The Year in Photos

by the YES! Staff

Summer,a 5-month Blue Persian, was among the feline show animals at theCentral Carolina Cat Fanciers’ Annual CFA Allbreed Cat Show in HighPoint in January. (photo by Kenny Lindsay)

Greensborocountry-pop artist Lisa Dames promoted her CD, No One Like Me, byaggressively cross-promoting with local franchises such as the WaffleHouse restaurant on Big Tree Way in Greensboro. And working hard. Andrefusing to take no for an answer. “I’m not drop-dead gorgeous likeShania, not a genius like Steven Jobs, and certainly not the bestsinger out there, but I will work my fanny off trying to make peoplethink I am. My whole thing is that I’m average, I’m attainable, there’snothing about me that’s extraordinary.” (photo by Ogi Overman)

TattooistJohn Bury, known to many as “Little John,” took his own life bygunshot. He died Jan. 30. Our writer, Ogi Overman, described Bury as “arenaissance man, a world traveler, a modern-day Will Rogers who nevermet a man he didn’t like. He fancied himself a pirate, but one who wasable to glide easily among social strata, never bothering todifferentiate the cultivated from the hoi polloi, the pure at heartfrom the miscreant, the high achiever from the outcast. A former Navyman, he weathered the storms of life with the dignity of an admiral butwith the humility of one who’d been battered by the unforgiving sea.”(courtesy photo)

DarrylHunt won $2 million from the city of Winston-Salem after two yearsbehind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. Brian Clarey spent some timewith the newly minted millionaire in February to document his thirdact: “After half a lifetime coming up in Winston-Salem’s east side andhalf a lifetime behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, Darryl Huntfinds himself in a corner office on the third floor with views of thecourthouse and the jail. He looks pretty good, bulky after years ofprison workouts and fit enough to cut a figure in a patterned jacket,pleated slacks. He still speaks in an easygoing monotone, and his facestill makes sunshine when he smiles.” (photo by Daniel Bayer)

BobaFett, one badass Mandalorian, is flanked by a biker scout, a TIEFighter pilot and a straight-up stormtrooper outside the Radisson inHigh Point, where the 32 nd annual Stellarcon sci-fi convention washeld in March. Other notable guests included some Tusken raiders, lotsof clones, a handful of Jedi and Darth Vader himself. (photo by KennyLindsay)

Followersof Christ come in all forms the Piedmont section of the Bible belt:Scotty Irving, who performs under the moniker the Clang Quartet meldsperformance art, extreme percussion and industrial noise to invoke theresurrection of Christ at the Werehouse in Winston-Salem on the daybefore Easter. (photo by Jordan Green)

CharlotteMayor Pat McCrory and Lt. Gov. Bev Perdue appeared at the EmbassySuites hotel near Piedmont Triad International Airport on April 9before a group of regional business leaders. McCrory (pictured) andPerdue respectively went on to win the Republican and Democraticprimaries. In the general election, McCrory, who grew up in Jamestown,did not even carry his home county of Mecklenburg, and Perdue handilywon the contest. (photo by Jordan Green)

WriterDave Roberts described the peculiar alchemy of a club scene in his May14 report on working DJs in Greensboro: “There is no otherentertainment venue that engages so many instincts. A bar hasn’t thepumping blood exertion; a gym lacks the spontaneity; concerts don’tpossess a tenth of the sexuality. Only clubs combine all these and moreinto one dizzying cocktail of visceral experience.” (photo by DanielBayer)

Winston-Salem’sHeavy Rebel Weekender takes place in the Millennium Center for threedays every July. It is a cacophony of rockabilly, outlaw country,tattoos, muscle cars and Zippo lighters. (photo by Brian Clarey)

StephanieSherman, Neraldo de la Paz, George Scheer, Alain Guerra and MaryRothlisberger [sp?] converge under “Six Trannies In Heaven,” atextileart installation by Miami artists de la Paz and Guerra atElsewhere in Greensboro. (photo by Jesse Kiser)

EditorBrian Clarey was part of a film crew that eventually placed in theinternational 48-Hour Film Project, resulting in a screening of theirshort film “JoBeth” at the Cannes Film Festival in June. Pictured herein front of the Palais Festival are Director Matt McNeill (left) andProducer Dustin Keene. (photo by Brian Clarey)

FighterAllen Greenway works out at Champion Muay Thai in Statesville before about at Mayhem in the Cage on May 31 at Lawrence Joel Veterans MemorialColiseum Annex in Winston-Salem, the first professional mixed martialarts match in the Triad since 1995. Such fights were illegal until theNC General Assembly overturned a decade-old statute in August 2007.(photo by Kenny Lindsay)

SeanCoon, promoter and ringleader of the Dotmatrix Project (right), andcrew members prepare to post live concert material on the internet fromone of the group’s productions last summer. (photo by Jesse Kiser)

Greensboro’simprovisational comedy theater, the Idiot Box, moved its digs from theEmpire Room across Elm Street to the corner of McGee Street inSeptember. Hilarity ensued. (photo by Brian Clarey)