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THE FLAT IRON in downtown Greensboro is under new ownership, with indie-rocker Josh King joining his wife and family at the helm of the venerable Summit Avenue watering hole. King has been around a bar or two, the Greensboro musician is known for his solo work and the group, House of Fools. 8 It’s simply too tempting to pass up: WILL SMITH certainly caused fireworks at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony in March, and this Fourth of July weekend he’ll be back on the big screen providing a different kind of fireworks. 6 Every night in Greensboro, hundreds of HOMELESS individuals have little to no knowledge of where they will sleep for the night. 7 The timing, unfortunately, is perfect for A NORMAL CONVERSATION, an award-winning short film made by filmmaker Gairo Cuevas, a cinematographer and editor for the creative content department at Pixar Animation Studios, the illustrious computer-animation subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, which has made some of the most acclaimed

animated features in history, 8 Earlier this month, just as Congress was about to convene hearings on how former President DONALD TRUMP planned and attempted a coup, another president was proudly announcing that a Trump ally would lead his university’s new law school. 9 Taking several pages out of the Stephen King playbook, writer/producer/ director B. Harrison Smith’s WHERE THE SCARY THINGS ARE boasts a great title (one that recalls Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are) and a twisted, albeit off-kilter take on a familiar concept. 14 On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned its landmark ROE V WADE decision that had protected a woman’s right to abortion for 50 years. Many worry that other constitutional protections related to sex and gender may also be overturned. 20 Heavy Rebel Weekender may be continuing its hiatus, but the WIGGLE ROOM rides with an outdoor music and burlesque showcase, Saturday, July 2, at Single Brothers in Winston-Salem.


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King of The Flat Iron

he Flat Iron in downtown Greensboro is under new ownership, with indierocker Josh King joining his wife and family at the helm of the venerable Summit Avenue watering hole. King has been around a bar or two, the Greensboro musician is known for his solo work and the group, House of Katei Cranford Fools, which have taken him on tours across the country — in spaces big and small. Contributor Lately, he’s been spending time in “The Shed,” a homemade recording studio (and namesake for his 2020 album), and enjoying family life with his wife Abbey and their young daughter. The pair, (who are expecting their second child in August) look forward to growing their brood and enriching the music community. “Abbey and I have always talked about owning a music venue,” King said. “Between the two of us, we figured we had enough experience in the music business and the bar industry to make it work, so it was something we just kind of dreamed about.” Creed for cocktail creAlong for the ride are ations. “We definitely want King’s mom and stepfathe focus to be on the ther, Debbie and Doug music, but we also want to Beamer. “My stepdad, be a place where people Doug, owns Beamer Tire come for a beer after work, and Auto, so we got him or a fancy cocktail before involved to help us with heading over to a show at the business side of things, Tanger Center.” and now here we are,” On the music end, “we King explained. “Honreally want this to be a estly, the timing is super place where musicians chaotic for us, but when want to play,” King conDusty reached out to me tinued. “The space sounds about wanting to sell, we great, our production knew we had to jump at engineer, Jeremy Cherethe opportunity.” skin, is a pro, and we’ll be “We knew this was a providing artists with live now or never thing, so we audio-video and streaming just went for it.” options that they can use Drawing on his experifor their own promotion ences as a musician, King which really sets us apart hopes to bring elements from other venues.” he’s enjoyed in clubs Looking to strike the around the country. “We balance of live perforplayed places on tour Abbey and Josh King mance and streaming and I’d always say ‘man, I possibilities, King hopes wished we had a place like to incorporate elements from digital series like NPR’s this in Greensboro’,” he noted, with particular reference Tiny Desk concerts. “We want to get recognition for the to intimate venues like the Evening Muse in Charlotte or venue, but also for local talent,” he said. “During the covid Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta. shutdown, Abbey and I enjoyed sitting on our patio and lis“Someplace comfortable, welcoming, and music-centening to virtual live-streamed concerts, so we’re definitely tric,” he said, ”with high-quality drinks and a sound that’s toying with the idea of doing some ticketed remote shows really, really good.” On the bar side, they hope to better down the line.” showcase local breweries; and are consulting with Caleb YES! WEEKLY

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As for programming, King wants to reach across a wide variety, “so that there’s a little something for everybody,” he said. “From singer-songwriters, jazz trios, blues guitarists, jam bands, hip hop artists, to full-on rock shows.” Prez will continue his “In the Beat of the Night” Wednesdays, along with specialty shows, including Porcelain Lovecraft on July 13; a Sound Bombing Series with Antion Scales, Verteran Eye, and Drew Shamir on July 21; Taylor Williams on July 26; and Oracle Blue on July 27. The July calendar also features a mix of local and touring acts like Nashville blues guitarist Leilani Kilgore (July 6), Virginia hip-hop from King Gems (July 7), and the Floridian fusion of Electric Kif (July 17). Greensboro’s Alan Peterson will open the month with an ensemble show of friends on July 1. North Carolinian artists Flea Trap and Africa Unplugged will play on July 2. The Mantras pull a double-header (with Ranford Almond on July 7, and Oh No! Casino on July 8). Tea Cup Gin will host a “Bastille Day spectacle extraordinaire” on July 14. Victoria Victoria hops over from WinstonSalem on July 15; as does Tyler Nail on July 21; and Sam Foster (for Chris McGinnis’ Triad album release on July 29). Mike Garrigan (of Collapsis and Athenaeum) is scheduled for July 16, and Katharine Whalen (Squirrel Nut Zippers) will appear on July 28 (with Greensboro songsters Emily Stewart and Laura Jane Vincent). “We’ve already gotten so much support from the community, so that has been really encouraging,” King said, eyeing the road ahead, ”it’s definitely a huge leap of faith for us, but we think we can build something really awesome.” ! KATEI CRANFORD is a Triad music nerd who enjoys spotlighting artists and events.


Still shot taken from Men in Black

Will power: Men in Black back for July 4th weekend It’s simply too tempting to pass up: Will Smith certainly caused fireworks at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony in March, and this Fourth of July weekend he’ll be back on the big screen Mark Burger providing a different kind of fireworks. It’s the 25th anContributor niversary of Men in Black, the sci-fi blockbuster that launched a full-blown film franchise and certainly boosted Smith’s career into the stratosphere. To commemorate Men in Black‘s birthday, Fathom Events and Sony Pictures have joined forces to bring the film back to hundreds of theaters nationwide, including two right here in the Piedmont Triad: The film will be screened at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday; and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday at the Regal Greensboro Grande Stadium 16 (3205 Northline Ave., Greensboro) and the Regal Palladium Stadium 14 (5830 Samet Drive, High Point). Tickets are $13.34 and can be ordered here: https://www.fathomevents. com/. Based on the popular comic series created by Lowell Cunningham and Sandy WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

Carruthers, the film details the covert actions of the titular organization, which has surreptitiously kept tabs on extraterrestrials that have infiltrated human society. Smith plays “J,” the newest recruit, and Tommy Lee Jones plays his veteran partner “K.” In tried-and-true buddy-movie fashion, the two embark on a series of elaborate misadventures to prevent “The Bug” (Vincent D’Onofrio) from igniting an all-out galactic war. Rip Torn, Linda Fiorentino, Tony Shalhoub, Jon Gries, and Carel Struycken co-star in the film, which earned an Oscar for Best Makeup Effects (Rick Baker’s fifth win in the category) and additional nominations for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration and Best Original Score. Men in Black grossed almost $600 million worldwide, so it was no surprise that Smith and Jones would return for Men in Black II (2002) and Men in Black 3 (2012), both of which were big hits, while the 2019 spin-off Men in Black: International didn’t quite fulfill critical or financial expectations. In addition to the film, this special presentation includes an exclusive interview with director Barry Sonnenfeld. The official Fathom Events website is https://www. ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on © 2022, Mark Burger. JUNE 29 - JULY 5, 2022




Nonprofit dreams of creating homes for others Every night in Greensboro, hundreds of homeless individuals have little to no knowledge of where they will sleep for the night. For homeless activist Shatiera Holman and her Naima Said partner, Antione Johnson, also known as Prophet of the Contributor Streets, the actions of local organizations were insufficient in solving a long-standing problem. “I had previously worked at a promotion company where my sister and I worked side-by-side promoting nonviolence work for a nonprofit called Stop the Violence in Warsaw, North Carolina,” Johnson said. “While organizing countless fundraisers and talent showcases, we were fortunate enough to have collected a large amount of extra clothing and extra food that I later passed out to those in need. My husband, who I was dating at the time, encouraged me to pursue something further to end the ongoing homeless cycle in our town.” After leaving Warsaw and moving to Greensboro, where she has been residing for the last two decades, Holman had the idea of starting a foundation to help eliminate the number of individuals without housing on the street. She began to question how to find a long-term solution by outlining her goals of opening a tiny home community. “We started our foundation four years

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ago and specifically focused on temporary relief for those in need, whether that was supplying meals, transportation, or clothing for the variation of seasons,” Holman said. “While many may not know, back in the day, I did some modeling work and was referred to as “Miss Leggs” which fit perfectly for our vision of helping the homeless slowly get back on their feet “one legg at a time.” To effectively achieve their aim of opening a tiny home community, the couple focused on getting the proper credentials and went on to receive their 501(c)(3) in 2021 to establish One Legg at a Time as a nonprofit organization. After registering with the North Carolina Secretary of State, it was time to push the limits of a more permanent objective. “I am disappointed in the work I have seen regarding the homeless. I am disappointed in the work I have seen for a lot of local issues. I was raised in Greensboro and have been exposed to these situations for decades. Why have we not figured out a system to help keep people off the streets and embrace them with the hope that they can reenter society successfully? That is why the tiny home project is so important to us,” Johnson shared. Johnson had previously volunteered at the Gate City Coalition, which was established in 2018 in response to increased gun violence in the city. With the time Johnson spent immersed in his community, his understanding and drive desired further change, and the first step he needed was community knowledge. With the project idea spreading across the city of Greensboro, volunteers have reached out to the couple to contribute

to their cause. “We are so thankful to have volunteers willing to provide haircuts, clothing, cleaning, and actively helping those in need of a job prepare resumes, interviews, and even help them enroll in school,” Johnson said. Although the tiny home project construction has yet to occur, the couple is hopeful that a $120,000 budget will fulfill their needs to create the community they envision, while estimating almost two years for a grand opening. A few locations have been scouted — one being a previous adult alcohol rehab center, however, nothing has been finalized as of yet. The foundation is determined to establish tiny homes in Greensboro with hopes of expansion across the nation, if successful. One Legg at a Time has increased its attempt to raise funds through grant applications and ongoing fundraisers sponsored Gentle yoga specifically sequenced for larger by local businesses that bodies by a teacher also in a larger body. donated products to be auctioned off. One of the companies, David


Oreck Candle Company, donated boxes of candles, including six different scents, to be sold. Proceeds from all the profits made will go directly to the project; an important concept the organization yearns for other nonprofits to follow. “We understand this community is going to take time, work, and money, but it’s a challenge we are willing to take. Seeing people come in and have their own space gives off a feeling of safety and hope. To know that one day a sense of security is possible for the homeless is all we could ask for,” Holman shared. “I have done everything I ever wanted to do in this life, with a beautiful family to share it with and a blessed house I can rest easy in at night, but none of it feels right until everyone can go to bed with that same sense of home.” ! NAIMA SAID is a 23-year-old UNCG theatre graduate and host of Heeere’sNeeNee Horror Movie Podcast.



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Still shot taken from A Normal Conversation

Award-winning Pixar short takes aim at curbing gun violence The timing, unfortunately, is perfect for A Normal Conversation, an award-winning short film made by filmmaker Gairo Cuevas, a cinematographer and editor for the creative content Mark Burger department at Pixar Animation Studios, the illustrious Contributor computer-animation subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, which has made some of the most acclaimed animated features in history, including Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Wall-E (2008), and Up (2009) — all of which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. In total, Pixar’s films have earned 23 Oscars, 11 Grammy Awards, and 10 Golden Globe Awards. A Normal Conversation is, however, a live-action film, one that delves into the ongoing and seemingly escalating spate of school shootings throughout the nation. The film, which was produced in collaboration with Pixar’s Cooperative Film Program, is currently available for viewing here: https://vimeo. com/666055944. The film stars newcomers Sofiarose Mineghino as Emma and Bella Cvengros WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

as Becks, best friends and classmates who are returning home after a memorial service for several friends who were murdered by a fellow classmate. “I wanted to showcase the issue of gun violence through the perspective of two teenagers because school shootings are a massive problem in our society,” explained Cuevas. “Kids deserve a world free of gun violence. And in order to do that, we have to keep pushing for positive solutions to end the deadly gun culture plaguing America.” Last year, The Gun Violence Archive recorded more gun deaths (excluding suicides) than any other year since its founding in 2014, and as current events have shown, they’ve been on the rise. The Cooperative Film Program at Pixar allows its employees the opportunity to produce personal film projects at the studio under the basic premise “If you have a film project you are passionate about and are prepared to work on the project during your unpaid, free time, then Pixar offers resources to make it happen; (the goal is to) give filmmakers the opportunity to expand and grow their creative skills while experiencing what it takes to mount a production.” For more information, visit the official Pixar website: inclusion. ! See MARK BURGER’s reviews of current movies on © 2022, Mark Burger.

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teen will love STEAM Experiences at Mixxer this summer,” expressed Alan Shelton, Founder and Executive Director of Mixxer Community Makerspace. “It’s a great way for your middle or high schooler to stay sharp over the summer while exploring subjects that can help guide them to a career.” All sessions include lunch each day and all supplies are included with tuition. Each camp also includes a portion of the time allotted to discussing career opportunities with career professionals. Mixxer’s mission is to provide equitable access to Tech, Tools, and Community. One of the ways this nonprofit makerspace fulfills its mission is by providing STEAM Experience tuition assistance. Mixxer partners with local human service organizations that serve low-income and marginalized families. Fifty percent of students enrolled in the STEAM experiences will be recruited by our community partners and will receive a significantly reduced tuition rate. Families have the opportunity to send one local teen to summer camp with a donation of $250. The generosity of this community could be life-changing to the youth in our community that are often overlooked and left out. To learn more about STEAM Experiences, programming, and tuition assistance please visit JUNE 29 - JULY 5, 2022






HPU, Mark Martin, and What If?

arlier this month, just as Congress was about to convene hearings on how former President Donald Trump planned and attempted a coup, anJim Longworth other president was proudly announcing that a Trump Longworth ally would lead his at Large university’s new law school. That proud president is High Point University’s Nido Qubein, and his pick to take the reins of a new law school is none other than former State Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin. Qubein’s announcement couldn’t have been more poorly timed, and his choice of Martin couldn’t have been more inappropriate, because Martin was allegedly actively involved in helping Trump overturn a legal election and subvert the Constitution.

Both the Washington Post and New York Times stand by their stories that Martin joined the seditious Trump bandwagon early on, first by co-authoring legal briefs to help five states spread the big lie and seek to overturn the 2020 election, then by allegedly advising Trump himself that Vice President Pence could refuse to certify Biden electors when Congress convened on January 6. The Charlotte Observer spoke with several legal experts who said that Martin’s actions on Trump’s behalf, “undermined faith in the country’s elections, weakened its constitutional democracy, and set the stage for the January 6 mob assault on the Capitol.” And Duke law professor Jim Coleman told the Virginian Pilot, “I think it’s quite damaging to have a former chief justice of the NC Supreme Court being associated with these positions. It calls into question how he (Martin) and perhaps others approach the law — not based on principle, but based on the result you want to achieve politically.” The Virginian Pilot also spoke with

Norm Eisen, an expert on law and ethics at the Brookings Institution, and Eisen’s rebuke of Martin was even more severe. Said Eisen, “All the lawyers who whipped up Trump’s followers into a frenzy based on the completely baseless belief that the election had been stolen, must bear a share of the responsibility for what happened on January 6.” Martin’s defenders say that because of attorney/client privilege, he can’t comment on his involvement with or his advice about Trump’s attempted coup. Hogwash. Every first-year law school student knows that there is a “Crime-Fraud Exception” to privilege, which states that the exception can apply if the client is trying to further a crime, or is in the process of committing a crime. We now know from the Congressional hearings that Trump was fully advised by his own people that his subversive schemes were illegal, yet he continued to pursue a seven-point plan to overturn the election. For Martin to play any role in helping to advance Trump’s plan doesn’t make him a counselor, it makes him an accomplice.

But perhaps the most disturbing thing about Martin’s involvement in advancing the Big Lie, is just how close Trump came to staging a successful coup and doing permanent damage to our democracy. Just imagine what kind of country this would be if Mike Pence had decided to follow Martin’s alleged advice, and reject Biden’s electors on January 6. I shudder to think. HPU’s law school can’t open without first gaining approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and given all we know about Martin’s alleged involvement with Trump’s attempted coup, SACS should hold off on approving Qubein’s new law school until more information is forthcoming. After all, it wouldn’t be appropriate for someone to teach students about laws that he allegedly broke. ! 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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Kids gone bad in Where the Scary Things Are


familiar concept. The film follows a group of teenagers, known as “The Dockers,” who seemingly spend every waking moment trying to film content onto social media. What they’re downloading doesn’t necessarily qualify as wholesome entertainment. They pay homeless drunks to bash away at each other on camera and, in quieter moments, set fire to these same drunks when they’re passed out. The Dockers aren’t mischief-makers, they’re mean teens bordering on sociopaths. The reasons for their (mis)behavior aren’t clearly spelled out. They don’t indulge in drugs or alcohol, and although what we see of their home lives may not be bucolic, it doesn’t necessarily justify their actions. The kids spend most of their ample free time poking around Field of Screams, an abandoned Halloween

theme park (located in Lancaster, PA), and it is there they discover a slimy, inhuman being near a polluted pond. It may well be “Lockjaw,” a local urban legend, but they christen it “Crockamoley” (played by newcomer Steve Haymire). At the urging of Ayla (Selina Flanscha), the only female Docker and essentially the ringleader, they chain Crockamoley to the wall and take turns filming while they torture and beat it. Their discovery of the creature coincides perfectly with their latest school assignment, which is to create their own urban legend. The footage they submit impresses their teacher, Mr. Lewis (Paul Cottman), but when some viewers deride it as being phony, they see no alternative but to up the ante. This, naturally, does not bode well for those they dislike or, indeed, themselves. There’s an old adage about playing with fire, and it most certainly comes to pass. Crockamoley may be the film’s resident monster, but in a sense, the Dockers are the real monsters. They’re the inhuman ones. A few of them, particularly Max (Asher Ruppert) and Snack (Peter Cote), exhibit pangs of guilt, but not enough to engender much sympathy. There really isn’t anyone to root for. There are only varying degrees of enmity toward each character. In many ways, Where the Scary Things Are is a textbook example of an “interesting failure.” It’s interesting the different spin Smith brings to the proceedings, yet it fails in developing that spin to a more effective degree. Nor does his



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aking several pages out of the Stephen King playbook, writer/ producer/director B. Harrison Smith’s Where the Scary Things Are boasts a great title (one that recalls Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are) and a twisted, albeit off-kilter take on a


screenplay provide much depth or motivation for its characters, and this throws the narrative off-balance. Yet there’s more than enough to make Where the Scary Things Are find favor among genre fans. John Alvarese’s score and editor/producer Matt Neese’s cinematography are both effective, and the production design — by first-timer Charles Michael Stackhouse — is impressive. The special effects are appropriately gooey and grisly. Technically, the film’s fine. The actors may be constrained by the narrow confines of their roles yet still bring conviction to their roles, with Cottman particularly good as the clueless Mr. Lewis. As the coldly tempestuous Ayla, Flanscha contributes a memorably wicked portrayal — one that will have audiences eagerly awaiting her character’s fate. By the time she realizes that she and the others have gone too far, well … you know the rest of the story. — Where the Scary Things Are is available On Digital, On Demand, and on DVD ($19.98) from LionsGate. !

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If getting a sound night’s sleep is your aim, this “zero-star hotel” is not for you. Instead, the art installation in the village of Saillon, Switzerland, is meant to provoke deep Chuck Shepherd thought about the state of our world. Brothers Frank and Patrik Riklin created a platform next to a gas station, upon which sit a bed and two bedside tables and lamps. There are no walls, ceiling or doors, and cars streak by on the road just feet away, Reuters reported. “In a nutshell, now is not the time to sleep, we have to react,” Patrik said. “If we continue in the same direction we are today, there might be more anti-idyllic places than idyllic.” The price for the no-sleep night: $337.


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He’s the perfect husband: “Married life with him is wonderful. He doesn’t fight with me. He doesn’t argue and he just understands me.” “He” is Marcelo, a rag doll that was made for Meirivone Rocha Moraes, 37, by her mother after she complained about being single, the Daily Mail reported. And to pile on to the Brazilian woman’s joy, just months later, she found herself delivering Marcelo’s rag baby! (“It’s true, Marcelo got me pregnant. He didn’t use a condom.”) Not wanting to have a child out of wedlock, Marcelo and Meirivone were joined in holy matrimony before 250 guests and spent their honeymoon week in Rio de Janeiro, then returned to await the arrival of Marcelinho — an event that was livestreamed on May 21. She says the birth, attended by a nurse and doctor, was pain-free. “He was here in 35 minutes.”

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Since 2013, when he was only 13 years old, Le’Genius Williams, now 22, of St. Petersburg, Florida, has spent a whole lotta time in the criminal justice system, The Smoking Gun reported. After release from prison in 2020, he was arrested in 2021 and released on $12,000 bond in February. But his latest run-in with law enforcement was on June 13, when he allegedly struck his girlfriend in the face with a handgun, then drove off in a truck with another man. When police caught up with him, they found loaded firearms, cocaine and fentanyl in the vehicle. Le’Genius, once again not living up to his name, was held on $77,000 bond, and his earlier bond was revoked.


When 35-year-old Gloria Harpel was confronted by police in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, on June 16, she was walking down the street wearing no clothing from the waist down, North Penn Now reported. Initially, Harpel told officers that she had thrown her pants down the storm drain, but later she said that snakes had eaten them. When taken into custody at 2:30 p.m., Harpel was making “nonsensical outbursts” and was sweating profusely; she was held at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, where she presumably was issued a pair of trousers.




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When a customer at a Carl’s Jr. location in Skiatook, Oklahoma, near Tulsa, sat down on June 20 to eat his burger, he discovered something extra in the bag: a baggie with a “crystalline substance,” Inside Edition reported. The manager replaced the man’s meal and called police, who field-tested the substance and found it was methamphetamine. Officers arrested Bryce Francis, an employee of the restaurant, who was allegedly dealing drugs from the drive-thru window and told police he had put the packet in the wrong bag. He was held at the Osage County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. There’s a baby boom coming to the NICU and Labor and Delivery department


of St. Luke’s East Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, Fox News reported on June 22 — and it’s an inside job. Thirteen neonatal nurses are pregnant, and one gave birth on June 3. “About every two weeks, someone else would announce, ‘I’m pregnant,’” said Caitlin Hall, the new mother. The due dates are spread out through December. “To be able to experience this all together has been such a relief but also really exciting,” said Ellie Kongs, one of the nurses.

Amazon announced at its Re:Mars event on June 22 that its virtual assistant Alexa will soon be able to mimic the voices of specific people — even dead people, the Associated Press reported. Rohit Prasad, senior vice president and head scientist for Alexa, said the feature would help build trust in Alexa, which has become “even more important during the ongoing pandemic, when so many of us have lost ones that we love. While AI can’t eliminate the pain of that loss, it can definitely make their memories last.” Just a minute, I have to ask HAL what he thinks. !


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Preserving Montagnard culture in the Triad through the arts

We want to raise the awareness not only of our community, but within our community,” said Liana Adrong, Executive Director of the GreensboroIan McDowell based Montagnard Dega Association, or MDA. Adrong Contributor particularly enjoys working with the MDA’s youth branch, the Montagnard American Organization, to teach children and teenagers in the local Montagnard community about their culture. The MDA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit formed in 1987 by the first Montagnard elders to arrive in North Carolina, is recognized by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as a refugee-services provider. “Cultural preservation is so important to us. It’s how we communicate with our parents and grandparents. And that can be through different things, such as language, music or dances, art or food.” Montagnard is a French term for the indigenous peoples of the Vietnamese Highlands. Used as a common name for

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linguistically and ethnically different tribes, it means “Mountain People.” Dega, a word from the language of the Rade tribe, serves a similar umbrella function to denote a variety of indigenous groups. In the 1960s, the highlands tribes became known for their fierce opposition to the North Vietnamese government and their bravery fighting alongside U.S. Special Forces. With North Vietnam’s 1975 victory over the U.S.-backed South, they became increasingly subject to persecution, imprisonment, and death in the newly united country. Many fled to Cambodia, only to face more persecution. In 1985, the first Montagnard refugees entered the U.S., with a second wave in 1992. With the assistance of Lutheran Family Services and Catholic Social Services, the majority of the approximately 3,000 Montagnard refugees who made it to the U.S. were resettled in Greensboro, Raleigh, and Charlotte. Adrong is one of three women associated with the Montagnard Dega Association who spoke to YES! Weekly about preserving their culture in America. The others are Sel Mpang, who teaches traditional dance to children and teenagers; and Sachi Dely, a painter who works as a teaching artist at the Creative Aging Network-NC. “There are going to be five classes,” said Adrong. “Two traditional dance classes, one from fifth to eighth grade,

Montagnard women dancing and the other from high school to college students. We have rented a studio at the Cultural Arts Center and will have a class every Saturday morning over there, beginning the last Saturday of August.” There will also be classes on the music of three different tribes: the Rade, the Bunong, and the Jarai. The Rade are from Vietnam’s southern highlands, the Jarai are from the Vietnamese central highlands and Cambodia, and the Bunong, also known as the Phnong, are the largest indigenous group of the Cambodian highlands. Each tribal group has its own traditions, techniques, and instruments. “The Bunong class is going to be in Raleigh because he is an older gentleman, and we didn’t want him to have to drive back and forth, and there’s a need over there, too. Depending on how many people will be in the Rade gong class, we will either hold it here in our headquarters or at the Creative Aging Network. The Jarai class will have at least 20 people, but that will be in Raleigh at the instructor’s home.” Adrong is in her late 30s and has children, while Mpang and Dely are over a decade younger and do not. All three women stressed the importance of preserving cultural heritage. “We see a lot of disconnect between us and our parents,” said Adrong. “Our parents mostly don’t speak English and we mostly don’t speak their language. These

If we don’t raise this awareness, our kids are going to be struggling wit an identity crisis. programs allow us to interact with our elders in our community, and with our own children. If we don’t raise this awareness, our kids are going to be struggling with an identity crisis. That’s what we face, being born in America but not being accepted as 100% American. Just learning about our history helps us to know ourselves.” She said that many Montagnard parents don’t have an opportunity to teach that to their kids. “They were too busy making sure we had houses and food. That’s why it’s so important for us to talk to our parents and grandparents and ask why did we come to the U.S., and what brought us here? We came through the war, but everybody has their own unique story, in every family.” Adrong put me in touch with Sel Mpang, who arrived in Greensboro with the second wave of Montagnard refugees in 2002, “when I was about five or six.” Besides teaching traditional dance in Greensboro, Mpang recently started work-


Young girls showcase traditional dance moves ing for North Carolina Asian Americans Together in Raleigh. “I’ve been dancing for a very long time with my mother, but this is one of the first chances I’ve had to teach. I always used to join the older groups, because they didn’t really have one for the younger people. So, it’s really nice to give the younger people the chance to have their own separate group and their own community.” Her students are a small but diverse group. “They’re not all Montagnard girls, so it’s really sharing culture and learning about it through dance. One who recently joined us is Black, but with a Hawaiian grandmother. Another is a young girl whose mother is Montagnard, but whose father is American, and there are two girls from different Montagnard tribes. I’m hoping that, as they grow into young women, they don’t lose themselves in a world that confines them to one standard of what it means to be a young person. I really value my time with them.” Mpang said that she herself never felt as culturally adrift as many young people do in her community. “My parents had always spoken our language, and kept our culture in our household, whereas most of my friends’ parents had to assimilate to the American culture, and as a tactic to survive, you had to be closest to an American and speak their language.” She described her dance instruction as combing traditional movement with modern technique. “Because I’ve also been trained in Western dancing, I’ve added some techniques and disciplines from that, like how to count, how to stay on beat, bringing these technicalities into a more traditional art. I think it’s a beautiful blend of both.” She is also getting her father involved, both via a tutorial in traditional basket WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM

Painting by Sachi Dely

Sachi Dely dancing weaving at the Creative Aging Network. “My dad and I are also working on a YouTube cooking show. My adjusting to my new job in another city has put that on the backburner, but we are compiling and stacking content. We need to be careful, and build awareness that this is our culture, these are our recipes, so people don’t just take that and leave us out of it. We share it, but at the end of the day, you have to respect where it’s coming from.” Artist Sachi Dely, who arrived here at the age of four, is 23. She went to elementary, middle, and high school in Greensboro, and studied art at Guilford College. “The first exhibition I did was when I was a junior there, but I didn’t start making money from my art until a year after I graduated. I have a studio at the Creative Aging Network and work there as a teaching artist. I’ve never worked with an older population before, but now I teach at retirement homes, and it’s very rewarding.”

Painting by Sachi Dely Dely said that she has always used art for things she wasn’t sure how to put into words. “It had to do with my culture and trying to figure out my identity. I was confused about what it meant to be Montagnard, both to me and my community.” For Dely, finding that identity meant cultural expansion as well as preservation. “And so, I felt inspired to paint something kind of non-traditional, to see what I could come up with, and it worked out. A lot of people seemed to like it, and that’s how I became a painter. I think each approach this different. Sel does dance and we have people who cook and people who do clothing. That’s our way of trying to preserve what we have and make it more than what it is.” As Mpang does with dance, Dely incorporates tradition with new techniques. “A culture can be reinvented without

forgetting its heritage. There are traditions we’ve had for centuries that can’t really be practiced in the modern world. For example, in some tribes — and remember, each tribe is different — where, when a couple gets married, the man has to give a certain number of animals, and then he has to kill one of the animals for the bride. So, there’s some stuff that’s traditional but not practical. But there are other things that can be kept and passed on, such as our arts. One is basket weaving, another is story-telling. And storytelling is a good example of reinvention. Now we make stories into books because story-telling books are not something we had before. So, we’re preserving the culture, but also making it grow.” ! 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. JUNE 29 - JULY 5, 2022




After Roe reversal, what next? On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned its landmark Roe v Wade decision that had protected a woman’s right to abortion for 50 years. Many worry that other constitutional protections Ian McDowell related to sex and gender may also be overturned. Contributor “If you take the majority at its word,” said UNC professor Mary-Rose Papandrea to YES! Weekly, “it says that the decision has nothing to do with same-sex marriage or contraception.” But Papandrea, who clerked for Supreme Court Justice David Souter before she was appointed Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law at the UNC School of Law, expressed skepticism about that statement in the 213-page ruling by the court’s conservative majority. “I’m not sure we can really trust them on that. Their rationale for the abortion decision, with its reliance on ‘history and tradition,’ would subject protections for same-sex marriage and contraception to constitutional attack.” In its current session, which ends October 2, the Supreme Court considered Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which challenged a Republican-backed Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks. On Friday, the court not only upheld that ban but ended any constitutional right to abortion. Justices Samuel Alito, Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Clarence Thomas voted to overturn Roe. Alito, who wrote the draft opinion that circulated in May, called the 1972 ruling, “egregiously wrong and deeply damaging.” Chief Justice John Roberts voted to uphold the Mississippi ban but urged the court to preserve Roe. “Surely we should adhere closely to principles of judicial restraint here,” wrote Roberts, “where the broader path the Court chooses entails repudiating a constitutional right we have not only previously recognized, but also expressly reaffirmed applying the doctrine of stare decisis.” Stare decisis, Latin for “to stand by things decided,” is the doctrine that courts should follow precedents set by previous cases. Kavanaugh, who voted to both support the Mississippi ban and overturn Roe, wrote in his concurring opinion that the YES! WEEKLY

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Justice Thomas “constitutional right to interstate travel” should prevent states that ban abortion from blocking people from traveling to ones in which it remains legal. When talking to YES! Weekly, Papandrea cited Kavanaugh’s statement the court’s conservative majority has not banned abortion but questioned how long it can remain legal. “I do think that anti-abortion activists are not satisfied. This is just the beginning, and if anything, they will be galvanized into continuing their fight until there are no legal abortions in the United States.” Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan voted to uphold Roe. In their dissenting opinion, they warned that overturning it would threaten other high court decisions in favor of gay rights and contraception. The majority ruling, “eliminates a 50-year-old constitutional right that safeguards women’s freedom and equal station,” wrote the three dissenting justices. “It breaches a core rule-of-law principle, designed to promote constancy in the law. In doing all of that, it places in jeopardy other rights, from contraception to samesex intimacy and marriage. And finally, it undermines the Court’s legitimacy.” Associate Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett were nominated by Donald Trump. Associate Justices Sotomayor and Kagan were nominated by Barack Obama, Associate Justice Alito by George W. Bush, Associate Justice Breyer by Bill Clinton, and Chief Justice Roberts and Associate Justice Thomas by George. H. W. Bush. In January, the 83-year-old Breyer announced his retirement at the end of the current term, making the 73-year-old Thomas and the 72-year-old Alito the oldest currently-serving justices. Bidennominee Ketanji Brown Jackson will

Saturday’s Protest succeed Breyer in October. In a concurrent opinion released on Friday, Clarence Thomas wrote that the justices “should reconsider” a variety of due process precedents, “including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell.” These, like Roe, were landmark cases. In 1965’s Griswold v. Connecticut, the Court ruled that the Constitution protects the liberty of married couples to buy and use contraceptives without government restriction. In 2003’s Lawrence v. Texas, the court ruled laws against sodomy unconstitutional. In 2015’s Obergefell v. Hodges, the Court ruled that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples. Thomas and Alito dissented on Obergefell and Thomas dissented on Lawrence. “We have a duty to ‘correct the error’ established in those precedents,” wrote Thomas in his concurrence. “After overruling these demonstrably erroneous decisions, the question would remain whether other constitutional provisions guarantee the myriad rights that our substantive due process cases have generated.”

In his 2015 dissent on Obergefell, Thomas wrote, “the Court has created a problem that only it can fix. Until then, Obergefell will continue to have ruinous consequences for religious liberty.’” “Justice Thomas is pulling no punches with his concurrence,” wrote Papandrea in an email. “The majority goes out of its way to say the decision is about abortion only. Justice Thomas not only disputes that but questions all substantive due process.” Substantive due process is the principle that allows courts to establish and protect certain fundamental rights from government interference, even if the rights are not specifically mentioned in the U.S. Constitution. “For him, it’s not a matter of whether history and tradition support the recognition of a fundamental liberty. Instead, the due process clause protects process only; the only substantive rights the Constitution protects are the ones expressly set forth in the other amendments.” Papandrea said she could only speculate on whether North Carolina legislators


would go after targets suggested by Thomas, such as contraception or same-sex marriage. “I imagine they will focus on abortion first, given that there are no laws on the books that dramatically restrict the right. I’m not sure that North Carolina would be the leader in trying to ban same-sex marriage or access to contraception. At the moment, those things are still protected by Supreme Court precedent.” Friday’s Supreme Court ruling was greeted with jubilation by conservatives across the nation. Former President Donald Trump called it “the biggest WIN for LIFE in a generation” and characteristically, gave himself the credit, stating that the ruling was “only made possible because I delivered everything as promised.” At a rally with Trump on Saturday, Republican Rep. Mary Miller of Illinois called the ruling a “historic victory for White life in the Supreme Court.” Her campaign quickly issued a statement that she meant to call it “a historic victory for right to life by the Supreme Court.” North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson released a statement on Friday that he was “overjoyed” with the decision, but described it as “cause for work, not celebration.” Robinson’s statement called it “unacceptable” that, in North Carolina, “abortion is legal for any reason up to 20 weeks of pregnancy,” and concluded by declaring “our duty to carefully craft legislation that will safeguard the life and health of all our citizens, born and unborn.” Governor Roy Cooper expressed the opposite sentiment in a press release the same day. “For 50 years, women have relied on their constitutional right to make their own medical decisions, but today that right has been tragically ripped away. That means it’s now up to the states to determine whether women get reproductive health care, and in North Carolina, they still can. I will continue to trust women to make their own medical decisions as we fight to keep politicians out of the doctor’s exam room.” Rallies in protest of the court’s decision were held this weekend in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, as well as across the Piedmont, state, and nation. One person who took part was writer, educator, and activist Brandi Lynnell Collins-Calhoun. At a May protest in response to the leaked Alito draft, Collin-Calhoun told the crowd “We had a rally three years ago in Greensboro and we told y’all this would happen.” On Sunday night, Collins-Calhoun sent YES! Weekly the following statement: We never wanted rights, we wanted bodily autonomy. The state should never have a say in what we do or don’t do with our bodies, but now that we are here it is essential that people shift their anger and approach to something far more transformative and radical. What we are witnessing is the result of decades of efforts being grounded in reproductive rights. However, now is the time for folks to be grounded in the reproductive justice framework and divest from the blueprints that white feminists created. Restricted and exclusive access has been the reality for marginalized people since Roe was implemented, this moment is a reminder that we’ve always deserved more than Roe and we won’t settle for anything less than true bodily autonomy. ! 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. WWW.YESWEEKLY.COM



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BARTENDER: Berit Nilsen BAR: Steel Hands Brewing, Greensboro AGE: 22 WHERE ARE YOU FROM? Greensboro HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BARTENDING? Since the day I turned 21. HOW DID YOU BECOME A BARTENDER? I worked in a restaurant that gave everyone the opportunity to learn how to bartend and I took advantage of the opportunity. WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT BARTENDING? I really enjoy mixology. You can make a drink taste like just about anything with the right ingredients and measurements. I also enjoy seeing people’s reactions when they enjoy a drink I’ve made for them and the conversations that come from it. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DRINK TO MAKE? All of them really, but it’s extra fun for me when I can use garnish’s to upgrade the appearance of a drink. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DRINK TO DRINK? At Steel Hands it has the be the Juicy-Hazy IPA. It’s one of my favorite beers of all time. When it comes to liquor, Jalapeño margaritas.

WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND AS AN AFTER-DINNER DRINK? My family is from Norway and it’s tradition there to drink a cup of coffee after dinner so I’ll have to go with an Irish coffee. WHAT’S THE CRAZIEST THING YOU’VE SEEN WHILE BARTENDING? I’ve seen some pretty interesting things, but to keep it PG, a few months ago I was bartending and a group of people came in dressed like stuffed animals and were completely serious. It was so strange. WHAT’S THE BEST TIP YOU’VE EVER GOTTEN? $200

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The Wiggle Room returns to downtown Winston-Salem


eavy Rebel Weekender may be continuing its hiatus, but the Wiggle Room rides with an outdoor music and burlesque showcase, Saturday, Katei Cranford July 2, at Single Brothers in WinstonSalem. Contributor Featuring a showcase of burlesque, a rockabilly band, and an open invite for vintage cars, the officially unofficial Heavy Rebel spin-off — or placeholder — encourages a block party vibe to support artists and businesses while shaking things up for the audience. The Wiggle Room has been a constant component of Heavy Rebel, the annual celebration of Krispy-Kreme guzzlin’, PBR-drinkin’, music, and hootenanny that Winstoners have reveled in and hollered around over Independence Day weekend since its inception in 2000. “We just wanted to add a little ‘bookmark’ in the weekend, a placeholder in these uncertain times, and give people a chance to cut loose the way we only do,” said Wiggle Room producer and host Selia d’Katzmeow. While riding out a pandemic hiatus, d’Katzmeow hopes to bring a taste (and tease) she’s enjoyed over the past 22 years. “In 2020, we pulled off an onlineonly version of HRW,” she explained. “The goal was to provide some much-needed live entertainment and relief by way of art. In 2021, HRW was presented as ‘The Downtown Getdown,’ condensed into a single day with all outdoor activities.”


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For 2022, the Wiggle Room is the central focus, with Greensboro rockabilly wizards, the Tremors, opening the evening. For ringleader Jimmy Tremor, it’s a pleasure he relishes with gratitude. “We’re just really happy they put the show together and we’re excited about getting to play music in Winston-Salem on the 4th of July weekend like we have for most of the last 20 years,” he said. “The Heavy Rebel Weekender was the showcase for the North Carolina rock’n’roll scene, and this show is kind of helping to keep the spirit alive.” For d’Katzmeow, “a clear message that I want to send is that this small event is for the fans of HRW: the music, the community, the art, and our downtown,” she said, praising the community support bestowed by Single Brothers and nearby businesses — support she looks to reciprocate. “We’re hoping to loop in and promote all the bars and small businesses right on that block so they can benefit from what extra foot traffic may be around that day,” she noted. “There’s the delicious cocktail menu offered by Single Brothers, the dive bar dynamic of Silver Moon Saloon across the street, local breweries like Hoots Satellite and Foothills up the block; and Broad Brand Distillery up the road.” Foodwise, “we suggest the local yums including Cheesecakes by Alex, 6th and Vine, Mission Pizza, Mojito Latin Soul Food, and Sweet Potatoes.” With the return of the Wiggle Room, d’Katzmeow is also excited for the revival of other Winston-Salem staples like the upcoming resurrection of Finnigan’s Wake and the Camel City Playhouse bringing events back to the old Garage building. “We’re holding our breath and crossing our fingers about Finnigan’s,” she said,


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hinting at hopes of their possible involvement this year. “They’ve been longtime supporters of the Wiggle Room, and the performers are super excited to see it reopening soon.” And while the Wiggle Room’s pageant competition will remain reserved for another year, previous winners like Phoebe Nyx are among a performer roster that features a lineup of artistry and inclusion across a spectrum of genders and body types. “Routines will range from classic burlesque to neo-burlesque,” d’Katzmeow

explained. “We hold space for inclusivity and diversity, audiences will be captivated with the performances and also see true representations of bodies.” Joining Nyx in the schedule are Sgt Die Wiess, Ophelia Pop Tart, May Hemmer, Boom Boom Bathory, Cherry von Bomb, Darla Cherry, Persephone5000, Mona Loverly, Dahlia Vee, and Memphis Muerte. Joining the performers, a group of “stage kittens” will help keep the show running smoothly. Asha, Dorian d Pizan, Noir Leesi, and Dahlia Moon offer a routine

of their own — showcasing the art of transitioning between performers. ”We couldn’t have a show without their help,” d’Katzmeow said, praising their talents around “communication, placement, and stage etiquette.” Beyond the Wiggle Room, her performance troupe, Haus d’Katzmeow, will host a burlesque show at the Camel City Playhouse on August 27. “I hope to begin having burlesque workshops and classes in the near future,” she explained, with plans to “focus on burlesque history,

confidence, empowerment, healing from trauma, body-affirming, and acceptance.” As for a Heavy Rebel return in 2023, “I’m crossing fingers,” she said with a smile. But for 2022, folks can shimmy down to the Wiggle Room on July 2 at Single Brothers in Winston-Salem. Admission is free but tips for performers are highly encouraged. !


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218 South Fayetteville St. | 336.610.3722 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



2700 E Independence Blvd | 704.372.3600 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

CMCU AMPHITHEATRE former Uptown Amphitheatre 820 Hamilton St | 704.549.5555 Jul 3: Five Seconds of Summer Jul 8: Whiskey Myers Jul 16: Big Time Rush


1000 NC Music Factory Blvd | 704.916.8970 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


333 E Trade St | 704.688.9000 Jul 12: New Kids On The Block

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


BARN DINNER THEATRE 120 Stage Coach Tr. | 336.292.2211 Jul 8-Aug 6: Soul Sistas


309 W Morgan St | 919.560.3030 Jul 16: Nimesh Patel

536 Farragut St | 336.808.5837 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





123 Vivian St | 919.680.2787 Jul 6: Celeste Barber Jul 19: Steely Dan



129 W Main St | 336.258.8240 Fourth Thursdays: Old-Time Jam Jul 2: EmiSunshine Jul 7: TMBS - Ben de la Cour, Angela Easterling, Jodi Burns

310 S. Greene Street | 336.333.2605 Jul 1: Demeanor Jul 8: Bob Margolin Jul 15: Chad Eby and Ariel Pocock Jul 22: Ranford Almond


1126 S Holden Rd | 336.333.1034 Jul 8-10: Preacher Lawson Jul 12: Pauly Shore Jul 15-16: Thea Vidale


221 Summit Ave | 336.501.3967 Jul 14: Tea Cup Gin Jul 17: Electric Kif


5105 Michaux Rd | 336.282.0950 Jul 3: Radio Revolver

SOUTH END BREWING CO. 117B W Lewis St | 336.285.6406 Tuesdays: Trivia Night Jul 1: July First Friday Jul 15: Decades

STEVEN TANGER CENTER 300 N Elm Street | 336.333.6500 Jul 5: The Masked Singer Jul 7: Vince Gill Jul 9: Unity Jul 22: Eddie B.



1614 N Main St | 336.883.4113 Jul 9: High Octane


220 E Commerce Ave | 336.883.3401 Jul 9: First Lady



118 E Main St | 336.207.1999 Jun 30: Micah Aueler Jul 1: Room42 Jul 2: 4th Bash w/ Hampton Drive Jul 7: Bradley Steele Jul 8: Stereo Doll Jul 9: Soul Central Jul 10: Southern Sounds Band Jul 14: Kelsey Hurley Jul 15: The Plaids Jul 16: Carolina Ambush Jul 21: Micah Auler


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221 N Main St. | 336.497.4822 Wednesdays: Karaoke Fridays: DJ Jul 2: Unhinged


Jul 7: Gypsy Soul Jul 9: Smashat Jul 16: Ross Copley & Wade Ingram


CCU Music Park at Walnut Creek

3801 Rock Quarry Rd | 919.821.4111 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

Lincoln Theatre

126 E. Cabarrus St | 919.831.6400 Jul 1: Drag Show! Hosted by: Naomi Dix Jul 2: Summer In Tha Carolinas Jul 8: Mustache The Band: 90’s Country Party band Jul 10: Jason Adamo and Doug Casteen Jul 15: The Stews w/ Harvey Street Company/ Late Notice Jul 16: Litz & Sexbruise? w/ Cosmic Superheroes Jul 22: ARMNHMR

Red Hat Amphitheater 500 S McDowell St | 919.996.8800 Jul 9: Whiskey Myers Jul 15: Big Time Rush w/ Dixie D’Amelio Jul 16: Barenaked Ladies Jul 17: CHEER

PNC Arena

1400 Edwards Mill Rd | 919.861.2300 Jul 22: New Kids On The Block Jul 23: Shawn Mendes w/ Dermot Kennedy


Bull’s Tavern

408 West 4th St | 336.331.3431 Wednesdays: Karaoke


121 West 9th Street | 336.448.0018 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

Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Company

772 Trade St | 336.999.8945 Jul 8: Chuck Dale Smith Band

Foothills Brewing 638 W 4th St | 336.777.3348 Sundays: Sunday Jazz Jun 29: Discount Rothko Jul 6: Hotwax & The Splinters Jul 20: Banjo Earth

Midway Music Hall

11141 Old US Hwy 52, Suite 10 | 336.793.4218 Mondays: Line Dancing 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

Muddy Creek Cafe & Music Hall

137 West St | 336.201.5182 Thursdays: Open Mic Night w/ Country Dan Collins Jul 16: Aaron Burdett, Jess Klean, Abigail Dowd, Tyler Nail

The Ramkat

170 W 9th St | 336.754.9714 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

Winston-Salem Fairground

421 W 27th St | 336.727.2236 Jul 16: Mother’s Finest w/ Shoot to Thrill & Wafer Thin

Wise Man Brewing

826 Angelo Bros Ave | 336.725.0008 Thursdays: Music Bingo Jul 2: Pure Fiyah Reggae Band Jul 9: Zinc Jul 16: Love & Valor


Come experience A roaring 20’s evening with a dinner and a show featuring a night of Prohibition style cocktails and dancing. With incredible performers. Such as music from 1918 Traditional Jazz Band playing from 5-7pm and a Cocktail hour 5-6pm. Unlimited Gatsby inspired buffet will start at 6:30pm. Karon Click and the Hot Licks will take the stage and close the evening down from 7:30pm to 9pm. Be sure to come dressed to impress in your best Flapper, Gangster, or Gatsby attire. Everyone is ensured an incredible evening and the best dressed couple will win a $200 Roar Gift Card!

LIVE MUSIC AT ROAR Thursday 6/30

Siren Series | 6pm | Fords Food Hall Daniel Snipes | 6:30pm | Est! Est!! Est!!!

Friday 7/1

PhilRay | 5pm | The Mayfair Club DJ Fish | 8pm | The Mayfair Club Camel City Blues | 6pm | Fords Food Hall DJ Professor | 10pm | Fords Food Hall

Saturday 7/2

Carolina Pines | 4:30pm | The Mayfair Club DJ Fish | 8pm | The Mayfair Club The Rockers | 6pm | Fords Food Hall DJ Richy B | 10pm | Fords Food Hall

Sunday 7/3

Santo Chessari “Neil Diamond Guy” | 12pm | Est! Est!! Est!!! 633 North Liberty Street | Winston-Salem, NC 27101 | JUNE 29 - July 5, 2022



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I’m doing some work on my landlady’s house. She just CANNOT figure out what color to paint it. Now, when a man paints his house, he goes to Home Amy Alkon Depot, grabs a few cans of paint, and Advice starts right in. Simple. Goddess Git ‘er done. Not so with a woman. She’ll agonize endlessly over a bunch of paint chips. She’ll finally make a decision, but even then, it’s subject to change without notice. So, my question: Has anyone analyzed this phenomenon and found a connection with, you know, a woman’s “time of the month”? — Handydude Some people are just irritating. It doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with their ovaries. Women’s house paint preferences, sadly, have not been a prolific area of scientific

study. However, there was a bunch of research suggesting that women’s mate preferences shift with their hormone levels during the menstrual cycle — for example, findings that women went for more masculine faces in the fertile phase of their cycle. But there was a problem. These studies had too-small sample sizes and other methodological shortcomings, which can lead to false positives. When psychologist Benedict Jones and his colleagues ran a big long-term study to check these findings — using more rigorous methodology — they found “no compelling evidence that preferences for facial masculinity track changes in women’s hormonal status.” However, there do seem to be sex differences in decision-making. These differences emerge before the menstruation years, note neurobiologist Ruud van den Bos and his colleagues (referencing others’ research on 7-to-9-year-old children). Their own research finds that men and women show “small but consistent differences in decision-making” that appear related to sex differences in the brain — in information-processing and emotion regulation. Women appear to be “more sensitive” to potential losses (effects of bad choices)

— which, in turn, might make an individual woman more hesitant to settle on a choice. (No choose, no lose!) The truth is, there are times when we all have difficulty making a choice. Psychologist Barry Schwartz explains that we (men and women) are driven to protect ourselves from regret — the pain of blaming ourselves for making the wrong choice. Fear of regret makes choosing especially challenging when we have a bunch of options without meaningful differences — like eight slightly different shades of off-white house paint: “’Creme Fraiche’? ‘Coastal Ivory’? Maybe ‘Breezy Linen’?...” As for your observation about the chop-chop way men choose a paint color, consider that maybe the average dude — one who isn’t an architect, a decorator, or a design connoisseur — might not be so picky about the color of his house. If you want to help your landlady, get some techie friend of yours to Photoshop each color onto the house so the final result is less abstract. Suggest she invite friends over for cocktails to help her choose. This isn’t just a social occasion; it’s a regret-minimization tactic — allowing her to disperse the blame for any grim post-painting epiphanies, such as

“Ugh. ‘Tuscan Yellow’ — or, as we call it in the States, ‘3-Day-Old Urine Sample.’”


I’m not a very hairy guy — except in the armpit area. I’ve seen articles recently saying men should shave their armpit hair. Really? Do women go for this, or (sorry!) do they maybe think you’re gay? — Fur Pits Your body hair should not tell a story — like that Fidel Castro and Osama bin Laden actually aren’t dead; they’re hiding out in your armpits. Body hair removal for men has actually gone pretty mainstream. Psychologist Gareth Terry, in a 2016 paper exploring attitudes about male body hair removal, found that gay, straight, and bisexual men and women saw male body hair as masculine and “natural” a point — the point at which they found it “excessive” and thus disgusting. For example, as one bisexual dude, 24, put it: “If you have a rug on your torso or back, then try not to display it in public.” In the armpit hair arena, when psychologist Michael S. Boroughs surveyed 18-to-44-year-old American men, he found

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that 40 percent did some manscaping. Of these men, 62 percent just “reduced” the hair, and 38 percent removed it. (He didn’t separate out sexual preference, but I would guess a good chunk of those balding their pits were gay men.) Sure, some women might be into the Mr. Gorilla Pits thing. But trimmed hair grows back. Disgust is hard to reverse. So grab an electric beard clipper. Prune the hair down to an inch or half-inch or so (making it look short and neat but not like you went to some armpit coiffure place). As a guideline, there’s this: If you’re taking a woman to a forested area, it should require a trip by car or at least on foot, not just lifting one of your arms. ! GOT A PROBLEM? Write Amy Alkon, 171 Pier Ave., #280, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or email ( 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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