Bethany Chafin

Associate Producer/Web Editor

Bethany joined the staff of WFDD in the fall of 2012.  She received her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from Wake Forest University and focused on Anglo-Irish writing.  Between undergraduate studies and graduate school, Bethany served as the intern to Talk of the Nation at NPR in DC, participating in live NPR Election Night Coverage, Presidential debate broadcasts, regular Talk of the Nation shows, and helping to plan the inaugural broadcast of ‘Talk of the World.’  She enjoys engaging her interests in books, politics, and art in the interdisciplinary world of public radio.  Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Bethany enjoys calling the Piedmont home.   

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Arts
11:51 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Artist's Studio, Piedmont Plein Air Paintout, Winston-Salem Symphony, and Greensboro Opera

UNCSA Dance.
Camel City Dispatch

Today on the show we’ll be your one-stop culture shop. We have award-winning filmmakers, multi-media artists, choreographers, dancers, curators, students and audience members all making art together in real time. And that, ladies and gentlemen is just segment one on TAW. Then we’re off to the great outdoors and a popular 19th century tradition that’s being embraced today in High Point en plein air. That’s the French expression for "in the open air" and specifically outdoor painting. High Point’s Piedmont Plein Air Paintout is coming to town and we’ll check it out with an artist’s keen eye. Then, the keen ears of W-S Symphony conductor Robert Moody will guide us through the orchestra’s season opener. We’ll wrap things up on the red carpet walk to Aycock Auditorium. That’s where Greensboro Opera Conductor David Holley and internationally renowned Dixie Diva mezzo soprano Victoria Livengood will be struttin’ their stuff at GO—as in Greensboro Opera—to the Movies. It’s an entire evening of opera hits used in the movies and you’re invited.

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8:50 am
Mon September 15, 2014

The Write Motivation: 6-Week Writing Course Addresses Technique and Determination

Writer and poet Steve Cushman.
Angela Medley

Chris Laney and Steve Cushman are established writers. Steve has written two novels: Portisville and Heart With Joy. His short story collection is Fracture City, and his debut poetry chapbook, Hospital Work, came out this year.  Chris is the writer behind the blog, Lessons from the Cockpit: Everyday Wisdom from the Flying Life.

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1:39 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

NC Brass Band, Into the Woods, Early Broadcasting, and Steve Haines on Triad Arts Weekend

Little Red Riding Hood from Twin City Stage's Into the Woods.
Danny Alvarez

Today on the show once again the Piedmont is alive with the sound of music, not with songs they have sung for a thousand years, necessarily, but we will dip into the past beginning with the centuries old brass band tradition. It’s alive and well right here in the Triad these days with the newly formed North Carolina Brass Band. They’ve got a new CD out, they’re pumped and anything but Brassed Off! How about world class jazz? We’ve got you covered with the best in the business: Ellis and Jason Marsalis are comin’ to town and bassist Steve Haines is walkin’ it like he’s talkin’ it. We’ll venture Into the Woods with Twin City Stage as they kick off their 80th—that’s right 80th—season. And then we’re back with more great traditional music and the history of one of the earliest radio stations to bring it to us: WPAQ 740 AM, Mt. Airy, North Carolina, and a man by the name of Ralph Epperson. Filmmaker Jordan Nance chronicles the story of a young man’s dreams to leave the tobacco fields behind and start his own radio station, and Mt. Airy Museum of Regional History’s Matt Edwards is here to share.

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1:46 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Land Ho!, Lightnin' Charlie, and Caleb Caudle on Triad Arts Weekend

Caleb Caudle
calebcaudle.com

When was the last time you saw a film that worth paying top dollar for at the box office? Well, Eddie Garcia brings it on home with Land Ho! Two 70-something ex-brothers-in-law set sail for Iceland to get their grooves back, and all hilarity breaks out. It screens in the Triad this weekend and UNCSA alumna co-writer/director Martha Stephens chats it up with us. Then it’s time to revel in the blues with one of the best: Lightnin’ Charlie is here to light it up with an encyclopedic knowledge of American music and the instrumental and vocal chops to walk it like he talks it. Tis the season of the Harvest Moon, and this year’s Harvest Moon Festival of art, food, and music on the Reynolda House lawn kicks off next week. The entertainment this year comes courtesy of musical guest Caleb Caudle. He’s here to “paint another layer on your heart.” 

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8:43 am
Tue September 2, 2014

The Hispanic Arts Initiative and W-S Delta Fine Arts Present Punto de Vista - Latino Perspectives

Hispanic Arts Initiative

The Hispanic Arts Initiative brings together diverse audiences through programs like Punto de Vista-Latino Perspective. This month’s cultural journey through art is a collaboration with Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts. The art gallery and cultural center in East Winston showcases the contributions of African-Americans. The opening reception will feature dance performances by three HAI couples with Latin dances that reflect the African influence on Latino culture: salsa, merengue and bachata.

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12:50 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Life Size, Author Karen Abbott, Film Critic Dale Pollock, The Johnny Possum Band and More

The King Bees
New River Blues Festival

Does gratuitous violence in movies bring you down? Well, take heart, ‘cause film scholar, educator and reviewer Dale Pollock feels your pain and then some. WFDD summer intern Mekaela Nance breathes some life into Live in Studio A with the band Life Size, and you’re going to like what you hear. We’ll burn a few carbon credits with the New Zealand-based Johnny Possum Band. Their U.S. tour brings them to the Triad this weekend, and banjoist, singer, songwriter Sean Whitaker shares their original sound and collaborative spirit. From New Zealand we’ll take you down to the New River and some of the best Blues you’re liable to hear, live in beautiful Grassy Creek, North Carolina. The New River Blues Festival is back! And Bethany Chafin’s back, this time with author Karen Abbott and her new book, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War.

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1:23 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Author Meg Medina, Cirkus Theatre Project, Bookmarks Book Festival, and Outta the Bag

Did you know that the largest annual book festival in the entire state of North Carolina is free, open to the public…and in downtown Winston-Salem? Yep, Bookmarks is gearing up for its 10th annual Festival of Books and Authors with a veritable Who’s Who list of best-selling authors in every category and for all ages. Bookmarks executive Director Ginger Hendricks will fill us in on all things books. And did you know that for years now Cirque du Soleil has turned to the Triad for the lion’s share of its design and production talent? Oh, it’s true. The University of NC School of the Arts and Cirque are like this. Why, they’ve even got a little tag team thing going on next month that you can see for yourself, live in the comfortable confines of DeMile Theatre on the UNCSA campus. It’s called Cirkus Theatre Project and wait’ll you hear what these all-student run productions have in store this year. Outta the Bag is an hour of free lunchtime entertainment in Winston Square Park every Tuesday at noon. Program Director Lynn Byrd’ll set the scene for us. And for a sample of what’s to come at Bookmarks 2014, author Meg Medina and our own Bethany Chafin tackle the subject of teen bullying in Meg’s award-winning novel. 

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8:48 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Meg Medina's "Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass" Tackles the Subject of Teen Bullying

Author Meg Medina will be featured at this year's Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors.
Meg Medina

Meg Medina is one of the 40 writers to be featured at the Bookmark's 10th Annual Festival of Books and Authors on September 6th.  Her most recent novel, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, is this year's recipient of the Pura Belpre award.  The award is presented to a Latino or Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

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8:49 am
Fri August 15, 2014

The Paper Boy Takes Readers Along a Route of National and Local Stories

Author Sonny Allen and his book "The Paper Boy."
Clemmons Courier

The Paper Boy is a compilation of stories set in the early 1940s in the town of Bodenheimer.  Author Elmer L. Allen Jr., who goes by Sonny, will readily admit that Bodenheimer is based on Clemmons, North Carolina.  As a Winston-Salem native, one who grew up in Clemmons, and a former mayor of Salisbury, Allen is well-familiar with the area.

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1:00 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Jim Dodson, Behind the Scenes with Mary Dalton, India Arie, and The Sharing Project

Author and editor Jim Dodson.

Today on the show we’ll explore the art of the magazine, celebrate LGBT movie-making, explore the spiritual side of music-making, and wrap up with a better understanding of what it truly means to share. Best-selling author, educator, and O. Henry Magazine editor Jim Dodson is here with the August issue preview and more great local essays than you can shake a stick at. Then film scholar Mary Dalton takes us Behind the Scenes at Out at the Movies Series, Winston-Salem and the Triad's LGBT Film Series. Their celebrating their tenth anniversary and Mary’s saved you an aisle seat. Four-time Grammy Award-winner India Arie gives us a glimpse into the spiritual side of her songwriting and performance practice, and artist, filmmaker, and Wake Forest University educator Joel Tauber just wrapped up an entire sabbatical tackling the sometimes thorny issue of sharing, and he can’t wait to share what he’s discovered along the way with you

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3:20 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

William Tyler, Clark Whittington of Art-o-mat, Mary Dalton, and Hiss Golden Messenger

Art-o-mat
www.artomat.org

  The Crossroads Concert Series is returning to the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, and we’ve got interviews and music from both acts on the bill. Solo guitarist William Tyler cut his teeth as a sideman in Nashville, Tennessee, before setting out on his widescreen guitar journey. He’s in Winston-Salem on Saturday night, and he’ll be filling SECCA with exploratory & scenic instrumental guitar work, with notes that ring louder than words. But if lyrics are your thing you’re in luck – co-headlining the concert is Hiss Golden Messenger, the vehicle for the searing songs of MC Taylor. He stopped by WFDD with guitar in hand and sat down for a conversation and intimate performance. While you’re at SECCA, if you happen pass an old cigarette machine and do a double take, then you’ve encountered an Art-o-mat.  The machines are filled with affordable handmade art, and founder Clark Whittington is here to talk creativity and commerce. And when it comes to The Emmys, streaming is king, so we’re going Behind the Scenes with Mary Dalton to take a look at two Netflix shows that have lots of nominations in common, but when it comes to character, they couldn’t be more different. 

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8:43 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Art-o-mat Presents Mid-Atlantic Regional Swap Meet in D.C.

www.artomat.org

Most art is housed in and sold from a museum, a gallery, or studio, found on the walls of a restaurant or displayed in a garden or public space. So one place you might not expect to find it is being dispensed from a refurbished cigarette vending machine.  The concept is called Art-o-mat, and with $5.00 and a sense of curiosity, a piece from an Art-o-mat can be yours.  

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2:31 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Melody Moezzi's "Haldol and Hyacinths", Arts for Life, Jiliana Dulaney's Haute Chocolate, and Irata

Author, activist, lawyer Melody Moezzi.
Mario Mathis

This week on the show, Iranian-American attorney, writer, and activist Melody Moezzi shares her book Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life, with Associate Producer Bethany Chafin. It’s been called “…blistering, brash and irreverent” by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “…bold and courageous…” by Kirkus Reviews, and “…whip smart but whimsical” by “The Boston Globe”. Bethany Chafin finds out why and you get to come along for the ride. Arts for Life teaches artistic skills to children in the hospital who are battling life threatening illnesses. The AFL team is incredible and we’ll get to meet two of them and find out what makes them tick. Chocolatier Jiliana Dulaney is rocking the entire chocolate world and she’s doing it with only two main ingredients. And Greensboro-based guitarist Cheryl Hall is just simply rockin' with her band Irata. She sits down with Technical Producer Eddie Garcia to talk shop.

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8:38 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Chocolate Alchemy with Chocolate Maker and Baker Jiliana Dulaney

Jiliana Dulaney behind the scenes at Haute Chocolate (housed in Twin City Hive).
Jiliana Dulaney

Moravian Spice Cookie Truffle with Fresh Ginger, Crème Brulee with Caramel and Hazelnut, Saffron Curry - these are just a few of the over 150 flavor combinations created by chocolate alchemist Jiliana Dulaney.  Dulaney is the owner of Winston-Salem-based Haute Chocolate, now housed at Twin City Hive on Brookstown Avenue.

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3:15 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Korner's Folly, Fiddler on the Roof, UNCSA's Katharine Laidlaw, and Singer Emily Hurd

Singer/songwriter Emily Hurd.

We’ve got an unusual mix for you today beginning with an artistic restoration tour from the paint on the walls to the top of the roof at historic Korner’s Folly. Dale Pennington will be our guide. Next, we’ll whisk ourselves away to another roof top, thousands of miles from the Piedmont to a tiny little town called Anatevka. It’s a compelling story about tradition, love, family, change—let’s face it, Fiddler on the Roof has it all, and Stained Glass Playhouse is bringing it to the Triad! Then, after we’ve gazed at the Sunrise and Sunset, and contemplated what’d be like to be a rich man, we get a behind the scenes peak into the work of marketing. So, you’ve written an amazing play, assembled a superstar cast, and rehearsals are going smoothly, but how are you going to sell this show to the public? UNCSA’s Executive Producer Katharine Laidlaw has a few ideas from her work on One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest to CocaCola. And we’ll wrap things up with singer/songwriting sensation Emily Hurd. 

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Arts
1:00 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Summer Reads: Erin Gruwell, Bill Griffin, Terri Kirby Erickson, Kwame Dawes, and Ken Ilgunas

Happy 4th of July weekend to you! This year, instead of celebrating the season with loud fireworks, blaring patriotic music, and flag waving, we’re going to salute our nation’s independence and the freedoms that we all enjoy by…curling up with a good book. Today we’ve got not one, not two, not three, but FIVE outstanding author options for you. Bethany Chafin kicks things off appropriately enough with The Freedom Writer’s Diary mentor and teacher Erin Gruwell. Then David Ford will plum the poets’ perspective with family physician turned poet Bill Griffin, award-winning local poet and educator Terry Kirby Erickson, and University of Nebraska, Chancellor Professor of English Kwame Dawes. Bethany wraps up with author Ken Ilgunas. His Walden on Wheels: A Memoir About Student Debt, Adventure, and Freedom—there’s that word again—provides the bookend to our poetry picnic. What better way to spend your Triad Arts (July Fourth) Weekend NEXT, after this news.

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2:26 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Power2Give, Death and the Robot, Must Be the Holy Ghost, and Jacob Felder

Jacob Felder

  Sculpture, written and spoken word, arts council, filmmaking, death, robots, mime, Holy Ghost Authoring Action and the Power2Give. Yep, it’s all in a day’s work for your Triad Arts Weekend team. We begin with the Arts Council of Winston-Salem Forsyth County. They’re supporting their member organizations like never before with web platforms like Power2Give. That means more fantastic arts opportunities right here at home from a public art installation downtown to making a local teen author’s feature filmmaking dream come true. Speaking of film, Eddie Garcia puts the spotlight on UNCSA grad filmmaker Austin Taylor. His Death and the Robot is racking up the awards and we’ll find out why. Then, history will be made when I actually get a mime to speak. That’s right Jacob Felder is here with a special behind-the-scenes peak at the art of miming. And we wrap things up with an artist and album overview: layered rhythms, looping guitars, gripping vocals - Must Be The Holy Ghost.

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1:19 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Quique Rodriguez-Pastor, Greensboro Summer Solstice, the Sounds of Summer and More

Greensboro Summer Solstice

Today on the show, it’s great music from around the world and an amazing celebration of the sun. First up, we get the sunny disposition of Peruvian/American singer/songwriter Quique Rodriguez-Pastor. His new album Lovelike tackles the yearning we all experience in life with uplifting melodies and harmonies that’ll put a smile on your face and a song in your heart. Then, here comes the sun! That’s right, Greensboro Summer Solstice is here at last so let the butterflies loose! Oh, and don’t forget the faeries, dancers, fire twirlers, harps, flutes, Tai Chi and yoga artists, and 27 performances going on all day on three separate stages! Sun worshippers will be waiting for you—6,000 strong—at the Arboretum this weekend. It’s free and you’re invited! Speaking of free, how about a world class organ recital performed on a world class instrument by not one, not two, but three acclaimed organists? Sounds of the Summer has you covered in Winston-Salem and it’s all summer long. And we wrap things up at The Creative Center in Greensboro. The Collabative presents live performances by Lawyers Guns & Money, Molly McGinn and Sam Frazier. 

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12:51 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Irish Musician Andy Irvine, Poet Becky Gould Gibson, Behind the Scenes with Dale Pollock and More

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Andy Irvine.

Today on the show there’s nothing like the power of music to change people’s lives—literally. Back in the 1960s for example, a young boy in Ireland heard a Woodie Guthrie album, and he was immediately hooked. Today that little boy is arguably the finest interpreter of traditional Irish music, and, thanks to The Fiddle & Bow Society, Andy Irvine is coming to Winston-Salem this weekend for an intimate concert you do not want to miss. Then University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking Professor of Cinema Studies Dale Pollock takes us Behind the Scenes for a look at the ever growing relationship between movie making and merchandising in the post—LEGO Movie world. Poet Becky Gould Gibson is the author of Heading Home, the inaugural winner of the 2013 Lena M. Schull Book Contest, and she sits down with Bethany Chafin to cover, among other things, the essence poetry and the life of an artist. And from Heading Home we shift to The War At Home. That’s the fascinating current exhibit going on at the New Winston Museum. It covers the dynamic history and diverse stories of the Piedmont during the Civil War years. Irish music, LEGO moneymakers, plenty of poetry and hearty tip of the hat to the Moravians. 

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Arts
8:47 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Poet Becky Gould Gibson Is Winner of Inaugural Lena M. Schull Book Contest

Poet Becky Gould Gibson is the author of Heading Home.

Award-winning poet Becky Gould Gibson is the author of Heading Home.  The book was the inaugural winner of the 2013 Lena M.

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2:08 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Nora Jane Struthers, Lloyd Kaufman, Seven Handle Circus, Associated Artists, and More on TAW

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line: (left to right) Drew Lawhorn, Joe Overton, Nora Jane Struthers, P.J. George, Aaron Jonah Lewis
Scott Simontacchi Americana Agency

Today on the show we’ll be genre jumping like never before from “new Americana” to Mozart’s Magic Flute, and from new Dimensions in art, to low brow/high concept cinema. Outspoken Troma Entertainment co-founder Lloyd Kaufman says “Give art back to the people”, and Triad Arts Weekend’s Eddie Garcia says “You’re pushin’ on an open door”. Then Bethany Chafin sits in with Nora Jane Struthers. This weekend, she and The Party Line are headed Carolina. And David gets his first taste of what’s been called “rowdy Bluegrass” with Seven Handle Circus’s Colin Vinson. They’ll be at Twin City Ribfest this weekend. At American Singer’s Opera Project The Queen of the Night may scream “Abandoned may you be forever”, but hey, you’re never alone on TAW.

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8:40 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line Perform in Lexington

Nora Jane Struthers
www.norajanestruthers.com

Nora Jane Struthers is a singer and songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. She released her first, self-titled album in 2010 to critical acclaim, and went on to play the Telluride Bluegrass Festival that summer where her group was named best band. In April 2013, Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line independently released Carnival, an album of 14 original story-songs all written by Struthers.  The album was produced by Brent Truitt, who's worked with artists such as Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, and the Dixie Chicks.  

Each song on Carnival tells the story of a woman, and together, they achieve a chronological narrative that flows lyrically from tales of youth to old age.   Nora Jane and The Party Line are currently on tour, and they'll be playing in Lexington, North Carolina this Friday, June 6th at High Rock Outfitters. The show begins at 9pm and tickets are $10.

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Arts
1:31 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Singer/Songwriter Sarah Siskind, Amigo's Slade Baird, Second Spring Arts, and MUSEP

Sarah Siskind
www.sarahsiskind.com, Video and Pics

“She absolutely knocks me out”, and “I Love her songwriting”. That’s exactly how the Triad Arts team feels about Winston-Salem native, singer/songwriter Sarah Siskind, but, turns out we stole those two quotes of high praise from legendary singer Bonnie Raitt and Amy Grant. After leaving her mark in Nashville, Sarah calls the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia home these days and she’ll be coming down the mountain when she comes to Reynolda House next week. Then the Charlotte-based band Amigo has been carving out a little slice of heaven there for the past few years with their eclectic country/punk/East Texas, genre-busting sound. It’s just like American Songwriter Magazine says: There is no gimmick here: Amigo is the real thing. Eddie Garcia peaks behind the curtain—just in case—with Amigo singer, songwriter, and guitarist Slade Baird. Second Spring Arts is proving that life after 60 gets better and better when you get up the gumption to try something new, and Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park is bringing new outdoor concerts to a different Greensboro park every Sunday all summer long.

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1:10 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

The Blue Ridge Music Center, Across the Blue Ridge, Behind the Scenes with Mary Dalton and More

Fiddler, banjo player, and music historian Paul Brown.
Martin Tucker

Today on the show we take to the road, but not just any road. This is one of the most scenic driving destinations in the entire world, plus it’s right in our own backyard. Yep, we're talking about the Blue Ridge Parkway, mile post 213 to be exact. But once there you’ll find even more than fresh air and stunning mountain vistas. You see the hills are alive with sounds of Appalachian music too, and they’ll be ringing in the air all summer long at the Blue Ridge Music Center. Program Director Richard Emmett is here to tell us all about it, and he’ll be joined by NPR’s own Paul Brown. That’s right. Paul’s Across the Blue Ridge is back, and he’ll be bringing it LIVE to the Blue Ridge Music Center stage. Then film scholar Mary Dalton takes us behind the scenes with her take on three films with religious themes. They’ve been generating some praise and some scorn, but they’re pulling in the big bucks either way. And Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance shares the story of one mother’s struggles with bipolar disorder, their impact on her family, and the sometimes unseemly underbelly of suburban life. It’s the Pulitzer Prize winning rock musical Next to Normal.

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1:18 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Interfaith Winston-Salem, Carolina Blues Fest, and The Healing Blues Project

Carolina Blues Fest
Credit Carolina Blues Fest

We’ve all heard that hackneyed phrase “music is a universal language”, and it’s true by the way, but today we’re going to get specific. For example did you ever stop to consider the true healing power of the Blues? Or what about the ability of music to spark interfaith dialogues? Those are just some of the heady topics that’ll be floating around here today compliments of The Healing Blues Project’s Ted Efremoff and Dave Fox, as well as Temple Emanuel’s Rabbi Mark Strauss-Cohn, Interfaith Winston-Salem’s Jerry McLeese, and Green Street Church United Methodist Church’s Rev. Kelly P. Carpenter. They're all building musical bridges that span faith and racial divisions. World renowned jazz ensemble The Afro-Semitic Experience paves their way and we’ll talk with Experience co-founder, bassist David Chevan too. Then, before the musical magic subsides, the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society is here to remind us that the thrill is never gone from great Blues music. It’ll be performed outdoors by some of the world’s most accomplished Blues artists when the Carolina Blues Festival returns to Greensboro this weekend. 

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Arts
12:56 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

The Music Behind Brother Wolf, Pianist Alexander Schimpf, The Dixie Swim Club, and FREEPORT Jazz

Pianist Alexander Schimpf.
http://www.alexander-schimpf.de/main_en.html

Today on the show we visit the dark hills and hollows of the Blue Ridge Mountains where good and evil engage in their never ending struggle for supremacy! It’s Brother Wolf by Triad Stage’s Preston Lane. His gripping tall tale is told with the helping musical hands of Laurelyn Dossett and Riley Baugus, and they’re here to sing about it. German piano soloist sensation Alexander Schimpf is here to tell another gripping musical tale. It’s the powerful Piano Concerto No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven, and it’s no coincidence that this epic concerto comes with a nickname The Emperor. Then we’ll find comic relief at the Outer Banks and a little vacation with The Dixie Swim Club. The poolside drinks are cold, the gossip’s hot, and The Stained Glass Playhouse actors are here to bring it alive. We’ll chill things back down with some smooth jazz courtesy of FREEPORT.

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Arts
8:01 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Taylor Brown's "In the Season of Blood and Gold" Released by Press 53

Taylor Brown’s debut collection of short fiction came out this past Saturday, May 3rd.  In the Season of Blood and Gold, published by Press 53, includes twelve stories of dynamic characters and timeless landscapes.  From alligator wrestlers, to Confederate soldiers, and a tattooed artist exploring the map to her heart and to her mother’s, the stories are impressive.

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1:00 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

A Band Called Death, In the Season of Blood and Gold, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and Robert Ward

A Band Called Death

This week it’s a full arts spread with opera, literature, sculpture, and a film about a family that helped lay the foundation for punk rock. The documentary “A Band Called Death” has been called “one of the best music documentaries in years,” and today Eddie talks with its co-director Jeff Howlett. Then Bethany Chafin opens the book on the Press 53 short story collection “In The Season of Blood and Gold” with its author Taylor Brown.  Next David Ford takes in the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s exhibition Nancy Rubins: Drawing, Sculpture, Studies with Curator of Exhibitions Xandra Eden, and Weatherspoon Director Nancy Doll. Then we revisit David Ford’s conversation with the late opera composer and former UNCSA chancellor, Dr. Robert Ward. 

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3:31 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

David English, Mark Freundt, Hope Larson, Lemony Snicket, and Matt Haimovitz on Triad Arts Weekend

Cellist Matt Haimovitz

This week we revisit some of Team Triad Arts’ choice recent interviews, and get a musical look at this Earth Day Weekend. Guitarist David English is one of the performers at the Piedmont Earth Day Fair, and we’ll join him in conversation with David Ford, and learn about the art of building the cigar box guitar. Our celebration of Mother Earth continues with Mark Freundt. He’s conducting the 4th annual presentation of the Missa Gaia (Earth Mass). Then we’ll get a little silly & confusing with author Lemony Snicket – that is, if he even shows up. Mr. Snicket crafted the wildly popular “A Series of Unfortunate Events” novels, and now he’s inking out his peculiar craft in the world of detective fiction. We keep the pen close to paper with acclaimed graphic novelist Hope Larson, and a look at her adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time.” Then we wrap things up with acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz. Matt explores the sonic limits of the cello from Bach to Hendrix with indie rock detours along the way. 

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