Now that we’ve officially entered the dog days of summer, what better way to beat the heat than losing yourself in a good film in the comfortable air-conditioned confines of a local art house cinema? There’s lots new going on at a/perture cinema in downtown Winston-Salem. Back in January Owner Lawren Desai spoke with David Ford about some of the new and exciting ways Aperture is engaging with our community.
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.
Sharon Andrews received her B.A.Dramatic Arts from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her M.F.A. in Directing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She teaches directing, acting, playwriting, introduction to theatre and first year seminars at Wake Forest University, and she directs annually for the University Theatre. Sharon continues to direct and act outside the University as well with groups including UNCG Theatre, Twin City Stage, Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and Paper Lantern Theatre.
Live music by some of the Triad’s best bands in a beautiful outdoor setting. That’s MUSEP: Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park. This wonderful Greensboro tradition is free and open to the public. This year MUSEP is celebrating its 35th anniversary by adding new bands to the performance lineup and Gate City venues as well. MUSEP began last month and will run through the end of August. Greensboro City Arts Director Jennifer Hance provides this summer season preview.