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4 On August 21 of last year, 17-year-old NASANTO “DUKE” CRENSHAW was fatally shot by an unnamed Greensboro police officer on West Market Street. . In the lawsuit filed on March 9 by the victim’s mother, the shooter is identified as Officer John Doe.
5 Do you know the HISTORY OF JAMESTOWN, Florence, Sapptown and Oakdale? How about your own ancestry? Did you know this area was once the home of many gold mines?
6 One of the more popular additions at MARKETPLACE CINEMAS IN WINSTON-SALEM has been the live stand-up comedy shows presented in association with Greensboro’s The Idiot Box Comedy Club.
7 Salem Academy and College, in partnership with Bookmarks, will present author SAMI SCHALK, PH.D. on Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Schalk will present and discuss her second book,
“Black Disability Politics,” followed by a book signing.
8 DENIM BRADSHAW, a student at Walkertown Middle School, died on January 28 from injuries he sustained while competing in a local bull riding event. He was only 14 years old.
9 THE SCI-FI MONSTER MASH 65 is set 65 million years ago and begins on the planet Somaris, where the inhabitants are recognizably human and speak English.
14 Attitudes towards school shootings have changed a lot since the FATAL 1994 SHOOTING at Greensboro’s Grimsley High School. Former US House candidate Adam Coker believes a March 10th incident at Grimsley indicates those attitudes have not changed enough.
15 SPIRIT OF HAMLET, a supergroup quartet spread far and wide, has released their debut album, “Northwest of Hamuretto,” out now on Broken Sound Tapes.
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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.
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Records reveal GPD’s explanation for not releasing name of o cer who shot 17-year-old
n August 21 of last year, 17-year-old Nasanto “Duke” Crenshaw was fatally shot by an unnamed Greensboro police officer on West Market Street. In the lawsuit filed on March 9 by the victim’s mother, the shooter is identified as Officer John Doe.
On March 17, GPD public information officer Josie Cambareri replied to activist Hester Petty’s request for the officer’s name:
“This is the way the concept of names was explained to me by legal. The names of each Greensboro Police Department employee are a public record. The fact that a specific employee was involved in a specific incident, however, is not one of the matters of public record enumerated in North Carolina General Statute 160A-168.”
As previously reported, City of Greensboro public records librarian Kurt Brenneman stated in December that the officer’s name “is a public record.” Here is further context for that statement.
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OOn August 24, 2022, activist Jason Hicks filed a public records request for “all CAD reports and recordings related to the Crenshaw shooting. CAD refers to Computer-Aided Dispatch systems used by dispatchers and 911 operators to record incidents and dispatch personnel.
On Nov. 8, Brenneman wrote that N.C. 132-1.4(c)(5), cited by Hicks as support for the information being pubic, “applies to communications between or among employees of public law enforcement agencies that are broadcast over public airways” and “does not apply to the call(s) released.”
On Nov. 11, Hicks wrote that this response “implies the communication was on a private channel,” but that it “clearly wasn’t, otherwise no record would’ve been released” and that, as “the communication between law enforcement is a public record; therefore, who is communicating is also a public record.”
On Nov. 11, Brenneman emailed Hicks that “the number that was assigned to the officer that night has not been redacted.”
On Dec. 2, Hicks requested the name of the officer associated with number P3133. He noted that, in response to previous requests in which he’d provided the numbers assigned to officers in CAD reports, the GPD released the names of those officers. Hicks concluded by asking what statute would allow the release of the names and employment records for his previous requests, while not allowing the same for his current one.
On Dec. 5, Brenneman told Hicks that he could file an appeal, which Hicks did. On Dec. 7, Brenneman emailed Hicks the following statement (bold emphasis added):
“In response to your public records request concerning the name of the Greensboro Police Department officer whose call is documented in the 911 computer-aided dispatch report, the report documents a call that was made over the Radio Dispatch System, which is a communication between or among employees of public law enforcement agencies that are broadcast over the public airways. Thus, the name of the Police officer is public record . I was
wrong about this, and I am sorry!”
On Dec. 8, Hicks asked Brenneman to “please identify the officer.”
On Jan. 10, Brenneman replied that P3133, the number given in the CAD report as that of the officer who shot Crenshaw, and P6124, another number supplied by Hicks, “are not unique identifiers assigned to particular officers.”
Hours later, Hicks replied, “You told me three weeks ago over the phone that those numbers were in fact unique identifiers.”
On Jan. 18, Brenneman wrote that, according to the Greensboro Police Department, those numbers “are not unique identifiers for a specific officer and therefore are not a public record.’”
On Jan. 20, Hicks replied with several attached police reports, which, he stated, indicated that P6124 indicated “J.C. Cho” and P15778, a number from an unrelated CAD Report, “is J.A. Cozart.” This, argued Hicks, established P3133 as also a unique identifier.
On Feb. 8, Brenneman replied: “Ms. Brigitte Blanton, Director, Greensboro Public Libraries, concurs with the Police Department’s response and denies your appeal.” Hicks asked Brenneman to whom he could make a further appeal. After Brenneman replied that Hicks could appeal to City Manager Taiwo Jaiyeoba, Hicks declined to do so.
However, Hicks made another request for information, this time providing Brenneman with an officer’s name. On March 3, Brenneman replied:
“In response to your public records
request concerning all public information for Police Corporal Kyle Hilchey, the Greensboro Human Resources Department responds, ‘City of Greensboro implemented a new Human Resource Information System in January of 2023. At this time, the new system does not provide all the information identified as public records for current and former employees as defined in N.C. Gen. Stat. § 160A-168 (b). The City is working with its vendor to rectify this matter.’”
Police departments across the nation do not always release the names of officers who kill. In the 2016 article “In fatal shootings by police, 1 in 5 officers’ names go undisclosed,” the Washington Post reported that in the cases of 962 fatal shootings by police that year, 210 of the shooters “have not been publicly identified by their departments.”
However, the seven months that have passed without the city releasing the name of the officer who shot Crenshaw are unusual for Greensboro. Former officer Mathew Hamilton, who fatally shot the unarmed Joseph Lopez on November 19, 2021, was identified as the shooter less than two weeks later, even though Hamilton was not fired and indicted for manslaughter until June 6, 2022, three hours after attorneys for the Lopez family announced a wrongful death lawsuit. !
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.
New event focuses on Jamestown communitiesBY CAROL BROOKS | Cab1hp@gmail.com
Do you know the history of Jamestown, Florence, Sapptown and Oakdale?
How about your own ancestry?
Did you know this area was once the home of many gold mines?
How did the Jamestown Public Library come to be located in the old school?
Did you know Deep River Kennels and Hunting Lodge were located on the property D.R. Horton plans to construct a housing development?
You can learn the answers to these questions and others at Community Day, March 25, at Mendenhall Homeplace.
Billed as “a day for sharing the Jamestown community’s past and present,” Community Day is new for the Historic Jamestown Society, which has organized the event.
“We’re doing this to bring the community together,” said Julia Ebel, president of the Historic Jamestown Society, “so that we can learn from each other and, hopefully, come out of this as a community more aware, stronger, more compassionate.
“There a lot of interesting facets to our community we don’t always the opportunity to share. [For example,] if you live in Forestdale, you may not know the folks who live in the Oakdale area.”
She mentioned that you may only
cross paths with other communities or different backgrounds at the grocery story, but you usually do not stop to talk.
Tables will be set up on the lawn at the Homeplace as well as in the Richard Mendenhall and Madison Lindsay houses on the grounds and the Mendenhall Store across the street. Visitors are welcome to stop at all the tables to ask questions and learn.
“I want people to just talk,” Ebel said. “Informally. Not presentations. Mostly it’s to experience other people’s experiences. We need to share our own stories, stories about our families.”
Other topics include deed search and genealogy research, early Forestdale neighborhood, post office, Lindale Farm, mills, photography, herbs, veterans, Bales Chapel area, conservancy and much more.
Jamestown will grow if we learn from the past.
“As we reflect and share, our goal is to grow in mutual understanding and awareness as we recognize the power of the past to shape our present,” Ebel said. “I want to make the connection between the past and the present. We are here because of the past.”
The free Community Day will take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mendenhall Homeplace, 603 W. Main St. in Jamestown. Rain date is April 1. Food will be available for purchase. !
Laughter and love: Stand-up comedy for a good cause
One of the more popular additions at Marketplace Cinemas in Winston-Salem has been the live stand-up comedy shows presented in association with Greensboro’s The Idiot Box Comedy Club. On Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m., the “Make-A-Wish Fundraiser Comedy Show” will be presented at Marketplace Cinemas, 2095 Peters Creek Parkway. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here: https:// www.simpletix.com/e/steve-lesser-makea-wish-fundraiser-comedy-tickets-127467. The show is recommended for audiences 21 years of age and over.
“We teamed up with The Idiot Box to do live stand-up comedy shows just as everything began to reopen from the pandemic,” recalled Zack Fox, Marketplace Cinemas general manager. “It seemed like a perfect time to help Winston-Salem
laugh a bit. Now it seems like the perfect time to do a comedy show to help support a great cause. Our audiences have loved the comedy shows and they’ve become a regular part of our schedule.”
The self-explanatory event will beneﬁt the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a cause near and dear to Lesser’s heart. He is the father of three children.
“Last year I did the Make-A-Wish fundraiser event called the ‘Trailblaze Challenge,’ a 28.3-mile, one-day hike,” he said. “It’s the kind of organization that is easy to support when you learn about the lasting e ects of the wishes for critically ill children and their families. Parents would
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often share the Make-A-Wish as part of their family’s journeys and talking about the positive impact for their children. When I saw the opportunity to support, I ‘stepped up’ — pardon the pun.”
“I remember the tremendous amount of love and support Steve received last year for a ‘Make-A-Wish’ trail hike,” Fox said. “Steve has inspired many new people — including other comedians — to join the hike this year. Steve is a brilliant comic and a wonderful soul. We are so happy to join him in helping him raise funds for Make-AWish. It’s been an incredible and inspiring series of events — all led by Steve.”
“Last year I was able to successfully and personally help raise over $4,000,” Lesser said. “Part of that was a signiﬁcant donation from The Idiot Box Comedy Club, where we raised money through comedy. I had a stand-up comedy show featuring a couple of comedian friends to host and feature. In fact, we just completed a similar show at The Idiot Box on March 11th. This year we not only had that show but will have the show on March 31 at Marketplace Cinemas at 8 p.m.
“It has been a great experience working with Zack,” Lesser said. “We have known Zack for a while — he performs improv at The Idiot Box with the Everlasting Improvers, one of the two current improv troupes at The Idiot Box. During the pandemic, we found this idea of performing stand-ups at the Marketplace Cinemas. Another reason to get people in the door for the Marketplace team and another place for our stand-up community to have a new venue to reach a new audience and have amazing shows. Zack continues to be a great partner and jumped on board to help raise money for Make-A-Wish.”
If laughter is indeed the best medicine, Lesser is proud to be a practitioner of that healing art.
“The more I hear about Make-A-Wish the more I understand what it means to the critically ill children and their families,” he said. “Everyone knows about the family trips to Disney World or Disney Land, or the experiences with children’s idols like Taylor
Swift or the more than 200 wishes fulﬁlled by John Cena, but there are so many more stories. Knowing how much these wishes mean for the ‘wish kids’ and their families and how many children are awaiting wishfulﬁllment means Make-A-Wish is in need of support for people that are in need of the support they give.”
With nearly three decades of experience to his credit, Lesser began his comedy career with the improvisational troupe ComedySportz, where he was a triple threat: Performer, instructor, and artistic director. He has performed sketch comedy with the Wikimedians, No F in Sketch, 500-lb Monster, and Jocularity Brothers, to name a few. As a stand-up performer, he has over 4,500 performance credits that have taken him from Las Vegas to Dublin, Ireland — and numerous points in-between. He is also the producer of the North Carolina Comedy Festival (scheduled for Sept. 1-10, 2023) and the founder of The Idiot Box.
“I got into comedy in 1994 doing improv,” Lesser said. “That’s where Jennie (Stencel) and I met in ’96, then we moved to Greensboro to open up The Idiot Box Comedy Club, which is coming up on its 20th anniversary — quite the milestone for a ‘Mom & Pop’ comedy club!” !
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Salem Academy and College Presents Author Sami Schalk
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (MARCH 20, 2023) — Salem Academy and College, in partnership with Bookmarks, will present author Sami Schalk, Ph.D. on Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Schalk will present and discuss her second book, “Black Disability Politics,” followed by a book signing. The event will take place in the Shirley Auditorium inside Salem Academy and College’s Elberson Fine Arts Center and is free and open to the public.
“Black Disability Politics” explores how Black cultural workers have engaged disability as a social and political issue di erently than the mainstream, whitedominated disability rights movement. In doing so, Schalk argues that Black disability politics take on di erent qualities. The book explores how issues of disability have been and continue to be central to Black activism from the 1970s to the present. Schalk points out in her book that issues of disability have not been recognized as part of the legacy of disability justice and liberation because Black disability politics di er in language and approach from the mainstream white-dominant disability rights movement.
Drawing on the archives of the Black Panther Party and the National Black Women’s Health Project alongside interviews with contemporary Black-disabled cultural workers, Schalk identiﬁes common qualities of Black disability politics, including the need to ground public health initiatives in the experience and expertise of marginalized disabled people so that they can work in antiracist, feminist and anti-ableist ways. Prioritizing an understanding of disability within the context of white supremacy, Schalk demonstrates that the work of
Black disability politics not only exists but is essential to the future of Black liberation movements.
“As we celebrate Women’s History Month, Dr. Schalk’s work demonstrates the importance of viewing both gender and health through an intersectional lens,” said AJ Mazaris, Ph.D., Salem Academy and College Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. “Our work to develop the next generation of health leaders will be enriched through engagement with her scholarship and practice, and we are very excited to welcome her to Salem!”
The event is being presented with support from Salem’s Health Humanities Program, the Center for Women Writers, the Alliance for Disability Advocacy, and the O ce of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. !
Bull Riding is Stupid & Dangerous
enim Bradshaw, a student at Walkertown Middle School, died on January 28 from injuries he sustained while competing in a local bull riding event. He was only 14 years old. Out of respect for the dead, I held o writing this column until now because what I have to say is going to upset some people. For one thing, I’m angry that a senseless so-called sport caused the senseless death of a young boy. I’m angry at the promoter and the parents for allowing a child to ride a 2,000-pound animal. And I’m angry because we’ve gone far too long without a law that bans minors from competing in what some injury specialists call the most dangerous sport in the
Dworld. Truth is, I probably would have delayed writing this column even longer, except that this weekend the Hallmark Channel is launching a new drama series titled “Ride”, which romanticizes the world of bull riding. It’s time to speak out. First of all, bull riding, unlike other rodeo events like calf roping and barrel racing, has absolutely no relevance to the day-today activities of a working ranch. According to the American Cowboy website, bull riding originated in Mexico during the 1500s, and evolved from bullﬁghting as an entertainment event. In those days, competitors would ride the bull until it stopped bucking or until it collapsed. Today as then, there is nothing natural or honorable about bull riding. Riders may think it’s macho to stay on a bucking bull, but there’s nothing macho about the treatment of the bulls and other rodeo livestock. PETA reports that in most events, electric prods, spurs, and overtightened bucking straps are used on the bull. Fans think it’s exciting to see a bull bolt out of the gate, but what they don’t
know is how much pain the bull is in from the prods and straps. Nevertheless, today bull riding is the fastest-growing sport in America, attracting over 20 million fans just to the professional rodeos alone. And it’s a proﬁtable hobby for wannabe cowboys. In fact, Professional Bull Riders Inc. (PBR) pays out over $9 million dollars to riders each year.
Now to the danger. According to Sports Medicine Reports, 100% of all bull riders have been injured at one time or another, and 26% of those injuries are severe enough to keep riders out of work for at least three months. Those lucky enough to heal from the initial injury are usually saddled with long-term e ects such as degenerative joint disease, severe arthritis, and CTE. Others don’t survive their injuries, like 22-year-old Amadeu Campos Silva who was killed at a PBR event in Fresno last year. In all, 20 other professional bull riders have died since 1989, but that statistic does not include amateur events, like the one Denim Bradshaw competed in earlier this year which was sponsored by the King Fire Department, and run by Rafter K Rodeo company who is based in Union Grove. Young Denim, in his ﬁrst competitive ride, was bucked o and fell to the ground where the bull trampled on his chest. Denim went into cardiac arrest and was dead on arrival at the hospital.
The organizer of the King rodeo wrote in a statement, “Denim adventured into the world of bull riding and fell in love. The boots, the cowboy hats, and those big belt buckles. He loved it all.”
Denim’s mom, who, according to Rafter K, had signed a notarized waiver making her aware that serious injury or death were possible, freely allowed her son to ride the bull, then, after the boy’s death commented, “He loved every second of it. I’ve never seen him so happy as I had seen him last night before (the ride)…You did it…I’m so proud of your braveness and your courage… Our sweet 14-year-old boy lost his life during what was the most exciting moment of his short life...None of us could believe that this ﬁrst ride would cause his death.”
Meaning no disrespect to the rodeo promoter or to Denim’s mother, but are you f**king kidding me???? I loved toy cowboy pistols as a kid, but my parents didn’t then buy me a real one and let me go play with it. If they had, I could have gotten killed. Put another way, most bulls weigh more than some automobiles, and we don’t let 14-year-olds drive cars. Kids that age are just too young and immature to control such a large, dangerous object. Anyone who allowed Denim Bradshaw to get on that bull should be charged with child endangerment, and State legislators should pass a law that bars anyone under the age of 18 from competing in any rodeo, whether amateur or professional. I am saddened by the death of young Denim Bradshaw for many reasons. Most of all because it was preventable. !
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+.
The sci-fi monster
mash 65 is set 65 million years ago and begins on the planet Somaris, where the inhabitants are recognizably human and speak English. Indeed, the vernacular includes at least one universally known four-letter word. No translation required.
On a routine exploratory mission into deep space, a spaceship enters an asteroid belt and is severely damaged, crash-landing on an uncharted planet inhabited by all sorts of bizarre beasties, including some very large and very hungry dinosaurs. Now comes the Big Reveal: The ship has crashed on planet Earth.
The only survivors are Adam Driver as Mills, the pilot, and Ariana Greenblatt as Koa, a young girl who speaks a different dialect. Nevertheless, their common dilemma compels them to work together in order to survive. The asteroid belt that wrecked the ship is now headed toward Earth, which means that Mills and Koa have literally arrived on the eve of the Ice Age. Their only hope is an escape pod some 15 kilometers away, but the ter-
65: Lost in space a very long time ago
rain is strewn with perils at every turn. Scott Beck and Bryan Woods produced, co-wrote, and co-directed the film, which borrows a few elements from their earlier hit, AQuiet Place (2018), particularly the parental allegory. Mills, who left his family behind, forms an emotional bond with Koa, whose parents perished in the crash. Driver and Greenblatt establish a nice rapport, although theirs are stock characters. He’s grieving, she’s grieving — but together they’ll somehow get through this. It wouldn’t be fair to divulge how it all shakes out, but it’s not terribly surprising.
The filmmakers aren’t about to reinvent the story of creation — 65 isn’t that ambitious — but to add a few wrinkles to what essentially shapes up as a big-screen video game. It’s a jumbled, admittedly fast-moving mash-up of Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury’s short story A Sound of Thunder , Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity (2013), Ridley Scott’s The Martian (2015), and Morten Tyldum’s Passengers (2016) — and a generous helping of the Jurassic Park franchise.
The special effects are impressive and the filmmakers possess some style, but there’s not much more on display. 65 isn’t a bad movie, it’s just a routine one. !
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LEAD STORY — GOALS
Donald Matthew Santacroce, 65, really wants to go to federal prison. To that end, on March 6, he entered a Wells Fargo bank branch in Salt Lake City and handed the teller a note: “Please pardon me for doing this but this is a robbery. Please give me $1. Thank you.” According to KSL-TV, the teller handed over a dollar and asked Santacroce to leave, but instead he sat down in the lobby and waited for police to arrive. During his wait, he mentioned that it was a good thing he didn’t have a gun, because the police were taking so long. At that point, the manager ushered employees into a locked back room. The arrest report noted that Santacroce said that “if he gets out of jail, he will rob another bank and ask for more money next time” so that he’ll be sent to federal prison. [KSL,3/7/2023]
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IT WAS A CUTICLE EMERGENCY
Pop quiz: If you crashed your car into a building, what would you immediately do? Maybe call emergency services? See if anyone was hurt? We’re betting you wouldn’t answer with “get a manicure next door to the place I just destroyed,” but that’s what an Ontario woman did earlier this month. Per CTV News Toronto, which obtained security footage of the incident, a Jeep plowed into the storefront of Guilty Pleasurez Dezzert Cafe on March 3, shattering
windows and destroying merchandise. Thankfully, the bakery — owned by siblings Tanvir and Simran Bawa — was not yet open for the day, and no one was inside. Tanvir rushed to the scene after getting a frantic call from the pair’s mother, while his sister got the news from a worker at KC’s Nails and Beauty Shoppe, the nail salon next door to Guilty Pleasurez. The employee told Simran that the driver was inside KC’s, getting her nails done. Tanvir told CTV that he spoke to the driver: “I was like, ‘Are you OK?’ ... and she’s just giggling. She’s like, ‘Yeah, I’m ﬁne.’” His sister added, “I’m telling you, this whole time, not one single apology from them. ... This is pretty much my bread and butter.” Simran said the bakery had sustained “serious structural damage,” but that their insurance provider was requiring the shop to stay open for the time being — despite the shattered glass and a front door that doesn’t fully open. In the kind of understatement only Canadians can pull o , Simran said, “It’s not been the most pleasant time.” [CTV News Toronto, 3/6/23]
ALL THE COOL CATS ARE DOING IT
If you saw the phrase “cocaine cat” trending recently, here’s why: A wild cat that was captured in Cincinnati tested positive for exposure to cocaine, NPR reports. In events only recently made public, a big cat named Amiry escaped from his owner’s car during a police stop in January. Soon after, local dog wardens started getting calls about a possible leopard stuck in a tree. Responders retrieved Amiry, brought him to a shelter and called in an expert. Per NPR, “The expert suspected Amiry was actually a serval: a long-legged, big-eared wild cat that is native to sub-Saharan Africa and illegal to own in Ohio.” A DNA test conﬁrmed that hunch — and also found narcotics in the cat’s system. (After an incident last year involving a monkey on amphetamines, the shelter now tests all “exotic” animals that come through its doors.) Amiry is currently living at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. He su ered a broken leg during his ordeal, but is recovering well, says lead trainer Linda Castaneda. “Amiry is young and very curious,” she said. “He is exploring his new space and eating well.” No charges have yet been ﬁled against Amiry’s former owner, but the case remains open. [NPR, 3/9/23] !
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Triad Stage is back: The theater has announced its 21st season
Lights, Camera, Action!
Stage is ready to open its door for its 21st season. Making the season announcement on Monday night, theatre officials announced what shows Triad residents can look forward to viewing.
“Triad Stage is back,” said Cassandra Lowe Williams, cochair of Triad Stage’s Board of Trustees. It has been really exciting to work on bringing Triad Stage back to the public.”
Williams said she feels the new season is “refreshing.”
“The variety of plays will have great appeal to a lot of people who have not normally been the crowd who comes out to see a play at Triad Stage,” Williams said. “I’m really excited about the season. I think it has something for everybody.”
The 21st Season announcement included upcoming performances of Jekyll, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And
Then Some), Chicken and Biscuits, and Coal Country.
Developed with the help of the theatre’s New Play Initiative, Patricia Lynn’s Jekyll will premiere this October. The show places a twist on a classic by focusing on the vigilante haunting the streets of New York City, making men pay for their crimes. For the holiday season, the theater will perform Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some) by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald, and John K. Alvarez. In March 2024, the theater will feature Chicken and Biscuits by Douglas Lyons. The story is about a family who assembles to celebrate the life of their patriarch but sparks fly and secrets are revealed that put relationships to the test. In May 2024, Triad Stage will present the first licensed production of Coal Country by award-winning writers Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, set to music by Grammy award-winning musician Steve Earle. The show is a true-life account of a deadly mine explosion in West Virginia and highlights a community finding a way to survive loss and betrayal.
Sarah Saint, co-chair of Triad Stage’s Board of Trustees, can’t wait to see the performance of Chicken and Biscuits, a community reading group play that
Saint participated in recently.
“That’s going to be a really fun show. It is hilarious but it deals with really intense topics like racism and homophobia. Real issues that are impacting us today but in a light-hearted way that makes it accessible,” Saint said. “That’s what I think theatre is supposed to do. To help you grapple with humanity and who you are in a way that makes it palatable. I’m excited because this season is really going to make you do that.”
Williams is excited to see Jekyll.
“I’m excited because this season we saw it go from reading to the workshop, and now we’re going to see the world premiere next season. The storyline is timeless with a few twists as a good mystery should. I think people who have gone through the process of seeing it as a reading and being able to see it on stage will be excited about it. It’s coming around the time that everyone likes a good horror story.
Williams said that she is also excited about the New Play Initiative. Triad Stage’s New Play Initiative will cultivate a new play each season with workshops and readings. The organization then plans to premiere that script in the following season.
“It’s giving local playwrights an opportunity to work here with actors and directors, and really see their work come to the stage through that creative lab. I’m really excited about that, too.”
The pair aren’t worried about being overshadowed by the city’s newest performance center, Tanger.
Williams, who taught high school theatre for years, went back to professional acting once she retired, said that Tanger is not the same as Triad Stage.
“Tanger has brought new opportunities for theater to Greensboro. What I remind people about is the fact that Tanger is a performance venue, not a theatre. The monies that Tanger takes in goes to other places rather than back to the Greensboro community,” Williams said. “By Triad Stage being a regional theatre, we have the ability to hire actors out of New York, but we have a number of equity actors living in the Triad area including me.”
Saint said she loves seeing the impact
Tanger has had on the theatre community but says Triad residents can find a more personable experience at Triad Stage.
“What I love about Tanger is that I think it brings more people in Greensboro going to do theatre. Going to see theater as a nighttime activity, which I think helps us. You go to Tanger and have this experience and it’s wonderful. Then you come here and it’s intimate and emotional,” Saint said. “I feel like you really connect with the actors, each other, and the audience here in a way that you don’t there.”
Saint said that Tanger’s impact has made a difference for theaters like Triad Stage.
“I was talking to a couple who had just moved to Greensboro, loved theatre, and had heard about us and what we were about. I think they are now season pass holders which is really exciting.”
New subscription sales start April 3 and single tickets go on sale July 1. For more information, visit www.triadstage. org. !
Former US House candidate expresses concern about GCS shooting threat
Attitudes towards school shootings have changed a lot since the fatal 1994 shooting at Greensboro’s Grimsley High School. Former US House candidate Adam Coker believes a March 10th incident at Grimsley indicates those attitudes have not changed enough.
“The risk of such a thing happening has much more in common with the risk of being hit by a meteorite than it does with day-to-day school violence,” wrote the author of an unsigned op-ed in the Oct. 14, 1994, News & Record “As traumatizing as an incident like this can be to members of the school community, there’s no point in schools wasting time and energy trying to ﬁgure out how to prevent random events.”
That op-ed was published two days after 16-year-old student Nicholas Atkinson, who Assistant Principal Bill Whites had suspended for smoking, returned to the campus with a 9mm handgun, with which he shot Whites in the upper right shoulder. Coker, then a Grimsley student, saw Atkinson then fatally turn the weapon on himself.
As outrageous as the 1994 op-ed reads now, Coker feels that Gerald “Ged” O’Donnell, principal at Grimsley since 2018, used language just as regrettable when he called the recent incident “a prank” in communications with his sta .
On Friday, March 10, Coker was parked very near the spot where he watched Atkinson die 28 years ago. He was there to pick up a friend, who has asked not to be identiﬁed. The friend allegedly texted Coker that Grimsley sta received a phone call claiming that, in Coker’s words, “someone with an AR-15 was coming to shoot up the school.”
Coker said he was shocked when students were allowed to return to classrooms less than two hours later. He was even more shocked after his friend played an audio message from O’Donnell to faculty and sta , in which O’Donnell referred to the threat as a “prank.”
Coker says that, even if no shooter was en route to the school, the phoned-in threat should not be dismissed as a “prank,” but instead considered a “terroristic threat.”
In the recorded audio of a March 13 conversation between Coker, Guilford County Schools head of Security Mike Richey, and two Greensboro police o cers, a man who identiﬁed himself as O’Donnell stated that he chose to refer to the phoned-in threat as a “prank.”
“It was my decision,” states the Britishaccented voice on the audio ﬁle, which Coker says he’s shared with other members of the media and several city and county o cials. “Maybe it is because of my dialect, and because of my being an immigrant, who uses British English rather than American English.”
He also alleges that, after acknowledging the legality of the recording, Richey asked Coker to surrender any recording devices before Coker could speak at the Board of Education meeting on March 14.
Coker told YES! Weekly that his issue with the word “prank,” as well as variants like “hoax,” is more than just a matter of semantics.
“As a survivor of gun violence, and someone who has lost almost his entire family to gun violence, I want to make sure that language pertaining to threats of gun violence is used extremely carefully, and that boys who want to make phone calls issuing threats to schools are hearing, and their parents are hearing, that there will be severe federal action and they will go to prison if they make a terroristic threat. My biggest concern is that we are teaching these kids that a terroristic threat is just a prank, which will increase the number of these threats, as calling it a prank allows them to deny terroristic intent.”
Adam Coker is the son of Farrell Coker, who in 2001 was shot to death during a robbery attempt at Farrell’s hair salon at 2002 N. Elm Street. In 2020, Adam’s brother Aaron Coker committed suicide. Aaron Coker’s death was not from a gunshot wound, but Adam believes that his brother, who had a long history of mental illness, was inﬂuenced to take his own life by the still-unsolved gunshot murder seven days earlier of Mark Freedman, a popular Greensboro restaurant owner who was Aaron’s friend and employer. Speciﬁcally, he believes that rumors claiming that his brother killed Freedman were a factor in the mental state that led Aaron to take his own life. As YES! Weekly reported last year, the GPD posthumously cleared Aaron Coker of any suspicion in Freedman’s death.
In 2016, Adam Coker was a Democratic candidate for U.S. House District 13 but was
defeated by Bruce Davis in the primary. Two years later, he ran again for that o ce but was defeated in the primary by Kathy Manning. Coker, who owns a cattle farm in Iredell County, says that he has no future plans to run for political o ce.
While Coker described himself as having spoken with several city and county o cials about the Grimsley incident, the only one to comment is Patrick Tillman, who served as the District 3 representative to the Guilford County Board of Education from 2016 until last November, when he was elected to the District 3 seat on the Board of County Commissioners.
“Here’s what the community and the parents can be really encouraged about,” said Tillman on March 12. “Within minutes there were six police o cers, and a couple of detectives working on it to get to the root of the problem. It was a serious problem and taken very seriously and there was a plan that was put in place immediately. That to me is what is really important about the story.” However, Tillman also said “Semantics and what we call things deserve a wider discussion as well.”
When Adam Coker took the podium during the public comment section of the March 14 meeting of the Guilford County Board of Education, he described himself as the former president of a three-county chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and “an advocate for mental health in our communities and survivor of gun violence.”
After relating his 1994 experience and subsequent family history, he said “I live with rather severe PTSD and am forming a non-proﬁt to work with youth and adults to overcome trauma and ﬁnd resiliency where I work with the land as a farmer in Harmony, North Carolina.”
Coker then stated his reason for speaking at the meeting.
“I was also, unfortunately, surprisingly and ironically, a witness to a soft lockdown which occurred Friday at Grimsley High School, when I happened to be sitting in my vehicle where that event happened in 1994. I was deeply troubled with how I saw the following two hours occur, and how the principal and administration handled it. I’m deeply grateful that no violence happened and no students and sta were harmed. I’m thankful to the police o cers and security that were there to respond. But since then, I have done more investigating, and have found that, 42 hours later, almost no elected o cial that I know in Greensboro was aware of the soft lockdown.”
Coker also said that he found it “particularly troubling that, while Brooks Elementary and Kaiser Middle School are both within a few hundred yards of Grimsley, they did not go into lockdowns.” He also described “much distress from many teachers who were not even aware of the term soft lockdown.”
Coker told the board that, rather than being reassured by his conversation with O’Donnell and Richey, “I became even more troubled about his language.” He concluded by stating, “I want to be in solidarity with y’all and o er support, but I would love for you to consider these policies in our community.”
On March 17, GPD public information ocer Josie Cambareri responded to an email query with the following statement:
“GPD responded to Grimsley and Smith High Schools last Friday, March 10. We are investigating these incidents.” She also wrote that, because “the calls went to the school and not through GM911,” there were “no call notes to reference” and thus “I am unsure exactly what was said on the call,” but that “our understanding was that it was a shooting threat.”
In a phone conversation that same day, Gabrielle Brown, Guilford County Schools program administrator for media and communications, stated:
“Yes, the school was placed on a brief shelter-in-place last week after receiving a suspicious phone call. Law enforcement investigated, determined whatever the contents of the call were not credible, and so the shelter in place was not listed.” !
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.
Greetings from Spirit of Hamlet
Spirit of Hamlet, a supergroup quartet spread far and wide, has released their debut album, “Northwest of Hamuretto,” out now on Broken Sound Tapes. Bringing far-out sounds from across the world and right down the road — Spirit of Hamlet invokes the punk, jazz and experimental nature of the personalities involved and the aura of its inﬂuence — channeled through remote stylings woven by producer Benjy Johnson’s Earthtones Recording Studio. Johnson wound up joining the fold — alongside fellow Triad resident, Scotty Irving on drums. Kawabata Makoto (Acid Mothers Temple) lended guitarwork from his home in Japan; along with the infamous econo bass action Mike Watt (Minutemen, The Stooges) sent in from his beloved San Pedro, California.
“The band name was all Mike, and we loved it,” Johnson explained — noting the album cover features a photo Watt took while exploring the birthplace of John Coltrane down in Hamlet — a little town in Richmond County most Triad folks encounter on their way to Myrtle Beach.
It’s an area that also holds a sense of home for drummer Scotty Irving, who lives in Stokesdale these days, but spent his early years in nearby Candor. “It’s where I started playing in the school band,” he said. “It’s kind of a spiritual home for me.”
In the years since Irving has gone on to play for artists like Eugene Chadbourne and in bands like Geezer Lake — though it’s his solo sound project, Clang Quartet, that brought him to working with Johnson, touring with Kawabata, and ushered his appearance as a guest on “The Watt From Pedro Show” (Watt’s long-running radio show-turned-podcast, which opens, appropriately, with a John Coltrane song). “After the show, Mike asked me if I would be interested in making some music together,” Irving said of their spirited formation, “and no way was I saying no to that!”
“I’m so glad that these three people are the ones I put together after Mike got me involved,” he continued. “It’s sort of like several chapters from the book of my
musical life being put together in a Brion Gysin kind of way.” The spirit is shared among the group: “crimony, what a great project to be a part of,” Watt said on his website, with praise for Johnson’s knobwork and various contributions.
“I was just so excited and fortunate to be involved because I know how much of a legend Mr. Watt is,” Johnson humbly admonished, “and all of the players are quite legendary in their own right. It’s been very, very cool to collaborate with these fellas, especially with them being from all over the world.”
Initially onboard to record Irving’s drums for SOH as it unfolded, Johnson ended up adding guitars and vocals; before joining the mix and mixing “Northwest of Hamuretto” as a full album. “I was lucky because in the order of parts added to the record I was the last,” he said. “So I knew that whatever I added would be the ﬁnal piece of the puzzle. That was a blessing.”
“I just had to kind of look at who I was playing with to understand what there is, and how I could add to the collaboration and make it all sound cohesive,” he continued. “My musical themes were just completely inspired by what had already been recorded. Lyrical themes range
from a nighttime Japanese nuclear surfer to a skater kid mad at his dad. Oh and sardines…….yep sardines.”
Filling the grooves across a sonic spectrum, the ﬁrst single “Float,” meshes surfey, spoken-word, and sci-ﬁ. “I recorded the vocals intentionally distorted on a few of the tracks but this one I kept clean,” Johnson explained — with lyrics conjured from his envisioning “this surfer out of the middle of the ocean at night time and the only thing lighting his way were nuclear green waves.” For the accompanying video, he caught footage of North Myrtle waves meshed with photos of Hamlet taken by Watt.
Johnson is working on more videos for the more manic single “Strike it Rich,” and the sillier “Sardine $.” “I love both those songs,” he said. “They’re fun and grooving!!”
Stepping into other grooves, Johnson is still riding high from his GRAMMYnominated work with Eric Gales; and Earthtones has just wrapped two records produced by Charlie Hunter — one of which, DaShawn Hickman’s “Drums, Roots & Steel,” is up for nomination at the 2023 Blues Music Awards in May. Johnson’s “Earthones Live” program
streams Wednesday evenings.
Meanwhile, Irving recently revisited “the Watt from Pedro Show,” appearing on the March 13 episode. “I’m truly blessed to be able to do what I do,” he said, pointing to Clang Quartet’s upcoming release, “A SLOW DEATH FOR THE PEACEMAKER,” out April 11 via No Rent and Strange Mono records — a portion of the proceeds will go to Second Harvest Food Bank. Kawabata is currently on tour with Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (who’ll be at the Grey Eagle in Asheville on May 22).
“Northwest of Hamuretto,” the debut release from Spirit of Hamlet, is out now via Broken Sound Tapes. !
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Apr 14: mt . Joy
1400 Edwards Mill Rd | 919.861.2300
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 24: Sam Robinson Band
mar 25: Billy Creason
mar 31: Jesse Ray Carter
Apr 1: mike Cosner and the Fugatives
Apr 7: Carolina Ambush
Apr 8: Flat Blak Cadillac
Apr 14: lando and the mando
Apr 15: zack Brock and the Good Intentions
Apr 21: Anna leigh Band
Apr 22: drew Foust and the Wheelhouse
Apr 28: time Bandits
Apr 29: Aaron Hamm and the Big River Band
772 Trade St | 336.999.8945
638 W 4th St | 336.777.3348
Sundays: Sunday Jazz
mar 22: Folkknot
mar 24: John montgomery w/ Special Guest
mar 26: Out Numbered
mar 29: Sam Robinson
mar 31: Carolina Clay
Apr 1: iNCofNito
Apr 2: michael Chaney
Apr 7: Anne & the moonlighters
Apr 8: taylor mason
Apr 14: megan doss
Apr 15: XplORER
Apr 16: Eddie Clayton & Friends
Apr 21: dana Bearror
Apr 22: Chasing daylight
Apr 23: Heather Rogers
Apr 28: Whiskey mic
Apr 29: vogan thompson
Apr 30: Brown mountain lightning Bugs
mIdWAY muSIC HAll
11141 Old US Hwy 52, Suite 10 | 336.793.4218
mondays: line dancing
Apr 13: Cadillac Cowboys
Apr 15: the delmonicos
Apr 29: Atlantic Coast Highway
muddY CREEK CAFE & muSIC HAll
137 West St | 336.201.5182
170 W 9th St | 336.754.9714
mar 23: Flower in Bloom, larry murvin, Kylah lashon
mar 25: magnolia Green, the last long leaf
mar 30: Eric Gales Band, King Solo-
mar 31: peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey, don dixon
Apr 6: Irata, HolyRoller, tHNG
Apr 8: leo Kottke
Apr 13: Emily Stewart, david Chillders
Apr 15: Chatham County line, deffrey dean Foster
Apr 18: Carolina twine, michael Witt
Apr 19: the Wallflowers, drew Foust
Apr 21: laura Jane Grace, Weakened Freinds, totally Slow
Apr 22: vanessa Collier
Apr 28: By George, the Fidgets, Carolina Crossing
633 North Liberty Street | 336-917-3008
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Apr 7: darrell Hoots
WISE mAN BREWING
826 Angelo Bros Ave | 336.725.0008
thursdays: music Bingo
mar 24: Gipsy danger
mar 25: Barefoot modern
mar 31: Jay Alexander & Ashley Santiago
Apr 15: dangermuffin
[ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The adventurous Aries won’t be disappointed with taking on a new challenge, despite some initial misgivings. Look for this move to open other opportunities down the line.
[TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Let that beautiful Bovine smile not only put you at ease, but also show that you’re ready, willing and more than able to confound the naysayers around you. Also, a new admirer has important news.
[GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Be careful how you handle a relationship that you’re hoping to save. You already have the facts on your side. Avoid weakening your position by embellishing it with unnecessary dramatics.
[CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Taking deﬁnitive stands isn’t easy for the oftenwavering Moon Child. But you not only need to stay with your decision, but also reassure others that it was the right thing to do.
[LEO (July 23 to August 22) As a proud Lion, you’re right to be upset about those who might be lying about you to others. But the best revenge is proving them wrong by succeeding at what you set out to do.
[VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Caution is still advised before making a ﬁnancial commitment to a “promising” project. Look for the facts behind the ﬂu . Meanwhile, devote the weekend to loved ones.
[LIBRA (September 23 to October 22)
A Taurus o ers comfort and advice as you deal with an upsetting event. Use this as a learning experience that will help you avoid similar problems in the future.
[SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A romantic situation creates some chaos for single Scorpions. But it’s well worth the e ort to work things out. A trusted friend can o er some helpful advice.
[SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Expect to make new friends as your social circle expands. Also, remember to tell that family member how proud you are of their achievements.
[CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) New ventures continue to be favored. With your self-conﬁdence rising all the time, you’ll want to see how well you can do with a new challenge. So, go to it.
[AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) This is a good time for the usually serious-minded Aquarian to let loose and enjoy some fun times. Expect to get good news about a workplace issue.
[PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Changed plans might upset some people, but your needs should be respected. O er explanations when necessary. Don’t let yourself get talked into changing your decisions.
[BORN THIS WEEK: You have a gift for bringing people together. You would make a very ﬁne judge or counselor.
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[1. AD SLOGANS: What company advertises its clothing with the ad slogan, “Quality never goes out of style”?
[2. SCIENCE: What is the tallest grass in the world?
[3. MOVIES: What is the name of the camp in Friday the 13th?
[4. GEOGRAPHY: What is the term when two water streams join to form a larger stream?
[5. INVENTIONS: What is Tim BernersLee credited with inventing?
[6. ANATOMY: Where are the quadriceps located?
[7. LITERATURE: Which poet wrote a six-volume biography of President Lincoln?
[8. TELEVISION: Timothy Lovejoy is a minister on which animated TV series?
[9. ANIMAL KINGDOM: Yaks are native to which region?
[10. U.S. PRESIDENTS: Before he was elected president, which of the founding fathers attended the coronation of Napoleon at Notre Dame Cathedral?
10. James Monroe and his wife Elizabeth.
9. Tibet, China.
8. “The Simpsons.”
7. Carl Sandburg.
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