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Friday, September 22, 2017 - 8:00 PM Mountain Faith Band, recognized as the 2016 IBMA “Emerging Artist of the Year,” and 12-year old musical prodigy Emi Sunshine, bring the absolute best in oldschool Appalachian, Americana-Roots, Gospel, Bluegrass & Country!

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Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 7:00 PM Consisting of a horn & rhythm section perfectly balanced by front-woman Kam Franklin’s sultry vocals, this 10-piece band mixes Classic R&R, Latin, Southern Hip Hop and Muscle Shoals era sounds to produce their own unique “Gulf Coast Soul” stylings!

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Mojo & The Bayou Gypsies: November 4 Masters of the Mind Featuring Guy Bavli & Friends: November 11 High Point Ballet: The Nutcracker: December 20-22 High Point Ballet: Land of the Sweets: December 23

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Game of Thrones, A Parody of Ice & Fire: January 18 John Sebastian & David Grisman: January 20 American Spiritual Ensemble: January 27 Kit & the Kats: February 3 Emile Pandolfi with Dana Russell: February 14 Al Stewart: The Year of the Cat Tour: February 16 Heart Behind the Music with Alabama’s Teddy Gentry, John Berry, Lenny LeBlanc & Linda Davis: March 9 Shaun Hopper & Joe Smothers: March 23 On Golden Pond: April 5 Black Violin: Back by Popular Demand!: April 24 Dawn Wells: What Would Mary Ann Do? April 28

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The Little Theatre of WinstonSalem will present the smash-hit musical MAMMA MIA! — based on the songs of Swedish super-group ABBA — opening Friday, October 6 at the Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem. 20 In its original hardcover incarnation, Stephen King’s IT ran 1,138 pages, second only to The Stand’s 1,153 pages in terms of finding the prolific author at his wordiest. 24 Exhibiting from August to the end of September, Ambleside Gallery is playing host to many of RODENBOUGH’s finest works. Ambleside Gallery, located at 528 S. Elm St. in Greensboro, has become an integral part of the arts scene in Greensboro and the Triad. 25 Wine, women, videos and hair—a combination that has become the essence of the Winston-Salem-based salon, DO OR DYE. Since the salon’s conception on April 1, co-owners Kristen McIntosh and Sierra Johnson have made a name for themselves with the unpredictable and youthful video series, “Wine Down Wednesday.”

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WHAT: Traditional fiddlers’ convention located on 72 beautiful acres in Chatham County, NC. Band, instrument and dance contests; workshops and musician showcases, square dances, camping, and family activities including hay rides and a hoppin’ john cook-off! WHEN: All day. Thur-Sat WHERE: Shakori Hills Farm. 1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd. Pittsboro. MORE: $0-$25. Weekend Admission: $25. Weekend Camping: $20. Thursday: FREE. Friday: $12. Saturday: $14.

WHAT: 2 stages of music, Paul Bunyun Lumber Jack Show, Knockerball, Gravity Ball, Interactive Arts and Amusements for children, archery games, more than 100 artisans and crafters, food vendors and lots more. Friday night musical headliner is Journey tribute band Trial by Fire and the festival ends with Eagles tribute band On the Border. WHEN: 5 p.m. WHERE: Historic Leaksville Downtown of Eden. Washington Street, Eden. MORE: Free entry.

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WHAT: If you’re ready for fall and looking for a fun, free, family-friendly event, mark your calendars for Historic Bethabara Park’s Apple Fest on September 16th! Beloved by many, this yearly event features local artisans and craftsmen, a puppet show, local food vendors, a petting zoo, live music, and, of course, apples. WHEN: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. WHERE: Historic Bethabara Park. Winston-Salem, NC. MORE: Free admission.

WHAT: Greensboro photographer Chad Perry’s 40 portraits of Gavin Glass, the burlesque performer, emcee and 2016 Yes! Weekly feature subject also known as Stage Slave Gavin. Perry’s shadowy highly-textured black and white photos emphasize his subject’s lanky musculature. Show includes artistic nudity that may not be suitable for children. WHEN: 2-8 p.m. WHERE: 512 Collective. 512 E. Washington Street, High Point. MORE: Free admission, light refreshment, and music by Tres Diablos.

WHAT: Otonana Trio arrive from Tokyo for twenty-three American concert dates spanning from North Carolina to California, beginning September 7, 2017. The band has developed a loyal following as a must-see live act, with fresh craziness each time they return from their native Japan. Lead singer/ guitarist/founder Kentaro, bassist Kaz, and drummer Hikari spike the fun with superior musicianship and chant-worthy songs. WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: New York Pizza. 337 Tate Street, Greensboro. MORE: $5-$20 tickets.

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The Old Town Draught House is famous for being the bar on the University of North Carolina Greensboro’s campus that has served locals, students and faculty since 1996. However, the bar was not always named the Old Town Draught House. Originally, it was called Spring Garden Bar and Grill, until Natty Greens took over and changed the name. Since January 2006, Matt Lipp, the former manager at Natty Greens in downtown Greensboro, has now taken over as owner. “It’s a casual pub,” Lipp said, “With good beers and good food.” Lipp owes a lot of his success to UNCG, making him proud to call it, “the only bar on campus and the only bar with a liquor license on 17 [North Carolina] campuses.” He is appreciative of the university police and the parking operations authority for assisting him when needed. “The university is our bread and butter, they are really helpful,” Lipp said. Old Town Draught House changes their drinks every day, giving the public more variation and selection. They also offer half-off draft beers every Wednesday.

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But, what is most interesting is that 50 percent of their sales go toward their food, with their Chicken Philly being their biggest seller. Though the bar is known for its annual Beerun, which is the longest running road run in Greensboro, this October welcomes the public to a brand-new event – The Hair of the Dog Pet Adoption Fair and Fundraiser. Local breweries will donate kegs, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Guilford County Animal Shelter. This event will take place on Oct. 22 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., featuring a raffle, silent auction and a chance to adopt a dog on site. “We will keep it fun and lighthearted,” said Taylor Rechtin, an Old Town Draught House employee who came up with the fundraiser’s idea. Save the date to come out and enjoy some drinks, good people and some furry friends at Old Town Draught House, located at 1205 Spring Garden St. in Greensboro. !

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Chef Adam Barnett joins The Katherine Brasserie & Bar

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new chef is bringing fresh life into the Katharine Brasserie & Bar after several months without a leader in the kitchen. So far, by all accounts, things seem Kristi Maier to be heading in the @triadfoodie right direction. It was less than 18 months ago Contributor that The Cardinal Hotel opened its doors as the first Kimpton property in North Carolina. The historic R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Building was restored and given a glamorous new look. The Katharine Brasserie, a beautiful, French-themed restaurant has a swanky, sexy, yet casual vibe. In December, Executive Chef Ed Witt moved on and there was quite a lengthy search with some input from local experts and in June, the company brought in Chef Adam Barnett. Barnett had been executive chef at Lyon Hall in Arlington, Virginia, when he learned about the Katharine. “It was kind of an organic thing,” he said. “I learned that the Kimpton had a couple of openings and Winston-Salem kept coming up. I did some research on them, and my wife and I visited and we were so impressed with the area. In two days I got a real strong affinity for the city.” Barnett loves to take a modern approach to classic French dishes. The chef said it’s his mission to use the local purveyors and farms whenever possible. The new menu is definitely a reflection of that. Just last week, the Katharine officially introduced Barnett to us as he unveiled his new menu with a multiple course tasting. One of the perks of the job is to highlight that and tell you what you can look forward to when visiting The Katharine. Anyone who might have complained before that the Katharine wasn’t “French enough” will find the new menu beaming with Barnett’s modern influences. 1st Course Steak Tartare Avocado Mousse, Chermoula, Potato Crisps This was a great little starter. If you’re into tartare (and I sure am!), you’ll love how Chef Adam has taken this elegant dish and made it a bit more casual and

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Steak Tartare

Fresh Oyster Selection

Cheese and Charcuterie Selection

Sweet Corn Soup

Shrimp and Grits

Lobster and Potato Gnocchi

Cotelette De Porc

Tarte Aux Peches

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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Cotelette De Porc With Pomme Puree, Haricot Vert, Onion Ring, Smoked Ham Hock Jus The third course came in two waves. First, the duo of the gnocchi and shrimp & grits (both terrific, but I have to say that gnocchi won the night for me). It was so soft and the vegetables had a bit of smoky char to them. The lobster was perfection. I’d order this as a meal when I return. The pork was also wonderful, cooked on the bone. The menu says this dish comes with broccoli rabe. This is great if you’re looking for something hearty and satisfying. Dessert Tarte Aux Peches Bourbon Brown Sugar Gelato Pineapple Upside Down Cake Dehydrated Pineapple, Creme Fraiche Gelato, Sour Cherry Puree.

Chef Adam Barnett. approachable with the homemade waffle style crisps. Fresh Oyster Selection We were able to try the selections of the day from Harker Island, Blue Point, Beausoleil and Malpeque. Cheese and Charcuterie Selection This meat and cheese board was full of local cheeses, house-made jams and pates. Do not miss the chance to try the new Pate Grand-Mere and Barnett’s brown butter and walnut spread, lots of locals are represented here. 2nd Course Sweet Corn Soup Espelette Heirloom Tomato Salpicon This corn bisque was incredibly flavorful and bright and the just the perfect soup for this time of teetering between the seasons. Bright like summer, cozy and warm for fall. This soup with a salad would make a wonderful lunch. 3rd Course Shrimp and Grits Spicy Chorizo, Peppers Basquaise, Smoked Tomato Broth, Anson Mill Grits Lobster and Potato Gnocchi Sweet Corn, Maitake Mushroom, Swiss Chard, Lemon Hollandaise

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The first of the two desserts was basically a luscious peach tart. That pineapple upside down cake was like a throwback but not nearly as cloyingly sweet. The sour cherry puree was a wonderful counter to the lightly sweet cake. Gelato from both dishes was locally sourced from West End Gelato. All in all, Chef Barnett is very personable and we walked away thinking that his presence is a welcome change for the restaurant. Burnett, who’s from Columbus, Ohio, is formally trained by the New England Culinary Institute. He has worked in various parts of the country including Big Sur, California; Washington D.C.; and Arlington, Virginia, and he said he’s excited to get to know the Triad area better and develop more relationships with the culinary community. “The hotel has enormous potential and there are a lot of things I want to develop with the restaurant,” he said. “The biggest thing for me is that Winston-Salem is a rising culinary scene. There’s heat coming off of the city and I love being a part of the forefront of a developing food culture and working with chefs here who are a part of that scene. Every day there’s something new and that’s incredibly exciting.” !

Fiesta de Camotes Celebrate North Carolina sweet potatoes during September! All month long, try a special dish featuring sweet potatoes at one of the participating restaurants. Local participating restaurants include: The Porch, Kitchen and Cantina Winston-Salem Crafted: The Art of the Taco Winston-Salem Crafted: The Art of the Taco Greensboro

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KRISTI MAIER is a food writer, blogger and cheerleader for all things local who even enjoys cooking in her kitchen, though her kidlets seldom appreciate her efforts.

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Hairy spiders, forgiveness, and mortality: Talking with poet Stuart Dischell

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tuart Dischell’s “Days of Me” has one of my favorite beginnings in modern poetry: When people say they miss me, I think how much I miss me too Ian McDowell Rather than mentioning that, I ask what the hell the Contributor furry thing on the cover of his new book Children With Enemies, just published by University of Chicago Press, is supposed to be. The acclaimed poet and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, who has taught at University of North Carolina Greensboro’s M.F.A Writing Program since 1992, takes my cheeky question in stride. “I asked the book designer to create something bright, child-like and menacing,” he said. He’ll be reading from it at the UNCG Faculty Center on Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Stuart (I’ve known him for 25 years, so it’s difficult to write “Dischell”) is the author of four other poetry collections. One, Good Hope Road, won the National Poetry Series award and is in the Contemporary American Classics Series from Carnegie Mellon Press. His poems have appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic, Slate and such anthologies as Essential Poems, The Pushcart Prize and Garrison Keillor’s Good Poems. He describes Children with Enemies as being about forgiveness and mortality. While writing it, he said he was affected “by the death of my father and too many of my friends.” He lost another longtime friend, Thomas Lux, just before the book went to press, and then Stuart’s mother died. “I also know that there are terrible things happening at this minute to people I don’t know but should care about,” he said. “The borders between life and death, peace and war, and democracy and chaos appear on the surface to be strong but are actually extremely fragile.” I say the work of most writers, regardless of genre or seriousness, becomes reflective or nostalgic if they live long enough (even James Bond indulged in Proustian recherché in Ian Fleming’s final

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years). Are there ways unrelated to the weight of memory or mortality in which his poetry has surprised him as he’s aged? “My ongoing delight in the making of poems has been a surprise,” he said. “I always liked to write, but in my 60s it’s clear that what once was an infatuation has become a long-term relationship with the work, one with all the difficulties of passion.” But he qualifies my reference to nostalgia by saying that, if he’s nostalgic, it’s “for a world my generation was supposed to have created.” Garrison Keillor’s 2002 Good Poems made Stuart’s lovely “The Yellow Slicker” one of his most widely-read works. What it smart when a review in Poetry Magazine called that anthology an example of everything wrong with contemporary poetry? “Gee whiz,” he says wryly. “Mr. Keillor seems to like my poems and two others have been read on his Writer’s Almanac show.” Stuart said that one of the things he found most valuable about Keillor’s anthology was that the former National Public Radio host chose poems he enjoyed rather than the ones he was supposed to choose from some set of received aesthetics. “The gatekeepers of the literary world do not like vertical invaders like Mr. Keillor, who has a large following of literate people,” Stuart said. He said he never read the review in Poetry. “It’s not a magazine that interests me very much.” I’ve not read his new book yet and am looking forward to hearing him read from it on Thursday. So I ask another question about his older work, how much of it was

inspired by someone he was in love with? He says that, like many poets, “among the reasons I started writing was because of a person in my life who loved poetry and that seemed to be the best way to gain her attention and ultimately affection.” He tells me that one of his teachers, William Matthews, once halfjokingly quipped that lyric poems had few

subjects, two being “Honey I’m so lonely in this bed without you” and “Honey I’m so lonely in this bed with you.” He admits some of his work has fallen into those patterns. “My poems are always a mix of fiction and autobiography and secret encodings,” he said. “Now that I am in a fulfilling relationship, my newest work has become more imaginative and social.” !

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Wreak Havoc Festival: Fear, fright and fun Wreak Havoc Productions is getting the jump on the Halloween season, as the independent, Triad-based film consortium presents its third Wreak Havoc Horror Fest, designed to raise hell – in a Mark Burger good way – and scare up a fun time Contributing among the region’s horror and fantasy columnist buffs. The two-day festival takes place Sept. 22 to 23 in the Crown at the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro, the second time the event has been held at that venue. “Our plan is for the WHHFF (Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival) to grow each year and to gain new audience members while keeping our returning members,” Wreak Havoc president and filmmaker (Hank vs. the Undead) Dan Sellers said. “We’ve heard so much positive feedback from last year’s festival, and plan to have an even bigger and better festival this year.” The festival’s success thus far is manifest in the increase of submissions, to say nothing of the quality of submissions. “We had 123 submissions, with the official selection comprised of 22 short films

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and three feature films, from the United States, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Frances, Australia, and nine films from North Carolina,” Sellers said. “We are proud to screen the world premieres of The Haunting of Four Points and Midnight Shift as exhibition selections. Each year I’m even more surprised and delighted by the quality of films that make it into our selections. I get the pleasure of seeing some of the very best shorts and features made by talented filmmakers not only from North Carolina but across the country and around the world.” The festival kicks off Friday with the aforementioned world premiere of Sellers’ Midnight Shift, with much of the cast and crew on hand for a Q&A, followed by the first block of short films: Night of the Slasher, Previews of Coming

Attractions, Creatures of White Chapel, Hypodontia, Little Angel and Jigsaw. After an 8 p.m. dinner break, the festival resumes with Tommy Faircloth’s awardwinning feature film Family Possessions, starring Mark Patton, in only his second film since his starring debut in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985), and Felissa Rose, well-remembered as Angela in the original Sleepaway Camp (1983), followed by the second block of short films: The Candle, Flesh, Say Nothing, iMedium, Dead City and Lost in Buffalo City. Saturday’s screenings open with the world premiere of The Haunting of Four Points, which was the subject of a YES! Weekly cover story last year. Filmmaker Joey Martin’s schedule won’t permit him to attend the screening, but members of the cast and crew will be on hand. “I’m happy with what we all managed to accomplish during this project and I believe a lot of the hard work translates well into the movie,” he said. Although post-production took longer than he anticipated, a recent cast and crew screening provided some all-important feedback. “It got a very good reception, especially from people outside the project,” he said. “They really seemed to enjoy

the mix of comedy, drama, and horror.” The next block of short films includes Gut Punched, As I Prey, Balloon, Alfred J. Helock, Tethered, A Peculiar Thud, Born Again, Three Way Cut, The Corner and Exercising Demons. This will be followed by a pair of feature films: Jacob Grim’s Deviant Behavior and Kelton Jones’ awardwinning directorial debut Dry Blood. The festival then wraps with filmmakers’ Q&A and the awards ceremony. For Sellers and Wreak Havoc partner Sammie Cassell, the festival is only one of their several ongoing endeavors. The Wreak Havoc Films Buff Podcast has notched 56 episodes during its two years, and in addition to their feature and short film work, they’ll soon be introducing Carolina Haints, which delves into ghost stories, folklore and unexplained mysteries here in the Tarheel State. ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on Burgervideo.com. © 2017, Mark Burger.

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The third Wreak Havoc Horror Film Fest takes place 6 pm-midnight Friday, Sept. 22 and 4 pmmidnight Saturday, Sept. 23 in the Crown at the Carolina Theatre, 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro. Tickets are $20 (general admission) and $17 (senior citizens, students and military personnel with ID). Tickets are good for both days of the event. For advance tickets or more information, call the Carolina Theatre box office: 336.333.2605, or visit the official Carolina Theatre website: https://carolinatheatre.com/. The official Wreak Havoc Horror Film Fest website is http://www.wreakhavochorrorfilmfest.com/, the official Facebook page is https://www. facebook.com/WreakHavocHorrorFilmFest/, and you can view the official festival commercial at: https://www.facebook.com/WreakHavocHorrorFilmFest/.

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The Greg Humphreys Electric Trio plays Winston-Salem

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he college rock of the mid-’80s — R.E.M., the Smiths and local bands like Let’s Active and the dBs — shaped the music Greg Humphreys made. He went on John Adamian to draw on his love @johnradamian of soul. Now, living in New York City, Humphreys is letting Contributor the city, a new set of collaborators and his tastes guide him toward a sound that pulls it all together. Musicians often head to New York City when youthful ambition and untested confidence are at their peak. Labels, publicists, clubs and other musicians abound there, making the big city the place for a trial by fire that either nudges you into the air or into the ashes. But it’s the rare performer who decides to uproot after

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making a name for themselves elsewhere, having established a fan base and a circuit and a career outside of the entertainment capital. Humphreys is a North Carolina singer and songwriter, who made his name fronting Chapel Hill bands like Dillon Fence and Hobex in the ‘90s and aughts. He’s been in New York City for the past five years, letting the change of pace and musical networks energize him. The 50-year-old grew up in Winston-Salem and spent the last 30 or so years making music that was generally sunny and bright, even during a time (the ‘90s) when feel-good pop wasn’t exactly what was in demand. With his newest project, the Greg Humphreys Electric Trio, he continues to arc toward music that is romantic and optimistic and generally happy. I spoke with Humphreys earlier this week by phone from his home in New York City, in advance of an upcoming show at the Muddy Creek Music Hall in Winston-Salem. Humphreys’ electric trio released its first studio album, Lucky Guy, last year, and it showcases the mellow soul that has been an inspiration for the singer since he began, but which is now coming to the foreground, after other projects that might have focused a little more on jangly pop and acoustic songs. “I think that if you look at a lot of the decisions I’ve made, good or bad, in what we call this career, you can see that I like to follow my muse,” Humphreys said. Switching up styles, dipping into other genres, other forms and rhythmic frameworks have been a way for Humphreys, who has released over a dozen records of original

material, to keep things new and interesting for himself. “A lot of time, musically it’s been a breath of fresh air to try something different stylistically,” he said. “I think that as a musician, as a writer, it’s good for you.” With this trio, formed in New York three years ago with two other displaced Southerners, Humphreys said he’s connecting much of what he’s done in the past. “I’m trying in a lot of ways to bring all the different things I’ve done over the years under one tent,” he said. The title track, the opener on the new record, has a breezy and light, almost Brazilian-carnival-samba feel, with ukulele and an ambling march to it. “Crosstown” moves with a gentle slicing funk groove that evokes an ultra-mellow and light take on the Meters. Humphreys plays a lot of clean and trebly-sounding electric guitar in the trio, another part of the equation that keeps him excited and on his toes. “Having been away from playing a lot of electric guitar for a while, it made it really fun for me to come back to it,” he said. The record’s final tune, “Someday I’ll Have My Due,” has a slow-burn Southern soul vibe to it, suggesting a kinship with Percy Sledge or the more candle-lit songs of Otis Redding. While it’s not the first thing one would expect from a college-rock

indie-pop guy, on a song like “More Than A Friend,” Humphreys even brings to mind the cotton-candy lilt and sway of beach music. Historically, beach music is soul music divorced from its city setting and cultivated in the sand and sun, in the Carolinas, mainly, for the subdued shag-dancing pleasures of ocean-going vacationers and jukebox fans. It would be oversimplifying it to say that if Detroit had Motown and Memphis had the Stax sound, then the Carolinas and Virginia had beach music. But you get the idea. “It’s part of my musical DNA,” Humphreys said. “I’m definitely not a beachmusic guy, per se, but I like sunny soul music, and that’s a big part of what beach music has.” But it’s not all billowy floral patterns. Slapped in the middle of the new record is an instrumental called “Golden Bone,” which is sort of a swamp-blues riff with drawling slide guitar and a hardjawed Southern rock attitude. Humphreys isn’t exactly playing music that’s divorced from popular tastes; you could say there’s even a connection to big artists like John Mayer. Yet, coming from the world of college rock, Humphreys is cutting loose in his own way. “I do what I like, and somehow that’s become a form of rebellion when everything can become so by-the-book,” he said. Humphreys says he came by his independent DIY streak, in part, from growing up in Winston-Salem and experiencing the local music scene in the mid-‘80s, seeing bands like Let’s Active and the dBs and realizing that making one’s own music on a national stage was an option. “I do think that when I got Chapel Hill, I feel like I had a leg up on a lot of aspiring musicians because I had grown up in Winston-Salem,” Humphreys said. “The music scene that was happening when I was in high school was really inspiring and interesting. Meeting people from our home town that were out there making records — that was huge.” ! 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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2700 E Independence Blvd | 704.372.3600 www.bojanglescoliseum.com

CMCU AMPHITHEATRE former Uptown Amphitheatre 820 Hamilton St | 704.549.5555 www.livenation.com Sep 20: 2Cellos

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1000 NC Music Factory Blvd | 704.916.8970 www.fillmorecharlottenc.com Sep 14: The Dollop: Live Podcast Sep 15: Late Night Special, Gonzo, & Derek Sjolbom Sep 16: Chronixx Sep 17: Grungefest Sep 19: Electric Guest Sep 20: Joywave Sep 22: Nothing More Sep 22: Adam Ant Sep 23: Sleeping with Sirens Sep 24: Mutemath Sep 25: The War On Drugs Sep 26: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Sep 28: Issues Sep 30: Kesha Sep 30: Space Jesus Oct 1: Jake Miller Oct 2: Foster The People Oct 3: Seu Jorge Oct 3: The Script Oct 4: The Wonder Years Oct 4: Mastodon Oct 5: Clean Bandit Oct 6: Cafe Tacuba Oct 7: Pvris

Oct 7: Atlas Road Crew Oct 8: The Lox & Westside Gunn Oct 9: Hollywood Undead Oct 11: The Devil Wears Prada Oct 12 Smino & Ravyn Lenae Oct 13: ZZ Ward Oct 14: Madeintyo Oct 17: Atlas Genius Oct 18: Daley Oct 19: Lecrae Oct 20: Appetite for Destruction

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707 Pavilion Blvd | 704.549.1292 www.livenation.com Sep 15: Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ Sep 27: Kings of Leon Sep 28: Jack Johnson Sep 29: Alison Krauss & David Gray Oct 5: Zac Brown Band w/ Darrell Scott

OVENS AUDITORIUM

2700 E Independence Blvd | 704.372.3600 www.ovensauditorium.com Sep 28: Loretta Lynn Sep 29-30: Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Oct 18: Old Crow Medicine Show

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333 E Trade St | 704.688.9000 www.timewarnercablearena.com Sep 14: Bruno Mars Oct 17: Halsey

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309 W Morgan St | 919.560.3030 www.carolinatheatre.org Sep 20: Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors Sep 25: Mac Demarco Sep 26: Kenny Wayne Shepherd Sep 28: Rufus Wainwright Oct 8: Robert Cray Oct 20: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

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310 S Greene St | 336.333.2605 www.carolinatheatre.com Sep 15: Titus Gant Quartet

Sep 22: A Temptations Revue w/ Bo Henderson Sep 28: Not So Classical Sep 30: Michael Ken Sep 30: Not So Classical Oct 13: Land Jam 2017 w/ Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn

GREENSBORO COLISEUM 1921 W Gate City Blvd | 336.373.7400 www.greensborocoliseum.com Oct 7: Aggie Homcoming Concert ft. Migos & Gucci Mane Oct 8: Mann’s World Family Tour Oct 14: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Oct 15: Foo Fighters Oct 17: Eagles

WHITE OAK AMPITHEATRE

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HIGH POINT

HIGH POINT THEATRE

220 E Commerce Ave | 336.883.3401 www.highpointtheatre.com Sep 22: Emi Sunshine w/ Summer Brook & the Mountain Faith Band Sep 24: The Suffers

RALEIGH

CCU MUSIC PARK AT WALNUT CREEK

3801 Rock Quarry Rd | 919.831.6400 www.livenation.com Sep 23: Brantley Gilbert Sep 29: Jack Johnson Oct 6: Zac Brown Band w/ Darrell Scott

RED HAT AMPHITHEATER 500 S McDowell St | 919.996.8800 www.redhatamphitheater.com Sep 20: Lauryn Hill w/ Nas Sep 23: Newsboys Oct 2: The Head & The Heart w/ The Shelters Oct 6: Citizen Cope Oct 11: Kid Cudi

PNC ARENA

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The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem to present hit musical Mamma Mia! The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem will present the smash-hit musical Mamma Mia! — based on the songs of Swedish super-group ABBA — opening Friday, October 6 at the Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem. Additional performances will be held October 7-8 & 12-15. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees are at 2 pm. Tickets are $27.50, and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available online beginning Monday, September 18, and the box office opens for general sales on Monday, September 25 at 12 noon. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from noon-5:30 pm. Call (336) 725-4001 for tickets or purchase online at www.thelittletheatreofws.org. On a small Greek island, Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding — one which includes having her father give her away. The problem? Sophie doesn’t know who he is. Her mother, Donna, the former lead singer of the 1970s pop group Donna and the Dynamos, refuses to talk about the past, so Sophie decides to take matters into her own hands. Sneaking a peek in her mother’s old diary, she discovers three possible fathers: Sam, Bill and Harry. She secretly invites all three to the wedding, convinced that she’ll know her father when she sees him. But when all three turn up, it may not be as clear as she thought! Told through the legendary music of ABBA, Mamma Mia! has become a worldwide sensation. Productions of this effervescent musical have played in more than 50 countries on 6 continents and the show has been translated into 22 languages. Over 60 million people have seen the show worldwide and it has set the record for premiering in more cities faster than any other musical in history. With music and lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and some songs with Stig Anderson, and book by Catherine Johnson, Mamma Mia! includes such hits as “Super Trouper”, “Dancing Queen”, “Knowing Me, Knowing You”, “Take a Chance on Me”, “Money, Money, Money”, “The Winner Takes It All”, and the title track. It opened in 1999 in the West End and made its WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

debut on Broadway in 2001. In 2008, the musical was adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Amanda Seyfried. The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem is the first community theatre in the Southeast to produce Mamma Mia!. “This show was on our radar for a while and we were ecstatic to get the rights to produce it,” commented Little Theatre Artistic Director Edwin Martinat. “It’s a fun, high-spirited musical with an amazing soundtrack. I’m sure our audiences will feel like dancing in the aisles.” Mamma Mia! will be directed by Justin Bulla, with music direction by Garrett Saake and choreography by Kacy Crabtree. Dahlia Al-Habielli will design the set with lighting design by Suzanne Vaughan and sound design by Brett Jarvis. Justin Hall will design costumes. Stephanie Guelzow will stage manage the production, assisted by Heather Sevy. The cast is as follows: Pepper - Dru Billings Lisa - Meredith Brown Tanya - Jean-Marie Buckley Donna - Jennifer DeCoste Sky - Andrew Duggins Bill - Mark Flora Father Alexandrios - John Foltz Sophie - Graham Harrington Sam - Troy Hurst Ali - Becky Koza Harry - Glenn Otterbacher Rosie - Ruthie Tutterow Eddie - Nick Zayas Ensemble - Shelly Beard, Destiny Boyd, Elissa Brannan, CJ Brewer, Sean Browne, Cessily Evans, Devante Goolsby, Stephen Gunter, Angela Hodges, Kelly Kerr, Elizabeth Lopina, Matthew Monroe, Lora Mouna, Anne O’Brien, Talley Sugg, and Richard Talbot !

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n its original hardcover incarnation, Stephen King’s It ran 1,138 pages, second only to The Stand’s 1,153 pages in terms of finding the prolific author at his wordiest. Given that generous length, it’s not surprising that It (and The Stand, for that matter) found itself being fitted for a television miniseries slot rather than a motion picture release, resulting in a 192-minute two-parter on ABC back in 1990. Of course, in this era in which many popular books are split up into two or three movies (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2 and The Hobbit trilogy, for example), it’s not surprising to find a studio willing to allow King’s tome a chance to breathe by spreading its story across two theatrical releases. Billed in the closing credits as Chapter One, the big-screen version of It ( ) spends the entirety of its 135-minute running time on the kids that comprise the book’s gang of Losers, with the adult variations of these characters placed in deep-freeze until the inevitable sequel hits theaters in the near-future. It’s a logical way to split the property, and what’s offered in this first part is mostly good stuff. Front and center, of course, is Pennywise the Dancing Clown, the evil entity that’s kidnapping and killing the children

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of a small Maine town in 1989. Bill Skarsgård needs some help from the CGI gods to make his Pennywise as memorable as Tim Curry’s superb interpretation from the miniseries, but he nevertheless does a fine job of bringing this monster to life. The seven kids cast as the members of the self-anointed Losers Club, reluctantly ready to do battle against Pennywise, are perfectly cast, with Sophia Lillis as Bev, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie, and Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben particularly memorable (rounding out the septet are St. Vincent’s Jaeden Lieberher as Bill, Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard as Richie, Chosen Jacobs as Mike, and Wyatt Oleff as Stanley). Indeed, the sequences in which the kids merely relate to one another are among the film’s strongest, stirring memories of the exquisite Stand By Me (another adaptation of a King property). These scenes never wear out their stay, which can’t be said of a couple of the extended horror set-pieces that verge on overkill. Interestingly, the 1990 miniseries was at its best when it centered on the adolescent protagonists — despite solid turns by Richard Thomas, John Ritter and others, the adult portions weren’t quite as compelling, ultimately crippled by a downright disappointing denouement. This new It is a respectable addition to the King cinematic canon, but it will be the adultsonly second installment that similarly will make or break the overall project. !

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his weekend, North Carolina’s officiallydesignated “Comic Book City” will see a team-up of heroic proportions. On Sept. 16 and 17, the Elm Street Center will be Ian McDowell the site of the first annual Greensboro Comicon. This twoContributor day gathering of fans, industry professionals, vendors and cosplayers represent the newest venture from the promoters responsible for NC Comicon, the twice-yearly Triangle event that has become one of the largest comic book conventions on the East Coast. To do this, they’ve partnered with some local super friends: the Greensboro stores Ssalefish Comics, The Comic Dimension, Geeksboro Coffee & Beverage Company, the Greensboro Public Library and the one that makes this convention stand out from others, the International Civil Rights Museum. “That was our first stop when we were scouting the area for a venue,” wrote NC Comicon’s Brockton McKinney in an email. “The day we decided on the Elm Street Center, I immediately walked across the street and asked the Civil Rights Museum if they’d like to partner with the show.” McKinney said that Nakia Hoskins, the museum’s program coordinator, reacted enthusiastically to the idea of a partnership and that the museum was sponsoring a panel entitled “Black Heroes Matter” on Saturday. He said the museum has also co-commissioned a limited edition art print featuring the Greensboro Four, the young black students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University who in 1960 initiated the historic Woolworth’s Sit-In that helped end the practice of “Whites Only” lunch counters throughout the South. “The illustration is being done by Marcus Williams, an amazing creator, and a guest of the show,” McKinney said. Williams is one of the several prominent black creators featured as guests at Greensboro Comicon. Another is the award-winning artist Afua Richardson, whose credits include interior art for Marvel’s World of Wakanda and Top Cow’s Genius as well as covers for Captain Marvel, Captain America and the Mighty Avengers

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and All-Star Batman. For National Public Radio, she illustrated Langston Hughes’ poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.” She is also a professional musician who has performed with Sheila E and ParliamentFunkadelic, on Soul Train, and at Carnegie Hall. When I spoke with Richardson, I told her that I was intrigued by her Wikipedia entry, which describes her as coming from a family of scientists. She explained that her father, William Richardson, is a physicist “whose works helped develop String Theory and MRIs.” She also said that he was a great inspiration to her. Richardson said besides being a scientist and a USS Coast Guard officer, her father taught at West Point and the University of Alabama, and he was an amateur painter. “He always found time to give me the tools to create and left me to my own devices,” she said. “He taught me the importance of focus and to take pride in the things I make and the importance of perseverance.” He also taught her some painful US history, describing life in Civil Rights era Alabama and the trials his family went through. “There were no places for artists like him to thrive, but he still found the strength to be kind and never complained about how hard things were,” she said. “He just made a way for me to learn and to find my own way.” Richardson said she got into comics at a young age. “Officially, Bazooka Joe was the first comic strip I can remember reading,” she said. “Maybe because I connected it with

getting hopped up on powdery 5 cent gum.” Things got more serious when she was 8 or 9 and began actually collecting comic books. Marvel’s Excalibur was an early favorite, although she also loved the regular X-Men series it was spun off from. “Wolverine was my spirit animal after I received a copy of the first issue of his original mini-series, and Alan Moore’s run on Swamp Thing was comic poetry to me,” she said. She went on to collect Heavy Metal comics and Japanese manga, citing Blade of the Immortal, the source material for an upcoming live-action film, as a particular favorite. I asked Richardson about her work on Marvel’s World of Wakanda, a five-issue mini-series set in the same milieu as the company’s acclaimed Black Panther series written by the Pulitzer-winning Ta-Nehisi Coates. World of Wakanda is about two women, Ayo and Aneka, who are lovers and former members of the Dora Milaje, the Black Panther’s all-female security force. It was written by the novelist, essayist and professor Roxane Gay and the poet Yona Harvey, the first two black women to create a series for Marvel. Richardson said she was originally supposed to just draw one variant cover (variant covers are alternate ones published for the collector’s market). Because she had already been hugely impressed by the team doing the regular Black Panther series (writer Coates and artist Brian Stelfreeze) she said, “I wanted to make sure I did everything to make this personal and put a piece of myself into it.”

She used symbols from her ancestry and graphic design elements based on old Afro-Cuban records and kung fu movie posters from the 1970s. Her illustration impressed Coates, whose work on the series has been a major coup for Marvel, as his essays for The Atlantic and his nonfiction book Between the World and Me have earned him the reputation of the most important African-American writer since James Baldwin. “Ta-Nehisi Coates sent me a message [about] how much he liked it,” she said, adding that this accolade convinced the editor and art director to use her design elements for all issues of the mini-series and that she should be the official cover artist. While there was later some concern in the fan press about World of Wakanda being “canceled,” Richardson said that, as far as she knew, it was always meant to end after five issues. “People got really upset and I was quite confused,” she said, adding that if fans are willing to support it as an ongoing monthly series, they should make their voices heard. “Marvel is listening!” I asked Richardson if she has a dream project and she said that she’s developing one titled Aquarius: the Book of Mer that will combine her art and music, something she’s wanted to do for a long time. “I’ll probably put that out before anything else,” she said, suggesting it would be self-published. But she also expressed a desire to work with such writers as Greg Rucka, Gail Simone, Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman at some point in the future. She also admitted to another dream project, which would involve “taking all the

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blue characters in the Marvel Universe and putting them into a single book.” Along with talking to Richardson, I exchanged emails with the Atlanta-based Marcus Williams, the aforementioned creator of the exclusive art print depicting the Greensboro Four that is available free to purchasers of VIP tickets to the convention. “The organizers of the event reached out and asked if I could craft together an image that would show the Four in such light,” he wrote, adding that it “feels great being apart of any event that recognizes the struggles and triumphs of African Americans in this country.” I told Williams that, because I’m an old school geek, the first African-American comic book artist whose name and drawing style I can remember recognizing was the late Billy Graham. Not, of course, the televangelist, but the artist of the same name who worked on the first 16 issues of Marvel’s Luke Cage: Hero For Hire from 1972 to 1974, starting with the inks and later penciling and co-plotting. For Williams, it was M. D. Bright, who drew Icon for Milestone Media, a coalition of African-American writers and artists whose imprint was published and distributed by, but was editorially independent from, DC Comics from 1993 until 1997. But the first artist whose style and name he first recognized was the Korean-American Jim Lee, whose X-Men #1 created a sensation when it was published as a spin-off from the long-running Uncanny X-Men in 1991 and immediately became the bestselling comic book of all time. “It was amazing art for me at the time, and still is,” he wrote. Along with Lee, he said his influences include Greg Capullo, Joe Madureira, Japanese comics and anime, Disney Cartoons, Pixar and video games. Williams has also created two independent comics financed via Kickstarter. The first, Super Natural, he described as “an allegorical apologue that follows a shipwrecked alien’s struggle to build a life in a large urban city here on earth all while striving to understand the strange ways of the humans that reside in it,” adding that “she quickly finds out the hard way that having power on this planet is both a blessing and a curse socially when she unintentionally kidnaps a young girl during a flying tour of the city and is confronted by local law enforcement.” The second is Tuskegee Heirs: Flames of Destiny, a science fiction action-adventure comic book series written by Greg Burnham and set 80 years into the future. According to Williams’ email, it “follows a squadron of young, gifted aviators, who are forced to become Earth’s last line of defense against a menacing race of artificially intelligent villains bent on destroying civilization.” WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

them will carpool together from Charlotte. Other industry professionals appearing at the convention include Corey Kalman, Chris Sims, Sam Ellis, Chris Giarrusso, Brian “Smitty” Smith, John “Waki” Wycough, John Hairston Jr. and Andrew Herman. The first annual Greensboro Comicon will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Elm Street Center at 203 S. Elm Street. Attractions of the convention include panels, a cosplay contest, the Artists Alley where professional creators will meet their public, sign their work and do sketches, and a variety of vendors. A weekend pass is $15. Saturday-only and Sunday-only daypasses are $10 each, and VIP weekend passes are available for $25. The latter come with a “Swag Bag” that includes a choice of either Marcus Williams’ exclusive art print of the Greensboro Four or Chris Giarrusso print of the Mini-Lantern Corps. Tickets, guest credits, and more info can be found online at greensborocomicon. com. !

Award-winning artist Afua Richardson in her Wonder Woman cosplay. In 2016 and 2017, the Kickstarter for Super Natural met its $10,000 goal, and the one for Tuskegee Heirs raised seven times that amount. Marcus Williams also has a Patreon page at www.patreon.com/ Marcusthevisual. Other guests of Greensboro Comicon include respected and successful veterans of the industry. One such is Richard Case, whose art for the acclaimed writer Grant Morrison’s bizarre and imaginative Doom Patrol helped launch DC Comics’ mature and ambitious Vertigo imprint in the early 1990s. Another is Tommy Lee Edwards, who besides being the senior director and co-owner of NC Comicon, has worked on such titles as Superman: American Alien and Turf, and who is currently illustrating Mother Panic for DC’s Young Animal line and writing and directing an animated T.V. pilot for Fox. Newer to the industry is the Charlotte-based artist and writer Bridgit Conell, whose Brother Nash has been announced as forthcoming from Titan Comics. Another Charlotte resident and Greensboro Comicon guest talent is Rico Renzi, one of the most sought-after colorists in contemporary comics, whose distinctive hues and tints can be seen in Marvel’s Spider-Gwen and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Another Charlotte-based talent is freelance illustrator and colorist Rian Singh, who draws Backstagers for Boom! Studios, a critically-praised comic that will delight any theater kid who spent more time working backstage than performing. Yet another is Katy Farina, currently the main series artist on the Steven Universe

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Leigh Rodenbough’s work is back in Greensboro at Ambleside Gallery

On Sept. 21, 2014, Leigh Rodenbough passed away in his home located in Madison, North Carolina. In his lifetime, Rodenbough was a veteran of World War II. He was a lawyer. He was a member of the local rotary club. He was a leader of the youth in his hometown as he served as a local cubmaster and troop leader. He even established David Willard the community’s first Webelo’s scout group. With all this activity in his life, Contributor it becomes even more amazing that he was an artist who painted landscapes. Now, those paintings can be seen firsthand and treasured once again at a local Greensboro art gallery that has helped the downtown Greensboro area experience fine art by just a visit to the area. Exhibiting from August to the end of September, Ambleside Gallery is playing host to many of Rodenbough’s finest works. Ambleside Gallery is located at 528 S. Elm St. in Greensboro and has become an integral part of the arts scene in the Triad. Established in 1982 in England and now making its home in Greensboro, Ambleside prides itself on housing many fine artists’ collections. Ambleside Gallery’s reputation has led to showcasing more than 30

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painters, sculptors and photographers from countries such as the US, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, China and Japan. Now Ambleside is home to Rodenbough’s work for all to see and explore. Featuring 16 pieces, Ambleside is once again highlighting the Rodenbough collection. The first being when Rodenbough passed in 2014. The gallery’s director and owner, Jackson Mayshark, was a friend and an admirer of Rodenbough’s work. Now, he is bringing the exhibition back to honor those ties. “The show is important because he was an unusual artist and a dear friend, and I had the exhibition up at the time of his passing,” Mayshark said. “This is the first time I have showed his work since then. He was an amazing example of a painter and a human being. He became a professional painter at the age of 80, and I love showing his art, and sharing his story.” This passion for the arts and his talent carried Rodenbough well, as he became a respected and sought-after artist who painted some unique and beautiful landscapes and scenery before his passing in 2014. This exhibition is tribute to his work and to the man that made his mark at home and in his artwork. “He was art enthusiast at an early age,” Mayshark said. “And he told his father he wanted to be artist. His father told he needed to get an education and get a job, and then he could become an artist after he retired. Leigh did

just that. At age 70, he decided he needed art in his life. He implemented painting by dedicating one day a week to his art. Then at age 80, he became a professional artist. He was an amazing individual.” To exemplify this, after his passing in 2014, The Rockingham Arts Council featured some of his work and posted on its website, “The paintings of Rodenbough have stories and specific locations attached to them. This backstory adds to the texture that is such a prominent part of his artwork. Many local collectors have Rodenbough’s unique paintings, and several of our public buildings contain paintings. Throughout his life, Rodenbough donated to many charities, nonprofits and causes, supporting the community. The Rockingham County Arts Council’s Artist Studio Tour is honored to benefit from his continuing generosity.” Rodenbough’s passing left a public who adored his work. Simply put, Rodenbough left a legacy of an example to be followed. He achieved success on many levels, and it’s not only in his art that this is shown, it is also in his hometown where this lawyer, scout leader and veteran took a few short years of living his dream and turned them into pieces of art that are waiting to be savored at Ambleside Gallery. ! DAVID WILLARD is a freelance writer in Winston-Salem and has written for Forsyth Woman Magazine, Forsyth Family Magazine, Winston Salem Monthly.

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Wine Down Wednesday: Winston-Salem hair salon owners drink wine and talk hair

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Wine, women, videos and hair—a combination that has become the essence of the WinstonSalem-based salon, Do or Dye. Since the salon’s conception on April 1, co-owners Kristen McIntosh and Sierra Johnson have made a name for themselves with the unpredictable and youthful video series, “Wine Down

Wednesday.” After working together for nearly four years at another salon, the friends took a chance neither of them anticipated for their futures. Johnson said after leaving their previous stagnant careers, “We had to take this leap of faith and it was kind of a ‘do or die’ moment. So, it translated to our name.” Now, the pair owns a suite where the only two people working for them are themselves. Before opening, Johnson created a YouTube series featuring the process of setting up the salon. This idea, plus an extreme amount of celebratory wine gifted to the friends during their salon’s opening, gave them the idea to start another video series. This time, their goal was to create free advertising, by showcasing their personalities to future clients in short videos. “We wanted to not only get our name out there but also give tips and tricks and little tidbits of knowledge to people in a broader audience that might not be able to sit in our chair,” Johnson said. Their overall goal was to garner trust; to show the Winston-Salem community and beyond that,they were knowledgeable in hair care. The video series, which is live on Johnson’s Facebook page every Wednesday night, is a casual and fun show for all ages, genders and hair-types. “We try to stay as PG as possible,” McIntosh said. “We try to keep it family friendly.” Yet, the most appealing part of the series is the personality each owner brings to the videos. “We try to be engaging and answer immediate questions,” Johnson said. The pair wants to teach their 500 to 700 weekly viewers anything they want to learn, so they are constantly looking for topic suggestions. Though the show is not always as prepared as a viewer might believe, as WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

McIntosh said, “Wine Down is always a mystery;” they do have an ongoing list of topics they want to discuss live. McIntosh and Johnson want to branch out from talking hair care and try to discuss makeup and skin care as well. Just to name a few upcoming topics on their ever-growing list are men’s hair, redheads, a blow-out challenge and Halloween makeup tutorials. The spontaneous and youthful pair bounced ideas around during their interview. “We should do a blindfolded up-do challenge,” Johnson said, telling McIntosh, “Write it down in the notebook.” They are also hoping to have experts on their future videos and potentially change their show’s location, which as of now takes place in their salon. “We are going to be like Kathy Lee and Hoda,” said Johnson jokingly, which is when McIntosh chimed in, “Live from Greensboro.” However, what gives “Wine Down Wednesday” a unique twist is the weekly choice of wine the friends drink during the show. Originally, they started drinking the wine that was gifted to them. Since then,

McIntosh and Johnson have decided to spice things up with boxed and canned wine, and a squiggly straw sometimes in the mix. Now, most of their wine glasses are from clients that know them as “the girls that drink wine.” The salon owners also recently received wine glasses with their names and their salon embossed on them. Wine aside, McIntosh and Johnson are thrilled with how the series’ viewers range from clients, family and stylists. “We would go to classes and people would say we have seen you on Facebook,” Johnson said, referring to their continuing education classes. “When we did it initially, we didn’t think it would become anything,” McIntosh said. “It has become part of our brand essentially. That is what we are known for at this point.” In the future, McIntosh and Johnson would like to leverage their business platform, by going live on both Facebook and Instagram. As Johnson said, “[We want to] get more of our work on there so people can see what we’re doing,” in the hopes of,

“adding more and more people to the Do or Dye tribe.” The duo’s success is far-reaching, not only as young business owners but as friends. With this kind of energy, it is obvious they are close. “I think we have a really similar drive, and what we want to do personally and professionally. [Sierra] is in all my best memories,” McIntosh said candidly. “I wouldn’t do this with anyone else.” “Wine Down Wednesday” usually begins at 7:15 p.m. every Wednesday on Johnson’s Facebook page, with some videos starting earlier or later. To learn about the exact time the pair goes live or for other interesting hair care tips follow their salon’s Instagram account at doordyenc. “Do it scared,” McIntosh said, a motto she lives by – a motto that has allowed her and Johnson to strive for a business of fun, friends, passion and of course, wine. ! JESSICA CLIFFORD is an intern reporter. She is a senior at UNCG, majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in English. SEPTEMBER 13-19, 2017 YES! WEEKLY

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BARTENDER: Mallory Causey BAR: Ham’s Palladium AGE: 29 HOMETOWN: Greensboro BARTENDING: 8 Years Q: How did you become a bartender? A: I started serving at Ham’s when I was 19 and moved up to bartending at 21. Q:What’s your favorite drink to make? A: Deathwish. The layered colors always look so pretty. Q:What’s your favorite drink to drink? A: Dirty Martini or Champagne

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Q:What’s the craziest thing you’ve seen while bartending? A: As long as I’ve been bartending, I’ve seen it all. I’ve seen the drunk dancing, the bar fights, and all the nonsense in between. But my favorite kind of crazy to see is the kind that’s unforgettable. Like when I see people at my bar on their very first date and I continue to see them months later, in love and happy. Or when I meet someone who is in such a low point in their life and they come back years later so happy and proud of where they are now. That’s the kind of crazy you don’t see everyday, and the kind that makes me love what I do.

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Q:What’s the best tip you’ve ever gotten? A: $214 Q: How do you deal with difficult customers? A: I think kindness goes a long way, so that is always my first approach. With that being said, I’ve been very fortunate with the group of girls I work with, knowing that they will always help back me up and defuse the situation if things continue to escalate. We like to refer to ourselves as “The Bomb Squad,” and between the four of us, there aren’t many situations we can’t handle. Q: Single? A: No

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[HOROSCOPES]

[LEO (July 23 to August 22) Aspects suggest that you are evaluating the outcome of something that began in the fourth quarter of 2016. It may be a relationship or a work of creativity. You are prone to have a negative point of view with this. Make an effort to see this through kinder eyes and wait a couple of weeks. Your attitude may change. [VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) This is a good week to bring fruition to a home improvement project that was conceived in the fall of 2016. Saturn always gives us what we deserve. If you have put work and time into your effort, you will be rewarded. If not, you may be hit with a need to repair property. [LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) You have highly favorable aspects this week. Don’t stay home. Go out with friends and groups. You will be noticed and welcomed wherever you go. New people who come into your life at this time may become teachers or guides on your next path. Or perhaps you will have the opportunity to guide others. Please read the lead paragraph.

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[SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Mars is one of your planetary avatars. This week it is overcoming Mercury, the communicator and message maker. Mars is prone to be too quick to strike and you may discover sharp remarks in your mind or among your friends. Remember that we often regret that which is said in haste. “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” [SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) You have been steadily working on a new, more stable identity for the last two years. At this time one of your projects is nearly ready for its display. You can see the result of your effort and others will notice it as well. It involves your career or direction in life and likely will give you reason to be proud.

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[CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You may be pestered by memories of times in which you felt you failed or somehow didn’t meet expectations. Ask why you need to review this now. Is there something to be gained here? If it is simply repetition of old fear tapes, take what you really need to remember and toss the rest away. [AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) A critic is following you. This may be a voice from the past or perhaps it is you beating upon yourself. On the surface you

may perceive it as your partner’s voice, but the problem for you is that old tapes cause you to believe you are not worthy. You are valuable and do not have to prove yourself “worthy” of another’s judgment.

[PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A false accusation or a rumor about you or your partner may cause you considerable worry at this time. The probability is that it is based only upon the assumption of a third party. The reason you worry is that you and one or more significant others are not communicating well. Concentrate on productive communications and don’t carry this “fact” around in your heart. [ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Details and nits may follow you around all week. It’s a nuisance but a necessary part of accomplishing your goals at the moment. The Ram prefers to force things into place, but occasionally they require tenacity and concentration. Action moves slowly under these conditions but it is a necessary phase of your work. [TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Follow your instincts about where you need to be, particularly if that includes a new social situation. Then give attention to whomever or whatever new enters your life. You are on schedule to find a new guide, mentor, or teacher who will help you toward the next direction in your life. [GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your focus shifts to matters of home, hearth, and family. Things of the past may float up in your mind for reflection. If this occurs, ask yourself what you learned from the former experience. It probably would help you now. Family concerns may occupy your attention. It is a good time to open important discussions with those most important to you. [CANCER (June 21 to July 22) During the next couple of weeks it would serve you well to attend social gatherings and generally put yourself “out there.” One or more people are likely to enter your life who help you make the connections that need to come next. It is possible that you encounter a potential for romance or general good fortune. Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at (704) 366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments. There is a fee for services. Website: http//www.horoscopesbyvivian.com

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

YAWN JUAN My friend and I are debating why it is that men don’t want you when you want them yet they’re all gung-ho when you aren’t interested. She believes that we just want what we can’t have. Could it be that simple? — Pondering

Amy Alkon

Advice Goddess

In looking for love, a number of people confuse “the chase” with something closer to criminal stalking. In their defense, these ideas don’t come out of nowhere. For example, consider how creepy the Cupid dude with the little bow and arrow actually is. Basically, he’s the chubby baby version of the maniac hunting people down with a crossbow. The reality is, nobody pines for what’s easy to get or, worse, what’s chasing madly after them. It’s about value. Being easy to get or seeming desperate suggests one has what anthropologists call “low mate value.” Social psychologist Robert Cialdini explains this with “the scarcity principle,” which describes how the less available something is the more valuable it seems and the more we want it. Being scarce doesn’t necessarily equate to being more valuable; however, because of how psychologically painful we find regret — feeling that we screwed up and thus missed out — scarcity kicks us into a motivational state, making us all hot for whatever’s in short supply.

This is the sales principle behind those chichi boutiques with just one item on a rack, as if they were a mini museum of the little black dress. There’s a good chance they have 20 more in the back. But putting out 20 sends a different message — like one of those shops with a big yellow sign, “Everything in the store, $15, including the dog.” Still, the scarcity principle sometimes gets falsely accused of causing a burgeoning relationship to tank when other factors are actually to blame. Consider whether you’re choosing wisely — going for someone who’s ready to be in a relationship. Some people who think they’re ready may not be. (Time — along with wanting to know instead of just wanting to believe — will tell.) Others will admit that they aren’t ready. Believe them — or at least tread cautiously — and recognize the propensity many women have for Svengali-ette-alism: “I’ll be the one to change him!” (Kleenex has succeeded as a brand in no small part thanks to these women.) With someone who is a real possibility, you’ll have your best shot by coming off appropriately interested instead of stalkerishly so. If you tend to go from zero to texting a guy 36 times in a row while sitting in your car with binoculars trained on his house, figure out proactive ways to avoid that and other crazypants stuff you do. (Perhaps, for example, give your nextdoor neighbor custody of your phone and car keys upon coming home.) Sure, love is said to be “a journey,” but it shouldn’t be one that has something in common with being chased by feral hogs down a lonely country road.

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THE THINGS WE DO FUR LOVE My sweet boyfriend always leaves his nose hair and beard trimmings in the sink. He claims he forgets to wipe up afterward and asks, “Is it that big of a deal?” Am I being petty, or is this disrespectful when you share a space with somebody? — Annoyed Surely, your boyfriend eventually notices dropped bits of beard hair — about when the sink starts panting and pawing in response to “Here, boy!” However, chances are he’s leaving you a furry sink not out of disrespect but because he goes into a behavioral coma. This comes out of how our brain conserves energy by creating stored strings of behavior. The first time you ride a bike or eat with a spoon, you have to put conscious thought into each step. But with time and practice, the sequence becomes automatic and unconscious. Eventually, when you get a bowl of oatmeal, you just eat; you don’t need to figure out how to load up the spoon and manage that “Bzzzz, here comes Mr. Airplane...” thing that transports the oatmeal to Mr. Tummy.

Research on habit change by psychologist Wendy Wood and her colleagues suggests that “disrupting” the usual physical sequence of a stored behavior can jolt a person out of autopilot, triggering their conscious mind to take over. You can disrupt your boyfriend’s beard-snipping routine simply by changing where the scissors get stored. Maybe put them in a kitchen cabinet for a while — and of course, clue him in and explain why. Yes, this could actually work to get him to remember your “Yoo-hoo...sinkiepoo!” However, what ultimately matters is how you treat each other. If your sink continues to have a five o’clock shadow, maybe decide to just laugh about your sweet daydreamy slob instead of going all toxicragey “I’ll show him!” and throwing out the beard clippings yourself — by dragging the sink to the curb. ! GOT A problem? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave, #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or e-mail AdviceAmy@aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com) © 2017 Amy Alkon Distributed by Creators.Com.

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