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When I recently discovered OrganicAF, a locally-owned juice shop tucked away in High Point; I decided to give in to the curiosity. For the owners of ORGANICAF, Matthew and Priscilla Williams, juicing began at home. Priscilla decided to start making juices to stay healthy and was able to get her three children to drink them when they opted out of snacks and other food. 10 Roller derby isn’t as mean as most people may think. There is a whole lot of love in this sport. I asked a few of my fellow Greensboro Roller Derby league-mates about their LOVE FOR DERBY and how they met the love of their life through derby. 11 The RiverRun International Film Festival’s ongoing “RiverRun Retro” series is locked and loaded for its next special event: A screening of the classic 1957 Western 3:10 TO YUMA, starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin, and based on Elmore Leonard’s short story. 12 The music of DAVID SHAPIRO, who performs solo acoustic guitar compositions under the name Alexander, might be ideally made for a hushed and introspective set-
ting. Shapiro will play a free show at Bright Leaf Books in Winston-Salem on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. Bookstores and live music don’t automatically seem like a great fit. 16 NC COMEDY FESTIVAL GUIDE 18 The third and final movie based on the internationally bestselling series by E.L. James, FIFTY SHADES FREED is the best film in the trilogy that began with 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey and continued with 2017’s Fifty Shades Darker. Before we start popping champagne bottles... 24 In 1997, as a senior at Grimsley High School Meredith Gorham laid eyes on her FUTURE HUSBAND, Chris Gorham at Jake’s Billiards (when it was located on Friendly Avenue) while he was taking a break from Greensboro College due to a soccer-related injury. 25 One result of the city’s controversial transfer of CAFÉ EUROPA’s space in the Cultural Center to the nonprofit Greensboro Parks Downtown, Inc. has been a public outpouring of love for that elegant but unpretentious European-style bistro. This Valentine’s Day article is about that love.
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WHAT: Join Camel City Jazz Orchestra for an evening of fine dining and dancing to the classic sounds of big band music. Admission includes a plated three-course dinner with table service followed by dessert and sparkling wine. Suggested wine pairings and selections from a full bar will be available for purchase. Choose a cozy two-top, join a community table, or reserve a larger private table for your group. WHEN: 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Millennium Center. 101 W 5th St., Winston-Salem. MORE: $75 tickets.
WHAT: Growing up in the rural parts of northern Washington and currently calling Portland, Oregon home, Anna Tivels music reflects both the stark colors of small town life and the hard, sharp lines of the city. Annas newest album, Small Believer, was called by NPR a compassionate chronicle of those lives often overlooked, simultaneously clear-eyed and open to dreaming. WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Centennial Station Arts Center. 121 S. Centennial Street, High Point. MORE: $5 admission.
WHAT: Josephine County combines the talents of four powerful traditional musicians (Colleen Raney, Erica Shipman, Hanz Araki, and Matt Shipman) into one exceptional musical experience ranging from the United States to Ireland and back. WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: Muddy Creek Music Hall. 5455 Bethania Road, Winston-Salem. MORE: $16-18 tickets.
WHAT: The High Point Historical Society invites you to I Heart the Museum, a Valentines-themed event that showcases the collections, resources, and programs of the High Point Museum. Visit behind the scenes collections archives with artifacts never before exhibited to the public. Learn from the experts about how to conduct research with the Online Collections Database. WHEN: 1 p.m. WHERE: High Point Museum. 1859 E. Lexington Ave., High Point. MORE: Free entry.
WHAT: The Guilford Heart Ball promises to be an engaging evening of fun and celebration bringing business and community leaders together. The evening celebrates: our work and mission; our donors and volunteers; and — most importantly — the lives saved and improved because of everyone’s effort. Last year, the Heart Ball campaign raised just over $71 million nation-wide allowing us to fund life-saving research and prevention programs in your community and across the country. WHERE: Cadillac Service Garage. 304 East Market Street, Greensboro. MORE: For tickets and info: 336-542-4832
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THE IDIOT BOX PRESENTS INAUGURAL NORTH CAROLINA COMEDY FESTIVAL BY KATIE MURAWSKI
A six-day long comedy festival featuring around 250 comedians is coming to Greensboro from Feb. 19 through 24. The North Carolina Comedy Festival is presented by The Idiot Box located below Geeksboro Coffee & Beverage Company and is spread out along four venues: The Idiot Box, High Point Theatre, Carolina Theatre and the Community Theatre of Greensboro’s The Starr Theatre. This festival is headlined by not one, but multiple well-known and respected comedians such as Sasheer Zamata, Todd Glass, Eddie Pepitone, Ms. Pat, Mo Alexander plus improv and sketch and Eddie Brill with Andy Forrester, Commonwealth Improv and Robot Johnson. Co-owner of the Idiot Box and co-coordinator of the festival, Jennie Stencel said this comedy festival is the first one put-on by the Idiot Box, and it is the first of its kind in Greensboro. “This is really large, and typically festivals aren’t this long,” she said. “And they don’t encompass so many different types of comedy.” She said The Idiot Box has wanted to do a festival of its own for a while, but “didn’t want to steal anybody’s thunder.”
However, after noticing various comedy festivals pop up in North Carolina, Stencel wanted to do this festival a totally different way. “I am really excited because, of the 120 regular comics, you wouldn’t recognize their name necessarily, any one of these people could have their own Netflix special,” she said. Of the 250 comedians, Stencel said 120 of them are stand-up comedians, and 40 of which are from North Carolina. Among those 40 are Stencel and other performers who have come from The Idiot Box as well. She said that Greensboro has a wonderful, underground stand-up comedy scene that may not be as well-known. “It is a very supportive, fun [comedy] scene here, and is incredibly diverse,” she said. “Which is part of the reason I love doing comedy in Greensboro, you never know who is going to be in your audience.” Tickets range from $12 to $35 and $50 and up for preferred seating. Some of these ticket prices include a meal within the price. Check out nccomedyfestival. com for more information and to see the full schedule turn to page 16 and 17. !
NCDOT RE-SCHEDULED PUBLIC MEETING ON FEB. 27 REGARDING THE PROPOSED WIDENING OF ARCHALE ROAD (S.R. 1577 / S.R. 1004) FROM ROBBINS COUNTRY ROAD (S.R. 1567) TO NORTH MAIN STREET (S.R. 1009) IN RANDOLPH AND GUILFORD COUNTIES STIP Project No. U-3400 The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes widening Archdale Road (S.R. 1577 / S.R. 1004) from Robbins Country Road (S.R. 1567) to North Main Street (S.R. 1009) from existing three and two lanes to three lanes with a center turn lane in Archdale. A public meeting will be held at Open Door Baptist Church located at 135 W White Drive on Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to inform the public of the project and gather public input on the proposed design. Maps of the study area, environmental features and proposed typical sections will be available on the project website for public review and comment. The public may attend at any time during the public meeting hours. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and receive comments. Comments and information received will be taken into consideration as work on the project develops. Written comments or questions can also be submitted at the meeting or later by March 20, 2018. Please note that there will not be a formal presentation. Project maps are available online at http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/publicmeetings/. For additional information contact Jeffrey L. Teague, PE, NCDOT Division 8 Project Manager by phone: (910) 944-2344 or via email at jlteague@ncdot. gov; or by mail: 902 N Sandhills Blvd., Aberdeen, NC 28315.
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OrganicAF can’t be ‘beet’
ypically, I am pretty excited about trying new health trends. I had previously heard of natural juice and juice cleanses helping celebrities lose weight, Jennifer Zeleski along with their prospective promises such as detoxing your Contributor body and helping to fight infections. But even with the ample publicity, it always seemed a little far-reaching. I was never fully convinced by grocery-store samples or popular blog posts that the health benefits were notable. When I recently discovered OrganicAF, a locally-owned juice shop tucked away in High Point; I decided to give in to the curiosity. For the owners of OrganicAF, Matthew and Priscilla Williams, juicing began at home. Priscilla decided to start making juices to stay healthy and was able to get her three children to drink them when they opted out of snacks and other food. When they weren’t able to make it themselves, they had to find other sources and were discouraged with their lengthy drives to Winston-Salem and Greensboro at the time. Seeing the need in the High Point community, they decided to start sharing their homemade juice with their neighborhood in small batches. “We started handing out samples at our local pool that had a little label on the bottle,” Priscilla said. “And it just took off.” Matthew took the opportunity to make a career change and give the community what it wanted by opening the store in August of 2017. He now owns and operates the store full time, and Priscilla continues to work as an ICU nurse at High Point Regional Hospital. “He makes it taste good, and I tell you why it’s good for you,” Priscilla said. “We really want to make sure everyone is knowledgeable about what they’re drinking and why they’re drinking.” Priscilla took it upon herself to create
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ImmuneAF, StrongAF and AmazingAF wellness shots are popular products at OrganicAF an informative nutritional guide that lists the benefits of each juice and states that each 16-ounce bottle is made with 3-5 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables that are coldpressed to ensure the juice maintains its nutritional value, with no added preservatives or sugar, and no dairy. With high confidence in a medicaltrained professional, I felt comfortable with trying products that listed how they were going to help my body, and the ingredient lists were impressive. DarkAF was one of the more intimidating juices I tried that gets its name from one of its primary ingredients, activated charcoal. It has a tart taste and commonly sells out on weekends thanks to its reputation for curing hangovers and flushing toxins from the body. Despite the eerily black color, the taste was just as refreshing as homemade lemonade. But if you’re nursing a hangover, I wouldn’t guzzle it too quickly. Aside from freshly-squeezed juices, OrganicAF also offers a variety of freshly made nut milk and homemade nut butter. Their famous WokeAF is the by far the best product I tasted. Made with almond milk, cold brew coffee, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla, it tastes better than your go-to latte. You’ll want to get one early since
they tend to sell out, but if you need a pickme-up with a sweet twist — and without the guilt of dairy — try it. For chocolate lovers, RoastedAF features cacao and has the chocolaty flavor you would find in a mocha latte. Not to worry caffeine-free friends, they also offer each without the energy boost. The other high-selling item found in their fridges are the 4-ounce wellness shots that can help with anything from inflammation to boosting your mood. If you’re looking to fight off unwelcome germs, go for the ImmuneAF made from grapefruit, ginger and lemon. Beware, it is sour and refreshing but is a good one to grab while trying to prevent yourself from catching the winter plague. “The reason why it is a shot is [because] they’re a more condensed version,” Priscilla said. “It’s really strong and powerful, but gives you overall wellness.” The menu has expanded since their opening to include smoothies, grab-and-go salads and Instagram-worthy smoothie bowls. Their “LovedAF” bowl is available in honor of Valentine’s Day for a limited time. It may seem trendy or overrated to some, but as a former non-believer, there is something for everyone to try and it’s worth taking your health into consider-
ation. The juices can replace your favorite sports drink or soda, the shots can be a quick immune-system stimulant and the nut milk can increase your protein intake. Overall, the store has a welcoming atmosphere and an emphasis on a healthy mindset for its customers. Priscilla and Matthew genuinely care about nutrition and the quality of their products, and the calm atmosphere is welcoming. The High Point community has an accessible location for freshly-squeezed juice that’s “Always Fresh.” For anyone looking to try to kickstart healthier choices, there are a variety of options for anything you’re looking for, and it’s as easy as grabbing it from the fridge. You can taste a sample and take Priscilla’s word for it; you will understand and learn from what’s going into your body. “I find that when people drink something that is good for them, they feel better,” Priscilla said. “I mean the results are there, you can’t deny it. You have more energy, you feel better, and that can encourage you.” ! JENNIFER ZELESKI is a student contributor to YES! Weekly. She is originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Communications at High Point University.
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Love on wheels: Greensboro Roller Derby talks love, derby
oller derby isn’t as mean as most people may think. Sure, sometimes we hit each other around the track with our hips, but it is all for a Katie Murawski greater good: to grow and strengthen each other’s skills. There Editor is a whole lot of love in this sport. I asked a few of my fellow Greensboro Roller Derby league-mates about their love for derby and how they met the love of their life through derby. Ashley and Mariah Ferguson (also known as Emma Ture and Roby Wan Kenobi, respectively) met each other through derby and have been together for two and a half years. The Fergusons got married last October and they both have never formally competed against each other. Ashley wrote in a Facebook message that they have both been on the same home team (Elm Street Nightmares) and travel team (Gate City Allstars). Ashley wrote that when Mariah joined GSORD, she was paired with her as a mentor. Mariah wrote that if it hadn’t been for roller derby, the couple would have never met. “Different things brought us to the sport at separate times, but I am so glad our
paths finally crossed!” Ashley wrote in a Facebook message. Ashley wrote that derby had brought them closer together because it allows them to be each other’s “cheerleader and biggest fan.” She wrote that it also pushes them to be better versions of themselves. “It really allows you to celebrate the person you love while they are doing something they love,” Ashley wrote. “This is a tough sport; it teaches you how to overcome struggle and not sweat the small stuff.” Mariah wrote that her fondest memory of Ashley off-track was one year into their relationship on her birthday when they ate sushi with Mariah’s mother. Ashley wrote that her fondest memory with Mariah on-track is anytime they can play around with each other while skating. “She always knows how to make me laugh and put a smile on my face,” she wrote. “I absolutely adore this woman! (Roby Wan) allows me to be myself completely and constantly encourages me. It’s pretty amazing to have your wife, best friend, and teammate all wrapped up in the same package.” Sadie Spaugh (aka Coccyx Blocker or CB) and Amanda White (aka AT Sixit) just got engaged this past December at the GSORD end of the year party after spending almost two years with each other. They plan to get married on Oct. 26 of this year. Spaugh said they met at a mutual friend’s birthday party, held at a skating rink. “It wasn’t love-at-first-sight, but definitely an extreme interest in who the
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Left: Amanda White and Sadie Spaugh freshly engaged in their onesies other was and how we could get to know each other,” Spaugh wrote in a Facebook message. Spaugh said White had been playing derby for many years, however, she was taking time off when they met. White soon joined GSORD where Spaugh was skating after they began dating. “Derby has pushed our bodies and minds to the limit, and being able to experience that with each other has only
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made our bond stronger,” Spaugh wrote in a Facebook message. “Also, derby takes up a lot of your time, so it’s nice to have your partner there with you through it all. Derby teaches every athlete about self-worth and confidence, so as we grow stronger as individuals, we grow even closer as a couple.” Spaugh plays on the Elm Street Nightmares home team and with the travel team Greensboro Counterstrike, while White plays on the Battleground Betties home team and with the travel team Gate City Allstars. Even though the couple is on different teams, Spaugh wrote that she likes playing against White better than playing alongside her. “Though we work well on the track together I love being on the opposing team,” Spaugh wrote. “Though I don’t get the upper hand a lot, those times when I can land a really good hit on her are the best! But if you ask Amanda, she would probably say she would rather play with me!” Spaugh wrote that her fondest memory on-track with White has been in a particular scrimmage where White was jamming and “not paying attention.” “I was on the opposing team as a blocker, and I landed a gorgeous hit on her, and she went flying to the outside,” Spaugh wrote. “It will always make me laugh!” Spaugh wrote that she owes derby her life because of everything it has given her. “Through derby, I found myself, and discovered my worth as a person and was able to put my life back together pieceby-piece,” Spaugh wrote. “And then a year later, [derby] gave me the greatest gift I could have ever asked for, it gave me Amanda. As we plan our fall wedding, I can’t believe what a wild ride it has been, but I am so thankful for every minute of it. She is my best friend, my life partner and my teammate. I wouldn’t have it any other way.” ! 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.
Want to see the love of roller derby in action? Check out the team’s Facebook page (@GreensboroRollerDerby) and website (www.greensbororollerderby.com/schedule-score/) to view the schedule. The first home-bout of the season is March 10 at the Greensboro Coliseum Hall B from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
RiverRun Retro saddles up for 3:10 to Yuma The RiverRun International Film Festival’s ongoing “RiverRun Retro” series is locked and loaded for its next special event: A screening of the classic 1957 Western 3:10 to Yuma, starring Mark Burger Glenn Ford and Van Heflin, and based on Contributing Elmore Leonard’s short story. columnist The screening takes place Feb. 20 in Winston-Salem at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, with special guest Peter Ford, son of Glenn Ford and Eleanor Powell, in attendance. Ford, the only child of the two Hollywood superstars and the author of the critically acclaimed biography Glenn Ford: A Life, will be joined by RiverRun executive director Rob Davis for an on-stage discussion before the film. Following the screening, there will be a reception and book-signing, with copies of Glenn Ford: A Life available for purchase. Peter Ford will also have a book signing 7:30 p.m. Monday at Scuppernong Books, located at 304 S. Elm St. in Greensboro the night before the SECCA screening. 3:10 to Yuma is a tightly-wound tale of retribution and redemption, with Ford cast against type as ruthless outlaw Ben Wade, whose gang has been terrorizing the Arizona territory in the late 1880s. Wade is captured in the small town of Bisbee, but his henchmen (led by Richard Jaeckel) escape and lay in wait for an opportunity to free him. To ensure that Wade is transported to justice – and away from Bisbee – local businessman Mr. Butterfield (Robert Emhardt) offers $200 to anyone willing to volunteer to “escort” him aboard the next train to Yuma. The only who do are Dan Evans (Heflin), an impoverished rancher, and Alex Potter (Henry Jones), the town drunk. The wily, manipulative Wade’s attempts to intimidate his captors and strike fear into the townspeople, but Evans’ sheer determination to see this through to the end compels Wade into grudging respect for him, even as the seconds tick away. For 60 years, 3:10 to Yuma has endured in the hearts and minds of Western fans everywhere, due in no small part to Delmer Daves’ swift, no-nonsense direction, the crackling chemistry between Ford and Heflin (who won the Laurel Award as Top Male Action Star), and the intelligent WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
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screenplay by Halsted Welles, which retained the distinctive snap of Leonard’s short story. Even Leonard, who was famously critical of films adapted from his work, considered 3:10 to Yuma one of the best, and Peter Ford also counts it a personal favorite among his father’s extensive filmography. Davis concurs wholeheartedly. “Delmer Daves worked across many genres in a directing career encompassing over 20 years and 30 films,” he said. “His Westerns are quite notable, and many cite 3:10 to Yuma as his best film overall. His astute attention to detail in every aspect of shooting is apparent from start to finish. I think the film’s overall excellence and its reputation as a superb example of the Western genre is what prompted its remake a few years back. As remakes go, I think the new 3:10 was done in a very dutiful manner with high regard for the original story and film.” Despite having appeared in such classic films as Gilda (1946), The Big Heat (1953), Blackboard Jungle (1955), Ransom! (1956), The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956), Experiment in Terror (1962) and the original Superman (1978), Glenn Ford never received an Academy Award nomination. Yet, his cinematic legacy still burns bright, some 12 years since his death at age 90. “Glenn Ford’s status as a Hollywood legend is assured,” Davis said. “His career spanned the late 1930s to the early 1990s, which is quite remarkable and speaks to his resonance with audiences across multiple generations. Film critic Stephen
Witty has said one characteristic that makes a star is an actor’s ‘connection’ to the audience – the ability of the actor to represent us all. I think this is the key factor that made Glenn Ford so popular and ensures his popularity endures: Everyone feels they can relate to him. I’ve known the Ford family for close to 20 years and had the privilege of meeting Glenn before he passed away. Peter and his wife Lynda are like family to me, and I’ve shared many dinners at their home with some of the legends of Hollywood.” Regarding the “RiverRun Retro” events, which Davis inaugurated shortly after becoming the festival’s executive director, “(They have) proven to be very successful,” he said. “We were extremely honored with the announcement on Feb. 7 that RiverRun Retro is the recipient of a 2018 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.” The 20th annual RiverRun International Film Festival is scheduled for April 19-29. ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on Burgervideo.com. © 2018, Mark Burger.
3:10 to Yuma will be screened 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at SECCA (750 Marguerite Dr., Winston-Salem). Tickets are $15 (general admission) and $10 (students with valid ID). For advance tickets or more information, call 336.724.1502 or visit secca. org. The official RiverRun website is http://riverrunfilm.com/.
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he music of David Shapiro, who performs solo acoustic guitar compositions under the name Alexander, might be ideally made for a hushed and introspective setting. Shapiro will play a free show at Bright Leaf
Books in Winston-Salem on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. Bookstores and live music don’t automatically seem like a great fit. Bookstores are like libraries: places where people like quiet. Precious thoughts don’t percolate in a din, some might say. Live music is about generating sound waves, disrupting the air, sending out radiating ripples of vibrations, the kind that can almost seem mind-numbing, in the best way. Loudness is one way it can operate. Not all music operates by subduing the body and massaging the brain with volume. Some music intoxicates the lis-
tener with quiet, inviting close attention and rapture in the same way a miniature portrait on a blank museum wall might draw the eye in for prolonged inspection. The required focus can be hypnotic. That zeroing-in can create an expansive experience. Shapiro’s music rewards deep listening. His solo debut, “Alexander,” on C/ Site Recordings, is remarkably controlled and varied for a record of instrumental acoustic guitar compositions. Shapiro, who lives in Connecticut, has studied guitar-making with a luthier in Vermont,
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and on his Alexander recordings, Shapiro performs on a guitar he built himself. Shapiro answered some questions about his music from me by email. Shapiro builds guitars that can alter the way one hears his music. Shapiro’s playing is careful and precise, restrained and deliberate. One can imagine the technician and builder approaching the challenge of music-making with an ear for how the resonance and clarity of the instrument are expressed through different styles of playing. The arrangement of notes is one thing. The sound is another. “I’ve always been in love with the guitar. I’ve also always been curious about how things work, how things are made, etc.,” Shapiro wrote. “Learning to build guitars definitely changed how I play. Much of the building process consists of listening to your wood, listening to the tones that sound when you tap on the top, etc. to guide you in both gross and fine adjustments. Building taught me a new relationship with listening, which I try to apply to my guitar playing. It must have shaped my compositional approach in some way too.” It’s easy to lump Shapiro, 28, into the “American primitive” tradition of acoustic guitar players like John Fahey, artists who drew from Piedmont and country blues styles and techniques as well as from elements of jazz and classical music, making creative instrumental guitar music that was percussive, texturally rich, rhythmically and harmonically complex, with layers of counterpoint and melody. But there’s little that is raw or primitive about Shapiro’s playing. When I mention what sounds like an intentional and seemingly meticulous lack of sonic grit to the recording (not a lot of buzz or scrape of string that one naturally hears on steel-string acoustic playing), Shapiro says that his thinking on this is evolving, and it depends on the setting of a performance, in a way. “I’m still a little ambivalent about this approach, but I conceptualize and practice technique differently with live performances and recording sessions,” he wrote in an email. “What you are noticing about the record is a very intentional decision to try to play the tunes as ‘clean’ as possible. But really the distinction to be made is not between ‘clean’ and ‘not clean.’ I guess it is about redefining clean for different contexts. So on the recordings, I try to play without string noise if I can, without my fingers tapping on the top of the guitar, etc. When I perform, I tend to play a bit louder and allow a bit more noise in the interest of avoiding a hyperawareness of my physicality.” The absence of string noise allows for the overtones of the instrument to WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
resonate and flutter, creating an atmosphere of their own. The playing, like on the track “V” (all but one of the songs is given a Roman numeral title), can seem spartan and minimalist in places, but there is poise and grace that comes through in the openness. The space makes room for the sound to ring. Hints of Piedmont blues, jazzy chord solos, raga-tinged drones and touches of a William Ackerman-esque mood show up in spots. And Shapiro’s occasional flashes of dissonant harmonies or tangled chromatic movement add a delicate crunch to the music. Shapiro has said that people and events often inspire his writing. “The tunes I think are my best are all very much direct responses to a specific thing. An experience of some sort,” he wrote. “Those tunes seem to write themselves.” Shapiro got his start playing in ska/ punk and hardcore bands in Connecticut. He’s done solo electric guitar, acoustic improvisations and also played as the drummer in a stoner-metal band for a time. Last year he started playing with Kath Bloom, a legendary Connecticut fringe-folk singer-songwriter who made important early-’80s recordings with the experimental guitarist Loren Connors. The influential musician Glenn Jones has organized an acoustic guitar festival set for April in Maryland, and Jones has invited Shapiro to play. It’s a sign that the acoustic guitar scene has grown significantly in recent years, and that Shapiro, often playing in quiet solitude, is a part of something larger. “I started performing solo guitar music, which would probably then have fallen in the atmospheric or abstract category, about eight years ago,” Shapiro wrote. “It seemed there wasn’t a shortage then of people using the guitar, usually electric guitar, as a sound source for various kinds of noise. … [It] seems the solo acoustic guitar, which might be more identifiable as a genre, is really experiencing a boom these days. Many incredible players are popping up all over the place … I’m excited to see what solo guitar looks like in five, 10, 30 years!” ! 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 Alexander at Bright Leaf Books, 227 W. 5th St., Winston-Salem, at 7 p.m. Free. 336-701-0765, brightleafbookshop.com.
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523 S Elm St | 336.271.2686 artistikanightclub.com Feb 16: DJ Dan the Player Feb 17: DJ Paco and DJ Dan the Player
FOUR SAINTS BREWING
218 South Fayetteville St. | 336.610.3722 foursaintsbrewing.com Feb 16: Casey Noel Feb 17: No Strings Feb 18: The Randolph Jazz Band Feb 24: Matt Walsh Mar 2: Wolfie Calhoun Mar 9: Turpentine Shine
BARN DINNER THEATRE 120 Stage Coach Tr. | 336.292.2211 May 13: Stephen Freeman: Elvis Tribute
505 N. Greene St Feb 16: Gerry Stanek Feb 17: Mix Tape Feb 23: Leather and Lace Feb 24: James Vincent Carroll Mar 2: Brittany Davis Mar 9: Mix Tape Mar 10: The Spazmatics Mar 16: Leather and Lace Mar 23: Mix Tape Mar 24: James Vincent Carroll Mar 30: Leather and Lace
VILLAGE SQUARE TAP HOUSE
6000 Meadowbrook Mall Ct | 336.448.5330 Feb 16: DJ Bald-E Feb 17: The Phase Band Feb 23: Whiskey Mic Feb 24: Jukebox Revolver Mar 9: Whiskey Mic Mar 16: Whiskey Mic
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2900 Patterson St #A | 336.632.9889 arizonapetes.com Feb 16: 1-2-3 Friday Mar 27: The Contortionist
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1819 Spring Garden St | 336.272.9888 theblindtiger.com Feb 15: Fat Catz, 3PC & A Biscuit Feb 16: Brothers Pearl w/ Whiskey Foxtrot Feb 17: Intervals, Jason Richardson, Nick Johnston, Night Verses Feb 21: Treehouse! w/ The Hypnotic Conquest Feb 23: Slaves, Ghost Town, Dayshell, kyle Lucas, Set For The Fall, Reflect/Refine
Feb 24: Create. Presents: Rage in Paradise, Devious, Phrey, Neon Tiger Mar 1: knocked Loose, Terror, Jesus Piece, Stone, Dwell Mar 2: Norma Jean, Gideon, Toothgrinder, Greyhaven, Dormiveglia Mar 4: Tab Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou ft. Jeff McCarty, Eric Johanson Mar 8: Hayley Jane & The Primates
CHURCHILL’S ON ELM
213 S Elm St | 336.275.6367 churchillscigarlounge.com Feb 17: Jack Long Old School Jam
THE CORNER BAR
1700 Spring Garden St | 336.272.5559 corner-bar.com Feb 15: DC Carter Feb 22: Night Sweats Mar 1: Lisa Saint Redding
1126 S Holden Rd | 336.333.1034 thecomedyzone.com Feb 14: Chris Wiles’ Love & Laughs Valentine’s Day Show Feb 16: Valarie Storm Feb 17: Valarie Storm
11602 S Elm Ave | 336.698.3888 Mar 2: The Human Circuit & Crystal Bright Jul 21: Couldn’t Be Happiers
117 S Elm St | 336.378.9646 cdecgreensboro.com Feb 17: Jon Langston Mar 2: Eli Young Band Mar 3: Scotty McCreery Mar 8: PnB Rock
Mar 24: Carolina Spring Jam Apr 6: Marshall Tucker Band Apr 7: Chris Lane Apr 14: Judah & The Lion: Going To Mars Tour Apr 17: Circa Survive Apr 26: Beatles vs. Stones Apr 27: Jackyl
GREENE STREET CLUB 113 N Greene St | 336.273.4111 Mar 3: Olympus
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1635 New Garden Rd | 336.288.4544 hamsrestaurants.com Feb 17: Joey Whitaker Feb 23: Lasater Union
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5713 W Friendly Ave | 336.292.5464 facebook.com/thesomewhereelsetavern Feb 17: Desired Redemption, Trailer Park Orchestra, Rockin’ Rob, Des Pairtheplague, Angelic Steel, The Devil’s Notebook Feb 24: Murder Maiden Mar 10: Boxxer Mar 24: Murder Maiden
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ANNA TIVEL & DANIEL AYERS February 15th 7pm
Anna Tivel’s music reflects both the stark colors of small town life and the hard, sharp lines of the city. Daniel Ayers is a young folk musician who grew up in North Carolina and has been climbing the local music ranks for the past couple years.
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AFTER HOURS TAVERN 1614 N Main St | 336.883.4113 afterhourstavern.net Feb 16: Karaoke - DJ Dance
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HAM’S PALLADIUM 5840 Samet Dr | 336.887.2434 hamsrestaurants.com Feb 16: Radio Narks Feb 17: Jukebox Revolver Feb 23: The Plaids Feb 24: The Dickens
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221 N Main St. | 336.497.4822 facebook.com/BreatheCocktailLounge Feb 17: DJ Freddie Fred Feb 24: DJ Freddie Fred
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191 Lowes Foods Dr | 336.747.3059 OldNicksPubNC.com Feb 16: Karaoke w/ DJ Tyler Perkins Feb 17: Big Daddy Mojo Feb 23: Evan & Dana Feb 24: Karaoke w DJ Tyler Perkins
638 W 4th St | 336.777.3348 foothillsbrewing.com Feb 14: David & Masion Via Feb 17: Woodie and the String Pullers Feb 18: Sunday Jazz Feb 21: Bluegrass Sweethearts Feb 24: ABC Trio Feb 25: Sunday Jazz Mar 3: Violet Bell Mar 4: Sunday Jazz Mar 11: Sunday Jazz
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4926 Country Club Rd | 336.529.6230 macandnellisws.com Feb 14: Jamaican Johnny Feb 15: Jukebox Rehab Feb 16: Stephen Henson, James Vincent Carroll Feb 19: Darrell Hoots Feb 22: Darrell Hoots Feb 23: Stephen Henson, Jerry Chapman Feb 24: True North Feb 26: Karla Kincaid
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630 S Stratford Rd | 336.768.2221 milnerfood.com Feb 18: Live Jazz Feb 25: Live Jazz
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5455 Bethania Rd | 336.923.8623 Feb 15: Open Mic w/ Country Dan Collins Feb 15: Nora Jane Struthers w/ Ashley Heath Feb 16: Fiddle and Bow Presents: Josephine County Feb 17: Will Easter Feb 17: Jukebox Rehab Feb 18: Mary Melaga/Kathleen Welch Feb 22: Open Mic w/ Country Dan Collins Feb 23: Wayne Henderson and Presley Barker Feb 24: Russell Lapinski Feb 24: The Carolina PineCones w/ One Fret Over
2213 E Oak Ridge Rd | 336.643.1570 facebook.com/JPLooneys Feb 15: Trivia
RIDER’S IN THE COUNTRY 5701 Randleman Rd | 336.674.5111 ridersinthecountry.net
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408 West 4th St | 336.331.3431 facebook.com/bulls-tavern
3870 Bethania Station Rd | 336.815.1664 Feb 23: Slightly Confuzed
620 Trade St | 336.723.0322 facebook.com/FinnigansWake Mar 7: Bedlam Boys
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NC Comedy Festival Show Guide For a full list of ~50 shows and ~240 performers – go to NCComedyFestival.com STANDUP HEADLINE PERFORMERS
Sasheer Zamata Sasheer Zamata is a comedian, actress, writer, and recent cast member on Saturday Night Live. She received improv and sketch training from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and performs stand up at colleges and clubs across the country. She has been listed in Cosmopolitan’s Top Funny Women to Watch, Time Out New York’s Top 10 Funniest Women in NYC, Brooklyn Magazine’s 50 Funniest People, and Complex Magazine’s Women in Comedy You Should Be Paying Attention to Right Now. As seen on: Saturday Night Live, People of Earth, Transparent, Bojack Horseman, Inside Amy Schumer, SeeSo, Netflix, and over a dozen national/international comedy festivals
Eddie Pepitone Eddie started in NYC performing improv and sketch, but is best known as a stand up. He is a force of nature on stage, switching between social rage and selfdoubt. His shows are an energetic combo of calm and chaos, blue-collar angst and sardonic enlightenment. Few comedians working today channel the power of the rant better than Eddie Pepitone. As seen on: Netflix, Conan O’Brien, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel Live, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Chappelle’s Show Todd Glass Todd Glass’ comedy is often satirical, sometimes irreverent, but always funny. A stand-out on season three of “Last Comic Standing.” You can listen to him weekly on his popular Nerdist podcast “The Todd Glass Show.“ He has been performing stand up comedy for over 35 years and currently touring numerous premier comedy clubs across the country. As seen on: Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, Tosh.O, Louie, Netflix Ms. Pat With a comedy career now spilling over 13 years this powerful woman brings an honest, in your face, and hilarious perspective to her shows. She has become a Podcast celebrity with appearances on TalkinS hit with Eddie Ifft, WTF with Marc Maron, The Joe Rogan Experience, and Ari Shafir’s Skeptic Tank. As seen on: Last Comic Standing (NBC), Katt William’s Kattpacalypse, Mom’s Night Out, Standup in Stilettos, This is Not Happening (Comedy Central), Montreal
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From left to right: Sasheer Zamata, Eddie Pepitone, Todd Glass, Ms. Pat, Mo Alexander, and Eddie Brill Comedy Festival, Kevin Hart’s LOL, Jeff Ross’ Roast Battle Mo Alexander Fresh off Kevin Hart’s, Hart in the City series, Mo is an industry favorite and a legend amongst national touring comics. He’s been touring for 20 years and has appeared on Politically Incorrect with Bill Mahr, and the film, Letters from Death Row with Brett Michaels of Poison Eddie Brill Eddie has been a regular on the comedy scene since 1989. He worked the David Letterman show for 17 years (11 as the Stand Up Comedy Talent Coordinator). Eddie is a regular and premier festivals around the country and isthe Artistic Director of the Great American Comedy Festival.
Mr. Crystler Julie Marciano and Sayjal Joshi Julie and Sayjal wrote and currently perform together in The Second City e.t.c.’s 41st review, Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno in Chicago after touring with The Second City National Touring Company and doing a billion other comedy shows all over the universe and at sea aboard The Norwegian Cruise Lines where they almost jumped overboard. They both graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and were both old timey ensemble members of The Idiot Box. They have over 200 years combined improv and sketch experience and both excel at playing weird old men, trolls, and small boys.
Don’t We Boys A sketch comedy trio with Sonny Pandit (Don’t), AJ Schraeder (We) and founder Joe Anderson (Boys), the
Don’t We Boys is a critically-acclaimed, fast-paced sketch comedy show in the same vein as MTV’s “Human Giant” and Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele”. It’s like “The Second City” on steroids! Formed in 2009, The Don’t We Boys currently performs in about 30 states every year. Our goal is to explore high stakes situations in relatable ways and relatable situations in extraordinary ways. Revue Magazine described the show by saying, “Imagine The Hardy Boys hosting SNL.”
MONDAY, FEB. 19
Festival HEADLINER @ Starr Theatre 8:30 Mo Alexander! Sketch! And Improv! Benefits JDRF - a portion of the proceeds from this show will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: Headliner Mo Alexander is joined by Steve Lesser, Unstoppable Failure and Second City’s Mr. Chrysler The Idiot Box Comedy Club 6:00 Festival Stand Up Showcase Food Show! - Food provided by Melt: Sally Ann Hall, Damon Sumner, Ben Jones, Evan Pittfield, DeJahzh Hedrick, Reid Pegram and Melissa Douty 7:30 Festival Stand Up Showcase & Festival T-Shirts!: Zo Myers, Christian Johnson, Chance Willie, Kory Kling, Ben Popkins, Brian Deans, Leo Hodson and Alex Garrettson 9:00 Festival Stand Up Showcase Cupcake Show! Cupcakes provided by Smallcakes: Jeremy Alder, Wills Maxwell, Kathleen McDonald, Josh Rosenstein, Jen Oneill Smith, JM, Dylan Uscher, and Arish Singhhe
TUESDAY, FEB. 20
Festival HEADLINER @ Starr Theatre 7:30 Ms. Pat 9:30 Ms. Pat
SPECIAL FESTIVAL POP-UP MIC – Hosted at WiFi Wine Bar in High Point 6:00 – Wine Tasting and Comedy! Pop up mic featuring stand up and many festival comedians SPECIAL FESTIVAL STAND UP SHOWCASE – High Point Theatre – Proceeds benefit High Point Theatre 8:00 Festival Stand Up Showcase hosted by Jeremy Alder, Micah Hanner, Lauren Faber, JD Etheridge, Sally Ann Hall, Steve Lesser and featured performer Melissa Douty. The Idiot Box Comedy Club 6:00 Festival Stand Up Showcase Food Show! - Food provided by Melt: Wendy Steiner, Charley McMullen, Mimi Benfield, Jen O’Neill Smith, Jason Allen King, JD Etheridge, Wills Maxwell, Collin Chamberlin 7:30 Improv and Sketch: HS2, Pineapple Shaped Lamps and Bunker Dogs 9:00 Improv and Sketch: Turkey Leg, Ladies and Gentlemen and Thunderstood with host Aaron Cobb 10:30 Festival Stand Up Showcase Cupcake Show! Cupcakes provided by Smallcakes: Mark Brady, Cabell Wilkinson, Holly Lynnea, Liz Greenwood, Maya Klausner, Grant Sheffield, Greg Behrens, Tyler Wood
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21
Festival HEADLINER @ Starr Theatre 7:30 Todd Glass 9:30 Todd Glass The Crown @ The Carolina Theatre 7:30 Festival Stand Up Showcase: Jenny Chalikian with Brian Burns, Brett Hiker, Arish Singh, Tomme O’Neil , John Bunyon and Art Sturtevant 9:30 Festival Stand Up Showcase: Eric Trundy, Drew Robertson, Kristin Carnes, Rusty Haynes, Christian Johnson, Jake
Manning, Damon Sumner, Dusty Cagle The Idiot Box Comedy Club 6:00 Festival Stand Up Showcase Food Show! - Food provided by Hungry Howies: Nik Cartwright, Jordan Huggins, Ashley Hamilton, Austin Mooney, Prateek Srivastava, Max Walters, Matt Levy, Brooke Heinichen 7:30 Improv and Sketch: Land Mermaids, Best Party Ever, The Greys 9:00 Festival Stand Up Showcase Show: Aaron Cobb, Reid Pegram, Brandy Brown, Maya Klausner, Josh Otusanya, Jill Weiner, Patrick Lynch and Josef Anolin 10:30 Festival Stand Up Showcase Show: Diego Attanasio, Kenyon Adamcik, Eric Megert, Tank Smith, Chance Willie, Reena Calm and John Sucich
THURSDAY, FEB. 22
Creagan, George Anthony The Idiot Box Comedy Club 6:00 Festival Stand Up Showcase Food Show! - Food provided by Hungry Howies: Shari Diaz, Mary Becquet, Ben Popkin, Brian Bogart, Brian Beans, Crystalle Ramey, Kimberly Dinaro 7:30 Improv and Sketch: Mom’s Adhesive Improv, Fan Club, Matt, Mike&Becky 9:00 Festival Stand Up Showcase Show: Art Sturtevant, Josh Rosenstein, Troy Coleman, Kory Kling, Alexander Stone, Dylan Uscher, Troy Dougie Harris 10:30 Festival Stand Up Showcase Show: Mimi Benfeild, Ben Jones, Sam Mazany, Katherine Jessup, Ariel Evans, Kandyce August, Neeraj Srinivasan, Connor Larsen
FRIDAY, FEB. 23
Festival HEADLINER @ Starr Theatre 7:30 Eddie Pepitone 9:30 Eddie Pepitone
Festival HEADLINER @ Starr Theatre 7:30 Sasheer Zamata 9:30 Sasheer Zamata
The Crown @ The Carolina Theatre 7:30 Festival Stand Up Showcase: Caitlin Peluffo, Anthony Crawford, Mark Brady, Harpreet Sehmbi, Bryce Druzen, Jordan Makin and Alysia Hush 9:30 Festival Stand Up Showcase: Tom Simmons, Joe Perrow, Sally Ann Hall, Drew Harrison, Gregory Joseph, Connor
Festival HEADLINER @ The Crown at the Carolina 9:30 Eddie Brill! And Sketch!: Headliner Eddie Brill joined by Robot Johnson, Commonwealth and host Andy Forrester The Crown @ The Carolina Theatre 7:30 Festival Stand Up Showcase: Leo
Hodson, Alex Garrettson, Wendy Steiner, Brooke Heinchen, Drew Harrison, Brian Granger, Matt Levy and Lucas Gumbrecht The Idiot Box Comedy Club 6:00 Festival Stand Up Showcase Food Show! - Food provided by Brixx: Jenny Chalikian, Vanes4sa Pants, Greg Behrens, Josef Anolin, Collin Chamberlin, Connor Creagan, Dusty Cagle and Liz Greenwood 7:30 Improv and Sketch: Nameless Numberhead, High Dramma and PreMadonnas 9:00 Festival Stand Up Showcase Show: Anthony Crawford, Tom Simmons, Megan Brennan, Jeremiah Coughlan, Holly Lynnea, Blaire Postman and Brett Hiker 10:30 Festival Stand Up Showcase Show: Larry Garza, Kristin Carnes, Mike Devore, Katie Mckelvie, Jill Weiner, Drew Robertson, Austin Mooney and John Sucich
SATURDAY, FEB. 24
Festival HEADLINER @ Starr Theatre 9:00 Sketch! And Improv! The Don’t We Boys and The Idiot Box Improv Troupe The Starr Theatre 5:00 Festival Stand Up Showcase: Ryan Higgins, Lauren Faber, Katherine Jessup, Troy Dougie Harris, JM, Nik Cartwright, Caitlin Peluffo, Tank Smith
7:00 Festival Stand Up Showcase: Eric Trundy, Blaire Postman, Prateek Srivastava, Neeraj Srinivasan, Gregory Joseph, Crystalle Ramey, Mike Devore 5:00 Festival Stand Up Showcase: 7 The Idiot Box Comedy Club 3:00 Festival Stand Up Showcase Show: Harpreet Sehmbi, DeJahzh Hedrick, Kenyon Adamcik, Jeremiah Coughlan, Bryce Druzin, Jordan Makin, Rusty Haynes, Tomme O’Neil 4:30 Festival Stand Up Showcase Show: Connor Larsen, Lucas Gumbrecht, Evan Pittfield, Grant Sheffield, Kathleen McDonald, Patrick Lynch and Jeremy Alder 6:00 Festival Stand Up Showcase Show: George Anthony, Jason Allen King, Charley McMullen, Jani Tillery, Aaron Cobb, Joe Perrow, Josh Otusanya 7:30 Festival Sketch Show: Alter iD, The Estesstentials, Now We Are Foxes 9:00 Festival Stand Up Showcase Show: Sam Mazany, Eric Megert, Kandyce August, Ariel Evans, Ashley Hamilton, Jake Manning, Brian Bogart Troy Coleman 10:30 Festival Stand Up Showcase Show: Alysia Hush, Mary Becquet, John Bunyon, Jordan Huggins, Shari Diaz, Max Walter, Kimberly Dinaro !
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he third and final movie based on the internationally bestselling series by E.L. James, Fifty Shades Freed ( ) is the best film in the trilogy that began with 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey and continued with 2017’s Fifty Shades Darker. Before we start popping champagne bottles in celebration, let’s retain the sobering perspective. Considering the general awfulness of this franchise, this is the equivalent of saying it’s better to lose only one finger rather than three in an industrial accident, or preferable to receive only a 10 percent salary cut rather than a 30 percent slash. Still, blessings should be snatched wherever and whenever they appear, and it’s comforting to note that Fifty Shades Freed isn’t quite the excruciating experience as its forebears in foreplay. And for a series that fancied itself cutting-edge in its depictions of carnal knowledge but ended up being no better than those sleepy softcore romps that used to play on late-night Cinemax on a regular basis, it’s amusing that there’s an actual scene in which vanilla ice
cream is added to the vanilla sex. That ice cream scene is preferable to most of the other ostensibly hot-n-heavy sequences in the picture, primarily because stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan actually seem to be enjoying themselves more than usual. One of the largest and rustiest nails in the coffin of this franchise has been the complete lack of chemistry between these actors, a near-insurmountable problem in a saga of this nature. In this installment, Christian Grey (Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Johnson) finally get married, but their happily-everafter status is immediately threatened by the re-emergence of Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson), who’s jealous of Christian’s lofty status and seeks revenge via a series of badly thought-out schemes. Also rubbing against the couples’ eternal contentment is the fact that Anastasia is thinking about babies while Christian still prefers handcuffs to high chairs. Fifty Shades Freed fares slightly better than its predecessors because it at least has what can loosely be described as a plot to give it some shape. It also helps that it’s the most unabashedly pornographic pic-
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in ‘Fifty Shades Freed.’ ture in the series. No, not in a sexual sense — as noted, this franchise is exceedingly mild, and filling out tax forms will probably offer viewers more of an erotic charge than any of the tepid and typically muted trysts on display (as filmmaker Philip Kaufman famously noted about mainstream American cinema, “You can cut off a breast but you can’t caress it”). Instead, the porn is of
the material sort, the capitalist kind, the lifestyles of the rich and famous variety. YMMV, but it’s easy to imagine viewers audibly moaning over the beachfront vistas or the palatial estates or the sleek sports cars. These folks will need a cold shower to douse those libidos. Or they can simply watch the rest of Fifty Shades Freed. !
This 80th anniversary production of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a heartwarming and deeply moving reminder to appreciate life while one has it and to relish every moment. A partnership production with
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Mend A City: The Movement premieres at Paul Robeson Theatre North Carolina A&T State University and Paul Robeson Theatre present Mend A City: The Movement written by Tabia Mawusi, Xulee and Phillip J. Lightfoot and directed by Vanecia J. This explosive theatrical performance tells the story of protest, praise and power. Perfect for Black History Month, the production uses rhythm and prose to boldly catapult audiences into a world of racism, revolution, rebirth and renewal. Mend A City: The Movement is an inspiring call-to-action that speaks directly to the
hearts of men and women and will inspire them to rise, awaken and make a change. Performances for this production will be Feb. 15, Feb. 16, Feb. 17 all at 7:30 p.m. with a showing at 3 p.m. as well on Feb. 17. The last showing will take place on Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. the cost for adults is $17, $11 for senior citizens and non-A&T students, children ages 12 and under are $6 and A&T students with an Aggie One Card is free. For tickets call (336)334-7749 or visit www.ncataggies. com. For Group Rates call (336)334-7519. !
[PLAYBILL] by Heather Dukes Triad Stage will be presenting Our Town from Feb. 14 until March 4 at the Hanesbrands Theatre. According to the press release, for the citizens of Grover’s Corners, life is sweet. The doctor makes house calls, the teenage boy delivers the paper and the boy-next-door meets the girl-next-door. Set in an all-American small town at the turn of the century, this 80th anniversary production of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a heartwarming and deeply moving reminder to appreciate life while one has it and to relish every moment – no matter how mundane it seems – for it is those small moments that are truly miraculous. A partnership production with UNCSA. University of North Carolina Greensboro will be presenting Heather’s the Musical Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. at the Taylor Theatre. According to the press release, “Based on the 1980’s cult film, Heathers: The Musical chronicles the senior year of Veronica, who hates the social hierarchy of high school. Who doesn’t? But when she finally gets a taste of popularity, she learns that it comes at quite a cost. In her attempt to break the status quo, she accidentally creates a new one. A status quo WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
of death. Witness teen angst in its highest form, as Veronica puts the popular kids in their place – 6 feet under.” Adult tickets are $18; student tickets are $12, UNCG student tickets and UNCG retirees are $9. The High Point University Department of Theatre and Dance will present The Amish Project, a play by Jessica Dickey, at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 15-17 and Feb. 19-21 in the Empty Space Theatre. A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for the general public at www.highpoint. edu/theatre or by calling the Box Office at (336) 841-4529. According to the press release, “This lyrical and potent drama explores the aftermath of a school shooting in an Amish community and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake.” Called a “remarkable piece of writing” by the New York Times, the play was inspired by the tragic 2006 shooting at a one-room schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. The characters are fictional, but some represent people who were involved in the incident.” Due to the nature of the true story around which this play is constructed, some content contains mature themes and language not recommended for young children. !
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A Canada goose got its final revenge on Feb. 1 when, after being shot out of the sky by a hunter in Easton, Maryland, it struck Robert MeilhamChuck Shepherd mer, 51, of Crapo, Maryland, seriously injuring the waterfowler. NPR reported that Meilhammer was hunting with a group when one of the large geese flying overhead was killed and fell about 90 feet, landing on Meilhammer’s head and knocking him out. It also dislodged two of Meilhammer’s teeth. Adult Canada geese weigh about 12 to 14 pounds and can have a wingspan of 6 feet. At press time, Meilhammer was in stable condition after being airlifted to a hospital.
— When the city gets to be too much for Jo and Lonnie Harrison of Houston, they escape to their pre-fab vacation cabin, nestled on a 10-acre plot in Madisonville, Texas. Having last visited the property in November, Lonnie set out on Feb. 2 to check on it. But when he arrived, he told KTRK-TV, “I didn’t see the house. All I saw were blocks and pipes sticking out. The whole house gone.” Sgt. Larry Shiver of the Madison County Sheriff ’s Department later said, “I’ve never had a house reported stolen in my career yet.” (Update: The house was found a few days later, having been repossessed from the previous owner.) — Aaron Meininger, 29, of Hernando
Beach, Florida, was arrested on Feb. 2 after Hernando County deputies caught him stealing items from the Demarco Family Funeral Home in Spring Hill. When officers arrived, Meininger was carrying a tub of formaldehyde out of the building. They also found makeup, nail polish, electric clippers, soap and other items used in funeral preparation in Meininger’s car. Curiously, the Tampa Bay Times reported, Meininger told deputies that he was “bored” and “messed up” and didn’t even know what kind of business he was burgling. He said he probably would have just thrown the stolen items away.
SOMEBODY in Muskegon, Michigan, didn’t want the Philadelphia Eagles to win Super Bowl LII. Immediately following the Eagles’ victory over the New England Patriots on Feb. 4, Subaru of Muskegon ran an ad on local NBC affiliate WOODTV that featured 30 seconds of silence and a written message: “Congratulations Patriots!” WOOD-TV reported via Twitter that the business had submitted only one version of the ad and had specified that it run regardless of the game’s outcome.
When a Texas stripper arrived at her 11:30 a.m. gig on Feb. 1, she smelled a rat: Her destination turned out to be Noel Grisham Middle School in Round Rock, Texas. Rather than going inside, the performer called the school and reported a prank. Jenny LaCoste-Caputo, a district spokesperson, told the Austin AmericanStatesman the student jokester had used his cellphone to order the stripper and paid for it with his parents’ credit card. He
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is now facing disciplinary action. The Entrepreneurial Spirit — Houston Realtor Nicole Lopez is sporting a new nickname these days: The Taco Lady. Since late 2017, Lopez has incorporated a novel incentive for buyers of homes she’s listed: $250 in free tacos with the purchase of a home. “Let’s be honest, everyone in Texas loves tacos,” Lopez told KHOU-TV. “And so, it’s really been this ‘taco the town,’” she laughed. Lopez cited as proof of her success a $170,000 home that’s under contract “and they are super excited for their taco party at the end of this month.” — Prason Sukkorn, owner of Coffee on the Day in Chonburi, Thailand, had his marketing idea laid bare after he posted “obscene materials” online — photos and videos of model/barista Arisa Suwannawong, 22, wearing nothing but an apron while drawing shots and serving customers. Suwannawong, who goes by the nickname “Jaenae with the big boobs,” glances down at her breasts in the video while gushing, “The coffee is so good, they use plenty of milk.” Police commander Thanachai Usakit from the Sattahip district station told Metro News that Sukkorn “didn’t realize it would break the law, because the model in the photos wasn’t fully naked.” Nevertheless, the owner faces three to five years in jail or a fine of 100,000 Thai baht, or about $3,200.
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Sonny Donnie Smith, 38, of Clackamas, Oregon, was feeling snubbed in September 2016 when both his father and his brother were invited to a family wedding, but Sonny wasn’t. As a perfectly reasonable revenge, Sonny made anonymous phone calls to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and the Midland International Air and Space Port in Midland, Texas, claiming that his father and brother were terrorists and would
be traveling through the airports. An FBI investigation revealed no terrorist threats, and after interviewing the father and brother, they were both released. On Feb. 1, Sonny Smith pleaded guilty to making the calls, according to The Oregonian, and will be sentenced on May 10.
Cheryl Merrill, 60, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, was arguing with her boyfriend of five years about who would win Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4 and became so enraged shortly after kickoff that she picked up a wooden shelf and threw it at him. St. Johns County sheriff’s deputies were called and found Merrill “extremely intoxicated,” according to reporting by WJAXTV. Merrill was charged with aggravated battery and taken to the St. Johns County Jail. Her boyfriend was unable to sign an affidavit because of the hand injury he sustained in the assault.
A Scottish farmer called Police Scotland after spotting what he believed to be a tiger in his cow shed near Peterhead in Aberdeenshire on Feb. 3. An armed response team scrambled to the farm and within 45 minutes, established that the fierce big cat was in fact a large cuddly toy. “Any call reporting a potential danger to the public has to be taken seriously,” Peterhead Inspector George Cordiner told Metro News. “Until you know exactly what you are dealing with, every option has to be considered.”
Undoubtedly, many records will be set during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. But before the events even began, one Winter Games record was in the books: Organizers distributed 110,000 condoms to the 2,925 athletes — about 37 condoms per competitor. “We hope to aid the athletes visiting from various countries to complete their events successfully and safely,” said a spokesperson for Convenience, the South Korea condom manufacturer that supplied most of the prophylactics. The Korea Biomedical Review reported on Feb. 1 that finely conditioned athletes have been notoriously “sexually unrestrained” before, during and after Olympics contests. Free condom distribution began in 1988 when 8,500 were handed out during the Seoul Olympics. !
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Love to die for Left: Headline from the Aug. 17, 1893, edition of the Union Republican. Courtesy of the Forsyth County Public Library
BY JENNIFER BEAN BOWER
he sun rose over the Moravian community of Bethania and shone light on a dead man floating in a millpond. When dragged to shore, the body gave evidence of murder. The date was March 29, 1858, and the victim was Eli—a slave who belonged to a Bethania resident. Suspicion at once fell on Eli’s wife, Lucinda “Lucy” Hine, a “free woman of color,” and a slave named Frank. It was no secret that Eli and Frank had “ill-feelings” for one another and neither was the reason. As told in the Western Sentinel, both men claimed Hine “as a wife.” Authorities searched Hine’s house and observed a considerable amount of blood on the floor. They also discovered a trail of blood and footprints that tracked from her house to the pond. Her shoes were then examined, and blood was found on the soles. It was the most damning of evidence. But Hine did not bear the burden of guilt alone. When Frank’s shoes were inspected, they too were bloodstained. Hine and Frank were forthwith arrested and imprisoned in the Forsyth County jail. The town of Bethania mourned Eli’s death, and he was laid to rest in the shadow of a large audience. During the funeral, the presiding pastor delivered a powerful sermon on the sixth commandment— “Thou shalt not kill.” Of course, the guilty parties were not there to hear it. On his appointed day in court, Frank pleaded “not guilty” to the charge of murder. The state prosecutor proved otherwise and in the State v. Frank a Slave, the jury found Frank “guilty of the felony and murder in the manner and form as charged.” He was then sentenced to death and returned to jail. Hine, for unknown reasons, was transferred to the Rockingham County jail and awaited trial in Wentworth. There, according to the People’s Press report of May 7, she testified that “Frank came to her house… committed the deed, and carried Eli’s body to the pond, after which they burnt the bloody clothes…” Like Frank, Hine was found guilty and sentenced “to be hanged by the neck until…dead.” Frank and Hine appealed their judgments to the Supreme Court and were given a reprieve until their cases could be reviewed. In both instances, the Supreme Court reported that no errors could be found and instructed the Superior Courts to proceed with the executions. Frank, however, was not ready to give up and petitioned Governor Thomas Bragg for a pardon.
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Below: Gallows believed to have been erected for the execution of Peter DeGraff in 1894. Collection of the Wachovia Historical Society; photograph courtesy of Old Salem Museums & Gardens
On receipt of the petition, Bragg halted the execution to review the court’s proceedings. Three weeks later, the governor upheld the Superior Court’s decision, and on Dec. 17, 1858, Frank was transported to Winston’s public place of execution. Whether or not Hine received word of Frank’s death is unknown, but on Jan. 7, 1859, she shared his fate. An account of the grisly spectacle was printed in the People’s Press and said: “Arriving at the gallows, she ascended the scaffold with a firm and resolute step. On being asked, if she had any confessions to make, she replied, none more than she had already made to the jailer, which in substance is, that she was innocent of the murder, and that there was no plot whatever between Frank and herself to kill her husband, and that she lent no aid either for or against him, and that she helped to conceal the body after the murder was committed. She then exhorted all persons present, mostly negroes [sic], to beware of their acts and conduct and not to do as she had done. Said that she had been a great sinner, but felt she was forgiven, and was willing to die. After which Rev. B. Fields of
the Methodist Church, delivered a short and appropriate address; and at 1 o’clock, the rope being adjusted, the drop fell, and her spirit took its flight to that last resting place ‘whence no traveler returns.’” Although the events that led to Eli’s murder can never be known, one has to wonder if Hine and Frank plotted the murder in advance, or if the death came in a heated battle of words. Whatever the reason, love was at the heart of it. Of course, Eli, Frank and Hine, were not the only people in Forsyth County to fall prey to love. Thirty years later, love would take another life, and the steps of the scaffold would be ascended once more. On July 21, 1892, the “bloody… swollen…and disfigured” body of Mary Ellen Smith was found by a spring near the Zinzendorf Hotel in Winston. A “neatly dressed” girl of 16 or 17, her body had become a “prey to flies” in
An image of Peter DeGraff appeared in the Western Sentinel on Feb. 8, 1894. Courtesy of the Forsyth County Public Library
last time anyone saw her alive. Smith was buried in a pauper’s grave, and DeGraff fled to Mount Airy. Eleven months later, however, he returned to Winston and was soon after arrested for murder. During his four-day trial, the courthouse was “packed like sardines” as everyone in town had come to “hear the evidence and see Peter DeGraff”—the man whom so much had been said and written. Witness after witness testified against DeGraff. Some said he threatened to shoot Smith’s heart out; some said he beat her; others placed him at the scene of the crime. But when DeGraff took the stand, he proclaimed his innocence. He testified that he loved Smith and had planned to marry her. He said the murderer was another man—the man who had fathered her child. The jurors were not swayed by DeGraff’s assertions and found him guilty as charged. The judge sentenced him to death and ordered that on Feb. 8, 1894, DeGraff “be hanged by the neck until he be dead—dead—dead.” DeGraff continued to profess his innocence and wrote a letter to the citizens of Winston and Salem. In it, he said “My hands are clean from human blood…God knows I will die an innocent man…but my blood will be on your hands.” His message,
however, fell on deaf ears. On the day of his execution, DeGraff ascended the scaffold and addressed nearly 6,000 spectators. In the middle of his discourse, DeGraff declared “Yes! I shot that woman. I was drunk with corn whiskey. I put the pistol to her side and fired. She said but one word, as I was too much in the power of the devil to even care to listen. She said: “Lord have mercy upon me!” I am now receiving my just reward.” Afterward, DeGraff’s conscious—and his soul—were set free. Today, the story of DeGraff and Smith lives on through song. In 1893, Charlie Pepper composed “The Song of DeGraff” for his friend and fellow inmate. First published in the Western Sentinel, the lyrics were later reworded, set to music and renamed “Poor Ellen Smith.” The major difference between the ballad and the crime, however, is that in the song; the murderer always dies “as an innocent man.” ! JENNIFER BEAN BOWER is an award-winning writer, native Tar Heel and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While working as the associate curator of photographic collections at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Bower researched local tragedies and composed the book Winston & Salem: Tales of Murder, Mystery and Mayhem.
The Zinzendorf Hotel, 1891 or 1892. Collection of the Wachovia Historical Society; photograph courtesy of Old Salem Museums & Gardens the oppressive summer heat. The sheriff, coroner and many curious citizens, were quick on the scene. A hasty examination and subsequent autopsy revealed that the young girl had been shot through the heart. A letter from a young man named Peter DeGraff was found tucked within her bosom. The note, which was endearing—and incriminating—implored Smith to “come…to the spring.” The sheriff had a suspect and he, along with the citizens of Winston and Salem, wanted justice. Some wanted it swift and called for DeGraff to be hanged. In fear for his life, the young man boarded a train and headed to Mount Airy. There, he changed his name, found work in a lumber mill and lived for nearly a year. But, why did he have to run? What else besides the letter incriminated DeGraff? And, more importantly, what was his relationship with the victim? In 1890, DeGraff, who was 21 or 22, met and courted Smith. He was a handsome ladies’ man who liked to drink and gamble; she was a poor, uneducated and an intellectually disabled young girl. During their courtship, DeGraff showered Smith with trinkets; and in return, she gave him her WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
heart. Although the two could not have been more unsuited for one another, they became lovers nonetheless. A year later, Smith discovered she was pregnant and returned to her mother’s house in Yadkin County. The birth of her child, however, was a sorrowful event. As reported in Winston newspapers, the infant was stillborn or died shortly after delivery. Heartbroken, Smith returned to Winston. She was anxious to see DeGraff, but he was not eager to see her. To quell rumors that he was the father of her deceased child, DeGraff cut ties with Smith and accused her of being unfaithful. Even so, she would not let him go; she loved him too much. DeGraff, on the other hand, wanted out of the relationship and threatened to kill Smith if she did not leave him alone. It was a turbulent situation. Then, in an unexpected turn of events, DeGraff had a change of heart and sent a letter to Smith. In the note, DeGraff told Smith he loved her and that he wanted to meet her by the spring near the Zinzendorf Hotel. Smith was ecstatic, and on July 20, she put on her prettiest dress, purchased a new silk handkerchief and boarded a streetcar to the hotel. Of course, it was the
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In sickness and in health, love conquers all
In 1997, as a senior at Grimsley High School Meredith Gorham laid eyes on her future husband, Chris Gorham at Jake’s Billiards (when it was located on Friendly Avenue) while he was taking a break from Greensboro College due to a soccer-related injury. She said it was loveat-first-sight. The couple then tied the
knot in 2003. University of Greensboro alumna and soccer player said now she is a stayat-home mom by morning and a high school soccer coach for girls and boys at Cornerstone Charter Academy by evening. Her husband and a former soccer player for Greensboro College, Chris wrote in an email that his first job is taking care of Meredith and their family, and his second job- or as he calls it service or work with purpose, is the President and CEO at Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina. Meredith said Chris has been working for Goodwill Industries since he was 14 years old. After the birth of their three kids-Austin, William and Nolan-- the Gorhams lived a typical life as a family. That is, until one Friday night on July 17, 2009, when Meredith suffered a massive stroke. “I was just sitting on the couch, watching T.V. with my husband, all the kids were asleep at 9:30,” Meredith recalled. “All of the sudden I started feeling funny, so I stood up, but I fell down. And then I stood up again, and I just fell right back down.” Chris picked Meredith up, put on the couch, called 911 and then called her parents who lived a mile away. Meredith said while she was on the couch she could hear everything, but she could not speak or see. She said firefighters showed up first and she remembers that their walkie-talkies “were so, so loud.” “In my head, I am thinking, do not wake up my kids, they just fell asleep,” Meredith said. Meredith said after hearing her father call her by her nickname, Boo, she blacked out and did not wake up for four days. When she did wake up, she was in the hospital, and Chris was by her side. Chris wrote in an email that after Meredith’s stroke, he was in shock and it felt like he was trapped in a bad dream. “When her father and I were told by
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the neurosurgeon, that she only had a 30 percent chance of making it through the emergency surgery, we both knew it wasn’t good,” he wrote. “On top of that, if she did make it, she probably wouldn’t be able to walk or talk again, ever! It was your worst nightmare coming true, right in front of you and there was nothing you could do. I felt absolutely helpless.” The stroke was on Meredith’s left side of her brain, so it affected the right side of her body. She said her right foot and hand have involuntary movements and when she regained consciousness, she could only say four or five words. She pushed forward though, and attended speech therapy three days a week for an hour of more each day to re-learn how to talk. After two years, Meredith said she felt “normal again.” During that time, Chris never left her side. “He was the caretaker of me and the kids,” Meredith said. “And I had a babysitter, Kendra Bowling, and she was great. When Chris went to work, and she did everything. For the first two months, I was asleep a lot, you know 17 to 20 hours a day.” Almost 10 years after her stroke, Mer-
edith is playing and coaching soccer and said her marriage with Chris is doing great. Chris wrote in an email that without faith, love, and help from family and friends they would have never made it this far. “We still go to marriage counseling today – one of the best decisions we made together,” Chris wrote. “We had a rocky road, at the twothree year mark, but we got through it,” Meredith said. “I am a positive person, so when the stroke happened I was like ‘OK, I can be depressed, sulk and be in bed or I can say, it is what it is and move forward.’ I chose to move forward. Never give up is my motto.” Chris wrote that the thing he loves most about Meredith is her soul. “She is the light that our family so desperately needs and loves,” he wrote. “God surely put her on this Earth for a reason, and I know I am the luckiest man on Earth to have/hold her heart.” Meredith said Chris is her soulmate and she loves his smile and his laugh the most. “He is the one for me,” she said. “I am very, very proud of him for sticking with me during those hard times.” Chris wrote in an email that he and
Meredith may not know the secret to their long-lasting love yet. “But, I can tell you that having faith, being raised by awesome parents, and working hard on our relationship has a lot to do with it,” he wrote. “It’s easy to walk away or give up…that vocabulary doesn’t exist in any of our families.” For couples who may be going through what Chris and Meredith have gone through, Chris has some advice: reach out for help, communicate and to let go of the past. “This takes time and hard work,” Chris wrote. “It takes courage, especially for us stubborn men! And try to remember the three rules: Always try to do what’s right and avoid what’s wrong; The Golden Rule – treat others the way you want them to treat you, and never give up!” Meredith said she and Chris would be celebrating Valentine’s Day with their kids this year. ! 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.
For the love of Café Europa One result of the city’s controversial transfer of Café Europa’s space in the Cultural Center to the nonprofit Greensboro Parks Downtown, Inc. has been a public outpouring of love for that elegant Ian McDowell but unpretentious European-style bisContributing tro. This Valentine’s Day article is about columnist that love. At the Feb. 6 meeting, where Europa supporters seemed met by indifference and even annoyance from the city council, I was moved by the testimony of technological entrepreneur and retired chemist Tim Thomson. The session, including the bizarre moment when the city attorney advised the mayor and District 3 Representative Justin Outling to leave the room while Europa owner Jakub Pucilowski spoke, can be viewed online via this Google-shortened link: goo.gl/Lrm48J. Other supporters protested Assistant City Manager Chris Wilson’s decision to turn the Europa space over to GDPI, citing the appearance of a conflict of interest created by Wilson’s alleged relationship with GDPI chairwoman Cecelia Thompson. But Thomson simply talked about his and his wife’s experiences eating there. He told the city council that his wife Maguy, being French, loved dining outside, but the lack of wheelchair access to the Europa patio had prevented her from doing so. “So we went to Jakub and told him what our problem was,” Thomson said. Thomson said similar complaints had fallen on deaf ears at other establishments, but Pucilowski listened, and at Pucilowski’s own expense installed the patio entrance designated “Maguy’s Gate.” That gate and sign were the work of Greensboro blacksmith, artisan and designer Jeffrey Barbour, the person most responsible for bringing the Europa situation before the public. Besides raising the conflict of interest issue at the Feb. 6 meeting (a subject unremarked on by the city council), Barbour spoke passionately of his love for Pucilowski’s restaurant. More recently, he expanded on that subject in an email. “I love Cafe Europa in the same way I love this classic wool roll neck sweater I’ve had for decades,” he wrote. “Both are warm and familiar and comfortable and just make everything feel a little better when I’m in them.” One Greensboro notable not at the meeting but interested in its outcome was WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
award-winning novelist and photographer Lee Zacharias, who taught creative writing at University of North Carolina Greensboro for 32 years. “Years ago my husband and I decided to stop celebrating our anniversary at expensive restaurants, where we sometimes got excellent meals and sometimes not,” she emailed, adding that dining out can be especially difficult for her “because I have Celiac Disease, and my choices are often very limited.” Despite this, she wrote that she greatly enjoys Café Europa, particularly its patio, where she and her husband Mike have a “tradition of many years of celebrating our anniversary in a casual, delightful atmosphere where there are several things I can order that will be good. To lose Café Europa would not be just losing a restaurant to us, but losing a fond family tradition.” It’s not only artists and writers who love Café Europa. Some rival business owners do, too. One is Simonne Ritchy McClinton, whose M’Coul’s Public House at 110 W. McGee St. has enjoyed rare success downtown. “I love going to Europa,” she told me. “I love taking my kids there and sharing a bunch of mussels and shrimp, where we talk and laugh and fight over the last piece of baguette to dip in that crazy good garlic lime sauce.” The person I know who’s eaten the most meals at Café Europa is Anne Abrams, who’s been dining there, sometimes twiceweekly, since 2001. Her brother Tom cooks there, and her brother Creighton used to tend bar with John Hammer at the longgone Rhinoceros Club owned by Europa’s founder John Rudy. She may be the only Rhino veteran who’s never claimed to have been there the legendary night Bruce Springsteen walked in. Anne proved as bluntly outspoken as her famously crusty grandfather General Creighton W. Abrams, the man for whom the army’s main battle tank is named. “I’ve loved Europa since John Rudy opened it after even the Mendenhall twins failed in that location,” Anne said before sarcastically referencing the conflict of interest issue raised by Europa supporters. “Maybe the city employee who turned it over to his alleged girlfriend’s organization will take her there for Valentine’s Day.” Speaking of that, Pucilowski said he would be offering a special dinner for two with wine and dessert, as well as such regular menu items as steaks, mussels, and jaegerschnitzel for Valentine’s Day. ! 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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[LEO (July 23 to August 22) You’re tempted by an offer that seems close to what you’ve been looking for. But before you pounce on it, see if you can coax out some added perks to sweeten the deal.
[AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Love rules the week with new romances favored for single Aquarians looking for partners. Cupid also targets renewed commitment for wedded Water Bearers.
[VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Your efforts to settle a volatile situation should prove successful. Now could be a good time to analyze what might have created the problem in the first place.
[PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A surge of creativity keeps you happily busy through the week. But leave some quiet time to share with loved ones. Some longawaited news finally comes through.
[LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A once-close associate re-emerges with news that could cause you to reconsider a recent decision. But don’t make a move before consulting a trusted adviser.
[ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Congratulations, Lamb. The end of the month brings good news in the workplace, thanks to all the efforts you’ve made to get your projects off the ground and running.
[SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You might feel pressured to reveal a colleague’s secret. But you can rely on your strong Scorpion sense of rectitude to help you continue to do the right thing.
[TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Don’t let yourself be cowed into thinking you’re not up to the challenge you’ve taken on. Keep reinforcing your self-confidence, and no one and nothing can stop you.
[SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) That pesky situation is still creating problems. But you are moving ahead with it, and soon it should be successfully resolved in your favor.
[GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Positive responses to a recent workplace move should give you added assurance that you’re on the right track. Celebrate the good news with family and/or friends.
[CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A spate of indecision leaves you susceptible to doubt. But you’ll soon regain your emotional sure-footedness and be back leading the way, as usual.
[CANCER (June 21 to July 22) There’s still a little emotional fuzziness you have to work through before you can feel really certain about your recent decisions. But you’re on the right track. Stay with it. © 2018 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.
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* It was the multitalented Pierre Beaumarchais — born in the 18th century, he was a revolutionary in both France and America as well as a watchmaker, diplomat, musician, spy, inventor, publisher and arms dealer — who made the following sage observation: “It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.”
in the pre-Christian era. Those who study such things say that the Emperor Nero was a bagpiper, even performing publicly at Roman athletic events.
* Sharks burp. Yep, even underwater. Evidently, it’s how they regulate the depth at which they swim.
* If you’re like most Americans, you’ve probably played with a NERF ball at some point in your life. You might not realize, though, that NERF stands for Non-Expanding Recreational Foam.
* You’ve almost certainly heard people refer to the school they attended as their alma mater, but do you know where the term comes from? In Latin, “alma mater” means “bounteous mother.” It was in the early 1800s that people began applying the term their beloved schools. * You might be surprised to learn that the bagpipe did not originate in Scotland. This ancient instrument existed in Asia
* Those who keep track of such things say that, across the globe, there are more people who have cellphones than have toilets.
Thought for the Day: ”A society that presumes a norm of violence and celebrates aggression, whether in the subway, on the football field or in the conduct of its business, cannot help making celebrities of the people who would destroy it.” — Lewis H. Lapham © 2018 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.
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I’m a single 33-year-old woman. Suddenly, after years of outdoor sports, I have a dime-sized dark brown sunspot on Amy Alkon my face. It’s not cancerous, and I’m having it lasered Advice off. This will take Goddess a while. Though I cover it with makeup, I’m terribly self-conscious about it, and I don’t want to date till it’s removed. I know how visual men are, and I don’t want a man to find out I have this thing and see me as unattractive. My friends say I’m being ridiculous. — Insecure It’s a spot on your face that suggests you’ve done some stuff in the sun; it isn’t Mark of Satan(TM) or a button with a message underneath, “Press here to activate the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.” Your intuition that a clear, even complexion is important isn’t off base. Anthropologist Bernhard Fink and his colleagues did some pretty cool research on how skin tone uniformity affects perceptions of a woman’s attractiveness. This isn’t a new area of study, but almost all of the research has been on Western populations. Social science findings are more likely to be representative of human nature when the subject pool goes beyond the usual “WEIRD” participants
(from Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic countries — and, more often than not, 19-year-old college undergrads fighting a wicked hangover to answer survey questions for class credit). So Fink and his team sought out 172 men and women, ages 17 to 80, from two remote tribes — the cattle-raising Maasai in Tanzania and the foragerfarmer Tsimane tribe in Bolivia — each “unfamiliar with lighter-colored skin.” The researchers explain that these tribes have no electricity and “little or no access” to magazines or newspapers from the West. They also live far from any tourist destinations, so no — no pale-faced college girls dropping by, all “C’mon, Mr. Maasai...just one more selfie with me and your totally adorbs cow!” Tribe members were asked to assess “age, health, and attractiveness” from photographs of skin — squares of whitelady skin cropped from photos of faces of British girls and women ages 11 to 76. Echoing findings from Western populations, women with “homogenous skin color” — meaning even in tone overall, with little or no “skin discoloration” (blotches or spots) — “were judged to be younger and healthier” and more attractive. Research finds that humans, in general, prefer faces with clear, uniform skin, which is associated with being parasiteand disease-free. There’s also strong support, from cross-cultural studies, for the notion by evolutionary psychologists that men evolved to be drawn to female features that suggest a woman is young and healthy — and thus more likely to
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be fertile. Men just don’t think of it in so many words — “Better babies when Mommy’s got skin like an airbrushed Vogue cover girl!” — especially not in places where the nearest newsstand is maybe four days away by donkey. Because women coevolved with men, women anticipate this male preference for flawless skin — leading them to feel, uh, undersparkly when their facial landscape is less than pristine. This brings us to you. The thing is, you aren’t just a skin dot with a person attached. A guy will look at the whole. Also, we accept that people use products and technology to hide or fix flaws in their appearance — or to enhance the features they have. Accordingly, a guy is not defrauding you by using Rogaine, and no man with an IQ that exceeds your bra size believes you were born wearing eye shadow. Ultimately, you have more control than you probably realize over how much any imperfections affect your total attractiveness. A woman I know is a living example of this. She’s got two fewer legs than most of us. But she understands — and shows it in the way she carries
herself — that she’s vastly more than the sum of her (missing) parts. In other words, your real problem is you — your feeling that this spot is some kind of boulder-sized diminisher of your worth. Chances are, this comes from putting too much weight on your looks as the source of your value. Though you may not be where you want in your career, doing regular meaningful work to help other people — like volunteer work — might be the quickest way for you to feel bigger than that dot on your face. There’s nothing wrong with getting it lasered off, but as long as it’s still with you, try something: Revel in having it instead of going into hiding over it. I’m serious. After all, it’s basically a sign that you went outdoors and seized life — not that you got drunk and joined one of those racist Tiki torch marches and now have to hit up some tattoo artist to turn the swastikas into butterflies. ! GOT A problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or e-mail AdviceAmy@aol. com (www.advicegoddess.com) © 2018 Amy Alkon Distributed by Creators.Com.
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