“Screaming in Digital” works by local artists Jon Epstein and Kim Thore

"FRESH Productions is pleased to announce “Screaming in Digital” works by local artists Jon Epstein and Kim Thore which will be shown at The Anne Rudd Galyon and Irene Cullis Galleries located in Cowan Humanities Building on College Place on the Greensboro College campus Oct 3-October 31, 2014. 

The collection of digital prints highlight both Epstein and Thore’s fascination with cultural icons, societal norms and perceived realities. Epstein explores music legends such as Coltrane, Miles Davis and world events while Thore explores images of starlets, models, beauty images coupled with mass media that sends contradictory messages. 

Jon Epstein is a professor of Sociology, social activist, graphic artist and musician. His partnership with artist and graphic designer Pat Lichty (of Haymarket Riot fame) created one of the first socially accepted “memes” and digital images and videos that were the pre-cursor to cultural animation and were shown on Mtv’s “Out from the Underground”. Oxford’s Encyclopedia of Sociology, called it the first truly post modern sociology. (The videos were Machine, a trilogy, Web and Convergence which is in production now) 

Kim Thore is a Marketing Director, writer, artist and cultural commentator. She began studying drawing at the age of 8 and continued through college culminating in a portfolio of mixed media and sculpture. In 2013 she and Epstein appeared in the “Under the Gun” exhibit, but a flood destroyed the majority of her portfolio in January 2014 and she began again but with a renewed focus on digital art. She recently debuted a new collection "Lips Like Sugar" at Inter_Section Gallery and Art Space. The show was held over twice due to popular demand and she was tapped by Sawtooth Center for Visual Design to teach her techniques during a workshop to be held October 25, 2014. 

Both Epstein and Thore will be showing recent and new works."

- A Press Release 

UNCG Theatre presents Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

"UNCG Theatre presents Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare and directed by Jim Wren on October 2-10, 2014 at UNCG's Taylor Theatre (402 Tate Street).   Twelfth Night is truly one of William Shakespeare’s most famous and beloved comedies.  A play about love in all its excesses and beauty, of its pain and joy, and finally, and most importantly, of its healing power and ability to put the world right for those unafraid to risk their hearts.  7:30 pm on October 2, 7, 8 & 9; 8 pm on October 3 & 4; 2 pm on October 4 & 5; and 9:30 am on October 7-10.  Call 336-272-0160 or log-on to theatre.uncg.edu to purchase tickets.  Tickets are $16 for adults; $11 for students, children, seniors and groups of 10+ on weekend or night performances; and $8 for UNCG students and weekday morning matinee groups of 10+.  Twelfth Night is part of the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance's GLOBE AND COSMOS event--celebrating 450 years of Shakespeare and Galileo.  Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 pm in a Pay What You Can performance where patrons determine the price of their ticket.  The Pay What You Can performance tickets go on sale at 6:30 pm on October 2 in the Lobby of Taylor Theatre.

Photo: Taylor Murphy Hale as "Feste" in UNCG's production of Twelfth Night

photo credit: Jody Kaizen"

- A Press Release

GYC Seeks Models for Third Annual Fashion Show

  "The Greensboro Youth Council (GYC) is seeking a diverse group of teens to model in the 2015 GYC Fashion Show. A model casting or audition will be held on Thursday, September 25 from 6-7pm at the Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie Street. No previous modeling experience is necessary. Sessions will be held for those selected to help them bring out their confidence and build their skills.
The purpose of the GYC Fashion Show is to promote a positive self image and body image in young men and women by showcasing fashions that fit all body types. Each year the show also focuses on a topic teens are facing such as bullying. The 2015 GYC Fashion Show is scheduled for February 6.

For more information, questions, or concerns please call the Greensboro Youth Council at 373-2738 or check out our website www.greensboro-nc.gov/gycfashionshow."

- A Press Release

Westerwood Art & Sole 2014

"Art & Sole, now in its 6th year, brings both art lovers and strollers to the historic Westerwood neighborhood. Yearly, on the first Saturday of October, participating Westerwood artists open their studios for an art show and sale where visitors can easily walk from place to place.  The event’s mantra is “Art You Can Walk To,” given the dense population of neighborhood artists.

Part of the 17 Days Festival hosted by ArtsGreensboro -- the largest collaborative arts festival of its kind in North Carolina -- Westerwood Art & Sole features myriad artists at over a dozen different locations showing and selling art in a pleasing variety of styles. Painters, woodworkers, potters, sculptors, a fabric artist, and a photographer offer glimpses into their work processes and their ways of interpreting the world through art. Westerwood, with its concentration of artists and art lovers, continues to build its reputation as a lively local art colony.

Watch for the Art & Sole signs and balloons that mark participating studios; maps will be available at the artists’ studios.  Check out the latest information on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westerwoodartandsole 

The 17DAYS Festival has become the largest collaborative community arts festival in North Carolina. More than 50 presenters, arts organizations, venues, colleges, individual artists, and museums present 100-plus events between the last dozen days in September and the first week in October at venues across the city. Hosted by ArtsGreensboro, the Festival was created in 2011 to encourage arts participation and engage cultural visitors.  More than 75,000  participants attended Festival events in recent years. For more information visit www.17DAYSGreensboro.org  or www.ArtsGreensboro.org ."

- A Press Release


ZZ TOP has just announced the band's October 26th date at Greensboro’s White Oak Amphitheatre has been cancelled, stating, "Dusty's well being is paramount.”

The statement is in reference to Dusty Hill, the band’s bass-guitarist who injured his hip after taking a misstep on his tour bus. Hill, whose energies are now aimed at rehab, is expected to make a complete recovery.

Unfortunately, at this time the band is unable to reschedule the Greensboro date. Due to the cancellation, refunds are being made available at point of purchase.


"Artstock will celebrate its 17th Annual Artist Studio Tour throughout the greater Greensboro area the weekend of October 11th and 12th.  Studios will be open on Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 1-5pm.  The tour is free and open to the public – look for the red balloons at each location!  Artist Site Lists will be available at all participating artists’ location and on the tour website: www.artstocktour.com after September 15th.

Art lovers, patrons and new collectors are invited to visit Individual artists participating at 14 studio sites; come and be inspired by their diverse talents in all media!  The participating artists will be displaying their works in their own studios as well as at group and gallery locations.  A variety of media is represented: painting, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, collage and mixed media. 

Our Mission:  Artstock collectively represents individual visual artists in the greater Greensboro area by annually presenting our Studio Tour the second weekend of October.  By promoting the distinctive talent of each artist, we in turn focus on and celebrate the creativity within our broader local community. 

Arts Connect II:  The Artstock 2014 slogan is “Arts Connect II.”  The slogan came to us from TEDx on NPR.  TEDx is a non-profit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.”  It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED).  Since then its scope has become ever broader.  What prompted our interest in “Arts Connect” is a 2013 TEDx Talk by Amanda Palmer, musician, which aired on our local NPR stations entitled “How do you get people to pay for music?”  Hear her talk at: http://www.npr.org/2013/07/05/181868750/how-do-you-get-people-to-pay-for-musicAll talks are the property of Ted.com and the full talk is available at www.TED.com.  Her focus was not how to get people to buy her music, but how she could get people to WANT to buy her work.  She explores the many ways to do that.  Artstock would like to apply that to visual arts.

Artstock artists have been encouraged to continue to pursue the ideas expressed through these talks by finding new, different, inspirational and exceptional ways to offer their works to their customers and patrons.  In 2013, Artstock artists offered free prints, gave a portion of their sales to a variety of non-profits and offered works on a “Make An Offer” basis.  In 2014, these ideas have continued to grow and become more diverse.

More information may be obtained by visiting: www.artstocktour.com. "

- A Press Release

North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition Presents High Point Regional with Golden Bow Award

The Esther R. Culp Women's Center at High Point Regional was recently honored with the Golden Bow Award in recognition of the hospital's outstanding support of breastfeeding mothers. 

The Golden Bow Award was launched in 2007 by the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition (NCBC) to honor hospitals that implement policies promoting breastfeeding, specifically discouraging the distribution of infant formula companies' marketing bags to new mothers. When NCBC launched the Golden Bow Awards in 2007, less than 20 percent of North Carolina babies were born in facilities that had banned the bags.  Today, with the addition of High Point Regional, more than 80 percent of babies born in the state are born in "bag-free" facilities. 

"High Point Regional is dedicated to providing every new mom with the support they need to be successful whether they choose to breastfeed or not," said Heather Alcivar, lactation consultant at High Point Regional. "By eliminating the 'free gifts' from formula manufacturers, we are taking one more step to help support breastfeeding moms."

Nearly three quarters (74.9 percent) of North Carolina mother-baby pairs initiate breastfeeding, but a mere 14.8 percent are exclusively breastfeeding at six months, according to 2013 data from the CDC. Research indicates one reason for the low rate of exclusive breastfeeding is marketing of formula in health care facilities.

Multiple studies show when breastfeeding mothers are given commercial companies' marketing bags, they are more likely to start using formula - even if the formula samples have been removed from the bags.

High Point Regional's nurses and lactation consultant work as a team to support every mom.  Lactation services provided by High Point Regional include inpatient consultations, outpatient office visits and breastfeeding classes. In addition, High Point Regional hosts Mommy & Me classes which serve as further means of support for new moms.     

 In order to earn a Golden Bow Award, maternity facilities must demonstrate:
  • No commercial infant formula gift bags are distributed.
  • All gifts to maternity patients are free of infant formula advertising of all varieties (coupons, samples, infant feeding information published by a formula company, etc.)
  • A 24-hour supply of infant formula is given at discharge ONLY if it is left over formula from the baby's cart and/or is medically indicated by the infant's health care provider.

For more information on the Golden Bow Award, please visit www.ncbfc.org.          


About High Point Regional Health
High Point Regional Health, a member of UNC Health Care, is a private, not-for-profit health care organization with approximately 2,200 staff. High Point Regional offers 351 private beds for medical and surgical patients serving over 120,000 patients each year. High Point Regional has its foundation in six primary service areas: Carolina Regional Heart Center, The Hayworth Cancer Center, The Neuroscience Center, The Esther R. Culp Women's Center, The Emergency Center and The Piedmont Joint Replacement Center.

High Point Regional's mission is to provide exceptional health services to the people of this region. For more information, visit HighPointRegional.com."

- A Press Release

Greensboro College Presents a "Music Sampler" Sept. 25-26

"Greensboro College's music program presents a "music sampler" of instrumental and choral music Thursday and Friday, Sept. 25-26.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. nightly in the Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center in Odell Building on campus. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and students from other campuses.

The performances are part of the 17 Days downtown arts festival.

Reserve tickets by calling 336-272-7102, ext. 242, or emailing tickets@greensboro.edu.

The program features three of the premier performing organizations on campus: the Chorale, the Jazz Ensemble, and the Opera Workshop.

The Chorale will perform a sampling of choral pieces. The Jazz Ensemble will perform a mixture of old standards and new jazz arrangements. And the Opera Workshop will perform the comic one-act opera "Gianni Schicchi" by Puccini.

The Greensboro College Department of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The department defines its mission in developing the musical knowledge, appreciation, talents, skills, and teaching abilities of its students within the dual traditions of the liberal arts and Judeo-Christian faith.

Admission into the music program requires a teacher recommendation, audition, and interview. For more information, contact Jane G. McKinney, department chair, at 336-272-7102, ext. 281, or email mckinneyj@greensboro.edu.

Greensboro College, an independent, coeducational college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is an academic and social community that unites the liberal arts and Judeo-Christian values in an atmosphere of diversity and mutual respect.

Founded in 1838 and located near downtown Greensboro, the college enrolls about 1,250 students from 32 states, the District of Columbia and 24 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 16-sport NCAA Division III athletic program and dozens of service and recreational opportunities."

- A Press Release