Esther Gruber, Tiny House Expedition, Tavis Smiley, And David Bowie On Triad Arts Weekend

Esther Gruber, Tiny House Expedition, Tavis Smiley, And David Bowie On Triad Arts Weekend

11:34am Jan 15, 2016

Esther Gruber

"With But Beyond The Eye" is a selection of visionary drawings by Swiss artist Esther Gruber. For years the octogenarian Switzerland resident has filled sketchbooks with drawings, many of which are being shown for the first time.

Her work incorporates elements of fantasy with narratives that sometimes come from dreams, and the worlds of literature and music. Curator Paul Bright writes that Gruber’s “drawings often hint at a mythic, non-modern world, one that seems to lie not very far beneath the well-designed and highly organized surfaces that the word Swiss typically connotes, but is brought forth by Gruber’s work.

"With But Beyond The Eye: Drawings by Esther Gruber" has been extended through March 27th in the Scales Fine Arts building on the Wake Forest University campus. WAKE’s Hanes Art Gallery—not in the gallery but offsite is coming up next week. The next conversation takes place Thursday, January 21st at a/perture cinema in Winston-Salem to focus on the work of Esther Gruber. It starts at 6pm.

Tiny House Expedition

Sometimes you have to move around to follow a story. Filmmakers and tiny house advocates Alexis Stephens and Christian Parsons are following a story all the way across the country. The two are the individuals behind Tiny House Expedition. They've been on the road documenting current and developing tiny house communities around the U.S., sharing the knowledge and inspiration they find.  

This weekend, they'll be at the Maricopa County Home and Garden Show in Phoenix, Arizona. And the couple is currently working on their short documentary, Living Tiny Legallyfeaturing case studies of cities that are making legal tiny house communities a reality. 
 
Triad Arts has been following Tiny House Expedition since Alexis and Christian started building their 131-square-foot tiny house, and Bethany recently caught up with them. They spoke to her from their house while in Owasso, Oklahoma. 
 
 
Tavis Smiley
 

Broadcaster, publisher, and philanthropist Tavis Smiley currently hosts PBS’s late-night TV talk show Tavis Smiley, and PRI’s The Tavis Smiley Show. He’s also a New York Times best-selling author with 18 books under his belt. His latest, My Journey with Maya chronicles Tavis’ decades-old friendship with Dr. Maya Angelou. Last April, he’ll shared his work with Triad audiences courtesy of Bookmarks in the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem.

Tavis Smiley has recently been in the news over his public back-and-forth with Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, and for Tuesday’s release of the paperback edition of Tavis’ book: DEATH OF A KING: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year.

Last year he spoke with David Ford by phone from his studio in Los Angeles. He said the focus of his new book is the many ways in which Dr. Angelou’s words and actions continue to impact his life today.

David Bowie and His Influence on the LGBTQ Community

WFDD’s Sean Bueter talked with Wake Forest LGBTQ Center director Angela Mazaris. She says when Bowie exploded onto the scene in the 1960s and 70s, he became an icon for young people society considered to be “different.”

 
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