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EMPTY BOWLS brings top local chefs and potters to help fight hunger in the Triad community. Participating restaurants include Finnigan’s Wake, Mary’s Gourmet Diner, Sweet Potatoes, Foothills Brewpub, Mozelle’s, Fourth Street Filling Station, Ryan’s, Jeffrey Adams on Fourth, Meridian Restaurant and more restaurants to be announced. 10 “HALSEY STREET” has been lauded as “brilliant” by award-winning novelist Porochista Khakpour, “beautiful” by Bitch Media’s Evette Dionne and “a quiet gut-punch” by Kirkus Reviews. 11 In some shape or form, everything in the store is made from hemp. Ray said items sold at EVERYTHING HEMP include soaps, clothing, accessories, food products and pet products, all made from the same plant. 12 TRAILER PARK ORCHESTRA wants you to be in their new music video for the Greensboro music scene-inspired song “Tate Street Hipsters” off their new album Deep Fried Double Wide.
Dondero’s music is homespun. His songs are pleasingly unpolished, DIPPING INTO DIY indie folk-punk with touches of neo-old-time, country-rock and more, all colored in flashes of humor and poetic ruminations. 18 Krasinski’s latest directorial at-bat, A QUIET PLACE, made ample noise when it debuted at South By Southwest, and its subsequent wide release confirms that the deafening buzz was more than justified. Making the most of its ingenious hook, A Quiet Place is a crackerjack horror film, and while it may not boast the sociopolitical gravitas that informed last year’s Oscarwinning Get Out, it’s nevertheless a treat for anyone who likes movies that go bump in the night. 19 BLACK VIOLIN’s Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester have a simple mission in life – to encourage and empower. Each a classically trained violinistviolist, they combine the classics with a little hip-hop, jazz and funk to create a distinctive multi-genre sound often described as “classical boom.”
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WINSTON-SALEM DASH FRIDAY FRI 13 WINSTON-SALEM DASH OPENING WEEKEND WHAT: The Dash are back! The Dashs Opening Weekend is jam-packed with fun. We offer the best family-friendly entertainment in the Triad. WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: BB&T Ballpark. 951 Ballpark Way Winston-Salem. MORE: $8-16 tickets.
FRI 13 DRIVIN’ N’ CRYIN’ WHAT: Celebrating their 32nd Anniversary together, Atlanta-based folk rock act, Drivin N Cryin, have spent most of 2017 on tour. In October 1985, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ played their first show at Atlantas famed 688 Club. The band quickly gained attention for its blistering live shows and amassed a rabid fanbase in the fertile soil of the late-1980s Southeast music scene. With a gold record, 10 full-length albums, and a handful of EPs to their credit, the band still refuses to rest. WHEN: 9 p.m. WHERE: The Ramkat. 170 W 9th St., Winston-Salem. MORE: $18-30 tickets.
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WHAT: This railroading historic site hosts antique farm equipment, modern tractors, music, games and more for kids and adults. The event will include: a tractor parade, kiddie tractor pull, live music from two bands, antique tractors, big farm equipment, blacksmith demos, master gardener displays, a hay ride, and much more! WHEN: 9 a.m. WHERE: North Carolina Transportation Museum, 411 South Salisbury Avenue, Spencer. MORE: $6 admission.
WHAT: This festival offers the public an opportunity to meet more than 50 potters from NC, SC & VA. A large selection of handmade, functional, decorative, and sculptural pottery will be available for sale. Ample parking is available; the event is free and open to the public. WHEN: 10 a.m. WHERE: Leonard Recreation Center. 6324 Ballinger Road, Greensboro. MORE: Free event.
SPRING CORKS & CRAFTS WHAT: Join us for as we welcome Spring at the first Corks & Crafts of 2018! On April 14th, we are excited to have over 50 high quality vendors set up and sell their handmade, antiques, repurposed, food items and more! Food will be provided by the recently open Grapevine Grill and 60 Watt Combo will be playing throughout the day! ree Entry and Parking, Kid friendly and dog friendly! WHEN: 12 p.m. WHERE: Westbend Winery and Brewery. 5394 Williams Road, Lewisville. MORE: Free event.
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MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS BY: JENN ZELESKI
On April 6, the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem hosted “Music Without Borders,” a partnership event with the Piedmont Wind Symphony, supported by World Relief Triad, Interfaith WinstonSalem, Pro Humanitate Institute at Wake Forest University and Love Out Loud. The organizations came together to bring the community a night of music that strived to create “a catalyst for conversation and change,” in regards to the local and national refugee crisis, according to the press release. The Friday-night crowd mingled throughout the night, with many stopping by the organizations’ tables to sign up for volunteer opportunities, snap pictures in front of the Piedmont Wind Symphony backdrop, and welcome everyone from across the religious spectrum. Maestro Matthew Troy put together a program with heavy international influence. Mohammed Fairouz composed the opening piece titled “In the Shadow of No Towers” as a direct response to the events on September 11, 2001. An ArabicAmerican composer himself, the piece was filled with dynamic sounds, contrasted by moments of pure silence. Concluding the piece, Troy thanked the crowd for their welcoming reaction to the new music. The second half of the show featured Elizabeth Cook, a Winston-Salem based cellist who recently graduated from University of North Carolina School of the Art’s Professional Artist Certificate Program. Cook played in the ensemble for Asfour, a piece inspired by the poem by Marcel Khalife, “A Bird” when translated into English. Also in the ensemble was Nabil Rahman, an Oud player originally from Libya, who is now a music education graduate student at the University of North Carolina WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
Greensboro. The Oud is similar to a shortnecked guitar, and both musicians were joined by other members of the symphony. The music within the second half of the program was also separated by readings of religious texts from the four primary religions affected by refugee crises around the world. Muhammad Siddiqui read from the Qu’ran, verse 4:36, “And to the near neighbor, and to the neighbor from afar, do good. To the companion at your side, the traveler, and to those whom your right hand possesses, do good. Indeed, God does not like those who are self-diluting and boastful.” Sita Somara read from the Hindu texts, chapter 6, verse 72, “‘This is my own relative, and that is a stranger — is the reasoning of the narrow-minded. For the noble hearts, however, the entire earth is but one family.” Art Bloom read from the Torah, Leviticus 19: 33-34, “When a stranger resides with you on your land, you shall not wrong him. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you, one of your citizens. You shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. I, the Lord, am your God.” Lynn Rhoades read from two chapters in the Bible, one being Hebrews chapter 13, verses one and two. “Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels.” The verses in each religious text were chosen to refer back to the overall theme of the event, but also to make a statement: Although many are divided by different types of faith, supporting one another and loving one another are two powerful ways communities can overcome their differences. !
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Empty Bowls 2018
t all began with the fable, Stone Soup. A hungry traveler came to a village that supposedly had no meal to share. The traveler decided to make Kristi Maier soup with only a pot @triadfoodies and a stone. By the end of the story, the villagers had each an Contributor ingredient to spare and contributed everything from broth to vegetables to create a delicious soup enough for all of them. That’s the origin of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina’s Empty Bowls fundraiser. Now in its 17th year, the incredibly popular Empty Bowls event helps Second Harvest’s mission of fighting hunger in the community. One in every six people living in Northwest North Carolina struggles with hunger. One in every four children goes without proper meals. To attend this event, guests buy a ticket, fill their handmade potter’s bowl (selected at the event), and help to feed the community. Guests also get to choose a soup meal provided by the area’s top restaurants. This year, by popular demand, Second Harvest has added an extra meal to the event. You can be a part of it on April 17 for the newly added dinner or on the traditional day of April 18 for lunch. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door. The price includes the meal and an artisanal pottery bowl, which you
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get to take home or give as a gift. Empty Bowls brings top local chefs and potters to help fight hunger in the Triad community. Participating restaurants include Finnigan’s Wake, Mary’s Gourmet Diner, Sweet Potatoes, Foothills Brewpub, Mozelle’s, Fourth Street Filling
Station, Ryan’s, Jeffrey Adams on Fourth, Meridian Restaurant and more restaurants to be announced. “The success of this Winston-Salem tradition comes from the support we receive from our community of sponsors, friends, artists, local restaurants, local chefs, and you,” said Ashley Bonner, whose favorite soup according to the website is chicken, and who is a communication and digital content manager of Empty Bowls. Pottery artists from all over the Triad, as well as Seagrove and the High Country, will have their pottery available. Providence Restaurant, which is a program of Triad Community Kitchen and Second
Harvest Food Bank of NWNC is also a major participant. “Providence is so excited to head up the all-star cast of local restaurants, food service establishments and other soup maestros at this year’s Empty Bowls event,” TCK Executive Director Jeff Bacon said. “We are particularly happy to be a part of the exciting new expansion of the event and the addition of a second day. Now, whatever your schedule, anyone can find a time to support the Food Bank’s quest to fill the empty bowls of Northwest North Carolina.” TCK is a culinary and life skills training program that offers hands-on experience, leading to internships at local
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restaurants. Many TCK students are looking to gain new experiences after losing a job, or are experiencing hardships finding a job due to life circumstances. Once the student completes his or her course, the graduate can continue their training through the paid Hospitality Residency program at Second Harvest’s Providence Restaurant & Catering, located at the DoubleTree by Hilton on University Parkway in Winston-Salem. All proceeds from patrons’ tabs support TCK. Executive Chef Mark Grohman, of Meridian, said he’d be making his famous Gazpacho. “I’ve been participating since the very beginning,” he said. “It’s a great cause, and I always try to support Jeff Bacon and everything he does with Triad Community Kitchen.” There will also be a silent auction where guests will be able to bid on vacations, tickets to shows as well as unique items that have been donated by local artists and area retailers. There will also be an Empty Bowls store to pick up some gift items. Proceeds from ticket purchases of the event help provide 105 meals to hungry individuals in our area. The money raised will also benefit special meal programs designed for children in NWNC facing food insecurity, including BackPack, Kids Cafe, School Pantry and Summer Meal programs. Fundraising efforts also help support and build Second Harvest’s partner networks helping small and local pantries obtain necessary funding, infrastructure, and food to serve their communities. Local celebrities will be dishing out the soup and the fun both days. I’ll be there as a celebrity server at lunch on Wednesday. Empty Bowls’ title sponsor is WinstonSalem’s TW Garner Foods, home of Texas Pete and Green Mountain Gringo. WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
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According to its website (hungerwnc.org), Second Harvest brings food and support to on-the-ground partner agencies across the 18 counties of Northwest North Carolina. Second Harvest also brings 36 million pounds of donated and reclaimed food annually to over 300,000 individuals and families facing hunger, including 100,000 children. ! KRISTI MAIER is a food writer, blogger and cheerleader for all things local who even enjoys cooking in her kitchen, though her kidlets seldom appreciate her efforts.
Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC 17th Annual Empty Bowls will take place at Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem. Dinner will be held on Tuesday, April 17 from 4-7:30 p.m. Lunch will be held on Wednesday, April 18th from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For tickets and information visit emptybowlsnc.org
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Naima Coster author of ‘Halsey Street’ to lead a Master Class in Fiction at UNCG
ake Forest professor Naima Coster eschews autobiography in her fiction. “I love putting myself inside a character,” she told me last Ian McDowell week. “I don’t have that kind of interior access to real people, Contributor so I don’t model characters on ones I’m close to.” Coster’s debut novel “Halsey Street” is published by Amazon’s literary imprint Little a and is available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook and on Kindle (but you can support local businesses by buying it at Greensboro’s Scuppernong Books and Winston-Salem’s Bookmarks). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Arts & Letters, The Rumpus, and has been anthologized in The Best of Kweli. She recently received the 2017 Cosmonauts Avenue Nonfiction Prize, judged by Roxane Gay. “Halsey Street” has been lauded as “brilliant” by award-winning novelist Porochista Khakpour, “beautiful” by Bitch Media’s Evette Dionne and “a quiet gut-punch” by Kirkus Reviews. Calling the book very different from its “elevator pitch summary” of “a young black artist who doesn’t make art moves back home to a gentrifying Brooklyn to care for her failing father.” SFGate’s Anthony Domestico wrote it consistently surprises in “its stylistic assuredness, moral complexity, and
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emotional power.” All praised its complex treatment of Brooklyn’s gentrification. Although Coster’s protagonist is Penelope Grand, who leaves Pittsburgh to find her old neighborhood unrecognizable and must deal with her father Ralph, who once owned a locally famous record store and now keeps the family home like a museum. One of its strongest sections is about Penelope’s mother Mirella, who left her husband and returned to the Dominican Republic. Knowing Coster’s awardwinning nonfiction and that her mother is Dominican, I asked her the question that caused her to say that “Halsey Street” isn’t autobiographical. “The only thing that reflects my family dynamic is that my mother is from the D.R. and my father does identify as black,” she said. “But that’s just
surface stuff. What that means and how it plays out was driven much more by my interests than my biography.” Then there’s Brooklyn itself. “As I wrote, I thought about how art shapes memory, and about old records of Brooklyn like Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing that framed narratives for people across the country.” She also thought, less fondly, of how newer Brooklyn narratives “render invisible some of the people and communities and facts of life that I wanted to in some small way record for right now, because not everyone lives the lives shown on Girls.” I asked Coster if she’s named after the track on John Coltrane’s 1959 Giant Steps that Coltrane he dedicated to his wife, Juanita Naima Grubbs. Which led to another question: which was harder to write about, the music that Penelope’s father loves or the art that Penelope has temporarily walked away from? Coster said yes, she’s named after the Coltrane tune, which has “gotten me undue cred with jazz lovers all of my life!” And that, in this particular case, writing about music was harder. As you may have noticed, she tends to speak in paragraphs. “My writing about visual art was mostly about process, things I could study and learn to describe, such as how one holds a brush, different materials, and different techniques, whereas, with music, I was mostly writing about how it sounds and what kind of emotions it elicits.” With music, she said it was much harder “to write
descriptions that were specific but which captured something transcendent.” Because Southerners ask this of Yankee transplants, I inquired how Coster is adapting to the Triad. She said she’s only been living here a year and is still very much a newcomer. “And Wake is very different from Winston-Salem, which is very different from Durham. It’s been very interesting to be here and see all these different ways of life. There feels like so much to mine and explore.” She also said she’s working on two projects, one a “quest story” in which she set herself the challenge of writing about a protagonist encountering physical obstacles. “Both are inspired by my time here, and the ways I’ve been trying to learn about the actual landscape and the social and political one. It’s been a really formative time in my writing, which is great to see.” For the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2018 Spring Conference on April 21, Naima Coster will lead the Master Class in Fiction, “Cracking Character: Voice, Choice, and Inner Life” at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Enrollment for that class has closed, but information about NCWN and the conference can be found at www. ncwriters.org. ! IAN MCDOWELL is the author of two published novels, numerous anthologized short stories, and a whole lot of nonfiction and journalism, some of which he’s proud of and none of which he’s ashamed of.
Hemp, hemp, hooray: Everything Hemp Store opens in Greensboro
perplexes customers and makes him passionate about the hemp business. “That opens up a conversation about rich industrialists trying to control the market and decided they would lobby Congress to link hemp and marijuana together,” he explained. “They were successful in doing that- and they put a whole lot of small businesses in the United States out of business. Which is one of the reasons why I got into the hemp business, because I fought my entire legal career helping out the little guy, and it just bothered me how this wonderful product got waylaid by Congress being lobbied by rich industrialists just trying to kill their competition. That is one of the things that helped me decide I was going to do this.” Looking to the future, Crumley plans to open three more stores statewide this year. However, he was unable to comment on these future locations at the moment. !
“If I take this, am I going to get high?” is the most frequently asked question by customers of Everything Hemp Store, said semiretired lawyer and owner Bob Crumley of Founder’s Hemp (the parent company of the hemp retail shop). The answer is no, by the way, you will not get high from anything sold at
Everything Hemp. The shop is located approximately at 1629 New Garden Rd. (right beside Ham’s), and is the second location of Everything Hemp with the first located at 405 E. Dixie Dr. in Asheboro. It opened on March 26 and claims to be the first hemp store (exclusively selling items made from hemp) in Greensboro. Crumley said Greensboro, demographically, was the “target market” for Everything Hemp. The former manager of the Asheboro location and now the manager in Greensboro, Tiffany Ray, said typical hemp customers are women who are 50 years and older. Some of the hemp products (which range from $1.99 to $139) that are available at Everything Hemp contain the “natural level” of THC, which is 0.03 percent that is allowed federally and by the state. Some contain less than that, and some products do not contain any THC content. “We are the very first hemp store in Greensboro that carries all aspects of the product,” Crumley said. “Our rule is we will not put any cannabinoid products, any hemp extract products, in our store that is not grown and processed [pertaining] to 7606 of the Federal Farm Bill, period. We won’t do it. There are other stores in Greensboro that carry foreign products (grown in Romania or China, or God knows where) but we will not carry any non-U.S. grown product. We know that U.S. products and this nutritional supplement are grown in the United States under US EPA regulations (no pesticides, no herbicides) and that are also process under FDA regulation for food safety.” Ray said hemp products, such as Cannabidiol or “CBD” oil, can help people with autoimmune disorders, inflammation, seizures, anxiety and depression. WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
Left: Mary Claire Hurley and Tiffany Ray of Everthing Hemp in Greensboro “Even if you are perfectly healthy, it can help put your body back in perfect homeostasis,” she said of CBD oil. “That is one of the most popular items people come in for.” In some shape or form, everything in the store is made from hemp. Ray said items sold at Everything Hemp include soaps, clothing, accessories, food products and pet products, all made from the same plant. Ray said most everything that is offered at Everything Hemp is all natural and vegan. “If you don’t understand what hemp is, come in see us, that is why we are here,” Ray said. “We are here to educate and inform people, of what hemp can do for them.” Ray said she takes CBD oil for her fibromyalgia and now exclusively takes the supplement in place of prescription pain medication. “They were trying to put me on disability before I found the product,” she said. “If you are skeptical, I recommend you trying it. I’ve had so much customer feedback
on what has helped them, plus so much feedback on what it does for pets and animals.” “I think hemp has a bunch of potential,” said Mary Claire Hurley who has worked at Founder’s Hemp for a year. “Especially in the farming arena, it just could create a lot of job opportunities for North Carolina; it is just really exciting.” The new Greensboro location will have a 10 percent off all purchases at the store’s grand opening on April 17 at 1 p.m. Founder’s Hemp mascot “George” (as in the first U.S. President George Washington) will be there as well giveaways and refreshments. Founder’s Hemp is the parent company that you can read more about in my last article on Crumley back in September 2017 (www.yesweekly.com/north-carolinasfirst-hemp-processing-facility-to-open-inasheboro/). Playing in the background of Everything Hemp in Greensboro is a four-minute, informational video (with a voiceover by Crumley himself) that explores the “History of Hemp.” The video quickly covers the value and use of the versatile crop from colonial times to the 1930s, when it was “banished for a crime it did not commit.” One can view the video from the Founder’s Hemp website (www.foundershemp.com), or on Youtube at https://youtu.be/rBKmDpMvOUA. “One of the next questions I always get is, ‘why in the world would the government have ever outlawed this to begin with?’” Crumley said of the question that often
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Calling all hipsters: Report to Tate Street for TPO’s new music video
railer Park Orchestra wants you to be in their new music video for the Greensboro music sceneinspired song “Tate Street Hipsters” off their new album Katie Murawski Deep Fried Double Wide. “The idea is that Editor this band is obviously not ‘wannabe Tate Street hipsters,’” Director Adam Jordan said of the concept of the video. “So we’re going to show them getting turned down by a hipster bar, and then they go get a makeover and become hipsters. They go back to that same bar and see the suckiness or corniness of the hipsters, and then realize that is not for them. Then they bail and maybe go play Somewhere [Else Tavern] on Friendly Avenue.” “So I got to like ask all my friends if they have scarves and stuff they can let us borrow,” frontman Louis Money said. Handlebar mustaches, thick-rim glasses and of course skinny jeans will more than
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likely be apart of the band’s new look in this upcoming video. Money also said the video would feature a shower scene involving himself and bandmate Brian “Bull” Bentley, who recently appeared on the cover of Everything Music Magazine in February. Jordan said he wants to feature Tate Street, local fans, and iconic Tate Street businesses. “We are going to feature classic businesses on Tate Street,” he
said. “Iconic places that people will know.” Money said everyone who wants to should participate because he believes everyone who lives in Greensboro has a tie to Tate Street in some way. “It is more of a local video, local feel,” Jordan said. “So that people in [the video] share with their friends and it would be more like a party. Everyone in this community can be apart of this video.” Jordan and Trailer Park Orchestra would like to invite anyone who would like participate to come to Tate Street (Jordan did not say a specific location but
that “you’ll find us there,” referencing his camera crew and the band) at 8 a.m. on April 21 in “their best hipster outfit.” Jordan said a line in the song is “I want to be a Tate Street Hipster,” and he plans for people who participate to lip sync this line of the song, like in the music video for Pharrell Williams’s song “Happy.” “I really want to get the community involved,” Jordan said. “If you ever wanted to be in a music video now is your chance. Anyone that loves TPO, anyone who loves good, punk rock come on down, have a good time, get your 15 minutes of fame.”
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When I interviewed Money and the rest of the band back in October 2017, they had just recorded “Tate Street Hipsters” for the first time. Money said the song pokes fun at Tate Street and those who inhabit it constantly, but it is not intended to be malicious. “I’ve got many fond memories of Tate Street,” Money said. “I lived like a block from there and lived in that neighborhood for years.” Money said when he lived there, he felt the music scene was “cliquish.” “Even people that are from Greensboro, from Tate Street, pick on the Tate Street hipsters,” Money said. “They come to UNCG for four years, and then they don’t really know anything else about Greensboro. But yet they are so ‘Greensboro.’ No offense to Tate Street, or hipsters, or [UNCG] because I have fallen flat drunk on that campus many times. I’ve had a lot of fun on Tate Street, hopefully [April 21] will add to that.” Jordan said the video is supposed to be fun and that participants should come “overdressed as hipsters.” Jordan said it would be his fifth music video that he has directed. On IMDb.com, he is credited with over 20 movie or T.V. titles as “miscellaneous crew” but mostly as a production assistant and second unit or assistant director. He has worked on music videos for various popular bands and names such as Daft Punk, Neon Trees, 50 Cent, Kelly Clarkson and Snoop Dogg. “Most directors direct behind a moniWWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
tor and have cameramen doing camera work,” Jordan said. “I don’t like that. I don’t think that a cameraman can really feel the muse the way I feel it. They can’t look through my eyes, so I am also the cameraman. I don’t feel like an editor can properly display or communicate the video the way I want it, so I am also the editor.” Jordan went to Eastern Michigan University and graduated with a film degree. This isn’t the first time Jordan has worked with the Trailer Park Orchestra; he directed their last video “You Got Posted,” (named after the revenge porn website that was busted a couple of years ago featuring local celebrity and adult film star RayVeness) off the album Songs In The Key Of Drunk. “TPO is the most real band that I have ever worked with,” Jordan said. “And they are not afraid to make fun of themselves. Which is beautiful.” Jordan loves all the songs that TPO puts out, and he said in the near future he plans to do a couple more music videos from Deep Fried Double Wide. Tate Street hipsters will have to wait until June 1 to see the completed music video they starred in. Jordan and Money said it would be available to watch on the band’s Youtube page. ! KATIE MURAWSKI is the editor of YES! Weekly. She is from Mooresville, North Carolina and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in film studies from Appalachian State University in 2017.
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The free-wheeling David Dondero keeps moving while addressing the divided state of America Songs about dislocation and rootlessness are nothing new. But singersongwriter David Dondero probably lives it a little more deeply than your average guitar-toting troubadour. Dondero John Adamian has been touring the @johnradamian country for over 20 years, starting out as the drummer in Contributor the Florida band This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb before going on as a solo artist in the late ‘90s when he wanted to begin focusing on his songwriting. He’s gotten to all 50 states, several times over. Dondero will be passing through North Carolina next week, playing a show at Natty Greene’s in Greensboro on April 24. Wandering from town to town is part of the job of a working musician, and some artists experience that restless roaming as a variety of romantic isolation. The road album is a well-worn cliche because the life of a touring musician is something like the world of an astronaut, seeing the world turn while floating in one’s own little bubble, living just a little removed from everything. Some of Dondero’s songs capture that detached feeling, conveying a mix of awe at the vastness of America and the wide world, while also suggesting a sense of despair and struggle, relationship woes, anxiety about the future, humor and a dusky vision of life. If a reincarnated Woody Guthrie were to plop down in 2018, he might do something akin to what Dondero’s up to, writing songs that celebrate the American landscape, taking aim at greed and hypocrisy, and puzzle over love. I spoke to Dondero earlier this week by phone. He was somewhere in the midwest, getting ready to head up to Canada before dropping back down to the U.S., through the South, and out and up again to the Pacific Northwest. He’ll be returning to Australia in July. “I’m a working musician, and I try to work as much as I can, so it kind of makes sense to keep going to another town,” Dondero said. “It’s an ongoing travel situation.” That situation is further intensified by the fact that Dondero is (for this tour at WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
right to speak up about what’s going on. I’m a very patriotic person, and it really scares me what’s going on.” In response, Dondero is hashing out a batch of political songs. “It’s a string of protest songs, which are somewhat comedic. I’m trying to find a comedic light through this darkness,” Dondero said. “I can’t help but write songs about what’s going on right now. But I’m trying to not completely bum out the crowd and myself.” JOHN ADAMIAN lives in Winston-Salem, and his writing has appeared in Wired, The Believer, Relix, Arthur, Modern Farmer, the Hartford Courant and numerous other publications. !
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least) essentially without a home base to return to, having recently moved out of his last house. Dondero’s life is the road. At 48, he mostly travels solo, which can create psychic/emotional strains but does give him time to get meditative on long drives. And, having made friends and connections all over the country, he has loads of places he can land temporarily while in transit to the next gig. Dondero’s music is homespun. His songs are pleasingly unpolished, dipping into DIY indie folk-punk with touches of neo-old-time, country-rock and more, all colored in flashes of humor and poetic ruminations. There’s a dramatic candor in some of his songs, like on “Bio-illogical Father,” which sketches out a broken and bitter relationship with an uninvolved parent. “Some things in this life you just can’t get over, even when you get a whole lot older,” he said. “Rothko Chapel,” off of his 2007 album Simple Love, is a moving reflection on how the mysteries of art, faith, and devotion can contain an impenetrable darkness that’s similar to the ultimate unknow-
ability of other people. It’s deep, funny and kind of depressing. Another song with that same mix of qualities is “This Guitar,” in which Dondero treats his guitar as the thing that has forced him to make a slew of questionable life decisions, ultimately leaving him poor, adrift and alone. And Dondero sings with a voice that shivers and heaves, at times evoking a slightly more self-restrained version of Conor Oberst. One minute Dondero might bring to mind the cool reserve of Karl Blau and another he might spur a comparison to the manic rawness of Jad Fair. It’s all part of Dondero’s effort to represent what he calls “the fleeting movie of your life.” If Dondero routinely tackles tricky subjects in his songs, the current political divide in America is presenting the songwriter with a challenge. His relentless touring gives him a different perspective on the United States. “I still am amazed by traveling,” Dondero said. “I see the country — over and over — in fine detail. I’m like a fly on the wall everywhere. And I feel like I have a
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Noises off: A Quiet Place is loud and proud
BY MATT BRUNSON
ctor John Krasinski’s previous picture in the director’s seat, 2016’s The Hollars, made minimal noise when it was selected as part of the Sundance slate, but its subsequent wide release led to dismissive reviews, scant box office, and serious flirtation with my own year-end “10 Worst” list (I ultimately determined that the likes of Alice Through the Looking Glass and London Has Fallen were slightly more foul). Conversely, Krasinski’s latest directorial at-bat, A Quiet Place ( ), made ample noise when it debuted at South By Southwest, and its subsequent wide release confirms that the deafening buzz was more than justified. Making the most of its ingenious hook, A Quiet Place is a crackerjack horror film, and while it may not boast the sociopolitical gravitas that informed last year’s Oscar-winning Get Out, it’s nevertheless a treat for anyone who likes movies that go bump in the night. The world of A Quiet Place has been
largely decimated by monsters — fearsome beings who are blind but use their highly developed sense of sound to locate and eviscerate any living creature (not just humans but basically anything that moves and makes noise). After a tense opening sequence that ends in tragedy, the picture examines how the members of the Abbott family — dad Lee (Krasinski), mom Evelyn (Emily Blunt), daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds) and son Marcus (Noah Jupe) — try to
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survive in this nightmarish landscape. The answer is obvious: Like Elmer Fudd hunting wabbits, they strive to remain vewy, vewy quiet. It’s a challenge for all concerned, and even more so for Regan. As she’s deaf, she’s unable to know when someone else has made a sound or when, heaven forbid, one of the creatures is lurking in the vicinity. What’s noteworthy about the script by Krasinski, Bryan Woods and Scott Beck is that it establishes its setting and its premise and then rarely looks back. While ample exposition in a movie is usually a wonderful thing, here it’s only doled out in small, even subtle ways. For example, venture online and you’ll find plenty of filmgoers wondering whether these monsters are extra-terrestrials, man-made experiments gone wrong, subterranean critters from the bowels of the earth, or something else entirely. Yet a quick peek at the newspaper headlines shown early in the film hints at their origins, and it’s really all that’s required. Krasinski and Blunt are married in real life, so it’s reassuring to note that they share a natural rapport on screen. They’re excellent, although the breakout star here is Simmonds. Deaf in real life, the young actress made her debut last year in Todd Haynes’ underwhelming Wonderstruck. She’s far more vibrant here, positioning her character as a courageous girl who finds herself battling internal as well as external demons. A Quiet Place runs a brisk 90 minutes, and while this is that rare recent movie that could stand to be longer, the abbreviated length results in a second half that finds the characters leaping cliffhanger style from one harrowing situation to another. One plot strand involving an expectant mom comes off as a needless gilding of the lily — or, in this case, an unnecessary glutting of the story – but even here, Krasinski as director keeps the tensile screws tight. A Quiet Place isn’t frightening as much as it’s fraught with suspense – cheap gotcha scares are kept to a bare minimum, with Krasinski preferring to build underlying dread rather than elicit audible yelps. In space, no one can hear you scream, but in an auditorium showing A Quiet Place, everyone can see you flinch. IT ALL STARTS GOING downhill around the time John Cena drinks beer through his butt. Until then, Blockers ( ) is a rather savvy and — if you squint really hard — even subversive
comedy about three high school seniors who make a group pledge to all lose their virginity on prom night. The twist here is that it isn’t the usual horndog bros seeking that epic lay — there’s nary a Stifler nor Shermanator in sight — but rather three smart and sensible girls opting to go all the way. Mainstream movies centering around the sexual agency of teenage girls are so rare that Blockers is being greeted with the same degree of hushed awe usually reserved for long-lost Orson Welles projects. Alas, that speaks less about the shaky quality of this movie than the painfully slow progression of this country. Julie (Kathryn Decker) initiates the pact, by announcing that she plans to make love to her boyfriend Austin (Graham Phillips) immediately after prom. Her best friends Kayla (Geraldine Viswanathan) and Sam (Gideon Adlon) quickly agree, with Kayla planning to score with her lab partner Connor (Miles Robbins) and Sam settling on the jovial Chad (Jimmy Bellinger) even though she’s a closet lesbian and would rather spend time with classmate Angelica (Ramona Young). When the three girls’ parents learn of their plans, they set out to stop them. Lisa (Leslie Mann), Julie’s single mom, feels her daughter will make a mistake that could ruin her life. Mitchell (Jon Cena), Kayla’s dad, doesn’t share his wife’s (Sarayu Blue) views on female independence and plays the overprotective pop to the hilt. And since Hunter (Ike Barinholtz), Sam’s divorced dad, intuits that his daughter is gay, he doesn’t want peer pressure to force her into a compromising position with a guy. The vast majority of the sizable laughs are packed, not unlike sardines, into the first half of the film, and there’s ample mileage found in the various generational conflicts — the ones that reveal that even the coolest of parents will still appear as anything but hip to their easily embarrassed offspring. But the freshness of the initial hour eventually gives way to a more pat second half that unspools in predictable fashion, with everyone learning the types of life lessons generally found in Disney animated features. And while the digs at sexist double standards remain on view throughout the picture, they get harder to spot in the second half, obscured by slapstick sequences and raunchy gags that do little more than block the film’s salient points from reaching full fruition. !
Black Violin: Classical Boom Tour
lack Violin’s Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester have a simple mission in life – to encourage and empower. Each a classically trained violinist-violist, they combine the classics with a little hip-hop, jazz and funk to create a distinctive multi-genre sound often described as “classical boom.” Whether leaning toward Bach or Beyoncé, Black Violin promises to enthrall Triad music mavens when they once again hit the High Point Theatre stage for a single live performance during their 2018 “Classical Boom Tour,” April 24, at 7:30 p.m. Black Violin has shared stages with top names including Kanye West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and has creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys. In 2018, the band will launch its “Classical Boom Tour,” a follow up to their highly successful 2016-2017 “Unity Tour” which saw 28 sold-out public performances. The duo is currently writing and recording their next studio album. Their most recent record, Stereotypes, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and No. 4 on the Billboard R&B Chart, and was selected to promote the U.S. Open tennis tournament last fall. NPR praised the album and the band, saying “their music will keep classical music alive for the next generation.” Other notable accomplishments of Black Violin include having served as house band for ESPN’s Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Presentation for two consecutive years, composed
music for the television series Pitch which debuted on FOX in 2016, in addition to appearances on HBO’s Ballers, The Tonight Show, The Wendy Williams Show, and The Ellen Show. Black Violin remains particularly committed to turning young fans on to their own individual potential through a tireless schedule of appearances at schools, where they have addressed more than 100,000 students throughout North America and Europe in the past 12 months. In December, Black Violin was announced as the Turnaround Artist for Mary B. Bethune Elementary School in their hometown of Broward County, Florida. The program partners schools with music instrument grants, arts supplies, professional development, musicals, and pairs each school with an artist to provide mentorship, inspiration, and support for the school’s journey in the program. The band is endorsed by Yamaha Music and has partnered with the National Association for Music Manufacturers to continue their advocacy for accessible music education. “Black Violin sold out every seat in the house during recent appearances so, by popular demand, we’re very excited about the opportunity to bring these highly respected and accomplished artists back to the Triad for an encore performance,” said theatre director David Briggs. “Thanks to Black Violin, classical music is no longer stuffy, it is super cool.” Tickets are $40$50, available through www.highpointtheatre.com or by calling the Box Office at (336) 887-3001. !
RAMPAGE (PG-13) LUXURY SEATING Fri - Thu: 12:00, 2:25, 4:55, 7:30, 9:55 BEIRUT (R) LUXURY SEATING Fri - Thu: 11:30 AM, 1:55, 4:25, 7:05, 9:35 CHAPPAQUIDDICK (PG-13) LUXURY SEATING Fri: 11:35 AM, 2:05, 4:35, 7:10, 9:40 Sat: 11:35 AM, 2:05, 4:35, 9:40 Sun - Thu: 11:35 AM, 2:05, 4:35, 7:10, 9:40 BLUMHOUSE’S TRUTH OR DARE (PG-13) Fri & Sat: 12:15, 2:35, 5:00, 7:25, 9:45, 11:55 Sun - Thu: 12:15, 2:35, 5:00, 7:25, 9:45 MARROWBONE (R) Fri - Thu: 12:05, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:00 BLOCKERS (R) Fri & Sat: 11:45 AM, 2:15, 4:40, 7:05, 9:30, 11:55 Sun - Thu: 11:45 AM, 2:15, 4:40, 7:05, 9:30
GEMINI (R) Fri: 6:00, 8:30, Sat: 10:30 AM, 6:00, 8:30 Sun: 1:00, 8:30, Mon: 8:30 PM, Tue: 3:30, 8:30 Wed: 8:30 PM, Thu: 3:15, 8:30 ISLE OF DOGS (PG-13) Fri & Sat: 11:50 AM, 2:10, 4:30, 7:00, 9:20, 11:40 Sun - Thu: 11:50 AM, 2:10, 4:30, 7:00, 9:20 PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING (PG-13) Fri - Sun: 11:35 AM, 5:05 Mon - Thu: 11:35 AM, 5:05, 10:10 SHERLOCK GNOMES (PG) Fri - Thu: 11:45 AM, 4:00, 5:55 THE DEATH OF STALIN (R) Fri - Thu: 2:20, 7:20, 10:05 MIDNIGHTERS Fri & Sat: 12:10, 9:50, 11:55 Sun - Thu: 12:10, 9:50
THE MIRACLE SEASON (PG) Fri - Thu: 1:40, 7:55, 10:15
BLACK PANTHER (PG-13) Fri & Sat: 11:30 AM, 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 Sun - Thu: 11:30 AM, 2:30, 5:30, 8:30
A QUIET PLACE (PG-13) Fri & Sat: 11:55 AM, 2:05, 4:15, 7:15, 9:25, 11:35 Sun - Thu: 11:55 AM, 2:05, 4:15, 7:15, 9:25
PETER RABBIT (PG) Fri - Thu: 11:55 AM, 5:05
THE LAST MOVIE STAR (R) Fri - Thu: 2:45, 5:15, 7:35 TYLER PERRY’S ACRIMONY (R) Fri - Thu: 12:30, 3:30, 7:00, 9:40 READY PLAYER ONE (PG-13) Fri & Sat: 11:40 AM, 2:40, 5:40, 8:40, 11:40 Sun - Thu: 11:40 AM, 2:40, 5:40, 8:40
JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE (PG-13) Fri - Mon: 7:35 PM Tue - Thu: 2:15, 7:35
KEEP THE CHANGE Fri: 4:00, 6:30, 9:00 Sat: 11:00 AM, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00 Sun: 11:00 AM, 1:30, 4:30, Mon: 6:15, 8:45 Tue: 3:45, 6:15, 8:45, Wed: 6:15, 8:45 Thu: 3:45, 6:15, 8:45 ISLE OF DOGS (PG-13) Fri: 3:00, 3:30, 5:30, 8:00 Sat: 10:00 AM, 1:00, 3:00, 3:30, 5:30, 8:00 Sun: 10:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30, 3:30, 5:30, 6:00, 8:30 Mon: 5:30, 6:00, 8:00 Tue: 3:00, 5:30, 6:00, 8:00 Wed: 5:30, 6:00, 8:30 Thu: 3:00, 5:30, 8:45 THE DEATH OF STALIN (R) Fri: 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 Sat: 11:15 AM, 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 Sun: 11:15 AM, 1:45, 4:15, 6:45 Mon: 6:30, 9:00 Tue: 4:00, 6:30, 9:00 Wed: 6:30, 9:00 Thu: 4:00, 6:30, 9:00
I FEEL PRETTY (PG-13) Thu: 7:00, 9:20 SUPER TROOPERS 2 (R) Thu: 8:00, 10:15
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[PLAYBILL] Compiled by Heather Dukes On April 13, 15 and April 19-22 The Little Theater of Winston-Salem will be presenting Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein, a celebration of songs that have become a part of our lives. Featuring show-stopping Broadway numbers from Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, and more from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. On April 19-22, 2018 Greensboro College will present Laughter on the 23rd Floor by Neil Simon, directed by Jo Hall, in the Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center in Odell Building. Inspired by the playwright’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s early television hit “Your Show of Shows,” with all the attendant comic drama as the harried writing staff frantically scrambles to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman “Max Prince.” On April 13, 14, 15 Odeon Theater in Greensboro will be showing Late Nite Catechism. According to the Odeon
Theater website, “Late Nite Catechism is an uproarious piece of theater that takes audience members back - sometimes nostalgically, sometimes fearfully to the children they once were. The irrepressible Sister teaches an adult catechism class to a roomful of ‘students’ (aka the audience). Late Nite Catechism written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, made its debut May 28, 1993 at the Live Bait Theatre in Chicago and since then has grossed over $100 million in box office receipts.” Tickets are $55, and on April 13 there is an 8 p.m. showing, on April 14 a 4 p.m. showing, and an 8 p.m. showing, and April 15 there is a 2 p.m. showing. ! APRIL 11-17, 2018 YES! WEEKLY
[NEWS OF THE WEIRD] MISTAKEN IDENTITY
Around 4:30 a.m. on March 22, High Point, North Carolina, 911 dispatchers received a surprising call from a man informing them he had broken into a Chuck Shepherd business. “Yes, this is Jesus Christ, and I just broke into the Pizza Hut,” claimed 46-year-old Richard Lee Quintero of Greensboro, according to WFMY TV. “Jesus is here, he’s back to Earth. I just broke in and had a pizza. I’m Jesus,” Quintero told dispatchers. “Because I’m Jesus, I can do whatever I want.” He also complained that “everybody’s been treating me mean.” High Point police officers arrested Quintero and charged him with breaking and entering and larceny.
Shannon Dean Egeland, 43, of Kuna, Oregon, was found guilty Feb. 28 in an elaborate scheme to delay a prison sentence and collect insurance. The Idaho Statesman reported that shortly before Egeland was to begin a 10-year jail term in 2014 for his role in a $20 million housing scandal, he took out a disability insurance policy and talked his then-17-year-old son into shooting him in the legs with a 20-gauge shotgun, which would delay his prison term — not to mention let him collect on the new insurance policy. After the teenager shot him, Egeland called police and said he’d been assaulted, but police became suspicious
when they found Egeland’s wallet and BMW were still at the scene. U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown tacked three years and 10 months of additional time onto Egeland’s original sentence. Egeland, who eventually lost his left leg, stood before the judge on his prosthetic leg and said he’d had a lot of time to reflect on his crimes and realized he needs mental health counseling. Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Bradford called him a “menace to society.”
JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH
It’s been a twisty, U-turny road for Brittany Ann Koerselman, 19, and her first (soon-to-be second) husband, Jeremie Rook, 24, of Little Rock, Iowa. The two originally married in 2014, when Koerselman, then 15, was pregnant with Rook’s child. But they divorced when she was 18. “He just wasn’t ready to be all of that,” Koerselman told Metro News. “The parent, the husband, the responsible person. He just wasn’t ready for that.” She said she and Rook have gotten back together and split up seven times since their divorce, but they can’t stand being apart, so they’re planning a “f-ing princess wedding” for this summer. “The last time I got married, I got swollen on the way to Missouri — it’s six hours (drive), so my shoes didn’t fit,” Koerselman recalled. “We’re reusing (the) old engagement ring. He’s different this time,” she told (herself).
A traditional March wedding at Peckforton Castle in Tarporley, Cheshire, England, was briefly interrupted when
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an owl trained to deliver the rings to a waiting best man changed its mind about where to land. The betrothed Jeni Arrowsmith and Mark Wood of Wrexham watched as the barn owl flew down the aisle toward the best man, but a seated groomsman then pointed at the bird, which it took as a signal to fly to his hand. “The owl just dived in and hit the guy — who is terrified of birds!” said wedding photographer Stacey Oliver. “He fell off his chair.” “Everyone was absolutely hysterical,” the bride later told the BBC. “It made the wedding because we were talking about it all night.”
LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINALS
— When an intoxicated man arrived at the Delaware State Police Troop 1 station in Wilmington on March 20, looking for a ride home, officers thought he seemed familiar. Turns out he was Christopher McDowell, 34, a suspect in a Feb. 22 shoplifting incident at a local Kohl’s store, according to the News Journal. McDowell was charged with shoplifting and arraigned, then released on $1,000 bail. After he made a phone call to a friend for a ride home, his Kohl’s accomplice, April Wright, 48, showed up — and she too was arrested and charged. — John Silva and Derrick Irving thought they had a foolproof plan to cover their tracks after breaking into a mutual acquaintance’s apartment on March 13 in DeLand, Florida. The Volusia County Sheriff ’s Office told News 6 the men stole appliances and a flat-screen TV from the home, then stopped before leaving to set a pot of spaghetti sauce on a hot burner and place a washcloth nearby so it would catch fire and destroy evidence. The victim had been alerted to the break-in by security cameras and called police, who stopped the two and found among the stolen goods in their car an empty jar of Ragu spaghetti sauce. Both men were charged with unarmed burglary, grand theft and arson.
— In Toronto, a group of animal rights advocates started protesting outside a restaurant called Antler in early December. By March, the protests had grown, and Antler’s co-owner, Michael Hunter, had had enough of the “murder” signs and “You’ve got blood on your hands” chants. So on March 23, he told the Globe and Mail, he figured, “I’m going to have my own protest. ... This is who we are and what we do. So I went and got a deer leg.” Hunter brought a cutting board, knife and the hindquarter of a deer into the front window and butchered the
meat while the protesters looked on. As a result, Hunter and the protesters are now trying to open a dialogue, and reservation requests at Antler have increased. — Neighbors in Gainesville, Florida, called police on March 11 after finding a set of stairs barricaded in their condominium complex. The Gainesville Sun reported that Derrick Lamar Walker, 34, told officers on their arrival that his neighbors had been stomping in the stairwell outside his apartment to “get back at him for his several (insurancerelated) lawsuits,” according to a police department report. In retaliation, Walker had covered the stairs with fishing line, thin rubber gaskets, duct tape and cooking oil to try to keep the neighbors away. He was arrested on a criminal mischief charge and was held at the Alachua County Jail.
— A young driver in Buffalo, Minnesota, wasted no time earning an EPIC FAIL on her driver’s test on March 21 when she rammed the car into the examination station before she’d even pulled out of the parking space. As the driving test began, the 17-year-old shifted her 2014 Chevy Equinox into drive instead of reverse and hit the accelerator, causing the car to lurch forward, jump the curb and crash through the window of the station, located in a strip mall. While the driver was not hurt, the examiner, 60, was taken to a hospital with noncritical injuries. Buffalo Police Chief Pat Budke told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that no charges would be filed. — Presumably in the throes of a serious case of munchies, Lizabeth Ildefonso, 44, drove up to the security booth at the Suffolk County (New York) jail at 10:12 a.m. on March 16 and tried to order a “bacon, egg and cheese” sandwich. Deputy Sheriff Yvonne DeCaro explained that she was at the jail, but Ildefonso “insisted that she really wanted a sandwich,” the Riverhead News-Review reported. The deputy noticed Ildefonso’s eyes were dilated and glassy, and that she had white powdery residue in her left nostril. DeCaro also checked her license and found it was not valid. After failing a field sobriety exam, Ildefonso was charged with felony driving while ability impaired by drugs and driving without a valid license. !
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RiverRun turns 20 and is bigger than ever
oasting 165 films from 40 countries, bolstered by the star power of Master of Cinema honorees Piper Laurie and Chuck Workman, and boosted Mark Burger by the efforts of its tireless staffers and Contributing volunteers, the 20th annual RiverRun columnist International Film Festival is set to celebrate this year’s event in style. The festival opens April 19 with a pair of opening-night selections: writer/director Bart Layton’s debut feature, the North Carolina-shot caper American Animals (at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art), and director Samuel D. Pollard’s documentary feature Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me (at Hanesbrands Theatre).
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“When I look at this year’s festival and all the festivals I’ve been involved with over the years, I am so proud of this particular schedule,” said RiverRun executive director Rob Davis. “I think it’s the best of the best. The RiverRun team – I don’t call them ‘the staff,’ because they really are a team – bring such enthusiasm and dedication to provide the best possible programming. I’ve said it before, and it’s true: It is a pleasure to get up every morning and go into work with these people.” With a record number of submissions (over 2,000), “we would love to have included more, but we just had no space.” As a result, “this was probably the most difficult year in terms of programming.” The festival began in Brevard in 1998, but it was Dale Pollock, former dean of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking and current faculty member, who oversaw its Eastern migration to Winston-Salem in 2003. At the festival launch party last month at SECCA, both Davis and Winston-
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Salem Mayor Allen Joines lauded Pollock as a “visionary.” Although Pollock remains on RiverRun’s board of directors, he’s not as involved in the day-to-day operations as he once was, but said there’s very little he would change. “I am always amazed at how much the festival has grown and the manner in which the community embraces it,” he said. “We are now able to get the top films that come out of Toronto and Sundance, and film distributors respect RiverRun and its audience. The fact that Piper Laurie and Chuck Workman will attend demonstrates that RiverRun is an important destination for beginning and master filmmakers.” RiverRun is now the longest film festival in the state, and an important component to the region’s cultural flavor, but there have been tough times over the years, and the fluctuating economy – both locally and nationwide – is a constant concern. One filmmaker not surprised by
RiverRun’s resilience and growth is Ted Newsom, whose fun-filled horror pastiche The Naked Monster screened at the 2004 festival to a sell-out crowd at The Garage. This was back when the festival, having not yet established its identity (or impact), actively sought submissions to fill a four-day schedule. “I never had as much fun in my life as I had at RiverRun,” Newsom said. “Everyone was so enthusiastic. Everyone was so friendly. The audience really liked the movie. I got to meet the mayor; I got to meet Cliff Robertson and Rosemary Harris – which was interesting since my former writing partner John Brancato and I had written the original draft of Spider-Man back in the ‘80s.” The 2018 festival includes world premieres (Saints Rest and In Pursuit of Justice), U.S. premieres (Eye on Juliet, Retreat, The Beginner, Severina), East Coast premieres (Fort Maria, Leave No Trace, Angels Wear White, The World Before Your Feet, Walden: Life in the Woods, The
Devil We Know), and Southeast premieres (Dragonfly Eyes, The Desert Bride, When She Runs, Phantom Cowboys, Who We Are Now, Maynard). Filmmaker Jeremy Workman, whose feature documentary The World Before Your Feet earned rave reviews at the South By Southwest festival where it made its world premiere, attended last year’s festival as a “PitchFest” juror. “For years, I’d always heard about RiverRun from filmmakers, and everyone always mentioned how it was one of their favorite festivals,” he recalled, “so it was cool to be invited as a juror last year. We actually presented the award to the student Aaron Paul Lovett, whose pitch, Gays for Trump, is now in the festival as part of the NC Shorts Program One this year. I’m excited to see the finished film!” The NC Shorts Program One will be screened April 22 and 27 at Hanesbrands Theatre. Jeremy Workman said the first day at RiverRun he saw what made the festival special. “It has such an intimate, personal feel – with the filmmakers hanging out with the audiences and just everybody being
in the same place together,” he said. “The screenings are packed, and the audiences are just so excited and eager to see these great films. It has become a real honor amongst filmmakers when your film is invited to RiverRun. Every filmmaker says the same great things about RiverRun.” Jeremy Workman is the son of Chuck Workman, the Oscar-winning filmmaker who will receive the Master of Cinema award. Chuck’s 2013 documentary What is Cinema? and his Oscar-winning 1986 live-action short Precious Images will be screened April 28 at UNCSA Main Theatre. His documentary Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles screened at the 2015 festival. That both father and son filmmakers are attending this year’s event is “really
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and truly coincidental,” Davis said smiling. “Chuck was one of the people on our (Master of Cinema) list, and Jeremy came to last year’s festival, so as coincidences go, it’s a very pleasant and nice one.” “We’ve been together at other times at other festivals, and I really like it,” Chuck Workman said, then laughed. “I suppose it could be a very weird kind of thing, but it works for us.” Both father and son enjoy watching their films with an audience. “It’s not painful, it’s entertaining,” Chuck observed. “It’s like stand-up comedy. ‘Did this work?’ ‘Did this not work?’ Film doesn’t change. It’s gratifying [to watch] an audience laugh in the right places. It’s not painful; it’s entertaining.” Although he’s made some narrative features, including 1985’s StoogeMania
and 2004’s A House on a Hill, Workman has found his greatest success in documentaries. “My own work is not necessarily ‘Hollywood work,’” he said. “When I started to go my own way, and in my own style, I had much better results. I like to push the style envelope as much as you could, with no restrictions. I don’t mind tripping over myself sometimes.” Workman has earned 10 Emmy nominations for his editing work on 21 Academy Awards telecasts, and for the 2000 ceremony, Jeremy also earned one. When it came to the Oscars, “I was kind of given my head, and there’s no question I’m so grateful for that. I wasn’t asked to play down to the great unwashed, and I had very little negative input, especially on the ones produced by Gil Cates.” Kevin Thomas, for 50 years a film critic for the Los Angeles Times and a RiverRun juror in 2008, is familiar with the work of both Master of Cinema honorees. “(Piper Laurie) is charming and unpretentious – a dear, special lady,” he said. “She has a wonderful speaking voice and a great laugh. The Master of Cinema award is well deserved.”
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Thomas feels likewise about Chuck Workman’s selection. “He is amazing in his mastery of montage,” he said. “His selections are so acute and so apt they pack such an emotional wallop.” Jeremy’s film, The World Before Your Feet, follows Matt Green, a New Yorker determined to walk every single street in every borough of New N KMA York City, a distance of roughOR W ly 8,000 miles. Following Green’s footsteps was Jeremy, essentially acting as a one-man crew. “I’ve been close friends with Green for nearly a decade and started hearing about his amazing walking adventures in the mid-2000s,” Jeremy related. “His walks didn’t seem to be about completing any set goal. It was more about discovering our world and the people who live here in a wholly unique and personal way. When he told me he was going to walk every street of New York City, I knew I had to somehow convince him to let me film it.” Jeremy was born in the Big Apple and
has called it home since college. Jeremy said while filming he discovered more and more new things from the city he thought he knew like the back of his hand. “There were so many places that I saw for the first time and so many neighborhoods I was discovering,” he said. “It was a constant state of discovery for me. After making the film, I realized that I had lived most of my life in New York City, but I barely knew it. Although it’s set in New York, it paradoxically seems like it’s about the entire world.” Jeremy said the audience for his film could be from anywhere. It is not a film just exclusively for New Yorkers. “I really wanted it to be about the world and all the amazement and wonder that’s right in front of you,” he said. “That’s what always struck me about Matt’s walks – it’s this really simple act. Anyone can go out and walk the streets of their town, and yet by doing this simple act, there are these amazing, complex layers that suddenly appear.
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Suddenly, your world becomes imbued and enriched with all this wonder and possibility.” When he was first considering the film, he discussed it with a colleague and mentor who happened to be his father. “Growing up and watching him work, it seemed like such a no-brainer to follow in his footsteps,” Jeremy said. “Making documentaries and telling RIE unique stories seemed like AU RL the best option around. I pretty much knew I wanted to be doing this by age 18 or so, but it’s really been fun to be making films at the same time as him.” Another film that captures a distinctive and specific region of America is Moss, the fifth feature and second dramatic feature from filmmaker Daniel Peddle, who originally hails from Winston-Salem. Peddle, who discovered actress Jennifer Lawrence over a decade ago, also discovered Mitchell Slaggert, the male model who makes his screen debut in the title role, a restless teenager celebrating his 18th birthday PIP E
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along Carolina Beach. The film is as much a character study as a study of the rustic environment he lives in, a world where people lead simple and uncomplicated, but not insignificant, lives. Since making the film, Slaggert – who is scheduled to join Peddle at the festival – has completed five feature films, a Netflix series, and became the face of Calvin Klein, all in a two-year span. “It’s quite the ‘Cinderfella’ story,” Peddle said. “I wanted to document that very slim window when Mitchell was becoming a man, but some of the boy was still there – and I really think we got it because, by the end of the film, Moss does seem different. I wanted to get the raw performance because Mitchell will never give another one of those, where he literally didn’t know what he was doing.” Shooting on Carolina Beach, at the mercy of the water and the weather, was “such an adventure,” Peddle said. “Every day we filmed was like a magical moment. I can’t but marvel at it all
now, like how the hell we pulled it all off,” Peddle said. “A motley, hardscrabble crew of mostly first-timers? A cast of mostly non-actors, a shoestring budget, and braving to conspire with Mother Nature herself for 25 days? An incredible feat! It really is a testament to something willing itself on you, wanting itself to be pulled forth. I look at the film, and it all seems like a dream. A beautiful, magical painting. I love it!” Piper Laurie, whose distinguished career includes a Golden Globe (for Twin Peaks), 12 Emmy nominations (with a win for 1986’s Promise), and three Oscar nominations (The Hustler, Carrie, Children of a Lesser God), will attend a special screening of The Hustler (1961) on April 22 at UNCSA Main Theatre, joined by noted author and film historian Foster Hirsch (Film Noir: The Dark Side of the Screen and Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King), who has previously participated in “RiverRun Retro” events. “I think it is vital for any film festival that showcases contemporary work to include a Retro segment which honors important work from the past,” Hirsch said. “I know that Rob David shares my
commitment to acknowledging film history, and we are both thrilled that this year the festival will be honoring Piper Laurie, three-time Oscar nominee and one of America’s favorite actresses.” Born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Laurie’s screen career began while she was a teenager under contract to by Universal, which yielded such forgettable fare as The Milkman (1950), Son of Ali Baba (1952), The Golden Blade (1953) and Francis Goes to the Races (1951), in which she shared the screen with everyone’s favorite talking mule. Francis “wasn’t difficult,” Laurie joked, “but knowing I was being used in films that gave me nothing to do, I felt I had no purpose in life. I had no opportunity to be artistic.” So she headed East to New York City, to hone her skills on the stage and live television. In The Hustler, her performance as Sarah, the doomed girlfriend of pool shark “Fast Eddie” Felson (Paul Newman) earned her an Oscar nomination. The film received nine nominations in all, including Best Picture, Best Director (Robert Rossen), Best Actor (Newman) and Best Supporting Actor (both Jackie Gleason
and George C. Scott), winning for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (black-andwhite) and Best Cinematography (blackand-white). “It certainly is one my favorite films, but it took me a long time to get there,” she admitted. “It was something I was in. It was something I did. But it was different from what I’d originally envisioned.” Laurie then took a 15-year hiatus to raise her daughter and participate in Civil Rights and the anti-war movement, before her unforgettable, Oscar-nominated comeback as Margaret White, the religiousfanatic mother of the titular, telekinetic misfit Carrie White (Sissy Spacek, who earned a Best Actress nomination). “I had a good time, and it was very quick – only two weeks,” she recalled. “It was the first time I’d worked in 15 years.” Laurie’s best-selling autobiography, “Learning to Live Out Loud,” was published in 2015, and she’s got two features due for release this year: White Boy Rich, co-starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bruce Dern. The other is the award-winning Snapshots, co-starring Brooke Adams and directed by Melanie Mayron.
“I think it’s going to be a good movie,” she said of the former. “Matthew is very quirky and very talented. I’ve heard he’s terrific in the movie.” Of the latter film due for release she said, “we should have had 40 days to make it, (but) instead we had two weeks – in a heat wave, but we did it!” After almost 30 years, Twin Peaks returned to the airwaves in 2017 on Showtime, but Laurie’s Catherine Packard was not among the returnees. “I don’t think there was a place for me or my character,” she said. “My character was kind of a ‘silly/funny’ character, and David (Lynch) wanted to take it in a darker direction.” Besides, she laughed, “They had plenty of actors, they didn’t need me!” ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on Burgervideo.com. © 2018, Mark Burger.
The 20th annual RiverRun International Film Festival runs April 19-29. For a complete schedule, advance tickets or more information, call 336.724.1502 or visit the official RiverRun website: http://riverrunfilm.com/.
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[LEO (July 23 to August 22) A revelation clears up that perplexing job-related problem. Some changes will have to be made, which, no doubt, will meet with the Big Cat’s roaring approval. Good luck.
[AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) We know the Water Bearer takes pleasure in giving to others. But why not let someone else enjoy the experience too by accepting that offer of help?
[VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Reaching out to someone in need is the noble thing to do. But try to restrain the temptation to add a lecture — no matter how well-intended — to your good deed.
[PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You might find that you need to ease up on your hectic schedule this week. Don’t fret about it. It could be helpful to take a break and replenish your energy supply.
[LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) There could be another tough challenge to face before the month is over. But all that hard work is winning you lots of important recognition from your peers.
[ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You easily handle your tasks this week, thanks to those high energy levels that never seem to run down. But pace yourself, Lamb, for the demanding week ahead.
[SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Keeping to your work schedule could prove difficult with all those personal distractions. Best advice: Stay with it. There’ll be time later for socializing.
[TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) With the arts dominant this week, you might want to pick up any of those creative projects you’ve neglected. A workplace situation benefits from some fresh insight.
[SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Jumping hurdles this week might be vexing for most, but not for the sage Sagittarian, who recognizes that meeting a challenge can open up opportunities.
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* Despite numerous arrests and trials, famed 19th-century outlaw Frank James was never convicted of anything and never went to prison. He died in 1915, at the age of 72, of natural causes. * In Germany in the 1500s, a court physician by the name of Oswaldt Gabelthouer wrote a medical book full of remedies that he guaranteed would be effective. For insanity, the patient must cut his or her hair close to the head, then tie two halves of a ram’s liver to the head. A
severe case of epilepsy, he claimed, could be cured if the patient wore the right eye of a wolf and the left eye of a she-wolf on a thong about the neck for three months; also, the patient had to forgo bathing during that time. There’s no mention in the record at hand of how a patient would go about redeeming the guarantee. * If someone called you a “mumpsimus,” would you be flattered or insulted? It seems that the appropriate reaction would be to take offense. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a mumpsimus is “a stubborn person who insists on making an error in spite of being shown that it is wrong.” Thought for the Day: ”Calamities are of two kinds: misfortunes to ourselves, and good fortune to others.” — Ambrose Bierce © 2018 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.
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My parents said they’d give my fiance and me money for a wedding or for a down payment on a home. They aren’t wealthy, so my fiance and I would Amy Alkon have to fund about half of the wedding, Advice or possibly more. He Goddess doesn’t care about a big wedding, and I agree that it would be fantastic to have money to put toward a home. Still, my friends are getting married and having these beautiful, lavish weddings, and I worry that I’d regret not having one, too. — Bridechilla Let’s think this through. First, there’s “We blew our friends away with the wedding of the century!!!” And then: “But, strangely, none of them showed up to our housewarming in our new tent beneath the overpass.” To understand your longing to get married in, say, the suburban Taj Mahal, with Beyonce as entertainment, it helps to understand that we are imperfectly rational. Our emotions are our first responders, and those still driving us today are often a mismatch with our modern world. They evolved to solve mating and survival problems in ancestral times. Back then, humans were probably around the same small band of 25 or 50 people all the time. This was a harsh world, entirely
lacking in 7-Elevens and online listings of couches to surf. This meant that reputation and status mattered — in a life-or-death way. Take the drive for female status competition that’s gnawing at you. It has a long history in both human and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas, etc.). Primatologist and anthropologist Sarah Blaffer Hrdy explains, “Access to resources — the key to successful gestation and lactation — and the ability to protect one’s family from members of one’s own species are so nearly correlated with status that female status has become very nearly an end in itself.” Well, guess what: In our modern world, you have access to resources — at the grocery store you drive to in your climatecontrolled comfortable car. If there’s a problem with lactation, you hit a number on your phone, and some nice nurse at your obstetrician’s office gets right on it. And — because you are not, say, a chimp — if you need to protect your family from members of your own species, you dial 911. Understanding how starkly mismatched our evolved emotions can be with our modern lives may put your longing to join the wed-spend olympiad into perspective. Ironically, you and your fiance might do more to signal that you’re high-status through a sort of reverse conspicuous consumption — for example, loudly and proudly throwing a backyard wedding with a barbecue lunch buffet... scooped onto the finest 250-count disposable Chinet $14.99 can buy. (Yes, you two are so comfortable with your place in the social world that you can throw an
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I’m a single woman struggling with maintaining boundaries. I find myself going along in the moment with things men do or want — saying “sure, that’s cool” even when it’s not. I’m pretty assertive in other areas, so it’s confusing that I’d be such a wimp with men. — Yes Woman Guys love a woman who says yes — until they’re done doing whatever she said yes to. It isn’t surprising that you’re inconsistently assertive. There’s this myth of the self as a single, stable entity — like one of those Easter Island statues (but with lip gloss and an iPhone). However, evolutionary psychologist Lee A. Kirkpatrick and his colleagues find that our self-evaluations (and the behavior that follows) evolved to
be “domain-specific” — different in different areas of our lives. “Situational variables” matter — like the value to us of a potential relationship. So you might march around like some warrior princess of the work world yet want a boyfriend so badly that you show guys you’re dating that there’s no amount of backward that’s too far for you to bend over. The good news is, your emotions are not your factory foreman. You will not be fired and end up sleeping on cardboard in a doorway if you refuse to obey them. Reflect on possible boundary-challenging scenarios and preplan what you’ll say — and then just say it. State your limits, despite any inner squeals of protest from your fears (those jerks). Expect this to feel uncomfortable, but do it anyway. In time, you should see that it’s self-respect, not compliance, that earns you respect from others — leading them to want you for more than...um...temporary erection relief. ! GOT A problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or e-mail AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com) © 2018 Amy Alkon Distributed by Creators.Com.
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