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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3:20 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

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


Triad Arts Weekend July 25 2014

  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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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

Triad Arts Weekend: July 18, 2014

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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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.

Triad Arts Weekend July 11, 2014

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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1:00 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

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

Triad Arts Weekend: July 4, 2014

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

Triad Arts Weekend June 27, 2014

  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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