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
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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Arts
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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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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Arts
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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Arts
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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Arts
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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Arts
9:47 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Local Artist Laura Lashley Collaborates with Arts Based School on Science-Inspired Mural

Laura Lashley

If you've ever stopped to check out the bright and mesmerizing mural at 7th and Trade Streets in Winston-Salem or roamed through the jungle of the tiger maze at the Children's Museum, you've experienced the work of local visual artist Laura Lashley.  Her acrylic paintings are characterized by vivid color, pattern, movement, and inspiration from nature.  Laura is currently working on an ArtSTEM mural project with the 6th graders at the Arts Based School.  Their project aims to represent the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through visual art.  Laura stopped by WFDD to talk about her personal work and some of her community projects.

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Arts
1:00 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Kripplekrunk, Faith Action International House, and Wayne Shorter

Kripplekrunk CD Cover
Kripplekrunk

On today’s show we take a look at some men and women whose passion for the arts inspires, entertains, and informs. First up its Rex McGee and the merry band of musical mischief makers that call themselves KrippleKrunk. Their debut album was released last summer, and with lots of concerts on their horizon, it’s a perfect time to get familiar with the music of this diverse all instrumental band. Then we knock on the door of Faith Action International House, and learn how to go from stranger, to neighbor. Faith Action tackles the big issues surrounding immigration, but they do it in relatable, community driven, and artistically inclined ways. Then we close out today’s show with David Ford’s conversation with one of the greats from the world of jazz. Composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Wayne just became an octogenarian , but trust that he has not slowed down one bit. In fact he just swept the Jazz awards, and won a Grammy.  

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1:55 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss, Puppetry, the Camel City Jazz Orchestra, and Tony Abbott

™ & © 2013 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. All Rights Reserved

Today on the show we’ll take our hats off to Dr. Seuss. Bethany Chafin leads the way with her conversation with Bill Dreyer. Bill’s the curator and director for the Dr. Seuss art collection now on display at the Art Shop in Greensboro. Then from the cat in the hat we jump back in time to when Swing was King. It’s open rehearsal with tenor sax player Matt Kosma and the Camel City Jazz Orchestra every Monday night at Krankies and you're invited. We’ll move on from Big Band to Bunnies, and the Winston-Salem Children’s Puppet Theatre production of “A Tall Tale of Peter Rabbit”. Granny Blue Ridge is here with her posse of young puppeteers from Heritage Theatre. Their motto is Live it To Learn It, and this weekend they’re giving back to The Second Harvest Food bank. We wrap things up with poet and author Tony Abbott. Ever wonder what it’d be like to chat it up with an angel? Tony sure has, and you’ll be a fly on the wall during the Angel Dialogues, his new book out on Lorimer Press. Angels, bunnies, jazz and all the green eggs and ham you can eat next on Triad Arts Weekend.

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Arts
8:50 am
Thu April 10, 2014

"Songs of Hope" Short Documentary Highlights Homelessness in Winston-Salem

Gay from Songs of Hope.
Safyah Usmani and Tania Kharchenko

Tania Kharchenko and Safyah Usmani tell stories through film.  Both are Fulbright Scholars (Tania is from Ukraine and Safyah is from Pakistan) currently studying with the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University.  Their most recent documentary short focuses on homelessness in Winston-Salem, and more specifically, takes the Bethesda Center for the Homeless and the experiences of three women, Teresa, Gay, and Evelyn as its subject.

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1:33 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Phuzz Phest 2014 and RiverRun International Film Festival on Triad Arts Weekend

Phuzz Phest

Festival season has arrived, and in a big way. Two major arts festivals that call Winston-Salem home launch tonight, and the Triad Arts team has worked their microphones to the capsule to bring you an inside look. First up, it’s the Phuzz Phest Music Festival. This weekend festival features more than 50 bands, and while we couldn’t get to all of them we do have music & interviews with No Age, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Love Language, Must Be The Holy Ghost and many more. Then we turn our attention to the silver screen and the 16th annual RiverRun International Film Festival. The 12 day festival has a film for every taste, and in honor of those that refuse to be defined or confined by genre, we’re bringing you an interview with filmmaker David Gordon Green. He’s been behind the lens making us laugh uncomfortably with Eastbound and Down and Pineapple Express, and now he’s inching back to his roots with the dark drama Joe. Then Associate Producer Bethany Chafin talks with Filmmakers Safyah Usmani and Tania Kharchenko, about their Documentary short “Songs of Hope.” You can listen to the complete Triad Arts Weekend show (above), or check out the Phuzz Phest and RiverRun segments below.

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8:48 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Jessica Lea Mayfield Plays Phuzz Phest and Anticipates Release of New Album

Jessica Lea Mayfield.
Jessica Lea Mayfield

Jessica Lea Mayfield has a distinct, unforgettable voice, and this weekend she’s bringing that voice to the Triad for Phuzz Phest.

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Arts
1:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Songwriting Sessions, "Our Country's Good", Dale Pollock, and the Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention

Singer/songwriter Tyler Nail.
Tyler Nail

Everybody loves a good song, but did you ever wonder exactly goes into creating one? Singer/songwriters Tyler Nail and Johnathan Loos have been asking that very question of themselves off and on for most of their adult lives. They’ve got a few ideas and their here to share during the 2nd Annual Songwriter Sessions in Winston-Salem. Then it’s time to break out your vegemite sandwiches and “have a g’day” with the WFU Theatre Department production of “Our Country’s Good”: a 19th century Australian penal colony prison, and a chance at redemption for its inhabitants through one life-changing theatrical experience. It’s certainly changing perceptions among the talented Wake student actors and they’re here to explain how. And Dale Pollock takes us Behind the Scenes to help us make sense of current film and theatre trends and just who is borrowing from whom these days. Meanwhile they’ll be keeping it authentic BIG TIME this weekend at the Surry Old Time Fiddler’s Convention and David's guests, fiddler Nick McMillian and bassist Buck Buckner will take a step back in time with us, and hold our hand all the way to the dance floor.

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3:56 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Amigo, Pianist Jon Nakamatsu, RiverRun International Film Fest, and Terri Kirby Erickson

What do you get when you cross gritty east Texas honky-tonks with flamboyant art school kids? Well, as Technical Producer Eddie Garcia finds out you get a friend: Amigo. They have a new album out and Eddie chats it up with front man Slade Baird. Then we wipe off the honky-tonk dust, grab our smoking jacket and sit down for a civilized evening of world class chamber music. Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist is coming to town to play Music for a Great Space with mind-blowingly good clarinetist Jon Manasse, and he talks shop with me. Then, speaking of international, Eddie’s back with RiverRun International Film Festival Executive Director Andrew Rodgers. The Fest turns 16 this year and Andrew gives us a sweet preview. International award-winning poet Terri Kirby Erickson is here too. She’s ready to launch her new book—with a cool title: A Lake of Light and Clouds. Terri’s got a way of seeing the everyday as if we just got a new pair of specks.

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12:50 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Sonya Henderson, HBO's "Girls", Rainn Wilson on Soul Pancake, and Peter Sykes on Triad Arts Weekend

Rainn Wilson is the founder of the website and media company Soul Pancake.

Today on the show we’ll explore the world of an international recording artist and a professional basketball player. Spoiler alert: she’s the same person! Then Mary Dalton gets girly Behind the Scenes with an insider’s look at HBO’s hit series “Girls”. Bethany Chafin is here to chew on life’s big questions with Soul Pancake’s Rainn Wilson. You may know him as the ever nerdy and sometimes lovable Dwight Schrute from The Office, but Rainn’s real personality comes out on his website Soul Pancake where the search is on for what it means to be human. And speaking of being human, few things speak to the human condition better than the arts. So when NASA sent off the Voyager to contact life elsewhere in the universe, they included a golden record with (among other things) music from around the world. Two of those hot tracks on the Voyager Golden Record were by Johann Sebastian Bach. Today on the show keyboard artist Peter Sykes fills us in on what made J.S. Bach’s music the bee’s knees. And, don’t forget Bach’s musical son C.P.E. It’s his 300th birthday celebration at Old Salem.

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2:07 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Phuzz Phest, Clifford Garstang and Mona Wu on Triad Arts Weekend

Singer/Banjoist Abigail Washburn.
www.abigailwashburn.com

Today on the show we’ll pick, shred, paint, and write our way through the arts. Banjoists Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have already sold out two shows this weekend at Crossroads @ SECCA #9, but they’re here to share their own unique brand of music-making with us, and to fill us in on how musicians can save the world. Then, Eddie Garcia interrupts your cross country quest for the perfect music festival with this news flash: Phuzz Phest 2014—featuring 50 cutting edge bands—just happens to be right here in your own backyard! Phuzz Phest founder Phillip Pledger is here with a preview. Artist Mona Wu shares her Chinese calligraphy and print-making passion, and Bethany Chafin sits down with Press 53 author Clifford Garstang to find out What the Zhang Boys Know.

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8:40 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Author Clifford Garstang is Recipient of the Library of Virginia Literary Award for Fiction

Clifford Garstang is the author of "What the Zhang Boys Know" and "In An Uncharted Country".
Clifford Garstang

 

Clifford Garstang has volunteered with the Peace Corps in South Korea, practiced international law in Singapore, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and worked with the World Bank in Washington D.C. as Senior Counsel for East Asia.   

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10:41 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Triad Arts Weekend Theme Music - Who's that Artist?

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You know the catchy intro music on Triad Arts Weekend?  Have you ever wondered who performs it?

The theme song for our weekly arts show is "BT", composed by Edgar Meyer.  The piece features performances by Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor, Mike Marshall, and Sam Bush.  The song is from the CD Heartland: An Appalachian Anthology

We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Arts
2:17 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Forecast Music, Helen Simoneau Danse, Authoring Action, and Johnny Cash on Triad Arts Weekend

Helen Simoneau Danse

Wow, talk about your artistic journeys. Today on the show we’ll go from live cutting edge contemporary music in a small Cafe, to the music of Johnny Cash. Before we walk the line though, Dancer Helen Simoneau is asking her dancers to put it all on the line for “Paper Wings”. It’s local modern dance that the great Baryshnikov calls “cool moves”. Composer Eric Schwartz brings the hip, new music scene of Brooklyn to the Triad with Forecast Music’s Brooklyn Sounds: Copland Meets the Moderns. And they say actions speak louder than words. Authoring Action has its cake and eats it too engaging audiences, empowering youth, and bringing about change all through the power of the written and spoken word. Paisley IB Magney School tenth grader Nonnie Christine Egbuna fights the power with Bethany Chafin. And musician/songwriter Richard Boyd of the Bo-Stevens celebrates the birthday of the legendary "Man In Black" with ten outstanding local bands during the 11th annual Cash Bash. He chats with Eddie Garcia. Get ready to “Walk the Line”.

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