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Thee Phantom & The Illharmonic, the “ORIGINAL HIP-HOP ORCHESTRA” will make their North Carolina debut at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Greensboro on Jan. 15. “When was the last time you witnessed; strings, horns, and piano at a hip-hop concert,” organizers asked, adding “the party-rocking DJ, soul-stirring female vocalist, and fire-breathing MC,” being “but a fraction of what you’ll catch” watching the Illharmonic in action. 6 BETTY WHITE, who died Dec. 31, 2021, at the age of 99, was an entertainment legend, an esteemed humanitarian, and an American institution. In commemoration of what would have been her 100th birthday, Fathom Events and Boetticher+Trinklein Television present Betty White: A Celebration... 7 Although the annual GRAMMY AWARDS ceremony, which was originally scheduled for Jan. 31, has been postponed due to the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, that doesn’t diminish the honor of being nominated.
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GUILFORD COLLEGE OPENS SECOND ECAR HOUSE BY NAIMA SAID
Twenty Twenty-Two has already become a promising year for Guilford College’s Every Campus a Refuge chapter as they recently announced they secured funding for a second house on campus to hold a greater number of refugees. Diya Abdo, ECAR founder, Guilford College Professor, and a Palestinian refugee whose family was displaced to Jordan in 1967, graduated from Yarmouk University and joined the Diaspora in the West to receive her Ph.D. in New Jersey. “I was studying when 9/11 happened. I sort of shifted the trajectory of my scholarship since I was studying American literature at the time. After being one of the few Arab/Muslim women on campus, people reached out to me as a spokesperson on the issue,” Abdo said. “That is when I started focusing on Arab and Islamic female writers and Islamic feminism. In 2003, I went back to Jordan to teach and planned to stay there permanently. I experienced a freedom of speech violation since I had published something they found problematic and accused me of being un-Islamic. The board asked me to resign, so I called them out on this problem, and they rescinded their request of my resignation. But at that point, the place had soured for me, so I decided to come back to the US and got a position at Guilford in 2008.” In January 2016, Abdo took inspiration when reading an article on the Pope, who addressed the concept of radical hospitality. “When the Syrian refugee crisis happened, I felt immobilized. I knew I needed to do something real, especially with my role as a professor. We have a lot of material to work with here on campus, not necessarily financial. I kept going back and forth until I saw an article about Pope Francis calling on every parish to host a refugee family, and I was really inspired by that concept of placing responsibility and hospitality on small communities and not just countries. We have everything a community has and needs to host a family,” Abdo shared. “I brought the idea up to Guilford and they happily agreed to provide a house on campus to host refugees, and that is how ECAR started.” Guilford College’s ECAR chapter has been able to host 66 refugees from a variety of countries including; Syria, Iraq, Uganda, Venezuela, and most recently Afghanistan. “Because of the most recent crisis in Afghanistan, the effort has expanded to new momentum. That is the work I will be solely focusing on for WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
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Diya Abdo, ECAR founder the New Year since we have such a large number of families coming to Greensboro.” Abdo was recently awarded the 2021 J.M.K Innovation Prize. The Prize consists of $175,000 over 3 years, which centers on non-profits that are handling pressing matters by supplying financial support. “With this fund, I am able to support the new families coming into the second ECAR home, which can fit up to 12 Afghani individuals,” Abdo said. “Up until this time, the organization has lived under the previous presidential administration, so as you can imagine it has been very challenging to create welcome amidst the policies that disadvantage immigrants and refugees and promote xenophobia. We were blessed to still have managed to recruit other colleges and universities to participate and open housing for refugees around the country.” Wake Forest University, Lafayette College, Russell Sage College, and Old Dominion University have established an ECAR chapter on their campuses as well, and while Abdo is grateful to them, she believes it is not enough. “I can’t thank the other campuses participating nearly enough, but as a professor, I have so much more I need to do. Higher education service-learning experiences send students into the world. This challenges that by bringing that learning experience to the campus. I appreciate the way this effort forces Higher Ed to use its space. The ideology and importance of feeling you belong came from my grandparents who never felt they belonged. The Palestinians who ended up in Lebanon or Syria who can’t get citizenship,” Abdo shared. “At Guilford, we developed a minor that can do this work for credit, it is under, Forced Migration and Resettlement studies, Center for Principal Problem Solving
Marwa Azage and family and Excellency teachings. It is a center here at Guilford that allows us to have these experimental minors. Students work with a family, and essentially handle case management support.” ECAR partnered with a refugee resettlement agency, Church World Services, as a co-sponsor. “Our job and our students’ jobs are to facilitate careerbased services, English as a second language (ESL) classes, transportation, and set up orientation for refugees to become acquainted with their new environment,” Abdo said. “Most refugees when they arrive are taken to their forever home even though they did not choose it, so we provide a softer landing and a stronger beginning. No family will leave our campus until they are able to support themselves. That is our rule. We help them learn about their new surroundings and community. This country has a long way to go on supporting refugees in terms of integration, holistic support, not just financial. The ones who get resettled are sometimes traumatized or lack the resources needed to live successful lives. Campuses have much more access, ability, and benefit to not only host refugee families but provide the humanitarian aspect of student involvement.” The resettlement experience of local refugee, Marwa Azage, is just one example of how ECAR provides meaningful assistance to Guilford College’s incoming refugees. Azage came with her husband, a Calligrapher, and three children to the States after their home country of Iraq faced worsening economic and political destabilization. “I love my country and my family, they have always been around me and it is difficult to be alone in a new place, but I had to think about the future of my children. Stepping off the airplane into the States wasn’t a shock for me and
until this day I’m not sure why. I believe I felt at home instantly without realizing it,” Azage explained. “Diya has a warmth to her I haven’t seen in a long time. She welcomed me as a sister rather than a friend, and for that, I can never thank her enough.” Azage stayed at ECAR for about eight months before finally settling into their forever home that they were able to pick out and have found work to sustain themselves financially and independently. “I feel at home, and I feel peace knowing we are going to be okay. I have made a little community here that reminds me of back home because having family around is an important aspect of Arab culture. This has comforted me when I am feeling sad and alone when my husband is gone at work, and although that feeling of missing my family will never subside, at least I know that my departure from Iraq was not a goodbye but a see you soon,” Azage shared. The Azage family has recently qualified for citizenship and gave birth to their fourth boy. Azage was thrilled and felt blessed to have been able to go back and see her family in Baghdad with her children back in 2018. She remains in contact with ECAR and supports the organization in any way that she can. In the final words of Professor Abdo, “There are approximately 4,000 colleges in this country. If each of them hosted just one refugee family, it would provide a significant increase in the resettlement capacity of the country. The ability to host refugees from all over and provide long-term resettlement and integration support would both uplift this vulnerable population in creating a new life for themselves and unite our country. That is the goal.” !
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Thee Phantom brings the “Original Hip-Hop Orchestra” to the Carolina Theatre
hee Phantom & The Illharmonic, the “original hip-hop orchestra” will make their North Carolina debut at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Greensboro on Katei Cranford Jan. 15. “When was the last time you Contributor witnessed; strings, horns, and piano at a hip-hop concert,” organizers asked, adding “the party-rocking DJ, soul-stirring female vocalist, and fire-breathing MC,” being “but a fraction of what you’ll catch” watching the Illharmonic in action. Inviting attendees to “get down with the hip-hop orchestra,” the Illharmonic fuses classical composition with hip-hop dexterity, from Philadelphia artist and composer, Jeffrey “Thee Phantom” McNeill. Walking the lines of “part b-boy, part Beethoven,” Phantom serves as a “Maniac Maestro,” to lead a revolving orchestration across stages around the globe.
Illharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall with 6 year old Chrysyn Harp on violin. Centering the crew, Phantom’s life has been centered by music. Growing up in North Philly during the 1980s, his first official introduction came as a 5-year-old in the church choir. By 8, his mother had enrolled him in classical piano and flute lessons. On the flip, there was his father’s
Cincinnati - Memorial Hall in 2021 expansive record collection—as a boy he was mesmerized by the stylings of Mozart and Motown. And Vivaldi. And Haydn. But something especially clicked with Sugar Hill Gang. Hip-hop hit the young Phantom differently. It wasn’t long before he was writing his own rhymes, though
never severing those classical connections. By 12, he was writing beats. Recording classical intros on a handheld tape deck. His first combination composition, at 13, blended the Beastie Boys’ “Paul Revere” and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Phantom would ultimately revisit the
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Houston - Student Concert Hall in 2018 a performance of ‘Illmatic’ with the heroic themes of Beethoven’s famed National Symphony Orchestra.” movement (aka “Of Destiny”) in the At the core, the Illharmonic combines, single, ”B-Boy Meets Beethoven,” off his “the raw energy and passion of Hip-Hop, 2010 album, “Making of an Underdog.” with the beautiful sounds of orchestra The record itself chronicles the struggle accompaniment,” Phantom said. Though of hard upbringings and building a bridge giving form to those elements came with between such varying styles. The topic reservations from both musical worlds. continues in 2018’s “Manic Maestro,” He laughs at memories of luring members notably in the “The Entertainer,” single of the Philadelphia Orchestra into club (that featured opera singer Sophia life and “eight to 16 bar loops of Vivaldi.” Jaber). His audition approach these days is a Undeterred by skeptical friends and bit more fresh-faced and open-ended, hip-hop heads growing up, by the ‘90s, with younger musicians (6-year old vioPhantom was interning at Third Story linist Chrysyn Harp joined the ensemble Recording in West Philly; and crafting at Carnegie Hall) to whom the mesh of beats in their spare studio—the same classical and hip-hop music is a less alien room in which Schoolly D made “P.S.K. combination. The payoff comes in what What Does It Mean?.” he sees as a more tangible connection By the early aughts, he’d headline Carnegie Hall, while also being the first hiphop artist to perform at the prestigious Kimmel Center (with accompaniment from members of both the Philadelphia Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia). Performing on stages across the world, Phantom brought B-Boys to a Handy Work • In Home Repair sold-out Kennedy Center—which he noted as Assembly & Installation • Lawn Cleanup being the same room, Call for free estimates! 336-689-7303 “where Nas filmed WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
between the styles, for both the musicians and the audience. And it’s worked in a variety of facets that have afforded the Illharmonic to suit an array of stages. Whether rolling deep, with a 50-piece orchestra in Seattle or a tight 10-piece Japanese orchestra in the theater space at the Ginza Apple Store in Tokyo. With a string quartet, pianist, and sitar for a crowd of 650 at the Perelman Theater, to the expansive 2,500-seat Kimmel Center Verizon Hall, with a string and brass section, vocalist, DJ, and a trio of breakdancers. The orchestra itself continues to evolve and is currently hosting open auditions for revolving players, an endeavor Phantom is encapsulating in his “Making of the Orchestra” series. “We’re chronicling
our touring experience as we connect with musicians across the globe,” he said. The orchestra is currently seeking applicants to fill a 40-piece ensemble for a Juneteenth performance in the Washington D.C. area. Hopefuls can submit performance videos (of either classical or contemporary material) via email entitled “illharmonic audition,” along with their name, instruments, preferred location, links, and contact information, to: email@example.com. But first, Thee Phantom & The Illharmonic make their North Carolina debut on Jan. 15 at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Greensboro. ! KATEI CRANFORD is a Triad music nerd who enjoys spotlighting artists and events.
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Celebrating Betty’s birthday on the big screen Betty White, who died Dec. 31, 2021, at the age of 99, was an entertainment legend, an esteemed humanitarian, and an American institution. In commemoration of what would Mark Burger have been her 100th birthday, Fathom Events and Contributor Boetticher+Trinklein Television present Betty White: A Celebration, a self-explanatory documentary that pays tribute to her ubiquitous talent, which will be presented at nearly 900 cinemas worldwide on Monday, including several theaters in the Piedmont Triad. Betty White: A Celebration will be screened at AMC Classic Hanes 10, 1501 Hanes Mall Boulevard, Winston-Salem at 4 and 7 p.m., and tickets are $13.38 each; AMC Greensboro 18, 4822 Kroger Boulevard, Greensboro at 4 and 7 p.m., and tickets are $13.34 each; AMC High Point 8, 2705 N. Main St. #117, High Point, and tickets are $13.34 each; Regal Greensboro Grande Stadium 16, 3205 Northline Ave., Greensboro at 1, 4, and 7 p.m., and tickets are $13.34 each; and Regal Palladium Stadium 14, 5830 Samet Drive, Greensboro at 1, 4, and 7 p.m., and tickets are $13.34 each. Tickets are available at https://
www.fathomevents.com/. White granted exclusive access to the filmmakers as they explored her life and career over her century of life. In addition to winning five Emmy Awards (out of 21 nominations) and two Daytime Emmy Awards, White’s career included memorable roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls, Hot in Cleveland, and even hosting Saturday Night Live in 2010, which earned her one of those Emmy Awards. Betty White: A Celebration boasts a star-studded line-up of reminiscences and testimonials by such luminaries and White co-stars as Carol Burnett, Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Valerie Bertinelli, and many others, each sharing their memories of working with White. The film also includes White’s final on-camera appearance, recorded merely 10 days before her death, in which she expressed her appreciation to her fans and followers, demonstrating that even in her final days, White never lost her compassion or sense of fun. Upon White’s passing on Dec. 31, producers Steve Boetticher and Mike Trinklein issued the following statement: “Our hearts mourn today with the passing of Betty White. During the many years we worked with her, we developed a great love and admiration for Betty as a person, and as an accomplished entertainer. We are thankful for the many decades of delight she brought to everyone. Betty always said she was the ‘luckiest broad on
two feet’ to have had a career as long as she did. And, honestly, we were the lucky ones to have had her for so long.” The film would have been screened had White lived, and the decision was made to screen it anyway. “We will go forward with our plans to show the film on January 17
in hopes our film will provide a way for all who loved her to celebrate her life — and experience what made her such a national treasure,” the filmmakers said. ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on Burgervideo.com. © 2022, Mark Burger.
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UNCSA alumna and former UNCSA teacher earn Grammy nominations Although the annual Grammy Awards ceremony, which was originally scheduled for Jan. 31, has been postponed due to the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, that doesn’t diminMark Burger ish the honor of being nominated. Joanna Gates, a Contributor 2004 graduate of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), earned a nomination as a member of the critically acclaimed choir The Crossing. This marks her third Grammy nomination with The Crossing, having won back-to-back awards in 2018 and 2019. The Crossing was nominated for best choral performance for “Rising w/ The Crossing,” an archive of live concert recordings chosen by choir members during the COVID-19 pandemic as “musical
moments that stand out as special or loved or fun or challenging or just calm at a time when calmness stands in relief against a background of chaos.” “Rising w/The Crossing” was lauded by The New York Times, which included the album its selection of the 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2020, and National Public Radio (NPR) included it in its Diary of Classical Albums for a Troubled 2020. Another Grammy nominee with UNCSA ties is John Toia, a former faculty member in the School of Design & Production, for producing David T. Little’s “Soldier Songs” with Opera Philadelphia Orchestra, nominated for Best Opera Recording. Formerly the production manager and stage manager for Piedmont Opera, Toia is now director of production for Opera Philadelphia. The official UNCSA website is https:// www.uncsa.edu/. ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on Burgervideo.com. © 2022, Mark Burger.
[ WEEKLY ARTS ROUNDUP ADVERTORIAL] THE WINSTON-SALEM SYMPHONY KICKS OFF ITS 75TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR WITH CELEBRATE!
The Winston-Salem Symphony kicked off its 75th anniversary season with their first concert of the new year, Celebrate! The concert featured the Symphony’s assistant conductor, Karen Ni Bhroin; world renowned guest conductor, JoAnn Joshua Ridley Falletta; and international concert pianist, Marketing & Alexandra Dariescu. Communications Composers featured in Manager this concert included Shostakovich, Grieg, and Tchaikovsky. The Winston-Salem Symphony’s history dates back to 1946 when it was originally established as a civic orchestra on the campus of Salem College. The Symphony was incorporated in 1952 and hired its first full-time conductor in 1955. Since the Symphony’s inception, five permanent music directors have led the orchestra: Maestro James Lerch (1946-1949), Maestro John Iuele (1952-1978), Maestro Peter Perret (1979-2004), Maestro Robert Moody (2005-2018), and Maestro Timothy Redmond (2019-2021). Under the current leadership of President and CEO, Merritt Vale and Board Chair, Carol Reeve, the WinstonSalem Symphony continues to offer a wide range of repertoire including classical orchestral and choral concert music; opera, oratorio, and ballet; and popular music. Maestra JoAnn Falletta served as the guest conductor for the opening performance of Celebrate. Falletta is a multiple GRAMMY Award-winning conductor and currently serves as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic. During her time as Musical Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta became the first woman to lead a major American ensemble. She has guest conducted over one hundred orchestras in North America, and many of the most prominent orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) has honored her as “a leading force for music of our time”. In 2019, Falletta was named Performance Today’s Classical Woman of The Year. “JoAnn Falletta was the shot we needed,” said Travis Creed, Vice President and General Manager of Artistic Operations. “She injected positivity and high musicality within our musicians and uplifted everyone in the process.” This past concert marked Falletta’s second concert with the Winston-Salem
Symphony. Her Winston-Salem debut was in 2009. “It was so nice to meet someone of not only of her high esteem, but she is a lovely person and a joy to work with,” Creed stated. It was clear the Symphony and Falletta had chemistry. “She is one of those conductors who encourages the best from everyone on stage, and the immense generosity she carries with her allows us the space to explore those new heights together,” stated Eli Kaynor, Cellist and Chair of the Orchestra Committee. “The thing that I am still reflecting on with complete awe and admiration, was the incredible graciousness she demonstrated both on and off the stage.” International concert pianist, Alexandria Dariescu was introduced on stage for Edward Grieg’s (19061975) Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, op. 16. The concerto consisted of three movements. Dariescu stands out as an original voice whose fundamental values are shining a light on gender equality in both her concerto and recital programs. She also puts her energy into lesser-known works, advocating for diversity and inclusion. Dariescu is also commonly recognized for her 2017 piano recital production The Nutcracker and I, and original multimedia performance for piano solo with dance and digital animation. Dariescu shares the vision of building bridges and making classical music more accessible to the wider public. The common thread of Celebrate! showcased how women are leading the way and taking the stage in the world of classical music. Winston-Salem Symphony’s Assistant Conductor, Karen Ni Bhroin kicked off the concert conducting Shostakovich’s Festive Overture. She was followed by JoAnn Falletta joined by Alexandra Dariescu for Grieg’s concerto. The concert concluded with Falletta conducting Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 4 in F minor, op. 36. WinstonSalem Symphony continues its 75th anniversary season with Steep Canyon Rangers on February 5, 2022. Tickets can be purchased at wssymphony.org. ARTS COUNCIL is the chief advocate of the arts and cultural sector in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Our goal is to serve as a leader in lifting up, creating awareness and providing support to grow and sustain artistic, cultural and creative offerings throughout our region. We acknowledge that it takes every voice, every talent, and every story to make our community a great place to live, work, and play. Arts Council is committed to serving as a facilitator, organizer, and promoter of conversations that are authentic, inclusive, and forward-thinking. There are over 800,000 art and cultural experiences taking place in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County annually. To learn more about upcoming arts and culture events happening in our community please visit www.cityofthearts.com. JANUARY 12-18, 2022
Time to ban alcohol from airports
hen I was ten years old, my parents put me on a Piedmont Airlines turbo prop, and sent me to visit my sister in Florida. Prior to that, my only flying experiJim Longworth ence had been when I imitated Superman and leaped off the Longworth back of the living at Large room sofa, but the flight to Florida lasted much longer. In those days everyone got dressed up to fly, so the plane was filled with people who looked like they were on their way to church. Male passengers had on ties and jackets, and the ladies all wore dresses. Everyone was well behaved, and it was a wonderful experience except that the cabin was filled with cigarette smoke. That’s because back then, passengers were allowed to light up. Later that year, though, the Surgeon
General issued his first warning about the dangers of smoking and, before long, frequent flyers could no longer be frequent smokers. Smoking and non-smoking sections were designated in planes beginning in 1973, and four years later, the Civil Aeronautics Board banned cigars and pipes on planes. In 1995, Delta became the first airline to ban smoking altogether, and in 2000, President Clinton signed an order banning smoking on all commercial flights. I mention all this because there is another airline industry-related ban in the works. Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey wants to ban the sale of alcohol in airport bars and restaurants. Why? Because in 2021 there were nearly 6,000 cases of unruly passengers, leading Markey to describe the problem as, “an epidemic of violent behavior on planes.” And while pandemic tempers and anti-maskers account for many of the scuffles, alcohol is believed to be the catalyst to most. Commenting to YahooFinance.com, Sara Nelson, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants, said the following:
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“The problem with aviation right now is the violence toward flight attendants and other aviation workers…Alcohol is absolutely a contributor. I don’t want to say that alcohol is always the cause for these events, but alcohol is the biggest contributor to them.” But does Senator Markey’s proposed ban go far enough to prevent violent in-flight behavior? Sadly, no. What if, for example, someone had two drinks before leaving home, never patronized an airport bar, and went straight to boarding? In that case, he might not seem impaired to the boarding agent, nor to the flight attendants who would have no reason not to serve him two more drinks after take-off. That’s why in addition to supporting Markey’s airport bar ban, I also support banning alcoholic beverages during the flight. Absent that, then all boarding agents should be required to administer a breathalyzer test to every adult passenger, the same way many pandemic-era offices and hospitals once required an infrared temperature check to be administered before someone
could enter the premises. I wish these bans and preventive measures weren’t necessary, but today’s airline passengers are not as well behaved as they were when I was a child. Back then, those well-dressed folks were served mixed drinks, but they didn’t get into fights with the crew or other passengers. The fact is we’re living in troubled and unprecedented times, and if banning alcohol, even temporarily, will help mitigate in-flight violence, then so be it. It is disconcerting to know that there are a lot of idiotic, inconsiderate, and violent people roaming around free, but it’s downright scary to think I might be trapped 30,000 feet in the air with one of them. Banning alcohol in airports and planes is a small price to pay for protecting the health and safety of everyone who flies. ! 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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winning turn in The Favorite (2018), and perhaps even more so because, overall, it’s a better all-around film than The Lost Daughter. Buckley’s portrayal of the younger Leda is seamlessly on par with Colman’s, and for their work alone the film is worthwhile. For a time, Gyllenhaal confidently tightens the screws. One isn’t sure what Leda is up to, or what she’s going to do next. It’s also refreshing that, in an era of big-buck, big-bang franchise extravaganzas, The Lost Daughter is aimed squarely at an adult audience. It’s mature, thoughtful, and contemplative. But, as the two parallel storylines of Leda’s life converge — past and present — the film begins to flag, and the characters surrounding her begin to fade into the background, and in interest. Newcomer Paul Mescal, as Will, an Irish student who works summers at the resort, is handsome and charming — and it’s very likely we’ll be seeing him again given his easy-going charisma, but the significance of his character ultimately diminishes. The always-welcome Ed Harris, eschewing his usual intense presence, is marvelously relaxed as Lyle, an American expatriate who clearly takes a shine to Leda. Would that there were more of him. For all its attributes, first and foremost the stellar acting on display, The Lost Daughter is a noble, sometimes incisive, but curiously unmoving effort. !
cclaimed actress Maggie Gyllenhaal makes a noteworthy transition behind the camera as producer, director, and Mark Burger screenwriter of The Lost Daughter, Contributor the well-mounted adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s bestselling novel, which is now streaming on Netflix. Since the Academy (AMPAS) adjusted its requirements to include Netflix and other screening formats — which has proved mighty useful for voters during the COVID-19 pandemic — more and more quality independent films have been going that route, and The Lost Daughter certainly fits the criteria. Above all, The Lost Daughter is a showcase for actors, in particular, a showcase for leading lady Olivia Colman and, to a lesser extent, Jessie Buckley — who play the pivotal role at different stages in her life. Like most actors turned directors, Gyllenhaal allows her actors to carry the narrative. Leda (Colman), a British-born academic now teaching at Cambridge, enjoying a solitary Greek sojourn between semesters. She seems restive and even snappish, avoiding much contact with the residents or her fellow tourists, yet is transfixed by Nina (Dakota Johnson), a young mother with a precocious young daughter. As she observes them and their family, she flashes back to her younger years, when she was the harried mother of two young daughters. “Children are a crushing responsibility,” she says at one point, as it becomes clearer that Leda is nursing deep emotional wounds. The origins of these wounds only come into focus at Gyllenhaal’s discretion, and the film’s (very) relaxed pace may make some viewers impatient. That said, however, there’s no question that Colman is in top form here, expressing vulnerability, confusion, and even sensuality — sometimes at the same time. It’s as impressive as her Oscar-
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In what one police officer called a “reallife Lassie situation,” a 1-year-old Shiloh shepherd named Tinsley is being hailed as a hero for saving her owner and another person after a car crash on I-89 in Vermont.
WMUR-TV reported that Cam Laundry and his passenger had been ejected when his truck hit a guardrail and went off the road on Jan. 3. When state troopers and a Lebanon, New Hampshire, police officer found Tinsley on the side of the road, she evaded capture and led them to the scene of the accident. “We were shaken up, didn’t know what was happening,” Laundry said. “Next thing we know, the cops were there, and it was all because of her.” Tinsley’s reward? A venison burger.
Follow-up: Laundry has a February court date for driving under the influence. At least Tinsley was sober.
Tennessee state Rep. Jeremy Faison, 45, had to be ejected from the stands at a high school basketball game in Johnson City on Jan. 4 after he became angry at a referee and tried to “pants” him — pull down his trousers. Faison’s son was playing on the Lakeway Christian Academy team, the Associated Press reported. Later, Faison tweeted: “Totally lost my junk and got booted from the gym. ... I hope to be able to find the ref and ask for his forgiveness. I was bad wrong.” Our advice to referees everywhere: Always wear a belt.
Seoul, South Korea’s Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters is warning citizens: Your cats may burn your house down. According to the agency, more than 100 fires over the past three years have been started by cats, The Washington Post reported. “We advise pet owners to pay extra attention as fire could spread widely when no one is at home,” warned Chung Gyo-chul, an official at the department, which recommends keeping paper towels and other flammable items away from cooking appliances.
SIGNS OF THE APOCALYPSE
In Texarkana, on the border of Texas and Arkansas, Dec. 30 brought a new phenomenon: fish falling from the sky. KXXV-TV reported that people found fish on their sidewalks and lawns, but city officials have an explanation: “Animal rain” occurs when small water animals are swept up in waterspouts or drafts. “2021 is pulling out all the tricks,” the city posted on Facebook. “While it’s uncommon, it happens ... And please, for the sake of everyone, let’s tiptoe into 2022 as quietly as possible.”
The Daily Mail reported that Israeli scientists at Ben-Gurion University have constructed a “fish operated vehicle (FOV)” — a water-filled tank, camera and computer on wheels — and have trained goldfish to “drive” it. In the beginning of the trials, the fish just drove around randomly, but eventually they were able to guide the vehicle toward a food reward by changing the direction they were swimming. The researchers said the experiment proved that fish can “overcome environmental manipulation” and if they one day adapt to live out of water, they’ll be able to find food. Um, OK.
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Russian biologist Vera Emelianenko stumbled across a strange phenomenon in the snow along the White Sea coast, in the Russian Arctic, in December. Bright blue glowing spots were embedded in the snow, Oddity Central reported, and her feet would leave streaks of blue as she walked. Emelianenko collected a sample and examined it under a microscope, where she found tiny aquatic crustaceans called copepods. When she poked them with a needle, they lighted up blue. The creatures normally live up to 100 meters deep in the ocean, but an expert at the Academy of Science in Moscow thinks they might have been caught in a powerful current that swept them ashore and into the snow.
Alfredo Antonio Trujillo was born at 11:45 p.m. on Dec. 31 at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, California. Just 15 minutes later, at 12 a.m. on Jan. 1, his twin sister, Aylin Yolanda Trujillo, made her grand entrance, according to NBC Bay Area. Twins born in different years are a rarity, with the chances being about one in 2 million. “What an amazing way to start the new year!” said Dr. Ana Abril Arias.
Since 2016, the publishing world has been baffled by a fake insider who tricks authors or editors into sending him unpublished manuscripts, then apparently just keeps them for himself. On Jan. 5, at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Filippo Bernardini, 29, was arrested on wire fraud and identity theft charges related to the mystery. ABC News reported that Bernardini, who works for Simon & Schuster in London, allegedly collected hundreds of unpublished works, including those of wellknown authors and a Pulitzer Prize-winner. If found guilty, he could face up to 20 years in prison.
Young people in Norway are called to military duty to guard NATO’s northern borders, and until recently, when they were discharged, they were allowed to take their military-issued underwear with them. But no more, the Guardian reported. COVID-19 has caused supplies to dwindle, so as of Jan. 7, people leaving service are being asked to hand over their unmentionables to be “washed, cleaned and checked,” defense logistics spokesman Hans Meisingset said. “What we distribute is in good condition.” !
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n Friday evening, Guilford County Schools announced that some of its yellow buses would come to a stop — at least temporarily. The bus driver Chanel Davis shortage, worsened by rising COVID-19 cases in the Triad, Editor has led to GCS suspending school bus transportation to eight high schools beginning Monday, January 10, 2022. On top of vacancies that the district is working to fill, they have an additional 76 drivers out that tested positive for COVID-19. The total numbers combined account for approximately onethird of the district’s school bus drivers. “We saw, first hand, this morning how raising COVID-19 cases in our community along with a nationwide bus driver shortage can affect getting students to school in a timely and efficient manner. After YES! WEEKLY
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proactively announcing school delays on Thursday evening and seeing that this problem was getting worse, Guilford County Schools immediately contacted Commissioner Skip Alston who convened our transportation partners in Greensboro and High Point,” announced Superintendent Sharon Contreras. “Due to expected increased bus driver absences, next week we, unfortunately, have to announce that Guilford County Schools students who attend a high school in the city of High Point or the city of Greensboro will not have access to a yellow school bus for at least the next two weeks.” Those schools include High Point’s T. Wingate Andrews, High Point Central, and Kearns Academy. Greensboro high schools included James B. Dudley, Grimsley, Walter H. Page, Ben L. Smith, and The Academy at Smith. Magnet students, who attend Kearns Academy and The Academy at Smith, who live outside the city limits of High Point and Greensboro are not impacted by the change. In the initial announcement, Middle College at GTCC-High Point, Middle College at GTCC-Greensboro, The Middle College at
NC A&T, Middle College at UNCG, The Early College at Guilford, Stem Early at NC A&T, Weaver Academy, and the Middle College at Bennett were also included but were removed in the weekend planning process. As a solution to its problem, GCS has developed a partnership with the cities of High Point and Greensboro that allows high school students to ride the city’s buses for free by showing their student identification badges, also called “One Cards.” “As of this weekend, we don’t have enough bus drivers to continue serving all students, so we had to make some really difficult choices,” said Chief Operations Office Michelle Reed, in a media release sent by the district on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. “We are grateful to our partners in the City of Greensboro and the City of High Point for stepping up and filling the gap for us by providing free rides for GCS high school students who live within their boundaries.” The change does not affect elementary or middle school students, high school students whose schools are located outside of city boundaries, high school
students with disabilities who receive special transportation, or magnet school students, the release stated. Contreras asks that parents and guardians that can bring their students to school do just that. For those that are not able, public transit is the next best thing to keep schools going. In August 2021, the state Senate passed a bill to address problems of this magnitude. In part of Senate Bill 654, remote learning for public school districts due to COVID-19 emergencies is allowed but under specific circumstances. Districts have the authority to make day-to-day decisions for the 2021-2022 school year about shifting individual schools or classrooms to remote learning due to “COVID-19 exposures that result in insufficient schools personnel or required student quarantines.” Those decisions would then have to be reported to the state’s Department of Public Instruction within 72 hours of the shift and classes would have to return to in-person as soon the quarantines are over or enough staff is available. The newly passed bill does not allow
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Buses lined up to take students home at a local magnet high school for remote learning because of an uptick in cases. “This will allow us to keep schools open by providing transportation, or continuing to provide the yellow buses, to our elementary and middle schools and the high schools in the county areas where there is no public transportation,” she said. “There are millions of students all over the nation that use public transit to school every day.” Kim Sowell, assistant city manager for the City of Greensboro, said that she is excited and proud to partner with GCS to help assist with getting students to school. “We provide security at our depot, the transportation hub where the transfers happen, so if there are any concerns or questions that students may have, security personnel will be able to assist them,” she said. “We have a very safe transit system. There are very few incidents, concerns, or any types of interactions that require intervention.” Kyle Ferguson, with the City of High Point, said that they too are working diligently to ensure that students are looked after on the way to school. “We also have a very safe transit system. Our police department will be engaged in making sure that this new transportation option is safe,” he said. “We encourage parents to make themselves, and their children, aware of the routes and apps.” Guilford County Commissioner Skip Alston said that he is proud to see the county working together, especially on WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
short notice, to come up with a temporary solution. “This shows how we can come together to work this problem, as one Guilford County,” he said. “I’m so proud of the leadership and how we came together to solve this problem. It’s not just the school board’s problem. It’s a temporary solution until we can get to a better solution. The kids belong to all of us.” A temporary problem that may not have a solution in sight. Contreras said that like most districts they are utilizing the same strategies as others to hire and retain bus drivers including providing incentives of up to $1,000 a month for good attendance and a $15 an hour minimum wage. However, it is still difficult to find individuals with a CDL license. An issue, she says, is nationwide. “I know that the Department of Labor at the national level and the Department of Transportation are working to relax some of the requirements for CDLs but it is very difficult to get those drivers,” she explained. “That’s what’s also causing some of the supply chain issues in the nation. Truck driver shortages, etc. We are going to be at this for a while, I think, in this country as we try to recover from this pandemic.” While this busing issue was initially expected to last two weeks, Contreras said that it could be extended. “If we need to continue to use public transportation, we’ll continue to use public transportation as long as there’s a bus driver shortage. We’re hoping that by that time the Omicron variant or that
surge will have peaked and that most of our bus drivers will have returned at that point,” she said. “The City of High Point and the City of Greensboro have been very generous and are allowing our students to utilize public transportation for as long as they need to.” GCS Transportation Changes Frequently Asked Questions — The following questions were listed on the Guilford County Schools Transportation Department’s website — The list of eight affected schools is provided below: Students who live in the City of High Point and attend: • Andrews High School* • High Point Central * • Kearns Academy* Students who live in the City of Greensboro and attend: • Dudley High School* • Grimsley High School * • Page High School* • Smith High School* • The Academy at Smith* *Magnet School students who live outside the city are not impacted and will continue to receive GCS yellow bus transportation Q. I live in the county (outside of the city), but attend one of the magnet programs within one of the city high schools listed above. Will I receive GCS yellow bus transportation?
A. Yes, magnet school students who live outside the city are not impacted and will continue to receive GCS yellow bus transportation. Q. How long will this go on? A. We will restore school bus transportation service to all schools as quickly as possible. However, the course of the pandemic and its impact on our community remain difficult to predict. Q. My child has never ridden public transportation before. Where can I get more information about public transportation bus stops, routes, and times? A. For Greensboro routes: It is easy to find your route by using Google Maps which has a direct connection to GTA. Download Google Maps for Android or Google Maps for Apple. Click here for more information about Greensboro routes. GTA has also put together a helpful website for our students and families which can be accessed here. For High Point routes: Routes can be found using Google Maps or click here to use the HPT Moovit app. Q. My child is in high school and attends one of the schools on the list. She has a disability and an IEP (individual education plan). Does she still get transportation? A. It depends on whether your child’s IEP or 504 plan specifies special transportation. Generally, students with disabilities who receive services in self-contained classes JANUARY 12-18, 2022
or who are served in one of our four public separate schools receive transportation as part of their IEP. If your child has this IEP service, but you have not received a call, parents/guardians can call the EC office at 336-370-2323. Q. My child attends one of the affected schools on the list and lost her student ID badge/One Card. How can she get a new one so she can access public transportation instead? A. Please bring your child to school on Monday and have your child stop in the front office to find out how to get a new student ID badge (One Card). Q. I ride the elementary/magnet shuttle to a magnet hub. Will my GCS school bus still come on Monday? A. Yes. Magnet shuttle transportation is not affected. Q. How can I find my route for a city (public) bus? A. You can find your route by using Google Maps which includes information about both GTA and HPT in its transit directions. Download Google Maps for Android or Google Maps for Apple Q. What do I do when the city bus arrives? Is it free? A. Public transportation is free for students using your OneCard! Please show your OneCard to the driver. Q. Will my child be safe? A. Both Greensboro and High Point transit systems are very safe. Each bus is equipped with a camera. Depots are monitored and will have security and staff onsite to assist students. Bus drivers are trained on safety protocols. Q. Are masks required on city buses like they are on GCS buses? A. Yes. Masks are required while riding buses provided by City of Greensboro, Guilford County Schools, and City of High Point. Q. How do I know if my child’s bus is running late? A. GCS uses the Here Comes the Bus app. Click here for additional information. Both cities use an app called “TransLoc” to track bus status. Q. Are all schools operating on a normal schedule? A. Yes, at this time. However, additional staff shortages may result in the need for changes to the bell schedule. Q. How early can my student be dropped off at school? YES! WEEKLY
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Some schools started posting their own shuttle system on social media over the weekend A. Students should not arrive earlier than 15 to 20 minutes prior to the school bell time. Please check with your school to determine how early the school will open to serve breakfast. Q. Is my child going to be penalized for being late to school? A. We encourage students who are taking public transportation to plug in their school starting time on Google Maps to ensure they arrive on time. School will operate on a normal schedule. Q. When are students going to be able to use GCS (yellow) school buses again? A. We anticipate that the need to use public transportation (city buses) for some high schools will run through at least the month of January, perhaps longer. We are hopeful that the surge in positive COVID-19 cases will begin to decrease in the coming weeks and that we will be able to return to our normal transportation. Q. We live in High Point, but my high school student goes to school in Greensboro. What public transit should he take? A. Students who live in Greensboro and attend school in High Point or who live in High Point and attend school in Greensboro will still receive magnet transportation. The same applies for students living in other towns and unincorporated portions of Guilford County such as Summerfield, Jamestown, Pleasant Garden, etc. Q. Will students be counted absent if parents don’t want them to ride public transit and they cannot get to school another way?
A. Yes. We are doing everything we can to keep our classrooms and schools open for in-person learning because we know schools are the best place for students to be. Please make every effort to ensure your child attends school.
do best when they are in school in person. Learning loss and social and emotional concerns rose dramatically during remote learning. We will continue to do everything we can to prioritize in-person instruction for students in Guilford County.
Q. Is remote learning an option if I don’t want my student to ride public transit? A. No. GCS does not offer remote learning when classrooms and schools are open for in-person learning because it requires additional staffing. As there is also a teacher shortage, adding a remote option is not possible at this time.
Q. I am a community member with a CDL with passenger endorsement. How can I help?
Q. How will student misbehavior be handled on public transportation? A. The GCS Code of Conduct applies to GCS students using public transportation for educational purposes. Students violating the Code of Conduct will experience disciplinary consequences which could result in loss of bus riding privileges. See page 162 of the GCS Student Handbook for more information. Q. Why did GCS choose to change transportation options instead of holding school remotely? A. North Carolina state law limits districts to five days of remote learning for 2021-22. GCS has already held two remote days prior to the Thanksgiving break. Additional remote days may be needed for inclement weather this winter, and with the anticipated duration of isolations and quarantines due to COVID-19, a limited number of remote days would not have been enough to sustain full transportation services. Additionally, after two very difficult years of disrupted learning, we know that students
A. Applications to become a GCS bus driver are available on our website. Click here to view available vacancies and apply online. Q. I am a GCS staff member with a CDL with passenger endorsement. How can I help? A. GCS is currently exploring options for covering some bus trips with staff in other roles. We have pulled a list of qualified staff members with CDLs, and we will be reaching out directly to them to provide more information. If you have a CDL with a passenger endorsement and are willing to help, please alert your supervisor or Human Resources. ! CHANEL DAVIS is the current editor of YES! Weekly and graduated from N.C. A&T S.U. in 2011 with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications. She’s worked at daily and weekly newspapers in the Triad region.
QUESTIONS? For more information please call: Monday-Friday (6 a.m. to 9 p.m.) (888) 511-4GCS (4427) Saturday-Sunday (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) (336) 370-8920
Greensboro City Council creates board to “advise” venues experiencing violence “Acts of violence have repeatedly occurred at restaurants, bars, businesses and other locations that serve alcoholic beverages...” So began a resolution introduced two Ian McDowell hours and 49 minutes into the Dec. 21, 2021 meeting of Contributor the Greensboro City Council. An hour later, council voted 8-1 to adopt the City of Greensboro Safety Review Board, an advisory body for such establishments. Introducing the resolution, Assistant City Manager for Public Safety Trey Davis stressed that it wasn’t an ordinance, but “an opportunity for city staff to communicate directly with locations that are experiencing consistent incidents of violence.” The resolution states that if there is a violent incident at any establishment serving alcohol for on-site consumption, the board will convene within seven days and discuss the incident with the owner or subtenant. It defines as “violent” any act resulting in injury requiring transport to an ER, resulting in death, or involving robbery or sexual assault. Incidents occurring immediately outside the establishment, in the entrance line, or a parking lot owned or leased by the establishment are also within the board’s purview. Businesses that come before the board may receive a Corrective Action Recommendation. These may include recommendations for armed security guards, metal detectors, and a daily roster of patrons that must be disclosed to the Greensboro Police Department if the owner or subtenant is presented with a search warrant. Facilities owned or operated by federal, state, county, or local government agencies or government-sponsored entities are exempt from this policy, as are events receiving special use permits from such entities. So are facilities owned or operated by any private educational or religious institution, those owned or operated by non-profit entities, as well as arts and craft shows, athletic events, community festivals; carnivals, conventions, trade shows; religious events, and parades. WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
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A business with repeated violent incidents or which has failed to comply with previous Corrective Action Recommendations may be declared a public nuisance. Repeated incidents and compliance failures may result in enforcement by the NC Department of Public Safety and/or the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. The 446-page agenda packet included the City of Greensboro Safety Review Board Rules of Procedure Manual, which states that the board is advisory in nature, there are no final determinations, and “no right of appeal.” The board will consist of five members, including one each from the Police, Fire, Engineering & Inspections, and Neighborhood Development departments, as well as a “Peer Business Owner.” The manual states that, within seven days of a “violent incident,” the board shall convene a meeting “in order to collaborate with the owner or any subtenant in an effort to prevent future violent incidents at the property.” These meetings will be open to the public. At the conclusion of that meeting, the board “may prepare a Corrective Action Recommendation.” Should the board determine that a Corrective Action Plan is warranted, that recommendation will be made within seven days. These rules may be amended by the City Attorney’s Office or by a unanimous vote of the Board. The only member of the public to speak on this resolution was attorney Michael Boyer, who stated he represented “a number of stakeholders in this community.” Boyer called the safety plan “supported by zero findings of fact” and alleged that it “makes the city ripe for a 1983 claim because it appears the city actually knows where issues are arising, but chooses to include everyone.” Boyer was referring to 42 U.S. Code § 1983, the primary advice
legal tool in civil rights lawsuits. Mayor Nancy Vaughan called for City Attorney Chuck Watts to respond. “With all due respect, I would disagree. I say that after having been the chair of the board of the ABC organization in Durham for years and having a fair amount of experience in alcohol legal enforcement. The suggestion that this is 1983 would require that there is discrimination going on, none of which I can discern.” Vaughan stressed that this was not an ordinance, but “a safety plan on how we can react to certain issues” and that “it doesn’t require them to do anything, but does tell them what to expect if something does happen.” District 5’s Tammi Thurm questioned the plan exempting city functions and city property like the Coliseum and the Tanger Center. “If there are incidents of violence or continued incidents of violence at those locations, we will evaluate them at this measure and even higher. I think that there is some confusion as it related to thinking these locations will be exempt and receive this level of attention.” District 1’s Sharon Hightower also expressed concerns. “Let’s just be real, Black clubs are having more problems. I don’t know whether the reason is alcohol or not, but as you say, we’re not trying to shut businesses down. So, it’s a concern for me that we might have certain establishments in certain areas of town that we target, and then other areas don’t feel it. If it’s all-inclusive, I think that’s the first thing we need to make aware.” Hightower also thanked Davis for adding “a person who has an interest in restaurant or nightclub alcohol sales to your review team.” Davis, who like Hightower is Black, replied that he thought one existing issue with Black nightclubs “might be a gap in
communication,” and cited the example of how he had personally advised one young club owner. “He made some adjustments to the type of schedule he had at his location, and a few other adjustments, and he’s had no issues.” Davis stated that the plan “allows us to close that gap with people who sometimes don’t have those avenues of communication.” Hightower asked about spillover from gas stations and convenience stores adjacent to nightclubs. “Are we looking at those?” Davis replied, “we will continue to work with legal to have those conversations and address those locations.” District 3’s Justin Outling expressed concern that the plan was reactive rather than proactive, and said that penalties for crimes and code violations already exist under state law. “Why do we waste time mimicking something that’s already in place, when we could just enforce those laws.” He stated that bars and restaurants “are definitely not the drivers of violent crime in our community,” and that more acts of violence happen at convenience stores. He also said “if we are going to have plans” for Tanger and the Coliseum, “we can get rid of the explicit exemption.” Vaughan pointed out that city-owned buildings already have metal detectors, police on duty, and in the case of the coliseum, EMS during big events. “I think our city buildings are really going above and beyond.” The only no vote was Outling. Hightower said “yes, but I would like to add that we look at these convenience stores when we come back.” ! 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. JANUARY 12-18, 2022
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WHERE ARE YOU FROM? Greensboro born, bred and fed! HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BARTENDING? About 2 years now. HOW DID YOU BECOME A BARTENDER? I used to waitress years ago so bartending just seemed like the next step. One of my good friends Dyme needed new staff at the bar she was managing and I jumped at the opportunity! She showed me how to make a few signature cocktails and I worked on my skills from there. I’m so grateful because I’ve met so many awesome people and the extra income has been so helpful, especially while in the pandemic. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT BARTENDING? I’ve always been know as a “social butterfly” so meeting new people and networking is the best part about bartending in my opinion. Also I enjoy dancing, listening to music and trying new recipes so bartending allows me to showcase my interest and talents while having a great time.
WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND AS AN AFTER-DINNER DRINK? My favorite would be a dessert cocktail such as a Mudslide. They are so tasty and satisfy my sweet tooth at the end of a delicious meal.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DRINK TO MAKE? I love making flavored margaritas! It’s such a fun refreshing drink! My favorite is the Don Julio Passion Fruit Margarita.
WHAT’S THE CRAZIEST THING YOU’VE SEEN WHILE BARTENDING? Nothing too crazy has happened...yet. Well one night I served a clown. No, it was not Halloween. He was just really creepy.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DRINK TO DRINK? Anything with tequila! So working at a tequila bar is perfect! I learn about a new tequila every day! But my go to drink a Tequila sour. I love tequila with a citrus taste.
WHAT’S THE BEST TIP YOU’VE EVER GOTTEN? One night I received a $300 tip and some great business advice from a customer. Best night ever!
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A little fresh joy from the Joy Band
he Joy Band looks to bring a little ”fresh joy” to the Flat Iron on January 15. Citing Maya Angelou’s, “we need joy as we need air,” Katei Cranford the Joy Band sees songstress Molly McGinn and pedal-steel Contributor player DaShawn Hickman, team up with Sam Frazier and his Side Effects’ rhythm section: bassist, Chris Micca, and drummer, Cliff Greeson, to round out something of a Triad super group, looking to break ruts, shake butts, and share a smile or two. “The Triad is a super group unto itself,” McGinn is quick to assert, “always has been.” Drawing on the inclusivity of the community, “we all play on each other’s projects. We were all raised on open mics,” she added, tipping her hat to Alan Peterson’s Sunday nights at Beer Co. years ago. “Forming groups like these is so easy because the community is built that way.” As for the Joy Band, McGinn traces its beginnings to Joymongers’ 10th-anniversary party over the summer. “I wanted to put together a special group of musicians for their anniversary, to honor all that they’ve done to pay local musicians to play there—including the series I did there for two years on Tuesday nights,” she explained of the special lineup she composed with Frazier and Hickman, along with Charlie Hunter and Sam Fribush. “I’d been struggling to make some collaborations come together since the pandemic started, and I wanted to build something that could restore joy,” she recalled. “It did.” Calling Frazier a “musical unicorn,” McGinn praised his “word-nerd” melodies, harmonies, and dynamic guitar. “When he takes a solo, you hang on every note,” she said. “You never know what he’s going to say, and when he does, it’s always a surprise ending.” Hickman’s pedal steel is “that match,” she added. “DaShawn plays like an angry angel on the best day of his life. And when the two trade solos, it’s just goodness.” Frazier agreed. “Playing music with people like this brings me joy,” he said. “I’ve been playing with Molly for years. YES! WEEKLY
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She’s one of the finest singer-songwriters I’ve ever performed with,” he added, noting the ways Hickman’s “wild card” qualities add to the joyful experience. With Fribush on the road with Hiss Golden Messenger and, Charlie, as McGinn put it, “out with himself and the world,” she started musing musicians, ultimately adding Micca and Greeson to the fold. “From all those nights playing Side Effects gigs together, they’re a tight
rhythm section. It’s a cross between a groove and a hug,” she said, praising Micca’s “lyrical basslines’’ and the reverence Greeson brings to the drums. It’s that sort of reverence for a song that McGinn finds special about the group. “The words aren’t considered secondary to the music,” she explained, “the music and lyrics are constructed with care. And that’s a beautiful thing.” A simple joy for a songwriter with noted
goals of finding beauty in a struggle. “When Chris and Cliff took an old recording that Sam and I did years ago, called ‘Slatey Day,’ and added drums to it, they gave that song a new life, a new joy,” she explained of their evolving catalog that mixes original songs with a few covers of NC favorites, like Riley Baugus’ rendition of “Last Pale Light” (originally by Ben Nichols) or Laurelyn Dossett’s “Anna Lee.”
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Sam Frazier and the Side Effects As a group, they aim to “put worries to work and go make some joy,” McGinn said. It’s a plan she’s following to pull herself from a plague of rut and selfdoubt that have shadowed the past few years. “I hit a musical plateau,” she explained. “I wasn’t learning anymore. It was all the same chords, same songs, same phrases.” After signing up for voice lessons, taking up the bass, and “taking guitar lessons from people who make me nervous,” McGinn embarked on as many new musical roads as she could. One road took her to establish a new residency, “the Woodshed Experience,” on Tuesdays at the Brewer’s Kettle in Kernersville. “We host a variety of musicians and play around with new songs and ideas,” she noted. “The goal is to WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM
reach out and find those special folks writing and making music and bring them into the fold. It gives new and dormant artists a chance to work things out on the fly, and gives ourselves a weekly deadline to write and create new music.” As for a group, McGinn worried, at first, about finding anything good—or that she, herself, wasn’t any good—she’s now looking forward to sharing the joy she found. “I still worry,” she admitted. “The difference now is that I know how to put that worry to work, or to rest, and make some joy.” Like a breath of fresh air, the Joy Band blows into the Flat Iron on January 15. ! KATEI CRANFORD is a Triad music nerd who enjoys spotlighting artists and events.
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117 S Elm St | 336.378.9646 www.cdecgreensboro.com Feb 12: 3 Chambers: raekwon x ghostface x gZa Mar 1: Stephen Marley
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5211 A West Market St | 336.763.2020 www.garagetaverngso.com Jan 13: Michael Leonard Jan 14: Chad & Dom Duo Jan 15: The Stephen Legree Band Jan 20: Jamie Pruitt Jan 21: Brothers Pearl Band Jan 22: Wishful Thinking Band Jan 27: Big Bump Jan 28: Gipsy Danger Band Jan 29: retrovinyl Band
GrEEnSBoro CoLiSEuM 1921 W Gate City Blvd | 336.373.7400 www.greensborocoliseum.com Feb 4: ricardo Montaner Feb 5: no Limit reunion Tour Feb 9: Chris Tomlin Feb 11: Billy Strings Feb 12: Mike Epps
2411 W Gate City Blvd | 336.373.7400 www.greensborocoliseum.com Feb 12: andy Gross
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Jan 15: anderson East w/ Bendigo Fletcher Jan 21: The Breafast Club 80’s Party Jan 22: Moon Water: Tribute to Widespread Panic Jan 25: railroad Earth Jan 26: Cheat Codes w/ Kastra Jan 27: Dopapod Jan 28: Who’s Bad: The ultimate Michael Jackson Experience Feb 3: american aquarium w/ old 97’s Feb 4: american aquarium w/ aaron Lee Tasjan Feb 5: american aquarium w/ Zach Bryan Feb 5: ripe w/ The Collection Feb 9: Cory and the Wongnotes feat. antwaun Stanley w/ Sierra Hull
118 E Main St | 336.207.1999 www.thedeckatrivertwist.com Jan 13: Kelsey Hurley Jan 14: Jukebox revolver Jan 15: Jill Goodson Jan 20: Wesley Bryan Jan 21: Patrick rock Jan 22: Stereo Doll Jan 27: renae Paige Jan 28: Spindle45 Jan 29: Hampton Drive
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THE LiBErTY SHoWCaSE THEaTEr 101 S. Fayetteville St | 336.622.3844 www.TheLibertyShowcase.com Jan 22: The isaacs Feb 5: T. Graham Brown Feb 12: nature Blu and Drifters review
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My husband and I are in our 50s, married 25 years. I married for life, but I didn’t expect our initially happy marriage to turn into a dull housemates situation. With our Amy Alkon children away at college, there’s no Advice distraction from my husband’s lack of Goddess interest in having a fun, interesting life or even trying to be interesting to me. Most disturbingly, he isn’t interested in sex — at least with me — though I’m fit and still get called “beautiful.” I can pleasure myself, but I’m despondent at the prospect of spending the last decades of my life no longer being desired or even seen as a sexual person. I’m envious of my 50-something friend, now shacked up with her new partner. They are so effusively fulfilled together — domestically and sexually, I’m told — it makes me want to vomit whenever we meet for dinner. I can only imagine the fun and sex they’re having. Do you think I should follow their lead? —SexStarved Bored Wife There’s “Marriage, The Fantasy” — the gauzy gloriousness you see in wedding dress commercials — and then there’s “Marriage, The Unadvertised Reality”: Eventually, your spouse could die at the breakfast table, and you might not notice till dinner.
Couples whose spousalship erodes to this point tend to feel guilty (yet mystified at where they went wrong). They’re unaware they’ve been set up to fail thanks to impossible-to-meet modern expectations for marriage. “For thousands of years the theme song for most weddings could have been ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It?’” observes historian Stephanie Coontz. Until about 200 years ago, marriage was a vital system for powerful moneybags families to forge political alliances, merge fortunes, and even make peace treaties (lest Europe play host to the, um, Hapsburgs and the McCoys). We of the stinking masses did this on a smaller scale, like by marrying off our daughter to the son of the farmer with the enviable potato fields butting up to ours. In other words, the common modern expectation that a spouse be one’s lifetime romantic and sexual excitement provider gives marriage a job it was never set up to do — and really can’t do — just when medical advances have us taking longer than ever to go facedown in the Cream of Wheat. Marriage modern-style has its pluses: among them, an on-site best friend, a stable environment for raising kids, twofer tax benefits, and higher living standards. And let’s be frank: It’s ideal to live with someone who’ll do more than lick his paw while you thrash around on the living room floor from a seizure. Unfortunately, there’s no stopping the “hedonic adaptation,” the inevitable dulling of marital excitement. “Hedonic,” from the ancient Greek word for pleasure, with
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and likely would be even if he wanted to want you again. We’re sexually excited by the new and out of reach, and you can’t become a sexy stranger for him to pursue — or even fake it plausibly. You went into marriage with the best of intentions — marrying “for life” — but you’re now left with two options: 1. Part company with having any sort of sensual relationship that doesn’t require vow breakage. 2. Part company with your husband. If you’re inclined toward the latter, some inner voice might rise up to scold you, “Whatever happened to ‘Till death do us part’?!” Sure, that’s the deal you signed up for, but consider whether you think living the next 30 years like you’re sexually embalmed should count. Personally, as a never-married, seize-the-day type, I’m planning to be the hussy of the senior care facility — the subject of endless gossip by resentful elderly busybodies. !
“adaptation” describes how we quickly habituate to changes in our lives, positive or negative. That boob job or the bummer diagnosis stops giving us the lift or gut punch it first did, and we swing back to our baseline level of happiness or gloom. In a marriage, assuming things don’t go ugly, the early lusty romance gives way to “companionate love,” the comfy dog-chewed old slippers of long-term partnership. There is a defibrillator of sorts for flatlining marital excitement: an ongoing variety of surprising experiences — big and small, daily and weekly. Neuroscientist Wolfram Schultz finds that “unpredictable rewards” — aka surprises — can be three or four times as exciting to us as those we’re used to. To take advantage of this, spouses might alternate weeks bringing each other on a mystery date — taking into account personal preferences and medical issues, lest the surprise take a surprise turn: “Betcha didn’t guess we’d be drinking Benadryl nightcaps in the ER!” Admittedly, this is rather weak tea to throw at the problem disturbing you most: being sexually abandoned by your husband. It’s probably impossible to solve
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