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From performing the role of Clara in High Point Ballet’s version of the Nutcracker at age 10, to touring in Hits! The Musical at age 19, MADELINE UNDERWOOD has watched her dream of a dance career steadily unfold.
5 The Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNC Greensboro announces the exhibition To Serve the People: Prints from Mexico’s TALLER DE GRÁFICA POPULAR, January 21–May 13, 2023.
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9 With CONDOR’S NEST, writer/ producer/director Phil Blattenberger has fashioned a B-movie with flair — a World War II adventure in the tradition of the Republic serials of yesteryear, seasoned with the action elements familiar to contemporary audiences.
The adventure they embark on is depicted in Condor’s Nest , an ACTIONPACKED THRILLER written, produced, and directed by Phil Blattenberger. It’s the stuff of many a wartime adventure, filled with twists and turns, double- and triplecrosses, and some shocking revelations.
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NCDOT IN COORDINATION WITH THE TOWN OF MATTHEWS TO HOLD A PUBLIC MEETING REGARDING THE PROPOSAL TO EXTEND GREYLOCK RIDGE ROAD FROM EAST JOHN STREET TO TANK TOWN ROAD IN THE TOWN OF MATHEWS
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MATTHEWS - The N.C. Department of Transportation is hosting a public meeting in coordination with the Town of Matthews to discuss the proposal to extend Greylock Ridge Road from East John Street to Tank Town Road in the Town of Matthews.
The project also proposes a 10-foot multi-use path along the south side of the Greylock Ridge Road Extension and a 5-foot sidewalk along the north side. The purpose of this project is to improve safety for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists along the corridor.
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From performing the role of Clara in High Point Ballet’s version of the Nutcracker at age 10, to touring in Hits! The Musical at age 19, Madeline Underwood has watched her dream of a dance career steadily unfold.
“Going into the audition for Hits! I realized it would be an opportunity to show my skill set and could serve as a stepping stone for more,” Underwood said. “I was excited to go and see what would happen.”
Hits! The Musical is a journey of 100 popular pop, rock and Broadway hits from the 1960s to present day. The singing and dancing is spotlighted by spectacular costume changes, lighting and sound that elevate the show to a ﬁrst-class production.
Unique to a show of this quality is the ages of the 29-member cast, which range from 10-22. Thousands of young people in 31 cities nationwide auditioned. Underwood was one of the 10 featured dancers, along with 19 singers, chosen to participate.
Underwood’s love of dance began after seeing a performance of the Nutcracker when she was just 3 years old. Her parents Matt and Stephanie agreed she could take lessons and her interest in the art of dancing continued to grow. By the time she performed as Clara, Underwood had already played several other parts in the well-know production.
As a member of the Starz Elite Dance Center in High Point, she took many styles of dance but her favorites are jazz, contemporary and hip-hop. She participated in a variety of dance competitions, winning numerous regional and national awards.
After completing Jamestown Middle School, Underwood chose to attend high school at Penn-Gri n School of the Arts in High Point. She moved to Brea, Calif., her senior year to train at Brea Space, a school of dance under the direction of Krista Miller. This launch training program provides approximately 20 hours a week of training in all dance styles, plus preparation for auditions, journaling classes and on-camera work.
“(Leaving my family behind in Jamestown) was scary at ﬁrst,” Underwood admits. “I did not know anyone, but was lucky to join a program of dancers who wanted
the same thing I did.
“I had always liked dance, but once I turned 15 I started to realize it was something I really wanted to do. Whenever I saw movies with dancing I would research the choreographers.”
movies with dancing I would research the
Underwood ﬁnished her senior year at Penn-Gri n online and returned home to participate at her high school graduation with her classmates.
She is currently taking online classes at Guilford Technical Community College and hopes to eventually get a bachelor’s degree in ﬁne arts. Taking classes online makes it easier for her to continue her education since she can ﬁt her classes into the rehearsal schedule for the upcoming production.
“Getting to be part of has taught me a lot about being in a professional show and given me the opportunity to travel,” Underwood said. “It is my ﬁrst major live production. The thought of going from city to city and always being on stage is exciting.”
Underwood ﬁnished her senior year at Penn-Gri n online and returned home to eventually get a bachelor’s degree in ﬁne arts. Taking classes online makes it easier for her to continue her education since she can ﬁt Hits! being in a professional show and given me the opportunity to travel,” Underwood said. “It is my ﬁrst major live producrehearsed six days a week in St. Petersburg, Fla. Participants their
During the summer, the cast rehearsed six days a week in St. Petersburg, Fla. Participants learned their parts separately before putting the show all together. The group will meet back in Florida for ﬁnal rehearsals before the tour begins with shows in Asheville on Feb. 23 and Feb. 25.
“My favorite number is ‘Living La Vida Loca,’” Underwood said. “It includes all 10 dancers and some of the singers. It is so high energy and so much fun.”
As exciting as participating in Hits! The Musical is for Underwood, she wants even more for the future.
“My hope was for dance to take me everywhere,” she said. “This show does that. My goal now is to get steady work and perform around the country. I would like to perform in ﬁlms and television also.”
In addition to the shows in Asheville, the 50-plus city tour of Hits! The Musical will also appear in Durham March 23 and in Charlotte March 24. For tickets and other tour dates go to www.thehitstour.com. Information about the show can also be found on social media @hitsthemusical. !
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Underwood performed a variety of parts in di erent productions of High Point Ballet’s version of the Nutcracker, but her favorite was portraying Clara.
Former Jamestown resident Madeline Underwood aspires to having a career as a professional dancer.
The Weatherspoon Art Museum at UNC Greensboro announces the exhibition To Serve the People: Prints from Mexico’s Taller de Gráﬁca Popular, January 21–May 13, 2023.
“In order to serve the people, art must reﬂect the social reality of the times.“
In 1937, this belief inspired the foundation of the Taller de Gráﬁca Popular (the People’s Print Workshop) in Mexico City. Committed to the progressive idealism of the Mexican Revolution, artists worked together to create prints, posters, ﬂyers, and other works on paper aimed at educating the widest possible audience about the social issues of their day. Fundamental to their artistic production was a democratic group process of collective critiques and negotiated decision-making.
That commitment to shared learning and leadership has likewise fueled the production of this exhibition. In fall 2022, students in two UNC Greensboro art history courses came together to study the history and output of the Taller de Gráﬁca Popular, as well as collaboratively curate this exhibition. The layout of artworks in the galleries, the texts presented alongside them, and a supporting timeline of Mexican history were all generated by the students through a process of individual readings and presentations, group discussions and critiques, multiple small-group working sessions, and many rounds of peer editing.
At the heart of the students’ work is an incredible collection of over one hundred TGP prints brought together by Robert Healy, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Policy at Duke University, and recently gifted to the Weatherspoon by him and his wife, Kay Edgar. This transformative gift to the museum’s collection provides rich material for teaching not only in art history but also across such disciplines as economics, geography, history, and sociology, to name just a few.
Juliette Bianco, the Anne and Ben Cone Memorial Endowed Director of the Weatherspoon Art Museum said that this transformational gift “uplifts the museum’s commitment to our students, faculty, and local and regional communities by providing access to works of art
that are consequential to the human experience. We are grateful to Healy and Edgar for sharing our vision that an art museum on a university campus within a community can enable deeper and richer dialogue about ideas and issues that matter, and welcome community groups and broader collaborations with the Taller de Gráﬁca Popular and with the Weatherspoon collection as a whole.”
To further the educational collaboration, this spring, an interdisciplinary faculty working group will gather to think about the di erent ways in which this collection of prints can support learning in their courses. The group includes scholars of anthropology, art, art history, education, history, music, peace and conﬂict studies, and Spanish. Together with the Weatherspoon curatorial team, they will share insights and resources as they develop lesson plans for teaching with these artworks in the future. This exciting project is organized by HNAC, UNCG’s Humanities Network and Consortium, and made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with the Social Science Research Council.
Organized by the students of ARH490 and Dr. Emily Stamey, curator and head of exhibitions, with the students of ARH219 and Dr. Nicole Scalissi, assistant professor of art history. !
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Condor’s Nest: A World War II thriller feathered right here in Greensboro
In June 1944, American o cer Will Spalding (Jacob Keohane) watched in horror as the surviving members of his downed B-17 bomber were systematically murdered by Martin Bach (Arnold Vosloo), a ruthless SS colonel, in a French ﬁeld.
A decade later, Will is in South America, having systematically tracked Bach’s whereabouts. His intent is simple — to exact revenge upon Bach, who ﬂed there along with thousands of Nazis after the end of World War II and the fall of the Third Reich. To locate his quarry, Will is forced to form an uneasy alliance with Albert Vogel (Al Pagano), an expatriate German scientist who was involved in the construction of an atomic bomb, and Leyna Rahn (Corinne Britti), an agent with the Israeli Mossad charged with bringing Vogel to justice for war crimes.
The adventure they embark on is depicted in Condor’s Nest, an action-packed thriller written, produced, and directed by Phil Blattenberger. It’s the stu of many a wartime adventure, ﬁlled with twists and turns, double- and triple-crosses, and some shocking revelations. The ﬁlm, which opens Friday, also features such notables as Jackson Rathbone, James Urbaniak, Bruce Davison, and Michael Ironside.
When it came to recreating the foreign locations required for this ambitious project, Blattenberger — a Greensboro native — didn’t have to look far. That’s right: A great deal of Condor’s Nest was ﬁlmed in Greensboro and the surrounding area.
“I think our art department did a tremendous job of making interior locations pass for South American locales, and editor Nico Alba did wonderful work in cutting the movie so the big South American exterior establishing shots set up the following interiors. Of course, the big opening scene with the crashed plane and farmhouse — that’s eastern North Carolina passing convincingly for France. I’m thrilled with how it all turned out!”
When he cast his leading man, Blattenberger didn’t have to look far either, having previously worked with Keohane on Point Man, a 2018 Vietnam War drama partially ﬁlmed in Greensboro (that time passing for Saigon!). In Condor’s Nest, Keohane is the anchor. While other characters are more animated, eccentric or ﬂat-out psy-
chotic, Will Spalding is stoically resolute in his obsession. He has nothing to live for — except revenge.
“Jacob had a huge load on his back, having to internalize in the movie’s timeline 10 years of rage and guilt and self-loathing, and then channel that into a full-throated mission, blinders and all,” Blattenberger said. “All credit to Jacob for doing the hard work there. I think he pulled it o brilliantly.”
Blattenberger was also pleased to secure the services of the better-known actors mentioned above.
“There’s so much color in Michael Ironside,” he said. “They’re so much gravitas in Arnold Vosloo, taking on the cloak of an irredeemable Nazi, so much life in Bruce Davison playing a skeptical archaeologist in the center of a near-farcical discussion of Nazi diaspora theories. And Jackson Rathbone, Twilight icon, as a twisted … well, I don’t want to spoil it. Condor’s Nest is really a success story in a lot of ways. The actors we cast and their constituent performances are absolutely riveting. We’re happy, and we think audiences will be, too.”
Pagano and Britti are not as well-known but occupy more signiﬁcant roles in the
ﬁlm, and Blattenberger couldn’t be more pleased with their performances as well. Pagano, playing a German, hails from New York, and Britti, playing an Israeli, hails from Winston-Salem.
“We wanted to ‘discover’ actors for those roles,” Blattenberger revealed. “Al is a ‘one-take wonder’ and an absolute master of movement, which I think really helps push his characterization of the slippery, two-faced Albert Vogel to the next level. You can’t take your eyes o him. And Corinne — unbelievable instincts as an actor, unteachably good. She terriﬁed us in the audition. I love her character’s arc and I think she took on that mantle wonderfully.”
Condor s Nest is being released Friday “but unfortunately not in the Piedmont Triad,” he said. “However, it’s on-demand to buy or rent digitally anywhere digital content is sold: Dish, Spectrum, Comcast, Apple TV, Amazon, Vudu — the works!”
As for toiling in the Tarheel State, “North Carolina remains a wonderful place to shoot a movie,” Blattenberger said. “The infrastructure is still here and productions are beginning to return at a rapid pace. Condor’s Nest was composed almost entirely of location shoots, so we utilized
the geographical diversity of the state to cover passable bits of South America. Local ﬁlm commissions were enormously useful, including Rebecca Clark, who set us up with a crucial last-minute interior location in Mt. Airy that remains one of our favorite sets in the entire movie!”
“I love assisting North Carolina ﬁlmmakers and helping them to keep their business, jobs, and dollars in the state,” said Clark, the executive director of the Piedmont Triad Film Commission (PTFC).
“That is why I was thrilled when Phil called me looking for a couple of speciﬁc sites he was having trouble ﬁnding. Right away I knew two perfect spots for him that I had in our online location database including one of the coolest warehouse spaces around — “the Steelhouse” in Greensboro — and the upstairs of a store in downtown Mount Airy. I’m looking forward to seeing the ﬁnished product!”
Blattenberger’s next project is the Cold War-era crime drama Without Consequence, which he plans to shoot this fall in New Mexico. !
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Behind the scene on Condor’s Nest
BY KEN NOCITO
The Piedmont Wind Symphony kicks o 2023 with inspiring and exciting concerts. On Saturday, February 11, Lindsay Kesselman, soprano, sings American composer John Corigliano’s powerful Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan alongside the Piedmont Wind Symphony. Corigliano set lyrics from seven of Bob Dylan’s well-known songs, including Blowin’ in the Wind, All Along the Watchtower, and Chimes of Freedom, to contemporary symphonic music. A fantastic and exuberant Prologue precedes ﬁve searching and reﬂective monologues that form the core of the piece; and the Epilogue: Forever Young, makes a kind of folk-song benediction after the cycle’s close. Dramatically, the inner ﬁve songs trace a journey of emotional and civic maturation for a very moving musical experience. The concert is at 7:30 pm at the Brendle Recital Hall on the campus of Wake Forest University.
During the same concert, the Piedmont Wind Symphony also will perform James Barnes’ personal Third Symphony, commissioned by the US Air Force Band. The “Tragic” Symphony forms from the composer’s deepest despair in losing his baby daughter Natalie and progresses to the brightness, fulﬁllment, and joy of his son Billy being born a year later. It’s a moving piece and an emotional concert you won’t want to miss!
Later this spring, the Piedmont Wind Symphony will turn back time to become The Sousa Band! Experience a fantastic evening of riveting marches, patriotic favorites, and virtuosic soloists led by John Philip Sousa specialist and Conductor Emeritus at UNCG, Dr. John R. Locke. The symphony and guest conductor will be dressed in full Sousa-era costumes. The hall will be decorated to resemble the days of Sousa’s band as it traveled around the world to packed and enthusiastic audiences. Along with guest conductor/Sousa impersonator
will join the band. The concert takes place Saturday, April 22, at 7:30 pm at Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University.
Led by music director Mark Norman, the Piedmont Wind Symphony delivers diverse yet captivating performances each season in collaboration with local/ national artists and award-winning composers. With repertoire ranging from the classics, pops, big band, and more, the music is sure to inspire you!
For more information on the upcoming concerts and to purchase tickets, visit: www.piedmontwindsymphony. com.
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n 1999 Columbine was an anomaly, but a decade later, school shootings were becoming almost commonplace. Gun-toting students and former students acted out their rage in places like Sandy Hook, Parkland, and Uvalde. But while school massacres continued to grab headlines, singlevictim shootings often flew under the media radar. Some confrontations were initiated by high school gang members, but increasingly gun violence in the classroom is being perpetrated by younger and younger children, and that brings me to the recent incident at Richneck Elementary school in Newport News, Virginia.
IOn Friday, January 6, 25-year-old Abigail Zwerner was conducting her firstgrade class when a six-year-old male student pulled a 9mm semi-automatic Taurus handgun out of his backpack and deliberately shot her. The bullet went through her hand and into her chest. Though critically wounded, Zwerner managed to move the other students to safety while another school employee restrained the young shooter until police arrived. The gun, as it turns out, belonged to the boy’s mother who, despite her attorney’s denial, had not properly secured the weapon. Had she done so, her 6-year-old son wouldn’t have had access to the gun. Speaking of that irresponsible woman, she later said that her son has a disability that requires a parent to be with the boy at school every day. But guess what? She wasn’t with him on the day of the shooting. There’s a lot to unpack from this incident, and its impact on the national debate regarding everything from gun safety and parental responsibility, to
to School Security
the mainstreaming of mentally disabled children into traditional classrooms, to juvenile justice reforms. But rather than dwell on the Newport News shooting specifically, I want to focus on what is being done (and what should be done) to prevent such incidents in the future.
First of all, we must all recognize that what happened at Richneck Elementary is indicative of a growing trend in America. Noted researcher David Riedman recently told AP correspondents Ben Finley and Denise Lavoie that people are shot, or guns taken away at schools “almost every day.” According to Riedman, there were 302 shootings on school property last year, and while he says he knows of only four cases where kids under age six have shot someone at school, that’s four too many. The fact is that more and more guns are showing up at schools these days, while the age of the students bringing those guns to school seems to be getting younger and younger. Despite this trend, local, State, and federal officials refuse to invest in comprehensive security measures at every school.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, as late as 2020, less than 2% of public elementary schools performed random metal detector checks on students. Meanwhile, only 2% of elementary schools required students to wear clear backpacks, and only 54% of those schools had security staff on-site once a week. Yet, every time I question elected officials
about the need for metal detectors, security staff, electronically locking doors, and other devices, I’m given the same answer, “There’s just no money for that.” Funny, but we can spend hundreds of billions of dollars in Ukraine, and billions more on pet projects of Congresspersons, but there’s just no money that can be allocated to keep our kids safe in school. Politicians who spew that bilge aren’t just short-sighted, they are criminally negligent. Fortunately, the Newport News shooting has awakened some officials to the problem of school security. Virginia Delegate Mike Mullin, for example, is lobbying for State monies to make Richneck more secure. And, last week, the Newport News school board voted to place 90 walk-through metal detectors in schools across the district. Meanwhile, parents attending a recent public hearing have called for two security officers to be assigned to each elementary school.
Parents, teacher unions, politicians, and school board members in Newport News are to be commended for finally getting woke to the need for more security measures. Unfortunately, their enlightenment may not spur reforms across the country so long as eggheads like Amanda Nickerson have a say. Nickerson, a school psychology professor at State University of New York, Buffalo, told the AP, Metal detectors and clear backpacks are more likely to cause young children to be fearful and feel criminalized. Hey Amanda, go ask parents at Sandy Hook, Parkland, and Uvalde if they would have minded if their murdered children felt criminalized by metal detectors and clear backpacks. Yes, there will be a significant cost involved in making every school safe. It will cost money to install metal detectors and electronic locking doors. It will cost money to hire additional officers. And it will cost money to supply clear backpacks for children who can’t afford them. But we’re the richest nation in the world, and we can find the money if we want to. Otherwise, we’ll continue to put our children at risk, and while we argue about the price of security, some of those children will pay the ultimate price for a lack of it. !
JIM LONGWORTH is the host of Triad Today, airing on Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. on ABC45 (cable channel 7) and Sundays at 11 a.m. on WMYV (cable channel 15) and streaming on WFMY+.
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Condor’s Nest: A twisty tale of revenge and retribution
Condor’s Nest, writer/ producer/director Phil Blattenberger has fashioned a Bmovie with ﬂair — a World War II adventure in the tradition of the Republic serials of yesteryear, seasoned with the action elements familiar to contemporary audiences. Its ambitions don’t exceed its grasp, and there’s some substance amid the histrionics and violence.
In 1944, an American B-17 is shot down behind enemy lines in France. Several crewmembers survive — until the arrival of an SS detachment led by Col. Martin Bach (Arnold Vosloo). When they can’t divulge the Allies’ next move — because don’t know — he executes them one by one.
The single exception is Will Spalding (producer Jacob Keohane), who witnesses the murders from the safety of a nearby farmhouse. A decade later, the dissolute Will is in Buenos Aires, surreptitiously and systematically seeking out certain Germans who “emigrated” there after the war. His target: Martin Bach.
The subsequent journey that Will embarks upon teams him uneasily with Albert Vogel (Al Pagano), an expatriate scientist who had been working on an atomic bomb for the Nazis before he ﬂed Germany, and Leyna Rahn (Corinne Britti), an agent for Israel’s Mossad, charged with bringing Vogel to justice — one way or the other. Vogel claims he was under orders, Leyna doesn’t care, and Will realizes that without both of their help, he may never locate Bach.
Pagano, a New Yorker, nails Vogel’s German accent and all but steals the movie. Vogel is the ﬁlm’s wild card and don’t think Pagano doesn’t know it. He has all the best lines and knows precisely how to deliver them. Britti, who hails from Winston-Salem (!), also handles her (Israeli) accent well and imbues Leyna with an appealingly steely resolve. These may not be star-making roles, but they very well may be star-building ones.
Keohane, who previously collaborated with Blattenberger in 2019’s Point Man,
almost seems overshadowed by the more colorfully drawn characters, but as the narrative progresses, it becomes evident that Will Spalding is already dead — inside. He is single-minded in his intent to kill Bach but has no future beyond that. He’s the one character who really doesn’t care if he lives or dies. It’s a cool, controlled portrayal of soulless rage.
Jackson Rathbone literally foams at the mouth as Fritz Ziegler, another German “immigrant” whose true, very nasty colors soon come to the fore, and James Urbaniak — recently seen to good e ect in Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans — has a high old-time personifying a historical character best not divulged here. (Hint: It’s not a good guy.)
Vosloo preens and struts as the elusive Bach and shines in his ﬁnal confrontation with Will. Bruce Davison and Michael Ironside are also on hand in cameo roles. Their parts aren’t large — or particularly pivotal — but it’s nice having these reliable pros around.
At this point, it should be noted that although Condor’s Nest is set entirely in France and South America, a good portion of it was ﬁlmed in Greensboro. The ﬁlmmakers have done a nice job combining establishing shots of the actual locations with the footage they ﬁlmed here. Besides, Blattenberger keeps things moving at such a nice clip that viewers aren’t likely to concentrate on the local terrain. Another plus is that the CGI e ects are on par with bigger-budgeted Hollywood ﬁlms.
There are a few far-fetched ideas, but none that haven’t found their way — in some form -- into the literary works of Frederick Forsyth, Jack Higgins, and Robert Ludlum, among others. Then again, Condor’s Nest isn’t meant to be a historical chronicle but an entertaining yarn, and that it is. !
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Early on Jan. 14, in Monterrey, Mexico, Carlos Alonso, 32, allegedly broke a glass door at Christ the King Parish and entered, intending to rob the church, Catholic News Agency reported. But as he tried to ﬂee with a statue of St. Michael the Archangel in hand, he tripped and fell on the angel’s sword, seriously wounding his neck. Passersby saw the injured Alonso and called for help; he is expected to be charged after he recovers from the fall. The statue was unharmed.
RECENT ALARMING HEADLINE
On Jan. 16, a drive-thru customer at a co ee shop in Auburn, Washington, wanted more than an extra shot, KCRATV reported. As the barista handed Matthew Darnell, 38, his change through the window, a surveillance camera caught him grabbing her arm and pulling her toward him as he fumbled with a zip tie. The barista was able to pull away from him and close the windows as his dollar bills went ﬂying. He drove o , but a distinctive “Chevrolet” tattoo on his arm was captured on video, along with his side proﬁle. Police later reported that Darnell had been arrested at his home in Auburn and was held on $500,000 bail.
MOLEHILL, MEET MOUNTAIN
After getting into a dispute with sta at Jinling Purple Mountain Hotel in Shanghai on Jan. 10 over a misplaced laptop, a 28-year-old man named Chen decided to escalate, CBS News reported. He crashed his car through the glass lobby doors and careened around the space, knocking over ﬁxtures and terrifying other guests, who tried to get the driver out of the car. “Do you have any idea what you’ve done? Are you crazy? Are you?” onlookers screamed at him. As he attempted to exit the lobby, he hit a door frame and came to a stop, and police took him into custody. It turns out the laptop had been stolen and was found outside the hotel; no one was injured.
Carrier pigeons have been couriers of legitimate and nefarious items for centuries, but o cials at the Paciﬁc Institution in Abbotsford, British Columbia, nonetheless were stunned when a gray bird with a tiny backpack landed in a fenced inmate prison yard on Dec. 29. The CBC reported that o cers “had to corner it,” according to John Randle, Paciﬁc regional president of the Union for Canadian Correctional
O cers. “You can imagine how that would look, trying to catch a pigeon.” After some time, they were able to grab it and remove the package, which contained about 30 grams of crystal meth. “We’ve been focusing so much on drone interdiction ... Now we have to look at, I guess, pigeons again,” Randle said. They set the little guy free and are investigating its origin.
When Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, was built in 2012, the district installed a hightech lighting system that was intended to save on energy costs, NBC News reported. But the software that controls the lights failed on Aug. 24, 2021, and every light in the school has been on since then. Aaron Osbourne, the assistant superintendent for the district, says the glitch is costing taxpayers “in the thousands of dollars per month on average, but not in the tens of thousands.” Teachers have removed bulbs where possible, and sta have shut o breakers to darken some of the exterior lighting. But help is on the way! Parts from China have arrived to ﬁx the problem, which is expected to be completed in February.
An unnamed 62-year-old man from Garﬁeld Heights, Ohio, was arrested — for the 70th time — in early January after he allegedly stole a shopping cart full of packaged meat to sell to restaurants, WJW-TV reported. The Walmart in South Euclid alerted authorities to the theft; in the parking lot, the thief transferred the goods to a stolen suitcase and threw what wouldn’t ﬁt in a dumpster. He told o cers he sells the meat half-price to area restaurants. He was booked, again, for theft.
IT’S COME TO THIS
Between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 of 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported a 108% increase in a certain smuggled item at ports of entry, Fox5-TV reported on Jan. 18. It wasn’t fentanyl or heroin, though. Seized egg products and poultry were the hot catch as prices soared in the United States. “My advice is, don’t bring them over,” said CBP supervisory agriculture specialist Charles Payne. Or, he advised, if you do, declare them so you won’t be ﬁned. Thirty eggs in Juarez, Mexico, cost $3.40 — a fraction of what they’d cost in the U.S. because of an outbreak of avian ﬂu that forced producers to euthanize 43 million egg-laying hens. !
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Party On: Guilford Green Foundation Celebrates 25th Anniversary
The Triad’s largest LGBTQ organization is hosting a party and everyone is invited. The Guilford Green Foundation and LGBTQ Center will celebrate its 25th anniversary year with The Green Party on Saturday, January 28, at Piedmont Hall, located at 2409 W. Gate City Boulevard in Greensboro.
“This event is truly a celebration. Our organization was born on a dance ﬂoor. It really did start with a group of friends who threw a party to raise money for the Triad Health Project because in 1998 people were still living and dying with and from HIV, which was a prominent issue in our community. Many of their friends were living with HIV and they had lost many friends to HIV and AIDS, so they had this vision that they were going to throw this party and raise money,” said Executive Director Jennifer Ruppe.
According to the nonproﬁt, a group
of friends founded the Guilford Green Foundations in 1998 and threw The Green Party to raise money to support LGBTQ people in the Triad and surrounding areas. The funds were to go to the local HIV/AIDS service organization, Triad Health Project. The inaugural Green Party was held on March 16, 1996, and raised more than $10,000 for the nonproﬁt.
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Since then the foundation has launched Green Queen Bingo, opened the city’s ﬁrst LGBTQ Center, and granted roughly one million dollars towards programming aimed at the LGBTQ community and programming. They o er a variety of programming at the LGBTQ Center including Gay & Gray, Rotating Art Shows, Youth Drop-In Hours, Rainbow Yoga, Trans-Vocal Speech Training from Prismatic Speech, Power Beyond Pride, a queer library with LGBTQ-related books and movies, and a trans clothing closet where transgender folks can ﬁnd a gender-a rming outﬁt at no cost.
Ruppe said that being able to celebrate 25 years speaks to the innovation and vision that the founders had in 1998 when they started the foundation “at a time when so few organizations like ours in the South and cities of our size existed.”
“It was really a visionary thing and they thought forward about what they wanted Greensboro and the surrounding areas in the Triad to look like in the future. Here we are 25 years later and to a large degree that vision has been realized” she said. “Obviously, the LGBTQ movement still has a lot of work to do but that’s the point of the organization. They wanted to make sure that we will always be here to do the work and that vision is what we see has come to fruition. We are still here, doing the work and we will continue to be here doing the work for as long as it’s needed.”
Ruppe said that she feels the nonproﬁt is needed now more than ever. The nonproﬁt has been able to support projects, students, existing and emerging community needs throughout the Triad, creating the only LGBTQ community
foundation in the Southeastern United States, according to its website.
“The foundation is part of what we do. The center is part of what we do. Both of those combined are greatly needed. There are still very few cities in the Southeast that have the types of resources through a foundation that we have and that’s able to fund smaller, grassroots programs - speciﬁcally for LGBTQ people or organizations that are speciﬁcally for LGBTQ people. We’re able to step in and build the capacity of the community around us through our grantmaking process and then, obviously being the third largest city in North Carolina, having a large and vibrant LGBTQ center is important to the visibility of our community.”
While the organization is at the beginning of its next strategic plan and isn’t ready to speak on its future goal, Ruppe said that whatever it will be is sure to serve the community.
“What we know is that we will continue to serve the community through programs that we have now, through events that unite the community, and through advocacy work to educate people about LGBTQ issues.”
For now, the organization hopes that the community comes out to help raise money and party for a good cause.
The party begins at 8 p.m. and runs to midnight, o ering attendees a night of music, dancing, and fellowship. Brenda The Drag Queen will emcee the event and there will be live music by Taboo Sue and The Drew Hays Jazz Trio, and dance music from DJs Jessica Mashburn and Evan Olson. Tickets are $30 in advance and at the door, with food and drinks for purchase.
“We want to celebrate. Yes, it’s a fundraiser but ﬁrst and foremost this is a celebration of the resilience of our community. Of just how far we’ve come and just how far we’re going,” she said. “Here we are in Greensboro 25 years later, stronger than ever and we want to celebrate that. Especially when we are back in a time where society is telling us to go back in the
closet and we’re not going to do that.” For more information about the Guilford Green Foundation or tickets, visit www.guilfordgreenfoundation.org. !
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Long Covid is more common and devastating than many realize
Long Covid, also known as “post COVID-19 syndrome,” denotes a variety of severe health issues that can occur weeks, months, and even years after recovering from the coronavirus. Few other than those studying or suffering from it realize just long it can last, how debilitating it can be or how common it has become. According to the Mayo Clinic, it occurs in 10%–20% of people who have had COVID-19, can later occur in those who were infected and recovered without experiencing severe symptoms, and commonly occurs in younger people, particularly women. Until she had it, 35-yearold Triad historian Jessica Cale did not expect to use her research skills to study Long Covid.
cause God knows, if a woman is sick with something we don’t understand, she must be hysterical.”
She said it took a year before anyone could offer her more than mystification and misdiagnosis.
“I was finally diagnosed with Long Covid by my amazing vascular doctor at Wake Forest in November. My cardiologist entertained it as a real possibility the month prior, but he was the first one. My vascular doctor keeps up with the studies coming out. He read my whole chart and identified it in ten minutes— POTS resulting from Long Covid.”
without experiencing severe occurs in younger people, old expect
POTS, the acronym for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, is defined by the National Institute of Neurological Orders and Stroke as a condition in which an excessively reduced volume of blood returns to the heart that occurs when an individual stands up after lying prone, resulting in lightheadedness or even fainting, accompanied by a rapidly accelerated heartbeat.
“I knew it was a possibility, but none of my doctors seriously considered it as a diagnosis. I didn’t know much about it going in, but none of my doctors did, either.”
Cale told YES! Weekly that she’s seen 20 different doctors and had 65 appointments.
“Each one has a different theory— anxiety, fibromyalgia, my gallbladder, kidney stones, you name it. Even the ones who suggested Long Covid as a possibility didn’t note it in my chart, so I have to start from scratch every time.”
“I knew it was a possibility, but much about it going in, but none of my doctors did, either.” 20 and pointments. anxiety, kidney ones as possibility didn’t note it in my chart, so I have almost told veloped
Cale said that she’s been prescribed almost 20 different medications, was told she needed a hysterectomy, and developed a severe allergy to plastic. She says she’s dealt with her fair share of misdiagnosis and dismissive physicians.
“This year had been incredibly frustrating, and I still don’t have an actionable care plan beyond moderate exercise, taking vitamins, and drinking more water. I’ve been offered anxiety meds more times than I can count be-
“I find it interesting that Long Covid and POTS statistically affect more women, and plenty of doctors don’t believe they exist. It’s also taken this long for clinical trials to even begin. Lots of people still believe it’s just in our heads—it’s medical gaslighting on an exceptional scale.”
Cale said she was aware of the existence of Long Covid, but because so many of her doctors had shrugged it off, it took a while for her to consider it a serious possibility.
“I had been reading about it because it made the most logical sense. I wasn’t surprised, but I was incredibly relieved to finally have an answer. Now I finally have a small team of great specialists, but I had to find them myself, and it took a year to do it. I wish there was a treatment plan, however. There’s still no one way to treat Long Covid, but I’m hopeful that the clinical trials taking place around the country will find something to help us.”
Cale is currently going to a Long Covid care clinic in Charlotte. She said that, when a neurologist at Wake Forest Baptist tried to refer her to Cone Health, that phone number was disconnected. A list of “Post COVID Care Centers” in
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North Carolina at www.survivorcorps. com includes one in LeBauer Medical Center at 520 North Elam Avenue, with a phone number no longer in service and a hyperlink not to a Cone-affiliated webpage, but to a FOX 8 article titled “Cone Health launching post-COVID care clinic for patients battling long-term side effects.”
Cone Health external communications manager Doug Allred confirmed that the dedicated clinic, closed last August. But, said Allred, the services it provided are continued by Tonya Nichols, at Cone Health Primary Care at Elmsley Square off Elm-Eugene Street.
“Basically, I was the clinic and I still am,” said Nichols in a phone interview. “We’re still seeing the patients; I’m a Nurse Practitioner and Doctor Olu Jegede is my supervising physician. He was over the LeBauer clinic and I was seeing the patients there.”
Nichols said she was seeing over 500 patients in late 2021 and for the first half of 2022. “It has slowed down, probably because more people being vaccinated is helping reduce the longhaul symptoms. Basically, almost all of the ones I was seeing two years ago have what I call graduated, and don’t need me anymore. We still get new ones, just not at the same rate, and I’ve had maybe 70 since then. And then there’s the people with whom it’s hard to tell if it’s really just Long Covid, or if there are other things going on, and I kind of have to tease that out. But I do my best to help regardless.”
She then described how she examines, treats, and refers them.
“What we do is a multidisciplinary team approach. I see and evaluate patients and refer them to specialists where necessary. Long Covid affects ba-
sically every system in the body, but not everybody has every symptom. If some, it’s mainly the heart, while with others, it may be neurological, or deconditioned weakness, or whatever. So, I pinpoint whatever issues they have going on, and refer them to the dedicated specialist, be it in cardiology, electrophysiology, neurology, or just physical therapy.”
Along with exhaustion, one of the most common Long Covid symptoms is brain fog, meaning persistent and significant cognitive problems, including impairments in concentration, attention, motivation, and memory.
Nichols said her Long Covid patients dealing with cognitive and memory dysfunction are typically hugely relieved to learn that there are therapies and treatments.
“I usually get them in with the speech therapy and the techniques on memory and cognition that are kind of like physical therapy for your brain. I connect them with a neurologist if they need an EEG or an MRI. I had one patient who had a brain aneurism after Covid and they had to do brain surgery.”
She offered advice for YES! Weekly’s readers.
“I was just reading about how with 75% of the new cases, people who’ve received the vaccines are at a threefold lower risk of dying than those who didn’t. So, vaccination is still important, and it looks like not enough people have gotten that last booster. For those that have, we’re definitely seeing benefits. And masks are still really important. Me and my whole family wore our masks when Christmas shopping and everybody should do that in a big crowd. And strict hand washing and social distancing are both still really important. Of course, that’s true no matter what. Flu is
really prevalent right now.”
Nichols said anyone concerned about lingering COVID symptoms can get an appointment with her by contacting the Elmsley Primary Care center at (336) 890-2165.
“I’m still getting a lot of patients from all over. No matter what it is, whatever symptom they think it might be, they can just reach out and set up an ap-
pointment to talk with me and we can go through what’s been going on with them, how long it’s been since they had Covid, and see if it really is a Long Covid symptom, and we can get them the help they need.”
She explained her criteria for diagnosing of Long Covid.
“Technically, they say if you’ve been having symptoms for about three months. I’d say anywhere from about eight weeks if you’re still having those symptoms. I don’t mind seeing people in an even shorter timeframe, so we can go ahead and jump on it and get them help sooner rather than later.”
Cale said she’s glad to learn of the work that Nichols is doing in Greensboro.
“I think that’s a fantastic approach, and I wish I had someone like Tonya to help coordinate my care. I’ve had to figure all of this out myself and call the specialists directly without referrals—I have a neurologist, cardiologist, vascular specialist, and two physical therapists who have been excellent. Are there other issues we haven’t found? Possibly, but I’m doing my best with the information I have.” !
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Orphan Riot comes of age
The punkers in Orphan Riot enter a new age with their new self-titled album, out now, on Co n Curse Records. Headed by guitarist and vocalist, Noel Greene, Orphan Riot’s latest release ushers their next era — eschewing their self-proclaimed title as “the world’s youngest old school punk band,” which they’ve been trucking since Greene started the group in his garage as a preteen.
Demonstrating a tenacity and dedication beyond his 18 years, Greene has failed to abandon Orphan Riot through a handful of EPs and a string of rhythm sections — the latest of which features Brennan Crawford behind the drums, with Dylan Rock on bass.
“Our new album is self-titled to represent a new beginning,” Greene explained. “It was written while I was trying to put the band back together, so a common theme is coming to terms with big life changes and starting over.” Experiencing a shift in eras and incarnations early on, as the band (and most of its members) age into their own — hitting the ﬁve-year milestone of their ﬁrst show in December. “I’m proud of everything we’ve done up until now, but the addition of Brennan and Dylan has been an absolute rebirth. I’m super stoked to see where we go next!”
They remain on the younger side — Greene and Crawford are fresh out of high school, though Rock is a generation ahead. “We met on Bandmix,” Greene said. “He’s in his 30s and married with two kids, but it’s been a great ﬁt. Everyone gets along really well and the band has never sounded better.”
Praising Rock’s vocal work (which appears on the track, “Yesterday”) Greene is stoked to share the mic. “He’s been doing a lot of vocals live and it sounds killer and I’m a big fan of bands with two singers like Rancid, Alkaline Trio, and Lawrence Arms.”
Greene’s fandom comes through — hints of Skiba’s tone resonate in new singles: “Devil’s Work” and “One More Round” (which has a video in the works).
While the infamous gravel of Tim Artstrong’s intonation carries across the Orphan Riot catalog.
As popular a ection and nostalgia squares in on the early ‘00s, Orphan Riot follows musical pathways of punks 20+ years their senior — taking more of a Hellcat Records route amongst the emo connections and scene-queen styles reentering the spotlight — ﬁtting amongst Triad contemporaries like Wolvesx4 (who played the release party at Local 506 earlier this month) while also conjuring a particular era of punk’s past — the likes of which o ering a ﬂavor those who miss bands like the Nondenoms, Social Life, or Queen Anne’s Revenge might particularly enjoy.
But for Greene, it’s neither nostalgia nor gimmick, it’s growing up in real time amidst album releases and a heavy tour schedule to the hop-along thump of Matt Freemanesque bass lines. “I started this band when I was ﬁrst getting into punk and I was writing inspired by bands I knew and loved at the time,” he said. “The more I discover the more I add to my arsenal when writing songs.”
As his arsenal (and voice) have grown, the subject matter stays true to the ideals behind the Henry Rollins’ quote Greene imbued in the liner notes for Orphan Riots debut LP “American Endgame”: “this is what Joe Strummer trained us for.”
Societal ideals from a punk standard ring in “Upon Conformity,” (which ﬂies along Green Day’s “J.A.R.” era) there’s the adorable self-deprecation ala Jesse Michaels’ style. Operation Ivy’s inﬂuence extends into the follow-up “37” EP, with the “High Cost of Living” single rolling in
tune with Op
Ivy’s “Bombshell.” Paying direct homage, Orphan Riot o ers a parody t-shirt of the legendary Bay Area punk band’s logo; and even covered “Vulnerability” on Co n Curse’s “Unity: a Tribute to Operation Ivy,” compilation album.
But the band is moving beyond the 924 Gilman bubble — they released a cover of “Forever Family,” from Richmond’s Ann Beretta in 2022. With their latest album, Greene’s voice has noticeably deepened, and their tracks tightened in a shift toward the east coast styles of Bouncing Souls; or the Chicagoland punk from Greene’s latest musical obsession: Alkaline Trio.
“It’s opened up a whole new outlet for me,” Greene explained, pointing to a new foundation and focus honed with help from producer Scotty Sandwich (at the Sandwich Shoppe in Oxford). “He’s been a huge help and a huge inﬂuence to us. He came out of the Chicago punk scene that gave birth to Rise Against and Lawrence Arms and Alkaline Trio so it’s been great to be able to learn a lot from him.”
“He’s really helped with the evolution of our sound and our writing,” Greene con-
tinued. “To me, songwriting is an outlet to better come to terms with whatever situation I’m in. The band’s sound has evolved with my listening habits, but we have a solid foundation in fast and melodic punk rock with a 90s ﬂavor similar to that of bands like Rancid and The Bouncing Souls.”
Looking back on where they’ve been, “Orphan Riot started in the summer of 2017 with two guys I went to middle school with and we started o playing covers,” Greene explained, referencing their ﬁrst show at Burlington’s Main St Vinyl the following December.
Vinyl the following December.
Following what he sees as a natural progression towards writing songs and gigging out, Greene exudes gratitude. “We really had to make our own opportunities in the beginning,” he said. “It took a lot of work and support from older bands in the scene to get where we are now.”
“At ﬁrst it was a struggle to ﬁnd places to play because we were young,” he continued, “but so many bands took us under their wing and helped us out a lot. There’s a real sense of community, and my favorite thing about touring is all the bands we get to hang with.”
gigging out, Greene exudes gratitude. “We really had to make our own opportunities in the beginning,” he said. “It took a lot of to play because we were young,” he continued, “but so many bands took us under their wing and helped us out a lot. There’s a real sense of community, and my favorite thing about touring is all the bands we get to hang with.” since members could legally drive. “My dad’s
And the struggle has paid o . The group has been touring since before most members could legally drive. “My dad’s always been super supportive and used to drive us around to gigs when we were ﬁrst starting out,” Greene said, tipping his hat toward his father (and the band’s manager) Mike. “We’ve always had a really tight dynamic.”
Together, Orphan Riot clocked 50-some shows in 2019 — Greene’s sophomore year of high school. Their 2021 “R.H.T.S. (Raise Hell This Summer) tour” reached across the upper Midwest and Southeast, with shows running from Michigan to Georgia. Life on the road has grown since — having a license these days helps. And with the new album in tow, they’re stoked to continue hitting the highway.
“We’re really looking forward to gigging out and promoting the new record,” Greene said. “We can’t wait to see where the next one takes us.”
Orphan Riot has show dates booked around North Carolina through February. Their self-titled album is out now via Cofﬁn Curse Records. !
KATEI CRANFORD is a Triad music nerd who spotlights area artists and events.
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BARn DInnER THEATRE
120 Stage Coach Tr. | 336.292.2211 www.barndinner.com
Jan 28: The legacy
Feb 4-25: Murdered to Death
Feb 10: Soul & Inspiration: A Tribute to The Righteous Brothers Feb 24: Encounter
310 S. Greene Street | 336.333.2605 www.carolinatheatre.com
5211 A West Market St | 336.763.2020 www.facebook.com/GarageTavernGreensboro
Jan 27: The Tess Band
Jan 28: Radio Revolver
1921 W Gate City Blvd | 336.373.7400 www.greensborocoliseum.com
Jan 27: A night of Soul: Frankie Beverly & Maze, The Isley Brothers
Jan 28: Toby Mac
Feb 3: Jurassic world live Tour
CAROlInA THEATRE 309 W Morgan St | 919.560.3030 www.carolinatheatre.org
Jan 30: Kenny wayne Shepherd Band Feb 11: Angel Olsen Feb 18: Shana Tucker, ChamberSoul Cello & Songs Feb 23: Tower of Power DPAC 123 Vivian St | 919.680.2787 www.dpacnc.com
Jan 28: M’SOUl in the Crown
Feb 11: Rouge: A Cirque & Dance Cabaret
Feb 17: Jo Dee Messina
Feb 18: The Mavericks
1126 S Holden Rd | 336.333.1034 www.thecomedyzone.com
Jan 26-28: Damon wayans Jr.
Feb 3-4: Michael Palascak Feb 10: Hypnotist leon Sankofa
Feb 10: The legendz of the Streetz
Feb 11: Journey w/ TOTO
Feb 23: Blake Shelton
1819 Spring Garden St | 336.579.6480 www.hangar1819.com
Feb 12: Gideon w/ For The Fallen Dreams
2411 W Gate City Blvd | 336.373.7400 www.greensborocoliseum.com
Jan 27: Steel Panther
Feb 24: Green queen Bingo
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N Main St
18: Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball
| 336.804.9441 www.facebook.com/firehousetaproom/ Feb
South Fayetteville St. | 336.610.3722
28: High Cotton
5: Randolph Jazz Band
19: Honky Tonk Jam w/ Mark Dillion & Friends
E Main St | 919.967.9053
25: John Craigie
27: Matt Heckler
1: Suki waterhouse
2: MJ lenderman
3: Jon Shain & FJ Ventre
4: Bob Marley Birthday Bash
4: Colby Acuff
6: Patty Griffin
9: warren Zeiders
10: G. love & Special Sauce and Donavon Frankenreiter
10: Kathleen Edwards
E Independence Blvd | 704.372.3600
29: Asphalt Meadows w/ Momma
3: Fantasia w/ special guest Joe
4: Vive Chuhuahua
8: John Mellencamp
15: Dancing with the Stars: live!
17: Katt williams
25: 2023 Blues Alright Tour
NC Music Factory Blvd | 704.916.8970
THE FIllMORE 1000
26: we Came As Romans
27: noel Miller
29: Steel Panther
5: Big Gigantic
CEnTER 333 E Trade St | 704.688.9000 www.spectrumcentercharlotte.com Feb 8: Carrie Underwood Feb 17: Impractical Jokers Feb 18: Adam Sandler Feb 26: winter Jam 2023
6000 Meadowbrook Mall Ct | 336.448.5330 www.facebook.com/vstaphouse Jan 27: Kids in America Band Jan 28: Ross Coppley Band Feb 2: James Vincent Carroll Feb 3: Hampton Drive Feb 4: Black Glass Feb 9: Soundkraft Feb 10:
CLEmmOnS VIllAGE SqUARE TAP HOUSE
Hawthorne Curve Feb 11: Jill Goodson Band
Jan 31- Feb 5: Cats
Feb 28-Mar 5: Jagged little Pill Mar 8: Trixie and Katya live Mar 14: Il Divo Mar 24-27: Trevor noah
Reeves Open Mic
Thursdays: Old-Time Jam
3: Silk Groove Revue Feb 4: Big Daddy love Feb 11: Presley Barker
Feb 8: Dancing with the Stars: live! Feb 22: Brandi Carlile Feb 24-26: Riverdance
ELKIn REEVES THEATER 129 W Main St | 336.258.8240 www.reevestheater.com wednesdays:
25: David lin
27: Mark Ficks STEVEn
www.tangercenter.com Jan 24-29: Cats Feb 1: Jason Isbell + The 400 Unit Feb 7-9: RIverdance Feb 10: Royal Comedy Tour Feb 11: John Pizzarelli & Catherine Russell THE IDIOT BOx COMEDY ClUB 503 N. Greene St | 336.274.2699 www.idiotboxers.com Thursdays: Open Mic Jan 28: Steve, AJ and Some lady Feb 3-4: Robert Baril Feb 17: AJ Schraeder wInESTYlES 3326 W Friendly Ave Suite 141 | 336.299.4505 www.facebook.com/winestylesgreensboro277 Feb 11: Taylor williams Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday at 5 p.m., prior to the week’s publication. Visit yesweekly.com and click on calendar to list your event online. home grown mu S ic S ce ne | c om piled by Shane h ar t Jan 25: Sam Tayloe (Time Sawyer) w/ Abigail Dowd + Mike McKenna Jr Jan 27: Saphron + Galloway + Carcrashpoolparty Jan 28: Tommy Prine w/ Jordan Smart Feb 1: 3rd Annual Dilladoomsday: Tribute to J Dilla & MF Doom Feb 2: Wine & Design Feb 3: Elora Dash w/ Taylor Parker Williams HOURS: Tues-Fri: 3pm-unTil saT & sun 12pm-unTil 221 Summit Ave | 336.501.3967 www.flatirongso.com upcoming EvEnts
Rd | 336.282.0950 www.facebook.com/rodystavern Jan
TAnGER CEnTER 300
Street | 336.333.6500
HiGH Point tHEatrE
220 E Commerce Ave | 336.883.3401 www.highpointtheatre.com
SwEEt olD Bill’S
1232 N Main St | 336.807.1476 www.sweetoldbills.com
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N Main St | 336.883.4113 https://www.1614drinksmusicbilliards.com/ Jan 28: Black Glass
Feb 18: triad Has talent Showcase
Mar 25: the Funny Godmothers
9: Metro Jethro’s
Feb 23: tin Can alley
118 E Main St | 336.207.1999 www.thedeckatrivertwist.com
tJ the DJ
Miller Feb 3:
BrEatHE CoCktail loUnGE 221 N Main St. | 336.497.4822 www.facebook.com/BreatheCocktailLounge wednesdays: karaoke Feb 24: SMaSHat liberty
SHowCaSE tHEatEr 101 S. Fayetteville St | 336.622.3844 www.TheLibertyShowcase.com
Stephen Freeman and
legend Show Band
3: twitty & lynn: a tribute to Conway & loretta
4: lonesome river Band
11: wonderwall: a Beatles tribute
Oak Ridge Rd | 336.643.6359
Echoes of a
oak ridge BiStro
28: Jordan & Madisen
4: Barefoot Modern acoustic
11: two for the road
18: limited Engagement
25: Jordan & Madisen
27: love tribe & niito
28: Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
29: Daniel Donato
31: tauk Moore
1: neal Francis w/ Danielle Ponder
9: Big Gigantic
9: the Stews w/ Easy Honey
10: Far too Jones w/ lauren nicole
15: the Great Mountain Groove Ft. Sicard
the Sweet lillies and Pixie & the Partygrass Boys
& the Blowfish w/ SUSto
raleigh linColn tHEatrE 126 E. Cabarrus St | 919.831.6400 www.lincolntheatre.com Jan
PnC arEna 1400 Edwards Mill Rd | 919.861.2300 www.thepncarena.com Jan
121 West 9th Street | 336.448.0018 www.earlsws.com Mondays: open Mic thursdays: will Jones Jan 27: time Bandits Jan 28: Billy Creason Feb 3: Drew Foust Feb 10: Matt Dylan
27: Patrick rock
FootHillS BrEwinG 638 W 4th St | 336.777.3348 www.foothillsbrewing.com Sundays: Sunday Jazz thursdays:
Heather rogers Feb
Megan Doss Feb
Hall 11141 Old US Hwy 52, Suite 10 | 336.793.4218 www.facebook.com/midwaymusichallandeventcenter Mondays: line Dancing Jan 28: Jimmy Shirley Jr. and the Footlights
4: Squirrel nut
raMkat 170 W 9th St | 336.754.9714 www.theramkat.com Jan 28: them Pants w/ withdrew Feb
and the Moonpies Feb
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[ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might be hurt by a colleague’s harsh criticism. But don’t let it shake your conﬁdence in what you’re trying to do. A more positive aspect starts to appear by week’s end.
[TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You’re torn between your sensible self and the part of you that enjoys acquiring lovely things. Best advice: Wait for a sale, and then buy yourself something wonderful.
[GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your artistic side has practical applications this week, such as redecorating your home or redesigning your personal stationery. Whatever you do, someone special will like it.
[CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You could be drawn into a problem between friends or family members. Best bet: Ask the questions that go to the heart of the matter, and then get them all together for a group hug.
[LEO (July 23 to August 22) As much as you love being the center of attention, your big Lion’s heart impels you to share the spotlight with a colleague who helped you with that well-praised project.
[VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Your eagerness to act on a challenge is wisely tempered early in the week by a lack of necessary information. Things begin to clear up during the weekend.
[LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A relationship you’d hoped would keep going seems to be going nowhere.
Close it out and move on to a brighter romantic aspect just beginning to manifest itself.
[SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Things don’t go completely as planned this week. But enjoy the surprises, even if you have to adjust your schedule. Some of them could be quite delightful.
[SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Making choices is usually easy for you straight-shooting Archers. But a new development could deﬂect your aim. Try to put o decisions until you know more.
[CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) While part of you might prefer taking a more familiar path, let your more daring and -- admit it --super-curious self see what the unexplored has to o er.
[AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Those nasty types have slithered back under the rocks and present no more problems. Now’s the time to move ahead on that promising new relationship.
[PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A new o er could clear up that lingering money problem. Also, a more conﬁdent attitude on your part might help you get that personal situation back on track.
[BORN THIS WEEK: You have a way of turning chaos into order. You’re also generous with your help for those who seek it.
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1. MUSIC: Which band sang the theme song to TV’s “Friends”?
[2. ANATOMY: What is the only bone in the human body that isn’t attached to another bone nearby?
[3. LITERATURE: What is the setting for the “Anne of Green Gables” novel series?
[4. TELEVISION: Who plays the lead role in the sitcom “Mr. Mayor”?
[5. GEOGRAPHY: Where are the Spanish Steps located?
[6. HISTORY: How long did the ﬁrst man in space, Yuri Gagarin, orbit the planet?
[7. AD SLOGANS: Which restaurant chain advises customers to “eat fresh”?
[8. SCIENCE: What is the only form of energy that can be seen with the human eye?
[9. ANIMAL KINGDOM: With which animal do humans share 98.8% of their DNA?
[10. MOVIES: Which movie features the famous line, “I see dead people”?
1. The Rembrandts (“I’ll Be There for You”). 2. The hyoid bone. 3. Prince Edward Island. 4. Ted Danson. 5. Rome, Italy. 6. 108 minutes. 7. Subway Restaurants. 8. Light. 9. Chimpanzee. 10. “The Sixth Sense” (1999).
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