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members, who also happen to work most of the time in a recording studio. 18 ...raves and riches will likely be withheld from the new version of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Certainly, Kenneth Branagh deserves credit for bringing this venerable novel to the modern screen, if for no other reason than to provide a viewing option for audiences not interested in Marvel or Madea... 24 Former NFL wide receiver and astronaut LELAND MELVIN became an internet sensation in February, when a photo of him with his dogs, Jake and Scout, went viral. So expect a crowd at 4 p.m., Nov. 18, when Melvin speaks at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center, located at 1921 W. Gate City Blvd. 25 THE BIG HAIR BALL has become one of the premier social events in Greensboro and has been presented annually since 2012. The event on Nov. 8 was a chance for event organizers and sponsors to get together, socialize and discuss what is on the agenda for the 2018 extravaganza to be presented in January.

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BY JESSICA CLIFFORD Candit, a family owned salsa company, began when a few coworkers fell in love with Shanna Withers’s homemade salsa. Originally, Withers was against selling her salsa because for her, making it was more of a hobby than a job. She soon agreed to the idea and started growing more vegetables. She then began selling her homemade salsa in early spring of 2016. All the vegetables in the salsa are homegrown and organic. If more vegetables are needed then they are purchased from Wetmore Farms in Woodleaf, North Carolina. “I believe in all-natural, non-GMO ingredients and definitely anti-pesticides,” Withers said. The name Candit came about as a play on words. “It kind of comes from ‘I canned it,’ like I canned something, but then it’s also candit as in bandit, as in we steal your tastebuds,” Withers said. “It was short and kind of sweet and we didn’t want anything long or complicated.” Withers first made two flavors —mild and hot— but people started asking for

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instonSalem’s food scene just keeps on growing. The owners of Sweet Potatoes relocated down the street. Right after their move, chef and Kristi Maier restauranteur, Freddy @triadfoodies Lee and his business partner, Chef John Tharpe, set their Contributor sights on the 529 N. Trade Street address. It was small but pretty much ready to go, with new paint and decor. Though the eatery has a hint of its predecessor, the space is fresh and gleaming for its new journey. It is comfy and inviting as a diner should be. But you won’t see retro vinyl stools or booths. One of the first things you’ll notice on the far wall is a chalkboard with the day’s specials. There’s a T.V. at the bar to add to the casual vibe. We asked the server if she could tell the team in the kitchen to “surprise” us. Although we did insist that one of the “surprises” be macaroni and cheese and the other be chicken skins and tuna tartare because that just sounded too awesome. Everything else was totally up to the kitchen (my kids have to eat). Here’s how those surprises rack up. We started out with some appetizers and shareable snacks. Hushpuppies with Honey Mascarpone These puppies were fluffy and light. Almost doughnut-like with a light and creamy drizzle. You get a bunch of them too, so plan to share. Tuna and Crispy Chicken Skin My little boy calls the skin on fried chicken the good part. It couldn’t be more accurate, in my opinion. When I see fried chicken skins on a menu, I almost always order it, so this evening was no different. The menu name is pretty self-explanatory: fried chicken skins, quite airy, used almost like wontons to scoop up the bright and fresh tuna tartare that’s been dressed with radishes and a lemony vinaigrette. I’d definitely hit up Trade Street Diner just to eat this again. Macaroni and Cheese This dish is listed under the Snack &

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Share portion of the menu, along with the hushpuppies and a few other tempting options, such as pickled beets and fried okra. Think of this section as your extra a la carte side options. You get a generous size macaroni with a great, caramelized and cheesy top. You know what I’m talking about. Fortunately, between the chicken skins and the macaroni and cheese, we had a complete meal for the little ones.

Fried Catfish with Dirty Rice, Mustard Greens and Cajun Remoulade My mother-in-law had hoped this dish would be one of the surprises, and she was elated when it arrived. The catfish was fried to a crisp and arrived piping hot. The skin did a pretty great job hanging on to the meat, and I think that’s important. The dirty rice was laced with sausage and seasonings, which was really tasty. The remoulade definitely belongs with the catfish; it was a great condiment to dip the fish in to get a kick of the spice.

Roasted Pork & Crispy Head with Creamy Green Beans, Brown Butter Apple Glaze How do I explain this dish? The roasted pork was quite straightforward, perfectly roasted and cooked medium. The toasty flavor of the brown butter really came through in the apple glaze. It added an extraordinary component to the sauce. I actually feel inspired by the glaze for future applesauce or apple dish. Crispy Head? Lee told me, “It’s a slow-cooked pig’s head. Then we take all the meat out of it and fry it into a croquette.”

Roasted Chicken with Whipped Potatoes, Local Vegetables, Chicken Jus The roast chicken is probably the most “diner-like” dish that we tried. This was by far the little boy’s favorite. He ate more than any of us. It’s also one of the best chicken dishes I’ve had at a restaurant (besides fried chicken and hot chicken, of course).

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Crispy Salmon with Mushroom Puree, Pickled Mushroom Salad, Butter Braised Cabbage and Truffle Sauce This salmon was by far…by far the best salmon I’ve ever had. Now, if I’m being honest, I don’t order it often at all. I prefer rare salmon, sushi style. Smoke salmon, brunch style. I’m almost always disappointed by restaurant salmon, and that is troubling because salmon is so good for us. Trade Street Diner’s salmon had a crispy exterior and was just sumptuous and lovely. What set the dish apart, Lee told us, was the truffle sauce, which was cooked in and dressed again. The salmon was placed on a mushroom puree and

topped with a pickled mushroom salad. The salad just added to the uniqueness of the dish. The flavor, for me, was just wow. It was truly the winner of the table.

to the back, I was surprised to see that neither Lee nor Tharpe were chef-ing in the kitchen. Instead they left a Saturday night in the hands of what appears to be a very capable culinary team. Applause to that. One thing you should know going in to Trade Street Diner…it’s a diner, but mostly in name only. How many diners do you know that blend their burger meat with brisket? If you’re looking for something a bit on the chef-inspired side, you might look at the Braised Beef Shin or the Swordfish. There’s a small selection of salads as well. There’s a diner house salad with the usual suspects, but I’m curious about the pickled beet and

goat cheese salad with butterbeans and crispy ham. Diners wanting to have a cocktail will not be disappointed in the craft cocktail menu or beer and wine list. The doors are open for the ever-growing lunch crowd downtown and is sure to be a popular brunch spot. Despite such an interesting menu that feels like a departure for such an establishment, It still has the inviting feel that you might expect from a diner. And you get pie. !

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Pecan Pie I mean, it’s a diner after all, and you must expect pie. House-made pecan pie, it doesn’t get any better. Pecan pie can be cloyingly sweet, but the filling was nicely rounded out, and the pecans were crunchy and caramelized, which offset the sweet. A little a la mode never hurt anyone. We were impressed by the menu and all the dishes that came out. When I went

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that 2006 promo tour, he said a journalist asked him if there was anything he would have done differently. His answer? “Made a happier record.” Back from the Dead! is that, but he said it took decades to get there. “I sometimes thought Run-DMC should have ended after Raising Hell [the 1986 album that Public Enemy’s Chuck D called the greatest HipHop record of all time]. I was just looking at the history of Cream, one of my favorite bands. They only had three great albums. Lots of people only had three.” The reference may surprise those who don’t know of DMC’s love for Classic Rock. “Classic doesn’t mean old,” he said. “It means better than anything that came after.” He also loves folk rock and includes Tom Petty, Jim Croce and Harry Chapin alongside Public Enemy’s Chuck D in his pantheon of musical heroes. DMC’s Back From the Dead! The Legend Lives! (Brookvale Records) will debut as a four-track EP on Record Store Day Presents Black Friday, Nov. 24. One highlight is “Rhino,” featuring Chuck D and the Canadian Metal band Slaves On Dope. The other tracks feature John Moyer from Disturbed, Roman Ramirez from Sublime with Rome, and Myles Kennedy from Alter Bridge and Slash’s backing band. DMC describes “Rhino” as a departure from his previous work with Chuck D. “Chuck and I had free-styled and collaborated on hip-hop projects in the past, but

‘Rhino’ brings us together in a new way,” he said. “I’m always excited to combine hip-hop and rock and this captures that in-your-face stance I admire in both genres.” He said that he’s wanted to work with Chuck D on a rock project, having been a big admirer of D’s collaboration with Anthrax on “Bring The Noise.” Not surprisingly for the man who founded the publishing imprint, Darryl Makes Comics; the vinyl-only limited edition EP features a cover by award-winning artist Tony Moore of The Walking Dead, the source comic for the AMC TV series. Finding that image took awhile, despite DMC owning it the whole time. “I was trying to find a great cover, and nothing was working,” he said, “and all of sudden a light goes on.” Two years earlier at Kansas City Comic Con, Tony Moore had a booth next to DMC. At the end of the convention, the artist handed him an envelope. Inside was a picture of DMC as a zombie. This represents the kind of cross-over he loves. “Comic book fans that don’t like rap will want Back from the Dead because of the cover, while rap fans not into comics will still think it’s a dope image. Bringing people together is what I’ve always done with my music.” ! IAN MCDOWELL is the author of two published novels, numerous anthologized short stories, and a whole lot of nonfiction and journalism, some of which he’s proud of and none of which he’s ashamed of.

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Ground-breaking comedy ‘The Graduate’ gets first-rate tribute

Mark Burger

Contributing columnist

SEDUCED BY MRS. ROBINSON: How The Graduate Became the Touchstone of a Generation by Beverly Gray. Published by Algonquin Books. 304 pages. $24.95 retail. Don’t look now, but that cinematic paragon of the generation gap, The Graduate, turns 50 years old this year.

Elements of the film, including Simon and Garfunkel’s soundtrack, have become so ingrained in the lexicon of popular culture that many may not realize just how profound its impact was. At the time of its release, The Graduate was as cutting-edge as American comedies got – and it spoke deeply to the ‘60s generation. Author Beverly Gray, who previously documented her adventures in the screen trade as Roger Corman’s story editor in the fabulous Roger Corman: An Unauthorized Biography of the Godfather of Indie Filmmaking, brings her own keen insight into the making of the independently

UNCSA graduate scores Sundance fellowship Alan J. Van Dyke, a 2006 graduate of the UNCSA School of Filmmaking, has been selected for the Sundance Institute’s fourth annual Episodic Lab. Van Dyke’s The Wasteland Survival Handbook is among 10 original independent pilots so honored by the Sundance Institute, the largest independent film festival in the United States. The Wasteland Survival Handbook is a futuristic science-fiction farce set five generations after a global apocalypse, in which a scheming high-school teacher and an ill-tempered cannibal queen decide to team up in a battle for survival. Recipients of the fellowship will enjoy ongoing support from the festival’s programming staff, creative advisers, and industry mentors. They will develop their series’ and pilot scripts through a series of individual and group creative sessions, screenings and pitch sessions, guided by professional show-runners, producers, and industry executives. “It does not get any better than this for an emerging artist who is interested in writing for television,” said Susan Ruskin, the dean of the School of Filmmaking. “Sundance is the foremost organization dedicated to supporting independent film and television projects. Alan will be WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

advised and mentored by a stellar group of industry professionals. The experience will be of tremendous benefit to his work and his career.” A native of Shelby, North Carolina, Van Dyke was previously selected for the Nickelodeon Writing Program in 2014 and has penned several episodes of Nickelodeon’s award-winning, animated comedy series The Loud House, which in inspired by series creator Chris Savino’s childhood growing up in a large family. While a student at the School of Filmmaking, Van Dyke wrote the student short films The People in Andy (2004), There’s This Guy (also ‘04), Raccoon (2005) and Rain, Rain (2006). He also made his directorial debut with The People in Andy. “With the recent and ongoing growth of the episodic format, there are immense opportunities for emerging storytellers,” said Michelle Satter, the founding director for the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program. “With this program, we identify new and diverse voices, offering them unparalleled and sustained access to customized creative and industry support.” For information about all the goings-on at UNCSA, visit the official website: www. uncsa.edu. !

financed film version of Charles Webb’s novel, as well as an unvarnished enthusiasm for the film. Seduced by Mrs. Robinson is about the people who made The Graduate and the people who were directly impacted by it. Lest one forget, the film remains emblematic of its time, cruising into iconic status almost instantaneously. The Graduate was the highest-grossing comedy of the 1960s, earned seven Oscar nominations (winning only for Mike Nichols as Best Director), propelled Dustin Hoffman to instant stardom, and more. Although Gray offers a thorough and illuminating discourse on the film’s themes, production and legacy, it’s never long-winded or heavy-handed. On the contrary, Seduced by Mrs. Robinson is consistently entertaining, effortlessly engaging, and altogether satisfying as the first and last word on a film that remains, as the subtitle indicates, a touchstone for a generation. Author Beverly Gray’s official website is www.beverlygray.com/. The official website for Algonquin Books is www. algonquin.com/. !

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ho’s your favorite Beatle? That was a question that used to reveal something about your personality. It was the Rorschach test of pop fandom, 50 years ago. Paul John Adamian was the tuneful @johnradamian dreamboat. George was the earnest, spiritual one. John Contributor was the vulnerable poet. And Ringo, well, he was the comic relief—sort of the Yogi Berra of rock music, a loveable Basset hound of a guy. Fans of Ringo were those who didn’t go in for self-seriousness, or for bombast. Fans of Ringo might very well be fans of The Ringos, the Greensborobased duo who have a peculiar and crazed fab-four-obsessed iconography. The Ringos are not a Beatles tribute band. They are more of an absurdist art-pop project devised to burn off excess creative energy by the two members, who also happen to work most of the time in a recording studio. The Ringos play On Pop of the World studios in Greensboro on Nov. 17 and Monstercade in Winston-Salem on Nov. 18. Randy Seals and Matt Goshow both work at On Pop of the World studios, a recording studio and performance space that also serves as the headquarters of an ultra-prolific and promiscuous musical collective with tendrils reaching in different directions. Both Seals and Goshow are founding members of Dildo Of God (sometimes known simply as D.O.G.), a sprawling hip-hop, noise-rock enterprise. They have another side-side band called Pencil Fight. Each has solo projects and other collaborative ventures. Logging hours behind the mixing board, helping get the right drum sound or coax a good vocal take from artists recording there, Seals and Goshow would routinely feel both depleted and energized. Both Seals, 49, and Goshow, 27, are drummers, hence the name The Ringos. “The Ringos started as a project because Matt and I were recording 100 hours a week, and after work, we were like, ‘We have to record something just to get anything of ours out,’” Seals said. “But we were pretty burnt. And there was only one rule: you can do anything you want.” The combination of overextended deliri-

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ousness and complete creative freedom meant that the duo could egg each other on, by taking snippets of old riffs they’d been working on for years. Or hatching new ideas on the spot, layering them with psychedelic keyboards, blankets of vocal takes deranged by studio effects and pitch adjustment and disjointed drum grooves. It’s stream-of-consciousness music-making. Add to that the fever dream of conspiracy theories (“I buried Paul!”, “Billy Shears!”) and music-nerd minutia associated with the Beatles and you get a fertile bed of possibilities. The Ringos released their first record, aptly called The Real McCartneys, last year. On its cover, the iconic Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album art, with its packed gallery of famous faces, is photoshopped so that every face becomes that of Ringo Starr as

if the familiar imagery had run through a funhouse mirror. Or else as if the cover had turned into a warped mandala. They took something that was already fairly trippy and made it a little trippier. The record starts with “Un-American Satanism,” a song that — if you’re looking for Beatles comparisons — might be said to sound a little like “Baby, You’re a Rich Man.” With a mid-tempo beat and gently rising and falling piano line and subsonic slowed-down vocal scraps, the song has some stitched-together lyrical details about reptiles, widows, pyramids and shape-shifting. As it turns out, Seals and Goshow reverse-engineered some of the words by watching a conspiracy-theory video on YouTube involving a Katy Perry song, highly processed vocals and inferences involving the Illuminati and other bits of pop-culture paranoia.

“It’s like Steely Dan for Ween fans,” Seals said. Imagine fans of bands like Bongwater and the Butthole Surfers engaged in a sort of musical version of the Da Vinci Code, and you get some idea of the giddy layers of allusion, reference and sleight of hand. “There is a probably a thinly veiled joky second meaning to every song,” Seals said of some of the musical breadcrumbs dusted throughout the recording. You can, for instance, hear a connection to “A Day in the Life,” with its famous woke-up-got-out-of-bed beginning, on “The Countdown,” which starts with the line “I awoke.” And there are whiffs of “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!,” with its lurching circus-music feel, on “Spongecake Submarine.” “It’s like they’re all riddles,” Goshow said. If a listener gets tired of teasing out the Beatles references, there are ways that The Ringos conjure much more recent musical iconoclasts. The stilted vocal delivery and forcefully stiff feel on certain songs can bring to mind Wall of Voodoo, while the dystopian atmosphere bears a connection to the Holy Sons, and the foggy cabaret hip-hop element suggests a kinship with idiosyncratic artists like Gonjasufi. When they’re in their nerdchic, post-punk, piano-pop zone, The Ringos can even warrant a comparison to the mightily successful malcontents of Twenty One Pilots. Goshow and Seals may have intended The Ringos as a one-off goof, but they’ve breathed enough life into the project that it’s started to lurch and kick on its own. The duo will be playing a string of shows taking them to Austin, Texas, and Brooklyn, New York. At first, The Ringos weren’t entirely sure how to execute their songs live, but prerecorded tracks allowed at maximum theatricality. “We dress up a lot,” Seals said. “It’s super weird.” ! JOHN ADAMIAN lives in Winston-Salem, and his writing has appeared in Wired, The Believer, Relix, Arthur, Modern Farmer, the Hartford Courant and numerous other publications.

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lthough Peter Ustinov and David Suchet would repeatedly portray Belgian detective Hercule Poirot on screens both big and small, it was Albert Finney who headlined one of the most popular and enduring of all filmic properties based on an Agatha Christie whodunnit. Released in 1974, Murder on the Orient Express proved to be a potent box-office property, thanks in no small part to an all-star cast that numbered Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall and Anthony Perkins among its ranks. As for Finney, his chameleonic ability to immerse himself in the role of the fastidious detective earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Similar raves and riches will likely be withheld from the new version of Murder on the Orient Express ( ). Certainly, Kenneth Branagh deserves credit for bringing this venerable novel to

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the modern screen, if for no other reason than to provide a viewing option for audiences not interested in Marvel or Madea (as someone quipped at my screening, this might qualify as Star Wars: The Last Jedi for the senior set). Ever the classicist, Branagh lets others waste their time trying to adapt video games — he prefers to deal with Shakespeare, Shelley and Cinderella (even his one stab at a superhero saga, 2011’s Thor, made sense due to the deep mythology behind the character). Branagh’s interpretation of Murder on the Orient Express, unfortunately, registers as a disappointment, with the director-star, aided by scripter Michael Green, puncturing the source material as often as someone ends up stabbing Edward Ratchett. Ratchett (Johnny Depp) is one of the travelers aboard the Orient Express, and he seeks to hire fellow passenger Poirot (Branagh) to be his bodyguard lest someone try to murder him. Realizing that Ratchett is a thoroughly detestable gangster, Poirot refuses, only to awaken

the next morning and find Ratchett slain in his own bed. Thus, the “world’s greatest detective” finds himself with his hands full interrogating the other passengers — the suspects include Ratchett’s secretary (Josh Gad), a meek missionary (Penelope Cruz in a variation of the role that won Bergman an Oscar for the ’74 take), an outspoken governess (Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Daisy Ridley), a helpful doctor (Leslie Odom Jr., Hamilton’s Aaron Burr), a persnickety princess (Judi Dench), and a chatty widow (Michelle Pfeiffer). The changes that Branagh and Green make to the novel and the remarkably faithful 1974 version are baffling, leading to a film that feels as if it’s just skimming the surface of a compelling murder-mystery. With so much emphasis on Poirot (it’s clear the director loves his star), expository scenes that should establish the other characters prove to be choppy and unsatisfying — thus, when the case starts to clear up in the final stretch, many of the assembled players come across

as little more than extras trying to crowd into the shot. The backstory to the whole mystery — the Daisy Armstrong affair (Christie’s nod to the Lindbergh baby kidnapping) — also appears in truncated form, thereby reducing its impact on the final revelations. As director, Branagh makes some lamentable decisions, trying to frame a couple of moments as action set-pieces and elsewhere adopting strange camera angles that call awkward attention upon themselves. This is especially true of the murder sequence, which Branagh grotesquely stages as if he were auditioning to direct a remake of Carnival of Souls. If nothing else, the production values in Murder on the Orient Express look smashing, and while no single performer stands out, all tackle their roles with aplomb. For the most part, though, Branagh has taken a beloved tale and committed (to borrow the title of another Christie adaptation) murder most foul. !

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igh Point Ballet celebrates the 30th anniversary of brining this holiday tradition to the Triad. Choreography is by award-winning Artistic Director, Gary Taylor. Sets are by award-winning designer, Howard Jones. Lighting is by Aaron Porter. Original costumes are designed by artistic director and founder Rita Taylor. This year’s performance features exciting new choreography and casting. Educators are encouraged to contact High Point Ballet in regards to the Nutcracker Student Performance Series offering special during-the-school-day performances. Dec 19, 9am and 10:45am (Subject to availability). See website for details.

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guest performer in Las Vegas. Mr. Ward has spent past summers as a guest performer at the National Choreographer’s Initiative for their tenth anniversary performance and with Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance in North Carolina. Mr. Ward’s favorite performances include the title roles of Hamlet, Peter Pan and Dracula. The most memorable performances include dancing the role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, the Cavalier in The Nutcracker and the Prince in Cinderella, The sleeping beauty and Swan Lake.

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THOR: RAGNAROK (PG-13) LUXURY SEATING Fri & Sat: 11:30 AM, 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 Sun - Tue: 11:30 AM, 2:30, 5:30, 8:30 A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS (R) LUXURY SEATING Fri - Tue: 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 9:55 VICTORIA & ABDUL (PG-13) LUXURY SEATING Fri - Tue: 11:45 AM, 2:25, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05 WONDER (PG) Fri - Tue: 11:45 AM, 2:20, 4:55, 7:35, 10:05 FRANK SERPICO (NR) Fri - Tue: 12:30, 2:50, 5:15, 7:25, 9:35 WONDERSTRUCK (PG) Fri - Tue: 11:30 AM, 2:05, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 DADDY’S HOME 2 (PG-13) Fri - Tue: 12:45, 3:05, 5:25, 7:45, 10:05 MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (PG-13) Fri - Tue: 11:40 AM, 2:10, 4:45, 7:20, 9:55 BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL (MUGEN NO JÛNIN) (R) Fri - Tue: 12:35, 9:30 THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER (R) Fri - Tue: 11:40 AM, 2:15, 4:50, 7:25, 10:10 THOR: RAGNAROK (PG-13) Fri - Tue: 12:20, 1:00, 3:20, 4:00, 7:00, 7:40, 10:00, 10:15 JIGSAW (R) Fri & Sat: 12:40, 2:40, 4:55, 7:15, 9:25, 11:35 Sun & Mon: 12:40, 2:40, 4:55, 7:15, 9:25 Tue: 12:40, 2:40, 4:55

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TYLER PERRY’S BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN (PG-13) Fri & Sat: 11:55 AM, 2:10, 4:25, 7:00, 9:15, 11:30 Sun & Mon: 11:55 AM, 2:10, 4:25, 7:00, 9:15 Tue: 11:55 AM, 2:10, 4:25 GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (PG) Fri: 11:35 AM, 2:05, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40 Sat & Sun: 11:35 AM, 9:40 Mon: 11:35 AM, 2:05, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40 Tue: 11:35 AM, 2:05, 4:40 LUCKY Fri - Tue: 3:20, 5:20, 7:20 THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (R) Sat: 11:55 PM ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ. (PG-13) Tue: 7:00, 9:40 THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (R) Tue: 7:00, 9:35 THE FLORIDA PROJECT (R) Tue: 7:00, 9:30

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (R) Wed: 3:30, 6:00, 8:30, Thu: 6:00, 8:30 THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER (R) Fri: 9:15 PM, Sat: 1:45, 9:15 Sun: 1:45 PM, Mon: 9:00 PM Tue: 5:15 PM, Wed & Thu: 9:00 PM LADY BIRD (R) Fri: 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, Sat & Sun: 10:00 AM, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, Mon: 5:30, 8:00, Tue & Wed: 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, Thu: 5:30, 8:00 WONDERSTRUCK (PG) Fri: 4:00, 6:30, 9:00 Sat: 11:00 AM, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00 Sun: 11:00 AM, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30 Mon: 6:15, 8:45, Tue: 3:45, 6:15, 8:45 Wed: 3:45, 6:15, Thu: 6:15 PM THE FLORIDA PROJECT (R) Fri: 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 Sat & Sun: 10:30 AM, 1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 Mon: 5:00 PM, Tue: 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 Wed & Thu: 8:45 PM LOVING VINCENT (PG-13) Fri: 4:15, 6:45, Sat & Sun: 11:15 AM, 4:15, 6:45 Mon: 6:30 PM, Tue: 3:15 PM Wed: 3:15, 6:30, Thu: 6:30 PM I DID HER WRONG (NR) Mon: 7:30 PM

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[NEWS OF THE WEIRD] WALK OF SHAME A presumably humiliated opossum “ran off” in late October after three Pennsylvania men posted photos on social media of themselves giving it Chuck Shepherd beer and kissing it. The Pennsylvania State Game Commission was unamused by the antics of Michael Robert Tice, 18, of Newport; David Mason Snook, 19, of Reedsville; and Morgan Scot Ehrenzeller, 20, of McAlisterville, and charged them on Nov. 2 with unlawful possession of wildlife and disturbing wildlife. According to TribLive, Tice kissed and held the animal while Snook poured beer on its head and into its mouth. The men couldn’t be reached for comment.

BE KIND TO ANIMALS — Donna Byrne, 53, of Polk County, Florida, was charged with driving under the influence on Nov. 2, but it was her mode of transportation that earned her an animal neglect charge. Byrne was riding her horse, Boduke, down a busy road in Lakeland in the middle of the afternoon. When officers reached Byrne, she was staggering and had red, watery eyes — explained by her breath alcohol level, which was more than twice the legal limit, Polk County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Brian Bruchey told the Orlando Sentinel. Boduke got a ride to the sheriff’s Animal Control livestock facility, but Bruchey said he’d most likely be returned to Byrne, whose rap sheet includes cruelty to animals and drug possession.

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— In Darmstadt, Germany, police detained a 19-year-old man on Nov. 7 after they noticed “a significant bulge in his trousers” and discovered he was carrying a baby python in his pants. The unnamed man was carrying on a loud, drunken argument with another man when police were called, reported The Guardian. Officers took the man and the snake to the police station, where the snake was put in a box, and authorities considered whether the “non-species-appropriate transport” could be a violation of animal protection laws.

NAKEDLY WEIRD A family of three were taken from their home and forced into a car on Nov. 7 in Leduc County, Alberta, Canada, by five naked people. The man, who was placed in the trunk, quickly escaped, and his wife and baby also managed to get away, according to The Canadian Press. A passing truck driver picked up the three victims, but then the naked kidnappers’ car rammed his truck from behind, sending it into a ditch. Royal Canadian Mounted Police caught up with the criminals; of the five, two were minors and were not charged. The adults faced charges of kidnapping and resisting arrest. The RCMP gave no explanation for why the five kidnappers were naked, but posited that drugs or alcohol may have been involved.

SMOOTH REACTIONS Tempers flared in Minot, North Dakota, before 33-year-old Cornelius Marcel Young was charged with terrorizing after attacking his fiancee’s brother at a trailer park on Nov. 3. The Minot Daily News reported that Young yelled at the brother, punched him in the face and knocked him into a wall af-

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ter he had turned up the thermostat in the trailer, according to a Minot Municipal Court affidavit. When the brother threatened to call police, Young brandished a knife, as his fiancee jumped on his back and bit his ear “to distract him.” Two children were in the trailer during the fight but were uninjured.

OW OW OW! A Chicago wiener stand was the scene of a crime gone south on Oct. 31 when Terrion Pouncy, 19, accidentally discharged his gun, which he was trying to conceal in his pants, and shot himself in a most sensitive location. The Chicago Tribune reported police were called to the Original Maxwell Street Polish at about 6 a.m., after a hooded man threatened employees with a small-caliber pistol. One of the employees gave him money from the cash register, according to the complaint against Pouncy, after which the robber stole the man’s cellphone and wallet, and ran outside, stuffing the gun in his pants, but it went off twice, striking his “groin” and thigh. Pouncy kept running and eventually called 911 to report that he’d been shot. He was charged with two counts of armed robbery with a firearm, but couldn’t appear for his bond hearing, as he was recovering at a local hospital.

COMPELLING EXPLANATION The Stardust Ranch in Rainbow Valley, Arizona, has a lot to offer potential buyers: Just an hour west of Phoenix, the property boasts a 3,500-square-foot home with a pool, 10 acres, barns, a gated entry ... and two portals to another dimension: one at the back of the property, and one in the fireplace. Owner John Edmonds and his wife bought the property, now listed at $5 million, 20 years ago to run a horse rescue, but he says he’s killed more than a dozen extraterrestrials on the property (using a samurai sword) and has suffered many injuries in his encounters with them. Edmonds told KPNX TV in October that aliens tried to abduct his wife: “They actually levitated her out of the bed in the master chamber and carried her into the parking lot and tried to draw her up into the craft.” (She won’t enter the room anymore.) Listing agent Kimberly Gero notes: “This isn’t the type of property that you can just place in the MLS and wait for a buyer to come along.”

WHO KNEW? Poland has one of the lowest birth rates in Europe, so the Polish Health Ministry is using the example of rabbits to encourage its citizens to multiply. The ministry produced a short video with a rabbit “narrator” who explains that members of the Leporidae family enjoy exercise, a healthy

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diet and little stress. “If you ever want to be a parent, follow the example of rabbits,” the video suggests. The ministry said in a statement to the Associated Press in early November that it was looking for a way to increase public awareness about the low birth rate that “did not offend anyone and was not vulgar.”

INEXPLICABLE Boriska Kipriyanovich, 21, of Volgograd, Russia, claims that he lived on Mars until a long-ago war wiped out all life on that planet and he has now been reborn on Earth. As a Martian, he visited Earth, where his people had close ties to ancient Egyptians; that’s how he knows there is a mechanism behind the ear of the Great Sphinx of Giza that can unlock it, which will “significantly change” life on Earth. His mother told Metro News in November that Kipriyanovich could read by the age of 1, draw by 2 and has talked about ancient civilizations since he was a small boy, despite not having been taught about them. Among his revelations about Martians: They stop aging at age 35 and are immortal; they grow to about 7 feet tall and breathe carbon dioxide; and they still live on Mars, but underground. No further word about what changes an “unlocked” Sphinx will bring.

UNUSUAL HOBBIES Kung fu master Li Weijun used his bare hands to smash 302 walnuts in 55 seconds on Nov. 1, breaking a Guinness World Record. The previous record, held by a man in India, was 212 walnuts in one minute, according to United Press International. Weijun accomplished the feat in Foshan City, Guangdong Province, China, with video cameras rolling to capture the proof, which has been submitted to Guinness for official recognition.

WAIT, WHAT? In case simply eating fried chicken isn’t enough for KFC fans in Japan, Twitter users there have an opportunity to luxuriate in the essence of one of 100 KFC “bath bombs” — bath salts infused with the fast food giant’s signature “11 herbs and spices.” KFC tells United Press International that the limited edition bath bombs won’t be sold in stores, but people who retweet the chain’s promotional post will be entered to win one. ! Send your weird news items with subject line WEIRD NEWS to WeirdNewsTips@amuniversal.com. © 2017 Chuck Shepherd. Universal Press Syndicate.

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James, meet Emma: The story of how a veteran and police officer found herself

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he past couple years have been tough for the LGBTQ+ community nationwide, but it has been especially difficult for transgender North Katie Murawski Carolinians. From Pat McCrory’s controversial House Bill 2 Editor otherwise known as the “bathroom bill” to President Trump’s executive order to ban transgender military recruits. It seems like good, positive news is hard to come by for the LGBTQ+ community. That is, until just last week Danica Roem became the first openly transgender state legislature in Virginia, beating her opponent, the selfproclaimed “chief homophobe” incumbent Bob Marshall. At the end of October, Trump’s military ban was partially blocked by a federal court. Focusing locally, one woman in the Triad wants her story of transitioning to be told and through it, she hopes to inspire people like her. Meeting Emma Emma James Duarte-Clements (who is going through the process of legally changing her name) is a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, a police officer and a bisexual trans woman. She started her transition in May 2016 at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Durham, North Carolina. “Most people do not know you can do that,” she said. “First and foremost, there are a lot of state laws that are required but because the VA is run under the federal government, those laws do not apply.” Before she was Emma, she was James Duarte-Clements, retired army, father of six and a recent graduate student with a master’s degree in criminal justice. To begin her transition, Duarte-Clements was set up with a women’s clinic doctor and a counselor in Greensboro. She then started taking the bare minimum of hormones (testosterone blockers and estrogen) because she did not want to move too fast. “I wanted everyone else to transition with me because it would be too much for the kids,” she said. “They set me up with speech lessons to feminize my voice. I get

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Left & middle: Emma in her Army and police officer uniform before her transition, right: Emma in her police uniform after her transition laser hair removal they do there at the VA. It is fantastic. I did not realize there were so many transgender people in the military system.” When President Trump signed an executive order in August to ban transgender military recruits, Duarte-Clements was not shy about stating her opinion on the matter. “I was infuriated, I was angry,” she said. “How dare he? I am not one to get on social media-- I do post stuff about my kids on Facebook. But when I heard he was trying to do that, I opened up a Twitter account just to rage at him.” Duarte-Clements said if she could go into the Army again just to spite the president, she would. Duarte-Clements said she receives all of her transitioning services for free through the VA and her hormones get sent to her house. If these services were to be taken away, DuarteClements said she would start rallying and joining organizations to fight it. “Just on the principle that we earned that,” she said. “If you went and dodged

bullets and rockets you earned it.” In fact, she did dodge rockets in Afghanistan, when she was a civilian contractor. “I saw more activity when I was a civilian than when I was in the Army,” she said. Duarte-Clements said it is frustrating to be a trans veteran in the United States because gender identity should not matter when it comes to serving the country. “If you want to serve your country and if you are capable to, then you should be able to,” she said. “At the end of the day that is the focus, not who or what you are but what you want to do for your country. The fact that I still get all my hormones, even though he said no, it is kind of like another in your face moment.” With Roem’s win in Virginia and Andrea Jenkins in Minneapolis City Council, Duarte-Clements was elated by the shift in transgender acceptance in the country. “It shows how far we’ve come to gaining validation in society,” she said. “It gives me hope that anyone and everyone will eventually be able to be themselves

exactly as they are and live ‘normal’ fulfilling lives without fear regardless of gender identity.” Duarte-Clements surely does not need the approval of the president to feel accepted. The people that mean the world to her, (her six children and two grandchildren) already accept her for who she is. Her 28-year-old son is the “most liberal-minded,” she said because he is bisexual himself and he fully accepts her transition. She said her 20-year-old son and 17-year-old daughter want whatever makes her happy. “Most still call me dad,” she said. “My 17-year-old calls me ‘Domma.’” DuarteClements ex-wife and her boyfriend have a hard time seeing her as anything other than a male. “They call me “Jemma,” she said. “So I take it. I know they are trying.” Duarte-Clements said that even though she would love to be called mom, she doesn’t think she has earned that title. “I really haven’t earned the right to call myself mom,” she said. “I did not birth

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As far as going through with those big changes, such as sex reassignment surgery, Duarte-Clements said she is definitely not getting top surgery because she wants her breasts to be natural. As far as down there, she said she goes back and forth with the decision. “At the end of the day I do not need it to do what I need to do,” she said. “I may decide eventually that it is time to get rid of it.”

them. I did not play that role so I cannot just walk in and change things because I decided to change my gender. Plus, I told them to call me what they are comfortable with I am not going to make them change all that and make it uncomfortable.” She said the only child that it was a little awkward to come out to was her 11-year-old step son because he has Asperger’s syndrome. At first, she said she had to be more masculine around him and gradually change. “Now he is cool with it,” she said. “And my twins, almost 3-year-old girls are too young to care, they just know that daddy loves them.” Serving her country while finding gender identity Two weeks out of high school, DuarteClements went into the Army. Originally, she wanted to be a nurse but after realizing the time commitment of schooling, she went to do the “next best thing” in her opinion, which was being a police officer. Wanting to help people is what called her to serve. “I have always been driven for public service, I can’t quite understand it,” she said. “It has always been the way I am wired.” Duarte was deployed in Baghdad in 2003 with a mechanized infantry unit out of Germany. While there, she said she always contended with her sexuality. She had gone back and forth asking herself if she was bisexual or just gay. “Then I kind of researched it and I came to the realization that it has nothing to do with [sexuality,]” Duarte-Clements said. “I was missing something. I had the perfect life: my wife was beautiful, intelligent, I had good children, I had a good job, money was not a problem, everything was perfect. But I was still miserable.” Duarte-Clements said when she figured out her sexuality, she could not really pursue it because she was still married. “It was in my head, stuffed away,” she said. “I knew that going in the Army and I contended with it, tried to process it and understand. My wife found out I was chatting with men online. She got pissed off, rightfully so. It is kind of a shocker, but over time we fixed it and she supported me and told me to go figure it out.” After serving 15 years with the Army, Duarte-Clements was discharged due to a diagnosis of PTSD and Meniere’s disease. “My PTSD is not the extreme version,” she said. “It is more emotional and a lot of it was guilt because I made it back whole. I was in the middle of Baghdad, but I never had to see anyone get physically hurt. I was so blessed. I was in an infantry, they are on the front lines.” WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

Part of Emma’s family: ex-wife/best friend, her 11-year-old son and twin daughters. She also had a reoccurring dream that she was going to be deployed over and over again. “Not that I feared it,” she said. “I would go again in a blink of an eye if asked.” Dating and life after the military After two divorces and a newly-embraced gender identity, Duarte-Clements moved to Greensboro and then to Julian, North Carolina, where she lives now. Duarte-Clements now works as a private security police officer at the Department of Social Services building in High Point. For a while, dating seemed nearly impossible and felt strange to Duarte-Clements. “It would be easier if I was just straight or just gay,” Duarte-Clements said jokingly because she said people tend to oversexualize her or reject her for being too feminine. “Sometimes I contemplate giving up the hormones and just becoming a guy with boobies.” After dating around, and figuring out what she really wanted, Duarte happily found her current girlfriend. “She treats me better than anyone ever has,” DuarteClements said. “She treats me more like a lady than anyone ever has.” A woman living as a man in the United States military and transitioning from male to female while finishing police officer training in one of the most trans intolerant states in the U.S. makes DuarteClements’s life sound really difficult. “If it did nothing else, it gave me confidence to know I can overcome anything,” she said reflecting on her life so far. When Duarte-Clements first started her

job as a police officer, she tried to work at the Guilford County Courthouse. But in order to do that, she would have to “abide by male standards,” which meant that she had to cut her hair to work. “Ironically, I am getting my named changed through the Guilford County courthouse,” DuarteClements said with a laugh. After that job did not end up working out, she found another police officer position working at the Department of Social Services building where she can “abide by female standards” by providing a note from her doctor at the VA. “The biggest problem I have is when people, in general, assume that being transgender is automatically something sexual in nature,” Duarte-Clements said. “That it is some form of sexual deviance. It is not that at all. It has nothing to do with that whatsoever. Gender identity and sexual orientation are completely different things. It is not a choice.” Duarte-Clements sought out Youtube videos of transgender people going through the same thing she was going through to feel more connected. “All of them had the same exact story,” she said. “They knew they were different as kids, they knew something was missing, they started seeing that and started to do more masculine things so they did not have to live that way. It was like ‘OK I will go the other way and just like confirm my masculinity.’ Play sports, play with cars, go into the military, get a wife, have kids. Still, something’s missing. Once they came to the realization and transitioning, it all changed and they were finally happy.”

Emma’s future and beyond The future’s looking bright and optimistic for Duarte-Clements. Regardless of what she decides to do in her journey of transitioning, she has big plans for the future and for people like her in Greensboro. She wants to start writing an autobiography and she has even dreamed up an idea for a book series with a trans hero. She also has big plans to open a clothing store for trans people to shop and feel accepted. She would call it Emma’s Corner. “I would like to open a store in town for clothes that accommodate people like me,” she said. “I know some of the struggles I had as far as clothes. Having a male body, it is still hard to find clothes that fit.” Duarte-Clements would also like to have a seamstress available at the shop so that people can come in, pick out clothes and get fitted. She would also like to have a wide variety of wigs and shoes because those two items have been the toughest things for her to find. “Someone is always going to find something to say about you so you might as well just be you,” she said offering some advice to younger trans people. “I live my life according to me not society’s expectations or what they think I should be.” Duarte-Clements has walked around downtown and is beginning to seriously look at places for her shop. She said she would like to get started by the end of this year. “I got to the one year point with my transition and realized it has been a great journey so far,” Duarte-Clements said. “It has been really positive-- it hasn’t stood in the way of anything that I am doing in my life. I read so many stories where trans people have a hard time within society or the dysphoria of themselves. They are depressed, miserable and some are afraid to come out. I guess I just wanted to put out there, for once, just a really interesting story and two, I want to try to inspire others who are possibly realized they can do it in spite of the world.” ! KATIE MURAWSKI is the editor of YES! Weekly. She is from Mooresville, North Carolina and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in film studies from Appalachian State University in 2017. NOVEMBER 15-21, 2017

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From the NFL to orbit: Astronaut Leland Melvin speaks in Greensboro on Saturday Former NFL wide receiver and astronaut Leland Melvin became an internet sensation in February when a photo of him with his dogs, Jake and Scout, went viral. So expect a crowd at 4 p.m., Nov. 18, when Ian McDowell Melvin speaks at the Greensboro Coliseum Contributing Special Events Center, located at 1921 W. columnist Gate City Blvd. The event, which closes the Public Library’s One City, One Book celebration, is free and open to the public. Melvin’s trajectory from the Detroit Lions to the International Space Station is unique in sports or space. Born in Lynchburg, Virginia, he studied chemistry at the University of Richmond and earned his Master’s in Engineering from the University of Virginia. Melvin served on the shuttle Atlantis and the ISS and was named NASA’s Associate Administrator of Education in 2010 before retiring in 2014. Last April, his memoir Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances, was published by HarperCollins. He never intended to be an astronaut, although he’d been science-minded since 1971 when Grace Melvin gave her 7-yearold a chemistry set and he ignited the carpet. “I got the expected spanking,” he said in a phone interview, but the experience sparked more than shag. Good at both sports and academics, he attended Richmond on a football scholarship and was drafted by the Lions. “A hamstring ended that,” he said, “but Dallas wanted me next season.” Awaiting training camp, Melvin worked as a research assistant at UVA, where a professor recommended him for the Master’s Program. Once accepted, he continued his studies while training with the Cowboys, practicing eight hours a day and watching VHS lectures at night. Except for the night he and Danny White tossed a ball around. White threw and Melvin suffered a second hamstring going for it. With his NFL career over, he concentrated on his Master’s. “When I graduated,” he said, “I was recruited by Rosa Webster, a physicist who worked with Katherine Johnson, one of the ‘human computers’ in the book Hidden Figures. She insisted I join NASA.

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Engineering paid better, but Rosa wasn’t somebody you said no to.” He never intended to become an astronaut, not even after a friend gave him an application. “Then another friend, Charlie Camarda, got accepted,” he said. “I thought if that knucklehead can get in, I can.” He did, with help from Apollo 16 commander John Young, who heard Melvin lecture at NASA Langley. “I was being interviewed by astronauts and senior leaders, and Young told them I was doing really great research. That didn’t hurt, having a man who’s walked on the moon go to bat for you.” Where many of his peers had prepared for years, Melvin learned on the fly, eventually logging over 565 hours in space. I declined to ask Melvin one question many friends suggested, as astronauts are tired of explaining how they pee in the orange “pumpkin suit.” There was another I’d sadly guessed the answer to. Not real-

izing the photo of two adorable but clearly adult lab mixes was taken eight years ago, friends wanted to hear about his dogs “Jake lived until he was 15 and had a very full life,” he said. “Scout was younger but had lymphoma.” Melvin said he’s in the process of getting another dog. “The rescue place may have some puppies coming up soon.” In September, he again went viral on Facebook and Twitter, when his disgust at Donald Trump’s very different reactions to the Charlottesville and Colin Kaepernick motivated Melvin to write a public letter to the president. “I was appalled by his calling a black man engaging in peaceful protest a son of a bitch,” Melton said. He added that he found it “particularly reprehensible” after the president “responded to Nazis with assault rifles chanting ‘Make America White Again’ at my alma mater by saying there were ‘very fine people on both sides.’”

Our conversation didn’t conclude on that dark note. Melvin is pleased by NASA’s evolution since 1966, when Ed Dwight, who could have been the first African-American in space, resigned due to hostility from the top brass, and all astronauts were male and military. “It was incredible serving with Peggy Whitson,” he said of the first female commander of the International Space Station, who recently broke the record for total days spent in space by any NASA astronaut. “A civilian woman in charge of Russian colonels and French generals represents a very different perspective than when everyone was a military test pilot.” ! IAN MCDOWELL is the author of two published novels, numerous anthologized short stories, and a whole lot of nonfiction and journalism, some of which he’s proud of and none of which he’s ashamed of.

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Put some air in your hair for Greensboro’s annual Big Hair Ball BY CARL MIZE There were a lot of “F” words being dropped at Centre Pointe’s penthouse last Wednesday evening, high above the streets of Greensboro. However, it isn’t what you might think. It was the kick-off Sponsor’s Party for the annual Big Hair Ball presented by Greensboro’s Family Service of the Piedmont, and the words were fashion, fun and fundraising. The Big Hair Ball has become one of the Hair/Make-Up Crew: (L-R) Diane Conterno-Neese, Wilbert Artis, Angel Parker, Donna Perkins (In Back), Calesha Thomppremier social events in Greensboro and son, Indira Lindsay Roberts, Mary Ingram (In Front) has been presented annually since 2012. Wednesday’s event was a chance for event organizers and sponsors to get together, socialize and discuss what is on the agenda for the 2018 extravaganza to be presented in January. The venue, the ballroom atop the Centre Point building in downtown Greensboro, featured a sweeping panoramic view of life on the street below. The idea originated as a fun and interesting way to raise funds for Family Service of the Piedmont. The first event was such a success, and it has Event Organizers: (L-R) Mary Ingram, Amy Paul, Donna Perkins, Lindsey Auman (In Back), Indira Lindsay continued for the past Roberts, Lex Kulman (In Front) six years. Young women in first African-American woman to serve Lindsey Auman, who is past chairman top as possible. The grades 10-12, who are in the capacity of president. This lends of the Family Service Foundation Board hair, of course, but also members of the Junior credence to the Guild’s enthusiasm in and Honorary Chairman of this year’s ball, the dress and make-up, Guild, compete for the regard to becoming as diverse as possible spoke eloquently of how she had sought to create as outrageous highly coveted model This year’s event and embracing all races and religions as the counseling services offered through a look as only artsy, spots by engaging in chairwoman Lindsey Auman. they seek new volunteers to accomplish Family Service of the Piedmont to help creative people can community service and their mission. her deal with a personal trauma that had conjure up. Prizes are volunteer work in the Major sponsors this year include happened to her years earlier. She used given for “Best Hair”, area. Woodruff Law and the Lenny Peters this personal testimony to illustrate how “Best Dress, etc. and since people in the The goal is that by the time they beFoundation-Bethany Medical Center. This important the agency is to the citizens of fashion industry are known to have some come seniors in high school, they will have year’s presenting sponsor is Greensboro Greensboro. of the biggest egos around, there is a achieved enough recognition through their commercial real estate developer, Roy Indira Lindsay Roberts, who chaired the lot of professional pride on the line. The work to be asked to model for the show. Carroll and his wife Vanessa of The Carroll ball in 2015, is also the current president theme for the Big Hair Ball is the circus, so However, model-type looks do not Companies. of the Guild of Family Service. Her exciteyou can only imagine what types of looks weigh into the final selection process. This year’s event will be presented on ment and dedication to the cause are that this theme is going to inspire for this In other words, even Gigi Hadid would Jan. 27, 2018 at the Empire Room in downevident as she addressed the crowd at the year’s show. not be able to strut down that runway untown Greensboro, so remember to “Go big, kick-off event. “We should be doing now While the show is an exciting and enjoyless she had done some good, somewhere or go home!” what the client needs next to advance able event, the Guild never loses sight of along the line. You can learn more about Family their agenda,” Roberts said. Passion for their primary focus. Once model slots are filled, that’s when Service of the Piedmont by going to www. helping others is a common theme that Family Service of the Piedmont exists the real work begins. Models are assigned safeandhealthyfamilies.com ! seems evident in the members of the for the purpose of providing help and to an area fashion designer (and in the organization. The Guild realize there are assistance to families experiencing crisis, interest of full disclosure, this writer was many challenges facing individuals and counseling services for children and asked to participate this year), as well as CARL MIZE is a full-time designer and a freelance writer. families today and through their comadults, battered women and an entire a hair and make-up team. Their combined He lives and works downtown with his furry, four-legged bined work and efforts, they attempt to plethora of problems facing families in efforts are to descend on the model and, partner in crime, Malachi. He is quite attracted to shiny help solve those issues. Roberts is also the today’s society. you guessed it, make it as big and over the things and even shinier people. WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

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em Fest is a minimusic festival featuring femaledominated or supported bands coming locally and out of town to raise awareness of sexual Katie Murawski assault and domestic violence and to speak out against Editor it. Fem Fest was held at Test Pattern, located at 701 Trade St. in downtown Winston-Salem. Saturday, Nov. 11 marked the fourth year of Fem Fest and this year was considered the largest and most successful one so far. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the show went to fundraise for Winston-Salem Family Services. Creator and founder Bryn Fox said that Saturday’s show raised $2,000 for Winston-Salem Family Services, which was double the amount raised in all the previous years. “The whole show is to promote against sexual assault and domestic violence,” Fox said. “The biggest thing was to showcase music as an outlet for women who have gone through such things.” Headliners included Winston-Salem’s own Jill Martin-Byers with special guest Nancy Devine, who played at 4 p.m.; North Carolina’s Wahyas, who played at 5 p.m.;

North Carolina’s The P-90’s, who played at 6 p.m.; Virginia’s L.A. Dies, who played at 7 p.m.; Virginia’s Ladygod, who played at 8 p.m.; Alabama’s The Old Paints, who played at 9 p.m.; New York’s BOYTOY, who played at 10 p.m.; and Greensboro’s own Bob Fleming and the Cambria Iron Co. played the last set at 11 p.m. The P-90’s Billie Feather and Wahyas’ Lindsey Sprague have been with Fox since the first Fem Fest and has played every year. Fox said she credits bands like Wahyas and The P-90’s, who are growing in popularity, for giving her the ability to expand and get bands from places such as New York, Alabama and Virginia to play at Fem Fest. “It has definitely grown every year,” Fox said. “Every year has had an amazing turnout but this year it seems to have spread its radius a little bit further and I think a lot of that is because of previous years and a lot of that is because of the new bands that are coming. One thing about every band I have picked is that they have all played in Winston-Salem before so that people would be familiar with them. This year definitely was the one year where I had to actually tell people I was already booked, so I hope it says good things about next year.” Fox said for any bands that want to come out and support next year’s Fem Fest, contact her on her Facebook page, @thebrynshow. !

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[LEO (July 23 to August 22) Enjoy basking in the warm love of family and close friends. But don’t fall into a prolonged catnap yet. There’s still much to do before you can put up your paws and relax. [VIRGO (August 23 to September 22)

Avoid pushing others to work as hard as you do on a common project. Instead, encourage them to do their best, and they might well reward you with a pleasant surprise.

[LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Like the sensible Libra you are, you no doubt started your holiday shopping already. But be careful to keep within your budget. Shop around for the best buys. [SCORPIO (October 23 to November

21) Love and friendship remain strong in your aspect over the next several days. This is a good time to develop new relationships and strengthen old ones.

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cember 21) A beloved family member has news that will brighten your holidays. Also expect to hear from friends who had long since moved out of your life.

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ary 19) Family and friends are in for a surprise when you accept the need to make a change without being talked into it. (Bet it surprised you, too — didn’t it?)

[AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Restoring an old friendship might not be as easy as you hoped. You might want to explore the reasons for your former buddy’s reluctance to cooperate. [PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Your party-going activities pick up as the holiday season takes off. Enjoy your plunge into the social swim as you make new friends and renew old friendships. [ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your work on a recent job assignment is impressive and is sure to be noticed. Meanwhile, expect to receive news about an upcoming holiday event you won’t want to miss. [TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Saving the world one person at a time is what you were born to do. So accept it when people ask you for help, especially during the holiday season. [GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Now that you’ve resolved all doubts about an important decision, you can surprise a lot of people by defending your stand with your strong and well-reasoned arguments. [CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The holiday mood stirs your need to nurture everyone from the family cat to greatgrandma. But don’t overdo it, especially with teens, who like to feel grown up. © 2017 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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squirrel goes into a state of suppressed physiological activity. What is surprising, though, is that during this torpor, its body temperature can get as low as 27 degrees Fahrenheit — without the animal becoming just another chunk of ice. This nifty trick can be attributed to a biological process that clears the rodent’s blood of ice nucleators, which facilitate freezing. * You might be surprised to learn that in a 2016 survey of human resources professionals, it was reported that more than half of all workplaces offer paid time off for employees to vote. Thought for the Day: “We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like?” — Jean Cocteau © 2017 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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PIC ME! I’m a newly divorced woman trying some online dating sites. Because I read your column, I understand how men prioritize beauty. I’m an atAmy Alkon tractive woman, but I often photograph Advice terribly, and I’m Goddess thinking of spending some money and having a professional photographer shoot some pix in a studio. Would this be a good investment? I feel like I’d have a better shot if I had really great photos. — Unphotogenic Being somewhat vain, I fear the candid camera. In fact, I not only favor the posed photo but tend to stick (rather aggressively) to a single pose — the one that doesn’t make people wonder whether I eat oats out of a burlap bag. On online dating sites especially, appearance drives whom we choose or lose. Not surprisingly, marketing researcher Jonah Berger reports that “most online contexts,” including dating sites, “are dominated by posed photos,” as opposed to the candid kind — to the point where the main leisure activity in North America appears to be standing in a bathroom making duck lips for the camera. Berger notes that people tend to assume that others will find them more likable and worth getting to know if they

present “a curated, polished version of the self.” Yet in his research, it was the candid pix that made people more interested in “being friends with or going on a date” with the person pictured. Those he surveyed also reported feeling “more connected” to those in the candid photos and liking these people more overall. “Candid photos made photo targets seem more genuine,” Berger explains. They “seem to provide a glimpse into what someone is truly like, an unvarnished perspective on how they look and behave when others aren’t looking.” However, there are times when candids are less advisable. For example, Berger found that employers on LinkedIn were more interested in hiring someone who used a posed photo. Sadly, it seems the candid “Here I am at 1 in the morning drinking my sixth glass of chardonnay” does not scream, “Hire MEEEEE!” But getting back to online dating, let’s temper Berger’s findings with what we all know: The hotter you look the more replies you’ll get on a dating site. So, because you’re somebody who often photographs “terribly,” your best bet is getting photos taken that appear to be candid. You do this by having a photographer or friend shoot you “in action” — in other words, appearing not to notice the big honking lens or the iPhone right in your face. Plan to shoot a ton of photos and at least a few will catch you looking babe-alicious. This should help you bridge the photogenic fairness gap — how there are those the candid camera loves and those it loves to make look like ringers for Winston Churchill.

WHO WILL STOP THE WANE? I’m happily married. My wife is beautiful. She used to put a lot of effort into her appearance, but she now wears sweats and T-shirts everywhere and she never wears makeup or does her hair. I felt really bad about this on our recent date night, when she just put her hair in a ponytail and wore a slouchy army jacket. I want her to keep making an effort to put herself together for me. How can I offer her constructive criticism without making her mad? — Bummed You come up behind a ragged, disheveled person standing on the corner and put a dollar in the Starbucks cup they’re holding — and then you realize your error: “Oops! Hi, honey!” I suspect the term “constructive criticism” was coined by someone who went through life without ever encountering another human being. As I explain in “Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck,” here in the real world, “criticizing people doesn’t make them change; it makes them want to clobber you.” That’s because our ancient

fight-or-flight system is a little one-note — juicing us to respond to a verbal attack as if it were an attack by some dude running at us with a bloody spear. So, though it isn’t unreasonable to want your wife to make an effort on date night, you should focus on what you do want to see rather than what you don’t. For example: “Honey, you’re so beautiful, and when it’s date night, it would make me so happy if you did your hair and wore a dress. And I’ll wear whatever you want.” And to get her to make more of an effort day to day: “I love you so much, and I want to be sure we keep the romance alive.” Make clear that you aren’t expecting her to do the dishes in an evening dress and a tiara. You’d just be thrilled if, from time to time, the thigh-highs could be fishnets instead of, well, hip waders. ! GOT A problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or e-mail AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com) © 2017 Amy Alkon Distributed by Creators.Com.

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