Triad Arts

Weekdays at 8:35am & 5:44pm

Join 88.5 WFDD's David Ford every weekday for interviews and insight into the Piedmont Triad's rich artistic community.

Triad Arts Weekend brings you a full hour of arts -- Fridays at 1 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m.

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9:01 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Greensboro-Based Slam Team Will Participate in International Poetry Festival

Josephus III of The Poetry Project.

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For the 3rd year in a row, The Poetry Project is sponsoring the Gate City Youth Slam Team as they prepare to go to Chicago for the 16th Annual Brave New Voices Poetry Festival.
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7:58 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Smitty's Notes Guides You to What's Great in Winston-Salem

The Winston-Salem skyline.
Smitty's Notes

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Part 2 of David's interview with Jeff Smith of Smitty's Notes.
Smitty’s Notes does more to spread the word about goings on in the Triad and to bring people together than just about any other single source in our community. Today, 16 years after its inception, Smitty’s Notes eNewsletter is just as vital as ever, and it’s now on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. The man behind Smitty’s Notes is Jeffrey Smith.
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8:18 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Meet the Artist: UNCSA's Dean of the School of Dance Susan Jaffe

UNCSA Dean of the School of Dance Susan Jaffe.
Rosalie O'Connor

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For more than forty-six years The University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ acclaimed Nutcracker production has been one of the Triad’s most eagerly anticipated events of the holiday season. Last year, guest artists Veronika Part (Principal, American Ballet Theatre) and Charles Askegard (Principal, New York City Ballet) danced the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier Prince at the performances in the Stevens Center. The UNCSA Nutcracker Orchestra accompanied the performances under the baton of Charles Barker, Principal Conductor of American Ballet Theatre. It was the first production of The Nutcracker under the leadership of UNCSA’s new Dean of the School of Dance Susan Jaffe.  Susan was the principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre for 20 years. She spoke with David Ford about her career.

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8:38 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Meet the Artist: Asheville-Based Bluegrass Trio Red June

The members of Asheville-based trio Red June (left to right) are John Cloyd Miller, Will Straughan, and Natalya Weinstein.
Bobby Amoroso

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Last July the Asheville-based trio Red June visited the Triad for a special outdoor CD release party and concert. The bluegrass, beer and BBQ event took place at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, and it featured John Cloyd Miller on guitar, mandolin and vocals, Natalya Weinstein on fiddle and vocals, and  Winston-Salem native Will Straughan on guitar and vocals. Will played for years in the Emma Gibbs Band before moving to the mountains. Red June’s new CD is Beauty Will Come, and the tune we've sampled today is a hauntingly beautiful one from the album that Will wrote. It’s called "Soul’s Repair".

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9:13 am
Mon July 29, 2013

National Black Theatre Festival Celebrates 13th Biennial

Crowns Artistic Director Mabel Robinson.
Black Wealth Initiative

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The National Black Theatre Festival is for eyeryone, and they’re saving a seat just for you at this year’s international celebration and reunion of spirit in Winston-Salem. The 13th biennial NBTF opens Monday, July 29th and will run through August 3rd with an enormous variety of theatrical performances including dramas, comedies, musicals, and choreoplays. More than 140 performances of new works—like Adam: The Story of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and Black classics like Knock Me A Kiss back by popular demand and performed by the finest professional Black theatre companies from across the country and abroad. This year’s North Carolina Black Repertory Company will present a production of Crowns, a moving a celebratory gospel play written by Regina Taylor. It’s directed by Artistic Director, and internationally recognized Broadway choreographer/dancer Mabel Robinson. She’s joined by Executive Director Geraldine Patton.
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