminal damage to property.


At Towson University in Maryland, an unidentified woman was reported wandering around campus just before Valentine’s Day, showing coeds a photo of her son and asking if they’d like to go on a date with him. Awkward! The woman, thought to be in her 50s, staked out the Cook Library and the Center for the Arts in hopes of securing a love connection for her son, reported the Baltimore Sun. Towson police are hoping to identify her, not so they can arrest her, but to ask her to stop.

LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINALS The moral of the story? If you’re going to rob a bank in February, target Florida or Texas. Jason Mackenrodt, 37, was making his getaway after robbing the Bangor Savings Bank in Waterville, Maine, on Feb. 12. He scrambled across four lanes of traffic and into a restaurant parking lot -- where he slipped on the ice and sprawled on the ground, right in front of Maine State Police Special Agent Glenn Lang, who was sitting in his parked car. Lang didn’t know the bank had been robbed, but he became suspicious when “the money and the gun he had stashed in his jacket pocket spilled onto the parking lot,” Police Chief Joseph Massey told the Morning Sentinel. (The weapon turned out to be a BB gun.) Lang tackled Mackenrodt and took him into custody as police were responding at the bank. Mackenrodt was charged with robbery and terrorizing. © 2019 CHUCK SHEPHERD. Universal Press Syndicate. Send your weird news items with subject line WEIRD NEWS to WeirdNewsTips@amuniversal.com.


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ACROSS 1 Symphony, e.g. 5 Sing like Bing 10 Pampers product 16 Mensa stats 19 Scheme 20 Big artery 21 Flowery 22 Almond, e.g. 23 31-day period honoring TV’s Joy? [actor] 25 Greek letters 26 With 47-Down, Christmas evergreen 27 Fall back into illness 28 Place with a lot of refuse-disposal chambers? [swimmer] 30 Old space station 31 Slash 32 Ovine noise 34 And others, in a list 35 Brutes of fantasy 36 Smears gunk on rugged mountain ranges? [hockey player] 40 Shows up 41 Sequence in heredity 42 Robber, e.g. 43 Bat hangout 46 Finals, e.g. 48 Seven-figure income earned in a Nebraska city? [actor] 54 Scheme 57 DVD- -59 Little barks 60 “The King --” 61 Guilty feeling 64 One doing penance 68 Olympic speed


skater Eric 70 Ethyl ender 71 Prohibition of quick insights? [investor] 74 Suffix with journal 75 Item in a file cabinet 77 Ideal conditions 78 Imply 80 Field of study 81 Sikorsky of aviation 83 Dir. from N.D. to La. 85 “Not -- goes by ...” 86 Promise to marry a cute marsupial? [painter] 91 Novelist Hermann 94 Waikiki necklaces 95 Rene of “Get Shorty” 97 Poland’s Lech 101 Sounded like a kitten 105 Pale-colored wall paneling for a room? [writer] 107 Final, e.g. 108 2004 Chevy debut 111 Storm center 112 Demolition stuff 113 -- -cone (icy treat) 114 Products applied to back-of-the-neck sunburns? [actor] 117 City in north-central California 119 Adding result 120 “Finally!” 121 “C” grade ... or what eight answers in this puzzle have? 124 Draw upon 125 Fix, as Fido 126 Less-played half of a 45 127 Morales of movies 128 As stated in 129 Lorne of “Bonanza”

130 A bit off 131 Old-time comic Ed DOWN 1 Sphere 2 Childishly silly 3 Herald, as a new era 4 Shut tightly 5 College locales 6 Perches 7 Sarah -- Jewett 8 Hitter Mel 9 “I’ll pass” 10 One capful, perhaps 11 Often-purple flowers 12 Major worry 13 Argentine plain 14 Web biz 15 Relax 16 Apprise 17 Apple or pear relative 18 Emphasis 24 Flower cluster 28 Ricochet 29 Animal park 30 Soup enhancer 32 Apiary insect 33 Guthrie with a guitar 37 Saying 38 In that case 39 “Mr. St. Nick” actress Ortiz 40 Animator’s frame 43 -- terrier 44 Roadie’s tote 45 Hindu trinity member 47 See 26-Across 49 Wolflike carnivores 50 China’s Chou En- -51 “And how!” 52 Ukrainian port city 53 Fifteen times six 54 Quick-to-build home 55 Poe maiden 56 Brunch fare


58 Line of Apple computers 62 Actress -- Dawn Chong 63 Elfish sort 65 “Tsk tsk!” 66 Kabuki sash 67 “Platoon” site, in brief 69 Ovum 72 Black crows 73 “Point taken” 76 Patriotic women’s gp. 79 Some Scots 82 F followers 84 Program 87 Unoriginal 88 Actress Meyers 89 Swift sleds 90 Pale-faced 92 Hoodwinks 93 South Carolina river 96 Holy Mlle. 98 Euphoria 99 Desert of the southwest U.S. 100 -- -Z (total) 101 Botch the job 102 Pretext 103 Not as cold 104 Big bird 105 Relax 106 Disagreeing 108 Following 109 Think a lot of 110 Tickle pink 115 Snake tooth 116 To be, to Voltaire 117 1,502, in old Rome 118 Duck variety 121 Exec’s deg. 122 Suffix with journal 123 Cousin

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horoscopes ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Although you tend to bore easily and leave others to finish what you start, this is one time when you’d be wise to complete things on your own. Then you can move on to something new. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your indecision about a personal situation might come out of those mixed signals you’re getting. Best not to make any commitments until you have a better sense of how things are going. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A dispute appears to be getting out of hand. But you should be able to step in and bring it all under control soon. Be patient. News about a potential career move might be delayed. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Career obligations could interfere with important personal plans. But using a combination of common sense and compromise helps resolve the dilemma to everyone’s satisfaction. LEO (July 23 to August 22) A stressful situation drains some of your energy reserves. But you soon bounce back in time to finish your tasks and enjoy a well-deserved weekend getaway. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) This is a good time to throw a party for friends and colleagues, and surprise them with your dazzling domestic skills. You also might want to reconsider that career move you put on hold. LIBRA (September 23 to October

22) A sudden change of mind by someone you relied on could cause a delay in moving ahead with your plans. But those whom you’ve helped out before are prepared to return the favor. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You start the week feeling too shy to speak up in front of others. However, your self-assurance soon takes over, giving you the confidence you need to make yourself heard. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) One way to deal with a pesky personal dilemma this week is to meet it head-on. Insist on an explanation of why the situation reached this point and what can be done to change it. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) The creative Capricorn finds several outlets for her or his talents this week. Also note that while a romantic connection looks promising, remember to allow it to develop on its own. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You stand out this week as the best friend a friend can have. But be careful that you don’t take too many bows, or you might see gratitude replaced with resentment. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) What seems to be an ideal investment should be checked out thoroughly before you snap at the offer and find yourself hooked by an expensive scam. © 2019 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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I am almost 50 but look much younger, and I’m noticing that a number of the guys who are pursuing me are in their early 30s. Amy Alkon I’m flattered but Advice not really interGoddess ested, as I want to get married again and I’m thinking that these guys are too young to consider that and probably want to have babies. Am I a magnet for guys with mommy issues? What gives? — Puzzled Nothing like rolling up to your guy’s band’s gig and having everybody be all “Mike, your mom’s here!” As for these young whippersnappers’ intentions, chances are the only “aisle” they’re looking to walk down with you is the one from the front door to their bedroom in the pizza box graveyard-slash-apartment they share with a bunch of dudebros. Of course, men, just like women, can get to a point where they’re ready for cuddlyschmuddlywuddly forever — which is to say, a relationship. However, evolutionary psychologist David Buss explains that there’s strong evidence from a good deal of research that men (who don’t have to worry that they’ll get pregnant from sex) evolved to “have a greater desire for short-term mating” — casual sex with a variety of partners. Buss notes that there are some stumbling blocks for men in shortterm mating mode. A major one is “the problem of avoiding commitment.” That’s where you older but still hot ladies sometimes come in. Older women are less likely to demand a relationship with an ageinappropriate partner. Of course, older women are also likely to be sexually experienced and sexually adventuresome in a way younger women aren’t. And, unlike younger women, who are often shy about expressing what they want in bed, older women can stop just short of going all Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: “Faster, you


maggot, faster! And 3 millimeters up and a centimeter to the left!” The thing is, sometimes two people with the most casual of sexual intentions unexpectedly fall for each other. But if you and the young hardbodies can stay in the sex-only lane, your having regular sex might help you take your time getting to know dates with real partner potential for you rather than flying right into bed. Finally — generally speaking — there’s the obvious plus in sex romps with the young Turks: fewer occasions when the manparts are like papier-mache fruit — for decorative purposes only.

The Bedder Business Bureau I’m a woman with a male business partner. He just got a new girlfriend, and he pretty much goes MIA whenever he goes to visit her. It can take him up to two days to return my phone calls, and I’ll have to call or text two or three times to get him to respond. (I’m contacting him about business, not social stuff.) He is usually — well, used to be — very available by phone. His disappearing act when he’s with the girlfriend is really annoying and detrimental to our business and, frankly, pretty disrespectful. I’ve made jokes about it, but nothing’s changed. Help. — Annoyed

business partner is lost in his girlfriend’s pants.” Tempting as it must be to blast your partner for constantly leaving you in the telephonic lurch, you’d be better off simply telling him that it feels really crappy to have your calls and texts go ignored for days; you feel disrespected. Research by social psychologist C. Daniel Batson and his colleagues suggests that we have an evolved motivation to try to alleviate others’ pain, to help other humans who are struggling emotionally (or are otherwise in need). However, there’s a caveat: If a person’s pain or need is expressed with an attack on our behavior, we’re likely to go into fight-back mode instead of “there, there, lemme see what I can do to make things better” mode. As for why you have yet to get through to him, you write, “I’ve made jokes about it, but nothing’s changed.” Jokes are just the thing if you’re putting on a show with a two-drink minimum; not so much

if you’re trying to communicate your needs (especially to a man). The same goes for hints. Instead, opt for healthy assertiveness — from the start. Figure out what you need — how soon you’d like to have a callback — and then express that. You may not get exactly the timetable you want, but this at least opens up a discussion: “Call you back within three hours?” he responds — countering with “Ehh... how about five hours?” You should ultimately find this approach vastly more productive than going snarky and, say, suggesting that he and his girlfriend make love like they do in the movies — specifically, the video in which Paris Hilton answers the phone in the middle of having sex. Got a problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or e-mail AdviceAmy@aol.com (www. advicegoddess.com) © 2018 Amy Alkon. Distributed by Creators.Com.

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