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You might have seen the phrase “FISH TABLES” on strip mall signs in the Triad. Earlier, we visited the Market Street one so Vlad’s friend and co-worker Cheyenne could play the tables there. 11 THE GREENSBORO SCIENCE CAFE seeks to deepen the average person’s involvement with science content by holding live scientific debates open to the public. Their next topic: the possibility of American households getting free money from oil companies through carbon fee dividends.
Why would North Carolinian Elizabeth Kostova, who is a New York Times No.1 bestselling author, set her action-packed novel in Bulgaria?I will give you an answer in a minute. But first, a little bit about her new book, “THE SHADOW LAND.”
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Part family drama, part African fable and part Picasso, IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER is a dynamic thought-provoking piece that challenges both its audience and its actors. And the students of North Carolina A&T State University are ready to accept it. 30 We are stuck in an age of DICHOTOMY. So easily the haves are separated from the have nots; the black from white; the blue from red; the city from country. 31 As part of the UNCG Campus Moviefest competition, sophomore Brendan Moore wrote and directed the film short FOODIE in a week’s time. 34 I have to admit. I was unaware until early this year that a big JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE was going up on Hanes Mall Boulevard. And once I learned a bit more, I truly was curious.
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WHAT: Triad Stage returns audience to the fictional town of Hawboro as a new theater company announces plans to develop a play to celebrate the town’s founding. As they probe the official story and rehearse the drama, the concerns of the artists and the community begin to parallel the struggles of the city’s first citizens. WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Triad Stage at the Pyrle. 232 S. Elm Street, Greensboro. MORE: Tickets start at $10.
WHAT: Feat. Roots Of A Rebellion, Elusive Groove, & TreeHouse! Come celebrate Winston-Salem’s own, Elusive Groove’s debut album release on Thurs. April 20th at The Official Second & Green Tavern for Camel City 420 Fest! WHEN: 4 p.m. WHERE: Second & Green Tavern. 207 North Green Street, Winston-Salem. MORE: $5 advance | $7 Day of show
WHAT: The Carolina Theatre of Greensboro will present the 6th Annual Command Performance Benefit Gala on Thursday, April 20, featuring Ben Folds. Guests will have the option of purchasing show tickets to the Ben Folds and a Piano concert at 8:00pm, or to the pre-concert cocktails and gourmet dinner starting at 5:30pm. WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Carolina Theatre. 310 S. Greene Street, Greensboro. MORE: $25-$250 tickets.
WHAT: On the Spring leg of a U.S. tour, Toney Rocks rolls through Winston-Salem for a soul stirring solo acoustic concert presented by Muddy Creek Music Hall. Performing songs from his latest album as well as his new single ‘Run to the Night’, Rocks will burst into a diverse set of solo acoustic blues, rock and americana influenced songs. WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: Muddy Creek Music Hall. 5455 Bethania Road, Winston-Salem. MORE: $12-$15 tickets.
21 LUNAFEST FILM FESTIVAL WHAT: Support Hirsch Wellness and join us for Greensboro’s 8th Annual Lunafest Short Film Festival. This season’s program of Nine select short films will compel discussion, make you laugh, tug at your heartstrings and motivate you to make a difference in your community. WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Revolution Mill. 1250 Revolution Mill Drive, Greensboro. MORE: $20 admission.
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21 PETER PAN WhAT: Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time for 60 years. Featuring the iconic songs ‘I’ve Gotta Crow,’ ‘I Won’t Grow Up,’ and a rousing book full of magic, warmth, and adventure, Peter Pan is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up. When: 7 p.m. WheRe: Community Theatre of Greensboro. 520 South Elm St., Greensboro. MoRe: $10-$30 tickets.
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WhAT: The public is invited to attend the Go Green Annual Spring Plant Sale at the Greensboro Farmers Curb market from 9am – 2pm. The event features spring plants, potting soil, hanging baskets, tools, garden art and services with a wide appeal, from the home patio gardener to the budding urban farmer. When: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. WheRe: Greensboro Farmers Curb Market. 501 Yanceyville St., Greensboro. MoRe: Free entry.
with the community at the largest Earth Day Fair in the region, hosted by Piedmont Environmental Alliance. Enjoy great food and music, activities for adults and kids, and wonderful earth-friendly exhibitors...all while learning about how you can support a greener city. When: 10 a.m. WheRe: Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. 300 Deacon Blvd., Winston-Salem. MoRe: Free.
WhAT: Krave Kava Bar & Lounge will host a grand opening luau on Saturday, April 22. The party goes on all day during the hours Krave is open from 12 noon to midnight. Enjoy free samples, and complementary food. When: 12 p.m. WheRe: Krave Kava Bar & Lounge. 202 Exchange Place, Greensboro. MoRe: Free entry.
WhAT: Nishah DiMeo has become a fan favorite at our Thursday night Cocktails & Jazz, where she has been a performer since we started things up! Her rich voice and dynamic range will bring you to the edge of your seats, wanting more. Together, this group will be a jazz force to be reckoned with. When: 6:30 p.m. WheRe: O.Henry Hotel. 624 Green Valley Road, Greensboro. MoRe: Free entry.
30th Annual Used Book Sale May 4 & 5, 9aM-9pM | May 6, 8aM-2pM Parking and Admission are FREE! lARgEst book sales in the triad with an attendance in the thousands! Education Building at the Winston-salem Fairgrounds gate 5 from Deacon Blvd All proceeds of the sale benefit the ministry’s programs and services for older adults in our community. For more information contact the Shepherd’s Center at 748-0217 or visit www.shepherdscenter.org.
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DEVON SMITH-HAPPY BEHIND THE CAMERA BY ALLISON STALBERG
Not even a full year into his job as a producer with the Greensboro Television Network, Devon Smith has won a Telly Award for his work. “The Telly Awards is a national competition and recognizes excellence in broadcast production in local, regional and cable TV commercials,” wrote Jake Keys with the City of Greensboro. “This is the first Telly Award for Smith and the 32nd award won by GTN since 2000.” Smith won his Telly Award for Zoning Man. “We got a video request from our zoning neighborhood development department and they wanted to help residents understand the zoning process,” Smith said. “So we tried to think of funny, friendly, but kind of cheesy-type things too. “So we came up with a superhero called Zoning Man. It took a couple weeks, we wrote out a script and we took a half a day to shoot it and took some time putting it together. I thought it would be cool to kind of put a comic book feel to it.” The first time Smith wanted to work with TV and film was in the sixth grade. “I went to a teacher/parent conference for my older brother and sister. The high school that we all went to had a TV program and I remember I just fell in love with all the gadgets. “I spent the next three years of my life through
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middle school thinking that I wanted to be a lawyer until I saw a camera again. I was like ‘No, that’s what I’ve been wanting to do.’ I followed my dreams. I want to North Carolina A&T and graduated about two years ago with a mass communications degree.” Today, Smith says his inspiration for everything he does is for his family, especially his baby son and fiancé. “It also wasn’t all me. Mike Kirkman and the zoning department were very hands on; and I had a ton of help from our other producers, Carlos Castellanos...and Josh Johnson. Lastly, thank you to David Brown the station’s supervisor for the opportunity to be a part of GTN.” Smith hopes in the long-term that he may one day be the CEO of a production company. “I just want to stay in my lane, and as long as I’m behind the camera, I’m happy.” To learn more, go to www.Greensboro-nc.gov/ gtn. !
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WS POLICE CHIEF BARRY ROUNTREE ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT PLANS
Barry D. Rountree, Winston-Salem’s chief of police since 2013, announced today that he will retire Sept. 1, having served the citizens of Winston-Salem for 29 and a half years. “I have had a very rewarding career,” Rountree said. “I have been able to serve in nearly every sworn position in the department, and now it is time to turn the reins over to the next generation of leadership.” Rountree started his career as a police officer on Jan. 25, 1988. He was promoted to senior police officer (today’s rank of corporal) in 1992, sergeant in 1996, lieutenant in 2000, captain in 2004 and assistant police chief in 2007. Over these years he served in the Field Services Bureau, the Investigative Services Bureau, the Support Services Bureau, and the Professional Standards Division. Rountree said he has been blessed to have served without any serious injuries. “Many have not been as fortunate as I and suffered serious injuries,” he said, “and during my career with the police department I have seen eight coworkers lose their lives while serving. They are a constant reminder to all police officers of the risks they take to ensure the public safety.” Rountree is a North Carolina state-certified Basic Law Enforcement Training general instructor and holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Standards Training Commission. Rountree has a bachelor’s degree
in business administration from Winston-Salem State University and a master’s in public affairs from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Rountree also is a graduate of the Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University and the Municipal Administration program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rountree said he is most proud of trying to make the Winston-Salem Police Department better for employees, and for improving service delivery to the citizens. “We have worked diligently to improve community relations and promote WSPD’s ‘brand,’ ” he said. City Manager Lee Garrity said that Rountree had done a remarkable job of leading the police department. “With a steady hand and a firm belief in serving all, Chief Rountree has enhanced public safety while avoiding the community-trust challenges that other communities have faced,” he said. Garrity said he will begin the process to select the next chief by consulting with the mayor, members of the City Council, police employees and community leaders.
BATTLEGROUND VILLAGE UPGRADES NEAR COMPLETION
Branch Properties, an Atlanta-based private real estate investment firm, announces notable progress on its Battleground Village project in Greensboro, NC. Branch Properties purchased the 74,701-square-foot center in early 2014 and, as a value-add property owner, has been
working diligently to reposition the center. To date, the real estate firm has significantly increased occupancy, partnered with national retailers to develop prototype stores, and is near completion on an exterior renovation. Today, Battleground Village boasts a 97 percent occupancy rate, which is an impressive increase over the 84 percent rate the company inherited at the time of purchase. Anchored by Earth Fare and Starbucks, Battleground Village is home to service-oriented tenants like Sola Salon Studios and the U.S. Post Office, along with quick-serve restaurants Jersey Mike’s and Hungry Howies Pizza. Currently, one 1500 SF space is available for lease. Branch Properties is working with Starbucks to redevelop its current space. The brand new prototype store is scheduled to open in May 2017 and will offer drive-through service, which will be a great addition for the community. “The former Starbucks location was very dated and without a drive-through. This new location is unique to the greater Greensboro area as well as to the Southeast. There are only one or two of these prototype stores in the region and the drive-through will serve as a great advantage to Starbucks customers in the area,” said Brett Horowitz, Asset Manager of Branch Properties. One of the property’s earliest tenants, Earth Fare, is undergoing a complete renovation of its 27,887 SF space. The organic food supermarket is upgrading its interior and exterior, and will debut a new open and modern prototype this Summer. !
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Checking out Fish Tables in Greensboro BY IAN MCDOWELL
y friend says don’t use his real name, but nixes my suggestion of calling him Ivan “Guy running the competition is named that. Whenever there’s money made, there’s an Ivan in the game.” He suggests Vlad. “Because I’m always Putin it out there.” Like right now, bringing a writer to the Fish House where he’s Pit Boss. A Fish House isn’t a restaurant, but Vlad is grilling tonight on the sidewalk of this strip mall where every other store front is dark; chicken, burgers, dogs and brats, all free for high-rollers. “We’re the only Fish Tables place in Greensboro to have hot food rather than cold pizza. The guys who have money tied up in this place know you have to spend it to make it. They also know the value of name brands. That’s why we serve Pepsi instead of Sam’s Cola.” You might have seen the phrase “Fish Tables” on strip mall signs in the Triad. Earlier, we visited the Market Street one so Vlad’s friend and co-worker Cheyenne could play the tables there. Cheyenne, unlike Vlad, freely admits being addicted. “If you’ve never played this game, don’t start, ‘cause you’ll always be chasing the high.” Vlad claims that Cheyenne made four hundred bucks at the Market Street place last night, but say she may lose just as much today. “Nah,” she says, “I’m not dropping more than forty.”
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Tonight, I drop two bucks and make ten following Cheyenne’s advice about the computer-animated sea creatures undulating across the tabletop. “Don’t aim, just spray.” I don’t know what all the buttons do; the instructions are in Chinese. Nor do I know which of the dodging and weaving fish, whales, crocodiles and dragons I can “kill” with my beginner’s level weapon, a double-barreled cannon that fires nets that have no effect on the biggest or fastest targets. But I aim at smaller slower ones with the joystick and keep pressing the “shoot” button and my two-dollar credit dips to $1.25, rises to $2.50, dips to $2.05, rises to $2.80, and so on, up and down, and in ten minutes, is at $10.85. The sign on the wall says there’s a ten-dollar minimum cash-out. The siren song of the digital killing-spree sea is strong, and I continue firing at the next school of fish, hoping I can jack my score to twenty bucks. Instead, I drop to ten even. Taking this as my cue, I wave at the nearest hostess. “Cash out, sweetie?” I nod. She presses a button on the console, prints a ticket hands it to another hostess with more bosom and tattoos. Bosom gal gives me a ten-dollar bill. When I ask for a Pepsi, I’m unsure if I’m supposed to pay for it, but offer the ten spot. She asks how much I want back. I tell her keep five and go out to talk to Vlad. While grilling, he eyes the bushes. “Time I got jacked, I’m pretty sure they came out of there. I went to check the
lot and had a bad feeling, but didn’t see anybody. I think they’d jumped the back fence and were hiding in those bushes. Minute I went inside, they bum-rushed the door, three of them in ski masks with Glocks. Most of the money was in the machines, but I gave them what we had in the back. I heard that crew hit a couple of other places, and somebody in Kernersvile shot one of them. Don’t know if it’s true.” When we first arrived, there were nine gamers at the tables, pretty evenly mixed between men and woman, whites and African-Americans. Except for a dour Ron Jeremy lookalike and a graying good old boy pimp who claims his daddy was Johnny Carson’s pilot, they appeared anywhere from their early twenties to their mid-thirties. “Lower-class people with money,” says Vlad. “Not saying you can’t get high-class people into a Fish House, but it has to be owned by one of them, or by somebody who’s played golf with them for years.” Later, the demographic tips entirely Asian and largely male; nine young men, a young woman, a middle-aged woman and a granny. I figure them for Thai or Laotian, maybe Vietnamese. But one guy, tall and handsome, wearing a baseball cap with a shiny silver DOPE on it, resembles the Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau circa 1996, and when he gets excited, yells “wei-wei-wei!,” all-purpose Cantonese for everything from “shit!” to “duuuuude!”
After he’s cashed out, he comes for a chicken leg. “You made a thousand dollars tonight, I bet,” says Vlad. “A little less,” says the young man. I can’t tell if his grin is sly or shy as he shows his wad of bills. “How about you tip your waiter?” The young man laughs and gets into his car without peeling off any twenties. Vlad clearly didn’t expect him to. I don’t ask him what he makes in a night, doing this. I don’t ask him how much of it he spends at his tables or those elsewhere. I imagine it’s less than Cheyenne does. She didn’t come back with us from the place on Market Street. Vlad says she’s probably still playing there, or at another one, and won’t be back until her shift as Pit Boss tomorrow. The Asians leave around ten like there’s a curfew. The next wave of gamers are African-American, three men and seven women. I talk to a big guy about last night’s forty-person brawl at the club where he bounces, eat some chicken and a brat and go home. I’ve been gone all night and my cats haven’t had their supper. They greet me like Victorian children who’ve been starving while their errant father gambles. !
Debating Carbon Dividends at the GSO Science Cafe BY MIA OSBORN The future is now. Google plans to put its first self-driving cars on the roads this summer. Diseases that once meant certain death can be fixed with a visit to the pharmacy. Still, many Americans don’t have time to appreciate these advancements in their daily lives beyond sharing an article on Facebook or scrolling political Twitter fights on the reality of climate change. The Greensboro Science Cafe seeks to deepen the average person’s involvement with science content by holding live scientific debates open to the public. Their next topic: the possibility of American households getting free money from oil companies through carbon fee dividends. It might sound unlikely, but not long ago, so did the self-driving cars. Science cafes have popped up all over the world. The Greensboro Science Cafe was co-founded in 2013 by physicist Diedrich Schmidt and Randall Hayes, Ph.D., a neuroscience teacher at the Governor’s School of North Carolina. Hayes explained that what sets science cafes of the world apart from TED Talks and other popular lecture series is the audience participation. “It’s designed to be the opposite of an academic lecture,” Hayes said. “With an academic lecture, you would have 45 or 50 minutes of talking and maybe 10 minutes of questions. We reverse that: the speaker gets 10 minutes of intro material, just to set the parameters of the discussion, then 45 or 50 minutes of Q&A.” On April 27, the cafe will host a panel of experts from many fields, including economics, business, and sociology, to debate the best way to implement a carbon dividends program in the United States. When carbon dividends are brought up, most Americans think of Alaska. Alaskans have received money from the state’s oil industry via the Permanent Fund Dividends program since 1976. However, Alaska’s funding comes from its oil drilling revenue, while carbon fee dividends come from a tax paid by oil companies, based on how many tons of CO2 they produce. “This is designed to phase out fossil fuels because as the price increases over time and people use less of it, you should have fewer emissions; whereas the Alaska program is basically designed to get the citizens to support as much drilling as possible,” said Hayes. WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
Between lowered emissions and dividends that would disproportionately benefit America’s poorest, the fee and dividend model has gained popular support. It is also gaining traction on both sides of the political aisle. But while conservatives and liberals agree that carbon fees and dividends could benefit Americans as well as the rest of the world, they disagree on how to get there. In recent months, the conservative-backed Climate Leadership Council (CLC) and the Citizen’s Climate Lobby (CCL) both proAccording to Hayes, the plans’ differposed versions of a nationwide carbon ences have less to do with climate change fee and dividend program. The CCL is an and more to do with the values of the international group that describes itself people behind each. as nonpartisan, but its plan emphasizes “As nonpartisan scientists, we want to creating clean energy jobs and empowerlook at plans that come from both of the ing individuals to connect with and their two major groups. Otherwise, it just looks representatives to create policy change at like you’re lobbying,” he said. a local level. At the next Greensboro Science Cafe, The initial steps of both plans are nearly both plans will be laid out in detail by identical: multiple speakers, who will then give the 1. Oil companies pay a fee that grows floor to the audience for what’s sure to slowly over time, starting anywhere from be a lively question and answer session. $15 to $40 per ton of CO2. Hayes expects the meeting will run over 2. Fee money is given to the public the usual hour limit. That’s okay; a biparthrough dividends. tisan move to aid Americans while helping 3. Countries that don’t use the fee and the Earth is news worth talking about. dividend system will be hit with a border The panel will start at 7 p.m. on Thurstax before they can import oil to the US. day, April 27 at Gibb’s Hundred Brewing This is meant to encourage other counCompany on West Lewis Street. For more tries to take on the same system and information, visit the Greensboro Science discourage US companies from moving Cafe on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ overseas to avoid the carbon tax at home. GreensboroScienceCafe. ! The CLC plan has a fourth step: removing the power of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon emisMIA OSBORN is a Greensboro-based freelance writer sions, on the grounds that oil companies who hails from Birmingham, Alabama. will have the threat of higher fees to keep their emissions low without federal involvement. “That’s the red meat to get conservatives on board with the plan,” said Hayes. MIDWEEK MARKET GO GREEN ANNUAL The CCL plan doesn’t GRAND REOPENING SPRING PLANT SALE have an official fourth Wednesday, April 19 — 8am - 1pm Sunday, April 23 — 9am - 2pm step, but they do want Fresh and local from 25 vendors. You’ll find a variety of plants, From hot donuts to just picked tools and crafts for the patio the dividends to be produce and flowers. gardener to budding urban farmer. adjusted for population Shop directly from the farmer! Shoppers can enjoy fresh goodies! control, so that families Proceeds benefit the growers. can only receive increased dividends for their first 501 Yanceyville St. • Greensboro, NC two children. WWW.GSOFARMERSMARKET.ORG
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A North Carolina mountain woman’s adventure in Bulgaria
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hy would North Carolinian Elizabeth Kostova, who is a New York Times No.1 bestselling author, D.G. Martin set her actionpacked novel in Bulgaria? Contributor I will give you an answer in a minute. But first, a little bit about her new book, “The Shadow Land.” Its main character is a young North Carolina mountain woman, Alexandra Boyd. On her first day in the country she meets a small Bulgarian family group. They tell her they are on the way to a beautiful monastery and suggest she consider visiting it later. After they part ways, Alexandra finds that she has a satchel that belongs to the Bulgarian group. A young taxi driver called Bobby befriends her as she seeks to find the satchel’s owners. In the satchel is a wooden urn, containing ashes and inscribed with the name Stoyan Lazarov. She and Bobby report the incident to the local police. They give them an ad-
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dress for Lazarov. First, they rush to the monastery and search for the Bulgarian group, but find no one. As they prepare to leave, they realize that they have been locked in a room. Alexandra thinks, “nothing in her previous experience had prepared her for the feeling of being suddenly locked in a monastic room with a stranger five thousand miles from the Blue Ridge Mountains, holding an urn containing the ashes of another stranger. In addition to being tired and afraid, she was suddenly a thief, a vagrant and a prisoner.” Although they escape from the monastery, they cannot escape a growing
awareness that they are being followed and that possessing this urn has put them in danger. Nevertheless, the next day they go to the address the police had provided. The house is empty of people, but photos and papers there confirm that the urn’s owners had lived there. A neighbor gave them another address elsewhere in Bulgaria. Before they leave town, they adopt a stray dog, which becomes an important character with a major role in one of the concluding scenes. Kostova introduces other people, including an older, wealthy businessman-turned-politician named Kurilkov and known as “The Bear.” He is seeking to win the next election on the promise of “non-corruption.” There are growing and inexplicable dangers: vandalized cars, threats, murder and kidnapping. Only if the urn contains some valuable secret can there be an explanation for this unsettling situation. An explanation of the urn’s secret and its dangerous value becomes the spine on
which Kostova builds the book’s surprising and violent resolution. On that same spine she attaches another story, that of Stoyan Lazarov, a talented violinist, lover of Vivaldi, loving husband and father, who ran afoul of Bulgaria’s postWorld War II brutal communist dictatorship. He was confined for many years in a torturous labor camp where work conditions and weather almost killed him and destroyed his health and his prospects for a fulfilling musical career. At the work camp, he met two men, one a friend and fellow inmate, and the other a guard who becomes a heated enemy. Both characters play a major part in the book’s dramatic conclusion. Why then did Kostova set this book in Bulgaria? Explaining her fascination for that nation, she writes about her first visit, when she first came to “this mysterious country, hidden for so long behind the Iron Curtain,” and she felt, “I had somehow come home.” Kostova’s novel takes her readers on a tour of Bulgaria, its mountains, its cities and villages its forests and seashores. Her poetic descriptions of Bulgaria’s landscapes and people made this reader want to see for myself the country she loves so much. ! D.G. MARTIN hosts “North Carolina Bookwatch,” which airs Sundays at noon and Thursdays at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV. Preview the upcoming program on Preview the upcoming program on UNC-TV’s North Carolina digital channel (Spectrum-Time Warner #1276) on Fridays at 8 p.m. This Thursday’s (April 20) guest is Nancy Peacock, author of “The Life & Times of Persimmon Wilson.” Next week’s (April 23, 27) guests ware Richard Rosen and Joseph Mosnier, authors of “Julius Chambers: A Life in the Legal Struggle for Civil Rights.” To view prior programs: http://video.unctv.org/program/ nc-bookwatch/episodes/ For upcoming programs: www.unctv.org/ncbookwatch Thursday 5pm April 13 Tim Tyson, author of “The Blood of Emmett Till” Sunday noon April 16 and Thursday 5pm April 20 Nancy Peacock, author of “The Life & Times of Persimmon Wilson” Sunday noon April 23 and Thursday 5pm April 27 Richard Rosen and Joseph Mosnier, authors of “Julius Chambers: A Life in the Legal Struggle for Civil Rights” Sunday noon April 30 and Thursday 5pm May 4 Matthew Griffin, author of “Hide”
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HPU sorority raises $28,000 for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness High Point University’s Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority hosted its 12th Annual Crown Classic Golf Tournament, raising $28,000 for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness. Each year the sorority invites the community to take part in the tournament, with all proceeds going to the Zeta Tau Alpha foundation and its efforts to support educational programming, scholarships, leadership development and the organization’s national philanthropy – Breast Cancer Education and Awareness. “The golf tournament was an absolute success, and we are so grateful for those who continuously support our organization and fundraising efforts,” said Lauren Fischetti, vice president of ZTA at HPU. “Everyone knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer, so to raise this amount for such a great cause is truly moving. We are eager to support our philanthropy and its efforts toward finding a cure.” The tournament included complimentary gifts and lunch for the players. The sorority also collected contributions from individuals who sponsored a hole, purchased a sign in memory/honor of loved ones or donated to the cause, culminating in the largest amount of money the event has ever raised. Zeta Tau Alpha has a longstanding tradition of promoting breast cancer awareness on the HPU campus and fundraising to support the cause. In addition to the annual golf tournament, the sorority also hosts Seeds of Hope, Big Man on Campus and Think Pink Week. !
(Above) Members of HPU’s Zeta Tau Alpha sorority host the 12th Annual Crown Classic Golf Tournament, raising $28,000 for Breast Cancer Education and Awareness. (At left) Zeta Tau Alpha member Erin Murphy high fives her father, who participated in the golf tournament.
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THE ONCE AND FUTURE OF
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By C H A R LEs WO O D
he railroad tracks that run along Oakland Avenue once separated UNCG’s campus and downtown Greensboro from the Glenwood neighborhood. It can be easy and convenient for UNCG students to forget that just across the street from their beautiful and expanding campus live many of the city’s working class and less fortunate. The crime rate of Glenwood is nearly double that of Greensboro as a whole. Property crimes, such as larceny, burglary, and theft are the most prevalent and makeup roughly seventy percent of the crime rate with drugs and prostitution making up for most of the remainder. The high number of abandoned and undermaintained homes that line the streets can easily overshadow the beautiful and
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historic homes in the neighborhood. The relatively high crime rate, low property value, as well as its proximity to campus are what makes the Glenwood neighborhood so attractive to UNCG. Glenwood is home to a tight-knit, multicultural community who thrive despite, or possibly because of, adversity of all kinds. Where are members of this community supposed to go when they are being systematically separated from their homes and businesses in the name of prosperity? Many residents of the community are members of the Greater Glenwood Neighborhood Association, a non-profit organization open to, “property owners, residents, renters, business owners, the clergy of faith-based groups in Glenwood, and friends of the neighborhood.” The mission of the GGNA is to, “conserve and
enhance our neighborhood’s aesthetic appeal, safety, and community character; including our historic buildings, parks, and open spaces.” The GGNA have worked with and against UNCG, with varying levels of success, in recent years over the campus’s plans for further expansion into the Gate City Blvd corridor and Glenwood area. UNCG, in response to a projected increase in enrollment, have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the construction of Spartan Village as well as a new Rec Center. These developments have brought a number of changes to the historic Glenwood neighborhood. Many of Glenwood’s residents are not happy with UNCG’s expansion. Elizabeth L. Keathley, is a both a resident of Glenwood since 2002 and an Associate Profes-
sor of Historical Musicology and Women’s and Gender Studies at UNCG. According to Keathly, “Enrollment has been greatly overestimated yet development continues undeterred.” Keathly adds, “A student rec center no one wants costs $191 million dollars and will be paid by student fees.” The student fees Keathly mentioned will be between $435 to $600 per student and that just goes to pay off the interest. The rising student fees and price of tuition in turn only price out potential students and thus deter enrollment even further. Forty houses in Glenwood were destroyed in order to make room for UNCG’s expansion. Four of those houses were burnt down to the foundation. In 2012 UNCG called the Greensboro Fire Department and had them burn down the homes for practice. The practice was
A row of remodeled houses on Haywood Street show signs of renewal just a block south of UNCG’s expansion into the Glenwood neighborhood.
much needed, apparently, because neighboring houses and trees were singed. The smoldering rubble wasn’t removed for months later. The majority of the houses were bought up in 2010 and 2011. Many of these houses were purchased by an LLC working in secret for UNCG. Though many of the houses were unoccupied, several still were homes to families. The rent on these houses was raised by two hundred dollars a month so the inhabitants could no longer afford to live there and were forced to move. Many of the houses purchased by UNCG were boarded up at the time of sale because investors who were just waiting to sell the property for a profit bought them up. In addition to the homes, one hundred and forty-seven trees across nearly fourteen acres have been destroyed by UNCG. In 2005, Glenwood won the first “Neighborwoods” grant from Greensboro Beautiful and the City of Greensboro due to the neighborhood’s beautiful tree cover. Eighty trees were planted as a result of the grant. UNCG, however, couldn’t care less about Glenwood’s Fauna. Fifty-two trees were cut down to clear a space for the rec center. Of these fifty-two trees, four were large oak trees over a century old. The date this happened, April 29, 2014, has been declared the Day of Abomination by the GGNA. The trees had helped to dampen the sound coming from the train when it passed on the tracks across Gate City Blvd and Glenwood Avenue. However, in the absence of the trees, the buildings now echo and amplify the sound. The absence of trees has also made the area hotter WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
and there is no way to measure the effect the trees removal has had on the air quality of the neighborhood. To understand why the neighborhood is held dearly in the heart of many of Glenwood’s residents you first have to understand its history. Glenwood may not be the most respectable community in Greensboro but it hasn’t always been that way. In the 1920s, Glenwood was among the most vibrant and thriving communities in the city. The area that would eventually become Glenwood was originally farmland just outside Greensboro city limits. Plans to turn the land into a neighborhood first began in 1908 and The Carolina Real Estate and Investment Company began construction of the first 50 homes in the neighborhood in 1909. The first school was built in 1912, the same year the Titanic sank. Glenwood was a thriving hub of commercial activity from the time the neighborhood was first established until the 1960s. Annexation of the neighborhood by Greensboro began in 1923 and was completed by 1957. The neighborhood was once the home of Telfair Sanitarium. The Sanitarium was moved from Asheville to 1305 Glenwood Avenue in 1907. The Telfair Sanitarium changed its name to Glenwood Park Sanitarium in 1918. The institution was established “for the care and treatment of mild mental, nervous, and habit cases” and was meant to be an idyllic slice of life free from the stress of city life. In addition to a sanitarium, Glenwood was also once home to a trolley system.
An abandoned house at the end of Haywood Street was torn down recently.
Electric streetcar service was brought to Greensboro via the New York financed Greensboro Electric company in 1902. People were excited to have such easy access to the home of the Greensboro Patriots, a minor league baseball team at the time, on Summit Avenue. Tracks led all across town with tracks to Lindley Park, Greensboro College, State Normal and Industrial School (now UNCG), and by many mills and homes thus providing affordable transportation to and from work for many of Greensboro’s residents. The W. N. Coler Company of New York City purchased the streetcar system, including eleven miles of track, as well as the gas and utilities of Greensboro, in 1909. In 1915 the line expanded to the Irving Park neighborhood. Ownership of the streetcar system changed hands once again in 1926 when the North Carolina Public Service Company was purchased by what is now Duke Power Company of Charlotte. A trackless trolley service replaced the streetcar system in 1934. The new service included a route that led to downtown and Glenwood. It was during this time that Glenwood experienced it’s golden era. With the trolley system came shoppers and several small grocery stores opened throughout Glenwood as a result. Brick commercial buildings began popping up around Glenwood in the 1920s and were home to businesses like drug stores, dry cleaners, barber shops, butcher shops and cafes. The businesses were often on the ground floor of these brick two-story buildings with apartments taking up the remaining upper floor. These establish-
ments thrived for several years and the Glenwood and Grove Street areas became a buzzing hive of social and commercial activity. Unfortunately, everything came to an end in 1956 when Duke Power replaced the trolley system with diesel-powered buses. Glenwood began to slowly deteriorate once it was cut off from this vein to downtown. The removal of the trolley system led to falling property values, which in turn led to more and more abandoned, under used and poorly maintained houses. From 1990 to 2000, the percentage of residents living below the poverty line raised from 16.9 percent to 17.6 percent. Household income has increased but has barely kept pace with inflation. The percentage of residents with a high school diploma or GED has increased but the number of residents with a college degree has decreased. Nearly eighty percent of the homes in Glenwood were built prior to 1970 whereas the percentage for the rest of Greensboro is around forty. The majority of these properties are made up of small, single family homes. Only forty percent of Glenwood residents own their own homes. Housing code and public health violations are elevated in the neighborhood and violators are rarely reported, much less fined. These are both the symptoms and cause in the area’s crime rate, perceptions of danger, and unfavorable neighborhood image. “For a long time the city wasn’t enforcing housing standards,” said Patricia Wisneski, a neighborhood resident. “The APRIL 19-25, 2017
A boarded up house on Grove Street was littered with trash in its yard. A sign on the wall warns trespassers not to drink on the premises.
city had to hire two people to spearhead repairing the system.” The two people Wisneski mentioned are Beth Benton, who is the Division Manager of the Code Compliance Division, and Mark Wayman, Compliance Code Field Supervisor. It is because of those two that residents who are renters now have somewhere to turn when confronting negligent landlords who allow their homes to fall into disrepair. There have been several revitalization projects started in Glenwood, especially in the 1970s and 80s. The Glenwood Neighborhood Watch program was established in 1977 by Janette Miller and was the first of its kind in Greensboro. The organization led to the formation of what would become the GGNA in 1981. The first UNCG Master Plan was completed in October 1984. This Plan has been updated in 1995, 2001, 2007, and, most recently, in 2014. The updates have stated the overall goals of UNCG, how UNCG plans to achieve these goals, an estimation of how much these goals will cost, how to pay for them and how long it will take to implement them. The stated goals of the 2007 UNCG Master Plan were to provide a strategy for accommodating a projected increase in enrollment, provide overall guidance for the design and construction of new and renovated facilities that meet the goals of the university, and, lastly, to maintain and enhance the aesthetic appeal of the
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campus. It was here in the fine print of these documents that implied buying up properties along what was then the Lee Street Corridor (now Gate City Boulevard) and expanding into Glenwood. On February 19, 2008, the GGNA adopted its Glenwood Neighborhood Plan. This plan was amended on September 13, 2011. The introduction to this plan states how, “Over the years, much of Glenwood’s original luster has faded...” and goes on to say, “Quality of life in Glenwood has been eroded, but the memories of many long time residents, former residents, and business owners agree that Glenwood was once a great place to live and work.” The overall goal of the Glenwood Neighborhood Plan is to “present practical strategies and policy recommendations for enhancing desirable conditions and reducing the undesirable conditions currently found in the neighborhood.” In order to achieve this, the Plan wishes to increase home ownership and maintenance, improve both walk-ability and bike-ability, promote desirable infill development, reduce crime and perceptions of danger, promote vibrant retail and services, and strengthen the community fabric. Beginning in 2010, representatives from UNCG began inquiries with the GGNA Boards, as well as City staff, in regards to the expansion of UNCG campus south, past the railroad tracks, into northern Glenwood. These inquiries led to a major
Back on the north side of Glenwood, very few of the neighborhood’s mature trees were left in the area of UNCG’s expansion along Silver Street. public engagement process through which UNCG collaborated with the neighborhood to craft a cooperative agreement for developing the campus expansion in harmony with the intent of the Glenwood Neighborhood Plan. This was followed by a rezoning and an amendment to the Glenwood Future Land Use Map, which was adopted by the Greensboro City Council in September 2011. It was during this period that UNCG acquired over 100 individual properties in preparation for the construction of Phase One of its Spartan Village Campus Expansion Project. This project broke ground in 2012. Conflicts between the goals of the GGNA, the UNCG Master Plan, as well as the interests of UNCG and those of Glenwood’s residents led to the formation of the Memorandum of Understanding between UNCG and the GGNA, or MOU, in 2012. The purpose of the MOU was to “establish a mutually agreeable framework for cooperatively addressing the short and long-term effects of UNCG’s expansion into the Glenwood Neighborhood.”
Some of the terms of the MOU included UNCG agreeing to “...develop in a manner consistent with the Neighborhood Plan and amendments thereto when adopted” and “..it will not acquire, for the purposes of trading, any property outside the RVP footprint with the potential for exception resulting from existing contingent agreements already in place.” UNCG also agreed to offer appropriate compensation for anybody displaced or relocated by the expansion, to not enact eminent domain to acquire property, and to not build any properties above four stories. All of those terms seem very reasonable, unfortunately, however, UNCG has been incredibly selective about what terms it chooses to honor and what terms it chooses to ignore. One of the most disputed clauses is item 23 of the MOU. Item 23 states that buildings 1,2, 5, 6, and 7 have been coded for commercial use and will be geared and marketed to the residents of Glenwood. It goes on to say that preference for the retail spaces will be given to local small business and the properties will have attractive lease rates.
Grove Street is home to an organic commercial district in the heart of Glenwood just north of Florida Street.
Mike Byers, the former Associate Vice Chandler for Business Affairs at UNCG, was instrumental in the design and implementation of the MOU and UNCG Phase 1. It was during these talks that he assured a member of the GGNA that, “we are going to be sipping a beer here next year looking at the whole thing.” Byers heavily implied at times and other times said directly that the above mentioned mixed-use retail spaces will include table service restaurants as well as grocery stores that would serve adult beverages such as beer and wine in order to appeal to Glenwood residents. Tensions over the mixed-use retail space led to GGNA member Brain Higgins compiling a list of MOU violations committed by UNCG. The GGNA and UNCG met in 2015 via a third party mediator, as called for in the MOU. During this meeting, Chancellor Brady not only dismissed the concerns of the GGNA but condemned and mocked supporters by claiming it would be irresponsible to serve beer in a campus residential building. UNCG hired HR&A advisers, “an industry-leading urban development consulting firm with over 30 years of experience leading complex mixed-use strategic projects” to do some market research for the mixed-use retail spaces. HR&A released their UNCG/Glenwood Mixed-Use Village Retail Development Analysis Final Report on June 6, 2011. In their findings, HR&A compared the type of grocery store they WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
thought would best meet the needs and goals of UNCG to Best Way, a small grocery store on Walker Avenue known for it’s beer selection. The reports recommended that the spaces be used for at least five sit down, table service restaurants and grocery stores. In the report, HR&A also recommended opening up a brewpub. Despite these findings, as well as the wishes from the GGNA, UNCG decided to ignore the report. “The one thing I think everybody wanted was a thriving retail development,” said one member of the GGNA. Apparently, UNCG and Glenwood residents have conflicting ideas on how to accomplish that. Tensions between different parties within the GGNA threatened to tear the organization apart during the creation and adoption of the MOU. Patricia Wisneski, a GGNA member and Glenwood resident since the year 2000, experienced the process of adopting the MOU. “UNCG did a bunch of public meetings after it announced it was planning to expand into Glenwood,” Wisneski said. “This caused many members of the GGNA to become uncomfortable. I think the GGNA didn’t want to feel powerless to UNCG and wanted to have some say so in it’s future.” Wisneski goes on to say, “The process was horrible. We lost a lot of members during that time. Loud voices put out quieter voices.” “There are two Glenwoods, divided
A mural along Grove Street brought a sense of renewal to the block but it’s unfortunately been defaced with graffiti.
based on class, race, and language. Rarely do the two meet,” said Casey Thomas, a Glenwood resident of four years and a member of the GGNA. “Glenwood was historically a white, working-class neighborhood. The children of those people moved out and now there are many vacant houses. With so many empty houses and with home prices so low, land developers came in and bought up houses like hoarders, sometimes buying dozens of homes at a time.” While the cost of buying a home has remained stable, the cost of rent in the neighborhood has continued to escalate over the past few years. Thomas says that this “adds to the continual shuffling of low-income people of color from one neighborhood to another.” Thomas and Wisneski are also worried about the possible gentrification of the neighborhood. “Gentrification is a word that encompasses all kinds of sins,” Thomas said. “I’m worried about Glenwood becoming a lower part of Brice Street.” Thomas is also interested in the rising number of college students moving into the neighborhood and whether this might lead to a spike in petty crime as unsuspecting students get mugged over their laptops and iPhones. The elevated crime rate and abundance of uninhabited and under-maintained housing do not help Glenwood’s image in the eye of the public. How can this be fixed?
“I don’t think the question is how to improve Glenwood’s image as much as it is ‘how do we make life better,” said Thomas. “We need to start making landlords accountable.” There have been some positive changes to Glenwood in recent years. “I’d like to call out the Zetas from UNCG. They pick up trash on Aycock Street and helped with the community gardens,” said Thomas. Wisneski quotes the addition of the Hope Academy and Tutoring Program as another positive recent change. Hope Academy is in the education wing of Florida Street Baptist Church and is located at the intersection of Florida and Aycock Street. The Academy started in the home of the pastor of Grace Church and grew to include a middle school. It boasts a free tutoring program and has a dance program. UNCG students also volunteer at the Academy. Wisneski and Thomas are both cautiously optimistic of how UNCG’s expansion into Glenwood is going to affect the neighborhood. “I believe most of the confusion has been more misinformation than intentional,” says Wisneski. Thomas agrees and adds, “Lately, UNCG has been more upfront and transparent. That level of clarity makes it easier to work together. A lot of people have hope for positive economic development.” !
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Greensboro’s LeBaron prepare full-length debut: Shoegaze-y four-piece makes music that blossoms in a studio setting
BY JOHN ADAMIAN
larity in music isn’t always a virtue. Sometimes a little murkiness and mud makes all the crystal-clear moments stand out that much more in contrast. A flash of obscurity can make you pay more attention. LeBaron is a band that knows how to balance the extremes of sonic sludge and forceful body-blow low-end with up-front vocals and sometimes gleaming guitar sounds. The Greensboro band is set to release Perfect Destroyers, their debut full-length. LeBaron made the vocals up-front on the record, a choice that’s both about studio engineering and aesthetics. Many bands making this kind of music would have shrouded the singing in a hazier wash of other sounds or submerged the vocals in the mix. I spoke with guitarist/ singer Hanson King and drummer Owen Burd last week about the band and about how the songs take shape. LeBaron plays Thursday, April 20 as part of GSO Fest. Burd and King have been making music together for about 10 years. They both have experience with engineering in the studio. And King ran Bit Heart, a small grass-roots label, for a while, as well. LeBaron took a kind of shape when their friend, bassist/vocalist Kate Weigand, wanted to start a new project about two years ago. Guitarist Matt Lovett adds another layer of fuzz and filigree to LeBaron’s sound. “We just started bashing away writing some music,” says Burd. They trashed a lot of what they made and started over a bunch, but it all came together organically. The layers of saturated and carefully overdriven guitar sounds, blankets of reverb, ripples of delay, and yawning pitchsliding textures bring to mind bands that sometimes fall under the shoegaze tag, which is basically a swirl of psychedelic but abrasive post-punk and indie rock. “A fair amount of my favorite music when I was a teenager was in fact what is considered shoegaze music — My Bloody Valentine records, Ride records, that type of thing,” says Burd. “That said, I don’t think that any of us, in any conscious way, really care about trying to recreate that. But it is certainly an influence.” Distortion — controlled or not — and
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the physical force of sound waves can be as mesmerizing as virtuosity; patterns emerge that are like the patterns we hear in rhythms, harmonies and melodies. The textural patterns of a distorted guitar might have qualities of all three of those musical elements. LeBaron play with all that, but it’s not just about the guitar. The vocals sometimes have a slight smudge, or a quiet echo that almost serves as a kind of staggered harmony, like on the song “Nowhere’s Static.” And then real actual vocal harmonies get added to the mix on the refrain. This is heavy-leaning music. Burd frequently avoids the predictability of a backbeat, and there’s plenty of oddtime asymmetry to this music, giving it a math-rock/prog vibe in places. They remind me of both Polvo and Soundgarden (minus the operatic screaming) in places. Sometimes LeBaron brings to mind the excellent and difficult-to-pigeonhole band Pretty Girls Make Graves who made music filled with raw emotion and strange jagged artiness. There’s a muscularity to the songs on Perfect Destroyers that’s yet another kind of contrast within the music. Weigand’s songs, like “Owl, Moth, Cat, Crab,” create
little hypnotic oases on the record. The shoegaze sensibility usually suggests dreamy abstraction, a willingness to get lost in a sonic fog. But LeBaron manage to create both the sort of warped surface appeal of distended signals and spiraling atmosphere while keeping sturdy drums and spotlit vocals piercing through it all. This isn’t accidental. King says that, as someone who’s been making music and recordings for a while, he’s seen his share of projects that seemed to meet with bewilderment or frustration from people — critics, sometimes — who couldn’t understand or make out the vocals. “I don’t know if I would call it maturity or a concession — but people like loud vocals, I get it,” says King. There’s a song on the record called “Another Knife” that almost sounds like you could read it as a rocking riff on the state of people’s musical expectations. “They want something, something that’s trivial/ That they can chew up and force down,” goes the memorable refrain. It’s easy to get dazzled by the sound of the record and to focus solely on the textures, effects and dynamic contrasts of things, but King points out that these are
songs. Part of the process of assembling the pieces might happen in the studio, aided by technology and group improvisation, but the writing is still a product of personal musical drive and spark. “I think they come together in our brains first,” says King. “We’re writing the songs that are coming out of us. I’ll just wake up with a song in my head, and I’ve got to work it out. It’s the same way that Jackson Browne used to do it.” It’s hard to know if King’s reference to Laurel Canyon singer/songwriters is in jest, or another pointed contrast. Or maybe it’s just that — these are songs are like every other song: they emerge in semimysterious ways, with a mix of nudging and sitting back and waiting. The members of LeBaron want the music they’re making to be heard. They want it to be something that rewards repeated listenings. They want a listener to pay attention and catch new details over time. “A record’s only good if you’re hearing new stuff on it,” says King. “If no one wants to listen to it, you’re doing something wrong.” LeBaron play GSO Fest Thursday, April 20, at Hellraiser Haus. For more information visit gsofest.com. !
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With only one week until the start of MerleFest 2017, presented by Window World, the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C. is buzzing with activity. Starting next Thursday, April 27, at 2:30 p.m., and running through Sunday, April 30, an estimated 75,000 participants will gather at this year’s 30th homecoming of musicians and music lovers to celebrate the world renowned MerleFest. With over 100 artists performing on 13 stages spread across campus, MerleFest fans have come to expect the unexpected. Late night jam sessions, band competitions, special guests onstage, impromptu dance parties and one-time-only musical collaborations are all a part of the fabric of MerleFest – and a testament to the enduring vision of Doc Watson and the Watson family. A key part of this vision is Doc’s love of “traditional plus” music. He created the moniker “traditional plus” to describe a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian, including bluegrass and old-time, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and “whatever other styles we were in the mood to play,” as Doc put it. Today this “traditional plus” spirit means that country music star Zac Brown will rub shoulders with young bluegrass visionary Sierra Hull or Steep Canyon Rangers will share the stage with bluegrass legend Del McCoury. As the nation’s largest roots and Americana festival, MerleFest has room for all those who treasure the American traditions. The 30th celebration of MerleFest is a milestone that brings many MerleFest artists back to the festival’s stages for fresh collaborations and special events. Notably, The Transatlantic Sessions Tour will come to MerleFest – and the U.S. – for the first time ever, bringing hosts Aly Bain and perennial MerleFest performer Jerry
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Douglas and guests folk-rock legend James Taylor, Sarah Jarosz, Maura O’Connell, Declan O’Rourke, Karen Matheson and Joe Newberry among others. Additionally, The Reunion Jam at the Watson Stage on Saturday will feature three-fourths of the legendary progressive bluegrass band Newgrass Revival, which includes 30-year MerleFest veteran Sam Bush. As well, the new MerleFest Museum will be open to offer festivalgoers the chance to appreciate these performances in MerleFest’s deep-rooted history. “We focused the MerleFest 2017 lineup on honoring artists who have performed with Doc Watson over the last 30 years of the festival,” said Steve Johnson, artist relations manager for MerleFest. “This was also a way to showcase the bands our fans have continuously requested over the years. The 30th celebration goes back to the 1988 Flatbed Trailer Jam at MerleFest. We ‘reunited’ as many of the musicians as we could get from that first jam, like Sam, Jerry and Béla, and added Mark Schatz and Bryan Sutton. We are indeed very excited to have a few new things to bring to the stages like The Transatlantic Sessions Tour with Jerry Douglas and Aly Bain featuring James Taylor and other guests of that set. It’s sure to be a special celebration of 30th years of MerleFest and we hope something that would make Doc, RosaLee and Merle proud.” The complete lineup and stage schedules are posted at merlefest.org/lineup and available on the MerleFest mobile app, which includes festival updates in real time. Updates are also delivered via Twitter (@MerleFest) and Facebook. Use hashtag #MerleFest to connect with other festivalgoers on social media, and be sure to take a picture with Flattop, MerleFest’s raccoon mascot, to share on social channels. Returning band members of Front Country are proud to be a part of MerleF-
est’s 30th celebration. “It’s Front Country’s second time at MerleFest, and we are honored to be playing the Watson Stage and to be busting out some special guests and surprises for our Saturday Night Dance Tent set,” said singer Melody Walker. “In the spirit of the ‘MerleFest Moment,’ we will be trying something crazy that we’ve never tried before at that set.” Hosted this year by Mipso and sponsored by The Bluegrass Situation, the Midnight Jam gathers many performers from the festival’s lineup for impromptu artistic collaborations and one-of-a-kind superstar jams. A separate ticket is required and available for purchase by four-day, threeday and Saturday ticketholders. Mipso has invited Jim Lauderdale, Donna the Buffalo, Peter Rowan, Sierra Hull, Celia Woodsmith of Della Mae, and others to take part in the hootenanny. This year’s guest voice for The Hillside Album Hour, hosted by The Waybacks, will be Della Mae lead singer Celia Woodsmith. The Waybacks and MerleFest have been leaking hints as to which classic album will be reinterpreted for the HAH, but the album in question will remain a mystery up until the start of the set on the Hillside Stage on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. In addition to musical performances, MerleFest offers special activities and unique shopping options. The Shoppes at MerleFest is a centrally-located shopping village that features demonstrating artisans, vendors, convenience foods, official MerleFest memorabilia and services such as first aid, lost and found, and Internet access. Tickets for MerleFest 2017 are on sale now and may be purchased at Merlefest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. An advance ticket discount runs through April 26, 2017. Gate pricing begins on the first day of the festival. !
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Picasso and African myth unite in In the Red and Brown Water at NC A&T
art family drama, part African fable and part Picasso, In the Red and Brown Water is a dynamic thought-provoking piece that challenges both its audience and Lenise Willis its actors. And the students of North Contributing Carolina A&T State University are ready columnist to accept it. “West African Yoruba mythology is critical to this piece,” said director Dr. Darius Omar Williams, who is also the new theatre program director as of last August. “McCraney tells a modern-day story set in the Bayou of Louisiana while also remaining true to the original myth. The story is inspired by Frederico Garcia Lorca’s 1934 play, Yerma.” The piece, written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, is steeped in West African influence and is the first in a trilogy. It highlights a talented African-American track runner, Oya, who grows up in the projects of Louisiana and ultimately sacrifices her full-ride scholarship and future to stay at home with her dying mother. What ensues is a love triangle between her, a stable man with a stutter, Ogun, and the bad boy Shango. Through it all, Oya learns not only has she given up her chance at a successful career, but she also is unable to have children. Feeling though she has no place in society— either as a mother or career woman—she’s driven mad and even cuts her own ear off. Williams says the characters, Oya, Aunt Elegua, Mama Moja, Nia, Shun, Elegba, Shango, Ogun and O Li Roon, are also names of West African spirits. “West African deities are similar to Greek gods and goddesses,” he explained. “McCraney’s work functions both in and outside the traditional classical model. According to the Yoruba pantheon, the characters in the play are messengers (Orishas) and the embodiment of ashe, or the spiritual command also known as the power to make things happen.” McCraney’s In the Red and Brown Water wasn’t what the school had planned for its next production, but difficulties over rights and royalties forced the prgoram to switch at the last minute. “Unfortunately, that is the nature of both academic and professional theatre,” Williams said. “Sometimes
(Left to Right) Director Dr. Darius Omar Williams, Joseph Johnson playing Shango, and April Davis playing the lead role of Oya. changes have to be made. When I agreed to step in as director at the last minute, my primary concern was ensuring that the students would have an opportunity to execute and tell a good story in such a short turn around.” The cast and crew hit the ground running and Williams says the entire play was blocked in less than two weeks. Plus, because the new production requires a scaled back, minimalistic set, it allowed the actors to begin working in the Paul Robeson theater space early on. “It’s been a huge advantage for us in terms of acclimating their bodies in the space well in advance,” Williams said. Besides it’s logistical advantages, Williams loves the McCraney production because of his stimulating language, which is “universal and strongly grounded
in classical tradition.” “The New York Times describes this play as a ‘work of rare lyricism,’” he said. “My favorite aspect about it is that, ultimately, not only does this production of In the Red and Brown Water help to break down the boundaries and limitations of what we define as classical work, it also continues to challenge our students with a certain set of competencies that all professional theatre majors should possess. !
NC A&T State University will present In the Red and Brown Water Thursday through Sunday and April 27-30 at the Paul Robeson Theatre, 1601 E. Market St., Greensboro. Tickets are #17. For tickets and more information call 336-334-7749 or visit ncataggies.com.
Triad Stage’s Preston Lane awarded international playwriting residency Known for his beautiful artistic visions, Preston Lane is one of our own local claims to fame. He not only runs Greensboro’s only professional theatre, but has written 20 original to productions and adaptanL tions, including Common an e Enemy, Don Juan and one of my personal favorites, Tennessee Playboy. Lane’s work is regularly celebrated, but this week is cause for an extra big celebration. Lane is one of four playwrights in the world selected for a Literary Arts Fellowship from the Sally and Don s Pre
This is the last week of Triad Stage’s original production, Actions and Objectives, by Preston Lane. Set in a small town, the play highlights the community’s struggles, from Reconstruction to Black Lives Matter, while a local theatre company digs up the past and prepares a play for the town’s sesquicentennial. Meanwhile, the theatre’s WinstonSalem location (operating out of Hanesbrands Theatre) will present another thought-provoking drama on societal issues: And So We Walked. With previews beginning this Wednesday, the drama features a Native American woman (the very playwright) who traces her ancestry to the Trail of Tears. Production continues through April 30. Also new this Wednesday is North Carolina A&T University’s In the Red and Brown Water, a powerful story of a woman driven to a tragic, horrific act. Running through Sunday and then again April 27-30, the family drama is told in a unique way, weaving fables with realism. The Drama Center of City Arts also presents food for thought this week, but in a more playful manner, with More Fun than Bowling by Steven Dietz, a philosophical comedy, which uses the game of bowling as a metaphor for life. Play runs Wednesday through Sunday and April 27-30. See Theatre Alliance director Jamie Lawson make a rare appearance on stage this Friday through April 30 in the production Flames, a threeman suspense thriller. One year ago Edmond died in a horrible fire and took with him the dreams of his fiancée, the trust of his best friend, and the answers to the questions revolving around his death and the terrible crime he committed. But on a stormy night at the cemetery where he rests, the secrets from his past are revealed. Community Theatre of Greensboro’s production of Peter Pan opens this Friday and runs through May 7 at its Starr Theatre. On Saturday, the theatre is hosting a special event, An Evening in Neverland, an annual fundraiser for the theatre and its youth programs. The event includes the production, as well as a silent auction, food and live music at the Cone Event Center. Visit ctgso.org for more information. !
Lucas Artists Program at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, Calif. Fellowships are awarded every three years, and candidates must be nominated and pass through a highly selective jury process. Lane is among 25 writers from a variety of forms and genres who will participate in the residency for three months over three years, from 2017-2020. Lane received his MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama, where he met Triad Stage co-founder Richard Whittington. ! APRIL 19-25, 2017
Once more into the screech, dear friends...
It’s time for yet another round of brainless, mechanized mayhem in The Fate of the Furious. This is the eighth in the inexplicably popular franchise, and since “fate” rhymes with “eight” … Let’s just say that if you liked the others, you’ll probably like this one. And if you didn’t, you needn’t bother. These films do tend to run Mark Burger together in the memory, even immediately after just seeing one. Of course, much of the old gang’s Contributing back: Vin Diesel (also a producer), columnist Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Nathalie Emmanuel. Kurt Russell, last seen bleeding by the side of the road in Furious 7 (2015), has sufficiently recovered to reprise his role as the bemused government spook Mr. Nobody, accompanied this time by Scott Eastwood as Little Nobody, who is frequently the butt of jokes but, inevitably and predictably, prove his mettle behind the wheel. The story, such as it is, concerns the seeming betrayal of the “family” by Diesel’s Dominic Toretto, who’s been coerced by glamorous cyber-terrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron) to work on her behalf. (“Act” would be too strong a word, especially in light of Diesel’s stone-faced turn.)
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This turn of events will require previous baddie Jason Statham to become part of the team. And, of course, it will require considerable automotive and property destruction on a grand scale. On that count, the special effects and stuntwork are up to the series’ par. But, let’s face it, there are no surprises here. Does anyone think that Dominic has truly gone rogue? Does anyone really care? Gibson and Bridges trot out their “comic” banter, which was never particularly funny to begin with, once more – to less effect than ever. Rodriguez and Eastwood are actually pretty good here. Kristofer Hijvu (of “Game of Thrones”) glowers and glares as Cipher’s right-hand man, Luke Evans and Elsa Pataky briefly encore from previous installments, and Helen Mirren has a high, hammy time in a cameo appearance. Theron, taking her role way too seriously, is arguably the most verbose screen villains in recent memory, as if delivering scads of dialogue could somehow elicit a reaction from Diesel, of which there is no chance. Indeed, the film is rife with meandering exposition and idle chitchat, making one extremely impatient for the demolition derby. The Furious films have never been strong on talk, and never has that been more evident than in The Fate of the Furious. Oh, in case you were wondering, the door is left wide open for future installments. Ain’t life grand? !
Casualties of war Francois Ozon’s Frantz is set in the days following World War I. Anna (Paula Beer), a German villager griefstricken over the death of her fiancee Frantz during the conflict, lives with his parents (Ernst Stotzner and Marie Gruber), who are similarly pained. One day, Anna glimpses Adrien (Pierre Niney) placing flowers on Frantz’s grave. Intrigued, she learns that Adrien and Frantz knew each other in Paris. Reflective of the widespread lingering anger, Frantz’s father initially dismisses Adrien because he is French, but his stories about Frantz give them all comfort, and a sense of closure that ultimately turns out to be illusive. Adrien’s true connection to Frantz is revealed about halfway through the narrative, and it’s not altogether surprising. Yet it’s how Anna reacts to it, and the actions she subsequently takes, including a visit to Paris to reconnect with Adrien, where she herself experiences the festering hatred that exists – except from the other side. The film, which is graced by Pascal Marti’s exquisite, award-winning cinematography, is based on Ernst Lubitsch’s
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1932 film Broken Lullaby, an adaptation of Maurice Rostand’s play L’homme que j’ai tue. To some extent, Ozon (who also scripted with Philippe Piazza) sacrifices pacing for poetry. As a result, some of the story’s potential for suspense is hindered. Nevertheless, he coaxes first-rate performances from Niney, who appears almost preternaturally boyish, and especially Beer, who dominates the film with a low-key but assured performance. Both convincingly convey their grief and guilt through subtle gestures and glances. If the eyes aren’t the window to the soul, in both Beer and Niney’s case they are the window to the damage their souls have endured, due to circumstances beyond their control – damage that can never be repaired. (In French and German with English subtitles) !
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The dangerous dance of friendship BY BRIAN LAMPKIN A Review of Swing Time, by Zadie Smith (Penguin Press, 2016. $27.00)
e are stuck in an age of dichotomy. So easily the haves are separated from the have nots; the black from white; the blue from red; the city from country. The novelist Zadie Smith is ill-inclined to let dichotomy have its day. Her latest work, Swing Time, sweeps across the supposed dividing lines between culture/race/class and obliterates difference in a cloud of confused dust. Issues of race, gender and class are important to Smith (she doesn’t sweep the apparent difficulties under the rug of indifference), but she refuses the cliches of pigeon-holing any character to the cultural expectations of their race, gender or class. The two main characters (we meet them as young elementary school dancers) are both
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“brown”—daughters of white and black parents. Zadie Smith has used similarly parented characters in other novels and Smith herself is the daughter of a black Jamaican mother and white English father. Smith was also a young dancer and this novel—her first first-person work—has the sense of autobiography, however artfully employed. And while I can’t know if a young Zadie Smith was a lover of Fred Astaire movies, it is interesting to find these two young dancing girls enthralled by the silky moves of Astaire. Their passion is so convincing that it pushed me to YouTube to look at some old Astaire clips, and wow, what a thrill. This clip from the 1936 film Swing Time shows Astaire and Ginger Rogers at the height of their powers: https://www. youtube.com/watch?v=mxPgplMujzQ. Of course, Smith is fully aware of the racial history of dance and of the complications of cultural appropriation (es-
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pecially around tap dance), but she lets that history play out within the confines of the awareness of two brown preteen girls growing up in lower class London public housing. And if you’re on YouTube already, Smith leads you to the great Nicholas Brothers https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=LBQOfyR75vY and the history of moonwalking https://www. youtube.com/watch?v=hZHS-JKRuzw. Swing Time just won’t let the reader get comfortable with the dogmas of predetermined taste and aesthetics, or even with the predetermined notions of color. The unnamed main character is perceived as “black” in England, but is read as “white” when she travels to Africa as an aide to a pop culture icon—a one-named star reminiscent of Madonna. Race is malleable, it swings back and forth based on the uses and prerogatives of a dominant culture. And the novel swings across time and travels back and forth between countries and the metaphor extends toward the sky and nearly breaks at the apex. The scenes in Togo with the naively dogooding pop star are less effective than the superbly drawn English family lives and the exquisitely painful friendship between the two girls. But it is a big 452page novel with lots of room for side trips and slippery slopes. Zadie Smith always provides serious issues to ponder in her novels—from the immigration and colonization concerns of White Teeth to the aesthetics of On Beauty and the formal experiments
of NW. But what lifts her fiction to the extraordinary is the complete range of love and resentment, hate and resilience that informs her depictions of friendships. In Swing Time, we watch the young friends Tracey and the unnamed narrator go through years of attachment and distance along with dependence and disdain. In Smith’s world, friendships are necessary and even a means of survival, but also life-threatening and soul-destroying. We glimpse moments of bonding between them and witness their understanding of being known like no other person can know you, but the fact of this knowing creates vulnerability and fear. Friends are dangerous, and Zadie Smith uses that danger to heighten the vibrating tension in all her novels. Swing Time makes me think of the friendships of my grade school years— some of which have survived into my fifties. They’re all fraught with too much knowledge of each other, but also resilient in a way that makes no real logical sense. The two “brown” girls in Swing Time remain wary of each other even as Smith takes us through their adult years. Swing Time is the next book in the WFDD/Scuppernong Book Club. We will meet on Saturday, May 13 at 2:00 at Scuppernong to discuss the book, listen to some Zadie Smith interviews and maybe even dance. All are welcome. !
A French connection, an Emmy nomination, and a brainy broadcast As part of the UNCG Campus Moviefest competition, sophomore Brendan Moore wrote and directed the film short Foodie in a week’s time. Foodie would go on to win the Audience Mark Burger Award, Silver Tripod Award for Editing Contributing and was one of four finalists to receive columnist the event’s Jury Award. Now, taking it to the next level, the film was selected to be included in the Campus MovieFest (CMF) program at the Cannes Film Festival next month. Each year, the CMF program screens hundreds of submissions from student filmmakers around the United States, then screens them as part of the Short Film Corner program. Therefore, Moore and producer Alex Suggs, both undergraduate media studies majors, will be going to France to present their film to an international audience, and to interact with the other student filmmakers whose work was accepted into the program. For more information about the Campus MovieFest program, visit the official website: http://www.campusmoviefest. com/cannes/ Benjamin Hoff, a 2016 graduate of
the UNCSA School of Filmmaking in WinstonSalem, has received a College Television Award nomination – commonly known as a “Student Emmy” – for the score he wrote for the 2016 fourth-year film Parchment Wings, directed by Fernando Andres Medina. Shortly after receiving his MFA in film music competition, Hoff was awarded a music internship with the Academy of Television Arts and Science Foundation, interning over the summer with composer Bear McCreary, known for his work on the Marvel superhero series UNCSA School of Filmaking graduate Benjamin Hoff “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and AMC’s blockbuster music composition program, as Nathan hit “The Walking Dead,” as well as such Fenwick Smith won for his score of The feature films as Europa Report (2013) and Collection in 2014, the same year he 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016). graduated with an MFA. In an official statement, School of Both Hoff and Heckman studied with Filmmaking dean Susan Ruskin said: “We Chris Heckman, who graduated from the could not be happier for Ben. His nominaprogram and is now its director. “Contion for a Student Emmy is quite an honor, gratulations to Chris for the continuous and we hope he wins. With this nominaachievements of his students,” Ruskin tion and his internship, he is well on his added. “Nothing is more rewarding for a way to a very successful and rewarding professor than to see his students succareer.” ceed.” Were Hoff to win the award, he would The 38th College Television Awards will be the second winner from UNCSA’s film
be presented at a ceremony in Los Angeles on May 24, and the awards telecast will be streamed live at TelevisionAcademy.com/CTA. The official UNCSA website is www. uncsa.edu/. My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond, which won the Audience Award “Best of Fest” at the 2016 RiverRun International Film Festival, will make its debut 9 pm Thursday on the NC Channel (one of the channels of PBS affiliate UNC-TV). Narrated by actress Mayim Bialik (fourtime Emmy nominee for CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory”), the film was directed and produced by Emmy winners Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg, with WinstonSalem resident Millie Borowiak serving as associate producer. It was Borowiak who’d wanted to tell the story of Dr. Diamond, a UC Berkeley professor and pioneer in the field of modern neuro-science, for many years. The film covers Dr. Diamond’s many accomplishments while also offering an intimate portrait of a woman who describes her 60-year career researching the human brain as “pure joy” and continues to pursue her career with an infectious zeal and passion. During its festival run, My Love Affair with the Brain racked up six awards, including two Audience Favorite selections. The official website for the film is: lunaproductions.com/marian-diamond/. !
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have to admit. I was unaware until early this year that a big Japanese Steakhouse was going up on Hanes Mall Boulevard. And once I learned a bit more, I truly was curious. Even more so when I found out that this type of restaurant would be the first of it’s kind in Winston-Salem—an actual, locally owned Japanese hibachi style steakhouse that also serves entrees and sushi. You know you love it. Sitting around an eight-person table while spatulas fly and knives cut effortlessly through thick pieces of steak and butterfly the shrimp and cube the chicken. You might smell like oil and onions for the rest of the day, but it’s fun and festive and communal and that’s what keeps folks going back to places like this. Big, soothing plates of piping hot rice with that sweet sauce don’t hurt either. UMI opened in early March and is owned by Ryan Li and Vince Li, who owns several similar restaurants in Ohio. Vince Li says Ryan encouraged him to consider Winston-Salem for his newest venture
and not only did he choose the city for his restaurant, but also his future home for his family. Early on, some members of the press got a bit of a preview during VIP night. We were unable to attend, so a few days later, we accepted an invitation to lunch to take some photos and get an idea of what’s on the menu.
When you enter UMI, you’ll find an inviting bar that can open up to an attached patio that also has a bar with screens. It’s vast and can seat 500 people with private dining rooms available. The front portion of the restaurant also has what’s described as “intimate dining,” for those who forgo the hibachi experience. You can order entrees, like bass, appetizers, bento boxes, as well as sushi here. But hibachi is super fun. And you can gather around the table and still have all the choices of the entrees and sushi. So it’s like the best of all worlds.
Li and his team let us just pick our pleasure, if you will. One of our littles especially loves gyoza. We were lucky enough to steal a piece from her plate, as she’ll tend to make it her entree. The steamed gyoza had the perfect sear. The sauce could’ve had a bit more sweetness to it but she was a fan and if that’s the case, we’re happy. The vegetable tempura that arrived next was perfectly prepared and included some tempura broccoli, to my delight. It’s served with a similar sauce as the gyoza.
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We are sushi lovers and really enjoyed the Winston Roll, with spicy tuna, tempura crunch and raw eel. The fish was fresh and it was beautifully prepared. Li then brought out some sashimi and nigiri pieces of sushi and proudly unveiled the Sea Bass entree, which is featured on the regular menu. It was beautiful with a bright selection of seasonal vegetables (asparagus, onions, peppers) served with black bean sauce. The entree menu includes udon (thick rice noodles), katsu and a number of tempuras. But most folks who visit restaurants like UMI are all about that hibachi. Each entree comes with the customary soup and salad. You don’t get a lot of choices of dressing but we highly recommend you go with it and get the ginger dressing. We let the kids share a child’s portion while my husband and I ordered steak and shrimp. And to our delight and increasingly full tummies, the chef let us try just about every protein option there is. Filet, shrimp, chicken, scallops, snapper, lobster and salmon even. All the typical fun elements are there. But what stood out to us was the welcome inclusion of broccoli and carrots and mushrooms to the usual suspects of onions and zucchini. A happy colorful plate of veggies. The hibachi chef was fun and from what I can tell, most can perform all the tricks that make hibachi what it is. We had so much left over and enjoyed every last bit of it. Our daughter was so pleased with the overall experience that WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
she requested UMI for her birthday. So we returned a few weeks later with extended family and everyone ordered hibachi this time. Once again, we had the complete experience with a fun chef who enjoyed tossing food at us to catch in our mouths. We did have a moment of a mini-crisis when he realized his cook top hadn’t been prepped and wasn’t hot. But he entertained us with his spatula antics and his reassuring chatter. The colorful veggies, perfectly prepared rice and protein choices all stayed true to form and preparation. There are many meat combos to choose from and they encourage the guest to create any combo they like and they’ll accommodate. So all in all, I think Winston-Salem has a winner with UMI. As we have mentioned before, with any new restaurant, all those kinks need to be worked out. We’ve had excellent service each time, realizing the first time around was a special invite but the real test is when you go in with your people, some of them a bit hard to please and big time fans of Japanese-style steak houses. And all the members of our group left full and satisfied. !
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[LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) You have been hesitating to commit yourself for several weeks. This might be over a relationship or an important purchase. Venus, your ruling planet, turns direct this week and gives you a nudge forward. It will soon be time to commit or bring this long-standing issue to a close.
[GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Listen carefully this week for intuitive guidance. Your unconscious is “in touch” with your lifepath and it will guide you. Clear out the mind/ego chatter as well as you can, and accept that which does not flatter the ego. There you will find real wisdom that makes sense.
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[CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Activities related to home, hearth, and family are supportive to your sense of stability now. Anything that suggests remodeling or updating is refreshing to you. It could be property or your personal office. It might involve “updating” your knowledge of the technology necessary to accomplish a goal. [AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Listen closely to your inner self. If you have tolerated a rule well beyond its time, you may rebel and demand to do something different now. Plan a few hours of refreshing change. Try something new. [PISCES (February 19 to March 20) The goddess of love, Venus, is turning direct in your zodiac sign this week. This suggests that you now feel able to move forward in matters of love and romance. She also represents expenditures which are luxurious. Venus also favors the arts. You may feel free to treat yourself after a long, dry period. [ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A project begun in January is showing signs of growth and development. Although it needs more work, at this point it appears to be manifesting. You may be in the midst of persuading others to your point of view. (3rd house) They are listening, so carry it further. Your mind is both steady and imaginative now. Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at (704) 366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments. There is a fee for services. Website: http//www.horoscopesbyvivian.com
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Nobody expects a free meal from a restaurant. So what’s with wedding guests who think it’s acceptable to give no gift or just $100 Amy Alkon from two people? My understanding is that you are Advice supposed to “cover Goddess your plate” — the cost of your meal (at least $100 per person). If you can’t, you shouldn’t attend. I’m planning my wedding and considering not inviting four couples who gave no gift at my two siblings’ weddings. Upsettingly, most are family members (and aren’t poor). I’d hate to cut out family, but if they won’t contribute, what else can I do? — Angry Bride If gift price is tied to meal price, it seems there should be a sliding scale. Uncle Bob, who’ll singlehandedly suck down 16 trays of canapes and drain the open bar, should pony up for that Hermes toaster oven. But then there’s Leslie, that raw vegan who only drinks by licking dew off leaves. Whaddya think...can she get by with a garlic press and a handmade hemp card? The truth is, this “cover your plate” thing is not a rule. It’s just an ugly idea that’s gained traction in parts of the country — those where bridezillas have transformed getting married into a fierce social deathmatch, the wedding spenda-
thalon. What gets lost in this struggle to out-lavish the competition is the point of the wedding — publicly joining two people in marriage, not separating their friends and relatives from as much cash as possible. And though it’s customary for guests to give gifts, The Oxford English Dictionary defines “gift” as “a thing given willingly” — as opposed to “a mandatory cover charge to help fund the rented chocolate waterfall, complete with white mocha rapids and four-story slide manned by Mick Jagger and Jon Bon Jovi.” But because you — incorrectly — believe that guests owe you (more than their company), you’ve awakened your ancient inner accountant, the human cheaterdetection system. Evolutionary psychologists Leda Cosmides and John Tooby describe this as a specialized module the human brain evolved for detecting cheaters — “people who have intentionally taken the benefit specified in a social exchange rule without satisfying the requirement.” Identifying and punishing freeloading slackers was especially vital in an ancestral environment, where there weren’t always enough grubs to go around. These days, however, maybe you have the luxury to do as I advise in “Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck”: refuse to let a few (apparent) Stingy McMingies shape “who you are — which is created through ... how you behave.” Instead of grinding down into tit for tat, you can decide to be generous. It’s a thematically nice way to start a marriage — in which 50/50 can sometimes be 95/”Hey, don’t I at least get your 5 percent?” It also makes for a far less
cluttered invitation than “RSVP...with the price of the gift you’re getting us — so we know whether to serve you the Cornish game hen at the table or the bowl of water on the floor. Thanks!”
HELLO HATH NO FURY
Though my boyfriend is loving and attentive, he’s bad at responding to my texts. He’s especially bad while traveling, which he does often for his work. Granted, half my texts are silly memes. I know these things aren’t important, so why do I feel so hurt when he doesn’t reply? — Waiting You’d just like your boyfriend to be more responsive than a gigantic hole. (Yell into the Grand Canyon and you’ll get a reply. And it isn’t even having sex with you.) What’s getting lost here is the purpose of the GIF of parakeets re-enacting the Ali/Frazier fight or the cat flying through space on the burrito. Consider that, in the chase phase, some men text like crazy, hoping to banter a woman into bed. But once there’s a relationship, men (disproportionately) use texting as a logistical
tool — “b there in 5” — while women continue using it as a tool for emotional connection. That’s probably why you feel so bad. Feeling ignored is also not ideal for a relationship. In research psychologist John Gottman did on newly married couples, the newlyweds who were still together six years down the line were those who were responsive toward their partner’s “bids for connection” — consistently meeting them with love, encouragement, support, or just attention. Explain this “bids for connection” thing to your boyfriend. (That mongoose in a dress is just meme-ese for “Yoo-hoo! You still there?”) However, especially when he’s traveling, a little reasonableness from you in what counts as a reply should go a long way. Maybe tell him you’d be happy with “Ha!”, “LOL,” or an emoji. You’d just like to see more than your own blinking cursor — looking like Morse code for “If he loved you, he’d at least text you that smiling swirl of poo.” ! 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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