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If it is not Furniture Market, downtown High Point is basically a ghost town. However, a group of ambitious millennials/High Point natives look to breathe life back into the International City. The TRIAD ARTIST COLLECTIVE has come together with a common goal to revitalize downtown High Point by creating a hub for artists and entrepreneurs, as well as setting the foundation of the Downtown High Point Arts District Association.






It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Once again, we’ve spent the year shopping and sampling, remembering and pondering, to bring you our annual Triadfoodies’ favorite things and HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE. 8 On Dec. 6 at 8 p.m., the Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance will be bustling for the opening night of The Great American Trailer Park CHRISTMAS MUSICAL. 9 ‘Tis the season for giving and receiving! For the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS are doing the giving, and a pair of graduates the receiving. 10 Master filmmaker Martin Scorsese, arguably the most renowned pioneer of the modern-day gangster film, returns to the genre with staggering results in THE IRISHMAN, a scintillating saga expertly adapted from Charles Brandt’s 2004 bestseller... 16 One of the people responsible for changing the official narrative is FLINT TAYLOR, co-founder of the People’s Law Office of Chicago. Taylor is part of the legal team suing the City of Greensboro... YES! WEEKLY

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Queen aka Josh Gore, 31, rules his QUEENDOM with an iron fist in a velvet glove. The Queendom is based in Greensboro but stretches across the whole state, and it is a collective of artists, producers and vendors that also acts as a booking agency and miniChamber of Commerce for various artists. 19 Back in May, I wrote about Sen. Kamala Harris’ proposed “EQUAL PAY Certification” program, which, if adopted, would make it illegal for companies to pay their female employees less than males doing the same job. 20 The music industry may be continuing its slow-motion implosion, clubs may be shuttering, and a new generation of listeners may not be as enamored of the intimate small-venue live-music experience as previous ones were, but PARTY BATTLESHIP powers ahead, on course, chugging toward the port of call where riffage, hooks and melodies are the prime values. 21 TERRA BLUE looks to establish a new downtown Greensboro holiday tradition, for the pagans and the persecuted, with a visit from Krampus on Dec. 7.


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WHAT: Shop local vendors, take pictures with Santa, listen to live Christmas music, watch the lighting of the City Christmas Tree, make a kids craft, and even run a Santa 5K sponsored by SerCo Club of ArchdaleTrinity Group. We ask that you bring either a non-perishable food item for COAT or unwrapped toy for SerCo’s toy drive for entry. The first hundred people will get a free APRD gift. WHEN: 5-8 p.m. WHERE: Creekside Park. 214 Park Dr., Archdale. MORE: Free event.

WHAT: Kick off the Holiday Season with this year’s Festival of Lights in Downtown Greensboro on Friday, December 6th, presented by Allegacy Federal Credit Union! Featuring musical performances, the Community Tree Lighting and sing-a-long in Center City Park, holiday crafts and more! This FREE community event is a must attend! Volunteers are needed! WHEN: 6-9 p.m. WHERE: Downtown Greensboro. MORE: Visit the site for details.



CHRISTMAS AT THE CAROLINA GREENSBORO HOLIDAY PARADE WHAT: See the free movie, enjoy a free soft drink & popcorn, sing along with the theatre’s historic pipe organ, visit and take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the theatre’s Renaissance Room, plus have a chance to win a brand new bike! This year’s movie is The Muppet Christmas Carol. WHEN: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. WHERE: The Carolina Theatre. 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro. MORE: Free event. First come first serve.

WHAT: Bands, Floats, Balloons and more! Join us for this year’s Greensboro Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 7 - rain or shine. Parade kicks off at noon! Volunteers are needed! The Greensboro Holiday Parade is a part of Downtown in December, presented by Allegacy Federal Credit Union! WHEN: 12-2 p.m. WHERE: Downtown Greenbsoro. MORE: Free event.

SAT 7 CANDLEFEST AT THE GREENSBORO ARBORETUM WHAT: Stroll through the Greensboro Arboretum by the light of nearly 4,000 luminaries set up by Girl Scouts of the Carolinas. The night will include a visit with Santa, music throughout the garden, and hot chocolate and s’mores available for purchase. Admission is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item, which will be donated to a local food bank. WHEN: 6-9 p.m. WHERE: Greensboro Arboretum. 401 Ashland Dr., Greensboro. MORE: Event is weather dependent.


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This holiday season, the Winston-Salem Jaycees are hosting a series of “Cup of Christmas Cheer” and “Pint of Christmas Cheer” events as part of its 29th annual Christmas Cheer Project. On select days in December, various Winston-Salem coffee shops and bakeries will donate a portion of the day’s sales to the Jaycees’ fundraiser, which allows the organization to take local children in need out for a day of buying gifts and fun. The Jaycees will also join Foothills Brewing’s Craft Happiness Project to raise additional funds. “We are a young adult leadership community organization that strives to do good within our community,” said WS Jaycees member Renee Parker, who helped organize this year’s Christmas Cheer Project. The Cup of Christmas Cheer events began in November and will continue through Dec. 20. The local businesses participating include Ardmore Coffee, Tart Sweets, Camel City Coffee, Black Mountain Chocolate, Twin City Hive and Camino Bakery. Each shop is scheduled to host a fundraiser for the Jaycees on a set date, and the fundraiser lasts throughout the entire day (rather than just a portion of the shop’s business hours). “These are local community coffee shops and bakeries, and we allow them to kind of set the way they want to donate to our Christmas Cheer. Whether that’s, like, a portion of the daily sales, if that’s so much per cup of coffee, it’s really up to them,” Parker said. “It’s to whatever their comfort level is.” “It’s kind of fun to just encourage people to like, you know, go to local businesses and local shops and support them,” Parker said of the Jaycee’s partnership with Winston-Salem small businesses. “It’s been great, and I’m hoping it’ll grow and continue.” Parker also spoke about Pint of Christmas Cheer, a similar series of events that raise money for the Christmas Cheer Project as well. New this year, the first wave of Pint of Christmas Cheer events took place in August. Parker said the Jaycees partnered with Fiddlin’ Fish, Juggheads Growlers and Pints, and The Beer Growler for this series of events, and that WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

they’re continuing Pint of Christmas Cheer in December by joining Foothills Brewing’s Craft Happiness Project. According to the Foothills Brewing website, “Each month, Craft Happiness project will feature a new IPA, and dedicate a portion of sales proceeds to an area of need in our region.” The Winston-Salem-based brewing company chose the Jaycees’ Christmas Cheer Project to receive a portion of the proceeds from their new brew, Wish IPA. Foothills describes the IPA as “brewed to help Christmas wishes come true for children in need,” and, according to Foothills Brewing’s marketing director Ray Goodrich, will be available Dec. 13. With the money raised from the Christmas Cheer project, the Jaycees will team up with The Salvation Army to take local disadvantaged children and their families out to buy Christmas presents, play at a trampoline park, and enjoy breakfast and lunch together. “They’re more aware of the economic disparities that are within our community,” Parker said of The Salvation Army. “So they choose the children, they bring the children to Target, and we have volunteers that take them shopping.” Parker explained that there is a set amount of money that each child can spend on presents, and that, in the past, food like pizza and sandwiches have been donated for the kids. The Winston-Salem Jaycees is a community organization for 21-40-year-old professionals in the Triad that fosters networking, personal growth, and community service. The term “Jaycees” serves as a shortened version of the organization’s full name, the Winston-Salem Junior Chamber. The Jaycees organize numerous fundraisers and community events throughout the year, hold monthly membership meetings, and host events that focus on enhancing personal and business skills. !



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Triadfoodies’ 2019 Holiday Gift Guide of Glorious Deliciousness

t’s the most wonderful time of the year! Once again, we’ve spent the year shopping and sampling, remembering and pondering, to bring you our annual TriKristi Maier adfoodies’ favorite things and Holiday @triadfoodies Gift Guide. Each of these goodies are Contributor quite easy to find, so we encourage you to support your local makers and small businesses. This year, each product has a bit of a story that won our hearts. All of our gift guide items will be presented lovingly in a basket that one lucky winner will take home. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 18, via YES! Weekly’s Facebook page. So, these are a few of my favorite things...


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Founded by snack queen Erica Thornberg, a neuromuscular therapist, out of the necessity to eat healthy snacks that actually taste good. Extraordinary Snacks are “energy-packed snacks with nuts at the core.” Think of the healthiest, grainiest, crunchiest cheese nibs ever with Cave Nibs. Enjoy the Banana Not Bread, made with activated walnuts, marinated in a banana purée, then crisped that tastes freakishly just like banana bread. You’ll find Extraordinary Snacks at Buie’s Market, Juggheads, and Wiseman Brewing in Winston-Salem, or check her site,, for other retailers.


This is the third year in a row that Batistini Farms has been a favorite. Funny how I seem to find something new I love with B-Farms. The balsamic vinegar already can’t be beat, and the olive oils are amazing, but we especially love the Chili Pepper Olive Oil lately. It’s wonderful

drizzled on white bean chili, salads, Asian dishes, or hummus. Seriously, I can’t get enough! You can find Batistini Farms products at various retailers, including Wine Merchants in Winston-Salem and Earth Fare. Check their website, b-farms. com, for more retailers, or to order online.


Elderberry syrup might not be your first choice for food, but during these cold, germ-filled months, it has long been known as an immunity booster. Take it daily, kind of like a vitamin, or give yourself a shot or two of it when you feel something coming on. Stephanie Rickenbaker developed an elderberry syrup after a loved one was diagnosed with a chronic illness, which inspired her to reduce her family’s exposure to toxins and boost their nutrition. The syrup, which combines elderberries with raw local honey and spices, is named after her daughter, whose nickname is “Sweet.” You can find Sweet’s Syrup at various shops in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, such as Buie’s Market, City Beverage, Deep Roots,

and Lizzie’s Herb Shop. Check her website,, for other retailers.


Because chef and author Tim Grandinetti doesn’t already have enough to do with multiple restaurants in the Triad and another Quanto Basta on the way in downtown Wilmington, the enthusiastic and affable owner/chef of Spring House Restaurant Kitchen & Bar and Doc Brownstone’s BBQ introduces his brand new signature line of seasoning blends that is perfect for your holiday roast, veggies, seafood and chicken. We are excited to tell you that the spices are debuting right here in our gift guide! The winner will be one of the very first people ever to try these seasoning blends. They’ll be available at “The House,” located at 450 N. Spring St., Winston-Salem with an online store coming soon. You saw it here first, foodies. For more information, visit Spring House’s website sprinnhousenc. com.







I’ve included this can’t-be-beat eggnog recipe below, but if you feel like being lazy, which I often do, go ahead and load up on a few cartons of store-bought eggnog, heat it (or don’t), throw in a shot (or two) and enjoy its coziness. Found at ABC stores statewide in North Carolina and Virginia. For more information, visit the website,


in a bowl until foamy. Meanwhile, in a saucepan over medium heat, combine the cream, milk, salt and spices until it reaches a simmer. Temper the hot mixture to the egg mixture a little at a time, whisking all the while. Pour it all back into the saucepan until it is warmed and just a little bit thick. Fold in the vanilla and refrigerate, or if you like it warm, it’s ready to drink. To make it boozy: Add one or two shots of Kill Devil Pecan Rum (or your choice of bourbon or whiskey) to your eggnog. Top with whipped cream, and cinnamon and more nutmeg. *Note: You can use your egg whites instead of heavy cream if you’d like a thicker, very old-school, dairy-free eggnog. Whip the whites with a tablespoon of sugar until stiff peaks form and fold into the chilled eggnog. I’ve folded it into the heated mixture, and it was fine, too. !

Shallowford Farms, founded by Caswell Booe, has been growing corn for decades, and its Yadkin Valley Popcorn has been the leading popcorn producer in the Southeast ever since. A true farm-to-table and growing international business that sells and pops what they grow, you can find Yadkin Valley Popcorn at Food Lion, Piggly Wiggly and online. If you want some in person, visit the gift shop in Yadkinville. There you’ll find classic flavors such as the popular butter, movie theater, cheese and kettle. But also caramel, birthday cake, fruit flavors and more. Take a tour while you’re there. In the basket, we’ve thrown in our favorite flavor: cheese. The farm is located at 3732 Hartman Rd. in Yadkinville. For more information, visit


There she is, Miss Winston-Salem, the Queen of the Gift Guide. Never will there ever be a gift guide without the preeminent fruit cake of the city. I dare say the state, until or unless there’s ever a sad day when BMC doesn’t make it anymore. Rich and chocolatey, fruity and a bit boozy with Broad Branch Distilling’s Night Lab, this fruit cake is worthy of any nightcap to your meal. You can find her at Black Mountain Chocolate’s factory, 732 Trade St. NW, Winston-Salem. Visit for more information.

This rum, though. It’s made with pecans and honey, and is delicious in a variety of cocktails. A shot in Fresca soda is nice, or in orange juice with vanilla for a great Dreamsicle-style cocktail, but my absolute favorite way to enjoy it is in eggnog. The gift basket winner scores the rum, but as Oprah would say, “You get a recipe, and you get a recipe!”

Just released, the year-round staple Barrel-Aged Black Mountain Chocolate Stout. This beer features fresh-roasted cocoa nibs from their neighbor, Black Mountain Chocolate, across the way at Big Winston Warehouse. A small batch of the stout is aged for six months in a fresh-dumped Nobilium whiskey barrel from Broad Branch Distillery. The brewers can describe it better than I: “It imparts rich notes of oak and whiskey and a warming mouthfeel that balance nicely with the stout’s natural roasted flavor profile.” You can only get BMC Stout at Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing, located at 772 Trade St. NW, Winston-Salem. We’ve included a gift card so that you can get your own growler filled. Enjoy a beer while you’re there, and maybe try a food truck. And since we’re feeling the chocolate…

6 egg yolks 1-teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2-cup sugar 1/2-teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste 1/2-teaspoon freshly grated or ground nutmeg A pinch salt 1-cup heavy whipping cream (optional)* 2-cups milk or nut milk of choice (you’ll want to add some more milk here if you’re opting out of heavy cream.) Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together







Consumption of raw or undercooked eggs, shellfish and meat, may increase the risk of illness.

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.







A little theatre’s big move and upcoming Christmas musical


n Dec. 6 at 8 p.m., the Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance will be bustling for the opening night of The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical. There will be special discounts for student and seniors, and a cash/card bar with beer, wine, soft drinks and bottled water. Spoiler alert, this muTerry Rader sical “contains pervasive tasteless humor and adult language.” Based on the book by Betsy Kelso and muContributor sic/lyrics by David Nehls, The Great American Trailer Park Christmas is so popular that it is being presented 15 times to meet the demand, said the WSTA artistic director Jamie Lawson. This musical, an angel tree and an exciting move for the theatre has Lawson and the WSTA board and volunteers extra busy this holiday season. The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical’s description on the WSTA’s website states, “It’s holiday time again down in Armadillo Acres (North Florida’s premier mobile-living community), and everyone’s filled with warmth and beer. But when a freak bout of amnesia strikes the trailer park Scrooge, neighborly love is put to the test. Be on hand as Betty, Lin and Pickles jingle all the way with some new neighbors in a cat-fightin’, sunworshippin,’ chair-throwin’ good time, but with tinsel and Keg Nog.” Lawson is inviting everyone to cozy-up and enjoy the show that runs through Dec. 22. Lawson said attendees should enjoy this “little comedy holiday-relief humor” while participating in the WSTA Angel Tree for the children of The Parenting PATH (Positive Actions, Thriving Homes) program, which provides services and support groups for the prevention and treatment of child abuse. Lawson said he is pleased to receive so many comments about people having such a good time based on the close proximity of the audience to the stage and each other in the theatre. That intimacy is something he said they plan to keep despite its 2021 move to 650 W. 6th St. This 501(c)(3) nonprofit community theatre is reaching out to raise awareness, complete renovations and finish paying for the new space (partially paid for by a donor) with its “Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance Capital Homecoming Campaign” just in time for year-end tax deductions. To date, Lawson confirmed they had reached $950,000 of the $1.5 million goal. Lawson said the deadline to be out of WSTA’s existing space by the end of summer 2021 has everyone scattering to organize and plan the move of four buildings into one. “There is so much up in the air as we try to work toward this goal and, at the same time, provide a production each month,” Lawson said. “It’s just hard to say what comes next as it all hinges on how much we raise. We are hoping people are in a giving mood at the holidays.” Lawson said that as they progress, WSTA would hold special events along the timeline of the move. He said YES! WEEKLY

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The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical cast they would be getting everything ready to roll and move in once the sprinklers are installed, which is a huge expense in itself. Depending upon the money raised, Lawson said they hope to upgrade some of the technology as well. The proposed floor plans can be found on the WSTA website along with directions on how to receive the Homecoming Campaign package for those who are interested in being a part of this historic venture. This emailed package contains information from the Board of Directors so that the investors can understand the plans for the new space. “An increase from 88 seats to 200 seats means less wear-and-tear on volunteer casts and crews by reducing the number of performances needed for each show. Shorter runs also reduce royalty costs and musician stipends incurred for performances. Providing central, on-site space for costumes, props and sets decrease volunteer efforts and transportation expenses to move them back and forth to an offsite storage facility. Owning its own home (even with repairs and upkeep, depreciated maintenance and associated operating costs) saves facility occupancy expenses (rental) that currently take

22% of the Theatre’s annual operating budget.” “Family” is what came to mind when the “Friends of Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance” were asked to use a word that best describes the WSTA organization. Lawson presented the following line-up of 2020 shows that may be purchased as a Season Member 2019-2020 SixPix with The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical. Disaster! opens on Jan. 17; Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story opens on Feb. 14; Evita opens on March 13; Something Wicked This Way Comes opens on April 17, and Urinetown opens on May 15. ! TERRY RADER is a freelance writer/editorial/content/copy, creative consultant/branding strategist, communications outreach messenger, poet and emerging singer/songwriter.



Dec. 6-22, 8 p.m. for Tues.-Sat. shows and 2 p.m Sun. shows. Tickets are$16 for student/senior, $18 for general admission at Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance, 1047 W. Northwest Blvd., (336)723-7777,


UNCSA graduates earn Independent Spirit Award nominations ‘Tis the season for giving and receiving! For the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Independent Spirit Awards are doing the giving, and a pair of graduates the receiving. Mark Burger Tyler Cook (School of Filmmaking, Class of 2008) earned a Contributor nomination for Best Editing for his work on Sword of Trust, writer/director Lynn Shelton’s quirky, award-winning comedy starring Marc Maron, Jon Bass, Michaela Watkins and Jillian Bell. Remarkably, Sword of Trust marked Cook’s feature film debut, although he’s worked extensively in television: his works include The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off The Originals (both of which aired on The CW), Minority Report, Preacher, and GLOW. He was also an assistant editor on the popular HBO comedy series Eastbound and Down, in which he collaborated with fellow UNCSA graduates Ben Best, Jody Hill and Danny McBride, who created the series. Cook is currently working on the upcoming mini-series Little Fires Everywhere, based on Celeste Ng’s best-seller, which stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Joshua Jackson, Jordan Elsass, Anika Noki Rose, Lexi Underwood, Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon, and will air on Hulu next year. Jonathan Majors (School of Drama, Class of 2012) earned a nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Montgomery Allen in The Last Black Man in San Francisco, the critically acclaimed debut feature of writer/ producer/director Joe Talbot, that was expanded from his 2017 short film of the same name. The film stars newcomer Jimmie Fails, who also wrote the story with Talbot, and features Tichina Arnold, Finn Wittrock, Rob Morgan, Mike Epps and Danny Glover. The film earned additional Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best First Feature and the Someone to Watch Award for Talbot. The film also received four nominations from the Gotham Awards, including one for Majors as Breakthrough Actor, as well as the Audience Award, the Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award for Talbot and Best Screenplay. WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

Majors, who also graduated from the Yale School of Drama with an MFA, appeared in the award-winning ABC mini-series When We Rise (2017), which dramatized the Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1969, and featured Rachel Griffiths, Guy Pearce, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, David Hyde Pierce, Fiona Dourif, Michael Kenneth Williams, and fellow UNCSA School of Drama graduate Mary-Louise Parker. Majors has also appeared in such feature films as the award-winning Western saga Hostiles (2017) opposite Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike; the fact-based crime drama White Boy Rick (2018) with Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Jason Leigh; the mystery Out of Blue, based on the Martin Amis novel, co-starring James Caan, Patricia Clarkson, Toby Jones, and Jacki Weaver; and writer/producer/director Rupert Wyatt’s sci-fi thriller Captive State (2019), opposite John Goodman, Vera Farmiga, Ashton Sanders and Kevin Dunn. Majors will soon be seen in the upcoming HBO series Lovecraft County, created by Misha Green and Jordan Peele and based on Matt Ruff’s novel, which also stars Abbey Lee, Aunjanue Ellis, Courtney B. Vance and his Last Black Man co-star Michael Kenneth Williams; Spike

Lee’s wartime drama Da 5 Bloods for Netflix, opposite Chadwick Boseman, Giancarlo Esposito, Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, and Jean Reno; and writer/producer/director Jeymes Samuel’s Western The Harder They Fall, opposite Idris Elba, which is scheduled to premiere next month on Netflix. The Independent Spirit Awards will be

presented Saturday, Feb. 8, and will be broadcast live on IFC at 5 p.m. For more information about this and other events at UNCSA, visit the official website ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on © 2019, Mark Burger.

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Scorsese’s The Irishman is a classic crime epic

Master filmmaker Martin Scorsese, arguably the most renowned pioneer of the modernday gangster film, returns to the genre with staggering results. The Irishman is Mark Burger a scintillating saga expertly adapted by Contributor Steven Zaillian, who earlier collaborated with Scorsese on Gangs of New York (2002), from Charles Brandt’s 2004 best-seller I Heard You Paint Houses. The film also reunites Scorsese with a number of earlier collaborators, most notably Robert De Niro, who portrays the title character, Frank Sheeran, a blue-collar truck driver who rose through the ranks to become not only a wellrespected union delegate but also a much-feared enforcer for the Bufalino crime family.

This is familiar territory for Scorsese, having made such acknowledged classics as Mean Streets(1973), Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995), and there’s a neat progression here. Mean Streets depicted mobster wannabes and bottom feeders; Goodfellas was the “suburban” gangster film, its protagonists depicted as working class; Casino moved up the ladder still, set in the glittering and glitzy milieu of Las Vegas. With The Irishman, its characters have direct ties to an upper echelon of politics. The link is more pronounced this time. To each of these films, Scorsese has brought his trademark cinematic savvy and storytelling know-how to bring these disreputable but always credible characters to life. Frank Sheeran is a dangerous man, but he also possesses integrity. He owns up to and atones for the mistakes he makes; he follows orders, and yet there’s a palpable sense of guilt and remorse, both for the things he’s done and the things he hasn’t. It’s a fully realized characterization, one of De Niro’s best, and its great to see him in a

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leading role again. There’s a lot of narrative ground to cover, as the story spans over 50 years. Despite a running time exceeding three hours, Scorsese maintains and sustains the momentum throughout, far more successfully than his last feature, Silence (2016), the epic religious drama (and a labor of love for Scorsese) that had its admirers but also its detractors (yours truly among them), and did not succeed at the box-office. The cast could hardly be better. This marks Scorsese’s first pairing with Al Pacino, who is inspired casting as Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa, to whom Frank becomes a friend and confidante. The Pacino bluster occasionally surfaces, which is certainly fitting for the role, yet this is one of the few depictions of Hoffa in which he is afforded some compassion. Incidentally, Hoffa’s 1975 disappearance is most certainly addressed here – and in very direct terms. Joe Pesci, who won a well-deserved Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for Goodfellas, makes a triumphant return to the screen as Russell Bufalino, Frank’s best friend and the man who brought him into the family “business.” The menace is still there but is much more subtly played here. Bufalino is also a dangerous man, but he’s a likable, sometimes endearingly insecure one. Reportedly, the unofficially retired Pesci turned down the role some 50 times before accepting, but this is one instance where persuasion paid off – in spades. Harvey Keitel (who starred in Scorsese’s 1967 feature debut Who’s That Knocking at My Door?), Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin, Katherine Narducci, Domenick Lombardozzi, Gary Basaraba, and Barry Primus (who appeared in Scorsese’s 1972 Depressionera crime drama Boxcar Bertha) all make solid contributions, and Welker White (the delightfully snotty, coke-smuggling babysitter in Goodfellas) is a sheer delight as Hoffa’s stalwart wife, Josephine. It’s fascinating to observe how Frank’s actions had an impact, even indirectly, on important events. Whenever there was a momentous or scandalous event in American history – be it the Bay of Pigs, the JFK assassination, Watergate, or the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa –

he always seemed to be hovering around the edges, usually with some insight into those figures more directly involved. Organized crime was big business, and isn’t that what America’s all about? Indeed, Francis Coppola also alluded to this concept in his Godfather trilogy, but here the characters aren’t fictitious. They were real. They lived, and they died – some violently in both cases. The period detail and song selection (another Scorsese trademark) effortlessly establish the particular era in which a scene is set, as the story shifts in and out of chronological order. Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, who also shot Silence and 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street for Scorsese, brings a vividly stylized, color-saturated gloss to the proceedings. The emotional tone is darker and more contemplative than Scorsese’s earlier forays into the genre. Like the film’s protagonist, it’s as if Scorsese was reflecting on his previous work in the genre from an older, wiser perspective. The Irishman is a mature and accomplished work, yet another triumph for its maker and undoubtedly one of the year’s very best films. ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on © 2019, Mark Burger.




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The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem to present benefit concert


he Little Theatre of WinstonSalem will hold a holiday benefit concert – “Songs of the Season” – at SECCA’s Dunn Auditorium, 750 Marguerite Dr., on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for those under 18. They can be purchased by calling (336) 725-4001 or online at The Little Theatre invites the community to come to a joyful caroling concert that’s sure to put everyone in the mood for the holidays! Season’s Best Carolers will be providing the evening’s entertainment. An a cappella group, their beautiful voices, festive costumes and magnetic personalities will provide audience mem-



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bers with a generous helping of Christmas cheer. Their repertoire is a mix of traditional carols and more modern, upbeat songs. Performers in the cast include John Ebrahim, Troy Hurst, Sarah Jenkins, Trevor Ketterling, Sheri Masters, Sally Meehan, Katie Muhlenkamp, Muffy Underwood, and Dave Wils. The concert, which will take place on the set of The Little Theatre’s production of An Old Salem Christmas Carol, will last approximately one hour. All proceeds benefit The Little Theatre’s ongoing mission to provide high-quality, affordable live theatre to the community. For further information, please visit www. !


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David Paul Wipperman, 61, of Largo, Florida, was taken into custody Nov. 21 in response to a road rage altercation a few weeks before, the Tampa Bay Times reported. According Chuck Shepherd to arrest reports, during the incident, Wipperman left his truck and approached a woman driving a Kia sedan. She rolled down the window and apologized to Wipperman, who then spit the food he was chewing into her face, and some of it went into her mouth, the report said. Next, he allegedly opened her driver’s side door and began screaming at her, pointing his finger in her face. He was charged in Pinellas County with felony battery and burglary of an occupied vehicle and held on $12,500 bail.


In Boca Raton, Florida, a robber approached a Wells Fargo bank branch teller with a very specific request on Nov. 18, reported WPLG. Sandy Hawkins,

73, entered the bank that morning and told the teller, “This is a robbery. I have a weapon,” and put his hand in his waistband to indicate a gun, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. The teller started counting out $100 bills, eventually totaling $2,000, the affidavit said, but Hawkins explained that was too much money, and he only wanted $1,100. Authorities said the teller made the adjustment, then slid the bills through the window to Hawkins, who left the bank. When detectives caught up with him the next day, he told them, “I will make this easy” and showed them a note he had written, which read, “Give me $1,100. Now, No Alarms, Hope to get caught.” He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on robbery charges.


— Elementary and middle school students in Bandung, Indonesia, have been spending too much time with their smartphones, according to Mayor Oded Muhammad Danial, who has come up with a clever distraction. In mid-November, authorities began distributing 2,000 baby chicks in cages with signs that read: “Please take good care of me.” AFP reports


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the students will be required to feed their pets before and after school and can keep them on school premises if they don’t have space in their backyard. Danial said the chick project, dubbed “chickenisation,” is part of a larger endeavor by President Joko Widodo to broaden students’ education. “There is an aspect of discipline here,” said Danial. — Eighth-graders in the Payatas district north of Manila in the Philippines have come up with a way to help rid city streets of dog feces and maybe even lower local construction costs. The “bio-bricks” they’ve developed are made of 10 grams of poop, which the students collect and air-dry, and 10 grams of cement powder, Reuters reported on Nov. 20. The students say their bricks can be used for sidewalk pavement or small structures, such as backyard walls. They admit the bio-bricks have a faint odor, but assert that it will fade with time.



Zhang Binsheng, 30, of Harbin, China, finally sought a doctor’s attention after three months of struggling to breathe through his nose, Metro News reported in early November. Zhang told doctors at the Fourth Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University that he couldn’t sleep and also had a constant smell of decay in his nostrils. X-rays revealed Zhang had a tooth stuck in his nostril. The tooth, which Zhang had lost when he was 10 years old after a fall from the third floor of a mall, had somehow rerooted and continued to grow in his nasal cavity. It was removed in a brief surgery, and Zhang is said to be recovering. !

In Bainbridge Township, Ohio, a 60-yearold man called police on Oct. 22 after firing two warning shots into his backyard, WOIO reported. The unnamed man told officers he was trying to scare an animal away, but when asked if it might have been a bear, he said, “It ain’t no ... bear because it was jiggling my doorknob.” The homeowner went on to tell police the animal had to be Bigfoot because it was 7 feet tall, and it comes to his home every night because neighbors feed it bananas. He also speculated that a woman who was missing from the area was taken by the “creature.” However, officers found no large animal tracks in his yard and suggested he call again if he witnesses anything suspicious.

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As college student Morgan Taylor got her nails done in a High Point, North Carolina, salon on Nov. 20, she was shocked when one of the nail technicians spread out a tarp on the shop floor and began butchering meat with what appeared to be a kitchen knife. “I asked them what it was, because just seeing them unload flesh and bones was a little bit shocking,” Taylor told WFMY. “They said it was deer meat, and they were splitting it up between the workers to take home. It had already been skinned; they were sectioning it.” Taylor reported the shop to the North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners, which told WFMY its “inspectors have not received a complaint within memory of butchering in a cosmetic shop.” It declined to comment further on the open investigation.

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The millennials behind High Point’s Renaissance


f it is not Furniture Market, downtown High Point is basically a ghost town. However, a group of ambitious millennials/High Point natives looks to breathe life back Katie Murawski into the International City. The Triad Artist Collective has Editor come together with a common goal to revitalize downtown High Point by creating a hub for artists and entrepreneurs, as well as setting the foundation of the Downtown High Point Arts District Association. Sara Scott, 24, works as the program coordinator at the High Point Arts Council as well as an event coordinator at Gallery on Main. Scott grew up in High Point, went to Penn-Griffin School for the Arts and is an alumna of Appalachian State University. Coincidentally, Scott and I both graduated the same year at App State, and after meeting for the interview, we quickly realized that our paths had crossed before. When I was the Arts & Entertainment Editor for The Appalachian Newspaper, I edited a story by Makaelah Walters about Reckless Arts Studio, which was an artist collective and gallery in Boone. Scott was a co-founder of Reckless Arts, and so was her now-boyfriend Caleb Wills, 28, the director of operations for The Downtown High Point Arts District Association. Scott said she and Wills want to recreate and improve that concept and bring it to High Point. “That is what we are trying to do here; we are trying to have King Street,” she said. “We need it.” “This is like the grown-up version of that,” Wills said about the Triad Artist Collective. “Same intention, same vibes.” Scott wrote in an email that the mission statement of the Downtown High Point Artist District Association is: “We are dedicated to encouraging local artists and entrepreneurs to pursue business ventures in the downtown High Point area. This will grant regional talent international market exposure. It will provide our young adult population with a thriving artist district. And, this will ultimately build our downtown economy to better serve the Piedmont Triad community, for generations to come.” YES! WEEKLY

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Members of the Triad Artist Collective and Downtown High Point Arts District posing in front of a mural by local artists inside Gallery on Main. From left: Caleb Wills, Jessie Rae Moncla, Watauga, Sara Scott and Daniel Gray Scott said that the formation of the Triad Artist Collective, the Downtown High Point Arts District Association, and the opening of Gallery on Main happened quickly. She acknowledged that the entire venture had been made possible by the owner/founder of Gallery on Main, High Point native and the self-proclaimed “Mayor of Main Street” Charles Simmons. Simmons sought Scott out after talking with Jessie Rae Moncla, a High Pointbased artist. Moncla, 29, is a board member of the 512 Collective and the director of resident artists at the TAC. Moncla said that she heard from a friend of hers that Scott joined the High Point Arts Council and was described as “amazing, young and someone who genuinely cared about High Point.” While Moncla was working part-time at Visual Index in Winston-Salem, she said Simmons came in looking for a different installation, and they started talking about High Point. Moncla said she told Simmons about Scott, and things took off from there. “It was literally like three days that this all happened,” Moncla said. Days before the recent October Furniture Market, Scott and her team (composed of Wills, Moncla, Daniel Gray and Sheena Dawkins) threw together a pop-up show

at the gallery, and they have all been steady at work since. “The longer we spend downtown, the more of a need we are seeing there to be for functional spaces,” Scott said. “Every place that I have lived and spent time in (Caleb, too), there are always downtowns and arts districts where people hang out, and that is typically where young people spend their money. It is not a thing in High Point, and it is not sustainable for our economy.” Scott and Wills said the reason why businesses are deterred from downtown High Point is because the rent is extremely high. “That is why this town is dominated by showrooms,” Wills explained. “They come in and pay $100,000 to a half a million dollars and secure [the spaces] for five years. These people don’t have to deal with any renters or businesses coming in or anyone else except these entities that have these large amounts of cash, which drowns out any kind of local community organization.” “We are really grateful because of Charles and the Simmons family,” Scott added. “They have given us the space for $0 a year. We are not paying anything to be here. Which is another reason that we feel that if we don’t take an opportunity,

this might be the only chance considering that everywhere is half a million dollars for rent.” Scott said they are making a call to the community, and that it is up to other concerned citizens, entrepreneurs and developers to make a High Point Renaissance possible. “Mr. Simmons always says, ‘All the ingredients are there to make a pie but with no one to bake it,’” Scott said. “We definitely have all the pieces here, but we just have to see who is interested.” Scott said a successful and thriving downtown arts district is in need of an active art gallery, an artist residency program, a coffee shop, more Airbnbs, a bookstore, a CBD dispensary, a bar, a tattoo parlor, a boutique, a pharmacy and a corner store that sells beer and cigarettes. And Gallery on Main is on its way to checking off four of those boxes. It is already a fully functioning art gallery that has a small coffee shop, an Airbnb loft, and Moncla said she is presently searching for artists interested in the residency program. The newest development has unfolded within the past week with High Point-based entrepreneur George Steele, Jr., 32, as the future owner of the coffee shop (its name still to be determined) and Seemore’s Speakeasy, a low-key jazz bar


that will be located in the basement of Gallery on Main. Steele grew up in High Point, attended Southwest Guilford High School and graduated from Methodist University in Fayetteville with a degree in business. “I wanted to be involved to bring more to High Point,” Steele said. “With the coffee shop, we are going to do classes to empower entrepreneurs and bring kids out from local schools to teach them about art and entrepreneurship. I want to do yoga meditation as well, and bring something positive to High Point because High Point deserves it, and it is time to have something like that.” Steele said the name “Seemore’s Speakeasy” was chosen out of respect for Simmons because Seemore is his nickname. “We want to show our respect to him, and that is something that he asked,” Steele explained. “We are excited and looking forward to it definitely.” Seemore’s will be an intimate space with exposed brick walls that backs up to the Pit, a once-popular and public graffiti wall. “We want to give the speakeasy an old Chicago/New York feeling, with dim lights and something different,” he said. “Everything around gives you that old mob feeling.” Steele said Seemore’s would be a full bar, and the coffee shop will have Uncle Cheesecake’s cheesecakes as well as other pastries, teas, smoothies, and of course, coffee. “We hope that people use this whole building as a community as its own culture, the art gallery the coffee shop and the bar down here- its a one-stop-shop,” Steele said. “We are shooting to have it open by February 2020 before April’s Furniture Market...We want this to be something with longevity, so we want to make sure we are good with the City on everything.” Steele said it is time for millennials to work together to build on the foundation that the previous generations put in place. “They did a great job, the ones before us, but it is up to us to continue it and to add on and build more so that when we pass it on, they can build on it,” he said. “High Point is my home. I love everywhere else I go, but I take care of home first. We all have great ideas, but a lot of us just don’t go after them. I am taking that leap of faith. Like you see here— different ages, all of us coming together, putting our minds and visions together to create something beautiful.” He hopes other entrepreneurs will look at what they are doing and pitch in to make High Point a better place to live for everyone. Also inside Gallery on Main, is an upstairs ballroom-looking area that serves as an WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

open studio that graffiti artists Jeff Beck and Freddy Garcia have been utilizing. “We are going to try to do as much as we can with the space since it is so spacious,” Moncla said. Moncla and Scott said they want yoga instructors to teach classes there, as well as monthly paint and sip classes taught by Moncla, the artist in residence and others who rent out gallery space. Moncla said that the TAC also wants to collaborate with as many local entities as possible. Presently, they are doing work with the program D-Up, which teaches healthier eating habits to children in Guilford County. For Moncla, one motivating reason for TAC is to give High Point artists the resources they need. She feels that High Point often gets overlooked and that a lot of High Point artists have to travel or move to Winston-Salem or Greensboro for more opportunities. “There is a lot of talent here, and there is a lot of potential here as well,” she said. “I know so many artists in this area that have struggled because there are no resources here. High Point doesn’t invest in the arts as much as they should. I think this is really vital for the artists that live here and that are overlooked oftentimes by the media. I feel like I see articles about murals going up in Greensboro and Winston all the time; there are lots of murals here and public art pieces here that are never covered. If we could give the opportunity for local artists to have space to work, to find their community, to learn, to grow together, I think that would be really beautiful. I have lived here for 15 years—there hasn’t been anything. As an artist, I have always gone to other places to find my artist community. I am so excited to cultivate this creative space.” “We’ve all been going to Greensboro and Winston-Salem for so long,” Scott agreed. “It is time for them to come here. It is our turn; it is High Point’s turn.” Scott estimates that establishing a downtown arts district in High Point is at least a five to 10-year project. She said that the artist communities in both Greensboro and Winston-Salem have dramatically changed the culture in those cities, but it has also become oversaturated. “If we want to keep it in the Triad, the art has to come to High Point, or it is going to leave this area completely,” Scott said. “Creating an arts district obviously isn’t something that can’t happen overnight. Gallery on Main is a very small piece to that puzzle. The Triad Artist Collective, which is our residency program, is such a small part that has to happen down here because nothing downtown can survive alone. It will suffocate and die; we have

lost so many wonderful businesses downtown because of that fact. When Nobles closed and moved to Winston, that was a huge loss for this community... We have to create something that is sustainable for everyone, and the only way to do that is to create an arts district.” Scott said the downtown arts district shouldn’t just exist on Main Street; she wants it to spread throughout the city and connect the dots of other new developments taking place. “We want to go west toward all of those new and exciting things that are happening. We’d also like to go south, too, as it is a super underdeveloped part,” she explained. “The Furniture Market has changed dramatically in our lifetime of living in High Point— it used to be such a big deal, I didn’t go to school during the Furniture Market. We all worked during the Furniture Market; the whole town did. It has changed a lot over the years, it has become a little bit smaller, and as the internet grows and millennials take over that market, the furniture industry will continue to grow smaller. We have to figure out a way to keep bringing people to High Point without 100% solely depending on the Furniture Market.” Sheena Dawkins, 35, is the director of marketing for The Downtown High Point Arts District Association. She said she feels that citizens of High Point often feel left out of Furniture Market, as it is not open to the public. She said TAC is needed to connect locals to their hometown more than anything. “I was so ready to jump on this project because there is nothing here for us, and it is not just about art; it is not just about events, it is about having a space for this community to grow to flourish and evolve,” she said. “We need fresh ideas, they have been in charge, and they have built it up, but it is stagnant.” While the Market is around, however, Scott wants to take advantage of the international exposure and make High Point a destination—something those international visitors look forward to coming to and visiting because “They are not going to keep coming here if we don’t have anything going on here.” Scott stressed that the time is now to start creating and revitalizing High Point’s downtown. “This is an urgent matter. This has to happen now, or High Point will fall behind, and we will lose everything that has been so successful here will just go away forever,” Scott said. “If we lose the draw of High Point and why people come here, where does that leave High Point? I think that is what scares us in a deeper way, especially Daniel, Jessie and me since we are from High Point. It is scary to think about

what could happen to our hometown if we just let it. Is it just going to be a baseball stadium? Are all the decisions just going to be made by the donors in this town, with the majority of them over 65?” According to, the 2017 median age distribution was 36.9 years old, and ages 30-39 make up the largest percentage of people that live in High Point at 13.4%. Those who are ages 60 and older only make up about 11%. “It is important to create a culture in the downtown area with millennials now stepping to the forefront for our vision and to take over the business market for the next 30 years,” said Daniel Gray, owner of Uncle Cheesecake and an event coordinator for Gallery on Main. “It is time for our age group to push society forward and create our own culture.” Coming up, Scott said there are several events happening at Gallery on Main (see some below in “Wanna Go?” and the full list of dates can be found on our website) and that she is looking for people to sit on the board. The Downtown Arts District Association Partners are Brtyche Gallery, 512 Collective, Brittano Studios, Flip Furnishings, Zimmerman Vineyards, The Mind Group, D-Up, and special donors include The Simmons Family and Central Market Showrooms (Scott would like to give a special thanks to Charles Simmons for allowing them to use the space) and The Wills Family. In addition to events, Scott said the loft is available on Airbnb, the studio spaces are available for $100 a month, and event rentals start at $250 a day. For more information, visit the Gallery on Main/TAC website and the Facebook 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.



Dec. 7- Motivational Paint Night, $20, tickets on Eventbrite 6- 10 p.m., Dec. 13- Winter Paint & Sip, $40, tickets on Eventbrite 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Zimmerman Vineyard Wine & Uncle Cheesecake, Taught by Jesse Rae Moncla, Dec. 15- Feliz Navidad! Photos with Santa, free to the public! Zimmerman Vineyard Wine & Uncle Cheesecake as well as snacks and Apple Cider! , Dec. 21- Poetry Slam, 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public! Presented by the House of Brtyche Gallery, Jan. 4- Trash to Treasure Button Art, $20, tickets on Eventbrite, 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Zimmerman Vineyard Wine & Uncle Cheesecake. (More dates and events on the YES! Weekly website). Gallery on Main is located at 100 S. Main St. High Point, (336) 804-0229, Gallery on Main (336) 807-2810, The Triad’s Artist Collective. DECEMBER 4-10, 2019 YES! WEEKLY



‘Not only charismatic but visionary:’ Civil Rights lawyer talks about Black Panther’s legacy Dec. 4, 2019, marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Fred Hampton by the Chicago Police. In 1969, the mainstream American news media unanimously reported that Hampton died in a Ian McDowell “shootout” when a 14-man team of the CPD Special ProsecuContributor tions Unit raided the Black Panther Party chairman’s apartment in search of illegal weapons. What was not reported was that Hampton was shot twice in the head at point-blank range as he slept under the influence of a sedative he was given earlier that evening by an FBI informant. Hampton’s death is now described as murder or assassination in sources ranging from Wikipedia to the National Archives. One of the people responsible for changing the official narrative is Flint Taylor, co-founder of the People’s Law Office of Chicago. Taylor is part of the legal team suing the City of Greensboro, eight Greensboro Police Department officers, Guilford County and two paramedics for the fatal hogtying of Marcus Deon Smith during the 2018 North Carolina Folk Festival. In 1969, Taylor was a second-year Northwestern University law student working with attorneys and legal aids representing activist groups such as the Black Panthers, the Young Lords, and Rising Up Angry. Four months before Hampton’s assassination, Taylor and his associates formed the People’s Law Office on Chicago’s North Side. After the deadly raid, in which Black Panther Party member Mark Clark was also killed, Taylor and several others from the People’s Law Office were called to the bullet-riddled and blood-stained apartment by survivors. The death scene had not been sealed, and for the next 10 days, lawyers and legal aids collected evidence that contradicted police claims. This they turned over to a ballistics expert, who determined that all but one of the bullets came from police guns. That one round was discharged by Clark in a reflexive death convulsion after being shot in the heart as the raiding team stormed into the apartment. A federal grand jury determined that the police fired between YES! WEEKLY

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82 and 99 shots, many into the bedrooms where most of the occupants lay sleeping. In 1970, the People’s Law Office filed a Federal Civil Rights lawsuit against police and prosecutorial officials on behalf of Hampton’s and Clark’s families and the survivors of the raid. Subsequent decades of litigation yielded documentation of FBI involvement in Hampton’s death. In 1976, The Select Committee to Study Governmental OperaFred Hampton before (left) and after death (right) tions concluded that the raid was part of Noble, and Bookmarks). Last Friday, TayCOINTELPRO, a nationwide FBI program lor talked on the phone with YES! Weekly designed to “destroy” the Black Panther about Hampton’s life, death and legacy. movement. Taylor said that, when he met Hampton, But no indictments were ever returned they were both 21 years old, but described against anyone involved with the planthe one who would never grow any older ning or execution of the raid. William as wiser and more mature. O’Neal, the FBI informant who provided “The contrast in his experience and the floor plan of the apartment and his power as a leader, and my young drugged Hampton, admitted his complicand rather immature approach to life in ity before his 1990 suicide. In 1982, the City general, and as a law student in particular, of Chicago, Cook County and the federal is striking as I now look back on it. He was government agreed to each pay $616,333 not only charismatic but visionary.” to nine plaintiffs, including the mothers Taylor talked about Hampton’s work to of Hampton and Clark. The $1.85 million forge the Rainbow Coalition, a multiculsettlement was, at the time, the largest tural political organization he co-founded awarded in a Civil Rights case. with William “Preacherman” Fesperman Two years after litigating that historic of the Young Patriots Organization and settlement, Taylor was co-lead trial counJosé “Cha Cha” Jiménez of the Young sel in the 1985 Winston-Salem federal Lords. They were the first to use the “Raindistrict court case that found two Klansbow Coalition” name and concept. men, three Nazis, two Greensboro police “They called themselves that long beofficers and a police informant liable for fore the term became popular in the Jesse the wrongful death of one person and Jackson campaigns of the 1980s. Fred’s the injuring of two others during the 1979 Rainbow Coalition brought together the Greensboro Massacre. He also took part Puerto Rican Young Lords with such priin the decades-long campaign to bring marily white organizations as the Young criminal charges against Chicago Police Patriots, who were radical young ApCommander Jon Burge, convicted in 2010 palachian emigres, Rising Up Angry, and for lying about torturing suspects. In 2015, Students for a Democratic Society.” this led to a historic $5.5 million-reparaTaylor said that perhaps the most tions package to those tortured while in difficult challenge Hampton faced was police custody during Burge’s command. convincing street gangs such as the BlackAll three of these cases are described stone Rangers to give up drug dealing and in Taylor’s The Torture Machine: Racism fighting and join the coalition. and Police Violence in Chicago, published “That was very visionary and was in March of this year by Haymarket Books partially successful. Of course, we’ll never (available at Scuppernong, Barnes &

know how successful it would have been if Fred had continued to spearhead it.” Hampton, Taylor said, “was not as wellknown as many of the other black leaders targeted in the 1960s, but he was certainly one whom the FBI had on its radar and successfully manipulated the police to assassinate.” Taylor said that the survivors of the raid, as well as the rest of the Black Panther Party membership, immediately believed that the shooting was orchestrated by the FBI and the Nixon administration. “In 1969, there wasn’t yet much evidence, but over the next few years, through our lawsuit and the Washington investigations that came out of Watergate, and such other incidents as the 1971 break-in at the FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania, the plan came to light. It was documented by the FBI under the acronym of COINTELPRO, or “counterintelligence program.” Notable COINTELPRO targets included Muhammed Ali, Eldridge Cleaver, Jane Fonda, Ernest Hemingway, Abby Hoffman, Martin Luther King Jr., John Lennon, John Lewis, Russel Means, Huey Newton and Malcolm X. According to Brian Glick’s War at Home: Covert Action Against U.S. Activists and What We Can Do About It, COINTELPRO methods ranged from psychological warfare and legal harassment to conspiring with local police departments to commit extra-legal violence, up to and including assassinations. Edward Dawson, the GPD and FBI infor-


mant who led the caravan of Klansmen and Nazi gunmen who committed the Greensboro Massacre, was employed by the COINTEL program. “As COINTELPRO moved from targeting the Socialist Workers Party and the Communist Party to targeting the black liberation struggle of the 1960s, the illegal and unconstitutional tactics became more and more violent,” Taylor said. “As the Panthers came on the scene, the violence turned to disruptions that aimed at getting the Panthers and various black street gangs to fight each other, and ultimately to set up the successful assassination of Fred Hampton.” I asked Taylor if he thought the 21stcentury FBI was as malign as its 20thcentury history would suggest, pointing out that recent events have seemed to make some progressives sympathetic to the FBI, if only by having a mutual enemy in Donald Trump. “I think it’s more complicated than that, although the FBI appears opposed to the outrageous and unconstitutional things that Trump has been doing. But you have to look, for example, at the history of Robert Mueller himself, who was in the FBI when there was a very serious attack on civil liberties in the wake of 9/11. You can see vestiges of COINTELPRO in the approach that the FBI takes to what they called ‘Black Identity Extremists,’ as well as how they and other governmental and quasi-government organizations and entities feed information to local sheriffs in order to disrupt the Dakota Access Pipeline protest and to classify the indigenous movement as domestic terrorists.” So, what is Fred Hampton’s legacy? Did it succeed to any degree? “You have to see Fred’s accomplishments in the context of not only himself but the young wave of black leadership in that short period of time before he was assassinated. Look at the Ten-Point Program of the Black Panthers and what they encouraged and actually did to resist the police, from calling out the police as the oppressor in their community to taking on cases of police violence. That was a very strong piece of what was going on in Chicago and across the country. And now, with the Black Lives Matter movement, you see a reflection of that.” Taylor also mentioned the Panther’s Breakfast for Children and the Black Panther Party Free Medical Centers. “The first became a model for governmental children’s breakfast programs. Ronald ‘Doc’ Satchel, one of the Panthers seriously wounded in the raid on Fred Hampton’s apartment, is known as Doc because he was one of the leaders in the creation of the Black Panther medical program. That led to other programs from WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

allied organizations, such as Rising Up Angry starting one that focused on women’s health.” Taylor also called the Panthers leaders in education in impoverished communities, and founders of alternative journalism. “The Black Panther paper was a model for so many other radical and left papers, and I dare say all the way to your paper in some regards.” Taylor said that, while it’s impossible to predict what Hampton would have gone on to do, that all the programs he and his fellow Panthers started in Chicago are part of his legacy. “We see that Bobby Rush, who was the Black Panther Party Minister of Defense, went on to be, and still is, a very influential congressman in Washington. Who knows where Fred would have ended up? But we do know what a remarkable young leader he was in his short life, and how important it is to tell the true narrative of what happened to him and his assassination.” I asked him to recap that narrative. “It started with the lie constructed by the police and the prosecutor who masterminded the raid, that it was a shootout, that the Panthers opened fire and that justified killing them. We documented that it was an assassination, a state-sanctioned killing orchestrated by the COINTELPRO program. It was not only approved in Washington but claimed in FBI documents as a counterintelligence program success.” It’s still unknown which CPD officer shot Hampton in the head, and no member of the raiding party suffered any legal consequences. But the revelations did scuttle the political ambitions of Illinois state attorney Edward Hanrahan, who planned the raid and had been groomed as a successor to Chicago Mayor Richard J. Dailey. That, Taylor said, was not the only positive outcome of the tragedy. “When the local courts acquitted Hanhrahan on the eve of the 1972 election, the black community en masse crossed over and voted him out of office, and that was a powerful political statement by the community. That political statement became the movement that supported the election of the first black progressive and first black mayor in Chicago’s history, Harold Washington, 10 or 11 years later. Many historians agree that one can draw a straight line from the assassination, to the coverup, to the 1972 election, all the way to 1983 when Harold Washington was elected.” ! 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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The queen and his Queendom Queen, aka Josh Gore, 31, rules his Queendom with an iron fist in a velvet glove. The Queendom is based in Greensboro but stretches across the whole state, and it is a collective of artists, Katie Murawski producers and vendors that also acts as a booking agency Editor and mini-Chamber of Commerce. The Queendom is “eight nations under one crown,” and with Queen Gore at its helm, it “is a movement for equality, a movement to ensure everyone feels equal and to ensure honor and integrity are upheld period, no matter where it is,” the Facebook page states. Originally called Crown Prestige, the Queendom was started because 19-yearold Gore noticed at hardcore and metal shows that there was a group of people that made going to those shows not fun for everyone else. Gore said he witnessed them hurt a girl at a hardcore show but no one helped her. He said that is what “woke the dragon up.” “My grandmother, who was by far my best friend and role model— she was my everything— she told me that ‘there is going to be a point in your life when you have to make a choice that defines who you are,’ and it happened in Thomasville of all places,” he explained. “Nobody wanted to help her. I remembered what Nana told me and that was the moment. I put my arms underneath her and I pulled her out of the bar area.” Thus, Crown Prestige was created to ensure that everyone was treated equally and with dignity, as well as to preserve the integrity of the show and its organizers. The name of the collective slowly evolved into The Queendom because of Gore’s royal nickname “Queen.” Gore proudly identifies as a gay man, but when the Queendom was first starting to gain momentum, he said he was scared of being outed. “My biggest fear was that everything that I started, every bit of what I had created would crumble the moment people found out,” he said. That changed when his friend Justin (the one who dubbed him “Queen”) gave him a pep talk. At age 21, Gore said he came out on stage while hosting a Queendom show at the former Green Street Nightclub. Gore said a big part of the Queendom is to proYES! WEEKLY

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tect other LGBTQIA+ people from feeling scared to go out and be themselves. “If there is one way to get the dragon to come out, come after my people,” Gore said. “I dare you, I dare anybody. If anyone comes for people I care about, it does not go well for them. Sometimes I feel like a mafia queen,” he added with a laugh. He said that he wants to use The Queendom to improve internal LGBTQIA+ relations because Greensboro’s queer community could be a lot kinder to each other. “If nobody does anything to make it better, it is not going to get better,” he said. “I am grateful that we have one, which is a start. We have a mayor right now that is a huge advocate for us. All it takes is enough

people to say ‘Hey, we believe this can work’ and it will work. We have every outlet we need, we just need to do something. If we are isolating ourselves, nothing is going to get better.” In addition to being an LGBTQIA+ advocate, Gore is also very active in politics and local activism. He is very passionate about public service. He has mentored at-risk youth in Philadelphia, canvased for the progressive activist group Working America, and, most recently, organized a counter-protest against the three Westboro Baptist Church members who came to Greensboro and High Point last month. “I have broken so many stereotypes and so many walls down for our community, especially in [Greensboro],” Gore said. “That is what I like to do with The Queendom. It is a way for genuine people to have a big stage.” Gore said that the Queendom is made up of 61 people and has set up camp at various bars and nightclubs throughout the Triad since its inception. The former Johnny & June’s in Winston-Salem was the first spot, then the former Club House/Shiners in Greensboro, and now Club Orion, aka “The Castle” as Gore calls it, is the current Queendom headquarters.

Looking forward, The Queendom has a few more events in 2019 and then Gore said he will start preparing for the biggest event, The Queendom Homecoming, and that will be held in March 2020. Gore said Homecoming is when all the members of The Queendom get together for a two-day festival. At Orion’s, Gore said that The Queendom will be hosting “Fetish After Dark,” which will be on the last Saturday of each month. On Dec. 6 at New York Pizza, The Queendom will be hosting “The Marketplace on Tate Street” from 2 to 9 p.m. On Dec. 7, The Queendom will be hosting “A Regal RagerThe Queen’s Birthday Bash” at Orion’s from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m., which will celebrate Gore’s birthday. Then, on Dec. 27 at Orion’s is “Dubstate: The EDM Dance Party Winter Edition” from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. To learn more about The Queendom and to stay in the loop, visit The Queendom’s Facebook page, TheQueendomNC.\ ! 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.


Law puts more women on boards Back in May, I wrote about Sen. Kamala Harris’ proposed “Equal Pay Certification” program, which, if adopted, would make it illegal for companies to pay their female Jim Longworth employees less than males doing the same job. Longworth “Under our plan, at Large for the first time in American history, companies will be held responsible for demonstrating they are not engaging in pay discrimination,” Harris’ website states. Harris’ plan follows other attempts to legislate away pay disparities, such as the Equal Pay Act of 1963, a year when women were paid 59 cents for every dollar earned by a man. But JFK’s Act fell short for a couple of reasons. For one thing, it initially only applied to women in blue-collar jobs. For another, any


woman with a claim had to file a sex discrimination complaint, and then argue her case before a supervisor who was almost always a male. In 1972, the EPA was finally amended to include women in white-collar jobs, but the pay disparity levels only improved slightly, as was the case in 2009 when President Obama signed the Fair Pay Act into law. So just how bad is the pay gap today? The American Association of University Women conducted a study in 2018, which concluded that white women are paid about 80 cents for every dollar paid to a man doing the same job. That number falls to 61 cents for black women and 53 cents for Latina women. In North Carolina, women earn about 84 cents for every dollar paid to a man, but that’s only an improvement of one penny from four years ago. Even worse, the pay gap isn’t expected to close until the year 2060. I believe that one reason the gender pay gap hasn’t improved is because most corporations are still run by men. In fact, according to a 2015 report by, there are only 48

female CEOs heading up the top 1,000 companies. I can’t prove that closing the pay gap isn’t a priority for most male executives, but the lack of progress made over the past decade in that regard is a good indicator. That means the problem is coming from the top. The California legislature must agree with me because they recently passed the first-ever law that would require publicly held corporations to put women on their boards of directors. The new law would require those companies to place at least one woman on their boards by the end of this year. Companies with at least five board members must have two women on the board by 2021, and boards of six or more members must include at least three women by that same deadline. The penalties for noncompliance will be severe. According to the Associated Press, companies who fail to “report their board compositions” to the state face a $100,000 fine, and if they fail to meet the deadlines for inclusion, they will pay $100,000 for the first violation and “$300,000 for subsequent violations.”

The bad news is that the California law is being challenged in court by two different organizations that claim it violates provisions in both the state and federal constitutions. The good news is that California lawmakers are on the right side of the pay disparity issue, and judges will be hard-pressed to rule against a substantive effort to reform a corporate culture that discriminates against the majority of its workforce. Beyond that, we here in North Carolina should push our own General Assembly to embrace and adopt California’s new law, because putting more women in the board room can lead to a change in corporate priorities, among them to close the pay gap now instead of waiting until 2060. I said it before, and I’ll say it again: Women shouldn’t have to wait 40 more years for something they should have had in the first place. ! JIM LONGWORTH is the host of Triad Today, airing on Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. on ABC45 (cable channel 7) and Sundays at 11 a.m. on WMYV (cable channel 15).






The unsinkable Party Battleship plays Winston-Salem


iddle age can present a problem for rockers. Rock music is basically an energetic celebration of youthful innocence, rebellion and atJohn Adamian titude. So when you @adamianjohn hit your 40s, the pose can seem a bit off, or desperate, like Contributor someone oblivious to the passage of time, grasping for bygone glory days. (Then again, perhaps the older generations have shown the way: if Keith Richards, Billy Gibbons and Tina Turner can keep their sizzle, maybe death is the only thing that should make the music stop.) The Charlotte quartet Party Battleship has embraced the challenge and found a way to navigate that terrain. Their press info boldly claims that they’re 100 years old as a band. That is, the band members have over 100 years playing live music in bands collectively. They’re all in their 40s. They’re all seasoned rockers. They say they like to think of themselves as the coolest middle-aged rock band in the region. The music industry may be continuing its slow-motion implosion, clubs may be shuttering, and a new generation of listeners may not be as enamored of the intimate small-venue live-music experience as previous ones were, but Party Battleship powers ahead, on course, chugging toward the port of call where riffage, hooks and melodies are the prime values. The band, fronted by Shalini Morris, comes to Heyday Guitars in Winston-Salem on Dec. 7. Morris lived in the Triad for years and has loads of musical connections here, having fronted the power-pop trio Shalini in the 2000s, backed by former members of Let’s Active during much of that period. In the 1990s, Shalini, whose last name was Chatterjee at the time, had a Bay Area group called Vinyl Devotion, and before that she was in a band called Kissyfish in the Madison, Wisconsin area, where she’d gone to college. The power-pop vibe has been strong in her music for decades. “I grew up on Pat Benatar,” said Morris, who spoke with me by phone from her home in Charlotte over the Thanksgiving weekend. The Beatles and Elvis left an YES! WEEKLY

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imprint at an early age, too. Party Battleship is made up of members who all played in other bands, several of which will be familiar to anyone who’s followed the Charlotte music scene over the last 25 years. Bassist Adam Roth was in Bellglide. Multi-instrumentalist and arranger John Morris, Shalini’s husband, was a member of Tyre Fyre, Snagglepuss, and Come On Thunderchild. (Morris is also a painter who created individual paintings for each song on the record.) Drummer Jason Perkins will sit in with the band for the Winston-Salem show. Party Battleship released their debut album, “Cake + Flames,” in 2017. The record is built around bright and crunchy power-pop tunes, with a lot of distinct male-female vocal harmonies. The sound is efficient and energetic without being excessively minimalist or hyper. The album opens with “Theme Song,” a song with a melody that hops up and dips back. “It’s not for a lack of precision, it’s not that our sympathies failed,” Shalini sings. This is rock that’s not rooted in the blues, and it’s also devoid of a lot of the poses of disaffection and brooding

aggression. Bands like Cheap Trick, the Bangles, Teenage Fanclub, and the Mendoza Line come to mind when listening to Party Battleship. The band also bears a slight sonic similarity to Game Theory, whose frontman, Scott Miller, worked on Shalini’s Vinyl Devotion releases, and to whom she was married for a time. Shalini and her bandmates have kept Party Battleship focused on moving forward, on deliberate, incremental progress. “I like the concept of continuous improvement. It’s energizing,” she said. The music shows its familiarity and debts to the past, but it’s not engaged in any kind of slavish period-piece, wax museum reproduction of previous eras. In fact, the whole notion of being stuck in the past is set up as something to be avoided in “Lilac Dust,” one of the record’s strongest tracks. “Don’t live in other times. Don’t live in other lives,” Shalini sings. The song is about social media saturation and the ways that people spend so much effort posturing to present an idealized version of themselves, envying the similarly fictionalized depictions of other people’s lives.

“It was about Facebook and how people sugarcoat their lives,” Shalini said. Another track, “The Fifth Season,” might summon a distant comparison to the hybridized New Wave arena pop of Foreigner. While working on the batch of songs that went into the debut record, Shalini said she had a minor writing breakthrough by pretending that she was writing the songs for someone else to sing (which, in some cases she was doing, since her husband, John, ended up taking the lead vocals on a few of the songs). The band is patiently working on a new bundle of songs for a record they hope to release in 2020. “We’re really taking our time. There’s no deadline,” Shalini said. “We’re not secondguessing ourselves.” She said her approach to writing has always involved creating an excess of material and then putting much of it on the discard pile. “I throw a lot of songs out,” she said. “I’ve always had a winnowing-out process. I’ve never stuck something on a record that I thought was really crappy. I put myself through a rigorous quality check.” Some people look at the operational metabolism of a band like Party Battleship and think that the schedule of playing small gigs on the weekends, connecting with a small audience, driving a few hours to get home and slowly chipping away at assembling new records is too difficult to pull off while remaining creative and optimistic, and having a life. But Shalini likens the thrill of making music in a group setting with shared struggles and shared rewards to the rush that runners or players of a team sport get by training and hitting their long-term goals. “I have this personality where the harder it gets, the harder I’m going to go for it,” she said. “It’s more important to do this now than ever.” ! 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.



See Party Battleship at Heyday Guitars, 414 Brookstown Ave., Winston-Salem, on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m.


You better watch out, Krampus is coming Terra Blue looks to establish a new downtown Greensboro holiday tradition, for the pagans and the persecuted, with a visit from Krampus on Dec. 7. “Krampus thinks he hasn’t been given Katei Cranford a fair shake and he’s demanding his job back. Come and supContributor port him in his effort, and get a photo with him, too,” reads the event description. Terra Blue, a shop for “coffee, beads and otherworldly goods,” is owned and operated by married-duo Sarah and Allen McDavid, and serves as an outlet for pagan cultures and new age practices, hosting daily readings and astrological events. Following the success of their Samhain Soiree in October (a public component of their three-day pagan conference called “the Gathering”), Terra Blue hopes to establish more recurring traditions with a nontraditional flare. “This will be our first year hosting Krampus,” said Allen McDavid, the man behind the various Ribfests throughout the state and the Carolina Caledonian Scottish festival in Fayetteville. “I’ve wanted to do it for a long time, but the other events I produced kept me swamped,” he explained. “Since learning of Krampus, I’ve been interested in the cultural and religious significance of the character. From my perspective, it seems clear that he is ‘The Horned One’ from the European Pagan Pantheon, demonized by the Christian Church, as has been the case for pagan deities for the last 2,000 years.” Officially “sidelined by fascists” in 1934, according to the brochure, Krampus is ready to rise as a holiday mascot for the modern age, symbolic of vilified minorities and relevant to current affairs, for the underdogs and otherworldly. Photographer Chad Perry will be taking professional photos of folks with Krampus—Santa style—with a green screen background of the attendee’s choosing. Refreshments of coffee, cider and hot chocolate will be on hand, and their neighbors at the Gate City Candy Company will be involved in some tasty fashion, though McDavid couldn’t give WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

details. “Suffice to say, it will be sweet,” he said. There’ll also be Krampus merchandise available—Terra Blue is a retail store alongside its spiritual nature, and ‘tis the season for this adorable off-thebeaten-path shop, located on South Elm Street in Greensboro. Having opened in December 1999, they’re one of the oldest boutiques in downtown and will host a 20th-anniversary party on Dec. 20. “In our expansion plans is a desire to provide a coffee and wine shop for our people to gather and interact without any fear of judgment or damnation,” McDavid said. “A store like ours naturally attracts folks who tend to think and act differently than what some might consider normal, whether it be their spirituality, self-definition or relationship preferences.” “We revel in the diversity and the insight and knowledge they bring,” he added. As downtown has grown, and traditions come-and-gone, Terra Blue maintains its commitment to being a “safe harbor for folks who flow against the mainstream.” Krampus’ visit is lighthearted, but there’s reverence for observing the significance of Yule—where the longest nights of the year signal the sun’s return. From the darkness comes the light, and McDavid hopes attendees will engage in relevant conversations around pagan beliefs and traditions. Notoriously incorporating many Yuletide customs, Christmastime is ingrained in our culture across religions. “One of the benefits of the Christian Church adopting so many pagan practices for Christmas is most of the nonreligious celebrations fit rather nicely into our belief system,” McDavid noted. Celebrating rebirth with merry and mistletoe, feasts and fun, and making wishes to strangers in bright outfits, it all folds together. A parent of ‘80s-babies, McDavid fondly remembers Greensboro traditions of the past. Visits to the Chapman Street Santa were among “the seasonal have-to-dos,” he said. “I also took the girls to see Santa at the old Forum VI mall,” he added. “That guy remains the best Santa I’ve ever seen.” The Festival of Lights and Greensboro Holiday Parade live on as welcomed traditions among the Terra Blue family. “I’m happy that it’s such a good one,” McDavid said. “I took my kids to it over

the years, and now that I have a 4-yearold grandson, I’m hoping to take him.” But McDavid’s grandson will probably have to wait until next year. The 2019 parade falls just a few short hours before Krampus comes, and the folks at Terra Blue need time to prepare their shop for photo-ops and a horned deity done wrong.

Terra Blue hopes to start a new holiday tradition, in honor of the Old Ones, with a Visit From Krampus on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 6-9 p.m., at 518 S. Elm St. in downtown Greensboro. ! KATEI CRANFORD is a Triad music nerd who hosts the Tuesday Tour Report, a radio show that plays like a mixtape of touring bands, 5-7 p.m. on WUAG 103.1FM.

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[VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) News from an old friend could lead to an unexpected (but nonetheless welcome) reunion with someone who had once been very special in your life. Be open to the possibilities.

[CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Someone you believe has hurt you in the past might now need your help. Reaching out could be difficult. But the generous Goat will be able to do the right thing, as always.

[TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your Bovine determination helps you deal with an unforeseen complication. And, as usual, you prove that when it comes to a challenge, you have what it takes to take it on.

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I’ve started dating a guy that an estranged friend of mine was engaged to and dumped 25 years ago. She completely broke his heart. She’s been engaged eight times, Amy Alkon married five, so I hardly think he was Advice special. But some of my girlfriends think Goddess it’s not cool and say I’m breaking “girl code.” Am I betraying her? —In A Quandary When you put your old couch out on the curb, you don’t get to make a bunch of restrictions about who can pick it up: “Free sofa! (Except for that hussy Linda and her nasty sisters.)” It is cruel to take up with a guy who’s just dumped and devastated a friend of yours. But this woman is your ex-friend, and it isn’t like she’s lying in the dark, weeping over a sock he left at her place. In fact, they were engaged 25 years ago, and she dumped him. Yet, here you are, having “girl code” invoked on you. “Girl code,” like “guy code,” is a deterrent to would-be mate poachers, powered by peer pressure. However, girl code tends to play out differently from guy code. Psychologist Joyce Benenson, who researches evolved sex differences, finds that males, from early childhood on, are verbally and physically direct with one

another in a way girls and women are not: “Bro, that’s my girlfriend you just dissed. You’re gonna need directions to the ER.” Women, on the other hand, are covert competitors, undermining rather than openly attacking their female rivals. Benenson and other researchers believe this strategy evolved so women could avoid physical violence, which could harm their reproductive parts or leave them incapable of fulfilling their role as their children’s primary caretaker. Women instead use sabotaging tactics like informational warfare — the threat of reputation-destroying gossip — and social exclusion. Referencing “girl code” is part of this, revving up a woman’s fears of being ostracized and creating a virtual moat around a man. Unlike in the male world of “Fight Club,” where the rules are clear — “The first rule of fight club is you do not talk about fight club” — the rules of girl code are nebulous, unspoken. Because women compete in sneaky and undermining ways, this nebulousness makes potential transgressions of girl code more dangerous and powerful. So in deciding whether to continue with this guy, you should understand that there could be real costs for you for being thought to have violated girl code. Can you weather those costs? Is it worth it to continue with this guy? Focus not on what’s fair but on what’s realistic. Some women will talk trash about you — and never mind the fact that the guy was dumped decades ago by a woman who swaps out her husbands more often than most of us replace the kitchen sponge.

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I’m a 32-year-old woman, and I went on one date with a guy I’d been talking to online. We have texted some since our date but haven’t made solid plans to hang again. Basically, he’ll text me and we’ll chat, and then I won’t hear from him for a week. The waiting is making me really obsessive. I find myself constantly wanting to text him. I know I shouldn’t chase him, but the urge is so strong. What’s going on? —Disturbed Sometimes, when two people get engaged, the intended groom is the last to know. The guy asks you, “So, whatcha up to Saturday? Wanna grab a coffee?” And you’re like, “I thought we’d have an afternoon wedding. But coffee’s fine, too.” It should help to understand that this sort of crazy — the intense desire to text him — doesn’t come out of some magical, vine-covered mental love fountain within you. In fact, there’s nothing romantic about it. It’s just the mechanics of our human motivational system, which works like a machine. Russian psychologist and psychiatrist Bluma Zeigarnik discovered that just as pressure in a machine builds

up and needs to be released, tasks we’ve left incomplete seem to cause emotional tension — seriously uncomfortable feelings, a sort of mental itching. This motivates us to do the thing we’ve left undone so we can stop feeling so unsettled. So, sure, you like the guy, but one date in, you’re dying to text him not because he’s “the one” but because you’re suffering through what I like to describe as the emotional version of a really bad need to pee. Reminding yourself that it’s just psychological hydraulics might help you weather the discomfort of not texting and then be all cool when the guy eventually calls: “Jason? Jason who? ... Oh, right! Heyyy! Hold on a sec,” you say, as you descend the ladder and put down the glue roller you’ve been using to wallpaper your bedroom ceiling with huge blown-up photos of his face. ! GOT A problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or e-mail ( © 2019 Amy Alkon Distributed by Creators.Com.






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