2011 in review

by YES! Staff

Following in Greensboro’s time-honored tradition of civil disobedience, Stephanie Oudinot (left) and Crystal Ratcliffe enjoyed a smoke at Gate City Billiards Country Club in violation of the state law against smoking in restaurants and bars. [“Where there’s smoke…”; Jan. 12, 2011; by Jordan Green] (photo by Evan Brennan)

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, star of MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” caused a minor uproar with an appearance at the drive-thru of Cook Out on Battleground Avenue in Greensboro. [“Pouf and circumstance: A secret interview with Snooki”; Feb. 2, 2011; by Christian Bryant] (photo by Christian Bryant)

2:30 a.m., when patrons spill out of Inferno and other nightclubs on South Elm Street, is a period of excitement — and concern for some city officials. [“Another Friday night in the big city”; March 16, 2011; by Jordan Green and Brian Clarey] (photo by Devender Sellars]

Meryl Davis and Charlie White skated in the 2011 US Figure Skating Championship, an event at the Greensboro Coliseum that boosted the Gate City’s profile and brought in significant receipts to hoteliers and restaurateurs. [“The story behind the story of the 2011 US Figure Skating Championships”; Jan. 19, 2011; by Ogi Overman] (photo courtesy of Paul/Michelle Harvath)

The Forsyth County Board of Elections held hearings to review a wide range of alleged improprieties by Elections Director Rob Coffman, who ultimately kept his job. [“Forsyth Board of Elections endures withering criticism during public hearing”; Feb. 9, 2011; by Keith T. Barber and Jordan Green] (photo by Jordan Green)

Josh Foldy played the lead role in Triad Stage’s production of Billy Bishop Goes to War. (photo by Alfonso A. Tobar)

Girl Talk, AKA Gregg Gillis, takes the art of DJ-ing beyond its parameters. He induced a sweaty frenzy at Disco Rodeo. [“Sweatin’ to the aughties: Girl Talk feeds the animals in NC”; Feb. 2, 2011; by Ryan Snyder] (photo by Ryan Snyder)

David Craft presented a plan to operate the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market in late February. By summertime, the Greensboro City Council had turned over management to a nonprofit headed by Craft after a tussle for control of the market. [“Nonprofit group pitches proposal to manage and operate Greensboro Farmers Curb Market”; March 2, 2011; by Eric Ginsburg] (photo by Alexandria Stewart)

NC NAACP President William Barber and the Rev. Carlton Eversley (right) spoke out against a budget workshop cosponsored by the John W. Pope Civitas Institute and the Forsyth County Board of Elections. [“NAACP protest of Civitas workshop underscores philosophical differences on education policy”; April 20, 2011; by Keith T. Barber] (photo by Keith T. Barber)

Filmmaker Erica Dunton was joined by cast members of to.get.her for a questionand-answer session at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was shot in Wilmington. [“NC film incentives premiere at 2011 Sundance Film Festival”; Jan. 26, 2011; by Keith T. Barber] (photo by Keith T. Barber)

District 1 Councilwoman asked Greensboro Mayor Bill Knight (left) to meet with her constituents during a community budget meeting in March, as at-large Councilman Robbie Perkins looked on. The encounter was one of many awkward moments for the mayor throughout the year, and foreshadowed his reelection defeat to Perkins in November. [“Mayoral politics crop up during District 1 budget meeting” (blog post); March 26, 2011; by Jordan Green] (photo by Jordan Green)

Keith Holliday, Yvonne Johnson and Carolyn Allen — all former Greensboro mayors — joined a rally to keep the White Street Landfill closed. Their intervention represented a reassertion of the city’s more progressive political establishment against a conservative new guard. [“As vote looms, Matheny’s company involved with solid waste proposer”; April 20, 2011; by Jordan Green] (photo by Quentin L. Richardson)

Supporters of UNCG wrestling met in a bar to strategize a plan to save the program, but were ultimately unable to reverse a decision by administration to cut the sport. [“UNCG wrestling supporters resist takedown”; April 27, 2011; by Jordan Green] (photo by Jordan Green)

Wayne Phillips (left) and Joe Taylor reminisced about their college baseball days. [“Life after the lights”; May 11, 2011; by Christian Bryant] (photo by Alfonso A. Tobar)

Dara Montague (left) and April Parker helped build the Queer People of Color Collective in the Triad in 2011. [“Queer People of Color Collective looks to build membership and awareness”; May 18, 2011; by Eric Ginsburg] (photo by Alexandria Stewart)

Latin Kings retreated after a confrontation with bailiffs outside a Guilford County courtroom following a misdemeanor conviction handed down to leader Jorge Cornell for resisting a public officer. Cornell would make a second run for city council later, but December brought even more severe troubles with law enforcement for the group. [“Tense standoff follows conviction of Latin Kings leader”; May 18, 2011; by Jordan Green] (photo by Jordan Green)

Simonne McClinton, Brian Higgins, Katie Southard and Eric Robert helped form Downtown Alliance Greensboro, marking the emergence of a new force in city power relations. [“Downtown Alliance forming to increase communication, creativity”; June 15, 2011; by Eric Ginsburg] (photo by Eric Ginsburg)

NC Rep. Pricey Harrison laid out a map showing redistricting changes to Anne Hummel during a hearing in June. The plans generally played havoc with Democratic lawmakers’ standing, and have been challenged in the courts on grounds of violating the equal protection guarantee under the US Constitution. [Redistricting news package; June 29, 2011; by Jordan Green and Keith T. Barber] (photo by Jordan Green)

Mictlantecuhtli, lord of the underworld, stalks the floor of Elsewhere in downtown Greensboro with assistance from puppeteer Laurencio Ruiz. [“The puppetmaster”; June 29; by Brian Clarey] (photo by Devender Sellars)

Some new Americans took the oath of citizenship at Old Salem. [“American Dream: 110 immigrants become naturalized citizens during Fourth of July ceremony”; July 6, 2011; by Keith T. Barber] (photo by Keith T. Barber)

Loreto Izaguirre, Rosa Ramos and Rosalina Ramos (left to center) benefited from the interpreting services of Selma Ahnert (right) in Forsyth County District Court. [“Equal protection?”; July 6, 2011; by Keith T. Barber] (by Keith T. Barber)

A girl disembarks from the Carolinian in Raleigh. Under President Obama, investment in commuter rail has accelerated. [“North Carolina by train”; July 13, 2011; by Jordan Green] (photo by Jordan Green)

The High Point constituents of Rep. Marcus Brandon, the only openly gay member of the NC House, have been more concerned about the freshman lawmaker’s friendly stance towards charter schools than his sexual orientation. [“Freshman Democrat provokes dialogue about education in High Point”; July 20, 2011; by Jordan Green] (photo by Jordan Green)

Kelly Kirkpatrick, a certified athletic trainer, monitored football player safety on the field at West Forsyth High School as part of a partnership between Winston- Salem area hospitals and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. [“Local hospitals volunteer staff to keep student athletes safe”; Aug. 10, 2011; by Keith T. Barber] (photo by Keith T. Barber)

The soft opening of the new Ziggy’s provided a forum for the reunion of legendary Winston-Salem hardcore band Codeseven. [“Codeseven, Hopesfall bring Ziggy’s back, big”; Aug. 10, 2011; by Ryan Snyder] (photo by Ryan Snyder)

At-large Councilman Danny Thompson took questions from community leader Goldie Wells at a meeting in northeast Greensboro about plans to reopen the White Street Landfill, but his appearance failed to assuage any concerns. [“Vendor selection in landfill decision question”; Aug. 24, 2011; by Jordan Green] (photo by Jordan Green)

The inaugural Winston-Salem Open provided a homecoming of sorts for Greensboro native John Isner. [“Isner’s triumphant homecoming”; Aug. 31, 2011; by Keith T. Barber] (photo by Keith T. Barber)

Rashad Young, who served as Greensboro’s city manager before getting lured away to Alexandria, Va., shared a laugh with former mayor Jim Melvin at the grand opening of the Greensboro Aquatic Center in August. [unpublished] (photo by Jordan Green)

Barbara Weathers joined Kirk Whalum for a duet on the Atlantic Starr hit “Always” during the inaugural John Coltrane Jazz & Blues Festival in High Point. [“High Point honors Coltrane, Lupe rocks a fiasco”; Sept. 7, 2011; by Ryan Snyder] (photo by Ryan Snyder)

Efforts by Republican state lawmakers, including Rep. Dale Folwell to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot next spring defining marriage as being between a man and a woman have prompted strong feelings of opposition from constituents such as Janet Owen of Winston-Salem. [“Heated debate over proposed marriage amendment highlights town hall meeting”; Sept. 14, 2011; by Keith T. Barber] (photo by Keith T. Barber]

Body painting, as seen on model Cheryl Ann Lipstreau, is admired by some, but has received a cold reception from Facebook. [“We are the champions of the world”; Sept. 14, 2011; by Ogi Overman] (photo by Richard Phillips)

Postal workers, including Reggie Gentle (right), rallied in Clemmons to get Congress to take action to make the make the US Postal Service more financially viable. [“Postal workers rally at legislators’ offices”; Oct. 5, 2011; by Keith T. Barber] (photo by Keith T. Barber)

Marikay Abuzuaiter found that the third time was a charm in her bid for a seat on Greensboro City Council. [“Mayoral challenger Perkins swamps incumbent Knight”; Oct. 12, 2011; by Eric Ginsburg] (photo by Jordan Green)

Greensboro marketing professional Allen Broach is retiring, but plans to play an active role in efforts to defeat a statewide ballot initiative that would define marriage as being between a man and a woman. [“Broach: The subject”; Oct. 19, 2011; by Brian Clarey] (photo by Justin Jackson)

2011 saw the political resurrection of Yvonne Johnson who was elected mayor pro tem, following a 2009 defeat in a mayoral contest with Bill Knight, who in turn lost his election to Robbie Perkins this year. [“Perkins triumphs in mayor’s race; Johnson wins at-large seat”; Nov. 9, 2011; by Brian Clarey, Keith T. Barber, Jordan Green and Eric Ginsburg] (photo by Quentin L. Richardson)

Marche Clarke of the Guilford County Homeownership Center spoke at a rally to highlight Bank of America’s role in the ongoing foreclosure crisis. [“Guilford foreclosures accelerate, but new filings are down”; Nov. 16, 2011; by Eric Ginsburg] (photo by Eric Ginsburg)

Greensboro songwriter Laurelyn Dossett premiered her song cycle The Gathering with the North Carolina Symphony in November. [“Laurelyn Dossett’s gathering”; Nov. 30; by Jordan Green] (photo by Quentin L. Richardson)

Tracy Weyman left her home on Lexington Avenue in Greensboro during an FBI raid that saw the arrest of Jorge Cornell and five other Greensboro Latin Kings as part of a criminal racketeering indictment. [“Latin Kings indictment stuns supporters”; Dec. 14, 2011; by Jordan Green and Eric Ginsburg] (photo by Eric Ginsburg)

Greensboro band House of Fools has been released from its contract with Drive-Thru Records, and drops its new album, Versus the Beast, on Friday at Greene Street Club. [“Rebuilding the House of Fools”; Dec. 14, 2011; by Ryan Snyder] (photo by Josh Hofer)

The swearing-in of the new Greensboro City Council, including (l-r) District 3 Councilman Zack Matheny, Mayor Robbie Perkins and Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne Johnson, has signaled a shift to a more harmonious body. [“New Greensboro council operates smoothly”; Dec. 21, 2011; by Eric Ginsburg] (photo by Jordan Green)