“WASTE MATTERS: An Artful Matter of Waste”… An Environmental Art Installation at the High Point Public Library.

 "Theatre Art Galleries announces the opening of a community sponsored environmental art installation at the High Point Public Library titled, “WASTE MATTERS: An Artful Matter of Waste.”  The installation will be on view from November 8, 2014 - January 3, 2015.  This installation is made possible by a partnership between Theatre Art Galleries, the High Point Public Library, the City of High Point, the High Point Community Foundation, and High Point University. A Preview Opening Reception for TAG members will take place on Friday, November 7th from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the library. A Public Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, November 8th from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Join the festivities with a children’s art project on Saturday as well from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. The guest artist, Bryant Holsenbeck, will give an Artist’s Talk on Saturday at 2:00 pm. There will be music and refreshments. Free and open to the public. Location:  High Point Public Library, 901 N. Main St.
     Bryant Holsenbeck is an environmental artist who makes large-scale installations that document the waste stream in our society.  During the first week in November, she will create a large scale-exhibition in the High Point Public Library using discarded water bottles. With the help of the larger community, Ms. Holsenbeck will create a sculptural installation that references the natural world and surprises us all. She is a community artist who likes to work with groups of people to make large-scale installations using the everyday “stuff” of our society.
     She states, “For over a decade now, I have been documenting the “stuff” of our society that we use once and throw away. Americans continue to create more garbage, per capita, than any other culture, yet we are blind to our waste. I believe this is a function of our wealth, and the vastness of our country. We have the room to hide our waste, and the money to make more. I collect many things, among them, bottle caps, credit cards, plastic bags, straws and lids, beach plastic and chop sticks. I use these everyday items to make work, which transforms the objects and surprises us. I am an environmentalist, receiving great joy from the natural world. This makes me aware of how we take what we have for granted. We are used to using “stuff” once and then throwing it away. We may throw it away, but my work makes me aware of its continual impact.”
     Bryant Holsenbeck began her art career as a basket maker and has evolved into an environmental artist. She has shown her work and taught throughout the United States. She has been the recipient of 2 North Carolina Arts Council Fellowships, a Project Grant and an NEA Arts and Learning Grant that she worked on in collaboration with the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission. She is currently attempting to live one year without disposable plastic and writing a blog about it titled “THE LAST STRAW: A RELUCTANT YEAR WITHOUT DISPOSABLE PLASTIC”. She is also an independent studio artist who makes books, birds, and sculptures out of recycled materials.
She will be teaching a 2 session Animal Workshop for Adults at Theatre Art Galleries on October 28th and 30th from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. During the 2 sessions, each participant will design and craft an animal of their choosing using wire, scraps of material, yarn, and plastic bags. The workshop fee is $65 for TAG members and $75 for Non-members. Visit www.tagart.org to register.

     Theatre Art Galleries is located in downtown High Point at 220 E. Commerce Ave. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12:00-5:00 p.m. For more information contact the TAG office at 336-887-2137 or visit www.tagart.org."

- A Press Release

Hunger Games and Crop Walk Raise Donations for Greensboro Urban Ministry

The student-organized event raised $1,971 and food for charity

"Students at Brown Summit Middle raised $1,971 through their Crop Walk and Hunger Games fundraiser Friday. The money and food will be donated to Greensboro Urban Ministry.

In addition to the fundraiser, students organized Hunger Games throughout the day, a series of events designed to highlight the challenges of homelessness and those living in third-world countries. The stations included grinding corn to understand how difficult it can be to have to make your food from scratch, water transport to remind them that many people have to travel to reach water and much more. They also packaged some of the donated food into snack packs for Urban Ministries.

This is the second year the students organized the Hunger Games events.

“We had the crop walk, but we wanted to do more,” explains Anika Ruppell, one of the seven student organizers. “This is such an important issue, and we wanted to draw more attention to it.”

Madeline Gillis, Samantha Gillis, Abby Hall, Avery Hobbs, Trey Thurman and Jada Willse also worked to organize the events and to secure a $500 grant to fund this year’s activities."

- A Press Release

YWCA Greensboro Building Grand Opening and Celebration, October 23rd

"On Thursday, October 23rd, the YWCA Greensboro will hold the grand opening of its new facility at 1807 E. Wendover Avenue. The community is invited to attend the “Celebrating Our Roots, Strengthening our Branches” event, which will include breakfast, building tours, and the organization’s annual meeting. As part of a celebration of its volunteers and supporters, the YW will present the Barbara Walker Lifetime Achievement Award to special guest and honoree Shirley Frye.

The new 19,400 square-foot building features a year-round emergency shelter – one of only two in Greensboro that serves families. Three state-of-the-art classrooms, an exercise area, and two well equipped childcare rooms will serve the needs of the YWCA’s teen and adult pregnancy and parenting programs and microenterprise program. Large, flexible multi-use spaces provide an amazing venue for the organization’s educational brown bag lunches, community meals, and community engagement activities. A fully accessible commercial kitchen will serve the shelter and other programs and be used for job training. The top floor of the building houses the offices and administrative functions of the YW.

The kitchen, multi-purpose area, and classrooms will be available for rent for community functions, with in-house catering available. The building is designed to be fully accessible and welcoming and includes gender-neutral restrooms.

Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program will run from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Attendees must register for the event at http://tinyurl.com/qjfa8df. For those who cannot make the main event, additional building tours, which do not require registration, will occur every half hour from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. that day."

- A Press Release

Twin City Stage Presents A Time to Kill

 (l-r) Ken Ashford (Judge Omar Noose), Derrick Parker (Carl Lee Hailey) and
Brian Joyce (Jake Brigance) photo by BrianDerrickKen.)

"Twin City Stage will present A Time to Kill,opening on Friday, November 7, at the Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem.  Additional performances will be held November 8-9 & 13-16.  Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 pm, and Sunday matinees are at 2 pm.  Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and students.  Group discounts are available.  The box office opens to the public on Monday, October 27 at 12 noon and is open Monday through Friday from noon-5:30 pm.  Call (336) 725-4001 for tickets.

Torn in half by an unspeakable crime, a small Mississippi town becomes the center of a media storm where innocence is the victim, race is on trial and lives hang in the balance.  The first John Grisham novel to be brought to the stage, A Time to Kill tells the morally complex tale of Carl Lee Hailey, an African-American father who takes justice into his own hands after his young daughter is brutally attacked.  Jake Brigance is the white defense attorney who dares to take the case, despite danger which faces both him and his family.  Adapted for the stage by Rupert Holmes, this thrilling courtroom drama asks the question, “What is it in us that seeks the truth?  Is it our minds or is it our hearts?”

Twin City Stage is excited to be only the second theatre company in the country to produce A Time to Kill since its run on Broadway in late 2013.  “It is a privilege to bring a story with such compelling issues to the Piedmont Triad,” commented Maureen Daly, Twin City Stage’s executive director.  “We recognize the responsibility in being one of the first to produce a new play and we relish that challenge.” 

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP will sponsor the run of A Time to Kill.  It should be noted that, due to mature themes, this play is not appropriate for children.

A Time to Kill will be directed by Mark Pirolo, who will also design the set.  Ed Thomas will design lighting.  Justin Hall will design costumes.  Doug Wenner will design sound.  Karen Robertson will stage manage the production, assisted by Becky Proie.  The cast is as follows:

William Allison – Deputy Looney
Ken Ashford – Judge Omar Noose
Seth Austin – Pete Willard/D. R. Musgrove
Holly Bostick  - Ellen Roark
David Crook – Mr. Pate
Josh Gerry – Terrell Grist
Lalenja Harrington – Gwen Hailey
Brian Joyce – Jake Brigance
Paul Kaliser – Dr. W. T. Bass
Christian McCaskill - Deputy
Patrick Meehan – Rufus Buckley
Chad Nance – Billy Ray Cobb
Derrick Parker – Carl Lee Hailey
Gregg Vogelsmeier – Drew Tyndale
Becki West – Norma Gallo
Cameron Williams – Dr. Wilbert Rodeheaver
Garry Wadell – Sheriff Ozzie Walls
Roger Wooten – Lucien Wilbanks

An Opening Night Reception, with wine provided by Raffaldini Vineyards and hors d’oeuvres provided by Chef Michael Creations,will begin at 7 pm on Friday, November 7,in the lobby. 

For further information, visit our website at www.twincitystage.org."
- A Press Release

Forsyth Creek Week Juried Photo Competition Issues Call for Entries

"The organizers of the 2015 Forsyth Creek Week are again sponsoring a juried photography competition to promote awareness of Forsyth Creek Week and showcase images that capture the beauty, vitality and importance of our local waterways.
        Photographs selected for the competition will be exhibited at the Stuart Municipal Building, 101 E. First St., Winston-Salem, during the next Forsyth Creek Week, March 14 – 21, 2015, and will be eligible for cash prizes.
        The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers at least 13 years old. Photographs must have been taken within the past three years. Photographs taken on or after Jan. 1, 2012, are eligible. There is no fee for entering.
        Sponsors are issuing the Call for Entries now to give photographers more time to plan and photograph their entries.
        Entrants may submit for preliminary consideration digital images of up to four photographs that relate to Creek Week and its mission of celebrating and raising awareness of local waterways and their importance.
        Images DO NOT have to have been taken in Forsyth County, provided that they relate to Forsyth Creek Week and its mission. However, photographs should convey an appreciation for the types of waterways and water issues that are found in Forsyth County. In this regard, photographs of beaches, oceans and dramatic waterfalls would not be strong entries.

        Preliminary images must be submitted by Jan. 25. Photographers will be notified by Jan. 30 if their image has been accepted for the competition. Complete information is posted at www.ForsythCreekWeek.com."

- A Press Release

Downtown Bicycle Patrol Soliciting Blanket Donations for Homeless

"The Downtown Bicycle Patrol is holding a blanket drive to help the homeless.
        Cpl. Joshua Henry says that on cold nights, homeless people turn up at the Bike Patrol’s office downtown asking for blankets to stay warm. “There are people who cannot stay in the shelters for different reasons. They will come by our office and ask for blankets, which we provide if we have them,” Henry said.
        “We are currently out of blankets and are asking for donations of clean or new blankets so that we have a supply to hand out.”

        Donation boxes have been set up in the lobby of the Public Safety Center, 725 N. Cherry St.; in the lobby of the Clark Campbell Transportation Center, 100 W. 5th St.; in the lobby of the Stuart Municipal Building, 100 E. First St.; and outside the Bicycle Patrol Office at 414 N. Cherry St. across from the Marriott hotel."

- A Press Release

The People’s Perk Celebrates its First Year in Historic College Hill

Community painting, vintage percolators, and “living room” part of coffee shop’s unique atmosphere

    The People’s Perk, a locally‐owned, independent coffee/retail shop at 551 S. Mendenhall Street, will celebrate its first birthday on Saturday, October 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Karen Archia and Nancy Lenk are the shop’s co‐owners/operators.
    “I feel like we are the little coffee shop that could,” Archia said. “We started with a simple
approach: offer a really good cup of coffee in a comfy, friendly atmosphere, and we’ve tried to
build on that foundation.”
    “One of our customers called the couch, chairs and coffee table near our picture window the
‘living room,’ and that name has stuck,” Lenk said. “Another customer called the outside bench,
‘The People’s Perch.’ It feels like our customers are making our spot their own, and that’s what
we envisioned.”
    In addition to coffee, espresso and locally‐made muffins, bagels and doughnuts, the People’s Perk
also sells handmade goods and artwork on consignment, and provides wall space for artists to
show their work on a rotating basis. The coffee/retail shop has hosted the work of three artists ‐‐
Mary Brusnighan, Jerry O’Donnell and Franco ‐‐ with a fourth artist, Patricia Frinzi, just in for
October and November. UNCG art student Allison Daniel painted the shop’s sign outside above
the bench, and will unveil a new piece for the interior of The People’s Perk at the Oct.18
birthday event.
    Archia and Lenk also have studio space inside the shop. “We are self‐taught painters who paint
simply because we love it,” Lenk said. “We started a community painting at our Grand Opening
event last year and have asked customers to add to it during our first year of business. It’s been
wonderful to engage people in this way, and we’ve had a wide variety people add to it.”

The People’s Perk has also hosted events including:
* A book swap, where customers could exchange fiction and non‐fiction books
* Cakalak Thunder’s pie auction fundraiser in support of its 10th anniversary
* May 2013’s Queerluck, a monthly LGBTQ community potluck dinner
* Three spoken word events, including the first Coraddi‐sponsored open mic reading this past
* Creative Aging Network’s Art Party fundraisers
* An open meeting of the Greensboro Mural Project
“We’ve felt very welcomed to the College Hill community,” Archia said. “Our business neighbors,
students, faculty and staff from the nearby colleges and universities, and people who live and
work in College Hill and in the surrounding communities have supported us and let us know they
are happy we are in neighborhood. We even had a UNCG student, Kyle West, do a video about
The People’s Perk. That was really fun.”
“This shop is our first business venture, and we have really appreciated the positive response,”

Lenk said. “We hope to celebrate many more birthdays here in this great community.”

OUT at the Movies, Winston-Salem and the Triad's LGBT Film Series, announces OUT @ the Movies Fest ’14!

"OUT at the Movies, Winston-Salem and the Triad’s LGBT Film Series, is proud to announce our first film festival – OUT @ the Movies Fest ’14!

The festival, a recipient of an Innovative Projects Grant from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, will take place November 14th – 16th at a/perture cinema and on the campuses of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Wake Forest University

Highlights of the festival include a screening of the acclaimed Brazilian film, THE WAY HE LOOKS, at WFU on Friday evening, Bishop Gene Robinson will join us Saturday at WFU for his documentary, LOVE FREE OR DIE (immediately followed by a Q & A) and Shiv Paul and Chip Hines will be in town for two screenings of QUEENS AT COURT.   Rodeo star and QUEENS AND COWBOYS: A STRAIGHT YEAR ON THE GAY RODEO subject, Char Duran, will be here from Colorado Springs, and JC Calciano and Jack Turner will travel from L.A. to join us for the screening of the romantic comedy, THE 10 YEAR PLAN.  The festival will conclude Sunday evening with a celebrity reception and awards ceremony at Jeffrey Adams on Fourth.

Other films include A LAST FAREWELL, HELICOPTER MOM, LILTING and RUBI GIRLS.  Pastors Brenda and David Poteat (FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO) will join us for a panel discussion immediately following a screening of THE NEW BLACK.  In addition, there will be a selection of shorts, including several from UNCSA School of Filmmaking alumni.  The full slate of films is available at www.OUTattheMoviesWinston.org.

Individual tickets are $8.00 and will be available for all films at each venue, an hour before showtime. Tickets are also available at www.OUTattheMoviesWinston.org or by calling 336.918.0902.  A limited number of All-Access Festival Passes with reserved seating are available for $60.00.

The festival will benefit North Star LGBT Center, OUT at the Movies and OUT @ the Movies Film Fest ’15."

- A Press Release