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LULU & BLU is small, but mighty. The restaurant—which is tucked in a small shopping center off North Main—opened in late 2014 as part of the well-known Blue Restaurant Group, but has been under new ownership since March. 10 This past weekend, the WOMEN’S FLAT TRACK DERBY ASSOCIATION held its International Playoffs in WinstonSalem with Greensboro Roller Derby as its hosts. Twelve teams battled it out to advance and secure coveted spots in the WFTDA Championships in November, which is held in Montreal, Canada. 12 Two new books, John Billheimer’s “HITCHCOCK and the Censors” and Wes D. Gehring’s “Hitchcock and Humor,” are worthy additions to the already voluminous number of books that have explored the life and career of the filmmaker still referred to as “the Master.” 14 Exquisite period detail notwithstanding, the historical romance VITA & VIRGINIA misses the mark. A dramatization of the relationship between socialite/writer Vera Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton) and fellow writer Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth YES! WEEKLY

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Debicki), this arch effort constantly aspires to a profundity and a gravitas that it never achieves... 15 Last December, Drew McKissick, chairman of the South Carolina GOP, told the Washington Examiner that he would not rule out cancelling that State’s 2020 primary if President Trump should face a serious challenge from a member of his OWN PARTY. Last week he made good on that promise. 22 Speakers included MARCUS SMITH’s mother Mary Smith, his sister Kim Suber, ministers Nelson Johnson and Wesley Morris, and retired civil rights attorney Lewis Pitts Jr. Some who listened, sang and applauded have been protesting since late 2018... 26 The New York City-based mariachi group FLOR DE TOLOACHE are definitely taking mariachi music to new places. The band will perform in Winston-Salem this week as a part of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ American Music Series. I spoke to two of the founding members, Shae Fiol and Mireya Ramos, last week while they were in transit.



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GROOVE JAM VIII SATURDAY SAT 14 OFFICIAL GREENSBORO PRIDE KICKOFF CELEBRATION WHAT: Join us on Saturday, September 14th for the official Greensboro Pride Kick Off Party! We’ll start with family-friendly festivities from noon to 9 p.m., transitioning into a 21+ only event from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. WHEN: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. WHERE: Boxcar Bar + Arcade. 120 W Lewis St, Greensboro. MORE: Free event. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by a parent.


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WHAT: FREE family-friendly street festival with beer, live music, face painting, and craft and food vendors running the length of the street. Reacquaint yourself with Greensboro’s historic shopping district and best-kept secret! WHEN: 2-7 p.m. WHERE: State Street. 2104 Georgia St, Greensboro. MORE: Free event.

WHAT: This annual event is a fundraiser and food drive for Greensboro Urban Ministry, our local food bank and homeless shelter. The festival will feature live music starting at 2 p.m. until 11 p.m. Including performances by some of the best bands in GSO. There will be a variety of vendors, food trucks, and game activities on site. Coolers are welcome. All festival goers are asked to bring nonperishable food items for our local food bank. WHEN: 2-11 p.m. WHERE: Doodad Farm. 4701 Land Rd, Greensboro. MORE: $15 suggested donation for admission.

WHAT: Prepare for a fun-filled day with comics, cosplay, toys, gaming and more! Featuring your favorite local creators, professional guests and the best pop culture vendors around! With fan-inspired panels, interactive events and an all-inclusive cosplay contest, it’s a show like no other! WHEN: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. WHERE: Greensboro Marriott Downtown. 304 North Greene Street, Greensboro. MORE: $10 tickets.

WHAT: At last year’s event, over 12,000 people visited our festival and exhibitors, enjoying the camaraderie and entertainment provided. We expect even more people attending this year with more exhibitors and food vendors. We hope you will join with ART in this celebration as a sponsor of the event. Your support gives you the opportunity to be recognized as an ally of the LGBTQ community. WHEN: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. WHERE: Downtown Greensboro MORE: Free event.




Quietly and seemingly overnight, a new LGBTQ bar popped up in the space that used to be Shiners in Greensboro, located at 435- M Dolley Madison Rd. The only marketing for the event was a Facebook post by Timothy Day, which stated that there would be an exciting announcement made at midnight on Sept. 1. The announcement post received over 40 shares, over 50 comments and over 100 likes. On the evening of Sept. 1, Twist LGBTQ Lounge opened its doors for a soft opening. The co-owners of Twist are David Gregory and Joe Wagner, and they also own Breakers Sports Bar, which is located one building over from Twist. Wagner said he was “overwhelmed, and not expecting the turn out” on Sept. 1. “With zero promo, I was so shocked at the support,” Gregory said. “Kind of humbled by it, it was all good feedback... It was just so positive all the way around.” The interior of the bar is bright, open and equipped with a spacious dance floor, pool table and comfy couches for the full lounge experience. “The reality is, also the truth, there is nowhere for me to go,” said Wagner, a 50-year-old gay man, on why he wanted to open another bar. “If I wanted to have a drink on my way home or if I was on a date, there is nowhere to go. Certainly, there are plenty of private clubs in Greensboro, but they didn’t feel like home or a place for me.” “It was Joe’s idea, and I wanted to support my best friend and business partner,” said Gregory, who identifies as heterosexual. “It made a ton of sense, and I want him to be happy, just like you want your best friend to be happy.” Gregory said with another LGBTQ space in Greensboro, it is an undeserved market. Also, Breakers has been successful for the most part, so it made sense to open a new bar within proximity. “You hear horror stories about best friends that go into business together, and WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

how it never works and even when we did our first corporation, the attorney looked at us like we were crazy because we wanted it to be 50/50,” Gregory said. Gregory and Wagner have been friends for 15 years, and have owned Breakers for three years. At first, the two were reluctant to start a new venture. “Any new business is going to be needy, and I wasn’t sure that I wanted to invest what needed to be invested, monetarily and time-wise,” Wagner said. “It seems like we did this overnight, but it has been an ongoing, behind-the-scenes thing since January,” Gregory said. The vision for Twist is a neighborhood gay bar. “Not strictly a nightclub, drag club, gay men’s bar, not a women’s bar; it’s a place where gay and straight can come and have a drink after work,” Wagner said. “There will be dancing on the weekends for those that want to dance. It is just somewhere for the community to go.” Gregory said Twist would operate in a similarily to Breakers, where the clientele drives the events and gives feedback to the co-owners. “We are going to listen to our customers just as any responsible business owner should, in my opinion, and give the people what they want, within reason,” Gregory said. “To piggyback off of what David said earlier, the reason that we don’t have these things on a calendar is not because we are lazy, we need more information from the community,” Joe said. Opening just in time before Greensboro Pride, Twist will have a booth downtown during the festival. The bar will also be open that night to those who want to come afterward. Twist is open seven days a week from 4 p.m. until 12 a.m. on Sundays-Thursdays and until 2:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. !


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Lulu and Blu is a standout in High Point’s emerging dining scene


ulu and Blu is small but mighty. The restaurant— which is tucked in a small shopping center off North Main—opened in late 2014 as part of Davina Van Buren the well-known Blue @highpointfoodie Restaurant Group, but has been under new ownership since Contributor March. Now, the ship is helmed by chef/proprietor Jeremy Walley and his partner in both life and business, Kylie Tucker. Borrowing inspiration from Italy and the American South, Walley’s unique take on traditional Italian fare is a standout among the International City’s dining scene, particularly in terms of quality and creativity. Walley, who grew up in Miami, said he’s always had a fascination with food. “Food is such a big deal down there—I remember my parents would always take us out to Pollo Tropical,” he said, referring to the Florida-based casual Caribbean restaurant chain with a cult following. When the family relocated to North Carolina, he worked at Giacomo’s Italian Market in Greensboro as a teenager. “It was only after work-


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ing there that I thought about culinary school,” Walley said. “Until then, I never thought of cooking as a career.” After a stint at GTCC’s culinary school, Walley landed a gig at Bluewater Grille, where he met restaurateur and Blue Restaurant Group mastermind, Paul Riggan. After four and a half years at Bluewater, he joined Lulu and Blu as lead chef for two and a half years until opening his own food-focused venture, a food truck called Manna. When Riggan decided to sell the Lulu and Blu earlier this year, Walley seized the opportunity to own the restaurant he helped birth and the rest, as they say, is history. Many customers may not have noticed the switch, as most of the changes are subtle. “We already knew what sold and that there were certain things we could

not take off the menu,” Walley said. “For instance, the carbonara and the Bolognese had to stay. People also love the lasagna and the calamari, and the flatbreads were a huge hit. One of the first things I did when I came back was start making gluten-free flatbreads.” The flatbreads are just one example of many health-and-diet-focused dishes on the uber-creative menu. “We try to offer something for everyone as far as glutenfree, vegetarian, vegan and price point as well,” Walley said. “If you want a $35 steak, we can accommodate that—but if you want chicken parmesan, we can do that, too.” Almost everyone loves Italian food, but what separates the mundane from the outstanding—as in Lulu and Blu’s case—is the focus on high-quality (often local)

ingredients and creativity that can only be learned from years of perfecting flavor combinations and cooking techniques that truly showcase the regions they represent. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Friday and offers a fantastic selection of salads, wraps, sandwiches, flatbreads, pasta, paninis and small plates. I was thrilled to see both chicken marsala and chicken piccata—two of my favorite Italian dishes—available in wrap form... Brilliant! There’s also a soup, frittata, and risotto of the day. And salad lovers, welcome to your happy place: you’ll find seven choices ranging from caesar and kale to Caprese and the “Blu”—a flavor bomb of iceberg lettuce, smoked pork belly, boiled egg, gorgonzola, peppadew, pickled red onion, roasted squash and basil buttermilk dressing.

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Blackened Scallop Risotto The dinner menu is equally varied and impressive, starting with a robust appetizer selection. Think pork belly with braised kale and goat cheese polenta, crab cakes, charcuterie, and the delicious “Lulu dip,” a combination of mascarpone, artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes served with homemade parmesan focaccia. You’ll find some crossover from the lunch menu as far as salads and sandwiches, and more entrée and pasta choices. Supporting local farmers is a priority for both Walley and Tucker, and you’ll find several featured farms on the menu: mushrooms from Borrowed Land Farms; Berkshire pork chops, duck and guanciale (cured pork cheeks) from Harmony Ridge Farms; chanterelles from a local forager; and air-roasted coffee beans from North Carolina roaster Magic Beans. Tucker, who has experience in fine dining, also gave the wine list a makeover. “Before we took over, it was just American and Italian wines,” she said. “We’ve added some Spanish wines, as well as wines from Argentina, to offer a few more rounded and global choices.” The duo welcomes diners to their sleek yet cozy spaces and said that local sup-

port means everything. Hopefully, Lulu and Blu is the first of many restaurant endeavors to come. “It’s exciting to be part of the revitalization,” Tucker said. “You hear those stories about being in the right place at the right time...In 20 years, High Point could be amazing.” My assessment: Lulu and Blu is easily one of my favorite places to eat in the Triad. The upscale yet casual vibe, affordable options, high-quality ingredients, and friendly staff make this a definite must on your foodie to-do list. A bonus is that no matter what kind of diet you may be on, Lulu and Blu can accommodate it, which makes this a great spot to take out-of-town visitors and picky eaters. ! DAVINA VAN Buren is an award-winning travel and food writer based in High Point. You can find her on social media @HighPointFoodie.



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his past weekend, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association held its International Playoffs in WinstonSalem with Greensboro Roller Derby Katie Murawski as its hosts. Twelve teams battled it out to advance Editor and secure coveted spots in the WFTDA Championships held in Montreal, Canada, this November. One team, in particular, stole the hearts of GSORD members, as well as the rest of the roller derby community. Macarena Pappalardo, aka Maki Lombera, a graphic designer and skater and Lucila Zandoná, aka Lula Zan, skater and a psychologist (who works with autistic children) are best friends on 2 x 4 (Dos Por Cuatro) Roller Derby League. Both are also skaters of its charter A-Team, Team OSOM. Maki Lombera and Lula Zan have been playing roller derby for eight years. They are some of the earliest members of 2 x 4 Roller Derby, which began in Bueno Aires, Argentina, in 2010. Due to Argentina’s history of political instability, high poverty level and its classification as a developing country, both women said it has been difficult, financially, for the league to play the sport. This is mainly due to geography. 2 x 4 Roller Derby is somewhat disadvantaged because they are isolated from the rest of the WFTDA-affiliated derby leagues. The league has to travel to the United States or Europe to move up in rankings since the WFTDA rankings depend on how often a league plays in sanctioned bouts. As of August 2019, 2 x 4 ranks 12th out of 350 leagues. (Greensboro Roller Derby is ranked 126th.) 2 x 4 Roller Derby practices outdoors, under an overpass, and inside of Chacabuco Park, a public space in the Parque Chacabuco section of Buenos Aires. They practice in that spot because it is free and they can’t afford to secure a permanent practice space indoors, like most other roller derby teams. (To learn more, go to the GoFundMe fundraiser organized by Derby Without Borders.) “It’s hard because if it rains, we can’t practice,” Maki Lombera said. “It also fun YES! WEEKLY

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Lula Zan and Maki Lombera of 2 x 4 Roller Derby because there are a lot of people practicing sports there, like dancing and parkour.” “In winter, it is too cold and in summer, and it is very hot,” added Lula Zan. “We don’t have bathrooms; we have to ask the restaurant on the corner if we can use theirs; those kind of things are not nice, but that is our space, and we love it,” Maki Lombera said. According to an opinion piece published in the popular roller derby media outlet, The Apex, 2 x 4 league member Sabrina Papap wrote that roller derby should not be an economic privilege. “The average wage is about 3 U.S. dollars per hour. It means that if you are lucky enough to have a decent full-time job, you will make about 500 U.S. dollars per month. In a roller derby trip, every 2x4 skater will spend about 1,000 U.S. dollars in tickets, lodging and food...Don’t you dare be damn good and get to Championships, because now you are supposed to spend half of your yearly income, just because you’re good at sports. I know that money is an issue for almost everyone playing this sport, but there’s a difference between setting aside some vacation money and having to decide to afford a living.” The roller derby presence in Argentina is

sparse, with only 2 x 4 and Sailor City Rollers representing Central/South America in the WFTDA. “We don’t play a lot in Argentina,” Maki Lombera said. “Because we don’t have another team to play against. There are only one A-Team, they played at the Continental Cup last week, and sometimes there is a team from Chile that travels to play in Argentina. But we don’t have a lot of teams to play against, so we have to travel to USA.” “We practice a lot,” Lula Zan explained. “We are very compromised with this sport.” “We know it is difficult to do this sport in Argentina because our space and the money that we have to spend to travel, the skates, the gear,” Maki Lombera said. “So if we want to do it, we have to do it like for real.” With their traveling expenses just to compete the league has to be creative with their fundraising. They offer raffles, make and sell food/drinks at their scrimmages and sell team merchandise. One of the team’s members also contributes with her brand of merch, No Puedo Tengo Derby, which means, “I Can’t, I Have Derby.” Team OSOM made history this weekend

at the Playoffs as the first Latin American team that will compete in the WFTDA Championships. The league came in third place, but things might have gone differently. Right before they were supposed to play in their first bout, the league had their luggage and gear bags locked inside of the rental car’s trunk. “The girls were like crying and nervous because they wouldn’t have their skates and it is hard to play with another skate that you don’t know, and the T-shirt and the gear and mouthguards,” Maki Lombera said. “Everything was like a mess. We were trying to be focusing on the game, but we were very crazy. Suddenly, like 15 minutes before the game, they appear with their stuff. We didn’t have time to worry about the game, so that was the nice part.” I asked the two women if they were nervous about coming to North Carolina since the controversial H.B. 2 has left a stain on the state’s reputation. “No, we talked about that inside our league,” Lula Zan said. “In Argentina, there are a lot of things that happen, too. So if Playoffs are in Argentina, they will talk about insecurity and other things that are not part of our league. I think it is nice to support [Greensboro Roller Derby], they are not guilty of the things that happen around them, and we thought if we are here for roller derby, they chose this place because we will be safe in the derby community, so we trust in the team and the WFTDA.” “Greensboro Roller Derby, they were really, really nice and they helped us a lot, and we never had a team help us so much like that,” Maki Lombera said. “We are really appreciative and happy about that.” Their favorite parts about roller derby are the derby community and traveling to compete, because they said it makes them stronger as a team. “Be a good partner with your people and other teams,” said Maki Lombera on how roller derby can change the world. “Help each other. We rely on a lot of help, and we learn to give help also. I think it is a good thing about roller derby, and it is something that we should do more of.” “It is something everyone should do even outside of roller derby,” she added. ! 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.






Hail Hitchcock: Two views of the Master HITCHCOCK AND THE CENSORS by John Billheimer. Published by University Press of Kentucky, 384 pages, $50 retail. (

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HITCHCOCK AND HUMOR by Wes D.Gehring. Published by McFarland, 290 pages, $39.95 retail. (www.mcfarland-

Nearly 40 years after his death, Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) remains one of the most discussed, debated and celebrated filmmakers ever. Such enduring adulation is well deserved, as he remains perhaps the best-known director who ever lived, one whose name and image are still immediately recognized the world over – to say nothing of his body of work. Two new books, John Billheimer’s “Hitchcock and the Censors” and Wes D. Gehring’s “Hitchcock and Humor,” are worthy additions to the already voluminous number of books that have explored the life and career of the filmmaker still referred to as “the Master.” Each book is essentially self-explana-

tory; Billheimer’s examines Hitchcock’s mostly successful dealings with the Production Code, Gehring’s looks at the use of humor in Hitchcock’s films. Hitchcock may have been the “Master” of suspense, but there’s no denying a (dark) sense of humor at work in much of his work. There’s a fine line between scaring an audience and making them laugh, and Hitchcock was truly a master at doing both – often simultaneously. In “Hitchcock and the Censors,” Billheimer goes on a film-by-film basis, giving an overview on the story and themes, the complaints by the Production Code, and what, if anything, Hitchcock was willing to concede in compliance. Some of these guidelines seem quaint and trivial in retrospect but were taken very seriously in their day. Excessive violence, nudity, sexuality and profanity were understandably verboten, but so were sympathy to criminals and/or glorifying crime, the use of the flag, romance between different races and sexual aberration (including homosexuality). Not only were some of these guidelines absurd, to say nothing of antiquated – even for their time – but some were insulting, and in these more enlightened times, intolerant. Written in a nimble, even jaunty fashion, “Hitchcock and the Censors” highlights, in an entertaining fashion, those instances where Hitchcock out-

foxed or out-maneuvered the censors. The methods he employed did not go unnoticed by other filmmakers. When Martin Scorsese made Taxi Driver (1976), he made the final bloodbath so violent and gory knowing full well it would be cut, but not to the extent that it would compromise his vision. It could be said that by the time the Motion Picture Association of America established its rating system in 1968, which is still in use today, the industry had (finally) caught up to Hitchcock. Indeed, on his last three films – the disappointing Topaz (1969), 1972’s Frenzy (Hitchcock’s only R-rated film), and the 1976 romp Family Plot – he was unimpeded by censorship, and wasn’t immune to one last blast of controversy with Frenzy, which its detractors said was Hitchcock taking the R-rating to extremes. Maybe, but who better to do so? (Incidentally, Frenzy is my “darkhorse” favorite in the Hitchcock oeuvre. I don’t think it’s his best film, but it may be my favorite.) Especially enjoyable is the segment on Hitchcock’s television series’, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, which collectively ran on CBS from 1955-’65. Hitchcock’s experiences with the Code served him well when dealing with the Federal Communications Commission, affiliates and sponsors. Hitchcock’s success grew considerably

from his television exposure, making him one of the very first “celebrity directors.” With that success came great power, and he wielded it to preserve his vision and intent, even on the small screen. Gehring’s book is subtitled “Modes of Comedy in Twelve Defining Films,” and, for the record, that delicious dozen consists of Blackmail (1929), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The 39 Steps (1935), Secret Agent (1936), The Lady Vanishes (1938), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Rope (1948), Strangers on a Train (1951), Rear Window (1954), The Trouble With Harry (1955), and North by Northwest (1959). For good measure, Gehring adds an epilogue “and thoughts” on Psycho (1960). The prolific Gehring, who has written nearly 40 books, delves into each film with assiduous detail, as is his custom. One hardly needs to rewatch these films to confirm the author’s opinions, as he specifically notes scenes or dialogue taken verbatim from them. He’s clearly done his homework. Oddly, he doesn’t include Hitchcock’s final film, the aforementioned Family Plot, but perhaps he didn’t want to tempt fate or superstition by emphasizing 13 films. ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on © 2019, Mark Burger.




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Vita & Virginia: Ladies of literature in love


xquisite period detail notwithstanding, the historical romance Vita & Virginia misses the mark. A dramatization of the Mark Burger relationship between socialite/writer Contributor Vera Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton) and fellow writer Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki), this arch effort constantly aspires to a profundity and a gravitas that it never achieves, quashed by the characters’ propensity for long-winded platitudes. (“You have as much as me as I have to give,” “I feel terribly real right now,” et al.) Set in the early 1920s, in the period after the publication of Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, the story follows these two women on an inevitable collision course, exempli-

fied by long, lingering glances between the two when they first meet. Vera is married to Harold Nicolson (Rupert Penry-Jones), a career diplomat who’s willing to overlook her lesbian dalliances so long as she maintains a circumspect decorum. He would prefer that her

“muddles” not draw undue attention. After all, the bisexual Harold is an expert at keeping his own “muddles” – with men – quiet. Virginia’s husband, Leonard (Peter Fernando), is more concerned with his wife’s mental and emotional well-being, wanting her to be happy and find fulfillment but worried that a relationship with Vera could have severe consequences. His suspicions are well-founded. Arterton, one of the film’s armies of executive producers, gives a strident performance as Vita. She’s haughty, petulant and seemingly even predatory (“You’ve finally caught your prey,” one observer tells her), yet after wooing and winning Virginia, she promptly embarrasses her at a gallery opening – both by arriving late

and in the company of another woman. It’s never clear what drives and motivates her, or the source of her fickleness. Debecki has an easier time of it, capturing Virginia’s emotional fragility and her resilience. Arterton’s turn is overstated, Debicki’s is understated – and all the more effective as a result. Isabella Rossellini has a small but showy role as Vita’s mother. She plays it to the hilt, yet there’s a clear reason for her behavior. She’s determined not to bring shame on the family name, and if Vita resists this, Lady Sackville won’t think twice about disinheriting her. The screenplay, based on the correspondence between Vita SackvilleWest and Virginia Woolf, was written by director Chanya Button and actress Eileen Atkins (who earlier penned the screenplay for the 1996 screen adaptation of Mrs. Dalloway), who had written the play Vita & Virginia, in which she’d also appeared. According to some reports, however, Atkins asked to have her name removed from the credits. Make of that what you will. Vita & Virginia is a nice try. It’s never boring, it looks terrific, and everyone involved takes it very seriously, but it doesn’t add up to much. Virginia’s relationship with Vita was evidently the inspiration for her 1928 novel Orlando. There would seem to be a wealth of source material for this story, but looks – even long, lingering ones – can be deceiving. ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on © 2019, Mark Burger.

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ast December, Drew McKissick, chairman of the South Carolina GOP, told the Washington Examiner that he would not rule out canceling S.C.’s 2020 Jim Longworth primary if President Trump should face a serious challenge Longworth from a member of at Large his own party. Last week he made good on that promise. As radical as that seems, keep in mind that South Carolina did the same thing in 2004 when incumbent President George W. Bush looked vulnerable after having invaded the wrong country the year before. Instead of letting folks decide a primary winner, Luke Byars, then serving as state chairman, convened a private meeting of the South Carolina Republican State Executive Committee, and passed a resolution which endorsed the President for re-election. The same thing happened in 1992 when the Iowa GOP canceled their caucuses, for fear that challenger Pat Buchannan would embarrass George H.W. Bush early on. That brings us back to 2020 and Donald Trump, whose tariff policies are starting to erode his base, while folks like former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, and Ohio Governor John Kasich wait in the wings for a possible primary challenge. It could be a long wait, according to former South Carolina Republican chairman Matt Moore, who told the Examiner “Pigs will fly before the South Carolina GOP allows Trump to have opposition.” Flying pigs aside, what Iowa did in 1992 and South Carolina did in 2004 is nothing short of voter suppression because it denied Republicans and Independents the right to vote. But, in fact, it was legal. Those states’ parties were merely playing hardball politics, something modern-day Democrats don’t seem to know how to do. For example, an overwhelming majority of Democratic Congressmen want to impeach Trump, but Nancy Pelosi says the Senate wouldn’t convict, so no action is taken. Meanwhile, some Democrats say they are waiting for WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

the Southern District of New York or other plaintiffs to run Trump out of office, but that probably won’t happen. If Democrats really want to rid the nation of Trump, they don’t have to wait until next fall. All they have to do is be creative and play hardball ahead of the primaries. In most states, if you are a registered Democrat, you must vote in the Democratic primary, and “unaffiliated” voters must declare which party’s primary they want to vote in, on the day of the primary. But guess what? You can switch your party affiliation ahead of time, and vote in the opposition primary. In North Carolina, for example, you must switch your party affiliation within 25 days of the primary, which is on March 3, 2020. In other words, a Democrat can vote in the Republican primary by simply changing their registration in accordance with deadlines established in each state. So how is this a strategy to deny Trump a second term? It’s simple. You switch your party affiliation, walk into the booth on primary day, and vote for one of Trump’s leading Republican challengers. Let’s take North Carolina as an example. There are just over 2 million registered Democrats in our State, and about that many unafiliated voters. If a majority of them cast their ballot for Bill Weld in the primary, then President Trump won’t have enough delegates to win the state. If Democrats in every state do the same thing, Trump would be denied before he even gets to run for a second term. By switching parties, you forfeit your right to vote for your favorite Democrat, but the overwhelming majority of likely Democratic voters in the U.S. tells pollsters that any Democrat would be better than Trump. If that’s true, then what’s stopping you Democrats from becoming a temporary Republican during your State’s primary? Of course, some Republican leaders could counter a Democratic partyswitching ploy by canceling their state’s primary, but, South Carolina aside, I can’t see today’s more engaged conservative electorate accepting a mass movement to disenfranchise themselves from the process. So Democrats, stop your whining and lamenting, and get ready to play hardball. I’ve even got a slogan for your end-run movement: “Pigs will fly in 2020!”. ! 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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A Whataburger location in Bastrop, Texas, was the scene of a gruesome plunge to an oily demise on Aug. 31. As customers waited in line at the counter, the Austin AmericanChuck Shepherd Statesman reported, kitchen workers tried to catch a mouse scampering across the food prep counter. A customer captured the scene on video as the mouse, fleeing a person trying to trap it, leapt into a fryer full of hot grease. On the video, an employee can be heard asking, “Who else needs a refund?” The video was posted to Facebook, prompting Whataburger to comment that the location had been closed and “the entire restaurant has since been cleaned and sanitized.”


Police in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, say an unnamed 80-year-old woman snoozed right through an apparent carjacking on Aug. 28 — even though she was in the car. The victim told police she had fallen asleep in her car, parked in her driveway, around 9 p.m. that evening. She called police around 4 a.m. to say she woke up on the driveway and her car was gone, but she had no recollection of how she got there, the New York Daily News reported. Police observed a fresh abrasion and bruise on her face. The car was recovered later that day in Trenton, but the search is still on for suspects.


— In the Mexican state of Tlaxcala, high school instructor Luis Juarez Texis inflamed the ire of parents when he made students wear cardboard boxes (with cut-out eye holes) on their heads as they took an exam in order to deter cheating. Parents are calling for Texis’ removal, OddityCentral reported, saying the boxes amounted to “acts of humiliation, physical, emotional and psychological violence.” Others, however, applauded Texis’ idea, with one saying the boxes “teach them a great lesson.” Texis told reporters the students consented to the anti-cheating method. — A graffiti artist in Frankston, Australia, has been painting the Melbourne suburb purple with a message to someone named Chris, saying “u need 2 talk 2 me B4 baby is born, or don’t bother after,” according to a July 30 report from the Australian Broadcasting Corp. The messages have appeared on several public spaces, such as sidewalks and the sides of buildings. Frankston Mayor Michael O’Reilly said the city council “would encourage those involved to consider more constructive, and less illegal ways of communicating in the future. ... I hope Chris and this mystery person can work through their issues.”


Uber driver Yasser Hadi of Atlanta was going about his business, dropping off a fare on Aug. 25, when a woman “came out of nowhere, threatened to kill him, and then violently bit him,” Fox5 News reported. Hadi told the station: “She’s acting weird, she’s acting wild, and she’s on the car hitting it, telling me I need to die....” Next the woman climbed inside the car, and scratched and bit Hadi as he tried


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to pull her out. “I said, ‘God, just let her take my flesh, I don’t care.’ I want her to go away from me,” Hadi said. Later, Atlanta police arrested 26-year-old Tasheena Campbell, who already had a warrant for an assault charge, for battery and criminal trespass. But Hadi is left with a damaged car, medical expenses and no insurance. “She’s hit me in my job, my health and my financial pocket money. It’s hard,” he explained.


For her Aug. 10 wedding in Omaha, Nebraska, Deanna Adams, 40, told her bridesmaids, including her sister and maid of honor, Christina Meador, they could wear “anything” they’d be comfortable in. So after carefully considering several options, Meador chose her outfit: an inflatable T. rex costume. As the bride and her groom took their vows, Meador towered over them, delicately clutching her bouquet of sunflowers and, no doubt, shedding a few dinosaur tears. Meador, 38, told Adams ahead of time that she would wear the costume, according to the Omaha World-Herald, giving Adams a chance to shut the idea down, but her sister didn’t balk. In fact, Adams defended the choice on Facebook: “It’s a giant middle finger at spending thousands of dollars and putting ungodly amounts of pressure on ourselves ... The point was to get married to the man who treats me like I hung the moon, and we did that part.”


Izaebela Kolano, 49, of Nutley, New Jersey, pulled a fast one on Costco employees in two stores on Sept. 1, police said. Kolano first visited a Costco in Wayne, New Jersey, where she allegedly stole a $2,000 diamond ring. Then, authorities say, she went to a store in nearby Clifton, where she asked to see a $28,000 diamond ring — and handed back the $2,000 ring, which was similar. Costco employees didn’t notice the switcharoo until Kolano was out of the building, the Associated Press reported. Police found Kolano at home, and eventually recovered the ring. Kolano was charged with theft.


In Jacksonville, Florida, as Hurricane Dorian approached on Sept. 3, Patrick Eldridge became concerned that his Smart car would “blow away.” So he proposed to his wife, Jessica, that he park it in their kitchen. (Her car was already in the garage.) She doubted he could do it, but “he opened the double doors and had it in. I was amazed that it could fit,” Jessica told the Associated Press. She said there

was still room to move around and cook, but “my dogs are confused by it.” Dorian narrowly missed Jacksonville as it moved up the East Coast.


If you’re going to commit a crime, go all in, we always say. But two unidentified crooks in the Bronx, New York, went to great lengths Sept. 2 to rob a Little Caesar’s pizza shop and took ... a pizza, police said. Video shows one thief holding open the drive-through window, the New York Post reported, as the other crawled in on his belly, but workers rushed to push him back out. Changing tactics, the two then entered through the front door, threatened workers with a knife, and made off with a $23 pizza order. “They did all that just for pizza?” a police source told the paper. Chances are, the evidence is long gone.


The former Spearmint Rhino Gentleman’s Club in Trenton, Wisconsin, has found an unlikely new life as the Ozaukee Christian School, opening on Sept. 16, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Kris Austin, the school’s administrator, said the stripper pole had been removed, along with the leopard-print carpet, but the stage and bar are still there, and the building is still owned by the Spearmint Rhino chain, based in California. It’s an arrangement school leaders have had to come to terms with. “Our take on it is that people are people,” said school board president David Swartz. “We’re sinners, too. Even though we don’t agree with their business model per se. ... Now we’re going to transfer that place into a place where boys and girls are raised to be our next leaders with character.”


Jamie Quinlan, 12, of Louth, Lincolnshire, England, was bouncing on a trampoline in his friend’s backyard in early September when a spring broke off and lodged in the boy’s back. Jamie’s dad, Ian, rushed him to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where surgeons removed the spring. “It took them about 10 minutes to actually get the spring out of my back,” Jamie told Sky News. “The doctors said they had never heard of something like this happening with a trampoline.” He said he didn’t realize the piece of metal had entered his back, but “All my friends looked shocked.” !

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Greensboro Pride Festival returns this year with beer garden, kids’ zone


o celebrate the 14th year of Greensboro Pride, the organization is adding a beer garden and a kids’ zone for the first time since its inception. This Katie Murawski year, the festival returns on Sunday, Sept. 15. Last year, Editor Greensboro Pride Day was proclaimed as Sept. 15 by the City of Greensboro and Mayor Nancy Vaughan. According to a press release, the festival starts at 11 a.m. with the National Anthem performed by Triad Pride Performing Arts choir followed by a parade of colors by the Tarheel Leather Club. “This moving presentation is an annual must-see for Greensboro Pride attendees,” said Greensboro Pride executive Vice


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President and entertainment coordinator Brian Coleman in a press release. Kayt Stewart Williamson is the co-chair of Greensboro Pride, and this will be her second year serving on the committee. “Because of the tornado last year, we had it on a Sunday, and it was the only day that could have been rescheduled,” she explained. “It was an amazing turnout and response for it to be on Sunday. We are trying it out again, and it will be the official Greensboro Pride Day.” Williamson said that Greensboro has always been supportive, but this will

also be the second year that Downtown Greensboro, Inc.; Downtown Greensboro Residents Association and the City of Greensboro are Greensboro Pride sponsors. Williamson reflected on her time with Greensboro Pride and said a lot has changed over the past five years. Her day job, Quest Diagnostics, sponsored Greensboro Pride five years ago, and that is how she got involved with the festival. “I really wanted to do more, and as I was looking internally in the company, it really didn’t have the local impact that I was

needing- that instant gratification I could see with my own eyes. Then the following year, I got involved with Greensboro Pride. I had never heard of it before; it was small and tight-knit. I was impressed but not very impressed [with the festival]. When I was a vendor, I was even more impressed. And when I became a board member three years ago, I realized how much goes into it, and how everything was 100% volunteers. We all have day-jobs; as we like to say we have our day job and [Greensboro Pride] is our ‘gay-job.’” The festival has grown exponentially in the past 14 years. Williamson said it all started with about 200 people as Triad Pride in City Center Park, with barely any vendors. “Last year we had 175 vendors, we expanded our footprint, we doubled a block in size, we had two stages, and we have exponentially grown about 20-30 % each year,” she explained. “There have been times where they have only $500 to make Pride happen. We are finally in a position


where we have merchandise, where we are not sitting here struggling about how we are going to print advertising, how we are going to pay for advertising, who we are going to partner with for advertising. We are no longer there. The wealth of the Greensboro community has become this perfect small college town queer community. A lot of people who are apart of the queer community are business owners and investors, and statistics show that if you support the LGBTQ community, a city will grow.” Williamson believes Greensboro Pride has a positive impact on Greensboro as well as the other LGBTQ nonprofits such as PFLAG, TPPA, Guilford Green Foundation and LGBTQ Center, Stonewall Sports and The Trevor Project. “There were maybe five people that were organizing it three years ago,” she said. “We made a decision two years ago to partner with the nonprofits. Now there are about 10 people on the board of Greensboro Pride.” “GGF is one of our biggest partners and we produce Bingo for them now,” she added. “It has been a great partnership, and I feel that it is reciprocated.” Returning to headline and emcee the festival is Greensboro native, former Miss Gay USA and former Miss Gay USA Classic winner and pageant coach Lawanda Jackson. Also returning to help manage the stage and produce talent is Jay Blue, a local promoter and host. “She is a great influence and a positive impact on the community, she is just a fantastic human,” Williamson said of Blue. According to a press release, “Longtime LGBTQ advocate Janice Covington Allison will address the Greensboro Pride audience. She is a U.S. Army Veteran, a former fire chief, and worked as a NASCAR Motor Sports Safety Instructor. Allison is a former board member of ART and Triad Pride (before it became Greensboro Pride) and has received several awards for her advocacy. In 2012, she became the first transgender woman ever to represent North Carolina at the Democratic National Convention when it was held in Charlotte. WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

She continues to play an active role in politics.” Performers on the Blue Ridge Companies Stage at Greensboro Pride include dancers, impersonators, illusionists and singers. These include the Triad Pride Performing Arts, Lawanda Jackson, reigning Greensboro Pride Queen Heidi N Closet, reigning Greensboro Pride King Omega St. James, former Miss North Carolina USA winners Dana St. James and Ebony Addams; Indya Chantal, Carter Rayes, E.M Shaun, N.C. A&T Modeling Troupe Couture, Vylet, CaliWood, Dez Jetsib, Shonna, Shykym, Kakeboss, Lovari, Rebekah Yokeley, Demi Day, Kitty Litter, Brenda the Drag Queen, Paisley Parque, Crystal Frost, Ferra Rimmington, Amore Diamond, Teri Floyd, Flannel Weather, Giselle Cassidy Carter, UNISEX, Nytes Deville, Isis Glamorous, Betty J, Mona Loverly, Karama Dior, Deion, Jlo Jonez, Perspective the Duet, PlayBoii Red, Michael George Ross, Izzy A. Star, KiKi Diamond, Belladonna, Vyki LaRoXxX, Finn Phoenix, and hip-hop and rap artist Ed. E. Ruger, “known for his songs on awardwinning TV shows The Boondocks and Breaking Bad.” “The Greensboro Pride Festival includes something for everyone,” said Coleman in a press release. “We strive to showcase the top talent the Triad and North Carolina have to offer.” (To get the full schedule of each performer, visit the Greensboro Pride website, “We are down to one stage this year, and the kids’ zone will be at the other end where the other stage was,” Williamson said when asked what is different this year at Greensboro Pride. She said since the festival is family-friendly, the beer garden will be for adults only and will be away from the kids’ zone. The new kids’ zone will have games and other activities with help from the Greensboro Children’s Museum. Also new is that Greensboro Pride is partnering with Little Brother Brewing for the beer garden. Bombshell Brewery, an all-female-owned brewery in Holly

Springs, just released its official Greensboro Pride Lager, and a portion of the proceeds will go back to Greensboro Pride. Greensboro Pride communication director Sarah Lanse said that Greensboro Pride would be remiss if they did not include something else special to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. “What we are going to do is create a Stonewall ‘stone wall,’” Lanse explained. “People can come over to the Greensboro Pride booth throughout the day, we will have some poster cards that are designed to look like stones; you can write a message, draw a picture or something meaningful that relates to Stonewall, the LGBTQ community or anything meaningful to you, and the Guilford Green Foundation and LGBTQ Center has agreed to make an art installation out of those stones.” Lanse said Greensboro Pride wants to make what happened 50 years ago meaningful to people today because many folks were not alive or in New York City when the riots occurred. “Many of them who were, weren’t old enough to understand what is happening,” she said. “So this is a way to bring Stonewall to 2019. By giving everyone a chance to make a meaningful contribution to the Triad LGBTQ community, in honor of what those brave folks did for everybody 50 years ago.” Williamson said that the TPPA would also sing songs from their Stonewall special. Williamson said the Greensboro Pride presenting sponsor is Ralph Lauren and the official kick-off party for Pride will be at Boxcar Bar + Arcade this year. Greensboro Comicon will fall on the same day and will also be a partner of Greensboro Pride, as it will have a booth as a vendor. Unfortunately, Williamson said, there will be no speakers from Greensboro Pride available to attend the Comicon queer panel this year. “There was something so very visually impacting to see superheroes right next to drag queens and the queer community,”

she said of Comicon’s presence at Pride. “There is a lot of overlap with Comicon and that world and the queer community. A lot of times we, as people of the queer community, look to the supernatural world and find something that we identify with because we still don’t have that much representation in popular media.” As far as a weather contingency plan goes, Williamson said there is not one in place but that a decision will be made similar to how last year’s decision was made: at the mercy of Mother Nature. “Pride has been going on for 14 years and last year was the only year it has been rescheduled,” she said. “When and if the time comes, we will have to make that hard decision.” Greensboro Pride week events include a Bites + Pints takeover with GGF on Sept. 11 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The new Greensboro Pride Comedy Night at the Idiot Box will be on Sept. 12, featuring Hillary Begley from the movie Dumpling and featuring Kitty Litter, Brenda the Drag Queen, Fuscia Rage, and Courtney Shafer Luppino. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets starting $15 can be purchased on Friday, Sept. 13, GGF will have their Green Queen Bingo at The Terrace at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets starting $15 for general admission can be purchased from GGF’s website. On Saturday, Sept. 14, the official Greensboro Pride kickoff party will be at Boxcar Bar + Arcade from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. The barcade will be family-friendly and feature DJ Ash Solo as well as kid-themed events such as a drag storytime, Disney drag queen sing-along, a drag race with queens on Mario Kart N64, and a drag dress-up station and face painting until 9 p.m. Then, there will be an adults-only (21 and up) party featuring performances by DJ Cohiba, Brenda the Drag Queen, Lawanda Jackson, Omega St. James and Heidi N Closet. “They approached us and are really interested in supporting us,” Williamson said of Boxcar. “They are just amazing and supportive of all kinds of walks of life. We are excited to have them.” SEPTEMBER 11-17, 2019 YES! WEEKLY



“We are really excited and have a lot of new partnerships this year,” Williamson added. “We are working with not just businesses, but different groups of people this year, and are not having to solicit as much as we have in the past. When people reach out, it makes you feel really lucky that we have somehow built this brand that has integrity and people just want to support the queer community. It brings tears to my eyes to think about it compared to how hard I worked three years ago. It doesn’t feel like work anymore because the community is behind us, it is fantastic, and a good feeling.” Williamson said that the City of Greensboro and its residents have been more than supportive and accommodating to the LGBTQ community. “I don’t know if it was because of the reschedule last year, but we didn’t have any protestors,” Williamson said. “Every once in a while you’ll see a Facebook comment that is out of line underneath events or something like that. We do our best not to censor because you ride that fine line of what will we allow and at what point it gets ugly. You have a right in America to voice your opinion. And that goes on both sides; we do our best to make sure those comments or heated discussions are deescalated.” “We have so much support,” she added. “The N.C. Free Mom Hugs shows up for everything that we do, which is fantastic. Mom Hugs will be there to protect all of our patrons.” For those that want to be allies, Williamson said that there is no “right way” to be an ally, and if you are unsure, just ask how you can be one for the queer community. “And just remember that this space isn’t for you, it is for the people you love and support,” she said. “They are in the spotlight, and I think we forget that when we YES! WEEKLY

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are creating a space for people who are marginalized; it is not just getting to the top of the stairs with them, it is getting to the top and stepping down for them.” Williamson said members of the LGBTQ community in Greensboro are counterproductive if they think that allies should “look a certain way.” “We oftentimes cut our noses off to spite our face in the queer community, and I think that is with any marginalized community. We want it to look a certain way, we want allyship to look a certain way, but not putting the focus the intention of people who want to be allies and what they are comfortable with.” Another thing that has been rampant in the Greensboro LGBTQ community recently is the scrutiny of businesses that exploit Pride and the LGBTQ community just to make money. “It is a double-edged sword,” Williamson said when asked her thoughts on using Pride as a marketing tool. “This is what we wanted; we wanted the visibility. Unfortunately, with visibilities, it has companies looking at us and saying we are not just a niche market anymore, we aren’t a select group of people anymore because it is not just us, it is our allies. And, we live in a corporate America, and capitalistic society, at the end of the day, it is a double-edged sword. What I don’t like is for businesses to profit off us and not turn around and support us. I think Taylor Swift is getting a lot of flack with the timing of when her song came out, but at the same time, GLAAD had a spike in donations. That, to me, makes it OK. If you are going to profit off us, but then turn around and make sure you are giving back, I have to be OK with that. I am not going to, again, cut my nose off to spite my own face.” Williamson advises members of the LGBTQ community to be more approachable

to maintain the support of the people. “There is a piece of us that does need to be selective, but we need to support those who want to support us,” she said. “Evaluate the intention first, I think is my best advice. It is also perspective, that is where there is a sticky situation,” she added. “Do you perceive this company just profiting off us, or are they turning around and donating back to us, and are they overly employing queer and marginalized people?” Williamson said Greensboro Pride is first-come-first-serve, and “if you want to work with us, we will work with you.” She said they do offer those who worked with them in the previous year a spot the next year. If they don’t hear back after three attempts, they are not going to reach out anymore “because we have others banging at our door.” “We want our support to stay in our community but also want to turn around and also be visible in other communities as well. We want to have a diverse array of variety, just like everyone else, and we should. Especially in Greensboro, where we see the opportunity to have that visibility and be accepted in different spaces, not every city has that space. We support everyone, and we support everyone who supports us.” Williamson said those who are interested in becoming a Greensboro Pride committee member must complete a one-year trial period. “You wouldn’t be making decisions, but you would voice opinions,” she said. “[The trial period is] to make sure it works for you and for the Pride board. If you step up or are proven to be reliable, you are accepted next year.” The 2020 Greensboro Pride festival will start planning the day after this year’s festival, and Williamson said the committee wants to start getting into the habit

of planning a year ahead because “that is really when Prides become successful.” “We are just not there yet, but after this year, I feel like we could start being at that point and start planning for 2021,” she said. “Solidify talent, footprint, application for 2021, permits, book everything ahead as much as you possibly can.’ Next year, Greensboro Pride plans to have a parade, just as Pride WinstonSalem does. Williamson said the organization is also looking to expand its bandwidth to do subcommittees and she said from those subcommittees, other entities of Pride festivities that tend to be marginalized would include Trans Pride and Black Queer Pride, “because I think those are important spaces.” “We have tried our best and listened to feedback to try in creating spaces for trans people and people of color,” she said. “We try to be as thoughtful as possible in the diversity of entertainment, the businesses that we are working with, vendors, music being played in between sets to make sure we are being all-inclusive in the meantime... If we had more people on the board, we would probably be able to do it sooner.” Greensboro Pride is always looking for volunteers to set up and breakdown the festival. If you are interested, visit the website at volunteer/ to sign up. ! 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.



Greensboro Pride festival is from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15. More information can be found on its website and Facebook page.





Anniversary of Marcus Smith’s death marked with songs, prayers and calls for justice Marcus Deon Smith, a homeless African-American man suffering a mental health crisis, died during the 2018 NC Folk Festival after being hogtied by the Greensboro police officers he asked Ian McDowell to take him to the hospital. On Sunday, Contributor as the 2019 festival was ending, around 75 people gathered at the same spot, 100 N. Church St., where Smith was fatally restrained. There, they commemorated the first anniversary of his death with songs, prayers, and calls for transparency and justice from the Greensboro City Council and police. Speakers included Marcus Smith’s mother Mary Smith, his sister Kim Suber, ministers Nelson Johnson and Wesley Morris, and retired civil rights attorney Lewis Pitts Jr. Some who listened, sang and applauded have been protesting Marcus Smith’s death since late 2018, while others learned about it this weekend from announcements by folk festival performers such as the band Skinny Tuba. Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne Johnson’s presence marked

the first time this year a city council member has attended such a gathering. “I’m here because I wanted to pay honor to Marcus Smith, who died on this street right here under very unfortunate circumstances,” Johnson told me before the ceremony. The proceedings began with a song requested by Mary Smith and sung by Erica Wrencher, a facilitator of the Good Neighbor Movement and the wife of Good Neighbor Pastor Brandon Wrencher. As Erica Wrencher hit a lilting high note on “It’s been a long time, a long time coming,” a visibly moved Mary Smith rose and added her deeper voice to “but I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will.” Rev. Wesley Morris, the pastor of Faith Community Church, followed with an extemporaneous opening prayer, which included, “we ask the universe, that hears all things and bends towards these cries, that we might be stronger even in this moment, knowing that change is here.” The gathering was organized by the Greensboro Coalition for Justice for Marcus Smith and the Homeless Union of Greensboro and conducted by the Reverend Nelson Johnson, executive director of the Beloved Community Center. Johnson referred to the festival winding down nearby, contrasting the “good times and pleasure” with a reminder “that

Marcus Smith died a tragic death at the hands of the Greensboro police.” At that moment, one of the GPD officers stationed a half-block away appeared to look in the direction of Johnson’s amplified voice, then went back to directing traffic. Next to speak was Kim Suber, who said her father George Smith was watching the ceremony via Facetime from his hospital bed in South Carolina. “My dad got violently sick in November of last year and my family believes he suffered a broken heart from watching the footage” of the GPD body camera videos of her brother becoming unresponsive while forcibly restrained face-down near where she stood. She said that, before she first heard how her brother died, she didn’t know what “hogtied” meant, and was horrified to find out. “Imagine seeing a loved one die that way. That was the most hardest thing I ever endured in my entire life.” She urged the crowd to vote in the next election and “get the right people in place so that nobody else has to stand here and suffer what we’ve suffered, to endure what we’ve endured. My mom, she had to go ahead and retire to take care of my dad. It’s just been one thing after another.” She also made a promise. “Know this, Greensboro, whoever needs

to listen, the higher-ups, the mayor, the city council, anybody. Listen to me when I say this. We will not go anywhere until we have justice for Marcus Deon Smith. We will drive this road until I don’t have no more tires, I don’t have no more rim, I don’t have no more oil.” She was followed by her mother, who said: “I just don’t understand how Greensboro can have such wonderful people, yet such a corrupt police department.” Mary Smith praised the Homeless Union of Greensboro, the Beloved Community Center, Democracy Greensboro, Nelson Johnson, Marcus Hyde, Wesley Morris, and Hester Petty (whom she called “better than Columbo” for Petty’s efforts to prove that statements by GPD Chief Wayne Scott contained falsehoods). “Y’all have supported us since day one.” After Eddie Brewer, a member of the Homeless Union of Greensboro and a friend of Marcus Smith handed Mary Smith a water bottle, she responded with, “All Marcus needed was this, a bottle of water.” Another emotional speech was from Quae Guest, the last person to see Marcus Smith alive before he approached the police officers who fatally restrained him. “The night of Marcus’s death, all I’ll say PAGE 24]


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is this, water is all he needed. Nobody took the opportunity to sit him down and give him a bottle of water, something so simple, so small, so quick, that water and a little conversation would have led him to still be here today.” Guest praised what she described as Smith’s good nature and positive attitude, and his efforts to befriend and help herself and others in the homeless community. “We didn’t have too many people did that and took the time with our brothers and our sisters, because Marcus wasn’t just male-on-male, he helped us, women, too, and he did it in the manner of a big brother, the big brother we were always needing.” Johnson then introduced retired civil rights attorney Lewis Pitts, a longtime critic of the Greensboro Police Department and what he considers to be the city’s refusal to investigate “the GPD’s pattern and practice of misconduct and violence against people of color.” Pitts began by announcing “an article has gone around the nation about this case.” He was referring to a Sept. 8 article on


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the national online independent news organization by Flint Taylor, co-founder of the People’s Law Office of Chicago and part of the legal team representing the Smith family in their federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Greensboro, eight GPD officers, Guilford County and two paramedics. The Greensboro attorney on that team is Graham Holt, whom a Guilford County superior court judge is seeking to censure for violating a gag order about discussing the body camera videos of an earlier case of alleged GPD misconduct. Unlike the videos in the Marcus Smith case, those depicting a 2016 alteration between Holt’s former client Zared Jones, Jones’ friends and GPD officers have not been released. Holt and the city council have been given clearance to view them, but are forbidden to discuss what they see. (A YES! Weekly article on the move to censure Holt will appear once Greensboro city attorney Chuck Watts has had time to respond to statements made by Pitts at a Thursday press conference.) Speaking on Sunday, Pitts called the censure an effort to discredit Holt in retaliation for his disclosure of GPD wrongdoing and his allegations of a city cover-up, both

in the Zared Jones case and the Marcus Smith one. “There will be a lot more details to come out about this, but we need to stand in solidarity with this family, with their federal litigation, and with attorney Holt, and pay close attention to these facts, as they show that it was not Mr. Holt that leaked it, that it was the city attorney and city council that allowed it to go out.” Nelson Johnson called the gag order that Holt is accused of violating the result of “legislation that is illegal itself, and is there only by gerrymandering,” adding that the gag order “muzzles people and acts like the public is the enemy.” The ceremony concluded with Erica Wrencher and Mary Smith singing another one of Smith’s favorite songs, Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me,” with the crowd linking hands and joining in on the chorus of “we all need someone to lean on.” Afterward, Mary Smith and Kim Suber told me that they were hugely moved and grateful for “the tremendous support from these good people in Greensboro.” They also asked that this article include something they told me earlier in the day when I encountered them at the afternoon performance of Skinny Tuba in LeBauer

park, where they thanked that acclaimed New Orleans jazz band for speaking about their case from the stage. “Goldie Wells owes the family an apology for saying about Marcus Smith, that maybe it was his time to die,” said Mary Smith, referring to a statement that the District 2 representative had made at a city council meeting. “She tried to call us and apologize, but we would not accept a private one. She said it in public, and we want her to apologize in public.” Mary Smith also said that she wants an apology from At-Large Representative Marikay Abuzuaiter because, at an earlier city council meeting, Abuzuaiter speculated that the hogtie restraint used by the GPD might have been necessary because drugs had given Marcus Smith “superhuman strength.” “Nobody on earth other than Samson ever had superhuman strength,” Mary Smith said. “That was a slap in our face after losing our son.” ! IAN MCDOWELL is the author of two published novels, numerous anthologized short stories, and a whole lot of nonfiction and journalism, some of which he’s proud of and none of which he’s ashamed of.


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Flor De Toloache play mariachi fusion


ariachi music isn’t necessarily a style that one associates with innovation or bold experimentation. That might be because our understanding of it here John Adamian in this part of the @johnradamian United States tends to be gotten from glimpses and snipContributor pets in pop culture or at Mexican events or restaurants. And it is a tradition, which means people are invested in maintaining it, not focused on overhauling it. The New York City-based mariachi group Flor De Toloache are definitely taking mariachi music to new places. The band will perform in Winston-Salem this week as a part of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ American Music Series. I spoke to two of the founding members, Shae Fiol and Mireya Ramos, last week while they were in transit. Flor De Toloache is an all-female group, something that tends to stand out in the generally male-dominated world of mariachi. There are other female mariachis, but most all of them wear dresses, whereas Flor De Toloache wear the traditional tight-fitting charro suits, with pants and embroidered belts, bow ties, boots and other distinctive flourishes. The attire is only one of several ways that Flor De Toloache expand on the mariachi tradition. They’re also a multi-cultural band, with members with familial ties to Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico and a new member from Canada. The group, which has expanded to quintet format after functioning as a four-piece for years, also sings in English as well as in Spanish. And they add elements of pop, rock, jazz, reggae, R&B and more to the music, throwing in choice covers and surprise tidbits of classics, just to keep everyone on their toes. Ramos and Fiol both come from very musical families. Ramos, who plays violin, grew up in Puerto Rico, the daughter of a mariachi musician, and the granddaughter of a singer who sang in a vocal duo on the radio in Mexico. Her mother was a big mariachi fan and collected vinyl recordings of music from all over the Latin world and beyond. “I had all that music in my brain,” she said, in addition to her classical training. YES! WEEKLY

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Fiol, who grew up in Oregon, was also surrounded by music as a child, with a Cuban father who played bluegrass, and a mother who was a singer. She played guitar and flute, but said that mariachi didn’t really come into the picture until Ramos proposed starting the group, which formed in 2008. The band takes its name from a trumpet vine flower used said to be used in love potions. The switch from the guitar to the five-string vihuela was natural enough of Fiol. Another detail that makes Flor De Toloache noteworthy is the fact that they’re from New York City. Los Angeles is probably the capital of mariachi bands in the United States, and the big cities of Mexico all attract musicians who maintain and add twists to the tradition, but the East Coast isn’t known as a hotbed for the genre. “Early on, we were very local,” Fiol said. “We played in the subway a lot. We played a lot of restaurant gigs, busking and stuff.” That kind of shifting audience helped encourage the band to adapt their repertoire for different demographics — for those familiar with the standards of the genre and for those who were newcomers to mariachi. As a result, one can hear a vibrant swirl of influences coursing through the music. The air-tight vocal harmonies are pure mariachi, for sure, but they’re also evocative of artists like the Andrews Sisters or of the great doo-wop groups,

in places, like on the song “Toloache,” off the group’s most recent record “Indestructible,” released earlier this year. And to demonstrate their appeal to pop fans, the band adapts hits to mariachi style, taking No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” and reverseengineering the Latin rhythms at the song’s heart. Elsewhere you can hear Flor De Toloache tear into a medley of Nirvana songs, morphing the rhythmic push and accents of the originals. Or you might hear them roll out a bit of John Coltrane’s “Afro-Blue,” which seems to fit perfectly into their big-tent mariachi worldview. It’s not a stretch to hear aspects of Western swing or gypsy jazz in Flor De Toloache’s sound. “In the past, mariachi actually has incorporated a lot of popular styles,” Fiol said. “In a sense it has always kind of done that.” She points to elements of jazz and bossa nova that showed up in the music of some of the biggest mariachi bands. One could say that mariachi and other Mexican folk music have left their mark on country music from the United States, with Johnny Cash adding touches of mariachi trumpet to his classic “Ring of Fire,” George Strait covering the Mexican standard “El Rey” and Buck Owens using mariachi-ish vocal harmonies on many of his songs. Music, like food, has always been a relatively easy way for people to learn about and appreciate other cultures, to get a

glimpse at the sophistication and artistry of people whose language and traditions we may not understand. And in a time when the rhetoric and policies coming from the White House have regularly targeted immigrants, particularly those from Latin America, there are many listeners who find comfort and solace in the small wave of bands like Flor De Toloache, and others like Las Cafeteras and David Wax Museum, showcasing the depth and richness of Mexican and Mexican-American musical culture. “That’s the beautiful thing about music, it’s a soft place for people to land,” Fiol said. “We’re exploring our heritage and our backgrounds through this music and it speaks to so many people. It can be a beautiful thing about where we live. There’s a lot of groups that are out there playing — merging sounds and getting a message out there, definitely because of the need. And there’s always been a need for that.” ! 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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MuddY CREEk CaFE & MuSiC hall

5455 Bethania Rd | 336.923.8623 Sep 12: Buffalo gospel Sep 14: the Bo-Stevens w/ Jason Moss and the hosses Sep 15: lacy green Sep 19: Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys Sep 20: Chris Rodrigues & abby the Spoon lady Sep 21: lazer lloyd Sep 22: his & hers/twisted Pine Sep 25: the Steel wheels Sep 27: 8 Ball aitken

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170 W 9th St | 336.754.9714 Sep 14: Runaway gin Sep 16: Moodswing Monday w/ Martha Bassett Sep 17: tinariwen, lonnie holley Sep 19: Chuck dale Smith trio Sep 20: the Plaids Sep 26: Stig, unaka Prong, Medicated Sunfish Sep 28: william Bell, June Rise Sep 29: the way down wanderers oct 3: david Childers Quartet, Blue Cactus

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MON: $4 Jose Silver & $1 off all draft TUES: $4 Vodka Red Bull & $1 off all craft beer THURS: $5 LIT & blue motorcycle FRI: $3 all craft cans

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BOOTH AMPHITHEATRE 8003 Regency Pkwy | 919.462.2025 Sep 14: Kacey Musgraves Sep 21: Mandolin Orange



2700 E Independence Blvd | 704.372.3600 Sep 13: Kinjal Dave Garba & Dandiya Night Oct 4: Erykah Badu w/ Goodie Mob


former Uptown Amphitheatre 820 Hamilton St | 704.549.5555 Sep 15: Lizzo Sep 19: Kacey Musgraves Sep 20: NF Sep 25: Dropkick Murphys & Clutch Sep 27: Rainbow Kitten Surprise Sep 29: GRiZ Sep 29: The Head and the Heart Oct 9: Maggie Rogers








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1000 NC Music Factory Blvd | 704.916.8970 Sep 11: Angels & Airwaves Sep 12: Daniel Caesar Sep 13: Banks Sep 30: K.Flay Oct 3-4: Talking Back Sunday Oct 6: Andy Grammer Oct 8: The Kooks Oct 13: Amanda Cook Oct 15: Amon Amarth


2700 E Independence Blvd | 704.372.3600 Sep 14: KC & The Sunshine Band Sep 21: Travis Tritt Sep 27: Lucinda Williams & her band Buick 6

PNC MUSIC PAVILION 707 Pavilion Blvd | 704.549.1292 Sep 12: Jason Aldean Sep 20: Kid Rock Oct 6: ZZ Top Oct 11: Brantley Gilbert


333 E Trade St | 704.688.9000 Sep 25: Guns N’ Roses

Sep 27: Old Dominion Sep 29: Phil Collins Oct 11: Alabama Oct 12: Chance The Rapper


820 Hamilton St, Charlotte | 704.916.8970 Sep 12: Polo G Sep 14: Wilder Woods Sep 15: Quando Rondo Sep 16: The Aquabats Sep 17: Cat Power Sep 20: Starset Sep 22: Hoodi Allen Sep 24: Scarlxrd Sep 25: grandson Sep 26: half alive Sep 27: Wage war Sep 30: K.Flay Oct 5: Kero Kero Bonito Oct 8: Built To Spill Oct 9: Wit Lowry Oct 10: Dean Lewis Oct 12: The Band Perry Oct 15: Face To Face & Lagwagon



309 W Morgan St | 919.560.3030 Sep 22: The Mavericks Sep 26: Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band Sep 29: The Righteous Brothers: Billy Medley & Bucky Heard Oct 4: Andy Grammer


123 Vivian St | 919.680.2787 Sep 13: Charlie Wilson Sep 21: Harry Connick, Jr.



310 S Greene St | 336.333.2605 Sep 22: The Allman Betts Band Sep 25: Adam Ant Sep 27: Jon Shain Oct 6: Amythyst Kiah Oct 18: The Earls of Leicester Oct 18: Grant Maloy Smith Oct 19: The Wood Brothers Oct 20: Alash

GREENSBORO COLISEUM 1921 W Gate City Blvd | 336.373.7400 Sep 14: Rodney Atkins

Sep 26: Gloria Trevi w/ Karol G Oct 19: Chris Stapleton


1921 W Gate City Blvd | 336.373.7400 Sep 13: UB40 ft. Ali Campbell & Astro



220 E Commerce Ave | 336.883.3401 Sep 22: Andes Manta



3801 Rock Quarry Rd | 919.831.6400 Sep 13: Jason Aldean Sep 14: Peter Frampton Sep 15: Outlaw Music Festival Sep 16: Game Of Thrones Live Concert Experience Sep 19: Meek Mill & Future Oct 5: ZZ Top Oct 12: Luke Bryan

RED HAT AMPHITHEATER 500 S McDowell St | 919.996.8800 Sep 13: Lizzo Sep 17: NGHTMRE + SLANDER Sep 21: NF Sep 24: Dropkick Murphys Sep 27-28: Internation Bluegrass Music Association Oct 1: The Head and the Heart Oct 5: ZEDD Oct 8: Sara Bareilles


1400 Edwards Mill Rd | 919.861.2300 Sep 30: Carrie Underwood Oct 17: Post Malone Oct 19: Bon Iver w/ Feist Oct 20: MercyMe


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[LEO (July 23 to August 22) Expect news about a follow-up to a workplace change that could make a difference in your career path. Meanwhile, new friends widen the circle for all you Social Lions who love to party.

[SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Applying the usual methods to this week’s unique challenges might not work too well. Instead, use your creativity to find a way to resolve any impasse that develops.

[ARIES (March 21 to April 19) An offer to help with a stalled project should reassure you that you have a workable plan in spite of the problems in getting it up and running. The week’s end brings more positive news.

[VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Enjoy your well-earned plaudits for a job well done. But be aware that some people might not share your colleagues’ admiration, and you might have to work harder to win them over.

[CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) So what if fate throws some obstacles in your path this week? Just keep in mind that the sure-footed and resolute Goat can get past any barrier by focusing on the goals up ahead.

[TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A past problem about a workplace situation reemerges early in the week. Talking things out helps ease tensions by midweek, but some hurt feelings could linger a few more days.

[LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) It’s a good week to recheck your probably already overlong “to do” list and decide what to keep and what to discard. Lose the clutter and focus your energy on what’s really important.

[AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) This week calls for better communication with people in both your private life and the workplace. Start by asking questions, and then pay close attention to the answers.

[GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Optimistic aspects dominate your efforts. However, expect to confront some criticism, some of which might be valid, so keep an open mind. But overall, it’s your views that will count.

[SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) This is a good time to take a new perspective on what you’ve been offered. Expanding your view could help to uncover any plusses or minuses that weren’t apparent at first.

[PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Potentially beneficial workplace changes could be closer than you realize. Make sure you know what’s going on so that you’re not left high and dry when the good things happen.

[CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Social interaction with new people, especially on the job, could be a bit strained in the early part of the week. But the awkwardness passes as you get to know each other better. © 2019 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


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


If a guy is trying to amp up his attractiveness by working out, what areas of the body should he focus on? What do women notice and want? And how much of that can I get without any kind of surgery or dangerous potions? — Office Bod

Amy Alkon

Advice Goddess

If a woman says to you, “You’re like family to me,” it shouldn’t be because you have arms like her sister. Women seem to go for the body shape that evolutionary psychologists Rebecca Burch and Laura Johnsen refer to as “Captain Dorito.” This describes the golden triangle seen in cartoonishly masculinized male superhero bodies: broad shoulders leading down into a small tight waist and butt. As for why women might have evolved to prefer this body type, evolutionary psychologist David Buss explains in “Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind” that ancestral women were obviously better off with a “physically formidable” partner, able to protect them and their children. The inner biochemical landscape of physical formidability is high testosterone. Accordingly, Buss notes that, in men, high testosterone is associated with a very masculine body and facial features

(like a square jaw and more pronounced cheekbones). Noting that high levels of testosterone compromise the immune system, Buss cites psychologist Victor S. Johnston’s observation that only males who are very healthy can “afford” to produce high levels of testosterone during their development. The bodies of less healthy males need to suppress T production so they can hang on to the limited immune resources they have. “If Johnston’s argument is correct,” Buss adds, women’s preference for masculine features is “a preference for a healthy male.” And interestingly, in nations where overall health is poor, women show an especially strong preference for more masculine faces. The same goes for women who are more easily yucked out by cues to pathogen-causing diseases — substances and things that could contain infectious microorganisms, like poo, sexual fluids, and dead bodies. As for you, when you hit the gym, your areas of focus should be your shoulders, arms, and butt. However, you should do whole-body workouts, too, lest you end up pairing superhero pecs with broomstick thighs and calves. Even if you’re built like a paper cut and can’t bulk up a lot, just looking strong, especially in the essential areas, is a step in the right direction. And unfortunately, yes...the formidability thing has to result from physical workouts — tempted as you might be to skip the gym and, like somebody toting an umbrella on a cloudy day, go into the grocery store whistling and swinging a machete.

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My girlfriends and I have had this experience numerous times: A guy who’s interested in one of us will suddenly stop texting us but then reappear a few months later liking our social media posts. This just happened to me. It’s about three months since he vanished, and he’s suddenly all up in my Instagram. Why do guys do this? — Annoyed You almost wish the guy would greet you honestly: “’Sup, Plan B?!” This guy might’ve initially been interested in you. However, chances are you eventually became what evolutionary psychologists like Joshua Duntley call a “backup mate” (basically the dating-and-mating version of a spare tire or the vice president). Duntley’s work suggests humans evolved to identify and cultivate backup mates so we wouldn’t be left high and dry for long if our main boo died or ran off with the hot neighbor. I romantic. That said, it isn’t wrong to have backup mates. Research by Duntley and his colleagues points to many or most of us having them, though we’re often not aware of it.

The thing is, this guy’s disappearing and then sliding back into your life with likes on some of your Instagram posts, is a big red flag — a big red sequined flag with cop flashers on top. Character is revealed in how people behave when they feel they have nothing to gain from someone. Maybe this guy got the hots for some other woman and the lukewarms for you. Or maybe he just got busy. Whatever the reason, it takes minimal effort to make a kind exit — even saying, “I’ve got a lot going on right now, and I need to take a break from talking.” When someone shows themselves to be a jerk, you may want to broom them out of even the edges of your life. This is clickably easy on Instagram, thanks to the block function. Blocking a guy like this should be a wise preemptive measure, considering his idea of good manners is probably prefacing the 2 a.m. “I’m horny!” text with a few likes on photos of your kitten in a tinfoil conspiracy hat. ! GOT A problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or e-mail ( © 2019 Amy Alkon Distributed by Creators.Com.








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