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GREENSBORO SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL 5 If you’ve ever watched an episode of THE GOLDEN GIRLS and scratched your head at one of the many dated pop culture jokes from the 1980s, a new book from author Matt Browning provides the answers. 6 Acclaimed reggae progeny STEPHEN MARLEY announces more stops on his 2022 Babylon By Bus Summer Tour including Nantucket, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Big Lake and multiple cities in Florida. The eight-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and guitarist kicked off his tour in May with his full band and continues the 25+ city run until the end of July. 7 For the second consecutive year, the School of Drama at the UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS (UNCSA) was ranked fourth in the world in the annual list of the “Top 25 Drama Schools in the World,” as compiled by The Hollywood Reporter, one of the most esteemed publications in show-biz. 8 The Forsyth County Republican Men’s

Club and Conservative Women of Forsyth County recently threatened to stage a protest during BOOKMARKS DRAG QUEEN STORY TIME EVENT, in which “Anna Yacht” was scheduled to read to children ages 3 to 7. 9 Almost from the day it was released in 1984, STEPHEN KING slammed the film version of Firestarter as the worst adaptation of his work, despite reportedly having told screenwriter Stanley Mann that his script was the best adaptation he’d read. 14 “Some people have practiced law for 20 years and still don’t know about grand juries,” said Guilford County District Attorney AVERY CRUMP to YES! Weekly. 18 As a heat wave rolls across the southeast, SAM FOSTER celebrates the release of a new album, “Heatwaves,” and looks forward to the ride ahead. With a new backing group, the Obsolete, Foster breaks away from his days in Whiskey Foxtrot, taking audiences on a summer ride along a sonic highway paved with his blend of “a little bit country, and a whole lotta rock and roll.”

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MIDNIGHT BASKETBALL RETURNS TO HIGH POINT BY IAN MCDOWELL

This Saturday, Midnight Basketball comes back to where it began in High Point almost 20 years ago. That site is Morehead Recreation Center, located at 101 Price St., where this historic ‘hoop-coming’ begins on Saturday, June 25, with a free block party and concert from 4 to 8 p.m. Performers for the Saturday event include Borne, Trezure, Cesar Oviedo Combo, Natalie Lucas, and Casey Ballser, with special guests DJMC and Jaresse. The Saturday extravaganza will be followed by a Teenage Enrichment Week at the Center from 6 to 10 p.m. from Monday, June 27 to Friday, July 1. The first Midnight Basketball League was founded in 1986 by Van Standifer, town manager of Glenarden, Maryland, who noticed that violent crimes increased on summer nights between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., and that young men between the ages of 17 and 22 were particularly at risk. The hooping initiative spread across the nation and was even mentioned in Bill Clinton’s 1994 Crime Bill. While attacked by Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh, the programs were included in George H. W. Bush’s “thousand points of light.” After the early 2000s, the events declined in popularity but were revived nationally in 2019, only to be stalled by the pandemic. Graphic artist and designer DRLtoons! told YES! Weekly he’s proud to be bringing it back to Hight Point. “I first got involved around 2003, and only for that one season. They were trying to bring kids not just for basketball, but for breakout sessions where they talked about different things.” In 2003, that was mainly abstinence, but now, Toons and his partners are going to discuss issues that are more career-oriented with the “The police department young men they mentor. was looking for someone to “How to get degrees and The police department do their t-shirt design. I’m the career training in things they’re was looking for someone one who designed the way interested in, such as gaming, Midnight Basketball looked. entrepreneurship, and video to do their t-shirt design. It started off with t-shirts, but production.” when I got to meet with the Toons said that the young I’m the one who designed cops and got to meet with the people would be rotating bethe way Midnight Basketball people, I wound up being the tween him and various profescoach.” sional partners throughout the looked. It started off with And there’s more to the center. “I think they’re going story. to get about 45 minutes with t-shirts, but when I got to “I was in the Marine Corps each of us, rather than just for five years, so I ended up as playing basketball all night.” meet with the cops and got a hands-on disciplinarian with Aside from being the graphic to meet with the people, the kids who acted like they designer for the program, wanted to just disrupt someToons will be working with the I wound up being the coach. thing. I went from drawing nonprofit The Mind Group to shirts to part of the staff.” coordinate such partners as Now that Toons is almost the City of High Point, Haydentwo decades older, he’s looking forward to working with Harman Foundation, Mount Zion Baptist Church, Manna a new generation. Church, High Point Collaborative, the Welfare Reform “It hasn’t been held in High Point since around 2005. Liaison Project, Ehphex Media, and Aksion Graphics. But now, when I brought it up again, they were like, yeah, “They’re all the ones who are partnering to actually that was a good thing. I wound up being able to get make it happen, but we’re the ones coordinating what some of the original players that helped me out so long happens with the kids once they get inside the building.” ago, and we’re taking it back to Morehead Center, where When he joined the original program almost 20 years it started for us. I want to give a blanket shoutout to say ago, it was purely as a designer. WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

thank you to the community of High Point for bringing Midnight Basketball back and accepting it.” He’d like to bring it back to some other places, too. “We definitely don’t want to stop at High Point, but to bring it to Greensboro and Winston-Salem. But to also expand beyond the Triad. If a city is willing to open it up and give us a facility, we are more than willing to sit down and talk to whomever. And we can go as far as we need to go. We don’t even have to stay in North Carolina. If there’s a city that needs Midnight Basketball, we can give them a blueprint and have them run it.” !

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New Book Examines “The Golden Girls” Pop Culture References Author to Sign “The Definitive Golden Girls Cultural Reference Guide” at Scuppernong Books June 25 PRESS RELEASE

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panelist and exhibitor at Chicago’s Golden-Con, the first-ever Golden Girls fan convention, which drew 3,000 fans, as well as actors, writers and producers from the show. “The Definitive Golden Girls Cultural Reference Guide” is his third book. His other works include the Mom’s Choice award-winning “Chicks and the City,” a children’s picture book about urban farming, and “Bookstore Explorer: West Virginia,” a celebration of Mountain State indie bookstores. Learn more at MattBrowningBooks.com. Hill is the author of a memoir “Blind Man’s Bluff,” released last year. His fiction debut, “Academy Gothic,” won the Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel. His essays were Notable in the 2019 and 2020 editions of “Best American Essays.” He serves as fiction editor for Monkeybicycle and contributing editor for Literary Hub, where he writes a monthly audiobooks column. Scuppernong Books is located at 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, North Carolina. !

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If you’ve ever watched an episode of The Golden Girls and scratched your head at one of the many dated pop culture jokes from the 1980s, a new book from author Matt Browning provides the answers. Browning will discuss the book and sign copies of “The Definitive Golden Girls Cultural Reference Guide” at Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, North Carolina, on Saturday, June 25, at 6 p.m. Browning will be joined in conversation with Greensboro-based author James Tate Hill. Meticulously researched episode by episode, “The Definitive Golden Girls Cultural Reference Guide” is an eye-opening, illuminating encyclopedia of “the who, the how, and the ha!” of thousands of topical jokes from the show’s 180 episodes. From Joe Isuzu to Socrates, Alan Alda to Shinola, Martha Raye to Madge, and Ishtar to Tattletales, at long last fans of The Golden Girls will finally be saying, “Oh, now I get it!” “I’ve been watching The Golden Girls since it was released, and in many ways it is timeless, but there are so many references to then-current people, places and events that really anchor it in its 1980s1990s era,” Browning said. “This book is meant to serve as a guide so viewers can follow along and come to understand those dated jokes as they were meant to be understood.” The book is structured episode-byepisode, featuring snippets of dialogue to provide context to the reference, followed by an explanation. An alphabetical index is also included. The book was released last fall from Lyons Press, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield. It retails for $24.95. Browning is a lifelong Golden Girls fan and creator of EmptyNestTV.com, devoted to The Golden Girls spinoff series, Empty Nest. Based in Charleston, West Virginia, he is represented by Stephen Fraser of the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. In April, Browning was a featured

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Stephen Marley Adds New July Dates on His Babylon by Bus Summer 2022 Tour Eight-Time Grammy Winner Continues His Coast-To-Coast Tour Ziggy Marley, Kabaka Pyramid and Mike Love Support Select Dates MORE ON STEPHEN MARLEY

PRESS RELEASE Acclaimed reggae progeny Stephen Marley announces more stops on his 2022 Babylon By Bus Summer Tour including Nantucket, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Big Lake and multiple cities in Florida. The eight-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and guitarist kicked off his tour in May with his full band and continues the 25+ city run until the end of July. The bi-coastal tour started in Monterey, California at the Cali Roots Festival with sold out shows across the West Coast, including a special performance at Red Rocks with his brother Ziggy Marley and Ben Harper. His nephew Skip Marley joined him on several dates at the start of the tour. Stephen will journey east in July, hitting stages in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, Arizona, Montana, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri and Florida. Stephen Marley showcases a mixture of original songs from his illustrious 40-year career as well as revitalized classics from his father Bob Marley’s iconic catalog. Stephen Marley will link up with Ziggy Marley again in Vienna, Virginia on July 27. 2020 marked Bob Marley’s 75th birthday anniversary, so this is a rare performance to pay homage to their father and finally celebrate this milestone. Other handpicked supporting artists remaining on the tour are Kabaka Pyramid and Mike Love. A dollar from each ticket sold on the 2022 Babylon By Bus Tour will benefit the Ghetto Youths Foundation, a nonprofit Stephen Marley founded with brothers Damian Marley and Julian Marley to provide aid, resources and opportunities to communities in need, including his father’s birthplace of Trenchtown, Jamaica, where nearly 100% of the population lives below the poverty line. The critically acclaimed vocalist, songwriter, producer and philanthropist, whose debut album Mind Control was dubbed “the best Marley album of a generation” by Entertainment Weekly, recently produced an EP entitled Celebrating Nina: A Reggae Tribute to Nina Simone. The collection of timeless covers pays homage to belated musical legend. The EP features YES! WEEKLY

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female vocalists like Joss Stone, Cedella Marley, Etana and more and is available on all digital platforms via Ghetto Youths International. Stephen Marley is currently putting the finishing touches on his forthcoming full-length album, slated to release later this year.

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Stephen Marley is an award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and philanthropist. From his solo works to family collaborations and production credits, Stephen Marley’s music has earned him eight Grammy Awards. He is the second eldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley and Rita Marley, raised in Kingston, Jamaica. Stephen started singing professionally at 7 years old with his elder siblings Ziggy, Sharon and Cedella in The Melody Makers. Stephen has garnered recognition as a solo artist for his Grammy-winning albums Mind Control, Mind Control Acoustic and Revelation Part I: The Root of Life. He also received multiple Grammy wins as a producer – most notably for Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley’s massive crossover hit “Welcome To Jamrock.” The second installment of Stephen Marley’s Revelation album series, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, was released in 2016 on the Marley family’s Ghetto Youths International label. Whereas The Root of Life offered a traditional roots reggae album, The Fruit of Life emphasized the far-reaching impact Jamaican music

has had on various genres – especially hip hop. Album guests included Rick Ross, Pit Bull, DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy and more. In 2018, Stephen Marley released a five-track EP, One Take: Acoustic Jams, which showcased raw, deconstructed versions of his and his father’s original songs. He took that stripped-down set on the road, performing for thousands during three North American tours, before the pandemic hit in 2020. In recent years, Stephen Marley established his own Kaya Fest as an annual music festival that debuted in 2017. The event features rare family performances by The Marley Brothers and the Marley’s 3rd Generation of talented offspring. Other notable performers are reggae and hip-hop legends such as Wyclef Jean, Pit Bull, Busta Rhymes. Kaya Fest instills an experiential component to raise awareness on the benefits of cannabis guided by the mantra “Education Before Recreation.” Plans to continue this festival tradition are currently in the works for 2023. !

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UNCA School of Drama scores big in Hollywood Reporter survey For the second consecutive year, the School of Drama at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) was ranked fourth in the world in the annual list of the “Top 25 Mark Burger Drama Schools in the World,” as compiled by The Hollywood Contributor Reporter, one of the most esteemed publications in show-biz. The article, which appeared in the June 15th issue, also cited UNCSA’s School of Drama as having the third among B.F.A. programs included on the list. “There’s no arguing it students find work,” the article read. “The school now teaches on-camera acting all four years of the program — and recent grads are feeling the benefits.” The Hollywood Reporter consulted with educators, alumni, and industry executives for its annual ranking of the world’s best drama schools. “We are honored to be included among such a stellar group of training programs for actors and directors,” said Scott Zigler, dean of the School of Drama. “Of particular importance to the School of Drama is that The Hollywood Reporter took note of how employable our actors are, due in no small part to our weaving of on-camera training through all four years of our curriculum, as THR noted. We have always made clear to our students that we are not trying to train a certain kind of actor, but rather want to provide them with a broad array of tools, articulated by our world-class faculty, so they can pursue the career they envision for themselves. Employability is our number-one goal as a training program, and the success of so many of our alumni hopefully bears this out.” The School of Drama’s four-year on-camera curriculum was devised and designed by leading on-camera academic Bob Krakower, who has collaborated on actor training with Zigler for over three decades. “As THR notes, this gives UNCSA students a competitive edge, providing WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

practical training for today’s industry,” said Zigler. “Additionally, only UNCSA offers integration with a nationally-ranked film school (the UNCSA School of Filmmaking) right on campus, offering the unique opportunity for students to appear in films, learn voice-over techniques, and even gain experience in the motion-capture rig, an essential skill for today’s CGI-based films, and arming many of them with a robust (demo) reel as they enter the profession.” The list of prominent UNCSA School of Drama alumni is a veritable “Who’s Who” of established, acclaimed talent: MaryLouise Parker (Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe winner), celebrated stage director Joe Mantello (Tony Award winner), Anna Camp (True Blood), Tom Hulce (Oscar nominee for Amadeus), Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Diedrich Bader (The Drew Carey Show), Jennifer Ehle (Tony Award winner), Trieste Kelly Dunn (United 93), Angus MacLachlan (acclaimed playwright and screenwriter), Celia Weston (a recipient of the RiverRun International Film Festival’s Master of Cinema Award), Stephen McKinley Henderson (Fences, Dune), Peter Hedges (noted writer and director), Tim Guinee (Tai-Pan), Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier), Jonathan Majors (When We Rise), Chris Parnell (actor and comedian), Will Patton (No Way Out, Halloween), Missi Pyle (Gone Girl), Jake Lacy (Being the Ricardos), Jada Pinkett Smith, and many others. “The UNCSA School of Drama consistently ranks among the top theater programs in the country and world,” said Brian Cole, UNCSA’s chancellor. “These important industry accolades are indicative of the quality of training and the expertise of the professors, as well as the ways in which the school has evolved alongside the industry, particularly during the global pandemic. My congratulations to Drama dean Scott Zigler and his faculty for their leadership in cultivating a world-class drama conservatory.” For more information, visit the official UNCSA website: https://www.uncsa.edu/. ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on Burgervideo.com. © 2022, Mark Burger. JUNE 22-28, 2022

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Drag Queen Events Stir Protests

he Forsyth County Republican Men’s Club and Conservative Women of Forsyth County recently threatened to stage a protest during Bookmarks Jim Longworth Drag Queen Story time event, in which “Anna Yacht” was Longworth scheduled to read to at Large children ages 3 to 7. Ken Raymond, chairman of the Forsyth Republican party explained the rationale behind such protests, telling the WinstonSalem Journal’s Katelyn Oglesby, “Drag Queen story time is a tactic of militant gay leftists trying to separate children from their parents in order to indoctrinate them.” Before I attempt to unpack Mr. Raymond’s theory, it might be helpful to understand that people of all ages, both conservative and liberal, have, for centuries, been entertained by men dressed up as women. In Shakespeare’s time, for example, only

men were allowed to perform on stage, so when rowdy Globe Theatre audiences saw a “woman” enter from the wings, they knew that “she” was actually an actor dressed as a woman. It is also believed that the term “drag” derived from how Globe actors had to drag their long dresses across the stage. Later, even as women were allowed to perform on stage, many male comedians made a living by wearing women’s clothing. In fact, those early vaudeville comics inspired the first King of television, Milton Berle, whose most popular character was that of a flamboyant female singer. Such cross-dressing performances continued as a staple of TV and motion picture comedies, with superstars like Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon making audiences howl over their gender-bending antics. In the latter half of the 20th century, Divine was the poster “girl” for the Drag Queen movement, and in recent years, RuPaul has turned Drag into a media phenomenon and helped to spur widespread interest in local Drag Queen events. Those include storytelling activities at public libraries and public schools, and that brings me back to the Bookmarks protest. First, I don’t agree that “militant gay

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leftists” are trying to separate children from their parents, at least not at Bookmarks. After all, there aren’t too many kids ages 3 to 7 who can drive themselves to a Drag Queen Story time event. Moms and Dads who see such events as family-friendly, willingly allow their children to be exposed to the messages of tolerance being taught by Drag Queens. But that doesn’t seem to matter to legislators in Texas, Florida, and Arizona, who have recently introduced bills to prevent minors from attending drag events of any kind, which they describe as “inappropriate sexual content” for the children present. Nevertheless, it should be up to the parent to determine what is and isn’t appropriate content for his or her child, and in that regard, the aforementioned proposed laws seem to discount parental rights. However, just as some parents fight against State laws that censor content, others have the right to do the opposite, that is, to fight for the right to protect their child from certain content. And that brings me to Drag Queen story time events at public schools. Between January and May of this year, New York City public school officials have paid the Drag Story Hour company over $200,000 to conduct 49 reading sessions at 34 different schools, most of them at the elementary level, and all of them without parental consent. Some NYC residents are concerned over the amount of taxpayer dollars being spent for Drag Queen events, while parents are livid over having no advance warning or input about the events themselves. The tipping point seemed to be a reading session back in April at a school in Manhattan in which “Harmonica Sunbeam” encouraged

kids to choose their pronouns and invent drag names for themselves. Speaking with the New York Post, City Councilwoman Vickie Paladino said: “We are taking hundreds of thousands of dollars out of the pockets of hardworking New York taxpayers to fund a program teaching little children about their gender fluidity? Not on my watch.” There are also complaints from parents about more than just content and messaging, mainly involving scantily clad folks at Pride events in which drag queens happened to participate. Those associations have served to conflate various concerns and controversies surrounding story time activities, and fuel the rhetoric about the “militant gay leftist” agenda. Forsyth GOP Chairman Ken Raymond referred to drag queen story time as “perversion”, and based that on his having watched a video in which children were allowed to put dollar bills down the G-strings of drag queens. And recently a London library had to apologize when a drag queen showed up at a summer reading event wearing a “Rainbow Dildo Butt Monkey” costume. Obviously, Drag Queens should never wear obscene costumes around little children, nor should they encourage kids to engage in well-meaning, gender-related learning activities without first obtaining parental permission. Aside from that, parents who wish to bring their offspring to a story time event should be allowed to do so without interference from legislators or political protesters. ! 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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iments conducted on her parents Andy (Zac Efron) and Vicky (Sydney Lemmon) when they were college students. Andy and Vicky possess their own telekinetic powers, but these are nothing compared to the destructive capabilities of their offspring. The trio has been targeted by “The Shop,” that shadowy government organization that has figured prominently in several of King’s novels. Gloria Reuben plays Captain Jane Hollister, the Shop’s “steward” (as it were), who taps Native American assassin John Rainbird (Michael Greyeyes) to find the McGees, so further nefarious experiments can be

than star power, but he and Barrymore established an amusing chemistry, thereby making his fiery fate all the more satisfying. Silly? Admittedly, but entertaining on a “guilty pleasure” level. (Quite frankly, this critic always enjoyed it.) That cannot be said of this version. Although the special effects are understandably superior to the earlier film, the scariest thing about this Firestarter is how bad it is. Characters are poorly developed (if at all), suspense is virtually nil, and the ending is patently ridiculous. This is a King-sized bore that belongs in the bonfire.

conducted on Charlie. It all culminates, predictably enough, in an explosive showdown at The Shop. Even taken on its own feeble terms, Firestarter is a particularly pallid, pedestrian undertaking. Armstrong has her moments, but no one else does. Efron, who admittedly tries hard, doesn’t have much chemistry with Lemmon. Reuben is a one-note bureaucratic heavy, Greyeyes is a dullish antagonist, and reliable Kurtwood Smith is wasted in a cameo as Dr. Wanless, the mad scientist who conducted the original experiments. Whatever one thinks of the first Firestarter, it had a propulsive if hokey, comic-book momentum, a terrific Tangerine Dream score, and an ideally cast Drew Barrymore as Charlie, holding her own against the sort of star-studded cast that financier Dino De Laurentiis could conjure up with a wave of his magic checkbook: Martin Sheen, David Keith, Art Carney, Louis Fletcher, Heather Locklear, Moses Gunn, Freddie Jones and, most entertainingly, George C. Scott as Rainbird. His casting was predicated less (if at all) on political correctness

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lmost from the day it was released in 1984, Stephen King slammed the film version of Firestarter as the worst adaptation Mark Burger of his work, despite reportedly having Contributor told screenwriter Stanley Mann that his script was the best adaptation he’d read. His criticism so irked director Mark L. Lester that he responded in an issue of Cinefantastique suggesting that, if King was so dissatisfied, he should return the $1 million he was paid. One can only imagine how the bestselling author feels about the 2022 version of Firestarter, about which he has been curiously mum. The new Firestarter, scripted by Scott Teems (Halloween Kills) and directed by Keith Thomas (The Vigil) is anything but improved. It’s a muddled, murky sci-fi melodrama that lurches from one scene to the next, seemingly in clueless fashion. Indeed, it ranks in the pantheon of the worst Stephen King adaptations, right up — or down — there with Graveyard Shift (1990) and Sleepwalkers (1992), the latter scripted by King himself. Charlene “Charlie” McGee (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) is a little girl with a big problem: She possesses “pyrokinesis,” the power to start fires at will. This ability came as the result of government exper-

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“Forever in our hearts until we meet again, cherished memories, known as our son, brother, father, papa, uncle, friend, & cousin.” The message on Chuck Shepherd Steven Paul Owens’ tombstone at the Warren-Powers Cemetery in Polk County, Iowa, reflects the sentiments of the family the 59-year-old left behind when he died in September of 2021, but the message within the message has the community in an uproar, WHO-13 reported. That’s because if one reads the first letter of each line vertically, the phrase “F—- OFF” can be found. Owens’ daughter said not only was the message intentional, but her dad would have loved it: “It was a term of endearment. If he said that to you, it meant he liked you. If he didn’t like you, he didn’t talk to you.” A statement from the board of trustees that oversees the cemetery says community members are organizing a legal response and “will not stop until the headstone is removed.”

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When Richard Kaser of Shelbyville, Indiana, took his friend Jon Hoop out fishing in the Ohio River on June 5, the hope was that Hoop would catch his first blue catfish, Fox 59 News reported. And Hoop succeeded with the first fish he hauled in, though the fish’s stomach seemed unusually lumpy. Expecting to discover upon cutting it open that the catfish had swallowed another fish or perhaps a turtle, Kaser instead found a foam ball, part of a fish and ... a rather large sex toy. “When it came out, Jon, my wife and I started laughing,” Kaser recalled in a Facebook post. “My wife immediately covered my daughter’s eyes and turned her away from it.” No word on when Hoop’s next fishing outing will be, but it will be hard to top his first.

SAY IT, DON’T SPRAY IT

There’s a big difference between paying one’s respects and spraying one’s disrespect, and Laurie Lynn Hinds, 51, of Quitman, Texas, knows better than anyone. KLTV-7 reports that Hinds was arrested on June 5 and charged with state-jail abuse of corpse for a November 2021 incident in which Hinds walked into a Tyler, Texas, funeral home, made her way directly to an open casket and spit on the corpse inside. A witness to

the incident said Hinds was angry with the family of the deceased. Abuse of a corpse is a state-jail felony in Texas, punishable by six months to two years in a state jail and up to $10,000 in fines.

LOST AND FOUND

Daniel Hughes was kayaking recently in the Ohio River in Maysville, Kentucky, when a bright yellow object tangled in debris on the riverbank caught his eye, KDKA-TV reported. Upon closer inspection, Hughes discovered that the object was a helmet — specifically a firefighter helmet with markings identifying it as property of the Franklin Park Fire Department in Pennsylvania, some 422 miles away. The helmet had an ID card still attached, and when Hughes shared photos to the Franklin Park FD Facebook page, Chief Bill Chicots got in touch and shared the whole story. “The helmet belonged to Dave Vodarick, he’s been a member of our fire department since 1974; he lost the helmet during a water rescue in October 2019,” Chicots said. The rushing water failed to sweep Vodarick away three years ago, but it succeeded in ripping off his helmet, and efforts to find it had come up empty. The well-traveled helmet is set to return to Franklin Park, where it will be displayed in the fire department’s trophy case.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

It’s not unheard of for a library to receive a late book return in the mail, but the package the Tooting Library in London received from Canada recently won’t be forgotten anytime soon. CBC News reported that the package contained a copy of the book “A Confederate General From Big Sur” by Richard Brautigan, a book that had last been checked out in 1974 — making it approximately 48 years and 107 days overdue. Efforts to track down and thank the borrower were successful, and Tony Spence, 72, a retired judge living in British Columbia, will be spared the late fees — not only the $7,618.10 that would be charged if the fines weren’t capped, but also the $10.50 maximum fine. “We’re pleased to have the book back in a condition good enough to return to the shelves, if we wanted, and under the circumstances we’re waiving the fines,” a statement from the library said. “We thank Mr. Spence for returning it and hope he enjoyed it.” !

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s captain of the Camel City Yacht Club, the ringleader of his Silver Alert rock’n’roll group, and tall head of hair across a handful of bands, Clay Howard Katei Cranford is one smooth — and busy — customer. Camel City Yacht Contributing Club, the yacht-rock columnist cover outfit under which Howard sails via nom de plumes “Thurston Howard III” and “Cap’n Morgan,” topped the Triad’s Best reader poll (with Howard himself placing as “Best Musician,” “Best Vocalist,” and “Best Songwriter”). The Silver Alerts, his semi-revolving cast of alternative rockers of original tunes, will be at the Ramkat with Old Heavy Hands and Buckcherry on June 24. YES! WEEKLY

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A musician across the Winston area for the past 25 years or so, his 2015 solo debut, “Who the Hell is Clay Howard?” serves an apropos introduction for the “washedup college basketball player,” who happened into guitar-picking. Though, beyond the tunes and long silver hair, Howard asserts, “the main thing to know about me is that I am a father of four and a grandfather of one. I’ll never do anything more important or cooler than that, really.” With hopes for a family band in the future, “my kids are all better singers than me, but they won’t sing in front of people… yet,” he said, admitting his present roster of music groups keeps him busy. “If you count my job as Contemporary Music Director at Main Street UMC in Kernersville, I’m in four bands.” By all accounts,. there’s also “Orange Bear Fruit” and the recording-project duo with Brynn Arens, “Clay and Brynn” putting Howard’s official membership tally at six. “We bring something out of each other that is not there individually,” Howard

said of Arens, a longtime collaborator and production partner (and frontman for the Minneapolis-based glam-punk band, Flipp). “He doesn’t let me be lazy,” Howard added, alluding to both their current works in progress; and the five albums he’s released under Arens’ Rock Steady Records. In the Triad, Howard’s handful of live acts likewise staves off any idle time. Camel City Yacht Club is the newest of the bands, and is obviously focused on fun - for both band and audience,” Howard explained. “Not that the others aren’t fun, but the Yacht Club band has fake names and nautical props.” The more-subdued Threadbare Trio slants toward a breweryfriendly “covers in the corner” set up for “fun and cash.” Joined by Neal Goode and Allan Royal II (or sometimes Tim Beeman), Threadbare Trio offers a somewhat organic experience. “We don’t rehearse,” he noted. “We just get together at a show and play.” And then there’s the Silver Alerts:

Howard’s main vein for original material. Initially composed to support his solo record, the group has evolved across a cast of Triad musical characters. “I think there have been different lineups at every show so far,” he said of the intentionally fluid lineup. “I wanted to be able to play with the people I love and respect. But the latest version might stick around for a while — really, it all depends on who is available for a gig.” Guitarist Greg Hurley remains an everdependable cog in Howard’s wheelhouse. “He’s a part of all of my bands now,” Howard said. “Greg and I are very good friends as well as musical companions. I’ve had a particularly hard year and his friendship was crucial to making it through.” Turning to brass tax, “on the musical front, he’s truly a top-notch guitarist,” Howard continued. “When you put Greg and anyone together, it‘s generally pretty great- I just stay out of the way and try to sing in key.” And while musicianship remains central

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across Howard’s endeavors, it’s the people he holds close to heart. “They’re great people,” he said. “Great people and great musicians — the people part is more important to me, but I’m lucky to have a lot of good friends that are also amazing musicians.” The results offer opportunities to work with a litany of Triad musicians, either within Howard’s current folds, or with artists like Joel Ayers or Lee Wallace — who was scheduled in the lineup for a recent Silver Alerts CoalPit Live show with Cracker. COVID had other plans for the Alerts that evening, (though they’ve got fond memories of their 2021 visit to the CoalPit with the Gin Blossoms). Their next show is with another big 90s hitter, Buckcherry, at the Ramkat on June 24. “We don’t play a lot,” Howard explained. “We try to focus on playing good slots in front of more established bands, so I can present my songs to better-sized audiences.” After nearly 30 years in the music game, it’s an earned experience — with recollections stretching across Howard’s time as part of Diggin’ Taters with Benjy Johnson and Greg Stentz. The group toured the southeast — playing shows with the likes of Derek Trucks and Drivin’ and Cryin. There’s an echo of the era that runs through Howard’s catalog. When it comes to the Camel City Yacht Club, however, Howard pulls from a deeper well: smooth sounds of youth for the elder gen-X’rs. Artists like Player, TOTO, and Looking Glass — not exactly easy listening, but far from the shredderend of the rock’n’roll pool. “I had never really done the purely cover band thing until I hit 50, and being in a yacht rock band was not on my radar,” Howard explained. “BUT I love the music we play and always have. It was the soundtrack of my childhood. All of those artists could sing- and it keeps me on my toes, trying to be true to those songs. While the songs keep him on his toes, Howard takes on a whole new persona to support the “Cap’n Morgan” character — a tactic shared amongst his crew and started by keyboardist Tommy “Kip Falco” Jackson. “After Tommy came up with that, everything else paled in comparison,” Howard said. They’re joined in the backline of the boat by bassist Charlie Chardonnay IV (Jerry Chapman), guitarist Tom Collins (Greg Hurley), and drummer Fanny von Bottoms (Lauren Myers). Biff Beamer (Tim Beeman) occasionally hops aboard as well. “It helps to have a fake name to hide behind,” Howard admitted, deferring the balance between being silly and their trademark pursuit of all things smooth. The aliases “make it easier to be smooth,” WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

he added, noting the cohesion the characters have built. “It makes it feel like more of a band than having five-solo musicians just making up a band.” CCYC may take liberties with their characters, but when it comes to the songs themselves, “we stay pretty straight,” Howard said. “Everyone knows the songs, and we try to give them what they know.” It’s an appropriate goal of crowd-pleasing, considering CCYC’s origins in radio dedications and a port call to “Get Smooth, Y’all.” “It all started after I posted on Facebook about that Robbie Dupree song, ‘Sail Away’,” Howard explained. “I wrote something about how it’s a song that I never turn off when it comes on the radio.” In response, he received a message from Chapman. “He texted me that it was time for the Triad to have a yacht-rock band, and here we are.” As for CCYC recording plans, “we might record a song or two eventually,” Howard noted, “and we’ve discussed trying to write a single of our own — we do have five songwriters in the band.” But he admitted the possibility of their own yacht record being far in the distance, though Howard himself stays ready on the Hard for recording his original material. Often working with Arens and producer Alex Dezen (of the Damnwells and Broken Baby), Howard consistently releases singles — and seems to have a new upcoming album forever on the horizon. “I try to write about common themes,” he explained of his songwriting. “Broken

hearts, happy hearts, nostalgia- your typical over 50-year-old man stuff.” Acknowledging the appeal of nostalgia in his original and tribute work, “it kind of ties to being the age I am,” he continued — waxing the inclusion of influences like Cheap Trick and Billy Squier amongst the fold of “classic rock.” ”Some people call it that,” he said, “but ‘classic rock’ was just ‘rock’ when I first heard it new on the radio.” Not to be too hung up on classifications or media shifts, Howard begrudgingly partakes in the world of digital streams, while continuing to praise a commitment to tangible music. “I still buy physical media,” he explained, ”and I think a lot of people do. It doesn’t feel real to me without it.” In 2019, he founded maxHeight Records with New York visual artist Robert Singer. A “marriage of audio and visual arts,” the label distributes limited-edition releases with accompanying prints. They released the Clay and Brynn single “Falling in Love” in 2020, as well as Howard’s self-recorded 2019 LP, “Doesn’t Know Who You Are Either..”, both of which included signed prints from Singer. The duo’s most recent activity includes a string of singles to be released through 2022. They put out “There’s More To Say” in February, followed by “Love Ain’t Simple” in March; both on Arens’ Rock Steady Records label. “Brynn and I have a couple songs underway, which will be released digitally over the summer,” Howard noted of upcoming work. ”And,

I’m sure that a few of the songs I write on Saturday mornings will find their way into the world randomly.” “I like to write, and hold myself accountable by letting people have the opportunity to hear the songs,” he continued, exploring the positive elements of digital distributions and the unifying possibilities of video. “I also like to collaborate, either in the writing, or by partnering with my two friends named Chad,” he explained, with reference and reverence to Chad Perry and Chad Nance, “I give them a song, and they create cool visuals.” This year, he and Perry have released videos for Howard’s original singles like “Sunshining Day,” “Shrug it off,” and the latest, “now you know the silver alerts,” (released on June 4). Not one to ignore a relevant cover, Nance directed a video for Howard’s take on Stevie Wonder’s “You Haven’t Done Nothing” as part of Orange Bear Fruit — a group with Howard, Hurley and Chapman joined by Corky McClellan and Doug Davis. “Without Doug, there would not be such a cohesive music scene in Winston-Salem. He is selfless and a true talent,” Howard said. “Another great human and musician, in that order.” Reflecting on his time with Davis and Chapman’s own anthology cover experience, the Vagabond Saints’ Society (who themselves placed amongst the Triad’s “Best Live Triad Music Show of 2021” for their rendition of the Rolling Stones). “I’ve met A LOT of my friends through the Vagabond Saints’ Society,” Howard said. “Their story is much bigger than the three shows a year they put on — VSS is a model for bringing people together.” “I’m lucky to be at a place and age where I truly love all the people I share a stage with,” he continued, turning to his own cover outfit. “All of those folks are great people and fantastic musicians; and when I share a stage with them, they make me better.“ Smooth and sweet, y’all. The Camel City Yacht Club’s smooth moves have snagged upcoming slots at the Summer on Liberty series in downtown Winston-Salem on July 31; and as part of the Dirty Dancing Festival at Lake Lure on Sept. 10. Clay Howard and The Silver Alerts will be with Old Heavy Hands and Buckcherry at the Ramkat on June 24, and with Cracker at Ziggy’s.Space on July 8. Beyond the shows and the outfits, Howard’s plans remain simple: “I just write and hope to continue improving as a writer and musician,” he said. “I surround myself with better musicians than me, so even if I don’t improve, at least I get to have fun.” ! KATEI CRANFORD is a Triad music nerd who enjoys spotlighting artists and events. JUNE 22-28, 2022

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Guilford County DA & Greensboro Officials respond to statements by attorney and council candidate “Some people have practiced law for 20 years and still don’t know about grand juries,” said Guilford County District Attorney Avery Crump to YES! Weekly. Crump was referIan McDowell ring to statements made by attorney Amiel Rossabi and Contributor his wife Katie following the indictment of GPD officer Matthew Hamilton for manslaughter. Mr. Rossabi is Hamilton’s attorney and the attorney for the Greensboro Police Officer’s Association. Mrs. Rossabi is running for Greensboro City Council. On November 19, Hamilton fatally shot the unarmed Joseph Lopez after a report of breaking and entering. On June 6, a Guilford County Grand Jury indicted Hamilton for manslaughter. In a press release, Amiel Rossabi stated that Crump “knew that I represented Officer Hamilton; yet, she chose to present this case to the grand jury without giving me any notice to be able to request that Officer Hamilton give evidence.” “Why would I need to inform him that the case is going to the Grand Jury?” Crump asked. She denied that either the former officer, who was fired from the GPD shortly after the indictment, or his attorney, would have had an opportunity to “give evidence” to the grand jury. “In the state of North Carolina, defendants are not allowed to testify in a grand jury, just like District Attorneys are not allowed to go in there. People just need to know what the law is.” By her own admission, Crump rarely speaks to the press, and never talks about pending cases. “That’s the way it should be. No one should talk about pending cases. Not the state, not the defense, not city council.” She said she was speaking to a journalist not to discuss the case, but statements in Mr. Rossabi’s press release and a speech Mrs. Rossabi made to Greensboro City Council the day after the indictment. “I do want to clear up a lot of misconceptions that people have. It’s always hard when people don’t know what the law is.” YES! WEEKLY

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In her speech to Council, Mrs. Rossabi called the indictment “a direct result of district attorney Avery Crump and the majority of city council kowtowing to self-serving, police-hating fringe groups.” She also stated, “we do not need a district attorney who abdicates her authority to the grand jury for political motives at the expense of these officers’ careers.” Crump responded to this by explaining how the grand jury process works in North Carolina. “For any officer-involved shooting that leads to a fatality, there is always the request that the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation come investigate the case. So we don’t have to worry about any biases from the police department investigating one of their own.” After the SBI investigates, said Crump, they deliver a report to the DA’s office. “I read that. If there is video involved, I watch all the videos. There are a couple of other people in the office who are also involved. Then a decision is made. It is based off the information given to us because the DA’s office doesn’t investigate the cases. That decision was to have the case presented to the grand jury. Such a decision is made for every felony charged in NC. The grand jury only determines if there is enough probable cause to go forward on the bill of indictment charge that is presented to them. They do not make a determination of anyone’s guilt or innocence.” She said a case is presented to the jurors by the law enforcement agency that investigated it, which in this case was the SBI. “Their agent went in and presented the case. When someone says, why can’t a defendant go in and testify, it’s not allowed in the state of North Carolina. When people say that, you always want to say, please, know the law.” She scoffed at the suggestion that the city council might have influenced the decision to send this case to the grand jury.

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“This office does not interact with city council, especially about cases such as this. They would not influence me, just as I don’t influence them. They are the local entity; we are state employees.” Members of city council and the city attorney also commented on any claim or implication that the city influenced the indictment, as well as other statements by Katie Rossabi. When speaking to council, Mrs. Rossabi condemned those who “want the bodyworn camera footage edited and released with their rhetoric attached, telling our citizens what to think.” Both Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan and District 3’s Justin Outling, Vaughan’s mayoral challenger in the July 26 general election, said they had no idea what Rossabi was referring to. YES! Weekly reached out for clarification. In email, Mrs. Rossabi stated: “There are numerous examples of the City Council seeking a release of the BWC [body-worn camera] footage only to them so that they can comment to the public and release what they choose to release, whether they admit it now or not.” “Mrs. Rossabi’s comments are a gross misrepresentation of council’s position on bodyworn camera video,” Vaughan replied. City Attorney Chuck Watts elaborated. “I would say that her assessment of the council as aggressively trying to prevent public disclosure until they have seen the video and taken the opportunity to color subsequent perception is unfair.” In the Lopez case, wrote Watts, council simply requested that the court release the full videos to the public. “All agreed that no comment should be made until after the public has had the chance to see and digest the video.” Watts also referred to Amiel Rossabi’s position as attorney for the Greensboro Police Officer’s Association. “If she gets elected, is she going to be a mouthpiece

for Mr. Rossabi? That will require a delicate dance.” Katie Rossabi’s most controversial statement might be that “we don’t need the city council, the citizen’s review board or fringe groups making decisions about proper police procedure when they do not have police training or experience.” Outling commented on what Rossabi’s critics have described as suggesting, “only the police should police the police.” “I respectfully disagree. Others do, and there’s one on city council who repeatedly says the same thing, but to me, the police are a major part of the city and the city budget. Just as we would not say we should not concern ourselves with water or transportation. I disagree that we should not oversee anything with regard to police.” Outling cited how some North Carolina cities require an officer to utter a warning before a shot is fired. “Whether or not you agree there should be such a policy, that’s the type of thing that’s appropriate for a city council to develop policies and procedures on. What’s the appropriate standard for use of force? The city council should be determining that question.” Kay Brown, who is a member of the Police Community Review Board (PCRB) on the Greensboro Criminal Justice Advisory Commission (GCJAC), addressed Katie Rossabi’s reference to “the citizen’s review board.” Brown called Ms. Rossabi “yet another status quo politician that believes that the community should not have a voice in how it is run,” and alleged that Rossabi “seems to be happy to have nothing more than a police state, that would include an erasure of freedom for everyone who isn’t one of her elite political friends.” Brown alleges that Rossabi “makes these ridiculous statements in public for the cameras, then tap dances to get invited into BIPOC spaces so she can make false promises of support. Katie should have actually spent more time showing up to meetings and asking questions. If she did, she would know that the review board hasn’t seen a case in over a year, we have been stalled by the city attorney and can’t seem to make it onto the mayor’s agenda to have concerns addressed.” ! IAN MCDOWELL is the author of two published novels, numerous anthologized short stories, and a whole lot of nonfiction and journalism, some of which he’s proud of and none of which he’s ashamed of.

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Bambi Sonji Daniels and the Recipe to Success Residents across the Triad and the Carolinas will recognize a contestant on PBS’s newest cooking competition series, The Great American Recipe. Bambi Sonji Davis Daniels has been Chanel Davis taken over your social media for the past few years, either Editor with photographs of food or videos of her preparing her latest southern fare. She is guaranteed to give you a laugh and some cooking tips as only your favorite auntie could. However, she’s gone from the small screen to the big screen as she puts her culinary skills up to the test against other contestants from across the nation and dares to have her food and cooking skills judged by award-winning chefs. “I got a message from one of the producer assistants that saw me on Instagram and at first I was like okay this is not real,” she said, laughing. “They sent me all of the information by email and I decided to do it.” Daniels had to audition by videotape, explaining why and what she liked to cook. “They asked what else I could bring to the table? Being me, silly, I told them I could sing and dance, and dance and sing. I could do all that,” she explained. “The next thing I know, I got a call back telling me that I was going to be a contestant.” At that point, the nerves sat in for Daniels. Her husband, award-winning photographer Owens Daniels, reminded her that she could indeed handle the competition. “Every negative thought, doubt, and

everything you could think of just crept in,” she said. “I was said no I can’t do it. But then Owens pumps me up. He said this is your time. You do it.” Daniels said it was her husband’s words that made her decide to solidify her name on the show. “I have cheered for everybody else. Now it’s my time to cheer for myself,” she said. “Win, lose or draw, I’m going.” In preparing for her trip, Daniels had to explain to her sisters that she would be out of town for a while. Her sisters and herself act as caregivers for her mother, who recently suffered a stroke, who lives in Chester, South Carolina. Choosing to be on the show would mean that Daniels, who relieves her sisters on weekends, would be unavailable for a month. “They said ok but you know when you come back you have a month.” With the details out of the way, Daniels went to be a part of the competition and said that she had the best time. “It was a dream come true and a once-in-alifetime opportunity. How many people can say that celebrity chefs not only judged your food but gave you tips,” Daniels said. “We learned at a high-end culinary school and the chefs were willing to just pass on knowledge. So it wasn’t like the competition that you would see on the Food Network. It was about sharing your love and passion for food, as well as your stories and why you do what you do.” Daniels said that producers kept the details of who the judges would be under

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s a heat wave rolls across the southeast, Sam Foster celebrates the release of a new album, “Heatwaves,” and looks forward to the ride ahead. Katei Cranford With a new backing group, the Obsolete, Foster breaks Contributor away from his days in Whiskey Foxtrot, taking audiences on a summer ride along a sonic highway paved with his blend of “a little bit country, and a whole lotta rock and roll.” “When writing for this album I was trying to expand my palate outside of the same handful of my core influences,” Foster said. “I got really into Elvis Costello, and more indie acts like The War on Drugs and Daniel Romano.” Calling himself, “a knock-off, bastardized, wannabe mix of Bruce Springsteen and BJ Barham,” Foster relishes exploring new territory for “Heatwaves’” giving his alt-country foundation fresh footing with dives into 60s psychedelia, ala the Kinks and the Animals. “You can really hear it in the Vox Organ that cuts through the album,” he said — tracks like “False Poet-Prophet” and “Custom Deluxe” are especially laden. “It’s a sound that not many folks use anymore, but I love it. We hope it’s going to drive the kids crazy this summer.”

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Beyond the Vox, he’s also taken a nod from Costello’s guitar model this year — an element of expanding horizons beyond the traditional 12-string twang. “I guess I’m a Jazzmaster guy now,” he joked — admitting his initial attraction was more for aesthetics. “It wasn’t until I got my hands on one that I learned what sounds they can pull off. Regardless, I mostly just chunk rhythm guitar, so it’s not like it matters what my “tone’ is.” Guitar-wise, at least. As a whole, Foster is actually quite focused on the tones of his material. “I’m trying to move from some of the die-hard ‘southern rock’ identities and sounds,” he said. “Less Skynyrd, more Petty — to a certain extent, anyway.” “I’m from Davie County,” he continued. ”I wear a lot of denim, and when I talk it sounds like I’m chewing on gravel. Whatever I do is going to sound ‘southern’.” For Foster, the crux involves incorporating southern elements into fresh ideas. Acknowledging privileges and shortcomings, he maintains a “conscious effort to check myself and work to be better every day.” Using the songs of the Obsolete to prevent becoming a sort of obsolete himself, “anything I can experiment with, to grow outside of what I’m already comfortable doing is something I want to try,” he said. “Growing as an artist, and more importantly as a person, means opening up to concerns that don’t affect your own bottom line. I try to be cognizant and self-aware how my actions affected a situation — and constantly keep in mind

what I’ve done, or could do, to help.” The results resonate on tracks like “Loud and Clear,” written during the summer of 2020, with an empathic push, rude awakening, and admonishment for the selfishness he saw exploding across the country. The track rings as a call for change — around the country and within himself. “At any given time, I have no idea what I’m doing,” he admitted, “but I can listen to and have empathy for anyone who’s not like me. And that’s the first step.” With a commitment to the new, Foster looks back on what he’s known. “I was born and raised in Advance,” he explained, “on a patch of farmland — next door to my paternal grandparents, with my mom’s folks right down the road; and I’m incredibly fortunate to have grown up in a nurturing and loving family.” Inheriting a love of music from his parents, “some of my first memories are being intrigued by whatever they listened to,” he noted. “Dwight Yoakam is one of those first artists. Ever since I can remember his records have always been a part of my life.” While Foster still dips into Dwight for influence, his eyes are set on more than solo endeavors. “I’ve always wanted to play with a band,” he said. “Not just a backing band of players to fill out the songs, but an actual collective of musicians. Just like Springsteen with E Street, Petty and the Heartbreakers, or Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit. A group to work creatively with.” Enter the Obsolete. “The lineup is relatively static with the folks that played on the record,” Foster explained of the core centered around bassist Brad Cardille and keys from Nikkie Forrester (Shiloh Hill and The SunGod). Cardille is a carry-over from Whiskey Foxtrot — fellow former Foxtroters, Seth Williams and Jacob Kuhn, also appear on the album. Beyond old friends and bandmates, “Heatwaves” features an ensemble of North Carolina musicians. Drummer Brian Norris (Crenshaw Pentecostal) and violinist Emanuel Wynter are joined by harmonies from songbirds Sarah Sophia,

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Emily Stewart, and Laura Jane Vincent. “They each bring their own individual talents to the record, while still making their parts serve the track,” Foster noted. “It really brought a sense of community,” he added — affirming the sense of which was cemented by producer Benjy Johnson (at Earthtones Recording Studio). “I wanted it to sound like a good, rock ‘n roll record. And Benjy is brilliant at getting a specific sound that you’re going for — always looking out for what serves the interest of the song.” “They say to surround yourself with people that are better than you, and that’s what I like to think I accomplished,” he said. “I’m not the best singer, writer, or player. But all these folks came in to help me make a record better than I could’ve imagined. That means the world to me.” “I hope I’m lucky enough to get to make records and play with a damn good band for the rest of my life,” he continued, musing on the future. “I’m convinced the Vox Organ is going to be the ‘sound of summer 2022’. Harry Styles better watch out, because I’m coming.” With shows across the southeast, Foster rides into the Triad on June 23 at the Ramkat with Richard Boyd, Jeff Shu and Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash; on July 16 at Incendiary Brewing’s CoalPit with Crenshaw Pentecostal; and on July 29 at the Flat Iron with Chris McGinnis. “Heatwaves” is out now. ! KATEI CRANFORD is a Triad music nerd who enjoys spotlighting artists and events.

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ASHEBORO

Four Saints Brewing

218 South Fayetteville St. | 336.610.3722 www.foursaintsbrewing.com Thursdays: Taproom Trivia Fridays: Music Bingo Jul 2: Jamie Trout Jul 3: Randolph Jazz Band Jul 16: 80’s Unleashed Jul 17: Honky Tonk Jam w/ Mark Dillon & Friends Jul 23: Savannah Harmon Jul 30: Emma Lee Aug 7: Randolph Jazz Band

Charlotte

Bojangles Coliseum

2700 E Independence Blvd | 704.372.3600 www.boplex.com Jun 24: The Masked Singer Jun 29: Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening Jul 7: Celeste Barber Jul 9: El Gran Combo Jul 15: Tribute to Biz Markie Jul 16: Steely Dan Jul 28: Vince Gill Jul 30: R&B Kickback Concert Aug 4: Gladys Knight Aug 5: MATUTE - Quinceañera World Tour Aug 12: Brit Floyd - World Tour 2022

CMCU Amphitheatre

former Uptown Amphitheatre 820 Hamilton St | 704.549.5555 www.livenation.com Jun 23: H.E.R. Jul 3: Five Seconds of Summer Jul 8: Whiskey Myers Jul 16: Big Time Rush Jul 24: Coheed and Cambria Jul 29: Iration and Atmosphere Jul 30: Halestorm and The Pretty Reckless Aug 2: ALICIA Aug 5: Kehlani: Blue Water Road Trip Aug 6: Joyfest 2022 Aug 12: David Gray - White Ladder: The 20th Anniversary Tour Aug 18: Brett Eldredge

The Fillmore

1000 NC Music Factory Blvd | 704.916.8970 www.livenation.com Jun 22: Pusha T Jun 23: ATCK feat. AJ McLean of Backstreet Boys & DJ Lux Jun 24: Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls www.yesweekly.com

Jun 24: Mephis May Fire Jun 25: Motion City Soundtrack Jun 25: LÈON Jul 1: Des Rocs & The Blue Stones Jul 2: Social House Jul 2: Purity Ring Jul 7: Iparty With DJ Matt Bennett: Playing Your Favorite Disney & Nick Hits Jul 8: DJ Fannie Mae Presents SAINTED Jul 10: Billy Howerdel of a Perfect Circle Jul 12: The Wrecks: Better Than Ever Jul 19: Avatar: Wicked Tour Title Sleeping With Sirens: CTRL + ALT + DEL TOUR Jul 28: Boy Pablo Jul 30: Sean Kingston Aug 2: Polyphia Aug 5: Sasha Alex Sloan - I Blame The World Tour Aug 6: Ken Carson: The X Man Tour

PNC Music Pavilion

707 Pavilion Blvd | 704.549.1292 www.livenation.com Jul 22: Luke Bryan, Riley Green & Mitchell Tenpenny Jul 23: Tedeschi Trucks Band Jul 24: Rob Zombie & Mudvayne Jul 27: The Black Keys, Band of Horses & Ceramic Animal Jul 29: Jason Aldean Aug 6: REO Speedwagon, Styx, & Loverboy Aug 9: Chris Brown & Lil Baby Aug 10: Encanto: The Sing Along Film Concert Aug 11: Wiz Khalifa & Logic Aug 12: Keith Urban

Spectrum Center

333 E Trade St | 704.688.9000 www.spectrumcentercharlotte.com Jun 24: James Taylor Jun 26: Dude Perfect Jul 12: New Kids On The Block Jul 22: Shawn Mendes Aug 2: Kendrik Lamar Aug 10: Why Don’t We Aug 27: The Lumineers

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Village Square Tap House

6000 Meadowbrook Mall Ct | 336.448.5330 www.vstaphouse.com | www.facebook. com/vstaphouse

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Carolina Theatre

309 W Morgan St | 919.560.3030 www.carolinatheatre.org Jun 22: Home Free Jul 16: Nimesh Patel Jul 31: Tim Heidecker Aug 6: Judy Collins Aug 17: John Hiatt & The Goners Featuring Sonny Landreth Aug 20: War on the Catwalk

DPAC

123 Vivian St | 919.680.2787 www.dpacnc.com Jun 22 : Puscifer Jun 24: Air Supply Jun 25: Amos Lee Jul 6: Celeste Barber Jul 19: Steely Dan Jul 31: Boz Scaggs Aug 2-7: Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird Aug 9: Daryl Hall and the Daryl’s House Band Aug 12: Arrival From Sweden The

Music of Abba Aug 14: A.R. Rahman Aug 15: Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

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Reeves Theater

129 W Main St | 336.258.8240 www.reevestheater.com Fourth Thursdays: Old-Time Jam Jun 24-25: Elkin Roots Music Fest ‘22 Jul 2: EmiSunshine Jul 7: TMBS - Ben de la Cour, Angela Easterling, Jodi Burns Jul 8: Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys Jul 15: Kelley and the Cowboys Jul 16: Presley Barker Jul 21: TMBS - Crys Matthews, Will Kimbrough, Olivia Ellen Lloyd Jul 23: The Reeves House Band plays Led Zeppelin Jul 29: Lonesome River Band Jul 30: Seth Walker Aug 4: TMBS–The Don Juans / Jennifer Furches

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ARIZONA PETE’S

2900 Patterson St #A | 336.632.9889 www.arizonapetes.com

BARN DINNER THEATRE

120 Stage Coach Tr. | 336.292.2211 www.barndinner.com Mar 14-Jun 25: Groovin’ Jul 8-Aug 6: Soul Sistas Aug 13: Stephen Freeman - 20 Years of Dinnertainment

BAXTER’S TAVERN

536 Farragut St | 336.808.5837 www.baxterstavern.com Jun 24: Black Glass Jun 26: Jim Quick & The Coastline Jul 2: High Fidelity Jul 3: Cory Luetjen & The Traveling Blyes Band Jul 10: The Pink Slips Jul 15: Spindle 45 Jul 16: Killing Fiction Jul 23: The Ultimate Eagles Tribute

CAROLINA THEATRE

310 S. Greene Street | 336.333.2605 www.carolinatheatre.com Jun 17-26: Shrek The Musical Jul 1: Demeanor Jul 8: Bob Margolin Jul 15: Chad Eby and Ariel Pocock Jul 22: Ranford Almond July 23: Bianca Jade Jul 29: Steve-O: The Bucket List Tour Jul 29: Shelby J. Aug 4: Libby Rodenbough & Blue Cactus Aug 6: The HercuLeons

THE CORNER BAR

1700 Spring Garden St | 336.272.5559 www.facebook.com/corner.bar.37

COMEDY ZONE

1126 S Holden Rd | 336.333.1034 www.thecomedyzone.com Jun 24-26: Luenell

Jul 8-10: Preacher Lawson Jul 12: Pauly Shore Jul 15-16: Thea Vidale Jul 22-24: Clayton English Jul 28: Ed Bassmaster Jul 29-30: Alex Thomas Aug 4: Ryan Long Aug 5-7: Tony Roberts Aug 11-14: Tony Rock

COMMON GROUNDS

602 S Elm Ave | 336.698.388 www.facebook.com/CommonGroundsGreensboro Aug 27: Eduardo

CONE DENIM

117 S Elm St | 336.378.9646 www.cdecgreensboro.com Aug 12: Ying Yang Twins

FLAT IRON

221 Summit Ave | 336.501.3967 www.flatirongso.com Jun 23: David Childers Jul 14: Tea Cup Gin Jul 17: Electric Kif Jul 21: Tyler Nail Jul 28: Oracle Blue

GARAGE TAVERN

5211 A West Market St | 336.763.2020 www.garagetaverngso.com Jun 23: David Lin Jun 24: Huckleberry Shyne Jun 25: Jukebox Revolver Jun 26: Brandon Snow Jun 30: Red Dirt Revival

GREENSBORO COLISEUM 1921 W Gate City Blvd | 336.373.7400 www.greensborocoliseum.com Jun 24: Hank Williams Jr. Aug 20: Kodak Black Sep 10: Alan Jackson

LITTLE BROTHER BREWING

348 South Elm St | 336.510.9678

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www.facebook.com/littlebrotherbrew Jun 24: Davis Tucker Duo Jun 25: Brad Bailey Duo Jul 29: Paleface

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PIEDMONT HALL

2411 W Gate City Blvd | 336.373.7400 www.greensborocoliseum.com

1614 N Main St | 336.883.4113 www.facebook.com/AfterHoursTavernHighPoint Jun 25: Bad Romeo Jul 9: High Octane

RODY’S TAVERN

GOOFY FOOT TAPROOM

5105 Michaux Rd | 336.282.0950 www.rodystavern.com

2762 NC-68 #109 | 336.307.2567 www.goofyfoottaproom.com

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HAM’S PALLADIUM

117B W Lewis St | 336.285.6406 www.southendbrewing.com Tuesdays: Trivia Night Jun 25: Full Band Show Jul 1: July First Friday Jul 15: Decades Aug 11: T&K

STEVEN TANGER CENTER

300 N Elm Street | 336.333.6500 www.tangercenter.com Jul 5: The Masked Singer Jul 7: Vince Gill Jul 9: Unity Jul 22: Eddie B. Jul 23: Jeezy & K. Michelle Aug 5: Southern Soul Summer Explosion Aug 9: War on the Catwalk Aug 13: Brit Floyd Aug 20: Smokey Robinson

THE IDIOT BOX COMEDY CLUB

503 N. Greene St | 336.274.2699 www.idiotboxers.com Jun 25: Trenton Davis Aug 19-20: Eddie Pepitone

WHITE OAK AMPITHEATRE

1921 W Gate City Blvd | 336.373.7400 www.greensborocoliseum.com Aug 5: ZZ Top Aug 20: Brett Eldredge

SUMMER MUSIC SERIES

HIGH POINT

5840 Samet Dr | 336.887.2434 www.hamsrestaurants.com Jun 25: After The Ashes

HIGH POINT THEATRE

220 E Commerce Ave | 336.883.3401 www.highpointtheatre.com Jul 9: First Lady Jul 29: Yesterday: A Tribute To The Beatles Aug 13: Emma Langford

PLANK STREET TAVERN 138 Church Ave | 336.991.5016 www.facebook.com/plankstreettavern

SWEET OLD BILL’S 1232 N Main St | 336.807.1476 www.sweetoldbills.com

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THE DECK

118 E Main St | 336.207.1999 www.thedeckatrivertwist.com Jun 23: Ethan Smith Jun 24: Simerson Hill Jun 25: Radio Revolver Jun 30: Micah Aueler Jul 1: Room42 Jul 2: Hampton Drive Jul 8: Stereo Doll Jul 9: The Plaids Jul 14: Kelsey Hurley Jul 21: Micah Auler

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Breathe Cocktail Lounge

221 N Main St. | 336.497.4822 www.facebook.com/BreatheCocktailLounge Wednesdays: Karaoke Fridays: DJ Jul 7: Gypsy Soul Jul 29: Zack Brock and Good Intentions

Kernersville Brewing Company 221 N Main St. | 336.816.7283 kernersvillebrewing.com Thursdays: Trivia

lewisville

Old Nick’s Pub

191 Lowes Foods Dr | 336.747.3059 www.OldNicksPubNC.com Fridays: Karaoke

lIberty

The Liberty Showcase Theater

101 S. Fayetteville St | 336.622.3844 www.TheLibertyShowcase.com

Oak Ridge

Bistro 150

2205 Oak Ridge Rd | 336.643.6359 www.bistro150nc.com

raleigh

CCU Music Park at Walnut Creek

3801 Rock Quarry Rd | 919.821.4111 www.livenation.com Jun 25: Backstreet Boys Jul 1: Train Jul 8: Luke Bryan Jul 9: OneRepublic Jul 12: The Chicks Jul 15: Chris Brown & Lil Baby Jul 21: Tedeschi Trucks Band Jul 22: Dave Matthews Band Jul 28: Pitbull Jul 29: Phish Aug 10: REO Speedwagon and Styx w/ Loverboy Aug 13: Keith Urban

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Lincoln Theatre

126 E. Cabarrus St | 919.831.6400 www.lincolntheatre.com Jun 24: The Breakfast Club: 80’s Tribute Band w/ Phat Albert Jun 26: Ian Noe Jul 1: Drag Show! Hosted by: Naomi Dix Jul 2: Summer In Tha Carolinas Jul 7: Carolyn Wonderland Jul 8: Mustache The Band: 90’s Country Party band Jul 10: Jason Adamo and Doug Casteen Jul 15: The Stews Jul 16: Litz & Sexbruise? w/ Cosmic Superheroes Jul 17: Cancelled: Squad House — The Ultimate Influencer Tour Jul 22: ARMNHMR Jul 23: Sidewinder w/ Monika Jaymes Band Jul 28: City Morgue w/ SSGKOBE Jul 29: The Vegabonds & The Dirty Guv’nahs Jul 30: Princess Goes to The Butterfly Museum Aug 5: Cosmic Charlie Aug 6: Medium Well in Hell Festival Aug 11: Muscadine Bloodline Aug 13: Tribute Night Featuring: Sugar (System of a Down), Strength Beyong Strength (Pantera), Pressure (Paramore)

Red Hat Amphitheater

500 S McDowell St | 919.996.8800 www.redhatamphitheater.com Jun 24: H.E.R. Jul 9: Whiskey Myers Jul 15: Big Time Rush w/ Dixie D’Amelio Jul 16: Barenaked Ladies Jul 17: CHEER Jul 28: Iration & Atmosphere Sunshine & Summer Nights Tour 2022 Jul 29: Fleet Foxes Jul 30: Kehlani Aug 3: RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour Aug 4: Lany: Summer Forever Tour with Surfaces Aug 6: Rise Against w/ The Used and Senses Fail Aug 7: Rick Springfield & Men at Work w/ John Waite

PNC Arena

1400 Edwards Mill Rd | 919.861.2300 www.thepncarena.com Jun 22: Machine Gun Kelly w/ Avril Lavigne & Iann Dior Jun 25: James Taylor Jul 22: New Kids On The Block Jul 23: Shawn Mendes w/ Dermot Kennedy Jul 31: Rage Against The Machine w/ Run The Jewels

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SAT, 6/25

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LIVE MUSIC AT ROAR Thursday 6/23

Siern Series | 6pm | Fords Food Hall Salsa & Sangria | 7pm | The Mayfair Club

Friday 6/24

PhilRay | 6pm | Fords Food Hall Brittanie Phipps | 8pm | The Mayfair Club DJ Fish & Rewind | 10pm | Fords Food Hall

Saturday 6/25

Wildlight Yoga | 9am | The Mayfair Club The Robertson Boys | 6pm | Fords Food Hall The Rockers | 6pm | The Mayfair Club DJ | 9pm | The Mayfair Club DJ Jersey | 10pm | Fords Food Hall

Sunday 6/26

Santo Chessari | 12pm | Est! Est!! Est!!! 633 North Liberty Street | Winston-Salem, NC 27101 www.roarws.com | www.roarbrandstheater.com June 22-28, 2022

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WINSTON-SALEM

BULL’S TAVERN

408 West 4th St | 336.331.3431 www.bullswsnc.com Wednesdays: Karaoke

BURKE STREET PUB 1110 Burke St | 336.750.0097 www.burkestreetpub.com

MUDDY CREEK CAFE & MUSIC HALL

CB’S TAVERN

137 West St | 336.201.5182 www.muddycreekcafeandmusichall.com Thursdays: Open Mic Night w/ Country Dan Collins Jul 16: Aaron Burdett, Jess Klean, Abigail Dowd, Tyler Nail Jul 31: Brennen Leigh Aug 12: Catherine Britt & Daniel Champagne

3870 Bethania Station Rd | 336.815.1664 www.facebook.com/cbtavern

EARL’S

121 West 9th Street | 336.448.0018 www.earlsws.com Jun 23: Will Jones Jun 24: Flat Black Cadillac Jun 25: The Hollirockets Jun 30: Will Jones Jul 1: Mighty Fair Lanes Jul 2: Jason Moss & The Hosses Jul 7: Will Jones Jul 8: The Saints Jul 9: Jesse Ray Carter Band Jul 14: Will Jones Jul 15: Time Bandits Jul 16: Michael Cosner & The Fugitives Jul 21: Will Jones Jul 22: Drew Foust Band

[Hank Williams Jr.] 6.24.22 - Greensboro Coliseum Jul 23: Daniel Anderson & Heroic Dose

FIDDLIN’ FISH BREWING COMPANY

772 Trade St | 336.999.8945 www.fiddlinfish.com Jun 24: Kris Atom Jul 8: Chuck Dale Smith Band

FOOTHILLS BREWING 638 W 4th St | 336.777.3348 www.foothillsbrewing.com Sundays: Sunday Jazz Jun 22: Colin Cutler Jun 29: Discount Rothko Jul 6: Hotwax & The Splinters Jul 20: Banjo Earth Jul 27: Carolina Clay

Aug 3: Colin Cutler Aug 10: Discount Rothko Aud 17: Hotwax & The Splinters

MIDWAY MUSIC HALL

11141 Old US Hwy 52, Suite 10 | 336.793.4218 www.facebook.com/midwaymusichallandeventcenter Mondays: Line Dancing w/ Denise Jul 8: Sidekix Jul 9: Sidekix Jul 10: DJ Bill Moore Jul 15: Jimmy Shirley Jr & The 8 Track 45 Band Jul 16: Diamond Edge Jul 22: Zack Brock & Good Intentions Jul 23: Second TIme Around Band Jul 29: Matt Dylan & The Honkytonk Outlaws

THE RAMKAT

170 W 9th St | 336.754.9714 www.theramkat.com Jun 23: Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Richard Boyd & Jeff Shu and Sam Foster Jun 24: Buckcherry, Clay Howard & The Silver Alerts, Old Heavy Hands Jun 29: Dopapod, The Wright Ave Jun 30: Posture, Maia Jul 9: Beth McKee w/ DaShawn Hickman & Jeffrey Dean Foster Jul 15: Cashavelly Morrison Trio, The Pinkerton Raid Duo, Jessie Dunks Jul 16: Pinkest Floyd Jul 22: Los Lobos, David Wax Museum Jul 29: Vagabond Saints’ Society: Duran Duran, Rio Aug 3: Bad Bad Hats, Gully Boys Aug 9: An Evening with Monsieur Periné Aug 10: Shovels and Rope, Kyshona

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207 N Green St | 336.631.3143 www.2ngtavern.com | www.facebook.com/ secondandgreentavern

WINSTON-SALEM FAIRGROUND

421 W 27th St | 336.727.2236 www.wsfairgrounds.com Jun 25: Charlie Wilson Jun 25: Indoor Concert Series Jul 16: Indoor Concert Series

WISE MAN BREWING

826 Angelo Bros Ave | 336.725.0008 www.wisemanbrewing.com Thursdays: Music Bingo Jun 25: Barefoot Modern Jul 9: Zinc Jul 16: Love & Valor

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My boyfriend of two years read my diary and found out that I had expressed feelings for another guy while we were together. I never acted on them (and Amy Alkon I wouldn’t have), and I probably Advice shouldn’t have told Goddess the guy I liked him. But my boyfriend shouldn’t have been reading my diary! He broke up with me, saying he wouldn’t be able to forgive me. Now he wants to come back. What should I do? I don’t feel that I can trust him now. — Disturbed Having regular sex with you does not give another person the right to rake through your diary like it’s the $1 bin at Goodwill. Your boyfriend probably equated your approaching this other guy with an attempt to cheat, but it sounds like it was something different — a sort of preliminary investigation into whether you had any chance with that guy. It turns out that we have a sort of inner auditing department that gets triggered to calculate whether “the one!!!” should maybe be that other one. Accordingly, research by evolutionary psychologists Joshua Duntley and David Buss and their colleagues suggests that we evolved to cultivate romantic understudies — backup mates whom we can quickly slot in as partners if our partner,

say, dies or ditches us or their “mate value” suddenly takes a dive. What else might trigger going for — or at least testing the waters with — a backup mate? Well, though you didn’t have sex with this other guy, it seems instructive to look at why women tend to have affairs. Research by the late psychologist Shirley Glass finds that women view seeking love and emotional intimacy as the most compelling justification for cheating. (Seventy-seven percent of women surveyed saw this as a compelling reason to have an affair, compared with only 43 percent of the men. Men were more likely to see sexual excitement as a compelling justification to stray — with 75 percent of the men, versus 53 percent of the women, giving that reason.) As for whether you should take your boyfriend back, the question is: What was missing that led you to try to trade up, and is it still missing? We’re prone (per what’s called the “sunk cost fallacy”) to want to keep putting time and energy into things we’ve already put time and energy into, but the way to judge whether something’s actually worthwhile is to assess how well it’s likely to pay off in the future. If you feel (and act) more certain about your partner, he is less likely to have mate-guarding impulses triggered (like the temptation to snoop). However, if you do get back together with this guy, privacy rules need to be spelled out — and followed. (Presumably, your daily journal entries start with “Dear Diary,” not “To Whom It May Concern.”)

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psychological “Keep Out!” sign when we encounter things that could infect us, like bodily fluids, spoiled foods, insects, rodents, and dead bodies. Whether disgust is likely to be triggered is actually the perfect guideline for whether some behavior is a no-go in public. As I put it in my science-based manners book, “Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck,” “consider how pathogens are spread from person to person. If whatever behavior you’re contemplating could cause some bit of something — a piece of chewed food or some bodily icky — to go airborne, it’s bathroom behavior.” Explain this to your husband. Ideally, if he has some news to share with your friends, it isn’t something along the lines of “Oh, my bad — a speck of cilantro from last week’s sandwich just hit your light fixture.” !

and he started walking around their house flossing his teeth. I told him this is not okay, but I couldn’t really tell him why. Could you please explain why it’s not appropriate to go around flossing so I can tell him and get him to stop?! — Embarrassed What’s next, margaritas and oral surgery on the deck? Locking doors didn’t get added to bathrooms as some sort of design quirk (like shutters that don’t shut on those aluminum siding “Tudor” houses in suburbia). Most of the behaviors we perform in bathrooms aren’t all that audiencefriendly — which is surely why we don’t see Netflix specials like “Mr. Jones Takes a Poo.” Though that activity, like flossing, has health benefits, the rest of us don’t need to bear witness. In fact, we’re grossed out if we have to — and we seem to have evolved to feel that way. Evolutionary psychologist Joshua M. Tybur, who researches disgust, explains that our capacity for getting grossed out seems to help us avoid disease-causing microorganisms, which could put a crimp in our being able to survive and pass on our genes. Disgust basically acts as a

GOT A PROBLEM? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave., #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email AdviceAmy@ aol.com (www.advicegoddess.com). Follow her on Twitter @amyalkon. Order her latest “science-help” book, Unf*ckology: A Field Guide to Living with Guts and Confidence. ©2022 Amy Alkon. Distributed by Creators.Com.

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