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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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

Triad Arts Weekend August 29, 2014

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

Triad Arts Weekend: August 22, 2014

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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7:31 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Blue Ridge Music Center and Paul Brown's Across the Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge Music Center

The Blue Ridge Music Center’s Summer Evening Concert Series featuring artists spanning all styles and iterations of traditional Appalachian music continues this Saturday with Red June and the Black Twig Pickers. Next weekend visitors to the center can enjoy NPR’s Paul Brown and his live radio show: Across the Blue Ridge.

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1:06 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

SECCA's Neil Goldberg: Anthology, Trumpeter Anita Cirba and the Salem Band, and Knifemaker John Hege

A photo from Neil Goldberg's To Do Lists.
Neil Goldberg

Triad Arts Weekend: August 8, 2014
Art is all around us and you can find it in the most unexpected of places. There’s the art of Damascus steel, the art of emerging from the darkness of a subway into the light of day, the art of theme and variation, knife blades, trumpet playing, and, guess what? We’ll cover all those and more for you today on the show. First up, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art curator Cora Fischer and New York-based artist Neil Goldberg open our eyes to all kinds of intimate artistic opportunities in Neil’s multi-media Anthology. Did you know the Triad is home to one of the finest trumpet players in the country? Yep, her name is Anita Cirba, and I’m not just blowing hot air—she’s here with trumpet and the Carnival of Venice in hand to show you. I’ll give you a hint how she does it: hours and hours of tireless practice, loads of dedication, and just not taking “no” for an answer. That’s the same recipe for beautiful Damascus steel knife-blade- making, and we’ll chat with a devoted blacksmith whose journey from auto repair to the art of the blade is pretty inspiring stuff. John Hege feels like a fire god—and as well he should.

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