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School of the Arts dance concert revisits ‘The Rite of Spring’

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — In 2013, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky’s revolutionary composition, “The Rite of Spring,” dancers from UNC School of the Arts were invited to join professional dancers from across the nation as part of Carolina Performing Arts’ year-long retrospective, “The Rite of Spring at 100.”

“It was a very big deal because we were the only school invited to dance in Chapel Hill. The rest of the performers were professionals,” said Susan Jaffe, dean of dance at UNCSA. “We performed Shen Wei’s contemporary re-envisioning of ‘The Rite of Spring.’ Wei is a very famous dancer/artist/choreographer/visual artist, who is highly respected for his very deep, rich and visually stunning work.”

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Bicyclists experience Southern hospitality up close

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Over the past few days, members of the Estado de Mexico-Faren team have experienced Southern hospitality first-hand – in the homes of host families — as they prepared to race in the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic.

“We’re all avid cyclists so when one of the groups we ride with put out a feeler for hosts, we kind of took the hook, line and sinker,” said David Carleton, whose family hosted three team members and their manager.

Kevin Fox’s family also hosted members of Estado de Mexico-Faren.

“It’s been a great experience and opportunity to give back to the community and a great experience to have two daughters to have two world-class athletes to (spend time with),” Fox said.

Mattress stores are springing up in the Hanes Mall area

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The area around Hanes Mall Boulevard and Stratford Road is becoming a showcase of both national and local mattress stores.

National retailers Mattress Firm and Sleepy’s are building stores across the street from each other on Hanes Mall Boulevard. Mattress Firm and America’s Mattress each have an existing store nearby on Stratford Road.

Local retailers in the area include Mattress Shoppe and Mattress Center, both with stores on Stratford. Mattress Center also has a store on Hanes Mall Boulevard.

Many furniture stores in the Hanes Mall Boulevard/Stratford Road area also sell mattresses.

Shoppers can find mattress prices ranging from under $100 to about $10,000, depending on the retailer.

Cecchini wins women’s race in her criterium debut

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — With the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic now on the map as a UCI-sanctioned race, two young riders did their best to put themselves on the map in the professional criterium races.

In the women’s race, Elena Cecchini held off a group of heralded riders for a victory in her first criterium; in the men’s race, Brecht Dhaene of Astellas Cycling jumped into the lead group early and held off a late charge from the UnitedHealthcare team.

Entering the WSCC, neither winner was in the top 30 in the standings among riders in USA Cycling’s National Criterium Calendar.

Cecchini, riding for Estado de Mexico-Faren, made a late charge to win the hour-long race around a loop through downtown Winston-Salem.

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Winston-Salem police investigate reported armed robbery

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Winston-Salem police said they’re investigating an armed robbery reported at a convenience store Friday night.

Police said a suspect entered the Marymar Super Market at 612 Waughtown St. shortly before 10:30 p.m. and demanded money at gunpoint.

The suspect allegedly assaulted the clerk, took an undisclosed amount of cash and then fled the scene, possibly in an older model white Cadillac heading east on Monmouth Street.

The suspect is described as a 17-18 year old black male with a black jacket and short hair.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information on this incident can call police at (336) 773-7700.

Winston-Salem Cycling Classic underway

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Boston Scientific Winston- Salem Cycling Classic is underway downtown hosting hundreds of international competitors.

Race Director Ray Boden said this year 27 countries are represented between about 350 competitors.

Approximately 70 Winston-Salem police officers will guide and direct traffic throughout the city during the races.

Cyclists compete for cash prizes up to $4,000 and can gain $1,000 bonus prizes for sprint and climb challenges.

“We’ve gained a reputation as being one of the hardest road races in the country in our first year that people compared us to a former San Francisco race that’s incredibly challenging,” Boden said.

Winston-Salem is a top contender for an Olympic Cycling training facility on Liberty Street. Boden said the cycling classic allows them to be competitive for the facility and could bring job opportunities for the city.