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A NIGHT AT THE RAMKAT Operating a concert club is not the same thing as operating a bar and can only be a labor of love. With long hours, slim profit margins, dealing with countless fevered egos, requests, suggestions and half-baked promises, it can’t be anything else. For THE RAMKAT, which is being touted as the best bet for the future of the WinstonSalem music scene, these pressures can be immense.






Dumplings. You can find them in the freezer section of the grocery store, in the appetizer section of an average menu, or at MAY WAY DUMPLINGS, an authentic, cheap Asian restaurant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. See, we are not at a disadvantage in the Triad. 10 The big white dome at the intersection of Battleground and Benjamin in Greensboro may soon become more COLORFUL. That proposed transformation is why, if you have experience painting murals on large convex exteriors, the city wants to hear from you. 11 With over 200 film and television credits (and counting), Daniel Roebuck has considerable experience, but GETTING GRACE is perhaps the most special of all – because it’s his baby all the way. 12 CASHAVELLY MORRISON has led three separate artistic lives. Her main creative focus these days is as a singer/ songwriter, but she draws on insights from both dance and fiction-writing to inform her music-making. 18 Now comes the inevitable reboot, and while TOMB RAIDER might be every bit as derivative as its antecedents, it’s cerMARCH 21-27, 2018

tainly not as daft. Yet, as before, its greatest strength rests with its leading lady. 19 TRIAD STAGE announced their 20182019 season lineup on March 13. The theatre’s 18th season has a few changes to come while continuing to premiere new productions and supply their interpretations of classic plays and musicals. 22 March 14 at 10 a.m., middle and high school students from Penn-Griffin School for the Arts in High Point walked out of class in PROTEST of gun violence. With the most recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida, students across the nation walked out of class last Wednesday in protest and are demanding action for gun control legislation. 25 Last Monday, Senator RICHARD BURR announced that he was donating all of his official papers to his alma mater, Wake Forest University. During his presentation, Burr said the collection is for, “all who are passionate to lead.” I hope that’s the case, but the sad irony is that Burr has spent his entire political career failing to lead.


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FIRESIDE COLLECTIVE FRIDAY FRI 23 GATEWAY GALLERY TO PRESENT “MASTERPIECES” WHAT: Gateway Gallery will open the exhibition and art sale, Masterpieces with a reception on Friday, March 23, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00p.m. The show and sale will feature works of original art, fine crafts, and cards, with a special hands-on art activity by Sawtooth School for Visual Arts. Enjoy live music featuring the Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble. WHEN: 5 p.m. WHERE: The Enrichment Center. 1006 S. Marshall Street, Winston-Salem. MORE: Free entry.

FRI 23 FIRESIDE COLLECTIVE WHAT: Winners of the 2016 Merlefest Band Competition, and finalists in the legendary Telluride Bluegrass Band competition, Fireside Collective from Asheville, NC is quickly blazing a name for themselves as a must-see progressive acoustic ensemble. Formed in 2014, Fireside is a group of acoustic music enthusiasts who blend elements of traditional bluegrass and American roots music with modern acoustic arrangements. WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Little Brother Brewing. 348 South Elm Street, Greensboro. MORE: $7 tickets.

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KRISH MOHAN & ANDREW FRANK WHAT: Andrew Frank is a comedian based out of Chicago. His cerebral, imaginative style and relentless ethic have earned him three nationwide tours spanning a total of 42 cities. Krish Mohan is a socially conscious, Indian standup comedian and writer who regularly tours the country. He performs at small theaters, bars, comedy clubs, colleges and venues with his quirky attitude, charming personality, and intelligent humor. WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: The Idiot Box Comedy Club. 2134 Lawndale Dr., Greensboro. MORE: $10 tickets.

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WHAT: The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in partnership with the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center and Clean Air Carolina bring a multi-story public art light installation in downtown Winston-Salem ending March 24. The display is free and open to the public. Best viewing is the corner of West 4th Street and Spruce Street beginning at dusk. WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: Stevens Center at UNC School of the Arts. 405 West Fourth Street, WinstonSalem MORE: Free event.

WHAT: The Harlem Globetrotters are legendary worldwide, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills for the past 91 years. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. WHEN: 3 p.m. WHERE: Greensboro Coliseum Complex, 1921 West Gate City Boulevard, Greensboro. MORE: $15+ tickets.

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On March 21 for World Down Syndrome Awareness Day, (as the date 3/21 represents the three 21-chromosomes that characterize people with Down Syndrome) 25 or more parents will go to Tried and True Tattoo in Greensboro to get a “lucky few” tattoo for $60. The lucky few tattoo is composed of three chevronarrows pointing forward. “The three arrows symbolize the three 21st chromosomes and how we rise up and move forward,” Lindsay Laney, member of the Down Syndrome Network of Greater Greensboro wrote in an email. “We fly the highest after we have been pulled back and stretched, sometimes even more we think we can bear.” YES! Weekly was notified of this event from Amanda Leasure Pinnix via Facebook messenger. She wrote that she and her husband are getting the tattoo because their 7-month-old daughter has Down Syndrome. Korey Hickling, who is getting the tattoo in support of her 7-year-old son, Jack, is on the board of directors for DSNGG. “We decided as a group, as the Down Syndrome Network, to make it a parent



day,” Hickling said. “We said ‘why not go in celebration with World Down Syndrome day?’ So we are all doing them together.” Hickling said this tattooing event is all about raising awareness for Down Syndrome. She said one of the goals for DSNGG is to bring families together “to make sure that they know they are not alone.” Hickling said one of the reasons for the tattooing event is for parents who are getting a lucky few tattoo to have a visual representation of fellowship with one another. “Children with Down Syndrome are not always completely included in their communities, and we are trying to change that,” she said. “I think that having a tattoo that somebody might be like ‘oh what is that about?’ It will be a conversation starter, and you can say ‘well, this is for my son Jack because he has Down Syndrome.” Hickling said she hopes the tattoo will create conversations and hopes that those conversations will lead to creating more opportunities for children with Down Syndrome. For more information about DSNGG, visit !

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NCDOT TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING MARCH 22 FOR THE PROPOSED GRADE SEPARATION AT HILLTOP ROAD (S.R. 1424) RAIL CROSSING (722361Y) IN GUILFORD COUNTY TIP PROJECT NO. P-5713 The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting regarding the proposed grade separation at the Hilltop Road (S.R. 1424) rail crossing (722361Y) of the Norfolk Southern “Main” Line, in Guilford County. The purpose of this project is to improve operations and safety at the crossing. The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 22 at the Korean United Methodist Church located at 2504 E. Woodlyn Way in Greensboro from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Interested citizens may attend at any time during the meeting hours. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and receive comments regarding the project. Please note that no formal presentation will be made. All comments received will be taken into consideration as the project progresses. As information becomes available, it may be viewed online at the NCDOT Public Meeting Website: publicmeetings Anyone desiring additional information may contact Gregory Blakeney, NCDOT, Senior Rail Project Development Engineer, at 1553 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699, by telephone at (919) 7074717 or by email at Comments should be submitted by April 30, 2018. 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 Tamara Makhlouf via email at or by phone at (919) 7076072 as early as possible, so that these 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. MARCH 21-27, 2018 YES! WEEKLY


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umplings. You can find them in the freezer section of the grocery store, in the appetizer section of an average menu, or at May Way Dumplings, an authentic, cheap Jennifer Zeleski Asian restaurant in Winston-Salem. See, we are not Contributor at a disadvantage in the Triad. For as much as we love barbecue and biscuits, we have plenty of international food that is noteworthy and can satisfy almost any palette. What we have lacked, on the other hand, is a specific location to get delectable dumplings. I would never reach as far to say that I am a connoisseur of dumplings, but I have become quite fond them, and I have discovered that great


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dumplings are a lot like great french fries. Although you can find them in a variety of places, they are better when they are fresh, fried in hot oil, and prepared for you with ingredients you cannot identify, or methods you do not have access to at home. I decided to stop by May Way Dumplings during my most-recent visit to WinstonSalem, and it turned out to be exactly what I thought our international food scene was lacking.

The restaurant is compact and nondescriptive, tucked into a corner of Reynolda Village. It has two dainty tables outside that looks large when compared to the two inside, with only a few seats at the counter facing the small, entirely stainless-steel kitchen. If you tally up the potential seating options indoors and outdoors, it maxes out at around 12. Although I found the small size endearing, it could be a real frustration during high-volume meal times. Once I got past the size of the overall establishment, the menu was my primary focus. There was a stack of faded paper menus, similar to the ones that end up in your kitchen cabinet with no recollection of how they got there, and a laminated version taped to the counter with small pictures of each item. I opted for the visual to try and get a grasp on what my meal might look like. I knew I couldn’t solely indulge in dumplings for lunch regardless of how much I wanted to. Somewhere in my head, I reminded myself of portion control with

the same mentality as going through the drive-thru to order only McDonalds french fries, but then magically ending up with two empty larges, and you find yourself picking up the extras from the greasespotted bottom of the bag. Dumplings were meant to be savored, not devoured like an animal. There were two fairly normal options for the dumplings: pan-fried chicken and pan-fried pork. Each portion consisted of six dumplings, and although the menu didn’t specify, you could also opt for them steamed. I tend to prefer them that way, simply because I think you can taste more of the filling’s flavor, but I decided to try the pan-fried when I noticed one of the employees frying each dumpling by hand over a hot plate, flipping them with a pair of wooden chopsticks. It was the chicken for me, and an order of the pan-fried pork dumplings for my boyfriend Peyton. Like I said before, I couldn’t let us simply stuff ourselves with dumplings, so we ordered a hot steamed pork bun, a bowl of hot and sour soup, and peach buns for


“dessert” instead of sweet boba tea. The remainder of the menu was reminiscent of dim sum restaurants I have visited before, with very low prices and several smaller options. I made a mental note to try one of the cold noodle dishes in the future, intrigued by their ingredients and flavor combinations. The options were sesame, “sweet, sour & spicy” and MaLa cold noodles. Our order was placed after our choices were circled in pencil by the cashier, and totaled a whopping $20 for the two of us. We could have easily spent $20 elsewhere for lunch in Winston-Salem or on pricey cups of coffee, but this was worth a shot. Each of our items was served in a disposable carton, with plastic utensils and chopsticks. The dumplings, as well as the steaming pork bun, was on top of a sticky brown sauce. I worried if I didn’t eat the dumplings quick enough that they would become soggy or over-saturated with the sauce, but once I took the first bite, I knew they wouldn’t last long enough for that to become an issue. The sauce itself was very sweet but hardly thick or overwhelming. Peyton compared it to teriyaki thinned with soy sauce, and that like the closest description we could agree on. The chicken dumplings were savory enough to counteract the sugary flavor of the sauce, but the pork had a subtle sweetness that complemented it rather than contrasted it. The dumplings were gone after what seemed like a few bites, and their crunchy outer-shell ended up protecting them from absorbing too much of the sauce. The steamed pork bun didn’t meet the same fate. The bun should probably be eaten quickly otherwise, especially since it will cool down inside once you take a bite, but its soft, chewy exterior was the perfect culprit for picking up too much sauce over time. If you opt for one of the buns or the steamed dumplings, I would consider asking for the sauce on the side. Rather than soaking up the sauce, the pork had a good flavor, and the texture of the steamed bun made you wish more barbecue sandwiches came with squishy, satisfying rolls rather than dried-out bread. I am not sure if it was something I would order on my own, but it was notable. To my surprise, I was almost more impressed with the hot and sour soup and peach buns than the dumplings themselves. After saving the crunchiest dumpling for last, Peyton and I split the bowl of hot and sour soup, which featured tofu, small pieces of egg floating in the broth, and a very salty yet spicy flavor. It was exactly the kind of soup you would crave when you’re feeling under the weather but tired of plain-old chicken noodle. If you’re not a fan of tofu, there was just enough WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

that you could avoid it and let it sink to the bottom. The broth’s overall flavor is what had us savoring every last spoonful, and the spicy aftertaste lingered even after the styrofoam container was empty. The peach buns were Instagram-worthy, not because of their flavor, but because they looked like tangible peach emojis that were somehow edible. Sadly, their adorable appearance was where the likeness to peaches ended. The “dessert” consisted of two steamed buns filled with red bean paste that was so sweet it was almost candy-like. Although the paste’s texture was somewhat unappealing, it was a nice way to counteract the saltiness of the hot and sour soup, and an interesting choice for an additional $1.75. I most likely wouldn’t order them again unless it was for the fun of it. Overall, I was very impressed with May Way Dumplings. I couldn’t be more pleased that there is a standalone restaurant in the Triad specifically serving dumplings, but also one that offers other delicious entrees to accompany them. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day except Sunday when they close 30 minutes early. This meal may not be as common as your normal McDonald’s stop, but May Way’s stacks of styrofoam containers and a two-man team could make it just as efficient and a more favorable, economic lunch option. Don’t fret take-out lovers, it might get a little messy, but dumplings can be eaten with your hands even quicker than eating them with chopsticks. ! 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 from High Point University.



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Greensboro seeks artists to paint water dome


he big white dome at the intersection of Battleground and Benjamin in Greensboro may soon become more colorful. That proposed transforIan McDowell mation is why, if you have experience Contributing painting murals on large convex extericolumnist ors, the city wants to hear from you. Greensboro Parks & Recreation and Water Resources are seeking artists to create a mural on the storage tank of the Mitchell Water Treatment Plant at 1041 Battleground Ave. On March 19, city arts & events superintendent Joshua Sherrick issued a Request for Artistic Proposals for this project, which is slated to begin on April 25 and has a firm completion date of Sept. 1. The RFP states that applicants “should


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have significant experience with large format murals and must be capable of working on curved surfaces” up to 10 feet in height. The chosen applicant will receive $15,000. According to the RFP, all required materials and equipment, including a boom lift, will be provided to the artist or team whose proposal for a “creative” and “modern” mural is accepted. The RFP also states: “The mural is being commissioned . . . in order to support, focus, and convey a message pertaining to how important water is to the quality of life we enjoy.” Initial proposals are due by noon on April 6 and must be submitted electronically to joshua.sherrick@greensboro-nc. gov. To qualify, all proposals must include a typed letter of interest or resume of no more than two pages, describing the art-

ist’s vision for this project and conveying the environmental message that “water is life.” Other requirements include a detailed description of the applicant’s experience with public art projects, including (if applicable) wide/large format mural work on a tank surface. The artists are requested to describe how they “will assure that the overall style of the work will add to the visual experience of the residents of Greensboro and visitors to the city.” Descriptions of the anticipated use of materials and “relevant experience of artist’s use of various paint and media on previous murals” are also required, as are maintenance expectations for the permanent installation. The RFP also states that applicants should submit, if available, up to five images of prior work in JPEG format, and include “a chronological list that corresponds to the images and provide the location and date of installation of the work.” City staff will screen the initial proposals before passing them on to a Public Art Review committee, who will choose three finalists. On April 17, those finalists will be chosen and notified, and each of the three artists or artist teams will be awarded a $500 honorarium. The three selected finalists must then submit design proposals no later than April 23, at 5 p.m. These proposals can be submitted electronically to the aforementioned email address, or a hard copy can be submitted to the attention of Joshua Sherrick at the Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie St., Suite 101. The three finalists’ design proposals must include a “vector image of the proposed work” and a project budget “including travel (if any), artist fee, installation,

equipment operator’s certification (if utilized) and insurance.” The RFP states that the selection committee “is not bound to select the Artist who proposes the lowest fees or the most benefits for services” and that other factors, including “ability, capacity and enthusiasm to provide the services required in this project in a professional and timely fashion” and the artist or team’s “social media presence” will be taken into consideration. The three finalists’ proposals will be evaluated by the City of Greensboro’s Design Selection Committee, which according to the RFP will be “comprised of city staff, members of the community, representatives from local businesses and local art evaluators.” The chosen artist or artist team will be announced on April 25. That artist or artist team will be expected to “exchange dialogue regarding final concept and design intentions, give feedback, and complete the contracting process” by May 9, which is the date by which the final project design is due, “with a firm installation completion deadline of September 1, 2018.” The concrete tank is 124 feet in diameter and has “a three layer Sherwin-Williams coating system.” The RFP states that potential artists should be aware that the structure “contains access hatches, vents, and a platform for holding pumps and other penetrations on the domed surface.” A PDF of the complete four-page RFP, which includes Google link to aerial views of the site, can be obtained from joshua. ! 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.


Daniel Roebuck’s state of Grace With over 200 film and television credits (and counting), Daniel Roebuck has considerable experience, but Getting Grace is perhaps the most special of all – because it’s his baby all the way. Mark Burger Not only is he the star, but he’s Contributing also the director, producer and screencolumnist writer. He found the property. He raised the funding. He found the location (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania – from which he hails). He hammered out the logistics. He brought in friends and called in favors. “When they talk about an independent film, this was truly an independent film,” said Roebuck, traveling from city to city to promote the film on a screening tour that came to Greensboro last week. Getting Grace will be released nationwide March 23, with additional theaters being added March 30, including the Regal Grande Stadium 16 in Greensboro and the Regal Palladium Stadium 14 in High Point. The title character, Grace (Madelyn Dundon), is a bright, perceptive teenager stricken with terminal cancer. Grace refuses to let her condition diminish her spirit or spunk, a trait her single mother Venus (Marsha Dietlin) tries, not always successfully, to emulate. Grace has questions about death, and who better to ask than Bill Jankowski (Roebuck), the uptight director of the local funeral home? Just to be on the safe side, she also consults a local minister (Duane Whitaker) and a best-selling selfhelp author (Dana Ashbrook). But it’s the relationship between Grace and Bill, whose bluster masks his own hidden grief, that forms the centerpiece of the film, particularly when Grace tries to steer him and Venus into a relationship, even as her health flags. Roebuck, whose diverse credits include the indifferent teen murderer in River’s Edge (1987), legal eagle Cliff Lewis on the final three seasons of “Matlock,” dogged federal marshal Bobby Biggs in The Fugitive (1993) and U.S. Marshals (1998), and a combustible Jay Leno in the acclaimed HBO adaptation of The Late Shift (1996), is unstinting in his praise for Dundon, whose first feature this is. “Maddie is magical. She’s not a triple threat; she’s a quadruple threat. She WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

dances. She sings. She acts. She can play Shakespeare. She is crazy talented. I directed her father in a play when he was 13 – can you believe that? – so I’ve known the family for years. She will be a movie star. But I’d like to brag, if I may, about all the child actors – none of whom had done much, if any, acting before.” The genesis for Getting Grace (which was originally titled Bending Spoons) goes back nearly a decade, when Roebuck read the screenplay, the first by Jeff Lewis, a prison guard in Saginaw, Michigan. “I was so taken with the idea,” Roebuck recalls. “All the basic elements were there. It was funny. It was moving. The characters just jumped off the page. I knew this was something special. He rewrote it, I rewrote it, he rewrote it … I couldn’t have done it without Jeff.” (That Roebuck’s first-born is named Grace was also a happy coincidence.) Although a faith-based film, Roebuck did not want those elements to overwhelm Getting Grace. “I wanted it to be an allegory,” he said. “I didn’t want it to be heavy-handed. I just want people to recognize that there’s a God. He’s here for all of us. God’s grace is available to all of us. That’s it.” At last year’s Northeast Film Festival (held annually in Teaneck, New Jersey), Getting Grace made a strong showing, winning awards for Best Feature Film, Best Director of a Feature Film, Best Actress in a Feature Film and the Audience Choice Award, with nominations for Best Actor in a Feature Film, Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film (Dietlein), Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film (both Dana Ashbrook and Duane Whitaker), and Best Screenplay. Even a cursory glance at the credits indicates that Getting Grace was very much a family and a community project. “There were a lot of Roebucks,” he laughs, “and they work for free!” Filming in Bethlehem was a homecoming. “Bethlehem and Lehigh Valley partnered with us. That’s the only way I can put it. I wanted to make a love letter to where I come from, and I think we did that. God’s hand guided us the whole way.”

There’s even a memorable sequence filmed at Roadside America, the popular tourist destination in Shartlesville, Pennsylvania, that bills itself as “the world’s greatest indoor miniature village.” During production, Roebuck’s son Buster, who plays young Bill in flashbacks, finally admitted that, having either visited or heard about Roadside America so many times, he couldn’t stand the place. “How can you be a good American if you don’t like Roadside America?” Laughs Roebuck. “Try as you might, sometimes you just can’t get your kids to love the same things you do!” It would be remiss not to ask Roebuck about working with Andy Griffith on “Matlock,” and he’s happy to, as he considered

him both friend and mentor. “There was no one like him,” Roebuck said. “Those were truly, truly, truly the best three years of my life. Andy was a very smart, cultured man and he trusted me. I’m so lucky to have spent time with him.” Although Hollywood is home, Bethlehem is where Roebuck’s heart remains – to say nothing of his sports loyalties. A die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan, he remembers his family spending hardearned money for season tickets during seasons when the team was mired in mediocrity year after year. Thus, the outcome of Super Bowl LII in February was very sweet indeed. “We deserved it, we earned it, it was meant to be,” he declares. “No disrespect to New England fans, it was just, finally, our time.” The official Getting Grace website is

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Winston-Salem singer/songwriter tells stories that resonate in the political moment


ashavelly Morrison has led three separate artistic lives. She started out as a dancer, studied ballet from the time she was a child, spent years at John Adamian the North Carolina @johnradamian School of the Arts and moved on to several regional Contributor ballet companies in Texas and Virginia. Morrison, 36, also earned an advanced degree in creative writing, drawing on her childhood in West Virginia to craft historical fiction set in coal-mining towns in the 1920s. Her main creative focus these days is as a singer/songwriter, but


she draws on insights from both dance and fiction-writing to inform her musicmaking. Taking the idea of a deep, bodily connection to the music from dance while using elements of history, character and narrative that are central to creative writing, Morrison’s songs are built on visceral stories. Morrison and her collaborator (and husband), the guitarist Ryan Macleod, along with their four-piece band, play a March 25 show at Winston-Salem’s Muddy Creek Music Hall, at which they’ll debut a batch of new material. The songs will be featured on a forthcoming album that Morrison and Macleod are in the process of finishing up and preparing to shop around to labels. “This show is kind of a sneak peek of the album,” Morrison said. “Most of the songs I don’t really think have been heard by anybody.”



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These songs are different from the material that Morrison released on her haunting Americana-tinged 2015 album The Kingdom Belongs To A Child. “It’s louder, it’s more bold,” said Morrison of the difference between the forthcoming record and her debut. Morrison and Macleod, who live in Winston-Salem, had their second child early last year, which caused the two to press pause on the album as they shifted focus to nurture an infant. The bulk of the new songs were written before the 2016 presidential election, but Morrison said the material is strangely topical, with songs that touch on themes of gun violence, sexual harassment and human rights. “Our first album was a lot of sadness,” Morrison said. “Now I feel like there’s this productive anger.” Throughout her music-making endeavors, Morrison has often been driven by different kinds of what you’d have to call trauma. She first started writing songs while recovering from a painful spine injury, a dance injury that essentially drove her to rethink her ballet career. “I kind of flailed around for a while,” she said. “I didn’t really know what to do with myself. That’s when I started writing songs.” She moved to New York City for a few years in the summer of 2001. Morrison found a supportive network of fellow young artists from the UNCSA also trying to make careers in the city. She bounced musical ideas off of them. Morrison said her first efforts as a songwriter were “not worth hearing.” But her training as a dancer may have given her the stamina to persevere and struggle to master a technique or a form, to get inside music from a non-theoretical angle. “When I was a dancer, I studied classical pieces backwards and forwards — I memorized them,” Morrison said. “We would dance to a piece by Mozart and Bach, and we would count it and we would embody it. That was my musical training.” The idea of ownership of one’s body — and of all-around personal autonomy — is something that comes up in different ways in Morrison’s songs. “Long-Haired Mare,” off her first record, is a song that tells of rape and murder, but with surprising twists and familial ties. Another song is about having a miscarriage. The songs are slow and death-haunted, with a connection to that morbid strain of old-time music and murder ballads. Morrison’s singing is delicate, radiating both ache and strength. As a songwriter, Morrison said she often becomes obsessed with songs she admires, playing them constantly, internalWWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

izing the structure, details and peculiar melodic shifts. Then, when she’s ready to write, Morrison intuitively transmutes all of that into something that’s wholly her own. Often reworking her material relentlessly, so that there are dramatically different versions of some of her songs. She’s drawn deep inspiration from the songs of writers as diverse as Gillian Welch, Lefty Frizzell and Martha Wainwright. If there’s a through-line there, it might be the importance of story and character. Despite the weight of many of the songs on Morrison’s first record, she sees a type of triumph in the stories they tell. “I don’t think it’s an album of victimhood,” she said. “I feel like it’s an album of escaping victimhood.” Simply avoiding being hurt, taken advantage of or being disenfranchised might not be enough, given the political movements swelling since the 2016 election. Taking action, forcing change, speaking out, and standing up to abuses of power — these are more in line with the political mindset of the moment. “This album is really calling out people who oppress and subjugate other people, and feed themselves off the backs of the masses,” Morrison said. “People might think of it as political, I don’t know, but it’s more than that to me.” It’s a cliche, perhaps, but the personal is political, and how we behave as individuals, to one another, has repercussions in the world. But beyond that, Morrison’s songs are about morality. She has questions to ask people about prevalent religious hypocrisy: “Do you really believe in human rights or do you not?” What’s the relationship between claiming to emulate Jesus and at the same time working to break up families and cause suffering for others? And if you don’t appreciate being interrogated by a singer or having your own values held up to scrutiny by artists, well, tough. These days, as mellow as her music might sometimes sound, Morrison isn’t solely trying to make people feel at ease. “I am not going to let myself be this people-pleaser anymore.” ! 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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218 South Fayetteville St. | 336.610.3722 Mar 24: Graymatter Mar 31: Robert Mabe Band Apr 6: Wolfie Calhoun Apr 7: Bear Stevens Apr 13: The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers Apr 14: Shiloh Hill Apr 20: Casey Noel Apr 21: Robert Mabe



6000 Meadowbrook Mall Ct | 336.448.5330 Mar 23: DJ Bald-E Mar 24: AudioClypse Mar 30: DJ Bald-E Mar 31: Lisa Redding Saint Band Apr 7: DRB Apr 20: Whiskey Mic


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2900 Patterson St #A | 336.632.9889 Mar 23: 1-2-3 Friday Mar 27: The Contortionist, Silent Planet, Skyharbor, Strawberry Girls Apr 7: Maxo Kream Apr 22: Tesseract, Plini, Astronoid May 8: The Wonder Years. Tigers Jaw, Tiny Moving Parts, Worriers

ARTISTIKA NIGHT CLUB 523 S Elm St | 336.271.2686 Mar 23: DJ Dan the Player Mar 24: DJ Paco and DJ Dan the Player


120 Stage Coach Tr. | 336.292.2211 May 13: Stephen Freeman: Elvis Tribute Jun 30: Wonderwall: A Tribute to The Beatles


505 N. Greene St Mar 23: Mix Tape Mar 24: James Vincent Carroll Mar 30: Leather and Lace


1819 Spring Garden St | 336.272.9888 Mar 22: Rings of Saturn: The Dank Memes Tour 2018, Nekrogoblikon, Allegaeon, Entheos, Gautama Mar 23: Radio Romance w/ Jay Liddle Mar 24: Cosmic Charlie Mar 25: Talib Kweli, Ed E. Ruger Mar 27: Watain, Destroyer 666 Mar 28: Fruition w/ Daniel Edward Rodriguez of Elephant Revival Mar 29: Lettuce, Maddy O’Neal

Mar 30: We Came As Romans, The Plot In You, Oceans Ate Alaska, Currents, Tempting Fate Mar 31: Create ft. Phase One & Warez w/ Ouza, R3x0r, Makak Apr 5: Fortunate Youth w/ Ballyhoo!, Tatanka Apr 7: Aweminus Thot Elimination Tour, Crowell, Snakko, Psydubz, zyven, Skeyeview Apr 8: Mike Carr Memorial Jam w/ Nathan Pope Band, Lawyers, Guns and Money, Wristband, The B-Sides Apr 10: Bit Brigade performs The Legend Of zelda Apr 12: Toubab Krewe Live w/ Africa Unplugged Apr 13: A Tribute To Nirvana Apr 14: Keller Williams Apr 15: Tunes And Trucks Festival Apr 19: Little Big Town Afterparty w/ Corey Hunt Band Apr 20: 420 Party w/ Imperial Blend


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NCDOT TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING MARCH 26 NCDOT TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING FOR THE PROPOSED INTERCHANGE IMPROVEMENTS AT U.S. 29 AND REEDY FORK PARKWAY (S.R. 4771) IN GUILFORD COUNTY TIP PROJECT NO. R-4707 The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting to present the selected alternative for the proposed interchange improvements at U.S. 29 and Reedy Fork Parkway (S.R. 4771), in Guilford County. The meeting will be held on Monday, March 26 at the Bryan Park Golf and Conference Center located at 6275 Bryan Park Road in Greensboro from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Interested citizens may attend at any time during the meeting hours. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and receive comments regarding the project. Please note that no formal presentation will be made. All comments received will be taken into consideration as the project progresses. As information becomes available, it may be viewed online at the NCDOT Public Meeting Website: Anyone desiring additional information may contact Ahmad Al-Sharawneh, NCDOT, Project Manager, at 1582 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699, by telephone at (919) 707-6010 or by email at Comments should be submitted by April 26, 2018. 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 Tamara Makhlouf via email at or by phone at (919) 7076072 as early as possible, so that these 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 1-800481-6494. MArch 21-27, 2018 YES! WEEKLY



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NCDOT TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING MARCH 22 NCDOT TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING FOR THE PROPOSED WIDENING OF N.C. 66 (OLD HOLLOW ROAD) FROM HARLEY DRIVE TO U.S. 158 (REIDSVILLE ROAD) IN FORSYTH COUNTY TIP PROJECT NO. U-5824 The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting regarding proposed widening of N.C. 66 (Old Hollow Road) from Harley Drive to U.S. 158 (Reidsville Road), in Forsyth County. The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 22, at Morris Chapel United Methodist Church, 2715 Darrow Road in Walkertown from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Interested citizens may attend at any time during the meeting hours. NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and receive comments regarding the project. Please note that no formal presentation will be made. All comments received will be taken into consideration as the project progresses. As information becomes available, it may be viewed online at the NCDOT Public Meeting Website: Anyone desiring additional information may contact Brett Abernathy, P.E., NCDOT, Division Project Development Engineer, at 375 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston Salem, NC 27127, (336) 747-7800 or jbabernathy@ Comments should be submitted by April 23, 2018. 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 Tamara Makhlouf via email at or by phone at (919) 7076072 as early as possible, so that these arrangements can be made. Persons who speak Spanish who 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 1-800481-6494.


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118 E Main St | 336.207.1999 Mar 23: the Plaids Mar 24: Jill Goodson Band Mar 30: hip Pocket Mar 31: Jukebox Revolver Apr 6: Jukebox Junkie Apr 7: Brothers Pearl Apr 13: the dickens Apr 14: Soul central


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FoothillS BREwinG 638 W 4th St | 336.777.3348 Mar 24: the Fustics Mar 25: Sunday Jazz Mar 28: Redleg husky Apr 1: Sunday Jazz Apr 8: Sunday Jazz

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4926 Country Club Rd | 336.529.6230 Mar 22: darrell hoots Mar 23: Stephen henson, James vincent carroll Mar 24: Jamaican Johnny, whiskey Mic Mar 26: Jukebox Johnny Mar 30: Stephen henson, Eddie & will Mar 31: the invaders

MillEnniuM cEntER 101 West 5th Street | 336.723.3700 April 14: kaleidoscope Ball


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Heroine thrills: Alicia Vikander superior to storyline


ngelina Jolie proved to be a dynamic Lara Croft in her two cinematic at-bats, but 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider — The Cradle of Life were so daft and derivative that they did the actress no favors. Now comes the inevitable reboot, and while Tomb Raider ( ) might be every bit as derivative as its antecedents, it’s certainly not as daft. Yet, as before, its greatest strength rests with its leading lady. Like Jolie, Alicia Vikander is also a Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner electing to exercise her physical side. But her Lara Croft is a far cry from Jolie’s more confident and muscular heroine. Vikander’s take on the role is less “Wonder Woman” and more “Everywoman,” and it’s an interesting reversal of expectations that provides the picture with additional resonance. The plot finds Lara heading off to unknown territories to locate her father


(Dominic West), who’s been MIA for seven years. She acquires a friend in a drunken sea captain (solid Daniel Wu), lands an enemy in a vicious slave driver (snoozy Walton Goggins), and becomes involved in the effort to open the final resting place of an ancient queen who had the power to destroy people simply by touching them.

It’s all rather pedestrian, but director Roar Uthaug does manage to stage a couple of exciting action set-pieces that rise above the expected clutter (one involving a storm, the other a waterfall). Still, it’s Vikander who’s primarily responsible for the picture’s limited success. She transforms Lara Croft into a person who becomes extraordinary despite her relative ordinariness. When Lara sustains an injury (and she collects contusions the way some people collect stamps), there’s no stiff upper lip at work here — she cries out in a manner that makes us wince. When she’s dangling over some precipice, there’s no instant flexing of the muscles that lifts her out of harm’s way — she has to draw strength from every millimeter of her body to hoist herself out of her precarious predicament. For a character who began life as a video game avatar, she’s quite human — and certainly more so than the protagonists in past videogame adaptations (including the hero played by Vikander’s real-life husband, Michael Fassbender, in the 2016 debacle Assassin’s Creed). If a sequel to Tomb Raider gets greenlit, let’s hope the focus is on crafting a better storyline. Because Lara Croft herself needs no upgrade. IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO PREDICT what real-life stories will capture the fancy of an inquisitive teen, and one of mine was the saga of Air France Flight 139, which was hijacked during the summer of 1976 by Palestinian and German terrorists and allowed to set down at Uganda’s Entebbe Airport with the permission of the brutal dictator Idi Amin. Since the passengers were mostly Jewish, it was up to Israeli commandos to attempt to rescue them in

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a daring raid that was labeled Operation Thunderbolt. My interest in this historical event was perhaps stirred by the fact that it was largely a rebuke of Murphy’s Law, a rare instance of things ultimately going right in a world in which everything mostly gets messed up (as had happened with a previous terrorist siege, the Munich massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics). At any rate, my fascination was pronounced enough that I not only read books and delivered a school paper on the subject but also caught all three cinematic renditions: Israel’s 1977 Operation Thunderbolt, a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee starring Klaus Kinski and Sybil Danning, 1976’s Victory at Entebbe, a made-for-T.V. movie with Anthony Hopkins and Elizabeth Taylor, and 1977’s Raid on Entebbe, another made-for-T.V. flick, this one headlining Charles Bronson and Peter Finch. Belatedly joining the party is the new drama 7 Days in Entebbe ( ), which is different from its predecessors in that it spends more time analyzing the mindsets of its terrorists — or at least the two German ones, played with the proper levels of intensity by Rosamund Pike and Daniel Brühl. This version also digs deeper into the political strife between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (Lior Ashkenazi), who hopes for a peaceful resolution, and Minister of Defense Shimon Peres (Eddie Marsan), who supports a more aggressive approach. 7 Days in Entebbe is absorbing for much of its running time, maintaining interest as it cuts back and forth between the terrorists, the hostages, and the government suits. It’s only during the home stretch that the picture largely falls apart, with thoughtful exchanges eventually crowded out by bombastic speeches meant to dot the “i” and cross the “t” of every moral position championed by the film. Worse, a time-wasting subplot about the relationship between an Israeli commando (Ben Schnetzer) and his dancer girlfriend (Zina Zinchenko) inexplicably grows in prominence as the picture progresses, and the rescue operation — a sequence that should have audiences on the edges of their seats — is destroyed by interspersing its particulars with moments from a theatrical dance production. It’s an unfortunate turn of events, because a movie that should have struck with all the force of a thunderbolt instead seems content with distributing a firm rap on the knuckles. !




Triad Stage announces 2018-2019 season lineup


riad Stage announced their 2018-2019 season lineup on March 13. The theatre’s 18th season has a few changes to come while continuing to Jessica Clifford premiere new productions and supply Contributor their interpretations of classic plays and musicals. “We will be scaling back our programming in [Winston-Salem],” said Tiffany Albright, the marketing manager of Triad Stage. “And going on a learning tour to talk to the community and to really find out what role we can play for them.” Albright said Triad Stage wants to find the best balance of programming for the Winston-Salem community. To do that, Triad Stage wants more community involvement in future decision making. The lineup will start Sept. 9-30 with the third most published book in the world – Agatha Christie’s, And Then There Were None, at the Pyrle Theater. The mystery/thriller features 10 strangers who are sent to an island, each for their criminal past. The group is cut-off from society after severe weather changes, spurring a one-by-one killing spree. Everyone is set for death. “We’ve done mysteries; we’re really well known for them – we do them quite well – but, we have never done any of [Agatha Christie’s] work,” Albright said. “It’s a story people really know, but we will hope to reinterpret.” Triad Stage will then turn to Shakespeare for only the second time since its inception. From Oct. 28-Nov.18, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will run. The classic is about forbidden love, forcing the two to run away into a nearby forest. Mystical things occur in the forest, orienting the couple’s lives in new directions. “Because Preston isn’t really steeped in Shakespeare, he’s going to bring a really fresh perspective to it,” Albright said, speaking about the founding artistic director, Preston Lane. In December, the Pyrle Theater will not run a Christmas show; instead, the only holiday-themed show will be produced at WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

the Hanesbrands. For the sixth year running, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens will run from Nov. 23-Dec. 24. The holiday classic shows Ebenezer Scrooge on the night he meets three spirits – one from the past, present, and future – to remind him of the humanity in everyone. Starting in January 2019 is the North Carolina premiere of Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder’s White Lightning at the Pyrle Theater from Jan. 27-Feb. 17, 2019. Wilder, an Alabama native, follows Triad Stage’s tradition to share Southern voices and playwrights. The play is set during the early days of NASCAR in the South, where a man finds himself running moonshine and racing cars. He has a chance to win, both a race and a woman. After producing August Wilson’s Fences two seasons ago, Triad Stage will produce another Wilson play titled Two Trains Running from March 10-31, 2019 at the Pyrle Theater. “It was such a powerful experience for our company and for our audiences,” said Albright, referencing Fences. “We’re really excited to bring another Wilson production back.” Two Trains Running is set in 1969, during the civil rights movement in Pittsburg. A man’s diner, the locale for people to talk freely, is now in the way and the lives of those customers are about to change. To end the 18th season is the musical based on Cervantes’ novel, “Don Quixote,” titled Man of La Mancha by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion. This play is set to run from April 28-May 26, 2019 at the Pyrle Theater. Lane is highly anticipating this production. “As I have grown older, my love for this play has only deepened,” he said. The play is set during the Spanish Inquisition. The author is in prison awaiting trial by the Inquisitor, and soon retells a story of a knight named Don Quixote who is trying to obtain his dream. Season passes are on sale now and start at $80, while single ticket sales begin in August. “We hope people will come out and join us,” Albright said. “It’s going to be a really incredible season. We will have some really big shows.” ! JESSICA CLIFFORD is a senior at UNCG, majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in English.

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[PLAYBILL] by Heather Dukes On April 29 through May 20, Triad Stage will be presenting The Passion of Teresa Rae King, a scandalous thriller by Preston Lane at The Pyrle Theater in Greensboro. According to the website, “Triad Stage returns to Hawboro, this time to the wrong side of the tracks. A young woman beleaguered by her husband and terrorized by her mother-in-law finds comfort in the arms of another man. They carry out a plot meant to free Teresa, but the repercussions of their actions haunt them and threaten to drive them to madness. Join Triad Stage for this World Premiere loosely inspired by Émile Zola’s novel Thérèse Raquin.” This play is for mature audiences. On April 13, 15 and April 19-22 The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem will be presenting Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein, “a celebration of songs that have become a part of our lives. Featuring show-stopping Broadway numbers from Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, and more from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.” On April 27, at 7 p.m., and April 29, at 5 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church,

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Wait times at emergency rooms are notoriously long, and Danny Konieczny’s experience was no different on March 6 at The Villages Chuck Shepherd Hospital in The Villages, Florida. The Lady Lake resident, 61, was at home earlier in the day when a neighbor called 911 to report Konieczny was drunk and suicidal. According to WOFL TV, first responders took him to the hospital, where he waited for two hours to see a doctor before getting exasperated and stealing an ambulance to drive home. Konieczny parked the ambulance in the driveway of the neighbor he thought had called the police about him, and when Lake County Sheriff’s investigators tracked him down, they found Konieczny curled up in the trunk of his own car in his garage. Konieczny was put on no-bond status because he is still on probation from a 2017 drunk driving charge.

AN ESCALATING SITUATION Things went from bad to worse for 30-year-old Isaac Bonsu on March 6 when he was charged in Alexandria, Virginia, with felony hit-and-run involving an unlikely victim. Fairfax County Police pulled Bonsu over for an equipment violation, but he apparently forgot to put it in “park” before exiting the vehicle. Bonsu can be seen on police dashcam video running in front of the car and then being struck by it. Unhurt, Bonsu jumped up and kept running, but police were able to catch him. The As-

sociated Press reported that Bonsu was charged with driving while intoxicated (his third) and possessing marijuana along with the hit-and-run.

AWESOME! — Environmentalists decry all the debris washing up on beaches around the world, but a discovery in January near Perth, Australia, has historians thrilled. The Washington Post reported that Tonya Illman and a friend were walking along the beach when she spotted “a lovely old bottle.” Inside was a damp note, tied with string. “We took it home and dried it out ... and it was a printed form, in German, with very faint German handwriting on it,” she said. Experts at the Western Australia Museum have determined the note was 132 years old — 24 years older than the previous record for a message in a bottle. The note was dated June 12, 1886, from a ship named Paula. Further study revealed that a German Naval Observatory program was analyzing global ocean currents in the area between 1864 and 1933, and an entry in the Paula’s captain’s journal made note of the bottle being tossed overboard. Thousands of other bottles were released into the sea as part of the program, and only 662 have been returned. The last one discovered was in January 1934. — It may not be the oldest ever found, but the message in a bottle found by 12-year-old Joseph Vallis of Sandys Parish, Bermuda, certainly traveled an impressive distance — more than 1,000 miles. The Royal Gazette reported that Vallis and his Warwick Academy class were picking up trash around Bailey’s Bay on March 10 when he came across a green bottle with a plastic bag inside. He and his father, Boyd,

uncorked the bottle and found a note dated April 2014 that had been set adrift from a French sailing yacht crossing the Atlantic. The note included an email address and invitation to contact the authors, but as of press time, the Vallises were still awaiting a response.

performer’s fake breasts. The complaint said Molina began to experience headaches and neck pain and later went to the emergency room at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. The lawsuit also notes the restaurant failed to notify patrons of possible danger from the drag show.



Kayaker Sue Spector, 77, was out for a leisurely paddle on the Braden River in Florida with her husband and friends on March 4 when someone remarked, “Oh look, there’s an otter.” No sooner had the words been spoken than the mammal with a playful reputation jumped onto Spector in her kayak and began clawing and scratching her arms, nose and ear. “He wouldn’t let go and I kept screaming. I kept beating him with a paddle,” Spector told FOX13 News. She later required stitches, antibiotics and rabies treatment. It was the second otter attack in two days, and Florida Fish and Wildlife has now posted signs about the “aggressive otter” near the area.

The Carelse family of Lakewood, Colorado, picked up some groceries at the Walmart in Littleton on March 5, including a box of Quaker 100 Percent Natural Granola with oats, honey and raisins. When they sat down for breakfast the next morning, they told KMGH TV, Anthea Carelse noticed that the “best by” date on the box was Feb. 22, 1997 — more than 21 years ago. Her husband, Josiah, ate his full bowl and didn’t suffer any unpleasant consequences, but Anthea stopped after two bites. Josiah planned to return the box to Walmart.

THE LITIGIOUS SOCIETY Neldin Molina of Denver is dragging Hamburger Mary’s restaurant in Tampa, Florida, to court with a $1.5 million lawsuit alleging she was injured there by a drag queen’s breasts. According to WESH TV, Molina was visiting the restaurant in May 2015 with friends and family when a drag show began. Molina said drag queen Amanda D’Hod pointed at her and began to approach her, but Molina turned her back to signal she didn’t want to participate in the show. The suit, filed in early March, alleges that D’Hod then walked in front of Molina, grabbed her head and shook it, pounding it violently against the

TOOT YOUR OWN HORN March 3 was a big day in Key West, Florida, as competitors sounded off in the 56th Annual Conch Shell Blowing Contest. For 70-year-old Mary Lou Smith of Panama City Beach, winning the women’s division was topped only by a marriage proposal (which she accepted with a hearty honk from her shell) from fellow competitor Rick Race, 73, also of Panama City Beach. The Guardian reports that the large shells were used in the 19th century by seafarers as signaling devices, and dozens of entrants show off their skills each year at Key West’s Oldest House Museum. ! © 2018 Chuck Shepherd. Universal Press Syndicate. Send your weird news items with subject line WEIRD NEWS to


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n March 14 at 10 a.m., middle and high school students from PennGriffin School for the Arts in High Point walked out of class in protest of gun Katie Murawski violence. With the most recent school shooting at Marjory Editor Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida, students across the nation walked out of class last Wednesday in protest and are demanding action for gun control legislation. The students of Penn-Griffin walked out for 17 minutes in observation of the 17 students that were killed at the Florida high school. Howard Stimpson, the principal of Penn-Griffin, said he met with students Mia Lerner and Victoria Danielik, the co-organizers for this peaceful demonstration, to help them coordinate it. Stimpson said the students organized the entire protest, and he assisted with

setting up the stage, microphones and provided adult supervision. “Our responsibility is to teach them how to be good citizens,” Stimpson said. “We do the standard course of study and all of the things we are supposed to, but we also want to teach them to be good citizens, be civically engaged and they have a right to exercise their First Amendment rights. What I did with this is, I tried to get in front of it so that we could create something that is going to be safe, that is going to be organized and student-led.” Students of Penn-Griffin went outside in the almost freezing temperature, withstood the wind and held some orange signs that read, “Enough Is Enough” and “Peace Not Guns.” Some carried signs with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas victims’ names and ages. The demonstration consisted of musical performances, spoken word poetry, reciting the names of victims, reading an open letter to Marjory Stoneman Douglas students and a moment of silence. Stimpson estimated that 250 students participated in the walkout. “We do a lot of assemblies and things like that around here anyway,” he

Left: Maggie Sexton and Jade Young performed a slam poem for the protest Right: Victoria Danielik and Mia Lerner were the co-organizers of the protest said. “So from a strictly administrative perspective, the way I looked at it was that it was just another assembly. Except this one happens to be outside, and kids could participate or not.” Lerner said her and Danielik were in their theatre class when Danielik wrote her opening piece that began the walkout as a spoken word poem about gun violence. They turned the piece into an open

letter for the survivors of the shooting in Parkland, Florida. “It is the students that are really active that allowed us to help organize the event with Stimpson and it was really an incredible experience,” Lerner said. “If it weren’t for people like Tori and organizers we wouldn’t have been able to have the event that we had.” Danielik said Lerner was vital in making

Middle and high school students from Penn-Griffin School for the Arts walked out in protest for 17 minutes on March 14


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A student played the guitar while others read the names of the 17 victims from the school shooting in Parkland, Flordia, on Valentine’s Day the walkout happen. She said hearing Marjory Stoneman Douglas students’ testimonies inspired her to be apart of organizing the walkout and for being so outspoken about gun violence. “Seeing all of these kids who like, as I said in my open letter, they snapped back like a rubber band, after a tragedy they stood up, and they spoke out, and they made an impact, they got people talking,” Danielik said. “That is something that I have always wanted to be able to do. I have always wanted to make an impact with my words. They inspired me after such tragedy; I just wanted to lend my hand to them because they are doing that for every child in America who goes to public schools.” Danielik said her favorite line of the open letter was, “I stand here today not only to tell you that you will dismantle the violence that you had to suffer through, but we will do it together because you are never alone.” Lerner said the Parkland shooting is often neglected as a tragedy because it has become so shrouded in politics. She said she was inspired to organize the walkout by the outspoken Parkland students and other students who have witnessed school shootings. “For me as a student with an active voice with capability to speak out and with such a good outlet at Penn-Griffin and with the arts and administration that was willing to work, I feel like if I did not stand up, if we did not organize it, it would be tragedy on my part,” Lerner said. “It would be something that I completely WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

neglected being able to speak out, and I think it would be wrong of me, especially because I do care about it. I am always saying, everyone wants to advocate for something, everyone wants to speak, but no one wants action. And action is so much more important than just being an advocate, being an ally is nothing if you can’t do anything with it. Penn-Griffin wanted to do something with it.” Maggie Sexton and Jade Young performed their spoken word poem during the 17-minute walkout. “We started writing this spoken word or slam poem about a month ago,” Sexton said. “It is just basically against gun violence.” “And raising awareness for more people to care more about it and not brush it under the rug, and group those 17 people as just people that happen to [die] tragically, but to lobby for change,” Young said. Young said they both were doing a spoken word unit in theatre class when the school shooting happened a month ago. “We wanted to incorporate the arts into the performance because that is obviously what this school is and it is an outlet for us to get our message out,” Sexton said. “So that is why we decided to write a spoken word piece about it because that is how we felt our message would have been best delivered.” Young said her favorite line of the poem that she performed was, “Yes we have the right to bear arms, but when our forefathers wrote the constitution that law was not created with the intent to allow a man to carry a gun beneath his under-

Names and ages of the 17 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School victims attached to pencils arm.” She said that people tend to take the Second Amendment argument and “stretch it.” “I think it is important to go back to the origin and the roots to see what that law was really created for,” Young said. Sexton said her favorite line of the poem was, “239 school shootings have occurred nationwide. How long will it take for people to open their eyes and realize keeping their guns means putting kid’s lives on the line?” “Because as we see in other countries especially, they have stricter gun laws and they don’t have mass shootings,” Sexton said. “But in America, we do not have strict gun laws what so ever, or in my opinion, we don’t, and mass shootings keep occurring. So, I feel like people should give up their guns after they see the risk that comes with them to protect children.” Both Sexton and Young’s advice to their peers who want their voices heard is to “keep lobbying” for stricter gun laws and contact their representatives to voice their concerns. “Just because you are young, doesn’t mean you can’t speak up,” Young said. “Even though the older generations tend to like, brush it under the rug and tell us that we don’t have a voice, we do.” Lerner said both her and Danielik are often not taken seriously or heard because of their age (both are 17), but she said they are the voice of the next generation that will lead the world and America into a more peaceful and inclusive place. “So for us to be silent, is so wrong for us,” she said. “Why would you silence your

voice, when your voice is going to become a catalyst for change in the next 20 to 30 years... You need to start now cause if you start later you are not going to know what you are doing.” “Don’t be complicit in what everybody else is deciding,” Danielik said. “These old people are going to be gone soon, and we’ve got to take the reigns.” Danielik’s mother, Amy, wrote in an email that her church, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church along with others from the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina will be attending Greensboro’s March For Our Lives on March 24. “Our clergy, myself, youth and concerned adults are planning to march,” Amy Danielik Campbell wrote in an email. “Our group plans to carpool in our church van and other vehicles as needed. The following Friday we are holding a Lift Every Voice Spoken Word gathering at All Saints’ Episcopal in Greensboro.” The Greensboro March For Our Lives begins at 2 p.m. and goes until 6 p.m., according to the Facebook event page. The march is being held “to help support common sense gun legislation and allow your kids a better, safer future.” The march will begin at Government Square and end at LeBauer Park. There will be guest speakers, performances, vendors and food trucks. For more information, visit www. ! 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. MARCH 21-27, 2018 YES! WEEKLY


The Ramkat gives back, looks to Triad for partnerships Operating a concert club is not the same thing as operating a bar and can only be a labor of love. With long hours, slim profit margins, dealing with countDr. Jon Epstein less fevered egos, requests, suggesContributor tions and half-baked promises, it can’t be anything else. For The Ramkat, which is being touted as the best bet for the future of the WinstonSalem music scene, these pressures can be immense. The Ramkat, which has a capacity of over 1,000, occupies the space formerly known as Ziggy’s at the corner of Ninth and Trade Streets in downtown. This location is at the Northernmost boundary of the city’s Arts District and marks a vital step towards the creation of a truly world class revitalization of North Carolina’s “City of Arts and Innovation.” It is hard to recall another project that has held so much promise or carried more expectations, both realistic and unrealistic, than The Ramkat. Fortunately, WinstonSalem’s newest music venue is in very capable hands. Co-owner Richard Emmett has a long history as one of the individuals that became central to the revitalization of the Twin City’s arts community, both as the former CEO of the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and as the owner of what was once the premier music club The Garage. Under his guidance, the Arts Council served as the nexus point for the truly eclectic Camel City arts community and was instrumental in the creation of a staggering number of community-based arts initiatives that quickly proved to be the model for other Arts Councils nationwide. Co-owner Andy Tennille served as curator for the More Barn Concert Series at Reynolda Village and The Crossroads at SECCA concert series before joining forces with Emmett to open The Ramkat. Given their backgrounds in the community, it is no surprise that they both see community involvement as the key to The Ramkat’s success. “Ramkat is obviously a very large venue,” Emmett recently told me, “and we are counting the Triad community to recognize the potential it has and to partner with us in major, city-wide events.” These events, he said, do not necessarily need to be music related. A


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position that is reinforced by recent Yoga classes held at the venue, an upcoming artist open house and the upcoming Food for Thought with Helen Simoneau Danse, a dance project that brings together a diverse group of artists to raise awareness of food insecurity and donations for the Second Harvest Food Bank. (To sweeten the deal, Whole Foods has agreed to match all donations made to the food bank raised during the performance on March 22.) By all indications, the venue is off to a stellar start. Its first concert on March 9, The Vagabond Saint Society play Queen, saw a crowd lining up around the block from Ninth to Trade to attend the event, even as crews inside worked double time to complete the last minute preparations for the club’s opening. The following evening, the club hosted the annual Cash Bash (so named in honor of Johnny

Photos of The Genuine; I, Anomaly; Scrub Pine and Companyon who played at The Ramkat on March 16

Cash), which drew hundreds of music fans and resulted in one of the most talked about events of the year. Also partnering with The Ramkat is Tucker Tharpe, former owner of The Garage, who has retooled his business as a promotion and production company in order to carry on his unmistaken knack for finding, presenting, and nurturing up-and-coming bands. Also, helping to maintain a truly dynamic music community. The first show presented by The Garage on March 16 included The Genuine; I, Anomaly; Scrub Pine; and Companyon. It was by any measure a success and points toward a long and vibrant partnership. Because of its size, and more importantly its height (well over two stories making the room somewhat of a cavern) The Ramkat has the potential to receive more of the same criticism that Ziggy’s endured regarding poor sound quality.

Emmett and Tennille, however, took these criticisms into account while refurnishing and refitting the club. By partnering with SES sound, the club is now home to what is undoubtedly the finest house PA in the Triad, a system that is more than capable of dealing with the room’s idiosyncrasies. Additionally, baffling has been added to the interior walls in order to minimize the bounce and echo that seemed to plague Ziggy’s. Like any other large venue, the success of The Ramkat will largely depend on booking national traveling acts in addition to the support of the local community. The Ramkat will be hosting an artist reception at 6 p.m. on March 24, followed by a free concert at 8 p.m. featuring Wafer Thin, Punk Floyd and Band II. ! DR. JON EPSTEIN is a writer, artist, and musician living in Winston-Salem.


Burr should deliver papers elsewhere Last Monday, Senator Richard Burr announced that he was donating all of his official papers to his alma mater, Wake Forest University. During his presentation, Burr said the Jim Longworth collection is for, “all who are passionate to lead.” I hope that’s Longworth the case, but the at Large sad irony is that Burr has spent his entire political career failing to lead. Burr’s “Go along, get along, quid pro quo” approach to elective office has been evident ever since he was first elected to Congress in 1994. Since then he has voted in lock-step with his fellow Republicans, and with a slew of special interests. But partisan voting is one thing, avarice voting is quite another. The fact is that Burr has received a fortune in donations from industries whose products and positions have brought hardship to millions of people, and he has enriched himself through the longevity those donations afforded him. During his 2016 re-election campaign, Burr promised to lower the tax burden for everyone, but in December of last year, he voted to raise the taxes on 55 percent of North Carolinians. According to the Raleigh News & Observer, those tax hikes amount to $900 per household per year over the next 10 years. Meanwhile, Burr voted to lower taxes for wealthy folks like himself, who will save an average of $115,000 per year. It’s just one small example of how Burr is able to increase his net worth simply by staying in office long enough to enact policies that can bolster his wealth. As a senator, he sits on a committee that has oversight of the FDA, Medicare and Medicaid. But instead of using his position to help people, Burr has voted with the interests of industries who he should be trying to regulate. According to, companies that manufacture drugs and medical devices, gave a million dollars to his last campaign, and, in return, Burr pressed for lower taxes on Big Pharma. He also received big bucks from the insurance industry, therefore he opposed the ACA, voted to privatize Medicare, and refused to take on Blue Cross Blue Shield for price gouging. And then there was Burr’s vote to oppose passage of the STOCK Act, which would prohibit members of Congress from trading on and profiting from insider knowledge of the stock markets. Sean Galitz of suggests that Burr opWWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

posed the Act because he held stock in a number of companies who were “lobbying for several energy and regulatory bills that (Burr) co-sponsored,” and that those companies had donated a half million dollars to Burr’s campaign. But perhaps the most disturbing example of Burr’s special interest votes has been his continuing refusal to support substantive gun reforms. Rob Schofield of the Progressive Pulse reported that in 2016, Burr voted against a bill that would have required universal background checks and limit the sale of guns to known terrorists. He has also remained steadfast in his opposition to banning assault rifles. Becky Ceartas, director of the North Carolinians Against Gun Violence wrote that Burr’s votes were a quid pro quo for the staggering sums of money he received from the NRA, which in his last campaign amounted to $7 million. “Burr chose not to put safety of our families first, pushing that aside to demonstrate (his) loyalty to the gun lobby,” Ceartas said. She’s right. Instead of fighting for bans and restrictions on guns, Burr has looked the other way after every massacre because that’s what the NRA expects him to do. Campaign contributions from special interests like the NRA, Big Pharma and the insurance industry, along with votes against the STOCK Act, have enabled Burr to significantly increase his personal wealth. According to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Burr’s net worth in 1994 was $189,000. By 2004, it was over $2.6 million. That’s an increase in net worth of 500 percent during a period when, according to Ballotpedia. org, the average American household net worth increased by less than one percent. I remember a time when elected officials acted like statesmen, and never compromised their ethics or their votes for political or personal gain. They arrived in Washington with very little wealth and they left the same way. Now that he’s no longer running for office, Richard Burr is being portrayed as a leader in the Senate. He is finally coming into his own as a statesman, but that’s only because he’s already come into everything else. I, therefore, call upon Burr to do the decent thing, and have his papers removed from Wake Forest and delivered to a more appropriate venue, like NRA headquarters, or to the cages at a local animal shelter. Either place will give Burr’s papers the respect they deserve. ! 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).

NCDOT TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING MARCH 27 REGARDING THE PROPOSED EXTENSION OF FORUM PARKWAY (S.R. 3955) TO N.C. 66 (UNIVERSITY PARKWAY) IN FORSYTH COUNTY STIP Project No. U-5899 The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes construction of new two-lane roadway on new location from Forum Parkway (S.R. 3955) to N.C. 66 (University Parkway) in Rural Hall. A public meeting will be held at Woodland Baptist Church ocated at 1175 Bethania-Rural Hall Road on Tuesday, March 27th from 4 to 6 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to inform the public of the project and gather public input on the proposed design. As information becomes available, it may be viewed online at the NCDOT Public Meeting Webpage: m 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 also be provided at the meeting or can be done via phone, email, or mail by April 17, 2018. For additional information, please contact Mr. Al Blanton, PE, PLS, Division 9 Project Development Team Lead by phone: (336) 747-7800 or via email at; or by mail: NCDOT Division 9, 375 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27127. 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 Tony Gallagher, Environmental Analysis Unit, at 1598 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1598, by phone (919) 707-6069 or by e-mail at as early as possible so that arrangements can be made. Persons who speak Spanish and 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 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 21-27, 2018




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[LEO (July 23 to August 22) Waiting for others to make decisions is difficult for the take-charge Lion. But by week’s end, you should hear news that will help you regain control of the situation.

[AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You might want to pace yourself a bit more. Rushing could lead to serious slipups. Take more time to check out details you might otherwise overlook.

[VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Your superjudgmental side could dominate the week unless you try to keep it in check. Otherwise you risk offending people, including some who are very close to you.

[PISCES (February 19 to March 20) The best way to resolve those remaining problems is to ask others for help. They’ll be happy to do so, especially when you agree to share the credit for a job well done.

[LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Expect more information to come out about that possible career shift. Meanwhile, your loving concern helps someone close to you get through a worrisome period.

[ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Resist a confrontation with that irksome person. The matter will soon blow over anyway. Meanwhile, channel your high Arian energy into areas with more positive potential.

[SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Despite an occasional setback, workplace pressures should continue to ease through most of the week. This would be a good time to plan that long-delayed trip.

[TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The innovative Bovine finds a creative way to resolve a sensitive domestic problem by midweek. A former colleague returns with an intriguing business suggestion.

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cember 21) The sage Sagittarian quickly recognizes an opportunity when she or he sees it, especially if it’s one you’ve been planning for. Take aim and go for it.

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ary 19) The Sea Goat’s unique insight guides you as you check out a questionable situation. Your efforts should prove rewarding for you and your many supporters.

[GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) An unexpected critical statement from someone you trust could catch you momentarily off guard. But you soon recover your equilibrium and rise to the challenge. [CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You might feel you can handle a new project on your own. But advice from someone with experience could help you avoid possibly costly as well as time-consuming obstacles. © 2018 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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* The United States isn’t the only country that has an accolade to recognize excellence in the film industry. Here the awards are known as the Oscars, but other nations have their own names: In Canada they’re known as Genies, in France they’re Cesars, in Russia they’re called Nikas, in Mexico they’re Golden Ariels, in Spain they’re known as Goyas, and in the United Kingdom they’re called BAFTAs (formerly the Orange British Academy Film Awards). * Here’s a disturbing statistic for parents: If your child is like the average

American youth, between the ages of 5 and 15 they will see approximately 13,500 people killed on television. * A chicken, a sheep and a duck get in the basket of a hot air balloon. No, that’s not the first line of a joke; they really were passengers on a hot air balloon — the very first passengers in that type of conveyance, as a matter of fact. * Those who study such things say that fully one-third of all your brainpower is used for vision. Thought for the Day: “I always find it more difficult to say the things I mean than the things I don’t.” — W. Somerset Maugham © 2018 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


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WHIM CHILL FACTOR A guy I know through mutual friends finally asked for my number, claiming he’d like to see more of me. I was elated, but he Amy Alkon never called. After a month, I gave up hope, feeling puzzled Advice and, honestly, kind Goddess of hurt. Why do men get your number if they’re never going to call or text? — Uncontacted Men can experience a sort of temporary amnesia in the moment, leading them to ask you for your number. Shortly afterward, their memory returns: “Oh, wait — I have a girlfriend.” Or “My herpes is raging.” Or “The mob is still after me. The Canadian mob.” (They gag you and duct-tape you to a chair and say “please” and “thank you” repeatedly until you pass out.) Of course, it isn’t just men who are prone to ride the “seemed like a good idea at the time” seesaw. It’s anyone with a human brain. This asking for your number and then never actually dialing it thing appears to be an example of our brain’s two systems at work — our quick-to-react emotional system and our slower-tocome-around reasoning system, which I wrote about in a recent column, per the research of psychologist Daniel Kahneman.

Again, the fast emotional system responds immediately — and automatically: “Yeah, baby! There’s a woman whose clothes I’d like to see in a pile on my bedroom rug.” Or, if the lust is for a little head-busting: “BARRRR FIGHT!” The rational system comes around later, often for a little rethink about whatever the emotional system got the person into — like when the bar brawler dude is cooling his heels in the slammer, seeing as how the collections bail bondsmen will accept as collateral do not include all the toenail clippings one has saved since 1999. In other words, it helps to view any request for your number as a moment of flattery — nothing more. Don’t expect a guy to call. In fact, expect most not to call. If they don’t call, you’ll be right. If they do, you’ll be pleasantly surprised, like getting that winning lottery scratcher that allows you to buy that Lamborghini you’ve been eyeing — the whole car, not just the logoadorned leather key ring to attach to the keys for your 3,000-year-old Honda.


I have a very good friend — a friend who shows up for me in big ways when the chips are down. However, she is very judgmental and offers her opinion on everything from how I should groom my cat to why I shouldn’t get Botox. I wouldn’t presume to tell her how to cut her hair or treat her dogs — unless she asked. Her comments often hurt my feelings. How do I gently get her to stop acting like my vet, my beautician, etc.? — Annoyed

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or buying a new set of boobs). Of course, if it is the pleasure motive driving your friend, it may come from a darker place — like a desire to show off and act superior — which may dovetail with “the control motive,” which, Martin explains, “involves the need to influence others and to be viewed by others as competent.” Regardless, you don’t owe anyone your attention — not even a compulsively helpful “very good friend.” Wait until a moment when you aren’t ducking flying tips. Tell her that you love that she’s trying to look out for you but that her values aren’t necessarily your values. Accordingly, you have a new policy: No more unsolicited advice, except in emergencies. Qualifying situations call for brief, life-preserving warnings — such as “watch out” or “duck!” — not the longer-winded constructive tips offered in so-called “fashion emergencies”: “Have you seen yourself from behind? You’d best rethink those pants, doll.” ! 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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It must be tempting to ask her: “Hey, wanna come over on Thursday night? I’ll do a stir-fry, and we can watch Netflix...or you can do an hour on why my new haircut was a tragic mistake and how (for the fourth time!) the couch should be against the other wall.” Friendly advice is not always as, uh, other-serving as it’s made out to be. Communications researcher Matthew M. Martin emphasizes that “people communicate to satisfy personal needs.” He notes that previous research identified six basic “interaction motives (why people have conversations with others)”: pleasure, affection, inclusion, relaxation, control, and escape (like ditching your own problems to fixate on what a hot mess your friend is). Research by social psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky, among others, suggests it’s in our self-interest to be helpful. Helping feels good in the moment (the “pleasure” motive). Also, the sort of happiness with staying power — the feeling that our life has meaning — comes from extending ourselves for others rather than, say, shoving ‘em out of the way and chasing happiness for ourselves (like by amassing more shoes


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