Triad Arts Weekend

Fridays at 1pm & Sundays at 4pm

Triad Arts Weekend host David Ford explores the creative process behind an infectious melody, moving drama, evocative poem and much more with the local and visiting artists who enrich our lives here in the Piedmont Triad.

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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

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Triad Arts Weekend: April 11, 2014

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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1:33 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

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

Phuzz Phest

Triad Arts Weekend: April 4, 2014

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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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

Triad Arts Weekend: March 28, 2014

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

Triad Arts Weekend: March 21, 2014

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.

Triad Arts Weekend: March 14, 2014

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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