Charlie Hebdo documentary kicks off week-long French film fest at Geeksboro

"This March, Geeksboro invites the Triad to ‘Rendez-vouz’ for a week-long festival of brand new French movies!

Through an exclusive partnership with Unifrance Films and the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema will co-host Rendez-vouz with French Cinema.  Featuring the U.S. premiere of seven French films will be simulcast across the country.  Geeksboro will screen one brand new film twice daily at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. starting Friday, March 13 and ending Thursday, March 19.

The week-long festival will kick off on Friday, March 13 with “Charlie Hebdo: It’s Hard Being Loved by Jerks.” Directed by Daniel Leconte, the documentary depicts the controversial French publication circa 2005 and the outrage that ensued when they published twelve cartoons that depicted the Prophet Muhammad. Completed in 2008, the film is a moving document of the publication before the January 7 terrorist attack that resulted in the death of 11 people who worked for the satirical newspaper’s offices.

Tickets for the screenings are only $4 each or $3 for students with a current school ID. Devoted Francophiles are also able to purchase a seven0film Festival Pass for only $20.

The seven films premiering at Geeksboro include “Charlie Hebdo: It’s Hard Being Loved by Jerks” (March 13), “Love at First Fight” (March 14), Stubborn  (March 15), Gaby Baby Doll (March 16), “In the Courtyard” (March 17), and “Eat Your Bones” (March 18).

Geeksboro will present Rendez-vouz with French Cinema as part of Arthouse Revival, a year long film series sponsored in part by a grant from ArtsGreensboro. For online tickets or additional info, visit Geeksboro’s website at www.Geeksboro.com.

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The following is a listing of showtimes, dates, titles, and synopses:

2:30 & 7 p.m. Friday, March 13th – “Charlie Hebdo: It’s Hard Being Loved by Jerks” (dir. Daniel Leconte, 110 minutes) - When twelve cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad were published by Denmark’s largest newspaper in 2005, European muslim groups denounced the cartoons as insulting and sacrilegious. To everyone's surprise, the protests against the Muhammad drawings took a worldwide scale, even leading to violent demonstrations in several Muslim countries. In France, the satirical news magazine Charlie Hebdo joined the conversation and reprinted the controversial cartoons, causing an uproar among the country’s growing Muslim population. Months later, the Great Mosque of Paris, the World Muslim League and the Union of Islamic Organizations of France took Charlie Hebdo’s editor Philippe Val to court for defamation and incitement of hatred. It's Hard Being Loved by Jerks offers a real-time account of the ensuing trial, arguably one most divisive and heated legal proceedings in recent French history.


2:30 & 7 p.m. Saturday, March 14th – “Love at First Fight” (aka, “Les Combattants” dir. Thomas Cailley, 98 minutes) - A triple winner at last year’s Cannes, where it played in the Directors’ Fortnight, Love at First Fight offers a warm and refreshing coming-of-age story. Easygoing and naïve Arnaud (Kévin Azaïs) plans to spend the summer helping his brother in the family carpentry business. But when he meets Madeleine (Adèle Haenel), a steely young woman determined on the harshest military service and preoccupied with visions of the apocalypse, he adoringly follows her to boot camp. Thomas Cailley’s first feature may feel unmistakably familiar, yet it offers two alluring and empathetic protagonists (portrayed by equally likable actors), well-wrought humor, and gorgeous cinematography by David Cailley (the director’s brother). Nominated for nine César Awards including Best Film. A Strand Releasing release.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi_wDGwQ9ho

2:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. Sunday, March 15th – “Stubborn” (aka, “Une histoire Américaine,” dir. Armel Hostiou, 85 minutes) - Artist Barbara (Kate Moran) tires of her (very) brief relationship with Vincent (Vincent Macaigne) and leaves him behind in Paris. But the resolute Vincent follows her to America, determined to win back her affections. Shot in New York in wintertime and featuring daytime soap veteran and star of HBO’s LOOKING, Murray Bartlett as Barbara’s new love interest, STUBBORN, like its hero, is unabashedly romantic, utterly captivating, and often uncomfortably hilarious.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKH7t2xSodk

2:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. Monday, March 16th – “Gaby Baby Doll” (dir. Sophie Letourneur, 88 minutes) - As the awkward, insecure bubbly Gaby, Lolita Chammah suggests a Gallic Greta Gerwig in one of her not-quite-formed-adult roles. Upon arriving in the country, she’s promptly discarded by her boyfriend, and as solitude is not an option, the companionship-starved Gaby seeks out a replacement. She finds it in Nicolas (Benjamin Biolay), a seemingly hirsute vagabond whose shack she invites herself to share.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGPj7k4i0t0



2:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17th – “Hippocrates” (aka, “Hippocrate,” dir. Thomas Lilti, 102 minutes) - Novice doctor Benjamin (Vincent Lacoste), interning in his father’s ward, makes a rookie mistake that costs a patient his life. The administration quickly covers up his wrongdoing, but the dead man’s wife begins asking questions and Benjamin’s overworked colleagues resent his nepotism. Lilti’s biting dramedy posits that “Hippocratic” and “hypocrite” share more than linguistic affinities. Nominated for seven César Awards including Best Film. A Distrib Films release.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qD3Bilgnfw

2:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18th – “In the Courtyard” (aka, “Dans la Cour,” dir. Pierre Salvadori, 97 minutes) - National treasure Catherine Deneuve sinks her teeth into the role of Mathilde, a former social worker inhabiting an upscale apartment with her husband Serge (Féodor Atkine). When slovenly musician Antoine (Gustave Kervern) applies by chance for a caretaker job in their building, Mathilde insists Serge hire him, despite his rough manners and lack of qualifications. An unlikely friendship develops between the depressed custodian and the elegant retiree, whose dependence on Antoine increases as her grasp on reality begins to slip.  A Cohen Media Group release.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5OG_bEWzDI

2:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. Thursday, March 19th – “Eat Your Bones” (aka, “Mange tes morts” dir. Jean-Charles Hue, 94minutes) - Eighteen-year-old Jason (Jason François), on the verge of baptism, finds his values tested when half-brother Fred (Frédéric Dorkel) returns from a 15-year prison stint anything but rehabilitated. The two, along with a third brother and a cousin, team up to steal a truckload of copper, but they prove to be inept criminals and unstable partners. Received the 2014 Prix Jean Vigo, awarded annually to one director by the Cinema of France “for their spirit of independence and extraordinary style.”


Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwWR3FIqErk"

- A Press Release

SOUTHERN IDEAL HOME SHOW RETURNS TO GREENSBORO COLISEUM COMPLEX MARCH 27-29, 2015


Three fun-filled days including HGTV Designers John and Whitney Spinks, Belgard Gardens, AIDP Designer Rooms, Local Artists and more -


"Spring is in the air and consumers wanting to give their home or garden a much-needed facelift are marking their calendars for the home improvement event of the year: the Southern Ideal Home Show, March 27-29, 2015. As the largest and longest standing home and garden show in the Triad, it brings more than 300 experts with the latest in home improvement products, services and values, and features to excite the entire family.
Show guests can experience hands-on, interactive exhibits, DIY seminars, the latest innovations in green living, the hottest products for kitchen and bath, and exclusive show-only specials. Other features include:

John and Whitney Spinks from HGTV’s Flipping the Block. Best known as “The All American Sweetheart Couple” from HGTV’s reality show, Flipping the Block, this design+build duo has proven themselves in more ways than design alone. The synergy between them is evident, giving them a unique edge in operating their interior design business, 27 South Design Group.  They will show you how to stretch your renovation dollar through their designer tips and tricks. With a passion for design and functionality, this team knows how to get the most “bang for your buck!” Meet them at the show on Friday, March 27 at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. on Center Stage. 

Bob Timberlake. Meet internationally acclaimed realist painter and designer, Bob Timberlake, at the show. Learn more about Bob as an artist, designer and collector on Saturday March 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Buck Stove exhibit.

Gardens Galore. The Belgard Gardens will cover more than 4,000 square feet of elaborate, lush gardens right inside the coliseum. The Triad’s leading landscape professionals will help usher customers into spring by providing individualized advice and services. See what they can do for you, courtesy of Pond Professors, Green Valley Landscaping, Carolina Pondscapes, Gibson’s Landscape Management and Williamson Landscaping.

Designer Rooms. Housed within the Belgard Gardens, The Association of Interior Design Professionals (AIDP) will feature the latest décor in six spectacular designer rooms. AIDP’s qualified Interior Design Professionals will be available to provide guests with the expertise, materials and resources needed to create a space that caters to their specific lifestyle. Designers include Beeson Decorative Hardware & Plumbing, Bella Designs, Designer’s Attic of NC Inc., Molly McClean Designs and Rescue Renovations.

Local Artists Showcase. A show favorite, local Triad artists will exhibit their painting, sculpture, photography and hand-crafted items in the local arts showcase. Guests can shop and support eight local artists by taking home one-of-a-kind pieces.
Show hours are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $9 at the door and free for children under 15 years of age (with paying adult). Discount tickets are available at local Walgreens stores beginning March 2 for $7. Friday is Seniors Day, those 55 and older get $7 admission (no coupons). Admission is $5 after 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings plus guests will receive a coupon for a complimentary sandwich redeemable at any Chick-fil-A Greensboro/Burlington restaurant – $5 admission after 5 p.m. ONLY (no coupons). Go online to www.southernidealhomeshow.com  and Register to Win $500 to shop the show.
Guests can also order tickets online. To purchase tickets or for more information, call (800) 849-0248 or visit www.southernidealhomeshow.com.  Sponsors include the News & Record, Greensboro Builders Association, WFMY News 2 and Walgreens.
            
About Southern Shows:

Southern Shows Inc. has produced high-quality consumer shows for more than 50 years. Family-owned and operated, Charlotte-based Southern Shows currently produces 18 separate events with a combined audited attendance of more than 600,000. For more information about attending or exhibiting at Southern Shows Inc. events in other markets, visit www.SouthernShows.com or call 800-849-0248."

- A Press Release

Police Receive Another Report of Suspicious Activity Near a School Bus Stop

           "A juvenile female student reported another incident of suspicious activity near a school bus stop this morning.
            On Feb. 25th at approximately 7:30 am, the student was walking towards her bust stop at the corner of Vandalia Road and Pepperstone Drive when she heard a vehicle horn. She saw a newer model burgundy cargo van drive past her travelling in a northeasterly direction on Vandalia Road. The van then made a U-turn and stopped when it was beside the student.
            The juvenile reports that the driver rolled down the passenger-side window, leaned over, and asked her if she wanted some candy. The girl then fled to a safe place and notified an adult of what occurred.
            This marks the fourth incident of suspicious behavior near school bus stops since December 2014. In the previous incidents, male drivers offered rides to young females. In each instance, the students refused the offer, and the drivers left the area without incident. The students then reported the incidents to trusted adults.
            The description of the vehicle and driver in today’s incident are not similar to previous reports. The van is described as a newer model burgundy cargo (possibly panel) van. The front windows were tinted and the back windows were either panels or painted to match the van body. The van did not have company logos on it.
            The driver is described as a Hispanic male with a slight accent. He may be in his 30’s. He has short black hair and a moustache. He had black sunglasses on his the top of his head, and was wearing gray overalls.
Detectives from the Greensboro Police Department and School Resource Officers are investigating.
             Police remind parents that stranger abductions are fairly rare. Nationally about 25% of child abductions are by strangers: most children are taken by family members or acquaintances.
However, parents should have open and frequent conversations with their children about strangers.
Here’s how to get the conversation started:
Tell your children that a stranger is any adult they do not know. Teach your children not to go anywhere with a stranger, and never get in a car with someone they don’t know. Kidnappers can lure children by seeming to be nice, or by asking them for directions or asking for help..
Practice safety drills. Show your children how to run away and scream if someone follows them or tries to force them into a car. If a stranger attempts to talk to or grab your children, your children should know to shout, "No!" or "Fire!" or “I don’t know you!”. Rehearse screaming at strangers by role-playing.

Teach your children that schools, stores, libraries and restaurants are all safe public places they can run to if they feel unsafe.

There are times, however, when your child may need the help of an adult they don’t know. Explain to them that police officers, store clerks, teachers, people who are behind desks in office buildings, mail-carriers and mothers with children are generally safe strangers. Let your kids know that they can trust these strangers if they ever need help and they cannot locate an adult they recognize.


Some kidnappers are savvy and may address your child by name in attempt to gain their trust. Practice a secret code word with your children. Choose a word that would not be easy for a stranger to guess. Use this code word when another adult is required to transport your child. If a stranger knows your child's name, but does not mention the code word, that stranger is probably a threat. Tell your kids they should never get into a car with someone who does not know the code word."

- A Police Report

Reynolda House Museum of American Art Breaks Attendance Record with ‘George Catlin’s American Buffalo’ Opening Weekend

George Catlin, Buffalo Bull, Grazing on the Prairie,
1832-1833, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art
Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.
"Reynolda House Museum of American Art set a new museum attendance record for an exhibition opening weekend with its debut of “George Catlin’s American Buffalo”  in North Carolina.

The museum welcomed more than 450 visitors over the Saturday and Sunday of the exhibition’s opening weekend, Feb. 14-15. The previous record was 408 visitors for the first Saturday and Sunday of an exhibition, when the museum opened “American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell” in February 2014.

“The response to this exhibition has been overwhelming,” said Allison Perkins, Reynolda House executive director. “We’ve seen visitors from across the state and across the street, all who know George Catlin, love Western art, and feel a special connection to the stories of Native American life that Catlin tells in these paintings.”

“George Catlin’s American Buffalo” is the first exhibition of Western art hosted by Reynolda House since it opened the Mary and Charlie Babcock Wing 10 years ago. For the exhibition’s opening weekend, Reynolda House offered a ticket package that included admission to the museum, a custom exhibition t-shirt, a 10% coupon for Village Tavern and a photo opportunity at the Museum. Total attendance of 463 visitors over the two days included approximately 200 people who purchased their ticket in advance as part of the package.

The museum employed a marketing campaign for the exhibition inspired by a piece of its own history. Billboards, posters, and advertisements leading up to the exhibition’s opening proclaimed, “The buffalo are coming.” The campaign was inspired by the advertising campaign for the launch of Camel cigarettes, one of the first nationally known brands in the United States. In 1913, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company introduced Camel cigarettes to the world, supported by a set of teaser advertisements in popular national magazines and journals with a similar message: “The camels are coming.” Reynolda House is the 1917 country estate of R.J. Reynolds, the founder of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

“We are always seeking new ways to share and connect the history of Reynolda with those who experience Reynolda today,” said Sarah Smith, director of external relations. “This campaign was a nod to our past.”

The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Sundays 1:30-4:30 p.m. Several programs and events are planned in conjunction with “George Catlin’s American Buffalo,” including gallery talks, a symposium, classes for children and adults, and a free community day. The exhibition is on view through May 3. Information is available online at reynoldahouse.org/reynoldabuffalo.

“George Catlin’s American Buffalo” is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in collaboration with the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Generous support for the exhibition has been provided by Mary Anne and Richard W. Cree, and Lynn and Foster Friess. Additional support for the exhibition and the publication was provided by William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment Fund and the Smithsonian Council for American Art. Support for “Treasures to Go,” the Museum’s traveling exhibition program, comes from The C.F. Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia.

Reynolda House is grateful for the generous support of the exhibition from Major Sponsor First Tennessee Bank. Additional support is provided by Major Sponsor the Charles H. Babcock, Jr. Arts and Community Initiative Endowment; Lead Sponsors Phoenix Packaging | Pam & Tom Skinner; Contributing Sponsors Mr. & Mrs. Bruce M. Babcock and Telos Furniture | Michael & Elizabeth Felsen; Exhibition Partners Teresa & Don Caine and The Ecology Wildlife Foundation; and Program Partners Anna McCoy Smith, Citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and Vernon & Frankie Winters.


Reynolda House Museum of American Art is one of the nation’s premier American art museums, with masterpieces by Mary Cassatt, Frederic Church, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe and Gilbert Stuart among its collection.  Affiliated with Wake Forest University, Reynolda House features changing exhibitions, concerts, lectures, classes, film screenings and other events.  The museum is located at 2250 Reynolda Rd. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in the historic 1917 estate of Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband, Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Reynolda House and adjacent Reynolda Gardens and Reynolda Village feature a spectacular public garden, dining, shopping and walking trails. For more information, please visit reynoldahouse.org or call 336.758.5150. Connect at facebook.com/rhmaa and @CurateReynolda."

- A Press Release

GREENHILL ANNOUNCES DANIEL JOHNSTON & HIROSHI SUEYOSHI: SCULPTURAL CLAY EXHIBITION



Daniel Johnston with his large pots in process. ©Daniel Johnston
"Greenhill announces the 2015 Spring exhibition, Daniel Johnston | Hiroshi Sueyoshi: Sculptural Clay, on display May 1 – June 10, 2015. The exhibition brings together two ceramic artists who come from different parts of the state: Daniel Johnston from Seagrove and Hiroshi Sueyoshi from Wilmington. Johnston and Sueyoshi are nationally recognized ceramic artists with distinctive styles.

In Daniel Johnston │ Hiroshi Sueyoshi: Sculptural Clay “visitors will see remarkable examples of wood-fired, wheel-thrown stoneware and hand-built porcelain and clay by nationally recognized ceramic” explains Edie Carpenter, Director, Curatorial and Artistic Programs at Greenhill. Working in distinctive styles, Johnston and Sueyoshi are combining clay traditions from East and West to create works that reference the vessel as a functional object, but are ultimately representational or sculptural forms.

Johnstons’ monumental jars are created from hand-dug local North Carolina clay and ash glazes evoke the tradition and history of the storage vessel. He is one of the newest “large-pot” ceramicists living in the Seagrove clay community to come to the national forefront and will present a site-specific installation for thirty large jars designed for Greenhill’s space. Johnston explains, “Visitors will enter a 60-foot long tunnel to view my jars.  They will experience light playing through the tunnel’s interior and perceive the monumental jars aligned in a series reflecting their production on the wheel. The architecture of the structure is built from the same wood that feeds the crucible where the pots were created— and evokes the design of the groundhog kiln of the American South. At the end of the corridor one last jar, I select, and will be displayed on a pedestal in a seamless cube, resembling a modern gallery space.”

In a separate part of The Gallery at Greenhill, works never before seen of Sueyoshi’s will be on display including his clay “stones”, which are handmade versions of the stones of the “dry landscapes” of 14th century Japan.  Sueyoshi, who has worked as artist in residence at Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington’s Pancoe Education Center for the past nine years, will present a condensed version of his recent retrospective exhibition there, “Matter of Reverence”,  covering four decades of his production in hand-built porcelain and clay.  The bowl or vessel is reiterated in many different ways by Sueyoshi in works that suggest architectural structures or plant forms, often combining textured exterior walls with smooth interior surfaces washed in saturated colorful glaze.  In an interview in The Living Tradition, North Carolina Artists Speak Sueyoshi states that for the most part his forms always “leave something open so you can see inside” (2009, The NC Pottery Center, p. 165) leaving a visible reference to the vessel. 

The exhibition opens to the public on Friday, May 1, 2015 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.  The first hour is time reserved for Greenhill members and sponsors to engage with the artists and curator.  Starting at 6:30, the public is welcome to join.  Free and open to the public. For more information on becoming a member of Greenhill, visit www.GreenhillNC.org/Join.


ADDITIONAL ASSOCIATED PROGRAMS

Artist Talk: Wednesday, May 20 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Daniel Johnston and Hiroshi Sueyoshi will each speak for 45 minutes and answer questions about their works.  Free and open to the public.  Refreshments

First Friday, June 5 from 6:00  - 9:00 PM
Join us for First Friday and live music by the Diego Hillbillies from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Diego Hillbillies, an Americana band, play a mixture of tunes from many genres played like only hillbillies can! The band features William Hicks on mandolin, Charlie Murphy on bass, and Frank Fratoni on guitar and vocals. First Friday free and open to the public. Cash Bar. 

Adult Workshop | Clay Rattles: Make a Joyful Noise, May 7 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm or 6:00 – 9:00pm
Lynn Sanders-Bustle, Ph. D, Director of Programs at Greenhill, will be instructing this adult workshop. Lynn will share her experiences working with clay and other three-dimensional processes and will present a brief history of clay rattles. Participants will tour The Gallery and learn hand-building techniques and strategies which will be used by participants to create a one-of-a kind rattle. Lynn fondly remembers where her fascination with clay began, Lynn has taught ceramics and other three-dimensional processes to others. Sign up online at www.greenhillnc.org/adult-workshops.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Daniel Johnston’s 2010 “Large Jar” project utilized Thai techniques to produce one hundred large 34-40 gallon pots in as many days. The physical experience of forming the hundreds of pounds of clay used in the project took on a heroic dimension comparable to descriptions of Abstract Expressionist painters’ battles with their paint.  Johnston has been recognized by invitations to speak at the Smithsonian Institute’s Freer Gallery and the acquisition of major works by the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte.  


A native of Japan, Hiroshi Sueyoshi studied at Tokyo Aeronautical College and served as apprentice to potter Masanao Narui in Mashiko before coming to North Carolina in 1971 to help design and build Humble Mill Pottery in Asheboro where he has worked for more than four decades. On his Eastern heritage Hiroshi has stated:  “Some people say, ‘Oh, your work is very Japanese influenced.’ And sometimes Japanese friends come here and see my pots and say, ‘Very much westernized.’”  (The Living Tradition, p. 161)  In recent years Sueyoshi has looked more closely at his Japanese heritage and his retrospective exhibition included two installations reflecting a restrained Zen esthetic:  "Empty Bowls" a meditation on the Japanese tea ceremony, presented 68 stoneware soup bowls, each marking a year of Sueyoshi's life.  "Rock Garden," featured stoneware "rocks" some resembling natural forms and others figures of the imagination, arranged in a configuration resembling a Japanese Zen garden. Hiroshi Sueyoshi’s works have been exhibited nationally in private, corporate and institutional collections, including the Renwick Gallery in the National Museum of American Art. In 2006 he was honored with the North Carolina Living Treasure award. "

- A Press Release

NEWSBOYS TO HEADLINE SONRISE FESTIVAL COMING TO WHITE OAK AMPHITHEATRE SATURDAY, MAY 9

"Premier Festivals announces its newest addition – SonRise Festival – at the White Oak Amphitheatre at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex on Saturday, May 9. 

The Festival will include Newsboys on their “We Believe … God’s Not Dead” tour, along with Audio Adrenaline and Finding Favour.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. and prices begin at $15 for groups of 10 or more and Family 4-Packs.  Please call 336-373-2632 for group sales information.

Advance tickets are $25 each and VIP tickets, which offer closest seating to the stage, are $35 (plus fees).

All advance tickets are general admission. Tickets may be purchased at the Greensboro Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets and by calling 1-800-745-3000.

SonRise Festival is the first annual Christian music event held at White Oak Amphitheatre.


“We are pleased to bring great quality Christian artists to the beautiful White Oak Amphitheatre for the SonRise Festival,” said Richard Young, director of Premier Festivals. “We are looking forward to growing an annual tradition in Greensboro, as we have with other Premier Festivals across the nation and into Canada.”
 
In 2014, Premier Festivals brought top named artists to 10 family-friendly events in amusement parks, beaches and universities across the nation and into Canada, such as Rock the Park and Christian Music Day at Carowinds in Charlotte, NC; KingsFest at Kings Dominion in Richmond, VA; SpiritSong at Kings Island near Cincinnati, OH; Wonder Jam in Canada’s Wonderland, and a New Year’s celebration in Lynchburg, VA called Winterfest. In addition to the new SonRise Festival, Premier is introducing another festival in 2015 at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN called Rock the Smokies."

- A Press Release

Greensboro College Presents Seventh Annual Schleunes Lecture March 2

"Greensboro College presents the Seventh Annual Schleunes Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, in Hannah Brown Finch Memorial Chapel on campus.

The event is free and open to the public. It originally had been scheduled for Jan. 27 but was postponed.

The speaker will be Debórah Dwork , the Rose Professor of Holocaust History and Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University.

Dwork's lecture is titled, "Rescue during the Holocaust: One Person Can Make a Difference."

As founding director of the center, Dwork has given shape to a forum for Holocaust and genocide education and scholarship, dedicated to teaching, research, and public service. She is now considered a leading authority on university education in this field, as well as in her area of scholarship, Holocaust history.

Dwork has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies.

A member of the U.S. delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (previously called the International Task Force), Dwork serves on many advisory boards and works with nonprofit organizations and foundations concerned with Holocaust education.

The Schleunes Lecture is presented annually through the generosity of Richard and Jane Levy of Greensboro in honor of the eminent Holocaust scholar Dr. Karl Schleunes of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The series is dedicated to providing opportunities for area residents and students to hear nationally and internationally recognized experts present their research on the Holocaust and on issues related to genocides.

Greensboro College provides a liberal-arts education grounded in the traditions of the United Methodist Church and fosters the intellectual, social, and, spiritual development of all students while supporting their individual needs.


Founded in 1838 and located near downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,150 students from 26 states, the District of Columbia and 10 nations in its undergraduate liberal-arts program and four master's degree programs. In addition to rigorous academics and a well-supported Honors program, the school features a 17-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities."

- A Press Release

Kid Rock announces two NC shows with $20 tickets

KID ROCK DOUBLES DOWN
WITH MASSIVE $20 TICKET TOUR THIS SUMMER IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM "FIRST KISS."

Saturday July 11 – Walnut Creek Amphitheatre Raleigh
July 14 – PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte

-- The legendary FOREIGNER to support on all dates!! --


"Kid Rock broke all the rules when he last set out on tour, and now he’s back to break them all again.  The “$20 Best Night Ever” tour set all sorts of attendance records, proving that the combination of top notch entertainment and affordable tickets are a win/win for everyone.  Now with the eminent release of his new album “First Kiss,” (his first on Top Dog/Warner Bros. Records) Kid Rock, along with his trusted Twisted Brown Trucker Band, is announcing a full summer tour with very special guest Foreigner.    The tour kicks off June 24th in Hartford, includes 6 special nights in Detroit, and wraps September 5th in the great state of Washington.  Pre-order the album now on iTunes (iTunes.com/KidRock) or starting today, stream the record in its entirety on iTunes Radio -  iTunesRadio.com/KidRock.
Kid Rock with special guest Foreigner will play Walnut Creek Amphitheatre Raleigh on Saturday July 11 and PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte on July 14. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, February 24 at 10AM at livenation.com, the venue box offices, all Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone 800-745-3000. 

Tickets for this tour, which is again being promoted by Live Nation, will be handled as they were for the last run, with every effort made to keep fees down and scalpers at bay.  Tickets from the 2nd row to the lawn will be $20, plus reduced parking and service fees keeping the total ticket price at about $30 or under.  $20 all-in tickets (including parking) will be offered at the venue box office and from participating Walmart stores.  Everyone who purchases a ticket at Walmart will receive a coupon for $2 off their purchase of “First Kiss.” 1000 tickets from each show will be put on sale via LiveNation.com’s Platinum ticketing program to combat scalping.  The first row of seats for every show will be held back and given as free upgrades for lucky fans, and $20 special food packages will be available during the shows.  And of course, since they were so popular last time around, there will be specially priced draught beers and special $20 tour t-shirts available throughout the amphitheaters.  


On Sunday, February 22nd, Kid Rock will be performing a massive show before the start of the Daytona 500 where “First Kiss” will be debuted live for the first time.  Fans can tune by 12:15 EST to Fox television to make sure they catch the performance.  Following that he’ll be appearing on the Tonight Show on February 23rd, the Today Show on February 24th, talking with Howard Stern on February 25th, and in a first for Kid Rock he’s going to be experimenting with this new technology called “Twitter” on February 19th, when he takes over the iTunes twitter handle at 5 pm EST to answer fans’ questions.  In addition, starting today, fans will be able to stream the record in its entirety via iTunes.  There of course will be more promotional surprises in store.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale the day “First Kiss” is released, February 24th on www.LiveNation.com.  Fan Club members will be able to purchase tickets beginning February 19th, and fans who pre-order the album through www.KidRock.com will be eligible for a special pre-sale beginning on February 20th.