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In just a couple of weeks, the streets of downtown Winston-Salem will be filled with the SPIRITS OF SUMMER. The festival, which is a collaboration of TW Garner Foods and the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership takes the best of Salute NC Wine Celebration and the Texas Pete Culinary Arts Festival. 10 The sweet, pastel-colored cookies are earning likes on Instagram and are being sold at local bakeries. The distinct aesthetic has set MACARONS apart from other baked goods. Despite the growing popularity and accessibility, local and handmade macarons are the way to go, baker Aline Poindexter says. 11 Halloween is still several months away, but the BURIED ALIVE FILM FEST – Atlanta’s premier genre film festival – is seeking submissions for its 13th annual event, scheduled for Nov. 13-18 at the 7 Stages Theatre. Whether it’s feature-length or a short, Buried Alive wants to check it out. 12 HOOT & HOLLER have a tune about rock climbing. Alvey wrote it, and it’s called “Rock Topper.” But she assured me it was the only rock-climbing tune she’d written. “I was really trying to channel Roscoe Hol-
comb,” said Alvey, referring to the haunting vocals of the legendary Kentucky mountain musician. 19 Panic Room meets The Three Stooges in Breaking In a dim-witted thriller that mainly functions as a reminder that the talented Gabrielle Union should be landing better roles in bigger movies. 24 On first reading CARMEN MARIA MACHADO’s much-acclaimed 2014 short story “The Husband Stitch,” I thought of the great Angela Carter, whose “The Bloody Chamber” remains the best psycho-sexual reimagining of classic fairy tales in English literature. “The Husband Stitch” might have been written by a Carter who grew up reading Scary Stories to tell in the Dark instead of the Brothers Grimm. 25 Let’s be brutally honest. Last week’s big launch of the “BE BEST” campaign was nothing more than a transparent attempt to give Melania Trump a noble reason for spending time away from her husband. From now on, the media won’t have to report that the First Lady is traveling separately from the President because she doesn’t like flying with an alleged adulterer...
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BLUE CACTUS & CHRIS FRISINA WHAT: Based out of Chapel Hill, NC, Blue Cactus consists of Steph Stewart and Mario Arnez who create songs that range from gritty honky-tonk to heartbreaking balladry. Joining Blue Cactus for this event will be their friend Chris Frisina, a singer-songwriter from Wilmington, NC. The Centennial Station bar will be open for this event with specials on craft beer and wine. WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: Centennial Station Arts Center. 121 S. Centennial Street, High Point. MORE: $5 tickets.
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WHAT: The market showcases the hidden gems of Greensboro through live music, fresh foods, artisan goods, entrepreneurs, and cultural innovators. There will be interactive tours, live demos, art, and much more entertainment in celebration of the history, current initiatives and future exploration within the Greensboro Community. WHEN: 6 p.m. WHERE: The Forge. 115 W. Lewis Street, Greensboro. MORE: Free event.
WHAT: Hoot and Holler are the sum of two parts: guitarist Mark Kilianski and fiddler Amy Alvey. Each are songwriters dedicated to honing their craft, both equally influenced by wordsmiths like Gillian Welch and Townes Van Zandt as they are to authentic mountain musicians like Roscoe Holcomb and Ola Belle Reed. After spending the better part of 2016 living in a camper van while playing shows across the country, they now call Asheville, North Carolina their home. WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: Muddy Creek Music Hall. 5455 Bethania Road, Winston-Salem. MORE: $13-15 tickets.
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WHAT: The longest-running blues festival in the Southeastern United States returns Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 2018 to Greensboros newest venue, LeBauer Park. The Carolina Blues Festival will have international, national, regional, and local blues acts on the docket for a weekend of blues, rain or shine! WHEN: 2 p.m. WHERE: LeBauer Park. 200 N Davie Street, Greensboro. MORE: $20-30 tickets.
WHAT: With legends like George Jones, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard all passed on, country music purists often echo the question Jones himself asked: Who’s going to fill their shoes? The answer, in part, is Marty Stuart. While hes too gracious to admit it himself, the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and musician is living, breathing country-music history. WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: The Ramkat. 170 W 9th St., Winston-Salem. MORE: $35-50 tickets.
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MEETING BOBBY BROWN BY KATIE MURAWSKI
A Greensboro mother drove her epileptic daughter all the way to Atlanta to meet her idol, Bobby Brown. Ashley Benton (organizer of the nonprofit The Green Team Helping Hands) wrote in an email that she took her daughter, Jada Hooks to The Black Experience and Expo in Atlanta, which she wrote is the largest consumer show targeting African Americans in the United States on April 28. “People go there to promote and sell their brands,” Benton wrote in an email. “Bobby Brown was there to sell his food line ‘Bobby Brown Foods.’ I have all of his music along with the other members of New Edition, yet my daughter Jada took on a flight of her own with Bobby Brown. She has always loved him because he was different from others which reminded her of herself. She feels different from others due to epilepsy, and following the beat to her own drum as Bobby did so very well.” Benton wrote that she found out a few days before Brown appeared in Atlanta for the expo and that she was friends with Brown’s bodyguard on Instagram (who helped facilitate the meeting). But that wasn’t her first encounter with the
singer-songwriter, dancer, actor and now entrepreneur. Last year, Benton wrote that Hooks had a seizure and she asked for prayers on her Facebook page. Benton wrote that Brown (who is friends with her on Facebook) commented on her post with the “praying hands emoji,” she wrote, “which really drove my daughter crazier for him.” “[Brown] took the time to spend with Jada, asking her has she been doing better and had she been good,” Benton wrote. “He was very concerned about [Hooks’s] seizures that’s why he asked her ‘was she good now?’” Benton wrote that Hooks was diagnosed with Tonic-clonic (Grand Mal) seizures, myoclonic epilepsy and absence (Petit Mal) seizures. Benton wrote that Hooks had seizures every day and was diagnosed in 2015 at the age of 15. “We have been very lucky that Jada has bounced back from the many seizures that she’s had,” Benton wrote. “Any seizure that she has is traumatic, so it’s very important that we as parents help to keep our children motivated. When they get these diagnoses, it changes their whole
lives which can bring on other things such as depression, suicidal thoughts, etc. We as parents should give our children all the inspiration they need and meeting their idol, someone they relate to is quite memorable and accepting!” In the future, Hooks hopes to meet her other idol: basketball player Stephen Curry. Benton said Hooks used to play basketball at Ben L. Smith High School before her diagnosis. Hooks has been a basketball player since she was 3 years old, but her diagnosis has made her unable to play.
“Her older brother, Jamarl, made a pretend goal in our backyard with a crate and a pole and started teaching her how to ball,” Benton wrote. “She wants to meet Stephen Curry so bad! She knows all of his history all of his stats and everything about him just like Bobby Brown! You can ask her any question about both of them, and she has the answer!” Benton said all in all; it was a “heartfelt experience” to meet Brown. She wanted Hooks’s story to be told “to show others that anything they dream of, can happen! Dream, believe and achieve!” !
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‘Spirits of Summer’ comes to Winston-Salem
n just a couple of weeks, the streets of downtown Winston-Salem will be filled with the Spirits of Summer. The festival, which is a collaboration of TW Garner Foods Kristi Maier and the Downtown @triadfoodies Winston-Salem Partnership takes the best of Salute! Contributor NC Wine Celebration and the Texas Pete Culinary Arts Festival. The inaugural Texas Pete Spirits of Summer Festival will be held on June 2 from noon to 6 p.m. Salute! had always been a popular event for winemakers and wine lovers. With wineries lining the footprint, about 8,000 visitors attended, but many suggested the small music scene needed to be amped up. The downtown area already enjoys a great food scene, as the
festival had a chef demonstration tent, and the groundwork was there to make Salute! something more. That’s where TW Garners comes in. Its popular Texas Pete Culinary Arts Festival enjoyed a couple of awesome years of celebrating local food and music. Officials with the company and DWSP came together to add the best of both festivals’ worlds, and to give the people what they want: food, drink, and music in the City of Arts and Innovation. “Salute! was a wonderfully successful event for 12 years,” DWSP’s Mary Charlotte Hinkle said. “But it was time to create new life into it. The community and the participating vendors seem to be excited about the changes and the new format.” What’s different? Fourteen local restaurants (and counting) will be cooking up their best menu items for festival goers in Restaurant Pavilion on the 4th Street block between Spruce and Poplar Streets. Hinkle said this is where it gets interesting for food-lovers who want to get a taste of the local scene.
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“Restaurants will offer full-size menu items as well as a smaller sample size option,” Hinkle said. “We really wanted to spotlight the talent of our local chefs and give patrons the opportunity to see what these restaurants have to offer.” All food is sold and purchased directly from each restaurant and is not included in the festival ticket price. If you’ve attended Salute! in the past, you know that North Carolina wineries have always offered tastings and purchase of their harvest, but this year there will be beer along the festival as well. “Beer lovers can also find their niche as several North Carolina craft breweries will offering tastings and purchases of their brews,” Hinkle told me. Purchase of a $25 ticket provides each guest with a wristband, tasting punch card, and a commemorative glass. “The wristband and tasting punch card give you access to taste and sample beer and wine at each vendor one time,” Hinkle said. Individual vendors will determine the number of samples before they punch your punch card. A feature during each Salute! has been the NC Food and Wine University Tent, where select downtown chefs are featured during a cooking demonstration along with a wine pairing. This year’s newly minted Lowe’s Foods Demo
Tent is back to “de-mystify beer and wine.” Once again, managed and hosted by yours truly, we have a great line-up of local chefs who’ll be showing “students” how to cook a dish from home, with the featured ingredient, Texas Pete sauce. Each dish presented will also be paired with a featured North Carolina wine and craft brewery, and each wristband-wearing guest at the tent will be able to sample the beer and wine being featured. The chef, brewer and winemaker will share how the beer and wine bring out the best in our dishes. And who knows, you might also win a chance to taste the
chef’s creation! Chefs will be featured at the bottom of the hour throughout the festival. Here’s the line-up so far and be sure to check the Spirits of Summer website for the featured dishes that will be announced before gate time: 12:30 p.m.- Chef Claire Calvin of The Porch Kitchen & Cantina/Alma Mexicana Restaurant with Hoots Beer Co. and Starrlight Mead 1:30 p.m.- Chef Vanessa Lanier of Providence Restaurant and Providence Culinary Training (formerly known as Triad Community Kitchen) with Hanover Park Vineyard and a North Carolina craft beer 2:30 p.m.- An all-local Chef Showdown in the style of Food Network’s Chopped with Chef Mark Grohman of Meridian Restaurant and Lowe’s Foods Executive Chef Joe Marchesiello with North Carolina Wine and Beer 3:30 p.m.- Chef John Tharp, Trade Street Diner with Round Peak Vineyards and Skull Camp Brewery 4:30 p.m.- Pastry Chef Brittany McGee of The Humble Bee Shoppe with Raylen Vineyards and a North Carolina craft beer Be sure to stop by and say hello, take a seat, and learn a bit more about how each chef’s dish and the featured wine or beer pair together. This is always a popular feature of the festival, and we love host-
ing it. The Lowe’s Foods Demo Tent will be set up in the Texas Pete HQ parking lot at 4th and Poplar Streets. The music this year will be set up on 4th Street in front of Foothills Brewing not far from the demo tent. The daytime line-up will feature the beach music with Special Occasion Band from noon to 3 p.m.; Dom Flemons (co-founder of Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops) from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Then as the festival wraps up, the Foothills Brewing After-Party Concert will feature one of the most popular party bands, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. The after-party takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and beer and wine will be sold on-site. Vendors are still being added, and volunteers are always needed. Check the website for updates. ! KRISTI MAIER is a food writer, blogger and cheerleader for all things local who even enjoys cooking in her kitchen, though her kidlets seldom appreciate her efforts.
Advance Tickets: $25, day of event: $30. To purchase in advance, visit spiritsofsummer.com The festival gates open at noon. Valid ID is required for tastings. Tastings end at 5 p.m. You’ll still be able to purchase beer or wine until 6 p.m. Spirits of Summer is a rain or shine event.
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acarons have been popping up regularly in recent years. The sweet, pastelcolored cookies are earning likes on Instagram and are Jennifer Zeleski being sold at local bakeries. The distinct aesthetic has Contributor set macarons apart from other baked goods. Despite the growing popularity and accessibility, local and handmade macarons are the way to go, baker Aline Poindexter says. “Don’t go and buy frozen macarons, and then tell me you don’t like macarons,” Poindexter said. She opened her at-home business devoted to macarons, Macarons by Aline, in February 2017, operating out of her low-risk home kitchen. Poindexter is a self-proclaimed perfectionist and creative; she wanted to earn some money for the household as a stayat-home mom, but also have something more to offer than what had become her daily routine. “As a stay-at-home mom, you feel isolated,” Poindexter said. “You wake up, take care of the kids, make food, and take care of the house. Sometimes you feel like a robot. So having my own business would be my creative outlet.” She noticed that macarons were trendy at the time, and after a few somewhat successful attempts, (she still has photo evidence of her first batch) she was up to the challenge of perfecting macarons. “The cookie is basically a meringue where you fold almond flour and powdered sugar together. But it’s such a finicky cookie,” Poindexter said. “When you start baking, you have to try different oven temperatures. If you take them out too early, they will deflate. If you take them out past the time, they’ll get browned and a little burned.” To top it off, baking the “shells” of the macarons was only the beginning. “There’s a whole process,” Poindexter said. “You make the shells, and your buttercream filling, and then you have to wait until they’re completely at room temperature to fill and close them. Then you have to wait 24 hours for them to mature.” After plenty of trial-and-error, she got the macarons exactly where she wanted them.
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“The right consistency is not too crumbly, it’s just a little hard on the outside, and when you bite into it, it’s soft on the inside.” After letting the guests of her children’s birthday parties offer their feedback, she decided to open the business that would allow her creative freedom, a flexible schedule, and some profit to bring to their household’s budget. But there was another specific motivator that led her to officially getting the business up and running. “I am from Brazil, and [in 2017] I wanted to apply for my United States citizenship, but I didn’t have the $800,” Poindexter said. “And people really seemed to like the macarons that I made. So I took some inspiration from other business on Instagram, and decided to sell them in monthly boxes.” Each box was holiday-themed, starting with Valentine’s Day. They featured a dozen macarons with assorted flavors like toasted coconut, salted caramel and raspberry white chocolate. Those are just a few of Poindexter’s favorites. She continued making and selling the boxes for several months, as they found their way into the hands of family, friends and strangers. She had green macarons for St. Patrick’s Day, pastels for Easter, as
well as themed boxes for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. By the summer, she had earned enough to pay for her United States citizenship. After a few months of a break, she was on to the next goal: a new oven. “I worked all of , and I saved enough to buy a convection oven,” Poindexter said. “When I first started, I would make about 35 macarons per every two hours or so, and now I can bake 105 macarons at once, which is a huge difference. Now it’s a lot faster and a lot easier.” Since Poindexter can make more macarons by day, she has fulfilled more custom orders for weddings, birthdays and even local, special events. Recently her macarons were in a gift basket to Gladys Knight after a performance at her church. Poindexter has progressed into custom black and marbled macarons, even though she prefers pastels, heart-shaped, and even metallic and hand-painted. A box of her macarons is $20 for a dozen, and she promises they’re worth the price tag. “The price that you’re paying for them is a lot of labor that you have to put into it,” Poindexter said. “Some people are surprised because they’re not huge cookies. They are the traditional macaron size,
but they’re a lot of work and technique. I make sure each are perfect. I don’t sell bubbled or cracked macarons, and I work really hard to make them not just look good, but taste really good.” In 2018, Poindexter is looking forward to fulfilling more custom orders and continuing her monthly holiday boxes, which can be ordered through Facebook, Instagram or her website. For now, she is continuing to tackle her new goals with her macaron profit. “I have always wanted to go back to school and finish college. So I recently enrolled in a program from BYU Idaho, and I am studying finances and business,” Poindexter said. “I figure once the kids are in school full time, I will have my degree and I will be able to move on from there. My goal is not to have a career in business or finance. I would love to have a tea and macaron place. Ideally, a macaron boutique.” Interested in ordering some macarons from Macarons by Aline? You can find Aline on Facebook, Instagram, and her website, www.macaronsbyaline.com. ! JENN ZELESKI is a student contributor to YES! Weekly. She is originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Communications at High Point University.
Atlanta’s ‘Buried Alive’ horrorfest seeks submissions Halloween is still several months away, but the Buried Alive Film Fest – Atlanta’s premier genre film festival – is seeking submissions for its 13th annual event, scheduled for Nov. 13-18 at the 7 Stages Theatre. Whether it’s feature-length or a short, Buried Alive wants to check it out. The weirder and wackier, Mark Burger the gorier and grislier — the better. Ghosts, ghouls, zombies, vampires, Contributing ax-wielding maniacs, mutant monstrosities or whatever foul fiend you columnist can dream up … if it’s horror, that’s what they want! “Our festival is open to the world and has always encouraged international filmmakers to submit,” said Blaine McLaren, the festival’s feature film programmer. “Last year alone, we had films from Brazil, Malaysia, Japan, Australia and more. We take pride in showing the best and strangest films from around the world, while still promoting the best local and domestic movies.” The 2017 festival boasted 56 short films, six features, and a special screening of the silent classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), featuring live musical accompaniment, and of Tim Burton’s much-acclaimed Ed Wood (1994), starring Johnny Depp in the title role and Martin Landau in his Oscar-winning turn as Bela Lugosi, featuring live
interpretation from a burlesque troupe. “Over the years we have shown hundreds of films, including The Cleanse – which was recently released, starring Johnny Galecki and Angelica Huston – (and) indie gems like Pieces of Talent, and even showed Robert (The Witch) Eggers’ first short, which won the festival that year,” McLaren said. The Buried Alive festival presents the “Splitzies” awards for the best feature, best short, best animation, as well as the “WTF Award” (which speaks for itself). The best local submission will receive the “Golden Shovel,” and the runner-up the “Silver Spade.” Those interested in submitting their films can do so here: www.filmfreeway.com/BuriedAliveFIlmFestival. Having brought big-screen shocks and shivers to Atlanta for a dozen diabolical years thus far, the Buried Alive Film Festival will continue to do scare up the same kind of chills and thrills in the years to come. “The growing popularity of horror is something that is incredibly exciting for all of us involved in the festival,” McLaren observed. “Horror allows so much creativity to flow and gives artists the ability to make something truly remarkable. We are all dedicated genre film fans and use our time and talents to make sure the good folks of Atlanta get to see some of the best that the horror genre has to offer.” The office Buried Alive Film Festival website is www. buriedalivefilmfest.com/. !
Exploring the art of acting THE ACTOR UNCOVERED: A LIFE IN ACTING by Michael Howard. Published by Allworth Press. 2540 pages. $19.99 retail (paperback), $24.99 retail (hardcover), $24.99 retail (e-book). With 70 years’ worth of experience, Michael Howard is unquestionably an expert in the field of acting. Michael Howard Studios, which he founded more than 50 years ago, is recognized as a preeminent training ground for up-and-coming actors. Now, Howard shares what he has learned – and taught – in The Actor Uncovered: A Life in Acting. The book is not a self-aggrandizing treatise; Howard doesn’t say, “I’m right, this is wrong.” With regard to the legendary acting teachers, Howard mentions some of the “usual suspects” – Stanislavski, Strasberg, Stella Adler, Sanford Meisner – some of whom he knew well – and distills their teachings (and the teachings of others, including himself) into easy-tounderstand terms. The Actor Uncovered doesn’t make acting seem any easier, but it certainly demystifies the process to a considerable WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
extent. It’s not a textbook by any means; it’s written in an unpretentious, conversational style that’s insightful without being pretentious, informative without being heavy-handed. It’s not as if the reader will become the next Laurence Olivier, or, in more contemporary terms, the next Daniel Day-Lewis – but one might get a better
insight into the techniques that these, and other actors, use, lending further appreciation into the craft of acting. From the actor’s point of view, Howard explains the importance of relaxation and concentration, which aren’t mutually exclusive, as well as the different adjustments required when acting on film or television as opposed to the stage. He covers not just the processes, but also the important relationship between director and actor, and director and actor and writer – sharing anecdotes and experiences that bear out his observations, and occasionally, those which humorously contradict them. The underlying assessment here is that the actor should use what works best for him or her, what makes them the most comfortable and, more importantly, the most creative. Indeed, those two ideas aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive either. The official Allworth Press website is www.allworth.com/. ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on Burgervideo.com. © 2018, Mark Burger.
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Semi-rootless roots duo Hoot & Holler play Muddy Creek Music Hall
iddleplaying and rockclimbing wouldn’t necessarily seem to go together. There’s the delicate finger-work of the stringed instrument on the one hand, and John Adamian then the muscle@johnradamian straining, skin-scraping and bone-breaking potential of the Contributor outdoor activity on the other. But Amy Alvey, fiddle player and vocalist for the Western-North Carolina-based string duo Hoot & Holler, spent part of her Sunday afternoon out rock climbing. I spoke to her by phone later in the evening as she drove back through the mountains east of Asheville to where she’s house-sitting. Hoot & Holler play the Muddy Creek Music Hall in Winston-Salem on Friday, May 18 as part of the Fiddle and Bow Society’s regular series there. Hoot & Holler have a tune about rock climbing. Alvey wrote it, and it’s called “Rock Topper.” But she assured me it was the only rock-climbing tune she’d written. “I was really trying to channel Roscoe Holcomb,” said Alvey, referring to the haunting vocals of the legendary Kentucky mountain musician. And you can hear it with those long-held notes at the start of each phrase, like something sung out clear and loud from a mountaintop, meant to carry across valleys. Alvey, 28, writes about half of the duo’s songs, and guitarist/vocalist Mark Kilianski writes the other half. If there’s a unifying theme to the duo’s songs it’s not of scaling peeks, but one of restless rambling and constant motion. Movement and rootlessness are so fundamental to American roots music and to the American spirit that we probably don’t stop to think about it much. The open road has a plain appeal for a lot of us. But not everyone everywhere is born with the idea that one can go out in search of some core essence and deep truth by leaving home and wandering. When Hoot & Holler sing their wandering troubadour songs, there’s a degree of authenticity to the material. Alvey has been living out of her van, the duo’s touring vehicle, for a few years now. So
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if you like a little actual rootlessness in your roots music, Hoot & Holler can give you both. That van features prominently in the duo’s 2017 record Reasons To Run, with renderings of Alvey and Kilianski in the front seats of the vehicle, meandering through some barren desert spiked with saguaro cactus. You’ll notice it in some of their videos and press photos, too. A song like “Coffee In the Morning,” one of Kilianski’s, from is about bumming rides around Virginia, meeting kind people, wasting away the day by toggling between stimulants and depressants and getting heart-broken. The song has the haven’t-I-heard-this-before quality, that good folk music has. It seems like it might be 200 years old, but it’s not. It’s 21st-century music. Alvey and Kilianski did not meet on a mountain so high, or out thumbing rides in the big-sky country. They met while both were students at Berklee College of Music in Boston, not your standard place for budding players of Appalachian traditional music. Alvey had grown up in Southern California and was at Berklee to study violin. Kilianski was a jazz composition student from New Jersey. Neither had had much exposure to old-time or bluegrass. The two met around 10 years ago at fiddle parties and song swaps thrown around the Boston area by fellow Berklee students.
“We were both getting exposed to and trying to play this music at the same time,” Alvey said. Like many, Kilianski had taken in interest in old-time after hearing the soundtrack to O, Brother, Where Art Thou? “It was like our generation’s Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” said Alvey, referring to the landmark 1972 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band album that introduced a lot of soft-rock fans to country, bluegrass and old-time. Alvey, who had become slightly less interested in the orchestral music she was studying a Berklee, heard the school’s old time string ensemble perform and “everything changed.” As it happens, her fondness for rock climbing, with its set of finger and wrist-stretching maneuvers, turned out to be helpful in alleviating some of the tendinitis that she was suffering from, and which was aggravated by playing violin on the conservatory track. Alvey and Kilianski formed Hoot & Holler in 2013. By 2015 they were looking for a new place to live, and a show in Asheville along with an 18-month stretch without any real home base helped nudge the pair to the North Carolina mountains, with its rich history of traditional string music. The duo mix elements of the Carter Family with touches of Piedmont blues and flashes of racing bluegrass tempos, and they’ll break out a banjo now and again, too. In addition to their instrumental
chops, which are never unfurled in showboaty fashion, Alvey and Kilianski can sing in tight and appealing harmonies. And the fact that they have no shortage of original tunes makes for an interesting blend of old and new. Alvey said they’ve begun talking about going into the studio to make a new record by the end of this year. Before they do that, Hoot & Holler will be heading to Australia for the first time in fall. A string duo allows each player to regularly step to the foreground. But the configuration is bare-bones enough to where neither of the members of the group can entirely stop thinking about supporting the other. It’s an interesting balancing act that involves carrying a lot of melodic and harmonic weight. Like pulling oneself across a bare rock face, in its own way. As Alvey says about the dynamics of string-duo playing, “there aren’t a lot of places to hide.” At the same time, it was that group spirit that brought both Alvey and Kilianski to the music. Speaking of the festive and energetic spirit at the jam sessions that shaped their love of traditional string-band music, Alvey said, “it can be more of a party and less about ego.” ! 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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Breaking Down: New thriller bungles the job
BY MATT BRUNSON
anic Room meets The Three Stooges in Breaking In ( ), a dim-witted thriller that mainly functions as a reminder that the talented Gabrielle Union should be landing better roles in bigger movies. Union (who also co-produced) stars as Shaun Russell, a mom who travels with her two children (Ajiona Alexus and Seth Carr) to her late father’s desolate mansion to settle his affairs. Her dad was a bad guy, and, unknown to his daughter, he left a sizable sum of cash in the hidden safe at his maximum-security home. But the crooks who murdered the old man know it’s there, and they break into the house eager to commence their search. What they didn’t know is that Shaun and her kids would also be there — given the situation, they hold the children hostage while Shaun, stuck outside the house, must figure out a way to get inside and rescue them. It’s a wonder that something as generic as Breaking In would actually secure a theatrical release, since it’s the sort of movie that only plays well on HBO at 2 a.m., after roughly 10 wings and 20 beers have been consumed. The script by Ryan Engle (the recent Rampage) is exceedingly sloppy on all fronts, with logic apparently having already taken off for summer vacation. These hoodlums instantly kill Shaun’s dad in the film’s first scene — wouldn’t torturing him for the safe’s location have saved them a lot of
time and bother? Various articles have already described Shaun as a “single mom” — understandable, since it’s never made clear until way late in the game whether she’s married, separated, divorced or (as the pulpit preachers proclaim) living in sin. The imbecilic villains, meanwhile, are strictly cut from crinkled cardboard — there’s the leader (Billie Burke) who admires Shaun’s resilience, there’s the
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psycho (Richard Cabral) who repeatedly threatens to gut anyone who gets in his way, and there’s the simpering kid (Levi Meaden) who doesn’t want anyone to get hurt. I suppose the fourth member of the outfit is slightly original: a nerdy dude (Mark Furze) who would seem more at home warbling Dave Matthews covers at some third-rate bar than chasing Gabrielle Union through the woods. Spatial relations are important in movies like this, but director James McTeigue fails to establish the palatial layout in any significant way, meaning it’s often impossible to determine the distance between the various characters as they prowl through the estate. As such, the suspense can’t even reach the level of a low simmer. Indeed, most aspects of Breaking In prove to be uninspired, relying instead on lazy conventions. Ultimately, the film isn’t must-see as much as it’s simply musty. MELISSA MCCARTHY EXPLODED as a screen comedienne thanks to her projects with filmmaker Paul Feig — among them her Oscar-nominated turn in Bridesmaids, her knockout performance in the wickedly clever Spy, and her robust work in the satisfying Ghostbusters remake. Yet in the two previous pictures she made with husband Ben Falcone, she was sourced with material far beneath
her abilities — a surprise, since she herself co-wrote both films with her hubby. So it’s gratifying to report that Life of the Party ( ), her latest collaboration with Falcone, is far superior to their dismal twofer of Tammy and The Boss. Much of the picture’s appeal rests with the character essayed by McCarthy. Like Rodney Dangerfield’s Thornton Melon in the ‘80s comedy classic Back to School, McCarthy’s Deanna is immensely likable, meaning viewers have her back as she rebounds from a deserting spouse (Matt Walsh) by heading back to college to belatedly earn her degree in archaeology. Whereas the scripting team of McCarthy-Falcone populated Tammy and The Boss with nothing but dreary characters, they fare better here, creating interesting roles that are filled out by engaging actors (including Molly Gordon as Deanna’s daughter, Luke Benward as Deanna’s smitten boy-toy on campus, and especially Gillian Jacobs as an eccentric student recently awoken from a coma). To be sure, much of Life of the Party is trite, derivative and/or simply stupid — the “VaGoogle” scene, for instance — and the picture eventually wears out its welcome (particularly when a music superstar shows up, playing herself). Yet it’s nice to see McCarthy and Falcone giving this that old college try — and almost pulling it off with honors. !
Touring Theatre of North Carolina presents Family Affairs: Short Stories by Lee Smith, Alice Walker and Eudora Welty
or its late spring production, Touring Theatre revives three favorites from its 1990’s repertoire. The new production, Family Affairs, pulls stories from the company’s earlier compilations and merges them in a totally new production that features works by three masters of fiction: Lee Smith, Alice Walker and Eudora Welty. The stories, a continuing link in Touring Theatre’s on-going Kinfolks Series, are connected by their focus on familial relationships in transition. The stories present a wife, a mother and a sister, respectively, as they respond to infidelity and change in the context of their family. One expresses confusion about her own actions, another flails against changing societal values, while the third speaks in no uncertain terms from her limited and self-serving perspective. Whatever the tone, whatever the point of view, audiences will find themselves chuckling, then laughing as the tales progress. The stories will be performed by four women who have been chosen to be a part of a two-season seminar that focuses on the unique style of performance that over the years, Brenda Schleunes has developed for Touring Theatre. In
the first part of the seminar, funded by the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation, the women will follow the decisionmaking processes involved in selection, compilation, adaptation and direction, as Schleunes prepares these stories for performance. In the second part of the seminar, the four women will make their own decisions as they continue to study the processes involved in producing a new work for Touring Theatre.
DEADPOOL 2 (R) LUXURY SEATING Fri - Thu: 11:30 AM, 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 BOOK CLUB (PG-13) LUXURY SEATING Fri - Thu: 12:00, 2:25, 4:55, 7:20, 9:55 CHAPPAQUIDDICK (PG-13) LUXURY SEATING Fri - Thu: 4:35 PM DEADPOOL 2 (R) Fri & Sat: 12:15, 1:00, 2:55, 3:40, 5:35, 6:20, 8:15, 9:00, 10:55, 11:40 Sun - Thu: 12:15, 1:00, 2:55, 3:40, 5:35, 6:20, 8:15, 9:00 RBG (PG) Fri - Thu: 12:05, 2:30, 5:05, 7:15, 9:40 SHOW DOGS (PG) Fri: 12:15, 2:35, 5:00, 7:25, 9:45, 11:55 Sat - Thu: 12:15, 2:35, 5:00, 7:25, 9:45 THE ESCAPE (NR) Fri - Thu: 12:25, 2:50, 5:15, 7:40, 10:05 BREAKING IN (PG-13) Fri & Sat: 11:40 AM, 1:45, 3:50, 5:55, 8:05, 10:15, 11:55 Sun - Thu: 11:40 AM, 1:45, 3:50, 5:55, 8:05, 10:15 LIFE OF THE PARTY (PG-13) Fri & Sat: 11:35 AM, 2:00, 4:30, 7:10, 9:35, 11:55 Sun - Thu: 11:35 AM, 2:00, 4:30, 7:10, 9:35 RAAZI (NR) Fri - Sun: 3:00, 9:30 Mon - Thu: 11:30 AM, 3:00, 6:00, 9:30 OVERBOARD (PG-13) Fri - Thu: 11:45 AM, 2:15, 7:20, 9:50 OVERBOARD (PG-13) SPA-Spanish Dubbed Fri - Thu: 4:45 PM
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A janitor at Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea, may have hit the jackpot on April 26 when he discovered $325,000 worth of gold bars Chuck Shepherd in a garbage bin. Investigators told The Korea Times they believe two men were transporting the gold, wrapped in newspapers, from Hong Kong to Japan, and threw away the stash for fear of being searched by customs agents. If the owner doesn’t make a claim in six months, the janitor will get the gold, thanks to South Korea’s “finders-keepers” law. However, if the treasure is found to be linked to criminal activity, the janitor will not be entitled to any of it.
A Florida Highway Patrol trooper arrived at the scene of a crash in Orlando on April 29 to find Scott Ecklund, 32, uninjured but highly agitated. Trooper Glaudson Curado arrested Ecklund after Ecklund helpfully told the trooper he could get more meth than had been found in the search of Ecklund’s wrecked Chevy Impala if the trooper would allow him to leave the scene. “Mr. Ecklund was making no sense during our conversation,” Curado wrote in his report, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Ecklund, who was arrested earlier in April for crashing a truck into a house and claiming to be an FBI agent as he brandished an assault rifle, was charged with meth possession and driving with a suspended license and taken to the Orange County Jail.
Neighbors of the “Pooperintendent,” a New Jersey school superintendent nabbed
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for repeatedly defecating on a high school running track, were nonplussed by the news. Thomas Tramaglini, 42, superintendent of schools in nearby Kenilworth, was charged April 30 in Holmdel, New Jersey, Municipal Court for defecating in public, lewdness and littering after being caught on surveillance video relieving himself on a daily basis during his run at the Holmdel High School track. The track is about 3 miles from Tramaglini’s home in Aberdeen. But neighbors told NJ.com that Tramaglini always struck them as a nice guy — “Except for pooping on the field,” one added. Another dismissed all the attention: “If he wasn’t a super, this wouldn’t even be news.”
The Palais de Tokyo, a contemporary art museum in Paris, has made a name for itself by granting special visiting hours to nudists. On May 5, Reuters reported, naturists were invited to tour an exhibit, with about 160 attendees taking advantage of the sans-clothing event. Paris is seeing an increase in naturist events, according to Julien Claude-Penegry, communications director of the Paris Naturists Association. “The naturists’ way of life is to be naked. Naturists are pushing past barriers, taboos or mentalities that were obstructive,” he said. Next up for French nudists: a clubbing night later this year.
Angelique Sanchez, 26, of Denver was asked to provide a urine sample for a prospective employer on May 3, so, of course, she stopped off at a 7-Eleven store in Aurora to apply the final touch: She put the urine-filled bottle in a microwave and turned it on, whereupon the sample blew up. A 7-Eleven clerk, who observed a “yellow liquid ... and the smell was unquestionably urine” dripping from the microwave, confronted Sanchez, who wiped the liquid out of the microwave and
onto the floor, then walked out. KUSA TV reported that police caught up with her at a nearby clinic and issued a summons for damaged property. Medical expert Comilla Sasson guessed that Sanchez was trying to restore the sample to body temperature.
Visitors to New York’s Fort Ticonderoga were in for a special treat as locks of hair from Revolutionary War general turned traitor Benedict Arnold and his first wife, Margaret, were put on display during the season’s opening weekend of May 5-6. Curator Matthew Keagle told The Associated Press Arnold’s hair was recently rediscovered in the museum’s collections and had been preserved by the family. The private historical site obtained the hair in the 1950s. Saving a lock of a deceased family member’s hair was a common practice during the 1700s. Arnold helped capture Fort Ticonderoga from the British during the opening weeks of the Revolutionary War.
Drivers along I-70 outside of Indianapolis thought it was raining money for them May 2 as $600,000 in cash tumbled out the back doors of a Brinks truck and onto the highway, the Indianapolis Star reported. State police spokesman Sgt. John Perrine said an undetermined amount of cash has not been accounted for, as “people were jumping over fences and crawling on the ground” to pick up loose bills flying around. In a tweet, he warned: “Finding a large sum of money is no different than other property. If a brand-new car fell off a semi, would the 1st person to find it get to keep it? It belongs to someone else.”
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When Leroy Mason, 68, of Barton, Vermont, takes care of a problem, he doesn’t do things halfway. On April 30, as his
smoke detector blared yet again, Mason aimed his 20-gauge shotgun at the cursed piece of electronics and fired twice. Unfortunately, the shots also hit the adjoining wall of an occupied apartment. Fire and EMS crews called to the scene had been before, according to a Vermont State Police news release quoted by Boston25 News, as “Mr. Mason has complained in the past about frequent false alarms ... and was upset that fire crews would not relocate the detector. Mr. Mason took it upon himself to relocate the smoke detector ...” When first responders relieved him of his shotgun, Mason rearmed himself with a Colt .45 handgun and demanded his shotgun back. Mason was finally subdued and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon and reckless endangerment.
Jose Arreola, 49, of Bellflower, California, was more angry than scared when a police officer drew a gun on him March 16, mistakenly thinking Arreola had stolen a roll of Mentos, which retails for $1.19. A security camera at an Orange County service station captured the incident, showing Arreola placing the Mentos on the counter along with a $20 bill. As he waited for his change, Arreola put the mints in his pocket, which is when an offduty officer behind him pulled a gun out of the pocket of his hoody and ordered him to put the mints back on the counter. When the clerk confirmed Arreola had paid, the officer said, “My apologies.” “It was traumatic, the whole incident,” Arreola told the Orange County Register. “Are you seriously pulling a gun out over a pack of Mentos?” !
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Piedmont Blues Preservation Society presents the 32nd annual Carolina Blues Festival
ccording to www.piedmontblues.org, as the longestrunning blues festival in the Southeastern United States, Carolina Blues Festival will have international, national, regional and local blues acts on the docket for a weekend of blues. This year, the Carolina Blues Festival is partnering with Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival and Second Harvest Food Bank. The literary festival is May 18 to 20 in downtown venues, including the Greensboro Cultural Center, Central Library and Greensboro History Museum that surround LeBauer Park. The festival’s concerts are paid admission and are on May 19. Gates open at 2 p.m., music starts at 3 p.m. and goes until 9 p.m. at LeBauer Park, in downtown Greensboro. Tickets are $20 (with a $1 service fee online) in advance and are available at www.fest.piedmontblues.org. On May 20, the festivities continue with free music from noon to 5 p.m., which is open to the public. Welcome to the 32nd annual Carolina Blues Festival! Food and craft have always been a part of blues culture in America and around the world. The PBPS wants to celebrate the culinary legacy of the blues and support our regional food entrepreneurs. Craftspeople of all sorts are on-hand to sell their jewelry, cigar-box guitars, clothing, weavings, and all sorts of great things! Our Blues & Foods Market is just outside the festival grounds on Davie Street. There are a wide variety of delicious food choices with Southern and international flavors, terrific arts and crafts vendors selling their wonderful creations. Please help yourself to shop, buy great artisan crafts, and grab some snacks or dinner from the many food trucks out there. With your wristband, you can freely enter and exit the festival grounds to shop. So, step out of the festival grounds to shop the Blues and Foods Market, support our local artisans and get some delicious food from one of the many food trucks and return to enjoy the amazing blues line up we will have! All we ask is that you enjoy yourselves, be kind and have a little fun. The “Mike Carr Jr Bluesman Award” is presented each year to upcoming young blues artists. The award recognizes emerging youth talent who are keeping
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the blues alive by their music and public displays of talent and are the future of the blues. The presentation is made in honor as a memorial of former board member Mike Carr who encouraged the PBPS to reach out to the young musicians in the Piedmont. The Award is sponsored by Summerfield Family Chiropractic. Food insecurity harms the health, strength, and vitality of our communities. PBPS is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank to strengthen our community. A Food Drive is being held May 19 and 20 at the PBPS Blues & Foods Market on Davie Street for your non-perishable food donations. On stage at the 32nd annual Carolina Blues Festival NIKKI HILL
Nikki Hill and her band have been touring extensively following the independent 2015 release “Heavy Hearts Hard Fists” and debut album “Here’s Nikki Hill,” released in 2013. With a no-filter energy and explosive live show, they deliver a sound that will make you believe in rock ‘n’ roll again! Nikki’s unique voice—with raw rock and soul dynamics mixed with the strength, passion, and honesty of blues shouters of the past—steers the driving guitar and a tight rhythm section to create a breath of fresh air with their fast-forward approach to American roots music. Gary Hoey has just been on tour with Eric Gales and Lance Lopez in Europe. In addition to touring as a headline act, Hoey has toured and traded licks with Brian May of Queen, Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Joe Satriani, The Doobie Brothers, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, Peter Frampton, Rick Derringer, Deep Purple and Lita Ford. Hoey supported Jeff Beck on the U.S. leg of his spring 2010
tour. Hoey played on and co-wrote a few songs on Lita Ford’s album in 201 2, as well as toured with her in support of that album. Lakota John is an old soul with a love for the blues. “Pembroke’s Lakota John Locklear is a prodigious blues guitarist of Lumbee and Lakota lineage–INDY Week.” From Robeson County, North Carolina, and born in 1997, John Lakota Locklear is no stranger to music. This Native American bottleneck slide player (Lumbee/ Oglala Lakota) grew up listening to his dad’s music library. At 7 years old, he picked up one of his Dad’s old harmonicas and at age 9, his first guitar. This lefty learned to play guitar in standard tuning and was intrigued by the sound of the slide guitar. At age 10, he bought himself a glass slide, placed it on his pinky finger, and he has been sliding over the frets ever since. LAKOTA JOHN
Cory Luetjen & The Traveling Blues Band are a regional favorite, playing over 250 dates a year throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Their brand of high energy brings a charismatic mix of blues, funk and beach music, guaranteeing a foot tapping, crowd-pleasing, good time. *Line-up may change without notice*
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Performance schedule 2 p.m. – Gates open 3 p.m.– Cory Luetjen & The Travelling Blues Band 4:30 p.m.– Lakota John 6 p.m.– Gary Hoey 7:45 p.m.– Nikki Hill Greetings, blues fans! The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society is proud to present the 32nd annual Carolina Blues Festival! This year’s event finds us in downtown Greensboro on the main lawn at Lebauer Park under the one-of-a-kind aerial sculpture by Janet Echelman, aptly titled “Where We Met.” This year’s festival was built by our previous President and veteran CBF chair, John Amberg! John has been with the PBPS for many years, and so this year we are very grateful for his service the opportunity to have his experience to guide us towards another successful event. There are several reasons why the Carolina Blues Festival is important. It celebrates the wonderful legacy of the Black American Music and culture we call blues while promoting its future. Our event displays the power of community and service as we are a 100 percent volunteer-run organization. This nonprofit fundraiser provides the money that we use to spread the gospel of the blues but also to run community programs that serve youth, elderly and special needs members of the Piedmont. When we’re providing Blues in the Schools programs at the early college at Rockingham Community College or bringing music and culture to the elderly clients of Pace of the Triad, we are filling needs our communities have. Thank you for your interest in helping us grow. My name is Atiba Berkley, and in January 2018 I was honored to be elected as President of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, after four years of service to the organization. Chris Roulhac, my predecessor, remains on our Board of Directors and has been such a great support.
I’m fortunate to start my tenure with two former PBPS Presidents on my board and in addition to several new members of our board of 16. We have a great little family here at the PBPS, and I’d like to thank each of you as sponsors, members, volunteers, and supporters for your interest, for your time and for your dollars that help support our mission and programs. Enjoy the show! -Atiba Berkley President, Piedmont Blues Preservation Society Piedmont Blues Preservation Society’s Community Role The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, formed in 1985, is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the music known commonly as the blues; this form of music evolved historically from the work songs and spirituals of African-Americans. This society strives to document and preserve both the Black American and North Carolina blues traditions, to present educational programs, seminars, workshops and to revive interest in blues in the local community. We provide Blues in the Schools and Recreation Centers programs to elementary and middle school children to educate and demonstrate the blues genre and its history. Coming from the oral traditions of African-American folk music, field hollers and spirituals, the blues is the foundation for all other popular music forms students listen to today. Through the blues, student listeners can learn the history of those times. We provide a Share the Music Program to at-risk adolescents who have been abused, neglected, or are runaways. Our goal is to bring these children the joy of music and to attempt to get them involved with music. Research has shown that music involvement settles the mind, helps in education, and provides an outlet that could keep the child from going back to the streets and staying out of trouble. WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
Our newly formed Parker, Speas, Welborne Music Scholarship is a program for music students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Consistent with the PBPS mission statement that encourages “preservation of North Carolina Blues music; [a] revival of interest in blues in the local communities, especially African American communities.” This scholarship was created for the purpose of assisting college students attending Bennett College, North Carolina A&T State University, and/or Winston Salem State University. The Carolina Blues Festival is the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society’s signature fundraising event. We’ve been bringing the blues to Greensboro since 1985, and we’re thrilled to keep bringing great shows to our community and bringing people from across the United States to our city. The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society is pleased to host this day-long event filled with local, regional, and International headliners, food, craft vendors, beverages, and fun for the family. The proceeds from the event help with the educational projects that we do, Blues in the Schools, its sister project, Share the Music, and the Parker, Speas, Welborne Scholarship fund. We hope you find what we do for our community as interesting and you would like to join in the fun. Donations for any of our causes and/or becoming a member is greatly appreciated. Proceeds are used to make our children’s lives and our community more enjoyable, as music should be part of our daily lives. For more information, to become a member, or to make a donation to the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, you may do so online at www. piedmontblues. org, or our mailing address is: Piedmont Blues Preservation Society P.O. Box 9737 Greensboro, NC 27429
A word from the event coordinator, John Amberg On behalf of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, I welcome you to the 32nd annual Carolina Blues Festival! The Southeast’s longest running blues festival returns this year to where it began—downtown Greensboro. We hope you enjoy the experience at beautiful LeBauer Park. This event is part of the year-long Carolina Blues Festival Series; look for more events to be announced for the summer and fall. The Festival Committee has crafted a stellar line-up representing many facets and styles of blues, soul, R&B and rock; Nikki Hill, Gary Hoey, Lakota John and Cory Luetjen & The Traveling Blues Band. We think you’ll enjoy our newest feature to the Carolina Blues Festival experience; the Food and Blues Court, which continues Sunday afternoon, May 20. Special thanks to Downtown Greensboro, Inc. and the City of Greensboro for the help and support. Thanks to all our great sponsors, volunteers and helping hands. But especially, we thank all the blues lovers and supporters all over the Triad, North Carolina and the Southeast for your patronage year after year. 2018 Major Sponsors: Downtown Greensboro, artsgreensboro, Paradise Home Improvement, The Martha and William Murray Charitable Foundation, Bank of Oak Ridge, The Hazelman Family Friends & Supporters: Intelligent Technologies Incorporated, The Fresh Market, Carolina Collaborations, Sawmill II Sports Bar, Weaver Foundation, Cafe Europa, Joymongers Brewing Co. & Barrel Hall, Summerfield Family Chiropractic Dr. Rod C. Brown, The B-Sides, Scott Hummel, Craig Pannell, Barry & Valerie Berard Event sponsors& Suppliers: R.H. Barringer Distribution Co., WNAA 90.1, Rock 92, Natty Greene’s Brewing Company, Grove Winery & Vineyards, YES! Weekly The website states for attendees to bring lawn chairs, folding chairs, blankets or beach towels and flash photography is allowed. Free parking is available in all city parking decks and on the street where allowed. Attendees will be able to leave the festival area and be re-admitted with their ticket/wristband. According to the website, a selection of awesome food trucks and other food vendors will be offering a wide variety of food, including vegan, vegetarian and dessert options. The Piedmont Blues Preservation Society will once again serve fresh-brewed draught beer and ale from Natty Greene’s
Brewing Company, plus select beers from R.H. Barringer Distributing, according to its website. PBPS is proud to have Grove Winery as the official wine vendor for the festival. “Enjoy Grove’s exceptional, awardwinning wines and ‘have some reds and whites with your blues!’ Soft drinks and bottled water will also be available.” Festival information Please, No: • Coolers, outside alcohol, food, or beverage • Threatening signs or apparel • Laser pointers • Audio recording equipment /pro cameras / video equipment • Knives or weapons of any kind • Frisbees or beach balls • Portable structures or large umbrellas • Glass containers of any kind • Noisemakers, horns, vuvuzelas. etc • Backpacks or large bags (personal items will be inspected prior to entrance to festival) • Littering (Please use the recycling bins and proper trash receptacles) • Pets • Drones or unmanned remote control vehicles Please do not smoke in the audience. (This includes vaporizers) Wander over an open, uninhabited spot to smoke and put the butt in the trash. Additional information • The festival will serve beer and wine, (don’t forget your ID) and it will have a wide assortment of vendors with good food and unique crafts. • Children 12 and under are free but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. • Keep yourselves and your families hydrated and covered in sunblock. • Wristbands are nontransferable and must be intact on your wrist at all times. • All patrons and belongings may be subject to search upon entry or re-entry to the festival grounds. • By ordinance of the Fire Marshal, smoking is prohibited under any tents. Most importantly, please enjoy yourself! The festival will have its Carolina Blues Festival T-shirts, as well as other PBPS shirts and a variety of souvenirs. The festival is including arts and crafts vendors this year to make your experience more enjoyable. Musical artists will be selling their CDs and other merchandise. Don’t forget the credit card! The festival will happen rain or shine, and there will be no refunds on ticket purchases. ! MAY 16-22, 2018
Carmen Maria Machado is Greensboro bound On first reading Carmen Maria Machado’s muchacclaimed 2014 short story “The Husband Stitch,” I thought of the great Angela Carter, whose “The Bloody Chamber” remains the best Ian McDowell psycho-sexual reimagining of classic Contributor fairy tales in English literature. “The Husband Stitch” might have been written by a Carter who grew up reading Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark instead of the Brothers Grimm. Some may recognize Machado’s name from her widely-shared tweets about the alleged misogyny of the Pulitzer-winning Junot Díaz, but that’s all she wants to say about Díaz, and this article is about her, not him. A National Book Award finalist for her acclaimed 2017 story collection Her Body and Other Parties, Machado is a headliner at the Greensboro Bound Literary Festival, a three-day national book festival in downtown Greensboro May 18-20. In a Monday phone call, I asked Machado about the award-nominated “The Husband Stitch,” which was reprinted in The Year’s Best Weird Fiction and New Voices of Fantasy and leads off Her Body and Other Parties. It combines the classic campfire story of the girl with the ribbon around her neck and the infamous surgical procedure in which an extra stitch was once allegedly used to repair a woman’s perineum after childbirth, to “tighten” her vagina for her husband’s pleasure. How, I asked, did these threads get sewn together in Machado’s brain? She’d said that she’d wanted to write about the green ribbon, the woman who doesn’t want it untied, and the husband who insists on doing so, ever since she first heard that tale as a Girl Scout. “The thing I loved most about scouting was hearing and telling spooky stories around the campfire, and one night I heard that one, pretty much the same version famously retold by Alvin Schwartz.” Schwartz is the author of In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories, a 1984 collection of horror tales retold for beginning readers. “Years later, my aunt, who is an OB-GYN, told me about the ‘Husband Stitch.’” She said story threads often come together that way. “You think you’re going to write about one thing, and maybe
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about another thing, and then realize they’re the same story. I’d been wanting to write about urban legends, and about a ‘50s suburban housewife who just really likes sex, and I wanted to write about the damaging power of benevolent sexism, and those were the threads.” Something similar happened with “Most Heinous,” a much longer story in Her Body and Other Parties that creepily riffs on Law and Order: SVU by offering alternate storylines for every single episode in the show’s 12-season run. “I had the flu, and Netflix had just started that thing where the next episode automatically began, and I lay there deliriously absorbing the show.” Her first idea, of taking the show’s existing plot synopses on the IMDB and “tweaking them into the surreal,” proved too restrictive, but
seeing that every episode had a one-word title became the springboard, and she ended up writing a mini-story for each title. “I’d been thinking a lot about sexual violence, about how we talk about it and portray it, and I got to use those thoughts in one piece.” I told Machado I’m looking forward to a story she’s not finished writing yet, which she described as being about “queer BDSM power dynamics in the Grand Guignol.” Grand Guignol is the common name for Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol (the Theater of the Great Puppet), a tiny Parisian performance space that staged violent and gruesome short plays from 1887 to its closing in 1962 when increasingly explicit films made it obsolete. Having been fascinated by the Guignol ever since I saw the perverse 1930s horror film Mad Love, whose heroine performs there, on T.V. as a kid, I can’t wait to see what Machado does with the material The sex isn’t entirely new material for Machado, a self-identified queer writer, but the historical setting is. She said, as with the memoir she’s also writing, this work of historical imagination is uncharted territory. “The research is both daunting and exhilarating.” She also said it’s the first time that she, whose grandfather is Cuban, has written about women
of color, as the protagonist of the story is mixed-race. I asked her to recommend a female writer, either new or established; whom she thinks hasn’t gotten the attention she deserved. “You may have heard Kelly Link talk about Kathryn Davis,” Machado said. “Davis wrote five novels since the ‘80s, and has won multiple prizes, but she’s still not nearly as known as she should be. Her latest novel, “Duplex,” came out in 2013, but I just read it, the first thing I’d ever read by her, and was blown away. It’s just wonderfully, indescribably strange, profoundly literary and profoundly weird, and I can’t recommend it enough.” Machado will appear this weekend at the Greensboro Bound Literary Festival. On May 19, she will give an Author Talk at 2 p.m. in the Van Dyke Performance Space in the Greensboro Cultural Center located at 200 N. Davie Street. On May 20th, she will participate in a feminist panel in the same space. Both events are free and open to the public. For more info about the festival, go to greensborobound.com. ! 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.
‘Be Best’ is hypocritical Let’s be brutally honest. Last week’s big launch of the “Be Best” campaign was nothing more than a transparent attempt to give Melania Trump a noble reason for spending time Jim Longworth away from her husband. From now on, the media won’t have Longworth to report that the at Large First Lady is traveling separately from the President because she doesn’t like flying with an alleged adulterer, and instead, they can report that she is leaving D.C. to tour a school in Montana or a hospital in Louisiana. The problem is that “Be Best” is as transparent as the reason for creating it. Forget the fact that the name of the campaign makes no grammatical sense. It’s the broken English, twitter-age version of “Be Your Best,” which is a rip-off of the Army’s old slogan, “Be the Best You Can Be.” Beyond that, “Be Best” strives to tell us that cyberbullying and opioid abuse are bad things. Thanks for the news flash. The question is: Why combine the two issues into one confusing campaign? As you recall, Melania’s big issue from day one was cyberbullying, but when you’re married to the nation’s leading cyberbully, you can’t make your husband’s offensive behavior the sole focus of your campaign. And so, some brilliant White House advisor probably said, “Hey, let’s add opioid abuse to our program so that the media won’t attack us for the hypocrisy of a war on cyberbullies.” The diversion didn’t work, and the First Lady is getting hammered by the media anyway, as well she should. Her husband fills his daily tweets with disparaging remarks that serve to bully his intended victims, and there’s no indication that he will cease that behavior out of respect for Melania’s campaign. Beyond the hypocrisy of it all, “Be Best” also dilutes the message of its disparately dual objectives, and, in the process, does a disservice to both, each of which deserves its own campaign. True, some teens who are victims of cyberbullying also turn to drugs, but the opioid crisis has more to do with adults who mix and abuse their meds than it does with kids who get high from their parent’s prescription drugs. At any rate, it’s no wonder that Melania couldn’t and didn’t announce any specific elements of her “Be Best” program because there are none, beyond a few lofty aspirations. WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
Toward the end of her Rose Garden presentation, it looked like she was about to offer up some substantive ideas when she called on several teenagers to stand and be recognized for their achievements in the war against cyberbullying and opioids. Instead, the three teens were trotted out for window dressing. Melania recognized one young man for encouraging every school in his district to install a “buddy bench,” where lonely kids could sit and invite a friend to join them. Pardon me, but what in the hell does a buddy bench have to do with preventing cyberbullying and opioid abuse? The First Lady’s moment in the sun was hard to watch. Her English was badly broken (it took me awhile to figure out that “body beach” meant “buddy bench”), she never spoke from the heart, her campaign had no substance, and, as it turns out, much of the language she used to describe “Be Best” had been lifted from an Obamaera brochure, a reminder of the convention speech she once plagiarized from Michelle Obama. But perhaps the most painful moment came at the end of her presentation when she called on “The President” to join her at the podium. There was no affectionate hug, no kiss on the lips, no look of love between them. Instead, they exchanged what can only be described as a diplomatic peck on both cheeks. It was a visual reminder of the chill that exists between the Trumps, and of why she needed a national cause that would give her a reason to keep her distance from her philandering, cyberbully of a husband. It’s sad that our current First Couple can’t be more like some of our past ones. Bush 41 wrote daily love notes to his wife. Bush 43 and wife Laura worked puzzles together and bedded down each night at 9:30 p.m. sharp. Barack Obama made a point of eating dinner with the family every evening before returning to the Oval Office. In contrast, the lame, impersonal cheek peck by the Trumps wasn’t affectionate. Instead, it was like a greeting between two foreign adversaries. Maybe that’s what they are. Up until now, Melania has kept a low profile, but this will be her first foray into the public policy arena, which means she will endure a different kind of public scrutiny. I hope “Be Best” can make a difference, but in its present form, the odds are against it. Right now, “Be Best” is in need of a reboot, and the First Lady is in need of a loving hug. I fear neither are forthcoming. ! 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).
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Right on type-WRITE The click of typewriter keys mingled with the clink of cocktail glasses on Friday at the Greensboro Historical Museum’s preview party for the upcoming typeWRITE installation Katei Cranford opening May 19. The installation Contributing features famous typewriters from the columnist Soboroff Typewriter Collection in the museum’s “Connection Point,” a newlydedicated space for interactive exhibits. Affectionately called “Martha’s Space,” what was once the gift-shop is now an area where people “connect to objects, history and each other.” This particular exhibit encourages visitors to play with typewriters so that “adults young and old experience a history museum in new ways.” The goal is a fun, interactive environment. “The museum gears a lot toward children, but we’re hoping to build a little something for adults and keeping things fun for all ages. Especially here tonight,” museum director Carol Hart said of the cocktail party kickoff complete with hor d’oeuvres, chocolate cigars, and a jazzy three-piece playing from the open second-floor landing to guests in the lobby below. Behind glass, typewriters from Maya Angelou, Ernest Hemingway, John Lennon, Truman Capote, and even Tom Hanks line the walls of the freshly renovated space. The most exciting aspect involves the ability to play and interact with a variety of vintage typewriters from the turn of the century through the final heydays of the machine in the 1970s. It’s all about MAY 16-22, 2018
the “sounds and sensations.” At the party, curator Robert Harris shared stories of how the Remington company transitioned metalworks from firearms to typewriters after the civil war; and boasted the ways typewriters helped advance Women’s Rights by creating an industry with career opportunities never before afforded to women. Greensborian items on display include a World Typewriter 2, “the iPad of the 1890s,” originally purchased by George S. Sergeant for his iron foundry on East Washington. The 1960 “Musicwriter” used by celebrated Grimsley band director Herbert Hazelman is a stunning local example. Created exclusively for drafting music works, the specialized machine cost $500 when it was purchased by the school at Hazelman’s behest for his composer residency program, hosted at Grimsley from 1960-1962. Visitors enjoyed the thud from the keys of a 1920s vintage Royal. The glide of a 1970s IBM Selectric II thrilled a few former typists, summoning memories of days in the secretarial pool. “I still remember the way we’d fight over who’d get to use the Selectric,” mused one attendee. The IBM Selectric I (a favorite of Hunter S. Thompson) introduced a typeball mechanism which allowed the user a remarkably fluid typing experience. The Selectric II added correction features and memory storage, indicative of the new era of word-processing which IBM would help usher as offices swapped typewriters for computers through the 1980s. To Steve Soboroff, the Los Angeles businessman who loaned the collection, “what the typewriter symbolizes now timelessness.” Of these particular typewriters, it’s, “the idea that geniuses sat there and accomplished what they accomplished on these typewriters … it gives me chills.” Feel the sensation for yourself when the installation opens May 19 to celebrate the Greensboro: Bound Literary Festival. Admission to the museum is free, typeWRITE will run through August 19. ! KATEI CRANFORD is a GSO rock-n-roller, NC mover-nshaker, and all-around Triad music aficionado. She chats up tunes and towns as hostess of Mostly Local Monday, a radio show that runs like a mixtape of bands playing NC the following week. You can catch her on WUAG 103.1FM every Monday from 5-7pm or via live stream at www.wuag.net.
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[LEO (July 23 to August 22) Being ignored is difficult for any proud Leo or Leona. But pushing yourself back into the spotlight might be unwise. Instead, let things work themselves out at their own pace.
[AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Uncertainty about who is right and who isn’t might keep you from making a clear-cut decision. Wait until you know more about what you’re being asked to decide.
[VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Trying to uncover a colleague’s secret under the pretext of showing concern is ill-advised. Control your curiosity to avoid raising resentment in the workplace.
[PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Be careful to keep your emotions in check when dealing with a demanding personal situation. You need to set an example of strength for others to follow.
[LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Expect to hear good news about a loved one. Also, be prepared for some changes in several family relationships that could develop from this lucky turn of events.
[ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Lots of possibilities begin to open up by midweek. Some seem more appealing than others. But wait for more facts to emerge later on before you consider which to choose.
[SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Some surprises are expected to accompany a number of changes that will continue through part of next week. At least one could involve a romantic situation.
[TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Bravo to the determined Bovine. While others might give up, you continue to search for answers. Expect your Taurean tenacity to begin paying off by week’s end.
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cember 21) You might be upset by some of your critics. But most of your associates continue to have faith in your ability to get the job done, and done well.
[CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A workplace goal that suddenly seems out of reach is no problem for the sure-footed Goat, who moves steadily forward despite any obstacles placed in his or her way.
[GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You might want to consider stepping back from the task at hand for a while. This could help you get a better perspective on what you’ve done and what still needs to be done. [CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Your keen Cancerian insight should help you determine whether a new offer is solid or just more fluff ‘n’ stuff. The clues are all there waiting for you to find them. © 2018 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.
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* Presidential security was not always as formidable as it is today. In 1913, former President Theodore Roosevelt was walking down a Milwaukee street, heading to a speech he was scheduled to give. A man named John Schrank pulled out a gun and shot toward Roosevelt, who staggered but did not fall. There was no blood evident, and Roosevelt, who was campaigning for a second term, insisted on delivering his speech. When he pulled from a coat pocket the 100 pages on which his speech was written, he saw a
bullet hole through the sheets of paper. Still determined to carry on, he gave his speech before going to the hospital, where it was discovered that the bullet had penetrated four inches into his body. After the perpetrator was arrested, it became evident that Schrank was insane; he claimed that President William McKinley had revealed to him in a dream that Roosevelt was responsible for McKinley’s assassination. Schrank spent the next 32 years in an insane asylum. * If you see a group of flamingoes together in one place, it might be handy to know that the appropriate collective noun is a “flamboyance.” Thought for the Day: “It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.” — Rollo May © 2018 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.
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I recently had my addiction recovery memoir published. I’m very honest and vulnerable in it, and readers feel superconnected to me Amy Alkon because of it. Most just briefly thank me Advice for how it changed Goddess their life, etc. However, a few have really latched on to me via social media. I respond to their first message, and then they write back with pretty much a whole novel and message me constantly. I don’t want to be mean, but this is time-consuming and draining. — Unprepared Not to worry...that fan won’t be stalking you forever — that is, if you’ll just sign the medical release she’s had drawn up for the two of you to get surgically conjoined. In writing your book, you probably wanted to help others get the monkey off their back — not point them to the open space on yours so they could line up to take its place. The interaction these fans have with you is a “parasocial” relationship, a psych term describing a strong one-sided emotional bond a person develops with a fictional character, celebrity, or media figure. These people aren’t crazy; they know, for example, that Jimmy Kimmel isn’t their actual “bro.” But we’re driven by psychological adaptations that are some-
times poorly matched with our modern world, as they evolved to solve mating and survival problems in an ancestral (hunter-gatherer) environment. Though it still pays for us to try to get close to high-status people — so we might learn the ropes, get status by association, and get some trickle-down benefits — the adaptation pushing us to do this evolved when we gathered around fires, not flatscreens. This makes our poor little Stone Age minds ill-equipped to differentiate between people we know and people we know from books, movies, and TV. Psychologist David C. Giles and others who study parasocial relationships were used to these interactions remaining onesided, as until recently, it was challenging to even find a celeb’s agent’s mailing address to send them a letter (which might only be seen by some assistant to their agent’s assistant). However, as you’ve experienced, that’s changed thanks to social media, which is to say, Beyonce’s on Twitter. But the fact that you can be reached doesn’t mean you owe anyone your time. As soon as you see someone trying to hop the fence from fan to friend, write something brief but kind, such as: “It means a lot to me that you connected with my book. However, I’m swamped with writing deadlines, so I can’t carry on an email exchange, much as I’d like to. Hope you understand!” This message establishes a boundary, but without violating your fan’s dignity. Dignity, explains international conflict resolution specialist Donna Hicks, is an “internal state of peace” a person feels when they’re treated as if they have value
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I’m a single woman in my mid-30s, and I can’t cook. I’m also not interested in learning. My parents are old-school, and this worries them. They keep telling me that “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Is that really still true? — Takeout Queen A man does not stay with a mean woman simply because she makes a mean pot roast: “Yeah, bro, I was all ready to leave her, but then my stomach chained itself to the kitchen table.” However, what really matters for a lot of men is that you’re loving as you pry the plastic lid off their dinner. Being loving is not just a state of mind; it is something you do — a habit of being responsive to
what marriage researcher John Gottman calls “bids” from your partner for your attention, affection, or support. Being responsive involves listening to and engaging with your partner, even in the mundane little moments of life. So when your man grumbles that his hairline is retreating like the Germans at Kursk, you say something sweet or even funny back — as opposed to treating his remark like background noise or snarling something about being late to work. Sure, some men will find it a deal breaker that you don’t cook — same as some will find it a deal breaker if you aren’t up for raising children or llamas. But even a cursory familiarity with male anatomy suggests there are a number of ways to a man’s heart, from the obvious — a surgical saw through the sternum — to a more indirect but far more popular route: showing him you can tie a cherry stem into a knot with your tongue. ! GOT A problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or e-mail AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com) © 2018 Amy Alkon Distributed by Creators.Com.
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