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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9:27 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

Poet Joe Mills, Barbara Lister-Sink, the Write Motivation, and Paper Lantern Theatre Company

Cinny Strickland and Stephen Moore.
Paper Lantern Theatre Company

Poetry, music, literature, and theatre on the program today, beginning with This Miraculous Turning, a new book of poems by Joe Mills. And to all of the poetry naysayers out there groaning in the distance I say: you’re not gonna like it, you’re gonna LOVE it! And speaking of love, it’s a love story of a…different kind between Steinway artist Barbara Lister-Sink, the instrument that captured her heart decades ago, and why—I mean, aren’t all pianos the same? Then Bethany Chafin’ll cover books and blogs with established writers Chris Laney and Steve Cushman. They’re giving back big time with The Write Motivation—creative writing classes for everyone. And spit out your gum, sit up straight, and get ready to say “you’re welcome”, ‘cause Mrs. Mannerly is comin’ to town courtesy of Paper Lantern Theatre Company.

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11:51 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Artist's Studio, Piedmont Plein Air Paintout, Winston-Salem Symphony, and Greensboro Opera

UNCSA Dance.
Camel City Dispatch

Today on the show we’ll be your one-stop culture shop. We have award-winning filmmakers, multi-media artists, choreographers, dancers, curators, students and audience members all making art together in real time. And that, ladies and gentlemen is just segment one on TAW. Then we’re off to the great outdoors and a popular 19th century tradition that’s being embraced today in High Point en plein air. That’s the French expression for "in the open air" and specifically outdoor painting. High Point’s Piedmont Plein Air Paintout is coming to town and we’ll check it out with an artist’s keen eye. Then, the keen ears of W-S Symphony conductor Robert Moody will guide us through the orchestra’s season opener. We’ll wrap things up on the red carpet walk to Aycock Auditorium. That’s where Greensboro Opera Conductor David Holley and internationally renowned Dixie Diva mezzo soprano Victoria Livengood will be struttin’ their stuff at GO—as in Greensboro Opera—to the Movies. It’s an entire evening of opera hits used in the movies and you’re invited.

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1:39 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

NC Brass Band, Into the Woods, Early Broadcasting, and Steve Haines on Triad Arts Weekend

Little Red Riding Hood from Twin City Stage's Into the Woods.
Danny Alvarez

Today on the show once again the Piedmont is alive with the sound of music, not with songs they have sung for a thousand years, necessarily, but we will dip into the past beginning with the centuries old brass band tradition. It’s alive and well right here in the Triad these days with the newly formed North Carolina Brass Band. They’ve got a new CD out, they’re pumped and anything but Brassed Off! How about world class jazz? We’ve got you covered with the best in the business: Ellis and Jason Marsalis are comin’ to town and bassist Steve Haines is walkin’ it like he’s talkin’ it. We’ll venture Into the Woods with Twin City Stage as they kick off their 80th—that’s right 80th—season. And then we’re back with more great traditional music and the history of one of the earliest radio stations to bring it to us: WPAQ 740 AM, Mt. Airy, North Carolina, and a man by the name of Ralph Epperson. Filmmaker Jordan Nance chronicles the story of a young man’s dreams to leave the tobacco fields behind and start his own radio station, and Mt. Airy Museum of Regional History’s Matt Edwards is here to share.

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1:46 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Land Ho!, Lightnin' Charlie, and Caleb Caudle on Triad Arts Weekend

Caleb Caudle

When was the last time you saw a film that worth paying top dollar for at the box office? Well, Eddie Garcia brings it on home with Land Ho! Two 70-something ex-brothers-in-law set sail for Iceland to get their grooves back, and all hilarity breaks out. It screens in the Triad this weekend and UNCSA alumna co-writer/director Martha Stephens chats it up with us. Then it’s time to revel in the blues with one of the best: Lightnin’ Charlie is here to light it up with an encyclopedic knowledge of American music and the instrumental and vocal chops to walk it like he talks it. Tis the season of the Harvest Moon, and this year’s Harvest Moon Festival of art, food, and music on the Reynolda House lawn kicks off next week. The entertainment this year comes courtesy of musical guest Caleb Caudle. He’s here to “paint another layer on your heart.” 

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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

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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