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16 THE DIVERSE PULP FICTION OF NICOLE GIVENS KURTZ NICOLE GIVENS KURTZ is, like me, someone who grew up watching westerns but went on to professionally write science fiction, fantasy and horror. But Kurtz, who watched Clint Eastwood on VHS with her mother just as avidly as I watched John Wayne on broadcast T.V. with my father, belongs to a younger and more inclusive literary generation...






If you like to stay in on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s your lucky day... One thing you can count on with these RECIPES…potatoes, potatoes, potatoes, bread, bacon, meat… hearty staples that would get Irish folk through the remainder of a harsh, damp winter (or so I’m told) and they’re sure to make your friends green with envy if you don’t invite them over for supper. 10 Triad band, BANNA is set to get folks on the dance floor with their “kilt-kickin’, high-energy” Celtic music at the High Point Arts Council’s St. Patrick’s Day themed Third Thursday concert. This $5 ticketed event will be held on March 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Centennial Station Arts Center in High Point. 11 The RiverRun International Film Festival and Indie Lens Pop-Up will present three screenings of the award-winning hour-long documentary THE PROVIDERS beginning Sunday. 12 Of course, representation isn’t worth much if the film in question isn’t worth a damn — just ask Elektra or Catwoman. Happily, that’s not the case with CAPTAIN MARVEL. In other words, ignore the imbecilic MRAs, frightened fanboys, and YES! WEEKLY

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all the other insecure dude-bros shellacked in misogyny: The truth is that this film is reams of fun and, significantly, no different in quality from past solo superhero flicks produced by Marvel. 18 FIRESTAR PRO WRESTLING ACADEMY, located in a small brick warehouse near Greensboro’s Bennett College, is the culmination of a dream that head trainer LaBron Kozone has pursued since junior high. “That’s when I made up my mind about what I wanted to do as a profession,” he said over coffee and hot chocolate at the Green Bean last week. 19 On “What I’ve seen,” the eighth track on the new album STEVE HAINES and the Third Floor Orchestra, Becca Stevens sings “God won’t give you more than you can handle/said no-one who’s been to war.” 20 Wilson Getchell knows enough as an entertainer to not want to depress you. The singer and songwriter behind the Raleigh-based band THIRSTY CURSES might have a grim view of human destiny and history, but he figures everyone still wants to have a good time while they can.


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be there BATTLE OF GUILFORD COURTHOUSE SATURDAY FRI 15-17 TRIAD ANIME CONVENTION 2019 WHAT: Triad Anime Convention is an annual anime, video game, and Japanese pop culture convention held in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina. We have guests, panels, vendors, video games, and so much more! Check out our website for more details. WHEN: Fri-Sun | 11 a.m. WHERE: Embassy Suites Hotel. 460 N Cherry St, Winston-Salem. MORE: $5 admission. 3-day: $45, Friday: $30, Saturday: $35, Sunday: $18

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WHAT: Otis & Wawa’s 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Bar Crawl on South Elm St, downtown Greensboro on March 16th, 2019. Check-in is from 1pm-3pm at The Bearded Goat. The Bar Crawl & Lawn Party is from 3-8pm! Come out and enjoy join us for a day of games, giveaways and socializing! WHEN: 12-8 p.m. WHERE: Elm Street, Greensboro. MORE: $25 tickets at door.

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WHAT: It has been 8 years since the very first HAND-to-HAND Market and we are ready to celebrate with you! For this year’s Spring Market we want to give back to you, shoppers & makers. Just like our first Spring Market, we will be hosting FREE hands on DIY Workshops & Talks. WHEN: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. WHERE: Revolution Mill WAMRev Gallery. 1250 Revolution Mill Dr, Greensboro. MORE: Free event.

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Tammy Coulter, John Coulter, and Taylor Thornton co-own Gypsy Road Brewing, located at 1105 E. Mountain St. in Kernersville. “To me, it is more of like having a gathering place, Kernersville needed another gathering place with comfortable seating,” John said of Gypsy Road Brewing. Tammy said the name “Gypsy Road Brewing” evolved from different songs they heard and is inspired by freedom and travelers. “It took probably a year and a half to come up with a name that really stuck with all of us,” she said. “We want that kind of laid back feeling; people can come in and be comfortable, hang out with their friends, listen to music-- that kind of thing.” Gypsy Road Brewing opened Sept. 7, 2018, and Tammy said business has been great because the community has been accepting. Tammy said Gypsy Road hosts a variety of food trucks, local musicians, trivia every Tuesday night, and Bingo Night on Thursdays. The only thing missing from Gypsy Road Brewing is their own brewed craft beer, as Thornton and the Coulters are in the process of waiting for their brewing license. “When we decided to open in September, we obviously knew we wouldn’t have our beer ready,” John said. “But we already had the space and decided to open as a taproom. In the meantime, we have just tried to keep good, North Carolina beers and support other local breweries by keeping their beers on tap.” The Coulters said they have a homebrewer of six years on staff ready to start the brewing process once the brewery gets its license. John said that their three-


barrel system would start with small batches, and Gypsy Road will be relying on honest feedback from patrons. “It is going to be a lot of practice,” John said of starting the brewing process. “We don’t want to just put it on tap until we are comfortable with it. It won’t be instantaneous; we won’t have all the taps filled up with just ours. We wanted to have a cool space, good beer, and a cool name. We have hit two of them I think, so now we want to be sure to have quality beer.” “We are going to take our time with it and brew as many batches that don’t get served as we have to,” Tammy said. “The idea is when we start brewing, we will transfer our beer on tap but still keep the other beers on there too. We will always have 12 taps going.” Tammy said Gypsy Road also has a variety of wines, glass-bottled soda (including the Winston-Salem-based soda Bingo Bango), and local snacks. “If craft beer is not your thing, you can still come and have something to drink and snack and hang with your friends,” Tammy said. “Support local while you are here.” The owners of Gypsy Road are big believers in supporting local businesses. “That is our goal and hope, to try resource as many local things as we can and once we start brewing,” Tammy said. “We have been reaching out to farmers, to get a feel of what we can do, how we can support them and how we can buy from them. It is a process we are in the middle of, but that is our ultimate goal— is to support local for as much as we can.” For more information, visit the website, or follow Gypsy Road Brewing on Facebook. !




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Guinness Beef Roast/Stew

Dublin Coddle

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f you like to stay in on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s your lucky day. Whether your ancestors hail from Donegal, Dublin or Dallas, here are a few tried and true favorites from someone Kristi Maier who pretty much @triadfoodies doesn’t have a drop of Irish in her blood. One thing you can Contributor count on with these recipes: potatoes, potatoes, potatoes, bread, bacon, and meat. All are hearty staples that would get Irish folk through the remainder of a harsh, damp winter (or so I’m told) and they’re sure to make your friends green with envy if you don’t invite them over for supper.

cooking, and it is even better with a great local ale as the braising liquid. This can be made low and somewhat slow in the oven or on the stove top. (The slow-go of it is for the benefit of amazing flavors.)

Dublin Coddle (Recipe adapted from I was inspired to make this recipe after reading local blogger Crystal Faulkner’s, take on it. This hearty, simple dish of sausages, bacon, and potatoes smells so good

If using an oven, preheat to 300 degrees. In a large Dutch oven, cook the bacon on medium heat until crispy. Remove the bacon using a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Sear the sausage (or Bratwurst) in the bacon grease until


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Ingredients (serves 4-6): 6 pork sausages, bangers or Bratwurst. 12 oz. of thick cut bacon, sliced into 1-inch pieces 3 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/2-inch thick or use several small potatoes, sliced thin 1-2 large onions, sliced into 1/2-inch half rings 2 cups chicken broth 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar 4-5 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup stout beer (or beef broth) but please do beer 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced – plus extra for sprinkling pepper

brown. Remove the sausages from the pan to drain with the bacon. Slice into 2-inch chunks once slightly cooled or you can leave them whole. Remove all but about 1/4 of bacon grease from the pan. Add the sliced onion to the pot, and cover. Cook for about 7 minutes, stirring once or twice. Add in the chicken broth, apple cider vinegar, minced garlic, and a sprinkling of pepper. Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat. Pour the onion/beer mixture into a separate dish for a moment. Layer the sliced potatoes along the bottom of your Dutch oven. Pour the onion/ broth mixture over top. Add in 1/2 of the cooked bacon and 1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley. Place the whole sausages on top. Cover, cook for 45 minutes on the stove or in the oven. Remove from the heat and pour in the cup of beer (or broth). Replace the cover, and return to the heat for another 45 minutes. Top with the remaining bacon and a few more sprinkles of fresh parsley once it’s done. Serve with crusty bread or Irish Soda Bread.

*If you want all your bacon crispy, then save it all for the end. Guinness Beef Roast/Stew This is another hearty meat and potatoes, bone-warming stew. Once again, the added component of a hearty stout adds a level of complexity. You can use Guinness here again, as it’s so widely available, but I definitely recommend going local and using Highland Brewing’s Black Mocha Stout or Foothills’ Sexual Chocolate. But really, any stout or dark beer will do. This can be made in the slow cooker as well, and the recipe works fine with stew meat or a chuck roast. Ingredients (serves 4-6): 2 lbs. stew meat or chuck roast 1-2 onions finely chopped 3 carrots peeled and roughly chunked 4-6 garlic cloves, chopped 3 large potatoes, cubed or halved new potatoes 2 sprigs fresh rosemary 1 bay leaf 2 tbsp. tomato paste 3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 12 oz bottle of stout beer


1/2 cup-1 cup beef stock 2 tbsp. flour mixed with ½ cup water (as a slurry) salt and pepper to taste Heat a large pot or Dutch oven on the stove. Add oil or fat. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper (and any other seasoning you like). Brown on all sides and set aside (you may need to do this in batches if you’re using stew meat that’s cubed up). Add the onions and carrots. Sauté for 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic and tomato paste. Cook for 1-2 minutes, return the beef to the pot, place on top of onions, add beef stock, stout and herbs. The liquid should come halfway up the meat. Bring mixture to a boil then lower to a simmer for 3-3 1/2 hours. Check on it periodically, and if it looks like it’s losing liquid, add a bit more broth. After 3-4 hours the meat should be very tender. Season as needed. Serve immediately with crusty bread or soda bread. (This recipe can be made in the slow cooker. After the meat has been browned in a skillet, transfer it and the ingredients to the cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours.) Irish Soda Bread It’s one of the quickest, easiest breads you can make because you don’t need yeast or proofing time. In about an hour, you can have the hearty, savory version of this bread to eat with your stews above.


Served best slathered in butter (and maybe a little honey). Add a few herbs or cheese to the dough if you wish. You’ll need a Dutch oven or two round cake pans for this recipe. Ingredients: 4 cups flour 2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 3/4 cups buttermilk Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan or Dutch oven. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the buttermilk until the dough comes together. It will be a sticky ball. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead a few times gently. Using your floured hands, form the dough into a ball. Place the prepared dough into the pan and press until it almost touches the edges. Cut an “X” or the shape of a cross into the dough with a sharp knife, about 1/2-inch deep. Cover the pan of dough with another round cake pan turned upside down, or you can place the lid of the Dutch oven on top. Bake for 25-30 minutes, covered, then remove the top and bake uncovered for about 10 minutes more or until the crust is dark golden brown. !

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High Point Arts Council books Celtic band for St. Patrick’s celebration


riad band Banna (“the band” in Celtic) is set to get folks on the dance floor with their “kiltkickin’, high-energy” Celtic music at the High Point Arts Council’s St. Patrick’s Day-themed Third Thursday concert. This $5 ticketed event will be held on March 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Centennial StaTerry Rader tion Arts Center in High Point. HPAC art programs manager Clint Bowman said that audience memContributor bers of Third Thursday concerts (now in its third year) were requesting Banna and he was very excited to book them for the St. Patrick’s event complete with a cash bar serving Irish beer and drink specials. President of Film Whisperer Productions and founder of Banna Jason Marc Pierce said the band would be warmed up for this show with all the kinks worked out since this event will be their fourth St. Patrick’s performance this year. He said it would be “super high-energy,” closer to the music of “The Pogues as compared to The Chieftains,” which is more traditional Irish music. Jason Marc Pierce said he has Irish-blood on both sides of his family, and took to wearing his ancestral kilt back in 2007 while performing solo. “Kilts are not required, we wear the kilts,” he said. Jason Marc Pierce said he got bored playing by himself, so he started inviting others to join him, starting with his sister Jaye. Today, Banna band members include Jason Marc Pierce on vocals, guitar, and pennywhistle; Ken Ashford on percussion; Cris Mudd on vocals and the occasional bucket player; Jaye Pierce on vocals and guitar; Zachary Messick on mandolin and guitar; Vance D. Archer III on fiddle and bouzouki; and Kenny Love on bass. In 2012, Banna was born, and Mudd designed their logo for the official launch. Their first album, Cheers! was released two years ago and can be found on their website. Banna plans to release two new albums this year. The second studio album, Keep Closed will include all original songs just as the first album did. The third “live” album will have more traditional Irish music and has yet to be named. “We’re lucky to be so different in that most people know coming in they may not know the Celtic songs, so playing originals is easy,” Jason Marc Pierce said. “People just have a lot of fun, and we’ve never played a show where people didn’t get up and dance.” Bowman said the HPAC Third Thursday concerts have always had a variety of genres including jazz, folk, R&B and they are open to booking very diverse musical acts. Bowman said HPAC especially likes to pay homage to the great John Coltrane who made his home in High Point by having jazz at the Third Thursday night shows. YES! WEEKLY

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Banna (from left): Jason Marc Pierce, Zachary Messick, Ken Ashford, Jaye Pierce, Vance D. Archer III, Kenny Love, Cris Mudd Past jazz performances have included Titus Gant and Brandon Vaughan. He said these concerts take a break in the summer for summer programs, but they were already booked up through fall 2019. The theatrestyle venue has tables and chairs that are set up for 100 guests in a listening room format with the bar far enough away that it doesn’t compete with the artists performing. The space capacity can hold 250 people including staff, performers and audience. He said all proceeds go to the artists performing mostly original music. Bowman said that HPAC’s quarterly Open Mic nights have attracted over 60 musicians to date and artists receive a 20-minute slot. They play from 7-9 p.m. at the Centennial Station Arts Center and are free and open to the public with a cash bar including great specials on craft beer and wine. Each event features six different local artists and music groups. He said that past performers may sign up in advance one week before the event if there is availability, as new artists play first and are encouraged to call or go online to sign up or learn more. Bowman said that the HPAC provides artistic opportunities for everyone in the community and in his four years there, his main goal has been to make arts accessible to everyone. “We have a lot of artists in the area, and HPAC is proud to provide them a platform to express themselves and to get the community out to support all those artists and to recognize the potential and value of the talent we have in the Triad,” Bowman said. Other HPAC hosted events include the summer Arts

Splash Concert Series with seven different venues including the longest running arts festival, Day in the Park. Bowman hosts the Pullman Poet Society offering free bi-monthly poetry workshops and monthly poetry readings at Sunset Books In High Point. Bowman said that they are pleased to present North Carolina’s newest Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green on May 23. “As an individual, I am honored to be in this position,” Bowman said. “I’m part of the poetry group, and I facilitate it, but it also gives me a platform and instills a sense of fulfillment helping other artists.” ! TERRY RADER is a freelance writer, storyteller, poet, singer/songwriter, wellness herbalist and owner, Paws n’ Peace o’ Mind cat/dog/house sitting.



Banna St. Patrick Day shows: Mar. 16 from noon-2 p.m., Kegs n’ eggs at American Legion Post 55, 111 Miller St., WS, $10 donation, Mar. 17 from 1-4 p.m., Mar. 16 at 9 p.m., Foothills Tasting Room, 3800 Kimwell Dr, W-S, FREE, Jolo Winery, 219 Jolo Winery Lane, Pilot Mtn, FREE, Mar. 21, 7-8:30 p.m., March 21, 7-8:30 p.m., Banna at HP Arts Council Third Thursday Features Banna, tickets, $5 in advance online at or at the Centennial Station ticket office Tuesday through Friday from 1-5 p.m. at Centennial Station Arts Center,121 South Centennial St., High Point, 336.889.2787, ext. 26, April 13, 8-11 p.m., Coopers Ale House, 415 S. Swing Rd., GSO, FREE,, 336. 601.4823, May 23, HP Arts Council Presents: An Evening with Jaki Shelton Green, Centennial Station Arts Center,,


Film freebies courtesy of RiverRun, OUT at the Movies Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, The RiverRun will premiere on “Independent Lens” International Film at 10 p.m. April 8 on UNC-TV. For more Festival and Indie information about the film, visit www. Lens Pop-Up will three providers/. screenings of the The 21st annual RiverRun International award-winning hour-long documenFilm Festival is scheduled for April 4-14, tary The Providers 2019. beginning Sunday. Mark Burger Produced, directed For the next presentation in its ongoand photographed ing screening series, Winston-Salem’s by Laura Green and International LGBT Film Festival OUT at Contributor Anna Moot-Levin, the Movies has joined forces with Wake The Providers folForest University, Wake Forest Baptist lows Matt Probst, Medical Center, and Positive Wellness Chris Ruge, and Leslie Hayes, three Alliance to present the critically acdoctors in New Mexico who offer care claimed independent drama Buddies at to all patients, whether or not they can the Byrum Welcome Center, located on afford it. the Wake Forest campus, 1834 Wake ForDespite the hardships it places on the est Rd. in Winston-Salem. doctors themselves, they are deterReleased in 1985, Buddies was the first mined to provide for those rural Amerifeature film to directly address the AIDS cans who would otherwise not have any crisis in the United States, and marked healthcare at all. the final film by writer/producer/editor/ The film will be screened 3 p.m. Sundirector Arthur J. Bressan Jr., a pioneer day at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (520 in gay cinema, who would die of AIDS Summit St.) in Winston-Salem, feacomplications in 1987. turing guest speaker Dr. Thomas The film details the relationship DuBose, Emeritus Professor of that develops between David Medicine at Wake Forest School (David Schachter), a compasof Medicine. sionate gay man, and Robert The second screening will (Geoff Edholm), an AIDS patient take place 6 pm March 19 at the filled with anger and rage over Forsyth County Central Library the hand that fate has dealt him (660 W. Fifth St.) in – and countless other hoWinston Salem, with mosexual men who are guest speakers Dr. dying by the score, Robert L. Fried, MD, while society turns Family Medicine, its back on them. Eagle Physicians, A landmark in and Dr. James what is eupheActor David Schachter Winslow, MD, mistically called MPH, Emergency “queer cinema,” Medicine, Wake Forest Baptist Health Buddies “remains an urgently moving and Director of the North Carolina Office study of life and death in the AIDS era,” of Emergency Medical Services. wrote Chuck Wilson in The Village Voice. The third and final screening is schedJim Hemphill of Filmmaker Magazine uled for 7 pm March 21 at the Willingham hailed the film as “modest in scale but Theater, located in the Yadkin Cultural generous in its effects, as Bressan careArts Center (226 E. Main St.) in Yadkinfully constructs one of the most moving ville, which will be followed by a group friendships I’ve ever seen put on film and discussion. elicits a wide variety of responses from Admission to each screening is free. the viewer. The movie is touching, angry, For more information, call 336.724.1502 funny, depressing, and beautiful, and or visit the official RiverRun Internadeftly weaves its political fury into the tional Film Festival website: https:// emotional lives of its characters, both of who are conceived and performed The Providers, which won the Audience (by David Schachter and Geoff Edholm) Choice Documentary award at the 2018 with remarkable depth and clarity.” WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

The Providers Special guests for this event are actor David Schachter, who soon gave up acting for academic pursuits (and is now a dean at New York University), and the filmmaker’s sister Roe Bressan, who was instrumental in the 2k digital restoration of Buddies for Vinegar Syndrome last year. They will share their memories of the film, its maker, and its enduring impact over the last 30 years.

Although admission to this event is free, an RSVP to 336.918.0902 or would be appreciated. For more information about OUT at the Movies, visit the official website: www.outatthemovieswinston. org/. ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on © 2019, Mark Burger.

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Captain Marvel flys high earlier period (1995, to be exact). What the trailer doesn’t reveal is what happens next: Our startled heroine whirls around and blasts a large stand-up of True Lies, blowing Arnold Schwarzenegger’s head clean off. Is this meant to be just a surface gag, and any noggin from any movie stand-up from the period would have served (say, Tom Hanks’ from Forrest Gump or Jim Carrey’s from The Mask or Jodie Foster’s from Nell)? Or is this a statement for those who care to subscribe to it — that the era of the muscle-bound he-man is over and it’s time for the clearly-not-weaker sex to have her moment in the sun, and on the marquee? It could go either way, but the evidence is certainly there for the latter interpretation. We’re perhaps finally getting that Black Widow movie that’s been promised since the early 2010s, and we already received a Wonder-ful gift in the form of 2017’s box office bonanza Wonder Woman. And now here’s Captain Marvel, whose mere existence has predictably triggered those male mouth-breathers who think that having one MCU film out of 22 (including the upcoming Avengers: Endgame) that focuses exclusively on a female superhero is excessive and overreaching, just as having one MCU film out of 22 that focused exclusively on a black superhero was outrageous and unfair. Of course, representation isn’t worth much if the film in question isn’t worth a damn — just ask Elektra or Catwoman. Happily, that’s not the case with Captain Marvel. In other words, ignore the imbecilic MRAs, frightened fanboys, and all the other insecure dude-bros shellacked in misogyny: The truth is that this film is reams of fun and, significantly, no different in quality from past solo superhero flicks produced by Marvel. Part space opera, part earthbound adventure, Captain Marvel certainly fits nicely into the MCU template, dividing its time between hither and yonder in the same manner as, say, Thor and Avengers: Infinity War. At its center is a young woman who’s known as Vers to those around her — that would be the Kree, a humanoid alien race locked in eternal combat with the shapeshifting Skrull. Vers is part of an elite fighting outfit headed by her mentor Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), and their latest altercation with the Kree and their fearsome leader Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) ultimately results in her encounter with that aforementioned Blockbuster. The Earth landing is fortuitous since

Vers has hazy memories of having once lived on this planet, where she was called Carol Danvers and served as an Air Force pilot. In her attempts to piece together the past, she’s assisted by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), who at this point in time is already working for S.H.I.E.L.D. but still sports two eyes. Fury doesn’t believe in either aliens or superheroes, though Danvers makes him a true believer on both counts. Also along for the ride is Goose (a Top Gun nod), a strange cat who catches Fury’s, uh, eye. One of the most appealing aspects of Captain Marvel is the humor as exemplified by Larson’s excellent performance as Carol Danvers. It’s decidedly on the sly side, which marks it as a nice change of pace from such overt jokesters as Tony Stark and Peter Parker. (Oh, yes, rumors to the contrary, Larson smiles in this movie. A lot.) Equally amusing — and ingratiating — is Jackson’s turn as Fury. This isn’t the Nick Fury who pops up for a few moments to bark orders and make sarcastic asides. Rather, it’s a looser version of the stoic character than we’re used to seeing, and it’s to the credit of the screenwriters (five total, including co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck) that Jackson is allowed more room than usual to test-run this other side of the

persona. This is the character’s best use since Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Jackson takes full advantage of the expanded screen time. And even though both he and Clark Gregg (as Agent Coulson) have been made to look younger via digital magic, it’s rarely a distraction. In fact, this represents the best use of the application to date — gone is the creepiness that marred the use of the technique on Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War and Jeff Bridges in Tron: Legacy. The plotting isn’t the film’s strongest suit — it’s par for the course with an MCU offering, with the expected origin beats, the usual CGI slugfests, and the normal plot twists that won’t knock anyone out of their seats. But the attention to characterization makes up for it, particularly Danvers’ journey toward becoming a formidable female who ultimately realizes that she doesn’t need to answer to anyone. As always, stay through the end credits for the usual one-two punch of codas. But more importantly, make sure not to miss the very beginning of the film, when the Marvel logo fills the screen. It’s been altered for this picture, and this modification is both potent and poignant. Nuff said. !




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rawing not only from her own personal experiences with abuse but from the harrowing stories of countless women around her, Atlanta-based writer Pearl Cleage was driven to write what she considered a workbook for black women struggling to survive in a society that is at once racist and sexist. What she ended up with was a collection of essays and performance pieces called Mad at Miles: A Black Woman’s Guide to Truth. Cleage’s passion comes across to the reader and her courage to speak out against a musical icon like Miles Davis was the catalyst for this amazing piece of theatre. Music can be expressive and powerful, beautiful and fierce. So can a woman. Mad at Miles follows three women on an emotional journey through the anger of abuse to the clarity of self-discovery. Even as they grapple with the discordant realities of relationships, sex, and violence, they learn to find peace in the melody of their own voices. Set


against the backdrop of Miles Davis and Cicely Tyson’s troubled marriage, these alternately passionate and poetic stories explore love, pain, and where to draw the line between a man and his music. [It’s not man- bashing; it’s love.] This is a funny, angry, lyric piece of theatre that every man and woman should see. Performance Dates and Time Thursday, March 28 at 8 p.m. Friday, March 29 at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, March 31 at 3 p.m. Location Triad Stage/Upstage Cabaret - 232 South Elm Street - Greensboro NC 27401 Order by phone (336) 272.0160 Mon. - Fri. noon - 6 p.m. Sat. 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

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Unfortunately named Johna Martinez-Meth, 46, of Clearlake, California, was sentenced on Feb. 21 for involuntary manslaughter stemming from a Chuck Shepherd delivery she made to Adrian Sepulveda, an inmate at California Medical Facility in Vacaville, in May 2018. Sepulveda, who died on May 28, 2018, was serving a life sentence for second-degree murder when Martinez-Meth visited him; an autopsy showed that shortly after her visit, Sepulveda had swallowed multiple balloons filled with methamphetamine, Fox News reported. A subsequent search of Martinez-Meth’s home uncovered meth and balloons. She pleaded guilty to the charges and will serve two years.


San Juan County (Washington) Sheriff Ron Krebs is on the hot seat after Superior Court Judge Kathryn Loring accidentally discovered a disturbing video. On Jan.

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Attorneys in Maryville, Tennessee, are debating the merits of a felony case brought against Howard Matthew Webb, 31, after he — proceed with caution here — dipped his testicles in a takeout container of salsa that his companion was delivering along with Mexican food. As the two ferried the food on Jan. 12, Webb took his boys for a swim while he recorded the act, and the driver laughed and said, “This is what you get when you give an 89-cent tip for an almost 30-minute drive.” Webb is heard saying, “Oh, oh, it feels so good.” The video made it to Facebook, and Webb was arrested on Feb. 22 for “adulteration

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— The long, harsh winter must be getting to folks in Muskego, Wisconsin, to wit: Police were called to a home on Feb. 22 after “a big teddy bear” was reported to be at a neighbor’s front door. As it turned out, the human-sized panda — not native to the Badger State — was a 48-year-old man who had been asked to check on the dogs and thought it would be funny to prank his neighbors through their security system. “I knew my neighbors had cameras, and I thought I was going to make the ordinary extraordinary and dress up in the panda suit,” the unnamed man told CBS 58. Apparently he has also picked his daughter up at school and met her at the bus stop in the suit (pandas are her favorite animal). — Neighbors of Michal Prasek, 33, of Zdechov, Czech Republic, were rightly concerned about the animals living on his property. In 2016, Prasek bought a full-grown lion, and two years later added a lioness, for breeding purposes. He built enclosures for them, defying government regulations, and would not allow authorities onto his property to investigate. BBC News reported on March 5 that Prasek’s project had met a tragic end: He was discovered by his father in the lion’s cage, mauled to death. The father said the cage had been locked from the inside. Police who were called to the scene killed the two lions in order to reach Prasek’s body. Presumably grasping for a silver lining, Zdechov Mayor Tomas Kocourek commented: “Today’s incident will perhaps finally help to resolve this long-term problem.” Cold, dude. — Judith Streng and her son, Rod, traveled to Iceland in February, where they visited Diamond Beach, in Jokulsarlon. The tourist attraction features huge chunks of ice that have broken off a nearby glacier. The Texas grandma saw other visitors having their pictures taken on a beached iceberg that was shaped like a throne, so she climbed aboard for her turn. That’s when a “sneaker wave” swept in and took Streng out into the lagoon. “A very large wave came in and kind of made the throne kind of rock,” she told ABC

News. Streng was rescued by a boater, Randy Lacount of Florida, who happened to be nearby when she drifted away from shore. “You know I always wanted to be queen,” Streng said. “That was my chance.”


In the category of Unnecessarily Calling Attention to Your Criminal Self, Trinidad J. Garcia, 26, of Forest Lake, Minnesota, wins the gold. On March 1, as Garcia motored his BMW north on snow-slick I-35, police say he fired a stolen gun, without provocation, into the passenger door of a pickup truck that was passing him on the left. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported he then veered into the median ditch. Luckily for him, a state trooper was close by and stopped. Garcia, who had stuffed the loaded gun in his front pocket, was arrested; in his car, officers found a shoebox with $11,481 in cash. He was charged with second-degree assault, drive-by shooting and being a felon in possession of a firearm.


Mark Anthony Jones, 46, of Marion, Indiana, is probably in the market for a nice holster after his experience on Feb. 28. Jones told police he was walking along a riverside trail in Marion early that morning when his firearm began to slip from his waistband. As he reached to adjust it, the gun discharged and, according to the police report, “The bullet entered just above his penis and exited his scrotum.” WISH-TV reported that Jones did not have a license for the Hi-Point 9mm weapon. Grant County prosecutors were considering whether to charge him with any crimes.


Ah, the pregnant possibilities of combining alcohol and firearms. In Warren County, Virginia, Mariah Smith, 38, of Arlington, and another woman were enjoying a quiet horse ride through a cemetery in Middletown on the evening of March 2, reported NBC4. But when they were asked to remove their horses from the cemetery grounds, Smith fired her .38 Smith and Wesson pistol, according to Warren County sheriff’s officers who responded to a call there. Deputies found the women nearby and charged Smith with three firearms charges, including possessing a concealed firearm while under the influence. !

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Six-gun sisters and future female private eyes: The diverse pulp fiction of Nicole Givens Kurtz


icole Givens Kurtz is, like me, someone who grew up watching Westerns but went on to professionally write science fiction, fantasy and horror. Ian McDowell But Kurtz, who watched Clint Eastwood on VHS Contributor with her mother just as avidly as I watched John Wayne on broadcast T.V. with my father, belongs to a younger and more inclusive literary generation, which came of age at a time when the various subgenres of fantastic fiction are no longer perceived as the exclusive domain of white males (a generalization never true, but once widely promulgated). Kurtz was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, and lived in New Mexico before moving to North Carolina. She now resides in Kernersville and Rock Hill, South Carolina, commuting from both to Charlotte, where she does customer service for a tech company. But at her keyboard, she travels much farther, regularly ranging between a divided and deadly future urban America and an equally perilous 19th-century Southwest. She is the author of six novels. These include a near-future noir trilogy about tough private investigator Cybil Lewis, who solves crimes in the District, the fragmented city that was once Washington D.C. Kurtz told me that “Silenced,” her 2008 first novel about Cybil, was a major milestone in her career and one of her proudest achievements. “It earned me a three-book contract and an advance,” she wrote in a recent Facebook message. “It’s also rare in the pulp noir genre [due to its] black female protagonist.” She compared her tough takes-no-crap heroine to a female Shaft, but living and practicing her dangerous profession in a mid-21st-century America that’s suffered a second civil war. Kurtz’s short fiction has been published in over 40 magazines and anthologies and nominated for EPIC, Dream Realm and Fresh Voices in Science Fiction awards. She also founded the Kernersville-based publishing imprint Mocha Memoirs Press YES! WEEKLY

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to provide more diversity in science fiction, fantasy and horror. Kurtz first discovered science fiction by watching Star Trek with her father. Both her parents were also fans of horror movies. In a 2015 guest post on the blog of writer John G. Hartness, she wrote that her folks loved “to watch the carnage unfold on our home television set until the wee hours of the night,” then “go to the Waffle House® for breakfast.” But it was her mother to whom she owes her love of Westerns, a genre that has been

stereotypically (if inaccurately) more associated with dads and sons than moms and daughters. “Imagine a young black girl in a housing project watching these men settle scores with the fastest pistols in the West,” she told Atlanta Retro when she was a guest at Blacktasticon last year. “As a writer, my Weird Western stories are rooted in the theme of freedom.” The “Weird Western” is a subgenre that, while it brings supernatural (or, sometimes, science fictional) genre tropes to

the 19th-century Southwestern United States, often represents that region’s diversity more accurately than traditional and ostensibly more “realistic” stories of white male cowboys and gunslingers did, In the harshly beautiful, deadly dangerous and sometimes literally magical landscape of Kurtz’s supremely Weird West, freed slaves, Native Americans, Chinese immigrants and white Easterners and European immigrants interact without the rigid social stratifications of the “civilized” society on the other side of the Rockies. Kurtz’s Weird Westerns are influenced by the six years she spent living in New Mexico, where she fell in love with the Zuni River Valley and the high deserts of Gallup, and with the cultures of the region’s indigenous peoples. Her stories set in this landscape have appeared in such anthologies as Straight Out of Tombstone, Six Guns Straight from Hell, and Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier. This April, Sisters of the Wild Sage, a 225-page collection of her Weird Western short stories, will be published by Mocha Memoirs Press. The title Sisters of the Wild Sage riffs on Riders of the Purple Sage, the 1912 novel by Zane Grey that essentially created the modern Western as we know it. Kurtz told me that this upcoming book is her other proudest achievement so far, due to it being her first story collection, and because it “is unique in that it places black women at the front of the Weird West.” Perhaps the most popular Western movie of recent decades is Tombstone, about the famous 1881 gunfight outside (not actually in) the O. K. Corral in the Arizona mining town of that name. But the best-remembered duel in that 1993


film actually takes place later, when Val Kilmer’s deadly drunken dentist Doc Holiday drawls “I’m your huckleberry” as he faces down Michael Biehn’s murderous Johnny Ringo. Another man with a variant of that name became the center of an online controversy involving Charlotte’s popular and long-running science fiction convention ConCarolinas last year. This was the conservative military science fiction and political action thriller writer John Ringo, whose announcement as Guest of Honor caused some other scheduled guests to boycott the convention. Many of them cited Ringo’s 38-page vituperative rant about the women who allegedly interrupted him at a 2006 Virginia convention (in which he also devoted several paragraphs to the breasts of another woman in the audience). They also took exception to a 2015 Facebook post by Ringo, in which he accused “Social Justice Warriors” of “destroying science fiction” and stated “White males have dominated the planet’s art, culture, music, politics and wars for centuries” despite being “seriously outnumbered and almost always seriously outgunned.” Kurtz was one of those who announced she would not attend the 2018 convention, despite being previously announced as a guest. I asked her if she planned to attend this year’s ConCarolinas, which will be held May 31 through June 2 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place Motel “There is an entirely new board and new convention committee this year,” she wrote back, “so I am going to go and see if they’ve done anything differently. I know firsthand from speaking with board members and programming directors they WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

are very interested in increasing diversity and fostering an open, collaborative, and safe environment. I am going to see the changes put in action. The board has stated they wanted to show fans that what was shown last year wasn’t who they are as a convention.” John Ringo’s publisher is Baen Books, the science fiction and fantasy imprint founded in 1983 by conservative editor Jim Baen. Headquartered in Wake Forest and distributed by Simon and Shuster, Baen Books is also the publisher of several writers associated with the anti-diversity “Sad Puppies” movement formed as a reaction to what its members claim is the negative influence of “social justice warriors” on their genres. Although the Sad Puppies have repeatedly proclaimed their manifesto of restoring what they call the classic virtues of old-fashioned actionadventure storytelling to science fiction and fantasy, few of them write nearly as well as the best of the 1930s and ‘40s pulp authors they claim to admire. Last July, Baen Books published the Weird Western anthology Straight Out of Tombstone, edited by David Boop. It included Kurtz’s story “The Wicked Wild.” I asked her how it felt appearing in a book from the same publisher as John Ringo. Kurtz replied that she and the book’s editor David Boop had been friends for decades. “I trusted him with my story, and with the material.” She also said that Straight out of Tombstone wasn’t a typical Baen publication. “I think they were surprised by the success of it. Baen is associated with the Sad Puppies, but I am not sure they want to just be known as the publisher of Sad Puppies authors. They have diverse titles in their catalog,

so I didn’t worry about it too much, because I trusted my editor.” One publishing credit that Kurtz is particularly proud of is Sycorax’s Daughters, edited by Kinitra Brooks Ph.D., Linda D. Addison, and Susana Morris Ph.D. The book, a 2018 finalist for the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award, is a groundbreaking anthology of stories and poems by black female writers. Its title references Sycorax, the exiled African witch who gave birth to Caliban, the half-human/half-monster servant of the magician Prospero in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Kurtz gets her love of monsters from Maurice Sendak’s classic Where the Wild Things Are (another influence we have in common), “the first work of fantasy I read as a child, and which I still regularly read.” But, she told me, her gateway to adult horror fiction was Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot. “I had to be about 10 or 11 when I found it in the adult fiction section of our library. I had outgrown all the ‘children’s books,” and had secured proper permission to read the adult books.” I asked her what that had been like, as reading the novel when I was in high school had given me a nightmare, albeit one inspired by the apparently haunted house the book’s protagonist enters as a kid rather than the vampires he encounters as an adult. Kurtz said that she found V. C. Andrews’ notorious Flowers in the Attic, which she read shortly after the King novel, much more frightening. “It was morbid and violent and strange, and scared me to death.” But, she explained, for a kid growing up in public housing projects, nothing on the page was as frightening as the real world,

where she saw people die from violence or drugs, and in which the Atlanta child murders dominated the T.V. news cycle. Horror was an escape from that. She said she remains “a huge fan of Stephen King,” particularly his Gunslinger series, “although his writing of black women remains problematic.” More recently, she’s “fallen in love with” the work of fantasy and young adult fiction writer Daniel José Older, whose 2015 novel Shadowshaper won the International Latino Book Award. She also named Cindy Pon, Rebecca Roanhorse and Justina Ireland as authors she particularly enjoys and admires. I asked Kurtz to give a shout-out to a new(ish) author whom she thinks should be better known. She named Eden Royce, whose Southern gothic fantasies are described on Royce’s webpage as highly influenced by the Charleston-born author’s background as a “Freshwater Geechie” who “grew up around rootworkers and hoodoo practitioners.” When I asked,“who is your favorite current writer of Weird Westerns?” Kurtz answered “me!” That was a joke, but she’s clearly enthusiastic about her 21st-century approach to a subgenre with strong ties to both her childhood and the real history of this country. For more details about her published novels, her upcoming Sisters of the Wild Sage collection, and her future plans check out her webpage Other Worlds Pulp ( ! IAN MCDOWELL is the author of two published novels, numerous anthologized short stories, and a whole lot of nonfiction and journalism, some of which he’s proud of and none of which he’s ashamed of. MARCH 13-19, 2019 YES! WEEKLY



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that teaches it.” By the time he was at Rockingham County High School, Kozone was so committed to this dream that he managed to convince his teachers and administration to let him study pro wrestling for his required senior project. “Wrestling helped me graduate,” he said with a laugh. As work toward his diploma as well as preparation for his future career, Kozone studied with Big Daddy Eric Edwards of the Squared Circle Wrestling Alliance at the National Guard Armory in Wentworth, NC, from 2008 until 2010. “Then in 2011, we actually had our own building in Eden, North Carolina, where we could just train all day.” In November of 2011, Kozone, then billed as the “the Trending Topic,” defeated Edwards in the SCWA Mindshock Championship in a steel cage match that Kozone has called the biggest match of his early career. On March 3, 2013, Kozone made his debut with the recently formed FireStar Pro Wrestling (FSPW) at WrestleRevival 1 in Greensboro, where he and Ouga Booga defeated Corey Duncom and The Scrapyard Dog. Kozone told me that he started training other wrestlers in 2014, and that, “I’ve spent the majority of my career investing

in others.” When the FireStar Wrestling Academy opened at 517 Medley St. in 2016, he was its head trainer, a position he still holds. “We also run shows there on a monthly basis, event shows, everything you can think of.” He said he started with five students, “but since then, I’ve had the pleasure of working with hundreds, and I have maybe 40 active right now.” He said he’s worked with students as young as 12 and as old as 50. “Right now, it’s in the range of, maybe, 13 to 35.” On Sunday, March 17 at 6 p.m., Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Company at 504 State St. in Greensboro is hosting its first FireStar Wrestling event, St. Patty’s Throwdown. Kozone won’t be wrestling, but his former student Cam Carter will be, along with Kyler Myzery, Rocky Webster, Aaron Black, Mickey Fulp, Garrett Coleman, TGA Moss, Jamal the Titan and Prince Mutima. Tickets are $10, and children under 10 get in for free. He thinks that 2019 will be an exciting year not just for FireStar, but the industry as a whole. “Nowadays people are embracing what professional wrestling truly is, and people are loving it for that. And it’s just a whole new wave of new and different compa-

nies; it’s not just WWE anymore.” Kozone said social media had played a big part in the survival and growth of grassroots wrestling. “We don’t have to be on T.V. to get our faces out there. The majority of people these days are on the internet more than they are in front of that box.” He closed by stressing that pro wrestling is a creative art as well as athletic performance. “I actually have a team that helps me, and we meet regularly and sit down at a table and try to put together stories that people can relate to. We like to do a little bit more than just match scenarios but to create different scenarios that will make an everyday person feel something when they come to a show. What we do is storytelling, and we want people to feel something from it. We all pitch ideas and bounce them off each other. It has to make sense to me. If it doesn’t make sense to me. If it doesn’t make sense to me, it probably won’t make sense to somebody else.” ! IAN MCDOWELL is the author of two published novels, numerous anthologized short stories, and a whole lot of nonfiction and journalism, some of which he’s proud of and none of which he’s ashamed of.


UNCG jazz maestro Steve Haines makes songwriting debut On “What I’ve seen,” the eighth track on the new album Steve Haines and the Third Floor Orchestra, Becca Stevens sings, “God won’t give you more than you can handle/ said no-one who’s Ian McDowell been to war.” It’s a seemingly simple line that works Contributor precisely because it contradicts, with affecting plainness, the fatuous consolation it quotes. The song, in which a woman mourns the suicide of her husband, a military veteran suffering from PTSD, and then is answered (if not comforted) by him from the grave, derives considerable power from Stevens’ soaring vocals and then their absence, with her last notes followed by Chad Eby’s masterful soprano saxophone improvisation, rising mournfully over the orchestra’s string harmonies. But it also works because of the words, not something composer, arranger, double bassist, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program professor Steve Haines has previously been known for, at least when it comes to performance rather than pedagogy. Steve Haines and the Third Floor Orchestra, released March 29, is his fourth album, but the first to feature his lyrics. They’re also heard on the lilting love song “You,” which includes a terrific piano solo by Joey Calderazzo. “It’s funny, what we don’t notice right in front of us,” Haines recently told me in an email. “For years, I had listened to music with words and never noticed the lyrics, because the music itself was so enchanting. At some point, I just decided to listen to the story of the lyrics first. I was blown away by the WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

depth of beauty in lyrics that I had missed before. After all of that, I started thinking about stories in my own imagination, and I’d scribble them down. When it comes to lyrics, I’m just a baby getting started.” While he described himself as coming “late to writing, or even paying attention

to, lyrics,” he added, “I’m very glad for them at this stage of my life.” Most first-time lyricists would be lucky to have their words sung as well as Haines’ longtime friend Becca Stevens sings his. The Brooklyn-based/North Carolina-bred Stevens was named Downbeat Magazine’s Rising Star Female Vocalist in 2017, the same year she was featured on NPR Music’s “Songs We Love” for her darkly beautiful “Queen Mab,” based on Mercutio’s speech in Romeo and Juliet.

On the new album, Haines and Stevens are joined by two other very accomplished musicians. Acclaimed saxophonist Chad Eby, who like Haines teaches in UNCG’s Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program, has been called “a consummate improviser” by Jazz Times and praised by Branford Marsalis. Pianist Joey Calderazzo has served as sideman to Arturo Sandoval, Bob Mitzner, Bob Belden, Vincent Herring, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and Jerry Bergonzi, and has played extensively with Branford Marsalis, with whom he recorded the 2011 duo album Songs of Mirth and Melody. Haines, Stevens, Eby and Calderazzo are joined on the new album by a full orchestra, something which, Haines said, “harkens back to the early days of jazz when such accompaniment was commonplace.” Along with Haines’ original songs, the album includes another two new ones by Stevens, as well as Haines’ arrangement of classics by his fellow Canadians Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot (whose “If You Could Read My Mind,” the sweetest song to ever include lyrics inspired by an Abbott and Costello movie, is a particular standout), Leonard Cohen and Kim Mitchell. The Cohen song is “Hallelujah,” which has been covered so many times that the late great singer-songwriter once sardonically suggested a moratorium on future versions, although that was before his beautifully-broken old man’s voice triumphantly reclaimed it on his 2008 tour. I asked Haines if he’d felt any trepidation about including a song that exists in multiple versions that various partisans consider definitive. “Becca really wanted to do that one,” he said. “It’s incredible to me. Since the original version is so powerful, as are Rufus Wainwright’s and Jeff Buckley’s, there’s really no pressure on me, as nothing can top those versions and I’m not worried about failing. I’m worried more about not trying.” The album’s CD release concert is the Miles Davis Jazz Festival at UNCG Auditorium on Friday, April 26 at 8 p.m. It will feature Becca Stevens, Chad Eby, and the Third Floor Orchestra, as well as UNCG Jazz Ensemble I. Tickets are $12, $9 and $6, and available at www.triadstage. org. ! IAN MCDOWELL is the author of two published novels, numerous anthologized short stories, and a whole lot of nonfiction and journalism, some of which he’s proud of and none of which he’s ashamed of.

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Mr. Brightside: Thirsty Curses find reason to sing as things fall to pieces


ilson Getchell knows enough as an entertainer to not want to depress you. The singer and songwriter behind the Raleigh-based band Thirsty Curses might John Adamian have a grim view @johnradamian of human destiny and history, but he figures everyone Contributor still wants to have a good time while they can. A shout-along chorus can help the medicine go down (or it can serve as the only medicine there is). Thirsty Curses make rock’n’roll, with a boisterous beer-swilling edge to it. Many of these songs are about living it up while things fall apart at the seams, or at least trying to find some glory in chaos and meaninglessness. You might hear a connection to the Replacements, the Hold Steady, the Dropkick Murphys, and other rowdy rockers. Whether you find any redemption in the songs might depend on your philosophical outlook. Getchell, 36, is a relative newcomer to North Carolina and the Triangle. He grew up in Richmond, Virginia, before taking off for places like Austin, Texas; Flagstaff, Arizona; Chicago, D.C., Russia, New England and elsewhere. He’s been around, playing in bands, doing grad school and writing loads of songs. I spoke with Getchell last week about Thirsty Curses, about the challenges of connecting with listeners in the age of essentially free streaming music, about making music that draws on one’s experience, and about taking risks in life and in making art. Thirsty Curses return to New York Pizza in Greensboro for a show on Friday, March 15. The band, which formed in late 2016, released All Shook Up, their second fulllength record, last year. They’re working on a five-song EP right now. “I write a lot,” Getchell said. “I’ve always got a lot of drive to put stuff down.” Getchell’s songs do a nice job of balancing exuberance and despair. There’s a thread of existential crises running through many of his songs, but there’s also a fair bit of shrugging off the hardship with bits of winking optimism. A song like “I Can’t Keep Up” is filled YES! WEEKLY

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with paired lines that deliver a series of sucker punches: “Turns out you learned a lot/ it’s just that most of it was wrong,” sings Getchell. And later: “it ain’t easy bein’ evil when the whole world’s gone to hell.” And “I been hanging out in bars, I been doin’ the la-la-la-la, and it always goes too far.” Not being able to keep up or hold it together is a recurring theme for Getchell. And that last bit, about “doing the la la la la,” turns out to be a type of motif as well. Those kinds of self-conscious nonsense syllables turn up, again and again, serving to flag that place where words and meaning start to break down and no longer carry their weight as constructive communication. In an email exchange after our initial phone conversation, I asked him about his use of la-la-las and whoa-oh-ohs as ways of conveying one’s inability to respond in certain situations. “I guess it depends on the song,” Getchell said. “In ‘Exile,’ for example, the chorus goes ‘we got soft baby, we got caught, yeah we got lost, and I went woah-oh-oh.’ In that instance, it’s along the lines of all this bad shit happened. And I was like ‘WOAH.’” “In the song ‘Ooh Rah Rah,’ off of our first record, it’s explicitly meant to be nonsensical. The chorus goes ‘it don’t mean a thing to me, like ooh Rah Rah’ …. But,

yeah, sometimes there is also an element of ‘what else is there to be said about this.’ Other than ‘woah.’” The song “Over and Over,” off All Shook Up, has the lines “You keep on singing the same old song, it goes ‘Whoa-ee-oh-eeoh.’” There’s something there, perhaps, about the songs we sing to ourselves can be symbolic or emblematic of the ruts that we get stuck in. Many of Thirsty Curses songs are essentially folk songs that have been beefed up with a rhythm section and an energy boost, tunes that might have started out as strum-along songs or skeletal piano waltzes before a caffeinated beat got wired into the circuitry. There’s a poppunk spirit to many of the tracks, with dashes of Americana mixed in with the defiant streak. Thirsty Curses have a kinship, in my ears, to bands like Deer Tick, Ladyhawk and Henry Clay People. Getchell sings with an energy and excitement that stands in almost comic contrast to some of what he’s singing about. “It was a good week on the road, but now it’s back to digging holes,” he sings on “Slice of Paradise.” It’s a song about being determined to get a taste of the good life, even if one is faced with drudgery and bleak prospects. In grad school, Getchell worked in Russian studies and Soviet history,

which offers a different perspective on how people’s struggles tend to pan out. Political oppression and the never-ending battle against the elements make for a grim worldview. Russian history isn’t exactly a feelgood, but Getchell said he found the simple fact of endurance to be uplifting in that context. “It is so dark,” Getchell said. “There’s never any break of this chronicle of tragedy and mishap. Even when things get incredibly dark and horrible, people keep living their lives.” The American view tends to be more relentlessly optimistic, with faith in the idea of progress, that things keep improving and that systems — government, technology, etc. — get better. But that rosy perspective is not something that Getchell is necessarily ready to bet on. “I think the historical record suggests otherwise,” he laughed. “I think a lot of times in the West, we kind of take for granted our prosperous situation and our place in human history.” On the subject of cultural decline, Getchell has a pretty hilarious diss-song about the worsening state of popular music today. The title kind of says it all: It’s called “Today’s Kids (Are Not Rockers),” and it’s a list of comedic grievances about the ways that young people no longer embrace the pleasures of rock. It’s a snarling rant against dubstep, ukuleles, safe sex, James Taylor and Bon Iver. “Today’s kids are wicked lame,” goes one line. It’s a joking Gen-X-ish lament about the perceived lack of danger in contemporary pop culture. But then again, echoing another viewpoint in one of Getchell’s other songs, if the world is actually coming apart around us, if government, civil society, and the environment all seem to be disintegrating before our eyes, maybe it makes sense that young people — culture consumers — don’t need to seek menace and danger as a form of entertainment, since they’re more of less soaking in the threats all the time. ! JOHN ADAMIAN lives in Winston-Salem, and his writing has appeared in Wired, The Believer, Relix, Arthur, Modern Farmer, the Hartford Courant and numerous other publications.



See Thirsty Curses at New York Pizza, 337 Tate St., Greensboro, on Friday, March 15, at 10 p.m.


St. Patrick’s parties in Greensboro Calling all leprechauns and limerick lovers, St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner! To celebrate, Greensboro bars are stocking up on green beer, the folks from Hand-to-Hand will Katei Cranford host their spring market, Gibb’s will host a wrestling match, and Contributor plenty of bands are scheduled throughout the weekend to help plastic paddies party their out hearts and (sham)rock their faces off. For those looking to hit the streets, literally, social schemers Otis and Wawa will host their Fourth Annual St. Patrick’s Bar Crawl running throughout downtown Greensboro on March 16. Ground-zero for the crawl revolves around a lawn party at the Bearded Goat before making its way along South Elm watering holes. Those looking for a less walking-tour experience can find some rock’n’roll revelry with a free Chuck Mountain show at Little Brother Brewing as part of their St. Patrick’s Bash on March 16. The Saturday St. Patrick’s parties extend out of Greensboro with the Fourth Annual Downtown Asheboro St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, hosted by Four Saints, which “promises to be bigger, better, and more fun!” Bounce houses, food trucks, and music from Pittsburgh’s the Jakobs Ferry Stragglers extend a family-friendly atmosphere to what’s traditionally an adults-only drinking holiday. Folks looking for traditional Irish dancers, Celtic music, or bagpipes should head to Natty Greene’s on March 16 or Stumble Stilskins and M’Coul’s on St. Patrick’s Day. The Pre-Patty Day Party hosted at Natty Greene’s Brewpub will feature a Saturday afternoon of pipers, fiddlers, dancers, drummers, and close out with bands the Zinc Kings and Gipsy Danger. On Sunday, M’Coul’s hits its stride with its annual St. Patrick’s Day party. Starting with brunch, and running all day, the Irish pub counts down to the holiday each year. “There’s something about the moment those dancers come out, and it’s perfect,” said Simonne Ritchy McClinton, the mastermind behind M’Coul’s and their big ol’ block party that’s rocked the corner of McGree and Elm for the past 17 years. “As morbid as that sounds, it’s something I’ll probably think about on my deathbed,” McClinton said. “The imporWWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

Matty Sheets & the Blockheads at M’Coul’s St. Patrick’s Party tance of community and feeling connected, it’s right up there with the births of my children” she added, “somehow the Irish dancers do that for me.” Though there’ll be dancers and bagpipes aplenty, the M’Coul’s St. Patty’s party doesn’t stop short at the traditional fare, songster Alan Peters is slated to start the day, while Velvet Devils aim to shut it down on a rocking note. Meanwhile, on the Northside of downtown, Joymongers is poised to pump tunes with an all-weekend celebration surrounding their “LoFi” compound with food trucks, corn hole, and performances by the Good Watts, the Ends, and the Carrie Smithey Band on Saturday, with music from The B-sides on Sunday. Fans looking for a Talking Heads cover reprise from the 2018 Joymongers St. Pat’s party aren’t entirely out of luck, as the Blind Tiger will host Pink Talking Fish, a portmanteau of the bands they cover (Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, and Phish), as part of their Sunday shenanigans. If binge-drinking and the celebration of genocide isn’t your thing, Northeast of downtown has you covered with the Eighth Annual Hand-to-Hand Spring Market happening on Sunday at WAMRev Gallery in Revolution Mill; and a St. Patty’s Throwdown wrestling match at Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Company. The Hand-to-Hand Spring Market, which supports indie crafters while showcasing unique and quality handmade goods from 30 vendors around the Southeast region, is in its second year at Revolution Mill, and features free DIY workshops and discussions, as well as a creative opportunity for attendees to contribute to the market’s “Make Something Awesome” table. Hand-to-Hand’s Tristin Miller encourages artists of all kinds “to come create, connect, and learn with your handmade

Tristin Miller at Hand-to-Hand community!” A few blocks over on State Street, the folks from Five Star Pro Wrestling are hosting an entirely different hands-on celebration with their St. Patty’s Throwdown at Gibb’s. “You can spend St. Pat’s drinking green beer and watching leprechauns dance,” beckoned organizers, “or you can drink award-winning ale and watch these acrobatic athletes demonstrating stupendous

The Raving Knaves at M’Coul’s St. Patrick’s Party strength and terrifying take-downs!” Whether you’re down for a drink or a smackdown, Greensboro is where it’s at for a fun St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Sláinte! ! KATEI CRANFORD is a Triad music nerd who’d like to wish a Happy St. Patrick’s birthday to her sister, Kelly, and hosts the Tuesday Tour Report, a radio show that runs like a mixtape of touring bands, 5-7 p.m. on WUAG 103.1fm.

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Submissions should be sent to by Friday at 5 p.m., prior to the week’s publication. Visit and click on calendar to list your event online. home grown muSic Scene | compiled by Austin Kindley



218 South Fayetteville St. | 336.610.3722 Mar 16: The Holland Brothers Mar 22: William Nesmith Mar 23: Matt Walsh Mar 29: The Couldn’t Be Happiers Mar 30: Cara Shauble Apr 3: Contentment Is Wealth Apr 7: Beer and Hymns Apr 13: Shiloh Hill Apr 19: Nobody’s Fault



6000 Meadowbrook Mall Ct | 336.448.5330 Mar 15: DJ Bald-E Mar 28: Local Music Showcase Apr 4: James Vincent Carroll Apr 6: Cory Leutjen Apr 19: DJ Bald-E Apr 20: Hawthorne Curve


GREEN HERON ALE HOUSE 1110 Flinchum Rd | 336.593.4733



129 W Main St | 336.258.8240 Mar 16: The Mountain Laurels Mar 23: The Honey Dewdrops w/ Will Straughan Mar 30: The Resonant Rogues, The Hills and the Rivers



2900 Patterson St #A | 336.632.9889 Mar 15: 1-2-3 Friday Apr 6: Alesana & The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus


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


120 Stage Coach Tr. | 336.292.2211 May 4: Stephen Freeman: The Gospel Side of Elvis


505 N. Greene St Mar 15: Chad Barnard Mar 22: Dave Moran Mar 29: Dana Bearror


1819 Spring Garden St | 336.272.9888 Mar 15: Brothers Pearl Mar 16: Jukebox Rehab Mar 17: Pink Talking Fish Mar 19: Eric Hutchinson Mar 20: Whitey Morgan Mar 22: Lowborn w/ Lauren Light, Glow, & Companyon Mar 23: Unknown Hinson w/ Flat Blak Cadillac


1700 Spring Garden St | 336.272.5559 Mar 7: Live Thursdays


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1126 S Holden Rd | 336.333.1034 Mar 15: Patrick Garrity & Ricky Reyes Mar 16: Patrick Garrity & Ricky Reyes Mar 22: Chris Wiles Mar 23: Chris Wiles Mar 29: Valarie Storm Mar 30: Valarie Storm

COMMON GROUNDS 11602 S Elm Ave | 336.698.3888 Mar 14: Will Overman Mar 30: Mtroknwn


117 S Elm St | 336.378.9646 Mar 15: Ben Rector Apr 9: Cradle of Filth w/ Wdnesday 13 and Raven Black Apr 10: Chris D’Elia Apr 12: Young Nudy Apr 13: Walker Hayes w/ Filmore Apr 26: Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience

1808 BAR AT GRANDOVER RESORT 1000 Club Rd | 336.294.1800

GREENE STREET CLUB 113 N Greene St | 336.273.4111


1635 New Garden Rd | 336.288.4544 Mar 15: J. Timber & Joel Henry Mar 22: Retro Vinyl Mar 29: Second Glance


1111 Coliseum Blvd | 336.265.8600 Mar 13: Mitch and Erin Hayes Mar 20: Alice Osborne and kim Lane Mar 24: Gate City Songwriters 4th Mar 27: Mike Robbian Apr 3: Arcus Hyatt Apr 10: Colin Cutler, Jack Gorham and Friends



348 South Elm St | 336.510.9678 Apr 5: The Balkun Brothers Apr 12: Ashley Heath (Solo) Apr 19: Banjo Earth Band


5105 Michaux Road | 336.282.0950 Mar 16: Stereo Doll


502 N. Greene St | 336.274.2699 Mar 15: Hilliary Begley Mar 22: Damon Sumner

THE W BISTRO & BAR 324 Elm St | 336.763.4091 @thewdowntown Mar 14: Karaoke Mar 15: Live DJ Mar 16: Live DJ

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AfTER HOuRS TAvERN 1614 N Main St | 336.883.4113 Mar 15: DJ

GOOfY fOOT TAPROOM 2762 NC-68 #109 | 336.307.2567 Mar 16: casey Noel Mar 23: Stewart coley Mar 28: Into the fog Apr 6: Tyler Long

HAM’S PALLADIuM 5840 Samet Dr | 336.887.2434 Mar 15: Huckleberry Shyne Mar 16: Southern voice Mar 22: Jukebox Junkie Mar 23: Sok Monkee



118 E Main St | 336.207.1999 Mar 15: The Dickens Mar 16: The Plaids Mar 22: Gipsy Danger Mar 23: Spare change Mar 29: Men In Black Apr 5: Jukebox Junkie Apr 6: Brothers Pearl Apr 12: Radio Revolver Apr 13: Soul central Apr 19: Jukebox Revolver


NCDOT TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING MARCH 14 REGARDING THE PROPOSAL TO WIDEN N.C. 16 (PROVIDENCE ROAD) FROM REA ROAD EXTENSION (S.R. 1316) TO WAXHAW PARKWAY (S.R. 3530) IN UNION COUNTY STIP Project No. U-5769 The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes to widen N.C. 16 (Providence Road) between Rea Road Extension (S.R. 1316) and Waxhaw Parkway (S.R. 3530) in Union County. A public meeting will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 at Weddington United Methodist Church, 13901 Providence Road. The purpose of this meeting is to inform the public of the project and gather input on the proposed design. As information becomes available, it may be viewed online at the NCDOT public meeting webpage: The public may attend at any time during the public meeting hours, as no formal presentation will be made. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and receive comments. The comments and information received will be taken into consideration as work on the project develops. The opportunity to submit written comments will be provided at the meeting or can be done via phone, email, or mail by March 28, 2019. For additional information, please contact Travis Preslar, NCDOT Division 10 DM-STIP Project Manager at 12033 East Independence Boulevard – Suite H, Matthews, N.C. 28105, 980-262-6290 or 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 Matthew LeShure, Environmental Analysis Unit, at 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1598, at 919-707-6087 or as early as possible so that arrangements can be made. Persons who do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494. Aquellas personas 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. MARCH 13-19, 2019 YES! WEEKLY




612 Edgewood St | 336.558.7204 Mar 15: Skyryder Mar 16: The Delmonicos


221 N Main St. | 336.497.4822 Mar 16: DJ Mike Lawson



191 Lowes Foods Dr | 336.747.3059 Mar 23: 60 Watt Combo Mar 30: Buster Smackit Apr 5: Karaoke Apr 6: Shelter Band Apr 12: Music Bingo Apr 13: 60 Watt Combo Apr 19: Whiskey Mic Apr 26: Music Bingo Apr 27: Big Daddy Mojo May 3: Karaoke

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408 West 4th St | 336.331.3431 Mar 22: Viva La Muerte Mar 30: The Lilly Brothers Apr 13: Jukebox Rehab May 25: Sons of Paradise

BURKE STREET PUB 1110 Burke St | 336.750.0097


3870 Bethania Station Rd | 336.815.1664 Mar 17: The Blue Gene’s

FIDDLIN’ FISH BREWING COMPANY 772 Trade St | 336.999.8945 Mar 18: Old Time Jam


620 Trade St | 336.723.0322


638 W 4th St | 336.777.3348 Mar 13: Eversole Brothers Mar 16: The Wyndy Trail Travelers Mar 17: Sunday Jazz Mar 23: Greg Wilson and Second Wind Mar 24: Sunday Jazz Mar 27: David and Mason Via Mar 30: Disaster Recovery Band Mar 31: Sunday Jazz


4926 Country Club Rd | 336.529.6230 Apr 20: Jukebox Revolver

MILLENNIUM CENTER 101 West 5th Street | 336.723.3700


630 S Stratford Rd | 336.768.2221 Mar 17: Live Jazz


5455 Bethania Rd | 336.923.8623 Mar 14: Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys Mar 15: Sam Frazier & The Side Effects, Magnolia Green Mar 16: Muddy Creek Players w/ Sarah Strable Mar 17: CandelFirth Mar 17: Airshow


170 W 9th St | 336.754.9714 Mar 15: Mipso, Tellico Mar 16: Martha Bassett, Cashavelly Morrison, Dan River Girls Mar 19: Lucinda Williams Duo, The Dead Tongues Mar 21: Scott Biram, The Goddamn Gallows, Urban Pioneers Mar 22: Vagabond Saints Society (Piedmont Wind Symphony) Mar 23: Todd Snider, Reed Foehl


826 Angelo Bros Ave | 336.725.0008 Mar 16: Bencoolen Mar 29: Souljam Quartet

Music can be expressive and powerful, beautiful and fierce. So can a woman. Mad at Miles follows three women on an emotional journey through the anger of abuse to the clarity of self-discovery. March 28–29, 2019 @ 8 p.m. March 30, 2019 @ 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. March 31, 2019 @ 3 p.m.

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booth amphithEatrE 8003 Regency Pkwy | 919.462.2025


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2700 E Independence Blvd | 704.372.3600 apr 5: tobymac

cmcu amphithEatrE former Uptown Amphitheatre 820 Hamilton St | 704.549.5555

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1000 NC Music Factory Blvd | 704.916.8970 mar 13: hippie Sabotage mar 15: nothing more mar 16: grits & biscuits mar 18: haters roast mar 22: rumours Fleetwood mac tribute mar 23: gogol bordello mar 29: ghostface & raekwon of Wu-tang clan mar 30: the marshall tucker band mar 31: gilberto Santa rosa apr 3: gary clark, jr apr 5: adventure club apr 10: Kodak black

ovEnS auditorium

2700 E Independence Blvd | 704.372.3600 mar 15: Experience hendrix mar 16: lauren daigle mar 17: hozier mar 22: john mellencamp apr 4: marisela

pnc muSic pavilion 707 Pavilion Blvd | 704.549.1292

SpEctrum cEntEr

333 E Trade St | 704.688.9000 apr 6: the millennium tour ft. mario, pretty ricky, lloyd, Ying Yang twins, chingy & bobby v

thE undErground

820 Hamilton St, Charlotte | 704.916.8970 mar 13: State champs mar 14: marsha ambrosius mar 15: lil tracy


mar 16: lords of acid mar 20: moneybagg Yo mar 25: Earl Sweatshirt apr 3: red Sun rising apr 6: polyphia


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309 W Morgan St | 919.560.3030 mar 18: charles lloyd & the marvels + lucinda Williams mar 20: big bad voodoo daddy mar 21: anoushka Shankar mar 22: nils Frahm apr 8: angĂŠlique Kidjo apr 9: boney james apr 10: the gloaming


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3801 Rock Quarry Rd | 919.831.6400

rEd hat amphithEatEr 500 S McDowell St | 919.996.8800

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1400 Edwards Mill Rd | 919.861.2300 mar 17: mumford & Sons mar 22: Winter jam mar 29: the millennium tour 2019 ft. b2K, mario, pretty ricky, lloyd, Ying Yang twins, chingy & bobby v apr 6: KiSS


123 Vivian St | 919.680.2787 mar 18: joe bonamassa mar 22: jackson brown w/ greg leisz, alethea mills & chavonne Stewart mar 23: celtic Woman mar 26: chicago mar 29: Widespread panic apr 2: gary clark jr.


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310 S Greene St | 336.333.2605 mar 13: the mavericks mar 20: Shaw davis & the black ties mar 22: Kudzu Wish mar 23: jontavious Willis mar 29: Emily Scott robins mar 30: Whiskey Foxtrot w/ jason Springs band apr 6: abigail dowd album release

grEEnSboro coliSEum 1921 W Gate City Blvd | 336.373.7400 mar 15 & 16: Eric church mar 17: the millennium tour 2019 apr 5: alabama apr 6: los temerarios apr 7: chris tomlin

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NCDOT TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING FOR THE PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS ALONG GALLIMORE DAIRY ROAD FROM N.C. 68 (EASTCHESTER DRIVE) TO SOUTH OF AIRPARK ROAD IN GUILFORD COUNTY TIP PROJECT NO. U-4015A The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting regarding the proposed improvements along Gallimore Dairy Road (S.R. 1556) from N.C. 68 (Eastchester Drive) to just south of Airpark Road in Guilford County. The meeting will be held Thursday, March 21 from 5-7 p.m. at The Church on 68 located at 300 N.C. 68 S. in Greensboro. The public may attend at any time during the meeting hours. Please note there will be no formal presentation. At the meeting there will be maps of the proposed plans as well as project team members who will be available to answer your questions and receive feedback. All comments will be taken into consideration as the project progresses. The opportunity to submit written comments will be provided at the meeting or may be done by phone, email or mail no later than April 4. As information becomes available, it may be viewed at the NCDOT public meeting webpage: For additional information please contact NCDOT Division 7 Project Engineer Brian Ketner, P.E., at (336) 487-0075 or, or consultant Project Manager John Williams at (919) 653-7358 or NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Lauren Putnam at or (919) 707-6072 as early as possible, so that arrangements can be made. Persons who do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1800-481-6494. Aquellas personas 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.

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AGE: 32 WHERE ARE YOU FROM? Thomasville, NC HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BARTENDING? 13 years HOW DID YOU BECOME A BARTENDER? I was the beverage cart attendant supervisor at Grandover Resort and the banquet bar manager suddenly quit so I was kind of thrown in as his replacement with no knowledge of bartending, but I picked it up fairly quickly. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT BARTENDING? I really enjoy crafting not only great drinks, but an amazing experience. To me, bartending is more like being the life of the party and knowing that you’re the one who was able to provide that great night out with friends is very satisfying. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DRINK TO MAKE? I currently have a Smoked Manhattan on my menu that’s very visually entertaining to watch being made, but at the same time fun to make! WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DRINK TO DRINK? If I’m just taking shots then I prefer Jägermeister, but as far as cocktails go I’m pretty basic. Makers and ginger is usually my go to.

WHAT WOULD YOUR RECOMMEND AS AN AFTER-DINNER DRINK? I’m all for a good bourbon on the rocks or even an Old Fashioned. Something you can take your time and sip on is always good after a nice meal. WHAT’S THE CRAZIEST THING YOU’VE SEEN WHILE BARTENDING? Aside from fights and brawls that I’m sure many bartenders see on somewhat of a regular basis, I used to run a bar that was attached to a hotel and said hotel had Male Review nights. Well on those nights, the entertainers would always be running around in the back halls with pretty much nothing on, so to me that was pretty crazy. That may not be so crazy as it is weird. WHAT’S THE BEST TIP YOU’VE EVER GOTTEN? I’ve never gotten a monetarily large tip, maybe a couple hundred bucks once or twice, but I would have to say that I had a customer give me a $100 tip one time on a $10 tab because he wanted me to know that he was very appreciative of my passion and skill. It means so much more to me knowing that I am able to provide a level of service to which a customer makes it known that they appreciate my passion for bartending.

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[STRANGE BUT TRUE] by Samantha Weaver

[LEO (July 23 to August 22) Security-loving Lions do not appreciate uncertainty in any form. But sometimes changing situations can reveal hidden stresses in time to repair a relationship before it’s too late.

[AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) As curious as you might be, it’s best to avoid trying to learn a colleague’s secret. That sort of knowledge could drag you into a difficult workplace situation at some point down the line.

* It was 20th-century American author and futurist Robert Anton Wilson who made the following sage observation: “Only the madman is absolutely sure.”

[VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) This is a good time for single Virgos to make a love connection. Be careful not to be too judgmental about your new “prospect” — at least until you know more about her or him.

[PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Instead of spending too much time floundering around wondering if you can meet your deadline, you need to spend more time actually working toward reaching it.

* Lightning isn’t solely a phenomenon of Earth: Astronomers have noted lightning bolts on Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.

[LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your sense of justice

[ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You’ll want to discourage well-

helps you resolve a problem that might have been unfairly attributed to the wrong person. Spend the weekend doing some long-neglected chores.

meaning but potentially ill-advised interference in what you intend to accomplish. Your work has a better chance to succeed if it reflects you.

[SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You might feel justified in your anger toward someone you suspect betrayed your trust. But it could help if you take the time to check if your suspicions have substance.

[TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The Bovine’s well-deserved reputation for loyalty could be tested if you learn that it might be misplaced. But don’t rely on rumors. Check the stories out before you decided to act.

[SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Ignore distractions if you hope to accomplish your goal by the deadline you agreed to. Keep the finish line in sight, and you should be able to cross it with time to spare.

[GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You’ve been going on adrenaline for a long time, and this unexpected lull in a recent spate of excitement could be just what you need to restore your energy levels. Enjoy it.

[CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Your creative self

[CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Friends can be counted on to

continues to dominate through much of the week. Also, despite a few problems that have cropped up, that recent romantic connection seems to be thriving. construction8.pdf 1 2/24/2019 01:34:58


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* Historians say that Russia’s Peter the Great was nearly 7 feet tall. * A woman in Tennessee was once arrested for biking while intoxicated — and she was on a stationary bike at the gym at the time. * A newspaper reporter once asked Gen. Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French Forces during World War II and later president of the French Fifth Republic, if he was happy. De Gaulle replied, “What do you take me for, an idiot?”

help you deal with a perplexing personal situation. But remember to keep your circle of advisers limited only to those you’re sure you can trust.

Thought for the Day: “Before you become a writer, you must first become a reader. Every hour spent reading is an hour spent learning how to write.” — Robert Macfarlane

© 2019 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

© 2019 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


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


I’m a 34-year-old struggling comic. My girlfriend is a 29-year-old children’s therapist. We’ve been together for a year. She wants to move in with me, Amy Alkon wants me to meet her parents — adult Advice relationship stuff Goddess that I don’t feel ready for now. I love her, but I live in a studio without a kitchen. I don’t even have a car. As a man, I want to be a “provider” for the woman in my life. She doesn’t want to wait. — Don’t Wanna Lose Her On the upside, you aren’t without savings. There’s that jar with all the change that you take to the Coinstar twice a year. Your reluctance to be all “let’s move in together and start a life over my hot plate” probably comes out of how (according to cross-cultural research by David Buss and other evolutionary psychologists) women seem to have evolved to seek men with the ability to acquire resources — that is, to “provide.” Men coevolved to expect this — and feel they need to rise to the occasion in order to get (and retain) the ladies. In other words, you, as a man, are psychologically driven to feel unsettled when, in terms of sheer earning power, you’re just this side of living in your car.

This might lead you to wonder why, if you’re so wigged out about being broke, your girlfriend’s evolved psychology seems to be all “yeah, whatever.” Well, there was no such thing as “wealth” in ancestral times, so cues to the ability to acquire resources seem to point to mate quality. As I’ve written before, a woman’s seeing ambition, entrepreneurial thinking, and high intelligence in a guy who isn’t exactly raking in the bucks with a crop harvester may ring enough of her psychological bells to make him a choice. A woman who isn’t yet in “let’s make babies!” mode might also be more openminded than realistic. Think about the life you want, and ask your girlfriend to think about the future she wants, and then put your wants together (along with the timetable for each) and see how well they fit. Sure, comedy is a career that can eventually pay off Seinfeldanormously, but for many, it never goes beyond driving around to do $50 sets in suburban Yuk-Yuk Huts. If it’s “babies or bust!” for her, consider how willing you’d be to trade your comedy dream for a dad job — the boringly stable kind with a reasonable weekly paycheck. Unfortunately, actual money tends to go over better at the kids’ dentist than a pair of free tickets to The Chuckle Castle plus a garbage bag of recyclables and a pledge to come back with more every day until mid-2024.


My guy friend said my problem with men is that I keep forgetting who I am. According to him, I’m smart, beautiful,

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accomplished, funny, and super-cool but the moment I like a guy, I act weirdly needy and turn guys off. How do I change this? — Clingy In presenting yourself to others, you’re like the world’s worst used-car salesman: “Fantastic deathtrap for the price! Just the thing to strand you on a desert highway and leave you crawling on your hands and knees over rocky, snake-infested terrain!” Unfortunately, self-loathing is only stylish for about 20 minutes — and only if you are a newly-Goth 13-year-old. Also unfortunate is a big long-standing error in psychology, overvaluing talking and undervaluing action as the way to change our default behavior — meaning the way we typically (and pretty much automatically) react. Granted, recognizing where you’re going wrong and how you could behave less counterproductively isn’t unimportant or useless. But research by clinical psychologist Stefan G. Hofmann and his colleagues suggests that taking action alone — without talk therapy — leads to dramatic shifts in thinking, including significantly diminishing “negative self-

perception” and other counterproductive beliefs. As for your tendency to go all needypants around a guy you like, ask yourself why you do this. Not the underlying reason but why you let your emotions drive your behavior. People don’t think to ask themselves that, but as I write in “Unf*ckology: A Field Guide to Living with Guts and Confidence” — my sciencebased book on how action is the key to emotional and behavioral transformation — “your feelings are not the boss of you.” In short, it isn’t how you feel that matters; it’s what you do. When you’re around a guy you like, act in a way that serves your interests — like a person with self-respect, which is to say, one who has no problem walking away. (Be whiny to your friends, if necessary.) After all, deep down, you know you could get a man to stay with you forever — that’s what basement wall chains and bucket toilets are for. ! GOT A problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or e-mail ( © 2019 Amy Alkon Distributed by Creators.Com.





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