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Fr 10 WHO’S BAD (The Evolution of Pop) 7:30pm Sa 11 THE SHAKEDOWN performs the Yacht Rock 7:30pm Su 12 DAVID BROMBERG QUINTET 7pm We 15 THE DISCO BISCUITS 7pm Th 16 BADFISH - A TRIBUTE TO SUBLIME w/ Tropidelic & Little Stranger 7pm Th 16 GRACE POTTER At The Ritz 7pm Fr 17 TURKUAZ w/ Neal Francis 8pm


Sa 18 CITIZEN COPE 7pm Su 19 NATURAL WONDER (The Ultimate Stevie Wonder Experience) w/ Bless the Rains (The Ultimate Toto Tribute) 7pm Fr 24/ AMERICAN AQUARIUM’S Sa 25 “ROADTRIP TO RALEIGH” 7pm Fr 31 THE BREAKFAST CLUB w/ 8-Track Minds 8pm


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CONSIDER THE OPOSSUM Millie is recovering from INJURIES SUFFERED during her unwilling participation in the 2018 “Possum Drop” in Andrews, North Carolina. The young Clay County native is even starting to trust the rescuers, who amputated her broken front leg, left untreated by her initial captors. The invasive hominids who trapped her did not require a license to so. They face no penalties for exposing their shy and nocturnal official state marsupial to crowds, loud music, bright lights and fireworks, or for allowing necrosis to develop in her shattered limb before surrendering Millie to her current care-givers.







A talented and diverse group of Triad bartenders intend to make the service industry better in their cities. THE TRIAD BEVERAGE ALLIANCE, a regional chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild, is made up of 226 mixologists, bar managers, brewers and other service and beverage industry workers based in Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem. 10 The Theatre Department at Greensboro College proudly presents the Broadway play “TRU” in four shows from Jan. 10-12 in the Annie Sellars Jordan Parlor Theatre of the Main Building at Greensboro College. 11 The OUT AT THE MOVIES International LGBT Film Festival rings in the new year with a special reception and fundraiser for its annual “Key West in WinstonSalem” event Saturday in the ACE Theatre Complex... 12 Having done double-duty in the James Bond series with Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015), director/producer Sam Mendes returns to more somber, if no less stylish, fare with 1917, an absorbing World War I saga he

co-wrote with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, inspired by a story tale told him by his grandfather. 13 In an effort to lessen the effects of the 2008 recession, the federal government infused $700 billion into the big banks, essentially buying up or insuring bad loans, and ENABLING those financial institutions to start lending to us little people, whose homes were either underwater or lost, thanks to sky-high balloon payments. 19 Kathy Sterling and Tabatha Godwin want people who love cats, dogs, antiques, collectibles, second-hand goods, furniture and bargains to know about the estate sale the SPCA of the Triad is holding in WinstonSalem this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 20 GLASS MANSIONS are an electropop duo from Columbia, South Carolina. But they may not be calling South Carolina their home base for long. 21 It was the perfect set-up for an end to an unforgettable decade with The Greensboro Coliseum was hosting The AVETT BROTHERS for New Year’s Eve.


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MONSTER JAM SUNDAY THUR 9 MICK FOLEY WHAT: Known throughout the world as The Hardcore Legend, Mick Foley is a 3-time WWE champion and a WWE Hall of famer. Now Mick returns to the stage with an all new - but not-so-new show - 20 years in the making! The “Nice Day Tour” is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release of “Have a Nice Day”, Foley’s towering New York Times #1 best-seller. Mick will be bringing his beloved book to life, onstage at The Comedy Zone. WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: The Comedy Zone. 1126 S Holden Rd, Greensboro. MORE: $25 general tickets.

FRI 10 UNCLE CHEESECAKE 15 COURSE DESSERT & WINE TASTING WHAT: Join us at The Gallery on Main Saturday, January 11th for a 15 course dessert and wine tasting event hosted by local baker and chef Daniel Gray! Daniel is also known as Uncle Cheesecake and owns his own shop by the same name. We will also be pairing Daniel’s desserts with wine from a local winery Zimmerman Vineyards. WHEN: 6:30-9 p.m. WHERE: High Point’s Gallery on Main. 100 S Main street, High Point. MORE: $35 tickets.

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WHAT: Join us at Scuppernong Books in Greensboro for Murder at the Speakeasy! This is a 1920’s prohibition era themed Murder Mystery party, and you’ll be assigned a specific character before the event so that you can plan your costume! While your first beverage is included, there will be no food served at this event. You may bring a snack for yourself if you like. WHEN: 6-8 p.m. WHERE: Scuppernong Books. 304 S Elm St, Greensboro. MORE: $35 tickets.

WHAT: Monster Jam Triple Threat Series® offers the ultimate mix of action and excitement in six different competitions. World-class athletes tear up the dirt in Monster Jam trucks, speedsters and ATVs. They compete head-to-head for points in challenging Racing and Freestyle events testing their agility, speed and versatility. From unbelievable action to unexpected thrills, this is fast-paced family fun. WHEN: 1 p.m. WHERE: Greensboro Coliseum Complex. 1921 W Gate City Blvd, Greensboro. MORE: $18-50 tickets.

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January 9th, 10th and 11th 9th from 1-6 / 10th & 11th 9-4 Pottery, Antiques, China, Old Dolls, Ceramics, Furniture, Housewares, Rugs, Clothing, Jewelry, and Much More! All proceeds go to the SPCA of the Triad’s Capital Campaign to build a new facility. SPCA OF THE TRIAD / P.O. Box 4461, Greensboro, NC 27404 / 336-375-3222 JANUARY 8-14, 2020

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SAT 11 WHAT: Shun The Raven is an independent, original, four piece band that blends progressive rock and heavy metal. The band is based out of High Point, NC and was formed in April of 2015. In 2019, they switched gears and joined forces with Producer Jamie King out of Winston Salem, NC. They released the first single, ‘Tale of Two Tales’, in February which will be added to a full length album projected to drop in 2020. WHEN: 7-11:30 p.m. WHERE: The Blind Tiger. 1819 Spring Garden St, Greensboro. MORE: $10 tickets.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers with special guest

Veronica Cartwright DISCUSSION & SCREENING Friday, January 10 · 7 p.m. HANESBRANDS THEATRE, 209 N. Spruce Street, Winston-Salem

Saturday, January 11 · 5 p.m. RED CINEMAS, 1305 Battleground Avenue, Greensboro “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” is an American science fiction horror film directed by Philip Kaufman and features Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy along with Veronica Cartwright. Cartwright will participate in an onstage discussion about the film and its production.

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A young Winston-Salem-based entrepreneur will release her own cosmetic line that promotes natural beauty on Jan. 10. Tènijah Renèe Fant, 19, is a designer with the clothing line No Punching Bag and a graduate of the Forsyth County Urban Farm School (also known as Urban Agriculture Forsyth County CES). Fant said her line, Hajinèt Beauty, is a cruelty-free, “natural beauty line” that is an alternative to makeup. “It promotes self-love, confidence, and self-worth in one’s own hair and skin,” Fant said. “I chose red as my brand color because it’s bold. Based on my global research, culturally, red is a powerful color. It makes you feel confident.” Fant explained that the beauty line is composed of skincare, hygiene and hair products. “I got interested in growing things and being more natural, so I started making my own shampoos and stuff like that,” Fant said. Then Fant started teaching her grandparents how to make their own products, which gave her the idea to turn her passion into a business. “There is a lot of YouTube [videos] on how to make products that you don’t see inside of stores,” she said. “So I was like, how about I sell that to everybody.” Fant said the name “Hajinèt” is actually her first name spelled backward. “My original name for the past three years was Red Barn; however, that name was taken,” she said. “It’s important for my WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

brand to have a purpose and be original. I was unsure of calling my brand by my name because it might exclude other races. So, I spoke a close friend of the family, and he suggested to do my name backward.” Fant said the first collection of Hajinèt Beauty would include the following products: soaps, scrubs, lash/brow moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, body butter, lip balm and foam face wash. Fant said she wants her products to be used by every race and skin type because she wants everyone to embrace their inner beauty. She said that Hajinèt Beauty’s first collection would be called “Own Your Beautiful,” because that is the message she wants her products to convey. “It’s not makeup, I already do not like makeup,” she said. “I just did not want to put it on my skin; I feel like you are covering yourself up. When you are growing up, you already have insecurities, and you find out who you are. And makeup makes you confident, but you don’t really embrace yourself.” Fant said her goal after she releases the line to the public is to grow it into something she can sell in big box stores such as Walmart and Target. To learn more about Hajinèt Beauty and its products, visit the website www. and enter your email to be added to the email list. !


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Triad Beverage Alliance shakes up the local cocktail scene


talented and diverse group of Triad bartenders intend to make the service industry better in their cities. The Triad Beverage Alliance, a regional Davina Van Buren chapter of the Unit@highpointfoodie ed States Bartenders’ Guild, is made up of 226 mixologists, Contributor bar managers, brewers and other service and beverage industry workers based in Greensboro, High Point and WinstonSalem. TBA’s main mission is to expand education within the hospitality space. “We do things like bartending competitions, service projects and bringing in national brand ambassadors,” said Lentz Ison, general manager at Greensboro’s Dram & Draught. Service industry workers have long had a reputation for debaucherous behavior, but TBA is working to change that image. In addition to learning about their craft, members discuss issues such as mental health, entrepreneurship and career advancement. “In other cities, there are more opportunities to grow your career within the hospitality industry—our goal is to showcase that. It’s not about getting drunk and goofing off,” Ison said. “When we go to seminars, we speak on topics like self-help and bringing awareness to a shortage of minority and female representation—the brands show concern for that.” TBA also emphasizes preventative maintenance, since service industry work can be hard on the body. “People look at this job as not being concrete, but it can be,” said Rolando Pettigrew, bartender at Dram & Draught. “If you’re in this to make money while you’re in college, that’s cool, but some people don’t have other options. You don’t look at 10 years later when your hip is eroding.” TBA members also travel to locations near and far to expand their spirits and hospitality knowledge. Since its formation in 2017, members have visited Florida, New York City, Puerto Rico, New Orleans, YES! WEEKLY

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and Camp Runamok, a bartending “summer camp” in the heart of Kentucky’s famed whiskey trail, among other locations. Members bring back a wealth of knowledge— and cultural flavor—to the Triad. For example, on one expedition, Pettigrew learned more about tiki culture and how it can be perceived as racially insensitive to Pacific Islanders. In response, he created a riff on the classic “El Diablo” tiki drink called the “Devil’s Advocate.” A flavorful concoction of Lunazul Reposado, Sombra Mezcal, blackberry, lemon drop pepper, beet-infused lime juice, ginger syrup and soda topped with charred lime, the drink has become a signature cocktail and is an opportunity to start a dialogue and educate patrons. Pettigrew and Ison are part of the team at Greensboro’s Dram & Draught, which opened at 300 W. Gate City Blvd. (the corner of Gate City and South Elm Eugene) in September of 2018. Located on the old Brooks Lumber site, the building was formerly Steve’s Automotive. Dram & Draught’s original location is in Raleigh, and another location is slated to open in Durham this year. The bar’s focus is on rare and vintage whiskeys, artisanal beer, and craft cocktails. “We have over 300 whiskeys, and 80 percent of our sales are craft cocktails,” Ison said. While Dram & Draught definitely has outstanding cocktails, there’s more to it than meets the eye. This is also a gathering spot for those who don’t drink alcohol. The staff is passionate about creating an environment that doesn’t pressure people—customers or employees— to overindulge. Drinking responsibly is a hallmark of their vibe. “We are not a bar where you want to come and get drunk,” Ison said. “You can come here if you are pregnant, a recovering alcoholic, or simply have to get up early the next day but want to get out of the house. We have plenty of mocktails and options other than alcoholic WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

drinks. Here, it’s about the atmosphere, the hospitality, the music, the sounds, and the beauty of how all that comes together.” Pop a squat at Dram & Draught’s bar, and you’re likely to see some new-to-you bottles, including rare varieties. “We definitely have the largest whiskey selection in the Triad,” Ison said. “As long as the vintage whiskeys don’t have a current label and aren’t on the market, we can sell them—some come from auctions, and some come from private collectors. Because of the way North Carolina liquor laws are structured, we spend a lot of time trying to get products that you can’t get anywhere else. We also do some fun stuff like whiskey popsicles, and vodka shots dropped in White Claw.” Dram & Draught is the first business to activate the corner it sits on, but Ison said that in the future, he hopes to see farmers markets, concerts, pop-ups and more in the location, which runs all the way to Spring Garden Street. In the meantime, he said, they’d like to be an open door to anyone in the hospitality industry who wants to advance their education. “For customers, we want you to leave with an experience that makes you feel better about yourself from being here,” Pettigrew said. “For those in the industry, we want to challenge everyone to make high-quality products and up the level of service.” This year marks the 100-year anniversary of Prohibition in the United States, an important benchmark for mixologists everywhere. “Bartending is one of the oldest occupations in the country—this nation was built on alcohol,” Ison said. “Back in the 1920s, the bartender was upheld in society, and now we are seeing a return to that.” ! DAVINA VAN BUREN is an award-winning travel and food writer whose mission is to eat all the food. Follow her on social media at High Point Foodie. JANUARY 8-14, 2020







Jackson Gemborys takes stage in one-man play as Truman Capote constantly drinking and taking lots of pills, and some books wrote that he didn’t want to live anymore,” Gemborys said. “It was really sad.” Gemborys said it took quite a process for him to get into character, but that he can drop into it after he brings up a lot of emotion. He admits that he has to warm up his voice and think about the things Capote was going through to get into character. He said he didn’t have to do that for other characters he has played—he could just walk on stage and do what he had rehearsed. With this role, he said he wants to make sure he is fully ready. Since it’s a one-man show, Gemborys doesn’t have any other actors to play off of, so he has to put all of his trust in what he is doing.

he Theatre Department at Greensboro College proudly presents the Broadway play “Tru” in four shows from Jan. 10-12 in the Annie Sellars Jordan Terry Rader Parlor Theatre of the Main Building at Greensboro Contributor College. This play is adapted from the words and works of Truman Capote by Jay Presson Allen and is directed by William “Perry” Morgan Hall, associate professor of theatre at Greensboro College.

“This play takes place right after a chapter of ‘Answered Prayers,’” Hall said. “All of Capote’s friends have abandoned him, and Capote is desperate, drinking and all alone in his New York apartment.” He said that Jackson Gemborys, a Durham native and Greensboro College senior acting major undergraduate student, is performing this one-man show and taking to the stage for two hours, alone, as Truman Capote. When Gemborys first learned he had been given the part to play Truman Capote in “Tru,” he said he was very excited, as Capote was such a different person from him. Gemborys knew it would be a beneficial challenge to take him so far out of his comfort zone. Gemborys said he had originally been given the part to play in a class 14 months ago, and his professor asked him to write a proposal to add it to the upcoming season. Gemborys had been working on the play for a year by reading Capote’s books, plays and watching YouTube videos. He said they had been rehearsing a lot since October and was happy for a holiday break to let it marinate. Gemborys said that “Tru” is a two-act play, and the first scene opens with him sitting and drinking. He said that the more drinks he takes, the more it hits him how Capote was “very gossipy and playful.” But as Capote continues to use drugs and alcohol, Gemborys said he could “feel the weight of what YES! WEEKLY

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Truman may have been going through.” Gemborys said that Capote was fluid in his movements and that his mind was always racing, so he couldn’t just sit still on stage. He said the Capote character is always doing something different with his movements on stage, such as sitting or standing in different places, pouring himself a drink, or making calls. Gemborys said Hall did a really good job directing him. Gemborys said that while there are no other actors on stage, there are characters in Truman’s life who are portrayed in voiceovers by actresses: Leah Llewellyn, Mikaela Craft, Kailey Rey and Alex Ansede. Gemborys said to expect music by Louis Armstrong, The Supremes, Billy Holiday and Frank Sinatra

because Capote loved jazz music. “When Capote’s book, ‘In Cold Blood,’ was published in 1966, it was a big hit about a family of four who was murdered in Kansas in 1959,” Gemborys said. “Capote befriended the two murderers while writing, which was very hard on him because he knew he couldn’t complete the book until they were both executed.” He said that Capote tried to get back to writing in 1975, but when Esquire published three chapters of “Answered Prayers: The Unfinished Novel,” it revealed secrets that cost him friendships with a lot of high-end celebrities. Gemborys said in those last nine years of his life, Capote was very lonely, and he wasn’t writing anymore. “He was

Two of Gemborys’s professional theatre performances include, “Liberty Mountain: The Revolutionary Drama” at the Joy Performance Center and the “Tecumseh!” outdoor drama (as actor and technician for four months) at Sugarloaf Mountain in Ohio. Other theatre credits include “Hamlet;” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Gemborys is also trained in movement, dance and voice. He said he plans to continue his education as a professional actor. “Truman Capote wrote in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s,’ ‘Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot,’” Gemborys said. “I’m not just doing this for me. I am dedicating it to my professors, my family, my parents, my brothers, and my sister and those I’ve met at college as a ‘thank you’ for all the love and support they have given me. Come out and support local arts in your community, especially at such a small college as Greensboro College.” !

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“Tru,” Jan. 10-11 at 7:30 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.) and 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Jan. 11-12, reserve $10 tickets at (336) 217-7220 (secretary) or email tickets@greensboro. edu, performances are free to Greensboro College students, faculty and staff (with college ID). For more information about Greensboro College Theatre, visit


[PLAYBILL] by Katie Murawski LITTLE THEATRE OF WINSTON-SALEM “Science Fiction Double Feature: Two Plays by Ray Bradbury” Tickets: $15 7:30 p.m., 2 p.m. on Sunday Jan. 17-19 & Jan. 23-26, Mountcastle Forum, Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts Third Floor, 251 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem According to the website, “The evening will include performances of two of Bradbury’s one-act plays: Kaleidoscope, a space adventure featuring a crew of six dealing with their own mortality, and The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, a comedy that begs the question, “Do clothes really make the man?” WINSTON-SALEM THEATRE ALLIANCE 1047 North West Blvd., Winston-Salem “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” Tickets: FREE, donations accepted Jan. 10, 8 p.m. According to WSTA’s website, “One actor portrays every character in a small Jersey Shore town as he unravels the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant fourteen-year-old boy who goes missing. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is gone, Leonard becomes an unexpected inspiration as the town’s citizens question how they live, who they love, and what they leave behind.” “Disaster! A Musical” Tickets: $16-$18 Jan. 17-19 & Jan. 23-26, 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays According to WSTA’s website, “It’s 1979, and New York’s hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. Also attending is a faded disco star, a sexy nightclub singer with her eleven-year-old twins, a disaster expert, a feminist reporter, an older couple with a secret, a pair of young guys who are looking for ladies, an untrustworthy businessman and a nun with a gambling addiction. 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. As the night turns into day, everyone struggles to survive and, quite possibly, repair the love that they’ve lost… or at least esWWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

cape the killer rats. Audiences and critics are wild for this hilarious homage to the era of bell-bottoms, platform shoes and the hustle. With larger-than-life characters, snappy dialogue and some of the most recognizable songs of the ’70s, ‘Disaster!’ will have you dancing in your seats and rolling in the aisles. Featuring some of the most unforgettable songs of the ’70s. ‘Knock on Wood,’ ‘Hooked on a Feeling,’ ‘Sky High,’ ‘I Am Woman’ and ‘Hot Stuff.’” COMMUNITY THEATRE OF GREENSBORO “Steel Magnolias” Tickets: $15-$30 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays Jan. 17-19 & Jan. 23-26 , Starr Theatre, 520 S. Elm St., Greensboro According to the website, “The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength— and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.”

OUT at the Movies makes merry in 2020

Mark Burger


The OUT at the Movies International LGBT Film Festival rings in the new year with a special reception and fundraiser for its annual “Key West in Winston-Salem” event Saturday in the ACE Theatre Complex, located on the main campus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in

Winston-Salem. The festival, which hosted its sixth annual event last October (its largest ever) and prepares to embark on its 17th season of film screenings, has teamed with Wake Forest Men’s Health for an evening of celebration. Your admission is your donation to the festival, and sponsorships are also available. Wake Forest Men’s Health will provide beer, wine, and heavy hors d’oeuvres, as well as a discussion regarding state-ofthe-art management for men’s health and wellness featuring Dr. Kyle Scarberry and Dr. Ryan Terlecki. The reception and health seminar will be followed by an encore screening of Primos (Cousins), the critically acclaimed drama that made its Southeastern U.S. premiere at last year’s festival. The screening will itself be followed by a special Q&A from Brasilia, Brazil, with writer/co-director/star Thiago Cazado and co-director/cinematographer Mauro Carvalho, who had attended the festival. (Translation assistance will be

provided by Carolina Queiroz.) Described as “a bright and breezy watch that has its heart in the right place” by Andrew McArthur of Culture Fix, Primos stars newcomer Paulo Sousa as a withdrawn teenager drawn to a distant cousin (played by Cazado) recently released from jail. “(Primos) … hits the spot thanks to charming central performances, an uplifting tone, and positive message at its heart,” McArthur wrote. Last year’s festival followed what was one of the screening series’ most successful years, following the screenings of such crowd-pleasers as The Fabulous Allan Carr, Rebels on Pointe, The Cakemaker, Tucked, and A Million Happy Nows. The 10th annual “Key West in WinstonSalem” is scheduled for June 6, featuring cocktails, island-inspired cuisine, female impersonators, and male dancing. At this time, Primos filmmaker/star Cazado is slated to be one of the event’s dancers, and there will be a special tribute to Michael Brodie (“Andrea Carlisle/ Chocolate”), followed by a downtown after-party. ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on © 2020, Mark Burger.



The OUT at the Movies reception and screening of Primos (Cousins) will take place 6 p.m. on Saturday at the ACE Theatre Complex, located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, call (336) 918-0902 or email The official OUT at the Movies website is

AUDITIONS Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro Jan. 12, 2-4 p.m. & Jan. 13, 7-9 p.m. for “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”

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STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (PG-13) LUXURY SEATING Fri - Thu: 1:25, 4:25, 7:30, 10:20 KNIVES OUT (PG-13) LUXURY SEATING Fri - Thu: 1:20, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10 UNCUT GEMS (R) LUXURY SEATING Fri - Thu: 1:10, 4:05, 7:00, 9:55 1917 (R) Fri & Sat: 12:20, 1:30, 3:00, 5:40, 7:00, 8:20, 9:40, 11:00 Sun - Thu: 12:20, 1:30, 3:00, 5:40, 7:00, 8:20, 9:40 LIKE A BOSS (R) Fri & Sat: 12:35, 2:40, 5:00, 7:10, 9:15, 11:20 Sun - Thu: 12:35, 2:40, 5:00, 7:10, 9:15 THE GRUDGE (R) Fri & Sat: 12:30, 2:50, 5:05, 7:25, 9:40, 11:55 Sun - Thu: 12:30, 2:50, 5:05, 7:25, 9:40 LITTLE WOMEN (PG) Fri - Thu: 12:40, 3:45, 7:10, 10:05 STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (PG-13) Fri & Sat: 12:00, 2:55, 8:45, 11:45 Sun - Thu: 12:00, 2:55, 8:45

JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL (PG-13) Fri & Sat: 12:05, 2:50, 5:35, 8:25, 11:25 Sun - Thu: 12:05, 2:50, 5:35, 8:25 RICHARD JEWELL (R) Fri & Sat: 2:50, 8:30, 11:20 Sun - Thu: 2:50, 8:30 QUEEN & SLIM (R) Fri & Sat: 12:00, 2:55, 5:50, 8:45, 11:40 Sun - Thu: 12:00, 2:55, 5:50, 8:45 A Beautiful Day In The NEIGHBORHOOD (PG) Fri: 3:05, 5:25, 7:45 Sat: 3:05, 7:45 Sun - Thu: 3:05, 5:25, 7:45 FORD V FERRARI (PG-13) Fri - Thu: 12:00, 10:10 PARASITE (R) Fri & Sat: 12:25, 3:10, 5:55, 8:40, 11:30 Sun - Thu: 12:25, 3:10, 5:55, 8:40 INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1978) (NR) Sat: 5:00 PM CATS (PG) Fri - Thu: 12:20, 5:40

1917: Behind enemy lines


aving done doubleduty in the James Bond series with Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015), director/ producer Sam Mark Burger Mendes returns to more somber, if no Contributor less stylish, fare with 1917, an absorbing World War I saga he co-wrote with Krysty Wilson-Cairns, inspired by a story tale told him by his grandfather. The narrative doesn’t cover the entire year 1917 but the span of a few days in the spring, as World War I rages. The principal characters are a pair of young corporals, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman), who are ordered to proceed to the front with orders to call off a major attack. The Germans have feigned a retreat in order to ambush the soldiers at the front. Blake, whose brother is stationed at the front, is raring to go, but Schofield is YES! WEEKLY

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understandably wary, and the muttered sentiment that theirs is a suicide mission doesn’t soothe his nerves any. The film opens with an incredible tracking shot that follows the two soldiers through the trenches, except it doesn’t stop. Indeed, it never stops; the entire film is one long, continuous tracking shot that follows the duo’s every move, sweeping around them but always keeping them close to the frame. It may be a gimmick, but it’s a remarkable and successful one and brings an immediacy to the story – which is rather a simple one – that it might not have otherwise had. Cinematographer Roger Deakins, who finally won an Academy Award on his 14th nomination (for Blade Runner 2049 last year) may well find himself in competition again this year. 1917 may not have a great story, but it’s unquestionably a great cinematic experience. Deakins captures the desolation, the destruction, the surreal, and even the horrific beauty of the battle-ravaged landscape, across which Schofield and McKay perilously travel. Despite the presence of such wellknown British stars as Colin Firth, Mark Strong, and Benedict Cumberbatch, theirs are essentially cameo roles. MacKay and

Chapman are appropriately earnest in their performances, yet they too are overshadowed by the visual wizardry. At the heart of the story is a coming-of-age tale, and for certain both come of age during this mission. Some comparisons have been made to Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk (2017), itself a tribute to the courage of the British, albeit during World War II, but 1917 also recalls Peter Weir’s World War I drama Gallipoli (1981), which also focused primarily on two soldiers, in that case, Mel Gibson and Mark Lee. The level of technical achievement is staggering, but the level of emotional involvement is not. 1917 is absorbing enough, but although the outcome of this particular mission may be in doubt, the outcome of the war is not. Yet, it’s still a worthy work, one that reinforces the notion that war is truly hell. World War I might have been labeled the Great War, but its reality – and that of any war — was anything but great. - 1917 opens Friday ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on © 2020, Mark Burger.


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

UNCUT GEMS (R) Fri: 3:30, 9:00 Sat & Sun: 12:45, 3:30, 9:00 Mon - Thu: 6:45, 9: 00 VARDA BY AGNES (VARDA PAR AGNÈS) (NR) Fri: 3:45, 6:15 Sat & Sun: 10:00 AM, 1:00, 3:45, 6:15 Mon: 6:30 PM Tue: 4:00, 6:30 Wed: 6:30 PM Thu: 4:00, 6:30 PARASITE (R) Fri: 6:30, 9:15 Sat & Sun: 10:15 AM, 6:30, 9:15 Mon: 9:15 PM Tue: 3:45, 9:15 Wed: 9:15 PM Thu: 3:45, 9:15



Banking on the poor


n an effort to lessen the effects of the 2008 recession, the federal government infused $700 billion into the big banks, essentially buying up or insuring bad Jim Longworth loans, and enabling those financial institutions to Longworth start lending to us at Large little people, whose homes were either underwater or lost, thanks to sky-high balloon payments. It was a sweetheart deal for wealthy banking executives, first because of the federal bailout itself, and second, because no one policed their good faith agreement to lend money to those who needed it the most. If you were outraged by that blatant example of taxpayerfunded corporate welfare, get ready for 2020, and President Trump’s new spin on the Community Reinvestment Act. The CRA was enacted in 1977 to make sure that banks lent money for homes and businesses in impoverished communities. In return, the banks would receive big tax breaks. Fair enough, however, several weeks ago, two agencies under the Trump administration (the FDIC and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency) announced proposed changes to CRA, which don’t pass the smell test. According to a report by Bloomberg’s Noah Buhayar and Jesse Hamilton, one of those changes allows banks to meet their CRA obligations to the poor if they simply finance improvements to athletic stadiums in a governmentdesignated “Opportunity Zone.” Oregon Senator Ron Wyden isn’t buying the stadium scam, saying, “There are no safeguards to ensure taxpayers are not simply subsidizing handouts for billionaires, with no benefit to the low-income communities this program was supposed to help.” Wyden’s warning is, pardon the expression, right on the money. That’s because most of America’s most impoverished cities have one or more taxpayer-funded WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

sports stadiums. M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore recently completed $120 million dollars worth of improvements. Meanwhile, taxpayers in Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Minneapolis paid for stadium renovations to the tune of $424 million, $600 million, and $678 million dollars, respectively. It’s a great deal for billionaire team owners who get to hold onto their wealth and, at the same time, profit from improvements to their stadium. It gives a whole new meaning to the term “home-field advantage.” To be fair, the proposed CRA regulations also give tax breaks to banks who finance new factories, something which could, in fact, benefit povertystricken areas. But it’s a stretch to believe that renovating NFL stadiums will do anything to alleviate hunger or substandard housing. As Buhayar and Hamilton noted, the proposed credit for refinancing improvements, calls into question, “whether banks can satisfy CRA obligations by funding, say, a 200foot video screen.” One thing’s for sure, though. Poor people can’t even afford the price of admission to be able to sit in a renovated stadium and see that video screen. What they can see, however, is financial assistance bypassing them, and is offered freely to billionaires who don’t need it. It’s the age-old irony that banks only lend money to people who already have money, i.e., the rich keep getting richer. But if Trump’s proposed changes to CRA are enacted, the real irony is that the banks themselves will get richer, in this case, from a tax program designed to help the poor. Instead of credit, there should be a penalty for such behavior. In football, we call it “illegal procedure.” ! JIM LONGWORTH is the host of Triad Today, airing on Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. on ABC45 (cable channel 7) and Sundays at 11 a.m. on WMYV (cable channel 15).

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Kelly McGraw, 37, of Portsmouth, England, and her husband, James, 40, have enjoyed playing pranks on each other throughout their 24year marriage. But before Christmas, as Chuck Shepherd James was plotting a way to get back at Kelly for a “dodgy” haircut she’d given him, he came up with a gloriously permanent idea: He had his thigh tattooed with a less-than-flattering photo of Kelly, asleep on a plane with her mouth gaping open, as James mocked her behind her head. “I’m one up at the moment,” James told the Sun, “but I’m also scared because I don’t know what she’s now planning.” Kelly was unforgiving: “I was horrified. I couldn’t believe it. ... We do mess about anyway, but this is on another level. ... He needs to watch his back.”


— A romney ewe living on a farm near Auckland, New Zealand, is getting some relief from an unusual problem, thanks to a clever veterinarian and a brassiere meant for humans. Rose the sheep had suffered damage to her udders when she produced a high volume of milk during her pregnancy with triplets. “When this happens,” Dr. Sarah Clews told Stuff, “the udder can hang so low that it can be traumatized on the ground.” The condition can sometimes be a cause for euthanasia, but Dr. Clews thought a bra might help lift the udders and allow them to heal. Rose’s owners eventually located a 24J maternity

bra big enough to do the job, and it worked — after two or three weeks of wearing the bra, Rose’s udders recovered enough that surgery was no longer needed. — Justin and Nissa-Lynn Parson of McKinney, Texas, were all in when their son Cayden, 12, asked for a magnifying glass for Christmas. “We thought, ‘Oh, he wants to magnify something’” to read, Nissa-Lynn told KDFW. Instead, Cayden and his brother, Ashton, used the glass to light a newspaper on fire on the family’s front porch, which soon spread to the yard, eventually destroying the lawn and some of the family’s Christmas lights. “We ran inside and started screaming,” Cayden said. The family doused the fire with “pitchers of water, blankets smothering it, sprinklers turned on, hose turned on,” Nissa-Lynn recounted, adding that now Cayden “will definitely have yard work to do once spring comes.”


In Jefferson County, Colorado, wouldbe car thief Todd Sheldon, 36, has finally admitted it’s just not the vocation for him, according to police. Fox News reported Sheldon had tried over recent weeks to steal multiple vehicles, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, but each time he was caught in the act — first by a homeowner, then by sheriff’s deputies minutes later “just down the street,” shocking the deputies by telling them, “I’m trying to steal this truck.” He was taken into custody and bonded out, but a week later, deputies responding to a report of someone trying to break into a car again found Sheldon. “I really suck at this,” Sheldon allegedly told an officer. Sheldon remained in jail as of Dec. 27.



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Poppy Leigh, 13, of Manchester, England, hoped wrapping her waist-length hair around an empty plastic water bottle and decorating it with lights like a Christmas tree atop her head would bring good cheer to her mates and teachers at Manchester Health Academy on Dec. 20. Instead, school authorities told her she had to either take the decorations off or go home. Her mom, Christie, wasn’t happy about it: “It’s just a bit of fun and Christmas cheer,” she told Metro News. But Principal Kevin Green huffed: “The Academy has the highest of expectations around uniform and teaching and learning, and ... whilst it was a remarkably creative hairstyle, it was, unfortunately, inappropriate for school.”


— As she enjoyed an Aldi mince pie in early December, caterer Angela McGill, 52, of Glasgow, Scotland, thought one bite seemed particularly “rough and really hard — I thought it was a tough piece of pastry!” she told Metro News. Instead, McGill soon realized she had swallowed her partial dentures with two false teeth. Hospital X-rays confirmed the dentures were caught halfway down her throat, but the staff advised her pulling them out would only cause more harm. It took 72 hours for the plate to pass. “It was ever so funny!” she said. “And I was really enjoying the mince pie, too.” — Sandra Smith, 59, of St. Petersburg, Florida, was cited for careless driving on Dec. 29, after crashing her 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass into a mausoleum at the Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, damaging the facades of three aboveground graves, WFLA reported. Florida Highway Patrol troopers said Smith was driving in a grass lot at the cemetery when she “failed to avoid a mausoleum on the property.” Her passenger, 63-year-old Betty Strickland, went to the hospital with critical injuries.


The newest tattoo artist in the Haji Lane area of Singapore is Lilith Siow, 12. She learned the art from her father, Joseph, who has operated a tattoo business for 20 years, reported Asia One on Dec. 30. In the past year, Lilith has tattooed at least a dozen customers, although she admitted that she was nervous at first, taking 90 minutes to complete her first. “I was afraid at the beginning. ... Once a tattoo sets, it is forever,” she said. As her confidence grows, so does her advocacy for the art: She disagrees that people with tattoos are “bad people.”


Police in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, were called Dec. 27 to the parking lot of a CVS pharmacy over a “public menace,” according to WKYT. The culprit was a “hostile chicken” that “pecked viciously” at the officers and “made some adept use of vehicles for cover” before they were able to corral it in a plastic milk crate, according to the police department’s Facebook page. Officers transferred the foul fowl to “someone who can give him more suitable accommodations,” then attended to their wounds with “some doughnut therapy.”


Japanese YouTuber Marina Fujiwara has harnessed the pain she feels when she sees couples basking in their love at the holidays and developed a sort of schadenfreudean device: a light that turns on whenever anyone breaks up on social media. Oddity Central reported on Dec. 27 that Fujiwara’s device is connected to the internet through a “bridge” and is set to light up whenever a breakup status is posted on Twitter. “I want to celebrate Christmas,” she said. “But when you see a couple in the world going on a Christmas date and doing something like that, I am attacked by a huge sense of loneliness.” While her machine is not available commercially, Fujiwara says it’s easy enough to set one up for yourself. (Check her YouTube channel for directions.)


Joan, 89, and her friend Pauline, 84, had their wishes fulfilled in early December after asking administrators at the Glastonbury Court care home in Bury St. Edmunds, England, for an attractive man with a “large chest and big biceps” to visit. Sure enough, a male stripper dressed as a fireman arrived at the home to entertain the ladies, waving his belt around his head as he danced for them. “I wish he could visit us every day!” gushed Joan to the Daily Mail. “He made me feel like I was young again.” Joan made her request through the home’s wishing tree initiative, which others have used to ask for things like a shopping trip or a day at the beach. “This isn’t the typical kind of visitor we have,” said home manager Sharlene Van Tonder, “but based on the response, he was one of the most popular.” !

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‘Justice for Millie’ seeks repeal of law allowing opossum abuse


illie is recovering from injuries suffered during her unwilling participation in the 2018 “Possum Drop” in Andrews, North Carolina. The young Clay County native Ian McDowell is even starting to trust the rescuers, who amputated her Contributor broken front leg, left untreated by her initial captors. The invasive hominids who trapped her did not require a license to so. They face no penalties for exposing their shy and nocturnal official state marsupial to crowds, loud music, bright lights and fireworks, or for allowing necrosis to develop in her shattered limb before surrendering Millie to her current care-givers. The New Year’s Eve “Possum Drop” was legally sanctioned in 2015. After a lawsuit threatened to end the event, legislators passed North Carolina General Statute § 113-291.13, Application of wildlife laws to opossums, making the litigation moot. According to that statute, state laws regarding “the capture, captivity, treatment, or release of wildlife” do not apply to the Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) “between the dates of December 29 of each year and January 2 of each subsequent year.” The bill was sponsored by Roger West, the Republican representative for District 120, who was first elected in 2001 and retired in 2016 at the age of 69. Supported in the House by Republican Jon Hardister (District 56) and opposed by Democrat Pricey Harrison (District 61), it passed the NC House 92-23 and the Senate 38-9. That state law allows cruelty to opossums for five days each year received national attention in articles such as INDY Week’s “Why does North Carolina hate Opossums?” Then the “Justice for Millie” movement organized by Animal Help Now collected over 100,000 electronic signatures on its Change.Org petition “Repeal North Carolina’s ‘Be Cruel to Opossums’ Law.” As of Jan. 7, the signature count was 347, 398. The Boulder-based Animal Help Now is a project of the nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization Animal Watch. YES! Weekly YES! WEEKLY

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reached out to the organization in December but waited until the sanctioned period was over to publish this article, in order not to “advertise” the temporary legality of cruelty to opossums. Millie’s supporters and care-givers hope the law will be repealed by the end of 2020. Clay County’s annual Possum Drop was first organized in 1990 by Clay Logan, Clay County commissioner and proprietor of the Clay’s Corner convenience store in Brasstown. For the next 27 years, a plexiglass pyramid containing a live opossum was lowered from the roof of the store at midnight on New Year’s Eve. The festivities included bluegrass and a “Miss Possum Queen” contest. When the store closed in 2018, the celebration was moved to Andrews. This was the event in which Millie was captured in the trap that injured her leg. She is now living with Beth Sparks, director of The Opossum’s Pouch Sanctuary, Rescue and Rehabilitation in South Carolina. “Millie is doing remarkably well,” Sparks


Millie on Jan. 11, 2019, shortly after surgery to amputate her leg told YES! Weekly. “She has a two-story enclosure, and she goes up and down her walking ladder well, if slower without her leg.” Sparks revealed the name of Millie’s veterinarian but asked for it to not be published, stating that the vet has received threats on social media from some supporters of the Possum Drop. According to Sparks, the vet called Millie’s injuries “consistent with those caused by leg hold traps and snares” and stated the animal “suffered both prolonged loss of circulation to her left front paw and a broken bone in her left front leg.” Sparks also said Millie is not the first opossum to be injured in the event. “I received the last four with the help of a local lady who gained Clay Logan’s trust. Capture Myopathy [a non-infectious disease of wild and domestic animals in which muscle damage results from extreme exertion, struggle, or stress] was found in the other three, as well as Dermal Septic Necrosis, “a staph-type bacteria that develop during times of


exhilarated stress and takes weeks to get under control.” Sparks said she believes that most of the opossums released into the wild before she started rescuing them quickly died. “One year, they injured one’s eye and refused her vet treatment.” “Many people seem to be under the illusion that the opossum is ‘treated like a king,’ but that’s not true,” Elena Rizzo told YES! Weekly. Rizzo is a Class II RVS Certified wildlife rehabilitator who worked as an epidemiologist for the New York State Department of Health’s Bureau of Communicable Disease Control before joining Animal Help Now as Research Director and Rehabilitator Liaison. “It is impossible not to harm an opossum trapped from the wild, kept caged for days, and suspended above a crowd.” Rizzo said that the recent Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT) does not prohibit what Millie experienced. “People are under the impression the new Federal law is broader than it really is.”

As the New York Times reported, PACT expands a 2010 law signed by President Barack Obama banning videos of animals being crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled or subjected to other forms of torture, and makes intentional and extreme cruelty a federal offense. However cruel Millie’s treatment, it was neither intentional nor extreme enough to fall under that law. A “Justice for Millie Fact Sheet” released by Animal Help Now describes the annual Possum Drop as beginning with the capture of a wild opossum via a leghold trap, snare, or hounds several days before the event, exposing the animal to humans (“who are viewed by opossums as predators”), and caging the opossum in a plexiglass box which is hoisted into the air around 10 p.m. on Dec. 31 “regardless of temperature or weather.” The cage is suspended “above a stage surrounded by a noisy crowd, while loud music is played, and fireworks are shot off.” This description is consistent with

what can be seen in the YouTube video “Eyewitness Footage of the 2018 Possum Drop.” According to the fact sheet, the ceremony concludes “by haphazardly lowering the animal onto the stage during the raucous countdown at midnight and then, either irresponsibly releasing the traumatized opossum back into the wild or handing her over to wildlife rehabilitators so they can attempt to address emotional trauma (the event almost always results in a compromised immune system, for example) and treat any physical trauma and then, if possible, return her to the wild.” Animal Help Now co-founder and executive director David Crawford told YES! Weekly that some misconceptions have been spread in recent articles such as the Dec. 31 CNN report “North Carolina town ends New Year’s Eve Possum Drop tradition.” “Media outlets are tending to conflate Andrews and Brasstown. We doubt Andrews will have another opossum ‘drop,’

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but we know the urge to abuse opossums is alive and well in Brasstown,” wrote Crawford in a recent email, to which he attached a screenshot of an openmouthed man in a cowboy hat holding a large opossum by its tail. On Jan. 1, the same screenshot was posted to the Facebook group Justice for Millie Stop the Live Possum Drop Brasstown NC with the following text: On January 1, 2020, public figure Luke Logan updated his Facebook profile with this photo of himself abusing an opossum. Logan’s family created North Carolina’s cruel opossum ‘drop.’ Holding an opossum by the tail will stress the animal and may break bones or damage tissue. It is a MYTH that opossums hang by their tails, with the exception of some baby opossums, and even they will hang only for a second for two. An opossum’s tail is prehensile. Females use it to help carry their babies. All opossums use their tails for balance, which is critical, as opossums live in trees. An YES! WEEKLY

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injured tail puts an opossum at risk for further injury or even death. “The only reason the event was held in Andrews was because Clay Logan was closing his store, which is where the event was held in Brasstown,” continued Crawford in his email to YES! Weekly. “Now that the store has reopened, the chances of the event happening there again have increased substantially. And the Logans have indicated they might resume the event someday.” Crawford alleged that the Logan family “told us they might continue to have a ‘private’ opossum ‘drop.’ We are, of course, opposed to the event, whether public or private.” Crawford stressed that the law created to allow this remains on the books. “The bottom line is, this thing won’t be over - and opossums won’t get the year-round protections they once enjoyed and obviously need - until the legislature overturns SL 2015-73.” According to Crawford, Jan. 11 will be

the anniversary of Millie’s amputation. Due to the unlikelihood of a three-legged opossum being able to survive in the wild, she will remain at The Opossum’s Pouch Sanctuary for the rest of her life. Opossum’s Pouch director Beth Sparks told YES! Weekly that Millie is now somewhere between 19 and 21 months old, meaning she was about eight months old when captured. She weighed 3.2 pounds before her amputation and now weighs 7.1 pounds. She’s fed 1/4-cup of dry cat and dog food every other day, supplemented two to three times a week with salmon, shrimp, or oysters because opossums need Taurine due to heart issues as they age. Once a week, she gets 1/4-cup of baked chicken, as well as cheese, spinach, kale, broccoli, and other leafy vegetables; opossums need calciumenriched foods because their bodies do not naturally produce the mineral-like those of other mammals. She also gets a variety of fruit. Sparks said her favorite foods include avocados and bananas.

North Carolina House Republican majority whip John Hardister told YES! Weekly that, although he voted for the law in 2015, he has reconsidered. “A concern was raised back then which I’ve come to feel is valid, even though I had mixed feelings at the time because you don’t necessarily want to change a tradition meant for fun and family. But things can go wrong, and it sounds like something did in this case. I believe that the folks involved with the opossum drop mean well, but as was said at the time, there could be other private drops that take place, and there could be some bad actors out there, and even if there are no bad actors, you still have mistakes. If it comes up for discussion, I would certainly support repealing the law.” ! 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.


Woman left cats, entire estate to SPCA of the Triad Kathy Sterling and Tabatha Godwin want people who love cats, dogs, antiques, collectibles, second-hand goods, furniture and bargains to know about the estate sale the SPCA of the Triad Ian McDowell is holding in WinstonSalem this Thursday, Contributor Friday and Saturday. “This weekend looks like a good time to check out some cool stuff and help some animals,” Godwin told YES! Weekly. Sterling is the vice president of the SPCA of the Triad, and Godwin is her assistant. Both are very grateful to the late WinstonSalem resident who recently willed everything she owned to their organization (Sterling asked YES! to not to print the deceased’s name in order to protect the privacy of her family). “We are, of course, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit,” Sterling said, “and the only no-kill shelter in the Triad area. That is exactly why she chose us as the beneficiary of her estate because she had three cats that she Baby


wanted to be sure were placed in loving homes. When her brother, who was her executor, reached out to us, we went over and picked up her cats and have gotten them all homes.” Sterling said that their benefactor gave the SPCA of the Triad more than her house and the custody of her beloved feline companions. “She was nice enough to give us not just her home, but everything inside it, basically her entire estate, which is wonderful. We are actually in a fundraising campaign right now. We own 11 acres that we’ve purchased this past year, and we are trying to build a new shelter. So, for us, this is just really game-changing, and something we would love for other people to consider doing with their estates.” Sterling described the home as a ranch house and said she was amazed when she first saw its contents. “She was a collector of just about everything you can name, I mean it, everything! Complete sets of four different china patterns, lots of crystal, and the most unbelievable amount of costume jewelry anybody has ever seen.” Sterling emphasized that her organization’s benefactor was no hoarder, but a discerning and careful curator who kept beautiful, interesting and often rare Bitty

things in good condition. “She was really smart and knew valuable stuff when she saw it, such as the vintage hand-painted decoy duck. She really had an eye for knowing what was valuable, so we now have an enormous amount of tchotchke stuff for sale, as well as furnishings, including nine great sofas. It’s not a huge house, but she really had it appointed.” Godwin called it “a blessing in the form of tragedy.” The only condition was that the SPCA find forever-homes for Bitty, Sammy and Baby. Godwin described the cats as being of different ages and personalities but said that all three were sweet and beautiful and that all are all now homed and happy, living with people who love them. “Bitty, a beautiful long-haired cat, was only about 2 and extremely outgoing. Sammy, the tuxedo cat, is about 5 and needed to warm up to you. Then there was Baby, an older tabby, who did not like being in our center at all! She had an issue with her teeth, and we had to have some medical treatment done for her, but she’s fine now.” All proceeds from the estate sale will go toward the Capital Campaign for the facility. “The current shelter is in such disrepair,”

Godwin said, “and only able to hold up to 60 animals— 30 cats and 30 dogs—so it is imperative for our community to have a new and larger no-kill shelter. The SPCA has been able to purchase 11 acres of land very close to their current location. So, with this estate and sale, they are hoping to get the building started in 2020.” Sterling and Godwin both said that they hope this sets an example for others in the Triad, who may be wondering what to do with their pets, homes and property when they pass on. “By leaving their estate to the SPCA,” Godwin said, “they are providing medical care, forever homes and refuge to homeless animals in our community.” Sterling emphasized that the SPCA accepts all donations and will be glad to help anyone who would like to speak with someone about how they can help the animals. The Estate Sale is located at 4025 Yarborough Ave. in Winston-Salem and will start Thursday, Jan. 9, and run through Jan. 11. The hours are 1-6 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. ! IAN MCDOWELL is the author of two published novels, numerous anthologized short stories, and a whole lot of nonfiction and journalism, some of which he’s proud of and none of which he’s ashamed of.


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Glass Mansions play Greensboro South Carolina electro-pop duo have plenty of hooks, gritty synth sounds


lass Mansions are an electro-pop duo from Columbia, South Carolina. But they may not be calling South Carolina their home base for long. John Adamian The pair, singer Jayna @adamianjohn Doyle and multi-instrumentalist Blake Arambula spoke Contributor with me by phone last week about their music, about writing and recording as a duo, and about the mysteries of pop hooks. They play a show at Lucky’s in Greensboro on Jan. 10. Doyle and Arambula have spent a lot of time over the past couple of years touring the country. In addition to bringing their music to new audiences, fine-tuning their live shows, and paying dues, those thousands of miles logged also served as a vague “scouting” trips, taking stock of other cities and their music communities, according to the two, who said they might be relocating in 2020. “Being in the South, with the type of music we make, I can be a little provocative,” Doyle said. It’s strange to think that in 2020, some energetic pop music might seem confrontational or too in-your-face, but it is a weird world out there now. The disconnect might be more extreme than ever between the lives we live online, in our streaming entertainment bubbles, and the routines we live going about our day-to-day worlds. Glass Mansions songs are about the joys of cutting loose, the importance of not holding back, the dangers of self-censorship, and the complications that arise with intimacy, the ways that being who we are can sometimes get us into trouble. With pared-down beats, wiry guitar riffs and gnarly synth-bass sounds, the music of Glass Mansions serves as a sleek and shiny surface for Doyle to execute her strong vocal hooks about pushing the moment past the mundane. “I wanna feel like I’m swimming in the night, not just floating in the here and now,” she sings on the catchy “Night Swimming.” Doyle expresses a similar sentiment when she sings, “Letting go is so much YES! WEEKLY

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fun,” on the equally hooky “If You Need Me, Don’t.” Some music sounds very much like it’s of the place where it comes from — the Ramones sound like New York City. The Carter Family sound like the mountains of western Virginia. Al Green sounds like Memphis. Townes Van Zandt sounds like Texas. The Grateful Dead sound like San Francisco, etc. But some music doesn’t leave a lot of fingerprints as clues to where it comes from. I expect most people don’t say “they’re from South Carolina,” or even “they’re from the South,” when they first hear Glass Mansions. It could just be that synth-pop is inherently rootless, or maybe that it tends to suggest an urban origin: music made with machines, meant for night clubs. It’s a style that’s more about circuitry than soil. The music of South Carolina has been on a lot of people’s minds recently. The Oxford American published its annual Southern Music issue at the end of 2019. Each year, for about a decade or so now, the issue focuses on the music of a different southern state. This year the issue was devoted to the music of South Carolina. There were essays on artists like Jump, Little Children (who have ties to Winston-Salem, and who played in the area recently), on the blues guitar giant Rev. Gary Davis, on eclectic singer and performer Eartha Kitt, on Shovels & Rope and on numerous others. Also, from Columbia, unclassifiable indie-music maker Toro Y Moi was featured in the issue. One

of the subjects that came up was about the geography of South Carolina, and the peculiar ways that certain cities can get ignored when it comes to national acts and touring circuits. This can be a drag for people living in a city that gets bypassed by bands from out of town. But it can also foster a spirit of independence and a climate of music-making that’s uncomplicated by fickle trends. Before Glass Mansions, Doyle and Arambula were in a more emo-ish outfit called the Death of Paris. And when they started Glass Mansions, the project was more along the lines of a traditional rock band — with guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. But as the two wanted to focus on touring, the logic of being a two-piece became more compelling. “As we came from having a full band to a duo, that put a lot more responsibility on us to do more,” Arambula said. “It was kind of a welcome challenge at first. By now, we’ve figured out the best approach to making it all come together.” The music sounds like it may have benefited from being boiled down to its compact two-person essence, without a lot of clutter to distract from the melodic appeal of Doyle’s singing. Without being forced to come up with parts for four musicians, the writing became more about what made the material move with maximum energy. “The songs can be more intentional,” Arambula said. “And in a way, they can be more focused.”

Doyle and Arambula are obviously students of pop chemistry. One can sometimes hear a connection to artists like Robyn, Annie, early Paula Abdul, or the more angsty side of Kelly Clarkson. One gets the feeling they’ve thought a fair bit about the architecture of hits by artists like Katy Perry or Taylor Swift. “Jayna and I have always been superobsessed with what makes a pop song,” Arambula said. To which Doyle adds: “But we never go to the drawing board with any of that in mind.” There’s a new Glass Mansions EP that’s basically finished and set for release. Doyle said it’s a new chapter to the duo, one that addresses the hyper-availability of music in people’s lives and the ways that pop pleasures have to compete with shrinking attention spans. “There’s a certain A.D.D. kind of vibe that people have,” Doyle said. “We just finished a song that’s only like two minutes long.” ! JOHN ADAMIAN lives in Winston-Salem, and his writing has appeared in Wired, The Believer, Relix, Arthur, Modern Farmer, the Hartford Courant and numerous other publications.



See Glass Mansions at Lucky’s Skate Shop & Lounge, 2216 Patterson St., Greensboro, on Friday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. (336) 676-4483




Ringing in the Roarin’ 2020s with The Avett Brothers BY MELANIE LEONARD It was the perfect set-up for the end to an unforgettable decade with The Greensboro Coliseum hosting The Avett Brothers for New Year’s Eve. I’m pretty sure most of the North Carolina population had their minds blown. The Avett Brothers are North Carolina-natives who started out in a dusty garage, performing mostly in Charlotte for years until they became a household name in the early 2000s. From knee-slapping jams such as “High Steppin’” to head-swaying ballads such as “Murder in the City,” The Avett Brothers found a way to become loved by many. As usual, I arrived extra early at the popular Greensboro venue, which was great because I was able to experience the energy of the parking lot. Laughing people of all demographics surrounded almost every vehicle, which blared the fans’ favorite songs they were hoping to hear live that night. Having a media pass doesn’t always get you special VIP treatment when it

comes to big-name bands, and most tend to ignore you—but not these guys! Their laughter was contagious, and they were genuinely fun and friendly. When they finally got ready to start their set, my ears were ringing with applause and squeals from the crowd. Within moments, the Coliseum was alive as we approached the New Year. The crowd-favorite was definitely the cellist, Joe Kwon. Korean-born and High Point-raised, this gifted musician spent most of his upcoming years as a busboy and a self-proclaimed guacamole expert. Kwon stole the spotlight intermittently with his sophisticated instrument, bringing a sense of awe to this band’s folk-rock sound. I was pleasantly surprised to go into 2020 with amazing music and a happy crowd of people while balloons and confetti fell from the sky. New Year’s Eve with The Avett Brothers was the best New Year’s Eve “party” I have ever gotten to experience and would love to see this become a tradition in the band’s home state. !

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218 South Fayetteville St. | 336.610.3722 Jan 10: The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers Jan 18: Matt Walsh Jan 19: The Randolph Jazz Band Jan 25: Brother Oliver Jan 31: William Nesmith Feb 1: Tyler Millard



2700 E Independence Blvd | 704.372.3600 Feb 14: 3rd Annual Queen city Blues Festival Feb 22: ABBA Feb 22: lauren Daigle Feb 28: Josh Gates Feb 29: Dancing with the Stars: live! 2020 Tour Mar 6: The Steeldrivers Mar 21: Winter Jam


former Uptown Amphitheatre 820 Hamilton St | 704.549.5555 May 8: AJR May 24: Russ Jun 24: Good Vibes Summer Tour 2020 Aug 13: David Gray


1000 NC Music Factory Blvd | 704.916.8970 Jan 16: The Disco Biscuits Jan 17: Grace potter Jan 18: Badfish - A Tribute to Sublime Jan 24: The Devil Makes Three Jan 25: Matoma & Two Friends Feb 1: Who’s Bad Feb 5: Raphael Saadiq Feb 6: Greensky Bluegrass


2700 E Independence Blvd | 704.372.3600 Mar 6: The Steeldrivers Mar 7: celtic Woman


707 Pavilion Blvd | 704.549.1292 May 29: The lumineers Jun 2: Ozzy Osbourne Aug 8: Journey w/ pretenders


333 E Trade St | 704.688.9000 Jan 21: celine Dion Jan 30: chance The Rapper Feb 1: Toby Mac Feb 7: Andrea Bocelli Feb 21: Marc Anthony


820 Hamilton St, Charlotte | 704.916.8970 Jan 10: Shoot To Thrill Jan 11: Sugar Jan 17: case Jan 18: The Dead South Jan 19: American Authors & Magic Giant Jan 24: Ripe National Jan 30: Mt. Joy


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309 W Morgan St | 919.560.3030 Jan 17: Travis Tritt Jan 18: Motown Throwdown Tribute Jan 21: Three Dog Night Jan 23: Jake Shimabukuro Feb 6: The Fab Four - The Ultimate Tribute


123 Vivian St | 919.680.2787 Jan 26: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Feb 6: The Black Jacket Symphony presents Journey’s Escape plus Greatest hits Feb 7: Nashville Songwriters





129 W Main St | 336.258.8240 Jan 10: Travis Meadows Jan 11: Wayne henderson + presley Barker Jan 17: Ward Davis Jan 25: The Travelin’ Mccourys

6000 Meadowbrook Mall Ct | 336.448.5330 Jan 10: Whiskey Mic Jan 11: Jukebox Rehab Jan 25: Stereo Doll Jan 31: Dueling pianos

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2900 Patterson St #A | 336.632.9889 Jan 10: 1-2-3 Friday


523 S Elm St | 336.271.2686 Jan 10: DJ Dan the Player Jan 11: DJ Paco and DJ Dan the Player

BARN DINNER THEATRE 120 Stage Coach Tr. | 336.292.2211 Feb 1: Mahalia Mar 7: 9 to 5 Apr 4: Beehive: The 60’s Musical May 1: Motherhood The Musical


505 N. Greene St Jan 10: Poundcake Jan 17: William Nesmith Jan 24: Dave Moran Jan 31: The Hedrick’s Feb 7: Jeff and Kathy Brooks Feb 14: Craig Baldwin Feb 21: Bruce Drake


1819 Spring Garden St | 336.272.9888 Jan 11: Shun The Raven Jan 16: Allen Mack Myers Moore feat. Zach Myers Shinedown Jan 17: Smashat Jan 18: Cosmic Charlie Jan 19: Too Many Zooz w/ Birocratic Jan 20: Who Got Da Streetz Mgt, DSA Entertainment, & Maejor Media presents New Music Monday 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 3: Spafford with CBDB Feb 7: The Cadillac Three Feb 8: Perpetual Groove Feb 14: Morgan Heritage Feb 15: Moon Hooch Feb 16: Lucero w/ Jade Jackson Feb 18: Pepper


310 S. Greene Street | 336.333.2605 Jan 19: Mipso Jan 19: Pearl & The Charlotte Holding Company WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM


1700 Spring Garden St | 336.272.5559 Jan 9: Live Thursdays


1126 S Holden Rd | 336.333.1034 Jan 9: WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley Jan 10: Mark Gregory Jan 11: Mark Gregory Jan 16: Four Corners of Comedy Jan 17: The Tennessee Tramp Jan 18: The Tennessee Tramp Jan 24: Tony Tone Jan 25: Tony Tone Jan 31: Will Jacobs Feb 1: Will Jacobs

COMMON GROUNDS 11602 S Elm Ave | 336.698.388 Jan 13: Cesar Jan 18: Bruce Piephoff


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


221 Summit Ave | 336.501.3967 Jan 10: No One Mind w. Jenny Besetzt, Humanize Jan 11: The Sun God w. Lofield, Tide Eyes Jan 17: Bob Fleming & The Cambria Iron Co. Jan 18: Distant Future w. GSO, Toothsome Jan 24: Totally Slow Jan 25: The Shoaldiggers w. Emily Stewart, Chuck Mountain Feb 1: J. Timber (Full Band) Feb 8: Sam Frazier & The Side Effects Feb: Viva La Muerte Feb: Run Home Jack w. Janet Flights, Dead Casual, Windley, Condado Feb: Shiloh Hill

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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



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1111 Coliseum Blvd | 336.265.8600 Jan 10: Todd Eric Verts Jan 11: Josh Watson Jan 17: Rodney Allen Brady Jan 18: Sentimental Johnny 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


348 South Elm St | 336.510.9678 Jan 9: Songs From the Road Band Jan 10: Wyatt Edmondson Jan 11: Jakobs Ferry Stragglers 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


502 N. Greene St | 336.274.2699 Jan 17: dusty Cagle & Zo Myers Jan 30: Pedro Gonzalez & Andrew Orolfo Feb 1: Family Friendly Improv Feb 13: Hacksaw Jim duggan Feb 21: Jeremy Essig

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221 N Main St. | 336.497.4822 Jan 10: Gipsy danger Jan 24: Brothers Pearl


734 E Mountain St. | 336.671.9159 Jan 11: FM Reprise Jan 22: Griggs and Lazare Open Jam Jan 25: Marcus Horth Band Feb 1: TAB (Tyndall, Allen, & Blocker) Feb 5: Jammin with Julian

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191 Lowes Foods Dr | 336.747.3059 Jan 10: Karaoke Jan 11: Cumberland drive Jan 17: Karaoke Jan 18: Stoned Rangers 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



101 S. Fayetteville St | 336.622.3844 Jan 11: The Legacy Motown Revue Jan 18: Ronnie Mcdowell Jan 25: Confederate Railroad Feb 8: Little Texas Feb 22: dailey & Vincent Feb 29: Stephen Freeman



3801 Rock Quarry Rd | 919.821.4111 Jun 2: The Lumineers


126 E. Cabarrus St | 919.831.6400 Jan 10: Who’s Bad Jan 11: The Shakedown performs Yacht Rock Jan 12: david Bromberg Quintet Jan 15: The disco Biscuits Jan 16: Badfish - A Tribute To Sublime Jan 16: Grace Porter Jan 17: Turkuaz w/ Neal Francis


Jan 18: Citizen Cope 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 Zeppelin Experience Feb 8: ZOSO - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience Feb 14: Heartbreaker Ball feat: Nantucket, Driver, Ashley LaRue Band Feb 15: Before We Begin World Tour: Eric Nam, Phoebe Ryan Feb 16: Y&T Feb 21: Railroad Earth

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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 Mar 20: Michael Bublé Mar 22: Winter Jam 2020 May 19: JoJo Siwa Aug 1: Harry Styles



408 West 4th St | 336.331.3431 Jan 11: Barefoot Modern Jan 17: Easy Honey Jan 18: My Brother Skyler 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

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FOOTHiLLS BREWiNG 638 W 4th St | 336.777.3348 Jan 8: Hazy Ridge Jan 12: Sunday Jazz Jan 15: The Local Boys Jan 18: Souljam Jan 19: Sunday Jazz

Jan 13: Moodswing Monday w/ Martha Bassett Jan 14: Branford Marsalis Quartet Jan 18: The Three’s Company Tour 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


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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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11141 Old US Hwy 52, Suite 10 | 336.793.4218 Jan 10: Oldskool Jan 11: Barefoot Boyz Jan 14: MMH Honkey Tonk House Band Jan 17: Branded Jan 18: Sammy Turner and the Dirty South Band Jan 21: MMH Honky Tonk House Band Jan 24: Jimmy Shirley Jr. and the Footlights Jan 25: Crossfire Jan 28: MMH Honky Tonk House Band Jan 31: Barefoot Boyz

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630 S Stratford Rd | 336.768.2221 Jan 12: Live Jazz


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[LEO (July 23 to August 22) Romance looms large over the Leonine aspect. Single Lions looking for love should find Cupid very cooperative. Paired Cats can expect a renewed closeness in their relationships.

[SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Music is a dominant theme for Sagittarians right now, and it should remind you to make a greater effort to restore some much-needed harmony in that very special relationship.

[ARIES (March 21 to April 19) That lower-than-acceptable performance you’re getting from others in your group might be the result of miscommunication. If so, correct it before serious problems arise later on.

[VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Making contact with a former colleague might not be high on your list of priorities. But it could pay off personally as well as professionally. Avoid bringing up any negatives about the past.

[CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Although family matters might demand much of the Sea Goat’s attention this week, you’ll want to try to make time to handle those all-important workplace situations as well.

[TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) An unexpected situation could call for a change of plans. If so, you might feel that this is unfair. But it’s best to make the needed adjustments now. There’ll be time later for rescheduling.

[LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A personal relationship could face added stress because of a situation involving someone close to both of you. Be supportive and, above all, try to avoid playing the blame game.

[AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A recurring unresolved issue might need to be revisited before you can move forward. Consider asking someone familiar with the situation to act as an impartial counselor.

[GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) The new year brings opportunities you might want to look into. Some might be more interesting than others. But take time to look at all of them before you make any decisions.

[SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You might well find some lingering uncertainties about a decision. If so, take that as a warning that you might not be ready to make that move yet. More study would be in order.

[PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Ignore pressure to make a decision. Keeping your options open is still the wisest course, at least until you’re sure you’ve learned all you need to know about the matter at hand.

[CANCER (June 21 to July 22) It’s a good idea to be careful about expenses until you’ve worked out that pesky financial problem. You might find it advisable to get some solid advice on how to proceed. © 2020 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


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


Women are so mean. I’m the new girl at work, having started my job two weeks ago. Yesterday, I had a date after work, so I wore my date outfit to the office. It wasn’t scanAmy Alkon dalous, but it was a little sexier than my Advice usual workwear. I was in a bathroom Goddess stall, and I overheard two female co-workers talking about me: mean, nasty, catty talk. And really, my outfit was not terribly revealing. Why are women so awful to one another? —Upset Imagine if there’d been three women in the Garden of Eden — one wearing a fig leaf a little on the small side and two to ostracize her for flirting with the snake. Welcome to Putdownapalooza! This sort of catty little gossip fest is a female specialty — an underhanded form of aggression against women who dare to commandeer male eyeballs. For women, competition for mates is a beauty contest. (Sorry, but Miss Congeniality doesn’t cut it.) While it’s good to be a good-looking man, for men, appearance just doesn’t matter as much as it does for women. Because women get pregnant and left with mouths to feed, women evolved to prioritize finding a “provider” — a man who’s willing and able to commit resources — over landing some Mr. Adonis.

Men know this, having co-evolved with women. They’re more likely to dis each other and also trash each other to the ladies over how much money they make than, say, how tight their pants are. In short, if you’re an ugly millionaire, it’s best if you’re a man. However, if you’re a hot barista or pizza delivery person, you’ll still get plenty of dates — if you’re a woman. Because men evolved to prioritize physical appearance in mates, women will band together to punish other women for wearing skimpy, revealing clothes or just for being physically attractive. Women seem to recognize that other women do this. Research by social psychologist Jaimie Arona Krems suggests that women tend to dress defensively — wear less revealing clothes and dampen their attractiveness — when they’ll be around other women that they aren’t already friends with. Prior research (by psychologist Joyce Benenson, among others) finds that girls and women tend to be vicious to newcomers in a way boys and men are not. For women, there generally seem to be “costs from incorporating a female newcomer,” Krems explained to me. The women we already know — “even those we can have some conflict with — may be less competitive with us. At times, their gains can be our gains. And very often, female friends protect one another” — sometimes from other women’s aggression. “In fact, we might even dress a little more revealingly ... when we’re with our female friends than when we’re heading out alone ... perhaps because our friends have our backs.”

As for you, knowing this, when you’re going to be around women you aren’t yet friends with, you might want to take it down a notch in sexy or wait till you’re leaving work to slinky it up. Remember, as Michelle Obama said, “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish” — for example, hacking into the new office hottie’s LinkedIn and promoting her to “Vice President of Lap Dances.”


I’m a gay man, and I’ve developed a crush on my best friend, despite his not being my type at all. He’s very confident, and I kind of want to be him. I have many insecurities, and a mutual friend suggested what I really find attractive is how my best friend knows everything about me and accepts me anyway. The more I think about it, the more I suspect our mutual friend is right. —Wrong Reasons? Ideally, the process of feeling good about yourself is not modeled on siphoning somebody’s gas. There’s a key word in “self-acceptance” — a big how-to clue — and it’s “self.” Self-acceptance involves your embrac-

ing your whole self — all of your qualities and characteristics, positive and negative. Psychologist Nathaniel Branden explained, “’Accepting’ does not necessarily mean ‘liking’” or that there’s no need for improvement. It means recognizing you’re a package deal, and you can’t have the good stuff about you (like, say, your kindness) without the stuff that needs improvement (like how your housekeeping style is right out of Better Landfills and Dumpsters). To crank up self-acceptance, recognize that it’s not just a feeling but an action — something you do: deciding to like yourself (and even love yourself) as a human work in progress. When you do the job of accepting yourself, you no longer need to slot somebody in as a romantic partner simply because they don’t find you repellant. (If the neighbors file a complaint about the noise from your bedroom, it ideally isn’t because you spend hours weeping inconsolably after sex.) ! 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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