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Maybe a trip to Hawaii is currently out of reach for you… and your budget. In that case, we’re both in the same boat. But if you’re craving the laid-back summer days and some authentic island food, you’re in luck. ZC HAWAIIAN BBQ, located at 2224 Golden Gate Rd. 10 Tip-toeing into Greensboro in the predawn hours with an entourage of 30, the “PRE-FAB FOUR” was accompanied by an unlikely opening act, THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE. No doubt the oddest pairing in music history, one the legendary guitarist likened it to, “Putting Dracula with Snow White.” 11 Backed by such heavy-hitting executive producers Steven Soderbergh, Errol Morris and Rosanne Cash, filmmaker Eugene Jarecki – no slouch himself (an Emmy, a Peabody, and two Sundance awards) – embarks on a journey to re-discover America in THE KING... 12 Some people know they want to be in a band before they know how to play an instrument or have any sense of what kind of music they even want to make. LAVENDER MILK was a little like that. The duo, from Southern YES! WEEKLY

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WHAT: Cirque Italia is now presenting: PARANORMAL CIRQUE! Do you love thrilling, wicked, sexy, or even dangerous things? Be ready to escape to a new world! Paranormal Cirque will expose you to a unique creation of combined theatre, circus, and cabaret with a new European style flare. Cirque Italia is now presenting a brand-new show for a mature audience! This innovative horror story features different shades of sexy and an incomparable storyline. WHEN: 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. 421 27th St NW, Winston-Salem. MORE: $10-50 tickets.

WHAT: The GSO City Market is a downtown open air market featuring the best and brightest of the Triad of North Carolina. This year’s art and music programming is provided by the College of Visual and Performing Arts at UNCG. Fresh food to enjoy featuring some of the best local farmers, brewers, bakers, food trucks and more. Interesting people doing interesting things. The very best in local craftsman, artists, makers, pickers and entrepreneurs. WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: Forge Greensboro. 219 West Lewis Street, Greensboro. MORE: Free event.

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Before talking to Mike Kerkado, the co-owner of Cold Fusion Pops, the only “guilt-free frozen treat” that came to mind was ice cubes. Mike(who is in charge of the finances) along with his wife Margarita (production and recipe creator) and their teenage daughter Natalie (social media marketing) started their own handmade popsicle business that is vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free. “That is a way of life for us,” he said. “Every time we go to the grocery store, the first thing we do is we start looking at the ingredients. And we are basically shocked, it used to be a couple of ingredients 25 years ago and now it is like a paragraph that you can’t even pronounce. It is packed with calories, it is packed with sugar. You have that guilt that what you are eating is 200, 300 calories and it is just full of junk and chemicals. Basically, that is why we started doing this.” He said the business started when Margarita’s homemade pops became an instant success at dinner parties. Cold Fusion Pops began in April and now, it operates in Greensboro’s Out of the Garden Project’s shared kitchen. “We are very grateful for the opportunity that they provide for us to start a business,” he said. Mike said 90 percent of the pop’s ingredients come from local farms (namely the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market). The 10 percent of nonlocal ingredients are certified by the Rainforest Alliance, an international alliance of sustainable and fair-trade farmers. Mike boasts that each pop contains four or five ingredients as well as 60-70 calories. The name idea came from the “nerdy” family’s love of science. Mike said he is an environmental health and emergency management consultant and a firefighter at Colfax Fire Department, Margarita is a nutritionist in her home country and a guidance counselor at a university in Greensboro, and Natalie is 16 and wants to be an aeronautical engineer. The popsicle flavors include the flagship cucumber mint flavor, margarita, pina colada, Miami mango, spicy mango, WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

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spicy pineapple, Arnold Palmer, chocolate, peach melba, peaches and cream, coconut and fudge (for a limited time only). “We are doing events or festivals or private events, summer camp, corporate meetings, we do not have a storefront yet,” Mike said. “We are currently installing mini-chest freezers for yoga studios, dance studios, small gyms and beauty salons for a spa experience.” For the beginning of fall, the essential pumpkin spice flavored pop will make its debut with Cold Fusion Pops. “It is not because she is my wife, but everything she touches she does good things with it,” Mike said of Margarita’s recipes and flavor combinations. For a limited time, the Kerkados are offering free delivery and set up in the Triad to get their name out in the community. Mike said customization is available for the wrappers of the pops, also a free service offered for a limited time only. Just send them a hi-res jpeg or pdf of the logo or personalization request with the order. To place your order, visit the website www.coldfusionpops.com/contact and follow them on Facebook (ColdFusionPops), Twitter and Instagram (@ ColdFusionPops) or give them a call at (336) 448-4447. !

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aybe a trip to Hawaii is currently out of reach for you… and your budget. In that case, we’re both in the same boat. But if you’re craving the Jennifer Zeleski laid-back summer days and some authentic island Contributor food, you’re in luck. ZC Hawaiian BBQ, located at 2224 Golden Gate Dr. in Greensboro, will have you kicking up your feet and buttoning up your favorite tropical shirt in no time. Just do us all a favor and leave the coconut bra at home this time. When I first heard about ZC Hawaiian BBQ, my boyfriend Peyton, listed off everything that was piled high on his plate, with scoops of rice, spiced meat and macaroni salad. Nathan, his fellow food-loving friend whom he frequented

the restaurant with, kept it as his own “remote destination” if you will, and I would always follow up by asking Peyton when it was our turn to give it a try. With the July weather and a subtle desire to get lost on an island, it took little convincing that it was time for us to experience it together, island picnic food and all. So we strapped on our seat belts rather than loaded up our luggage and went on our way to what I hoped would be a hidden paradise. Welcomed by a wall covered in faded and well-loved Hawaiian shirts, and another that featured a hula skirt and a Hawaiian license plate, I knew we were in just the right place. The menu has a variety of options that will cater to any traveler’s palate, offering entrees such as beef curry or garlic mahimahi, shrimp tempura and even poke, one of the newest raw-fish food trends. The lunch platters are available all day, and are self-proclaimed the “best plate lunches.” Ranging from just over $6 to no more than $10, I had to agree with them once I saw the portions of food being

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served up behind the counter. Keeping with the tropical theme, I decided on the Hawaiian pineapple chicken in the regular size, which came with two scoops of white rice and a small side of macaroni salad. Peyton went for his normal go-to, the Atkin’s BBQ plate which included barbecue chicken, a barbecue short rib, barbecue beef, two fried eggs, two scoops of rice and another small side of macaroni salad. All of that for $8.99 and he was a happy camper. Without Peyton’s knowledge, I placed an order for the malasada which I researched before visiting. Described as a fried doughnutstyle dessert, it can be cream-filled or not,

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and typically comes covered in cinnamon and sugar. What more could someone want when they don’t have access to fresh pineapple right off the plant and a freshly cracked coconut? Nothing, and hopefully this would make up for it. It wasn’t a long wait for our three heavy Styrofoam containers to make their appearance (sorry world, we promise we’re trying to save the environment too!), and we made sure to get a few options on dipping sauces, just in case we needed them. Sriracha, soy sauce, teriyaki and duck sauce were a few of our choices. Before even opening the containers, we knew we wouldn’t be leaving close

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to hungry. They were heavy and smelled delicious, just like when you get your Chinese food bag to take home, and you can hardly wait to crack open the boxes and dig into your fried rice and fortune cookies. I was the first to unveil the pineapple chicken, which was fried and came covered in a sweet sauce, mixed in with chunks of pineapple and perfectly placed next to the two heavy portions of rice. The chicken itself was quite the amount, and despite my obsession with white rice, I knew I wouldn’t be able to finish it all. Peyton was next to reveal his plate, and my mouth quite literally dropped at the amount. The spare rib was placed on top,

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with the other meat piled underneath, and rather than two more heaping portions of white rice, the entire bottom of the container was filled. We knew we would eat until our bathing suits would need to be stuffed into the backs of our dresser drawers. The pineapple chicken was crispy despite the sauce, and I loved the crunch about as much as I loved the sweetness. It wasn’t cloying like many other Asian-inspired dishes seem to be, and the crunch gave it a texture that made me remember why I have spent a majority of my life craving crispy chicken nuggets. As for the rice, it wasn’t the best I have had, but it

was necessary to cut the sweet and savory flavors of the chicken. The pineapple wasn’t freshly-cut, most likely canned, but it was still delicious in the sauce, and if you’re a fan of warm or grilled pineapple, it would be a great choice. I imagine the lemon chicken is made very similarly, but I would be interested in trying the spicy or garlic chicken the next time I stop by. Peyton’s barbecue chicken was a harsh contrast, with a blackened exterior and a smokey flavor that I loved, and paired well with some of the spicy or sweet sauces in case you aren’t into a more simple, grilled flavor. Comparing the grilled chicken to the fried chicken made me realize that the breading on the pineapple chicken was floury and a bit dry in some bites. It wasn’t off-putting, but I highly preferred the grilled chicken instead. Paired with the macaroni salad, which wasn’t part of the dish I really needed, it was exactly what you would expect to find at a Hawaiian picnic. The macaroni salad had somewhat of an overwhelming onion flavor and mixed with the creaminess, it was a bit much for me, but nevertheless, it could be a macaroni salad lovers dream. As for the barbecue spare rib and barbecue beef, Peyton enjoys them both equally. He admits that he’s not sure how to correctly eat the spare rib, but he appreciates its flavor and somewhat chewy texture. The beef has the sweet teriyaki flavor, but one that doesn’t have to be smothered in sauce. It just has a sweet enough spice to be delectable. Both fried eggs had crisp edges but the deep yellow, runny yolks, and if you’re into fried eggs, they’re definitely worth a try paired with the white rice. It’s safe to say that you could feast with a combo platter and still be too full to finish it. Add an extra scoop of white rice for $0.89 and you could have yourself lunch for the next day. We were too full to even consider dessert.

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The malasada was packed into our final container, kept warm by the lid, and instantly made my mouth water. All round pillows of freshly-fried dough, each one, 10 in total, was covered entirely by cinnamon and sugar. They were soft, warm and came with a small cup of white glaze for dipping. Within the first bite, I was convinced that the malasada was one of the best things I have ever tasted. It’s the type of dessert you would expect to be served in heaven. The white glaze made the indulgence even sweeter. These were only fried, not filled, and I believe are better than the best doughnuts you may have ever had. We each ate until we could hardly repeat the word “cinnamon,” and vowed to wrap ourselves in beach towels rather than regret eating more than two each. Lesson learned: Don’t skip dessert, even if you’re headed for a vacation. I was thoroughly impressed by the length of the menu, and how much more I would be able to try when I return. There are a variety of more traditional dishes such as musubi, a block of rice with your choice of meat, wrapped in dried seaweed, according to the menu, and saimin, which is very similar to Asian-style ramen with fresh noodles and a specific type of broth. We agreed that those were meals meant for colder days, and our choices fit the picnic ideal we were looking for. There was also an extensive catering menu that could be great for your business’ next event, and a variety of options labeled as “healthier” which included brown rice and most likely less (if any sauce). So if you’re looking for your next getaway, rather than closing your eyes by the pool and raiding your fridge, take a trip to ZC Hawaiian BBQ and enjoy your own little retreat, without breaking the bank. ! JENN ZELESKI is a student contributor to YES! Weekly. She is originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Communications at High Point University.

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hen No. 1 drivetime deejay Dusty Dunn cued up “Pleasant Valley Sunday” for the very first time on July 12, 1967, the tune soon rocketing to No. Billy Ingram 3 on WCOG’s (“Go Go 1-3-2-0!”) pop chart, he was well aware Contributor the artists that recorded that single, The Monkees, were swinging somewhere in Greensboro. He and almost everyone else in town were desperate to discover just where they were. Dunn’s echo-enhanced voice encouraged listeners to ring up the station if they had any clue where the nation’s pop sensation of the moment was holed up. As it turned out, it was at Oaks Motel on Summit Avenue.

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The Monkees and Jimi Hendrix at Greensboro Oaks Motel

Tip-toeing into Greensboro in the predawn hours with an entourage of 30, the “Pre-Fab Four” was accompanied by an unlikely opening act, The Jimi Hendrix Experience. No doubt the oddest pairing in music history, one the legendary guitarist likened it to, “Putting Dracula with Snow White.” Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, impressed by his concert at The Monterey Pop Festival, added Jimi Hendrix to the Summer of Love’s hottest ticket. Considered a big break for The Jimi Hendrix Experience, they joined The Monkees’ American tour that kicked off four nights earlier in Florida. It wasn’t going well, with hordes of hysterical teeny-boppers pleading for Davy Jones throughout Hendrix’s set that included searing performances of “Foxy Lady” and “Purple Haze.” The night before in Charlotte, he rested his guitar against an amp and walked away in disgust before finishing his set. Greensboro proved different.

Police knew where The Monkees were staying and two GPD officers had been assigned to protect them. They were largely responsible for a couple of dozen fans milling about the courtyard as Peter, Micky, and Davy lounged around a pool shaded by tall trees. Dressed for his appearance that night at the Greensboro Coliseum in black crushed velvet pants, leather boots, an orange brocade silk shirt and a string of wooden beads draped around his neck, Hendrix spent that hot, humid Wednesday afternoon in his air-conditioned room with a six pack of Bud, strumming Beatles tunes. After a swim and pictures with excited youngsters who’d snuck their way onto the compound, Micky and Peter met up with Michael Nesmith in his room. Hendrix joined them, sat on the edge of an unmade bed, picked up Nesmith’s guitar (one the sitcom star had just learned to play) and jammed for the assembled who looked on in amazement. Later that evening, two persistent fans waved down a limo cruising up High Point Road. They then found themselves ordering barbecue platters with a “very polite and kind of shy” Hendrix at Stamey’s. That night, Hendrix was booed by some but that was countered by a contagiously enthusiastic reception from hipper audience members who came to see him and not the headliners. Kids even rushed the stage, which hadn’t happened before. Concert-goers were rewarded when, for the first time since shocking audiences in Monterey a month earlier, Hendrix demolished his guitar at the end of the performance. With no air conditioning in sweltering

heat, it took 80 policemen surrounding the Coliseum stage to hold the line against a screaming wave of bubblegum zombies, an unrelenting din drowning out The Monkees’ entire act with girls reaching, pleading for something unimaginable. Exiting the Coliseum for the airport, The Monkees and Jimi Hendrix Experience boarded a private plane emblazoned with the T.V. show logo for a champagne flight to New York where Hendrix quit the tour abruptly after three more dates, storming offstage, allegedly with his middle finger extended, while adolescents chanted, “We want Davy!” It was all good, the performers had nothing but love for one another. Tork remarked about hanging out at the Oaks with Hendrix in a Youtube video found in the North Carolina section of the Forsyth County Public Library website (www.northcarolinaroom.wordpress. com/2014/05/13/monkee-shines-in-thetriad/). “He was such a sweet guy that it was really just a pleasure to have him around for company. His air of, ‘Everything’s all right. Things are cool. It’s okay,’ just made you relax just to be around him.” Hendrix debuted on the pop charts with “Purple Haze” mere weeks after leaving the tour. Oaks Motel is a modern day reminder of the California resort-like lodging that was all the rage back when babies were booming. The kidney-shaped pool has been filled in with dirt and trees planted where once Monkees’ knees were planted. ! Too busy singin’ to put anybody down, BILLY INGRAM is the author of five books including Hamburger², a book mostly about Greensboro.

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Following in the footsteps of The King Backed by such heavy-hitting executive producers Steven Soderbergh, Errol Morris and Rosanne Cash, filmmaker Eugene Jarecki – no slouch himself (an Emmy, a Peabody, and two Sundance Mark Burger awards) – embarks on a journey to rediscover America in Contributor The King ( ), which compares and contrasts the era of Elvis Presley with today’s political and social climate. Not only is Jarecki behind the wheel of Presley’s own 1963 Rolls-Royce, which amusingly enough breaks down periodically, as he rambles along the roads of North America, but he periodically spends time with celebrities, historians, activists, journalists, friends, and fans – among them such luminaries as Dan Rather, Ethan Hawke, David Simon, James

Carville, Alec Baldwin, Emmylou Harris, Scotty Moore, Chuck D, and even Mike Myers (who bemusedly offers the “Canadian” perspective). Of course, Elvis Presley is viewed as the quintessential personification of the American Dream – a poor boy from Mississippi come to greatness and worldwide adoration. Additionally, he also personified the American Nightmare, a tragic victim of his own vices, dying at age 42 while seated on a toilet in Graceland, his Nashville mansion, which has since become one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Yet, Elvis Presley is only part of the story in The King, which has its nostalgic appeal but also a larger agenda. It doesn’t so much celebrate America The Beautiful as bitterly reflect on America The Bountiful, contemplating and meditating on the current state of the nation, in particular since Donald Trump was elected President. Such observations may not be unwarranted, regardless of one’s opinion of the current Commander-in-Chief, but the filmmakers tend to lean a little too heavily

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Eating Animals: Are we what we eat? At the outset, the documentary feature Eating Animals ( ) initially appears to be an almost idyllic tribute to the hard work of today’s independent farmers, who are indeed a rare breed, and how they have managed to survive – against considerable obstacles – in the shadow of corporate-backed factory farms. As the film progresses, however, it takes on a darker tone as it concentrates more on practices and trends in factory farming, some of which are taking place right here in North Carolina. Many consumers are oblivious to these practices and trends, in part because that information has been essentially suppressed. (If you’ve never heard the term “Ag-Gag,” the film explains it clearly.) Eating Animals, adapted from Jonathan Safran Foer’s 2009 nonfiction best-seller by director Christopher Dillon Quinn, is narrated in quietly forceful fashion by Natalie Portman, billed alongside Foer and Quinn as a producer. It’s a film with a distinct point of view, and although some viewers may find Eating Animals alarmist in tone, the stance it takes – augmented by footage that is frequently disturbing – is persuasively rendered. In an effort to make things WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

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Grandin), and whistle-blowers – some of whom have criticized the regulations currently in place by the U.S. Department of Agriculture – often at the risk of their own livelihoods. The issues and flags raised by the film don’t just apply to farmers but ultimately to consumers, and the potential consequences to them (i.e. us), not just domestically but throughout the world. Eating Animals tackles a valid, worthy subject and, to some extent, leaves the rest up to the viewer. If the film’s only intent was to inform, it certainly succeeds. Whether it effects sweeping change – or any change — remains to be seen, but it’s not for lack of effort on the part of the filmmakers. What we eat is our own individual decision, but how can that decision be informed if we don’t have all the available data at our disposal? Eating Animals wants us to ponder, and digest, the information it serves up – and it’s not exactly appetizing. Eating Animals opens July 27 at Aperture Cinema. ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on Burgervideo.com. © 2018, Mark Burger.

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ome people know they want to be in a band before they know how to play an instrument or have any sense of what kind of music they even want to make. John Adamian Lavender Milk was @johnradamian a little like that. The duo, from Southern Pines, a small town in Contributor Moore County, have been playing music together for about two years. They’ve been writing and recording originals for a little over a year. The two, Jon Carlson on guitars (and bass and drums) and Chase Jourdian on vocals, met through their former guitar teacher. But they came from different musical backgrounds. Carlson was steeped in ‘80s rock. “I grew up listening to Van Halen and

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Motley Crue,” Carlson said. Jourdian’s father is a musician whose tastes range from indie rock to old time. “My dad introduced me to ‘70s and ‘80s punk,” she said. Jourdian, a sometime Winston-Salem resident, worked for a time at the excellent but short-lived Mesmerizer Records last year as well. Before she started playing in a band,

Jourdian said there were personal, emotional hurdles to jump. “I’d always say to my dad, ‘Oh, I want to be in a band, and I want to write music,’ and he’d say ‘What’s stopping you?’” Confidence was the main stumbling block. Forming a band was a way to formalize the ambition to write and perform. “It’s kind of just become this,” Jourdian said. “It’s just been about our friendship and creating art together.” Lavender Milk is a young band. Jourdian is 18, and she’ll be heading off to college in Western Massachusetts next month. Carlson is 20, and he’ll be returning to school in Nashville, after having studied abroad in Paris this past semester. They plan to keep collaborating from a distance. Carson views the project as a way of growing both as an artist and as a person. “It’s more about being comfortable with myself and loving myself,” he said. Carson’s photos are used in a lot of the band’s online artwork. The photos have a curious sense of perspective, proportion, composition and color, often resembling collage. In one, a Renaissance sculpture appears cropped strangely against a vaulted ceiling, creating a sense of cramped and teetering claustrophobia, or a wall tile and a string of decorative lights and other contrasting patterns disorient one’s sense of where background starts and foreground begins. The aesthetic relates to the music, in a way, with its mix of up-close and remote associations. Lavender Milk’s music is a bedroom project, with skeletal production and a vulnerable sound that comes through in their recordings. The pair has posted a number of new recordings on their Bandcamp page over the summer, with finished tracks and demos offering a glimpse into how they assemble the music. Jourdian often

records her vocals in a bathroom, a setting that adds reverberations to her voice. The guitars are bathed in stereo chorus effects, harkening back to the sound of British bands from the ‘80s like the Smiths, the Cure and the Cocteau Twins. 10,000 Maniacs might come to mind, too. Lavender Milk has something in common with more recent bands like the Drums as well. This is dreamy pop, but not sleepy pop. There’s not a ton of bottom end to the recordings, either, giving some of the songs an almost brittle quality that’s heightened by the stabbing, rhythmic quality of Carson’s guitar parts. A song like “Scares Me,” released in February of this year, captures the feeling of people trying to make sense of themselves. “I find solace in washing dishes — but I never do it. Does that say anything about me?” goes one lyric. The idea that taking action — cleaning or making music — is a way of coping, comes through in the songs. “My head is okay, but better with noise,” goes another line from the same song. Both Jourdian and Carson write lyrics. There’s something tentative in the music sometimes. It’s not like they’re stumbling toward something, but more like they’re taking steps and pausing a bit before moving again. Carson has written songs, such as “Framboise,” which was posted last month. It’s a song about raspberries (“framboise” in French), and about how something so mundane can also be otherworldly. He wrote it while in France. “Put it in your tea or in your hair like a flower. I like it in yogurt too,” go the first lines. “I was kind of in love, I guess, with what was around me at the time in my life,” Carson said. Sometimes one imagines that playing in a band or writing songs is something one does because one feels the need to express something specific. But Lavender Milk toys with the idea that playing in a band — writing songs, making recordings and performing — is a means of learning about what it is you might have to say. It’s like those writers who feel that writing helps them learn what they think. “I love writing — it’s been hard,” Jourdian said, “because I think I have a lot to say that maybe can’t be expressed without music.” ! 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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Guided by Instant Regrets They may get down, but they aren’t out: they’re Greensboro garagers, Instant Regrets, and they’re playing with Lee Bains III and the Gloryfires Thursday night at On Pop of the World Studios. Katei Cranford Started by Jeff Gordon and Jerrod Smith for a Guided Contributor By Voices cover-set, Instant Regrets added Kelly Cranford on bass after deciding to “get real” and put out a record in 2017. “‘B-52s meets Melvins is how Jeff would love us described, even if it’s not accurate,” Smith said. The Melvins’ influence is undeniable, other obvious inspirative sources include Pixies, Thin Lizzy, and the Lemonheads. Instant Regrets exhibits defiant frustration in a fun-sized package. It’s no surprise their narratives don’t stem from sunshine and rainbows (though there are plenty of fast songs about food with ample nods to pop-culture). The songs are catchy, landing like a ton of bricks (or the weight of an instant regret, as the case may be) with depth and feeling. It’s heavy but splashy. Bummers get spliced with wit and energy, generating an on-stage humor that beams from three funny, talented friends spreading good times despite hard days. Humble almost to a fault, Smith and Gordon switch between strings and percussion mid-set, orbiting around Cranford on-stage with a seamlessness requiring more talent than either acknowledge. “It’s a utilitarian function,” Smith explained. “We have two singer-guitarists and no drummer, so we have to take turns.” The self-titled release, recorded by Smith at Gordon’s house, hangs heavy in the alternative genre. Upbeat songs for the frustrated coast with surf-rock-waves and hardcore-crashes. “The Head-Trip Games” provides a hymn of an opener before ripping into the following titular track. Defiance and resentment drive the punchy “Captains of Industry.” Fiery disdain seethes in “Get Here,” a solid burner. Things cool-off and collect in the breathy-banger “Take It Slow.” “Back to School” boasts a jangley feel-good vibe with melancholy under the surface. Lyrics play into experiences WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

extending well-beyond school days. The analogy is nostalgic, simmering with pains of starting over, whether you wanted to or not. By the time Gordon’s refrain goes from singing to screaming, things hit home. The album winds down with “West Virginia,” a doleful track featuring dynamic vocal exchanges. The haunting retelling of an experience with a fairly casual backstory displays how Smith’s style often resonates in the somber (but not soft) register. “When everybody has better stuff to do than playing music to, like, 10 people, you gravitate towards those who still want to be loser-adults in a punk band,” Smith said with his sardonic sense of optimism. “The general population doesn’t know what they’re missing. It’s the greatest thing in the world.” Smith’s wry self-deprecation extends toward upcoming shows. “I don’t know how we’re lucky enough to open for Bit Brigade [at Boxcar on Aug. 3] but I’m pretty sure everybody’s gonna hate us,” he smirked. Instant Regrets is a band for those unsure of themselves even though they shouldn’t be. Regarding the show on July 19 with Bains, Instant Regrets seems almost outcast. Though the two bands circulate in different pools of Southern artistry, both use music as a means to “wrestle truth from noise.” “Both are trying to make sense of their place, to tell stories about where they came from and to imagine a better world,” YES! Weekly music writer John Adamian wrote about Bains in relation to fellow Alabama-native Sun Ra. A similar notion

extends to Instant Regrets. For Bains, it’s outwardly political. With Instant Regrets, things are more internal. A fight and fire burns in each, Smith’s growing flicker silhouetting Bains’ match head character. “All my songs recently are about dealing

with my complacency towards everything. And of starting to come out of that numbness,” Smith said. Fighting to carve a sense of place against your own cynicism can feel like a vacuum. And in that, Instant Regrets provide release. “You have to work harder to create something here, and that makes the talent really hone their craft if they want to survive,” Smith related. “There are pockets of music and spaces but everything shuffles around because all the good spaces are usually illegal,” he added. “I think that makes every little moment of show magic carry more weight.” Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires spit rhetoric from a rock’n’roll pulpit. Instant Regrets shows run like a session of sweaty punk-rock therapy. Feel it for yourself with Old Heavy Hands, Thursday night at On Pop of the World Studios in Greensboro. ! KATEI CRANFORD is a GSO rock’n’roller and would still be an unabashed fan of Instant Regrets even if she didn’t share chromosomes with the bassist. She also hosts a radio show called “Mostly Local Monday” that plays like a mixtape of bands coming through NC the following week on WUAG 103.1fm.

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FOUR SAINTS BREWING

218 South Fayetteville St. | 336.610.3722 foursaintsbrewing.com Jul 20: Tyler Millard Jul 21: Olivia Rudeen & Madeline Jul 27: High Cotton Jul 28: Chris Hedrick Aug 4: Jane Vincent

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VILLAGE SQUARE TAP HOUSE

6000 Meadowbrook Mall Ct | 336.448.5330 Jul 20: DJ Nick Vander Jul 21: Audio Clypse Jul 28: Badd Madison Aug 3: DJ Bald-E Aug 11: Disaster Recovery Band Aug 18: Fuhnetik Union Aug 24: Lasiter Union Aug 25: Ryan Trotti Aug 31: DJ Bald-E

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GREEN HERON ALE HOUSE 1110 Flinchum Rd | 336.593.4733 greenheronclub.com Jul 28: Mystic Chicken Aug 4: Abigail Dowd Aug 11: Travis Griggs Aug 18: Regal Sloan Aug 25: Mike Mitchell Trio Sep 1: Sezessionville Sep 8: Hot Trail Mix Sep 22: Jack Marion and The Pearl Snap Prophet Sep 29: Pete Pawsey Oct 6: Mystery Hillbillies Oct 13: Whiskey Foxtrot Oct 27: Alex Culbreth

GREENSBORO

ARIZONA PETE’S

2900 Patterson St #A | 336.632.9889 arizonapetes.com Jul 20: 1-2-3 Friday Jul 29: Anthony Green, Good Old War, Found Wild

ARTISTIKA NIGHT CLUB

523 S Elm St | 336.271.2686 artistikanightclub.com Jul 20: DJ Dan the Player Jul 21: DJ Paco and DJ Dan the Player

BARN DINNER THEATRE 120 Stage Coach Tr. | 336.292.2211 Aug 2: Ms. Mary & The Boys Aug 11: Stephen Freeman : Elvis Tribute Sep 20: Ms. Mary Goes Gospel Sep 22: Ms. Mary Goes Gospel

BEERTHIRTY

505 N. Greene St Jul 20: Gerry Stane Jul 27: Chad Barnard Aug 3: Mix Tape Aug 10: Doug and Deland

THE BLIND TIGER

1819 Spring Garden St | 336.272.9888 theblindtiger.com Jul 18: Rich Homie Quan, Whitty Jul 21: Lit Lords, Rico Act, Devious, Freaky Jul 22: Consider The Source Jul 23: Matt Irie & Friends w/ JuJu Guru, Nathan Arizona & The New Mexicans Jul 25: Cracker Jul 27: Dave Matthews Tribute Band Jul 28: The Breakfast Club - 80’s Tribute Jul 29: Yelawolf w/ Waylon & Willie Aug 2: Super Bob with Reign Of Oppression, Chaos Ensues, Trailer Park Orchestra, False Awakening Aug 3: The Vagabond Saint’s Society presents the music of Chicago Aug 11: The Dickens

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1700 Spring Garden St | 336.272.5559 corner-bar.com Jul 19: Live Thursdays

COmEdY zONE

1126 S Holden Rd | 336.333.1034 thecomedyzone.com Jul 20: Chris Barnes Jul 21: Chris Barnes Jul 27: Pat Godwin Jul 28: Pat Godwin Aug 3: Liz Russo with Will Jacobs Aug 4: Luz Russo with Will Jacobs Aug 6: Rick Gutierrez Aug 10: Earl david Reed Aug 11: Earl david Reed Aug 17: Jerry Farber Aug 18: Jerry Farber Aug 24: Tim Kidd

COmmON GROuNdS 11602 S Elm Ave | 336.698.3888 Jul 21: Couldn’t Be Happiers Aug 25: Andrew Kasab

CONE dENIm

117 S Elm St | 336.378.9646 cdecgreensboro.com Jul 21: zoso: Tribute to Led zeppelin Jul 29: Tory Lanez Sep 15: Riley Green Sep 26: Kaleo Nov 3: Lewis Black Nov 4: Lewis Black Nov 10: midland dec 15: The Lacs

GREENE STREET CLuB 113 N Greene St | 336.273.4111

HAm’S NEW GARdEN

1635 New Garden Rd | 336.288.4544 hamsrestaurants.com Jul 20: Jukebox Revolver Jul 27: Tyler millard

LISTEN SPEAKEASY

433 Spring Garden St Jul 29: Joey Barnes & Courtney Leigh Hudson Aug 19: Phil madeira

SOmEWHERE ELSE TAvERN

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191 Lowes Foods Dr | 336.747.3059 OldNicksPubNC.com Jul 21: Exit 180 band Jul 27: karaoke w dJ Tyler perkins Jul 28: pop Guns Aug 3: karaoke w dJ Tyler perkins Aug 4: big daddy Mojo Aug 10: karaoke w dJ Tyler perkins Aug 11: lasater union Aug 17: karaoke w dJ Tyler perkins Aug 18: chasing Fame

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SEcond & GrEEn

207 N Green St | 336.631.3143 2ngtavern.com

bull’S TAvErn

408 West 4th St | 336.331.3431 facebook.com/bulls-tavern Jul 27: Souljam Jul 28: Fruit Smoothie Trio

burkE STrEET pub 1110 Burke St | 336.750.0097 burkestreetpub.com

cb’S TAvErn

3870 Bethania Station Rd | 336.815.1664 Jul 19: karaoke Aug 3: Exit 180

FinniGAn’S wAkE

620 Trade St | 336.723.0322 facebook.com/FinnigansWake

FooThillS brEwinG

638 W 4th St | 336.777.3348 foothillsbrewing.com Jul 18: wintervals Jul 21: Abc Trio Jul 25: Mason via Jul 28: Abe reid Aug 1: The local boys Aug 4: The clanky lincolns Aug 8: redleg husky Aug 11: The craig vaughn Experience Aug 15: Greg wilson and Second wind Aug 18: GrooveFood Aug 22: west king Street band

JohnnY & JunE’S SAloon

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MAc & nElli’S

4926 Country Club Rd | 336.529.6230 macandnellisws.com Jul 19: Jamaican Johnny Jul 20: James vincent carroll Jul 23: Jerry chapman Jul 26: Jukebox rehab Jul 27: Shannon & kevin Jul 28: bullmoose Jul 30: dana bearror

Jul 26: open Mic w/ country dan collins Jul 27: wonderwall: beatles Tribute Jul 28: GypsyMountain rose Jul 28: The Gravy boys Aug 2: open Mic w/ country dan collins Aug 2: christie lenee Aug 3: Fiddle & bow - Free concert Aug 4: russell lapinski

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MilnEr’S

630 S Stratford Rd | 336.768.2221 milnerfood.com Jul 22: live Jazz Jul 29: live Jazz

MuddY crEEk cAFE & MuSic hAll

5455 Bethania Rd | 336.923.8623 Jul 19: open Mic w/ country dan collins Jul 20: Fiddle & bow presents: cliff Eberhardt w/ louise Mosrie Jul 21: carson Mac Jul 21: Jerry Garcia band cover band Jul 22: couldn’t be happiers

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170 W 9th St | 336.754.9714 Jul 18: international dJ cafe Jul 20: The plaids Jul 21: orange krush Groove, 9th wonder and Friends Jul 27: lords of Mace, The Swamp, deals on bombs Aug 2: Grandmaster Flash Aug 4: kaleta & Super Yamba band, Tyler nail Aug 7: peter holsapple combo, django haskins Aug 17: unknown henson Aug 23: The original wailers, pure Fiya

STEvEnS cEnTEr

405 4th St NW | 336.721.1945 Jul 26: los cafeteras Jul 28: Anna & Elizabeth

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BOOTH AMPHITHEATRE 8003 Regency Pkwy | 919.462.2025 www.boothamphitheatre.com Aug 5: Darci Lynne & Friends w/ Pelican 212

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BOJANGLES COLISEUM

2700 E Independence Blvd | 704.372.3600 www.bojanglescoliseum.com

CMCU AMPHITHEATRE

former Uptown Amphitheatre 820 Hamilton St | 704.549.5555 www.livenation.com Jul 22: Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Young Dolph, & Kash Doll Jul 25: Lauryn Hill Jul 27: Kidz Bop Live Jul 29: Glass Animals Aug 7: O.A.R. w/ Matt Nathanson

THE FILLMORE

1000 NC Music Factory Blvd | 704.916.8970 www.fillmorecharlottenc.com Jul 19: Rich Homie Quan Jul 20: Zoso - Tribute to Led Zeppelin Jul 20: Cash Unchained Jul 24: Janelle Monae Jul 26: Tory Lanez Jul 27: Mother’s Finest Jul 28: Glassjaw Aug 1: Marilyn Manson Aug 2: Black Lebel Society w/ Corrosion Of Conformity Aug 4: Donavon Frankenreiter Aug 5: Attila

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DURHAM

WHITE OAK AMPITHEATRE

333 E Trade St | 704.688.9000 www.timewarnercablearena.com Jul 28: Rod Stewart & Cyndi Lauper

1921 W Gate City Blvd | 336.373.7400 www.greensborocoliseum.com

RED HAT AMPHITHEATER 500 S McDowell St | 919.996.8800 www.redhatamphitheater.com Jul 26: Lauryn Hill Jul 27: Dispatch Aug 3: Kidz Bop Live Aug 7: Rise Against Aug 8: O.A.R. w/ Matt Nathanson

1921 W Gate City Blvd | 336.373.7400 www.greensborocoliseum.com Jul 20: Gate City Blues Festival

CAROLINA THEATRE

309 W Morgan St | 919.560.3030 www.carolinatheatre.org Jul 19: Tommy Emmanuel Aug 3: Mary Chapin Carpenter

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PNC ARENA

220 E Commerce Ave | 336.883.3401 www.highpointtheatre.com

123 Vivian St | 919.680.2787 www.dpacnc.com Jul 18: Indigo Girls Jul 22: Punch Brothers w/ Madison Cunningham

1400 Edwards Mill Rd | 919.861.2300 www.thepncarena.com Jul 28: Panic! At The Disco

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WINSTON-SALEM FAIRGROUND

3801 Rock Quarry Rd | 919.831.6400 www.livenation.com Jul 20: Dave Matthews Band Jul 21: Evanescence & Lindsey Stirling Jul 24: Weezer & Pixies Jul 27: Keith Urban Jul 28: Charlie Puth

CAROLINA THEATRE

310 S Greene St | 336.333.2605 www.carolinatheatre.com Jul 29: Jon Montogmery & Morgan Keene of Jukebox Rehab, Casey Noel, Lue Mears, & Cory Myers

Aug 1: Janet Jackson Aug 9: Dierks Bentley Aug 10: Phish

421 W 27th St | 336.727.2236 www.wsfairgrounds.com Jul 20: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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Tumbling Down: ‘Scuse me while I diss the Skyscraper BY MATT BRUNSON

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ow impossibly charismatic is Dwayne Johnson? I wouldn’t go so far as to say I would watch him read a phone book, but an Archie comic or the back of a cereal box wouldn’t be out of the question. As for watching him in something as stridently generic as Skyscraper ( ), that’s a tougher call to make. With the notable exception of that snooze-inducing Hercules movie from a few years back, the general congeniality and good-guy vibes exhibited by The Artist Formerly Known As The Rock have elevated many a questionable project. Here, the actor must muster all his appeal to float this action yarn in which his character, Will Sawyer, is a former FBI agent whose poor job-related decision ended up costing him his left leg. But life has gotten better, as he’s now a dedicated family man (Neve Campbell plays his spouse while McKenna Roberts and Noah Cottrell portray their kids) who has just landed an enviable position as the security overseer at The Pearl, a Hong Kong skyscraper and the world’s tallest such edifice. Sawyer has barely had time to stop and YES! WEEKLY

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smell the success when he’s framed for a devastating fire ripping through the building, one meant to cover up a crime targeting The Pearl’s creator, Zhao Long Ji (Chin Han). Worse, Sawyer’s family is trapped inside the towering inferno, meaning he must resort to impossible measures to rescue them. Unfortunately, the criminals are also trapped in the building, meaning various games of “hide and seek” will ensue. Basically, Skyscraper is a variation on the Die Hard template, but there’s not much here that will lead to many declarations of “yippee-ki-yay” from audience members. Oversized action flicks will always go for the gusto with bigger and better and crazier stunts, but the level of suspension of disbelief necessary to swallow the stunts on view here probably hasn’t been invented yet. Those with acrophobia might respond to some of the sky-high action sequences, while the climactic skirmish will amuse fans of the classic “hall of mirrors” sequence from Orson Welles’ The Lady from Shanghai. Otherwise, this is entertainment on autopilot, with plot pirouettes that barely matter, double crosses that can be spotted from across the Atlantic,

and snarling villains cut from the most generic cloth possible. Ultimately, the entire picture is as artificial as Sawyer’s left leg. AN OUTRAGEOUS AND uncompromising assault on capitalism, consumerism, racism and other unpleasant -isms that have come to define these United States of America, Sorry to Bother You ( ) stars LaKeith Stanfield as Cassius Green, a struggling young man who lands a job at the telemarketing firm RegalView. Cassius is having no luck landing any sales until an older colleague (Danny Glover) informs him that he must adopt and employ a “white” voice. Cassius takes his advice (David Cross provides the Caucasian vocals), and it’s not long before he becomes a raging success at the company. His meteoric rise gets noticed by Steve Lift (Armie Hammer), the CEO of a company (WorryFree) that promotes a modern version of slavery. Steve feels that Cassius is just the man he needs to take his plans to the next level, but is Cassius willing to sell out to such an unprecedented extent? Written and directed by Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You is both bold and unpredictable, with radical characters

(including Tessa Thompson as a fearless performance artist), a plethora of killer quips (Will Smith and Lionel Ritchie had best duck) and a smattering of ingenious sequences (the interlude where Steve forces Cassius to rap for a room of wellprivileged whites is a mini-masterpiece). It’s only after the potent first half that the film takes a turn into a truly fantastical direction. This gamble on Riley’s part will doubtless thrill many while turning off an equal number — personally, it didn’t wreck the movie for me, but I was disappointed that Riley felt such a lurch was necessary to bring his points home. The film’s structure — a simmering first half followed by a risk-taking back end — mirrors that of last year’s superb Get Out as well as the excellent “Black Museum” episode of Black Mirror, but whereas those challenging works eased into the outrage and thus made them believable and acceptable, this one steps too far over the line into occasional silliness. Sorry to Bother You will remain one of this summer’s more memorable releases, but had Riley maintained a tighter grip on the reins, it might have resulted in a true cultural phenomenon. !

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The Addams Family: A New Musical Based characters created by Charles Addams Young@Part edition adapted by Marc Tumminelli Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa The Addamses have lived by their unique values for hundreds of years and Gomez and Morticia, the patriarch and matriarch of the clan, would be only too happy to continue living that way. Their dark, macabre, beloved daughter Wednesday, however, is now an 18-year-old young woman who is ready for a life of her own. She has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke, a sweet, smart boy from a normal, respectable Ohio family — the most unAddams sounding person one could be! And to make matters worse, she has invited the Beinekes to their home for dinner. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change. ! CAST LIST Alice: Brittany Sparks Gomez: Nick Brotherton Lurch: Stratton Murphy Wednesday: Mary Overman Fester: Joshua Thompson Grandma: Jennifer Overman Mal: Torren Melton Morticia: Maleah McPherson Lucas: Jackson Kanoy Pugsley: Claire Keel ANCESTOR ENSEMBLE Kaitlyn Bliss Holli Elkins Lincoln Crosby Gracie Crocker Chloe Vaughn Tyler Bodison Jordan Taylor Kennedy Talton WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

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WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (PG-13) LUXURY SEATING Fri - Thu: 11:05 AM, 1:25, 3:35, 5:45, 8:00, 10:15 MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN (PG-13) LUXURY SEATING Fri - Thu: 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 LEAVE NO TRACE (PG) LUXURY SEATING Fri - Thu: 11:25 AM, 1:55, 4:25, 7:05, 9:35 THE EQUALIZER 2 (R) Fri - Thu: 10:40 AM, 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10:00 UNFRIENDED: DARK WEB (R) Fri & Sat: 11:50 AM, 2:15, 4:40, 7:20, 9:30, 11:40 Sun - Thu: 11:50 AM, 2:15, 4:40, 7:20, 9:30 MAQUIA: WHEN THE PROMISED FLOWER BLOOMS (NR) Fri - Thu: 12:00, 2:20, 4:50, 7:15, 9:45 HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3: SUMMER VACATION (PG) Fri: 10:25 AM, 12:40, 2:55, 5:10, 7:25, 9:40, 11:55 Sat - Thu: 10:25 AM, 12:40, 2:55, 5:10, 7:25, 9:40 SKYSCRAPER (PG-13) Fri - Thu: 12:10, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05 ANT-MAN AND THE WASP (PG-13) Fri - Thu: 11:00 AM, 1:45, 4:30, 7:20, 10:05 THE FIRST PURGE (R) Fri & Sat: 11:40 AM, 2:05, 4:35, 7:00, 9:25, 11:55 Sun - Thu: 11:40 AM, 2:05, 4:35, 7:00, 9:25 UNCLE DREW (PG-13) Fri & Sat: 11:55 AM, 2:20, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40, 11:55 Sun - Wed: 11:55 AM, 2:20, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40 Thu: 11:55 AM, 2:20 JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM (PG-13) Fri - Thu: 10:20 AM, 1:15, 4:05, 7:00, 9:50

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OCEAN’S 8 (PG-13) Fri - Thu: 2:05, 4:35, 7:05 SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (PG-13) Fri - Thu: 11:00 AM, 9:35 ALWAYS AT THE CARLYLE (PG-13) Fri - Thu: 2:25, 4:45, 7:10 THE CATCHER WAS A SPY (R) Fri & Sat: 12:10, 9:20, 11:30 Sun - Thu: 12:10, 9:20 THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (R) Sat: 11:55 PM MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE FALLOUT LUXURY SEATING Thu: 7:00, 10:05

LEAVE NO TRACE (PG) Fri: 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 Sat: 10:30 AM, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 Sun: 10:30 AM, 1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 Mon: 5:30, 8:00, Tue: 3:00, 5:30, 8:00 Wed: 5:30, 8:00, Thu: 4:30 PM WHITNEY (R) Fri & Sat: 9:15 PM Sun: 11:15 AM, Mon - Thu: 9:00 PM THE KING (R) Fri - Sun: 4:15, 6:45, Mon - Thu: 6:30 PM THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS (PG-13) Fri: 6:30, 9:00 Sat: 11:00 AM, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00 Sun: 11:00 AM, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30 Mon: 6:15, 8:45, Tue: 3:45, 6:15, 8:45 Wed: 6:15, 8:45, Thu: 3:45, 6:15, 8:45 WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (PG-13) Fri: 3:00, 5:30, 8:00 Sat & Sun: 10:00 AM, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00 Mon: 6:00, 8:30, Tue: 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 Wed: 8:30 PM, Thu: 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 YELLOW SUBMARINE (G) Fri: 1:45 PM, Sat: 11:15 AM, 1:45 Sun: 1:45 PM, Tue: 4:00 PM Thu: 4:00 PM

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Iman Starks Karenna Porter Nyla Anderson Stella Ferrer Autumn Jackson Jessie Washington Miski Zuniga-Carrera Ellie Kontogiargos Kyaesia Monroe Babgy Sparks Anderson Cook This is A Stages for Learning Production and will be held at The McIver Education Center, located at 1401 Summit Ave. in Greensboro. The play takes place July 20 and 21 from 7-9 p.m., and July 21 and 22 from 2-4:30 p.m.

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The High Point Arts Council is excited to announce our 2018 summer outdoor oncert series Arts Splash. This year’s series features eight concerts splashed all over town in various locations with different genres to better ensure a greater representation of the arts and to make the arts easily accessible to everyone in our community.

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August 5

Dori Freeman Country

Titus Gant Quartet Jazz

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High Point Museum & Historical Park

Boulevards Funk/ Hip-Hop Washington Terrace Park

High Point Library Plaza

West End Mambo Latin

Mendenhall Transportation Terminal

FREE Arts Splash Concerts are held Sundays from 6:00–7:30 p.m. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic dinners. No alcoholic beverages are permitted at any of the concert locations. If there is a threat of rain, call 336-889-ARTS after 4:00 p.m. on Sunday to get the latest update about the concert. JULY 18-24, 2018

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Walt Dean King, 69, just wanted to take a look at a used car for sale on July 4. But when he approached the vehicle in the small California town of Tracy, about 60 miles east Chuck Shepherd of San Francisco, he was suddenly knocked off his feet by a bull that had gotten loose. King felt the bull’s horn go through his side and crawled between a bush and a house as the bull stood over him snorting for about 20 minutes. FOX40 reported that King underwent three hours of surgery, after which doctors told him his belly fat had saved him from worse injury. King believes karma kept him alive: “Back in the ‘70s, I had pulled a lady out of a burning building, so now I think I’m being paid back, by not dying,” King said.

PEOPLE WITH TOO MUCH TIME ON THEIR HANDS

-- Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who have made their fortunes in tech-related fields have discovered a spiritually enriching new guru, Jess Magic, a ukulele player and singer who calls herself a “heartist.” At Magic’s intimate, invitation-only “Soul Salons” (and now on a 10-city national tour), participants share their energy and join in “songversations” -- philosophical rap and improvised music and dance -- a process Magic calls “a play date for your inner child.” Andrew Hewitt, creator of Game Changers 500, explains: “For people who live most of the time in their head, this feels like magic.” The New York Times

reported that Magic believes her appeal is in response to the spiritual hollowness wealthy executives feel. “People forget that they are human beings rather than human doings,” she said. -- Patriotism inspired Rain Wiggand, 22, and Zane Liles, 21, of Collins, Ohio, to construct an American flag using more than 2,000 Budweiser, Bud Light and Miller Lite beer cans. Wiggand posted pictures of the “beer flag” on Twitter on July 4. “It was a rough month of work for Zane and I,” Wiggand confessed, adding that they “averaged somewhere around 14 beers a night for 28 days straight.” Six other friends helped, he said, but they only drank on Thursdays to Sundays. Liles told BuzzFeed News, “It was a monthlong hangover that nothing could cure.” However, he said the project had not ruined beer for him. “I can still drink beer with the best of them.”

CULTURAL DIVERSITY

In Ghana, the reaction of mourners at a funeral is a measure of the deceased’s position in the community. But for family members who are unable to express their emotions openly, professional mourners will cry on their behalf. A leader of one team of criers told BBC Africa in July that they charge based on the size of the funeral, and the Kumasi Funeral Criers Association offers different styles of crying, such as crying with swagg, crying and rolling on the ground, and crying and vomiting. Ghanian funerals also feature dancing pallbearers and giant billboards to announce the funeral arrangements.

IT’S A COMPULSION

In 1985, Tosya Garibyan of Arinj, in Armenia, asked her husband, Levon Arkelian,

44, to dig a pit under their home where she could store potatoes. But once he got started, Radio Free Europe reported, he just couldn’t stop. Twenty-three years later, the underground oasis Arkelian created is a tourist attraction. Working as many as 18 hours a day with only a hammer and chisel, Arkelian created seven rooms, stairwells and passages running as deep as 65 feet and adorned them with carvings and decorations made from found objects. Arkelian passed away in 2008, and his widow welcomes tourists to her museum, which includes his shredded work boots and tools. But she says the couple argued about the project. “He ruined his health because of this hole,” she told RFE.

WAIT, WHAT?

Brigadier Gen. Gholam Reza Jalali, the head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization, announced in a press conference on July 2 that Israel is manipulating the weather over Iran to prevent rain. “Israel and another country in the region have joint teams which work to ensure clouds entering Iranian skies are unable to release rain,” Jalali posited, according to YNet News. “On top of that, we are facing the issue of cloud and snow theft.” However, the head of Iran’s meteorological service was skeptical: “It is not possible for a country to steal snow or clouds. Iran has suffered a prolonged drought, and this is a global trend that does not apply only to Iran.”

WEIRD SCIENCE

If summer’s heat is making you anxious about body odor, you might want to investigate a helpful gadget launched on July 1 by Japanese health tech company Tanita: the ES-100, an odor-sensing device that will detect body odor or too much perfume or cologne. IT Media reported that the user simply points the sensor toward the underarm area (or other problematic spots), and in 10 seconds a numerical score will appear on the LED display. If you’re a 10 ... you’re not a 10.

COMPELLING EXPLANATIONS

-- In Madison, Wisconsin, an unidentified 19-year-old driver flipped his car after overcorrecting in traffic on July 3. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that the man left the scene and removed some clothing, then pretended to be a jogger who happened by when police questioned him. Police said he was not impaired; he was later charged with leaving a crash scene and driving without a license. -- A 62-year-old security guard named Ramdin in the city of Kanpur, India, told doctors he was robbed in June of about $722 (proceeds from the sale of his

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motorbike) by muggers who attacked him and knocked him out. When he woke up, Ramdin was suffering from severe abdominal pain, which brought him, 10 days later, to Rama Hospital, where a scan revealed a steel cup lodged in his abdomen. Senior surgeon Dr. Dinesh Kumar told Metro News: “It seems that the metal cup was inserted into Ramdin’s rectum by the goons, and it got stuck near the intestines.” Doctors couldn’t remove the cup using the route it went in, so they had to operate. Ramdin was discharged from the hospital on July 4.

EWWWWW!

In what can only be a testament to curiosity, a Staffa, Ontario, Canada, man has created an eBay listing for the McDonald’s meal he placed on a shelf in his home six years ago to see what would happen. CBC Radio reported on July 5 that Dave Alexander also set aside a homemade burger and fries, five years ago, in order to make a comparison. The McDonald’s meal held up much better: “The fries are stunningly good looking,” Alexander said. “The burger itself has darkened a little bit. The bun is about as hard as a hockey puck, but it looks just like it’s brand-new cosmetically.” Alexander is downsizing and listed the meal -- “original owner, never eaten” -- for $29.99. “We live in the country and we’ve never seen a fly land on it. Ever,” he said.

OOPS!

Finished with her shopping at the Cornwall, Ontario, Canada, Walmart in late June, an unnamed woman returned to the parking lot and drove off in the black rental car she had just picked up. Two weeks later, when she returned the car to the rental agency, she complained about the car’s messy condition and the set of golf clubs left in it. Nation Valley News reported the “slightly confused” manager informed her the car she had rented was a Nissan Sentra, but the car she returned was an Infiniti. Sure enough, the Infiniti owner had reported his car stolen from the Walmart parking lot, and when the woman and the agency manager returned to the lot, the Nissan was still parked there. The Infiniti owner got his car back, the woman was a “wee bit embarrassed,” and the Cornwall Community Police Service reported on July 8 that there was a “happy and funny ending to the story.” They also urged citizens to “not leave your key fobs in your vehicle when not being operated.” !

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festival centered around the art of the tease is set to take place at two Greensboro venues for four days at the beginning of August. The Discordia Days Katie Murawski Burlesque Festival is put on every year by the local burlesque Editor troupe, the Discordia Dames. According to the website (www.discordiadaysburlesquefest.weebly.com/), the Discordia Days Burlesque festival first began in 2012 as the Purrrlesque Follies but was rechristened as the Discordia Days Burlesque Festival in 2015, with performer and Discordia Dame Memphis Muerte taking over production duties. Also in 2015, the troupe moved to the Community Theatre of Greensboro’s Star Theatre (520 S. Elm St.), where they will perform two of the four nights of this year’s festival. The other two performances will take place at the Dames’ usual spot, Shiners (435 Mapleleaf Dr.). The Discordia Dames are composed of Memphis Muerte, Allison Wonderland, May Hemmer, Sadie Mae Hem and Lux Valentina. They will be performing along with the headliner RedBone and the festival will also feature performances by Kat De Lac, Ellie Quinn, and more than 30 performers from all over the country. “This year it was really weird,” Memphis Muerte said. “Normally, we have to reach out and find someone within the budget to be the headliner. This year, we had people emailing us asking to be the headliner.” According to the Discordia Days website, “internationally known, Minnesota grown” RedBone “was voted No. 19 in 21st Century Burlesque Magazine’s Top 50 of 2016, one of The National Top 8 by Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend in 2013, Judges Choice 2016 and had the honor of competing for Queen in Miss Exotic World at the 2015 and 2017 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender.” RedBone is known as “The Cyclone of Burlesque” because she combines all of the cultures she was raised with and displays them for a “one-of-a-kind whirlpool performance.” The Duchess of Dork, Ellie Quinn, is YES! WEEKLY

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from Virginia and “uses her innermost fangirl to tease and tickle your funny bone.” Ellie Quinn has performed on stages both nationally and internationally including being the headliner for the NOLA Nerdlesque Festival in 2015, performed two “avenging acts” for the 2016 London Burlesque Festival, and performed at the 2017 Geneva Burlesque Festival as well as the 2017 Como Lake Burlesque Festival. “There is actually a pretty broad burlesque presence in Greensboro,” Memphis Muerte said. “This is just us and we took the name ‘Discordia,’-- who is the goddess of chaos--and if you are around us for more than 20 minutes that pretty well encompasses who we are. The reason why we took that particular name for it was [because] we wanted it to feel like what we feel backstage at every show. Where it is just us goofing around and having a good time and everybody is just friendly and supportive, and making friends and inside jokes. And really that is something that we have accomplished.” The burlesque festival began with a goal to use “shakes and shimmies for good,” the website stated. The festival showcases talent while also raising awareness for local charities.

“Every year we give everything outside of our production cost to a local charity and we try really hard to make sure it is centered around [the Triad],” Memphis Muerte said. “This year we are going to be giving to the Gate City Legal Services.” The past beneficiaries have been the Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation, Merit Pitbull Foundation, Girls Rock NC, AIDS Care Services, North Star LGBT Center and the ACLU of North Carolina. “We’ve tried really hard to try to encompass different communities in need and also different communities that we are apart of in one-way shape and form,” Memphis Muerte said of the different nonprofits they choose to be beneficiaries of the festival. “There are people in this troupe who are very passionate about animal advocacy and queer activism. We try to pick something that we have an overlap with. When people leave the festival on Sunday we want to make sure that they are going to see the direct benefits.” The newest member of the Discordia Dames, Allison Wonderland, picked Gate City Legal Services, Inc. as this year’s nonprofit beneficiary. According to its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ pg/GateCityLegalServices/), Gate City

Legal Services, Inc. is a firm that provides affordable legal fees for people with low to modest income. Allison Wonderland said she chose this nonprofit because she believes that this service is essential for people in the current political climate. “We felt like it was a good opportunity to give back to our community and they were willing to accept the help we were able to provide,” Allison Wonderland said. Memphis Muerte said that the burlesque art form is very misunderstood and is often misconstrued. “You would be surprised at how many charities say ‘Thanks for the interest, but we can’t accept money from a burlesque festival,’” Memphis Muerte explained. “That is always kind of a struggle every year. To find a charity that is willing take the money and willing to help us promote.” Memphis Muerte said that one of the things that the Dames rely on with the beneficiaries is cross-promotion. “When we can’t have a charity’s insignia on a flyer and we can’t tell people where that money is going, it does kind of hinder the amount of money we are able to raise,” she said. As for production costs, those include the cost of the headliner, rental and venue

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fees. Lux Valentina said that no one in the troupe gets paid, and the only performer that gets paid is the headliner. “The headliner we are willing to pay for because they bring the big [crowd],” Lux Valentina said. Memphis Muerte said that she had to take a second job this summer to help pay for the expenses up front. She said that the Dames have been fortunate enough to be sponsored in the past, “But this year has been a bit more difficult,” she said. “The economy isn’t going so great.” The Dames are hoping for a great turn out for this year’s festival so that they can give the most they can to Gate City Legal Services, Inc. “The priority of the festival I think, and this is my first year doing it also, is bringing people in the community together, performing and then giving to a good cause,” Allison Wonderland said. “The performers that are coming from all across the country are doing it because it is a passion project of theirs because they believe in what the Discordia Days Festival is doing.” Memphis Muerte said that burlesque back in the day was meant to be satirical of current culture and politics. “The way it has shifted to the modern American kind of usage is it is more about the art of the tease,” she said. “Sometimes it can be political satire, sometimes it can be straight sexy, sometimes it can be very character-based. The wonderful thing about North Carolina is that we are very heterogeneous, we have a little bit of everything. Asheville is a bit avant-garde and artsy, we are a little bit of traditional and neo in this area, you get to Raleigh you have fetish and a lot of nerd-based stuff. We do a lot of nerd-based stuff as well.” Memphis Muerte said many people get burlesque confused with stripping, which is valid to an extent because both essentially involve taking off clothes for money. “The difference between a burlesque dancer and a stripper, is a burlesque dancer will go on stage in a $2,000 outfit and make $50, and a stripper will go on stage in a $50 outfit and make $2,000,” Memphis Muerte said with all the Dames laughing and agreeing with her. “Where they will dance for three and a half minutes naked and we dance for three and a half minutes while getting naked. They may not be twins, but they are sisters.” Each performer has their own niche in the burlesque scene. It can range from anything classical, nerdy to adventurous and everything in between. Lux Valentina is into fetish and neo-burlesque and can do fire poi, fire-breathing, pole dancing and flow arts during her performances. “I am very bedroom performance WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

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(Clockwise from top left) Ellie Quinn, May Hemmer, RedBone and Kat-De-Lac oriented,” Lux Valentina said. “EDM, not classic at all.” May Hemmer is a “nerdlesque” dancer, which means she prefers her acts to have a nerd-factor to them. She is also the current reigning Miss Montreal Burlesque. “I didn’t know what nerdlesque was until I got into my first thing and I was surrounded by a bunch of Sailor Moon characters and Futurama people,” May Hemmer said. “The bulk of my repertoire is [nerdy]. Like, I have a Lando number, a Lady Deadpool number- I can do the classical stuff because my background, I am trained as a ballerina-- but like, I prefer my weird stuff where I am flailing around on stage in my Psyduck costume with no common sense.” Memphis Muerte said she tends to lean toward neo-style numbers but her body moves in classic-style. Allison Wonderland is more of a “bump and grind” type of performer and prefers to do slow songs. “When you look at the four of us, we are all polar opposites,” Memphis Muerte said. “There is not a cookie cutter amongst us. A lot of troupes, especially in bigger cities, everybody kind of looks the same. It is like Barbies, you have the same bodies but different heads. I think that is something that we use to our advantage,” added Lux Valentina.

Lux Valentina is from the Raleigh/Durham area and said she drives an hour each month (and sometimes multiple times a month) to perform with her fellow Dames. “Family, this is what you do for family,” Lux Valentina said about why she comes to the Triad instead of being apart of the Triangle burlesque scene. “This is what you do when people have shown you loyalty. You show it back.” Lux Valentina said she has done a lot of sex work such as stripping, webcam-work, custom photos and working at an adult boutique in Durham. Lux Valentina said that there are a couple of stigmas that come with the sex work medium. “The first [misconception] is, sex work is dirty and grimy and gross and sleazy and you feel awful about yourself and your soul dies,” she said. “The second misconception is you know, strippers we are all catty and dancers and divas and we are all mean to each other and are just trying to climb to the top. Like that has been the opposite of my experience here.” She said when she first met the Dames, she was coming from an abusive relationship and was shown kindness by Memphis Muerte, who helped her with gas expenses because she was filling in for someone else. “We are family with loyalty and we

always have a good time, we vibe really well together,” Lux Valentina said. “That is the thing when you become a Dame, the first rule when you walk through the door is drop all those misconceptions about female performers, about cattiness, competition. Memphis has made so many of my costumes. All those [affirmations] we need as women and performers to really bolster ourselves is what [Discordia Days Festival] provides.” Lux Valentina said the festival is a labor of love and is just “straight up labor.” With the addition of an extra day to the festival this year, the Dames will surely be even more busy than usual. “We are exhausted by Sunday,” May Hemmer said. “We do nothing but sleep and eat. This is my first time being on the production side of it, and it is a lot.” May Hemmer lives in Sanford, North Carolina, and is from New Orleans. She met the Dames when she was six or seven months pregnant (unknown to her at the time) and was auditioning to be apart of the Discordia Days Festival. She ended up performing at the festival three weeks after her baby was born. “Where I came from, which is part of the stereotype, some of those backroom scenes were like ‘girl, you are on your own,’ but it depends on the group of people,” May Hemmer said. “These were people I didn’t even know. They just pulled together and made sure I was comfortable.” These performers think their festival stands out from rest because there is so much positive camaraderie among them. “One thing that kind of makes us stand out from other festivals is we don’t do a competition,” Memphis Muerte said. “When festivals do a competition, it can get very catty backstage. This year we are going to do awards, but they are for fun and to build people up.” ! KATIE MURAWSKI is the editor of YES! Weekly. She is from Mooresville, North Carolina and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in film studies from Appalachian State University in 2017.

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Feeding their community “Greensboro’s upper class and the politicians they own want to brush homeless people underneath the rug,” said Earl Clodfelter as he prepped the gas grill he and his wife Kriste fire up in Ian McDowell Center City Park every weekend. Kriste Contributor was the one who invited me to meet the people they were getting ready to feed. “Hopefully, with your help,” she wrote in an email, “people will realize that being homeless is not a contagious disease.” She’d also explained that both she and her husband used to be homeless themselves. “I was for around five years, my husband for just under that.” That’s why they prepare fresh free food every Saturday and Sunday, beginning around 7:30 a.m. and continuing until it runs out. “While feeding them,” she wrote, “we also bring hope, kind words, a listening ear, and a smile.” When I joined Kriste and Earl on the Friendly Avenue side of the park, just before 8 a.m. on July 7, they were making big fluffy pancakes, which Kriste shoveled off the grill and onto paper plates, where Earl slathered them with real butter. The one I sampled was delicious, despite being made from water and a Wal-Mart mix. “Must be the love,” she said smiling. “That’s what makes it so good,” said a man she introduced as Jimmy. “Without these folks, most of us wouldn’t know where we was gonna eat this morning.” Jimmy described himself as homeless but not hopeless. “Right now I’m in the process of trying to find another job. There’s this guy I gotta call tomorrow. It’s a truck driving job, and hopefully will come through.” Earl called Jimmy “good people,” saying he worked with him for eight and a half years. Mike, another man in the line of a hundred or so waiting patiently for pancakes, also described himself as a former trucker. Mike said he’d been homeless for almost three years. “I mean, this time around,” he sighed. “I was homeless back in the late ‘90s, then got the trucker job I worked about 12 years before it went the wrong way and I was back on the street.” Mike said not everyone realizes that getting off the streets doesn’t mean permanent salvation. “Finding a job YES! WEEKLY

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Kriste and Earl Clodfelter with friend Barbara Barker making pancakes for the homeless in Center City Park

Today fluffy pancakes, next week omelets doesn’t mean you get to keep it,” he said. Mike told me he just turned 62 and it’s not easy for a man his age to find work. “I don’t have transportation, so I’m basically waiting for social security. I worked as a machinist for 30 some years before I was homeless that first time, and paid my money to the government.” While Earl works full-time at Atlas Fencing, he said that he and Kriste spend a lot of time with those who, like Mike, are in the straits they used to be in. While the Clodfelters have had a home together for over three years, they know they could be

homeless again with just a little bad luck. “So many of us are one paycheck away from being out here,” Earl said. “It’s not a matter of budgeting. Budget it all you want, but what happens if you get injured on the job, and the company says they gotta lay you off? What happens when your mortgage payment, your car payment, your insurance, your light bill, and your phone bill all fall on that same week that happens?” Earl said that he and Kriste met on the street. “We were both in the art program at the Interactive Resource Center when

they had that.” He also said they spent time in the same homeless camps. “But when you’re living like that, you have to move around so much. The city’s always coming up and saying ‘you can’t stay there’ or ‘you can’t have your camp here.’ They try to push everybody out of town.” But he said that’s not going to happen. “This is part of their community, and it’s damn sure part of our community. There are a lot of good people here. That’s why we do what we do. I want to give them a hand up, like was done for us.” Earl told me he has a standing offer to the Greensboro City Council, as well as anyone else in power who’s offered sympathy but no solutions. “Spend a week on these streets without your debit card and nothing to eat but these feedings. You come out here and figure out how you can survive. Until you can do that, you can’t say you know how it feels.” ! 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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Cut The Music Prints shows the love of Greensboro on T-shirts It all started with a T-shirt and a dorky design. The shirt was designed to be an element from the periodic table with the letters “GSO” with an atomic number of “336.” Cut The Music Katie Murawski Prints owner and screen-printer Peter Daye said he got Editor the idea of screen printing T-shirts with hometown designs by Kit Rodenbough of Design Archives. “I had no experience in design, so I basically had to teach myself,” Daye said. “I was going to run with it and see what happens. When people caught onto it there was an explosion of support.” Daye said since Cut The Music Prints began in December 2016, it has evolved into a two-ply small business. Daye still makes Greensboro-themed designs but now he is also focusing on helping other artists, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations get the word out with a T-shirt design. “When I started learning how to print, one of the things I noticed was a lot of my friends who were artists or musicians, they couldn’t afford screen printing,” Daye said. “When I started printing, my first thing was to look out for those people. Nonprofit organizations sort of fell into that, where they weren’t working with a lot of money either. Those were the places I started helping out, not to compete or undercut other businesses, but I just felt like there was no need to gouge people because they don’t the same financial backing or budget of bigger businesses.” Mostly, Daye said he works with local restaurants, bars and artists. Some of those include Living On The Veg, The Bboy Ballet, Grey’s Tavern, New Garden Friends Meeting, Jerusalem Market, Joymongers and even YES! Weekly for last year’s Triad Margarita Wars. Some of the artists and nonprofits he has worked with has been Anne-Claire, Paint Fumes, Harrison Ford Mustang, Basement Life and Siembra NC. He said he also did some designs for the #Red4Ed protest as well as “I stand with Cafe Europa” T-shirts when that business WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

was unsure of what its future held at the beginning of this year. “That was something I actually did on my own,” he said of the Cafe Europa T-shirts. “I ended up making the design and selling the shirts basically at-cost. I was just charging $5 for them to break even. I think I ended up making 200 shirts. I think what people were hoping for was to gather up and show solidarity with all the shirts on, show support and before that could even happen, Europa was able to keep their spot.” When Daye started screen printing on his own, he knew he wanted to do something for the town that he has lived at the longest. He said he has lived in Chapel Hill and even Paris, France, but Greensboro felt the most like home. “This became my home,” he said. “While I was talking to different people as I lived here, you’ll find out that a lot of people that live in Greensboro are from Greensboro. They grew up here, go to college at UNCG or A&T and they decided to stay here, start a business or a family. Something I always noticed, there was no apparel expressing love for Greensboro.” As for people’s favorite design, Daye said his flagship “GSO” element shirt is still the one people love to wear out of his other 15 designs. “Whenever I make those, they fly off the rack,” he said. “ I think a lot of people just sort of got it. ” Before Daye became known as a screen-printer, he was a DJ by the name of “L” In Japanese, which started in Greenville, North Carolina, and developed in Chapel Hill. He said he started making beats and producing music in 1999 and has been a DJ for 15 years now. He said he has been trying to separate himself as a DJ and focus more on screen printing because it is more of a consistent source of income. “I still DJ every once in a while,” he said. “Really, it is like a choice thing, rather than getting booked at a lot of the places I do are kind of like as a favor or I like the space and people.”

Peter Daye standing outside of Vintage To Vogue in Greensboro

Daye said he will be doing some live screen printing in both Greensboro and Winston-Salem this weekend. On July 20, he will be at Vintage To Vogue in Greensboro (530 S. Elm St.) from 3 p.m. until closing. On July 21, from 8 a.m. to noon, he will be at the Corner Market on Elam and that afternoon he will be at Design Archives in Winston-Salem from 3 p.m. to close. If you are looking for Daye’s shirts

around town, you can find them at both Greensboro and Winston-Salem locations of Design Archives, at Vintage To Vogue and Common Grounds in Greensboro. To purchase Cut The Music Prints designs or to view them online check out its Etsy site at www.etsy.com/shop/ cutthemusic. To keep up with where Daye will be live screen-printing, follow Cut The Music Prints on Facebook and Instagram(@cutthemusicprints). ! KATIE MURAWSKI is the editor of YES! Weekly. She is from Mooresville, North Carolina and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in film studies from Appalachian State University in 2017.

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[LEO (July 23 to August 22) A hectic period begins to ease up, but that doesn’t mean the Fine Feline can do much catnapping these days. You need to finish those old tasks and prepare for new ones. [VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Expect to get some good news about your financial situation by week’s end. But it could still be too early to rush out with a long shopping list of things to buy. [LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your management skills make an impression on some workplace VIPs who might be looking for someone like you to take on an upcoming project. Good luck. [SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Meeting a former adversary might be unsettling at first. But time has softened hard feelings, and you could be on the brink of starting a new relationship. [SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A troubling situation close to home might cause you to change your travel plans. But getting all the facts before you act might cause you to reconsider. [CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You might be quite alone right now in deciding to support a major workplace shift. But others will join you as new information supports your bold move.

that could persuade you to reassess recently made plans. Be sure to consult with a trusted colleague before you act.

[PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Your motives behind a recent decision could be called into question by a rival. But once you present the facts, all doubts will be resolved. Enjoy an arts-rich weekend. [ARIES (March 21 to April 19) With new facts to work with, you should feel more confident in moving ahead. But continue to do so at an unhurried pace so you can spot details you might otherwise miss. [TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Taking on that new workplace project could be one of your smarter career moves. Expect a surprising show of support from someone who had always been a critic. [GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You might feel you’re too busy to undertake a new responsibility. But check it out before making any decisions. What you learn could persuade you to change your mind. [CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You feel quite content enjoying all the comforts of home right now. But the urge to travel grows stronger, and by week’s end, you could begin packing your bags. © 2018 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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* You probably won’t be surprised to learn that it was Albert Einstein who made the following sage observation: “A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.” * Ever wonder why blue jeans are blue? When they were first designed by Levi Strauss, the people most likely to wear them were those who did a great deal of manual labor. Strauss rightly assumed the work was likely to be dirty, so he dyed his new trousers indigo to help hide stains.

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* Statistics on sporting events show that 17 of the 20 sporting events with the most attendees every year are NASCAR races. * Before horror author Stephen King became famous for novels such as “Carrie,” “The Stand” and “The Shining,” he wrote four novels and 60 short stories that failed to be accepted for publication.

* Historians report that Napoleon Bonaparte, when he wasn’t busy conquering, enjoyed ice skating. * Do animals grieve their own? Perhaps so — at least, some animals. When an elephant dies, other elephants in the herd will cover the body with leaves and branches and often will stay with it for days. * If you’re enjoying summer picnics, you might want to keep in mind the fact that there are 1,500 known species of fleas and 9,500 known species of ants. Then again, that might be a factoid you’d rather forget. Thought for the Day: “Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him.” — H.L. Mencken © 2018 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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I got ghosted — dumped by a guy who just disappeared on me, no explanation — after three months of loveydovey dating. Clearly, he isn’t a great person, yet I’m unable to stop thinking about him and wondering why he left. How do I accept that it’s over so I can start dating again? — Plagued

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It’s hard on the ego to learn why somebody’s leaving you, but it beats needing a Ouija board. It’s the mystery that’s causing the problem. Typically, when rotten things happen to us, our feel-bad emotions (like anger and sadness) rise up — driving us to take a wiser course of action the next time so we’ll keep those bad feelings from popping by again: “Wassup? Got any beer?” Knowing the wiser course starts with knowing what to avoid. But all you’ve got is a terrible itch — the itch of uncertainty about why this guy vanished — and little hope of yanking him in to give you answers: “Wanted/Reward — ex-boyfriend who ghosted me, last seen on 3/11/2018 carrying the remains of my dignity in a green reusable bag.” However, you can probably dupe your mind into believing it has the answer. Research by cognitive neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga suggests our mind is quick to

create stories to fill in and make sense out of incomplete information — and then we tend to go right ahead and believe our stories. To take advantage of this, imagine a possible reason the guy vamoosed on you — and then just decide to accept it as THE reason. What might also help is transforming your thoughts of the guy into a material object — a piece of garbage, in fact — and throwing it away. And yes, I get that this sounds absurd, but there’s a growing area of social science research — embodied cognition — that finds taking action is a highly efficient way to change our feelings. Accordingly, social psychologist Pablo Brinol had research participants write a negative thought on a piece of paper and then rip the paper up and throw it into a nearby trash can. This actually led to participants “mentally disposing” of their disturbing thinking to a great degree. Should the guy sneak back into your thoughts, don’t worry; just widen the shot. Shift your focus from him to yourself — looking at how you maybe crossed your fingers that you had a keeper instead of seeing whether that actually was the case. Understanding what you should do differently is the first step toward expanding the male companionship in your life — amusing as it can be to spend your nights watching your current partner get loaded on catnip and try to make sweet love to your throw pillows.

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You really want your husband to hit you up for some sex whenever the urge strikes him? Imagine the call: “Hi, honey...I’m in the golf course bathroom. How quickly can you get down here?” As long as your husband isn’t ditching sex with you for his knuckle-love sessions, his masturbating isn’t something you should take personally. People masturbate because they’re bored, they’re tense, they can’t sleep, or their phone needs to recharge before they can continue their Facebook flame war over whether “Saved by the Bell” was a vehicle for the Illuminati. Also, there are times when a person just wants to get off solo — maybe because they’re short on time and maybe because they’re low on emotional energy (and their hand doesn’t get miffy if they don’t cuddle it afterward and tell it it’s beautiful). Still, maybe you’re thinking, “Well, why can’t he just wait till I’m around?” And it’s

understandable that you’d think that — maybe because you’re just fine with waiting. And if you are, that may be because you’re a woman. It turns out that there are sex differences in sexual desire. Social psychologist Roy Baumeister and his colleagues, surveying piles of studies, explain that men tend to have a far stronger sex drive, with “more frequent and more intense sexual desires than women.” That’s surely why it’s primarily men (and probably single men) who show up in emergency rooms with embarrassing sex-for-one-related injuries — like wienerin-the-vacuum-cleaner lacerations. (Since penis-in-vagina sex is fun, why not penisin-the-Shop-Vac?!) So, back to your question: Should you be worried that he’s masturbating? No, you should be celebrating! Bake his penis a cake! (That’s what we do for people who are still alive at 70. Why not for their sex parts?) ! GOT A problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or e-mail AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com) © 2018 Amy Alkon Distributed by Creators.Com.

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