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6 DALE POLLOCK is known for many things: He penned the best-selling biography Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas (1983). He produced 13 feature films, including The Mighty Quinn (1989) and Set It Off (1996).
8 When my fellow liberals complain to me about right-wing nut jobs who keep getting elected and then ask me, “ What can we do to defeat these extremists ?” My answer to them is, “DIAL BACK YOUR OWN EXTREMISM.”
9 CREED III, the third in the big-screen franchise spun off from the Rocky franchise, marks the feature directorial debut of Creed himself, Michael B. Jordan. As
well as delivering another star turn, he proves himself a very competent filmmaker, and Creed III is an entertaining sequel.
9 THE QUIET GIRL (An Cailin Ciuin), adapted from Claire Keegan’s 2015 short story Foster by screenwriter/director Colm Bairead, is the first Irish film to receive an Oscar nomination for Best International Film – and it’s easy to see why.
14 “ THEY STOLE MY SON FROM ME and won’t even release the name of the officer who did it,” said Wakita Doriety during a March 9 press conference in front of the United States District Court in downtown Greensboro, at which Doriety wiped tears from her face while embraced by three of her surviving children.
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Chow Down with John Batchelor at Sweet Old Bill’sBY JOHN BATCHELOR
Bill Heard’s father had a business card that read, “Sweet Old Bill” on one side. The other side said, “Most people call me Sweet Old Bill, but some just use the initials.” That’s how Heard chose his restaurant’s name.
As you might gather from the story, this place doesn’t take itself too seriously. But it consistently delivers the goods. This is a restaurant that is just easy to enjoy. The food is casual southern — “burgers, ‘cue, and brew” according to the logo. I would add that ingredients are fresh, prepared accurately and appropriately, and just taste good.
Concrete ﬂoors and brick walls reinforce sound, so the interior is noisy, but quiet wouldn’t ﬁt this concept anyway. A long community table occupies center stage, ﬂanked by the bar along one side, booths lining the other. Live music is provided often. Black and white photos illustrate scenes from High Point’s history. Multiple television sets keep you up to date with sports. Patio seating is available, but a sign warns at the gate, “Absolutely no alcohol Beyond This Point, so start chugging!”
In addition to a wide variety of beers, the bar mixes some really good drinks. A Hurricane took me right back to New Orleans. Wine o erings are appropriately casual for the concept, reasonably priced.
From the Starters section of the menu, my wife and I enjoyed Corn Fritters — delightfully crispy, bursting with corn ﬂavor from abundant kernels, plus ﬁne dice jalapeño peppers for a pleasant, spicy-hot kick. Ranch dressing mellows things out.
Onion Dip is baked and served in a presentation-size black iron skillet. Soft Vidalia slices are naturally sweet, cooked soft, blending well with a Parmesan and cream cheese host. Toasted baguette slices are provided for spreading.
A restaurant like this has to have a good burger, and Bill’s does. The patty yields deep beef ﬂavor, augmented with crisp bacon, structured on an excellent brioche bun.
The kitchen houses an industrial size smoker with a rotisserie that slow cooks meats over hickory and hardwood coals. The technique pays o in ﬂavor and texture.
The SOB Rueben is based on pastrami,
smoked in-house, covered with melted Swiss cheese, spread with thousand island dressing on marbled rye bread, plus sauerkraut. It’s a quality rendition of this perennial favorite.
For lighter fare, several soups and salads are available.
The Plates section of the menu o ers a range of beef, pork, chicken, and seafoods, with combinations available.
The Brisket emits solid beef ﬂavor from fork-tender texture, augmented with Lexington-style barbecue sauce. You can get this sliced or chopped. I especially like the Pulled Pork, also with Lexingtonstyle barbecue sauce. (Lexington style is tomato based, as opposed to Eastern North Carolina style, which is primarily vinegar-based.) Chicken here ranks among the best I have had — juicy, with abundant ﬂavor developed during
cooking, spiced with a dry rub- made in-house.
Salmon is grilled — my serving was ﬁrm, but not dry or overcooked — with extra ﬂavor from a chimichurri sauce. That sauce mates well with the meats, too.
Plates come with a choice of two vegetables. Green beans are fresh, cooked soft, southern style — good, but some needed stringing. Potato salad is also southern style, with soft chunks of potato. Slaw looks and tastes freshly made from coarse-cut cabbage and slivers of carrot in mayonnaise-based dressing.
French fries and sweet potato fries are nice and crisp. I liked all of these, but my favorites were collard greens and blackeyed peas.
A separate children’s menu o ers lower-priced choices that are likely to
appeal to young appetites. Desserts ﬁt the Southern theme — especially the homemade Banana Pudding. I will try to work in a dessert here in the future, when diet allows.
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Talking Chopped and RiverRun with Dale Pollock
Dtried for murder, and during the trial, the young physician James Winchell Stone employs an early form of stenography to record the courtroom transcript.
Discrepancies in the case lead Stone to turn amateur sleuth and uncover the truth, which leads him on a dark, sometimes dire path that will change his life, and perhaps impact American history in the process.
ale Pollock is known for many things: He penned the bestselling biography Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas (1983). He produced 13 feature ﬁlms, including The Mighty Quinn (1989) and Set It O (1996). He’s twice been the dean of the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), from 1999-2006 and again in 2021 (as interim dean), and was a professor of Cinema Studies there until his retirement in 2021. He’s been reviewing movies on WXII Channel 12 in Winston-Salem for over a decade. And he’s the man who engineered the “eastward migration” of the RiverRun International Film Festival from Asheville and Brevard to WinstonSalem. (We’ll get to that later.)
Now, Pollock has published his ﬁrst novel, Chopped: A Novel, a work of historical fashion based on an actual murder trial in pre-Civil War Boston. On Thanksgiving 1849, the city’s wealthiest man, Dr. George Parkman, was murdered and pieces of a human body were discovered in a vault underneath chemistry professor John Webster’s laboratory. Webster is
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Pollock’s impetus for writing Chopped was that his wife Susie is a direct descendant of Dr. Stone. Her mother, Pamela O’Kee e, had long been fascinated by the case — and her family’s ties to it. It was O’Kee e who began the process of researching the case, but it was left to the Pollocks to pick up the torch. (The book is dedicated to both women.)
“My mother-in-law was not a writer and not a researcher,” Pollock said, “so in some cases, I had to literally re-research what she’d researched because she simply didn’t know how to do it properly. It’s a fascinating and still-controversial case. It was the ‘O.J. Simpson Trial’ of its day.”
Pollock began work on Chopped in 2004. There were times, he admitted, that he felt stymied by the task and pushed it aside, sometimes for months on end. “I needed some air, I needed some space — but I always had a lot of encouragement, and I also wanted to fulﬁll a dream of hers (O’Kee e), because it all started with her. The hardest thing was transitioning from being a nonﬁction writer to a ﬁction writer. I realized I wasn’t a natural ﬁction writer. I did a lot of drafts — at least 20-25 — and it was very di cult.”
He found inspiration in the writing styles of his favorite authors. “Elmore Leonard, to be sure. His admonitions about style were incredibly valuable. I also admire a writer named Don Winslow, who has written several novels about the Mexican drug cartels and American DEA agents. He has a great sense of pacing. Other than that, every writer I ever read! Who can tell where some of the inﬂuences come from?”
Nevertheless, Pollock’s patience and tenacity have produced a novel he is pleased with.
“By the end, I was satisﬁed,” he said. “I think it’s an easy read. It’s based on a sensational trial and there’s a strong romantic element. I did 12 years of research in Boston, and I walked every street my characters did that still existed
150 years later. Every character is a real person, with a couple of exceptions. The early reactions I’ve gotten from people are that they really feel they’re in Boston in the 1850s. I wanted it to be accessible and entertaining while retaining the historical integrity, and if I’ve achieved that I’m very pleased.”
Pollock has embarked on a “mini tour” to promote the book throughout the Piedmont Triad. On Friday, he’ll be doing a signing at 6 p.m. at Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, followed by another March 21 at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Winston-Salem, and then April 29 (“Independent Bookstore Day”) at Piedmont Books in Winston-Salem. Chopped is available on Amazon and the o cial Barnes & Noble website, and is currently available at bookstores in WinstonSalem, Greensboro, and High Point.
Kevin Thomas, the long-time ﬁlm critic for the Los Angeles Times, worked alongside Pollock when he was a sta writer (late ‘70s-early ‘80s) before embarking on his ﬁlmmaking career. “It was a pleasure to have Dale Pollock as a colleague at the Times, where he wrote excellent ﬁlm industry reportage,” Thomas said.
In 2008, Thomas was a juror at the RiverRun International Film Festival.
“A ﬁrst-rate festival,” he declared. “It was a delightful experience. It has a reputation for being as friendly to ﬁlmmakers as it is to audiences, and I’ve seen it up close. I can’t say I’m surprised RiverRun is celebrating its 25th anniversary.”
“Dale was one of the ﬁrst people I met when I came to interview for the RiverRun position,” recalled Rob Davis, Riverrun executive director. “He’s the only individual we’ve ever presented with our Visionary Award, as it was his vision that brought RiverRun to WinstonSalem. We presented the award during our 20th-anniversary celebration. Now, we are celebrating our 25th anniversary, and he has been a source of leadership and inspiration to the festival since it arrived in town. I am looking forward to reading his novel as his non-ﬁction work is exceptional.”
Although Pollock isn’t as directly involved in the festival’s day-to-day activities, he’s still an emeritus board member and one of its biggest champions, and reaching the silver-anniversary milestone “absolutely blows my mind,” he laughed. “I have great conﬁdence that it will return to its pre-pandemic level (in terms of attendance). It’s not easy; the business has changed. But RiverRun’s been around for 25 years and has a great reputation. I’m as excited about the 25th anniversary as anyone.”
For more information about Chopped: A Novel, visit https://dalempollock.com/ books/, and the o cial RiverRun International website is https://riverrunﬁlm. com/. !
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Piedmont Opera will delight audiences with one of the most remarkable works of Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti: Don Pasquale. The performance runs on March 17th at p.m., March 19th at 2 p.m., and March 21st at 7:30 p.m. at the Stevens Center of the UNCSA in downtown Winston-Salem. A free, pre-opera discussion will occur 45 minutes before each performance for all ticket buyers.
Don Pasquale (Brad Smoak) is a romantic comic opera in three acts. The music is Donizetti at his best, with bel canto melodies that are bubbly and contains showstopping songs for the soprano (Cree Carrico) and tenor (Kameron Alston) and one of the funniest and most challenging patter duets ever written.
Pasquale is a wealthy old man who decides to get married to spite his nephew Ernesto whose current girlfriend, Norina, Pasquale ﬁnds unsuitable for his family’s stature. He asks his friend Doctor Malatesta (Michael Redding) for help, and the girl Malatesta delivers is none other than Norina. Norina transforms from the docile convent-schooled maiden into a bossy trophy wife who sets about spending all of Pasquale’s money. Pasquale now has the opposite problem: how to get rid of her fast!
Local bars and restaurants are in on the fun to help promote the production. Each bar created its own version of the Trophy Wife cocktail. Piedmont Opera encourages its patrons to support or local establishments by selecting a Trophy Wife. Eastern Standard, Je rey Adams on Fourth, Joyner’s Bar, The Wrong Number and The Trophy Room Bourbon Bar are all participating in the promotion.
Piedmont Opera will announce its new season on opening night. The fall 2023 show will be Piedmont Opera’s last performance in the Stevens Center of the UNCSA for several years as it moves into a massive renovation project. Originally a 1929 silent
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Don Pasquale is conducted by Dr. John McKeever and directed by Piedmont Opera’s Artistic Director James Allbritten.
Tickets begin at $20 and are available at PiedmontOpera.org or 336-7257101. Tickets will also be available at the door.
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“How Liberals Can Win in 2024”
hen my fellow liberals complain to me about rightwing nut jobs who keep getting elected and then ask me, “ What can we do to defeat these extremists?” My answer to them is, “Dial back your own extremism.” If you’re liberal, ask yourself why folks like Donald Trump, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and our own Lt. Governor Mark Robinson came to power? It’s because they were able to tap into the anger that common folk have for liberal agendas. I’m not saying that any of us liberals can reform far-right extremists who hate Gays, Transgenders, Blacks, Hispanics, Jews, and anyone else who
Wisn’t White and Christian. Those idiots are hard-core misfits who still think Trump is the real President. But, if we use some common sense, we might be able to pry well-meaning conservatives away from the clutches of the haters. If not, then Democrats could lose the White House and the Senate next year, and have no chance of controlling the majority of State Houses. Here are just a few examples of rhetoric and policy that we liberals need to tone down until after the 2024 elections:
First of all, Democrats don’t need to defend everything Biden does or says. For example, it’s not going to help us elect liberal candidates next year by yelling at a reasonable conservative who doesn’t think we should be sending money and weapons to fight Russia. Keep in mind that, until recently, Ukraine couldn’t even get into NATO because it was so corrupt. But now, Biden is proud to be giving away resources that we can’t spare. To add insult to injury, Uncle Joe pledged to
“protect Ukraine’s borders.” That left even the most moderate Republicans asking, “Hey Joe, what about protecting OUR borders?” “MAGA” may have been commandeered by Trump to stand for White supremacy, but there’s nothing wrong with liberal candidates and their followers embracing an “America First” stance if they want to win over moderate voters next year.
Another issue that angers mainstream voters involves Transgender policy initiatives. The overwhelming majority of taxpayers believe that there are only two genders: male and female, yet most liberals want to use tax dollars to cover the costs for government employees to have gender reassignment procedures. Well-meaning conservatives also don’t like it when teachers get suspended or fired for refusing to use politically correct pronouns. Meanwhile, the left keeps pushing for Trans males to be able to compete in women’s sports, even though female athletes (both Gay and straight) oppose it. And God forbid, if a moderate Republican individual utters a word in opposition to the Trans agenda, they get shouted down and unjustly labeled Transphobic. As a result, those non-Transphobic Republicans end up voting for actual Transphobic candidates.
Then there’s the matter of public safety. Conservatives who don’t even like or want to vote for right-wing nuts, go nuts themselves when liberals call for de-funding the police. Yes, there are
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bad cops who abuse their power and deserve to be prosecuted, but if you want to weed out the far-right wackos from government, please don’t go around saying that all cops are bad. Generalizations and stereotypes are never constructive, but right now they are downright destructive. That’s because police and sheriff’s departments all over the country are dealing with unprecedented shortages of officers, and that poses a danger to everyone.
Here’s some more advice for my fellow liberals. Don’t keep lobbying for Drag Queen story hour at elementary schools and public libraries. Again, you’re not ever going to convince far right-wing voters that drag queens are harmless. You’re only going to alienate moderate Republican parents who will use this issue as yet another excuse for why they decide to vote for far right-wing candidates.
And please, stop pushing Quiet Quitting and Bare Minimum Mondays as a politically correct way to reduce your stress. The moderate blue-collar conservatives who we want to reach are busting their asses each and every day to keep food on the table, and they can’t afford to do the bare minimum on any day because they’re dealing with real stress every day.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not advocating that you abandon your core beliefs, I’m just giving liberals (including those of us in the media) some things to consider between now and the primary season. At the very least we need to stop guilting moderates over every issue, then canceling them if they don’t acquiesce. Think of the upcoming election cycle as a giant Thanksgiving table where family members with sharply divergent views agree to stay off their soap boxes in the name of peace, at least for a while. There are just too many right-wing nuts currently occupying State and federal offices, and we liberals don’t need to help them add to their numbers by crusading for left-wing agendas. !
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Creed III: Jordan calls the shots in Round Three
reed III, the third in the bigscreen franchise spun o from the Rocky franchise, marks the feature directorial debut of Creed himself, Michael B. Jordan. As well as delivering another star turn, he proves himself a very competent ﬁlmmaker, and Creed III is an entertaining sequel.
As the ﬁlm opens, we ﬁnd the former heavyweight champ Adonis Creed living a life of luxury in Los Angeles with wife Bianca (Tessa Thompson) and their young daughter, Amara (charming Mila Davis-Kent). Having retired after beating “Pretty Ricky” Conlon (Anthony Bellew), who bested him in the ﬁrst ﬁlm, all is smooth sailing in the Creed camp. That will change, almost overnight, with the introduction — or re-introduction — into Adonis’s life of Damian Anderson (Jonathan Majors). Years before, Damian was a Gold Gloves champ with a bright future, until he and Adonis got into a scrape with the law. Adonis ﬂed, Damian took the heat — and the rap — and has spent almost two decades in the slammer. Now he’s out and he has a plan: Become the heavyweight champion of the world. And his old friend is the key to that plan.
Jordan is not only a terriﬁc actor but a star. The camera loves him, and it may seem surprising that as director he all but cedes the ﬁlm to Majors. This, however, proves a wise decision, as Majors (a graduate of the UNCSA School of Drama) stakes out his turf with an e ectively slow-burning turn. His maneuvering to win the championship is literally Machiavellian, and he ensnares Adonis by playing on his earlier loyalty (even adoration) and, more importantly, his guilt. Damian is a worthy
Cadversary in every sense of the term. Yet for all his sneering bravado, he’s never entirely unsympathetic. Majors is clearly a star on the rise, and this performance is a big boost in that direction.
It is, however, the predictable trajectory of the narrative that ultimately makes Creed III anticlimactic, to say nothing of formulaic. The earlier ﬁlms, Creed (2015) and Creed II (2018), were a triﬂe overlong but undeniably rousing and uplifting. Creed III is the shortest of the three yet sometimes feels like the longest, its redemptive notes struck a little less forcefully than before. Still, Jordan and cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau, clearly relish the ﬁlm’s almost noir-ish atmosphere and the nifty ﬁght sequences, which still pack a punch (no pun intended). Reliable Wood Harris is back as the faithful trainer Duke, and Phylicia Rashad enjoys what will likely be her ﬁnal turn as Adonis’s devoted mother. The domestic scenes are well-handled, but it essentially kills time until Creed’s return to the boxing ring to confront Damian (and his past), where the real ﬁreworks happen — and indeed they do. There has been some controversy, of sorts, that this is the ﬁrst ﬁlm not to feature Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa. Much of it seems to have emanated from Stallone himself (who has been vocal in his criticism of series producer Irwin Winkler), but there’s really no place for the character here. Rocky is duly mentioned a few times, but the only conceivably appropriate scenario for his return would be during Adonis’s training. Yet the inevitable training montage is so perfunctory — and predictable — that Rocky would have been relegated to the sidelines in any event. (Stallone does retain a producer and a character possessory credit.)
The climactic championship bout is wellrendered, but is there really any suspense regarding the outcome?
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Oscar-nominated The Quiet Girl exudes a quiet power
The Quiet Girl (An Cailin Ciuin), adapted from Claire Keegan’s 2015 short story Foster by screenwriter/director Colm Bairead, is the ﬁrst Irish ﬁlm to receive an Oscar nomination for Best International Film –and it’s easy to see why.
Catherine Clinch, in a knockout feature debut, plays Cait, a shy and timid young girl who tries to remain as inconspicuous, even invisible, as possible. She feels stiﬂed at home by her siblings and likewise at school by her classmates. Indeed, it’s more than 10 minutes into the movie before she literally utters so much as a word.
With her mother (Kate Nic Chonaonaigh) expecting yet another baby and her father (Michael Patric) often otherwise engaged – usually at the local pub – the decision is made for Cait to spend time with her mother’s distant cousin, Eibhlin (Carrie Crowley), and her husband Sean (Andrew Bennett) at their dairy farm. Cait isn’t Alice and she’s not going to Wonderland – it’s Waterford, actually –but she’s about to embark on a life-afﬁrming journey beyond her expectations.
Sean’s a little gru at ﬁrst, but Eibhlin is completely attentive to Cait’s needs
and shows a keen interest in her. As it transpires, Cait is as therapeutic for them as they are for her. The reason for this is a secret they’ve kept from her. It’s not a diabolical secret – The Quiet Girl is not that kind of movie at all – but it is a devastating one. As beﬁts its title and titular character, The Quiet Girl is a quiet movie. There are no heated exchanges or even raised voices. But there’s no need for such histrionics. The ﬁlm is insightful, compassionate, and observant. The actors, particularly Clinch, convey the emotions of their characters with no undue fuss. When someone observes that Cait is quiet, Sean sagely replies: “She says as much as she needs to say.” That also applies to the movie, which culminates in a ﬁnal scene that will have many reaching for the Kleenex.
The acting by Crowley, Bennett, and Clinch is impeccable. They don’t seem to inhabit their characters; they seem to be them. Bairead is due considerable credit for his tact, restraint, and compassion. The Quiet Girl is a little classic, fully deserving the accolades it has reaped. In English and Irish with English subtitles. !
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The Exmoor Squirrel Project, a conservation endeavor in the United Kingdom aimed at saving the native red squirrel, has proposed that people set live traps for the non-native grey squirrel and that restaurants serve its meat, the BBC reported on Feb. 28. “Our woodlands, landscape and the biodiversity isn’t set up to deal with the behaviors of the grey,” said the group’s manager, Kerry Hosegood. “We’re going to introduce them to restaurants in the Exmoor area because they actually make for good eating,” she added. “This isn’t something that we like to do ... just target greys ... It’s a very serious project.” She said the grey squirrels have caused about 40 million pounds’ worth of damage to trees annually.
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Mushrooms have been in the news a lot lately, but you probably didn’t know that Texas has a state mushroom: the Devil’s Cigar or Texas Star. KXAN-TV reported that the Lone Star State’s designated fungi is ultra-rare, growing only on decomposing cedar elm or oak tree stumps and roots in the U.S. and Japan. It comes out of the earth in a cylindrical shape, then “will open up into a three- to eight-pointed star,” said Angel Schatz of the Central Texas Mycological Society. That’s when it releases its spores and sometimes hisses. “It is a very cool mushroom to have as our state mushroom,” Schatz said.
Kansans take their tornado sirens seriously, so it was no surprise that on March 4 in the Wichita suburb of Park City, a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place to mark the reinstallation of the city’s oldest Thunderbolt siren, KSNWTV reported. The sirens are remnants of the Cold War, and four of them are still in service in Sedgwick County. “About a year ago, we took them down, had them refurbished, and put them back up in our system,” explained Jonathan Marr, deputy director for Sedgwick County Emergency Management. The feted siren had been in use for 70 years.
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Tattoo artist Dean Gunther of Manchester, United Kingdom, has made one man’s body goals come true: He’s inked a ripped six-pack on the man’s torso, freeing the man from eating right and
exercising more, the Daily Mail reported on March 6. “He decided that by getting a six-pack tattoo, he will always look summer-ready while still being able to enjoy beer and good food,” Gunther said of his customer. The artistic tat took two days to complete.
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David Jimenez, 65, of Maui, Hawaii, was arrested on March 6 for “pursuing a humpback whale,” CBS News reported. Jimenez, who calls himself Dolphin Dave, was allegedly harassing the whale and dolphins in Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park, where he was snorkeling. Jimenez was unrepentant, though: He told officers “he’s not going to stop swimming with whales and dolphins ‘because it’s magical and others do much worse things.’” Humpback whales are protected under the National Marine Sanctuaries Act.
In China, women modeling lingerie for online retailers violates the country’s rules about spreading obscene material, Insider reported on March 1. Instead, underwear companies are hiring men to model the clothing — and it’s working out better than you might think. “The guy wears it better than the girl,” one online commenter posted. Others argue that the restrictions are “depriving women of job opportunities.” “We don’t really have a choice,” said one business owner, Mr. Xu. “The designs can’t be modeled by our female colleagues, so we will use our male colleagues to model it.”
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Greensboro City Council accepts federal funds for homelessness & a ordable housing
At Greensboro City Council’s March
7 meeting, Mayor Nancy Vaughan announced “a public hearing to receive comment on the proposed HOMEARP Allocation Plan and adopt a resolution to authorize the federal program allocation plan to the United States o ce of Housing and Urban Development.”
HOME-ARP, known as Home Investment Partnerships American Rescue Plan, is a program funded by HUD that provides funds to reduce homelessness and increase housing stability in 651 participating jurisdictions across the country.
“Anything that will help with housing, we need it,” said Mayor pro tem Yvonne Johnson.
Caitlin Bowers, Neighborhood Investment Manager with the Housing and Neighborhood Development Department, presented the council with bullet points from the most recent draft of the plan.
Bowers stated that Greensboro was awarded $6,601,747 in HOME-ARP funds to assist the following qualifying populations: those homeless or at risk of homelessness; those ﬂeeing or attempting to ﬂee domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafﬁcking; other populations where provid-
ing supportive services or assistance would prevent the family’s homelessness or would serve those at greater risk of homelessness; and veterans and families that include a veteran that meet one of the preceding criteria.
The $6,601,747 allocation also leverages other public and private dollars to create housing units or provide shelters. The funds, which must be expended by Sept. 30, 2030, can be used towards the production or preservation of a ordable housing and the creation or maintenance of Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) supportive services, including homeless prevention services, housing counseling, and the purchase and development of non-congregate shelter.
As a condition of receiving these federal funds, the City must submit a HOME-ARP Allocation Plan, which is due to HUD by March 31, 2023, after Council approval. According to the drafted plan discussed at the meeting, $2,500,000 (38%) will go to supportive services; $1,471,660 (22%) to TBRA; $2,300,000 (35%) to the development of a ordable rental housing; and $330,087 (5%) to administration and planning.
District 3’s Zack Matheny was the ﬁrst council member with questions.
“We are asked to allocate six and a half million dollars to these well-needed programs,” said Matheny, who then asked “how can we better educate” the community, sta , and council. “What communication should we ask for in understanding how these programs are doing and if they are being successful?”
Matheny referenced the temporary program for safe winter housing for the city’s unsheltered population that Council approved in October, which resulted in 30 pallet homes being installed in at Pomona Park and operated by the Interactive Resource Center; the day center for Greensboro’s unhoused population. On March 1, the city announced that the pallets would be disassembled in stages throughout the month, with approximately 10 people being transferred to other housing accommodations each week for four weeks.
“I’ve heard mixed things about the pallet homes,” said Matheny, “but no real data from the City Manager’s o ce to us about a monthly number, how many units are occupied, or how many beds are occupied in the Regency Inn [also used to shelter the unhoused]. It would behoove us all to have better communication. If there’s one topic we talk about at every meeting, it is this, it is a ordable housing, it is homelessness, the unsheltered.”
“I’ve been providing you all with weekly updates,” responded City Manager Taiwo Jaiyeoba. “If you will look at what I sent on February 10th, 17th and 24th, I had data in terms of occupancy. My next update will be this coming Friday.”
“Your email from February 10th does state that the demolition of the Doorway Project is gonna happen,” said Matheny. “You did an eloquent job expressing the timeline of the demolition, but we don’t know how many beds were full, how many were empty, I don’t see anything
about the success of the program. And what if we’re not ﬁguring out by the end of March where folks are going to be housed after that?”
Matheny said that Jaiyeoba and City Attorney Chuck Watts “do a great job of ﬁlling us full of information on some things,” but alleged their information was short on numbers.
“Six weeks ago, I heard that some pallet homes were not in use, and then I heard that, actually, they were. So, can you update us on how the city of Greensboro is moving the needle on putting roofs over people’s heads? Because we get up here, and folks can yell at us and say whatever the hell they want to and blast us, and we have nothing to come back with except your eloquent note about the demolition of the pallet homes.”
Neighborhood Development Director Michelle Kennedy stated that the 30 pallet homes could house 58 people. “They averaged roughly 53 per night and most of that has to be with folks transitioning in or out. But to answer your larger question, one of the things we’re doing as a department that I think will be particularly helpful, is we’ve gone back to the beginning of last ﬁscal year and pulled every single item that has been before you, and what we’re doing right now is giving notated updates, and we’ll make that document available, updating it moving forwards as we go.”
Matheny thanked her and suggested Jaiyeoba send a separate email with information that council members can
share with the public.
Kennedy stated that the pallet homes were part of “the winter shelter process” and “once that’s over at the end of March, that’s when we pull all that cumulative data and produce it, but if you would like that more frequently through the winter months moving forward, happy to do that.”
“I would like that data,” said Johnson. “We go out and speak to people and they often ask that question.”
“These are data points we need to push out from a city perspective to educate,” said Matheny. “I mean, that’s a media point for you.”
Kennedy replied that “one of the things we’ve worked on with Carla [Banks] and the communications team over the past months is how to do that. We’ve also engaged with a PR ﬁrm to do some consulting with us, to give you better tools as you are out in the community, and to give better tools to neighborhood associations and community groups.”
Matheny turned his attention back to Jaiyeoba.
“Mr. Manager, I think one of the key things on these ARP funds, and I think it can be what I call the Columbo moment when you come back and say one more question, there will be somebody who asks what was our return on investment? And if we have the data points to back it up, and we can tell the community the return on investment, it will go a long way for the community and city sta and city council about just educating the public, because we’ve never done a good job of that.”
District 1’s Sharon Hightower expressed rueful amusement at agreeing with Matheny.
“Zack, some of what you say, you’re right about, although quite honestly, I hate to say it. I have been asking for quite a while and have been very confused about what’s going on. I think you’re absolutely correct because I heard everything from the pallet shelters were empty
to we’ve ﬁlled all of them.” Hightower asked if the HOME-ARP Funds could be used for sheltering those su ering from HIV.
“We will be working with Triad Health Project on what we can do,” said Bowers. “Whether it be hallmarked dollars [meaning the HOME-ARP funds], or HOPWA [Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS] funds speciﬁcally for that population, which we will receive in 2023 and 2024.”
Representative at-large Hugh Holston agreed on the need for concise data points and “snapshots” of information. “Many times, we’re drinking from a ﬁrehose. There’s a lot of information out there, and a more condensed form makes it easier to grasp and convey.”
Holston asked about the 5% to administration and planning. “Is that the cityrelated administration and planning?”
Bowers said she could provide more information later, “but it’s not going to be speciﬁc to internal sta .”
District 5’s Tammi Thurm expressed “some concerns about the growth in what
we’ve passed in housing-related assistance programs in the past two years.”
“We have greatly increased the burden on our Neighborhood Development team. I’d like to hear, at some point, what’s the increased programmatic burden we’ve put on ourselves in these programs? Are we keeping up? I’m very concerned that many of these are federal grants, and there’s a lot of paperwork and administration behind all those, and the last thing I want to do is risk future grants because we’re falling behind and can’t keep up with the workload. I want to make sure we’re
administering these programs smartly.” “We will need some additional infrastructure to carry these out in the manner that I think you all expect,” said Kennedy. The motion was then moved by Hightower and seconded by Holston. It passed 8 to 0, as District 2’s Goldie Wells had asked to be excused from the meeting before the vote. !
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.
Lawsuit ﬁled over killing of 17-year-old by GPD
“They stole my son from me and won’t even release the name of the o cer who did it,” said Wakita Doriety during a March 9 press conference in front of the United States District Court in downtown Greensboro, at which Doriety wiped tears from her face while embraced by three of her surviving children.
Prior to Doriety’s tearful speech, her attorneys announced a federal lawsuit over the killing of her 17-year-old son Nasanto Antonio Crenshaw by Greensboro police during a Market Street tra c stop on August 21 of last year.
According to the only statement from the GPD about the incident, “it was determined the vehicle was stolen.” Minutes later, Crenshaw was shot multiple times by a police o cer and died at the scene. A minor described, by the GPD as 15 but by the Crenshaw family as 14, was in the front passenger seat of the moving car when the o cer ﬁred into it. Three other minors ﬂed the vehicle. Neither Crenshaw nor the other minors were armed.
Last September, Crenshaw’s sister Nakita told Triad City Beat that a group of teenagers had picked her brother up at their Fayetteville home hours before he was killed in Greensboro. Speaking at a memorial last September, Doriety said
that the person who reported the stolen car was a soldier who lent the vehicle to the teens and called the Fayetteville police when it wasn’t returned that afternoon.
The GPD press release stated, “While the o cer was attempting to detain the vehicle and remaining occupants, the suspect vehicle struck the police car. The vehicle then accelerated, and the o cer discharged their weapon.”
What this description leaves out, alleged by the complaint ﬁled by Doriety’s attorneys, is that the suspect’s vehicle sideswiped the o cer’s car while attempting a three-point turn out of the Super G parking lot and that the o cer identiﬁed in the Complaint as Defendant John Doe “was still seated inside of his patrol vehicle and at no time was in any imminent threat of harm.”
“Once Nasanto’s vehicle came to rest in a parking space,” continues the complaint,
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“Defendant Doe” exited his vehicle and commanded Crenshaw to “get on the ground now!” When Crenshaw pulled away from the o cer, “Doe” stepped forward and ﬁred. “At no time was Defendant in the trajectory path of Nasanto’s moving vehicle.”
It describes Crenshaw as receiving gunshot wounds to his right forearm, right-side rib cage, and the right side of his neck, and alleges “the trajectory of the bullets entering Nasanto’s body is consistent with Defendant Doe standing on the side of Nasanto’s moving vehicle and not in the trajectory path.”
The Complaint cites the North Carolina case of Williams v. Strickland, 917 F.3d 763 (4th Cir. 2019), in which the Court ruled: “O cers had violated the Fourth Amendment to the extent that they started to use deadly force, or continued to use deadly force, once the car had driven by them — i.e., once it was no longer reasonable for them to believe that the car was about to run them (or their fellow o cers) over.”
Doriety is represented in the lawsuit by High Point attorney Chimeaka White and Atlanta-based attorney Harry M. Daniels. Daniels represented the family of Andrew Brown Jr. in their lawsuit against the Pasquotank County Sheri ’s O ce after Brown was killed by a gunshot to the back of the head in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. While bodycam videos of the killing have been blocked from public release by judicial order, Daniels alleged they depicted Brown sitting in his parked car with both hands on the wheel when he
was shot. In June of 2022, Brown’s family was awarded a $3 million settlement, approved by the Pasquotank County Board of Commissioners.
During the March 9th press conference, Daniels compared Crenshaw’s killing to Brown’s, alleging the only di erence was “Nasanto was not an adult.” Attorney White told the press, “More than likely, we won’t ﬁnd out the name of the o cer until the discovery phase is open.”
The city of Greensboro has refused to comply with public information requests for the name of the o cer who killed Crenshaw, even though public records librarian Kurt Brenneman stated in a December 27 email that “the name of the o cer is a public record.”
This litigation comes in the wake of lawsuits over the deaths of Marcus Deon Smith and Joseph Lopez Jr., killed by Greensboro police in 2018 and 2021.
The Smith case was settled last October for $2.57 million. Hours after the Lopez lawsuit was announced last July, the GPD ﬁred o cer Matthew Hamilton and the District Attorney indicted him for manslaughter. In the ongoing civil suit, the city funded Hamilton’s defense by attorney Amiel Rossabi, which City Attorney Chuck Watts stated is in accordance with a 1980 city council resolution requiring the city to pay the legal bills of employees even if they are ﬁred for a criminal o ense. !
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.
The Spring Festival Forecast
As clocks spring forward and festival season springs into action, here’s your 2023 North Carolina spring festival forecast.
Getting a start in the Triangle, the experimental Walk-In Closet Fest at Panther Lake runs March 17-19, with Triad artists like Pretty Odd and Kenny Wavinson. Further east, Spazz Fest XIV runs across Greenville, March 23-26. Honoring its now-defunct home base, the Spazzatorium, the festival spans a handful of venues — kicking o with a special Rap Round Robin, hosted by Winston-Salem’s Aaron “Emceein’ Eye” Brookshire, on March 23 at Alley Cat Records.
In Greensboro, Royal Jelly sticks with seasonal celebrations for their “2nd Annual Spring Equinox Fest,” on March 25, at Oden Brewing. Jessie Dunks and Viva La Muerte are along for the ride, with vendors and face painting, and a stu ed animal (or two.)
Summerﬁeld Farms gets into the spirit with a “Spring Music Fest,” on March 26, featuring Justin Reid, Jack Rabbit, and Caleb Zeiglar performing in a pond-side setting. Farm life continues during Gipsy Danger’s Farm Fest at the Cadillac Ranch in Elon on April 15. Megan Doss, Back
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Porch Orchestra and the Mason Lovette Band are on the bill, with proceeds supporting farmland preservation through the North Carolina Farm Bureau. Turning to more industrial settings, the “Out of the Shadows” showcase returns to Incendiary Brewing’s Coal Pit arena on April 29, shining a light on local businesses and bands like: His and Hers, GoRyanGo, Couldn’t Be Happiers, The Grand Ole Uproar, and Tupelo Crush.
Dreamy spring festivals continue around the state: J. Cole’s Dreamville Music Festival returns to Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, April 1-2, with performers including: Usher, Burna Boy, Drake, Lil Durk, Ari Lennox, City Girls, Sean Paul, EarthGang, Jessie Reyez, Key Glock, Sir, Lute, Omen, Marqus Clae, Victony, Summer Walker, J.I.D., GloRilla, Bas, Waka Flocka Flame, Mario, Ayra Starr, Baby Tate, Cozz, Jordan Ward and Reuben Vincent.
Over in Durham, WXDU and Duke Coffeehouse present the annual Brickside Music Festival on April 8, with Laraaji, Kate NV, Yaya Bey, Special Interest, and more. Down in Charlotte, Bob Fleming will bring “Blood Sugar Fest Magic” to the Milestone on April 8, as a fundraiser for Keystone Diabetic Kids Camp.
To the east, the Wub N Dub Arts and Music Festival electriﬁes the woods outside of Willard, April 21-23, beckon-
ing attendees to the mothership for a weekend of “grimy bass, ridiculous wubz, and hypnotizing grooves.”
Hitting the crystal coast, the Beaufort Music Festival returns May 19-20, with Grace Potter, Andy Frasco, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Saxsquatch, and more. Headlights shine and engines rev that same weekend at the Power and Sound Revival: a car, bike, and music festival triple-threat taking over Camp Springs Park in Elon. Quaker City Night Hawks, Jive Mother Mary, JSW, Abby Bryant and the Echoes, and Chuck Mountain are a few of the acts scheduled between a variety of auto-centric competitions.
Abby Bryant fans can also catch the songstress at “Earth Day Jam’’ in Salisbury on April 22, along with Caitlin Krisko and the Broadcast, The Get Right Band, and Swim in the Wild. Bryant will also be at the Boonerang Music and Arts Festival, June 15-17, with DaShawn Hickman, Possum Jenkins, Will Easter, the Je Little Trio, and many more.
Folks can catch a Caitlin Krisko encore at the Casual Campout, where “weirdness is welcomed,” just outside of Raleigh, May 12-13. Brennan Fowler and the Wright Ave are among the lineup of artists with ties to the Triad — Fowler will also be at the High Country Hootenanny, as part of Oh No! Casino. The two-day
campout runs April 21-22, at the High Country Motorcycle Camp in Ferguson. Will Easter is also pulling multiple fests — he’ll be in Statesville for the “Singers and Songbirds Songwriter Festival,” running April 13-16.
Meanwhile, Je Little will be at MerleFest, April 27-30, in Wilkesboro. Celebrating its 35th year (and Doc Watson’s 100th birthday) the festival continues drawing fans from all over to the Blue Ridge Mountains with regional artists and major acts — spanning beyond the bluegrass roots of the region. Black Crowes’ Chris and Rich Robinson are scheduled with their Birds of A Feather outﬁt — joining artists like Little Feat, Marcus King, Tanya Tucker, and the Avett Brothers in adding some rumble — along with the litany of regional artists like Joshua Ray Walter, Black Opry Revue, The Avett Brothers, Colin Cutler, Casey Noel, and Lightnin’ Wells. Pickers-a-plenty remain, with bluegrass stars like Sam Bush, Alison Brown, the Kruger Brothers, Po Ramblin’ Boys, and Woody Platt and Shannon Whitworth on the bill.
Platt and Whitworth will split the weekend — heading from the foothills to the Highlands Plateau for the annual Bear Shadow festival, April 28-30. The celebration awakens seasonal hibernation with a jolt from artists like
Spoon, The Head And The Heart, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Fruit Bats and Amythyst Kiah. Platt’s other group, Steep Canyon Rangers, will be down around Charlotte for the North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival, May 12-13, at the Historic Rural Hall. The festival boasts to host “as many NC brewers who can be here on Saturday,” in addition to a stacked lineup featuring Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway, 49 Winchester, Susto, Lilly Hiatt, Kaitlin Butts, Time Sawyer, Kiely Connell, and Paleface.
Keeping with tradition, the Po Ramblin’ Boys will spend the weekend before MerleFest at the Big Lick Bluegrass Festival in Oakboro, April 20-22. Full of standards, the lineup includes Deeper Shade of Blue, who’ll also be at the Malpass Brothers Country and Bluegrass Festival in Denton, May 11-13 (along with Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, Lonesome River Band and the Little Roy and Lizzy Show). Deeper Shade will join Lonesome River and Little Roy on the bill at the Willow Oak Park Bluegrass Festival in Roxboro, June 15-17.
Jordan will also be at the Blue, Brew, and ‘Que Festival in Kenansville on March 25. Celebrating the bounty of bluegrass and barbeque, the lineup also features the Cleverlys, Chatham Rabbits, and Tim White and Troublesome Hollow. A similar celebration goes down in Raleigh for the North Carolina ‘Cuegrass Festival on April 15, with Jon Shain and FJ Ventre, Old Habit, Eliza Meyer, and more. And if that wasn’t enough bluegrass, there’s RockyFest on April 22 in Hiddenite; the Pilot Mountain Outdoor Adventure Festival and Expo (featuring Old Crow Medicine Show) on April 21 and Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers Convention, June 2-3, in Mount Airy; and the Blu Mountain Festival on June 10 in Hot Springs.
Taking roots down the mountain, Donna the Bu alo will follow up their MerleFest appearance with another spring round of Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance, May 4-7, in Silk Hope. Larry and Joe are on the bill — they’ll also be at the OcraFolk Festival, June 2-4, on Ocracoke Island.
Closer to home, the Strange Fruit Festival returns to downtown Greensboro, on April 15, to highlight local BIPOC artists including: the Polk Duo, SkyBlew, NuBeing Collective, the John Henry Ensemble, and Yolanda Rabun.
Turning the page, the Greensboro Bound Literary Festival returns May 1820, with 55 authors and various events, workshops, and screenings. In a di erent shade of blue, the 37th annual Carolina Blues Festival is also in downtown Greensboro that weekend, with the main event concert at LeBauer Park on May
20. In the Triangle, the Durham Blues and Brews Festival goes down on the same day in Durham’s Central Park. From blues to bluegrass and more, the Dunleath Porch Fest, now with expanded hours, will turn a historic Greensboro neighborhood into a music-city microcosm, with dozens of performers scattered across porches into the evening of June 10.
Getting heavy and horriﬁc, the Carolina Chainsaw Massacre returns for round two, with two days of metal and horror spreading from the Triangle (at the Kraken on May 5) to the Triad (at Arizona Pete’s on May 6). Possessed, Exciter, Incantation, Gruesome, and False Prophet, are among the metal bands playing. Movie fans will enjoy appearances from icons and scream queens like Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2) and Evil Dead’s Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly, and Richard DeManincor. Evil Dead fans can catch Dana DeLorenzo at the Carolina Fear Fest a couple of weeks later, “celebrating all things horror,” May 26-28, at the NC State Fairgrounds — with horror icons like Barbara Crampton, Heather Matarazzo, and David Naughton. Film fans can also enjoy the RiverRun International Film Festival in WinstonSalem, April 12-23; and the North Carolina Black Film Festival celebrates its 18th year, May 18-21, in Wilmington. Getting back to the metal, Greasy Grindfest III goes down at the Pour House in Raleigh on May 6, with Greensboro’s Negative Bias and Middle Earth. And at the Backwoods Metal Fest hits the Outer Banks, on June 17, at the Historical McHorney’s Odditorium in Barco.
Speaking of the beach, “Beach Fest” in Selma will celebrate its 10th anniversary with The Embers, Band of Oz, Jim Quick and Coastline, and Spare Change on April 29. Shaggers can catch a reprise from Band of Oz and Jim Quick at the Atlantic Beach Music Festival on May 20 and the Carolina Beach Music festival on June 3.
Celebrating the ﬂavors of spring, the Hemp Hop Festival and Lip Sync Battle goes down at Old Nick Williams Company Farm and Distillery in Lewisville on April 15; the Mt Olive Pickle Fest gets “dilllightful” on April 29; and the Greensboro Food Truck Fest takes over downtown on April 30.
Packing sweetness, there’s the Carolina Strawberry Festival, May 5-6, in Wallace; the Cheerwine Festival, May 20, in Salisbury; and the NC Blueberry Festival, June 16-17, in Burgaw.
Spring festivals have sprung, y’all. And it all sounds delicious. !
KATEI CRANFORD is a Triad music nerd who spotlights area artists and events.
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Mar 20: New Found Glory
Mar 21: Cheekface
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Mar 24: Abbey Road LIVE!
Mar 24: Medium Build
Mar 25: Jervis Campbell w/ Thomas
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Mar 27: Tennis
Mar 27: Magic Giant
Mar 27: Tennis
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Apr 15: Brandon Lake
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Mar 16: Nick Cannon w/ special guests
Mar 20: Jordy Searcy
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Mar 28: KANKAN
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Mar 18: Rauw Alejandro
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Mar 16: Corky Jams
Mar 17: Laasater Union
Mar 18: Ross Coppley
Mar 23: Cory Luetjen
Mar 24: Throwdown Jones
Mar 25: Halden Vang Band
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Mar 21: Tye Tribbett
Mar 23: HITS! The Musical
Mar 25: Orpheus and Eurydice
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Mar 24-27: Trevor Noah
Mar 28: Tedeschi Trucks Band
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Wednesdays: Reeves Open Mic
Fourth Thursdays: Old-Time Jam
Mar 17: Colin Cutler
Mar 18: Luke Mears Band
Mar 25-27: Fiddle Dee Dee
Mar 26: Summit Strings
Mar 30: Elkin Big Band: Love & Romance
Mar 31: Alex Williams
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Mar 28: Cory Asbury w/ Riley Clemmons
Mar 30: Whos Live Anyway?
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Mar 23: James Vincent Carroll
Mar 30: Renae Paige
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Mar 24-25: Annie Lederman
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Mar 18: Sleepless Denver
Mar 15: Florencia & The Feeling w/ Elora Dash + Honest Debts
Mar 16: Dance From Above
Mar 17: The Keith Allen Circus w/ The Wright Ave
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Mar 18: Wristband Band
Mar 19: Irish Jam Session
Mar 23: Brooke McBride
Mar 24: Daniel Love & The Love Rustlers
Mar 25: Jukebox Rehab
Mar 30: Dustin York
Mar 31: Brother Pearl Band
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Mar 25: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band
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Mar 25: Evan Blackberby
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Mar 24: Shane Key
Mar 29: William Nesmith
Mar 31: Jason Bunch
STEVEN TANGER CENTER
300 N Elm Street | 336.333.6500
Mar 14-19: Ain’t Too Proud
Mar 23: Buddy Guy
Mar 25: Yolanda Adams
Mar 28-Apr 2: Les Miserables
Apr 6: Price is Right Live!
Apr 18-23: Beetlejuice
Apr 27: Theresa Caputo Live!
Apr 28: Ben Caputo
THE IDIOT BOX
503 N. Greene St | 336.274.2699
Thursdays: Open Mic
Mar 24: Andy Forrester
Apr 15: Katie K
Apr 22: Steve Gillespe
HIGH POINT THEATRE
220 E Commerce Ave | 336.883.3401
Mar 25: The Funny Godmothers
Apr 1: Ben Vereen
Apr 14: Barbra Lica
SWEET OLD BILL’S
1232 N Main St | 336.807.1476
118 E Main St | 336.207.1999
Mar 16: Renae Paige
Mar 18: Sawmproots
Mar 23: Ethan Smith
Mar 24: Second Glance
Mar 25: Radio Revolver
Mar 30: Micah Auler
Mar 31: Big City
Apr 6: Porcelain Lovecraft
Apr 8: Muddy Creek Band
Apr 14: Stephen Legree
Apr 15: Cory Leutjen
Apr 20: Micah Auler
Apr 22: Hampton Drive
Apr 28: Carolina Ambush
Apr 29: Radio Revolver
THE LIBERTY SHOWCASE THEATER
101 S. Fayetteville St | 336.622.3844
Mar 16: Chapel Hart
Mar 17: Dailey & Vincent
Mar 18: Aaron Tippin
Mar 25: Dewey & Leslie Brown
2205 Oak Ridge Rd | 336.643.6359
Mar 18: Limited Engagement
Mar 25: Wilde...Chris & Amanda Barrens
CCU MUSIC PARK
AT WALNUT CREEK
3801 Rock Quarry Rd | 919.821.4111
126 E. Cabarrus St | 919.831.6400
Mar 16: Boombox
Mar 17: Adam Doleac
Mar 18: Shoot to Thrills w/ Stone
Mar 19: Will Hoge & The Wild Feathers
Mar 21: Moe.
Mar 22: The Movement w/ Kyle Smith
RED HAT AMPHITHEATER
500 S McDowell St | 919.996.8800
1400 Edwards Mill Rd | 919.861.2300
Mar 13: Greta Van Fleet
5701 Randleman Rd | 336.908.6144
Karaoke Every Tuesday & Thursday
Mar 18: Bad Romeo
121 West 9th Street | 336.448.0018
Mondays: Open Mic
Thursdays: Will Jones
Mar 17: The Bandits
Mar 18: Russ Varnell
Mar 24: Sam Robinson Band
Mar 25: Billy Creason
Mar 31: Jesse Ray Carter
772 Trade St | 336.999.8945
638 W 4th St | 336.777.3348
Sundays: Sunday Jazz
Mar 17: The Almost Irish Band
Mar 19: Patrick Rock w/ Special Guest
Mar 24: John Montgomery w/ Special Guest
170 W 9th St | 336.754.9714
Mar 16: Resse McHenry, P-90’s
Mar 18: End of the Line: A Tribute to the Allman Brothers Band
Mar 22: Popa Chubby
633 North Liberty Street | 336-917-3008
www.roarws.com | www.roarbrandstheater. com
Mar 17: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration w/ Live Music!
WISE MAN BREWING
826 Angelo Bros Ave | 336.725.0008
Thursdays: Music Bingo
last callby Fifi Rodriguez
[1. MOVIES: What is the name of Scarlett and Rhett’s daughter in “Gone with the Wind”?
[2. GEOGRAPHY: What body of water lies between Australia and New Zealand?
[3. TELEVISION: Eric Camden is a minister on which TV dramedy?
[4. CHEMISTRY: Which element has the Latin name stannum (Sn)?
[5. LITERATURE: Which book is ﬁrst written in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series?
[6. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is the name of the bird logo on Twitter?
[7. ANIMAL KINGDOM: How long does it take a sloth to digest food?
[8. PSYCHOLOGY: What is the irrational fear represented by coulrophobia?
[9. MYTHOLOGY: Which Greek god stared at his own reﬂection until he died?
[10. INVENTIONS: What did Alessandro Volta invent? answer
9. Narcissus. 10. The electric battery.
7. An average of 16 days, and up to 30 days. 8. Fear of clowns.
Witch and the Ward-
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Week of March 20, 2023
[ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Some unsettling facts about a past situation could come to light. And ,while you’d love to deal with it immediately, it’s best to get more information to support your case.
[TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A straightforward approach to a ba ing situation is best. Don’t allow yourself to be drawn into an already messy mass of tangles and lies. Deal with it and move on.
[GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Don’t be discouraged or deterred by a colleague’s negative opinion about your ideas. It could actually prove to be helpful when you ﬁnally get around to ﬁnalizing your plan.
[CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Ignore that sudden attack of “modesty” and step up to claim the credit you so rightly earned. Remember: A lot of people are proud of you and want to share in your achievements.
[LEO (July 23 to August 22) A ﬁnancial “deal” that seems to be just right for you Leos and Leonas could be grounded
more in gossamer than substance. Get an expert’s advice to help you check it out.
[VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Don’t ignore that suddenly cool or even rude attitude from someone who is close to you. Asking them for an explanation could reveal a misunderstanding that you were completely unaware of.
[LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Unless you have sound knowledge, and not just an opinion, it’s best not to step into a family dispute involving a legal matter, regardless of whom you support. Leave that to the lawyers.
[SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) An awkward situation presents the usually socially savvy Scorpian with a problem. But a courteous and considerate approach soon helps clear the air and ease communication.
[SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A calmer, less tense atmosphere prevails through much of the week, allowing you to restore your energy levels before tackling a new challenge coming
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up by week’s end.
[cAPrIcorN (December 22 to January 19) Your approach to helping with a friend or family member’s problem could boomerang unless you take time to explain your method — and how and why it (usually!) works.
[AQuArIus (January 20 to February 18) Someone who gave you a lot of grief might ask for a chance for the two of you to make a fresh start. You need to weigh the sincerity of the request carefully before giving them your answer.
[PIsces (February 19 to March 20) Too much fantasizing about an upcoming decision could affect your judgment. Better to make your choices based on what you know now rather than what you might learn later.
[BorN THIs week: You have a way of seeing the best in people and helping them live up to their potential.
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Jaki Shelton Green, ninth Poet Laureate of North Carolina appointed in 2018 and reappointed in 2021, is the first African American and third woman to hold the position. She is a 2019 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow, a 2014 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee, a 2009 NC Piedmont Laureate appointee, and a 2003 recipient of the North Carolina Award for Literature.
Jaki Shelton Green contributed to "The Carolina Table," GTCC's 2022-2023 All-College Read selection.Koury Auditorium on the GTCC Jamestown Campus