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Such is triadfoodies CHEF’S TABLE where, for the first time, we went back to one of our favorites due to popular demand. Meridian Restaurant dazzled 15 months ago with a sold-out group of 30 seats. 10 SERGIO WARD is an employee of Wake Forest University, a personal trainer, filmmaker and of course, a radio personality for Guilford College’s WQFS- 90.9 FM. His show “The Friday Ride Home Show with Sergio” is from 4 to 5 p.m. 11 The self-explanatory “SUMMER SHORTS: An Evening of Family Fun and Film” event includes food trucks, live musical entertainment provided by award-winning singer/songwriter Aaron Burdett, and a selection of short films... 12 Lee Bains doesn’t shy away from emphasis. He’s the singer and frontman of LEE BAINS III AND THE GLORY FIRES, and six of the song titles on his most recent record end with exclamation points. They’re like little firecrackers on the end of each song’s name. Bains and his band are barking and shouting because they’d like your attention.

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After a few years regrouping and touring, North Carolina psych-poppers ECHO COURTS are a slimmed-down four-piece with a new record, Room With A View, out on Friday from Refresh Records. 18 With ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, the Marvel-Disney moneymaking machine doesn’t quite pull off the cinematic hat trick of 2018, instead coming up a few stitches short. 24 Most obituaries of the notoriously irascible HARLAN ELLISON, who died in his sleep June 28 at the age of 84, called him a “sci-fi writer.” The man I idolized when I was 18, hung out with in Greensboro when I was 28 and yelled at when I was 34 didn’t react well to that label. He hugged me when I called him a vulgar epithet later frequently uttered on HBO’s Deadwood, but “sci-fi writer” might have gotten me a bloody nose. 25 The SOMEWHERE ELSE TAVERN, located at 5713 W. Friendly Ave. in Greensboro, to most locals is a landmark and an institution that has supported the area’s original music and musicians for almost 40 years now.

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SUMMER NIGHT CONCERT SERIES WHAT: Bring the whole family out to Historic Bethabara Park for this fun, free music series running from June to October. Join us on the lawn outside the pavilion for an evening of live music from the Bethabara Concert Band, Dino’s Hot Dogs, 25 cent ice cream cones, colonial games, hay rides, and more! This event is fun and for everyone! Don’t forget your blanket and chairs. WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: Historic Bethabara Park. 2147 Bethabara Road, Winston-Salem. MORE: Free event.

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WHAT: Combining passionate originality and fierce authenticity, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba take West African dance music into new territory. Thats where Cissokho, a griot born to a family of professional musicians in Senegal, makes his transplanted home. The repertoire is pure Manding, the centuries-old musical culture of Cissokhos ancestors. WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: The Ramkat. 170 W 9th St., Winston-Salem. MORE: $12-30 tickets.

WHAT: The Mantras, a five piece jam machine born of Greensboro, NC have been conquering crowds and melting minds all over the country progressively for over a decade. The bands music can be described with all types of varying rock and roll terminology, but is absolutely best defined by each listeners ear and, equally important, their experience. WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: LeBauer Park. 200 North Davie Street, Greensboro. MORE: Free event.

WHAT: Join us for our 11th Annual Summer Film Festival, this year in The Crown, on the third floor of the theatre! A nameless narrator (Edward Norton) attends various support groups in attempt to subdue his emotional state and relieve his insomnia. However, after a chance encounter with a charismatic man, Tyler (Brad Pitt), our narrator is dragged into an underground fight club and soap making scheme. WHEN: 9 p.m. WHERE: Carolina Theatre. 310 S. Greene Street, Greensboro. MORE: $6-7 tickets.

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Get ready for the flavor, music and culture of the Caribbean coming to downtown Greensboro. On July 14 from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. the inaugural Caribbean Carnival will be held at The Mill Entertainment Complex, located at 816 S. Elm St. Attendees of the carnival will enjoy live performances, six soca and reggae DJ sets, Caribbean food vendors and a costume contest with a $1,000 cash prize. According to the press release, business owners Mike Clark and Jon Southall are responsible for bringing the all-ages carnival downtown. Both Clark and Southall said in the release that the idea was inspired by attending bigger cities’ celebration of Caribbean culture. “I grew up attending annual Caribbean Day parades in Washington, D.C., which introduced me to Caribbean music, dances, fashion and culture,” Southall said. “It’s always been a dream of mine to bring that experience to the Triad and once we purchased The Mill Entertainment Complex, I knew it was the perfect venue to bring the event to life. Our hope is to

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on’t you love it when something is so marvelous that you can’t wait to go back? Don’t you love it when it’s food? Of course, you do. You wouldn’t be here Kristi Maier if you didn’t. That’s @triadfoodies what’s great about the foodie section of our paper, the genuContributor ine love of food. Such is triadfoodies Chef’s Table where, for the first time, we went back to one of our favorites due to popular demand. Meridian Restaurant dazzled 15 months ago with a sold-out group of 30 seats. And Chef Mark Grohman stacked the house again with another soldout night with five courses of surprises. Meridian Restaurant has been a gleaming light in downtown Winston-Salem for 11 years. Grohman worked with several successful chefs and popular restaurants in what he calls “the school of hard knocks” before opening Meridian, which serves Northern Mediterranean-inspired cuisine using local ingredients. Grohman is one of the local area farmers’ staunchest supporters. And at the same time, this creative chef does almost everything from scratch. As he tells his guests, “If I can make it myself, I will. Every time.” Of course, the touch of Grohman’s hand was so evident with each course we enjoyed. Some courses were completely for the evening, but some you’ll find on his

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on the menu, as there was not a Grohman tries to drop of cream in it. incorporate some “With the shorter version of this dish grain, it’s much on every new menu. starchier. The proThe steak was cess is standing over perfectly prepared. a hot stove for 20 Side note, one of my to 25 minutes stirring Che favorite entrees to order constantly and that’s n a f Mark Grohm at Meridian is something what gives you the creamisteak. But if you want a new est texture,” Grohman told the experience, try his dry-rubbed grilled group. “At the very end, we add a little Antelope. It is not a very common protein butter to bring it all together.” in the kitchens of the Triad but it’s well worth the splurge and still less expensive COURSE THREE than a ribeye. Bourbon Brown Sugar Pecan Wood Smoked Pork Loin with Sweet Potato Puree and Grilled Oyster Mushroom Relish COURSE FIVE There were some delicious courses Brandied Apple Crêpe with throughout the evening, but this pork dish Caramel and Creme Chantilly was my favorite. The pork was wonderfully Going a little French again, this delicate smoky, and the grilled oyster mushroom crêpe was a light end to a colorful but relish really set it all off. Grohman said hearty meal. there’s a version of this dish on the menu, Grohman said he wanted the guests of but it has a cannellini bean-heirloom the evening to get a good feel of what they tomato ragout and braised escarole. The might find on the menu on any given night, amazing mushroom relish is on it too. such as the Steak Au Poivre and the pork loin being staples. “But you never know, the menu really COURSE FOUR changes daily,” he said. “Whatever the New York Strip Steak Au Poivre with farmers are pulling out of the field, whatWild Mushroom Cognac Demi ever proteins I can get from around here, Again, mushrooms are coming in hot. that’s what you’ll see on the menu. We try Local farms have them and so does Meridto stay as close to home as possible.” ian. This more French-inspired dish is also

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Thirty-three people attended the evening, many returning to another Chef Table experience and some had never eaten at Meridian. Chris Roth, who lives in WinstonSalem, loves to attend these monthly tastings and especially requested another night at Meridian. “Chef Mark is such a talented man. The first dinner there was so all over the place, I loved it. However this time he kept it simple and used dishes that are on the regular menu. All the flavors matched perfectly with each other. I brought my family along for this one and they were so happy with every dish. They said they were so amazed that they had not been there to dine until then. We definitely look forward to the next one there.” On the other hand, Mary Haglund, who owns Mary’s Gourmet Diner, had her first

Chef’s Table experience though she’s a huge fan of Grohman’s and Meridian. “It was an amazing night. Mark is so laid back, never pretentious and he tells great stories. I love eating small bites and everything was beautiful and oh so tasty.” That’s all we ever really need to hear. Enjoy the harvest of the summer, foodies. And support your local chefs and restaurants. ! KRISTI MAIER is a food writer, blogger and cheerleader for all things local who even enjoys cooking in her kitchen, though her kidlets seldom appreciate her efforts.

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n Fridays, most of us can’t wait to drive home and start the weekend. For one WinstonSalem resident, the Friday ride home is so sacred, that his radio show is solely dediKatie Murawski cated to it. Sergio Ward is an employee of Wake Forest Editor University, a personal trainer, filmmaker and of course, a radio personality for Guilford College’s WQFS90.9 FM. His show “The Friday Ride Home Show with Sergio” is from 4 to 5 p.m. every Friday and focuses on jazz ranging from the 1950s to now with a mix of pop standards and bossa nova. It has been on-air since 2015. “My dream ever since I was a little kid was to do a jazz radio program,” he said. “It was a life-long dream that I never pursued and [in] 2014 a lot of life-changing things happened.” One of those life-changing things was that his best friend and mother, Martha Ward-Scott, passed away. “This came out of nowhere,” he said. “My best friend is gone now so I put all my energy in hopefully doing a radio program.” He hopes his show puts people in a better mood when they listen, and gets them excited for the weekend. “When people listen to this program, I always thought as a kid that people would enjoy a show like this,” he said. “Frank Sinatra has an effect to make people happy. Jazz puts everybody in a happy mood. I get a lot of nice and positive feedback from the audience, when they say ‘man, we listen to this program, we’re in a good mood, we are motivated.’ It is kind of like a positive, feel-good Mister Rogers-moment for one hour.” When he started “The Friday Ride Home Show,” he saw the opportunity to put his favorite feel-good artists back on the radio. “People ask me, ‘where did you become a Frank Sinatra fan?’” he said. “What happened, I was 8 years old being the snotty little brother digging in my older brother’s music collection. I found Frank Sinatra’s A Man and His Music. I heard the brass, I heard the sound of Sinatra’s voice and I was hooked. Ever since then, Frank Sinatra has been my role model for life.” YES! WEEKLY

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Ward said he also listens to Branford Marsalis, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett and Sarah McKenzie. He also promotes local jazz artists and shows at the O. Henry Hotel in Greensboro. Some of those local artists have included Georgianna Penn and the Penn Family, Matt Kendrick, Benjamin Strickland and Emile Worthy. Ward said he plans his shows on Wednesday evenings with a cigar in one hand and a black coffee in the other. Ward doesn’t resemble what a typical Frank Sinatra fan might look like. He looks more like he’s in a heavy metal band. “It is weird, I do get that a lot,” he said of his style. “To where it doesn’t sound vain or anything, tell you the truth, you look at me and I am the angel of death, I dress eccentric from the black Italian shoes to the all-black attire, it is a persona. When people get to know me, they realize there is no pretension, I act the same around anyone.” His eccentricity, his exquisite taste in Italian footwear (of

which he has over 70 pairs) and of course, his friendliness has earned him a sort of local celebrity status. So much so, that he even has his face on a T-shirt made by Banshee Screens. “I’ve been lucky enough to call him my friend,” wrote the owner of Banshee Screens and Ward’s long-time friend Carlos Bocanegra in a Facebook message. Bocanegra said he met Ward when he was 15 and was intrigued with Ward’s outfit, which consisted of a Taxi Driver shirt, velvet pants and a long leather coat. He wrote that Ward “just radiated cool.” “Sergio remains one of the most unforgettable and uniquely interesting individuals that I’ve ever come across in life. That same earnest charm that impacted my younger self still continues to inspire others to be their unique selves in a sea of mediocrity.” Ward would describe himself as a loner who doesn’t mind being alone. In fact, he said he draws his creativity just from

being alone. “I have done two art films in the past,” he said of his short films Thrill Killer and Soledad, which he described as poetry put with music. “I am hoping to do another art film in the future. To this day, even though I didn’t have any type of success with it, I am still proud of those babies.” If you listen to “The Friday Ride Home Show” you are sure to hear Ward’s personal motto and his favorite Italian saying at the end of each program. “In my lifetime, I have seen five people that I loved carried out on stretchers,” he said. “That is not morbid, that just shows that we are on borrowed time in this life. And that leads to my favorite Italian saying, ‘Vivi la vita al massimo.’ That means ‘live life to the fullest.’” ! 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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Short films sizzle at Foothills, RiverRun screening event With the summer movie season in full swing, the RiverRun International Film Festival and Foothills Brewing have joined forces to present their own special cinematic extravaganza in Winston-Salem Mark Burger on July 28 – and it’s completely free. The self-explanaContributing tory “Summer Shorts: columnist An Evening of Family Fun and Film” event includes food trucks, live musical entertainment provided by award-winning singer/ songwriter Aaron Burdett, and a selection of short films including several produced by students at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking in Winston-Salem. The screening is scheduled to take place outdoors, but in the event of rain will be moved indoors. This event marks the latest collaboration between Foothills and the festival, and it won’t be the last. “Having been in business for over a decade in Winston-Salem, we’ve been proud to sponsor the RiverRun International Film Festival for several years, and have watched it grow into one of the premier film events in the Southeast United States,” said Jamie Bartholomaus, president and co-founder of Foothills Brewing. “The Saturday Night Summer Shorts film event at our tasting room is a natural extension of that relationship – one we hope to continue and expand in the future.” “The family-friendly short films have been curated by RiverRun’s programming team and feature films from past RiverRun festivals,” explained Rob Davis, executive director of the festival. “We receive short films of the highest caliber in our RiverRun submissions each year and are excited to partner with out friends at Foothills to share some of our favorite family-friendly North Carolina shorts with a summertime audience. We have selected a great program of fun and entertaining short films. Our programmers, Mary Dossinger and Chris Holmes, looked at a number of films before assembling a final program featuring shorts from UNCSA students and alums.” Davis agrees that the ongoing relationship between the festival and Foothills has been a great way to promote both, as well as providing the community at large with entertainment that audiences of all ages can enjoy. “Foothills Brewing is one of the largest regional craft breweries in the Southeastern United States and we are proud to count them among our RiverRun sponsors,” he said. “We’re delighted to partner with them on this event and share a free film program to WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

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complement the other activities on July 28. At RiverRun, we love to be in the community sharing films year-round, and this gives us a chance to collaborate with one of our partners and provide an additional screening venue for our fans as well as an opportunity to reach potential new audience members.” The 2018 RiverRun International Festival marked its 20th anniversary, and the 21st festival will take place April 4-14, 2019. ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on Burgervideo.com. © 2018, Mark Burger.

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Wrestling truths from noise with Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires

ee Bains doesn’t shy away from emphasis. He’s the singer and frontman of Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, and six of the song titles on his most recent record end with exclamation points. They’re like little firecrackers on the end of each song’s name. Bains and his band are barking and shouting because they’d like John Adamian your attention. @johnradamian But you can’t expect people to listen just because you have a bullhorn, and Bains is plenty thoughtful about Contributor having a message behind the decibels and the exclamatory “oomph.” Bains grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, where some of his bandmates still reside, and Bains lives in Georgia now. Bains and the Glory Fires play Greensboro’s On Pop of the World Studios on July 19. I spoke with Bains last week by phone from his home in Atlanta. “O, children, how do we scrap/globalist American plutocracy,/and build us/a magic city?” he asks on “Sweet Disorder!,” the second track on Youth Detention, the band’s 2017 record. “The Magic City” is a nickname of Birmingham’s. The Magic City is the name of an album by another Birmingham-born musician, the interplanetary jazz visionary Sun Ra. The music Bains makes has little in common with Sun Ra, but both are trying to make sense of their place, to tell stories about where they came from and to imagine a better world. “I don’t want to be from no place,” Bains sings on “Whitewash.” Being from someplace, and trying to understand what that means, and how it shapes you, or how you can (or can’t) shape it, all of that plays out in Bains’ music. In his songs, he’s been probing ideas related to being from the South and raising questions about power and history and language. Bains moved up to New York City in the early part of the last decade to go to college. He studied literature there and had a kind of revelation about essentialism and roots. Being a Southerner in New York meant that some people (not everybody) made assumptions about Bains based on his accent or the geography of his birth. “This was the first time in my life that I had somebody ask me essentially ‘What are you?,’ and that got the wheels turning,” Bains said. “I started thinking about the relationship between self and community, and about the politics of power — particularly around race and power and ethnicity and gender.” Bains and the Glory Fires make hopped-up music — driving, distorted and crammed with syllables. People call it Southern rock, because it’s rock and they’re from the South, and also because they make rock about the South. But you’ll hear as much in common with the Hold Steady and the Sex Pistols as you will with the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The general temperament of Bains’ songs is on the jittery side. It’s pent-up with combustible energy, gasoline and speed. YES! WEEKLY

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Bains played in DIY punk bands growing up. He read a bunch of fiction writers, like Eudora Welty, Willa Cather and Flannery O’Connor, who wrote about a sense of place as being a defining force. And then in college, he soaked up a bunch of critical theory, books about exoticism and colonialism, which pressed him to question how he came about his sense of self and his feeling of belonging. “As I got older I was just kind of absorbing more influences,” Bains said. “I would say a lot of the music that I was making had a contentious relationship to Southerness.” The songs have references to red clay, to suburban baseball games, to burn piles, to kudzu, to church, to kids sneaking into the woods to smoke weed, plenty of highways, not-quite-thriving cities, and drywall dust. There’s a grit and a beat-down quality to some of the characters and settings in the songs. Bains, 33, might not be exactly religious, but when he ponders the prospect of an afterlife in a song like “The Picture of a Man,” he comes up with a formulation that we get redemption and relief by having something like our spirits drawn away from the suffering of our bodies and of this world. As for damnation, he imagines that it’s crappy people who might just have their essence snuffed out at the end. “If anybody in this world just fades to black, I‘d think it’s the man that lives off picking on them that are being held back,” he sings. Bains is obviously trying to pull off big things in his songs. They’re not just disposable four-minute bits of entertainment. He wants some punch and transcendence. He wants to conjure a real experience of the South in the 21st century, and he’s trying to write stories that don’t turn away from what he sees as built-in power structures that tend to oppress certain groups and favor others. ‘I’m trying to look at the ways that I’ve seen whiteness and white supremacy and patriarchy and xenophobia and

the gender binary operate, not in the whole world, but in my side of Birmingham,” Bains said. Bains has the good sense not to resort to preaching, but instead to let his storytelling instinct reveal these complexities, like details in the landscape. Writing lyrics that carry all that weigh is a challenge, and Bains relies on the extra power of music — of melody, rhythm, repetition, and harmony — to take things a little further. “What kind of fascinates me is the point at which language becomes inadequate for expressing something,” he said. But before he hits that point Bains likes to cram and shoehorn an awful lot of language into his songs. His music requires a lyric sheet to read along while his vocal lines whir by. He’s got the dexterity of a rapping auctioneer when it comes to burning through dozens of words in little time. Fans of the Drive-By Truckers and the Alabama Shakes might hear some kinship in the music that Bains and the Glory Fires make. Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires are a band that view playing rock ‘n’ roll in sweaty clubs as a possible way of accessing something more than just volume and a good time. On “Saved My Life!” he sings what amounts to a kind of mission statement: “Don’t tell me ‘It’s only rock ‘n’ roll’ when I’ve seen it wrestle truths from noise.” ! 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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Echo Courts: A new room with a view After a few years regrouping and touring, North Carolina psych-poppers Echo Courts are a slimmed-down four-piece with a new record, Room With A View, out on Friday from Refresh Katei Cranford Records. Fluttering for a bit following member Contributor fall-outs and major moves, Echo Courts harnessed fresh enthusiasm and “found themselves with a set of songs that showcase a matured, more focused sound.” “The album’s title says it all. The songs come from a refreshed perspective,” guitarist Kelly Fahey said of the album’s titular theme. “There’s this quote from a Bob Dylan interview about how an artist should never feel like they’ve arrived somewhere, rather that they’re always on their way to the next place. That’s always really stuck with me,” Fahey said regarding his artistic drive and direction. “Room With A View is a necessary step forward,” he asserts. “After In the Garden, the band pretty much broke-up. A lot of these songs were written when I didn’t have an outlet. It was very low pressure and really fun actually, to just write and not worry about having to play the songs for other people,” Fahey recanted. “I moved to Raleigh, and kind of gave up [having a band] for a time, so I approached writing differently then.” “Bowie had just died when I wrote the very first songs for this album. I was listening to a lot of Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars; and the Kinks, specifically Village Green Preservation Society,” he said. Fahey isn’t fueled only by throwbacks and finds contemporary inspiration in artists such as Daniel Romano, Angel Olsen, Chris Cohen and Big Thief. Comparisons to spritely psych classics, such as the Left Banke and the Zombies, rightly remain. It’s a varied perspective from the band’s Ice Cream Social release in 2014, where “most of the songs were written about that weird summer space where you’ve already graduated and you don’t really have anything to do,” Fahey told The Carolinian. Seasons change. This is echoed in the new record, which, according to the band, exhibits “a retreat from the sunshine ‘60s pastiche of their previous work.” Fahey WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

added, “It’s important to keep moving forward, and at the same time we’re all maturing as songwriters and as people, so it’s a natural progression.” As meteorological references go, Room With A View sees jacket-weather on the horizon. All Things Go Music calls the lead single “Take Away,” a “Charming beachy single for this increasingly warmer days. As a cool breeze may offer new insight at unexpected moments, this one is all about gaining perspective in a changing tide.” This seems fitting for Fahey who confessed a preference for colder weather. “We never really try for that summery kind of vibe, so it’s strange that it always happens. I think that Luc and I’s pop sensibilities kind of lend themselves to writing brighter sounding songs because that’s the stuff we came up listening to.“ Those sensibilities which blossomed a writing partnership with co-vocalist, Jean-Luc Swift, on In The Garden have been firmly cemented in Room With a View, both of which Swift recorded in his Domestic Studio. “We more often than not use each other as a sounding board to bounce ideas off of, trying to keep it as democratic as possible so everyone feels like they have a voice,“ Fahey said of their writing style. Everyone comes together in Room with a View, a record which Fahey called “a breeze to record compared to In The Garden.” The ease he credits to bassist Nate Goldsmith (of Blueberry) and drummer Nick Parascandola. “They are so crucial to what we do now, the reason that this record sounds as good as it does has a lot to do with them offering us a sense of stability to work with.“ “We have a desire to constantly better ourselves as musicians and the band as a whole,” Fahey said of signing with Refresh Records. “We decided to schedule the release show at the end of the tour rather than the beginning since it’ll feel so good to play a homecoming show around so many familiar faces after being out on the road for a while,” he said of the upcoming east coast tour and album release. “We’re playing with some of my favorite North Carolina-bands and I’m really looking forward to it.” Room With A View lands on Friday, the release show is on Aug. 15 with Museum Mouth, Lilac Shadows, and Stevie at Kings (14 W. Martin St.) in Raleigh. ! KATEI CRANFORD is a GSO rock ‘n’ roller and Triad music nerd. She also hosts Mostly Local Monday, a radio show that runs like a mixtape of bands touring NC the following week, every Monday 5-7pm on WUAG 103.1fm.

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FOUR SAINTS BREWING

218 South Fayetteville St. | 336.610.3722 foursaintsbrewing.com Jul 13: Bear Stevens Jul 15: Randolph Jazz Band 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 12: James Vincent Carroll Jul 13: Gipsy Danger Jul 14: Cory Luetjen

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GREEN HERON ALE HOUSE 1110 Flinchum Rd | 336.593.4733 greenheronclub.com Jul 21: Grumpy Funk and The Camel City Blues 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

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ARIzONA PETE’S

2900 Patterson St #A | 336.632.9889 arizonapetes.com Jul 13: 1-2-3 Friday Jul 18: Brandon & Hunter Rowland Jul 19: Ar’Mon + Trey Jul 29: Anthony Green, Good Old War, Found Wild

ARTISTIkA NIGHT CLUB

523 S Elm St | 336.271.2686 artistikanightclub.com Jul 13: DJ Dan the Player Jul 14: 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 13: Dave Moran Jul 20: Gerry Stane Jul 27: Chad Barnard

THE BLIND TIGER

1819 Spring Garden St | 336.272.9888 theblindtiger.com Jul 12: Heaven Forbid, Written In Gray, Pushbutton Apocalypse, A Vessel Of Honor

Jul 13: Hekler Jul 14: Nature of Rebel Minds, Prowess, Scars Remain, Ozone Jones Jul 18: Rich Homie Quan, Whitty Jul 21: Lit Lords, Rico Act, Devious, Freaky Jul 22: Consider The Source Jul 25: Cracker Jul 27: Dave Matthews Tribute Band Jul 28: The Breakfast Club - 80’s Tribute Jul 29: Yelawolf w/ Waylon & Willie Aug 3: The Vagabond Saint’s Society presents the music of Chicago Aug 11: The Dickens

CHURCHILL’S ON ELM 213 S Elm St | 336.275.6367 churchillscigarlounge.com

THE CORNER BAR

1700 Spring Garden St | 336.272.5559 corner-bar.com Jul 12: Live Thursdays

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COMEDY ZONE

1126 S Holden Rd | 336.333.1034 thecomedyzone.com Jul 13: Love & War Comedy Tour Jul 14: Frank Caliendo Jul 20: Chris Barnes Jul 21: Chris Barnes Jul 27: Pat Godwin

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 14: Trial By Fire: Tribute To Journey Jul 21: Zoso: Tribute to Led Zeppelin Jul 29: Tory Lanez Aug 15: Riley Green Sep 26: Kaleo Nov 3: Lewis Black Nov 4: Lewis Black Nov 11: Midland

GREENE STREET CLUB 113 N Greene St | 336.273.4111

HAM’S NEW GARDEN

1635 New Garden Rd | 336.288.4544 hamsrestaurants.com Jul 13: Joey Whitaker Jul 20: Jukebox Revolver Jul 27: Tyler Millard

LISTEN SPEAKEASY

433 Spring Garden St Jul 15: Annabelle Lyn Jul 29: Joey Barnes & Courtney Leigh Hudson Aug 19: Phil Madeira

SOMEWHERE ELSE TAVERN

5713 W Friendly Ave | 336.292.5464 facebook.com/thesomewhereelsetavern Jul 13: Murder Maiden, Sinister Fate, Amnesis Aug 3: Desired Redemption

SPEAKEASY TAVERN

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THE IDIOT BOX COMEDY CLUB

502 N. Greene St | 336.274.2699 www.idiotboxers.com Moving! Reopening coming soon!

THE W BISTRO & BAR 324 Elm St | 336.763.4091 @thewdowntown Jul 12: Karaoke Jul 13: Live DJ Jul 14: Live DJ

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AFTER HOURS TAVERN

1614 N Main St | 336.883.4113 afterhourstavern.net Jul 14: Fair Warning Jul 21: Black Glass Jul 28: Cerberus, Dogbane, Up the Irons

BAR 65

235 Cornell Dr | 336.543.4799 Aug 18: An Entropic Project

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Have You Seen The Stars Lately?

HAM’S PALLADIUM

The Planetarium at Kaleideum North will expand your horizons with a host of new programs, and a new and larger projection system!

THE DECK

5840 Samet Dr | 336.887.2434 hamsrestaurants.com Jul 13: Jukebox Revolver Jul 14: Stereo Doll Jul 20: Bad Romeo Jul 21: Sok Monkee

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Mars Rocks!

Saturday, July 21 7-10 pm

400 W Hanes Mill Rd, Winston-Salem

It’s a party to celebrate Mars making its secondclosest pass to Earth in 16,000 years!

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118 E Main St | 336.207.1999 thedeckatrivertwist.com Jul 13: Stereo Doll Jul 14: Soul Central Jul 15: Brothers Pearl Jul 20: The Dickens Jul 21: Papa Doc

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DANCE HALL DAZE

612 Edgewood St | 336.558.7204 dancehalldaze.com Jul 13: Skyryder Jul 14: Dirt Road Revolution Jul 20: Silverhawk Jul 21: The Delmonicos

BREATHE COCKTAIL LOUNGE

221 N Main St. | 336.497.4822 facebook.com/BreatheCocktailLounge Jul 12: Joey Barnes and Courtney Hudson Jul 13: Freddie Fred Fridays

LEWISVILLE

OLD NICK’S PUB

191 Lowes Foods Dr | 336.747.3059 OldNicksPubNC.com Jul 14: Dante’s Roadhouse Jul 21: Exit 180 Band

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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 12: Karaoke Jul 13: Slightly Confuzed Aug 3: Exit 180 YES! WEEKLY

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FINNIGAN’S WAKE

620 Trade St | 336.723.0322 facebook.com/FinnigansWake

FOOTHILLS BREWING 638 W 4th St | 336.777.3348 foothillsbrewing.com Jul 11: Alex Culbreth Jul 14: Shiloh Hill Jul 18: Wintervals Jul 21: ABC Trio Jul 25: Mason Via Jul 28: Abe Reid

JOHNNY & JUNE’S SALOON

2105 Peters Creek Pkwy | 336.724.0546 johnnynjunes.com

MAC & NELLI’S

4926 Country Club Rd | 336.529.6230 macandnellisws.com

MILLENNIUM CENTER 101 West 5th Street | 336.723.3700 MCenterevents.com

MILNER’S

630 S Stratford Rd | 336.768.2221 milnerfood.com Jul 15: Live Jazz Jul 22: Live Jazz

MUDDY CREEK CAFE & MUSIC HALL

5455 Bethania Rd | 336.923.8623 Jul 12: Open Mic w/ Country Dan Collins Jul 13: The Hall Sisters Jul 14: Phillip Craft Jul 14: The Get Right Band Jul 15: Elliot Humphries Jul 15: Handmade Moments Jul 19: Open Mic w/ Country Dan Collins Jul 20: Fiddle & Bow Presents: Cliff Eberhardt w/ Louise Mosrie

THE RAMKAT

170 W 9th St | 336.754.9714 Jul 11: Felice Brothers, Twain Jul 13: Diali Cissokho, Kaira Ba 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

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 Jul 17: Boy George & Culture Club, The B52’s, & Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey

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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 14: Coheed & Cambria & Taking Back Sunday Jul 15: Tedeschi Trucks Band Jul 22: Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Young Dolph, & Kash Doll Jul 25: Lauryn Hill Jul 27: Kidz Bop Live Jul 29: Glass Animals

THE FILLMORE

1000 NC Music Factory Blvd | 704.916.8970 www.fillmorecharlottenc.com Jul 11: Erasure Jul 12: Jimmy Eat World Jul 13: Indigo Girls Jul 17: Kurt Vile & the Violators 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

TWC ARENA

GREENSBORO COLISEUM

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 12: Arcade Fire Jul 13: Coheed & Cambria & Taking Back Sunday Jul 14: Slightly Stoopid w/ Stick Figure & Pepper Jul 26: Lauryn Hill Jul 27: Dispatch

WHITE OAK AMPITHEATRE

DURHAM

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

HIGH POINT

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HIGH POINT THEATRE

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

PNC ARENA

220 E Commerce Ave | 336.883.3401 www.highpointtheatre.com

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

RALEIGH

CCU MUSIC PARK AT WALNUT CREEK

GREENSBORO

WINSTON-SALEM

WINSTON-SALEM FAIRGROUND

3801 Rock Quarry Rd | 919.831.6400 www.livenation.com Jul 13: Tedeschi Trucks Band Jul 17: Chicago / REO Speedwagon Jul 20: Dave Matthews Band Jul 21: Evanescence & Lindsey Stirling Jul 24: Weezer & Pixies

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

Jul 27: Keith Urban Jul 28: Charlie Puth

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

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Middling buzz: So-so sequels offer inconsistent thrills

BY MATT BRUNSON

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ith Ant-Man and the Wasp ( ), the Marvel-Disney moneymaking machine doesn’t quite pull off the cinematic hat trick of 2018, instead coming up a few stitches short. Not only does the 20th-entry to date in the Marvel Cinematic Universe fail to match the heights of its 2018 stablemates, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, it also fails to provide as much pure entertainment as its direct antecedent, 2015’s Ant-Man. Arriving less than three months after the cumbersome Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man charmed moviegoers with its deftness, its humor, and a lovable lead performance from Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, the affable ex-con who becomes the diminutive superhero Ant-Man under the tutelage of scientist Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly). Realizing that Ant-Man served as a nice palate cleanser from the more serious MCU offerings, returning

director Peyton Reed and his five writers (a new crew save for Rudd, who also co-scripted the first film) have decided to double down on the ingredients they felt worked the last time around. Michael Peña (as Lang’s friend) said something endearingly dumb every 10 minutes? This time, make it every five minutes. Serve up 10 awkward exchanges between characters over the course of the movie? Better make it 30 awkward exchanges this time. Sparingly offer oversized ants as comic relief? Best to completely smother the new film with such interludes. Initially amusing, this tendency toward overkill eventually becomes wearying.

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The central plot also doesn’t help matters. Since Scott successfully returned from the Quantum Realm in the previous picture, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist — or a scientist of Dr. Pym’s caliber — to figure out that the heroes will now attempt to retrieve Hank’s wife, Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), from what has served as her microverse prison for the past 30 years. It’s a rather arid storyline full of tedious technobabble, and it’s only enlivened by the side-dish story strand of another superbeing, Ava Starr aka Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), attempting to swipe Pym’s equipment to save her own life. Ghost makes for an interesting adversary — the same can’t be said for Sonny Burch (Walton Goggins), a black marketer who pops up at regular interludes to annoy both the heroes and the audience. With its convoluted screenplay as well as FX sequences of numbing repetition, it would be easy to completely write off Ant-Man and the Wasp. Yet what largely redeems it are the central characters and the performers who fill out those roles. Rudd is as effortlessly charismatic as before — he transforms Scott Lang into one of the most sympathetic characters in the entire MCU — and his scenes opposite Abby Ryder Fortson, returning as his young daughter Cassie, are particularly pleasing. The role of Ava Starr is similar to that of Daniel Brühl’s Zemo in Captain America: Civil War — an ostensible villain with unexpected depths — and John-Kamen makes sure we grasp the method to her character’s madness. As for Lilly, she was already a dynamic presence in AntMan, but she’s allowed to further spread her wings (in more ways than one) as she dons her own costume as the high-flying Wasp. She’s as much the heart of this series as Rudd. As for the Stan Lee cameo? It’s one of the funniest yet. And while it’s not hard to predict the focus of the end-credits sequence (after all, Thanos is out there somewhere), the particulars make it one of the most chilling of all MCU codas. It’s

a signal that the brief playtime is over, folks, and Marvel will get back to the heavy lifting in 2019. DIRECTED BY DENIS VILLENEUVE and written by Taylor Sheridan, the 2015 feature Sicario focused on conscientious FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) as she became involved in a clandestine effort to bring down a powerful Mexican drug cartel. Kate Macer’s story ended with Sicario, and rather than force the round character into the square peg that is Sicario: Day of the Soldado ( ), Sheridan, backed by new director Stefano Sollima, has wisely opted to focus on the other central characters from the first film. That would be Alejandro Gillick (Benicio Del Toro) and Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), hardcore operatives who tend to shoot first and ask questions later. Without Macer/Blunt’s humanizing presence, Sicario: Day of the Soldado ran the risk of being nothing but two hours of unrelenting machismo and unprecedented bloodletting. Thankfully, that’s not the case — at the same time, the film is far inferior to its excellent predecessor. Alejandro and Matt are here given carte blanche to conduct the war on drugs in any manner they see fit. At least that’s the initial promise from the U.S. government — later, when a retraction is ordered because (as one character accurately notes) the incompetent Trump is a “coward” who’s “afraid of being impeached,” the good guys are left scrambling. This is particularly true for Alejandro, whose newfound relationship with a drug kingpin’s guileless teenage daughter (Isabela Moner) brings out a protective streak even he didn’t realize he possessed. While nitwit white supremacists will doubtless flock to this film believing it’s a call to build the wall, the truth is that it’s actually sympathetic toward ordinary Mexicans, instead reserving all its outrage for those drug dealers who have no qualms about treating their fellow countrymen (and women) as disposable cattle. On this level, the movie largely works as a robust action-thriller, but its effectiveness is ultimately undermined by a sloppy third act riddled with absurd coincidences and unresolved plotlines. While it wouldn’t be fair to advise potential viewers to just say “no” to Sicario: Day of the Soldado, it would be acceptable to recommend that they approach it with lofty expectations held in check. !

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pring Theatre will present Disney’s Newsies: The Musical July 20-22 at the Hanesbrands Theatre, 209 N. Spruce Street in downtown Winston-Salem. Set in New York City at the turn of the century, Newsies is the captivating story of Jack Kelly, a spirited newsboy, and his band of teenaged “newsies.” When newspaper magnates raise distribution prices on papers at the newsies’ expense, Jack puts his own dreams of escaping the city on hold in order to lead a strike against the unfair conditions. Based on the 1992 Disney film by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White, and inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899, Newsies features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein. “Newsies has always been one of my favorite productions, and it’s filled with amazing high-energy singers, actors AND dancers,” said Spring Theatre’s artistic director Erinn Diaz. “This is definitely a show that families of all generations can truly enjoy together.” Disney’s Newsies: The Musical will be directed and choreographed by Erinn Diaz and Dan Beckmann, with music direction by David Lane. Mark Flora will serve as scenic/ projection designer, and Elizabeth Kornstadt will design lighting. Kay Partridge will design costumes. Katie Ballard will assist with choreography and serve as dance captain. Sophie Severs will stage manage, assisted by Bella Hart-Peck. The cast is as follows: Sarah Ali – Hannah/Newsboy/Nun Katie Ballard* – Romeo/Bowery Beauty Jessi Kate Bartlett – Ike/Scab/Fred/ Brooklyn Newsies Morgan Bell – Tommy Boy/Brooklyn Newsies/Scab/Nun Parker Bond* – Jack Kelly Jessica Branch – Splasher Travon Carter* – Oscar Delancy/Newsboy Emi Curia* – Medda Larkin/Newsboy Lilly Egan* – Albert Blaine Freeman – Crutchie Catherine Googe – Elmer Joe Graham – Morris Delancy/Sietz/Bunsen/Nunzio/Snyder/Newsboy Anna Hartle* – Specs Christian Lowe – Henry Payton Martin – Darcy/Brooklyn Newsies/ Nun WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

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Lakota John & Kin Acoustic Blues

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July 22

Dori Freeman Country

High Point Museum & Historical Park

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Washington Terrace Park

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West End Mambo Latin

Mendenhall Transportation Terminal

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Titus Gant Quartet Jazz

High Point Library Plaza

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.

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Many citizens of the world are weary of the war and strife that seem to be consuming the news, and about 200,000 of them have already signed up to put it Chuck Shepherd all in the rear-view mirror by becoming citizens of Asgardia. This coming-soon colony on the moon is led by Igor Ashurbeyli, a Russian engineer, computer scientist and businessman who was inaugurated as its leader on June 25 in Vienna. Asgardia’s parliament plans to set up “space arks” with artificial gravity in the next 10 to 15 years, where its projected 150 million citizens can live permanently, Reuters reports, and Ashurbeyli hopes settlement on the moon will be complete within 25 years. Asgardia is named after Asgard, a “world in the sky” in Norse mythology. Its leaders hope to attract a population from among the “most creative” in humanity, perhaps using “IQ tests,” according to Ashurbeyli. Best of all: For the time being, becoming a citizen online is free.

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Susan Allan of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, was driving with her son on May 9, enjoying the beautiful weather with the sunroof open, when they were suddenly hit with a cold material that smelled to them like feces mixed with chlorine. “Like a clean poop smell if that’s possible,” Allan told Vice. “My son threw up, and we had so much in our faces. Both of us, our faces were covered in poop.” Apparently, poop is falling from the sky all over Canada; Transport Canada has received 18 such reports this year. But the government has not issued an explanation for the phenomenon. Allan thinks it is related to airplanes flying overhead and the Canadian government is covering it up. But Transport Canada pooh-poohed her theory and has declined to comment further.

PERSPECTIVE

An 82-year-old Japanese man who has lived as a naked “hermit” on a deserted island near Taiwan since 1989 has been forced to return to Japan. Masafumi Nagasaki made his way to Sotobanari Island 29 years ago and told Reuters in 2012 that he wished to die there. “Finding a place to die is an important thing to do,” Nagasaki said, “and I’ve decided here is the place for me.” Earlier reports indicated that he at one time had a wife and two children, and he ran a hostess club in Niigata, Japan. “In civi-

lization people treated me like an idiot and made me feel like one. On this island I don’t feel like that,” he said. Nagasaki explained that at first he wore clothes on the island, but a typhoon destroyed his belongings. Alvaro Cerezo, who documents the stories of island castaways, told News.com/au that in April, authorities removed Nagasaki from the island and placed him in government housing in Ishigaki, Japan, because he was ill and weak. “They took him back to civilization and that’s it,” Cerezo said. “They won’t allow him to return.”

BRIGHT IDEA

“ARE YOU BLIND IT 25 MPH” is Ron Ward’s in-your-face (and grammatically lacking) attempt to slow down drivers along his street in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ward has been making signs for years, neighbor Patrick Schmidt told FOX 17 in June. Ward claims, “By the time (drivers) hit this here driveway, they’re doing at least 50-55 miles an hour.” He just wants people to follow the Richmond Street speed limit. “Slow down, the whole neighborhood’s got kids,” he said. The City of Grand Rapids, however, has no specific plans for speed monitoring on the street.

WRONG PLACE, WRONG TIME

— Early on June 26, a man who had been sleeping on the South Miami Avenue bridge over the Miami River got a rude awakening as the drawbridge started to raise to allow a boat to pass underneath. Witness Khadijah Andrews had seen the man as she was walking to an early yoga class, she told WSVN TV, and she looked for him when the bridge began rising. Fortunately, he woke up after sliding down a ways and was able to hold on until the bridge was lowered. Andrews said the unnamed man walked away with no apparent injuries: “You think you’re about to watch a man lose his life. It’s just terrifying. I never want to see that again.” — In Devon, England, on June 30, a couple who had just exchanged vows at the Furrough Cross Church gathered their wedding party at Tessier Gardens next door to take pictures. But a sunbathing woman who was squarely in the frame of the wedding photos refused to move from her towel. So the party just posed around her. The groom’s son approached the woman and asked her to move, but she “pretended to be asleep,” he told Metro News. Later she did move but left her belongings in the same spot. “It was bloody rude and disrespectful,” claimed Natalie Ming, a relative of the groom. !

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ader, a handsome 6-footlong 18-year-old Pantherophis alleghaniensis, is an excellent ambassador to humankind. His species is the Ian McDowell Eastern rat snake, but one with his dark coloration is Contributor usually called the black rat snake, or simply black snake. When photographer Ciara Kelley and I went to visit Vader at the Greensboro Science Center, he proved alert, curious and docile. That could be a death sentence if he’s ever released into the wild. My great-uncle used to claim he’d “blow the ass off any carpet-bagging Yankee” who killed a black snake on his property. In 21st century suburbia, few have the traditional Southern reverence for the animal once beloved for eating rats, mice and copperheads, and because it made a safer pet for country kids than most other wild critters. It grieves the Science Center’s reptile curator Rick Bolling when people kill rat snakes. They do it both for what the animals are, meaning snakes, and for what they’re falsely believed to be: dangerous and, when young, baby copperheads. As Bolling carried Vader outside to be photographed by Ciara, he explained some differences between juvenile copperheads and rat snakes. Newborn (they don’t lay eggs) copperheads are 8 to 10 inches long and “look like adults except for their yellow-green tails, which they may use to attract toads.” He said that, except for that tail, which loses its bright green or yellow after the first year, their coloration is not unlike that of young rat snakes, with vaguely similar dark markings. Juvenile black rat snakes aren’t black, but grayish or tan, with blotchy markings that fade as they mature. When a rat snake is angry or frightened, its narrow skull can widen into something more resembling a copperhead’s triangular one, but this distortion tends to be most noticeable in young ones. Despite that ability (intended to make the animal look more dangerous than it is), both adult rat snakes and adult copperheads are distinguishable not only by the adult YES! WEEKLY

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black rat snake’s solid dark coloration but because rat snakes are longer and thinner, with proportionally smaller heads than copperheads. Even newborn copperheads have thicker bodies than newly-hatched black rat snakes or any smaller harmless species. Calm or angry, their heads always have the same distinctive triangular “adder” shape. Bolling described neonatal copperheads as typically having “a head maybe as big the first joint of your thumb” and “a body as thick, or nearly as thick, as your little finger.” In a recent email, Jeffrey Beane, collections manager for herpetology at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, emphasized the very different body shapes, explaining that “Copperheads are proportionally much heavier-bodied,” even though “Hatchling rat snakes are nearly always longer than newborn copperheads.” Like Bolling, he mentioned the bright green or yellow tail-tip of the newborn or juvenile copperhead, a feature that doesn’t occur in harmless local snakes. Some people also erroneously fear the adult black rat snake. When I met Ciara for Vader’s photo shoot, she said that an acquaintance claimed that black snakes (a colloquial term for the skinnier, faster, more temperamental but just as harmless black racer as well as the black rat snake) are venomous. When I mentioned this in email to Beane, he expressed familiarity with that myth. “Another very common one is that ‘black snakes’ interbreed with copperheads or various other venomous snakes, producing a venomous ‘black snake’ as offspring.” Both Bolling and Beane said the copperhead is the venomous snake one is most (but still not very) likely to encounter locally, and it can’t breed with other species. Beane wrote that copperheads are “probably the only” venomous local snake, depending on how one defines the Triad. “If it’s just the immediate WinstonSalem-Greensboro-High Point area, then the copperhead is the only venomous snake . . . . Timber rattlesnakes still occur in Hanging Rock State Park, and in the Uwharries [Southwest Randolph, South Davidson counties, etc.], but no other venomous species get near the Triad.” When I asked him about cottonmouth water moccasins, he wrote that “The nearest cottonmouth populations to the Triad area would probably be the Southeast corner of Montgomery County

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/Southwest Moore County (i.e., the North edge of the Sandhills).” Although copperheads are the only venomous species Triad residents are likely to encounter, they kill many harmless ones. This is done even by people who not only know what an adult copperhead looks like, but would never deliberately kill a non-venomous species. Several months ago, a neighbor killed what she thought was a baby copperhead. A woman who likes snakes and has no wish to harm any animal unless necessary, she didn’t panic or make assumptions, but googled “baby copperhead.” The first images that popped up in her browser were all of small grayish-brown snakes with darker spots. Even at close examination, they looked just like the one in her garden. She was mortified when I identified the animal she’d killed as Storeria dekayi, the common brown snake, a small harmless species frequently seen (and, all too often, killed) in Greensboro’s College Hill neighborhood. Like the even smaller worm snake and earth snake, just as common but burrowers (and hence most often seen when one digs or turns over boards), it’s actually good for your garden, due to its diet of tiny pests. When preparing to write this article, I did a Google search on “baby copperhead,” filtered for high-resolution images. The first six were of adult earth snakes, worm snakes, brown snakes and juvenile rat snakes. Several, all erroneously captioned “baby copperhead snake,” were from the free image hosting website HD Wallpapers Download. There’s a lesson here. When Googling for images of any snake, be certain they’re at a reputable nature site, and click through to be sure it’s really what you’re looking for. Ironically, a search on “baby copperhead” may now turn up images of harmless snakes used in this article, so always read for context. But what if it really is a copperhead or just a harmless snake you’re afraid to touch but want removed from your property? Don’t call the Science Center or the NC Museum of Natural Sciences for help with anything beyond identifying the animal (a word I’ve used repeatedly to stress snakes are normal, local wildlife with just as much a right to exist as rabbits, songbirds and us). Don’t call city or county animal control, they don’t provide free wildlife removal. You’ll need a commercial service. Fortunately, Googling “snake removal” turns up a lot of options. One such is provided by Darrell Roberson, owner of WildlifEvictionNC. com, who can be reached via emailing darrell@wildlifevictionnc.com or calling WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

(336) 908-4709. When I spoke to him on the phone last Thursday, he urged anyone suspecting an actual copperhead on their property to give him a call. “We’ll come out and do a thorough inspection and see if we can locate the snake for removal.” He also said he removes harmless snakes and said most of the alleged copperheads he gets called about turn out to be just that. “I always try to educate people. They get real excited when they find a baby rat snake because the markings are similar.” He said that he’s only removed three copperheads this year. “Black snakes and garter snakes, maybe four times that many.” People afraid of snakes can’t be blamed for being afraid. Fear is fear. If we were all rational, we would fear nothing so much as the adult human male, the predator most likely to kill us. Many smile at us men, welcome us as neighbors and co-workers, sleep with and marry us, yet recoil in atavistic terror from a garter snake. Man’s best friend, too, is statistically more likely to kill us. I say that as someone who deeply loves dogs. Some people don’t share that love, either because they’ve experienced dogs mainly as enforcers of white authority, or because, like my friend the writer Faith Dincolo, they were attacked by them as children. I smile when I see some big goofy hound in

my Facebook feed, but Faith cannot help feeling tightness in her chest. In an email, Faith noted that were she to express her dismay every time one of her friends posted a photo of a large dog, the way so many respond to photos of snakes on social media with “NOPE” and “KILL IT WITH FIRE,” she would be unfriended. According to a 2015 Washington Post analysis, more people are killed each year by deer, horses and cows than snakes, yet few regularly express horror at photos of those domestic and wild ungulates. Snakes seem the only vertebrate it’s socially acceptable to publicly loathe, the way our great-grandparents loathed (and exterminated) foxes, otters and wolves, or my own Scots ancestors, who threw cats into bonfires. I conclude by quoting one of the loveliest nature essays I know. It began as a chapter in England Have My Bones, a 1936 memoir by T. H. White, whose The Once and Future King served as the source for Disney’s The Sword in the Stone and Broadway’s Camelot. White’s moving meditation on the grass-snakes he let freely explore his living room has been reprinted in The Norton Book of Nature Writing. White wrote of how he “did not want to steal them from themselves by making them pets,” as that “exchange of hearts would degrade both of us.” But

one mature female with a scar on her neck (“I suppose this had been done to her by man”) won him over. “She was completely tame, and the inevitable happened.” A few days before a business trip to London, White released her. That night, walking down to the lake to bathe, he found her body in the moonlight, crushed but still recognizable by the old scar on her slim neck. “Some bloody-minded human had come across her on a path, and gone for her with a stick. She was harmless, useless dead, very beautiful, easy prey.” Describing how she’d been smashed, he wrote: “The things had been done, to a creature which was offering confidence, with wanton savagery. Why? Why the waste of beauty and the degradation of the murderer himself? He was not creating a beauty by destroying this one. He cannot even have considered himself clever.” I believe I can speak for Ciara Kelly, Rick Bolling and many other people who’ve known the Greensboro Science Center’s Vader over his 18 years when I say that we’re glad this will never happen to that sweet old fellow. ! 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. JULY 11-17, 2018 YES! WEEKLY

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Most obituaries of the notoriously irascible Harlan Contributor Ellison, who died in his sleep June 28 at the age of 84, called him a “sci-fi writer.” The man I idolized when I was 18, hung out with in Greensboro when I was 28 and yelled at when I was 34 didn’t react well to that label. He hugged me when I called him a vulgar epithet later frequently uttered on HBO’s Deadwood, but “sci-fi writer” might have gotten me a bloody nose. You were more likely to be punched for that than the anti-Semitic slurs that he, like Lenny Bruce, applied to himself

and allowed some friends, even a few goyim, to call him. Nobody called him a “sci-fi” writer to his face, not more than once. When he spoke at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1986, the contract stipulated that using that term in publicity (or mentioning the episode of Star Trek he won a Writer’s Guild Award for scripting) was a deal-breaker. Even though I only spent maybe 20 total hours in his company and last saw him 20 years ago, I’m going to call him Harlan. Once a man infamous for verbal (and sometimes physical) assault responds to being flipped off with both hands by laughing and hugging you, you’ve got to call him by his first name. In the last few decades, several people I trust have told me about their own personal experiences with a less admirable Harlan than the kind and gracious man I knew. I wasn’t actually serious when I called him an asshole, but he sometimes was one. The editor Jonathan Strahan recently said on Facebook that all stories about Harlan are true, even the ones that aren’t.

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Page from 1986-87 yearbook Pine Needles. Courtesy of UNCG Archives When I was a teenager, I fell under Harlan’s mercurial spell via not only his fiction and criticism and autobiographical essays (some of which were also fiction) but the spoken-word recordings that revealed him as a great reader and better talker. I was still in awe of him when I heard him speak at Carolina in 1985. Along with my fellow UNCG Media Board members Dawn Nubel and Mark Corum, I persuaded the administration to get him here for the University Concert & Lecture Series on October 31, 1986. We dined with Harlan at George K’s, where he lectured us on how steak should always be well-done (was that the first time I realized he could be extremely wrong about something?), and at Ham’s (he liked the model train) and took him to Acme Comics in its old Elm Street location. No sooner had he walked in, than he and manager Jim Amash started exchanging anti-Jewish and anti-Arabic slurs, scaring the Hell out of fanboys who didn’t realize the Jew from Ohio and the Palestinian-American from North Carolina weren’t actually going to fight, but immediately liked each other and were having their own brand of obnoxious fun. I didn’t see him again for a decade, although we talked on the phone about how a former friend of mine falsely claimed that Harlan had praised his novel and bought a story from him for the legendary (and never to be published) anthology The Last Dangerous Visions. Harlan immediately offered to come to

come back “and knock the fucker out.” The next time I saw him was at the World Fantasy Convention in Minneapolis in 1992, where I’d been instructed to accept Fred Chappell’s award if he won (he did). My first novel wouldn’t be published for another four years, but parts of it had appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction and Amazing Stories. Almost everybody mistook me for the Irish science fiction and fantasy writer Ian McDonald. It didn’t help that my Asimov’s story, which had been reprinted in anthologies and shortlisted for an award, was titled “Son of the Morning,” and that McDonald had just published his novel King of Morning, Queen of Day. When I ran into Harlan, I was already fuming about having been called Ian McDonald over a dozen times, including once by the editor who’d reprinted me (along with The Rhino’s Scott Yost) in The Year’s Best Horror Stories. Harlan was with his delightful wife Susan, and he insisted she’d been talking on the plane about what a great writer I was. I was skeptical and asked Susan if this was true. Turned out she’d meant Ian McEwan. Harlan went into his rarely-seen embarrassed mode and started apologizing profusely. I said, “It’s okay, [Very Famous Name] is a friend, and he just introduced me to his wife as Ian McDonald.” Later, the writer Poppy Z. Brite took me to meet Richard Curtis, who was both my agent and hers, but whom I’d never met in person. Richard was speaking to Harlan, who turned around with a big shit-eating grin and crowed “you mean you’ve signed that damn fine writer Ian McDonald!” I cussed Harlan out and shot him the two-handed bird. The tiny but famously strong man nearly crushed my ribs in a hug. “Got you, asshole,” he said laughing, while blowing me a close-range kiss. Suddenly, I no longer hated Ian McDonald for having a surname so similar to mine. Without it, I wouldn’t have that story, which even then I knew I’d be telling as long as Harlan was alive. But not after he was gone, as a world without Harlan being kind or obnoxious or both at once somewhere in it didn’t seem possible. It still doesn’t. ! 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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For the love of original music: SWET celebrates 39 years The Somewhere Else Tavern, located at 5713 W. Friendly Ave. in Greensboro, to most locals is a landmark and an institution that has supported the area’s original music and musicians for almost Katie Murawski 40 years now. “We are celebrating 39 years July 3, Editor 1979, ” owner Burley Hayes said. It all started as a family business, he said. But as time passed, he ended up taking the reins. Even though the club has been in business for 39 years, that doesn’t necessarily mean it has been a money-making machine. “Fortunately, I have been there for so long,” Burley said. “[The owners of the building] believed in me and they’ve kept my rent low and reasonable. I’m not after the dollar bill, basically, when I came over here the music was flowing. I was open six nights a week, I was running 90 to 110 bands a month, and basically, the way things are now, it is really getting hard to get people out. We survive, but we don’t do it for the money.” “We definitely don’t do it for the money,” Crystal Floyd Hayes said in agreement. Burley and Crystal are strong-believers in preserving the art of original live music. And they are, in a way, the caretakers of the music scene in Greensboro. “Rock ‘n’ roll is not what it once was,” Burley said. “[But] we believe in it.” Burley and Crystal said all are welcome to play in the venue (except cover bands) and that they want to foster and help aspiring musicians grow by giving them a chance to play. “We do all original music, no covers at all,” Burley said. “Basically why we are alive today is for the love of the music. It has always been about the music, not about the buck, not about being who you are, we give a format for every person to come and play.” Burley said SWET was the first club in North Carolina to become an all-ages club. Today it still remains that way so that all musicians from every walks of life can have a place to start out. Burley said SWET isn’t the type of place where musicians are required to bring all of their supporters in order to be able to play there. “We have never had that attitude,” he WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

Burley and Crystal Hayes at the Somewhere Else Tavern said. “We are here strictly to give you a show and it is not about the numbers that you bring in, it is about the personal growth of your band.” “We had 4-month-old babies coming in here with noise-canceling headsets all the time. We have had young kids come in, like 13 or 14 years old, they make me cry,” Crystal said with a shaky voice and tears in her eyes. “And they say ‘Thank you, it is our first time we didn’t play at our school, our church, our garage or friend’s garage, you gave us our first chance.’ And then you have somebody come in (that is my age) and they say ‘Thank you for still being here, you gave me my first chance and I am still playing music.’ And that is what it is all about.” “Giving somebody a chance to grow and watching them grow and turn into incredible musicians, I am passing on a gift, “ Burley said. “It is a learning experience, you can help guide them on how to make things better. To help them for their musicianship, it is a learning process. Social skills, dealing with people, getting people that are introverted, to bring them out and to be better people. That is what it is, for the love of music. It is beautiful.” Burley and Crystal aren’t the only ones

who appreciate what SWET gives to others. Burley said, “thousands and thousands” of people love and are attached to the venue. One of those people, in particular, is Louis Money (frontman of Trailer Park Orchestra), who has been supporting the club as a patron and musician for over 25 years. “The Somewhere Else Tavern is a Greensboro institution that everyone takes for granted,” Money wrote in a Facebook message. “Burley Hayes has opened his doors for live local original music for almost 40 years and he can’t be making much. I’ve seen touring bands on a Tuesday during a snowstorm. I’ve seen almost every local musician who is worth a damn on that stage at one point or another. I’ve seen many bars that ‘supported local music’ open and close while he keeps chugging along. If you are [a] musician in this area he has probably helped you out at one point. Every musician in this town, including myself, should be kissing Burley Hayes’ big pimply butt.” Though there is no big celebration planned for its 39th anniversary, Burley said SWET is planning a big celebration for its 40th anniversary that many local musicians have already shown interest in

being apart of. Burley said he is considering an outdoor festival. “It is up in the air, I take one day at a time,” Burley said. “All I do is try to keep the doors open and keep the magic happening.” As for the near future, Burley would like to set up a foundation so that SWET can stay open and continue to support local music. “It needs to be done so bad,” Burley said. “All we need is a helping hand to make it happen.” “Local music is just as good but you got to go out and hear local music and everybody has to start having an open heart,” Crystal said of what others can do to support the future of SWET. “What I do it for is, everybody that plays here, they all grow and leave, but eventually they all come back,” Burley said. “And when that one person comes through the door and says ‘thank you’ it is worth every bit of what I do. It is a beautiful thing, this place is magical.” ! 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 sudden challenge might rattle you at first. But pump up that strong Lion’s heart with a full measure of courage, and face it with the continuing support of family and friends. [VIRGO (August 23 to September 22)

Watch your expenses this week so you can have a financial cushion to fall back on should things tighten up later this month. Money matters ease by the 1st.

[AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Avoid getting drawn into workplace disputes that should be handled by those directly involved. Instead, spend your energy developing those new ideas. [PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You still need to be prudent about money matters. But things start to ease by the end of the week. A weekend encounter with an old friend brings welcome news.

Uncertainty over workplace policy creates anxiety and confusion among your colleagues. Don’t be surprised if you’re asked, once again, to help work things out.

[ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Your zeal for challenges usually works well for you. But this week it’s best to avoid jumping into new situations without more information. Vital news emerges by the weekend.

[SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) The workweek keeps you busy tying up loose ends and checking data that needs to be verified. The weekend offers a chance to relax and restore your spent energies.

[TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Once again, the Bovine’s patience pays off as that pesky problem works itself out without taking too much of your valuable time. A new task opens interesting possibilities.

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* It was American astronomer, astrophysicist and author Carl Sagan who made the following sage observation: “The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.”

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* It’s not clear why lawmakers in the state of Alabama once thought it necessary to pass a law forbidding the operation of a vehicle while wearing a blindfold. * Though coffee has been around for about 700 years, instant coffee wasn’t invented until 1906. By George Washington. Of course not that George Washington. The man who made coffee more convenient — and less palatable — was from Belgium.

* There seems to be quite a rivalry between the towns of Rosehill, North Carolina, and Wilmington, Delaware. Both locales claim to be the home of the world’s largest frying pan, with a diameter of 10 feet. This begs some questions, of course: How many eggs are being fried at once to require such a large piece of cookware? And what sort of stove is required to heat such a mammoth pan? * Do you know anyone who is xanthodontous? If so, you might want to refer them to someone specializing in cosmetic dentistry. “Xanthodontous” means “having yellow teeth.” Thought for the Day: “Laughter is a form of internal jogging.” — Norman Cousins © 2018 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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THE LAST STARE FIGHTER I’m a 28-year-old woman who has been single for over five years. I’m steering clear of dating sites right now because of how so Amy Alkon many guys portray themselves in ways Advice that are very different from how they Goddess are in person. But then, in day-to-day life, when I smile at a guy I like, he’ll usually smile back but he still won’t come over and talk to me. Call me traditional, but I want a guy who has the courage to approach me. Guys are meant to do the pursuing. — Unapproached “Guys are meant to do the pursuing.” Well, okay, but forgive the poor dears if they’d like some sign from you about what’s likely to be in store for them if they hit on you — a hot time in bed or years of painful skin grafts from a 300-degree pumpkin latte you throw in their face. Oh, right — you say you smile at the guys you like. Consider that from a guy’s perspective: Maybe you were smiling at him — or maybe at some CrossFit Adonis standing right behind him. A single ambiguous signal isn’t a reliable message — that is, a reliably actionable message — especially when there’s risk involved in taking action. (In hitting on you, there’s the possibility of public

humiliation — maybe even of the “Whoa, the YouTube video is going viral!” kind.) It also doesn’t help that a smile requires very little investment from you — in effort or risk. Amotz Zahavi, an Israeli zoologist who studies signaling — behavioral communication between individuals or critters — points out that signals that are more “costly” to the sender are read as more trustworthy (and usually are). Your talking to a guy would be an example of a stronger indication of interest from you (than a mere smile) — particularly if you initiate the conversation. You send an even stronger message that you’re interested by giving several signals at once. For example, you could touch a guy’s arm while you’re talking and make and hold eye contact (though just for a few seconds, not as if you’re a serial killer trying to hypnotize him into climbing into your trunk). You should also consider that men, more than ever, want to err on the side of seeing that their advances are wanted — which is to say they’re all terrified that they’ll wake up one day and find their name tweeted with #MeToo. This surely affects their willingness to even ask women out. I have written previously about how overt pursuit by a woman — direct, explicit expressions of interest, like asking a guy out — is a risky strategy, as it tends to lead men to subconsciously devalue her. (If she’s chasing them instead of snubbing them like so many other women do, she must be desperate and/ or have her sanity up on blocks in the front yard.)

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are men who will realize — after you walk out of the drugstore or cafe and out of their lives forever — that they should have asked you out. Put them in a position to have a second chance by going to the same place over and over — like by showing up at the same coffeehouse every Saturday. In doing this, you’ll also get the benefit of observing men in a naturalistic habitat, allowing you to see potentially disturbing things about them that aren’t evident online. This can end up being a lifesaving measure — perhaps literally (in rare cases) and at least figuratively, when you discover that five minutes talking with a guy flies right by...like seven hours spent gagged and zip-tied to a chair. ! 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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