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The first month of the new year is almost over, but there is one question I keep sarcastically repeating to myself: ‘How ‘bout those New Year’s RESOLUTIONS you haven’t followed through with yet?’ Surely, I can’t be the only one who hasn’t started pursuing my New Year resolution of getting healthier? I spoke with a local life coach, addiction recovery specialist, weight management specialist, and a personal trainer to for their professional opinions on how folks like me can stick to their goals and fully commit to bettering their health and wellness this year.







HAKKA CHOW, located in Saint George Square Court off Hanes Mall Boulevard, is a local Asian fusion restaurant owned by Hai-Sang and Caroline Chung and their sons, Andrew and Johnny. 10 Living AuraTM BLISS, an exhibition by Winston-Salem artist Mona King will showcase an opening reception and artist talk at the Revolution Mill Central Gallery in Greensboro on Feb. 7 from 6-8 p.m. with light food and refreshments. 11 Since 2015, MICHAEL R. MILLER’s been sharing those experiences – and many more — with students of the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he teaches editing and is the chair of the editing faculty. 12 Despite the holiday blockbusters and awards contenders still playing multiplexes, January has long been considered a dumping ground for new films, almost as if the studios were UNLOADING THEIR TRASH come the new year. 13 “Disaster! – A Musical” opened to a full house at the Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance on Friday night, and Saturday night’s packedin crowd was just as RAUCOUS as the first.


Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist DAVID ZUCCHINO has written Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy, published this month by Atlantic Monthly Press. Zucchino will be at Winston-Salem’s Bookmarks at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 and Greensboro’s Scuppernong Books at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31. 19 Perhaps late to the party, we first heard of EMILY SCOTT ROBINSON as part of the lineup at the 30A Songwriters Festival, which took place last weekend in South Walton, Florida. The festival is a veritable cornucopia of talent and, as such, is a tough gig to get. But, there she was, Emily Scott Robinson of Greensboro. 20 The project, QUETICO, is instrumental music that showcases Westerlund’s rhythmic prowess. A full-length Quetico record, Man Alone, came out last year, and Westerlund brings Quetico to Winston-Salem this week for a show at Monstercade. 21 After spending most of 2019 as an instrumental trio, the Winston-Salem dreampop outfit FOXTURE is back to being a full quartet for their first show of 2020...


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STIP NO: U-2509 The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold open house style informal hearings as shown below.

Saturday, February 1

LYLE LOVETT & HIS ACOUSTIC GROUP 7pm, Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

Tuesday, January 28 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. CPCC Levine Campus – LVII Atrium 2800 Campus Ridge Road Matthews

Wednesday, January 29 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Ovens Auditorium – Starlight Room 2700 E. Independence Boulevard Charlotte

The proposed project would upgrade U.S. 74 from west of Idlewild Road to I-485 by adding general purpose lanes, interchanges, bridges and an express lane in each direction. NCDOT, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), has published the Final U.S. 74 (Independence Boulevard) Improvements Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA contains a summary of the impacts associated with the project, including an evaluation and proposed finding of de minimis 4(f) impacts to several local park properties protected under the Department of Transportation Act of 1966. The Environmental Assessment (EA) document is available for review online

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With the EA now available to the public, the formal review period has begun. The public hearings will provide an opportunity for the public to make comments that will be included in the project record. Comments on the EA and de minimis finding will be accepted until February 29, 2020. NCDOT representatives will be available in an informal, open house-style setting to answer questions and gather public input regarding the proposed project. The opportunity to submit written comments or questions will be provided and is encouraged. Citizens may attend either open house at any time between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. There will be no formal presentation. Project maps and other information can be found on the project website

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WHAT: For the third time in less than 10 years, Greensboro, NC has been selected to host the U.S. Figure Skating Championship. One of the city’s favorite events, Greensboro looks forward to welcoming figure skating fans from across the country and the globe. There’s nothing like the spontaneity of a live skating competition — the skill, the beauty, the competitive spirit. WHERE: Greensboro Coliseum Complex. 1921 West Gate City Boulevard Greensboro. MORE: Check for details.

WHAT: In this FREE workshop Emmylou Harris will be discussing the craft of songwriting. Working with UNCG songwriting students and taking questions from the audience. WHEN: 3-4:15 p.m. WHERE: UNCG Auditorium. 408 Tate Street, Greensboro. MORE: Free event.

WHAT: AML’s 5th Anniversary Celebration at Winston-Salem Fairgrounds in the Home & Garden Building. Featured matches include a teel Cage Warfare Match with George South & The Industry vs CW Anderson & The Gymnasty Boys, Colby Corino defends his Prestige Championship against Fallah Bahh, Ivelisse defends her Ladies Night Put Championship against Dream Girl Ellie, and more! WHEN: 6:30-9:30 p.m. WHERE: AML Wrestling. 421 27th St. NW/Gate 9, Winston-Salem. MORE: $5 general admission tickets.


GREYHOUND TAKEOVER EVENT BENEFITING PROJECT RACING HOME WHAT: Greyhounds, it is your turn! Tag all your Greyhound friends and make a date to take over the deck! We’re donating 10% of our sales for the day and HALF of every new membership sign up to Project Racing Home. Come hang out and help support this rescue group give Greys forever homes! WHEN: 1-3 p.m. WHERE: The Barking Deck. 106 South Walnut Circle, Unit B, Greensboro. MORE: Free. No dog necessary to enjoy the fun because all humans 21+ are welcome!

SUN 26 RAMEN POP-UP AT KAU RESTAURANT WHAT: Join the fun and eat out for a great cause! Kau (2003 Yanceyville St at Revolution Milll) is hosting a tasty and fun fundraiser dinner for Greensboro Farmers Curb Market. Bring a friend and meet new ones all to support local farmers, food artisans and craft. he kitchen at Kau is preparing a pop-up ramen noodle experience, complete with two broth choices. WHEN: 5-8 p.m. WHERE: Kau. 2003 Yanceyville Street, Greensboro. MORE: $35 tickets.

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BY KATIE MURAWSKI Newcomer John Peaspanen moved to Winston-Salem in August 2019 from Cincinnati and is becoming more and more recognizable in the City of Arts and Innovation. Peaspanen has worn a lot of hats such as bartender, tattoo artist, greenhouse worker, radio host, AT&T customer care manager and floral designer to pay the bills. But primarily, he wrote in an email that he is a journalist who has always been an artist at heart. “I sold artwork all over the place, but had few gallery opportunities, as I moved 23 times over the last 26 years,” Peaspanen wrote. “Since I have settled here, my art career has really taken off. It is now real and not just a side hustle to make fun money.” Now, Peaspanen has his own art exhibition at Liberty Arts Coffee House, located at 526 N. Liberty St. in Winston-Salem. The exhibition is called “One Tribe,” and it is a collection of paintings that “celebrate tribal cultures worldwide.” “By highlighting people from indigenous cultures, I wanted to show the diverse beauty and strength that really are uniting factors for our species,” he wrote. “If you go back far enough, we are all tribal. We are all the same. Down deep, we are one tribe.” Peaspanen wrote that this collection started with just one painting he did of a Huli Wigman from New Guinea in September 2019, and soon it turned into several tribal-inspired paintings. “Until recently, I never accumulated any works to show,” he wrote. “It had been a good problem to have, selling everything you make. But this time, I focused on gallery showings. I hoarded the paintings from the last five months, made them a cohesive series, and found venues to show.”

“Dreamtime Elder (Australia)” Peaspanen wrote that he is also taking the “One Tribe” series to Willow’s Bistro in March and April, and he is looking to take the series to another North Carolina art hub outside of the Triad. Eventually, he wrote that he plans to later compile the series into a book so that he can show the paintings in more detail and “give a much broader description of each culture.” Peaspanen’s inspiration for “One Tribe” comes from a deep admiration and appreciation of indigenous cultures. “I have always been a student of the socalled primitive cultures,” he wrote. “They fascinate me. I appreciate their spiritual practices and the ingenuity of their innovations. Indigenous cultures get far too little credit for their brilliance and beauty.” Peaspanen wrote that “One Tribe” is extremely timely and hopes to use this collection to unite people. “We live in an increasingly divisive, isolationist, nationalistic society,” he observed. ”We are splitting into homogenized, racist groups, rather than coming together as one united tribe. I want to illustrate how we share common threads. The best way to show this, in my mind, is by highlighting how we all are individuals who, though vastly different in appearance, share very basic human traits, emotions and attitudes. I am no different from a woman in the Kalahari Desert or a fisherman in the South China Sea or a child in Syria. We are all humans, first and foremost. If more people would recognize that, this world would be a much brighter place.” !

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ell, the review would have at least been a bit humdrum and quite redundant. At a recent family outing to Hakka Chow in Winston-Salem, I was wise enough to Kristi Maier make a query of the @triadfoodies desires of the group and what they were about to order. When Contributor doing a restaurant review, it is not helpful if every single adult at the table orders the exact same thing—and my people are nothing if not predictable. Fortunately, at our visit, I asked around and caught the pending snafu in time. I managed to get enough different entrées on the table to share our thoughts about Hakka Chow. Hakka Chow, located in Saint George Square Court off Hanes Mall Boulevard, is a local Asian fusion restaurant owned by Hai-Sang and Caroline Chung and their sons, Andrew and Johnny. The menu undoubtedly will remind you of that huge chain restaurant down the street, but Hakka Chow got here first. The

Chungs have added more to its menu, and now the trending Poké and Bulgogi are among some of its offerings of traditional yet modern stir-fry, noodle bowls, curry and sushi. If you’re a fan of General Tso Chicken, they’ve got you. Lunch entrées are served with your choice of salad or soup, and a spring roll can be added for $1 and egg roll for $1.50. They are pretty straightforward; the spring roll is delicate, crispy and screaming hot when it comes to the table (be warned, let it cool), and the egg rolls come split lengthwise for easy sharing. A platter or two of Hakka Zen Shrimp led the appetizer train. It’s lightly battered shrimp in a spicy aioli sauce. The shrimp have a bit of heat, but they are so satisfying. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve ordered the appetizer as a meal. The leftover sauce makes a nice dressing for the bed of lettuce. The tender yet crisp Calamari proved to be a crowd-pleaser as well; there were no tentacles, though I would’ve loved them had they been on the platter. That brings us to the most popular dish of all time apparently —the aforementioned General Tso Chicken. It is the perennial favorite for most people, which is specifically true for my family and


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extended family, for that matter, because this was the most ordered dish at our meal. Who doesn’t love sweet deepfried chicken? At Hakka Chow, it doesn’t disappoint, and I dare say it usually wins the table even when I set out to be more adventurous. It’s not too sweet, has just the right amount of spicy kick, and is perfectly crispy. I’m pretty sure there was nothing left from any of the plates, which is great because I’ve yet to find a way to reheat it successfully. A similar variation, Sesame Chicken, was the choice of the folks who don’t care too much for things being Tso spicy. Like its spicy sister dish, the battered chicken held up well against the sweet brown, sesame infused sauce. I branched out and tried the Beef Bulgogi, which is described on the menu as “slices of tender beef marinated in a traditional soy-based sauce grilled with onions and mushrooms — topped with Kimchi (spicy), scallions, and roasted sesame seeds.” I’m always a bit leery of Kimchi because I don’t love it, but the peppery bite of it complemented the beef and cool cucumber on top. My husband took one for the team and ordered Mongolian Beef, a dish that’s not quite as colorful as the curries or noodle dishes, but the tender beef on top of the bed of WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

rice always seems to hit the spot. Most of the children at the table ordered a version of fried rice. If there was any criticism at the table, it would’ve been that a few stated that the dish was a bit dry. The portions were very generous, and we found when we brought it home, quick stir-fry with some soy sauce and butter, loosened things up a good bit. Hakka Chow proves that it still beats the chain with a fresher taste and warmer service. In fact, often, you’ll see Caroline right outside the kitchen, with a keen eye on the food being expedited, in-between visits to the dining room to check on her guests. After six years in business, Hakka Chow has proven a knack for hospitality and an ability to evolve and add new items that have kept them relevant in a competitive culinary scene. !

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Hakka Chow is located at 615 St. George Square Ct., Winston-Salem.

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Find your ‘BLISS’ with art you can touch


iving AuraTM BLISS, an exhibition by Winston-Salem artist Mona King will showcase an opening reception and artist talk at the Revolution Mill Central Terry Rader Gallery in Greensboro on Feb. 7 from 6-8 p.m. with light food Contributor and refreshments. Everyone is invited to come and meet the artist and “gently” touch the moss art. The show is up for viewing from Jan. 17 until March 13. King, a native of Gary, Indiana, moved to North Carolina to work for Sara Lee 30 years ago. A full-time professionally trained artist, designer and interior Architect, she designs and produces Living AuraTM moss wall installations and other nature-inspired art, including paper casting and intaglio etchings. King grew up with flowers year-round, both inside and out. As a fine arts major, King first began drawing plants between classes where she found sanctuary in the warm, quiet college greenhouse that she said reminded her of the comfort of her family home. King’s mother, who was an avid gardener with a vast knowledge of plants, became her first influence on her art. King began making moss art two years ago with an idea she had at a Biophilic Design and Entrepreneurship class at Wake Forest. She said she began working with air plants (Tillandsia plants that don’t need soil) for the first year, which requires daily misting and monthly care. When Wake Forest’s Wellness Center asked her to create something their facility people didn’t have to take care of, she began to research various types of mosses. Through trial-and-error, King began incorporating elements of nature and preserved mosses that do not normally require any maintenance. With proper care, she said you could enjoy moss art for 10-15 years like those in Denmark, France, Japan and other countries where the art form has caught on more. King’s works range from being small enough to fit on a desk to take up an entire wall. It can also be mounted to the ceiling or hung from wire. King sources quality mosses, ferns and plants from all over the world that are preserved in a safe, YES! WEEKLY

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non-toxic silica gel that absorbs the moisture from the plant and preserves it in its natural state. King said she prefers the natural mosses over the dyed ones, and she especially loves Lichen for accents, which has a hard-textured surface. King said she also enjoys being out in nature collecting bark, stones and fallen leaves to preserve for photography collage pieces. (All of the pieces created for this show would be for sale, King said, and a portion of all sales would be donated to artsbased nonprofits.) King said she likes to combine nature with things you don’t usually see. In one of her intaglio etchings (reversed ink press prints), she etched a flamingo blooming out of an orchid. Another has a person coming out of a tree with branches as arms she named “Roots.” She also makes paper castings, which is where she presses paper cotton pulp down into the mold to create a 3-D sculpture. She used this technique when she created a sculpture featuring a large Great Blue Heron with its wings spread out over a lake. King said that she believes people need to feel good about where they are and

that there are “scientific findings that state the psychological calming effects of bringing nature into your space.” King said moss art helps purify the indoor air quality, provides moisture, reduces noise, repels dust and is antibacterial. King had a show at Wiseman Brewing this past fall and was “pleasantly surprised how well-received” her moss art was. She said people told her that her pieces “took them back to how they felt like kids playing in the woods.” King has work in private collections and has exhibited across North Carolina and South Carolina. She earned a B.A. of Fine Arts at Indiana University, a B.S. Interior Architecture at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and was a recipient of the UNCG Honors Council Student Excellence Award. King also received first place in the North Carolina Sustainable Home design competition. King’s business, Mona + Associates Design, LLC, is a “multi-discipline environmental design firm that cultivates a commercial or residential environment by utilizing interior architecture, creative consulting, and living walls based on Bio-

philic design principals. It also outsources a virtual team of professionals with plans to create more jobs.” “I would love for everyone to come out with an open mind to explore what is considered an old art form in the rest of the world,” King said. “This three-dimensional show will hopefully emote feelings to take you back to when you were a child in nature. We just feel better when we can be in or around nature. This is my joy!” ! TERRY RADER is a freelance writer/editorial/content/ copy, creative consultant/branding strategist, communications outreach messenger, poet, and emerging singer/songwriter.



Living Aura BLISS, an exhibition by Mona King, Jan. 17-March 13, Feb. 7, 6-8 p.m. Opening Reception at Revolution Mill, Central Gallery (open during normal office hours), 1150 Revolution Mill Dr. in Greensboro, (336)235-2393. Contact Mona King, LEED GA, Assoc. IIDA Founder/Chief Creative Cultivator at,, www.


Miller’s Crossing: From Raising Arizona to teaching in Winston-Salem Michael R. Miller has worked with some remarkable filmmakers on some remarkable films: Woody Allen (Manhattan, Stardust Memories), Martin Scorsese (Raging Bull), Brian De Mark Burger Palma (Blow Out), Paul Schrader (Patty Hearst), Herbert Contributor Ross (Boys on the Side), Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World), and the Coen Brothers (Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller’s Crossing). Since 2015, Miller’s been sharing those experiences – and many more — with students of the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he teaches editing and is the chair of the editing faculty. His students learn the tools and techniques of film editing – a vocation that requires a great deal of patience and persistence, to say nothing of passion. “When people see limitless possibilities, it inspires me,” Miller said. “Michael is one of my great heroes, and he’s become a great friend,” said fellow editing faculty member Julian Semilian. “He’s a fantastic teacher, an amazing teacher, and he loves his work. Actually, some people think he’s one of the best teachers at the School of Filmmaking.” When asked who he thought was the best, Semilian diplomatically offered, “Well, modesty prevents ...” Born in New York, Miller’s earliest passion was rock ‘n’ roll, and he still plays guitar. “I wanted to be the next John Lennon,” he said, “but I soon realized I wasn’t going to be the ‘fifth Beatle.’” Miller grew up in what he calls “a crazy neighborhood in Queens” whose residents also included Ellen Barkin, Fran Drescher, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, Harvey and Bob Weinstein, and Marcia Gay Harden, with whom he later worked on Miller’s Crossing. He’s circumspect about his age but admits he cut school to see the New York Mets play their first game at Shea Stadium in 1964 – “but it might have been nursery school,” he wryly points out. He wasn’t a big moviegoer as a kid, but his burgeoning love of film, “I attribute to my dad,” he said. His father loved watchWWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

ing “The Million Dollar Movie” on WOR, which would show such films as King Kong (1933) or Citizen Kane (1941) every night for a full week, or WNEW, which broadcast his father’s favorites: Classic gangster films of the ‘30s and ‘40s. Years later, Miller was attending a production meeting when rumor ran through the office that James Cagney, making a well-publicized return to acting in Ragtime (1981), was coming to the building. Every office emptied as everyone waiting anxiously for a glimpse at the living legend. When Cagney made his entrance, everyone applauded and cheered. “It chokes me up even now,” Miller said, “and I couldn’t wait to tell my dad.” Miller eventually took the plunge into editing. “Being 25 and insane was really helpful,” he noted. His decision to come to UNCSA stemmed in part from lectures or seminars that he’d given. “I guest-lectured, and I loved that,” he said. Therefore, no longer 25 and slightly more sane (at least), he succeeded Ronald Roose, whose ongoing battle with Parkinson’s Disease hastened his retirement from UNCSA. “Yes,” Roose said with a laugh, “I prefer the term ‘successor’ to ‘replacement,’

but when I’d heard the School of Filmmaking had hired Michael Miller, I thought that spoke volumes about the quality of professionals they bring in to teach. Michael has worked on some wonderful films. Since we’re both from New York, we actually know and have worked with a lot of the same people. He has a tremendous reputation, and the students and graduates I’m still in touch with speak very highly of him.” Miller reciprocates the sentiment. “A lot of my students who have graduated since I’ve been here started with Ron as freshmen. They were bright, ambitious, and creative … and thanks to Ron, the transition was that much easier. He was a great help to me.” An interesting bit of trivia is that Miller and Roose both turned down the opportunity to work on Warren Beatty’s 1981 epic Reds. I think we were the only two editors based in New York who didn’t work on Reds,” Miller said. “Craig McKay – a really good guy – asked me, but I didn’t want to be an assistant editor again. I wanted to move up. I know they asked Ron, and he said no – I think for the same reason. It just took so long, and they never really finished. People got divorced on that film. There were death threats. People

had nervous breakdowns. I think it’s a great movie, but I’m not sorry I didn’t do it.” “The editing of Reds didn’t finish, the editing of Reds stopped,” Roose said. “There was no more time. As much as I loved Dede Allen, and although I think the film turned out well, I didn’t want to get involved with that mess. Life was too short. People told me later I’d made the right decision.” Early on, Miller even had his brush with screen stardom, in a manner of speaking. On his way to a meeting in 1975, he was walking through New York’s diamond district when he realized a film was being shot. The crew had cordoned off the street and were offering passers-by the chance to be extras in a scene featuring one of the main stars. The movie was Marathon Man (1976) and the star Laurence Olivier. “If you freeze the frame at just the right instant, I’m there,” he boasted bemusedly. “I can recognize myself because I remember what I was wearing that day.” As he sees it, “My one acting role, and it was with Laurence Olivier. You can’t top that. There’s nowhere to go but down after that!” Although teaching is a full-time job, Miller still practices what he preaches, having edited Angus MacLachlan’s award-winning drama, Abundant Acreage Available in 2017. “To be able to work with Michael was a complete gift,” said the acclaimed playwright-turned-filmmaker (and UNCSA graduate). “He’s great at what he does … (and) I think his work on my film is terrific, with his signature care for humanity, exactitude and rhythm. His body of work is vast, but I did love to hear his stories of the first three Coen Brothers films, Woody (Allen), and Marty (Scorsese). And, he’s also almost always in a good mood – which makes the hours in the darkroom much easier.” As there was simply no room to include it this week, next week’s Visions column will be devoted exclusively to memories of the movies that Michael R. Miller has made. Michael R. Miller’s official blog is www. The official UNCSA website is ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on © 2020, Mark Burger. JANUARY 22-28, 2020







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espite the holiday blockbusters and awards contenders still playing multiplexes, January has long been considered a dumping ground for new films, almost as if the studios were unloading their trash come the new year. For a quintessential example of this theorem, one need look no further, and no lower Mark Burger than Underwater, a soggy sci-fi shocker that hearkens back to the late 1980s, when a Contributor spate of undersea scare-fests came swimming to movie screens in rapid succession. The biggest, but by no means the best, was James Cameron’s The Abyss (1989), which was undoubtedly the most publicized, and perhaps the most disappointing. Sean S. Cunningham’s DeepStar Six (1989) and Leviathan (1989), directed by the inimitable George P. Cosmatos, are guilty pleasures at best. The Roger Corman production Lords of the Deep (1989) is simply guilty, and the less said of Juan Piquer Simon’s The Rift (1990) – released as Endless Descent in the U.S. – the better. With a derivative screenplay by Brian Duffield (who wrote the original story) and Adam Cozad, Underwater manages to surpass its dubious predecessors in listless fashion. It’s a ponderous, draggy affair, despite a few jolts, decent special effects, and good work by cinematographer Bojan Bazelli. Things get off to a literally shaky start when Kepler Station, a hi-tech corporate mining installation located some seven miles deep in the Pacific Ocean, suddenly implodes. Whether it was faulty construction or (ahem), another reason is never made clear, not that it matters much. A handful of survivors, including Kristen Stewart (plucky engineer), Vincent Cassel (grizzled captain), and T.J. Miller (resident comic relief), attempt to escape the station before it’s destroyed altogether, meaning that they have to walk along the ocean floor to another, apparently safe, section of the rapidly-collapsing station.


There is, of course, another complication, and an entirely predictable one: A slew of slimy sea monsters that further diminish the film’s human contingent at regular intervals. Under the circumstances, there’s not much that director William Eubank brings to the party. Underwater is hardly an acting showcase, although Cassel tries and Stewart’s livelier than might be expected. There are some arbitrary attempts at characterization, but none of it sticks. Indeed, Underwater is entirely forgettable and pedestrian. Had the title not been used for an animated feature some years back, Flushed Away might be a more appropriate moniker for this monstrosity. !

JUST MERCY (PG-13) Fri: 6:00, 8:45 Sat: 12:30, 6:00, 8:45 Sun: 12:00, 5:30, 8:15 Mon: 6:00 PM Tue: 3:15, 6:00 Wed: 6:00 PM Thu: 3:15, 6:00 CLEMENCY (R) Fri: 3:30, 9:00 Sat: 1:15, 3:45, 9:00 Sun: 10:45 AM, 3:45, 6:15 Mon: 9:00 PM Tue: 4:00, 9:00 Wed: 9:00 PM Thu: 4:00, 9:00 LITTLE WOMEN (PG) Fri: 2:45, 5:30 Sat: 9:15 AM, 2:45, 8:15 Sun: 9:45 AM, 3:15, 8:30 Mon: 8:15 PM Tue: 2:45, 8:15 Wed: 8:15 PM Thu: 2:45, 8:15

THE SONG OF NAMES (PG-13) Fri: 6:15 PM Sat: 10:45 AM, 6:15 Sun: 1:15, 9:00 Mon - Thu: 6:45 PM BOMBSHELL (R) Fri: 3:15, 8:15 Sat: 9:45 AM, 12:00, 3:15, 5:30 Sun: 9:15 AM, 12:30, 2:45, 6:00 Mon - Thu: 5:30, 8:45 Cunningham (PG) Fri & Sat: 9:15 PM Sun: 1:00 PM Mon - Thu: 9:15 PM PARASITE (R) Fri: 3:45, 6:30 Sat: 10:15 AM, 1:00, 3:45, 6:30 Sun: 10:15 AM, 3:45, 6:30 Mon: 6:30 PM Tue: 3:45, 6:30 Wed: 6:30 PM Thu: 3:45, 6:30

Invitation to the dance In addition to directing and editing, filmmaker Alla Kovgan makes her feature debut as writer/producer of Cunningham, an award-winning documentary that examines the life, career, and enduring legacy of the esteemed and prolific dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham (1919-2009). Cunningham’s philosophy, often told in his own words, is showcased both in vintage footage and contemporary demonstrations, the latter beautifully shot by cinematographer Mko Malhasyan. Sometimes, no words are necYES! WEEKLY

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essary; what matters are the movements and the motions. Cunningham is an exceedingly accessible work, and one need not be a devotee of dance to appreciate or enjoy it, but there’s no question that those viewers familiar with Cunningham and his work will find this a thorough and engaging. It’s less a biography than a celebration, and quite a colorful and festive one at that. ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on © 2020, Mark Burger.



Disaster! – A Musical” opened to a full house at the Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance on Friday night, and Saturday night’s packed-in crowd was Terry Rader just as raucous as the first. Get ready to flashback to the Contributor ‘70s with “Disaster!” (by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick) with music and lyrics by various artists. With some big belly laughs, the audience participated in singing along and dancing in their seats to some of the most beloved songs of the ’70s, including “Knock on Wood,” “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Sky High,” “I Am Woman,” and more. “What begins as a night of boogie fever quickly changes to panic as the ship succumbs to multiple disasters, such as earthquakes, tidal waves and infernos,” the WSTA website states. “As the night turns into day, everyone struggles to survive and, quite possibly, repair the love that they’ve lost… or at least escape the killer rats.” Director Jamie Lawson jumped back to a tidal wave of applause and squeals as he stepped on stage to welcome the audience with laughter, saying, “Keep drinking, it gets better!” Act 1 opens to construction workers on shaky scaffolding who are getting rushed off of the job before they tighten some loose nuts on a floating casino and discothèque. The audience roared when Casanova casino-owner Tony (Gray Smith) strutted on stage in his red and gold blazer, red polyester pants, silver-glittered platform shoes complete with hair that would make Elvis roll over in his grave. When hounded by a career reporter trying to “get her story” Ms. Wilson (aka Marianne), he turns the questions on her with outreached hands and asks, “Are those real?” The audience cracks up while he gyrates and belts lyrics to “Hot Stuff” along with Chad (John C. Wilson), Scott (Braxton Allen) and the ensemble (Mark Brown, James Crowe, Michele Groneck, Hayley Hansen, Ben James, Jake Messina and Lori Ranne Smith). WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

WSTA’s ‘Disaster!’ opens with hysterical havoc

WSTA director Jamie Lawson (center) and “Disaster!” cast. Sister Mary Downey (Denise McKibbon) is a good-nun-gone-bad trying to resist her lust for the shiny top-of-the-line slot machines singing, “Torn Between Two Lovers” and later wows the crowd with, “Never Can Say Good-bye.” Dee Curry plays Disco Diva, Levora Verona, whose dog has a real issue with Sister Mary’s guitar being off-key, which proves beneficial. Sexy nightclub singer Jackie (Katy Roberts Carroll) belting out, “Saturday Night” – S. A. T. U. R. D. A. Y. with the Ensemble stirs up quite a ruckus stomping and dancing while Investigator Professor Ted (Andrew Lopina) explains, in vain, how the vibrations can cause an earthquake and his duty is to close the casino ship down. Retired high rollers Shirley (Peggy Dull) and Maury (Ken Ashford) steal hearts as they dance and sing, “You’re Still the One.” Later, Wealthy Woman (Glad Douse) has a surprise from above—her husband (Mark Walek) causes Chad to retch off-deck with how he honors his wife in what he keeps and parts with. My bravo moment came with Jackie and

her 11-year old twins, Ben and Lisa, sing “When Will I Be Loved.” Julian Pecoraro demanded an overwhelming audience response to playing both twins throughout the show, and often at the same time! The band played a tight 32 songs almost back-to-back and kept the hits rocking throughout the show. You won’t find much dead air in this musical! The musical professionals who volunteered their amazing talents included Allan Beck on guitar, Randy Mintz on bass, Laurie Klaus on keyboards, Gwen Gregory on keyboards and Erin Lopp kept the beat on percussion. When Lawson invited the audience to have their photo taken with the entire cast (for any donation amount), people got in line, and no one was shy about cozying up in the middle. Lawson said that if you like the show to please tell your friends, and to vote for WSTA every day through April 30 for the YES! Weekly annual reader poll, “The Triad’s Best.” He also invited everyone to go online and hit that big “help us” button for the “Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance

Capital Homecoming Campaign,” and continue helping WSTA raise money to complete renovations and finish paying for their new theatre. Lawson happily announced they were getting close to the goal! “Speaking of fun, you’ve got to come see ‘Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story’ that opens on Valentine’s Day, you do not want to miss it, I promise you’ll have fun!” ! TERRY RADER is a freelance writer/editorial/content/ copy, creative consultant/branding strategist, communications outreach messenger, poet and emerging singer/songwriter.



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David Ostrom, 40, and his ex-wife, Bridgette Ostrom, 38, have been tussling over custody and visitation issues and property taxes for some time, but a Chuck Shepherd frustrated David, of Paola, Kansas, has come up with a unique way of settling their differences. He has challenged his ex, of Harlan, Iowa, and her attorney, Matthew Hudson, to a trial by combat and asked the Iowa District Court in Shelby County to let them “resolve our disputes on the field of battle, legally,” the Des Moines Register reported. In court documents, Ostrom claims such a trial “has never been explicitly banned or restricted as a right in these United States.” Ostrom also asked for 12 weeks to secure some Japanese samurai swords. Hudson, for his part, argued that the fight could end in a death, and “such ramifications likely outweigh those of property tax and custody issues.” At press time, the court had not ruled on the motions.


In Mexico City, Mexico, on any given day, 22 of the 467 escalators at subway stations are broken down, reports the Associated Press, and on Jan. 14 Metro authorities published a list of causes, including “corrosion due to urine” among the top five. Fermin Ramirez, assistant manager for rails and facilities, said he’s concluded that riders urinate on the escalators in off-peak hours or at lightly used stations — “even though it seems hard to believe.” “When we open up escalators for maintenance, there is always urine,” Ramirez noted. Twitter users pushed back, noting that there are

no restroom facilities in most Metro stations. The Mexico City subway provides 1.6 billion rides per year — the eighth largest in the world by some measures.


— Bibb County (Georgia) jail inmate Mary Beth Odum, 40, asked for and received a special Christmas card from a friend this year: a greeting filled with methamphetamine and Suboxone from Timothy Lee Snow, 40, according to authorities. The Associated Press reports deputies intercepted the card and began investigating Snow, detaining him on Jan. 9. On his person they found meth, Xanax and a revolver. In his home, deputies found more meth, Suboxone, marijuana, steroids, packing materials, a shotgun and a rifle. He was charged with possession and intent to distribute the drugs, along with giving an inmate drugs. Odom also faces charges of attempt to commit offenses pertaining to the possession of drugs. — Storm Corral, 40, and a possible accomplice went to a lot of trouble to enter the Cigarettes Cheaper store in Sonora, California, on Dec. 22, according to police. They bored a hole in the ceiling, gaining access from a vacant building above the business, which probably took a couple of hours, Sonora Police Chief Turu VanderWiel told Fox40. When Corral tripped an alarm inside the store, he tried to escape back up through the hole but ended up falling through the ceiling into a storage room, all of which was caught on surveillance video. For all his effort, Corral came away with just a bag of rolling tobacco and two energy drinks, said an employee of the business, but he caused thousands of dollars worth of damage. Corral, who was already on probation, was charged with burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime. Police are still looking for his suspected accomplice.

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Shawna Joseph, 28, of Jersey City, New Jersey, lost her cool on Jan. 7 at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission in Bayonne. Asked to leave around 2 p.m. after becoming angry over the length of the lines, authorities said she returned later that afternoon and unleashed her wrath, smashing computers, assaulting workers and kicking the police officers called to arrest her. The Associated Press reported that Joseph eventually was responsible for about $23,000 in damages, according to authorities, and after she was arrested, she was found to have a PCP-laced marijuana cigarette in her possession; she was charged with criminal mischief, drug possession, aggravated assault and hindering apprehension.


KTVX reported a man in Sandy, Utah, mistakenly assumed his local 24 Hour Fitness was open ... 24 hours. Dan Hill went to the gym late on Jan. 11 and finished his session with laps in the pool after midnight. When he emerged, he realized everyone was gone and the doors were locked. “Doesn’t the name suggest that they stay open 24 hours?” Hill complained on Facebook. He called his wife, who suggested he “find a comfortable place to sleep.” Instead, he called police dispatch “and the guy pauses for like 10 seconds and says, ‘You’re where?’” Hill said. He explained that he didn’t want to risk tripping the alarm system and “get busted for breaking and entering,” so police responded and freed Hill from his unexpected prison. A manager from the gym apologized in a statement and said, “We made the decision recently to close select clubs in the overnight hours. ... We clearly did not do a good job of our closing procedures for this club on Saturday night.”


During the Tokyo Olympics this summer, athletes will sleep on beds made of cardboard, a nod toward sustainability in keeping with Tokyo’s commitment to a “green” Olympics. Which all sounded admirable until Australian basketball player Andrew Bogut pointed out a potential problem: “Great gesture ... until the athletes finish their events and the 1,000s of condoms handed out all over the village are put to use.” In response, Airweave, the manufacturer of the beds, told AFP the beds will hold up to 440 pounds and have been through rigorous stress tests. “As long as they stick to just two people in the bed, they should be

strong enough to support the load,” the company said.


On Christmas Eve, a man in Bradenton, Florida, woke up to find an intruder in his room. It wasn’t Santa Claus; the victim was awakened by a man sucking on his toes. According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, the victim demanded to know what the man was doing and the suspect simply responded he “was there to suck toes.” In the ensuing fight, deputies said the suspect claimed to have a gun, but the victim managed to force him out of the home, where the thwarted toe-sucker smashed a window in the home and destroyed the windshield of the victim’s car before leaving. The Bradenton Herald reported officers were unable to locate the suspect using a K9, so they took DNA samples from the man’s toes, and the incident is still under investigation.


The Daily Hive reported on Jan. 15 that an event scheduled for that day at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver was postponed because of snow. Why is this weird? The event was a campus-wide snowball fight set to take place at 12:30 p.m. The university reasoned that traffic problems and canceled classes would make it more difficult for students to participate. The school rescheduled the snowball fight for the next day.


Journalist Vladimir Mkrtchyan, 41, of Moscow, Russia, came across a painting he made when he was just 6 years old and decided he ought to sell it, Oddity Central reported. It soon got a lot of attention after he posted it Jan. 13 on the Russian classifieds site Avito with an asking a price of 140 million rubles ($2.3 million). Mkrtchyan defended the price, telling Russian media the painting, titled “Red Army Man on Horse,” reflects the realities of the Soviet era through the eyes of a child. “I put all my soul and all my childhood delight into it. As you know, the artist’s hand is guided by God, which means He liked it so much. ... The price ... is extremely low for such an artwork,” he gushed. !

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New year, new you? How to stick to your New Year resolutions




something that’s going to keep you going when you abhe first month of the solutely don’t feel like it. I had to find my ‘why’ before I new year is almost over, opened my gym, and it’s been important enough to get but there is one quesme up at 4 a.m. throughout each week. I’ve experienced tion I keep sarcastically de-motivation myself, and thankfully, I had that repeating to myself: ‘How ‘bout habit established to keep going. Once you those New Year’s resolutions you get used to it, that’s all you know.” haven’t followed through with H Alisha Wielfaert would strongly yet?’ Surely, I can’t be the only OAC C agree with Troy, as that was one who hasn’t started pursuing IFE L her biggest piece of advice as my New Year resolution of getting Katie Murawski well. Wielfaert is a Greenshealthier? I spoke with a local life boro-based leadership, life coach, addiction recovery specialand creativity coach, who ist, weight management specialist, Editor “uses positive psycholand a personal trainer to ask for ogy to coach others.” their professional opinions on how (Wielfaert owns her own folks like me can stick to their goals firm called Yoke and and fully commit to bettering their health and wellness Abundance, and she is this year. the host of the podcast, One of the first people I instantly thought to ask “Wise Woman Wedneswas Troy Harris, owner of Traction Body & Mind in day.”) High Point. I personally know Troy because he is a “If something is really Greensboro Roller Derby sponsor and lets us attend his important to you, it is really aptly-named Saturday morning “Troyture” session. This important to connect to the intense workout is only an hour, but it includes running, ‘why’ behind what you are doweight lifting, stretching, core work and a whole lot of ing,” Wielfaert said. By revealing sweat...and maybe some tears. the true intentions behind the goal Troy is a weight management specialist, which he that you want to achieve, Wielfaert said it said encompasses personal training, behavior change makes it easier to stick to. “We have this collecand meal-planning. He describes himself as a “onetive unconscious this time of year,” Wielfaert said stop-shop for clients who want to build strong regarding New Year’s resolutions. “Where habits for the long run.” Troy’s tip for stickit is like, ‘new year, let’s make all the ing to your resolutions is not to start E F I L changes,’ and since we are all talkone-on-one. IT-4 F F ing about it, it is at the forefront “Do a slight dress rehearsal RO of our minds. It might be the week before,” he said. the switch someone needs “There’s a lot of social presto start moving forward sure with starting on New for what is important to Year’s Day. It’s OK to start them.” on March 14. This is your She said according to new habit—the only way statistics she acquired it will work is when you from her positive psymake it a habit.” chology certification, “of Troy said those that the 46% of Americans can’t afford a personal who usually make New trainer could still reach Year’s resolutions, only 8% their goals, but they have of people are successful in to be serious in planning achieving their resolutions.” and setting up a system of “From a positive psychology accountability. perspective, they say that most “Planning draws the map,” people fail to make a positive he said. “Accountability holds the change because the goals that are map’s importance. It helps to have being set is shotty,” she explained. “So support as well, so reach out to others then, they make a people-problem out of a about your goal if you can. Especially when process-problem.” your self-motivation running low, which is a part of the To set more attainable goals, Wielfaert said for peoprocess.” ple to carve out time in their schedule and make their Troy stressed that people who are serious about resolutions a priority every day. She said for people to setting any goal need to recognize the reason why they “dial back and build up” instead of jumping head-first want to achieve that goal, in order to be successful in into a commitment they may not be able to keep. sticking to it. “Most of the goals we are setting for ourselves means “My biggest advice is find your ‘why,’” he said. “Have YES! WEEKLY

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that we are committing to a process,” she said. “Having that accountability can be really helpful. The other thing is to have a way to celebrate your wins.” “I set myself a goal in December of doing something called Marcothon,” she continued, sharing one of her recent goal achievements. “You run every single day in the month of December, for a minimum of 25 minutes, or a 5K at the very least. There is nothing that happens if you drop out, you just drop out. The only thing you get at the end of Marcothon, is you get to say that you ran every single day in the month of December.” Wielfaert said she had a very strong “why” to back this goal up. “I wanted to feel healthy in my body,” she said. “It had personally been a hard year for me, so I wanted to make sure I was getting outside and doing something to get my endorphins up every day in the month of December.” She said there is also a group of people in Greensboro that do Marcothon together every year, and they all stay in touch through a Facebook group. She said after each run, people from the group took a picture of themselves and posted it to the group. “For some reason, posting to that group to me was highly motivating, like knowing that if I didn’t run one day, I would have to tell the group I was out was like social accountability,” she said. “The days that were really hard, and I didn’t want to do it, knowing I would get to post a pic of myself felt really fun. Having a group to build community with, work toward the same goal and hold you accountable for what you are doing is candy for some people who are motivated by that community atmosphere.” She said those who want to achieve their goals this year should “think about the pitfalls,” not so they hinder success, “but so you can build up a plan to deal with them.” “That is going to help support the goal you have,” Wielfaert said. If drinking more water is someone’s resolution, one pitfall that could be avoided, she said, is making sure there is a “water bottle at home, in your car, at work,” etc. She also advised to get a calendar/ planner and refer to it weekly to keep organized and focused on goals. “If you skip a day or fall off the wagon, just remember that falling off the wagon can be part of the process, and the important thing is to get on sooner than later, so that shame spiral doesn’t get you down.” Chris Robinson, owner of Winston-Salem’s Fit-4-Life Personal Training Studios and personal trainer for 10 years, would also agree with Wielfaert. “The number one thing to sticking to your resolution







Jog up an aisle and back down and then do 10 jumpis to not be so hard on yourself,” he said. “The reason ing jacks, push-ups, crunches, squats, etc. and repeat. why I say this, a lot of people are excited at the beginThe next set of jumping jacks, push-ups, crunches, ning of the year to do things different.” squats, etc., decreases by two and repeats. For example, Robinson said they might start a diet “It touches every area of the body,” he said of the but stop trying after they mess up once. beginner workout. “It touches cardio, upper body, lower “They have to understand that the journey to living body strength, core strength.” a healthy lifestyle, the journey to getting into shape Another resource for those who have limited funds to isn’t easy— and it is not something you are going to spare, he said, is YouTube. be perfect doing. If you mess up or have a bad meal or “There is one thing that all of us can access for free, miss one day at the gym, it is OK. Stop being so hard on no matter who you are, and that is YouTube. I tell yourself.” people all the time that YouTube is your friend. You can Robinson said for those whose New Year resolution find whole workouts on YouTube; you can put it on your was to lose weight, it is important to note that exercisphone, tablet, smart T.V.s, etc.” ing and a healthy diet are mutually dependent on each Robinson also said for those on a tight budget, his other. favorite place to get weight training supplies is the “You can go to the gym all day, every day and not store Five Below. eat right, and be a person that is a gym addict, but in “Five Below is one of my favorite stores. You can go order to get results, [eating right and exercising] goes there and get dumbbells for as low as $5; you can get a hand-in-hand,” Robinson said. “If you are trying to live mat for $5, and you can get ab sliders for $5— just rack a healthy lifestyle, the gym is one aspect of it. Dieting is up on those things that you can get for very little.” the other aspect of it.” One piece of parting advice Robinson likes to give The most important lesson, Robinson said, for setting those who are looking to change their eating habits is attainable goals and following through with them is to track their calories and their macronutrients. learning balance. “For some people, going to the “If people really want to be successful in gym isn’t a problem, but eating healthier dieting, they really have to learn how is,” he said. “That is a matter of disciAD 2 BLISS O to count their macronutrients,” pline, which is what they lack. ConR OF Robinson said. “You cannot be sistency is key.” He said even if R E successful in dieting without people aren’t going to the gym N counting your macros.” every single day, if they go 70 Some New Year’s resoluto 80% of the week, they tions don’t revolve around are still being consistent. weightloss, dieting or “I have a program that physical fitness. That is includes ‘Hell Workouts,’” where Cristin Whiting, Robinson explained. PsyD., and clinical psy“They actually are very chologist specializing in popular on social media, addiction recovery, comes I’ve had different people in. Whiting is the owner from different cities, of the Winston-Salemstates tune in to watch based addiction counseling the ‘Hell Workout.’ I weigh center Road 2 Bliss, and she my clients on a weekly basis. is trained in three different What happens is, if I weigh forms of healing: medical, shayou on a Wednesday, I give you manic and yogic. a weight loss goal to be met by “We all have maladaptive ways to the following Wednesday. If you do deal with life and being in the world,” not meet the weight loss goal, then you Whiting said. “We have patterns that don’t go through a ‘Hell Workout.’ ‘Hell Workouts’ work with us well. Most generally speaking, I think that are created by me depending on the individual.” is what addiction is— a pattern not working well that is One of his most popular “Hell Workout” is on a harming us. That could be drugs or alcohol, or it could Stairmaster, “where I have my clients put a 20-pound be something else.” collar around their necks, and they have to walk on the Whiting said addiction takes many forms and does Stairmaster at a certain speed for a certain amount of not discriminate. time. If they stop, their time starts over. It is a workout “It looks like your minister, your doctor, your kid’s all my clients hate, but in order to make it entertaining, teacher, the stay-at-home mom you see next door,” it is done on my Facebook live. It is just to irritate them she said. “Addiction is an equal opportunity experience; through their workout.” in that, it doesn’t discriminate within class or cultural “My job to keep them accountable,” Robinson added. group or gender; it affects everybody. There are a lot of “Most of the time, it takes the client one ‘Hell Workout’ stereotypes about who addiction affects and what it before they actually realize, let me follow my goals looks like, but addiction looks like anyone.” before I am on social media looking like I am about to She said the stereotypical perception of drug addicts pass out. It is not to embarrass them; it is to hold them are ”those who live under a bridge with a needle in accountable.” their arm,” but that is not how all addiction looks like. For those who may not be able to afford a personal “There are a lot of people who have really nice jobs, trainer or who may not have time in their schedule, nice houses, that should be happy. But they are living Robinson shared one of his go-to beginner workout a life of desperate anguish inside addiction that isn’t routines that he said can be done anywhere.

obvious to other people. There are a lot of people living a double life.” Luckily, she said, there are just as many paths to recovery, such as those through behavioral health, physical disciplines, medications, 12-step programs and religious counseling. “Overcoming addiction is one of the most challenging things we can do,” Whiting said. “Addiction overrides all of our higher instincts; it becomes the strongest instinct we have. To really overcome it, people can’t do it alone.” Whiting’s biggest advice for those seeking to overcome an addiction this year is not to do it alone and do not make a lot of changes at once. “I think people get ultra motivated at the start of the year, and they create lists that are impossible to achieve,” she said. “Take it a day at a time, just one day at a time. When you are new in recovery a day can feel really, really long. If you are used to filling your day with drinking or getting high or whatever the behavior is, and you are not doing that, all of the sudden, there is a lot of free time. Night can feel really, really long, so I would say you could break the day down.“ She explained by making smaller goals throughout the day, like ‘I am not going to do this behavior in the morning,’ it would be easier to meet goals and stick with them. “Go to bed early because if you are up late, that is just like more time for havoc to happen,” she said. “And besides, your brain needs to heal from addiction; you need sleep. Nutrition is an important part of addiction recovery, and hydrating yourself.” “Don’t let slips deter you from starting again,” she added. “On the other hand, remember, it is easier to stay stopped than to start and stop again.” Whiting said if someone isn’t having success, they should look within and think about the acronym “HOW”—Honesty, Openness, Willingness. She said for them to ask themselves, “Am I being honest with myself?” “Am I open to trying something new?” “Am I willing to do [this] to get my life together?” She said to those that have cravings to use, look at the acronym “HALT”—Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. She said for them to ask themselves, “Do I want to use because I am hungry, angry, lonely, or tired?” One common thread that tied all of these interviews together was “be kind to yourself.” If you are bummed that you aren’t following through with your New Year’s resolution, remember there is still time— 2020 isn’t over yet! ! KATIE MURAWSKI is the editor-in-chief of YES! Weekly. Her alter egos include The Grimberlyn Reaper, skater/public relations board chair for Greensboro Roller Derby, and Roy Fahrenheit, drag entertainer and selfproclaimed King of Glamp.



For more information on Alisha Wielfaert, visit Check out Traction Body & Mind on Facebook. Fit-4-Life is located at 111 N. Chestnut St., Suite 105 in Winston-Salem, www. On Feb. 16, Whiting will be teaching a special restorative yoga class with live music by Colin Allured at 18 Springs on Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem. The class is from 1-2:30 p.m. and costs $25. To pre-register by email JANUARY 22-28, 2020




David Zucchino on Wilmington’s murderous ‘Lie’ In 1898, Wilmington was North Carolina’s largest municipality, where African-Americans enjoyed unprecedented economic and political success. Then a deadly Dixiecrat coup transIan McDowell formed the “Negro Charleston” into the post-Reconstruction Contributor poster city for white supremacy, leaving its black population dead, fleeing, or hiding in the swamps. The disenfranchised few who returned to their burned-out neighborhoods did so as virtual slaves, and it would be over 60 years before their descendants could again vote. The Wilmington Massacre is the most blatant example of how the South managed, through brutality and the lie of the Lost Cause, to erase the gains of the 15th Amendment. That erasure continued through the Civil Rights Era, which southern whites resisted with murder and mythologizing monuments, before the Voting Rights Act of 1965 restored black suffrage. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Zucchino has written Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy, published this month by Atlantic Monthly Press. Zucchino will be at Winston-Salem’s Bookmarks at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 29 and Greensboro’s Scuppernong Books at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31. In an email, I asked Zucchino about his book’s title. “Wilmington’s Lie refers to the way white supremacists either covered up the coup and killings,” he explained, “or portrayed them as a justified response to a corrupt and inept multi-racial government in Wilmington, as well as an attempt to put down a supposed black riot.” Zucchino, who has written for the L. A. Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and Detroit Free Press, began his career with the News & Observer. Seventy-five years before he worked for that Raleigh newspaper, its publisher Josephus Daniels proclaimed it “the militant voice of White Supremacy.” “Daniels led a sophisticated propaganda campaign that depicted black public officials as ignorant, incompetent, and corrupt while warning white voters that black men intended to assault their women and steal their jobs. As nearly a quarter of all white men in North Carolina were YES! WEEKLY

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illiterate, he hired a political cartoonist to draw racist cartoons depicting black men as savages bent on raping white women. Daniels purported to be a journalist, but he as actually a partisan politician.” Like most 19th century white supremacists (a term his paper proudly used), Daniels was a Democrat. But with the Civil Right Era, “white supremacist Democrats broke off and formed an influential ‘state’s rights’ wing of the Republican Party. At the same time, black voters abandoned the Republican party. The two 19th century parties bear no resemblance to today’s Democrats and Republicans.” Another instigator of the massacre was Julian Shakespeare Carr. That name has been in local news due to Carr’s connection with “Silent Sam,” the Confederate monument that the departing Greensboro Police Chief Wayne Scott loaned GPD officers to Chapel Hill to protect before its removal. Wilmington’s Lie quotes Carr’s declaration that “Men with white skins . . . will rule North Carolina hereafter.” Some claim Silent Sam was merely a tribute to UNC students who fought in the Civil War, but Zucchino stated that Carr’s dedication speech makes clear it was a tribute to white supremacy. “Carr said the student soldiers had fought to ‘save the very life of the AngloSaxon race in the South.’ and to preserve ‘the purest strain of the Anglo-Saxon.’ In his speech, Carr also bragged about flogging a black woman when he returned to campus from the Civil War in 1865.” Carr also helped bankroll Josephus Daniels’ purchase of the News & Observer. “He was a vocal supporter of the White Supremacy Campaign in 1898. After the coup and murders, Carr twice wrote to President McKinley, warning him not to interfere in the aftermath of the overthrow.” I asked Zucchino how many AfricanAmericans died in the coup instigated by Daniels, Carr and Charles Brantley Aycock, the orator, and strategist whose fame from the massacre helped him win the North Carolina governor’s office in 1900.

“At least 60 black men were killed, and dozens more were wounded, according to a state commission report in 2006. Many victims were buried by family members or by members of the white mob, and their remains were never recovered. The coup leaders drew up a list of 50 prominent black and white Fusionists to be banished, and at least two dozen were put on trains and warned never to return. None of them ever did. Also, at least 2,100 blacks fled the city in the days and weeks after the coup. Wilmington was 56% black in 1898. Today it is about 18% black.” Zucchino explained that Fusionists were an alliance of white Populists and both black and white Republicans. “Fusionists won control of the state legislature in 1894 and of Wilmington’s city government in 1896. That so outraged white supremacists that they launched the White Supremacy Campaign in early 1898 to overthrow the Wilmington government and deny blacks the vote and public offices for decades to come.” Zucchino believes that the Wilmington Massacre pioneered a formula for white supremacy. “I see echoes of the White Supremacy

Campaign in today’s rise of white nationalism and the alt-right. One example is the 2013 Voter ID bill, which the federal courts struck down as an attempt to reduce black turnout. Another example is racial gerrymandering. In 1898, white supremacists crammed black voters into two gerrymandered districts to dilute their voting strength. Similarly, white conservatives in the North Carolina legislature have gerrymander blacks into 30 contorted legislative and congressional districts.” Other states followed North Carolina’s example. “When white supremacists in Georgia were planning to attack and terrorize black voters during the 1906 election, they first consulted the coup leaders in Wilmington for advice.” The Wilmington Massacre also proved a model for the rest of the Tarheel state. “The coup cemented white supremacy as official state policy for the next 50 to 60 years and helped to usher in the Jim Crow Era. In 1898, U.S. Rep. George Henry White of North Carolina was the only black man in Congress. After he was hounded from office after the 1898 coup, North Carolina did not elect another black citizen to Congress until 1992.” ! 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.


Getting to know Emily Scott Robinson BY TAMARA JARRETT Perhaps late to the party, we first heard of Emily Scott Robinson as part of the lineup at the 30A Songwriters Festival, which took place last weekend in South Walton, Florida. The festival is a veritable cornucopia of talent and, as such, is a tough gig to get. But, there she was, Emily Scott Robinson of Greensboro. Inspired to learn more about our fellow Tarheel, we reached out hoping she’d share her roots and music. We met Emily at one of her old haunts, Tate Street Coffee House in Greensboro. She blasted in from a 2-mile jog as we sat sipping coffee and devouring coffee cake. She has a lot of energy. After a sweaty hug, we sat down for easy, thoughtful conversation. She is warm and welcoming. We drove right past all the usual pleasantries and straight to the real stuff. These were our first impressions. Love or hate her music, you can’t help but like her as a person. But as one might expect, her music is an extension of her energetic, warm, welcoming and genuine energy. (We’d like to think that’s the Carolina way, but that would lack journalistic objectivity.) Emily was born in Winston-Salem and primarily raised in Greensboro – the oldest of three to John and Betsi Robinson. John is a teacher and studied English at Duke University. Betsi studied at Chapel Hill before entering her career as a journalist covering, among other things, crime stories. While their tastes in universities remain cordially disparate, they are both musically inclined and encouraged their children to take up an instrument. They went to Moore Music Company, where Emily selected the flute, but in a wizarding-world twist, the clarinet selected her. She followed the illuminated path, and a musical love affair blossomed. She participated in the music program at Grimsley High School, where she was gifted with excellent training and encouragement. Her discipline, commitment and talent were rewarded with a music scholarship to Furman University, where she majored in Spanish. She sang in coffee shops, bars and in the hallways of her residence hall. By now, she had picked up guitar and a penchant for storytelling through music. People gravitated to her musical style and talent. Still, the idea of a career in music wasn’t so much as a passing thought. After college, Emily joined Americorps and eventually became a social worker helping women recover from abusive WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

Emily Scott Robinson with Steve Poltz at the 30A Singer-Songwriter Festival this past weekend relationships and financial hardships. One fateful night, she went out to dinner with friends where a handsome young waiter was serving up her own private dish of “husband to be.” They married a year later. Emily worked part-time as a Spanish interpreter at the local hospital and “paid her musical dues in the local restaurants, bars, and breweries.” In 2015, she entered her original song, “Marriage Ain’t the End of Being Lonely,” in a competition by American Songwriter and won. Eager to further develop her gift, she went to songwriter’s school at Planet Bluegrass in Colorado, where she was provided instruction, mentoring, community and a revelation: “This is it; music is it.” In 2016, they decided to pursue music full-time. She and her husband purchased an RV and traveled all over the United States performing at all types of music venues and becoming experts at chasing big dreams while living in small spaces.

It was an inspiration-rich experience for an observant, empathetic chronicler. Eventually, she had enough original material to carry full sets and cut an album. Her first CD, Magnolia Queen, came out in 2016. It was well-received and set the foundation for a second, more ambitious project. Much of the production funding for her second album came from a Kickstarter initiative she created. She set a goal of $25,000, and the campaign ended with closer to $31,000, assisting with everything from production to distribution. In addition to more traditional means, Robinson has used digital platforms such as Spotify and Amazon Music for distribution. She now has 196,263 monthly Spotify listeners, and her song, “Better with Time,” has over 2 million listeners. Her second album, Traveling Mercies (2019), has received considerable critical acclaims such as making it to No. 21 on Rolling Stone’s Top 40 Country and

Americana Albums of 2019 list with “The Dress” making it to No. 13 on Rolling Stone’s 25 Best Country and Americana Albums of 2019 list. This breakthrough album helped Robinson into the lineup at 30A, where she shared the stage with talents the likes of Liz Longley, Eliot Bronson, fellow Tarheel Alexa Rose, and industry legend Steve Poltz. Robinson selected her songs based on the mood and interplay with the other artists. Perhaps this is why “The Dress” was conspicuously missing from her performances. Still, her offerings of “Westward Bound,” “Ghost in Every Town,” “Shoshone Rose,” and “Better With Time” were gratefully accepted by audiences silenced by her stories and unique sound. She often finished her sets with “Overalls” – which tells the story of a WWII veteran confronting death with grace and dignity. Looking over the audience as she sang, one could see the emotion on each face as they harkened her every word and entangled it with stories from their own lives. Inevitably, a person rushed back to purchase a CD, to share and savor the connection they had found with this moment, this song, this artist. Their stories each unique – a hospice worker, a band of old friends, a man who had just lost his father – all connected in the tapestry of a song. At this point in her journey, Robinson has “earned the respect of honest critics” from those in the audience, studio, press, to those passing the torch to this next generation of artists. “My wish for Emily is that she continues to stay honest and true…and writes the truth,” said music icon and Robinson’s mentor Amy Speace. “I think that is what is so appealing about her. There are a lot of young singer-songwriters in the Americana thing going on right now, and Emily cuts through because I think she is just unadorned and speaking the truth. And I think simplicity and humility follow her wherever she goes. And if she stays on that path, my expectation is that she will grow into a great artist.” YES! Weekly will continue to follow Emily on this path with periodic updates and reviews. You can follow her on most social media and digital music platforms and at She is expected to return to North Carolina to perform at Muddy Creek in Sparta on May 23. She is expected to announce additional local performances for that time period as well. !

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Quetico creates drum-centric, polyrhythm-heavy instrumental music


nstrumental music tends to operate with slightly different concerns from vocal music. Pop music tends to be sung. The human voice —like the human face— captiJohn Adamian vates us, and it’s the @adamianjohn element we tend to pay the most attention to. Drummer, Contributor multi-instrumentalist and composer Yan Westerlund has a lot of experience making music in a context where the vocals are what anchors the songs. He’s played as a touring or recording member of bands such as Lost in the Trees, the Rosebuds, Mipso, Bowerbirds, and others. So when he got a chance to work on a project that involved finishing up a

number of musical sketches that existed for years, Westerlund didn’t hold back. The project, Quetico, is instrumental music that showcases Westerlund’s rhythmic prowess. A full-length Quetico record, Man Alone, came out last year, and Westerlund brings Quetico to Winston-Salem this week for a show at Monstercade. I spoke with Westerlund last week about making his music and about performing the compositions live. “Basically, the whole record is just a pile of old ideas I’ve had since college,” Westerlund said. Once you know that Westerlund was a jazz-studies student in college, you have a better understanding of the kinds of ideas he’s been kicking around. He studied vibraphone and marimba in addition to drums. He said he’s always dabbled with piano.

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With Quetico, Westerlund played all of the instruments, with the exception of bass clarinet and saxophones, and the compositions evolve out of complex shifting meters, polyrhythmic figures and contrasting pulsation between the drums and the keyboards. Prog, fusion and art rock are the first things that come to mind upon listening to the title track. And then the music morphs into jazz mode, with Westerlund rolling out an Elvin Jones-style 6/8 pattern on the kit or with the keyboards playing wobbly low-end sounds that accentuate the rhythmic atmosphere. One might think of Genesis or James Blake or late Yes or Dean Blunt or Stewart Copeland or Philip Glass. Another point of reference might be the hybridized effectssaturated saxophone of Eddie Harris, particularly on the album Duluth, MN. Or, as Westerlund put it, “like Flying Lotus jamming with the Bad Plus.” You get the idea— virtuosic, but tasteful enough to keep the abacus-calculating complexity subdued—a sensibility that encompasses electro-pop, abstract hip-hop and free jazz. Quetico’s music is sophisticated, with odd-time sections with 5-beat, 7-beat, or 9-beat parts, or passages that seem to have had a beat lopped off, making the whole groove’s momentum turn around before you expect it to, or leaving you feeling slightly at sea as you try to figure out where the downbeat might be. “I’ve always been obsessed with odd meters,” Westerlund said. Much of the music many of us listen to have patterns that repeat in groupings of 4 or 3 or low multiples of those numbers. Our ears, feet and rear ends tend to feel when a pattern is about to repeat itself, and the slight variations or surprises, displaced accents, or staggered stresses are what gives music its groove, what makes it funky, to varying degrees. Make it too easy to identify the patterns at work, and people get bored, make it so complex that there’s no real sense of repetition, and people feel at sea. For the most part, Quetico leans toward those elaborate polyrhythms and lopsided meters, but there’s also an organic feel to many of the compositions, like they emerged from the physical

act of playing an instrument with one’s hands and fingers, as opposed to music that sounds like it’s the elaboration of an abstract concept. “My intention for sure was just to go with whatever felt the best to me in terms of the melodies, the time signatures, the stream-of-consciousness writing,” Westerlund said, “I forced myself to finish every idea I had. I guess the way I worked on it— it was just sort of a daily practice. I would spend at least four hours on it every day.” The result of that routine was a batch of songs that often unfolded from keyboard or piano ideas, but in many cases, the keyboard lines and grooves have a strong rhythmic component. It’s not that Westerlund necessarily plays the piano like he’s playing drums, but he leaves space for all the parts to interact with one another, with an intuitive call-andresponse logic. On “Dolphy Woman,” one of the keyboards toggles between slowly hammering out a kind of syncopated groove that plays off the rim-shot of the drums, or suggesting part of a twoagainst-three polyrhythm. Elsewhere, like on the ending of “The Dark Waters,” the sparse keyboards map out a gentle descending movement. If there’s a way to be gracefully lurching, Westerlund has done it. The music is impressive on its own, as it exists on the record that Westerlund made, but another added accomplishment is the fact that Westerlund has two keyboard-playing collaborators who can execute the music in a live setting. Quetico has played about 10 live shows so far. Westerlund said they’ve reached a nice place where they have enough control over the music to cruise off into little zones of improvisation. “What’s exciting is that we’ve got to pull it off live, to make it more human,” he said. “There’s definitely a rawness to it, which I think is really neat about it.” ! 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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Foxture makes their four-piece return After spending most of 2019 as an instrumental trio, the Winston-Salem dream-pop outfit Foxture is back to being a full quartet for their first show of 2020 with Victoria, Victoria and PinkerKatei Cranford ton Raid on Jan. 25 at Monstercade. Health issues Contributor forced the band to regroup, waiting for members to mend. But the boys are stoked to return. “I’m just now beginning to feel like I’m 100% back and at ‘em,” said vocalist and keyboardist Marlon Blackmon, who lost his voice in the revelry of Tyler the Creator at the Greensboro Coliseum in October. “Someone at that show had something and whatever it was showed no mercy,” he said of the lingering illness. “No amount of tea and honey could save me.” Meanwhile, a work injury kept guitarist, Eddie Reynolds, from his instrument during recovery. “It’s been rough not being able to lift my guitar and hold it in my hands and give myself on stage,” Reynolds said. “Music keeps me from that dark void, which opens up when life becomes tough.” “Music bridges that gap for me, performing brings me peace,” he added. He said he is glad to be back. “For several months I was in a dark place, I couldn’t play music because of my spinal injury or do much of anything for myself,” Reynolds said, “through togetherness, communities will bloom and overcome.” That focus on community influenced their decision to keep playing while finding ways to heal. “We knew we didn’t want to screw anybody over and cancel when there was still a chance for us to do our thing and go be great,” Blackmon said of choosing transition over hiatus for the band. “People found it refreshing and a change of pace, which was comforting, but in the back of my mind, I know how I love playing the songs we’ve written; and how I’d like for them to sound.” Within that sound, Foxture considers themselves genre “ghosts,” blending “space between dream-pop, indie rock, and post-rock, creating a hauntingly ethereal dream-like reality on every song,” floating in the realms between Silversun Pickups and Circa Survive. Floating from Blackmon’s initial strictlyrecordings solo endeavor, Foxture’s perforWWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

mative path has been paved by experimentation. “It was cool adding guys who had show experience because that was a part of the game that I wasn’t too savvy with at the time,” he said of incorporating performance into the fold. “I definitely think of things in terms of a live aspect more so now,“ Blackmon said of how fronting a band changed his creative process. “All the things I’ve learned while having three other minds to tether-off of has been nice,” he added of his bandmates bassist Ross Barnes and drummer Andrew Irving. “It helps when you’re surrounded by people all there to be hype and have a good time.” As for writing, Blackmon remains the central songwriter within the group. “Too many hands in the kitchen can be draining and frustrating,” he admitted. “The guys write their own parts once I have a structure to the songs,” he explained, “sometimes lyrics come before or after, but this is the cleanest way to write the material we write.” In a pursuit to expand that material, the group has taken a turn toward more upbeat, electronic elements, since their 2017 release, EDEN. Inspiration for the latest direction is carried by artists like Toro y Moi, Kaytranada, and The Weeknd. “We’re working on some singles to release as well as progressing to finish the full length,” Blackmon said of their progress. “At this point, there are some light touches on songs that could potentially be a single release, but these are the most different sounding songs we have ever written, and we want to make sure that we are doing them justice to our own standards.” As for the show, they’re excited to be reunited as a four-piece with their homies. “They’re both insanely talented bands who we love playing with,” Blackmon said of their bill mates. “Victoria, Victoria has been releasing visuals to accompany their music here recently that have been top-notch and so aesthetically pleasing,” he noted. “And we got introduced to Pinkerton Raid from playing a show together at Boxcar in Greensboro—we hoped to play with these guys again, and now here we are!“ Here they are, indeed. Foxture is back as a full band with Victoria, Victoria and Pinkerton Raid at Monstercade on Jan. 25. ! KATEI CRANFORD is a Triad music nerd who once lost her voice raging to Jacuzzi Boys and Diarrhea Planet at Hopscotch, 2014. She hosts the Tuesday Tour Report on WUAG 103.1 FM.


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green heron ale house 1110 Flinchum Rd | 336.593.4733


carolina theatre

309 W Morgan St | 919.560.3030 Jan 23: Jake Shimabukuro Feb 6: The Fab Four - The Ultimate Tribute Feb 7: Tim And Eric Feb 11: Sweet Chariot Feb 13: Tao: Drum Heart Feb 14: Arlo Guthrie Feb 16: The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle Feb 16: Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Roadshow w/ Kevin Smith Feb 25: Drew & Ellie Holcomb Mar 5: The Steeldrivers


123 Vivian St | 919.680.2787 Jan 26: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Feb 7: Nashville Songwriters Feb 8: Jo Koy Feb 9: Tony Bennett Mar 4: Postmodern Jukebox Mar 30: Mandy Moore Apr 22: Lake Street Dive Apr 23: Gabriel Iglesias Apr 24: Brit Floyd


Reeves Theater

129 W Main St | 336.258.8240 Jan 25: The Travelin’ McCourys Jan 31: Thomas Rhyant’s Sam Cooke Revue Feb 1: Bill and the Belles Feb 7: Seth Walker & Cruz Contreras Feb 8: Amanda Anne Platt and The Honeycutters Feb 14: Melvin Morrison with 2+2 One United Feb 21: Lonesome River Band Feb 22: The Reeves House Band plays The Grateful Dead Feb 29: Blue Dogs Mar 13: Della Mae Mar 14: Taylor Vaden


arizona pete’s

2900 Patterson St #A | 336.632.9889 Jan 24: 1-2-3 Friday Mar 18: We Came As Romans Mar 22: Fit For A King

artistIka night club

523 S Elm St | 336.271.2686 Jan 24: DJ Dan the Player Jan 25: DJ Paco and DJ Dan the Player


120 Stage Coach Tr. | 336.292.2211 Feb 1: Mahalia Feb 14: Timeless Soul Band Mar 7: 9 to 5 Mar 13: The Legacy - Motown Revue Apr 4: Beehive: The 60’s Musical May 1: Motherhood The Musical


505 N. Greene St Jan 24: Dave Moran Jan 31: The Hedrick’s Feb 7: Jeff and Kathy Brooks Feb 14: Craig Baldwin Feb 21: Bruce Drake

the blind tiger

1819 Spring Garden St | 336.272.9888 Jan 23: The Cavali Group presents Blac Youngsta feat. Lil Migo Jan 24: Shadow of Intent, Signs Of The Swarm, Inferi, Brand of Sacrifice Jan 25: Nascar Aloe w/ Bob Vylan, Kidsnextdoor Jan 25: Rich Dunk Jan 27: Black Flag w/ Linecutters Jan 31: Off With Your Radiohead: A Radiohead Tribute Feb 1: Create. Ft. Hzky w/ Freddie Fred, Fugue, DJ Disco Daddy, Gammeta, Coast2Coast Feb 3: Spafford with CBDB Feb 7: The Cadillac Three Feb 8: Perpetual Groove Feb 14: One Love Valentine’s Reggae Bash w/ Pure Fiyah Feb 15: Moon Hooch Feb 16: Lucero w/ Jade Jackson Feb 18: Pepper Feb 20: Travers Brothership w/ Chuck Mountain Feb 22: Rewind w/ Brothers Pearl, DJ Snow and DJ Flipside Feb 28: Futurebirds w/ Old Heavy Hands Feb 29: The Steel Woods w/ Tennessee Jet Mar 1: Spite w/ Varials, Orthodox, I Am, Dealer Mar 3: The Acacia Strain w/ Rotting Out, Creeping Death, Chamber, Fuming Mouth Mar 6: Southern Culture on the Skids Mar 7: Ghostland Observatory



310 S. Greene Street | 336.333.2605 Jan 31: charlie Hunter & Lucy Woodward Feb 1: Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs and Admiral Radio Feb 6: Brown Eyed Women Feb 7: Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular Feb 9: The Southern Gothic Feb 14: Valentine’s W/ Em & Ty Feb 15: 3Stax to Love: A Valentine Musical The 20: The Allman Betts Band Feb 22: Zoe & cloyd Feb 23: Gordon Lightfoot Feb 27: UNcG Jazz Ensemble Feb 28: Magnolia Green Feb 29: Leap Year Fantasy Show Mar 5: Little River Band


1700 Spring Garden St | 336.272.5559 Jan 23: Live Thursdays


1126 S Holden Rd | 336.333.1034 Jan 24: Tony Tone Jan 25: Tony Tone Jan 31: Will Jacobs Feb 1: Will Jacobs Feb 6: Giggles and dranks hosted by drankins Feb 7: James Sibley Feb 8: James Sibley Feb 9: Eric d’Alessandro: The FameIsh comedy Tour Feb 12: Love 2 Laugh Feb 13: Tim Shropshire Feb 14: chris Wiles Feb 15: chris Wiles Feb 21: Shaun Jones Feb 22: Shaun Jones Feb 28: darren “dS” Sanders Feb 29: darren “dS” Sanders Mar 6: Ali Siddiq Mar 7: Ali Siddiq


11602 S Elm Ave | 336.698.388 Jan 22: Matty Sheets and Laura Jane Vincent Jan 24: Neptune down Jan 25: Sean Kaye feat. ARcUS Mar 7: Jess Jocoy Mar 22: Jacob Moore, chelsea Kinser


117 S Elm St | 336.378.9646 Jan 23: Blac Youngsta Feb 11: The Wailers Feb 18: British Lion Feb 29: Jim Breuer Mar 4: Southside Johnny and the

Asbury Jukes Mar 8: Puddle of Mudd Mar 13: Rod Wave May 7: Mascadine Bloodline


221 Summit Ave | 336.501.3967 Jan 24: Totally Slow Jan 25: The Shoaldiggers w. Emily Stewart, chuck Mountain Jan 31: Michael Tracy Band & davis Reavis Band Feb 1: J. Timber (Full Band) Feb 6: Emanual Wynter w/ T. Walker Feb 7: The Joe Beck Band Feb 8: Sam Frazier & The Side Effects Feb 13: Transport 77, calapse Feb 14: The Rinaldis Feb 15: Viva La Muerte Feb 20: discordia dames Burlesque Show Feb 21: TAB feat. members of The Mantras Feb 22: Run Home Jack w. Janet Flights, dead casual, Windley, condado Feb 28: The Ghosts of Liberty w/ The Smiling Bees Feb 29: Shiloh Hill Mar 6: Archimedes Revenge, Tide Eyes, dom Genuis, J Tahshere Mar 7: crenshaw Pentecostal, Biggins, I, Anomaly Mar 8: Roger Street Friedman and Mark dillon Mar 12: crustal Bowersox Mar 13: Norm, Written in Gray, Reason define Mar 14: The Session feat. Ed E. Ruger


348 South Elm St | 336.510.9678 Jan 25: Viva La Muerte May 8: The Allen Boys May 30: Jesse Black


2411 W Gate City Blvd | 336.373.7400 Feb 12: Fitz & The Tantrums Feb 15: Space Jesus Feb 29: Young dolph & Key Glock Mar 5: Skillet


5105 Michaux Road | 336.282.0950


502 N. Greene St | 336.274.2699 Jan 30: Pedro Gonzalez & Andrew Orolfo Feb 1: Family Friendly Improv Feb 13: Hacksaw Jim duggan Feb 21: Jeremy Essig

GREENE STREET cLUB 113 N Greene St | 336.273.4111

GREENSBORO cOLISEUM 1921 W Gate City Blvd | 336.373.7400 Feb 8: KISS Feb 12: Fitz and the Tantrums Feb 13: Brantley Gilbert Feb 15: Space Jesus Feb 15: Winter Jam Feb 29: Lauren daigle


1635 New Garden Rd | 336.288.4544


1111 Coliseum Blvd | 336.265.8600 Jan 24: Arcus Hyatt and Tim Fogarty Jan 25: cool Beans Jan 31: Sharon Bradley Feb 7: chris Myers Feb 8: chris McIvor Feb 12: Bryan Toney Overdrive Feb 14: Laura Jane Vincent Feb 29: Viva La Gorham January 22-28, 2020




the W BISTRO & BAR 324 Elm St | 336.763.4091 @thewdowntown Jan 24: Karaoke Jan 25: Live DJ Jan 26: Live DJ

white oak ampitheatre

1921 W Gate City Blvd | 336.373.7400

high point

after hours tavern

1614 N Main St | 336.883.4113 Feb 15: Admiral Ackbar & The Galactic Experience

GOOFY FOOT TAPROOM 2762 NC-68 #109 | 336.307.2567 Jan 25: Tony Andrews Feb 1: Jacob & Forrest Feb 8: Tyler Long Feb 22: Banjo Earth Band

ham’s palladium 5840 Samet Dr | 336.887.2434 Jan 24: Sok Monkee Jan 25: Bad Romeo Jan 31: Bump

high point theatre

220 E Commerce Ave | 336.883.3401 Feb 15: Barbra Lica Quintet Feb 20: NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players Feb 21: The Brubeck Brothers Quartet Mar 12: Georgia On My Mind - Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles Mar 20: Sons of Mystro Mar 21: Croce Plays Croce Apr 4: Jump, Jive, & Wail! ft. the Jive Aces May 3: Raleigh Ringers


the deck

118 E Main St | 336.207.1999 Jan 23: Jacon Vaughn Jan 24: Spare Change Jan 25: Jill Goodson Jan 30: Kelsey Hartley


BReathe Cocktail Lounge

221 N Main St. | 336.497.4822 Jan 24: Brothers Pearl YES! WEEKLY

January 22-28, 2020


734 E Mountain St. | 336.671.9159 Jan 22: Griggs and Lazare Open Jam Jan 25: Marcus Horth Band Feb 1: TAB (Tyndall, Allen, & Blocker) Feb 5: Jammin with Julian Feb 7: The Allen Boys Feb 15: The Thom Buchannon Band Feb 19: T & A Jiggity Jam

J.Peppers Southern Grille

841 Old Winston Rd | 336.497.4727 May 14: James Vincent Carroll


old nick’s pub

191 Lowes Foods Dr | 336.747.3059 Jan 24: Karaoke Jan 25: Casino Night for AFSP Feb 7: Karaoke Feb 8: Exit 180 Feb 14: Karaoke Feb 15: Juke Box Revolver Feb 21: Karaoke Feb 22: Lasater Union Feb 28: Karaoke Feb 29: Corey Leutjen & The Traveling Blues Band


The Liberty Showcase Theater

101 S. Fayetteville St | 336.622.3844 Jan 25: Confederate Railroad Feb 8: Little Texas Feb 22: Dailey & Vincent Feb 29: Stephen Freeman


ccu music park at walnut creek

3801 Rock Quarry Rd | 919.821.4111 Jun 2: The Lumineers

Lincoln Theatre

126 E. Cabarrus St | 919.831.6400 Jan 24: American Aquarium Jan 25: American Aquarium Jan 29: Half Pint w/ Yellow Wall Dub Squad Jan 31: The Breakfast Club w/ 8-Track Minds Feb 1: Jupiter Coyote w/ Old Habits Feb 6: Grass is Dead Feb 7: ZOSO - The Ultimate Led Zep

red hat amphitheater 500 S McDowell St | 919.996.8800 May 9: AJR Jun 2: Local Natives and Foals w/ Cherry Glazerr Aug 14: David Gray

pnc arena

1400 Edwards Mill Rd | 919.861.2300 Feb 11: Celine Dion Mar 4: Zac Brown band w/ Amos Lee & Poo Bear Mar 12: Billie Eilish Mar 13: The Millennium Tour: Omarion, Bow Wow, Ying Yang Twins, Lloyd, Sammie, Pretty Ricky, Soulja Boy, and Ashanti


bull’s tavern

408 West 4th St | 336.331.3431 Jan 24: Doctor Ocular Jan 31: The Lilly Brothers Feb 1: The Dirty Grass Players Feb 8: Underground Springhouse Feb 21: Space Koi Feb 22: Jack Marion and The Pearl Snap Prophets

CB’s Tavern

3870 Bethania Station Rd | 336.815.1664 Jan 25: Line Dancing w/ Pat


121 West 9th Street | 336.448.0018 Jan 24: Magnolia Green Jan 25: Michael Cosner & The Fugitives Jan 31: Bradley Wik & The Charlatans Feb 1: Megan Doss Band Feb 7: Hazy Ridge Bluegrass Band Feb 8: Jason Leake Band Feb 14: Hearts Gone South Feb 15: Russ Varnell & His Too Country Band Feb 21: Jesse Ray Carter Feb 22: Bounty Hunters Feb 28: The Grand Ole Uproar Feb 29: Woody Woodworth & The Piners

foothills brewing

638 W 4th St | 336.777.3348 Jan 22: Hotwax & The Splinters Jan 25: Chasing Daylight Jan 26: Sunday Jazz Jan 29: Alex Culbreth Feb 1: Threefour Mountain Feb 2: Sunday Jazz Feb 5: Eversole Brothers Feb 8: Will Bagley and Friends

MAc & Nelli’s

4926 Country Club Rd | 336.529.6230


11141 Old US Hwy 52, Suite 10 | 336.793.4218 Jan 24: Jimmy Shirley Jr. and the Footlights Jan 25: Crossfire Jan 28: MMH Honky Tonk House Band Jan 31: Barefoot Boyz

MIllEnnium Center 101 West 5th Street | 336.723.3700


630 S Stratford Rd | 336.768.2221 Jan 26: Live Jazz

muddy creek Cafe & MUSIC HALL

5455 Bethania Rd | 336.923.8623 Jan 23: Open Mic w/ Country Dan Collins

The RAmkat

170 W 9th St | 336.754.9714 Jan 24: Runaway Gin: A Tribute To Phish Jan 25: Who’s Bad 20/20: The Evolution Of Pop Jan 28: UNCSA Jazz Ensemble: Latin Jazz Night Jan 31: Lindsay Lou Feb 1: Whiskey Foxtrot, Crenshaw Pentecostal, Jive Mother Mary Feb 6: Colin Allured Feb 10: Martha Bassett Feb 11: Flower In Bloom, Paragon Don, Hollow Creeper Feb 14: Kendell Marvell Feb 15: Mardi Gras 2020 w/ Dirty Dozen Brass Band & Big Ron Hunter Band Feb 20: An Evening With Booker T. Jones Feb 21: The Vagabond Saints’ Society: A Tribute To Tom Waits

Second & green

207 N Green St | 336.631.3143

Winston-salem Fairground 421 W 27th St | 336.727.2236


826 Angelo Bros Ave | 336.725.0008 Jan 24: Anniversary Party w/ The Get Right Band and The Genuine Feb 8: 49 Winchester


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vs. Grand Rapids Feb. 7 & Fort Wayne Feb. 19 JAN. 30- FEB. 2


WEDNESDAY FEB. 12 - Green & Growin' Marketplace Tradeshow > Jan. 30-31 - Green Queen Bingo > Jan. 31

- Atlantic Coast Trampoline & Tumbling Invitational > Feb. 1-2 - Greensboro Gymnastics invitational > Feb. 7-9

MARCH 10-14

- NCHSAA State Dual Team Wrestling Championships > Feb. 8 - 18th Annual Shriners' Drag Racing & Hot Rod Expo > Feb.14-15


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[FACES & PLACES] by Natalie Garcia

AROUND THE TRIAD YES! Weekly’s Photographer


JANUARY 22-28, 2020

Sponsor Night @ Piedmont Winterfest 1.17.2020 | Greensboro


hot pour PRESENTS

[BARTENDERS OF THE WEEK | BY NATALIE GARCIA] Check out videos on our Facebook!

BARTENDER: Jody “The Grumpy Bartender” Merriman

Photo by Ricky Keen e

BAR: Stumble Stilskins and Pig Pounder Brewery AGE: Half a century. WHERE ARE YOU FROM? Parts unknown. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BARTENDING? 20 years. HOW DID YOU BECOME A BARTENDER? I was playing pool at Chumley’s to pay my rent. I got hired to be a bar-back and bouncer. Then, I started slingin’ drinks. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT BARTENDING? The hustle. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DRINK TO MAKE? Black Cherry Kamikaze. I get the “O” face. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DRINK TO DRINK? I don’t drink; I’m allergic to alcohol. I break out in handcuffs.

WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND AS AN AFTER-DINNER DRINK? A chocolate stout, like a Murphy’s Irish Stout. WHAT’S THE CRAZIEST THING YOU’VE SEEN WHILE BARTENDING? Once cleaning up, I found a prosthetic leg. I wondered how someone walked in with two legs and left with one without noticing. WHAT’S THE BEST TIP YOU’VE EVER GOTTEN? Once got two tickets to a Carolina/Redskins game.


January 22-28, 2020




Too Many Zooz @ The Blind Tiger 1.19.2020 | Greensboro


JANUARY 22-28, 2020



Grand Opening of the new LGBTQ Center 1.17.2020 | Greensboro

JANUARY 22-28, 2020




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[LEO (July 23 to August 22) You love being in the spotlight. But be careful it doesn’t blind you to the truth behind a seemingly wonderful opportunity. Look closer and you might be sadly surprised at what you find.

[SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Someone you met in your professional world last year and thought you would never hear from again could make a sudden reappearance in your life, along with an interesting offer.

[ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Mixed signals could create problems. Make sure your views are presented clearly, and insist others do the same. Don’t let an unanswered question go by without a full explanation.

[VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Isn’t it time to take a break from your hectic schedule? Sure it is. And the sooner you do, the sooner you can return fresh and more than ready to take on all those new projects.

[CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Once again, you delight everyone by coming up with a solution for a problem that actually works. On another note, it’s not too early to get started on those travel plans.

[TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Financial pressures ease, allowing for more budget flexibility. But as the money-wise Bovine will appreciate, thrift still beats out splurging. Expect news from someone special.

[LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A recent family incident can help bring everyone closer, and there’s no one who’s better at making that happen than you. Accept (indeed, insist on!) help from others to get things off and running.

[AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Before you go ahead with finalizing your plans for your new project, check them over to see if you can make some improvements or if you can find ways to cut costs.

[GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Getting things done is what you do so well. But be careful not to overtax your energy reserves. Take time out to relax or to do something different to help keep them at optimum levels.

[SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Long-held habits are often difficult to break. But the change from how you always did things to how you can do them now can be liberating. So, be flexible and give it a try.

[PISCES (February 19 to March 20) The Fabulous Fish might have been out of the social swim for too long, and it’s time you plunge back in. Reinforce your old friendships and be open to starting new ones.

[CANCER (June 21 to July 22) This is a good time to satisfy the Moon Child’s growing sense of wanderlust. Choose a really special place to go to, with a very special person to share it all with you. © 2020 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


[THE ADVICE GODDESS] love • sex • dating • marriage • questions


My friend recently bought a $3,000 labradoodle but refuses to pay to get it trained. The dog is really badly behaved. Whenever I bring up the need for Amy Alkon training, my friend gets very defensive Advice and lashes out at Goddess me. Last time I visited her, the dog got into my bag and chewed through some seriously expensive skin care products I treated myself to. She acted like it wasn’t an issue and even said it was my fault for leaving my bag on the floor! We’ve been friends for nearly 20 years, so it’s a little complicated, but how can I let her know her actions feel inconsiderate and get her to take proper responsibility for her dog? —Beware Of Owner Most dogs enjoy chewing on a nice raw bone to pass the time; hers likes to mix things up with the occasional $200 tube of eye cream. Your friend’s response to her delinquentdoodle destroying your stuff — “Yawn...whatever” — suggests she comes up short in a personality trait called “conscientiousness.” Conscientiousness is one of the five core personality dimensions that shape how we typically behave (the other four being openness, extroversion, agreeableness, and emotional stabil-

ity). Each of these dimensions reflects a spectrum — a scale from low to high — so, for example, extroversion includes everything from extreme extroversion to extreme introversion (the party animal versus the sort of animal that prefers hiding under a car till the shindig’s over). Research by psychologists Joshua Jackson and Brent Roberts finds that people with high conscientiousness are responsible, hardworking, orderly, and able to control their impulses. (Their work was focused on the behaviors of the conscientious, as opposed to thoughts and feelings.) Not surprisingly, other research — a cross-cultural study by psychologist Martin C. Melchers — finds that people with higher levels of conscientiousness tend to be more empathetic (making them less likely to react to their animal turning a friend’s possessions into chew toys by being all, “Dogs will be dogs!”). Personality traits are, to a great extent, genetic, and tend to be pretty stable over time and across situations. However, psychologists Nathan Hudson and R. Chris Fraley find that a person may be able to change their personality traits, including their level of conscientiousness. Their research suggests that a person can become more conscientious by continually setting very specific weekly goals — for example, tasks to follow through on that they’d normally let slide. The problem is this friend of yours might need some wakeup call to be motivated to change. People who get away with living sloppy typically see no reason to live otherwise. Consider the difference in how driven someone would be to clean

up their act in the wake of “hitting bottom” versus, say, “hitting middle.” Another demotivating factor might be your friend’s WTR — “welfare tradeoff ratio” — a term that unfortunately sounds like illegal food stamp swapping. In fact, as evolutionary psychologists David Buss and Lars Penke explain, a person’s welfare tradeoff ratio refers to how much weight they place on their own interests relative to those of another person. In other words, “welfare” really means “well-being” — as in, “How willing am I to sacrifice what’s best for me so you can have what’s good for you?” Buss and Penke add that people who are narcissistic — self-centered, exploitative, with a strong sense of entitlement, and lacking in empathy — “habitually place a higher weight on their own welfare relative to the welfare of others.” Now, maybe you don’t see this sort of selfish, cavalier attitude coming out habitually in your friend, but maybe that’s because friendship is fun-centered and thus doesn’t have the sort of strains put on it that a business partnership or relationship does. (You don’t have to decide whether to have an abortion because you

went out for drinks with your friend.) Where does this leave you? Unfortunately, without a lot of attractive options. Though it’s reasonable to prefer that she change her philosophy on dog training (which appears to be “Why bother?”) expecting her to do so is basically the love child of toxic hope and irrational expectations. Tempting as it must be to simply demand she train her dog, as you’ve already seen, telling people what to do tends to backfire, leading them to tell you where to go. What you can do is choose: Consider whether the benefits of having her in your life are worth the cost. If you decide to keep her around, be realistic: Leave any pricey rejuveceuticals and anything else of value locked in a kennel when visiting her and Cujodoodle. It might also help to look on the positive side: It’s only her dog running wild; she isn’t hollering out the back door, “Kids, if you rob the liquor store, don’t forget Mommy’s merlot!” ! GOT A problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or e-mail ( © 2020 Amy Alkon Distributed by Creators.Com.

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