Arts

Arts
8:33 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Walden on Wheels: A Memoir About Student Debt, Adventure, and Freedom

The cover of Ken's new book Walden on Wheels.
kenilgunas.com

Ken Ilgunas was first published in 2009.  His article appeared on the news site Salon.com and was titled "I live in a van down by Duke University."  At the time, Ilgunas was getting his Master's in Liberal Studies at the University, and striving to stay out of debt.  The article broke the silence on one of his methods for remaining debt-free - secretly living in his Ford Econoline van.  Ken now has a new book out titled Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom. The book is relevant, honest, and inspiring, and while it addresses his adventures in vandwelling, it tells other important stories as well.  Ken joined Associate Producer Bethany Chafin at WFDD, and she began by asking him to describe the three sections of Walden on Wheels.  

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Arts
12:27 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Sean Mulligan and Meredith Bain

 

Jonathan Milner teaches AP US Government, Civics and Economics to high school students at the University of NC School of the Arts.

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Arts
11:48 am
Tue July 23, 2013

The Dan River Girls


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Arts
7:50 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Guest Artist, Cello Soloist Lynn Harrell to Play with Eastern Music Festival This Weekend

Cello soloist Lynn Harrell.
Eastern Music Festival

The 52nd annual Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro continues through this weekend with a tremendous concluding concert by world renowned cello soloist Lynn Harrell. On Saturday night, July 27, at 8:00pm on the campus of Guilford College, EMF Music Director Gerard Schwarz will lead his friend, and the Festival Orchestra in a performance of Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor.
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Arts
4:42 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Wayne Henderson and Herb Key

Guitarist and luthier Wayne Henderson is one of today’s leading guitarists with 3 national tours with Masters of the Steel String Guitar, a National Heritage Award, Carnegie Hall and Prairie Home Companion concerts under his belt just to name a few highlights. This living legend will be pickin’ and grinnin’ for us with his pal Herb Key Live in Studio A.

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Arts
4:21 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Caleb Caudle and Haley Dreis

 

Blurt Magazine says Winston-Salem singer/songwriter Caleb Caudle’s new album Tobacco Town is filled with, “…jaw-droppingly fine songs”.

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Arts
9:31 am
Mon July 22, 2013

The Art of Cycling Celebrated in This Weekend's High Point Cycling Classic

High Point Cycling Classic

This weekend in High Point will be the first time a USA Cycling National Championship has ever come to North Carolina. That’s great news for cycling fans and art enthusiasts. In addition to hosting both the Women’s and Men’s Pro National Criterium Championships, the area surrounding the downtown transportation terminal will come alive with bicycling-inspired art. Theatre Arts Galleries in the High Point Theatre presents "The Bicycle: Art Meets Form", an Invitational Exhibition juried by Green Hill Center’s Edie Carpenter. 
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Arts
1:49 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Live in Studio A: Big Ron Hunter and Laurelyn Dossett

Big Ron Hunter in Studio A at WFDD.
Rebecca McNeely

The world's happiest bluesman, Big Ron Hunter has performed in Europe, Lincoln Center in New York, and at festivals throughout the United States. Coming up next weekend he’ll be part of UNCSA’s Music Academy of the American South which runs from June 14-16th on the UNCSA campus and Old Salem Museum and Gardens in Winston-Salem. Blue Summit: Interviews and Performance is Sunday afternoon, June 16th at 3:00pm with Big Ron, Boo Hanks and Logie Meachum.

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Arts
1:34 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Chopin's Nocturne

Chopin’s music may not sound experimental to our ears today—although David Ford says it’s always had an improvisational character to his ears—but the fact is that he was a musical experimenter who definitely pushed the envelope pianistically. Prior to Chopin, and etude was just a little piano study mostly for practicing piano technique. Chopin brought us the concert etude, a staple in the piano rep today. While he didn’t invent the Polonaise and Mazurka he is the composer who recast the polish folk music into piano form and catapulted both of them into the world arena. 

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Arts
12:59 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Triad Arts Weekend: July 19, 2013

Jeff Howlett's new film documenting the proto-punk music of three brothers.
Drafthouse Films

First, we go proto-punk. Before The Sex Pistols, or The Ramones, there was A Band Called Death. That’s the name of a new music documentary coming to the Triad this weekend. Our Technical Producer Eddie Garcia explores the musical and personal relationships of the Hackney Brothers with Charlotte film maker Jeff Howlett. Next Peter Kairoff is back at the keyboard with Frederick Chopin's Romantic piano music. Hear how it evokes early Italian opera, the expressive nature of the serenade, and so much more. And we wrap up today’s program at… Elsewhere. That’s Greensboro’s living museum, and it’s the site of an amazing musical experiment. What would happen if you composed a piece of music using nothing but found objects, polled your audience on how your piece should be performed, and then invited the room full of non-musicians to perform your work? Southern Constellations fellow Andrew Raffo Dewar will answer that question and everything else you ever wanted to know about Material Music.

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Arts
10:07 am
Fri July 19, 2013

"Broadway's Best" Comes to the Triad

Broadway's Best Theatre Company of North Carolina

Once upon a time summer stock theatre was thriving here in the Triad, but those days appear to have passed us by…until Broadway’s Best Theatre Company of North Carolina. The professional theatre group recently signed a lease agreement to turn a Davie County ACE Hardware store into a nifty 250 seat, state-of-the art performance space, and offer a sophisticated, professional summer stock season of select musicals and plays over a 10-12 week summer season.

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Radio Camp
3:34 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Blues-ing Around with Heath Combs

Credit Molly Davis

    Some people grow up dreaming of becoming a musician. Others actually become one. But recently, WFDD Radio camper Samantha Walker spoke with a triad man who said never saw himself as a musician, performing songs people enjoy hearing.

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On a windy day in the Hearn Plaza of Wake Forest University, bearded Heath Combs settled on a wooden bench, guitar in hand. Combs is part of the Twin City Buskers a Winston-Salem band that plays blues, swing, and country music. Combs explains why he became a musician.

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Radio Camp
3:22 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Meet the Artist: Joshua Moyer, DJ Dichotomy

Credit Molly Davis

  

Making a living in the music industry is hard work, and one triad DJ knows this all too well. WFDD Radio camper Sam Coronado spoke with him and has more.

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I met with Joshua Moyer, a tall spiky haired musician at Hearn Plaza on the campus of Wake Forest University. Since 2006, he's been a professional DJ. He's performed in Florida, Pennsylvania and parts of North Carolina.

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Radio Camp
2:48 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Meet the Writer: Poet and SLAM Organizer, Ismael Khatibu

Credit Molly Davis

 No one saw her flower.

No one truly saw her flower.

I mean, they saw her bud, they spread her petals,

prayed for dew, knew she was green,

Smelled her fragrance

Bottled her scent

But no one actually knew her...

- An excerpt from "Avatar", by Ismael Khatibu

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Radio Camp
2:17 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Meet the Artist: Nathan Bedsole of Estrangers

Credit Molly Davis

When you hear about bands, you think of CDs. But there is a group who records their songs on vinyl.

WFDD Radio Camper Caleb Creech was able to get a personal interview with a member of one of those bands.

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Nathan Bedsole is the bass player in the band, The Estrangers. At a table under the shade of a tree on the campus of Wake Forest University, he explains his life with the band.

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Radio Camp
1:57 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Piedmont Craftsmen Celebrates the Arts and 50 Years of Growth

Credit Molly Davis

One triad organization is about to celebrate 50 years of creating great art. Recently, WFDD radio camper Layth Khan spoke with one of the members.

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I met a blonde and dred-locked haired Nicole Uzell on a beautiful day under the shade of a tree.  She is an artist at Piedmont Craftsman in Winston Salem.  She explains how this organization is important to the community.

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Radio Camp
11:11 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Bringing Hollywood to the Triad: The Piedmont Triad Film Commission

Credit Molly Davis

When most people think of producing a big Blockbuster movie, they think of Hollywood, California; or maybe New York City. But one Piedmont Triad resident wants you to think of North Carolina. WFDD Radio Camper George Sanders has more.

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Rebecca Clark Mills is the executive director of the Piedmont Triad Film Commission. This group, formed in 1993 promotes and markets the 12 counties that make of this region. Clark Mills explains how her group attracts film producers to the area.

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Arts
8:45 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Elsewhere's Southern Constellations Artist-in-Residency Invites Audience to Become Performers

Southern Contellations artist Andrew Raffo Dewar composing a graphic score in the Elsewhere living musuem.
Carroll

Southern Constellations is a National Endowment for the Arts funded curatorial project now in its first season at Elsewhere, Greensboro’s living museum. The fellowship program brings six dynamic artist teams from across our region for special residencies at Elsewhere that explore experimental art in the South. Composer, soprano saxophonist, ethnomusicologist, educator, and arts organizer Andrew Raffo Dewar  is the fourth of six Southern Constellations fellow artists to work on site at Elsewhere. 

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Radio Camp
5:20 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Focusing on Meditation and Yoga: An Interview with Jacob Felder

Radio Camper Emma Heard interviews Jacob Felder

Begin by bringing your attention literally within. Beginning with the legs, bring your attention….

That’s a clip from Jacob Felder’s website. He is guiding listeners through a meditation exercise. He is a professional in several different art forms. WFDD Radio Camper Emma Heard recently spoke with him.

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Arts
10:47 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Before There Was Punk, There Was A Band Called Death

Death band members and brothers, David Hackney, Bobby Hackney Sr., and Dannis Hackney from A Band called Death.
Drafthouse Films

Before The Clash, The Sex Pistols, or The Ramones, there was A Band Called Death.  That’s the name of the new music documentary co-directed by Charlotte, North Carolina filmmaker Jeff Howlett

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Arts
9:03 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Igudesman and Joo Bring Music Lovers Together Through Humor

The dynamic dup, violinist Aleksy Igudesman anf pianist Hyung-ki Joo.
University of Georgia

 

Imagine the intersection of Mozart and Monty Python, or South Park and Johann Sebastian Bach and you pretty much have Igudesman and Joo.

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Arts
8:33 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Hilarious Comedy, and That's No Nonsense

No Nonsense at the Idiot Box in Greensboro.
www.idiotboxers.com

Comedians Pat McLeod and Eric Trundy “don’t get no respect”—especially from each other, as you'll hear. They’re the co-creators of No Nonsense Comedy at The Idiot Box in Greensboro. No-Nonsense is a stand-up comedy show featuring some of the best comedians in North Carolina. 
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12:55 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Triad Arts Weekend: July 12, 2013

A.R. Ammons, Untitled, 1978
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8:59 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Meet the Artist: Organist Tim Olsen

Organist Timothy Olsen.
www.timothyolsenorganist.com

"Sounds of the Summer: Exploring the Tones and Colors of Organs" in Winston-Salem began June 9th, with a recital on the 1971 Charles W. McManis Organ at the Gemeinhaus in Historic Bethabara Park, by organist Timothy Olsen

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Arts
10:11 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Meet the Artist: Conductor Leonard Slatkin

World renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin.
www.leonardslatkin.com

Internationally acclaimed American conductor Leonard Slatkin currently serves as the Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as well as music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon in France.  He has led many of the world's leading orchestras, and of his over 100 recordings, 7 have won Grammy's and 64 have received nominations.

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Arts
10:36 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Meet the Arts Organization: Winston-Salem's Hispanic Arts Initiative

A Latino dance performance in cooperation with the Hispanic Arts Initiative.
Hispanic Arts Initiative

The fast-growing Latino population in the U.S. has received a lot of press lately, but what about the many cultural impacts on our state and here in the Triad?

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Arts
8:42 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Meet the Artist: Violinist Kevin Lawrence

Violinist Kevin Lawrence.
Univeristy of North Carolina School for the Arts

Today's guest has been praised for his "assertive style and strong musical personality," and playing that is "supremely convincing in its vitality". Kevin Lawrence is the chair of the string department and professor of violin at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. 

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Arts
8:23 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Governor's School of North Carolina in its 51st Summer

Students at the Governor's School of North Carolina (West) on the campus of Salem College.
Governor's School of North Carolina

Last July the Governor’s School of North Carolina (NCGS) celebrated its 50th anniversary. It's a remarkable program where each summer many of our state’s best and brightest students from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds gather for the love of learning and the joy of creativity. At the Governor’s School intellectual curiosity fuels the exploration of the latest ideas in a whole host of disciplines.David Ford spoke with 2012 NC Governor’s School Director Lucy Milner and 2012 Governor's School percussion student Alex Kim.  And today, we sample from a Governor's School West orchestra performance.  
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Arts
1:03 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Triad Arts Weekend: July 5, 2013

Gerard Schwarz leads the Eastern Music Festival.
Eastern Music Festival


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9:14 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Meet the Artist: Red Clay Saxophone Quartet

Susan Fancher and Mark Engebretson with WFDD's David Ford.
Bethany Chafin

The saxophone was invented by Adolph Sax in the mid-1800s and since then the soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones have played sizable roles in 20th century chamber music, wind ensembles, and jazz bands. It’s the instrument of choice for dozens of excellent contemporary composers, many of whom have selected The Red Clay Saxophone Quartet to premiere their works. 

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