Does the name William Sydney Porter ring a bell? He was born in Greensboro on September 11, 1862, and there’s a periodical in the Triad that bears his name. It’s called… O. Henry Magazine. Last year, on this the 150th anniversary of O. Henry’s birth, O. Henry Magazine celebrated its first anniversary. The Greensboro-based arts and culture magazine has an outstanding stable of award-winning writers who know great story-telling just as well as they know their roots. The readership is expanding; O. Henry Magazine is thriving; and the organization supports the educational programs of the Greensboro Historical Museum like local productions of O. Henry plays, and the revival of the O. Henry short story award. Decades ago, O Henry Magazine founding editor and Greensboro native James Dodson won that award. Since then he’s gone on to pen several best-selling books, and his work has appeared in more than 50 magazines and newspapers worldwide. Jim spoke with David Ford about his magazine’s namesake.
The art of gelato making is explored every day at Café Gelato in Winston-Salem. Gelato is the Italian version of ice cream. It’s got less butterfat, a higher density, and it’s served just a tad bit warmer than regular ice cream. The result: big bold flavor. Café Gelato in Winston-Salem typically has 8 or more varieties available like caramel and Nutella. Café Gelato owner Ciska Weber has been in the restaurant business for 20 years. The Holland native recently expanded her menu to include tapas, wine, chocolate fondue, and the intimate, European style Cafe is now available for small Holiday parties. David Ford spoke with Ciska as she prepared a batch of mango gelato.
Click here to listen to David Ford's complete interview with Joel Tauber.
Joel Tauber is an assistant professor of art at Wake Forest University, where he is developing their video art program. His work has been shown in solo art exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, and his films have screened at major festivals in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and elsewhere. Joel believes that art can change the world. His new work explores the seemingly simple and yet sometimes thorny notion of sharing, with the hopes of raising awareness and sparking conversations about its value and meaning in our Capitalist society.