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22 MARIJUANA REFORM Since taking his oath of office in 2009, N.C. Rep. Kelly Alexander, Jr. has filed a MARIJUANA-related bill in the North Carolina General Assembly six times — and six times the bills have languished in committee, failing to make it to the House floor for a debate, much less a vote.This count includes his most recent bill, House Bill 994, bluntly titled “Reform Marijuana Laws,” filed on May 23 during the General Assembly’s short session.






The KATHARINE BRASSERIE AND BAR, located in the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, has just released a new specialty bar menu to go alongside their swanky new patio in downtown Winston-Salem. Nothing says summer like a new lit patio and small plates in the bustling city. 10 Greensboro-based nonprofit is bringing JAM BANDS, breweries and the community together to help fundraise for local homeless and disabled veterans. The festival takes placeon June 23 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Barber Park... 11 What more can be said or written about the comic genius of BUSTER KEATON that hasn’t been said or written already? Before answering, one would do well to pick up author Wes D. Gehring’s latest volume, Buster Keaton in His Own Time. 12 I thought about a Tanya Tucker song when I spoke to H.C. MCENTIRE last week. The song, “I Believe The South Is Gonna Rise Again,” came to mind, because McEntire is definitely Southern, having been born and raised in Polk County, North Carolina, in the western part of the state, just above the South Carolina line YES! WEEKLY

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Dad-rock, dad-bods, dad-jokes. The list goes on. But what does it mean to be a DAD IN A BAND? To celebrate Father’s Day, 20 Triad dads dish fatherly advice on life as both performer and papa. 18 During the first decade of the 21st century, filmgoers could count on Steven Soderbergh gifting them a new OCEAN’S flick every few years. The behind-the-scenes gist was presumably the same for all three pictures... 24 As the season approaches for days spent on the lake, or just kicking back at the pool, a local soda might start popping up in the family cooler. BINGO BANGO SODA, owned and operated by Michael Robinson, is made in Winston-Salem, with freshlysqueezed fruit juice... 25 As the lead character in the T.V. series “Cheyenne,” CLINT WALKER was often called upon to rescue a damsel in distress. It was a gesture that came easily to the 6-foot-6-inches bodybuilder. But for Clint, helping people wasn’t just an act, it was in his DNA. So much so that he once rescued a real damsel in distress, and risked losing out on the chance of a lifetime in the process.


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SON VOLT FRIDAY THUR 14 TASTE THE MARKET WHAT: Delight your senses at a farmers market tasting in the gallery with GreenHill and The Corner Farmers Market. While exploring the best handmade tableware by North Carolinian artists, on view in the exhibition InFocus: Tableware at GreenHill, you will sample tasty bites of local produce and baked goods from The Corner Market. Growers and bakers will be on hand to share about their participation in the local food scene. Free and open to the public. WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: GreenHill. 200 N. Davie Street, Greensboro. MORE: Free entry.

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WHAT: Fabrizio Bosso is a world-renowned Italian trumpeter and jazz star who is stopping in NC for the first time with his quartet to host a tornado relief concert on Friday, June 15th. The concert offers a unique chance to experience the jazz quartet in the intimate setting at the Van Dyke Performance Space in Greensboro. All proceeds will support tornado relief efforts at Erwin, Hampton and Peeler Elementary schools. WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Van Dyke Performance Space. 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro. MORE: Tickets starting at $25.

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WHAT: The new Son Volt album is titled Notes of Blue. Simple as that, maybe. Just now pushing fifty, Jay Farrar, the creative force behind Son Volt, is still not as old as his voice. Not nearly. His singing voice, an ageless gift which sounds something like old timber looks, like the unpainted walls framing Walker Evans’ best portraits from Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: simple, durable, weathered and grooved and unplanned. WHEN: 9 p.m. WHERE: The Ramkat. 170 W 9th St., Winston-Salem. MORE: $21-32 tickets.

WHAT: The•City of Randleman presents WHAT: This fishy fable will capture your FOOD • MUSIC VENDORS the 5th Annual Food Truck State Champion- heart with its irresistible songs, including ship. This weekend festival brings food trucks from around the state of North Carolina to be judged by regional food celebrities. Other highlighted activities include our Regional Farmers Market (Arrival of Sand Hills Peaches), Various Contests, Featured Bands and fun activities for children! WHEN: 11 a.m. WHERE: Commerce Square Park. 122 Commerce Square, Randleman MORE: Free event.

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Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl and Part of Your World. Ariel, King Triton’s youngest mermaid daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. This G-rated show is sure to be a family favorite at the Carolina Theatre! WHEN: 2 p.m. WHERE: Carolina Theatre, 310 S. Greene street Greensboro. MORE: $10-44 tickets.




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4 Moons Travel got its name because the agency specializes in “honeymoons, weddingmoons, babymoons and familymoons,” and the agency boasts that it has travel options for “every phase” in one’s life. Owner Dawn Gray attended travel school and started as a homebased travel agent in 1995 and since then she has traveled and booked vacations all over the world. In 2003, she opened a storefront in an obscure location before settling in Jamestown. 4 Moons Travel’s office is now located at 1228 Guilford College Rd. #105 in Jamestown and has been in that location for five years. “I love to travel, but more importantly I felt the need to help people, most of the time we only get one vacation out of the year and so I wanted to help people get the most out of their vacation that they can possibly have. I think anyone can look online and look for a trip, but it is overwhelming,” Gray said. “Online is more confusing [because] you can’t get first-hand experience from the internet.” With the rise of the internet, Gray said most people believe travel agents are obsolete. However, with 4 Moons as proof, Gray said this is certainly not the case. With a travel agent, Gray said planning a vacation is much more personalized, and cheaper because there are no added fees and she knows where to find the best deals and locations. “We are paid 100 percent commission from cruise lines and hotels,” Gray said. “That is already factored into the price of someone’s trip. So when you don’t use a travel agency, you are paying anyway and you are not getting that valuable advice from us.” Gray claims that 4 Moons Travel is even cheaper than all-inclusive resorts and comes with the added benefit of Gray’s knowledge, connections and “24-hour award winning customer service.” “We’re helping and educating you on

the places and options that are available based on your personality and what we learn about you from our exclusive interview process,” she said. “From there, we help you narrow down what is best, based on budget and timeline.” Gray also said travel agents are least likely to get bumped to another flight. “It is more of getting perks and amenities from the resorts, but most of it is just knowing the resorts, being able to tell you what the beach looks like and what kind of kids programs they have.” Gray said with hurricane season approaching and after what happened to Puerto Rico with Hurricane Maria, having a travel agent is even more crucial. Gray said 4 Moons Travel clients involved in hurricanes or flight delays can call the agency directly and have issues resolved without waiting. 4 Moons Travel is highlighting trips to Curacao (of the ABC Islands), which Gray said is home to more than 35 beaches, a diverse heritage spanning 55 different cultures, picturesque European architecture and a “live and let live attitude.” Gray said the island used to be difficult to get to, but now North Carolinians can easily travel four hours to Curacao because of weekly nonstop routes from Charlotte on American Airlines. “Curacao is a wonderful island, I’ve been there several times,” Gray said. “But a lot of people don’t think about Curacao. It is a Dutch island, so it makes you feel like you are in The Netherlands and gives you that European Caribbeanfeel. Oh, and it is outside the hurricane belt!” Gray said 4 Moons Travel offers unmatched customer service, low deposits and payment plans to fit any budget. The agency is now offering $100 off a six-night air/land package to Curacao. Call (336) 299-4164 or email or more information. !

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An afternoon of musical, culinary and cultural adventures! PERFORMANCES

1:00 PM UNCG Steel Band at Koshary 1:25 PM Railyard Quartet at Triad Stage 1:50 PM Minerva Sax Quartet at Liberty Oak 2:15 PM Zinc Kings at Jerusalem Market on Elm 2:40 PM Railyard Quartet at Scuppernong Books 3:05 PM Chad Eby and Friends at Blue Denim 3:30 PM UNCG Steel Band at Cheesecakes by Alex 3:55 PM Minerva Sax Quartet at Ambleside Art Gallery 4:15 PM Chad Eby and Friends at Elsewhere 5:15 PM Finale at The Bearded Goat


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The Katharine’s breath of fresh air

he Katharine Brasserie and Bar, located in the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, has just released a new specialty bar menu to go alongside their swanky new patio in Kristi Maier downtown Winston@triadfoodies Salem. Nothing says summer like a new lit patio and small Contributor plates in the bustling city. The Katharine has now enjoyed a couple of years and just as many chefs, getting the hang of it in this persnickety city. It’s not always easy being “French with a Southern flair.” Heck, I wouldn’t hate it if they went all in and were just Frenchy French. Chef Adam Barnett hopes his new bar menu will be just the thing to complement a new craft cocktail program, led by Levi Fryer. The Katharine had a launch party Tuesday night, but a couple of weeks ago, they were kind enough to give me a little sneak peek of the new bar menu as well as a few of the items from the French brasserie menu that they’re excited about this season. All in the name of research, for you, dear readers. During our visit, we found an eclectic mix of light summery goodness and fun bites when you just want to pop into the bar area, have a snack and either get back to business or your life in general. We also found Chef Barnett, a year into his stint as the chef, at the pass with a careful eye on the details of each dish prepared by his culinary team. Barnett also left the kitchen often to stop at patrons’ tables, answering questions and generally being

approachable, except he was the one doing the approaching. Every evening the new bar menu will feature a Lobster Roll, Chicken Wings aka L’Ailes de Poulet (because it’s French here), Brasserie Burger with Joyce Farms beef, Truffle Fries and Brown Butter Spiced Nuts. Of course, the regular dining menu will also be available in the bar and on the patio. Lobster Roll A New England-style lobster roll on a brioche (we enjoyed a miniature version), made with a fennel and celery root remoulade. I’m more of a Connecticut-style lobster roll lover…warm and buttery on a toasty buttery roll. But I really enjoyed the cool lobster salad that was fresher and not too creamy.

Lobster Roll

Brasserie Burger The burger was not served during my visit. But I have had the burger during lunch. I opted to have it instead of a salad, naughty me. And it was a mighty fine decision. The Katharine does burger quite well. From here on out, Chef Barnett just sent out a whirlwind of items, some that have recently been introduced on the brasserie dinner menu to celebrate our summer months. Chilled English Pea Soup with Dill, Creme Fraiche, American Caviar A fancy take on a summer gazpacho. It was bright and slightly citrusy and I would

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Brussel Sprouts with Vadouvan Curry Aioli I will never ever turn down a brussel sprout. Especially when they are crispy and delightful and especially with Indian spices. This item can be found in the “Côtés” section of the menu, aka the sides. Okay at this point we’re about to fall over from being too full so they decided to stop all the nonsense and bring dessert. Sweet Paté a Choux The classic pastry, (think eclair) filled with a chocolate hazelnut paste filling, made in-house, garnished with chocolate ganache and candied hazelnuts. Strawberry Shortcake It may have had a different name, but as the strawberry season was winding down, this dessert stole the dessert show. But I’m much more of a fruity dessert person than chocolatey. The cake was soft and sumptuous, the strawberries sweet and the whipped cream was light and fluffy and it was just as a shortcake should be. Southerners would be proud, even the French ones.

Strawberry Shortcake

absolutely come back and have the soup with one of the brasserie’s crisp salads or a sandwich. Arugula & Shaved Fennel Salad with Crispy Artichokes, Shaved Parmesan, Lemon Dressing This salad inspired me to try to do something similar at home. Arugula is a salad lover’s dream; it’s a little nutty, peppery and oh so good with a lemony dressing. The crispy artichokes were a nice surprise. Pork Belly ‘Pho’ A fun little take on the iconic Vietnamese dish. I love pork belly and the broth was very flavorful because whether you like it or not, the best broths are made from feet. That goes for this pig’s trotter. Steak Tartare topped with Avocado Mousse, Chermoula, Potato Crisps I’ve had the steak tartare at the tasting that basically introduced Chef Barnett. It was my favorite item that night. I don’t know what it is…if it’s the avocado mousse or the potato crisps. The crispy potatoes topped with the beef and that creamy mousse are so pleasing to me. Barnett calls it “beef tartare via France, WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

Mexico and Morocco. Being honest, it was slightly on the salty side this time around, but I could totally eat that as a meal with nothing else. It’s a beef-lover’s dream. North Carolina Trout with Artichoke, Potatoes, Picholine Olives, Barigoule Emulsion Now that I live in the mountains, I can find trout around every corner. And it makes perfect sense for trout to be on a menu in the Triad. This trout is distinctively French with its emulsion as barigoule is a traditional Provençal dish of artichokes braised with onions, garlic and carrots in a seasoned broth of wine and water. I liked the olives with it, but the artichoke is what makes the trout special. New York Strip Steak, Heirloom Carrots, King Trumpet Mushrooms, Harissa, Chermoula Looking around the dining room, it was clear that the steak was the diner’s choice. There’s a popular Flat Iron steak on the menu as well. The New York Strip takes a bit of a turn to Moroccan flavors with the chermoula and its citrus and earthiness. I especially loved the mushrooms in this entree.

We had every intention of dining outside on the patio, despite it feeling pretty warm at dinner time. And I had just enough time to go outside and look at it before a brief storm rolled in and ruined it for us. The renovated outdoor space has plenty of seating with umbrellas and string lights, greenery and games. There’s giant Connect Four, giant Jenga and space for The Katharine’s live music on many evenings and during Saturday and Sunday brunch. If you visit in the next few weeks, you’ll notice construction next door at Reynolds America where a fountain is being installed. Not the prettiest thing, but I’m told they’re trying to get the fountain completed as quickly as possible after many rain delays. Once completed, it will be even better on the patio. A large garage door from the main bar allows for that open-air feel from the inside. State of the art noise reduction should improve the dining experience overall indoors. The service at The Cardinal and The Katharine are really wonderful. And though it’s not a tiny little boutique hotel, the restaurant itself never comes off as a big corporate hotel restaurant. I remain excited for the food scene in WinstonSalem and The Katharine is on its way to being a strong part of it. ! 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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Salute! Music and Brew Festival to fundraise for homeless, disabled veterans


Greensborobased nonprofit is bringing jam bands, breweries and the community together to fundraise for local homeless and disKatie Murawski abled veterans. The festival takes place on June 23 from 11 Editor a.m. to 8 p.m. at Barber Park, located at 1500 Dans Road in Greensboro. Lucy Acosta, The Servant Center’s marketing partner and Salute’s event coordinator said The Servant Center has been operating for 25 years. “We do everything from transitional housing and restorative services for homeless and disabled veterans,” Acosta


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said. “I would say about 95 percent of our residents are veterans, we cater to just homeless [people] as well.” The Servant Center has a two-year program for those who are released from prison, treatment centers or are just from the streets. They then move into the Servant House, the nonprofit’s on-site housing units, to live and get acclimated to self-sufficiency. Acosta said the Salute! Music and Brew Festival is the Servant Center’s biggest fundraising opportunity all year. But it has undergone some evolution itself. “Salute is actually the fourth year we’ve been doing it, however, the past three years it was a black tie gala, and more of an opportunity to get our donors together for a formal dinner,” Acosta said. “Last fall we decided to take this through a different route and do a music and beer festival to kind of be able to still include our donors [and] of course, get them together. But also to be able to get out to the community and make Salute more accessible to someone who may not know about The Servant Center. And what better way to do that than with music and beer.” There are six bands total that will be performing at Salute, including The Rob Massengale Band, Soul Central and The Mark Addison Chandler Band. The three headliners of the festival are Dom Flemons, founder of the Carolina

Chocolate Drops, who will perform as a duo with Brian Farrow; South Carolina’s Dangermuffin and Greensboro-based jam band The Mantras. Acosta said this festival is not necessarily a tasting event (as the tickets do not include alcohol or food) but the breweries will have pints for sale and food trucks will be on-site selling food. Acosta said 100 percent of the proceeds of ticket sales will go back to The Servant Center and a percentage from every brewery and food truck will go to The Servant Center as well. “In the past [fundraising] has been more modest,” Acosta said of The Servant Center’s previous fundraisers. “[Salute] was invitation-only and was limited to current donors and various different venues throughout the city. So it was definitely more modest. But this year, we’re estimating anywhere between 700 to 1,000 attendees, which obviously will be way more with community involvement than just relying on donors coming in and doing more modest donations.” Salute! Music and Brew Festival is sponsored by Lincoln Financial, Skywalker Roofing, CSL Plasma, Haeco, Allstate Michael Patterson, Steve Millikins Black Caps Veterans and Central Carolina Air Conditioning. The media sponsors include YES! Weekly, Rock 92 and 107.5 KZL. The participating breweries include Pig Pounder Brewery, Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Company, Mica Town Brewing

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Company, Bull City Ciderworks, Hoppy Trout Brewing Company, Hoots Beer Co., Gate City Growlers, Railhouse Brewery and Four Saints Brewing Company. An Outlaw Energy Drinks vendor will also be there. The attending food trucks will be Buddhalicious Food Truck and Catering, King-Queen Haitian Cuisine, Jay’s Italian Ice, Apple Babies Gourmet Candy Apples and Treats, Merry Franksters, El Molcajete and Medley. According to the Facebook event page, at 10:30 a.m. the gates open and 107.5 KZL’s Jared and Kate in the Morning will kick off the festival. At 11 a.m., The Rob Massengale Band will play; at noon The Mark Addison Chandler Band will perform; at 1 p.m. Dom Flemons and Brian Farrow will play. At 3 p.m., Rock 92’s Two Guys Named Chris will take the stage and will be followed by Soul Central at 3:20 p.m. At 4:20 p.m., Dangermuffin will play and at 5:50 p.m. The Mantras will finish out the evening with two sets. “Come out and support a good cause and help out our veterans,” Acosta said. “There are some really great guys who have just had a rough patch in life and are getting their stuff back together. Help us raise community awareness and help out a good cause by coming out and having some beer, listening to some music and eating good food.” Attendees are allowed to bring chairs, blankets and small tents. No outside food or drinks will be permitted and bags are subject to inspection. All-day passes are available for $40 in advance and it includes parking and live music. On the day of, there will be limited parking and tickets will be $45 each not including parking. According to the Facebook event page, satellite parking will be set up at Guilford Technical Community College with a shuttle service. Children ages 12 and under are free, and the festival is open to all ages. According to the festival’s Facebook event page, there will be a kids area that will feature crafts, food, games and a “splash pad (weather permitting).” To buy tickets, visit the event’s eventbrite page, www.eventbrite. com/e/salute-music-and-brew-festtickets-44446671190 ! 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.


Buster Keaton: Still making us laugh BUSTER KEATON IN HIS OWN TIME by Wes D. Gehring. Published by McFarland. 242 pages. $39.95 retail (softcover). What more can be said or written about the comic genius of Buster Keaton that Mark Burger hasn’t been said or written already? Before answering, Contributing one would do well columnist to pick up author Wes D. Gehring’s latest volume, Buster Keaton in His Own Time. The book is subtitled What the Responses of 1920s Critics Reveal, but that only scratches the surface. This is not a biography in the standard sense, although there’s plenty of biographical data, nor is it strictly a critical assessment of Keaton’s output in the 1920s. It’s more a treatise or even an academic thesis. If college courses were taught about Buster Keaton – and rest assured, there are – Buster Keaton in His Own Time would be an ideal textbook. In his prologue, which certainly sets the stage, Gehring sums up the critical assessment of the giants of silent screen comedy: “(Charlie) Chaplin is God, (Harold) Lloyd is Mr. Consistency, and Keaton is a rollercoaster ride of brilliant oddity or disappointment.” Gehring then sets out, in extremely thorough fashion, to give Keaton – nearly 100 years after the fact – his just due. Of course, in the years since Keaton’s death, his status has risen considerably, and Gehring points out how and why. For each and every Keaton film of the ‘20s,


be it short or feature, Gehring discusses, debates, and dissects each one in almost exhaustive fashion. Several of these films are undisputed classics: 1924’s Sherlock, Jr., which inspired Woody Allen’s 1985 comedy Purple Rose of Cairo; 1924’s The Navigator, which Gehring posits as perhaps Keaton’s greatest film; The General (1926), which many consider Keaton’s masterpiece, although it was not a hit at the time (possibly because of lingering resentment over the Civil War!); and Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928), which marked Keaton’s last independent production. As the title indicates, Gehring has amassed an extensive array of reviews of and articles about Keaton’s work, comparing (and frequently contrasting) them with more contemporary observations. Not only does Gehring point out what critics said about each film, both good and bad, but also takes into account the specific point in time and history when each was released and the impact of one upon the other. It’s like a miniature history lesson with Keaton at the forefront or, if you prefer, as the star. Keaton was only in his 30s when he made these films, and never again did his star shine as brightly, for various reasons that Gehring also delves into. Buster Keaton in His Own Time is both an assessment and re-assessment of Keaton’s work and his enduring legacy. In no way is it a breezy, easy read. Deeply detailed and richly researched, its overall impact is almost overwhelming. Gehring throws a lot at the reader, and much of it sticks because of his perceptive and persuasive analysis. In discussing The General, he even makes a surprising comparison to the 1974 film Chinatown.

What’s particularly surprising is that, in a few short sentences, Gehring’s observation is made wholly credible. It’s common knowledge among Keaton devotees that his career was severely compromised – if not derailed -- when he left United Artists for Metro-GoldwynMayer, for which he earned more money but lost artistic control. The onset of sound was another hurdle, much as it was for Chaplin and Lloyd. It should be noted that Chaplin’s City Lights (1931) and Modern Times (1936) bucked the trend by being silent, and Chaplin only made five features after that, with the Hollywood Blacklist resulting in his self-imposed exile in Switzerland. Lloyd made some talkies in the ‘30s (none particularly successful) and the ill-fated (but reappraised) 1947 comeback The Sin of Harold Diddlebock and concluded his career on radio and television. The Great Depression was another factor, with audience tastes changing. A costly divorce from actress Natalie Talmadge in 1932, combined with Keaton’s alcoholism, led to what might now be called a nervous breakdown. Keaton spent years wandering in the proverbial show-biz wilderness, ignored and forgotten by a public that had once showered him with adoration. But in the post-war years, Keaton enjoyed an unexpected renaissance that included his first and only appearance with Chaplin in the latter’s 1952 drama Limelight, which some consider Chaplin’s masterpiece; the publication of Keaton’s well-received – and remarkably humble autobiography My Wonderful World of Slapstick (coauthored with Charles Samuels), and an honorary Academy Award in 1960. Keaton, his proper place in the pan-

theon of comedy giants now solidified, found domestic stability with second wife Eleanor Norris. He regularly appeared on television, including Once Upon a Time, a much-beloved 1961 episode of “The Twilight Zone,” in which he played the time-traveling curmudgeon Mulligan, who journeys from the 1890s to the 1960s. The ingenious gimmick is that the 1890s setting is depicted as silent and the 1960s setting as having sound. Big-screen cameos in It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), the Frankieand-Annette romp Beach Blanket Bingo (1965), and How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965) – in which he played a Tahitian witch doctor called “Bwana” – may not have been vintage Keaton, but they put money in his pocket and exposed him to younger fans. His final feature film, Richard Lester’s 1966 adaptation of the musical smash A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, was a pleasing farewell, with Keaton holding his own against such inveterate scene-stealers as Zero Mostel and Phil Silvers, as well as performing many of his own stunts despite being terminally ill. Whether Buster Keaton in His Own Time would have brought a smile to the “Great Stone Face” will never be known, but for legions of his fans – who simply can’t get enough of Keaton – it’ll surely put a smile on theirs. This may not be the definitive Keaton study, but in terms of the decade that defined him, the argument could certainly be made. The official McFarland website is www. ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on © 2018, Mark Burger.

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H.C. McEntire plays first Sunset Thursdays show of 2018


thought about a Tanya Tucker song when I spoke to H.C. McEntire last week. The song, “I Believe The South Is Gonna Rise Again,” came to mind, because McEntire is definitely John Adamian Southern, having @johnradamian been born and raised in Polk County, North Carolina, in the westContributor ern part of the state, just above the South Carolina line. She grew up on a farm. Her family was deeply involved in the Baptist church. But McEntire, who is gay, represents a different view of the South from the one that still percolates through popular culture and through gerrymandered electoral politics. As Tucker sang, “I believe the South’s gonna rise again, just not the way they thought it would back then.” For McEntire, the South isn’t simply defined by Red State policies and the legacies of its past. It’s complicated and has the potential to be inclusive, to be a place where communities of faith embrace the whole “judge-not-lest-ye-be-judged” concept. McEntire is invested, along with many of those who worked with her on her new album, Lionheart, in reclaiming a view of the place where she’s from. At the same time, she’s not keen to further enshrine the region in more mythmaking.

“I get kind of frustrated with the romanticizing of the South,” she said. “As someone who grew up here, I know how complex it is.” We spoke by phone last week. McEntire was sitting with her dog on her front porch in Durham. McEntire and her band will play the first Sunset Thursdays concert of 2018 at Bailey Park in Winston-Salem on June 14. The show is free and it starts at 7 p.m. There’s a lovely gospel-kissed song on Lionheart called “When You Come For Me” that has these lines: “Mama, I dreamed that I had no hand to hold, and the land I cut my teeth on wouldn’t let me call it home.” McEntire’s songs return in several places to that yearning for belonging, the dream of home, the hunger for acceptance from loved ones and family. McEntire also fronts the band Mount Moriah, and this is her solo debut. Some of these songs were conceived while McEntire was out touring as a member of Angel Olsen’s band.

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“I’ve been on the road with Angel for the last two years, and she hit it pretty hard, and we were all over the world a few times,” said McEntire of her time working with Olsen, who makes a guest appearance on Lionheart. (McEntire played her last show with Olsen, for the foreseeable future, back in April.) That experience of travel may have strengthened McEntire’s connection to her home state. “We toured so much in Angel’s band, and I was going to these amazing cities that I never would have gone to, or going to countries like Finland or Australia, and all I wanted was to just be sitting here on the porch like I am today, or out in the woods,” McEntire said. “It wasn’t like I necessarily felt out of place in those places, but I wanted to be in the quiet country.” McEntire has had the opportunity to pull up roots and leave North Carolina. But she stayed put. “This is just my home,” she said. “It feels right.” Before devoting herself to making music, McEntire worked in the book publishing industry, and there were points when a move to New York City would have fit in with that career path, but she didn’t do it, shifting instead to music. “Writing was my first love,” she said. “In a lot of ways it still is. I’ve just learned how to implement those ideas into songs.” The community of music-makers and fans in the Triangle reoriented McEntire’s energies. “The music scene here kind of took me by the hand,” she said. McEntire was raised on country music and hymns, but she never sang in the church growing up. “I was terrified of being in the choir, being asked to do anything, any kind of public speaking,” she said. “I was really shy growing up and really didn’t know what kind of voice I had and what my

voice could do until my 20s.” That’s when she found punk and connected with the energy, rawness and truth-telling. “It helped me get out a lot of confusion and angst,” McEntire said. “It felt really good to just wail, you know.” After about a decade of that, McEntire began “peeling back the layers,” and gravitated toward a kind of country music, with stripped-down instrumentation, clean, simple structures and plenty of storytelling punch. McEntire sings about romance, belonging, and the kinds of feelings that you sense down in your bones and in your blood on these songs. The music has a slow-burn country tinge, with pedal steel guitar, subtle strings and simmering organ. McEntire’s singing has a power and flute-like lightness that sometimes bring to mind Dolly Parton. In addition to Olsen, atmospheric guitarist William Tyler, Tift Merritt, Indigo Girl Amy Ray, Kathleen Hanna, and multi-instrumentalist Phil Cook all contribute to the record. The album is impressively restrained, suggesting country and gospel without ever tilting fully into any genre shorthand. You can listen to Lionheart a few times before even realizing there are quietly dramatic strings on some of the songs. McEntire said she worked closely with her engineer and co-producer on the project to keep the mood right and the intensity at the right level. “We didn’t want to steer it with a heavy hand,” she said. The songs on Lionheart are thick with vegetation. Chicory, gardenias, tobacco, roses, pine trees and prickly pear all show up at different points. Plants, animals, the landscape and the heavens loom in McEntire’s songs, giving them a scope beyond the human narratives at their core. Describing her bond with the lush landscape and the nearby Eno River State Park, McEntire says this: “The vegetation was inescapable, but it kept me tethered in a lot of ways.” ! 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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Dad(s) rock Dad-rock, dadbods, dad-jokes. The list goes on. But what does it mean to be a dad in a band? To celebrate Father’s Day, 20 Triad dads dish fatherly advice on life as both performer and papa. Katei Cranford “It’s an interesting dichotomy: the Contributing pull of wanting to perform non-stop columnist coupled with the desire of not wanting to leave,” said Brian Tyndall of The Mantras. Similarly, Ken Fuller of Mr. Rozzi, laments the “precious time spent away.” He adds, “hopefully [my kids] will understand the sacrifice.” Through it all, these dads strive to be living examples. “I love being a role model, demonstrating music for my kids,” said Eric Mann of Basement Life. “Sharing music with them means a lot,” adds Kit Dean of Sissy Pants, “especially when they show interest in it for themselves.” “Everything I do is a legacy to my son, he’s my masterpiece,” asserts Jaysen Buterin of The Malamondos. And it’s coming full-circle for Charles Kurtz of Breath of Ether, “my oldest is now playing the same venues I’ve played. I’m ecstatic.” As a new dad, Tyndall is enamored, “I have a new ray of light within my heart and mind to focus on for solos.” The ways fatherhood fostered creativedrive surprised these dads. For Larry Wayne Slaton of Old Heavy Hands, “it lit a fire under my butt to want to go above and beyond and make her proud of me.” “I started taking music more seriously upon the arrival of my first son. He was the spark,” said Hunter Mcbride of The Wright Ave. Pat Brown of Tide Eyes echoes a similar sentiment, “fatherhood pushed me to play more shows, reach harder and really put it out there.” Putting it out there as a dad is less of a struggle than it seems. “I thought fatherhood would be the end of my music,” said Randy Seals of OPOTW Studios. “I was wrong.” Scott Hicks of Totally Slow also approached fatherhood with apprehension, “like here we go: cargo shorts and soccer practice. But I realized I [didn’t have] to abandon the core of who I was just because I helped make a baby or three.” “It’s been said many times before that having kids rearranges your priorities,” WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

Pat Brown (Tide Eyes) plays with son in front row at Bites & Pints during GSOFest 2018

said Eddie Garcia of 1970’s Film Stock. “But that doesn’t mean you stop being you or stop pursuing your passion. Sure, it’s harder, but working to create something—to put beauty into the world—is a great example for a child to have.” Song-content changes, too. “I never thought I would filter my music until having kids,” said Jermaine Brown of ILLPO. Fuller agrees, “it makes me more conscious of the quality of my lyrics.” “Having kids doesn’t change how I approach music, but it probably should,“ admits Gavan Holden of Basement Life. “With all the craziness in the world, I worried about bringing children into it and what their future holds,” added Michael Joncas of Harrison Ford Mustang, “my lyrics began reflecting this concern.” “There’s a lot more reflection in my songwriting and way more optimism than there used to be,” said Nate Hall of Old Heavy Hands. Hunter Good of Velvet Devils agrees, “I catch myself writing happier songs.” “I’m writing a lot of songs for my youngest who’s been struggling with a serious neurological condition for the last four months,” said David McCracken of Donna the Buffalo, “seeing her creates desire to express my feelings musically.” These fathers find inspiration in their children and relish having both critic and collaborative partners close-by. “Having a little audience when I practice makes me even more aware. If I can make her dance there’s a good chance what I’m practicing is going to work when I get to my gig,” said J.J. Lone of DJ J. Lone. Good adds, “I won’t put much effort into an idea if she’s not dancing around when I’m playing.” At the end of the day, band-dads are still just dads. “I thought [my kids] would think it was cool that their dad did something so different for a living, but nah,”

said Chuck Folds of Big Bang Boom. “Your father is always a goofball whether he’s an accountant or a rock star,” McCracken said. To Hicks, “music comes natural. Being a good dad is a pursuit.” In that pursuit, good dads do the best for their kids. For Tim Haisman of False Prophet, “being a musician gives me an outlet to kind of recharge my batteries, which helps me be a better father.”

Eric Mann (Basement Life) doing dad stuff at OPOTW during GSOFest 2018

What makes a good dad varies as wildly as what makes a good musician. Thankfully, the Triad boasts an array of both. ! KATEI CRANFORD is a Triad music aficionado who’d like to wish her own dad a Happy Father’s Day in the great beyond and send a shout-out to Brad Morton, super-sick guitarist and the best dang pup-dad a girl could ask for.

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218 South Fayetteville St. | 336.610.3722 Jun 15: Casey Noel Jun 16: Reed Turchi Jun 22: Momma Molasses Jun 23: Earleine Jun 29: Emma Lee Jun 30: Laura Jane Vincent



6000 Meadowbrook Mall Ct | 336.448.5330 Jun 14: James Vincent Carroll Jun 15: DJ Bald-E Jun 16: ABC Trio Jun 22: Whiskey Mic Jun 23: Tyler Miller Band Jun 29: DJ Deion Jun 30: Big Daddy Mojo Jul 6: DJ Bald-E


GREEN HERON ALE HOUSE 1110 Flinchum Rd | 336.593.4733 Jun 16: Gooseberry Jam Jun 23: Mystery Hillbillies Jun 30: Alicia B. And The Now Jul 7: Hot Trail Mix Jul 14: Eddie Atkins and Company Jul 21: Grumpy Funk and the City Blues Jul 28: Mystic Chicken Aug 4: Abigail Dowd Aug 11: Travis Griggs



2900 Patterson St #A | 336.632.9889 Jun 15: 1-2-3 Friday Jul 19: Ar’Mon + Trey Jul 29: Anthony Green, Good Old War, Found Wild


523 S Elm St | 336.271.2686 Jun 15: DJ Dan the Player Jun 16: DJ Paco and DJ Dan the Player


120 Stage Coach Tr. | 336.292.2211 Jun 30: Wonderwall: A Tribute to The Beatles Aug 2: Ms. Mary & The Boys Aug 11: Stephen Freeman : Elvis Tribute


505 N. Greene St Jun 15: Lyn koonce Jun 22: Mark Wingerter Jun 29: Gerry Stanek Jul 6: High Cotton Jul 13: Dave Moran Jul 20: Gerry Stanek


1819 Spring Garden St | 336.272.9888 Jun 13: Combichrist, Wednesday 13, Nightclub, Prison, Death Valley High, Murder Maiden Jun 14: Cash Unchained: Johnny Cash Tribute Jun 15: The Motet Jun 16: Underground Invasion: A Hip Hop Festival with Ed E. Ruger, Illpo, Young Dirt, G-$antana, Mr. Rozzi, Big Body & king, Nas T, Platinum Mazeratti, Tre Magic, Cedric James, Dirt N Poncho, 1ne Vision, Chilly, Joe Bizz, Cruz, Phillie Phr3sh Jun 21: The Cadillac Three Jun 22: American Aquarium - Things Change Tour Jun 23: David Allan Coe Jun 24: Reverend Horton Heat w/ Big Sandy, Lara Hope and the Arktones Jun 25: Angel Vivaldi, Hyvmine, Decennary Jun 28: The Blind Tiger 30 Year Anniversary kickoff Party w/ Come Back Alice, Imperial Blend, The Wright

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117 S Elm St | 336.378.9646 Jun 15: corey Smith Jun 30: Dipset Jul 29: Tory Lanez Sep 26: Kaleo nov 3: Lewis Black

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1635 New Garden Rd | 336.288.4544 Jun 15: Disaster Recovery Jun 22: J Timber & Joel Henry Jun 29: Kwik Fixx Band


433 Spring Garden St Jun 17: Heart Society Jul 15: The Adventures of Annabelle Lynn Jul 22: Sarah Potenza Jul 29: Joey Barnes & courtney Leigh Hudson Aug 19: Phil Madeira


5713 W Friendly Ave | 336.292.5464 Jun 23: nature of Rebel Minds, Aside Oceans, Skyfold, Scars Remain, n.O.R.M. Jun 29: Poison Anthem Jun 30: nevernauts Jul 13: Murder Maiden, Sinister Fate, Amnesis Aug 3: Desired Redemption


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The High Point Arts Council is excited to announce our 2018 summer outdoor oncert series Arts Splash. This year’s series features eight concerts splashed all over town in various locations with different genres to better ensure a greater representation of the arts and to make the arts easily accessible to everyone in our community. June 17

Carolina Soul Band R&B/Soul

July 8

Chatham Rabbits Folk/Bluegrass

Mendenhall Transportation Terminal

Oak Hollow Festival Park

June 24

Lakota John & Kin Acoustic Blues

Betsayda Machado Venezuelan Tambor High Point University Amphitheater

July 15

High Point City Lake Park

July 22

Dori Freeman Country

August 5

Titus Gant Quartet Jazz

High Point Museum & Historical Park

High Point Library Plaza

July 29

West End Mambo Latin

Boulevards Funk/ Hip-Hop

Washington Terrace Park

August 12

Mendenhall Transportation Terminal

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




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NCDOT TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING JUNE 19 FOR THE PROPOSED WINSTON SALEM NORTHERN BELTWAY EASTERN SECTION (FUTURE 1-74) PROJECT U-2579AA: BETWEEN U.S. 311 AND I-40 PROJECT U-2579AB: BETWEEN I-40 AND I-40 BUSINESS/U.S. 421 FORSYTH COUNTY STIP Project No. U-2579AA and U-2579AB The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to construct the Eastern Section of the Winston Salem Northern Beltway (Future I-74), Projects U-2579AA and U-2579AB. Project U-2579AA would be constructed between U.S. 311 and I-40 Project U-2579AB would be constructed between I-40 and I-40 Business/U.S. 421. The public meeting will be held at R. B. Glenn High School located at 1600 Union Cross Road, in Kernersville, on Tuesday, June 19th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to provide interested citizens with information on the project and gather public input on the proposed design. Interested citizens may attend at any time between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Please note that there will not be a formal presentation. 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 later by July 6, 2018. Project maps are available online at For additional information contact Allison White, NCDOT Project Manager, by phone at (919)707-6341 or by email at . 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 Diane Wilson, NCDOT Senior Public Involvement Officer by phone at (919) 559-7027 or by email at as early as possible so that arrangements can be made. Persons who speak Spanish and 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. Aquellas personas que hablan español y no hablan inglés, o tienen limitaciones para leer, hablar o entender inglés, podrían recibir servicios de interpretación si los solicitan antes de la reunión llamando al 1-800-481-6494. YES! WEEKLY

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612 Edgewood St | 336.558.7204 Jun 15: Skyryder Jun 16: The delmonicos Jun 22: The delmonicos Jun 23: crossfire Band Jun 29: The delmonicos Jun 30: crimson Rose

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191 Lowes Foods Dr | 336.747.3059 Jun 15: karaoke w dJ Tyler perkins Jun 16: Retrospect Jun 22: karaoke w dJ Tyler perkins Jun 23: obsessive compulsive Musical disorder Jun 29: karaoke w dJ Tyler perkins Jun 30: 60 Watt combo


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207 N Green St | 336.631.3143 Jul 4: Marvelous Funkshun

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408 West 4th St | 336.331.3431 Jun 15: little Bird, The Ries Brothers Jun 22: The lilly Brothers Jun 23: Brothers pearl Jun 29: Souljam Jun 30: Fruit Smoothie Trio Jul 27: Souljam Jul 28: Fruit Smoothie Trio

BuRkE STREET puB 1110 Burke St | 336.750.0097 Jun 16: Fuhnetik union Jun 29: Southern Eyes

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3870 Bethania Station Rd | 336.815.1664 Jun 15: karaoke

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620 Trade St | 336.723.0322

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638 W 4th St | 336.777.3348 Jun 13: The Maggie valley Band Jun 16: karon click Jun 20: Redleg husky

JohnnY & JunE’S Saloon

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4926 Country Club Rd | 336.529.6230 Jun 14: darrell hoots Jun 15: Brothers pearl Jun 16: dylan McRay Band Jun 18: karla kincaid Jun 21: Jukebox Rehab Jun 22: Shannon and kevin Jun 23: Whiskey Mic Jun 25: James vincent carroll

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630 S Stratford Rd | 336.768.2221 Jun 17: live Jazz Jun 24: live Jazz

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5455 Bethania Rd | 336.923.8623 Jun 15: Bryon hill w/ Matt Brown Jun 16: XcentriX Jun 16: zoe & cloyd Jun 17: Martha Bassett Jun 22: FnMc June ‘18 Jun 23: Russell lapinski Jun 23: The Muddy creek players Jun 29: 9daytrip, Michael Martin Band Jun 30: usual Suspects Jun 30: Big daddy love

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170 W 9th St | 336.754.9714 Jun 15: Son volt Jun 23: party Time party Band Jun 29: Emisunshine & The Rain Jun 30: gold connections, victoria victoria Jul 5: heavy Rebel Weekender preparty Jul 6: darrell Scott Bluegrass Band Jul 11: Felice Brothers, Twain Jul 13: diali cissokho, kaira Ba aug 17: unknown henson


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1000 NC Music Factory Blvd | 704.916.8970 Jun 14: Royal Blood Jun 16: Enrage Against The Machine Jun 17: Snow Tha Product Jun 18: The Neighbourhood Jun 19: Hobo Johnson & The LoveMakers Jun 22: The Stranger Tribute to Billy Joel Jun 22: Rumours Jun 23: Method Man & Redman Jun 25: Jesse McCartney Jun 29: Dipset Jun 30: QC Metal Fet Jun 30: Blac Youngsta Jul 3: Pouya Jul 11: Erasure Jul 12: Jimmy Eat World


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Motion of the Ocean: Heist series sputters back to life



uring the first decade of the 21st century, filmgoers could count on Steven Soderbergh gifting them a new Ocean’s flick every few years. The behind-thescenes gist was presumably the same for all three pictures — basically, a bunch of movie stars got together with their directing buddy to shoot a few sequences in between their nonstop partying through European and American hot spots — but, in a reversal of the norm, here was a franchise that actually improved as it progressed. The 2001 release Ocean’s Eleven, a remake of a middling Rat Pack movie from 1960, offered amusing turns from Brad Pitt, Bernie Mac and Elliott Gould but otherwise had little going on beneath its air of cool collectedness. The 2004 follow-up Ocean’s Twelve added a few more narrative complications and made better use of its all-star cast (particularly Matt Damon and Julia Roberts). Yet it wasn’t until 2007’s Ocean’s Thirteen that everything clicked just right, largely because it was the first film where it truly felt like there was something at stake in its convoluted, house-of-cards plotline. Those cards take something of a tumble in Ocean’s 8 ( ), not so much a reboot of the franchise as a continuation with different players. Soderbergh is still attached as producer (The Hunger Games’ Gary Ross takes over as director), Gould returns briefly as Reuben Tishkoff to maintain some semblance of continuity, and there are frequent discussions centered around George Clooney’s Danny Ocean, who supposedly has died in the interim (I say supposedly, because it’s routinely pondered throughout the film as to whether he’s really dead, just in case Clooney ever opts to return to the fold for an easy paycheck). The central character is now Danny’s sister Debbie (Sandra Bullock), just wrapping up a jail sentence and eager to pull off a massive score. Her idea is to steal a necklace valued at $150 million — easier schemed than done since said bauble has been kept in an underground vault for the past few decades. But Debbie sets into motion a plot that will result in the necklace being worn to the Met Gala by pampered movie star Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway), at which point she plans to pilfer the jewelry. To assist her in her robbery, she assembles a team whose members include her BFF and YES! WEEKLY

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former partner in crime (Cate Blanchett), a computer hacker (Rihanna), a fence (Sarah Paulson), a forger (Mindy Kaling), a street hustler (Awkwafina), and the fashion designer (Helena Bonham Carter) who will be dressing Daphne for the Met charity event. To paraphrase Julie Andrews (and maybe Emily Blunt?) as Mary Poppins, Debbie’s plan is practically perfect in every way — which helps explain why the movie is anything but. Heist flicks rely on things going wrong to ratchet up that tension and provide a series of savory twists and turns, but Ross (co-scripting with Olivia Milch) ends up devising a caper scheme that runs too smoothly. As such, there’s only one significant plot twist and zero complications, leading to a narrative woefully lacking in any manner of intrigue or suspense. Fortunately, many of the players provide some oomph to the proceedings. Like Clooney before them, Bullock and Blanchett are required to do nothing more than coast on their movie-star charms, but Carter is amusingly flighty, Rihanna is appropriately self-assured, and Awkwafina manages to steal some scenes right along with those diamonds. There’s also a late-inning appearance by James Corden, who’s very funny as a persistent investigator sent by the insurance company to locate the necklace. It initially appears as if Corden’s character will goose the story in an unexpected direction, but like every-

one else (meaning those in the audience), he’s just there to admire the pretty people and remain amused at the lightheartedness of it all. LIKE MARTIN SCORSESE with religion and Clint Eastwood with gun culture, Paul Schrader has spent a huge chuck of his career as writer and/or director examining the omniscient specter of violence — how it’s triggered, how it manifests itself, and how it’s ultimately settled. It would be facile to say he has finally found his definitive answer in First Reformed ( ), but it might be accurate to state that the writer of Taxi Driver, Hardcore and Light Sleeper has added another puzzle piece that allows the image to come into sharper focus than before. A haunting and meditative work that also centers on Schrader’s other topic of note — religion (no surprise from a man who was raised by strict Calvinists and not able to see a movie until he was 17) — First Reformed stars Ethan Hawke as Reverend Toller, a parish pastor living in upstate New York. Still feeling remorse over the fact that he urged his son to volunteer to fight in the Iraq war — a suggestion that led to his boy’s death — Toller divides his time between delivering sermons to his mostly empty church and hitting the bottle. But after one of his parishioners, the pregnant Mary (Amanda Seyfried), asks him to speak to her husband Michael (Philip Ettinger), an environmental

activist who might be harboring suicidal tendencies, Toller finds his sense of purpose renewed. But it also leads to a string of conflicts — with a church organization that is increasingly more devoted to profits than people, with a venal right-wing sponsor (Michael Gaston) who uses his philanthropy to mask his utter contempt for the earth and its inhabitants, and, most tellingly, with his own attitudes toward righteousness and redemption. Like practically all of Schrader’s protagonists — even Jesus himself in the Scorsese-directed, Schrader-scripted The Last Temptation of Christ — Reverend Toller is a tortured individual whose ultimate reckoning must be through a trial of violence. Yet one of the most intriguing aspects about First Reformed is its inexorable march toward a climax that seems preordained. Or is it? Without resorting to spoilers, suffice to note that the conclusion is one that’s open to interpretation and certain to invigorate and infuriate audience members in equal measure. If that appears to be a cop-out on Schrader’s part, it’s actually the proper denouement for a work as curious and challenging as this one. NEWBIE WRITER-DIRECTOR Ari Aster makes a startling film debut with Hereditary ( ), the sort of slow-burn horror yarn that gets under the skin with needlepoint precision. Toni Collette delivers a bravura performance as Annie Graham, an artist whose mother has just passed away. Annie and Mom weren’t close, but the tensions don’t end there. Mental illness runs in Annie’s family, and her relationships with her son Peter (Alex Wolff) and daughter Charlie (Milly Shapiro) are, at best, awkward. For his part, Annie’s husband Steve (Gabriel Byrne) patiently tries to keep everyone calm and behaved. Yet that proves exceedingly difficult once tragedy hits the family unit and matters take a supernatural turn. Although there are moments of shocking brutality and gore, Aster’s emphasis is on establishing and maintaining a sense of genuine dread. Such an approach places the picture in the company of such earlier works as Rosemary’s Baby, Vampyr, Diabolique and the underrated ‘70s effort The Mephisto Waltz — high praise indeed. If this film never quite ascends to their heights (that climax is awfully busy and rather rushed), it’s nevertheless an impressive calling card that Aster can whip out at future studio pitches. !




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heatre Art Galleries of High Point is pleased to host the annual Juried Invitational Art Exhibit titled “THE BICYCLE: Art Meets Form” opening Aug. 30 and on view until Sept. 28. This is the fourth year for the exhibit and it will be held in conjunction with the High Point Cycling Classic benefiting the Bobby Labonte Foundation in downtown High Point. The Opening Reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 6 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at TAG. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The exhibition will feature original works of art by artists from across the U.S. and all of the art must relate in some way to bicycles or cycling. Interested artists will find the Entry Procedure for submitting art work and additional information at or by calling the TAG office at (336) 8872137. Prizes will be awarded during the Opening Reception on Sept. 6 for First Place: $1,000, Second Place: $500, and Third Place: $250. The deadline for entries is July 25. WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

The High Point Cycling Classic is one of the most well attended and celebrated sports and entertainment events in High Point’s history. Founded in 2010 by avid High Point cyclists Chip Duckett, Randy Carda and Rodney Simpson, the High Point Cycling Classic quickly became one of the community’s most anticipated gatherings. The High Point Cycling Classic and the Bobby Labonte Foundation generates substantial funds available as grants to community nonprofit organizations. All of your entry fees, sponsorship dollars, ticket purchases and any other dollar you spend at the Classic will go right back out to families here in our neighborhoods and benefit building stronger futures for our children! For more information about the weekend: Theatre Art Galleries is located in downtown High Point at 220 E. Commerce Ave. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon-5 p.m. !

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Ninety-six-year-old Barney Smith of Alamo Heights, Texas, is known around those parts as the King of the Commode for his life’s work: more than 1,300 decoChuck Shepherd rated toilet seats, all displayed in the retired master plumber’s Toilet Seat Art Museum. But now, he concedes, it’s time to put a lid on it: “I’m beginning to feel like I’d rather be in an air-conditioned home in a chair, looking at a good program,” Smith, who is bent with arthritis and uses a cane, told the Associated Press on May 22. Inside the metal-garage museum the collection includes toilet lids decorated with a chunk of the Berlin Wall, a piece of insulation from the Space Shuttle Challenger, Pez dispensers and flint arrowheads, along with the toilet lid from the airplane that carried Aristotle Onassis’ body back to Greece after his death. Smith told his wife, Louise, that he would stop at 500 pieces, but that was 850 lids ago. “If I would have just read my Bible as many hours as I spent on my

toilet seats, I’d be a better man,” Smith said. Louise died in 2014, and Smith took a fall recently and broke some ribs. Now he’s looking for someone who will keep the museum intact: “This is my life’s history here.”


On May 20, as a handful of adults enjoyed the swings at Angel Park in southwest Atlanta, two children walked up and asked to use the swing set. The adults agreed and started to walk away, reported The (Macon, Georgia) Telegraph, when the boys, about 6 and 12 years old, pulled out rocks the size of baseballs and what appeared to be a black handgun. They threw the rocks, hitting one man on the calf and causing an abrasion, according to Atlanta police. The older boy held the gun and pointed it at the adults, who ran away as the boys ran in the opposite direction. Earlier in May, two children were reported for an alleged armed carjacking in the same neighborhood.


Claiming the shooting was an accident, Angelo Russo, 55, told police in Tatura, Victoria, Australia, he tripped over an eggplant during a dispute with a man who had run

over his dog, which caused the gun Russo was carrying to go off, striking David Calandro in the head and killing him. Calandro and a friend had gone to Russo’s farm on Feb. 18, 2017, to buy some chilies, 9News reported, but as he drove away, Russo’s dog, Harry, began barking and chasing the vehicle. Calandro swerved toward the dog to “spook him,” the friend told a Victorian Supreme Court jury on May 23, but swerved too far, running over the dog instead. Russo pleaded guilty to manslaughter on May 25.


Pesky weeds around his garage caused a Springfield Township, Ohio, resident to resort to extreme measures: The unnamed homeowner tried to eliminate them with a torch, and instead set the garage on fire. Firefighters were called to the scene at 4 a.m. on May 24, where they found the detached garage “fully involved,” according to the Springfield News-Sun. The structure was a total loss, including tools and appliances inside, valued at $10,000 to $15,000.


— Three men were arrested on May 20 after stealing a 25-foot-long shed from a foreclosed property in Lebanon, Maine, and dragging it down the street behind their pickup truck, according to the Portland Press Herald. Matthew Thompson of Lebanon, Timothy James of Pembroke, New Hampshire, and Robert Breton of Milton, New Hampshire, were spotted in the act by a concerned citizen, who alerted Maine State Police. In addition, Thompson was found to have crystal meth and prescription pills that were not prescribed to him. All three were taken to the York County Jail and held on $5,000 bail. — Patrick Gillis, 18, a senior at Highlands High School and a volunteer firefighter for the Pioneer Hose Fire Department in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania, told police he “just wanted to respond to a fire” on May 21, when he was arrested for starting a blaze in a vacant duplex where he used to live. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that witnesses told investigators Gillis was seen at the home before the fire started, then returned as a firefighter to help put it out. He admitted to setting a piece of paper on fire and putting it in the microwave, then leaving. The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s Office estimated damage at $150,000, and Gillis was charged with arson.


— Toronto police constables Vittorio Dominelli, 36, and Jamie Young, 35, had to call for backup in January during a raid on a marijuana dispensary after allegedly sampling some of the evidence. CTV News


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reported the officers called for help after they began hallucinating, one eventually climbing a tree. In a May 23 press release, Toronto police announced the two officers had been suspended and now face criminal charges in the incident.

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— A senior prank went unexpectedly wrong for high school student Kylan Scheele, 18, of Independence, Missouri, when he was slapped with a three-day suspension on May 23 and barred from participating in graduation after putting his high school up for sale on Craigslist. Scheele said it was meant to be a joke. “Other people were going to release live mice ... I thought, let’s do something more laid back,” he told Fox 4. The ad for Truman High School listed attractive amenities such as newly built athletic fields, lots of parking and a “bigger than normal dining room.” A lawsuit filed against the school district by the ACLU of Missouri failed to reduce the punishment.


Before Chuck E. Cheese was a thing, it was ShowBiz Pizza, complete with the Rock-afire Explosion Band, an animatronic combo that is still the stuff of nightmares. On May 24, the Rock-afire Explosion Band was reunited at a new arcade bar in Kansas City, Missouri, also called Rock-afire. The band’s inventor, Aaron Fechter of Creative Engineering in Orlando, Florida, refurbished the band members with new masks, skin and costumes, and the playlist is set to include old standards as well as more contemporary hits. Bar owner James Bond was a huge fan of the band as a child: “You didn’t know whether they were fake or real,” he told The Kansas City Star.


Rowdy Lapham, owner of Old to Gold Hardwood Floors in Grand Rapids, Michigan, arrived at work May 21 to find that someone had broken in. Surveillance footage showed that around 2 a.m. the day before, a burglar had thrown a rock through his store window, apparently tempted by the “gold” bars stacked in the window. Unfortunately for the thief, the bars are promotional items made of foam rubber and stamped with the store’s logo, reported WZZM TV. The squeezable bars are meant for stress relief, employee Nick Butler said, supporting the company’s motto of “stress-free flooring. ... I think this falls under you can’t fix stupid.” !

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Is North Carolina ready to take marijuana reform seriously? BY RHIANNON FIONN *EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is the introduction to our new monthly column ‘Carolina Cannabis Now’ by reporter Rhiannon Fionn, and originally appeared as Creative Loafing Charlotte’s cover story on June 6. This article was edited from its original form, to read the full version visit Creative Loafing’s website charlotte/is-north-carolina-ready-to-take-marijuanareform-seriously/Content?oid=9902591


ince taking his oath of office in 2009, N.C. Rep. Kelly Alexander, Jr. has filed a marijuana-related bill in the North Carolina General Assembly six times — and six times the bills have languished in committee, failing to make it to the House floor for a debate, much less a vote. This count includes his most recent bill, House Bill 994, bluntly titled “Reform Marijuana Laws,” filed on May 23 during the General Assembly’s short session. If enacted, the bill would radically change the state’s marijuana laws, allowing citizens to legally possess up to four ounces, therefore taking power away from police officers to stop and search those they suspect of possessing the drug. If made law, the bill would also enable citizens previously convicted on possession charges up to four ounces to pay a fee and expunge their record of that offense. Additionally, marijuana would no longer be deemed a controlled substance in North Carolina. “It’s a wonderful bill,” said Corey Hedgepeth, executive director of the Charlotte chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). “It puts a halt to the ability of law enforcement to use cannabis to search a car or even to stop an individual suspected of possessing marijuana.” This is important, he said, because “going to jail over small amounts ruins lives.” Under current law, possession of half an ounce or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $200; possession of half an ounce to one and a half ounces is also a misdemeanor that could lead to one to 45 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine; and possession of one and a half ounces to 10 pounds is a felony for which the penalty is three to eight months in jail and a $1,000 fine. “[Decriminalization is] just a no-brainer at this point,” Hedgepeth continued. In his estimation, if politicians dropped their antiquated “reefer madness” stance and looked at the numbers, he thinks they, YES! WEEKLY

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too, would see the issue as a no-brainer. For example, in 2017, Forbes reported, “…if all states had legalized medical marijuana in 2014, the national savings for fee-for-service Medicaid would have been approximately $1.01 billion. This works out to an average per state savings of $19.825 million a year.” Here’s another figure: $55 million. That represents North Carolina’s 2010 fiscal cost for marijuana enforcement. That figure includes more $29 million for law enforcement, more than $17.5 million in judicial and legal expenses and more than $8 million for incarceration expenses, according to a 2013 American Civil Liberty Union report titled “The War on Marijuana in Black and White.” It’s important to note that funds for local law enforcement come from local property taxes, not Raleigh. For Alexander, whose district covers parts of north Charlotte, HB 994 is as much about economics as it is about so-

cial justice. “Under the existing statute a police officer has discretion,” he said, “and my bill eliminates discretion. So, if you’re stopped and you have 3.5 ounces, under my bill you would not receive a fine, you would not receive a citation. It would be, ‘Thank you very much. Go on, sir.’” At present, said Lt. Brad Koch, a spokesperson for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, “There are a multitude of ways an officer might develop a reasonable suspicion, including smelling marijuana, seeing marijuana or if a confidential informant tells the officer that the citizen has marijuana on them.” That “reasonable suspicion,” also known as “probable cause,” can allow police to search a person and their property. This becomes a problem when police officers take their suspicions too far, as made evident in the 2016 fatal Keith Lamont Scott police shooting. It was, after all, marijuana that first drew the officers’ attention to Scott, according to

CMPD’s official version of events. Scott isn’t the only example. In 2010, in Las Vegas, Trevon Cole was killed by police during a drug raid at which no weapons were found. In 2012, police officers killed Ramarley Graham in New York as he attempted to flush pot down the toilet. In 2015, Zachary Hammond was fatally shot by police in Seneca, South Carolina, during an attempted marijuana bust. “Personally, I think Keith Scott would still be alive now were he smoking a (tobacco) cigarette,” said Keith Caughran, a long-time member of Charlotte NORML. “It’s really the only crime you can smell.” Caughran said he’s tried to obtain detailed and current information about marijuana arrests from CMPD with no luck. According to the ACLU, in 2010, there were 784,021 marijuana arrests made nationally. Half a million of those arrests were made in 12 states. North Carolina is 10th on that list with 20,983 arrests. That same year, while black people made up


22 percent of the state’s population, they accounted for 50 percent of the marijuana possession arrests even though, as the ACLU pointed out, blacks and whites are equally likely to be holding. “Marijuana use is roughly equal among blacks and whites, yet blacks are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession,” according to the ACLU’s report. That was the national rate for 2010, but in Mecklenburg County, according to the same report, that same year, black people were 4.6 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession. Further, the report states, law enforcement “has failed to diminish the use or availability of marijuana.” Enter Frank Baumgartner, Ph.D., a University of North Carolina political science professor. In a YouTube video posted by CMPD on their CMPDvidcast channel on March 18, he explained that in 1999 North Carolina became the first state to mandate the collection of traffic stop data, first by state troopers then by most local police departments. “No one ever analyzed it,” Baumgartner said. “The law actually mandates that the attorney general give periodic reports, but no report had been given.” Roy Cooper was North Carolina’s attorney general for most of that time frame, from 2001 until he was sworn in as governor in 2017. Baumgartner, whose book Suspect Citizens: What 20 Million Traffic Stops Tell Us About Policing and Race, said his analysis of the data “ … pretty much validated the concerns that motivated the legislation. African American and Hispanic drivers are significantly more likely to be pulled over; about twice as likely compared to white drivers. And when they are pulled over, they are twice as likely – statewide – to be searched.” Driving an older-model car, being a person of color and being a young man increases a person’s odds of being searched during a traffic stop, said Baumgartner. “Young black men get searched at a very high rate,” he said, adding later, “When you get pulled over for an expired tag your odds of a search are much higher.” Dr. Gene Trobini, a CMPD analyst also featured in the video, doesn’t dispute Baumgartner’s findings. He stated that 63 percent of the time African Americans are pulled over for regulatory offenses, like driving with an expired tag or a busted tail light. “Police officers have an amazing amount of discretion and their behaviors are really disparate from officer to officer,” Baumgartner said. He stated that if the police focused on stopping drivers for safety violations – such as running a red light or speeding – then he expected the WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

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disparity in property search numbers to drop by 50 percent. According to a data summary that Baumgartner shared with Creative Loafing and YES! Weekly, “Blacks constitute 62 percent of the marijuana charges and 51 percent of resisting a public officer charges when there are no other charges filed. In the largest cities, their rate of arrest for such charges is many times greater than that of whites.” Marijuana was first federally regulated in 1937, via the Marijuana Tax Act. Even then, there was strong opposition. In reaction to the law, the American Medical Association wrote, in part, “There is no evidence, however, that the medicinal use of these drugs has caused or is causing cannabis addiction … and the obvious purpose and effect of this bill is to impose so many restrictions on their use as to prevent such use altogether. Since the medicinal use of cannabis has not caused and is not causing addiction, the prevention of the use of the drug for medicinal purposes can accomplish no good end whatsoever.” Then, in 1952, another federal law, the Boggs Act, added stiff penalties for criminal offenses involving several drugs, including marijuana. In 1970, the federal government enacted the Controlled Substances Act which still lists marijuana as a Schedule I drug alongside heroin, a highly addictive drug currently blamed for an ongoing epidemic of death-by-overdose. Schedule I drugs are supposedly drugs that do not have medical uses but do have a high potential for abuse. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has not reported any deaths from marijuana overdose, ever. “Part of Richard Nixon’s war on drugs, the Controlled Substances Act placed

cannabis into Schedule I, along with heroin and LSD, more due to Nixon’s animus toward the counterculture with which he associated marijuana than scientific, medical, or legal opinion,” reported Time magazine in 2016 in an article titled “A Brief History of Marijuana Law in America.” “Indeed,” the article continued, “in 1972 the Shafer Commission, an investigative body appointed by Nixon, recommended that marijuana be decriminalized and thus removed from Schedule I. Nixon vehemently rejected the Commission’s report.” General Assembly’s Judiciary I Committee — where HB 994 is currently stuck — has issued the schedule for its regular Wednesday afternoon meeting on June 4, and as of the press deadline, marijuana reform was not on the agenda. That committee is comprised of 13 members, nine of which are white male, four are white females and one is a black female. It’s headed by N.C. Rep. Ted Davis of Wilmington. Alexander said that to see movement on HB 994 in this session, constituents need to reach out to Davis to get the bill on the committee’s agenda. “You’ve got to reach out to them you’ve got to express to them that you want to a good hearing,” Davis said. “If you are in a position where you would like to bring testimony in front of the committee, tell them; ask to be put on the schedule. “The citizens themselves have got to demonstrate to the members of the committee that the old stereotypical responses – the ol’ Nancy Regan ‘Just Say No’ legislation — that we need to get beyond that and consider the merits of the legislation,” he said He pointed out that perhaps the most progressive part of his bill involved the

retroactive expungement of past charges, which would allow anyone previously convicted of possession of four ounces or less the return to the county where they were charged, fill out a form, pay a filing fee and have that conviction automatically expunged. “It wouldn’t be a question of a hearing and all that; it would be a matter of if you meet these basic criteria and you do this basic thing and that part of your record’s gone,” he said. Even though HB 994 has a slim chance of making it through the General Assembly this summer, advocates for marijuana reform are looking toward the future. Alexander already views his underdog bill in the context of future legalization. “In California, they discovered that there were a lot of people that had these kind of convictions on their records who want to now get involved with the legal cannabis business and until California changed their law they could not.” Hedgepeth was also eager to discuss the broader fight for legalization in North Carolina, a topic that Creative Loafing and YES! Weekly’s new monthly Carolina Cannabis Now column will follow closely, in addition to issues surrounding medicinal use of cannabis, use of hemp and cannabinoid oils, and the economics of cannabis. Hedgepeth emphasized the potential job creation and revenues that legalization could bring to the state, pointing out that North Carolina ranked 17th in the 2017 federal poverty report. “There are things that we’re not taking care of when it comes to poverty,” Hedgepeth said. “But if you introduce the cannabis industry now you have small business entrepreneurship that is able to be incorporated in some of those poor, rural areas. You create jobs, you create taxpayers and people are able to do something more to get themselves out of poverty.” Asked if he will introduce another marijuana bill in the General Assembly’s long session, which begins in January, should HB 994 fail, Alexander said quickly confirmed that he would. “Yes. I believe that elected officials ignore this groundswell at their peril.” ! (This story introduces Creative Loafing and YES! Weekly’s new monthly column ‘Carolina Cannabis Now,’ in which reporter RHIANNON FIONN will report on all things cannabis in the state, from evolving public and professional opinions on medicinal uses of marijuana, to the cultivation and sales of hemp and cannabinoid oils, to issues surrounding the economics of cannabis and evolving policy on cannabis production and sales. For the best information on North Carolina’s changing attitudes about marijuana and other cannabis derivatives, stay tuned to ‘Carolina Cannabis Now.’)

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Bingo Bango Soda is ‘popping’ up around Winston-Salem As the season approaches for days spent on the lake, or just kicking back at the pool, a local soda might start popping up in the family cooler. Bingo Bango Soda, owned and operated by Jennifer Zeleski Michael Robinson, is made in WinstonContributor Salem, with freshlysqueezed fruit juice, pure cane sugar and water. The beverage is showing up and selling out at various locations, and Robinson hardly imagined it would make it this far. Left with equipment from unsuccessful home-brewing attempts, Robinson began brainstorming his other options. He combined the equipment with his grandfather’s juicer, one his mom used to make him healthy juices as a college athlete, and started making soda samples in his apartment kitchen. “There were so many trials, and so many fails,” Robinson said. “My wife hated it. She would come visit and the floors would be sticky. Everything would be sticky.” Once he found the measurements he was happy with, he figured out how to keg the mixtures into a jockey box, which gave him a way to transport the kegs, and featured four taps on the outside. Robinson was ready to take to the streets and find some curious consumers. During the summer of 2017, he reached out to local flea markets and festivals, finding himself a few small slots. But the first attempt at selling went a bit sour. “At my first flea market I didn’t have a tent, I didn’t have anything, and it was horrible,” Robinson said. “It was sugar and water in a keg, and I was freshly squeezing lemons into a cup. I only sold one cup, so I made $2. I put one dollar on my fridge, and gave one dollar to my mom.” Robinson was a bit discouraged, but his family offered up encouragement, so the sticky floors and sample flavors continued. He created a repertoire of flavors such as strawberry lemonade and blueberry muscadine, and took them to a few more festivals, driven by the goal to sell more than one cup. “Folks really liked it, to my surprise,” Robinson said. “They were asking for it by the bottle and the growler.” Even customers that claimed to not be YES! WEEKLY

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“soda drinkers” enjoyed his flavors, finding them to be more powerful than other artificial and sugary sodas. “The [Bingo Bango] flavor really pops into your mouth. It’s like you’re biting into a fruit.” Robinson said. “And what I noticed with others was that we tend to get complacent with the flavor of the drink. If you have a peach-flavored Fanta, then your mind then perceives that as peach.” Whereas, each selection of Bingo Bango gets its flavor from its respective fruit combination. No added chemicals, unknown ingredients or even caffeine. “I also found that people are demanding more of that handcrafted flavor now,” Robinson said. “And soda has been around for so long that people haven’t demanded more out of it.” As Bingo Bango’s popularity has increased, the flavors have expanded to include pineapple apple, apple ginger and Robinson’s personal favorite, lemon peach pomegranate. To make the beverage more portable and accessible, he started manufacturing. He learned to bottle, cap and label each 12 ounce-serving on his own. Since the bottles made its debut

in January of 2018, various locations throughout the Winston-Salem area have started carrying the product; Colony Urban Farm Store, West Salem Public House and Diamondback Grill, just to name a few. Robinson has relied on local businesses for their unrelenting support and is continuing to find ways to return the favor. “The small businesses in this area have been incredibly receptive and helpful,” Robinson said. “So anything that’s locally grown, I prefer to use. For a limited time, the strawberries that I am using in the strawberry lemonade are from the Crossnore School & Children’s Home strawberry patch, and all of the proceeds from the sale go back to the Miracle Grounds farm store.” Robinson has also partnered with local farms to donate his waste from leftover fruit product. “After I make a batch, all of our byproducts go to local farms so they can use to for compost,” Robinson said. As bottles of Bingo Bango start to show up in your neighborhood, it’s important to note that each one was influenced by a local touch and Robinson’s personal

handiwork, but they each carry the passion behind the company itself. “I came up with the name ‘Bingo Bango’ from my grandfather. It was a phrase that he would always use when he would describe something that was unique, exciting or awesome,” Robinson said. “Both sides of my family are from New Orleans, and I am Creole American and African American, so I tried to bottle all of that experience up - pun intended with the arts and innovation of WinstonSalem, into a beverage.” One bottle is $3.75, with a pop-top rather than a twist-off. Robinson admits that a twist-off lid would have been an easier option, but he chose the pop-top for a specific reason. “I want people to enjoy it like they do a beer,” Robinson said. “Life is fast-paced in our current state, and I want people to stop, slow down and drink it. Pair it with a meal, maybe a dessert, or mix something in it, but just enjoy it.” ! JENN ZELESKI is a student contributor to YES! Weekly. She is originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Communications at High Point University.


Remembering Clint Walker As the lead character in the T.V. series “Cheyenne,” Clint Walker was often called upon to rescue a damsel in distress. It was a gesture that came easily to the 6-foot-6-inches bodybuilder. But for Jim Longworth Clint, helping people wasn’t just an act, it was in his DNA. Longworth So much so that he once rescued a real at Large damsel in distress, and risked losing out on the chance of a lifetime in the process. On that fateful day, Clint, then a security guard in Las Vegas, was scheduled to meet with legendary director Cecil B. DeMille to see about a bit part in The Ten Commandments. A job such as that could be the big break Clint had been waiting for, and no one in his right mind would do anything to jeopardize an opportunity like that. No one, that is, except Clint Walker, a man who always put others first. A few years ago I asked Clint to recount that incident for a column I was writing about him. “I was driving down the Hollywood freeway on the way to Paramount Studios, and I saw an elderly woman on the freeway trying to change a tire, and it was obvious she couldn’t handle it,” he told me. “So I stopped and changed the tire for her. Afterwards, she said, ‘What do I owe you?’ And I said, ‘You don’t owe me anything, ma’am; I’m glad to do it.’ And she said, ‘Well I hope I haven’t made you late for anything.’ And I said, ‘Well, as a matter of fact, I have an appointment at Paramount which may lead to an acting job, but I’m sure it will work out fine.’ When I got to Paramount I was very late, and had to sit outside Mr. DeMille’s office waiting, then I finally got called in. He was a commanding individual. He looked me up and down and said, ‘You’re late young man!’ And I thought this is probably the beginning and the end of my career. I said, ‘Yes sir, I’m sorry. I stopped to help someone on the freeway.’ And he said, ‘Yes I know all about that. That was my secretary you helped.’” Needless to say Clint got the part, and later that same year he was hired by Warner Brothers to star in what was to be the first hour-long, filmed drama on television. Cheyenne ran for seven seasons, from 1955 to 1963, and was a huge WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

Jim Longworth and Clint Walker success. Clint became a hot property and was sought after for a number of bigscreen action movies, such as Yellowstone Kelly, Night of the Grizzly, Sinatra’s None But the Brave and The Dirty Dozen. Later he went on to star in a number of T.V. movies, then landed the lead in ABC’s short-lived drama, Kodiak. More films and guest starring roles would follow until he retired from acting in 1998. Ron Ely (T.V.’s Tarzan) who co-starred with Walker in Night of the Grizzly, was once asked to describe the big man. “Clint was a simple, straight-forward guy who always told the truth. He was a wonderful, terrific human being.” I first met that wonderful human being at an event in which he was being honored by the Paley Center in Los Angeles. I was excited to meet my boyhood hero and discover that he was just as nice in person as he was on screen. We stayed in touch several times a year after that, including my annual birthday call to him, which I had just put on my to-do list when a friend told me that my idol had passed away. Clint died on May 21 from congestive heart failure, just nine days shy of his 91st birthday. He is survived by wife Susan and his daughter Valerie. On occasions when Clint and I would visit by phone, we often talked about his career. Here are a few excerpts from those conversations. JL: How did you catch the acting bug? CW: I thought that acting was kind of a silly way to make a living, but then I was approached by Henry Wilson at the Sands Hotel where I was working as a security guard, and I realized that carrying a gun and a badge the rest of my life

wouldn’t get me very far. JL: But you ended up carrying a gun and a badge a lot on T.V. anyway. CW: Yeah, but the bullets weren’t real, and you get to kiss a pretty girl now and then. And I got paid better (laughs). JL: Why did you enjoy working in Westerns so much? CW: Well I felt at home with them. I like the out of doors, especially the West. The mountains and the deserts, and the lore behind it, and the kind of people associated with it. JL: If you hadn’t been an actor, what would you have done? CW: Maybe an inventor. As a matter of fact, at one time while I was doing Cheyenne, I designed a piece of exercise equipment, and also a camper tent to go on a pick-up truck. JL: Cheyenne DVDs are still big sellers, the show still airs every day, and you still

get fan mail. Why are you and the show still so popular? CW: I have stacks and stacks of letters that are so wonderful. A lot of them say things like, “I lost my Dad at an early age”, or, “My folks went through a divorce, and you’ve become my surrogate father.” Some say, “I watched Cheyenne and wanted to grow up to be just like him.” Well, that’s a heck of a compliment. Maybe I did something that has had a positive effect on other people’s lives, and I thank God for blessing me with that opportunity. I wish I was as perfect as the Cheyenne character, but I try to live up to those kinds of expectations. By all accounts, Clint lived up to those expectations and then some. ! JIM LONGWORTH is the host of “Triad Today,” airing on Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. on ABC45 (cable channel 7) and Sundays at 11 a.m. on WMYV (cable channel 15). JUNE 13-19, 2018 YES! WEEKLY





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[LEO (July 23 to August 22) It promises to be a busy but productive week for the Big Cat. The pace slows by Friday, allowing you to catch up on matters you put aside but that now need your attention.

[AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You might find resistance to your call for a full inquiry into a workplace problem. But by week’s end even the most rigid naysayers begin to come around.

[VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A suddenly disruptive family situation is best handled with a cool, calm and collected response. Wait until things settle to let off all that pent-up emotional steam.

[PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A recurring problem surfaces once again. Maybe it’s time you used your creative talents to help you find a new approach to resolving it once and for all.

[LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your practical side dominates the week as you reassess your finances to make some sensible adjustments in what you plan to spend and what you expect to save.

[ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Count to 10 if you must, but don’t lose your temper, despite that person’s (you know who!) efforts to goad you into reacting. Your restraint will pay off in a big way.

[SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) An unexpected meeting with a former colleague opens some interesting possibilities. But you need to press for full disclosure before making a decision.

[TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) This week finds you in a sociable mood, ready and eager to enjoy the company of family and friends. It’s also a good time to seek out and renew old friendships.

[SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A recent flurry of activity eases by midweek, giving you time to readjust your disrupted schedule and make new plans for a weekend getaway.

[GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Patience is called for as you await a decision about that project you’re eager to launch. Meanwhile, try to set aside more time to share with that special person in your life.

[CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You’re usually the one who gives advice. But now it’s time to open yourself up to counsel from friends who have your best interests at heart.

[CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Avoid becoming involved in a workplace dispute early in the week by insisting both sides submit their stands to a neutral arbitrator. Things begin to cool off by Thursday. © 2018 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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* If you’re a sailor you’re probably familiar with the hazards of being out on the water: high seas, storms, hidden reefs. You probably wouldn’t count whales among the dangers, but you’d be wrong. In 2010, on a day sail out of Table Bay Harbor in South Africa, a couple on a 30-foot sailboat were whale-watching when one got too close for comfort. A 40-ton whale they had been viewing breached right next to the boat and landed on the deck, breaking off the mast and then thrashing around before sliding back into the water. The whale lost some skin and blubber, but

was otherwise unharmed; the couple were lucky to still have a seaworthy craft and made it safely back to the harbor. * Married women aren’t likely to be surprised by the following tidbit of information: Studies show that women with husbands typically do 30 percent more housework than single women do. * If you’re heading to the state of Washington with mischief on your mind, you’ll need to keep in mind this state law: “A motorist with criminal intentions [must] stop at the city limits and telephone the chief of police as he [or she] is entering the town.” I bet that one has been really effective in stopping crime. Thought for the Day: “It’s far better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.” — Marilyn Monroe © 2018 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


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THE ARF OF READING PEOPLE I’m a woman who judges potential boyfriends by whether dogs like them. My friends think I’m crazy, but I’m convinced that my dog picks up on who a person really is. Is there any research on whom animals are drawn to? — Muttperson

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Dogs have proved useful for sniffing out drug stashes, dead bodies, and IEDs. How great would it be if you could dispatch your German shepherd Tinker Bell into a bar or party to sniff out the human minefields? “Naw...skip this dude. Serious intimacy issues.” People will swear that their dog is a great judge of character — focusing on the, oh, two times he growled at someone they despise but conveniently forgetting all the times he snuggled up to their sociopathic ex. The reality is, research does not support dogs (or even chimps) having what they’d need to assess a person’s character — a sophisticated cognitive ability humans have called “theory of mind.” Theory of mind describes being able to guess the mental states of others — to infer what they’re thinking or intending. For example, when you see a man across the street get down on one knee in front of a woman, theory of mind leads you to figure he’s about to ask her something — and it probably isn’t, “Could I borrow a pen?”

That said, the gutsy little purse Cujo that growls at some Mr. Skeevy probably isn’t doing it out of the blue. Dogs do seem able to read even subtle aspects of human body language — like our tensing up upon approaching somebody we dread talking to — and they may respond in kind. However, dogs’ perception of people and the world is dominated by their exceptionally powerful sense of smell — estimated to be between 10,000 and 100,000 times more powerful than ours, according to anthrozoologist and “Dog Sense” author John W.S. Bradshaw. In other words, though dogs can’t read a person’s mind, they may be able to smell what’s on it — or rather, the chemical messengers released by what’s on it. For example, doggy cognition researcher Alexandra Horowitz explains in “Inside of a Dog” that adrenaline (triggered when a person’s afraid or angry) “is unscented to us, but not to the sensitive sniffer of the dog.” Additionally, Bradshaw points out that the types of people dogs are socialized with — women, men, men with beards, people wearing different kinds of clothes — make a difference in whom dogs snuggle up to and whom they snarl at. So, no, your dog is not a leg-humping background-checker. But she can help you see something important about men — if you look at how a potential boyfriend treats her: with patience or annoyance. And as I often advise, it’s also important to put some time (and a lot of observation) between thinking a guy is really awesome and seeing whether he actually is. It’s tempting to believe you’ve found

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My boyfriend thinks there’s something wrong with me because of how much I sleep. I’ve always needed to sleep a lot (like, nine hours). I’ve been tested for everything, and I’m fine. Do some people just need more sleep? How do I get him off my back? — Duvet-Covered Okay, so you’re the love child of Rip Van Winkle and a log. Studies on identical twins suggest that our “sleep duration” (how long we tend to sleep) is between 31 and 55 percent “heritable” — which is to say factory-installed, driven by our genes. Beyond your boyfriend not being tuned in to the genetics, there’s a little-known feature of our immune system — basically the psychological version of that

plexiglass partition in liquor stores in bad neighborhoods — that may be causing him to worry about your sleepathons. In addition to warrior cells being sent out by our immune system to attack bodily invaders, such as viruses, psychologist Mark Schaller’s research suggests we have a psychological warning system — the “behavioral immune system” — to help us avoid being exposed to disease in the first place. This warning system gets triggered by, among other things, atypical behavior — for example, sleeping far more than most people. To get your boyfriend off your case, you might tell him that being adequately rested is actually associated with lower risk of heart disease, obesity, and psychiatric problems. In fact, it’s even associated with less risk of early mortality — despite the things your boyfriend probably yells in bed: “Hey! Hey! You still alive? Should I call 911?” ! GOT A problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or e-mail ( © 2018 Amy Alkon Distributed by Creators.Com.




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