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The 8th annual Winston-Salem Fashion Week returns for a celebration of styling, upcycling, and celebrating undiscovered designers.








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GREENSBORO DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT WEEK is underway, continuing through Sunday, September 25. For a complete list of all 23 participants, go to the Downtown Greensboro website, 6 Michael J. Braxton, Lyle C. May, Terry Robinson, and George T. Wilkerson will not be allowed to own a copy of Inside: Voices from DEATH ROW, the second book they wrote with Tessie Castillo. 8 On Sunday, September 25 from 4 to 6 p.m., three songwriters from the region will share their songs and the stories behind them in an intimate WRITERS-INTHE-ROUND setting at the Crown at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro. 10 Winston-Salem’s popular LGBTQ+ screening series, “OUT AT THE MOVIES,” will launch its ninth annual film festival beginning September 29 and running through October 2, boasting a varied selection of 31 films — plus parties and special

events — during the four-day event. Girls screamed at the Prince as he walked past Chandler Hall, where they displayed a hastily made banner that said “HI CHARLIE!” It was as if the Beatles had come to town. 12 “Violence. Tyranny. Intrigues. Power.” No, those aren’t the headlines on FOX News but the opening narration of MEDIEVAL, the epic historical written, produced, and directed by Petr Jakl. 18 The volunteers FEEDING HOUSELESS and hungry people in downtown Greensboro since 2009 received little notice from city officials until this month when District 3’s Zack Matheny called for “educating” them and alleged they “leave significant trash lying around.” 20 Gregory “Dirt da General” Oliver, and his Skeleton Grp, are rounding troops of “top-tier NC hip-hop for a top tier cause,” with the inaugural ARTZ - N - KRAFT FEST, on October 1 at The O in Greensboro.



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Blue Denim

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Crafted, the Art of the Taco

Chow down with John Batchelor during Greensboro Downtown Restaurant Week BY JOHN BATCHELOR


reensboro Downtown Restaurant Week is underway, continuing through Sunday, September 25. For a complete list of all 23 participants, go to the Downtown Greensboro website, But for more details about the food specials that are being offered, you’re already in the right place! Herewith, the special offerings from a few cherry-picked places I include among my personal favorites. Blue Denim (217 South Elm Street, 336-676-5689, is YES! WEEKLY

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noteworthy for abundance of flavor, an outgrowth of chef/owner Jody Morphis’s Louisiana roots. He is knocking a dollar off the price of Crawfish Beignets. Their crisp exterior gives way to an interior studded with bits of crawfish that stand out in their own right, plus onions and peppers. They are enhanced with comeback sauce, a variation on remoulade. ‘cille and ‘scoe (312 S. Elm Street, 336-522-6592, was the subject of a full article in Yes! Weekly on April 6. Access it at docs/yes_weekly_-_april_6_2022). The restaurant’s name pays tribute to the grandparents of Chef-Partner Sean Reaves. Chef is going all out for this event, with a four-course tasting menu for $38,

to include fire-roasted oysters, sweet potato gnocchi with sage brown butter, duck risotto, and pork belly. At Crafted, the Art of the Taco (220 S Elm Street, 336-273-0030, eatatcrafted. com), Taquitos will be priced at $12.95, including a side. You’ll get three crispy corn tortillas filled with chicken tinga topped with roasted poblano sour cream, cilantro, and cotija cheese; or black beans and corn with Baja sauce and vegan cheese. Choose a side from the menu list. The wine list at Lewis & Elm Wine Bar (600 S Elm Street, 336-7633435, is exceptional. Food items are tapas style, small plates. They are cutting the price of their Panino in half for this event. This is a grilled sand-

wich on freshly baked foccacia, encasing Italian cured meats and melted cheeses. Liberty Oak (100 W Washington Street, 336-273-7057, is running the perennially popular Oak Burger at $12 (grilled black angus beef topped with their homemade barbecue sauce, white cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon, plus onion straws, served on a toasted challah roll, with one side), and Shrimp and Grits (shrimp and andouille sausage sautéed with garlic and fresh herbs, served over smoked Gouda stone ground Grits and topped with a cream sauce) for $20. MACHETE (600-C Battleground Ave, 336-265-8859, drew special attention last year when it


White and Wood

The Undercurrent was named a semifinalist for best new restaurant in the entire United States in the prestigious James Beard Awards. Lofty company, indeed. Their special this week is a trio of ice creams- Butter Pecan, Thai Basil, and Mango Sorbet- all made in-house, for $9. Whenever anyone asks, “What’s the best restaurant in town?” I always include The Undercurrent (327 Battleground Avenue, 336-370-1266, in my response. For this event, all entrees are being discounted 10 percent (dine-in only). The Undercurrent is always a good value for dining at this level, and this price cut makes for a real deal! White and Wood (215 S. Elm Street, 336-638-1216, has two hand helds on the menu, a Burger and a Grilled Cheese. In the article I wrote about this restaurant, I characterized them both as knockouts. A brioche bun hosts the Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger, based on ground filet mignon and ribeye steak, blended in-house. The depth of flavor in the meat is exceptional. Gruyere cheese takes this to an even higher level of sophistication, rounded out by thick sliced bacon. A homemade shallot aioli and “drunken barbecue sauce” enhance the meat. The Grilled Cheese blends superior cheeses- mezzo secco, gruyere, and fromage blanc- hosted on Italian round sour dough bread, enhanced with bacon, tomato, and cooked onion. For Restaurant Week, they will be offering the burger or grilled cheese served with a side arugula salad or homemade tater tots plus a choice of any dessert for $25. They WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

Zeto Wine Shop will continue to offer Happy Oyster Hour (half price, 5-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday) and Wine Wednesday/Thirsty Thursday specials (20% discount on bottles of wine) through that week. Zeto Wine Shop (335 Battleground Avenue, 336-574-2850, is celebrating its 23rd anniversary this year! For Restaurant Week, they are providing a $5 discount on a $20 Vinomatic card (pay $15). This is a delightful device! You insert your card, then choose the quantity pour, then press the button, and it dispenses into your glass. About a dozen selections are available. I’ll most likely be first in line. See you somewhere, downtown, this week! ! JOHN BATCHELOR has been writing about eating and drinking since 1981. Over a thousand of his articles have been published. He is also author of two travel/ cookbooks: Chefs of the Coast: Restaurants and Recipes from the North Carolina Coast, and Chefs of the Mountains: Restaurants and Recipes from Western North Carolina. Contact him at or see his blog,








Voices from Death Row to be heard in Greensboro


ichael J. Braxton, Lyle C. May, Terry Robinson, and George T. Wilkerson will not be allowed to own a copy of Inside: Voices Ian McDowell from Death Row, the second book they wrote with Tessie Contributor Castillo. The four men are inmates on North Carolina’s Death Row. When interviewed last week, Durham-based journalist Castillo said that her co-authors all received contributor’s copies of Crimson Letters: Voices from Death Row, the awardnominated 2020 collection of essays they wrote with her after she taught them in Central Prison in Raleigh. “The men had it for a few days before correctional officers came around and seized their copies. The book was banned throughout the North Carolina prison system.” As was all material in it, including notes and document files. “When we were writing the second book, and I was sending the essays back to them for editing and corrections, I had to have volunteers send those documents without titles so that prison officials and officers wouldn’t be able to tell that these were chapters in the next book.” That new book is published by Scuppernong Editions, the publishing imprint of Greensboro’s Scuppernong Books. On Friday, September 23, at 6 p.m., it will debut at the bookstore at 304 South Elm Street as the opening event of Carceral Country, an ambitious nine-part series examining incarceration in America. This event is hybrid and can be attended in person or by Zoom. Castillo’s co-authors will be joining by phone. Castillo said that Inside and its predecessor happened because of a psychologist she met at a 2013 Super Bowl party. “He worked specifically with people on Death Row, and had been advocating for a long time to bring in volunteers into Death Row to teach classes on art, writing and other things. He finally succeeded, and was looking for volunteers. To my knowledge, nobody has previously been allowed to visit Death Row except for chaplains.” She immediately volunteered, but it YES! WEEKLY

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Tessie Castillo took a year for the project to be approved. “At the time, I was a lobbyist working with the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition and the state legislature on reforms to criminal law and the death penalty. As part of criminal justice work, I was also a journalist and had been publishing articles for many years.” Castillo said books aren’t the only thing censored on Death Row. “Letters routinely are. After they switched to tablets last October, text messages and emails were and are closely monitored, and things are routinely redacted. I’ve sent stuff to them that was blocked, or delayed for a long time while somebody went over it.” There have been other forms of pushback. “One of our co-authors was thrown into solitary confinement for 37 days without being given a reason. After his solitary ended, he was told it wasn’t specifically because of the book, but the music he’s writing, which appears in the book. The guys will sometimes get reminders from guards that they are being watched, phone calls are being monitored, and letters are being read. My name is on a watch list, so I often have to send things to them via someone else.” In the foreword to the new book, Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, quoted co-author Lyle May: “Prison is a place, an experience, a period of time, in which to continue to grow, to develop, to age, to die. It is a very different place than any other, but still just a place where people continue to be people.” Castillo agreed. “I think it’s really important that, if we’re going to have a system that actually kills people, we should understand how it works. So, I would encourage people to learn more. Until you know a person on Death Row, it’s really easy to kill someone

who’s there. It’s a lot harder when you do.” That’s why she and her co-authors offer book clubs where people can call in and speak with Braxton, May, Robinson and Wilkerson over Zoom. “They can ask any questions they want. We also do speaking engagements where the guys call in from prison, so there are a lot of opportunities that we offer for folks to get to know these guys.” Despite this, said Castillo, most of the 135 inmates on Central Prison’s Death Row remain completely silenced. “They don’t have any money. These guys pay for text messages that they send, they pay per minute to write the text messages, they pay per minute for phone calls, for movies they watch, and for games. Their only source of money is friends and family. They’re not allowed to be paid for their work, and my co-authors don’t earn anything from the book. All the money goes to the North Carolina Victims Assistance Network.” Castillo sent YES! Weekly the following statements from each of her co-authors. Michael J. Braxton, also known as Alim, is the only rapper to release music from Death Row, where he has been since 1993. His debut album Mercy on My Soul is available through NU Revolution Entertainment. Braxton wrote: Here are two things I’d like your readers to know. First, I love to learn. I chose my Muslim name, Alim, because it means “One who has knowledge.” I read constantly. I’ve read biology, chemistry, and phys-

ics textbooks, a science and technology encyclopedia, a geographical dictionary. I’ve read tons of books on Black history and race in America. I am a student of Islamic law, and I’ve read the Qur’an many times. If there’s something I’ve heard about but don’t understand, I’ll study it until I do. If I weren’t in prison, I might be a professor or a scholar. The second thing I want your readers to know is that I am a rapper on a mission. I’ve been rapping since I was 13, but only started releasing recordings in the last few years. I am passionate about making music, but I see hip hop as my ticket to greater and more important things. My ultimate goal is to make amends for the crimes I have committed and to help innocent people on Death Row win their release — in particular, my friends Stacey Tyler and Elrico Fowler. Allah says in the Qur’an that to kill a person is like killing all of mankind, and to save one life is like saving all of mankind. Inshallah, I will use my music to literally save a man’s life on Death Row. Lyle C. May is a prison journalist, abolitionist, Ohio University alum, and member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society. He has been on Death Row since 1999. May wrote: It’s important to remember that incarcerated people are thinking, feeling, and oftentimes evolving human beings. We have families, loves, anxieties, regrets, and struggle to make a semblance of a life in confinement. This, unfortunately, juxtaposes the politics of crime and punishment that anyone convicted of a crime is “less than.” This narrative justifies inhumane treatment, injustice, and death. By reducing me to something less than ordinary citizens, it makes fighting against systemic wrongs like the death penalty and life without parole, or better conditions of confinement a matter of survival. The public has been conditioned to believe draconian punishment is morally acceptable. I push back against that belief with what my and others’ experience demonstrates, and what academics have struggled to explain for decades: harsher punishments cause more violent crime; the death penalty and Life Without Parole are an extension of racial oppression and political power; prisons fail society because they have been allowed to deteriorate under the guise of being “tough.” These are examples of why I write and pursue justice. That will to resist is central to my identity and desire for freedom. Terry L. Robinson, also known as Chanton, has been on Death Row since 1998. He is currently working on two books, the


urban fantasy novel Born to the Devil and the memoir Tales from the Hood: A Road Map to Death Row. He maintains his innocence and continues to fight what he calls his wrongful conviction. Robinson wrote: I would like readers to know that throughout my life’s journey I have discovered that I am a product of my hidden flaws evolved into the undeniable truth. My past mistakes were not the result of my having no moral conviction, but the willingness to be accepted I didn’t know my poor decisions back then, my shameless behavior, was my drafting the résumé for my life; that I would be categorized and looped into a statistic and thought to be unworthy of humanity. I didn’t understand that somewhere in my quest for the validation of others, I’d surrendered my self-approval. And with no way to undo the wrongs of my past, I was beyond redemption. Today, I realize the way to redemption is not gifted by the naysayers but gained through accountability, growth, and positive change. Today I am no longer tethered to the validation of others; I am defined by my ownership. My writing is the tool by which I have carved out my redemption by laying my truths bare. It’s self-affirmation and a reminder that I’m entitled to be flawed. George T. Wilkerson is a three-time winner of the PEN America literary award. He edited the anthology You’ll Be Smarter Than Us and is editor of Compassion, a national newsletter by and for Death Row prisoners. Bone Orchard, his collaborative collection from BleakHouse Publishing, examines the differences between doing time with a release date and having a death sentence. He has been on Death Row since 2006. Wilkerson wrote: I would want readers to know that I am a work-in-progress in both respects; and that as I grow as a person, it enriches my writing, which in turn helps me grow as a person. It’s an upward-spiraling feedback loop of growth. To me, writing poetry and personal essays is about mining our humanity and sharing what I find. the premise is that despite our superficial, circumstantial differences, underneath it all — or rather, ABOVE it all? — we are all fundamentally the same. Writing helps me to discover the raw material for empathy, those golden veins of emotion we all share. Thus, the more I write, the more HUMAN I feel, the more connected and whole. ! 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.



STIP Project U-6004 CLEMMONS - The public is invited to a meeting with the N.C. Department of Transportation this month to discuss proposed operational and safety improvements along Lewisville-Clemmons Road (S.R. 1103) from U.S. 158 (Clemmons Road) to S. Peace Haven Road (S.R. 1891) in Clemmons. The proposed project, State Transportation Improvement Program Project No. U-6004, would reconfigure the I-40/Lewisville-Clemmons Road interchange, add sidewalk, and update intersections along Lewisville-Clemmons Road to address traffic and safety concerns. A previous public meeting was held in 2018. The project has been suspended due to funding availability and is now progressing forward again through the planning and early design phase. The preliminary design that will be presented at the upcoming public meeting addresses comments received in 2018. Project details, including maps of the proposals, can be found on the NCDOT project web page at The meeting will be held 5-7 p.m. September 22nd at the River Oaks Community Church Gymnasium in Clemmons. Interested residents can drop in any time to learn more about the proposal, have questions answered and talk with NCDOT representatives. A formal presentation will not be conducted. People may also submit comments by phone, email, or mail by October 22nd. For more information, contact NCDOT Division 9 Project Engineer Connie James at 336-747-7800;; or 375 Silas Creek Parkway in Winston Salem. NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled people who wish to participate in this workshop. Anyone requiring special services should contact Simone Robinson, Environmental Analysis Unit, at 1598 Mail Service Center in Raleigh; 919-707-6062; or as early as possible so that arrangements can be made. Those who do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior by calling 1-800-481-6494.

Aquellas personas no hablan inglés, o tienen limitaciones para leer, hablar o entender inglés, podrían recibir servicios de interpretación si los solicitan llamando al 1-800-481-6494.

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Songwriters in the Round September Session BY COLIN CUTLER On Sunday, September 25 from 4 to 6 p.m., three songwriters from the region will share their songs and the stories behind them in an intimate writers-in-the-round setting at the Crown at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro. Winner of the 2018 Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest, catherine the great from Bedford, VA., will join Winston-Salem’s Sam Foster and Greensboro’s Eugenius in the fifth installment of the East of Nashville Songwriters Series, which has so far featured acts such as David Childers, Momma Molasses, Emanuel Wynter, and Matty Sheets. Foster is a road dog. He lives and breathes the idea that repetition and regularity are the chisels to refine his craft. Foster emerged on the music scene in 2014 as a solo artist, and he’s taken his brand of tenacity to eager crowds all over the Southeast ever since. He’s a little bit country and a whole lotta rock and roll. While drawing much inspiration from legends of country music past and present, Foster’s sound can be more broadly described as rock.

His roots run deep into the veins of American music, and he’s continually inspired by folk, soul, Southern rock, and rhythm and blues, drawing comparisons to such singer-songwriters as Jason Isbell and Bruce Springsteen. Some of his first memories are of the music his parents listened to, especially Dwight Yoakam. “I saw a music video of his when I was like 4 or 5 years old and thought he looked cooler than anything singing and playing guitar,” Foster says. The best part about being a songwriter, in Foster’s opinion, is the craft of putting an idea to paper, making it rhyme, then making it make sense — and then filling it up by working it out with a band. “I write the songs for myself, but if just one person connects with it and they feel the same way I felt the first time I heard Springsteen’s “Thunder Road,” then that’s icing on the cake.” Foster will be presenting stripped-down versions of songs off his recent album, Heatwaves (June 2022) — “it’s the material I’ve felt most confident about as an artist” — and perhaps others.

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A Celebration of Smokey Robinson

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Regarding music’s place in his own life, Foster says, “It’s catharsis. Whether I’m writing and performing my own material, or listening to records - it’s a way of processing emotions. There’s records and songs that have pulled me through some rough nights on a bender at 3 a.m. There’s records and songs that have been there to help celebrate good times. Music is life-changing and life-sustaining.” North Carolina native Eugenius is a rapper, producer, and songwriter. Born Timothy Eugene Peterson to a preacher and a playwright, he suffered from stage fright for most of his childhood, but found solace in hip-hop as a young teen. Drawing inspiration from his faith and life experiences, he began putting his thoughts to music and hasn’t stopped since. Growing up in a Christian household with a Bermudan mother, Gospel and island music (reggae, calypso, soca, and more) formed the soundtrack to his upbringing. Encountering Blackwell’s Reality Check, though, changed his life. “I’d never heard such wit and humor and sincerity from a ‘gospel rapper.’” That’s when Peterson picked up the pen, and he and Blackwell eventually became friends. Timothy’s faith deeply informs his music and the diversity of music he pursues and studies: “God is my favorite artist. The Bible even says that we’re his masterpieces.” While he loves all kinds of music, he is mainly a rapper: “Rap is such a fun medium because the traditional 16-bar verse is kind of a puzzle — how am I going to say what I want, make it rhyme, and stay on beat all at the same time?” But he’s also willing to break the rules of the form: “who’s saying I can’t rhyme over a 5/4 time signature or start singing in the middle of the verse?” He regularly collaborates with his friend DEViANt Sounds, and follows musicians such as Sonny Miles (who he got to meet

at the Flat Iron), Free Derrick Hardy, Lil Kawaii. Eugenius is working on a new project due to drop this coming winter, with several side projects in the works, as well. catherine the great is the solo project of Catherine Backus (the skipperdees, After Jack). While the project primarily exists as a repository for her feelings, her sad songs have drawn numerous accolades, including first place at the Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, fourth place at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase, and finalist in the Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards. Over the course of her career, she’s shared stages with folks like Molly Tuttle, Kim Richey, Willie Watson, and Ben Sollee. With too many musicians to list as influences, Catherine attributes some of her strongest inspiration to “a couple Anaïs Mitchell albums and an Alice Munro short story collection” she was given by her nowwife in her early 20s. “That combination probably made me much better at my craft, and a better human, to boot.” She and her wife — a fellow musician and songwriter — met at an Eddie’s Attic Songwriter Shootout in 2012. “We both lost that night, but I think we won in the long run.” For Catherine, songwriting is comparable to distilling: “it’s an act of taking the biggest ideas and stories and feelings and condensing them into (ideally) three minutes or so; when it works, it feels a little like magic, every time.” Her songwriting is focused on kindness and love, written to encourage “folks to be a little kinder to themselves and each other. And maybe to tell somebody they love them, if they’re so moved.” Outside of performance, music is also central to her work as a music therapist; she sees that work as an enormous privilege that is also incredibly fulfilling: “I get to make music every day with people at all stages of life, from early childhood to the dying process.” Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. !



Hosted by Colin Cutler and sponsored by YES! Weekly, the series has one more appearance lined up this year in the Crown at the Carolina Theatre. The purpose of the East of Nashville series is to highlight the diverse voices and backgrounds in the region’s music, while also exploring shared threads of storytelling and musical exploration. The next show will be October 23, featuring Bobbie Needham, Nikki Morgan and Colin Cutler.





BY BOOKMARKS Bookmarks invites everyone to the 17th Annual Bookmarks Festival of Books & Authors on Saturday, September 24 in downtown Winston-Salem. All events are free to the public, including activities for every age group and reader. Festival goers will encounter interactive author panels on a variety of genres, book signings, kids’ activities, exhibitors, and food trucks. These events will take place at various locations on Spruce, Poplar, and Holly Streets with panels in Arts Council’s Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and Hanesbrands Theatre, Calvary Moravian Church, and Footnote. The festival will kick off at 9 a.m. at Winston Square Park with a dance party with WSPD Paw Patrol and a performance by the Piedmont Youth Chorus. Then, at 9:30 a.m. there will be a storytime reading of Loud Mouse from Frozen’s Elsa, Idina Menzel, and her sister Cara Mentzel. After the event, they will be signing books at the book signing tent that is located in the center of the festival. Due to safety concerns and park capacity, wristbands will be required for this event; visit to learn more and stay updated. At 11 am at Calvary Moravian Church, there will be a special keynote with Sandra Cisneros for her new book of poetry, Woman Without Shame. She is best known for her bestselling novel, The House on Mango Street. This free keynote is presented with support from WellCare North Carolina. Other author panels we are excited for: Demons & Dragons with Sayantani DasGupta (Crown of Flames) and Tui T. Sutherland (Wings of Fire series) at 10:15 am on the Kids Stage; When Women are Witches with Megan Giddings (The Women Could Fly) & Noami Novik (The Golden Enclaves), Moderated by Isabel Ibañez at 2:30 pm in Hanesbrands Theatre; The Alternate Words of Tor Publishing with P. Djèlí Clark (The Master of Djinn), T. Kingfisher (What Moves the Dead), Tj Klune (Under the Whispering Door), & Lucinda WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

Roy (Flying the Coop) at 11:30 am in Reynolds Place Theatre, and so much more. Throughout the day, there will be various activities for families and young readers at the Read Write Spell corner in Winston Square Park along with the children’s exhibitors by the Kids Stage. Many of the activities will be based on literacy and the stories from the featured storytime events. As the largest annual book festival in the Carolinas, Bookmarks’ mission is to cultivate community by bringing people of all ages together with books and authors that educate, inspire, challenge, and entertain. We hope you join us! Learn more at festival. ARTS COUNCIL is the chief advocate of the arts and cultural sector in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Our goal is to serve as a leader in lifting up, creating awareness and providing support to grow and sustain artistic, cultural and creative offerings throughout our region We acknowledge that it takes every voice, every talent, and every story to make our community a great place to live, work, and play. Arts Council is committed to serving as a facilitator, organizer, and promoter of conversations that are authentic, inclusive, and forward-thinking. There Help welcome are over 800,000 art experiences taking place in citizens! America’s newest Winston-Salem and Forsyth County annually. StartingTo at 11 a.m. learn more about upcoming arts and culture events happening in our community please visit www.



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Naturalization Ceremony Help welcome America’s newest citizens! Starting at 11 a.m.

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CORPENING PLAZA, DOWNTOWN WINSTON-SALEM Closing the Evening: Lion Tracks Reggae Band Details at

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Ninth annual “OUT at the Movies” film festival is ready to roll Winston-Salem’s popular LGBTQ+ screening series, “OUT at the Movies,” will launch its ninth annual film festival beginning September 29 and running through October 2, boasting a varied Mark Burger selection of 31 films — plus parties and special events — Contributor during the four-day event. Individual tickets are $10, flex passes (any five in-person screenings) are $40, and festival passes (one admission to any in-person or online screening) are $80. For advance tickets or more information, visit “We are excited and looking forward to four days of screenings, many with Q&As, parties and a concert,” said Rex Welton, the co-founder and director of the “OUT” festival and screening series. “Technology that allows folks to watch movies from home is wonderful, but to me, a true festival is bringing together audience members and filmmakers to watch movies, participate in Q&As, and talk about their experiences at our nightly receptions.” The Selected Festival Shorts Preview will be screened on September 29 at 8 p.m. at a/perture cinema (311 W. Fourth Street, Winston-Salem) and the remainder of the selections will be screened on the main campus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Filmmaking (1533 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem). “A/perture has really enjoyed working closely with Chad E. Harris over the past year,” said Lawren Desai, executive director and curator of a/perture cinema. “Chad is responsible for programming the shorts program for the ‘OATM’ festival, which is also the one program we will screen on opening night. From June-September of this year, Chad also programmed four short films to precede our programming as part of our ‘shortsb4films’ program ( — and we thought it would be a great way to highlight the festival by sharing some of their shorts either selected or submitted.” Encompassing the festival, “we have 31 films — features and shorts — and all but one will be available online (from September 30-October 8), as well as the inperson screening of each film at UNCSA’S YES! WEEKLY

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ACE Theatre Complex,” said Welton. “I am very happy with this year’s line-up. Between submissions on ‘FilmFreeway’ and from distributors, we had over 150 movies under consideration. Paring that down to 31 was a tough job!” Filmmaker James Andrew Walsh is an “OUT” veteran, his 2021 debut feature The Extinction of Fireflies having been screened at last year’s festival. When it came time for an encore, Walsh was only too happy to oblige with his latest film, Jimmy and Carolyn, a comedy/ drama starring Gregory Harrison and Mary Beth Peil, which will be the opening night screening on September 30 at 7 p.m. at the UNCSA Main Theatre. “We are thrilled to be the opening night at this year’s festival,” Walsh said. “It’s a dream come true. Rex and his team throw a wonderful event. But above and beyond their exquisite hospitality, theirs is a festival that honors and respects filmmakers first and foremost. I wish they were all like this one: The perfect balance of Hollywood movie glamor and excitement and genuine cinema magic! I love this festival so much I worked last year’s swag into the movie — sejie if you can spot it!” Filmmaker Todd Flaherty is a newcomer to the festival. He wrote, produced, edited, directed, and stars in Chrissy Judy, a comedy/drama/character study in which he plays a drag queen confronting new career and life challenges when his performing partner (Wyatt Fenner) departs for supposedly greener pastures. The film will be screened on October 1 at 7 p.m. at the UNCSA Main Theatre. “I am a Winston-Salem and ‘OUT’ first-timer, and I’m excited to get the opportunity to visit and share our film with a new audience,” Flaherty said. “Rex and the ‘OUT’ team have been an absolute dream! We love the films they’re programming this season and they’ve made us feel like absolute stars! “Many people ask, and I hesitate to say, the film is autobiographical,” he said. “But, like the old saying goes, ‘write what you know’ … and I know very intimately about these beautifully love-filled and fragile queer relationships. I’ve been a Chrissy and a Judy in my formative relationships and was grateful to have the space to write about them. Working on a micro-budget is incredibly difficult and forced me to wear more hats than I had initially intended — producing and editing the film as well as to cut costs. Of course, when I watch the film I wish we had a larger budget … but I truly love what we created with a crew of three on

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Chrissy Judy such a small budget. It’s a beautiful film made with Scotch tape and love and, somehow, it looks like a million bucks. I couldn’t be happier.” Flaherty is currently working on his next feature, on which he hopes to commence production next year. In addition, “I was recently cast in a new film that starts shooting next month,” he said. “I’m very excited and honored to play a part in it — and not have to worry about directing or producing or editing!” Assembling an annual four-day film festival is hard work, but “it truly is fun and rewarding,” said Welton. “’OUT at the Movies’ had an international reputation for not only great movies and events but also stellar hospitality. I often tell our volunteers that we may not be one of the bigger, older, and/or most critically acclaimed festivals, but we can do the very best job when it comes to taking care of our visiting filmmakers, actors, documentary subjects, and audience members — and we do! “I am also very proud of the fact that

filmmakers who often live in the same bigger city — primarily New York City or Los Angeles — have met each other in Winston-Salem during one of our festivals and have ended up working together on future films. I have to believe that these collaborations would not have happened had it not been for ‘OUT at the Movies’!” Sponsorship levels for the festival begin at $100, and all levels include tickets and other perks. Donors at the $250 level and above will receive an invitation for two to the festival’s VIP party featuring celebrities, delicious food, and an open bar. In addition, the festival is still seeking volunteers. ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on © 2022, Mark Burger.



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years ago while visiting London, my wife Pam stepped off the curb and was almost run over by Prince Andrew’s Jim Longworth car. Had she been underage perhaps Andrew would have Longworth stopped, but, inat Large stead he just waved at her as he drove past. I too once had a brush with the royal family, and while it wasn’t life threatening, it was life altering. First, a few paragraphs to set the scene. After working at various TV stations for ten years, I started a television production company in 1980 which allowed me to develop and distribute my own programs. The first couple of years, however, were lean ones, so I accepted freelance work from network broadcasters to keep the company afloat. CNN had just signed on the air and was always looking for news content, so I soon became a regular supplier of feature stories. Sometime during the last week of April 1981, I got a call from CNN to see if my crew could shoot video footage during Prince Charles’ upcoming visit to Colonial Williamsburg. Naturally, I said yes and began making plans to cover the big event. Charles was to make a four-day swing through the east coast with stops in New York City, Washington, D.C., Norfolk (to inspect the Nimitz), and then on to Williamsburg, where he was scheduled to tour the Colonial Capitol and Governor’s Palace, and receive an honorary fellowship from the College of William and Mary. It may be hard to fathom now, but back then Charles was the world’s most eligible bachelor and a rock star of major proportions. Girls screamed at the Prince as he walked past Chandler Hall, where they displayed a hastily made banner that said “Hi Charlie!” It was as if the Beatles had come to town. They would have their hearts broken two months later, however, when Charles married Diana, but for that moment, he belonged to the screaming co-eds of William & Mary. Unlike my other assignments for CNN WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

in which I would write and narrate my own stories, on this day we were only responsible for shooting footage and assisting Kathleen Sullivan who would produce the package and appear on camera. Sullivan was the first female anchor hired by CNN, and one of the most stunningly beautiful women I had ever met. She was also a pretty good journalist, so I had no ego problems with playing a supporting role that day. Speaking of which, that day was Sunday, May 3. The weather was perfect for a royal visit, and for shooting video. Back then the industry standard for recording video in the field was a 3/4 inch Sony U-matic cassette. Normally after shooting a story for CNN, we would hustle back to our offices in Petersburg to tape my voice-over and edit the package. There was no internet then, thus no way of emailing a video file. Instead, I had to take the finished tape to the airport and put it on the next flight to Atlanta. I always saved the raw tapes, and, for safety’s sake kept a dub (copy) of the completed package. Here’s where all this dull technical jargon begins to connect to what went wrong with my royal encounter. For this assignment, neither I nor Kathleen would have to worry about putting tapes on a plane to Atlanta because she planned to drive to the CNN bureau in D.C. and have everything edited there. Since there would be no time to make dubs of everything in the field, I asked Kathleen to make sure she returned the raw tapes to me after the story was edited. She understood that our footage would have some historical importance, so she agreed to my request. Meanwhile, since Kathleen was acting as talent, it freed me up to take still photos of the occasion, so I strapped a 35mm camera around my neck and started snapping pictures as we followed Charles and Virginia Governor John Dalton around Colonial Williamsburg. Toward the end of the tour, the two men were about to enter the Colonial Capitol, and I had a chance at immortality. Throughout the day, Charles had granted no interviews, nor posed for individual TV stations or networks, but I had an ace up my sleeve. I had worked with Gov. Dalton on a number of video assignments, and he was always obliging to me, so while all other photojournalists could only see the backs of the

two men, I shouted out to Dalton, “Governor, turn him around for me”. Dalton complied, and now not only would I have some great video of Charles, but I would also be able to snap a potential Pulitzer Prize winning photo destined for the cover of TIME magazine. I clicked off several shots, then Dalton and Charles turned back around and headed into the Capitol. My assignment had ended, and I was on cloud nine. I handed the video tapes over to Kathleen and reminded her to make sure no one at the D.C. bureau erased them before she could mail them back to me. She told me not to worry, and I trusted her because, after all, she was an anchorperson, and TV anchors are trustworthy. Back at our office I realized that, during the day, I had tried to take about 50 photos on a roll of film that only had 24 exposures. In other words, I hadn’t kept track of how many times the shutter clicked, and so there were no photos of Prince Charles on that roll. So much for my Pulitzer Prize, but at least I would

be able to relive that historic day once Kathleen mailed our raw tapes back to me. I called her the next day to make sure she had my correct address, and that’s when she told me the tapes had gotten lost and she didn’t know where they were. It was the last time I ever spoke to Kathleen Sullivan, and the last time I ever attempted to pose as a still photographer. Today my wife has a beautiful Wedgwood plate on display in our house, which has a personal inscription from The Dutchess of York, whose husband had once tried to kill Pam. But nowhere in our house is a photo or video of England’s new King, who I once spent the day with. I feel badly about this entire incident, so perhaps Camilla will send me a plate to ease my pain. Long live the King, and to hell with Kathleen Sullivan. ! 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).

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Violence. Tyranny. Intrigues. Power.” No, those aren’t the headlines on FOX News but the opening narration of Medieval, the Mark Burger epic historical written, produced, and Contributor directed by Petr Jakl. If it wasn’t enough that this growlingly stentorian voiceover is provided by Michael Caine, subtitles are employed to further convey exposition. As if it were needed. The film was originally titled Jan Zizka after its main character (played by Ben Foster), reputedly the only warrior never to have suffered a defeat. As Zizka


Ben Foster and Sophie Lowe in Medieval (2022) is not well-known on these shores, the more generic title Medieval has been applied — and generic is precisely what the film is. It conceivably could have been called “Old King Wenceslas,” since that character appears in the form of Karel Roden. But Medieval it is. Given the nature of international film financing, it’s no surprise to hear so many dialects and see so many nationalities on the screen. No one really attempts an authentic Czech accent, but that would further muddy the waters, which are muddy and bloody enough. The setting is Italy in the early days of the 15th Century, a time of great political upheaval and narrative bombast. The warrior’s grunt, the swords clank, the blood flows, and limbs (and other appendages) fly — frequently in slow motion. Medieval has


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a distinct proclivity for trampling any semblance of subtlety while over-emphasizing bloodshed. Foster plays Zizka as the strong, silent type, while the requisite villainy is provided by Matthew Goode, Til Schweiger, and Roland Moller. Sophie Lowe, a talented young actress who deserves to be much better known, may not strike a blow for 15th-Century feminism as Katherine, the resident damsel in distress, but she’ll swim through a rat-infested grotto and apply maggots to Jan’s bloody eye socket without so much as a blink of her own eye. That the film wallows in such repetitious violence is arguably its biggest drawback, simply because it’s unnecessary. Medieval is never boring but it does become numbing. It’s difficult to differentiate one battle from the next. The period detail is nice to look at, and there’s even a CGI (computer-generated) lion at large, perhaps left over from the recent Beast? Schweiger, Goode (channeling Jeremy Irons at his most odious), and the great Caine (long beyond critical reproach) are mostly confined to the castle, and their expository exchanges only serve to confuse matters. In almost every scene involving dialogue — which is hardly the film’s strong suit — a further doublecross is being threatened or perpetrated. Rather than attempt (and fail) at being a history lesson, the makers should have simplified and streamlined, and simply made a piece of entertainment. As it stands, Medieval is clumsily balanced between the two. ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on © 2020, Mark Burger.



“BERNARD-HENRI LEVI COLLECTION” (Cohen Media Group/Kino Lorber): A self-explanatory, four-film selection of acclaimed feature documentaries directed by the esteemed, French-born best-selling writer, philosopher, and political activist Bernard-Henri Levy: 2021’s The Will to See (Une autre idee du monde), 2017’s The Battle of Mosul (La bataille de Mossoul), 2016’s award-winning Peshmerga, and 2012’s The Oath of Tobruk (Le serment de Tobrouk). Each film is in French with English subtitles, and the two-disc DVD collection retails for $29.95. BLOOM UP (Kino Lorber): Subtitled A Swinger Couple Story — which explains everything — writer/producer/director/ cinematographer Mauro Russo Rouge’s feature documentary follows Hermes Osanto and Elisabetta Barbero, a middleaged Italian couple who have embraced a polyamorous lifestyle. In Italian with English subtitles, available on DVD ($19.95 retail) and Blu-ray ($29.95 retail). COSTA BRAVA, LEBANON (Kino Lorber): Nadine Labaki and Saleh Bakri star in writer/director Mouina Akl’s award-winning drama as a couple who opt to leave pollution-riddled Beirut for a simpler life in a remote mountain village, only to have civilization encroach upon their lives when they learn of a proposed garbage landfill to be developed adjoining their property. In Arabic with English subtitles, available on Blu-ray ($29.95 retail) replete with behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, Q&A, theatrical trailer, and more. “CURSED FILMS”: SEASON 2 (Shudder/RLJE Films): The Shudder documentary series continues (and concludes) with all five episodes from the 2022 (and final) season, which explores the bizarre circumstances surrounding such notable genre films as The Wizard of Oz (1939), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Stalker (1979), The Serpent and the Rainbow (1987), and Cannibal Holocaust (1980), featuring interviews with Bill Pullman, Cathy Tyson, Roger Deakins, Lorna Luft, Ruggero Deodato, Adam Savage and others, available on Blu-ray ($29.97 retail), replete with bonus features. “THE EQUALIZER”: SEASON TWO (CBS Home Entertainment/Paramount Home Entertainment): Executive producer Queen Latifah assumes the role of a former government operative who takes action against those who prey upon the downtrodden and helpless, in all 18 episodes from the 2021-‘22 season of the WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

DVD PICK OF THE WEEK: MIRACLE (Film Movement) Hailed as one of the shining lights of “new” Romanian cinema, filmmaker Bogdan George Apetri’s award-winning thriller (originally titled Miracol) is persuasive testament to his talents. Occasionally vague and frequently self-indulgent, it’s nevertheless an absorbing work. Ioana Bugarin plays Cristina, a young novice who quietly arranges a surreptitious visit to a local hospital. The drive proves fateful in a number of ways, which are best not divulged here. Several days later, police inspector Marius Preda (Emanuel Parvu) is assigned to ascertain what actually occurred to Cristina. As he carefully, methodically delves into the circumstances surrounding Cristina, his tight-lipped veneer begins to crack, his investigation becoming an obsession. Apetri occasionally employs self-indulgent sleight-of-hand, some of which may baffle viewers. But they’re no denying the power of Miracle’s central performances. Bugarin exudes a pensive vulnerability throughout, and Parvu — who has more lines in his first scene than Bugarin does the entire film — contributes a slow-boiling intensity that carries the narrative to its conclusion … which is anything but inevitable. Or is it? In Romanian with English subtitles, the DVD ($24.95 retail) includes audio commentary and Apetri’s first film, the 2006 short A Very Small Trilogy of Loneliness. award-winning action CBS series based on the prime-time ‘80s series, with Lorraine Toussaint, Laya DeLeon Hayes, Liza Lapira, and Adam Goldberg rounding out the regular cast, available on DVD ($33.99 retail), replete with bonus features.

their quest to possess a priceless Buddhist treasure. Sadly, Prak died shortly after completing the film, which is dedicated to him. In Khmer with English subtitles, available on Blu-ray ($29.95 retail).

FACING NOLAN (Kino Lorber): Arguably the greatest pitcher in baseball history, Nolan Ryan is the subject of director Bradley Jackson’s feature documentary debut, with Ryan discussing his illustrious life and career, which culminated with his overwhelming election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999, with such notables as Pete Rose, George Brett, Cal Ripken, Roger Clemens, Rod Carew, Dave Winfield, Randy Johnson, and even former U.S. President George W. Bush weighing in, available on Blu-ray ($19.95 retail), featuring bonus Q&A sessions, clips, and trailer.

THE KILLING (Kino Lorber Studio Classics): The last film he made in the United States, Stanley Kubrick’s 1956 adaptation of Lionel White’s novel Clean Break (scripted by Kubrick and Jim Thompson), sees Sterling Hayden masterminding a daring racetrack heist that, naturally, does not go according to plan. Tough, bleak, and fast-based, with solid back-up from Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Ted de Corsia, Marie Windsor, Elisha Cook, Jay C. Flippen, Timothy Carey and Joe Turkel, available on 4K Ultra HD combo ($39.95 retail), replete with audio commentary and theatrical trailer.

KARMALINK (Good Deed Entertainment/Kino Lorber): The first sciencefiction film made in Cambodia, writer/ producer/director Jake Wachtel’s awardwinning debut feature follows teenager Leng Heng Prak (in his feature debut) and streetwise orphan Srey Leak Chhith (in her feature debut) as they delve into the mysterious world of past-life regression in

THE LAST TRAIN FROM MADRID (Kino Lorber Studio Classics): The Blu-ray bow ($24.95 retail) of director James P. Hogan’s 1937 drama set in Madrid against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War, boasting a star-studded ensemble cast: Dorothy Lamour, Lew Ayres, Gilbert Roland, Lionel Atwill, Helen Mack, Anthony Quinn, Robert Cummings, and Karen Morley — and look

fast for Alan Ladd. Bonus features include audio commentary and trailers. “LUCIFER”: THE SIXTH & FINAL SEASON (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment): Tom Ellis is back in action as that handsome devil, who forsakes Hell for Los Angeles, in all 10 episodes from the 2021 (and final) season of the awardwinning Netflix fantasy series based on DC Entertainment’s Vertigo comic franchise, with Lauren German, D.B. Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Kevin Alejandro, Aimee Garcia, and Rachael Harris rounding out the regular cast, available on DVD ($24.98 retail) and Blu-ray ($24.99 retail). MERCENARY FIGHTERS (Code Red/ Kino Lorber): The Blu-ray bow ($29.95 retail) of the self-explanatory, standardissue 1988 shoot-‘em-up (originally titled Freedom Fighters) detailing political strife in South Africa, with Peter Fonda, Reb Brown, Jim Mitchum, Ron O’Neal, and Robert DoQui caught in the crossfire. Produced by the inimitable Menahem Golan/Yoram Globus duo at Cannon Films, this aroused controversy for being filmed on location at the height of the anti-apartheid movement. (I once interviewed Fonda and he expressed no affection for this film.) Rated R. MURINA (Kino Lorber): The Blu-ray bow ($29.95 retail) of screenwriter/director Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic’s awardwinning debut feature, a coming-of-age parable starring Gracija Filipovic (in her feature debut) as a restless teenager on a remote island along the Adriatic coast who chafes against her domineering father (Leon Lucev) by accompanying wealthy but mysterious Cliff Curtis on a weekend excursion. In Croatian with English subtitles, bonus features include Q&A session, director’s introduction, and theatrical trailer. POST MORTEM (Shout! Studios/ Shout! Factory): Peter Bergendy wrote the story and directed this award-winning chiller set during the waning days of World War I, with Victor Klem as a troubled photographer and Anna Fruzsina (in her feature debut) as a war orphan drawn to a supposedly haunted village where the residents fear evil spirits as much as the Spanish Flu epidemic. In English, German and Hungarian with English subtitles, available on DVD ($19.99 retail) and Bluray ($22.98 retail), both boasting bonus features. ! © 2022. Mark Burger. SEPTEMBER 21-27, 2020








Ranjita Kundu of Kodameta, India, has accused her husband of stealing and selling one of her kidneys four years ago, Oddity Central reported. Kundu recently discovered after visiting the doctor that she has only one kidney; she believes that when she was treated for kidney stones four years ago, her

husband secretly arranged for one of her kidneys to be removed and sold on the black market. “I was unaware of the whole incident,” she said. She even knows who he sold it to: Asim Haldar, who also lives in her district. Kundu and her husband were married for 12 years before he took off with another woman eight months ago. Kundu said with help from his sister, he sold the organ to make up for dowry money he believed he was owed. Police have taken him into

custody and are investigating. [Oddity Central, 9/12/2022]


The recently renamed Washington Commanders are, understandably, trying to drum up excitement for their new brand, but one effort went disappointingly wrong, Yahoo! Sports reported. In Week 1 of the NFL season, an official gear truck just outside the stadium, which is located in Maryland, featured a mug with a big “W” on it and a silhouette of Washington state in the background. Of course, the Commanders’ Washington is the District of Columbia variety. The mugs were quickly removed from the inventory. [Yahoo! Sports, 9/11/2022]



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Pennsylvania State Police were called to a home in Monroe Township on Aug. 24 where a fight had taken place, WTAJ-TV reported. One of the combatants told officers that 35-yearold Brandon Shoop of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, had punched him after a disagreement about food. Next, he said, Shoop picked up a half of a cinder block and swung it at the victim’s head; he was able to partially duck, but the hit left a contusion behind his ear. Shoop then tried to strangle the victim but was pulled off by a female witness; he was later charged with, among other crimes, aggravated assault. [WTAJ, 9/12/2022]


Al Pacino, admittedly, has committed a whole lifetime of crimes on the screen. Now, Alpatchino Jeune, 25, is following in his footsteps in real life, The Smoking Gun reported. Jeune was arrested in early June for beating up his pregnant girlfriend, who was driving him to work. She told police she asked him to “think of his unborn child,” but he went on hitting her — so she jumped out of the car and ran to an emergency room across the street. When Jeune didn’t show up for his Sept. 1 court date, he was arrested again in Orlando, Florida, and his bond was revoked. [Smoking Gun, 9/13/2022]

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— In a “my bad” for the ages, the City of Philadelphia erroneously chopped down 60 pounds of hops that belonged to the Philadelphia Brewing Co., Fox29TV reported. “Despite our clear signage and fenced-off area,” the company wrote on its Instagram page, “the city ... took it upon themselves to completely

destroy our hop garden,” which they claim will cost them tens of thousands of dollars. A spokesperson for the city said the incident was the result of “miscommunication and staff error” and “it appeared the lot was overgrown.” [Fox29, 9/13/2022] — The Summit County (Colorado) Rescue Group was in a helicopter on Sept. 7 looking for a lost hunter, KCNCTV reported, when they spotted a man waving slowly and casually. The crew radioed that they “had a subject that partially matched the description ... but his backpack was upside down so it was the wrong color,” explained the group’s Anna Debattiste. “The pilot said, ‘He’s saying hi, he doesn’t seem to be in distress,’ so they left,” she added. In fact, it was the missing hunter, and in a classic case of blame-the-victim, Debattiste said he “should have” waved aggressively with both arms overhead, or waved “a brightly colored piece of clothing.” Thankfully, the crew went back and retrieved the man, who was cold and dehydrated but otherwise unharmed. [KCNC, 9/13/2022]


Officials in Miami Beach, Florida, are weighing their options for dealing with the serious problem of invasive iguanas, Local 10 News reported. The city has quadrupled its budget for iguana removal and paid a hunter to shoot and collect the pesky and destructive reptiles. On Sept. 14, city commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez suggested a bounty. “I don’t know — dead or alive. But if we pay per iguana, we’re going to get more iguanas. People are going to go out and hunt them for money,” she said. A committee has been formed. [Local 10, 9/15/2022]


An outgoing state representative from Pennsylvania who earned a DUI arrest after a crash in June has proposed a bill that would allow residents to register for a self-imposed ban on alcohol purchases, Action 4 News reported. Matthew Dowling said the law would add “another tool to an addict or alcoholic’s arsenal to help them live through recovery.” He doesn’t expect the measure to pass before he leaves office, he said, but hopes his colleagues will move it through in the future. [Action 4 News, 9/15/2022] !

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he 8th annual WinstonSalem Fashion Week returns for a celebration of styling, upcycling, and celebrating undiscovered designers. “We are in an era of Naima Said sustainable clothing. Not only for its environmental benefits Contributor but to recreate the meaning of style. This year’s theme is celebrating all things fashion, all elements inspire by fashion such as art, color, style, and sustainability,” said Nikita Wallace, WSFW founder and creative director. “After a successful season last year, which happened to be our first time back in person since everything went virtual, we knew we wanted to expand our designers and models across North Carolina this year.” Winston-Salem Fashion Week kicked off its celebrations with an Opening Night Reception and Art to Fashion Exhibition at the Forsyth County Central Library on September 12, followed by live music, food, and recognition of sponsors, partners, and community leaders at the GMAC building. “We had over 80 submissions from designers introducing their fashion concepts, but

Attendees brought their best style to the WSFW Opening Night Reception. YES! WEEKLY

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Art on display at the Art to Fashion Exhibition at the Forsyth County Central Library.

we had to limit our showcasing to three winners,” Wallace said. The Art of Fashion Exhibition Winners included Sasha Woods, designer/owner of The Ultimate Junki, in first place with a hand-beaded and embellished piece emphasizing the shoulders. In second place was Ashley McHenry with a Pandemic Accessory Collection. The final contest position ended in a tie between a Fashion Photo album from No Punching Bags’ Angel Fant and a jewelry collection by Kayla Amador with Iconografi. WSFW held its annual Elite Swap Exchange and Styling Presentation this past weekend. The event, hosted at the Hampton Inn and Suites, focuses on sustainability in the Triad and offers attendees a chance to re-vamp their wardrobes. “The swap is one of many traditions we intend to maintain every year during fashion week. This year we decided on making the swap more exclusive and game-like, narrowing down our guest list to 50 participants who will bring three items each to exchange with others in the same category. We were honored to have local vendors available for those who wanted to shop while they swap,” Wallace explained. “We ended the first weekend with a panel discussion on sustainable fashion and how to style with thrifted items and clothes found in the closet. The discussion was hosted by two special guests and fashion influencers, Talia Leslie and Ty Harper.” There will also be a Food to Fashion show, in conjunction with the Southside Food Forest, on Thursday, September 22 on Arcadia Street. This show will begin at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. This upcoming weekend and finale for WSFW 2022 will feature three days of looks on the runway from local designers, boutiques, and retail stores. The Opening Night Runway show featuring Champion Night and Red Carpet Event will run this Friday, September 23, at 6:30 p.m. and is located at the RJR Bailey Park Coal Pit in downtown Winston-Salem. This show is free and open to the public. “In conjunction with SECCA, Champion Night will open with LEAD Girls of North Carolina Fashion Camp, then focus on local artist, Paul Bright, and his collection at SECCA that centers around textiles named Mode 2. The night will end with the annual Champion Collection and WSFW Project Run Slay,” Wallace shared. WSFW’s Project Run Slay is a contest that allows participants to upcycle and reuses pieces and slay the runway with


LaToya Graham will model this year at WSFW 2022 their new looks and fashion. “We held a collegiate contest this year for Project Run Slay, which started back in May 2022. While last year’s focus was more focused on upcycle pieces, this year we wanted to elaborate on style. So we recruited about 20 college students, gave them apparel from Champion, and encouraged them to bring their own influence to the pieces.” The fun of fashion doesn’t end there; a red carpet event will highlight the models and guests with photo opportunities and designer recognition. On Saturday, September 24, WSFW Designers Runway Show will present at SECCA (Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art) from 1 to 4 p.m. Ten designers will be featured, a majority of them new to WSFW. The ten designers include Tamara McKinney with Skinflints Closet, Tiffany Flowers with Bella Te Couture, Mike Foley and Natalie Lucas with Tutoboso, Que Varn with L.Samone Clothing, Praveer Gangwani with Gangwani Collection, Sharon Rocker with A Taste of Class, Akilah Shaw with Tahirah Apparel, Josina McNeil with Regal Jo, Amelia Bailey with Eye Q, and Marisa Jeter with AISA MMXII. In partnership with Goodwill of Northwest, NC, five designers will be featured in Goodwill’s “Diva, Dapper on a Dime.” Designers received a stipend to shop at Goodwill and incorporate those items to restyle into their newly recreated collection, while the remaining designers in the show will create their collection from scratch and recycled material. Returning model, Kristopher Brown, is thrilled to be back to strut for another year. WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

Sasha Woods, middle, designer/owner of The Ultimate Junki, won first place in the Art of Fashion Exhibition with a hand-beaded and embellished piece emphasizing the shoulders.

Attendees at the WSFW 2022 Opening Night Reception “I am grateful to be walking for designers Praveer and Tiffany this year, as well as Champion the day before. I am confident this year will be one for the books. The talent displayed will be a feast for the eyes. Who doesn’t want something bigger, better, and bolder?” WSFW will end the season with its Retail Brand and Youth Runway Show. The final night will be held Sunday, September 25 at 5 p.m., located at Innovation Quarter’s Biotech Atrium. The runway show will open with a special collection from longtime Winston-Salem staple Body and Soul Boutique. The show will also highlight DXL

Menswear’s big and tall curvy men collection, and JCPenney’s plus size collection. The evening will end with the youth walk, featuring JCPenney’s kid collection and Blaire’s Closet youth collection, a local clothing shop in the triad. “We have 20 renowned youth models who always bring me delight from seeing them walk down the runway with such confidence and poise. It reminds me of the beauty fashion can bring to anyone of any color and age,” Wallace said. This year, Winston Salem Fashion Week has partnered with SECCA, Forsyth County Central Library, Goodwill Northwest NC,

The Arts Council, and The Muse Winston Salem. Other sponsors include Champion, Hanesbrand, Inc, Innovation Quarter, Deweys Bakery, The Hampton Inn & Suites, The City of Winston Salem Mayors Office, Winston-Salem Chamber, Lamar Advertising Company, JCPenney, Pulse Vodka, Royalty Marketing, YES! Weekly, and Triad Voice Magazine. For more information on shows or tickets, ! NAIMA SAID is a UNCG theatre graduate and host of Heeere’sNeeNee Horror Movie Podcast.

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Volunteers feeding homeless push back at Matheny The volunteers feeding houseless and hungry people in downtown Greensboro since 2009 received little notice from city officials until this month when District 3’s Zack Matheny called for Ian McDowell “educating” them and alleged they “leave significant Contributor trash lying around.” After Matheny made that comment during the September 1 city council work session, Greensboro Police Attorney Andrea Harrell said the city is considering a permit and/or food service certification course for those serving meals in Center City Park. When contacted by YES! Weekly, the small group of chefs, rugby players, and church folk who do that every Sunday morning stated they always clean up after themselves, and that the hot meals are prepared and served by trained professionals. Several allege that no council member has ever responded to multiple invitations to observe what they do, but did not elaborate on whether any were invited between June 2015, when Matheny resigned from council, and July of this year, when he regained his former seat. First winning that seat in 2007, Matheny served four terms. He also ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent North Carolina’s 6th District, but was defeated in the Republican primary. A year later, he resigned from council to become president of the economic development group Downtown Greensboro Inc. (DGI), stating “my desire to avoid any perceived conflicts of interest.” DGI is a taxpayer-funded private not-forprofit entity contracted to provide services to the downtown business district. Mayor Nancy Vaughan is a member of its board of directors. After announcing his District 3 bid last year, former Obama advisor Chip Roth criticized his opponent, alleging that remaining president of DGI would result in Matheny having “to recuse himself again and again.” In May, Roth dropped out of the race after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. In the July 26 general election, Matheny’s was the only name on the District 3 ballot. As previously reported, city managers have proposed revised ordinances prohibYES! WEEKLY

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David Moriis iting trash in public spaces, obstruction of public byways, and excessive noise. On Friday, Vaughan told YES! Weekly that a council vote on the ordinances is scheduled for October 3. The proposed revisions make no mention of those who feed the homeless, but on September 1, Matheny alleged: “You have some folks that, I’ll use Center City Park because it’s an easy one, that show up on any given day or time and just think that they’re giving help by delivering food that doesn’t go through the health department, and then leave significant trash lying around, which is what this is talking about as, well. So, what is our goal, educating those that think they are helping, in cleaning up their own stuff?” Harrell said the city is “looking at maybe shoring up the special event permit” and “a requirement that they go through some of food service certification course.” On Friday, September 9, YES!

Manoli Krinos Weekly spoke to Earl Zayack and Kriste Clodfelter, who met at the Interactive Resource Center (IRC) when both were homeless, and subsequently married. As reported last Thanksgiving, Zayack and Clodfelter lived in tents for five years and were regularly forced to move as the city displaced homeless encampments. Since 2018, Zayack has been employed full-time, and he and Clodfelter live on property they own. Zayack said he began helping the volunteers feeding people in the park eight years ago when he was still homeless himself. “Now, it’s coming out of my pocket, and I’m helping feed people who are where I used to be. We have issued many unanswered invitations to city council to come out and watch what we do.” Zayack criticized Vaughan as someone “who used to be a big advocate for homeless people,” but whom he alleged has abandoned that position. He was just as

Photo sent by Zack Matheny showing trash on the sidewalk.

critical of Matheny, who like Zayack is a Republican. “They are more interested in serving big money than voters.” “Now they’re trying to say that we can’t do it because of trash issues,” said Clodfelter angrily. “Or because the homeless like to sit in the park. Saturday night downtown is completely full and the trash cans get loaded up, but it’s not from us. We all bring trash bags and pick it up and take it to dumpsters ourselves. We sometimes take trash out of overflowing containers, and stick it in new bags.” Both called Matheny’s allegation a blatant attempt to push houseless people out of Center City Park. “There’s nowhere else for them to charge their phones on Sundays, or even go to the bathroom,” said Clodfelter. “The city is trying to take away their right to basic human needs.” “Council is doing this for their donors,” said Zayack, “not the people who are out there. They’re being neglected and pushed under the rug.” Clodfelter condemned what she described as the city’s lack of transparency. “They never gave us any heads-up on the revisions to the ordinances. They say we need to find solutions. Well, meet with us and talk with us, so we can work on it. When they try to create an ordinance they don’t want us to know about, it’s like they want us to get in trouble. If we want to spend our money to buy and cook food and do something for these people, that’s on us. It’s not affecting them at all.” On Sunday, September 11, due to the Folk Festival, the usual Sunday volunteers were at 407 East Washington St. in the parking lot of the Interactive Resource Center.


Under tents providing shelter from the rain, Clodfelter and Zayack, along with three members of the Triad Rugby Association, served omelets, champagne chicken soup, and savory biscuits, while a few yards away, Kay Dunman of Awaken City Church handed out snacks and coffee. As he had last Thanksgiving, Britishborn rugby coach Mike Willer greeted those he served with a hearty “cheers, mate.” That soup and biscuits were made by chef Manoli Krinos, from ingredients supplied by Culinary Visions Catering. Last Thanksgiving, Krinos made his biscuits with lamb fat, telling YES! Weekly “I buy a whole carcass and shave it off while it’s frozen.” He did not say whether he used lamb fat this time, but the biscuit he offered was delicious. With Willer and Krinos was Tiger Rugby’s David Morris, who said he helped “start this with Kay Dunman 13 years ago.” Of the three “rugby guys,” as Morris called them, he had the sharpest words for council. “They need to be out here when we’re feeding folks on Sundays, or on Tuesdays and Thursday nights when we’re giving out blankets and tents in 25-degree weather. But they don’t want to know what’s going on. They’d rather put these people on a bus and ship them out of there.” Krinos was more charitable. “I like Mr. Matheny and a lot of things he has done. I’m not sure of the context in which he made that statement, but think we can find common ground and a solution because this is not going to go away. If you push it out of one area, you’ve got it somewhere else.” Krinos said that he’d talked about Matheny’s concerns with the general manager of Culinary Visions Catering. “He has been doing meals for the Under the Bridge group for years. If we need more stringent health standards stuff, he will let us use his kitchen as a commissary.” “It’s a very complex issue,” said Dunman, who confirmed Awaken City Homeless Ministry began serving food in the park in 2009. “I don’t need a permit to make sandwiches, any more than I need one for cooking for people in my home. As for trash, we pick that up at the park. What happens after we leave, we can’t control, but that’s no different from someone getting a to-go order and leaving the packaging behind. In my opinion, they resent our presence near the Tanger Center and don’t want folks they consider the dregs of society seen by the elite.” Zayack pushed back on the suggestion that he and his associates needed “educating.” “We have three certified professional chefs and I’ve worked in the food industry my whole life. There’s no way they can WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

we’re not educated on how to do this. Matheny needs to come down to Center City Park and be educated on what we’re actually doing.” In an email to Matheny on September 15, the Wimbledon-born Willer was more conciliatory. I would like to invite you downtown and have the opportunity to specifically meet with our group who meet regularly on Sunday morning on the corner of Friendly and Davie, 7:30 a.m., and have the opportunity to sample some of the food we serve. Perhaps see something of the people and professionalism in the making and handling of the provisions early in the morning. If you are kind enough. I may even share my Chicken sandwich recipe. (Well, my wife’s.) The bottom line, I think you may be pleasantly surprised about what you have down there as a resource, that can be maintained very well by civically-minded people. As for cleaning up, we make a great effort in encouraging the homeless to pick up after themselves. It would be good to encourage what we have here. On Sunday, September 18, Matheny responded. After thanking Willer for his email, Matheny wrote: “There is a bit of misrepresentation on the feeding aspect. My goal is to actually help folks receive [sic] the services they need, which is a lot more than food on a given Sunday. Folks are literally wasting away as are their dogs, and while having folks like you give them food on occasion [sic] may seem helpful, the needs remain unanswered. I would be fine coming down sometime to view your feedings, however, I must say, there is a much larger strategic initiaive [sic] that needs to happen.” YES! Weekly reached out to Matheny on September 8, asking for clarification on his stated goal “to hold accountable” the volunteers who feed the homeless in the park and what evidence he has seen for the claim that they “leave significant trash lying around.” Ten days later, he sent the following response: “I recommend you speaking with city staff clean & green and the ambassadors. You will be properly educated.” Matheny attached two images to this email. One showed trash on the sidewalk around a city receptacle in Center City Park across from the Greensboro Cultural Center at 200 N. Davie Street near the intersection with Friendly Avenue. The other depicted two large tied-off trash bags in the bed of a city utility vehicle. !


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Skeleton Grp, from left to right, Dirt, Pancho, and Zig-Lah


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regory “Dirt da General” Oliver, and his Skeleton Grp, are rounding troops of “top-tier NC hip-hop for a top tier cause,” with the inaugural Artz Katei Cranford - N - Kraft Fest, on October 1 at The O in Greensboro. Contributor In partnership with Mental Health Services of NC, the festival features performances from Mr. Rozzi, FAM - U, #SplashBrothaz, Delivery Boy, Eternal the MC, Precyce Politix, Kwon da Don, and Skeleton Grp, coming together, as organizers note, “not only to represent NC hiphop but to raise money and awareness for the special needs community, especially the children.” It’s a pursuit Oliver holds close to his heart, with legacy on his mind. “I’ve had this crazy idea in my head for the past two years to put together a music festival,” he said. “I didn’t know where to begin, who YES! WEEKLY

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to call or what to do, I just knew I wanted to bring this idea to life. I knew I wanted to honor my son and bring as much attention to the challenges that the special needs community encounters on a daily basis.” “I’m big on legacy, leaving something positive and fruitful to my son is my main mission,” Oliver continued. “At some point in his life, I want him to know that all I’ve done, and will do, is just for him.” With a few special guests still unannounced, Oliver is looking forward to matching the energies of performers with his own. “Each brings a unique vibe,” he said, “and that’s exactly what I was looking for.” On the performer end, he turns to Skeleton Grp, a project Oliver formed after being “figuratively stripped to the bone” by hardship. “I had lost just about everything,” he explained. “So all I had left was my skeleton but if you got a strong skeletal foundation you can rebuild anything better than it was before and that’s how Skeleton Grp. was born.” “I wanted to rebrand myself, start with a clean slate and create a company that

represented the person I had become at that point in my life,” he continued, offering the structure behind Skeleton Grp — with Charles “Zig-Lah“ King and Dante “Pancho“ Jackson, the other entities under the Skeleton Grp umbrella. “I’ve known each of these guys well over 20 years so they are not just my friends, these are my brothers,” he said — relating the personal nature attached to the fes-

tival’s communal endeavor. “I’ve worked with a lot of these artists before, either being featured on their albums or bumping into them at shows,” he explained. “When I reached out, a lot wanted to be involved because they have a friend or family member who’s special needs. So this show, in one way or another, is personal for most of the lineup.” Serving a two-fold purpose, exposure of the “super-talented” hip-hop artists in the area; and fundraising for Mental Health Services of North Carolina (not to be confused with the state agency), which works to “empower individuals with special needs,” through a variety of advocacy and programming. “It was important to me to work with an organization solely dedicated to the special needs community, and also a minority, and after doing some research they were at the top of my list,” Oliver explained, praising their anti-bullying curriculum. “The work they do educating the schools and community is paramount.” According to organizers, Mental Health Services of NC works “to fill gaps in mental health care services throughout the state,” through a host of programs. The “P.T.S.


Support for Exceptional Children” program takes a holistic approach — with outreach for parents and educators of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities — offering safe spaces for discussion and opportunities for caregiver respite. Advocacy and support — for the person and families — are the cornerstone of their work, centered around an anti-bullying curriculum; with annual and recurring monthly events. “Special Hoops,” an annual 3-on-3-basketball tournament promotes athleticism and healthy elements of competition “under the guidance of mental health professionals and elite student-athletes.” “First Fridays,” an athletic-focused extension, offers free meals and activities. “Special Women’s Wellness” programs are designed to empower participants through confidencebuilding activities like dream boards and photoshoots to “cultivate leadership, self-worth, and self-actualization.” A shared goal for their programming involves providing “an empowering, inclusive space where participants can gain support, a sense of belonging, build confidence, self-esteem, and develop advocacy skills.” While the mission is an all-ages experience, the programs offer adult-only events like the “Third Thursday” socials (at the Barber Park Event Center in Greensboro) with refreshments, prizes, and live music — all of which is organized and operated by members of the special needs community. For Oliver, it all hits close to home and his heart. “I’m the father of a special needs child so I personally know the WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

challenges that these kids fight with each day, but also the difficulties that parents encounter,” he said. “It’s not easy, physically or emotionally, so if this festival can help the children and parents just a little bit then I think it’s a victory for everyone involved.” And as with most victories, prizes are involved. The Artz - N - Kraft Fest will host a raffle, with prize packages, hand-picked by Oliver. “I was meticulous about it,” he said, “I wanted to involve local, independent businesses. I didn’t want to ask for a monetary donation but instead offer a service that would benefit not only the lucky winner — but each business, as well.” For example, the ‘Aspiring Artist Package’ offers a free 2-hour studio session with A-Wall. at Carolina Records, a video shoot with Jay Hurd of Jay Hurd films, and a 2-hour photo session with Kimberly Staples (of Photos by KBS). “I’ve got other packages, with a little something for everyone, but you gotta be in attendance to win,” Oliver said, “so go get a ticket.” The Artz - N - Kraft Fest goes down October 1 at The O (formerly Club Orion) in Greensboro. ! KATEI CRANFORD is a Triad music nerd who spotlights area artists and events.



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Sep 24: Sammy Turner & The Dirty South Band Sep 25: Barefoot Modern Sep 29: Eversole Brothers Sep 30: Mason Jar Confessions


1918 W Gate City Blvd | 336.907.8294 Sep 22: Jim Mayberry

STEVEN TANGER CENTER 300 N Elm Street | 336.333.6500 Sep 24: Mariachi Cobre Oct 1: Michelle Cann Oct 11: R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Oct 15: That Girl Lay Lay


503 N. Greene St | 336.274.2699 Thursdays: Open Mic Sep 24: Nick Youssef Oct 1: Ben Jones Oct 15: Jason Allen King


1921 W Gate City Blvd | 336.373.7400



1614 N Main St | 336.883.4113

GOOFY FOOT TAPROOM 2762 NC-68 #109 | 336.307.2567 Sep 24: Michael Chaney Oct 15: Mike Everett


118 E Main St | 336.207.1999 Sep 22: Dan Miller Sep 23: Simerson Hill Sep 24: Retro Vinyl Sep 29: Renae Paige Sep 30: Big City Oct 1: Patrick Rock Oct 6: Kelsey Hurley Oct 7: The Plaids Oct 8: Cory Leutjen and The Traveling Blues Band Oct 13: Dan Miller Oct 14: Jill Goodson



220 E Commerce Ave | 336.883.3401 Sep 24: Smokey & Me: A Celebration of Smokey Robinson Oct 7: Hedy! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr Oct 8: Scotland’s Tannahill Weavers Oct 15: Kathy Mattea & Suzy Bogguss 138 Church Ave | 336.991.5016




PLANK STREET TAVERN Piedmont Opera presents the original Pretty Woman


3326 W Friendly Ave Suite 141 | 336.299.4505 Sep 24: T&K Oct 1: Susanna Macfarlane Oct 8: Stewart

221 N Main St. | 336.497.4822 Wednesdays: Karaoke Sep 23: Stone Parker Band Oct 7: Blue City Bombers


221 N Main St. | 336.816.7283 Thursdays: Trivia Sep 24: Killer Wabbits




1232 N Main St | 336.807.1476 Sep 22: Metro Jethro’s

191 Lowes Foods Dr | 336.747.3059 Fridays: Karaoke

10/21, 10/23 & 10/25



101 S. Fayetteville St | 336.622.3844 Sep 30: John Anderson



2205 Oak Ridge Rd | 336.643.6359



3801 Rock Quarry Rd | 919.821.4111 Sep 24: Farm Aid 2022 Sep 27: Alice in Chains w/ Breaking Benjamin & Bush


126 E. Cabarrus St | 919.831.6400 Sep 24: The Breakfast Club (80’s Party Band) Sep 27-29: IBMA Bluegrass Ramble Sep 30: Joe Hero, Deep 6, & Sickman Oct 1: Whitey Morgan and The 78’s w/ Josh Meloy Oct 3: Lucy Dacus w/ Crooks & Nannies Oct 6: Nikki Lane Oct 7: The Mersiv w/ Lost In The South, Black Carl!, & Saka Oct 13: Battle of the Broker Bands Oct 14: Saint Augustine’s Homecoming Kick Off Party ft. The Niito Band


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oN The border - the UltimAte eAGles tribUte

500 S McDowell St | 919.996.8800 Sep 30 - Oct 2: IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Main Stage Oct 3: Death Cab for Cutie w/ LOW Oct 7: Maxwell w/ Ash Minor


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1400 Edwards Mill Rd | 919.861.2300 Oct 2: Panic! At The Disco w/ Marina & Jake Wesley Rogers Oct 6: Dr. David Jeremiah ft. Gaither Vocal Band Oct 7: Katt Williams

November 4, 8:30 pm

At the CArolinA theAtre of Greensboro 310 s Greene st, Greensboro, nC 27401


BURKE STREET PUB 1110 Burke St | 336.750.0097

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CB’s Tavern

3870 Bethania Station Rd | 336.815.1664


121 West 9th Street | 336.448.0018 Mondays: Open Mic Thursdays: Will Jones Sep 23: Jesse Ray Carter Sep 24: Industry Hill Block Party Sep 24: Kyle Kelly Sep 30: Drew Foust Oct 1: Jason Moss and The Hosses Oct 7: Carolina Clay Oct 8: Mike Cosner and The Fugatives Oct 14: Zack Brock and The Good Intentions Oct 15: Aaron Hamm and The Big River Band

Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Company

772 Trade St | 336.999.8945 Tuesdays: Trivia Sep 23: Hotwax & The Splinters Oct 7: Camel City Blues Oct 14: Joe Dowdy Trio

Foothills Brewing

638 W 4th St | 336.777.3348 Sundays: Sunday Jazz Thursdays: Trivia Sep 21: Discount Rothko Sep 23: The Grand Ole Uproar Sep 28: Robertson Boys Sep 30: Heavy Peace Oct 2: Crystal Fountains Oct 9: Anne and The Moonlighters Oct 14: Heavy Peace

Midway Music Hall

11141 Old US Hwy 52, Suite 10 | 336.793.4218 Mondays: Line Dancing Sep 23: Jimmy Shirley Jr & the Footlights Sep 24: Classic Country & Oldies Oct 1: Sidekix Oct 8: Jimmy Shirley Jr & The 8 Track 45 Band Oct 15: Diamond Edge

Muddy Creek Cafe & Music Hall

137 West St | 336.201.5182 Oct 13: Jim Messina

Sep 21: Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors w/ The National Parks Sep 22: Time Sawyer w/ The Pinkerton Raid Sep 23: Zoso — The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience Sep 24: Silent Disco Dance Party! Sep 29: Damn Tall Buildings Sep 30: Nite Moves Oct 1: Scythian Oct 5: Popa Chubby Oct 6: Handsome Jack w/ Michael Bennett Oct 7: Couldn’t Be Happiers w/ The Simple Joy Oct 12: Kitchen Dwellers w/ Daniel Donato Oct 15: Rhymin’ N Stealin’ (The Original Beastie Boys Tribute)


633 North Liberty Street | 336-917-3008 | www.roarbrandstheater. com Sep 21: Trivia Time @ Fords Food Hall Sep 22: Siren Series @ Fords Food Hall Sep 23: Tracey Bentley @ JL Caspers Sep 23: DJ FISH @ Fords Food Hall Sep 23: DJ SK101 @ The Mayfair Club Sep 23: REWIND @ Fords Food Hall Sep 24: The Carolina Pines @ Fords Food Hall Sep 24: The Usual Suspects @ JL Caspers Sep 24: Torch Songs @ The Mayfair Club Sep 24: DJ CHUBBS @ The Mayfair Club Sep 24: DJ FISH @ Fords Food Hall

Second & Green

207 N Green St | 336.631.3143 | secondandgreentavern

Winston-Salem Fairground

421 W 27th St | 336.727.2236 Oct 3-5: C+C Music Factory & Rob Base Oct 4: Niko Moon, Restless Road, & Frank Ray Oct 5: Rend Collective w/ Christian Paul

Wise Man Brewing

826 Angelo Bros Ave | 336.725.0008 Thursdays: Music Bingo Oct 1: William Hinson Band Oct 8: Southern Groove

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Small Business Spotlight

Listen every Sunday at 9 AM for WTOB’s Small Business Spotlight. Hosted by Josh Schuminsky, you will learn about the many small, locally-owned businesses in the Winston-Salem area.

September 25 Jon Engel - Acadia Foods & Provisions LLC thank you to our SponSorS

The Ramkat

170 W 9th St | 336.754.9714

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Greensboro Pride 9.18.22 | Downtown Greensboro


SEPTEMBER 21-27, 2020


Scream Dreams Media Sneak Peek 9.16.22 | Thomasville

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Flat Fest @ Flat Iron 9.16.22 | Downtown Greensboro


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Winston-Salem Symphony with Simone Porter & Andrew Grams 9.17.22 | Stevens Center, Downtown Winston-Salem

SEPTEMBER 21-27, 2020





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Week of September 26, 2022

[TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your

social life expands as new friends come into your life. But, while you’re having fun, your practical side can also see some positive business potential within your new circle.

[GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your workplace situation continues to improve. Look for advantages you might have missed while all the changes were going on around you. A trusted colleague can help. [CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Resist the urge to hunker down in your bunker until things ease up. Instead, get rid of that woe-is-me attitude by getting up and getting out to meet old friends or make new ones. [LEO (July 23 to August 22) Now that you’re back enjoying the spotlight again, you should feel re-energized and ready to take on the challenge of bringing those big, bold plans of yours to completion. [VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A former friend would like to repair a relationship you two once enjoyed. Your positive response could have an equally positive impact on your life. Think about it. [LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Resist making impulsive decisions. Stay on that steady course, as you con-

[1. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What is a baby

[6. GEOMETRY: How many sides does

21) You might feel confident about taking a promising offer, but stay alert for what you’re not being told about it. Don’t fret. Time is on your side.

[2. MOVIES: Which 1960s movie

[7. TELEVISION: Richard Dawson was

[SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to

[3. HISTORY: In which country did the Easter Rising of 1916 take place?


[SCORPIO (October 23 to November

December 21) People dear to you might be planning a way to show appreciation for all you’ve done for them. Accept the honor graciously. Remember, you deserve it.

[CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Congratulations! Your selfconfidence is on the rise. This could be a good time to tackle those bothersome situations you’ve avoided both at home and at work.

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features a character named Holly Golightly?

[4. GEOGRAPHY: Which U.S. state is

[BORN THIS WEEK: You are a wonderful matchmaker who can bring people together to form long-lasting relationships. © 2022 by King Features Syndicate

the original host of which TV game show?

nast was the first to score a perfect 10 in Olympic competition?

[9. U.S. STATES: Which state’s official

[5. LITERATURE: What do the initials

name of a condition called tussis?

in J.D. Salinger’s name stand for?

animal is a red fox?

[10. MEDICAL: What is the common


© 2022 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

[PISCES (February 19 to March 20)

Your loving reassurance helped revive a once-moribund relationship. But, be wary of someone who might try to do something negative to reverse this positive turn of events.

a heptagon have?

bordered by the states of Washington, Oregon, Montana, Utah, Wyoming and Nevada?

[AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You feel obligated to return a favor. (Of course, you do.) But, heed advice from those close to you and do nothing until you know for sure what’s being asked of you.




answers [CROSSWORD]

hedgehog called?

6. Seven. 7. Family Feud. 8. Nadia Comaneci. 9. Mississippi. 10. Cough.

that you’d hoped for is down the line. But, you still need to be patient until more explanations are forthcoming. Continue to keep your enthusiasm in check.

by Fifi Rodriguez

tinue to work out workplace problems. Be patient. All will soon be back in balance.

1. Hoglet. 2. Breakfast at Tiffany’s. 3. Ireland. 4. Idaho. 5. Jerome David.

[ARIES (March 21 to April 19) change

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The Weatherization Assistance Program may be able to help! We are a government funded program that provides help to elderly, disabled, and families with children. The Weatherization Assistance Program assists income-eligible families and individuals by reducing their heating and cooling costs, as well as addressing health and safety issues in their homes through energy-efficiency measures. Weatherization services reduce the amount of energy required to heat and cool homes. You may also qualify for HARRP which is the heating and air repair or replacement program.

How do I find out more about applying for weatherization assistance?

It’s easy to find out if you are eligible and to apply for weatherization. The Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC) helps homeowners, and renters depending on location, available funding, and landlord approval, by weatherizing eligible occupied housing. The Program is funded by federal grants. For weatherization assistance through PTRC residents must live in Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford, Person, Randolph, or Rockingham County. This program is free but, you must meet certain income requirements.

Please call our office for additional details at (336) 904-0338.