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KOMBUCHA. Do you have the “guts” to drink it? It’s a unique beverage that’s popping up in health circles everywhere, even though it’s been around for over 2,000 years. It has made it’s way to the Triad thanks to some health-loving entrepreneurs. 11 Fathom Events and the TCM Big Screen Classics Series will be presenting BONNIE AND CLYDE back on the silver screen, exactly 50 years to the day on Aug. 13 when the film opened. Of the 700 cinemas nationwide hosting the event, two are right here in the Triad. 12 Thomas is the founder and manager of ENVISION, a Winston-Salem based group that does everything from weddings to summer street festivals to corporate events. 19 High Point University invites the community to join students, staff and faculty on campus for an exciting lineup of cultural events. The FALL SCHEDULE includes a variety of art, music and theatre performances, and special speakers.

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The long-in-the-making movie THE DARK TOWER runs 95 minutes yet is based on the Stephen King book series that ran over the course of eight novels. Such a condensation may not be quite as vexing as attempting to place all of Shakespeare’s texts onto a single Post-it note, but it nevertheless ranks as an exercise in futility. 22 Chae “CHAE BUTTUH” Young is the self-proclaimed “20-something, DIY/underground princess” of Greensboro who has her eyes set on raising the queer and femme voice in hip-hop. 24 I first spoke to LARRY LEON HAMLIN in April 1989 when Hamlin’s Magnificent creation, the National Black Theatre Festival had yet to launch and he was known as “the Dreamer”. 25 If you want to do the financial math for the Friday, Aug. 11 GUNS N’ ROSES concert at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, you better have a calculator with a strong battery.

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EVENTS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS | BY AUSTIN KINDLEY

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WHAT: The resurgent Guns N’ Roses and their massively successful Not In This Lifetime Tour continue to show no signs of slowing down as the legendary band storms into 2017 including a Friday, August 11 show at BB&T Field at Wake Forest University. The Not In This Lifetime Tour has sold over 2 million tickets throughout 2016 to become the years most successful rock tour proving beyond a doubt that the attitude, spirit and influence of Guns N’ Roses is as strong as ever. WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: BB&T Field. 411 Deacon Blvd., Winston-Salem. MORE: $35-$150 tickets.

WHAT: The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market will host a BLT Challenge & Tomato Tasting on the lawn at the corner of Lindsay & Yanceyville St. Local guest chefs and restaurants will compete for bragging rights for Best BLT. This is a fun competition where everybody wins, especially the patrons! Patrons will sample all of the prepared sandwiches and vote for their favorite BLT. The winner will be announced at the end of market. WHEN: 8:30 a.m. WHERE: Greensboro Farmers Curb Market. 501 Yanceyville Street, Greensboro. MORE: Free admission.

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WHAT: August 12th will welcome Dark Water Rising to the stage. Dark WaterRising explores various themes of life-love, heartbreak, sacrifice, celebration, despair, pain-all while expressing and evoking sincere emotion on issues affecting their communities. WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: LeBauer Park. 208 North Davie, Greensboro. MORE: Free admission.

WHAT: Greensboro Roller Derby takes on the ladies from Fayetteville Roller Derby in this action packed Double Header! Doors open at 5pm and the 1st bout starts at 6pm. The Gate City Allstars take on the Rogue Roller Girls. Next, your Greensboro Counterstrike take on the Fayetteville Roller Derby Bombshell Brigade. WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: Greensboro Coliseum Complex Arena. 1921 West Gate City Blvd, Greensboro. MORE: $10 tickets.

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[BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT] TRIAD PLAYWRIGHTS THEATRE BY KATIE MURAWSKI

On Aug. 10-12 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, the Triad Playwrights Theatre will debut their first show as a theater company. Their show is called “The 5th of July: A Comedy” by the Triad Playwrights Theatre’s founder Jonathan S. Crow and is about President Trump’s former psychiatrist giving his first live interview on T.V. after being fired and later sued by the Don himself. “It is exciting to see theater veterans of the Triad working with people who have never been on a stage before or haven’t been on a stage in 20 years,” Crow said. “Everything you hear on the news is so dire and awful that you need to be able to laugh at them to be able to survive these days.” The writer and director of the play is a schoolteacher who has been in and out of the theater his entire life. Crow established the Triad Playwrights Theatre in February of 2017 and wants to showcase playwrights of the Triad by giving them a space and platform to make their words a reality. Theresa Hunter, the Triad Playwrights’ production coordinator and daughter of Crow said the concept behind

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the company is “local writers putting on local plays within the community.” Aspiring playwrights will submit their scripts to the table and the playwrights review the scripts and begin to make it a reality. Hunter said Triad Playwrights isn’t necessarily home to only writers, despite that being the concept of the company. Stage crew, lighting, directing, artistic design is always welcomed, Hunter said, and it is advertised in the casting calls. The next casting call is Aug. 22 and 29 and it will be for both the fall play written by David Ratcliffe called “A Letter to the President” (which Hunter said, is not political and does not refer to President Trump) and the spring play called “Rhonda” written by Grace Ellis and directed by Barb Blackledge. Hunter said the goal of Triad Playwrights is to produce three shows each year, one in the summer, fall and spring production. Hunter said her father would always direct the summer productions, as he works during the rest of the year, and others will be directing the other two productions. The cast of the production features Rex Rideout as Leroy Lovelace

the T.V. station technician, CJ Shelton as China O’Rourke the intern, Mary Black as Olivia O’Rourke the T.V. station director, Elizabeth White as Rala Benjzeel the diversity coordinator, Pranav Bhandare as Dr. Sanjay Banerjee Tumer the psychiatrist, and Crow as Bill O’Rourke the late anchor at FOX News. As for what makes Triad Playwrights unique, Hunter said it is one of a kind and committed to mainly showcasing local voices and talent. Hunter said that the community is supporting the community when they come to one of these productions.

“There is a lot of theater in Winston,” Hunter said. “But I have not found another theater company that is doing original plays consistently.” The Triad Playwrights meet bimonthly at different locations, Hunter said. Trinity Presbyterian Church ad the Shepard’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem is sponsoring the event and 10 percent of the profits from ticket sales will go to Trinity Presbyterian. Tickets are $8 at the door and there are group rates available. For more information, email triadplaywrights@gmail.com !

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ombucha. Do you have the “guts” to drink it? It’s a unique beverage that’s popping up in health circles everywhere, even though it’s been around for over 2,000 years. It has made it’s way to the Triad thanks to some healthloving entrepreneurs. Kombucha is a naturally fermentKristi Maier ed tea, and the fermentation pro@triadfoodie cess of the black or green tea is attributed to it being rich in probiotics, prebiotics, vitamins, enzymes and Contributor antioxidants. It becomes kombucha with the help of a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). All that gunky stuff in that precious SCOBY is what makes this drink, “booch.” Proponents say it helps your gut, supports your immune system and your overall wellbeing. Feeling bloated? A kombucha might help you with that. It has a slightly off-putting smell (my kids think it smells like feet). But I personally love it and it definitely tastes better than it can smell. It’s lightly effervescent and a much better alternative to soda. Technically, it does have a trace amount of alcohol due to the fermentation process, but if you’re interested in kombucha for health reasons, you should only look for the super low-alcohol versions found where the natural juices live in the produce section of most stores. Check the label. I spoke with some local women who see making “booch” as their calling and we are already seeing their product on Triad shelves and in restaurants. UpDog Kombucha Coming up on their one-year anniversary, Lauren Miller, 22, and Olivia Wolff, 23, started their kombucha business at Wake Forest University. “I first tried it because my friends were drinking it in yoga class and decided to start making my own,” Miller said. “Olivia had written an article on how to make kombucha. We were simultaneously experimenting and 1 They 6/21/17 tradedDWSP_Music17_Chronicle_8-11-17_8-12-17.pdf ideas and we started selling it to our friends.

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Olivia Wolff and Lauren Miller of UpDog Kombucha. started an Instagram account and it took off from there. We were brewing it in our dorm kitchen and just took over the space and people would have to come pick it up at our dorm on campus, it was crazy.” Miller and Wolff realized there was a market for kombucha here. Now, just a year later, UpDog has a full-fledged facility where the brewing and fermentation process takes place. In addition to the Cobblestone Farmer’s Market, UpDog is now in many local shops in WinstonSalem including Let it Grow Produce, Village Juice, Colony Urban Farm Store, Wiseman Brewing and some local restaurants. They’ve expanded to parts of Greensboro, 9:28 AM eld, Charlotte and Southern Virginia. Miller said Summerfi

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Zenfield Kombucha Maggie Infield just completed her first official month at the Greensboro Curb Farmer’s Market after making her own kombucha for the past two years. “I struggled for many years with digestive issues,” she said. “I had terrible reflux due to a bad gall bladder. Lost the gall bladder. But no matter what I ate, my body rejected it. I love good, clean food and couldn’t even enjoy that.” Infield said a friend gifted her a SCOBY so she could make her own kombucha. “I tried it, started incorporating it into my daily habit,” Infield said. “It gave me my life back. I could cry thinking about it.” After making kombucha for herself, Infield then started to sell to friends. Then opportunity struck: Kitchen Connects Greensboro is an entrepreneurship program that allows business start-ups to utilize their shared kitchen. In partnership with the Curb Market, Out of the Garden Project and the Greensboro Cooperative Extension, the grant allows new businesses to get some footing and set up shop at the farmer’s market before they “leave the nest” and strike out on their own. Infield has now started her own permanent booth at the market and is now on the shelves of the Wallburg Emporium & Coffee Shop and most recently landed shelf space at The Traveled Farmer. So if you’ve never tried Kombucha, but you’re interested but a bit unsure? It’s bubbly, tart and just a kiss of sweetness. Infield said to try just a little at a time to see how you like it. If you like it, drink a small amount per day and work your way up. “Everyone is different,” she said. “So you need to see how your body reacts. Some folks can drink more, some require much less. If I don’t drink a pint a day, my body feels off.” Most kombucha makers and drinkers agree, either you like it or you don’t. Infield said, “I don’t sugarcoat it. But if it’s made properly it’ll be wonderfully balanced.” Infield said she’s blown away by the interest in her kombucha. “I’m a stay-at-home mom juggling this business,” she said. “I am a small-batch maker who does everything by

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hand and just had no idea how fast it would grow. It’s really been a dream come true. For the first time in my life, I’ve found my groove and I think it’s reflected in my product.” For more information about these local kombucha makers, visit updogkombucha.com and zenfieldkombucha.com. They’re awesome quite active on Facebook and Instagram if you’d like to follow them on social media. ! 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.

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ohn Hitchcock has owned Parts Unknown: the Comic Book Store at 906 Spring Garden Street for the last two decades. August has already seen several big comics related events in Greensboro with more coming when September brings Greensboro ComiCon. But the 28th anniversary of the Little College Hill Comic Shop that Could shouldn’t be forgotten amidst the four-color hoopla. Living close by, I’ve visited John Hitchcock’s store almost every week for the past two decades. In 2014, when leukemia left me with crushing medical bills and the inability to concentrate on anything longer than a 32-page comic, Hitchcock gave me my monthly books for free until I was well and back at work. This past weekend saw the first of two sales Hitchcock is having in honor of his store’s anniversary. “We opened up at Cotton Mill Square back in 1989,” Hitchcock said as we watched a customer in an oversized paper mache Joker head navigate his front steps. “We’ve been in this location for about 20 years. I’ve always loved the area. It’s got a real ‘60s kind of vibe. Everybody seems to be real nice. The college kids keep you on your toes, keep you fresh, with a lot of new blood coming in and out.” Twenty-eight years ago, Hitchcock had been selling comics at a store downtown when he decided to invest his own money

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John Hitchcock of Parts Unknown. in his own place. “I’ve always had a passion for comic books,” he said. “I started collecting them when I was 10 years old and am still collecting then now, 50 years later.” Hitchcock said his favorite comic book creator would have to be Alex Toth because the late artist is known not only for his expressive line and masterful story telling, but his designs for Saturday morning animation. “Alex and I became friends in 1981,” Hitchcock said. “I saw his address in the Comics Buyers Guide, a great trade magazine I wish still existed. I wrote him a letter, and he sent me back this incredible card. I wrote him another letter and he was really excited that I was approaching him as a storyteller and talking about the nature AUGUST 9-15, 2017

of story telling. Everybody into comics knows Toth’s stuff, but also the animation designs, his work on Space Ghost, The Herculoids, Josie and the Pussycats, practically everything Hanna-Barbera ever did. I was so attracted to the genius of the guy.” They were friends until Toth’s death in 2006, but before the two collaborated on a book called Dear John: The Alex Toth Doodle Book. That book, which was nominated for the industry’ Eisner Award, included not only Toth’s unpublished sketches, but the artist’s incisive and sometimes devastating insights from their 25 years of correspondence. Alex Toth didn’t live to see a printed copy, but John said he approved the final draft. “At the San Diego ComiCon, I was able

to give copies to his four kids, and they were thrilled with it,” he said. “The vast majority of the money we made selling the book went to a scholarship in Alex’s name in Minnesota with his oldest son Eric. I feel really honored to say I was his friend. I was in a documentary on his life that was put out on the Space Ghost DVD as an extra. Now there are multiple coffee table books on Alex and his genius is widely recognized.” Dear John is not Hitchcock’s only work as an author. “My next book is going to be The Stories,” he said. “It’s about working in the comic book field and knowing the artists, the writers and editors, about talking to them, cutting up with them, joking with them, because that’s the first stuff in history that disappears.” John has also written Front Row, Section D, about professional wresting from the ‘60s to the ‘90s. “Double A, Arn Anderson the Enforcer,” Hitchcock said of his favorite wrestler. “He might not have been the greatest of all time – that was Rick Flair – but he was my favorite. He would always shout out ‘Hey, Greensboro!’ whenever he saw me in the audience.” Parts Unknown: the Comic Book Store will be having a second sale on the weekend of Aug. 18-20. From now until the end of the month, anyone who comes into the store and mentions Yes! Weekly will receive a 10% discount. ! IAN MCDOWELL is the author of two published novels, numerous anthologized short stories, and a whole lot of nonfiction and journalism, some of which he’s proud of and none of which he’s ashamed of.

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Bonnie and Clyde back in theaters to celebrate 50th birthday This year marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Bonnie and Clyde (1967), one of the most popular and controversial films of its time – if not all time. The fact-based saga of Depression-era Mark Burger bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Contributing Parker made instant superstars of Warren columnist Beatty and Faye Dunaway in the title roles. The film also provided major career boosts to co-stars Michael J. Pollard, Estelle Parsons, Gene Wilder (in his screen debut) and, perhaps most importantly – at least to this movie maven – Gene Hackman (who had just been fired from playing Mr. Robinson in The Graduate). To commemorate this event, Fathom Events and the TCM Big Screen Classics Series will be presenting Bonnie and Clyde back on the silver screen, exactly 50 years to the day on Aug. 13 when the film opened. Of the 700 cinemas nationwide hosting the event, two are right here in the Triad: The Cinemark Brassfield Cinema 10 located at 2101 New Garden Road, Greensboro and the Regal Greensboro Grande Stadium 16 located at 3205 Northline Ave., Greensboro. There will be two screenings at each theater Sunday, followed by encore screenings Wednesday. “They’re young … they’re in love … and they kill people.” That was the tag line for the film’s poster, and it was certainly accurate. Bonnie and Clyde was Beatty’s baby all the way. Determined to call the shots and control his own career, he set out to produce the film, supervise casting and hire director

nie and Clyde his favorite film.) The film would receive 10 Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor (both Hackman and Pollard), Best Original Screenplay and Best Costume Design, with Oscar wins for Parsons as Best Supporting Actress and for Burnett Guffey’s cinematography. The latter was something of a surprise win, because Guffey did not enjoy working on the film and fell ill during the later stages of production. (That didn’t stop him, however, from accepting the award!) TCM Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz will offer insights and observations about the film before and after each screening. Although Bonnie and Clyde was released before the Motion Picture Association of America had established its ratings system, a very persuasive argument could be made that the success of the film was a major impetus for for the ratings system, which was instituted a year later. As a result, Bonnie and Clyde is rated R for violence, profanity and sexual situations. !

Arthur Penn (with whom he worked on the 1965 film Mickey One), and hone the screenplay by then-novices Robert Benton and David Newman. Beatty was able to convince Jack Warner to bankroll the film – something Warner had almost zero interest in doing. After an initial, unsuccessful theatrical run, Beatty lobbied the studio relentlessly to re-release the film on a wider platform. The result was instantaneous. Bonnie and Clyde was a smash, a period piece that also captured the zeitgeist of mid-’60s rebellion, social unrest and violence. For a time, the film ranked in the top 20 boxoffice hits of all time. It even set off a retro ‘30s fashion trend.

Critical reaction to the film was fiercely divided. Some critics called the film a masterpiece, a landmark that set new standards in screen violence and intensity. Others, including Bosley Crowther of The New York Times, were vehemently dismissive. Crowther would soon leave his position as the Times’ top film critic, and many have speculated it was his disdain of Bonnie and Clyde that hastened his departure. In the ensuing years, however, critical consensus regarding the film would be overwhelmingly positive, with many critics considering it among the greatest American films of its time. (Just ask Dale Pollock, professor at the UNCSA School of Filmmaking; he considers Bon-

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Seasoned vocal-group celebrates 20 years of classic sounds

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hen he started his band, Winston-Salem singer Michael Thomas didn’t know that he was sort of starting a second family; one that spent hours and hours of practice John Adamian time, performance @johnradamian time, travel time and down time together. It’s true that the Contributor most difficult part about being a musician, the rarest and hardest-to-cultivate skill set, is probably the musical talent and the drive to practice and to improve. Some of that is about having a natural gift and some of it is about a temperament suited to long hours working on technique. Scales, chord progressions, rudiments and warm-ups can be kind of boring. After all of that, there are other extra-musical skills that can make the difference when it comes to making a career in music. Thomas is the founder and manager of Envision, a Winston-Salem based group that does everything from weddings to summer street festivals to corporate events. Thomas and Envision have been making music —- a wide ranging mix of beach music, Motown, oldies, soul, funk, rhythm and blues, pop and even a little bit of country — for 20 years. The group is venturing into writing originals as well, with a debut EP, Soul Reloaded, set for release this week. Envision plays the Summer on Liberty concert series in WinstonSalem on Aug. 12. Keeping any band together for two decades is a feat and the fact that Envision is a large ensemble — with 12 members when the group expands to its full size. Together they showcase vocal harmonies, horns and a hefty rhythm section, which makes hitting the 20-year mark even more remarkable. When people talk about the genius of Duke Ellington, in addition to his piano-playing, orchestration, composing and entertainment skills, the subject of Ellington’s remarkable ability to keep a large band — his orchestra — together, well-rehearsed and ready to tour the world or record, that was part of what made Ellington the giant that he was. Thomas can appreciate the organizational and interpersonal talents that Ellington must have had, because Envi-

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sion is made up of band members that have day jobs and families. The 54 year old started Envision in 1997 after having been the singer in several bands over the years. Envision was different because it was an ensemble that nodded back to older vocal groups of the ‘60s and ‘70s and back to some of the music that first made Thomas want to take to the stage. Rather making a band where he could be the frontman, Thomas assembled a group of vocalists to make a frontline of singers, with choreographed moves, a matching look and a general esprit decor that wasn’t exactly something associated with the ‘90s. This was a band modeled on acts like the Temptations, the Four Tops and the Pointer Sisters. “When I started in 1997 — back then my perspective was so limited, more so than it is now — it was something that I thought the market was crying for,” Thomas said of the demand for retro classic-soul vocal groups. “There was something yearning and burning in me to do a frontline vocal group with a backing band.” He sang as a youngster in church, but one of Thomas’s first real performances, the one that kindled that yearning and burning, was at a high school talent contest. “We performed an O’Jays classic,” Thomas said. “We were patterning ourselves after what we loved.” He attended both Carver and East Forsyth High Schools. Styles changed in the ‘80s, disco was, for a time, a thing of the past, Motown and vocal-group soul were a thing of the past, but not totally a

nostalgia craze yet. But Thomas wasn’t necessarily in lock step with everyone, trading musical styles of the past for the latest models. “I just wasn’t ready to let [the vocal group sound] go,” he said. “I wanted to continue that.” Thomas soaked up the classic vocal group sounds by listening to old recordings and watching shows like Soul Train. Even over the years when he wasn’t making music, he felt like it was a core aspect of his life. “It was through radio and listening to the record player,” Thomas said. “ I was just glued to my transistor radio. Music has always been a part of me. I haven’t always been a part of expressing it, but I was always taking it in.” The difference between listening to a vocal group and listening to a featured lead singer is a little like the difference between watching a great basketball team and watching a tennis star play a match. You can witness great performances in both cases, but one involves more interaction, maybe more finesse and more seamless blending than the other. Before forming Envision, Thomas said the groups he was in were devoted to solo singing, with maybe a few situations that featured paired vocal harmonies. “All of the bands that I worked with featured one, maybe two singers, but we never really focused on harmonies,” Thomas said. Thomas was interested in starting a group with “great chemistry.” The decision to feature group vocals meant that gigs would be a little less lucrative, with more

people dividing up the same guarantee. It also meant that rehearsals and gigs would be harder to schedule, with more people to corral. Along with Thomas, the vocalists in Envision — Sylvania Wilder, Michelle Scales, Iris Daye and Charlene Legette — make a silky smooth blend. But there’s also plenty of soulful punch, fervor and power that the individuals can dial up when they’re the featured singer in a given song. You might think that the repertoire of a band that features group vocals would be limited, but Envision manages to stretch pretty far and wide to work all kinds of material into their set. It’s a classic wedding-band strategy, maybe — be ready to play just about whatever anybody is likely to want to hear. They don’t play metal and they don’t play hip-hop, but that leaves a lot of options. A typical set might include tunes made famous by Bonnie Raitt, Chicago, George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, Bob Marley, KC and the Sunshine Band, Shania Twain, the B-52s, Earth Wind and Fire, and Bob Seger. They might even dust off a version of “Rocky Top,” depending on the crowd. New material, written by keyboardist Victor Crenshaw Sr., gives the band a chance to take some of the tricks they’ve learned from studying the greats of popular music and apply them to their own compositions. “This project has taught us a lot,” Thomas said. “There’s something different about putting your opinion on an original; it feels different, but in some ways it feels like what we’ve been doing all along.” Most bands get enough of each other’s company by rehearsing, recording and performing, but Thomas said the many members of Envision are planning a nonmusical getaway, a cruise in the fall, that will just be a vacation, with no practice and no gigs. “These people that have become our family,” Thomas said. “When I tell you that we have a very family feel to our unit, it is real, and I guess that’s proof of it.” Envision play the Summer On Liberty music series, at the intersection of 6th and Liberty streets in downtown WinstonSalem, Saturday, Aug 12, 7 p.m. ! 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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ASHEBORO

FOUR SAINTS BREWING

218 South Fayetteville St. | 336.610.3722 foursaintsbrewing.com Aug 11: Matt Walsh Aug 12: Olivia Rudeen Aug 19: Emma Lee Aug 26: Brother Oliver Sep 1: Wolfie Calhoun

clEmmOnS

RIvER RIdGE TAphOUSE 1480 River Ridge Dr | 336.712.1883 riverridgetaphouse.com Aug 25: Southern Eyes

vILLAGE SQUARE TAp hOUSE

6000 Meadowbrook Mall Ct | 336.448.5330 Aug 9: Brice Street Aug 16: Second Glance Aug 23: The Eldorados Aug 30: Brice Street Sep 6: Stephen Legree Band Sep 13: Brice Street Sep 20: The Eldorados Sep 27: Rob Massengale Oct 4: Brice Street

dAnBuRy

GREEN hERON ALE hOUSE

1110 Flinchum Rd | 336.593.4733 greenheronclub.com Aug 12: dell Guthrie Aug 19: Royal house Aug 26: Nick Bullins and the Crooked Saints Sep 2: Stained Glass Canoe Sep 9: Abigail dowed

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Sep 16: hot Rod Boys Sep 23: None of the Above Sep 30: Meagan Jean and the Klay Family Oct 7: Will Easter Oct 14: Mystery hillbillies Oct 21: Alicia B. and the Now Oct 28: Be The Moon

gREEnSBORO

ARIzONA pETE’S

2900 Patterson St #A | 336.632.9889 arizonapetes.com Aug 11: 1-2-3 Friday Oct 24: dope, (hEd) p.E.

ARTISTIKA NIGhT CLUB

523 S Elm St | 336.271.2686 artistikanightclub.com Aug 11: dJ dan the player Aug 12: dJ paco and dJ dan the player

BARN dINNER ThEATRE 120 Stage Coach Tr. | 336.292.2211 Aug 27: Stephen Freeman Sep 9: Ms. Mary & The Boys

BIG pURpLE

812 Olive St. | 336.302.3728

ThE BLINd TIGER

1819 Spring Garden St | 336.272.9888 theblindtiger.com Aug 12: Chasin Skirt, Somewhat Forgotten, Shmack daniels Aug 18: Jarren Benton Aug 22: decapitated, Thy Art Is Murder, Fallujah, Ghost Bath, Auxilia Aug 25: Locash, Norlina, Tiffany Ashton Aug 29: Tribal Seeds, pepper, Fortunate Youth, darenots

Sep 6: Of Montreal, Showtime Goma, Nancy Feast Sep 8: Bear With Me Sep 9: OSMR

GREENE STREET CLUB

BUCKhEAd SALOON

hAM’S GATE CITY

1720 Battleground Ave | 336.272.9884 buckheadsaloongreensboro.com

ChURChILL’S ON ELM

213 S Elm St | 336.275.6367 churchillscigarlounge.com Aug 12: Sahara Reggae Band Aug 19: Jack Long Old School Jam

113 N Greene St | 336.273.4111 Aug 12: dJ Self Sep 28: Riff Raff

3017 Gate City Blvd | 336.851.4800 hamsrestaurants.com Aug 11: Joebelle Aug 18: The OSp Aug 25: Sahara

hAM’S NEW GARdEN

ThE CORNER BAR

1635 New Garden Rd | 336.288.4544 hamsrestaurants.com Aug 11: Radio Revolver Aug 18: Audioclypse Aug 25: Tyler Millard

COMEdY zONE

SOMEWhERE ELSE TAvERN

1700 Spring Garden St | 336.272.5559 corner-bar.com Aug 10: Live Thursdays 1126 S Holden Rd | 336.333.1034 thecomedyzone.com Aug 11: Frankie paul with Blayr Nias Aug 12: Frankie paul with Blayr Nias Aug 18: Jay Stevens Aug 19: Jay Stevens Aug 25: Grandma Lee Aug 26: Grandma Lee

COMMON GROUNdS

11602 S Elm Ave | 336.698.3888 Aug 25: Abigail dowd, Carrie paz, & Margo Cilker

CONE dENIM

117 S Elm St | 336.378.9646 cdecgreensboro.com Aug 23: The Cadillac Three Sep 9: Kyle Sep 10: Lettuce Oct 11: SzA Oct 24: Andy Mineo

5713 W Friendly Ave | 336.292.5464 facebook.com/thesomewhereelsetavern Aug 18: Neglected, Beshiba, Shinigami, Mess

SpEAKEASY TAvERN

1706 Battleground Ave | 336.378.0006 Aug 11: Tyler Millard Band Aug 25: Julian Sizemore Sep 8: Tyler Millard Band Sep 15: david Lin Sep 22: Southern Fiction

ThE IdIOT BOx COMEdY CLUB

2134 Lawndale Dr | 336.274.2699 www.idiotboxers.com Aug 11: Ryan higgins and the 101 Grads Aug 26: Brian O’Sullivan

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VILLAGE TAVERN

1903 Westridge Rd | 336.282.3063 villagetavern.com Aug 9: Brice Street Aug 16: Second Glance Aug 23: The Eldorados Aug 30: Brice Street Sep 6: Stephen Legree Band Sep 13: Brice Street Sep 20: The Eldorados Sep 27: Rob Massengale Oct 4: Brice Street

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AfTER hOuRS TAVERN

1614 N Main St | 336.883.4113 afterhourstavern.net Aug 12: Disaster Recovery, The Clanky Lincolns, VIva La Muerte Aug 19: Schmack Daniels Aug 26: Susie’s Atomic Jukebox and Deconstruction

BLuE BOuRBON JACk’S

1310 N Main St | 336.882.2583 reverbnation.com/venue/bluebourbonjacks Sep 23: Southern Eyes Oct 6: Jukebox Revolver

CLADDAGh RESTAuRANT & PuB

130 E Parris Ave | 336.841.0521 thecladdaghrestaurantandpub.com Aug 18: hypnotic Conquest Aug 25: Jamie Leigh Aug 30: Craig Baldwin

hAM’S PALLADIuM

5840 Samet Dr | 336.887.2434 hamsrestaurants.com Aug 11: The Dickens Aug 18: Jukebox Revolver Aug 25: Southern Eyes Band

jamestown

ThE DECk

118 E Main St | 336.207.1999 thedeckatrivertwist.com Aug 12: Radio Revolver Aug 18: Jaxon Jill Aug 19: Stereo Doll Aug 25: The Plaids Aug 26: Cory Leutjen Sep 1: The Dickens Sep 2: Brothers Pearl Sep 8: Soul Central Sep 9: Static Pool Sep 15: Where’s Eddie? Sep 16: Jody Lee Petty Sep22: Disco Lemonade Sep 23: Jaxon Jill Sep 29: The Plaids Sep 30: Radio Revolver

kernersville

DANCE hALL DAzE

612 Edgewood St | 336.558.7204 dancehalldaze.com Aug 11: Skyryder Aug 12: Cheyenne Aug 18: The Delmonicos Aug 25: Time Bandits Aug 26: Silverhawk

BREAThE COCkTAIL LOuNGE

221 N Main St. | 336.497.4822 facebook.com/BreatheCocktailLounge

BALLGAME TA K E YOU R S E L F OU T T O T H E

AUGUST 11 // 7 PM - Daddy Daughter Date Night Post-game Fireworks, Kids Run the Bases, Meet Princess Tiana! Purchase Daddy Daughter Date Night package in advance by calling (336) 714-6873

AUGUST 12 // 6:30 PM - Kids Run the Bases Arrive at 4:45pm to see the dash take batting practice!

AUGUST 13 // 2 PM - Family Sunday P r e - g ame A u t o g r aph s , $ 1 H o t d o g s a n d S o d a s t h r o u gh t h e 1 s t i n n i n g , P o s t - g a m e K i ds R u n the B a s es; Sippin’ Sunday - call (336) 714-6865 for information on reserving wine class painting tickets.

AUGUST 14 // 7 PM - All You Can Eat For Free! Free Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers and Hotdogs for all fans!

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4800 W MARKET ST, GREENSBORO, NC 27407 (336) 292-6044 2307 FLEMING ROAD, GREENSBORO, NC 27410 (336) 665-5170

191 Lowes Foods Dr | 336.747.3059 OldNicksPubNC.com Aug 10: Steve carden Aug 11: karaoke w/ dJ Tyler perkins Aug 18: Evan & dana Aug 24: Acoustic Music with beau James Aug 25: karaoke w/ dJ Tyler perkins

oak ridge

Jp loonEY’S

2213 E Oak Ridge Rd | 336.643.1570 facebook.com/JPLooneys Aug 10: Trivia

randleman

ridEr’S in ThE counTrY 5701 Randleman Rd | 336.674.5111 ridersinthecountry.net Aug 11: psycho Sirkus Aug 12: red dirt revival Aug 19: blackglass Aug 25: Jill Goodson band Sep 2: Fair Warning

winston-salem

2nd And GrEEn

207 N Green St | 336.631.3143 2ngtavern.com Aug 20: connor christian

bull’S TAvErn

408 West 4th St | 336.331.3431 facebook.com/bulls-tavern

cb’S TAvErn

3870 Bethania Station Rd | 336.815.1664 Aug 25: phase band

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FinniGAn’S WAkE

620 Trade St | 336.723.0322 facebook.com/FinnigansWake Aug 11: dJ hEk YEh Aug 19: The Exit 180 Aug 25: Evan & dana Sep 1: Marcus horth Trio

FooThillS brEWinG

638 W 4th St | 336.777.3348 foothillsbrewing.com Aug 9: Mark Schimick and Friends Aug 13: Sunday Jazz Aug 20: Sunday Jazz Aug 26: The pop Guns

ThE GArAGE

110 W 7th St | 336.777.1127 the-garage.ws Aug 11: height keech, Speak n’ Eye (last Show), oG Spliff Aug 18: Annabelle’s curse with Will overmand band Aug 25: 1970s Film Stock album release w/ bronzed chorus, Transport 77 Sep 15: noTS oct 6: Man Forever

hickorY TAvErn

206 Harvey St | 336.760.0362 thehickorytavern.com

JohnnY & JunE’S SAloon

2105 Peters Creek Pkwy | 336.724.0546 johnnynjunes.com Aug 12: Mystic bash 2017 Aug 25: confederate railroad Sep 17: upchurch The redneck w/ demun Jones, dirt road republic

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MAc & NElli’S

4926 Country Club Rd | 336.529.6230 macandnellisws.com

MillENNiuM cENtEr

101 West 5th Street | 336.723.3700 MCenterevents.com Sep 20: St Paul & the Broken bones

MilNEr’S

630 S Stratford Rd | 336.768.2221 milnerfood.com Aug 13: live Jazz Aug 20: live Jazz

MuddY crEEk cAfE

5455 Bethania Rd | 336.923.8623 Aug 10: Open Mic with country dan collins Aug 11: dale Justice Aug 12: GypsyMountain rose Aug 13: rob Price Aug 17: Open Mic with country dan collins Aug 18: George Hage from Jack the rodeo Aug 19: chris Nelson with Bryan toney and Eddie McGee Aug 20: Elliott Humphries Aug 24: Open Mic with country dan collins Aug 25: russell lapinski Aug 26: Not ready Band Aug 27: rob Price Aug 31: Open Mic with country dan collins

MuddY crEEk MuSic HAll

Aug 17: Not for the children: A musical revue of Women Behaving Badly Aug 19: the trailblazers Aug 20: che Apalache Aug 20: tiffany Ashton Aug 25: Greg Wilson and Second Wind Aug 26: Muddy creek Players with carson Mac Aug 27: Bob Sinclair & the Big deals Sep 2: fireside collective

PiEdMONt MuSic cENtEr 212 N Broad St

tHE quiEt PiNt

1420 W 1st St | 336.893.6881 thequietpint.com

tEE tiME SPOrtS & SPiritS 3040 Healy Dr | 336.760.4010 Aug 19: fuhnetik union

VillAGE tAVErN

2000 Griffith Rd | 336.760.8686 villagetavern.com Aug 9: chasin fame Aug 16: the GB’s Aug 23: confuzion Aug 30: Breaking Season Sep 6: the Pop Guns Sep 13: tin can Alley Sep 20: the funk Mob Sep 27: PhaseBand Oct 4: Generation Oct 11: the Pop Guns

5455 Bethania Rd | 336.923.8623 Aug 11: Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers w/ dori freeman Aug 12: lady & Gents

6TH ANNUAL

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AUGUST 19TH, 2017 2PM Shotgun

Country Hills Golf Course BRING YOUR OWN TEAM!

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CARY

BOOTH AMPHITHEATRE 8003 Regency Pkwy | 919.462.2025 www.boothamphitheatre.com Aug 12: Eddie Money Sep 7-10: Rock of Ages Sep 15: Garrison Keillor, Richard Dworsky & The Road Hounds, Heather Masse, & Fred Newman

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Sep 16: Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ w/ Bob & the Showgram Sep 19: 2Cellos Sep 24: Alison Krauss & David Gray

CHARLOTTE

CMCU AMPHITHEATRE

former Uptown Amphitheatre 820 Hamilton St | 704.549.5555 www.livenation.com Aug 13: Dashboard Confessional w/ All-American Rejects Aug 27: Goo Goo Dolls w/ Phillip Phillips Sep 20: 2Cellos

THE FILLMORE

1000 NC Music Factory Blvd | 704.916.8970 www.fillmorecharlottenc.com Aug 9: Farruko Aug 11: On The Border Aug 11: Dre-Z - A Tribute to the Music of Dr. Dre & Jay Z Aug 13: Flagship w/ In The Valley Below & Warbly Jets Aug 14: Tesla Aug 19: Social Distortion Aug 20: Monica Aug 24: Gente De Zona Aug 25: Dru Hill Aug 25: Sahbabii Aug 26: Sixteen Candles Aug 26: Beyond The Fad Aug 28: Barns Courtney Aug 31: Through The Roots Sep 8: Lettuce Sep 10: Dark Tranquillity Sep 12: 2 Chainz Sep 16: Chronixx Sep 17: Grungefest Sep 19: Electric Guest Sep 20: Joywave Sep 22: Nothing More Sep 22: Adam Ant Sep 24: Mutemath Sep 25: The War On Drugs Sep 26: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

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Sep 28: Issues Sep 30: Kesha Sep 30: Space Jesus

PNC MUSIC PAVILION

707 Pavilion Blvd | 704.549.1292 www.livenation.com Aug 15: John Mayer Aug 18: Luke Bryan Aug 20: Matchbox Twenty & Counting Crows Sep 8: Brad Paisley Sep 10: Ruff Ryders w/ Fat Joe Sep 15: Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ Sep 27: Kings of Leon Sep 28: Jack Johnson Sep 29: Alison Krauss & David Gray

OVENS AUDITORIUM

2700 E Independence Blvd | 704.372.3600 www.ovensauditorium.com Sep 11: Paramore Sep 28: Loretta Lynn Sep 29-30: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

TWC ARENA

333 E Trade St | 704.688.9000 www.timewarnercablearena.com Aug 9: J. Cole Aug 18: Earth, Wind & Fire Aug 29: Kendrick Lamar Sep 3: Ed Sheeran Sep 14: Bruno Mars Sep 27: Katy Perry

DURHAM

CAROLINA THEATRE

309 W Morgan St | 919.560.3030 www.carolinatheatre.org Sep 20: Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors Sep 25: Mac Demarco Sep 26: Kenny Wayne Shepherd Sep 28: Rufus Wainwright Sep 29: Loretta Lynn

DPAC

123 Vivian St | 919.680.2787 www.dpacnc.com Sep 23: Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular

GREENSBORO

CAROLINA THEATRE

310 S Greene St | 336.333.2605 www.carolinatheatre.com Aug 17: Lyle Lovett & His Large Band Aug 24: Buddy Guy Sep 22: A Temptations Revue w/ Bo Henderson Sep 30: Michael Ken

GREENSBORO COLISEUM 1921 W Gate City Blvd | 336.373.7400 www.greensborocoliseum.com Sep 3: Marco Antonio Solis w/ Jesse & Joy

WHITE OAK AMPITHEATRE

1921 W Gate City Blvd | 336.373.7400 www.greensborocoliseum.com Aug 22: Livehouse & Switchfoot

HIGH POINT

HIGH POINT THEATRE

220 E Commerce Ave | 336.883.3401 www.highpointtheatre.com Sep 22: Emi Sunshine w/ Summer Brook & the Mountain Faith Band Sep 24: The Suffers

RALEIGH

CCU MUSIC PARK AT WALNUT CREEK

3801 Rock Quarry Rd | 919.831.6400 www.livenation.com Aug 12: Hank Williams Jr & Lynyrd Skynyrd Aug 16: John Mayer Aug 19: Lyke Bryan Aug 22: Matchbox Twenty & Counting Crows Sep 1: Green Day Sep 8: Jason Aldean, Chris Young, Kane Brown & DeeJay Silver Sep 23: Brantley Gilbert Sep 29: Jack Johnson

RED HAT AMPHITHEATER 500 S McDowell St | 919.996.8800 www.redhatamphitheater.com Aug 10: Mary J. Blige w/ Lalah Hathaway Aug 11: Umphrey’s McGee w/ Aqueous Aug 23: Goo Goo Dolls & Phillip Phillips Sep 20: Lauryn Hill w/ Nas Sep 23: Newsboys

PNC ARENA

1400 Edwards Mill Rd | 919.861.2300 www.thepncarena.com Sep 2: Ed Sheeran Oct 12: Bruno Mars

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STAGE IT!

HPU announces Fall Community Enrichment Series High Point University invites the community to join students, staff and faculty on campus for an exciting lineup of cultural events. The fall schedule includes a variety of art, music and theatre performances, and special speakers. Triad residents can sign up to receive email updates about community events at HPU throughout the year at www. highpoint.edu/friends. Some of the fall events are part of the Faculty Cultural Enrichment Grant Series and are identified with an asterisk below. The grant assists faculty in planning vibrant, intellectually stimulating cultural events featuring nationally renowned academics, artists and performers. It supports programming in all academic disciplines and introduces students to thought-provoking ideas in art, literature, science, philosophy and business.

AUGUST 2017

Sechrest Art Gallery Presents “Hunt Seat and Equitation” by Elise Schweitzer, to be held Aug. 22 through Oct. 13 in the Sechrest Art Gallery of Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The gallery is open 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Open to the public. Tickets not required. The gallery will feature a collection of paintings and drawings exploring the visual conventions of the equitation style of horseback riding. This series

is also an examination of the strange visual overlay found in competitive horse shows: 19th century fashion, sharp black boots, black blazers and beautiful horses jumbled up with electric blue North Face fleeces and Gatorade bottles. Chapel Services, to be held Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 23 through April 25, 2018, in the Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. Open to the public. Tickets not required. On Wednesdays, the university community gathers for song, prayer, preaching and meditative silence. It’s a time to move from the chaos of life to the most important things in life: community, care of self and creativity of God’s spirit that transforms the world. Fellowship and small group discussion follow the service. The Rev. Preston Davis, minister to the university, preaches at each service, unless otherwise stated, and the Board of Stewards, composed entirely of students, oversees the liturgies. !

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Greensboro College Theatre presents “The Property Known as Garland” Greensboro College Theatre opens its 2017-2018 season with "The Property Known as Garland," 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 18-19, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19-20, in the Annie Sellars Jordan Parlor Theatre in Main Building on campus. Tickets are $10. They are available at the door or can be reserved by emailing tickets@greensboro.edu. The play, written by Billy Van Zandt and directed by Wm. Perry Morgan, is a fictional backstage account of legendary actress/singer Judy Garland's final concert in 1969 at the Falconre Center in Copenhagen, Denmark. With her wicked wit, Judy dishes the dirt on her MGM studio co-stars, her husbands, and more ... taking us down the yellow brick road of her incredible life. The New York Post wrote that the play does "a good job of capturing Garland's witty and deeply vulnerable persona," while Variety called the play "Thrilling to watch!" and the Associated Press said, "Garland fans wouldn't have it any other way!" Greensboro College's Department of Theatre seeks to provide a strong foundation in theatre while allowing the student to emphasize in a particular area such as directing, acting, or arts administration. ! WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

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Tower Heist: King property loses its value

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BY MATT BRUNSON

he long-in-the-making movie The Dark Tower ( ) runs 95 minutes yet is based on the Stephen King book series that ran over the course of eight novels. Such a condensation may not be quite as vexing as attempting to place all of Shakespeare’s texts onto a single Post-it note, but it nevertheless ranks as an exercise in futility. Despite the material’s links to other King staples, the movie has less in common with the prolific author’s output and more in common with such Young Adult adaptations as the Divergent and Percy Jackson series. Certainly, there are nods here and there to the King oeuvre (It, 1408, The Shining), but stripped of dramatic heft, the film mainly plays like the YA-sanctioned adventures of a young boy who gets to hang out with a gunslinger and fight a wicked sorcerer. The boy is Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor), who suffers from recurring dreams involving an imposing tower. The gunslinger

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is Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last in a long line of peacekeepers sworn to protect the title edifice. The sorcerer is the Man in Black — no, not Johnny Cash, but a vile being seeking to destroy the Tower and thereby unleash all manner of otherworldly evildoers. The Man in Black is played by Matthew McConaughey, who seems to have based his performance on the most obnoxious car salesman he’s ever met. McConaughey’s Man in Black isn’t frightening in the least, but he could probably get you a sweet deal on a Lincoln Continental. The casting of Elba makes more sense than that of his surfer dude co-star, but while he brings the proper degree of gravitas to his role, the thinness of the screenplay means that there’s little depth to his characterization. The entire

film suffers from a similar measure of surface sheen. Potentially interesting players come and go, other worlds and dimensions are visited, and characters engage in weighty proclamations like “He who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. He has the shine!” and “The gun is good; the penis is evil” (wait, that one’s from Zardoz; never mind). But by barreling through the story at Mach speed, nothing is allowed to marinate and deepen. What’s left, then, is a shallow fantasy in which most of the unimaginative action sequences consist of little more than Roland shooting his pistols at various villains. It may be High Noon in the land of The Dark Tower, but it’s a low ebb for viewers expecting anything of substance. !

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Smooth like Chae Buttuh

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hae “Chae Buttuh” Young is the self-proclaimed “20-something, DIY/ underground princess” of Greensboro who has her eyes Katie Murawski set on raising queer and femme voices in hip-hop. Editor “There definitely needs to be queer voices in hip-hop,” Young said. “Hip-hop has always been male-dominated and hyper masculine. There are some hip-hop artists out there that think that trans people or women shouldn’t be doing it at all. But there needs to be more femme voices in hip-hop.” The Leo-sun, Aquarius-moon and Scorpio-rising Young is a femme rap artist who graduated from University of North Carolina Greensboro in 2012 with a degree in her first love, fashion merchandising. Young said that she describes her fashion sense as ghetto-fab. “I like to mix a lot of high and lows, and I am really into soft and hard material, which is reflected in my music,” she said.

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“There are really hard beats and I have a soft-toned voice, I just have always loved that contrast.” As independent, DIY/underground royalty, Young provides for herself and funds her music career by working at the African American Art store at the Four Seasons Mall in Greensboro. She also describes herself as “the hood-rich Anna Nicole,” because she also gets help and support from her boyfriend of eight years. Young has been taking her music seriously ever since she found herself at 12

years old writing songs in the bathrooms of middle, and then high school. Once Young graduated college, however, she started playing at house parties and after, she recorded some songs in the studio and put them on SoundCloud. In 2014 and 2015, Young started touring to different places nationwide such as, New Orleans, New York City and Baltimore to play shows. Throughout these shows, she has opened for and played alongside of D.J., model and artist Juliana Huxtable and rap artist and activist Mykki Blanco. After

performing with these two, Young said it generated a lot of buzz around Greensboro and its DIY/underground scene. In 2015, Chae Buttuh debuted and headlined with Macy Rodman at Bushwig, New York City’s annual festival of drag, queer performances and music. But Young made it clear that she was not in the drag scene. “I am not a drag rapper,” Young said. “This is real, this is me, I am not a drag queen.” Young has performed on various stages across the United States from the Pinhook

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in Durham, North Carolina; to New Orleans, to New York City and Baltimore. However, Chae Buttuh started out in Greensboro performing for the University of North Carolina Greensboro’s literary magazine, The Coraddi’s release parties and various DIY venues in the house show realm such as, Fantasy (where she opened for Mykki Blanco), Hellraiser House, TYP and most recently, SABINE. During the SABINE show in early June, Young covered her own unique version of the song “No More” by her favorite band since sixth grade the rhythm and blues trio, 3LW. Young said after revisiting lyrics as an adult, she found that its context was really mature. “I wanted to do a cover, but I just did not know what cover,” Young said. “I chose that song and I was listening to the words again, and I was like ‘Wow, this is really relatable to an adult, I do not know why this was targeted to little kids.’ I looked at the words differently and it was some real shit.” Young has written, performed and produced seven mixtapes and EPs so far. Her newest mixtape is titled HoFi: A Collection of Glam Trap & Hoe Hymns released on Aug. 4. Young describes HoFi as her “sexy, Madonna-era.” “I have always believed in myself but sometimes you can get down a little bit,” Young said. “But I call this my sexy, Madonna-era, I am really feeling sexy.” Young said she has recently been recording at her friends’ home studio, which she said fits the aesthetic and theme of her Lo-Fi, DIY projects. “In the studio, it gets really stuffy but at a home I don’t have to worry about being crunched for time or money, I am just having fun,” Young said. Young’s favorite song that she is working on at the moment is called “Yellow” and she said she is working on producing a music video for the song. She said the song is about self-love. “It is about self-love and being able to do it by yourself,” Young said. Her favorite lines of the song are: I think I struck gold, so my favorite color is yellow Anything that you can do, I can do better too, boo All by myself She said that these lines reflects her music and her endeavors as a queer and femme rap artist in Greensboro. She said that people in the underground scene usually have a team that helps them with things such as publicity and managing the artist. However, Young said it is all her, she does not have a team. “It reflects me being independent with my music also,” Young said. “When I wrote that, I was also talking to some people in WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

the scene that are big-time, and I am like, ‘anything that you can do, I can do better too, all by myself.’” Martha Rose, a close friend of Young’s said that her and Young met when they worked at Tevanna together in 2014 and 2015. Rose said as they began working together, Young became one of her most favorite people in the world. Rose said Young is outspoken and sweet all at once and that is what makes her music and stage presence shine. “She is completely unique in a way that is not forced or acted,” Rose said. “She is truly an individual. This individuality permeates her music, art and image in such a beautifully natural way.” Nathan Grice is a friend of Young’s and was the photographer for some of her album covers including HoFi. Grice described her music as a performance and a force. “It’s a side to Chae that gets let loose like a lion,” Grice said. “She comes in full force with a fervent display of charisma and musical enchantment. The music Chae makes is really the side to herself that doesn’t get displayed on the everyday, and it’s something so enamouring.” Former Greensboro artist Sam Martin said Young takes control of her audience and her lyrics put the audience at the forefront of her personal life experiences and views of the world. “What I love about Chae Buttuh is the completely unfiltered honesty of her music and live shows,” Martin said. “When she takes the stage there is always this moment where the audience goes from casually talking to suddenly having all eyes on her. The backing tracks of her songs keep them moving and engaged until the moment she decides to send them back to their own reality.” In the near future, Young hopes to be a legendary performer in the scene and enter her “final form” with herself. With the way things are going, Young said, she is very much on her way. She said she has shot two videos (using an “old school VHS camera” to add to her Lo-Fi aesthetic) with her friend Houston Clark this year and is looking forward to her visuals when it comes to accompanying her music. Young said she has a show coming up Aug. 25 in Durham and plans on doing a mini-tour on the west coast in September through October. To listen to HoFi: A Collection of Glam Trap & Hoe Hymns and Chae Buttuh’s other music visit her bandcamp and her Soundcloud pages. HoFi is now available on Spotify and Apple music for subscribers as well. ! 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. AUGUST 9-15, 2017

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Remembering Larry Leon Hamlin, founder of the National Black Theater BY THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN I first spoke to Larry Leon Hamlin in April 1989 when Hamlin’s Magnificent creation, the National Black Theatre Festival had yet to launch and he was known as “the Dreamer”. Then, much to everyone’s amazement, the beginning of August 1989 saw Hamlin on CNN, chatting with Oprah Winfrey in Maya Angelou’s living room before the grand launch of the first NBTF in the USA and his dream had become big time reality. I saw the videos of Larry’s triumph when he came out to my hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii, the following March 1990 for our Black History Month Dramatic Residency Program. Of course the first Festival ended up $100,000 in the hole and Hamlin was still “the Dreamer.” Only this time dreaming how he was going to pay his bills, let alone find the bucks to do his next festival in 1991 in Winston-Salem. But, “L.L. Cool” Hamlin, paid his debtors, raised another serious chunk of cash, rallied his supporters and went on to see the likes of Denzel Washington, Sidney Poitier, Harry Bellafonte, Lou Gosset Jr. and Billy D. Williams stepping up to take a turn being the Festival’s Honorary Chairman over the course of the next 18 years. Shining bright, shining short, you burn the candle from both ends it all ends in the middle and we lost our brother in 2007. At the beginning of 1990, Hamlin temporarily left the life of a black theater producer in Winston-Salem (where he was the director of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company to spend a couple of weeks in Honolulu’s public schools doing his one man Black History play “A Celebration of Black Heroes”). This was the real Hamlin, going out into the trenches to fight the good fight to teach our children the truth about black folk in babylon and he rose to the challenge. Over the course of two weeks Hamlin did 16 performances for over 8,000 children. He stood up there on the stage in cafeteria’s, all by himself in front of 400 8 and 9 year olds and changed characters from Toussaint to Malcom X with barely a pause. Keeping the attention of kids that age is a serious proposition, especially for two or three shows back to back. Starting the National Black Theater Festival in 1989 was Hamlin’s way of pre-

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serving black community theatre across the USA, for this was at the end of eight years of Ronald Reagan and unrelenting attacks on all things black. The list of black theater repertories had fallen into a tail spin of closures. Hamlin rallyed the troops to gather nationally and bring the visibility of black American movie stars to black theater was a real celebration of black resistance to the white man and played a major role in saving black theater in the United Snakes of AmeriKKKa. (Remember now, the NBTF is held every two years in, of all places, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where in 1979, the KKK gunned down five demonstrators in broad daylight.) In “A Celebration of Black Heroes” Hamlin spoke of Imhotep, the near deity of medicine and so many, many other fields of science from Africa’s Nile Valley, a great black leader. Through Toussaint L’Ouverture, the leader of the only successful slave revolt in history in Haiti. To Malcolm X the fiery revolutionary vs. MLK Jr in a “what if” meeting took place between the two from Malcolm’s razor sharp perspective. And of course, there was the immortal “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. The NBTF revived more than a few fading careers of black american perform-

ers. I remember seeing Dick Gregory do his first stand up comedy show in 20 years. Of Della Reese and her cabaret show that helped her to T.V. stardom via “Touched by an Angel”. Too many stories about how the NBTF helped keep alive the dream of black theater in the USA by motivating young artists to step up and challenge the status quo. All of this thanks to Hamlin, who spent his dramatic training years under the curator of the Langston Hughes Estate, “doing his time” under a white man. Hamlin may have grown up in the heart of Klu Klux Klan country but he could handle the white man’s culture because he was out there, with his music tastes as well. Back in 1989 when Hamlin announced his intent to produce a National Black Theatre Festival, most people expected it would be held in New York City, which is home to the famous black production companies. So it came as more than a little shock to hear that the NBTF would be held in… Winston-Salem, North Carolina? That’s right, a little town in the heart of redneck country, but it’s Hamlin’s hometown, where Angelou lived and was surrounded by universities with first rate theaters within 15 minutes driving distance. Angelou was the godmother to Winfrey, herself with a degree in dramatic education, and Angelou getting Winfrey to the launch of the NBTF brought even CNN to a town otherwise best known for its cancer sticks, Winston and Salem cigarettes. To understand Hamlin, one had to participate in the festival, for it wasn’t just about the theatrical productions-but a real celebration of blackness, with readings of new plays directed by professionals, def poetry slams until the wee hours and reggae and jazz bands rocking the hotel lobbies until late. Of course the vendors came in droves for middle class black folk from around the country with money to spend sold out the hotels for miles around, and just walking the booths with so many kinds of black culture from the motherland and the America’s was definitely a must do. Hamlin didn’t sleep much, if at all, during the week long festival, wearing his dark glasses and chain smoking, no time to sleep with this much going on. Hanging with the stars and living the high life for a very intense week, like I said, a celebration of black resistance to the

white man in the time of Reagan. Hamlin “The Dreamer”, sitting there with Denzel, Sidney Portier, Lou Gossett Jr. or better yet, Pam Grier aka Foxy Brown in the room next door. I didn’t actually make it to my first NBTF until 1995, returning in 1997 and then for our honeymoon as Hamlin’s guests in 2001. I was able to bring Hamlin back to Honolulu in 1996 for an updated “Celebration of Black Heroes”, more Africancentered and lively than before. Before coming to Hawaii again in 1996, Hamlin had been a creative producer for a national tour of a black theater production and when casting found the lead just couldn’t handle the role Hamlin had to go on tour to do it himself. His tour gave birth to Papa C.W. Brown, from Black Mud, Mississippi, gray haired old man storyteller and master of ceremony who tied all the other characters together in “A Celebration of Black Heroes”. He knew white folks both up north in the big city and down south in the heart of white supremacist North Carolina, so he could pull off a national black theater festival in little old Winston-Salem, the actual birth of which was a lobbying miracle for a black man with a pony tail… a way… a way… a way down south in Dixie. It seemed every NBTF was a struggle to finance for Hamlin had to keep up the profile, bringing in heavy hitters to draw serious national attention to the cause and producing an A-List of top black plays. Our last festival in 2001 saw Bill Duke and Charles Dutton step up to the plate with over $50k to pay the bills and the festival survived another nail biter. The toll had to be paid and all those cancer sticks finally caught up with Hamlin right as the 2007 National Black Theater Festival was supposed to start. With Hamlin on his deathbed the late Garland Lee Thompson, Sr. held it all together, the show must go on, in memory of another great departed brother. You can see Hamlin in action at Hawaii’s public schools in 1996 with his one man show “A Celebration of Black Heroes” soon to come on Youtube, a ThomasCMountain Production/Andwele Gardiner documentary. ! THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN is an independent journalist in Eritrea, living and reporting from here since 2006. See thomascmountain on Facebook or best reach him at thomascmountain@gmail.com

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Gun$ N’ Ro$e$ brings money and music to the Triad BY CHARLES WOMACK If you want to do the financial math for the Friday, Aug. 11 Guns N’ Roses concert at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, you better have a calculator with a strong battery. But before we get to break it down, on Dec. 5, 2016 a press conference took place at Wake Forest University and Coliseum managing director Matt Brown announced that the band Guns N’ Roses would perform. Under its 2013, five-year agreement with Wake Forest, the Greensboro Coliseum has been managing all non-sporting events at the university venues, including Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. This is the first event that the Greensboro Coliseum has booked at BB&T Field with the last concerts at the taking place more than 26 years ago. During the summer of 1990, the formerly named Groves Stadium welcomed New Kids on the Block and Jimmy Buffett. Greensboro Coliseum deputy director Scott Johnson discussed the magnitude of an event he called “game-changing” for the Triad. “This show is going to be a megaeconomic impact event for the Triad,” Johnson said. “We had roughly 35,000 total tickets to sell and we are heading to that number. Fans are buying tickets from all over the country with over 60-70 percent coming from outside the Triad and some as far away as the west coast. This is exciting as it means hotel rooms are booked and restaurants and bars will be filling up with new customers.” There are a reported 35,000 available tickets and according to coliseum public relations manager Andrew Brown. When tickets originally went on sale they ranged from $35 to $250. These figures do not include the VIP PIT tickets and other VIP packages where prices range from over $500 up to and in excess of $1,250 per. The few tickets still remaining on Ticketmaster as of Tuesday range in price from $102 to $502 without fees. If you set an average estimated* ticket price of $170 and multiply it by the 35,000 available. Total Ticket Revenue – $5,950,000 The other possible *estimated revenue generators include; WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

1) Parking - $20 per car. If 25 percent of the people drive everyone, that’s 8750 cars @ $20 = $175,000 2) Beer - $10-$12. If 25 percent of the people drink 2 beers. 8,750 x 2 beers x $11 avg. per = $192,500 3) Soft Drinks - $7. If 50 percent of the people drink 1 soft drink. 17,500 x 7 = $122,500 4) Food - $12. If 40 percent of the people eat one or two items. 14,000 x $12 = $168,000 TOTAL ESTIMATED CONCERT REVENUE - $6,608,000* * = Revenue numbers provided are estimated amount.

Additional major economic impact figures, including state and county tax revenues for all onsite sales, are sure to be tremendous as they include, but are not limited to, hotel rooms booked, food and drinks in local restaurants, shopping in local businesses, limos rented, gas bought for trip, flights coming into Greensboro and more. “Besides the hotels and restaurant and shopping, you also have to looked at all the temporary and unique jobs this has created,” Johnson said. “The 150 for stage

load-in and set up before the concert, 200 for loading out and tearing down after the show, the 1,000 that will be working day of in the parking lot, security, ushers, ticket people and more. These are the kinds of events that put the Triad on the map.” “We told Wake Forest our long-term goal was to do mega-events like this and with the tremendous success this is clearly looking to be, we want to do something major like this every year at the stadium,” Johnson said. “We all see the huge economic benefits that something like this has on the Triad.” The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. and the gates open at 2 p.m. for parking. Tailgating in the parking lot is allowed and, according to Johnson, beer and wine is OK to consume while tailgating, but spirits are prohibited. Guns N’ Roses has accumulating sales of more than 100 million records worldwide and released six studio albums, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. !

If 60 percent of the ticket buyers are from outside area (21,000 visitors coming to the Triad), it’s conservative to say that 20 percent will get a hotel room. That figure is 4,200 people with an average of three to a room means 1,400 potential rooms booked. In an email response,director of marketing and communications for Visit Winston-Salem Marcheta Keefer stated, “Our tourism economic impact calculator measures the “return” and “potential” for sporting events/tournaments, annual multi-day festivals, meetings and conventions – concerts are not included. As you know, Guns N’ Roses has a strong, loyal fan following and Winston-Salem is certainly benefitting by being one of their tour stops; it’s generating cool social media buzz for WinstonSalem, the concert venue and introducing new visitors to our vibrant downtown and hotel offerings. Our hoteliers near the LJVM Coliseum and in downtown have reported strong bookings by concert-goers.” AUGUST 9-15, 2017 YES! WEEKLY

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[HOROSCOPES]

[LEO (July 23 to August 22) Aspects favor travel, communications, and relationships to lover(s) and children. This is a good time to focus on recreation and general creativity. Your mind will be steady and you can make things happen. [VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Give attention to the lead paragraph. Mercury is turning retrograde in your sign and will be more likely to affect your daily affairs than many of the other signs. Don’t even try to finalize anything while a retrograding Mercury is with you. You may even reverse decisions which you have recently made. [LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) You may not be functioning altogether consciously and could be pulled into schemes of manipulation or compulsive behaviors. It is likely the situation will be presented through your career, employer, or life direction. You always want to appear composed and in charge, even if someone else is pulling the strings. [SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) It is necessary that you give attention to an issue of control that threatens to split one or more of your relationships. Either one of you may be the one who is seeking power and it may be quite subtle. You may be attempting to get what you want through manipulation. Don’t pursue this and don’t let someone do it to you. Fly like the Eagle. [SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) You have favorable aspects in any of the following areas: travel, education, teaching, legal interests, church or synagogue activities, the internet, and publishing. Those should keep you busy for a while.

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[CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Relationships may feel intense and complicated at this time. You may sense some negative force at work. If this is so, look deeply inside for a hidden motive. If this does not exist, then ask your partner whether he/she notices any discomfort. An open discussion can work wonders. [AQUARIUS (January 20 to February

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18) You and the authority figures in your world are cooperating and helping each other accomplish a project. Your mind is both steady and imaginative now, able to see how one thing flows into the next. At times like these, “work” becomes a positive experience. It integrates with your personal rhythm and feels smooth.

[PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You may be tempted to overindulge this week, so tighten your resolve if you are on a self-improvement program. Give yourself a break in another area so you won’t feel self-abused. Your imagination and creativity are strong right now and you may be drawn to participate in the arts or music in some way. It will be refreshing. [ARIES (March 21 to April 19) This is a week in which your physical cycle is “off”. Don’t press your body beyond what it wants to do, just because it could do the same thing last month. Pay special attention to your temporary boundaries right now and by next week things will return to your personal normal. [TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) If there are “power” issues between you and another, this is the week that they will be in full bloom. Discomfort means that change is needed in one or both of your attitudes. Intensity is the theme. Concentrate on remaining conscious so that you won’t fall into manipulative games, especially the one called “prove it if you love me.” [GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Early in the week you may be strongly tempted to spend money for home improvements. The timing is not so good for this because your tastes or ideas may change over the next few weeks. Mercury will turn retrograde on Aug. 12, 2017, and that with which you are enchanted now could turn on a dime. [CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Issues that have been brewing for a while in relationship(s) are coming to a turning point. You and another may be vying for emotional control. This can be very subtle and create long term issues that occasionally explode to the surface. You know control is not satisfying. Look for ways to communicate authentically. 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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You’ve answered some questions about online dating recently, but I haven’t seen you mention dating sites that do criminal background checks. Do you think it’s a smart idea to sign up for one of these, or is it just more marketing hogwash? — Wondering

There’s that very attractive man you see on a dating site who spends “a lot of time abroad” — as one must, when primarily employed as a drug mule. These dating sites that do criminal background checks probably seem like a wise choice. And they do offer their members something extra: a false sense of security. First, as one of the sites with “extensive background checks” admits: “Some people do manage to slip through the cracks. When in doubt, report it!” Charming. Kind of like telling bank customers, “If you notice armed robbers in the bank, feel free to tackle them while yelling, ‘citizen’s arrest!’” Of course safety is a primary concern, but ponder this: Your friends don’t background-check their party guests. Nor does the supermarket: “Hey, handsome, can’t let ya into the trendy baby veggies section till we check for outstanding warrants.” Also, not every person with a criminal record is someone to avoid.

There’s being arrested because your little brother left a pillowcase of weed in your trunk versus being nabbed for your armed carjacking hobby: “No, officer, I swear... nothing of interest in the trunk...um, that is, if we don’t count the bound-andgagged widow who owns the car.” There are countless articles listing some pretty obvious ways to protect yourself: Drive your own car to the date; meet in a public place; don’t leave your drink unattended; and don’t front anyone money. Another common piece of advice is to tell someone where you’re going and whom you’re meeting. Right. Surefire psychopath-stopper: “I told my roommate all about you, so you’d better put away that huge knife, buster!” One thing you can do to protect yourself — in online dating or any dating scenario — is gag the voice that’s shouting, “Happily ever after, here we come!” so you can pay attention to feelings that something just doesn’t add up. These feelings often don’t come out of nowhere. Research by neuroscientist Yue-jia Luo, among others, finds that our brain reacts to subtle signs we’re in danger — including ones we aren’t consciously aware of. The brain messages the body to get ready for “fight or flight,” adrenaline courses, blood gets pumped to our extremities, and goosebumps form on our arms (part of the physical basis of feeling creeped out). Online dating, like all dating, involves risk. Assess your level of risk and whether it’s worth the benefit — immediate access to numerous potential partners. There are some crafty criminals out there, but odds are, the problems you’ll experi-

ence will be the ordinary kind — finding out that a guy has a few girlfriends and not a few girlfriends out back under the tomatoes.

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I’m in recovery, and my best friend and I have sleepovers every few months. She’s come over drunk and/or high on pot the past few times. It’s not that it’s triggering for me; she’s just annoying and not herself when she’s loaded. How do I ask her to not come over trashed? — Sober What does she do when she isn’t visiting you — attend Mass in a “Lucifer Rules!” T-shirt, pop by the animal rights march in a mink vest, and then park her ice cream truck outside the Jenny Craig meeting? Though you know what you need to tell her — don’t come over trashed — you’re probably being tripped up by something I wrote about recently: how women evolved to be the confrontation-avoiders of our species, probably to protect their ability to have and care for children. In 1990, developmental psychologist Eleanor Maccoby reviewed the research on sex

differences in communication and found what researchers continue to see today: A major goal of girls’ (and women’s) speech is “to be ‘nice’ and sustain social relationships,” while for males, “the agenda is more often the single one of self-assertion.” Though being direct may not be natural for you, there are many things in our lives that aren’t “natural”: deodorant, motor vehicles, buying dinner at the supermarket instead of waiting behind a tree to club it with a rock. You’re simply asking your friend to be appropriate to the situation. You could open with an air bag of sorts — “I love you and love having you over” — and then say, “But, from now on, please don’t show up drunk or high for our sleepovers.” Enduring a little discomfort in the moment should keep you from being commandeered into future “fun” drinking games like “Let’s flip your cat over and do shots off her belly. I’ll do vodka; you do water. Last one to lose an eye wins!” ! 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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