HPU to Host Human Rights Photographer Todd Drake

"HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 30, 2014 – High Point University will host a presentation by human rights artist Todd Drake in conjunction with its Faculty Cultural Enrichment Grant Series. The event will be held at 5 p.m. on Oct. 10 in the Francis Auditorium of Phillips Hall. It is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

Addressing human rights issues among marginalized communities, Drake will discuss his work as a human rights photographer and installation artist. Working in a wide variety of media, Drake has worked collaboratively with communities including Muslim Americans, undocumented immigrants and Palestinians. He has exhibited across the U.S. and internationally including exhibitions in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, in college venues including Rhode Island School of Design, New York University, in museums such as the Heart Mountain Interpretative Center, Mathers Museum, the Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.

“Drake’s work is provocative and challenging,” says Scott Raynor, associate professor and chair of the art department at HPU. “We wanted to bring in an artist who used his work in the context of the larger question of basic human rights.”

“As part of the Year of the Arts, we connect all of our speakers to a broad question,” Raynor adds. “Todd Drake’s work addresses the question of ‘What are the roles of ‘dangerous’ art?’ He answers that question through his works with underrepresented communities through his photography.”

The grant series at HPU assists faculty in featuring nationally renowned academics, artists and performers for cultural enrichment events around campus. This year’s series is produced in conjunction with the HPU Year of the Arts.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report for Best Regional Colleges in the South and recognized for a Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching. HPU was named this year the No. 4 private school in NC for the best return on investment, and it is a 2014-2015 College of Distinction. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 11 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu."

- A Press Release

First ever shows at new Cone Denim Entertainment Center announced! Dave Chappelle and more coming.

"The Greater Greensboro Entertainment Group (“GGEG”) proudly announces that a naming rights arrangement for the new House of Blues Entertainment affiliated live performance center at 117 South Elm Street in Downtown Greensboro has been finalized. The name of the new state-of-the-art facility will be “The Cone Denim Entertainment Center”.

Cone Mills is a 100 year old denim manufacturing facility woven into the landscape of Greensboro. I can't express our excitement in being a part of this new live entertainment venue that will bring top artists to Greensboro in an intimate setting,” said Ken Kunberger, CEO of Burlington Industries.

We are very excited that Cone Denim has not only supported the Indigo Denim Lounge at the new facility, but has also committed to the naming sponsorship. Anytime you can align with a brand that has been a staple in Greensboro for over 100 years, it says a lot of positive things about where we are heading and the role that we expect this venue to play in the community,” stated GGEG President Rocky Scarfone.

Scarfone is also pleased to announce the Grand Opening dates and the inaugural show at the new performance center.

On November 5th and 6th, we are excited to announce that comedian Dave Chappelle will perform for two nights, with two shows nightly at 7:30 and at 10:00. We look forward to unveiling the theater to the community with a great comedy show that I'm sure people will be talking about. We are also proud to be hosting an artist of his stature and being part of a few select dates in the Carolinas,” said Scarfone.

Dave Chappelle hosted his own sketch comedy television series and has been back performing in 2014 after leaving the limelight in 2005. His recent shows have delighted and entertained audiences as he has made his return to a more traditional stand-up performance.

We felt that it was important to seek out an artist with broad appeal for our grand opening. Our upcoming shows reflect the great diversity in our community and we look forward to seeing a wide variety of audiences at the center,” added Scarfone.

On Friday, November 7, local favorites Sleeping Booty will bring their high-energy nightclub show to the Cone Denim Entertainment Center for a night of dancing as only they can.”

Rounding out the opening weekend line-up will be a free show on Saturday, November 8, sponsored by WKZL 107.5 and featuring The Dan Band, known to movie fans from their hilarious and scene -stealing performances in “Old School”, “Starsky & Hutch”, and “The Hangover.”

Future performances announced today:

Edwin McCain (11/14)
Who's Bad? The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute (11/29)
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's Wild and Swingin' Holiday Party (12/16)
Echosmith (12/20)
Mother's Finest New Year's Eve Party 2015 (12/31)
Marshall Tucker Band (1/23)
Masters of Illusion Tour (2/24).

Tickets for all of these events will be on sale 10:00am Friday, October 3 at all TicketMaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone 800-745-3000."

- A Press Release

“From the Back of the Line: Voices of the Undocumented” showing at Geeksboro


WHAT: Free film (30 min), speaker, community discussion and reception on experiences
of undocumented immigrants in North Carolina

Film: “From the Back of the Line: Voices of the Undocumented”
Speaker: Rausel Arista, Charlotte, NC-based activist sharing his recent experience in immigration detention 

WHO:  All ages welcome 

WHEN: Sunday, October 5, 2014, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

WHERE: Geeksboro Coffeehouse & Cinema, 2134 Lawndale Dr., Greensboro, NC

Filmmakers Haberdashery Films, in conjunction with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte partnered with Hannah Levinson, Armando Bellmas and the Latin American Coalition to create this unique regional film. 

Sponsors of the premiere event in Greensboro include the American Friends Service Committee and the Immigrant Rights Working Group of Guilford County, whose members are providing food and encouraging local residents to join the conversation about the impact of immigration reform efforts on ourselves, friends, neighbors and communities. Contributions to Mr. Arista’s legal fund are welcome during the event.

For more information contact Ann Marie Dooley, 336-275-5885

WFMY News 2 Winterfest Moves to Cultural Heart of Downtown Greensboro

WFMY News 2 Winterfest

Greensboro, NC -
The WFMY News 2 Winterfest will begin its 5th season in the cultural heart of Downtown Greensboro on South Elm Street this winter beginning November 20, 2014 through January 31, 2015.  With construction set to begin onLeBauer Park, the ice rink and slide festival will relocate to the Railyard at 106 Barnhardt St., two blocks South of Natty Greene's Pub & Brewing Co. The Railyard, a 170 space parking lot developed by Momentum Development Partners also has a number of new businesses adjacent to it – the newly developed Spice Cantina, The WORX restaurant, Gibb’s Hundred Brewery and The Forge. The Railyard has hosted numerous other events including the popular City Market, Mosaic Festival’s “Summer Nights” and the Greensboro Saint Patrick's Day Party.

Popular features such as the Berico Fuels Ice Slide, Rice Scion Skate Shed, Friday and Saturday Night Disco, ice rink webcam and a kid’s play snow area are all set to be a part of the Piedmont's annual tradition for winter fun in the historic district of Downtown Greensboro. Event organizers are excited to announce the return of WFMY News 2 as the event title sponsor. Additional sponsorships are being provided by Downtown Greensboro Incorporated and the Downtown Residents Association.  WFMY News 2 Winterfest will also be partnering with the 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships to host special events at the Downtown ice rink in preparation for the 2015 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships January 17-25, 2015 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. More details are available at www.northcarolina2015.com. Full WFMY News 2 Winterfest programming details will be announced closer to the rink Grand Opening on November 20, 2014. Visitwww.piedmontwinterfest.com to keep up with event happenings."

- A Press Release


"(Greensboro, NC) – The Twice-Annual “Keep It Local” Art Show continues into its 16th year at Leanne Pizio’s Stealing Crow Farm in Oak Ridge, NC.  This year’s Fall Show is scheduled for Saturday, October 25th from 10am – 4pm at 2409 Oak Ridge Road, Oak Ridge, NC.  The Rain Date is Sunday, October 26th at the same time and location.

This year’s Keep It Local show is focusing on over 20 local visual artists in a variety of media in an exciting, festival-style setting supporting the “Buy Local” philosophy. 

Founder, organizer and regional potter Leanne Pizio highlights, “We’ve been doing this show for a while now and we work to bring in different and new artists who work in all different art mediums.  This show will have artists who specialize in pottery, jewelry, painting, pen and ink prints, wood, glass, metal, fabric, fiber and multi-media so the entire art world is represented.  More importantly, the artists are local and by hosting the show twice a year, we’re supporting both them and the local residents who come to the show.” 

The Keep It Local Show’s philosophy is to support local artists in whom buyers will buy their local artwork.  The artists in turn invest back into our local community by buying supplies, paying their bills and supporting other local businesses.  It is a Local Investment Circle and keeps all the money spent in our local community..

To continue the local support theme, Keep It Local offers visitors another way to give back to the community by participating in its Art Hunt.  Similar to the traditional Easter Egg Hunt, the Art Hunt (11am-until all the art is gone), asks participants for either 6 canned goods or $5 to find small pieces of artwork provided by the showcased artists within a designated area.  The Fall Keep it Local event’s proceeds will support the Servant Center of Greensboro; to learn about their mission: http://www.theservantcenter.org/.

The Stealing Crow Farm began in 2008 by regional potter Leanne Pizio.  Leanne’s studio includes a gallery space, kiln room and working studio space in a converted barn behind her home in Oak Ridge.  Her work is collected and exhibited throughout North Carolina and the country.  Leanne is known for her original sgrafitto work: hand-carved black on white, wood-cut style of pottery. 

For more information about the Stealing Crow Farm or the bi-annual Keep It Local show, please contact Keep It Local by calling 336-337-6493 or by e-mail: keepitlocaloakridge@gmail.com.  Our FaceBook page is: https://www.facebook.com/events/68719426802909/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming, or search for Keep It Local Art Show on FaceBook."

- A Press Release

Apartment Residents Get Reassurances and Assistance from Police Following Recent Homicides

          "Tomorrow, residents of two apartment complexes that were scenes of recent homicides will be visited by Greensboro police officers to hear residents’ concerns  and discuss crime prevention measures.
            The outreach is an effort by officers and GPD partners to reassure the residents of Arbor Crest Apartments and Apple Ridge Apartments that they have the power to make their community safer. Joining officers in the effort are police chaplains and advocates from the Child Response Initiative, a collation of service providers to help children exposed to violence.
            “The people who live in the complexes have seen a lot of police activity recently,” said Capt. Jeff Lowdermilk, Commander of the Southern Patrol Division. “Understandably, there was a need for a large police presence as we were investigating the crimes that occurred there. But now that the initial police response is complete, we want to get back in touch with the residents and talk about how we can partner to improve their quality of life.”
            In addition to listening to residents’ concerns, officers will talk with residents and apartment staff about measures they can take to make their communities safer. “Neither of the victims lived in these apartments,” explained Lowdermilk. “So why were these offenses committed at these places? What can we do to make these communities less attractive to criminals? That’s the main goal of visits---helping make the areas even better places to live.”
            GPD will offer security assessments, recommendations on how to implement Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design measures, and provide guidance on how to establish a Community Watch.
            The team will meet in the Lake Townsend Room in the Water Resources Center at 2602 S. Elm Eugene Street at 10:30 am on Sept. 27th. The group plans to be at Arbor Crest Apartments on Covey Lane at 11:00 am, and Apple Ridge Apartments on Mystic Drive at 12:30 pm.

            Anyone with information about these crimes is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000 or text the tip to 274637 using the keyword badboyz. All calls to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous."

- A Press Release

Greensboro College Presents "Screaming in Digital" Art Exhibit Oct. 3-31

Jonathon Epstein
"Greensboro College presents the digital-media exhibit "Screaming in Digital," by Jonathon Epstein and Kim Thoré, Friday, Oct. 3, through Friday, Oct. 31, in the Anne Rudd Galyon and Irene Cullis Galleries in Cowan Humanities Building on campus.

The exhibit opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in the galleries. Normal exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

The collection of digital prints highlights Epstein and Thoré's fascination with cultural icons, societal norms and perceived realities. Epstein explores music legends such as John Coltrane and Miles Davis, along with world events, while Thoré explores images of starlets, models, and beauty images coupled with mass media that send contradictory messages.

Epstein, visiting associate professor of sociology and criminal justice at Greensboro College, is a social activist, graphic artist and musician.

His partnership with artist and graphic designer Pat Lichty created one of the first socially accepted "memes," as well as digital images and videos that were the precursor to cultural animation. Their video trilogy -- "Machine," "Web," and "Convergence" -- was shown on MTV's "Out from the Underground." Oxford's Encyclopedia of Sociology called the work the first truly post-modern sociology.

Thoré, Greensboro College's director of marketing, is a writer, artist, and cultural commentator. She began studying drawing at 8 and continued through college, culminating in a portfolio of mixed media and sculpture. Her work has been shown throughout the Southeast, and she has worked in graphic design for the past decade.

In 2013 she and Epstein appeared in the "Under the Gun" exhibit, but a flood in January destroyed the majority of her portfolio. She began rebuilding her work with a renewed focus on digital art and recently debuted a new collection, "Lips Like Sugar," at Inter_Section Gallery and Art Space in Winston-Salem. The show was held over twice due to popular demand.

Proceeds from the sale of Epstein's works will benefit Greensboro College's George Center for Honors Studies, while proceeds from Thoré's work will benefit The Healing Blues Project, a fund-raising effort on behalf of Greensboro's nonprofit Interactive Resource Center.

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

GYC Announces New Program for Teens

           "New this year to the Greensboro Youth Council (GYC) are exclusive teen-only trips or as we like to call them "GYC Entertainment" (GYC ENT). GYC ENT provides a variety of trips from college tours to extreme activities such as outdoor laser tag.
The first trip of the year is Laser Tag at Kersey Valley. This is not normal indoor laser tag with a black light. Kersey Valley offers a high-tech, high-energy outdoor laser tag experience. The trip will take place on Wednesday, October 15 at 2:30pm which is a Guilford County Schools early release day. The cost is $45 which includes two hours of laser tag, snacks, dinner, and transportation. Pre-registration is required and is due by October 1.

            To download a registration form or for more information visit www.greensboroyouthcouncil.com. Call 373-4351 or email gyc@greensboro-nc.gov with any detailed questions."

- A Press Release