Explore: Venues Stay Open for First Friday on August 7th to Showcase the Local Creative Community

"Greensboro, N.C. – The public is invited to discover Downtown Greensboro and its creative community on Friday, Aug. 7. First Friday is a self-guided walking tour of Downtown Greensboro’s galleries, shops and alternative venues that participate with specially programmed arts events with extended hours (until 9:00pm) on the first Friday of every month. Look for green balloons outside of venues to denote First Friday participation. All events are free and scheduled from 6:00pm to 9:00pm unless otherwise noted.

First Friday is a collaborative program led by Downtown Greensboro Inc. in partnership with ArtsGreensboro. For further information and to see who's participating, visit First Friday on the DGI website and connect with us on DGI’s Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/DowntownGreensboro) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/downtowngso) pages for updates.


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Beer Co. 121-D W. McGee Street:

Appalachian Mountain Brewery tasting this Friday at 6pm!!! We will be giving out samples of some brand new beers as well as some old favorites. We will also be pouring two AMB drafts!!!
Featured art work by visual artist, Mako Fufu. Live music by our visiting musician, DJ SPCLGST, from Raleigh, NC Complimentary refreshments and libations will be provided by Castle Catering. Schedule a future appointment for our spa or salon while attending the event and receive a 15% discount.
Featuring artwork by Aaron Sizemore, with Musical guest Jonny Alright & The Hot Rod Mamas. Food and refreshments provided by Cafe Europa.
Stop in and play at Elsewhere on First Friday where you’ll be part of an ongoing experiment of people, places, and things.
Join us for live music by the Piedmont Regulators from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. The Piedmont Regulators is a high energy string band from Hillsborough, NC. Cash Bar. Donations appreciated.
Join the International Civil Rights Center & Museum for a First Friday "Back to School Bash"! Come enjoy live musical performances, Guilford County Schools guest speakers, and a "Back to School" raffle where prizes will be given all night!

Just Be - 352 S. Elm Street:
Lauren Hatfield with Valentía y Fuerza is a local Greensboro artist who makes "sleek and classy" accessories. She prides herself in using remnant fabrics, thus creating less of a footprint on our environment.

Reggae @ VybzNation - 219 W. Lewis Street:
Did you know there's an authentic Reggae club in the Triad? Enjoy the islands from the front patio, where you’ll hear the sounds of the Caribbean—Roots, Rock, Reggae @ VybzNation at the end of the Railyard.
The Urban Gardener - 120 Barnhardt Street:

Find your zen place this FIrst Friday! Musical entertainment from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Free refreshments including beer and wine. Explore downtown Greensboro's newest shopping destination, an urban garden center with live plants, flowers, accessories and garden art, including authentic Mexican folk art hand made from recycled materials."

- A Press Release

Housebreaking, Armed Robbery, assault of officer result in 2 arrests

Raykeem Alexander Byrd
"On Aug. 1 at 11:12am, Timothy Richard Head, 53, reported coming home to his house at 1205 Waughtown St. in Winston-Salem and being confronted inside the residence by Raykeem Byrd, who had broken in through the back door.
Reports state that Byrd, a 21-year old black male of 1937 Leight St., pointed a handgun (which he stole from inside the residence) at Head and demanded cash. The victim, Head, gave Byrd approximately $300 in cash and his cell phone. Byrd threatened to kill the victim if he called police and then left heading east on Waughtown St.

Officers responded to the area and observed a subject matching the description of the perpetrator on the front porch of 1937 Leight St. This subject went into the residence and for a short time refused to come out. After talking with the adult female there, Ms. Kali Wright, 21, Byrd came downstairs wearing different clothing than what he had on when officers first observed him. Byrd was subsequently identified as the perpetrator and placed under arrest. While Byrd was in the back of a patrol vehicle, Wright opened the door to speak with him and was ordered away from the patrol car by an officer. When the officer approached her, Wright became combative and struck him on the arm. A struggle ensued and a second officer assisting in her arrest was bitten on the leg by Wright.

Kali Kame Wright
Byrd and Wright were taken before a Magistrate where they were charged. Byrd was charged with Felonious Breaking and Entering of a residence; Armed Robbery; Larceny of a Firearm and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Wright was charged with Felony Assault on a Government Official and Misdemeanor Assault on a Government Official.

During processing it was determined Byrd is a convicted felon currently on probation which resulted in the Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon charge. Byrd was placed in the jail under No Bond Allowed pending First Appearance, and has a Preliminary Hearing date of 08/20/2015. Wright was placed in the jail under $30, 000.00 secured bond and also has a Preliminary Hearing date of 08/20/2015.          

A subsequent search of 1937 Leight St. located the victim’s loaded handgun under a mattress and two $100.00 bills believed to belong to the victim. These items were seized. "

- From A Police Report

Andrews High Grad Wins Car at ‘Cool to Be Smart’

659 graduates invited to the 2015 event

Greensboro, N.C. – Michael Wood graduated high school more prepared than most for the challenges of college thanks to the Advanced Placement courses he took at Andrews High, and now he has some new wheels to get him to class.

Wood jumped up and down for joy when his key opened the door to the 2015 Scion TC at Guilford County Schools’ “Cool to Be Smart” event, sponsored by Guilford Education Alliance (GEA). Now, with his new car and the preparation he received from GCS, Wood plans to study engineering at NC State this fall.

“It feels amazing. It feels great. I feel very blessed,” said Wood after winning the car.

He was one of 659 seniors invited to the event after passing at least five AP exams, IB exams or earning at least a B in five qualifying college courses during their high school careers.

“They had a multitude of AP classes to take at Andrews, and I took advantage of them,” said Wood.

2015 graduates passed a total of 4,490 AP and IB exams, including calculus, U.S. History, chemistry and more; 865 qualifying college courses, including college economics, college philosophy, anatomy and physiology and more; and 189 students passed at least 10 AP or IB exams or qualifying college course. That’s up from 170 students who achieved that feat last year.

And those are just the students invited to the event. In all, 1,848 or almost 35 percent of all 2015 GCS graduates passed at least one AP/IB or qualifying college course during high school. That's more than a third of GCS' 2015 graduates. According to a U.S. News and World Report, the national average was at about 12.5 percent in 2014.

Studies have shown that students who succeed in this type of rigorous course work develop college-level knowledge and skills in high school and are more likely to earn their college degrees on time. In an effort to encourage students to raise the bar, push themselves to new levels and eventually achieve that success, GCS created the “Cool to Be Smart” celebration, rewarding students for their hard work. 

“We want our students to succeed in whatever they choose to do once they leave GCS. Research shows that even if students don’t pass the AP or IB exam, just taking one course and challenging themselves to do more allows students to do significantly better in college than students who don’t,” says Dibrelle Tourret, executive director for academically gifted. “These courses give them that experience of more rigorous topics and workloads so they aren’t as overwhelmed when they get to college. They are also more likely to graduate in four years."

Earlier this year, 15 GCS high schools earned major national recognition for persuading average students to take college level courses and tests when they made the Washington Posts’ list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.”

The rankings put the schools in the top 11 percent in the entire country, three were ranked in the top 10 for the state of North Carolina, and one school made the newspaper’s “Public Elite List.”"

- A Press Release

DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES set Dec. 7 date in Charlotte

"Daryl Hall & John Oates – the number one selling duo in music history - will play Ovens Auditorium Charlotte on December 7.   Tickets go on sale Friday August 7 at 10am at livenation.com, the Bojangles' Coliseum box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone 800-745-3000.  

Starting out as two devoted disciples of earlier soul greats, Daryl Hall & John Oates are soul survivors in their own right. They have become such musical influences on some of today’s popular artists that the September 2006 cover of Spin Magazine’s headline read: “Why Hall and Oates are the New Velvet Underground.” Their artistic fan base includes Rob Thomas, John Mayer, Brandon Flowers of the Killers, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie and MTV’s newest hipsters Gym Class Heroes who dubbed their tour “Daryl Hall for President Tour 2007.” One of the most sampled artists today, their impact can be heard everywhere from boy band harmonies, to neo-soul to rap-rock fusion.

Signed to Atlantic by Ahmet Ertegan in the 1970’s, Daryl Hall & John Oates have sold more albums than any other duo in music history. Their 1973 debut album, Abandoned Luncheonette, produced by Arif Mardin, yielded the Top 10 single, “She’s Gone,” which also went to #1 on the R&B charts when it was covered by Taveras. The duo recorded one more album with Atlantic, War Babies, (produced by Todd Rundgren) before they left and promptly signed to RCA. Their tenure at RCA would catapult the duo to international superstardom.  

From the mid-’70s to the mid-’80s, the duo would score six #1 singles, including “Rich Girl” (also #1 R&B), “Kiss on My List,” “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (also #1 R&B), “Maneater” and “Out of Touch” from their six consecutive multi-platinum albums—’76’s Bigger Than Both of Us, ’80’s Voices, ’81’s Private Eyes, ‘82’s H2O, ‘83’s Rock N Soul, Part I and ‘84’s Big Bam Boom. The era would also produce an additional 5 Top 10 singles, “Sara Smile,” “One on One,” “You Make My Dreams,” “Say It Isn’t So” and “Method of Modern Love.”

Daryl also wrote the H&O single "Everytime You Go Away," which singer Paul Young scored a number-one hit with a cover of the song in 1985.

That same year, Daryl and John, participated in the historic “We Are the World” session as well as closing the Live Aid show in Philadelphia. 

By 1987, the R.I.A.A. recognized Daryl Hall and John Oates as the NUMBER-ONE SELLING DUO in music history, a record they still hold today.

On May 20, 2008, the duo was honored with the Icon Award during BMI’s 56th annual Pop Awards. The award has previously gone to the Bee Gees, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Ray Davies, Carlos Santana and Dolly Parton.

Daryl Hall’s latest project is a multi-award-winning monthly web series (and Palladia TV show), Live from Daryl’s House (www.livefromdarylshouse.com). “It was a light bulb moment,” he says of the show’s genesis. “I’ve had this idea about just sitting on the porch or in my living room, playing music with my friends and putting it up on the Internet.”  Live from Daryl’s House is also aired weekly on the Palladia Channel every Thursday at 11pm EST/8pm PST.

The past episodes of Live From Daryl’s House have featured a mix of well-known performers like Jason Mraz, Joe Walsh, Booker T and the MGs, Blind Boys of Alabama, Rob Thomas, Train, Cee Lo Green, Smokey Robinson, The Doors’ Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek, Toots Hibbert, Nick Lowe, K.T. Tunstall, Todd Rundgren, Keb Mo, Dave Stewart, Goo Goo Dolls’ John Rzeznik and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump along with newcomers such as Nick Waterhouse, Nikki Jean, Dirty Heads, Chiddy Bang, Rumer, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Mayer Hawthorne, Eric Hutchinson, Chromeo, Matt Nathanson, Parachute, Plain White T’s, Allen Stone, soul diva Sharon Jones, Diane Birch, L.A. neo-R&B party band Fitz & the Tantrums, hot new alternative band Neon Trees and veteran alternative mainstays Guster.

In April of 2011, John Oates released his solo album, Mississippi Mile on Elektra RecordsPeople Magazine gave the album 3 out of 4 stars.  “[Mississippi Mile] has the opportunity to reach across the board – and that’s a winning formula.” – Nashville Lifestyles

Daryl released his solo album, Laughing Down Crying, on Verve Records on September 27th,  2011.  The album has received a lot of critical acclaim from the Huffington Post, Spinner and Pop Matters, who said: “With the songs that make up this fine collection of American soul and pop music, Hall proves that with the pen and at the mic, his voice is more than capable of reaching the depths and heights of emotional truth.”

Most recently as a duo, Daryl Hall & John Oates released their first box set, Do What You Want, Be What You Are: The Music of Daryl Hall & John Oates.  The box set marks the first comprehensive multi-CD, multi-label deluxe box set compilation ever assembled from their entire career’s work, four CDs containing 74 tracks (16 of them previously unreleased). 

With the fortieth anniversary of their seminal second album, Abandoned Luncheonette, 2013 found Daryl Hall and John Oates very much at the height of their powers making their own kind of soul, with a new generation of musicians recognizing not only their historic track record of success, but also their continuing influence and achievements.

For more information or to purchase tickets go to livenation.com. "

- A Press Release

Action Greensboro announces first Spark Fund Micro-Grants


GREENSBORO - Action Greensboro is excited to announce its first two Spark micro-grant recipients. This June, Action Greensboro announced the creation of the Spark Fund, aimed to support unexpected, fun and exciting projects in downtown Greensboro with an effort to create buzz and community involvement.

"Action Greensboro was thrilled to receive twenty-five Spark Fund proposals. Our staff and Operating Group were faced with making some tough decisions during the selection process as we received outstanding proposed ideas and projects." said Cecelia Thompson, Executive Director of Action Greensboro. "However, the two selected projects very much exemplified the creative spirit and ability to showcase of a long-term impact on Downtown Greensboro."

5K micro-grants will be made to the following projects:

Pop Up Denim Museum: Evan Morrison, of Gate City Dry Goods and Hudson Hill, and Zeke Vantreese, of Home State Apparel, will design, curate, and build a pop-up Denim museum that highlights Greensboro's incredible history as a driving force in textiles especially denim and flannel. Funds will be used to assemble vintage samples of denim, large historical photographs, design and build displays, procure printed materials to distribute, signage, and advertising. The museum will launch concurrently with the National Folk Festival and will be located in downtown Greensboro.

"I am thrilled that we will be able to showcase Greensboro's textile history during the National Folk Festival." said Evan Morrison of Hudson Hill.  "It has been a vision of mine to have a denim museum here, to educate, celebrate, and respect the numerous businesses and employees in this area where textiles were once king.  Zeke and I have talked about how just about everyone owns a pair of jeans, but not everyone knows our history as the denim capital of the world, among many other titles in textile and garment production, so this is our chance to build that footprint and permanently brand Greensboro a textile Mecca."

Light. Art. Activate: Octoberlight Designs and Greenhill will partner to bring excitement, energy and creative place-making to the corner of Davie Street and Friendly Avenue by utilizing projection technology. Using three window panels in the gallery at Greenhill, Octoberlight will install projection equipment and translucent window film to be used as a projection surface. The windows will become activated with energy from the projections of moving images from exhibitions, scenes from Greensboro, short videos and text. The projections will relate to Greenhill and the Greensboro Cultural Center. The installation will be in place by September 10th.

"Scott Stephens, of Octoberlight Designs, and I could not be more pleased to be a recipient of a SPARK grant.," said Laura Way, Executive Director of GreenHill. "Our project is about place-making: We want to activate the corner of Davie and Friendly Avenue-using light and projections to give Greenhill and the Greensboro Cultural Center a sense of destination. Right now people pass by and don't know what happens in our space or the building-this will help us make our mark and get people's attention. The projections will be on Greenhill's front windows, and will be vibrant, bold, creative, and highly visible to pedestrian traffic on Davie, heading East on Friendly and throughout Center City Park, as well as to those at the traffic light at Davie and Friendly."

The next deadline for the first Spark Fund micro-grant is January 13, 2016. The application is available online at actiongreensboro.org.

Action Greensboro was established in 2001 by local foundations to work with the business community, local government, and the community at large to develop and expand the economic and community environment of Greensboro. The Greensboro Partnership serves as the principal economic and community development organization in Greensboro, North Carolina.

For more information about Action Greensboro, call (336) 379-0821 or visit www.actiongreensboro.org.

- a press release

Groove Jam IV Music Festival Sat., Sept. 19. at Doodad Farm

Rich Lerner & The Groove
"Groove Jam IV music festival at Doodad Farm will be on Sat., Sept. 19. This annual event is a fundraiser and food drive for Greensboro Urban Ministry, our local food bank and homeless shelter.

The festival will feature live music from 2pm until after midnight Including performances by Rich Lerner and The Groove, Gooseberry Jam, the Mighty Fairlanes, House of Dues, Ladies Auxiliary, Sinai Mountain Ramblers, Midnight Sun, Peas and Karrots, and more. 

There will be a variety of vendors, food trucks, and game activities on site. Coolers are welcome and there is plenty of room for camping. 

The admission is a suggested minimum $10.00 donation. All festival goers are asked to bring nonperishable food items for our local food bank. 
The Mighty Fairlanes

Doodad Farm is located at 4701 Land Rd just off McConnell Road exit from I 40/85. (Turn right on Hooting Holllow Road and turn right on Land Road) For more information, volunteer opportunities or advance ticket sales, call Rich Lerner 336) 314-3336 Website: groovejamgreensboro.com."

- A Press Release



Musicians band together to help a friend keep moving

"Sunday, May 24, local musician Shiela Klinefelter organized a benefit to help fellow musician and friend Rick Sanderford get a wheelchair friendly car.  Rick has MS and is wheelchair bound. His car died about 7 months ago and with no income, he couldn't replace it and was essentially stuck.

Held at The Clutch and Throttle, located at 106 B College Road in Greensboro, Klinefelter called on her fellow musicians and friends for support. Bands that came out to play included; CUP OF BLUES & THE MOJOS, NOT DEAD YET, BUMP & LOGIE, ROY ROBERTS w/ A.J. DIGGS SR., FLOYDZ CIRCLE, THE LADIES AUXILIARY, DANIEL LOVE & BAND, BIG BUMP & THE STUN GUNZ, HALFTRACK CADILLAC.

Klinefelter wanted to thank Broadway Motors who provided the car."

- A Press Release

Theatre Alliance presents Henson Milam’s concert On My Own

"Henson Milam, who appeared in the productions of Les Miserables and Next to Normal at Theatre Alliance, is a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

For one night only, Henson will delight and enchant Theatre Alliance audiences with an intimate concert filled with some of your favorite songs and hers. Henson will be continuing her arts training at Boston University in the fall. Come see her so you can say you "knew her when"!

Says Henson, “This night is a way for me to reflect on my life as a performer so far and to explore the possibilities that might be in store for me in the future. I hope this concert can be my way of saying ‘thank you’ to all the people at Theatre Alliance who have truly changed my life for the better. From my first show at TA, Legally Blonde, to Les Mis and Next to Normal, all the way to the staged reading of Yellow, I have grown so much as a person and an actress. The nurturing and positive environment that is Theatre Alliance is a part of my life that is going to stay with me forever. This isn’t a goodbye to my theatre career in the triad, but simply a ‘see you later!’”

All proceeds will be benefitting Theatre Alliance’s Size Matters renovation campaign.

ONE NIGHT ONLY:  Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 8 pm

PHYSICAL ADDRESS: Theatre Alliance, 1047 Northwest Blvd; Winston-Salem, NC

All tickets for On My Own are $10 may be purchased in person at the Theatre Alliance Box Office (Fridays from 12:30-3:00 p.m.), online at www.wstheatrealliance.org, or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006.  Please call Theatre Alliance at (336) 723-7777 with any questions about this or future shows."

- A Press Release