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When James and Amanda Keith moved to College Hill in 2008, they couldn’t help noticing the regal white home on North Mendenhall near Friendly Avenue in Greensboro. The only known residential design by North Carolina’s first registered architect, William G. Armfield, the DOUBLE OAKS estate is a prominent piece of Greensboro history. 10 As a Virginia native now living in Winston-Salem, TAYLOR HAYES’s unique collage work has been shown in two juried exhibitions and more than 25 group exhibitions/collaborations in the galleries and museums of Winston-Salem and Brooklyn, New York. Hayes just returned from Boston where she finished her MFA at Lesley University College of Art & Design. She was the first in her family to go to college, where one of her teachers encouraged her to pursue art. 11 On Monday, A/perture Cinema in Winston-Salem will present a special screening of SUMMER NIGHT, a wistful coming-of-age comedy/drama in the tradition of American Graffiti (1973) and Dazed and Confused (1993), that follows a group of young characters as they navigate the perils YES! WEEKLY
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Mercury is in retrograde, which means the stars are not in anyone’s favor this month. Chaos and communication frustrations will ensue, but one small business owner in Greensboro may have just the thing to cope. Millia Edwards is the owner of Break ‘N Bash, located at 2900 E. Market St. in Greensboro, where she wants everyone to “have a smashing time.” At Break ‘N Bash, customers can come let their frustrations out by smashing various items such as glass plates, cups, old radios, printers, speakers, and more. “It is really like a stress relief place, like fun destruction really,” she said of the therapeutic destruction room. “People come in and smash stuff, and can play their own music. You get a large item and small glass items to smash.” Break ‘N Bash opened in April and is owned and managed by Edwards, with help from her mother, Pinkie. So far, Edwards said business has been, well, smashing. “It has been going really well; we’ve had a lot of good feedback,” she said. “It is a work in progress, and of course there are some things that I can tweak, but just starting out, it is doing really well.” Edwards said she went to school for vocational rehab at Winston-Salem State University, and in one class, she and her classmates were discussing different kinds of counseling and therapy. She noticed that her classmates did not like talking about their feelings, and when they were mad, they just wanted to let their frustrations out. Edwards sympathized with this because it is a way she feels as well. “I thought of it by myself, and I didn’t know there were others out there,” she said. “I think it is creative for Greensboro because we don’t have a lot of places like that. Rather than people destroying their home or property or getting into fights, you can just come here and let your frustrations out if you want to. And I am always here and open to listening to what people have going on.” Smashing sessions at Break ‘N Bash are by appointment only (so that no one WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
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Acclaimed chef spearheads Double Oaks dining program
hen James and Amanda Keith moved to College Hill in 2008, they couldn’t help noticing the regal white home on North Mendenhall near Friendly Avenue. Davina Van Buren The only known @highpointfoodie residential design by North Carolina’s first registered architect, Contributor William G. Armfield, the Double Oaks estate is a prominent piece of Greensboro history. It was built for Rockingham County merchant Harden Thomas Martin in 1909, and as one of the few remaining examples of Colonial Revival-style architecture in the city, accepted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Members of the Martin family lived in the home until 1973, when it was sold and subsequently changed hands twice. In 2016, the Keiths—a young, vibrant couple who moved to Greensboro in 2006 to complete graduate work at UNCG, purchased the home after eight years of admiring the property. The duo made quick work of renovating the grand home, which is quickly becoming a favorite hangout spot for their neighbors in Westerwood and College Hill. That’s because, in addition to operating as a bed and breakfast, hosting overnight guests, weddings, and events, Double Oaks is open for all to visit, tour, or simply hang out and enjoy a beverage on the quintessentially-Southern wraparound front porch. When guest rooms aren’t occupied, doors are open for visitors to explore, read a book by the fireplace, or watch the artist-in-residence at work on the third floor. You can stroll through the gardens or admire the couples’ collection of vintage cars, including a 1912 Model T and a 1940 LaSalle. In this house full of storied history, the Keiths are cultivating a culture of community, just like its three sets of previous owners, who were all fond of entertaining. “The property might look a bit pompous from the street, but in essence, it’s just a grand ole home, and home is a place where you can be in your shorts and flip flops, or a jacket and tie, and belong there either way,” Amanda said. The Keiths are also venturing into new dining territory. Overnight guests already YES! WEEKLY
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receive a gourmet breakfast, which for the first two years, James prepared himself. Recently, however, Greensboro native George Kovach—a veteran of acclaimed U.S. kitchens including Manhattan’s CRAFT, McCrady’s in Charleston, and Chicago’s Michelin-starred Alinea and Band of Bohemia—joined the team. Kovach started his professional cooking career in his late teens working in Greensboro institutions such as Print Works Bistro and Green Valley Grill, and he is excited to be back in the Gate City. “When I moved away from Greensboro in 2013, I had every intention of returning a stronger, more dedicated cook,” he said. “With every new kitchen, I retained as much knowledge as I could in hopes of one day coming home and opening a space that was not just a restaurant, but an experience showcasing some of the techniques I’ve picked up.” Kovach’s approach is driven by Southern agriculture and the food he grew up eating. “Almost everything I cook has some sort of reference to times spent in the kitchen with my family growing up,” he said. “As a cook, it’s a dream to have this plethora of produce and ingredients to choose from all year long—some of the best produce in the country comes from right here in our backyard. All I needed was a group of like-minded people who had the same ideals when it comes to hospitality.” In the coming months, the trio hopes to offer dinner service on a semi-regular basis. The plan is to offer a conservative a la carte menu (of about 16 items) and
a seven-course tasting menu, both often changing with the seasons. “Think upscale experience at an approachable price point—no white tablecloths, nothing unrecognizable, just classic dishes given a bit of a ‘restoration’ that you may not expect,” Kovach said. James, the resident “beer nerd,” also has a few tricks up his sleeve in the beverage department. “We intend to create a very intimate dining experience and open our doors to provide excellent food for our neighbors and the community at large,” Amanda said. “This aspect of Double Oaks will be one that evolves over time, based on the desires of the community.” The team also plans to offer breakfast service on a scale that is appropriate for the home and neighbors. At the moment, the dining aspect is in a transitional phase as the trio renovates the kitchen and hosts a handful of ongoing events. Every other Wednesday is “Wine Wednesday,” which features complimentary tastings with wine professionals and live jazz, while every second Sunday of the month (through September) features live music on the outdoor stage paired with food, beer, and wine selections from the Double Oaks bar. Tickets for the music series are $25, which includes an entrée and side. “We also have an upcoming wine seminar in August and an Oktoberfest beer dinner in September,” Amanda said. For now, the team encourages Greensboro residents to come check out the Double Oaks vibe during Wine Wednesdays, at the Summer Music Series, or
whenever they are feeling social. The home itself is stunning: white facade with a bowed, two-story, Ionic portico, a proper Southern porch with several rocking chairs, two massive, 200-year-old oak trees (hence the establishment name), lush gardens, and many nooks and chill-out spots to sit and enjoy the landscape, which includes azaleas, hydrangeas, camellias, rhododendrons, and more. Inside, a center hall with a grand split-run staircase, molded handrails, turned balusters, and eight original fireplaces are just a handful of architectural features that make the home so special. Bring a book to read in the library, or check out the player piano in the music parlor. “Our goal is to provide great memories and an experience,” Kovach said. “Yes, the food needs to be great, but there are so many other variables that often get overlooked in modern dining establishments. Everyone who is a part of our team treats every guest as if they are in our own home—because when it comes down to it, they are.” You can find us on the front porch sipping on a (spiked) sweet tea. See you there. ! DAVINA VAN BUREN is an award-winning freelance travel and food writer based in High Point. Follow her on social media at @highpointfoodie.
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Winston-Salem artist casts out negative spaces in collages
sa Virginia native now living in Winston-Salem, Taylor Hayes’s unique collage work has been shown in two juried exhibitions and more than 25 Terry Rader group exhibitions/ collaborations in the galleries and muContributor seums of WinstonSalem and Brooklyn, New York. Hayes just returned from Boston where she finished her MFA at Lesley University College of Art & Design. She was the first in her family to go to college, where one of her teachers encouraged her to pursue art. It was in her previous work as marketing manager for Sawtooth School of Visual Art, and in curating the work of other artists and teaching that inspired her to go back to school to learn more. She received her Bachelor of Arts at Salem College in Winston-Salem in 2013 with a double major in arts management and not-forprofit management with a minor in studio art. Hayes said she fell in love with the management side of art when she first learned how to create exhibitions. She still teaches a few classes and workshops at Sawtooth and said the best part of teach-
ing is “learning by listening” to others. Hayes has also worked for Clark Whittington who created the Art-o-Mat concept that utilizes vending machines to dispense small pieces of art for $5. The hosts lease the machines and purchase the art, and the artists get to show and sell their work in many different venues. Now, Hayes’s Art-o-Mat art is available in restaurants, hotels, and various places all over the country. Hayes said her first stint in a gallery and the art exhibition she is most proud of was her first two-person show at Ember Art Gallery in WinstonSalem. Hayes expressed her desire to make art accessible to everyone, especially to those who are not available to experience it. She grew up in a working-class family, only learning and creating art in the public school setting. She said she made collages by cutting up magazines and sketchbooks for school projects. One field trip, Hayes fondly remembered walking into an art museum for the first time. She realized how important it was to give access to some people who can’t go to museums due to costs, transportation, or time. She said her inspirations and mentors are Leigh Ann Hallberg of Wake Forest and Elizabeth Alexander of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Mark Bradford and Rachel Whiteread, whom she calls great artists, have also influenced her art. Bradford is from Los
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“The Facade Degrades / A[void] is Being Built,” cut architecture magazines, 8-feet by 8-feet Angeles and known for his large paintings where he builds up layers and layers of found posters and sands through them. Whiteread is a conceptual artist that uses concrete and resin to cast the inside of buildings and objects. “Instead of casting the content, she casts the context around the objects,” Hayes said. To cast out negative space in her art, Hayes takes magazine pages and cuts out areas to looks like a stencil. Then, the piece comes together as an architectural structure made of white paper and gridded shapes. She “uses collage and décollage to represent visual cues of interiors, architectural passageways and empty spaces as defamiliarized structures.” This technique can be seen in her piece “The Façade Degrades/ A[void] is Being Built,” which “illustrates the structure and political nature of public and privates spaces.” To create the collages, she cuts images from architecture magazines and scans them into her iPad to alter them. Much in the same way she removes the content from magazine pages, it is in the negative spaces that the design takes form. The final pieces are installed to hang about a foot away from the wall so that
part of the design includes shadows, which offsets the art piece and takes on the look of a floor plan. Hayes said the pieces do not have backing, so viewers can peak around the back to see the other side of the magazine pages revealed. The front side remains white like a façade. Hayes plans to continue her work as part of her thesis with different types of collages. One part will be more collages of architectural spaces, and the other part will involve an installation using architectural magazines. She likes to use everyday-materials as opposed to going to an art store and buying art supplies. She is presently seeking galleries in which to show her work. “Through my art, I question how architecture is designed for the wealthy and to keep others out,” Hayes said. “I also explore how we are conditioned to learn our place and navigate space in society.” ! TERRY RADER is a freelance writer, poet, singer/songwriter, wellness herbalist, flower essences practitioner and owner of Paws n’ Peace o’ Mind cat/dog/house sitting.
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Ian Nelson comes home for a special Summer Night On Monday, A/ perture Cinema in Winston-Salem will present a special screening of Summer Night, a wistful coming-of-age comedy/drama in the tradition of American Graffiti (1973) and Mark Burger Dazed and Confused (1993), that follows a group of young Contributor characters as they navigate the perils of adulthood and responsibility on a single summer night. The film marks the feature debut as director and screenwriter for actor Joseph Cross (Flags of Our Fathers, Lincoln, T.V.’s Big Little Lies) and boasts a terrific ensemble including Ellar Coltrane, Analeigh Tipton, Justin Chatwin, Bill Milner, Lana Condor, Victoria Justice, Callan McAuliffe, Melina Vidler, Ella Hunt, Elena Kampouris, Hayden Szeto and Ian Nelson. Nelson, who hails from Winston-Salem, will be attendance for Monday’s screening, and the film is also scheduled to open at AMC Greensboro 18. Nelson’s Seth is an easy-going guitarist and best friend of Coltrane’s Jameson. Both are scheduled to perform that evening at the local watering hole, The Alamo. But Seth, who tends to coast through life, is blindsided when he learns that girlfriend Mel (Tipton) is pregnant. She wants to know what he’s going to do about it. For that matter, he’s wondering the same thing. “I am very, very, very different from Seth, and he’s very different from me,” Nelson observed. “A lot of the characters I’ve played meet me at a very interesting place. Seth’s a little boy growing into a man. He’s had some tough breaks, but he’s got to put those aside and go from ‘victimhood’ to responsibility.” The scene where he and Mel finally discuss her condition is one that resonated with the actor. “To admit to someone you love that you’ve screwed up, that you’ve made a mistake, that you’ve handled a situation badly, is one of the hardest things to do – and everybody, at one time or another, has gone through that.” The scenes of Seth performing aren’t faked, as Nelson actually plays guitar. Well, he did – until the demands of his acting career took precedence. Yet when he got the role, he slipped right back into it. “There was a wonderful guitar teacher WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
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producing, and directing the short film Picture Window. “It was something I always wanted to do, and it was a very difficult task,” he said with a laugh, “but it was such a pleasure. I just loved the collaborative aspect of it.” Nelson intends to step behind the cameras again and playing guitar in Summer Night rekindled a possible interest in recording an album. But, he noted, “being an actor is a full-time job.”
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A Summer Night to remember
ctorturnedwriter/ producer/ director Joseph Cross makes a quietly masterful debut with Summer Mark Burger Night, a richly realized comedy/drama that draws favorContributor able comparisons to American Graffiti (1973) and Dazed and Confused (1993). It’s about a day – and night – in the life of a group of affable 20-somethings, some of whom are trying to hold onto the past while others want to peer into the
future. Nothing happens, and everything happens. The absence of adults may seem curious, but the young characters have enough personality – and enough problems – to sustain interest throughout. No matter one’s age, it’s easy to empathize or identify with the characters and their travails. There are priceless comic moments in Cross’s screenplay, but they never undermine the dramatic aspects of the story, which are rendered in completely credible and believable terms. The action centers on a concert at a local watering hole called The Alamo, where best buds Jameson (Ellar Coltrane) and Seth (Ian Miller) are scheduled to perform. Jameson’s with a new girl, the sexy and self-assured Harmony (Victoria Justice), but it’s clear that Alamo ticket-
taker Corin (Elena Kampouris) carries a torch for him. Seth has bigger things on his mind; having learned that girlfriend Mel (Analeigh Tipton) is pregnant. Taylor (Callan McAuliffe) has met Dana (Ella Hunt), who’s had a crush on him since grade school, and they seem to be hitting it off – which doesn’t sit well with ex-girlfriend Vanessa (newcomer Melina Vidler), and Jack “Rabbit” (Bill Milner) is rocked on his heels by the admission of his beloved Lexi (Lana Condor) that she slept with another guy at her sister’s wedding. Amid everything is Andy (Justin Chatwin), The Alamo bartender and guitarstrumming guru, who’s a few years older than the rest of the gang, but by hanging out with them allows him to hang on to his arrested adolescence. It’s an impec-
cable ensemble cast, with Chatwin the unabashed scene-stealer. In another nod to everyday reality, Summer Night doesn’t wrap up its multiple storylines neatly, nor does it definitively hint which way the characters will proceed, although – courtesy Chatwin – it wraps on a fade-out bit that ranks among the year’s very best. It’s the perfect way to end Summer Night...the next morning. !
Summer Night will be screened 7 p.m. Monday, July 15 at A/perture Cinema, 311 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem, with actor Ian Nelson in attendance. Tickets are $12. For advance tickets or more information, call (336)722-8148 or visit www. aperturecinema.com/.
Spider-Man’s worldwide web Fresh from the blockbuster success of Avengers: Endgame, the Marvel Universe expands further with Spider-Man: Far from Home, the third film in the third screen incarnation detailing the adventures of the perennially popular webslinger immortalized in Marvel Comics. This film’s narrative picks up “post-Blip,” following the events of Endgame, as Peter Parker (Tom Holland) is about to embark on a class trip to Europe, where he hopes to (finally) make his feelings known to classmate M.J. (Zendaya). But he also has to contend with mounting public opinion that he should assume a leadership position with the Avengers. Of course, where Peter Parker goes, catastrophe seems to follow, compelling him to don the duds of Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man to save the day. And so it happens here (again), as his plans to woo M.J. are repeatedly interrupted by “the Elementals,” destructive beings from another dimension of Earth (or something like that). Peter’s adolescent angst, which admittedly is wearing a little thin, is still good for a few laughs, and Holland’s gawky appeal is unabated, but Spider-Man: Far From Home works best when the (admittedly terrific) special effects are front and center. At least this time the United States is spared further destruction, as Venice, Prague, and London bear the brunt of YES! WEEKLY
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the CGI mayhem. Given how many times the latter city has been leveled in recent movies, maybe it’s time to consider a moratorium on destroying London. Samuel L. Jackson, the busiest man in movies, and Cobie Smulders coast through the proceedings as Shadow agents Nick Fury and Maria Hill, as do Marisa Tomei as Peter’s aunt May and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, right-hand man to the late, lamented Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), whose visage
crops up time and again, all the better to remind Peter of his responsibilities as a superhero. Jake Gyllenhaal provides a much-needed boost of mock gravitas and devilish duplicity as Quentin Beck, otherwise known as “Mysterio,” a superhero of somewhat dubious origin and intention … as Peter will eventually discover. One would think that after five bigscreen outings as Spider-Man – including two Avengers films – the crux of the plot
would be predicated on something other than his youth and inexperience. Indeed, what transpires in Far from Home (including a twist ending) indicates he’s still gullible. He’s taking an awfully long time to grow up, but so long as the box-office receipts mount, who’s going to tamper with a successful formula, no matter how repetitious it may have become? ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on Burgervideo.com. © 2019, Mark Burger.
Theatre Alliance presents Hairspray
he 1950s are out and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a familyfriendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire — to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a T.V. network, all without denting her ‘do! The show will be performed at Theatre Alliance and stars Jessie Stewart as Tracy Turnblad, John C Wilson as Link Larkin, and Gray Smith as Edna Turnblad. Season Sponsors: Mike Lewis & Associates, Attorneys at Law and YES! Weekly Show Sponsors: Lida Calvert Hayes and David Hayes Who: Book by Thomas Meehan & Mark O’Donnell Music by Marc Shaiman Lyrics by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman
Based on the New Line Cinema film, written and directed by John Waters Directed by Jamie Lawson Cast: Jessie Stewart as Tracey Turnblad, John C Wilson as Link Larkin, Gray Smith as Edna Turnblad, Neil Shepherd as Wilbur Turnblad, Heather Jaynes as Velma Von Tussle, Taylor Bechtold as Amber Von Tussle, Jalik Roberson as Seaweed, and Dee Curry as Motormouth Mabel When: Friday, July 12, at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at 8 p.m. Friday, July 19, at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at 2 p.m. Where: Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance 1047 Northwest Blvd.
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (PG-13) LUXURY SEATING Fri & Sat: 11:30 AM, 2:25, 5:20, 8:15, 11:10 Sun: 11:30 AM, 2:25, 5:20, 8:15 Mon: 1:15, 4:25, 7:10, 10:00 Tue - Thu: 11:30 AM, 2:25, 5:20, 8:15 YESTERDAY (PG-13) LUXURY SEATING Fri - Thu: 11:05 AM, 1:40, 4:15, 7:00, 9:35 JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 PARABELLUM (R) LUXURY SEATING Fri - Thu: 11:00 AM, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20 CRAWL (R) Fri & Sat: 12:40, 3:00, 5:10, 7:35, 9:45, 11:50 Sun - Thu: 12:40, 3:00, 5:10, 7:35, 9:45 STUBER (R) Fri & Sat: 12:10, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:30, 11:45 Sun - Thu: 12:10, 2:35, 4:55, 7:15, 9:30 TRESPASSERS (NR) Fri - Thu: 11:25 AM, 1:35, 3:40, 5:50, 8:00, 10:05 MIDSOMMAR (R) Fri & Sat: 11:30 AM, 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 11:30 Sun - Thu: 11:30 AM, 2:30, 5:30, 8:30 SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (PG-13) Fri & Sat: 12:25, 1:15, 3:15, 4:25, 7:10, 9:00, 10:00, 11:50 Sun: 12:25, 1:15, 3:15, 4:25, 7:10, 9:00, 10:00 Mon: 11:30 AM, 12:25, 2:25, 3:15, 5:20, 8:15, 9:00 Tue & Wed: 12:25, 1:15, 3:15, 4:25, 7:10, 9:00, 10:00 Thu: 12:25, 1:15, 3:15, 4:25, 7:10, 10:00 AVENGERS: ENDGAME (PG-13) Fri - Thu: 11:00 AM, 2:45, 6:30, 10:15 YESTERDAY (PG-13) Fri & Sat: 11:55 PM
ANNABELLE COMES HOME (R) Fri & Sat: 11:40 AM, 2:05, 4:40, 7:05, 9:30, 11:55 Sun - Thu: 11:40 AM, 2:05, 4:40, 7:05, 9:30 TOY STORY 4 (G) Fri - Sun: 11:10 AM, 12:20, 1:30, 2:40, 3:50, 5:00, 6:10, 7:20, 8:30, 9:40, 10:40 Mon - Thu: 11:10 AM, 12:20, 1:30, 2:40, 3:50, 5:0 0, 6:10, 7:20, 8:30, 9:40 LATE NIGHT (R) Fri - Thu: 11:25 AM, 1:50, 9:50 MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL (PG-13) Fri - Wed: 6:05 PM ROCKETMAN (R) Fri - Thu: 4:15, 7:00
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MIDSOMMAR (R) Fri: 6:15, 9:00 Sat: 12:00, 2:45, 6:15, 9:00 Sun: 12:00, 2:45, 6:15 Mon - Thu: 5:45, 8:45 WILD ROSE (R) Fri: 3:00, 5:30, 8:00 Sat: 10:30 AM, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 Sun: 10:00 AM, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00 Mon: 4:30 PM, Tue: 3:00, 5:30, 8:00 Wed: 5:30 PM, Thu: 3:00, 5:30, 8:00 YESTERDAY (PG-13) Fri: 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 Sat: 10:00 AM, 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00 Sun: 10:30 AM, 1:00, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 Mon: 6:00, 8:30, Tue: 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 Wed: 6:00 PM, Thu: 3:30, 6:00, 8:30 THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO (R) Fri: 6:30, 9:15, Sat: 10:45 AM, 6:30, 9:15 Sun: 10:45 AM, 6:30, Mon & Tue: 9:00 PM Wed: 9:15 PM, Thu: 9:00 PM LATE NIGHT (R) Fri: 4:00 PM Sat & Sun: 1:30, 4:00 Mon: 6:30 PM, Tue: 4:00, 6:30 Wed: 6:30 PM Thu: 4:00, 6:30
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HOW MUCH: $16-$18 Tickets and more information: www.brownpapertickets.com/ event/4188088 !
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[NEWS OF THE WEIRD] BRIGHT IDEA
Arby’s has turned the trend toward plant-based “burgers” on its head with the new Marrot: a carrot made out of meat. Vice reported that Arby’s has definitively rejected Chuck Shepherd the plant-based meats movement. “(W)hat Americans really want ... is great, tasty meat,” said Jim Taylor, Arby’s chief marketing officer. “So we said if others can make meat out of vegetables, why can’t we make vegetables out of meat?” The Marrot is made by rolling raw ground turkey breast into a carrot shape, cooking it sous-vide for an hour, covering it with a special “carrot marinade,” and then oven-roasting it for another hour. Bon appetit!
THE LITIGIOUS SOCIETY
Tommy Martin, 58, of Mount Holly, North Carolina, hopes to see Hardee’s in federal court after a “humiliating” incident at a Belmont store in which Martin was given just two Hash Rounds
on his breakfast plate, rather than the half-dozen or so depicted on the company’s website. Martin, who is black, told The News and Observer that he felt like he was in a scene from the segregated 1960s when he asked for more. “The manager came back and said that what you get. Got home with tear in mine eye,” Martin said in the handwritten lawsuit filed June 24 in U.S. District Court in Charlotte. The cashier was prepared to give him more Hash Rounds, Martin said, but the manager, who is white, stepped in and gave him a refund instead.
A cafe in Bangkok, Thailand, is encouraging customers to “experience the death awareness” and reflect more on their lives by inviting patrons to get into a coffin and spend some time with the lid closed after finishing their coffee. Death Awareness Cafe owner Veeranut Rojanaprapa told United Press International that the practice encourages people not to be driven by greed. “When the lid of the coffin closes ... they will realize that eventually they cannot take anything with them.” (Hope there are air holes.)
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After her husband suffered a stroke in 2012, Junghee Kim Spicer, owner of the Yakima (Washington) Arts Academy, increased the number of piano students she taught in her home, angering neighbor Paul Patnode, who complained and forced Spicer to get a permit that limited the hours and number of students she could teach each day, reported the Yakima Herald. Spicer complied, according to court documents, but Patnode, unsatisfied, sued her and lost that case in 2014. Undeterred, Patnode changed tactics: From November 2015 through March 2016, he parked his diesel pickup truck next to Spicer’s home, remotely revving the engine and setting off the truck’s alarm each time a student walked by. Spicer and her husband won a $40,000 settlement in their resulting lawsuit, and on June 25, the Division III Court of Appeals upheld that ruling. Chief Judge Robert Lawrence-Berry wrote: “(Mr. Patnode) intended to achieve through harassment what he had been unable to achieve through legal means.”
GOVERNMENT IN ACTION
Health Canada has issued a seemingly obvious warning to consumers of Venus Simply3 razors: They pose a potential cutting hazard. CTV News reported that the four-packs, sold at Walmart, have been recalled because “the blades ... can become misaligned ... and pose a higher risk of cuts during use.” No one in Canada has reported being cut.
July 13th - 11 to 4 pm Over 30 artists, live music & food trucks Free entry & parking
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Two-year-old Rayna McNeil of San Diego is an early adopter of online shopping. In late June, as Rayna played with her mom’s mobile phone, she managed to purchase a $430 couch from Amazon. Mom Isabella McNeil told KNSD she had been scrolling through some couches on her phone before handing it off to Rayna, but she didn’t realize the toddler had made the purchase until a few days later, when she got a “Your couch has shipped” alert. “I didn’t remember ordering a couch,” she said. It was too late to cancel
the order, so McNeil plans to resell the item locally. “Lesson learned,” McNeil said. She will make sure apps are closed in the future.
THE CLASSIC HEADLINE
Police officers in Manchester, New Hampshire, were called to a local hotel on June 28 after Matthew Williams, 35, of Nashua was reported to be behaving “erratically” — shouting, throwing things and “acting aggressive,” according to Fox News. Officers called in a K9 unit, and when the dog entered the hotel room, Williams allegedly “wrapped his arms around the dog and struggled with him,” eventually growling and biting the dog on the top of the head, police said. Williams was charged with resisting arrest, simple assault and willful interference with police dogs; authorities said the dog was not harmed.
Little Sebastian Swenson of Blaine, Minnesota, wanted Reese’s candy and he wanted it NOW. So on the morning of June 11, the 4-year-old climbed into the front seat of his great-grandfather’s Hyundai Santa Fe and drove at low speeds to a nearby gas station, where police met him. To accomplish this, according to Fox9, he had to reverse out of the driveway and navigate winding residential streets before getting onto a busy four-lane avenue in rush-hour traffic. Along the way, he dinged a few mailboxes and a tree, but he arrived safe and sound. Blaine police Capt. Mark Boerboom told Fox News, “I’ve never seen a driver this young before operating a vehicle.”
In Rybnik, Poland, a 68-year-old woman who was completing the “maneuvers” part of her driving exam struck and killed a 35-year-old driving examiner on June 24. Police believe the victim was testing another candidate at the time, the Daily Record reported. Deputy Police Commissioner Ryszard Czepczor said it was unknown how the accident happened; the woman was in a state of shock afterward, “and because of that, speaking to her would be quite difficult.” ! © 2019 Chuck Shepherd. Universal Press Syndicate. Send your weird news items with subject line WEIRD NEWS to WeirdNewsTips@ amuniversal.com.
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Living with HIV: The treatment, stigma and road to acceptance
Everything has changed, including the use of the word ‘AIDS,’” said Amy Reese, clinical director of Triad Health Project in Greensboro. “People, even the docs, usually refer to it as ‘Advanced HIV’ now, because the word ‘AIDS’ is so pejorative and carries its own stigma.” Triad Health Project is a nonprofit Katie Murawski located in Greensboro and High Point that offers free testing, health education, and case management Editor of people living with HIV and their families. Reese said anyone who is HIV-positive in Guilford County is eligible for assistance from THP and its resources such as, “housing, substance abuse treatment, mental health, support, transportation, food, and anything else that people might need to live.” Reese said that when THP first started up until about 10-12 years ago, it was approved by the state to serve six counties. “But fortunately, over time, those counties have other representation; they have their own now, so we are not covering such a large area.” Reese said even though much has changed, there is also much that has stayed the same since the HIV/ AIDS pandemic of the 1980s. She said the treatment is “insanely effective right now” with nine regiments of combination medications with few side effects, and some that are only one pill a day. “The treatment is 1,000 light years ahead of what it was in the beginning,” she added. “First, there were no meds, then came meds, but they were toxic and had horrible side effects, and the pill burden was enormous-like people taking 25 pills a day. They weren’t really clear about whether the medications were effective, specifically at that point.” With the addition of PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), a prevention medication for people who are HIV-negative, Reese said the chances of spreading HIV could be controlled. She said PrEP contains Truvada, (also an HIV treatment medication) and “the chance of transmission is like less than 1%, if at all.” “It is difficult to get, though,” Reese said of PrEP. “Not that many providers know about it, which is crazy. Ask your doctor the next time you go.” However, Reese said that acceptance and public perception of HIV has not improved since the 1980s. “Everything has changed except for the stigma associated with HIV,” Reese said. Which is why, she said, THP takes confidentiality very seriously. Everyone who comes into THP signs a confidentiality form, the number for THP is blocked to the recipient, and patients are asked if THP is allowed to leave a voicemail and if they wanted to receive mail at home. “We are very, very careful about confidentiality,” she said. “People are still very afraid of their status being known to other people without their permission, just in terms of community gossip.” YES! WEEKLY
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Triad Health Project’s clinical director, Amy Reese, standing beside a quilt that hangs outside her office in memory of James McNair, who was an advocate for HIV prevention and treatment, and volunteer with THP Reese said that a common denominator with clients that she has noticed is the fear of someone finding out their status. She said some clients who take the big step to tell their families about their status, now have to use paper plates and plastic silverware or be followed around with bleach. “There is that much misinformation,” Reese said. “Guilford County Schools, have their own sexual health education, but it really doesn’t have anything about HIV. And our new diagnoses are what? In their 20s.” According to THP’s 2017-18 annual report, THP reached more than 2,585 people with health education, testing and services, and THP’s Preventative Services served 2,041 clients. THP’s Direct Client Services served 544 clients that ranged from ages 17 to 80 years old. Of those clients, 62 % were male, 36 % were female, and 2 % reported a gender “other than male or female.” According to the report, 80% of the clients were African American, while 14 % were Caucasian, 6 % were listed as other, and 4 % listed as Hispanic. “Eighty-two percent of THP clients were living with incomes at or below 100 % of the Federal Poverty Level, and 29 % of clients had $0 income,” the report states.
“Eighty-eight percent of THP clients reported a history of one or more complicating factors such as homelessness, mental illness, or substance abuse.” Both Taylor Hicks, THP case manager, and Reese debunked a widely-held belief that gay men are only affected by HIV. Reese said that anyone from heterosexual women to IV drug users could contract HIV. “We just started partnering with GC STOP (Guilford County Solution to the Opioid Problem) in our High Point office,” she said. “We are trying to break into that population because there is such a problem in High Point with the opioid epidemic.” Roselynn Arroin does work with Triad Health Project, and also works with the Guilford Green Foundation, and serves as a community navigator (which is someone who is educated in prevention and treatment, among other health educators) for weCare with Wake Forest Baptist Health. Arroin believes that a lack of sex education is to blame for the stigma that still surrounds HIV, and that sex education must start at a young age. “If our educational system wasn’t missing funding and if we did teach sex ed in our schools,” Arroin said,
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THP health educator, Scott Trent, getting ready to draw my blood and test for HIV “you know, North Carolina is pretty high up on the list for contraction of any known STD… I think it is a little backward down here. North Carolina is not sex-positive; it is hush-hush.” She also believes the politics of the United States (and North Carolina) are more focused on things that aren’t as important rather than the health of its people. “In politics, we are more worried about things we shouldn’t be worried about, than things we actually do need to take care of here at home,” she said. “If we don’t push these advances in a public spotlight, then people won’t take advantage of this.” To combat the stigma surrounding HIV, Arroin said, the community needs to put their differences aside and rally behind the common goal, which should be the health of the people and fighting the HIV pandemic. “I really truly believe that HIV/AIDS can be eradicated, everyone can have health care, and we wouldn’t have to worry about coming in contact with someone who is infectious, and possibly share their status on forward, and furthering the pandemic.” Leigh Brown, 58, is a transgender woman who has been living with HIV for about 30 years. Brown grew up
in foster care, has lived on the streets of New York City, and is now regularly volunteering with THP’s High Point location. “One day I was down at the health department, and I heard that you could get a sandwich for free [if you got tested], so I went in to get me a sandwich,” Brown said. “I got the results, and I ran.” For a while, Brown fought the ability to accept the truth. But now Brown said that 90% of having HIV is learning acceptance; but said the burden of knowing what one’s status can be “hard on you physically, morally, and mentally.” “I believe in God, I really do,” Brown said. “I remember I had a T-cell count of zero for four months, and they wondered why I was still alive. I’ve had PCP pneumonia, bacterial pneumonia, double pneumonia for no apparent reason, then the night sweats and the terrors. I am married to this woman, and she is not affected? It really got me.” Brown was off an on treatment but was never consistent because of not having a stable living arrangement. “Going back to the late ‘80s, early ‘90s for me, I did not know I was infected,” Brown said. “I should have JULY 10-16, 2019 YES! WEEKLY
known better because I had a very risky lifestyle...I don’t remember where I got it at, but I do know one thing, I do know that it was my own fault. For not paying attention.” Brown said when the HIV medication, AZT, came out, a lot of friends fell apart. “It gave people hope, but it also [affected] their ability to walk, and the side effects were so phenomenal that they didn’t even mark half of them. It is like this new thing with Viread and Truvada; I was on it for a whole year, and after taking it, I can hardly walk.” Brown was living in the East Village and watched a lot of neighbors die off and homeless people that couldn’t afford the medication, “and I was one of those people,” Brown said. “If it hadn’t of been for the Ryan White Fund, I swear to God, I wouldn’t be here now.” Even though Brown had a tumultuous time growing up in New York City, there were still instances of normalcy. Brown worked in law enforcement, has studied to be an EMT, and has three daughters and two granddaughters, all of which Brown loves very much. “[My ex-wife] has stuck with me and still sticks with me, we are very much best friends,” Brown said. “As a matter of fact, I think it is better that we are friends like this than when we were married. Cause she’ll buy me clothes, I’ll buy her clothes, and it is not boy clothes, thank you, Jesus.” Brown said the social acceptance of HIV in the media is at least trying. But as far as acceptance goes in the “black and poor communities, it is not there.” “It is no longer a death sentence in the physical body, but it is a death sentence in the social standing,” Brown said. “Even though people say they accept you because you are HIV-positive, but do you know how hard it is to find a dentist to work on you?” One thing Brown stresses is the importance of taking HIV medications as prescribed and continuing treatment instead of getting off and on like before. Right now, Brown is taking about six pills a day, compared to about 23 pills that used to be the regiment. “This is my reason,” Brown said while showing me a picture of a chipper and cute toddler, which was Brown’s granddaughter. “I got sick, they hospitalized me,” Brown said. “Then these trays of pills over and over again. I felt wanted so, OK, I did them, but when I hit the street, I didn’t want anything to do with that shit. It is going to go away [I thought], I’m going to pray it away, and I am going to be OK. Until the next bout of pneumonia hits you and your kids gotta beg you to get in the car so they can take you to the hospital.” But even still, Brown doesn’t feel optimistic and the feeling of loneliness hits. “I am at a point where I am just waiting, honey,” Brown said. “That is real honesty. I get tired as shit sometimes, you know, you want to go out and meet somebody...but you can’t go out with them.” Brown said THP’s women’s meetings are a “little tiny ray of hope” that is needed to keep those living with HIV alive. Brown’s advice to those living with HIV is to “put your seatbelt on because it is a hell of a ride.” “It is going to take you places in your heart and mind that you never thought you’d ever be,” Brown said. YES! WEEKLY
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Leigh Brown, volunteer with Triad Health Project in High Point, has been living with HIV for almost 30 years “You have to fight your own personal guilt and your own personal feeling of being sorry for yourself...You know the assassin’s name, it is just at what point does he catch
up with you?” “You can’t give up; you just can’t,” Brown added. THP offers free HIV testing (and other STI testing) at their offices in Greensboro on Mondays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m., and in High Point, on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. I went last month to get tested and observed the process. First, I was given a confidentiality sheet assuring that my information would be kept private. Then, I was given another form that asked about risk factors, such as, whether I was having unprotected sex and a question about what gender my partner(s) were. It also asked about medical history, whether or not I had an STI before, and my general contact information. After filling out the sheet, I was led into the office of one of the health educators who talked about prevention methods and answered any questions I had regard-
ing the subject. After that, I was led to the back and asked for a urine sample and a blood sample. After that, I was asked to fill out a brief survey about my experience, and I was free to go. The whole process took about 30 minutes, and the staff on-hand that day was pleasant and made me feel welcomed and comfortable. Reese said if any business wants THP to come out and test people, they are there and always waiting for an invitation. “There is a way for us to see an end to this,” Reese said. “It is just a matter of educating as many people as possible and trying to make sure people who are positive, are seen as people, and not as a disease. That is all. It is just going to take talking about it, and supporting each other, and we can totally be done with it.” Triad Health Project will hold its Ron Johnson Red Ribbon Run and AIDS Walk on Nov. 9 in downtown Greensboro. ! 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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Roller Derby Interest Fair and Boot Camp July 17 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Skate South (208 W Fairfield Rd, High Point)
We are looking for skaters, referees, non-skating officials, and volunteers!
Free event to answer questions about roller derby, discuss what skating for GSORD entails, and what is expected at try-outs, including basic skating skills. The Boot Camp is a demonstration of what will be expected at try-outs. Don’t know how to skate? GSORD’s training committee will teach you all the basics!
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July 26 from 6 to 8 p.m Brown Recreation Center 302 E Vandalia Rd., Greensboro
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Come to the mountain: Greensboro Southern-rock trio has a workmanlike attitude, solid riffs
eau Wigington has led multiple lives as a musician. He’s played in biker bars. He’s done musical theater. He did a stretch of the Americana singerJohn Adamian songwriter thing. @johnradamian He’s written songs more or less for hire, along the lines of a Contributor jingle writer. He lived, worked and made the rounds of club stages in the musiccentric cities of Los Angeles and Nashville. Wigington is the frontman of Greensborobased Chuck Mountain, a riffy Southernrock-tinged trio. For the last couple of years, the band has been steadily playing shows, writing and recording tunes, and making a video or two. I spoke to Wigington by phone last year about his music, and about Chuck Mountain. The band plays Bull’s Tavern in Winston-Salem on Thursday, July 11. Wigington went to college in Greensboro, where he studied to be an actor, before heading to Southern California, “and never acted again,” he said. He may have abandoned his plans of a career in T.V. and film, but his time as an acting student prepared him for the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, in a way. He had voice lessons that helped him out as a singer, and his theater instructors taught him how to zero-in on the emotional core of what he’s doing, how to carry himself on stage, and how to get in the expressive zone without a lot of head games. After returning to North Carolina a little
over two years ago, Wigington has used the move as a way to recalibrate his focus. “Since moving to Greensboro, a lot of my writing has been focused on cautionary tales. I found when I lived in bigger cities; I fell down the wrong path,” Wigington said. “That’s a big personal thing I’m working on, trying to be the responsible adult. It’s been a long road.” Working as a bartender isn’t always the easiest way to affirm one’s commitment to the traditional values of adulthood, but Wigington said the bar culture in North Carolina is a little less excessive than Nashville. At previous stints behind the bar, Wigington said he was a little selfdestructive, but these days, he focuses his energies on collecting ideas. “Bartending has always been one of my biggest wells for inspiration for songs,” he said. “You’re a psychotherapist, and you can tell the story.” Wigington has a knack for the key detail that can make a lyric stand out and play over again in a listener’s mind. On “Got Nobody,” the band’s most recent single, he sings about the ways that one’s habits and patterns of behavior can reinforce a life of sadness, frustration, and loneliness. It’s about “being trapped by your ways,” said Wigington about the idea behind the song. “It’s like waiting for the bus in the rain when it’s already been,” he sings. Anyone who’s ever relied on public transit knows the creeping self-pity and resentment that can be a part of the experience.
“Everybody’s got a haunted heart,” he sings elsewhere on the same song. Another single, “The Devil,” conjures a world where demonic forces are part of the mundane everyday atmosphere, where dark energy almost seems to emanate up from the Earth. After a rainfall, when the sun is out and making a mist on the ground, Wigington envisions something Satanic lurking. “The devil likes the steam around his hooves when he walks,” sings Wigington, capturing a cinematic image in one line. The devil in the song isn’t necessarily the devil of the Bible and popular religious imagination. “It’s more about the idea of being trapped, being confined in your own will, feeling held back and controlled,” Wigington said. That song was a part of what Wigington conceived of as being a series of songs, a sort of concept album, based on the cards of the Tarot deck. “I’ve been a very big fan of Tarot cards and mysticism for quite some time,” Wigington said. “I was working through the songs as they kind of talked to me. ‘The Devil’ was one of the first ones that I wrote.” Chuck Mountain play bluesy riff-rock with a Southern-rock core. These are songs that would sound right at home in those biker bars that Wigington used to play at in California. Wigington and his bandmates — Jeff Wysosky on bass and backing vocals,
and Sammi Prints on drums — have been rehearsing and gigging quite a bit. They’ve got several hours of material for extended club sets. And Wigington said they would be releasing a single every month or so until they’ve assembled enough for a full-length record. There are also plans for mini-tours that will take Chuck Mountain to Nashville. When he’s not working on Chuck Mountain material or bartending or performing, Wigington keeps busy writing songs for the personalized gift-song company Songfinch, which provides customers with one-of-a-kind, tailor-made songs to commemorate occasions or mark significant life events, or just for fun. It keeps his songwriting chops sharpened, and it means that melodies, hooks, chord changes, and ideas never stop percolating. Wigington has a remarkably eager attitude about working on projects like that. For him, if it’s at all musical, it’s worth doing, and it’s what he’s committed to working on. He’s not turning his nose up at projects or rolling his eyes about the work. There might even be some choice life lessons to be learned by this kind of a slog. “It took many years of being jaded and cynical to not be jaded and cynical,” he said. ! 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 Chuck Mountain at Bull’s Tavern, 408 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem, on Thursday, July 11, at 8 p.m.
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218 South Fayetteville St. | 336.610.3722 foursaintsbrewing.com Jul 12: The Burnt Biscuits Jul 13: Emma Lee
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6000 Meadowbrook Mall Ct | 336.448.5330 Jul 12: DJ Bald-E Jul 13: Jill Goodson Band Jul 19: DJ Bald-E
GREEN HERON ALE HOUSE 1110 Flinchum Rd | 336.593.4733 greenheronclub.com Jul 13: Mike Mitch Trio Jul 27: Scott Moss and the Hundred Dollar Handshake
129 W Main St | 336.258.8240 reevestheater.com Jul 18: Todd Snider w/ Molly Thomas Jul 19: Reeves House Band plays Led Zeppelin Jul 20: James Tucker w/ Bill West Jul 26: Front Country Jul 27: Memphis Thunder feat. Taylor Vaden
2900 Patterson St #A | 336.632.9889 arizonapetes.com Jul 12: 1-2-3 Friday
ARTISTIKA NIGHT CLUB
523 S Elm St | 336.271.2686 artistikanightclub.com Jul 12: DJ Dan the Player Jul 13: DJ Paco and DJ Dan the Player
BARN DINNER THEATRE
120 Stage Coach Tr. | 336.292.2211 Jul 13: Soul Sistas of Gospel Jul 19: Stephen Freeman: Rockin’ Tribute To The King Aug 3: Stephen Freeman: Rockin’ Tribute To The King Aug 24: Wonderwall - A Tribute To The Beatles
505 N. Greene St Jul 12: Doug and Deland Jul 19: Tom Warren Jul 26: Dave Moran Aug 2: Chaisaray and John Ray Aug 9: Gerry Stanek Aug 16: Stewart Coley Aug 23: Chad Barnard Aug 30: Tyler Long
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1819 Spring Garden St | 336.272.9888 theblindtiger.com Jul 11: The Light It Up Tour w/ A Light Divided & Lydia Can’t Breathe Jul 13: Summer Reggae w/ Pure Fiyah Jul 17: Light The Torch w/ Moon Tooth Jul 18: Ready For The Stage Showcase Jul 19: Dirty Logic - A Steely Dan Tribute Jul 20: EMO Raleigh presents Get Sad Y’all Jul 21: Jelly Roll Jul 25: Bad PPL Collective
310 S. Greene Street | 336.333.2605 carolinatheatre.com Jul 13: Crown Mountain Jam Jul 18: Ashley Heath and Her Heathens Jul 20: Coddle Creek Jul 25: Violet Bell Jul 26: Unspoken Tradition
THE CORNER BAR
1700 Spring Garden St | 336.272.5559 corner-bar.com Jul 11: Live Thursdays
SAMMY PHILLIPS & LA PALINA CIGARS July 11 from 6:00-11:30pm As always we will have the best deals, serving food with Pepper Estrada, liqour tastings with Rosalie L Ramdass, live music by Kelsey Hurley and an exclusive video screening! Tickets: $30 for non-members / $20 for members CIGAR AT THE DOOR! 1628 BATTLEGROUND AVENUE, GREENSBORO, NC, 27408 / (336) 288.4484 / WWW.HAVANAPHILS.COM YES! WEEKLY
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NCDOT TO HOST A PUBLIC MEETING ON JULY 25TH FOR THE PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS OF IDLEWILD RD IN MECKLENBURG AND UNION COUNTIES.
11602 S Elm Ave | 336.698.388 Jul 13: The Two’s - Push On Tour Jul 27: Mtroknwn Sep 18: Andrew Kasab
117 S Elm St | 336.378.9646 cdecgreensboro.com Jul 13: L.A.Guns Jul 20: Absolute Queen Jul 23: Buckcherry Jul 27: Stunna 4 Vegas
STIP Project No. U-4913 The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes to widen Idlewild Road to a multi-lane, mediandivided roadway approximately 500 ft west of Barney Drive to Rockwell Drive, modify the existing I-485 interchange with a “Diverging Diamond” interchange (DDI), and construct a roundabout at the intersection of Idlewild Road and Stallings Road, in Mecklenburg and Union Counties. The purpose of this project is to provide additional traffic carrying capacity along Idlewild Road, provide accommodations for bicycles and pedestrians, and provide improvements for the intersections at
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1635 New Garden Rd | 336.288.4544 hamsrestaurants.com Jul 12: Cumberland Drive
LEVENELEVEN BREWING 1111 Coliseum Blvd | 336.265.8600 Jul 10: Doug Baker Jul 13: Chris McIvor Jul 17: John Stevens Jul 24: BigdumbHick Jeff Wall
LITTLE BROTHER BREWING
348 South Elm St | 336.510.9678 Jul 20: VIva La Muerte
Thursday July 25th 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please note that there will not be a formal presentation. At the meeting NCDOT representatives will display maps and be available to answer questions and receive comments. Comments and information received will be taken into consideration as work on the project develops. Written comments or questions can also be submitted at the meeting or may be done by phone, email or mail no later than August 8th. As information becomes available, it may be viewed at the U-4913 project website: https://publicinput.com/Idlewild-widening For additional information contact:
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NCDOT Project Consultant, James Voso, PE, Project Engineer (Mattern & Craig) by phone at (828) 254-2201 or via email at email@example.com or Carl Gibilaro, Project Manager, NCDOT Division 10, by mail at 716 W. Main Street, Albemarle, NC 28001 by phone at (980) 229-4091, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this workshop. Anyone requiring special services should contact Kayla Weber by phone at (919) 707-6061 or by email at email@example.com as early as possible so that arrangements can be made.
Persons who do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.
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5105 Michaux Road | 336.282.0950 rodystavern.com Jul 22: Radio Revolver Jul 12: Stereo Doll
thE iDiOt bOx cOmEDY club
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thE W biStRO & baR 324 Elm St | 336.763.4091 @thewdowntown Jul 4: Karaoke Jul 5: live DJ Jul 6: live DJ
aFtER hOuRS tavERn 1614 N Main St | 336.883.4113 afterhourstavern.net Jul 5: Karaoke
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2762 NC-68 #109 | 336.307.2567 Jul 13: Dylan branson Jul 20: turpentine Shine aug 17: Susanna macfarlane & Jamie Pruitt
5840 Samet Dr | 336.887.2434 hamsrestaurants.com Jul 12: Rockit Science Jul 13: Spare change Jul 19: ultimate Rock machine Jul 20: brothers Pearl
118 E Main St | 336.207.1999 thedeckatrivertwist.com Jul 11: bradley Steele Jul 12: the Dickens Jul 13: Radio Revolver Jul 18: cory luetjen Jul 19: Stereo Doll Jul 20: Spindle 45 Jul 25: Emma millard Jul 26: Jukebox Junkie
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221 N Main St. | 336.497.4822 facebook.com/BreatheCocktailLounge Jul 26: Stephen legree band aug 30: bDm
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841 Old Winston Rd | 336.497.4727 jpeppers.com Jul 11: James vincent carrol Jul 18: Justin Fulp Jul 25: James vincent carrol
OlD nicK’S Pub
191 Lowes Foods Dr | 336.747.3059 OldNicksPubNC.com Jul 12: Karaoke Jul 13: Dante’s Roadhouse Jul 20: big Daddy mojo Jul 26: Karaoke Jul 27: Disaster Recovery band
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101 S. Fayetteville St | 336.622.3844 TheLibertyShowcase.com Jul 20: tim White & the Song of the mountains Road Show aug 3: nathan Stanley w/ Dewey & leslie brown and the carolina Gentlemen aug 17: Gene Watson Sep 7: charlie thomas & the Drifters
408 West 4th St | 336.331.3431 facebook.com/bulls-tavern Jul 12: heads up Penny Jul 13: Smashat Jul 19: Farm Guitar Greats 1: trower Power, ledneck, moore bettah blues Jul 20: Jukebox Rehab YES! WEEKLY
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NCDOT TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING FOR PROPOSED GRADE SEPARATION AT HILLTOP ROAD RAIL CROSSING IN GUILFORD COUNTY
FIDDLIN’ FISH BREWING COMPANY 772 Trade St | 336.999.8945 fiddlinfish.com Jul 12: Phase Band Jul 28: Camel City Blues
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638 W 4th St | 336.777.3348 foothillsbrewing.com Jul 10: Hazy Ridge Bluegrass Band Jul 13: Greg Wilson & Second Wind Jul 14: Sunday Jazz Jul 17: Turpentine Shine Jul 20: The Clanky Lincolns Jul 21: Sunday Jazz Jul 24: The Eversole Brothers Jul 27: Redleg Husky Jul 28: Sunday Jazz
The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing a grade separation at the Hilltop Road
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4926 Country Club Rd | 336.529.6230 macandnellisws.com Jul 13: Mike Bustin Jul 18: Acoustin Jam Jul 25: JBR
MILLENNIUM CENTER 101 West 5th Street | 336.723.3700 MCenterevents.com
630 S Stratford Rd | 336.768.2221 milnerfood.com Jul 14: Live Jazz
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(S.R. 1424) rail crossing (722361Y) of the Norfolk Southern “main” line in Guilford County. The purpose of this project is to improve train and vehicular safety in the project area. A public meeting will be held Thursday, July 18 from 5-7 p.m. at the Korean United Methodist Church located at 2504 E. Woodlyn Way in Greensboro. The public may attend at any time during the meeting hours. Please note there will be no formal
At the meeting there will be maps of the proposed plans as well as project team members who will be available to answer your questions and receive feedback. All comments will be taken into consideration as the project progresses. The opportunity to submit written comments will be provided at the meeting or can be done via phone, email, or mail no later than Aug. 18. As information becomes available, it may be viewed on the project webpage: https://publicinput.com/hilltop-road-rail-crossing.
5455 Bethania Rd | 336.923.8623 Jul 12: The Get Right Band Jul 18: Alexandra Kay Jul 19: Wonderwall - Beatles Tribute Jul 20: Arkansauce Aug 3: The Gravy Boys
For additional information please contact NCDOT Senior Rail Project Development
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170 W 9th St | 336.754.9714 Jul 11: Charley Crockett Jul 12: The Civics, None the Wiser Jul 13: Absolute 80’s, Gan Family Rocks Jul 24: Cosmic Honky Tonk Revue Jul 26: The Vagabond Saints’ Society: The Music of The Cars Jul 27: Silent Disco w/ DJ SK & DJ Poochie LaFever
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826 Angelo Bros Ave | 336.725.0008 Jul 31: Into The Fog WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
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Persons who do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.
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BONUS Master Classes with EMF Faculty & Guest Artists | Young Artists Recitals FREE & Open to the Public! Young Artists Chamber Recital | Wed., July 10 | 6:30 PM Renée Jolles, violin | Thu., July 11 | 4 PM Awadagin Pratt, piano | Fri., July 12 | 4 PM Young Artists Piano Recital | Sun., July 14 | 3 PM Norman Kreiger, piano | Tue., July 16 | 4 PM Master Classes held in Sternberger Auditorium, Guilford College, unless otherwise noted.
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last call [LEO (July 23 to August 22) There’s something about you Fine Felines that makes people want to tell you secrets. But once again, be wary of who is doing the telling. You might not want to be that person’s confidante. [VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Creating a fuss about a family matter might get everyone’s attention. But it might be better to talk one-on-one with family members in order to spare a loved one unnecessary embarrassment. [LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) You’re making progress on that career move, albeit not as quickly as you had hoped. But stay with it. Your personal life takes an unexpected (but very welcome) new turn. [SCORPIO (October 23 to November
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[HOROSCOPES] [SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Devising your own system of doing things might be the best way to handle an increasingly complex situation. But do it tactfully in order to avoid ruffling too many of your colleagues’ feathers. [CAPRICORN (December 22 to Janu-
ary 19) A family member’s health problem might once again require you to shift some of your current priorities around. But this time, make certain other relatives will be there to help.
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ary 18) Catching up on tasks you’ve left undone will take a while to accomplish. But the sooner you complete them, the sooner you’ll be able to take on another time-sensitive project.
[PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You might feel swamped by all that you’re expected to do. But take a moment to come up for air, then handle things one at a time, and you’ll soon get through them all.
[ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Is someone at work resisting that Aries charm? Hard to believe. But seriously, Lamb, you might want to back up your ideas with some solid data, and then watch the yeas pile on. [TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your hard work could pay off in ways you didn’t expect, but certainly deserve. Tend to that pesky health problem now so you’ll be in top shape to tackle the new projects coming up. [GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Planning a family event can be stressful unless you make it clear from the start that you’re in charge. You might accept suggestions, but it will be your decisions that count. [CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You still have a way to go to bring that professional matter to a satisfactory conclusion. Meanwhile, an important personal situation could require more of your attention by week’s end. © 2019 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.
[THE ADVICE GODDESS] love • sex • dating • marriage • questions
BAPTISM BY LIAR
I was talking with this guy whom I’ve known for over six years who lives a plane ride away. It was late at night on a weekend, and he was saying all this Amy Alkon mushy sexy stuff and how he wanted Advice to fly me out to his Goddess city, blah, blah, blah. Afterward, he never called or texted again. It’s been weeks now. He’s done this before — come on really hot and heavy and then disappeared. And he doesn’t drink or do drugs, so that isn’t an explanation. Why do men do this? — Feeling Dumb For Believing...Again Well, on the upside, he isn’t afraid to express his feelings. On the downside, if you’re like many women, you prefer your relationships long-form — more Nicholas Sparks’ “The Notebook” than 3M’s “The Post-it Note.” You aren’t the only one on these calls who buys into everything the guy says he has in store for you (and no, I’m not suggesting there’s an FBI agent listening in from a “cable company” van). While this guy is on the phone with you, chances are he believes what he’s telling you — which is to say, deception has a brother, and it’s self-deception. Evolutionary biologist Robert Trivers
defines self-deception as “the active misrepresentation of reality to the conscious mind.” As for how the self can end up being “both the deceiver and the deceived,” Trivers and fellow evolutionary researcher William von Hippel explain that our mind seems to have “information-processing biases” that “favor welcome over unwelcome information” in a way that reflects our goals. (Think rose-colored horse blinders.) Trivers and von Hippel note that believing our own hooey helps us sell it to other people: If you aren’t conscious that you’re lying, you won’t be burdened by the mental costs of maintaining “two separate representations of reality” or show physical signs of nervousness at possibly getting caught, such as a higherpitched voice. Understanding all of this, you should probably go easy on yourself for being a bit of a slow learner on the “fool me twice” thing. If this guy was also putting one over on himself in these phone conversations, that probably made it much more believable to you. Mark him as emotionally toxic and come up with a plan in case he calls again. Options include blocking his number, not picking up, or figuring out how to control the conversation if he veers off into Sweetnothingsville. On a positive note, it does seem he’s accidentally telling the truth in one area: You do seem to be the woman of his dreams — as you always vanish from his consciousness as soon as he wakes up.
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I went on three or four dates with this dude, and he said it wasn’t really working for him and stopped calling. I’m kind of confused about what went wrong or what put him off. My friends tell me to leave it alone. Doesn’t he owe me more of an explanation for why he isn’t interested anymore, considering we went on multiple dates? — Baffled You are owed: 1. The correct change. 2. The news that a guy you’ve been dating is no longer interested. Period. It is not his job to tell you that you are, say, bad in bed or have all the table manners of a coyote on recent roadkill. Still, it’s understandable that you’re pining for an explanation. Research by psychologist Daniel Kahneman suggests that being in a state of uncertainty — not knowing what’s what — makes us very uncomfortable. It makes sense that we evolved to feel this way, as going through the world in a state of ignorance would not exactly increase our chances of survival, mating, and passing on our genes: “Oh, what a pretty berry! Here’s hoping it won’t cause violent convulsions and death!”
However, there is a way to alleviate the mental itchiness from not knowing, even in cases where there’s no way to know what really happened. You could say that we believe what we think — and especially what we repeatedly think. Studies by memory researcher Elizabeth Loftus find that every time we recall a story (or even something we’re told might have happened to us) it encodes it more deeply in our minds, often to the point where it starts to seem like it actually happened. In line with this, come up with a story for why the guy bailed — ideally one that’s easy on your ego — and tell it to yourself repeatedly. For example, imagine him saying, “I just remembered that I’m emotionally unavailable” or, if that seems a little boring, “Your slight nose whistle is actually endearing, but it seems to have a thing for Dave Matthews covers, and I just can’t stand that band.” ! GOT A problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or e-mail AdviceAmy@aol. com (www.advicegoddess.com) © 2019 Amy Alkon Distributed by Creators.Com.
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