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JANUARY 16-22, 2019 VOLUME 15, NUMBER 3

22 BESTWAY REVIVES NEIGHBORHOOD GROCERY TRADITION Where are the grocery stores of yesteryear? When I recently asked some present and former Greensboro residents about beloved NEIGHBORHOOD GROCERS of their youth, they responded with a litany of the departed, as wistful as poet François Villon remembering his dead ladies.






After 18 months in full-blown get-toknow-you mode, CHEF ADAM BARNETT is feeling very much part of the culinary scene in Winston-Salem. Barnett was hired in July 2017 as executive chef at the relatively new THE KATHARINE BRASSERIE AND BAR, which was the location of the first Chef’s Table of 2019. The event sold out in less than eight hours... 10 The Center for Visual Artists invites all local black artists working in any medium to submit artwork to its open call for the first “YOU A WONDER” exhibit, which celebrates Black History Month. The exhibition will honor how black people are creative in Greensboro... 11 All kidding aside, PLEDGE is undoubtedly a cut above most of its slasher ilk. Boasting crisp cinematography by William Tracy Babcock, an effective score by Jon Natchez and cool, confident direction by Daniel Robbins, it’s a shocker with more on its mind than just shocking … at least initially. 12 The weather outside might be frightful (at least to those with aversions to whooping coughs and soaked shoes), but the MULTIPLEX ROSTER can be so delightful. YES! WEEKLY

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KION TV reported on Jan. 7 that a Salinas, California, family’s Ring doorbell camera captured video of a man LICKING the doorbell for more than three hours. 18 JAYSEN BUTERIN is that rare indie filmmaker carving a niche for himself (a bloody, serrated wound of a niche) by producing genuinely creepy horror flicks that routinely rack up awards at film festivals around the country and overseas. 19 Greensboro is a house show city. Filled with college kids and a dearth of steady venues, house shows offer a sweet spot both for underage music lovers and folks burntout on traditional spaces. THE ICE HOUSE, Greensboro’s latest home to carry the show space torch, embodies the former... 20 His home state was in the middle of an ice storm, with power outages in the Triad region. His band’s tour bus was in need of repairs in Florida, but Steve Dilling, banjo player and founder of the bluegrass group SIDELINE, was soon to be out on a cruise ship with a couple hundred pickers and fans of string-band music.


DISTRIBUTION JANICE GANTT KARRIGAN MUNRO ANDREW WOMACK We at YES! Weekly realize that the interest of our readers goes well beyond the boundaries of the Piedmont Triad. Therefore we are dedicated to informing and entertaining with thought-provoking, debate-spurring, in-depth investigative news stories and features of local, national and international scope, and opinion grounded in reason, as well as providing the most comprehensive entertainment and arts coverage in the Triad. YES! Weekly welcomes submissions of all kinds. Efforts will be made to return those with a self-addressed stamped envelope; however YES! Weekly assumes no responsibility for unsolicited submissions. YES! Weekly is published every Wednesday by Womack Newspapers, Inc. No portion may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the publisher. First copy is free, all additional copies are $1.00. Copyright 2019 Womack Newspapers, Inc.


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Performer, educator and composer, Christian Howes has gained notoriety from critics and players alike as one of the world’s most respected jazz violinists. Howes studied violin from the age of five, performing as a soloist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra by the age of 16. He would later become an in-demand violinist on the New York scene, collaborating with a bevy of top shelf jazz artists including Les Paul.

NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominee Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. Leader of one of the finest jazz quartets today, and a frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Marsalis’ most current recording with his quartet focuses on each tune as an important musical entity unto itself rather than a vehicle for showcasing individual talent. Charles Gans from the Associated Press exclaims, “Saxophonist Marsalis leads one of the most cohesive, intense small jazz ensembles on the scene today.”

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WHAT: The Barking Deck will open as the Triad’s first indoor dog park and pub! All dogs must be fixed (if over 1 year old), friendly, and vaccinated (rabies, distemper, bordetella) to access the off-leash park and bar areas (not required for on-leash bar). Please email your vet records to woof@ before attending or bring a paper copy with you. WHEN: 1-9 p.m. WHERE: The Barking Deck. 106 South Walnut Circle, Unit B, Greensboro. MORE: Must be 21+. Cash free business.

WHAT: Monster Jam Triple Threat Series™ brings adrenaline-charged family entertainment to fans across the country. These world-class Monster Jam vehicles and athletes deliver what fans want to see most…more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action! WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Greensboro Coliseum Complex. 1921 W Gate City Blvd, Greensboro. MORE: $15-57 tickets.

WHAT: Dazzlinn Family Entertainment is happy to announce that we are bringing our Rock and Roll Revue show to Lexington, North Carolina! This show features Doo Wop, Motown, Big Band, and a special Elvis Presley Tribute! Come on out and sing along, clap along and even dance along with us. We cant wait to see you there! WHEN: 7-9 p.m. WHERE: Edward C. Smith Civic Center. 217 S Main St, Lexington. MORE: $22 general admission.

WHAT: These comics made it past over 100 others to get to the finals of this comedy competition! Come catch them as they share their very best jokes and they try for $1000! WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: The Idiot Box. 503 N. Greene St., Greensboro. MORE: $15 tickets.

SUN 20 THE DRIFTERS, THE PLATTERS, & CORNELL GUNTER’S COASTERS WHAT: Spend a nostalgic evening saluting three of the world’s most beloved musical groups, all of whom were instrumental in creating the Rock & Roll, Doo-Wop sound: Cornell Guntter’s Coasters (“Charlie Brown,” “Yakety Yak”); The Platters (“Only You,” “The Great Pretender”); and The Drifters (“Under the Boardwalk,” “This Magic Moment”). WHEN: 7:30-10:30 p.m. WHERE: The Carolina Theatre. 310 S Greene St, Greensboro. MORE: $29-59 tickets.

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After Steve and Donya Herring rescued their dog, Solomon, they became curious about what was in his food. “I immediately fell in love with [Solomon],” Steve said. “I went to the big box stores, trying to find the best food and we were directed to certain foods, but they could not tell us why they were the best. So I thought about doing research on my own, and I ran across Pet Wants.” Steve said Pet Wants is an up-andcoming franchise based out of Ohio that makes dog and cat food with fresh and all-natural ingredients. Steve said Pet Wants stood out to him because the food is made monthly and not mass produced in advance like much of the other big name brands. After doing some research on Pet Wants, Steve said that the food is freshly made in the United States, it’s all natural, and all the ingredients have a purpose and are not just for filling. “We ordered some and tried it on our Solomon, and he loved it,” Steve said. “That was a selling point for us. Then we went to meet the owners of the company, and it just felt right for us.” The Herrings decided to open an e-commerce Pet Wants franchise in Greensboro to share a product they believe in with others in the area. “Our mission statement is to be able to provide healthy, all-natural dog and cat food for our customers that is affordable,” Steve said. “Our food is all-natural, no wheat, no soy, no animal byproducts, no dyes, artificial flavors, and it is made monthly.” Steve said that once they place an order from the company in Ohio, it gets made and shipped directly to them, and that process takes about two or three weeks total. Once the Herrings receive the food, they store it in a climate-controlled facility until they sell it directly to their customers. Steve said more prominent name brands make their food in mass quantities and that “you never really know how long the food has been sitting on a shelf.” “What sets Pet Wants apart is that we try and get the food as fresh as possible to the pet without the deterioration of nutrition in the food,” Steve said. “Our food doesn’t sit on the shelf, there is no middle man,” Donya added. “We can tell you when our food has been made. After 90 days, even though the food is still good, we try to donate that food [to local shelters].” Food isn’t the only thing that Pet Wants offers. Steve said that they also sell WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM



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Chef Adam Barnett finds his place at The Katharine


fter 18 months in fullblown get-to-know-you mode, Chef Adam Barnett is feeling very much part of the culinary scene in Winston-Salem. Kristi Maier Barnett was @triadfoodies hired in July 2017 as executive chef at the relatively new The Contributor Katharine Brasserie and Bar, which was the location of the first Chef’s Table of 2019. The event sold out in less than eight hours and then Barnett agreed to add another 15 seats for a total of 45. Those additional seats sold out in less than 30 minutes. Needless to say, people are interested in what Barnett is doing. Many of the attendees of Chef’s Table, which was held on Jan. 8, had never been to The Katharine and they were ready for what he was cooking up.


Named for Katharine Reynolds, The Katharine has been written about by me and others many times, from media events and regarding seasonal menu changes or new additions, so if you’re a regular reader of YES! Weekly, you know I’ve walked away impressed with the food and service more than once. And just about every time I’ve dined at the brasserie, we’ve enjoyed some of the best wine pairings I’ve ever experienced. You’re going to catch a glimpse of the food from the Chef’s Table, but this piece is more about the man than the menu. Barnett grew up as a regular kid in Columbus, Ohio, and enjoyed summers with his mother’s family in Nova Scotia, Canada, which he attributes to his sense of wanderlust. After deciding that academia was not for him, he took a more “hands-on approach” in construction. And you know how winter is in the construction field. “I needed some winter hours, and I started working in a restaurant,” he said. “I had one chef take some interest in me, then I got shuttled along to another restaurant, and then I hit the road.” Barnett has had


stints in Aspen, Colorado; Toronto, Ontario; Vermont, Los Angeles, Big Sur, California; and most recently Washington D.C. “I spent eight years in the school of hard knocks, real-world training and eventually landed in the advanced placement program at the New England Culinary Institute.” Afterward, it was in California that he honed his skills in modern French techniques, which serves him well at The Katharine, a Frenchinspired brasserie, but Barnett said they don’t want to be too dogmatic about it. “I’ve worked with some very, very good classically French chefs and that’s always been the underpinning of what I do,” he said. “But like everything else, cuisine evolves. You sit back and take a look at who inspires you or you look at re-discoveries of ethnicities, and I try to incorporate that into what we’re doing here.” While we may think of French cuisines as heavy with butter and cream and bread, Barnett feels that France’s influence in its former colonies in places like the Mediterranean allows him to offer a more relatable, global approach, and the menu of the Chef’s Table was a reflection of that.


Course One Apple Rutabaga Soup garnished with Parsley Oil. Course Two Arugula and Shaved Fennel Salad, Parsnip Crisps Preserved Lemon Dressing Course Three Seared Diver Scallops, served with a Ginger – Carrot Emulsion, Batonnet Beets and Radish Sprouts. Course Four (Meat Course) Grilled Painted Hills Flat Iron Steak, Caramelized King Trumpet Mushroom, Foie Gras and Madeira Sauce. Cheese Course Thomasville Tomme (from Sweetgrass Dairy in Thomasville, Georgia), Campo de Montalban (a blended cows’, goats’ and sheep’s milk from Spain), Honey-Walnut Spread, House-made Ginger-Apple Butter, Herb Salad Barnett took some time to get to know the space and cultivate an air of good community with the culinary team itself. The Kimpton hired new management, a new sommelier, and he said now The Katharine is better than it has ever been. “I feel so tremendously honored to work with this group, from our back of house to our management and our sommelier. They’re a big part of the engine. It’s never a one-person show.” Barnett said he’s enjoyed the community and has felt the embrace and he can’t imagine doing anything different. “I love the visible, tangible marker of a day well spent. And that’s one of the great things about working with food. You get raw ingredients in, you apply technique, you hand it over to someone, and you get to see the satisfaction. There’s a profound sense of enjoyment from that.” ! KRISTI MAIER is a food writer, blogger and cheerleader for all things local who even enjoys cooking in her kitchen, though her kidlets seldom appreciate her efforts.



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January call for black artists and sponsors for first ‘You A Wonder’ exhibit


he Center for Visual Artists invites all local black artists working in any medium to submit artwork to its open call for the first “You A Wonder” exhibit, Terry Rader which celebrates Black History Month. According to the Contributor website, the exhibition will honor “the many ways black people are creating in Greensboro.” The call for art includes visual artists, filmmakers, costume and fashion designers, performers, dancers, musicians, singersongwriters, poets, writers, printmakers, digital artists and more. (Drop-off days are Jan.14 through 20 and pick-up days are March 16 through 22.) The exhibition will run from Feb. 1 through March 15, and the opening reception includes live music by Debbie the Artist. CVA outreach and arts engagement coordinator Devon McKnight said that people have been reaching out on Facebook and Instagram and are excited about this first-ever black exhibit with no strict guidelines. McKnight said that artists are encouraged to submit their unique and different works of art without fear of being turned away. She also plans to incorporate artist talks, along with panel discussions, performances, parties and gatherings to accompany the exhibition and further engage the public. McKnight said she is

looking for panelists in the community who want to create a more combative, energetic discussion as opposed to simply educating, as done in past CVA exhibitions. Artist Amy Sherald (most well-known for her 2018 Michelle Obama painting), inspired “You A Wonder,” McKnight said. The name of the exhibition comes from one of her paintings titled, “Listen, you a wonder, you a city of a woman, you got a geography of your own.” For Black History Month events throughout February, McKnight said the CVA is working with Larry Wright from Paper2Film (www., who has been a “great connector for the CVA.” She said the CVA has worked with Wright on previous exhibits and appreciate how he wants to support CVA’s mission in providing spaces for the community to showcase local talent. McKnight said Tickets: events such as open mics, spoken-word etry, a Diana Ross tribPhoto credit: Douglas Kirkland ute performance, film



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screenings and more would be planned every weekend and hosted by P2F. The Center for Visual Artists is a 501(c) (3) visual art nonprofit organization that provides studio workspaces and exhibition opportunities for local artists, educational classes opportunities for children and adults, as well as summer art camps and outreach programs in local schools. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Cultural Arts Center, (between the African American Atelier and the Native American Gallery), and across the hall from GreenHill Gallery. McKnight said the CVA has been an integral source for art, education, and exhibits since its inception as The Greensboro Artist’s League in 1956. CVA is starting a whole new year with a new staff hired in 2018 with a goal to be more community-oriented, McKnight said. She said that they work very lean, with only three part-time employees including herself, education coordinator Alison Little, along with director of operations Corrie Lisk-Hurst (who was the previous curator of the Greensboro Artist’s League). McKnight said that the need for sponsorship and donations are great. There are individual, family and corporate sponsorships and many ways to support

the CVA, including volunteering time. She said that even gallery sitting for a couple of hours could make a difference. “In this world, it is important to highlight marginalized groups that are usually pushed out of spaces. We are creating spaces for them,” McKnight said of the “You A Wonder” exhibition. “To clarify, the show gives a voice where people who don’t usually get to tell their stories can do so in their own way, with full freedom in their art and expression.” ! TERRY RADER is a freelance writer, poet and songwriter, formerly an ad agency creative director/branding strategist/copywriter and Earth Harmony columnist, a storyteller on a mission to raise awareness for creativity and environmental sustainability along with part-time work in Community Outreach & Wellness at Deep Roots Market Co-op and her business, Paws n’ Peace o’ Mind, Pet/Housesitter/Day Visits/Special Needs & Senior Pets



The Opening Reception is on 2/1 6 at 9 p.m., and runs through 3/15 at Center for Visual Artists, 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro. Hours: Tues-Thurs, noon5 p.m., Fri, noon-7 p.m., Sat., noon-5 p.m. and Sun., 2 p.m.-5 p.m., 336.333.7475,,, www. Call for artists:


Pledge: Dying to belong, then just dying deteriorate, depending All kidding aside, on your point of view – Pledge is undoubtfrom there. edly a cut above At this point in the most of its slasher narrative, the vililk. Boasting crisp lains become more cinematography dominant. There’s Max by William Tracy (Aaron Dalla Villa), Babcock, an effective he of the pompascore by Jon Natchez dour hairstyle, who and cool, confident Mark Burger appears to be the direction by Danleader; Ricky (Cameron iel Robbins, it’s a Cowperthwaite, in his shocker with more Contributor feature debut), whose on its mind than just amusingly phony shocking … at least overtures of concern initially. for the pledges they The set-up is the formula: Three colfail to see through; and lege freshmen are desperate to pledge a Bret (Jesse Pimentel), fraternity, thereby belonging to somewhose only overtures thing and, to their way of thinking, being are threatening ones. They embody the something. sort of privileged, spoiled brats who have This trio of lovable losers could have skated through life on their families’ been culled from any number of teen wealth and believe they can get away comedies: David (screenwriter Zack Wiewith murder … because, after all, they ner) is the neurotic Jewish geek always have. They revel in toying with their trying to put a positive spin on things, no victims, stringing them along as far as matter how bad they get; Justin (Zachery possible – and then going in for the kill. Byrd) is the quintessential “fat kid” whose Although gorehounds will surely revel girth makes him the constant butt of in the diabolical tricks played upon the jokes; and Ethan (Phillip Andre Botello), pledges, the filmmakers exercise a the decidedly un-hip African-American measure of restraint in the depiction of who’s the only one to recognize their subviolence, allowing the viewer’s imagizero status on campus. In several early nation to do some of the dirty work. In scenes, Botello’s deadpan reactions – the aforementioned branding scene, tinged with humiliation – are nicely mined for instance, the effect is achieved less for laughs. through special effects than the panicked, Just when all seems lost, they are shrieking reactions of the victims. That invited to a big, expensive mansion a few said, however, the squeamish are advised miles away from campus (which should to tread very carefully. Pledge may hold have sounded alarm bells – but not for some things back, but it doesn’t hold these guys), and welcomed, with more everything back. enthusiasm than expected – or even warAs the film narrows its focus to become ranted – by a trio of hipsters too clean-cut more straightforward, it tends to become and accommodating to be true. (Guess just another genre exercise, albeit a wellwhy...) made one. There’s the palpable feeling At the introductory gathering, David, Justin, and Ethan are plied with premium vodka, pretty girls and MENTION THIS AD & other party favors – then RECEIVE 10% OFF! told to return the next evening, where the real initiation ceremony would commence. Eager for more fun, they PAINT CENTER gleefully comply – and blithely walk into what the audience already knows is a trap. The first order of business is to brand Great Painter Referral Program! each pledge, and things Residential· Commercial· Industrial rapidly escalate – or 414 S. Fayetteville St.· Asheboro, NC 27203· 336.625.4336 WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM


that, by going full-tilt horror, the filmmakers have perhaps sold themselves a little bit short in jettisoning its satirical elements. The characters lose all nuances and simply become killing fodder. There’s a twist ending, of sorts, but this too presents some problems as it strains credibility and leaves a lot of unanswered questions. Admittedly, credibility is not a particularly important component to a horror film, but for one that started with such promise and seemed to be taking a different tack, it renders Pledge routine. Nevertheless, for those looking for 80 minutes to kill, Pledge fills the bill rather well, and it’s very likely we’ll hear from the filmmakers again. They demonstrate considerable promise, to say nothing of steady profes-

sionalism. This may not be a cult classic or even an entirely successful endeavor, but it will garner deserved attention. – Pledge opens Friday at RED Cinemas, 1305 Battleground Ave., Greensboro ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on © 2019, Mark Burger.


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Paging Oscar: Films to see before the Academy Awards


he weather outside might be frightful (at least to those with aversions to whooping coughs and soaked shoes), but the multiplex roster can be so delightful. True, early January is often the stomping ground of the studios’ tax write-offs and/or dreadful-looking projects (e.g., 2014’s The Legend of Hercules, 2016’s Monster Trucks, this week’s Keanu Reeves vehicle Replicas), and I suppose that’s why God invented Netflix. On the other hand, stir-crazy movie lovers can always head to one of the numerous award contenders that opened in New York and Los Angeles late last year and are now making their way across the rest of the nation. Upcoming weeks will see the national launches of such Oscar hopefuls as Destroyer and Stan & Ollie; in the meantime, here are three worthy efforts expanding this week. If Beale Street Could Talk ( ) is the best of the batch and the only one of the trio likely to snag any Academy Award nominations. Writer-director Barry Jenkins, whose 2016 effort Moonlight nabbed the Oscar for Best Picture, matches his previous at-bat with this exquisite adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel.

KiKi Layne delivers a lovely performance as Tish, a Harlem resident who’s pregnant with the child of her fiancé Fonny (Stephan James). Thanks to the machinations of a racist cop (Ed Skrein), Fonny is falsely accused of rape, and Tish and her family do everything in their power to prove his innocence. Reuniting much of the key behindthe-scenes personnel from Moonlight (including cinematographer James Laxton and composer Nicholas Britell), Jenkins has fashioned a film that rarely raises its voice, even as the rage regarding a grotesque miscarriage of justice informs its every move. All of the performances are exemplary, with particularly notable turns from Michael Beach (playing Manta’s pop in Aquaman) as Fonny’s father and Atlanta’s Brian Tyree Henry as Fonny’s friend. Yet the MVP is clearly Regina King as Tish’s mother, a strong-willed woman who goes farther (both literally and figuratively) than anyone to clear Fonny’s name. King’s been a personal favorite since the 1990s when she first caught my eye in John Singleton’s 1993 drama Poetic Justice, and it’s nice to see her winning awards by the bushel for her work here. She deserves them. In movies as in life, timing is everything, and it might have been better for On the Basis of Sex ( ) had it



been released a couple of years ago or a couple of years from now. As it stands, this dramatization of an early chapter in the life of Supreme Court dynamo Ruth Bader Ginsburg comes on the heels of last summer’s RBG, a comprehensive work that not only made Oscar’s shortlist in the Best Documentary category. (It’s one of 15 finalists, from which five will be chosen for a nomination but also proved potent enough at the box office to rank as one of the all-time top 25 nonfiction features.) Yet judged on its own merits, On the Basis of Sex is entertaining and even important, trekking the progress of Ginsburg (played by Felicity Jones) as she fights discrimination first at Harvard Law School, where she’s one of the few women in attendance, and then in the real world, where she eventually becomes involved in a case with the potential for landmark reformations. Jones doesn’t look much like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the hunky Armie Hammer looks even less like the roly-poly Martin Ginsburg, her eternally supportive husband. But that scarcely matters since both performers (particularly Jones) bring the proper mix of earnestness and eagerness to their roles. The film itself may be conventional but it’s also captivating, and it culminates with a courtroom showdown that offers instant satisfaction yet also doesn’t erase subsequent history. After all, you’ve come a long way, baby, but, alas, the arduous journey is really only just beginning. It isn’t nepotism when it’s the right choice. That’s certainly the case with Ben

Is Back ( ), which finds writerdirector, Peter Hedges, handpicking his own son to star in the title role. That would be Lucas Hedges, a rising talent who’s appeared in three Best Picture Oscar nominees over the past two years. A nominee himself for his supporting stint in Manchester by the Sea, he deserves a Best Actor nod this year — one that likely won’t materialize. Because as excellent as Hedges might be in Ben Is Back, he’s even better in Boy Erased, and the presence of two powerhouse performances in one calendar year always runs the risk of splitting votes and coming up empty. Nevertheless, he’s the best thing about both movies — this is particularly true with Ben Is Back, in which he portrays a recovering drug addict who takes it upon himself to leave the rehab center and return home for Christmas. His presence makes his stepfather (Courtney B. Vance) and his sister (Kathryn Newton) uneasy; his mom (Julia Roberts) is also unsure of the situation, but she does the most to support Ben and provide him with the “tough love” he requires. Ben Is Back is stronger during the earlier passages when it focuses solely on the family, and it threatens to steer off course when it changes tactics to follow Ben’s nocturnal activities as he reluctantly becomes involved with the druggies and dealers who formed his former social circle. But the excellent work by Hedges (and, yes, Roberts) keeps this sobering picture from wandering too far into the haze. !

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JANUARY 16-22, 2019




Triad Stage announces August Wilson Monologue Competition state finals


he National August Wilson Monologue Competition is a free arts education program created to celebrate the work of the playwright August Wilson and inspire high school students to find and express themselves through theater. On Saturday, Feb. 2, eight high school students from four high schools will participate in the August Wilson Monologue Competition state finals at Triad Stage in downtown Greensboro. The state final competition will take place at 3 p.m., and is free and open to the public. This is the third year that Triad Stage and NC A&T have organized the competition in Greensboro. This year’s competition began with free workshops for high school students at libraries in Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem, taught by local artists Hilda Willis and Cassandra Williams. The workshops introduced students to August Wilson’s body of work and text, supported them in selecting monologues that resonated with them from his plays, and helped them hone those monologues for performance. Students competed in a preliminary competition on Dec. 1, 2018. Finalists will attend two additional workshops in January to prepare them for the state finals. The North Carolina Poetry Out Loud finals will be hosted by Miller Lucky, Jr. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the state finals, visit The state winner of the August Wilson Monologue Competition will receive $500; the first runner-up will receive $250 and the second runner-up will receive $100. In addition, the state winner and first runnerup will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the national finals in New York City to perform their pieces on a Broadway stage and will also receive a complete collection of August Wilson’s plays.


ABOUT TRIAD STAGE Triad Stage is a professional not-forprofit regional theater company in the midst of its 18th season. Triad Stage has grown into one of the largest arts organizations in the region; become a leader in the local and state arts communities; increased our national profile and played a critical role in the economic vitality of our downtown communities. Guided by our core values of Excellence, Inclusion, Artistic Risk, Collaboration, Imagination, Rejuvenation, Community, a Southern Voice, Learning and North Carolina, Triad Stage is producing five MainStage productions in Greensboro and their annual holiday production in Winston Salem during the 2018-2019 season. ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) is a public, land-grant university and constituent member of the University of North Carolina system. The university’s history as one of only 18 historically black 1890 land-grant universities is reflected in its strengths in the STEM disciplines, particularly agriculture, animal science, engineering, and environmental science. A growing student enrollment reflects the demand for North Carolina A&T’s programs in those areas as well as in the arts and sciences, business and economics, education, nursing, and technology. Today, the university is a leader in teaching and research in bioengineering, health disparities and other interdisciplinary fields. In 2009, A&T co-founded the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering with cross-town partner UNC Greensboro. !

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KION TV reported on Jan. 7 that a Salinas, California, family’s Ring doorbell camera captured video of a man licking the doorbell for more Chuck Shepherd than three hours. The homeowners were out of town during the encounter, which took place around 5 a.m., but their children were inside. Sylvia Dungan, who was alerted to the activity at her front door on her phone, said, “I thought, boy there’s a lot of traffic. ... Who the heck is that?” Salinas police identified the man as Roberto Daniel Arroyo, 33. Arroyo also relieved himself in the front yard and visited a neighbor’s house. “You kind of laugh about it afterwards because technically he didn’t do anything,” Dungan said, although police later charged him with petty theft and prowling.


Dale Sourbeck, 49, of Pittston, Pennsylvania, had football on his mind after his arresting start to 2019. In the early morning hours of Jan. 3, he used a hammer to break into the Rock Street Music store and helped himself to two guitars — to start with, reported WNEP TV. Presumably realizing he was being watched by surveillance cameras, Sourbeck left and returned to the store wearing a mask and grabbed three more guitars. Police tracked Sourbeck down using the surveillance camera shot of his license plate and found the stolen guitars in his home. Upon his arrest, the only statement he made was “Go Eagles.”


Veterinarian Molly Kreuze of Springfield, Virginia, is planning to purchase an artificial Christmas tree next year after her natural one came with something extra: more than 100 praying mantises. Kreuze told WJLA-TV the leggy insects emerged from an egg sac under the tree’s branches and were “crawling on the walls, crawling on the ceiling, crawling on the windows.” Kreuze captured as many as she could and was hoping to find a new home for them, as it seems “people really like” the bugs. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture advised that people who find the egg sacs on their Christmas trees should clip the branch and take it outside. Otherwise, without their regular source of food, the newly hatched insects will start to eat each other.


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Eakins Oval, a Philadelphia traffic circle, was the scene of an ominous accident on Jan. 1 when a 21-year-old unnamed man tried to climb a monument to George Washington at the center of the circle. WPIV-TV reported that the man slipped while climbing and fell on the sharp antler of a large deer statue at the base of the monument, impaling his left side. He suffered lacerations and was admitted to Hahnemann Hospital nearby.


— Three customers and staff of a Wells Fargo branch in Solana Beach, California, were stunned on Jan. 3 when 35-year-old Clint Gray entered the bank shortly after it opened and yelled, “This is a robbery! Everybody get on the ground!” a witness told The San Diego Union-Tribune. But Gray, who was unarmed, didn’t follow through. Instead, he stripped down to his underwear and sat in a chair near the front door, asking bank employees to call law enforcement. He also kindly told one female customer that she could sit in a chair instead of lying on the floor. A sheriff’s deputy arrived shortly, and Gray surrendered without resistance; he was later charged with attempted robbery. — Students at a Fairfield, Ohio, middle school were subjected to an unexpected lesson on Jan. 8 when they reported suspicious behavior “taking place behind (the) desk” of substitute teacher, Tracey J. Abraham of Cincinnati. WHIO-TV reported that the school resource officer at Creekside Middle School received several complaints from students that the teacher was, eh, taking matters into his own hands, and he was removed from the room and building. Abraham was booked and charged with public indecency and ordered to stay away from all locations where there are children under 18 years old.


A female jogger on the Goldenrod Trail in Oakland, California, used pepper spray on a dog that attacked her on the morning of Jan. 3, angering the dog’s owner, Alma Cadwalader, 19. According to KPIX-TV, police said Cadwalader retaliated by tackling and punching the jogger multiple times, and finally biting the victim on the forearm, causing significant wounds. Police posted a surveillance camera photograph of Cadwalader and asked for the public’s help in identifying her; she was arrested on Jan. 4. !

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With two locations, Bestway resurrects the neighborhood grocery store


Ian McDowell


here are the grocery stores of yesteryear? When I recently asked some present and former Greensboro residents about beloved neighborhood grocers of their youth, they responded with a litany of the departed, as wistful as poet François Villon remembering his

dead ladies. Bessemer Curb Market, with its legendary homemade pimento cheese. Big Bear, where the deli counter sold what Triad expat Ted House swears was “the best damn barbecue sandwich I ever had, which I still recall and crave 40 years later.” Jones Grocery, from which boys on bicycles delivered fresh meat and vegetables to homes on Spring Garden and Chapman. Hams hanging in the window at Livengoods. The open can of oysters set out on ice for free samples at Bestway on Spring Garden and Holden, where Stephanie Browning recalled walking around the store with one in her mouth after her mother spooned it there, unable to spit the mollusk out until they left. If you look up the post I made on the “Greensboro, NC Memories: 1950s - 1980s” Facebook page, you’ll see 300+ comments flow like Bladerunner’s tears in rain. Quite a few people mentioned one that isn’t gone, the Bestway on Walker Avenue. It’s the longest continuously operated grocery store in Greensboro, and the only neighborhood one I remember from my childhood. I grew up in Fayetteville and don’t recall ever walking to grocery stores there. However, one October weekend in the 1960s, my mother and grandfather brought me to visit Greensboro relatives, while my father rehearsed at the Fort Bragg Playhouse, no doubt enjoying having the house to himself when he got home. My mother’s uncle, Olan Barnes, had the flu, and my great-aunt Virginia was busy taking care of both him and the poultry on their farm at the corner of Friendly and Holden. So, we ended up staying with my great-uncle Floyd Reynolds and his wife, my mother’s aunt Louise, in their home on North Elam Avenue. YES! WEEKLY

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Wall of beers at Walker Avenue Bestway

Walker Avenue Bestway Some neighborhood porches were already sporting jack-o’-lanterns, but it was warm enough to walk to the Bestway on Walker to get ice cream after dinner; cool enough that it wouldn’t melt on the 15-minute walk back. Mom liked to walk, taking long-legged strides in her tartan skirt, but rarely took me with her when doing it in rowdy Fayetteville. (I imagine this was so I wouldn’t see her one-finger response to catcalls from soldiers, the way I had once when I secretly followed her. That’s one reason why I remember our Greensboro walk so well, even though she didn’t flip anyone off.) Bestway had a Halloween display in the window, with a carved pumpkin and some masks. The masks weren’t for sale, but I wanted one. The manager gave us the Frankenstein and the Vampire Woman, either because he’d known my mother when she was at Guilford College, because she was very beautiful, or both, and wouldn’t take the dollar she offered in payment. We wore our masks on the walk back, alternating making scary gestures at passing cars and raising them to lick the Creamsicle we shared. I now wish I’d checked to see if that Bestway still has Creamsicles I went there with photographer Ciara Kelley to take photos for this article. (They do have Locopops, which I love, albeit not as much as kid-me loved Creamsicles.) For the following information, I thank my friend David Gwynn, who is the digital projects coordinator and associate professor at the University of North Carolina Greensboro’s Jackson Library but also

Walker Avenue Bestway maintains the marvelously obsessive and detailed website, (My 2017 article “A Brothel on Elm Street” describes the notorious downtown business once run by David’s great-grandfather.) David’s specialty is historical national supermarket chains, not local ones like Bestway, but he still knew a lot about it. He told me that the grocery store at 2113 Walker Ave. was built in 1948 as an A&P, one of 42 that company opened (and closed) in Greensboro between 1909 and 1987. A detailed history of those locations, complete with photos, can be found on his website.

The Walker Avenue A&P closed in 1957, re-opening the next year as Smith’s Bi-Rite. “The Bi-Rite co-op was originally established to help independent grocers compete with big chains,” David said. “All the stores that formed the co-op in 1956 were independents, and R.M. Butler ended up as president of the co-op.” David said that Butler eventually owned the Walker Avenue Bi-Rite and eight others in the co-op. In 1972, Butler rebranded these stores as Bestway. “They were a pretty big player in Greensboro in the 1970s and early 1980s, but they apparently expanded too quickly. The beginning of the end was their purchase of a former



Bestway Marketplace in UNCG Spartan Village Kroger on Battleground Avenue (it’s now EarthFare) in 1984. By 1986, the chain was bankrupt, and Butler ended up selling or liquidating all the stores except the one on Walker Avenue, which oddly enough, had the lowest sales volume but was the most profitable one of the bunch.” David also told me that the convenience store on Tate Street near UNCG was once part of the Bi-Rite co-op, albeit not one of Butler’s stores that became the Bestway chain. “It remained a Bi-Rite until about 1983 and was then an independent called Sav-Way until it was renamed, College Mart.” He said that the closest remaining Bi-Rite is in Stokesdale, where it’s operated continuously since 1965, but that it’s “an independent and now part of the Galaxy co-op.” The story was continued from there for me by Nancy Kimbrough. She and her husband, Roger, own the Walker Avenue Bestway, and two months ago opened Bestway Market in UNCG’s Spartan Village on the corner of Gate City Boulevard and Glenwood Avenue. In an email, she wrote that she “decided to part ways with corporate America” in 2008, when she and Roger began looking for a small retail business. “We were open to anything within a 50-mile radius, but as it turned out, the first business Roger found was five minutes away in the great neighborhood of Lindley Park. The store had been severely neglected for five years plus, so Roger and I saw tremendous and immediate potential.” They purchased that location and its Bestway name in November of 2008. She wrote that, when owned by the Butler family in the 1970s, Bestway consisted of “17 locations accounting for onethird of the grocery business in Guilford County.” This gradually dwindled to the Walker Avenue store, “which was sold in 2003 or 2004 and continued its decline” until she and her husband renovated and revived it five years later. There it prospered, attracting increased business both for its fresh local produce WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

and its massive selection of craft beers. The latter isn’t available at the Glenwood store, due to UNCG being Bestway Marketplace’s landlord, but the new location brings both history and innovation to the table. “Our vision for Bestway Marketplace is to create a neighborhood grocery store to serve the Glenwood community while also appealing to the student customer. The store is a full-line grocery store with fresh produce and fresh-cut meats.” But, she wrote, the Marketplace differs from the traditional grocery store “by including fresh-roasted coffee (we have our own roaster in store), a deli where we can prepare soups, paninis, and pizza to order (we have an Italian pizza oven), and a juice bar and fresh baked breads and pastries. We want to create an environment where the community can shop, eat and meet in one location.” When I visited it last Thursday, I found both students and Glenwood residents shopping there, as well as meat so fresh and appealing that I asked that department’s very friendly manager Chris Noell to cut me both a 1.5 lb. Porterhouse ribeye and a 2.6 lb. Boston butt roast. While he was doing that, a familiar voice distracted me from my carnivorous reverie. It belonged to local artist Gene Kronberg, whom I’ve known since the 1980s, and who is a long-time Glenwood resident. Kronberg said he was very happy Bestway Marketplace opened in his neighborhood. “This is a fine place, and its prices are nice. This meat market is equivalent to a good German butcher shop, which I frequented up in South Jersey.” He said it wasn’t necessarily the freshness of the meat that attracted him, although he was glad it first went on-sale that way. “They will cut their prices in half shortly before sell-by date is very good for students and for me.” I also talked to a customer considerably younger than Kronberg, UNCG senior social work major Tyler Hicks, who was

pushing a grocery cart that included fresh produce, Kerry butter, and bacon. “It’s very convenient,” she told me, “both the location and because they take Flex [UNCG’s declining-balance meal card]. The prices are pretty good. I’ve been waiting on this for a year, and was so glad when they finally opened it.” General manager Daniel Krout told me that it’d been quite a change from working at Walker Avenue. “Here at Spartan Village, we have less grocery space, and we have the deli, the pizza oven, the coffee shop and juice shop, all things we had no experience with there. So, it’s strange but very exciting.” He told me he thinks the local community is still not fully aware that his store is here, but that the students love it. “One young woman was almost crying the first day she was here. She had a fresh apple and said ‘I haven’t had fresh fruit in three weeks.’ That’s because they have to take a bus to go to someplace like Harris Teeter, and that can be very difficult. So, she was very excited to have fresh fruit available right here.” He said that he hopes that the Glenwood community would embrace the fact that there’s a grocery store in the neighborhood. “We want to welcome them to the Bestway here. It’s certainly not just for the students.” Deli manager Bob Dator expressed considerable pride in his surroundings. “We have a whole butcher shop, with meat and seafood, everything fresh. Look at that salmon! Isn’t it beautiful? Oysters come in fresh. There’s nothing in here that we sell that isn’t fresh or that Roger and Nancy haven’t tried for quality.” He said that much of what his store sells is either locally-sourced or made onsite. “We roast our own coffee beans. Our bread is baked in our own bakery and delivered here. Pizza dough is made there and delivered here. We’re going to be adding a line of in-house deli salads and pre-made sandwiches. They’ll be able to get cold sandwiches, hot paninis, and breakfast sandwiches.”

As Noell weighed, wrapped and labeled my steak and roast, he told me of his history in the industry. “I’ve been cutting meat for altogether about 11 years, first at Food Lion and Winn-Dixie. Got out of the grocery industry for a bit, but went back into it in 2017 at Bi-Rite in Stokesdale. I came to Bestway in August of 2018 because I wanted to advance a little bit. Roger and Nancy Kimbrough gave me my first management position, which I appreciate.” Although the only meat I bought this time was the beef, my eye kept wandering to the North Carolina jumbo shrimp in the seafood counter. He told me he got it fresh from Larry Williams at New River Fish Company. “He supplies most of our fish. Some come in frozen, but a lot comes in fresh.” The next day, I met Ciara at the Bestway on Walker, which she was delighted to find sold mead. While Ciara took photos outside and inside that historical store, I talked to customer Brenda Sexton. “I love Bestway,” she told me. “I’ve been coming here for years. It’s so convenient. I love the hours, and I love how it’s really simple, how you don’t have to walk all over a huge store. And honestly, I love coming in here and finding clearance things, too. I live in Lindley Park, and I love walking from my house.” Just as my mother had loved walking from her aunt’s house when I was a kid, it’s good to know that some people can still do that. ! 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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Lights, camera… now you’re in on the action! Jaysen Buterin is that rare indie filmmaker carving a niche for himself (a bloody, serrated wound of a niche) by producing genuinely creepy horror flicks that routinely rack up awards at film festivals around the country and overseas. For his next motion picture, Kill Giggles, Buterin’s production unit CFBB Pictures is employing an Billy Ingram unusual funding model, offering an opportunity for regular folks to own Contributing a piece of the action. “We’re selling shares in the columnist film,” Buterin explained. “It’s not a perk-based thing like Indiegogo or Kickstarter where you get a poster and your name in the credits. It’s an actual investment; you own a piece of the film.” Kill Giggles, in Buterin’s words, “takes a timeless terror trope and turns it on its rainbow wig-covered head.” He’s grown tired of movies where, “the serial killer, the monster, the spreader of mass murder and mayhem dresses up like a clown. The clowns are the victims in this movie.”


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It’s not a love for painted-up, floppy-footed freaks that prompted the mad director to turn the tables on a tried-and-true genre. “I’m terrified of clowns. I don’t like them; I kind of wanted to see them suffer. It’s that clown marionette from Poltergeist that really unhinged me at age 6 or 7. I’ve been afraid of them ever since.” Buterin has been tinkering with this script for about four years. “About a year and a half ago we spent a weekend shooting a bunch of promo teasers and a proof of concept [Killing Giggles] for the feature, which is essentially the first scene in the film just to give people a visual sense of what we’re going for.” Killing Giggles, a pilot for the feature, garnered numerous film festival nominations and awards for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Makeup FX, and Screenplay. Meanwhile, the feature-length script for Kill Giggles was awarded Best Unproduced Screenplay at Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival in 2018. “That festival is run by Tommy Faircloth and Robert Zobel; it’s absolutely amazing; they have fantastic horror movie-related guests. The first year I met Felissa Rose from Sleepaway Camp, still one of the best horror movie endings to this day.” At Crimson Screen alone, the Killing Giggles short earned Best Director and Best Actor accolades. “You have that Sally Fields moment,” Buterin said. “You like me; you really like me!” A foreshadowing of what’s to come? His track record is solid. Buterin’s previous shorts — Between Hell and a Hard Place, The Corner, and Don’t Let the Light In — brought home dozens of awards at festivals around the country. One, in particular, is a favorite. “Between Hell and a Hard Place is a 25-minute black and white horror film,” he said. “The closest I’ll ever get to doing an original episode of The Twilight Zone.” They’ve all been picked up by ShortsTV (AMC Networks), “So we have three short films seen in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa; we’re on in five out of seven continents. I don’t think we’re on in Antarctica. I really want to break into that Antarctica market; I wanna be really big there.” With about three weeks to go, the project has already raised around $13,000, exceeding the minimum goal. The buy-in isn’t enormous, and the potential is almost limitless, Buterin explained. (Just ask those lucky folks that bought stock in Food Lion back in the 1970s or owned a piece of Seinfeld. And what a conversation

starter, when you tell people you’re bankrolling a motion picture.) “The more investors we get,” Buterin said, “the closer we get to our goal, the better the movie can be and, ideally, the more return on investment they’re going to get.” Details on how to begin your budding career as a motion picture producer (well, silent partner anyway) can be found at Remember, true horror lurks down the road not taken. “We’re looking to start filming June 17,” Buterin said. “A three-week shoot, ideally. I had a good location scout meeting last week with Rebecca Clark from the Triad Film Commission. We’re really lucky, we’ve got tremendous folks on both sides of the camera that want to make this happen.” When Kill Giggles is finally completed, it may go a long way toward conquering what Buterin calls his, “crippling coulrophobia. I’ve literally got a box filled with composition books full of clown deaths.” Who’ll be laughing then? ! A regular contributor to O.Henry magazine, BILLY INGRAM is the author of five books including Hamburger², a book (mostly) about Greensboro.


‘10-year challenge:’ the Greensboro house show edition Greensboro is a house show city. Filled with college kids and a dearth of steady venues, house shows offer a sweet spot both for underage music lovers and folks burnt-out on traditional spaces. Katei Cranford The Ice House, Greensboro’s latest Contributing home to carry the show space torch, columnist embodies the former: kids with energy booking shows, mixing genres and cresting into their 20s looking to get down. “We made a joke about naming our house after Icehouse beer because we were drinking it and our house is blue and white,” said resident Kyla Bartron. “We asked ourselves if we really wanted our house named after a cheap beer,” she continued, “and we realized, yes. Yes, we do.” A sense of humor is salient for hosting a space that’s both private and public. Not to be confused with the indoor iceskating rink on Wendover, the “Ice House” name nods to the Firehouse, a convenience store close by—the reference may be lost on locals over 25, who may still call the classic College Hill bodega “U-G-S” (or “University General Store”). Space names often lend themselves to locality; Hellraiser Haus stood in the shadow of its titular filming location, Tuba house was across McIver from the music school, and The Barn resembled its namesake on Wilson. Dick Street, Cedar, Chapman, and Corndale all served as clues to finding the place. Other spots such as Butler, Karate Dungeon, Panda Pile, TYP, Science House, and Jazz House, reflected resident’s personalities and inside jokes. Ice House is both. “The name was cemented when we realized every single person who walks into our house goes ‘Hey, this is a really nice house,’” Bartron said. “One of our roommates made the joke, ‘this isn’t a nice house, it’s an ice house.’ And from then on, it stuck.” Beyond making a name, the Ice House kids have learned some lessons in the handful of shows they’ve held since September 2018. “We started out by the seat of our pants,” Bartron recalled of their first show with a mosh pit, “our floor looked like a trampoline, our piano was about to crumble, people were crowd surfing.” WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

“We thought it was really cool,” she added, “but we started thinking more logistically about crowd control.” They’ve since reinforced the floor and their goal, which is to continue providing an inclusive, all-ages environment. “These spaces are important to the music scene because it breaks the barrier for younger college students to get into any venue whether to play or just listen,” Bartron said. “Underground venues provide a sense of community. We’ve built such close relationships with all of the groups who’ve performed here. It’s something we’d love to provide to new musicians on the scene.“ Creating a conduit for connection outside traditional outlets is a noble mission from folks who are pretty fresh themselves. Ice House homies are UNCG students whose understanding of the area is encapsulated in their collegiate periphery.

“We weren’t aware of it being a house show spot before we moved in,” Bartron admitted, “but there’s so much space. We knew it was perfect for large gatherings.” If walls could talk... There’s the “10-year photo challenge” making rounds on social networks, but unbeknownst to current residents, there’s a 10-year WUAG connection in action at the Ice House. 2019 WUAG productions director Julian Creech-Pritchett, made his solo debut at their first show of the year, but he’s not the first WUAG artist to hallow those halls. Back in 2009, the space was home to WUAG board members who hosted events. A couple of years later, another crop of Greensboro music-freaks (who ran the Glenwood DIY venue, 7-Day Weekend, and now host Bang Night at M’Coul’s) took up the helm and threw ragers. It does seem, however, that the Ice House is the most official of the show-

throwers thus far—they even take credit cards and app payments for cover charges. “We really wanted to start the year off right,” Bartron said of their explosive January schedule. “2019 is going to be great,” she added. “Our show count for January alone is half of our total so far. Things have blown up fast, and we’re excited for what’s to come.“ The Ice House is gearing up for its next show with Indigo, Mutt!, and Rowdy Leaf on Jan. 19, followed by a doubleheader weekend with RetroHixz, Terms x Conditions, and the Quarter Roys on Jan 25; and Natalie Claro, Terms x Conditions, and Black Haus on Jan 26. Ask a cool kid how to get there. ! KATEI CRANFORD is a Triad music nerd who spent her 20s in a house show spot. She hosts the Tuesday Tour Report, a radio show that runs like a mixtape of bands touring NC, 5-7p.m. on WUAG 103.1 FM. JANUARY 16-22, 2019






Sideline spotlights North Carolina bluegrass


is home state was in the middle of an ice storm, with power outages in the Triad region. His band’s tour bus was in need of repairs in John Adamian Florida, but Steve @johnradamian Dilling, banjo player and founder of the bluegrass group Contributor Sideline, was soon to be out on a cruise ship with a couple hundred pickers and fans of string-band music. So, on the one hand, things could have been better, but, on the other, they could have been worse, too. And it was a typically busy stretch for Dilling and his band. Sideline will perform at The Crown at Greensboro’s Carolina Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 19. I spoke with Dilling by phone while he and the band were in Jacksonville for a show, before heading out on Danny Stewart’s bluegrass cruise. After they play Greensboro, Dilling said the sextet would be driving up to Asheville, where they’d spend four days or so starting work on a new record, following up on last year’s Front and Center. Bluegrass is American music, like jazz. And, like jazz, bluegrass, drew from a variety of traditions, such as the blues, old-time string music and sacred music, braiding together a number of elements into a unique genre, with revved-up string playing, tight vocal harmonies and kinetic energy that could be compared to be-bop. It’s worth noting that when Elvis Presley made those first landmark recordings at Sun Studios in Memphis back in 1954, along with “That’s Alright,” a remake of blues singer Arthur Crudup’s single, he also recorded a rock-ified version of “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” a song by the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe. So bluegrass music has been infusing popular American music for over half a century, and it continues to spread its influence today. I happened to speak to Dilling on the week that Google celebrated, with a featured drawing on the search giant’s homepage, the 95th anniversary of the birth of North Carolina banjo legend Earl Scruggs. (Scruggs was born near Shelby and he went on to play in Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys, as well as with his own legendary group the Foggy Mountain Boys, YES! WEEKLY

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with his longtime musical collaborator Lester Flatt.) Dilling said he had taken a screenshot of the Scruggs image to keep the memory of the honor to North Carolina music, to bluegrass, to the banjo and to his friend. “Being a banjo player, Earl was my first hero,” Dilling said. “In later years, I got to be friends with Earl and to go to his house.” Dilling grew up in the Raleigh area. His family used to travel to bluegrass festivals and events starting when he was about 8 years old. “My dad had an electrician that worked for him that played the banjo, and we used to go see him perform,” Dilling said. That friend of the family helped Dilling’s parents select the first banjo he got when he was 12. That connection from parents to children runs through bluegrass music. It’s music that is about close-knit community and tight familial bonds. Bluegrass music radiates that kind of intimacy. “You see it now going from generation to generation within the same family,” Dilling said. “It’s family-oriented music.” (Sideline is a family ensemble in the sense that guitarist Skip Cherryholmes is Dilling’s son-in-law. Cherryholmes, in turn, was a part of his own family’s band for over a dozen years.) During the warm months, the setting of outdoor music-making and all-day events tend to encourage a kind of camaraderie. “You go to a bluegrass festival, you’re

not only playing music, but you’re camping, you’re cooking,” Dilling said. Pickers swap riffs and tunes. Oldsters take youngsters under their wings. There’s a fair amount of tradition that gets passed down. And the music itself celebrates the idea of old ways, with songs about faith, rural life and time-tested wisdom. And yet, at the same time, bluegrass remains music that’s in conversation with the present. There are numerous bluegrass outfits and string bands that take the music of artists such as Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley or the Grateful Dead and give those familiar songs a high-lonesome spin. (Sideline recorded a bluegrassified Gordon Lightfoot tune for their last record.) On top of that, the sound of traditional bluegrass, in the form of mandolin and banjo particularly, has slid into popular music, to Americana, to pop and even into hip-hop, in surprising ways. Hit-makers with traditional bluegrass credentials, such as Alison Krauss, have sent popular audiences back to the music. And others, like Mumford & Sons, have simply demonstrated how the banjo can fit into a radio single. It all translates to sustained growth of the fanbase, and a chance for traditionalists like Sideline to continue performing bluegrass in a live setting, with the music’s dynamism can be most easily felt. “Audiences tend to be up in numbers at live performances, and the audiences tend to be younger in age,” Dilling said. “There’s a whole lot more young people than there used to be.”

Sideline is able to straddle both sides of that line, playing traditional bluegrass, throwing in gospel tunes, or giving their set a jam-band twist, if the venue and the audience seemed receptive to a little more wide-ranging improvisation and stretched-out structures. Sideline will take their first trip to Europe this summer, connecting with bluegrass fans in Ireland, where acoustic music, communal singing and ballad traditions all remain strong. Bluegrass may be global music now, with festivals and performance opportunities all over the world, but Dilling said that one of the reasons that the members of Sideline can achieve their tight blend of fast-moving instrumental playing paired with the close vocal harmonies that dip and rise like a school of fish moving in mesmerizing unison is because the players all grew up with the same regional styles. “Most of the whole band is from North Carolina or Eastern Tennessee,” Dilling said. They all came of age playing harddriving traditional music. “I think that helps us a lot. We pronounce things the same.” See Sideline along with NuBlu at The Crown, 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro, on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. carolinatheatre. com ! JOHN ADAMIAN lives in Winston-Salem, and his writing has appeared in Wired, The Believer, Relix, Arthur, Modern Farmer, the Hartford Courant and numerous other publications.



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NCDOT TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING FOR THE PROPOSED WIDENING OF N.C. 73 MECKLENBURG AND CABARRUS COUNTIES STIP PROJECT NOS. R-2632AB & R-5706 The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold two public meetings regarding the proposed projects to widen N.C. 73 from N.C. 115 (Old Statesville Road) to U.S. 29 (Concord Parkway North) in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties. Intersection improvements are also proposed along the corridor. The purpose of STIP Project No. R-2632AB is to reduce congestion on N.C. 73 (Sam Furr Road) between N.C. 115 (Old Statesville Road) and Davidson-Concord Road (S.R. 2693) and provide bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. The purpose of STIP Project No. R-5706 is to increase mobility between Davidson-Concord Road (S.R. 2693) and I-85 and between U.S. 29 (Concord Parkway North) and I-85, reduce congestion at the intersections, improve traffic operations along N.C. 73 (Davidson Highway), and provide pedestrian and bicycle accommodations. The same concept maps and project information will be presented at both meetings. Please note that no formal presentation will be made. The open house public meetings will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. (drop-in) on: Monday, January 28 Lake Norman Church of Christ 17634 Caldwell Station Road, Huntersville

Tuesday, January 29 Connect Christian Church 3101 Davidson Highway, Concord

NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and listen to comments regarding the project. The opportunity to submit comments will also be provided at the meeting or via phone, email, or mail by February 12, 2019. Comments received will be taken into consideration as the project develops. Project information and materials can be viewed as they become available online at For additional information, contact Theresa Ellerby, C.P.M., NCDOT Project Manager, at (919) 707-6020 or NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Caitlyn Ridge, P.E., Environmental Analysis Unit at, or (919)707-6091 as early as possible so that arrangements can be made. Persons who do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494. Aquellas personas que no hablan inglés o tienen limitaciones para leer, hablar o entender inglés, podrían recibir servicios de interpretación si los solicitan antes de la reunión llamando al 1-800-481-6494.

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NCDOT TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING JANUARY 17 FOR THE PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS TO N.C. 27 (FREEDOM DRIVE) FROM TODDVILLE ROAD TO MOORES CHAPEL ROAD IN MECKLENBURG COUNTY TIP PROJECT NO. U-5957 The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting regarding the proposed improvements to N.C. 27 (Freedom Drive) from Toddville Road to Moores Chapel Road in Charlotte. The purpose of this project is to improve mobility and accommodate bicycles and pedestrians along the project corridor. The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 17 from 4-7 p.m. at Allenbrook Elementary located at 1430 Allenbrook Drive in Charlotte. Please note that no formal presentation will be made. The public may drop-in at any time during the meeting hours. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and listen to feedback regarding the project. The opportunity to submit comments will be provided at the meeting or can be done via phone, email, or mail by February 16, 2019. All comments received will be taken into consideration as the project develops. Project information and materials can be viewed as they become available online at For additional information, please contact Sean Epperson, P.E., NCDOT Division 10 Project Team Lead, at (704) 983-4400 or NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Lauren Putnam at or (919) 707-6072 as early as possible so that arrangements can be made. Persons who do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494. Aquellas personas que no hablan inglés, o tienen limitaciones para leer, hablar o entender inglés, podrían recibir servicios de interpretación si los solicitan antes de la reunión llamando al 1-800-481-6494.

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WHERE ARE YOU FROM? I moved to Winston -Salem almost exactly a year ago from Raleigh. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BARTENDING? I think 3 years. 5 if I count bartending in a restaurant. HOW DID YOU BECOME A BARTENDER? I started working the door at a music venue in Raleigh. The money was kind of bogus, but there are a lot of perks of working in a venue. I was already motivated to bartend. Eventually I just annoyed the hell out of my boss until he moved me behind the bar. At that point I didn’t have a choice, but to be good after the tantrum I threw to be there. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT BARTENDING? I specifically like bartending in music venues because I like to be around the music scene. The general bar scene can easily become toxic and magnetize a self destructive sort of attitude if you’re not careful. I like being a part of a community where I’m surrounded by motivated and creative people. Also you’re forced to witness a lot of shows you would typically never go to and a lot of times you get a new perspective on certain genres you didn’t know you were a fan of. The booking process is pretty strategic and it’s important to work with someone who you trust to not schedule a Jimmy Buffett cover band on your shifts. Monstercade would never. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DRINK TO MAKE? Long Island Iced Teas. I’m not even joking. There’s a gross novelty behind them and I always have to double check someone’s ID after they order one. But I appreciate

the irony of an L.I.T. and the ridiculousness of making a drink so stupid. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DRINK TO DRINK? Lately I’ve been drinking vodka with elderflower liqueur and water I infuse at home with whatever herbs and stuff I have in the fridge. It tastes good and I’m such a freak about staying hydrated when I’m drinking alcohol. I’ve had enough mutant hangovers to use whatever measures I can to avoid them in the future. WHAT WOULD YOUR RECOMMEND AS AN AFTER-DINNER DRINK? Whatever you want! I’m not the boss of you. Long Island Iced Tea and wake up in the gutter with your pants on backwards. WHAT’S THE CRAZIEST THING YOU’VE SEEN WHILE BARTENDING? I can’t even tell you off the top of my head. Drunk people do the most hilarious and infuriating things. After a while you witness so many wild things you eventually just kind of shrug when you see someone punch a cop and pee in their pants in the same 2 minutes. The bar I worked at in Raleigh had a lot more of those instances because of the college kids that would come on the weekends. WHAT’S THE BEST TIP YOU’VE EVER GOTTEN? I don’t remember. I like to hold grudges so I only remember the bad tippers. How lame is that?

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GRAMPING HER STYLE My friend just joined a dating site for elite creative professionals. Unfortunately, it grabs your age from Facebook, so you can’t shave off years. At 50, she’s outside of most men’s search parameters — even older men’s. What gives? — Concerned

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Aging is especially unkind to straight women on dating sites. At a certain point (usually age 46 on), women find their options narrowed to men who wear jewelry — the kind that sends the message, “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” A study by psychologist Jan Antfolk and his colleagues looked at sex differences in the preferred age of romantic partners. They found — as have other researchers — that “women are interested in sameaged to somewhat older men” throughout their lives. Men, on the other hand, “show a tendency to be sexually interested in women in their mid-twenties,” a preference that emerges in their teen years and (sorry, ladies!) remains consistent as men age. And age. And age. Men’s continuing attraction to 20-something women makes evolutionary sense, as, the researchers note, “the highest fertility” in women “has been estimated to occur in the mid-twenties.” However, when older men are asked to think practically — when asked not which women are running naked through their

mind at the checkout stand but whom they’d have a relationship with — women more similar in age have a shot. For example, research led by evolutionary social psychologist Abraham Buunk found that “men of 60 years old would marry a woman of 55.” Unfortunately, the online dating world — with the seemingly endless stream of hot 20-something women — is not exactly fertile ground for practicality and realism. It isn’t that men on dating sites who are aging into the grandpa zone could necessarily get the 20-something chickies. But I suspect that these women’s mere presence — hordes and hordes of them — has what’s called an “anchoring effect.” This is a term from research on decisionmaking by psychologists Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman. They found that a person’s “initial exposure” (to a particular price, for example) “serves as a reference point and influences subsequent judgments about value.” Accordingly, in online dating, I suspect there’s a reference point that gets set — and it is 22 and bombshellicious and has yet to have a whole lot of meaningful contact with gravity. Putting this in a less depressing way, in seeking male partners, context matters. Your friend will have more interest from men when she’s in a room — in real life — where the female competition is limited in number and is around her age. She might have better luck in online dating at a site specifically for older people. Sites that aren’t for the over-50 crowd only are likely to be a continuing disappointment — along the lines of “Hmm...could it be that I accidentally set my preferences to ‘wants to die alone in an avalanche of her own cats’?!”

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I’m a single chick in my early 30s, and I’m having financial difficulties. I got laid off, and depressingly, it’s really hard to find work. Though I want to talk to my friends about it, I’m afraid they’d think I was trying to borrow money, so I’ve been keeping to myself. — Unemployed When you’ve been unemployed for a while, it becomes awkward to propose get-togethers: “Hey, wanna go out on Friday night for a glass of air?” However, avoiding your friends is probably making things worse — or at least keeping you from feeling better — because social relationships seem to buffer stress, including stress from one’s currently grim “socioeconomic status.” This term, explains social psychologist Emily D. Hooker, refers to “an individual’s relative rank in society based on their income, education, and employment.” Hooker notes that lower socioeconomic status — whether measured by such things as income and occupational prestige or mere perception of one’s own status — is associated with higher mortality and poorer health. (Great, huh?

You’re not only short on cash; you’re being rushed into an urn.) But there’s good news from Hooker’s research. When participants were exposed to social stress in a lab situation, those who perceived themselves to have lower socioeconomic status but felt they had social support from others in their lives had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol (as compared with those with a more “Eek! I’m all alone!” orientation). As for you, guess what: People who care about you want to know what’s going on with you. Ask your friends to join you in activities that don’t cost money, like gallery openings, and they’ll get that you’re just looking for company, not moocher-tunities. You really can have both the support and fun of friendship and a bank account that resembles one of those shells of a building in the Old West with a few tumbleweeds blowing through it. ! GOT A problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or e-mail AdviceAmy@aol. com ( © 2019 Amy Alkon Distributed by Creators.Com.






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