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
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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Arts
1:55 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

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

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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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Arts
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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Arts
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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Arts
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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Arts
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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Arts
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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Arts
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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Arts
11:53 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Award-Winning Author Visits Triad Bookstores This Weekend

Writer Cliff Garstang.
Cliff 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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Arts
10:22 am
Sat February 15, 2014

For the Love of Art, A Valentine's Triad Arts Weekend

At an age when David Ford's big obsession was where to find the next wiffle ball game, Petr Ginz was inventing secret codes, making watercolors, and writing novels—five of them by the age of 14! Petr was murdered by the Nazis two years later, but his amazing life and the many lives he touched in and out of the concentration camps are remembered and celebrated in the Wake Forest University production of Embers and Stars: The Story of Petr Ginz. It’s Valentine’s Day, and film scholar Mary Dalton takes us Behind the Scenes to answer that nagging question: what exactly makes a movie Romantic. Winston-Salem Forsyth County Arts Council President and CEO Jim Sparrow’s got an artistic vision that’ll rock—jazz, classical and folk—your world. And then we’re off to the dance at High Point University. Cara Hagan is here with a choreographer’s keen eye for storytelling. We wrap things up with Touring Theatre of NC actor Camilla Millican and a Valentine’s Day Card that’ll take you Over the Edge.

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2:05 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Breath, Boom By NC A&T, Wayne Henderson, Stained Glass Playhouse and North Star, and Reynolda House

Brittany Timmons
Amanda Thompson

Today on the show we’ll go from girl gangs to Georgia O’Keefe, and legendary luthiers to Martin Luther King. First up NC A&T State University takes its audience on an up close, and in-your-face tour of the mean streets of America with its production of Breath, Boom by Kia Corthron. Then, he’s worked on guitars used by Neil, Eric, and Elvis (yes, THOSE Neil, Eric and Elvises): legendary Carolina luthier and picker Wayne Henderson is here to reveal the secrets of his success. Reynolda House reveals the magic behind American Moderns like Grandma Moses, and Norman Rockwell. And Stained Glass Playhouse celebrates National Black History Month with a powerful and personal look at the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of award-winning playwright Gloria Bond Clunie. We’ll each follow our own inner “North Star”.

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8:38 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Mount Airy Museum of Regional History Celebrates the Luthier's Craft

Wayne Henerson is highlighted as part of the exhibit.

The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History is currently showing the exhibit: “The Luthier’s Craft: Instrument Making Traditions of the Blue Ridge.”  It’s a collaborative exhibition between renowned regional luthiers Wayne HendersonAudrey Hash Ham, Chris Testerman, and Johnny Gentry, and

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Arts
9:35 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Rainn Wilson Invites You to Chew on Life's Big Questions

Rainn Wilson is the founder of SoulPancake.
www.wfu.edu

When you mention Rainn Wilson, most people probably think of The Office. 

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Arts
1:49 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

New Winston Museum, Salem Band, The Unbroken Circle, and A/perture Cinema

The Salem Band.
The Salem Band

Last week we jumped all over the Piedmont with artistic jaunts to Greensboro, Yadkin, and all the way out to Boone. Today we’re going to plop ourselves down right here in lovely, lively Winston-Salem for a while, and enjoy a little Triad music history 101. First, we’ll take a look at Salem’s 19th century Moravian community in the waning days of the Civil War. The 26th regiment bring will bring music to our ears and the New Winston-Salem Museum puts it in perfect historical context. Then, Salem Band is alive and well since its founding 243 years ago, and Music Director Eileen Young is keepin’ it real for us in 2014! We’ll continue full circle with more great music, this time an old-timey string band that really swings: Unbroken Circle is back in concert raising money for yet another worthy cause, and Wake Forest University’s Martha Allman is here to share. We’ll wrap things up today with a quick trip to the heart of downtown Winston-Salem and the art house cinema that’s doing its part to keep things rockin’ on fourth street: Aperture Cinema’s Lawren Desai updates us on new screenings, Oscar picks and more.

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7:51 am
Fri January 31, 2014

New Winston Museum and the Moravian Music Foundation Collaborate for Historic Performance

New Winston Museum

“Now the Battle Din is O’er” was appropriately enough the last tune played for General Robert E. Lee. It was also the last music played by the 26th Regiment North Carolina Troops, made up of Moravian musicians from Salem. In February New Winston Museum in collaboration with the Moravian Music Foundation will be hosting performances of this historic music along with the touching “When the Swallows Homeward Fly” performed for Lee on the evening of the surrender at Appomattox, VA, and others.

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1:58 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Dmitry Sitkovetsky, The Get Right Band, Found Footage Festival, and Composer Daniel C. Pappas

Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher of Found Footage Festival.
Photo courtesy of Nick Prueher


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Religion
5:03 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Quaker Pastor and Best-Selling Author Philip Gulley to Visit First Friends Meeting in Greensboro

Quaker Books

Philip Gulley is a Quaker pastor and author of 18 books.  His most recent book is Living the Quaker Way: Timeless Wisdom for a Better Life Today.  Gulley will visit the First Friends Meeting in Greensboro this weekend for  Quaker Quest, a two day series of sessions and storytelling on the Quaker Way. 

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Arts
1:24 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

A Tribute to Copey Hanes, the Jia String Quartet, Arts for Life, and the Art of Letterforming

Helen Copenhaver Hanes
University of North Carolina School of the Arts

 

 

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1:05 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Roots Revival, the Hispanic Arts Initiative, Relevents Wind Quintet, and Music at Muddy Creek Cafe

The Amigos Band will perfom with Roots Revival Stage.
Roots Revival


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1:10 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

The Genuine, Magnolia Baroque Players, and the Bo-Stevens Band Live in Studio A

Billie Feather and Richard Boyd Live in Studio A.
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6:41 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Triad Arts Holiday Celebration Part Two

  Every year around this time there’s an enormous variety of artful holiday traditions going on here in the Triad. Dance, music, theatre, art, you’ll find it all, and frankly, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to attend every event. But today on Triad Arts Holiday Celebration, gonna have our fruit cake and eat it too. First off, we’ll hear lots of outstanding music—holiday favorites, plus some completely original sounds of the season. We’ve also got poems, short stories and essays that explore this magical time of year. The best part is, for the next hour everything you'll hear will be performed by a group of incredibly talented musicians, poets and writers who each call the Piedmont home. It’s a Triad Arts Holiday Celebration Part II.

Part II of the Triad Arts Holiday Celebration.  The show features the following groups/artist in order of their appearance on the show:

Mary Siebert and her family: O Mary Rock

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Arts
8:35 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Jews and Catholics 'Civilized' Concert

Civilized LP Jews and Catholics
Jews and Catholics

The Winston-Salem based band Jews and Catholics released their new album Civilized  in August.

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Arts
8:25 am
Tue December 24, 2013

S2dio Supplies Takes off with VanGo

Bibi Coyne of S2dio Supplies and her VanGo.
Steve Childs

Bibi Coyne set out on an entrepreneurial adventure when she applied for Winston-Salem’s small business competition, earlier this year.   When Coyne and her family moved back to Winston-Salem, North Carolina two years ago, the graphic designer and marketing consultant was surprised by the lack of local art stores.  As the “city of arts and innovation” with a thriving arts district and numerous academic art programs, Coyne saw an opportunity to address a need.  Her concept for a mobile arts supply store in the Triad won the small business competition, and as a result – her business S2dio Supplies has taken off. Her idea has  taken off – on wheels in fact.  Bibi recently purchased a bus to house her business – a goal she’s had since applying for the competition.  She’ll fill it with art supplies to travel around the city serving selling and delivering to local artists.  Bibi spoke to me about the nuance and inspiration of an artist’s tools.

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1:00 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Triad Arts Weekend Holiday Celebration Part One

Every year around this time there’s an enormous variety of artful holiday traditions going on here in the Triad. Dance, music, theatre, art, you’ll find it all, and frankly, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to attend every event. But today on Triad Arts Holiday Celebration, gonna have our fruit cake and eat it too. First off, we’ll hear lots of outstanding music—holiday favorites, plus some completely original sounds of the season. We’ve also got poems, short stories and essays that explore this magical time of year. The best part is, for the next hour everything you'll hear will be performed by a group of incredibly talented musicians, poets and writers who each call the Piedmont home. It’s a Triad Arts Holiday Celebration.

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8:47 am
Mon December 16, 2013

The Modern Scribe: John Stevens and the Art of Letterforming

Letter artist John Stevens.
John Stevens

Winston-Salem based John Stevens is an internationally renowned letter artist.  His work can be seen everywhere from book covers and libraries to branding images, magazines, even on guitar necks. He has worked with clients such as Atlantic Records, Lucasfilm, and Pepsi, among many others.
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