Mipso at the Piedmont Land Jam, First Impressions, The Seven Stages of Anger, Hanes Gallery and More
Mipso and the Piedmont Land Jam
The 6th annual Piedmont Land Jam features Steep Canyon Rangers, and Mipso with special guest Laurelyn Dossett. It’s the Piedmont Land Conservancy’s most successful education outreach event. For the past 25 years PLC has been permanently protecting important lands to conserve our region's natural and scenic areas, wildlife habitat, and farmland for future generations. Executive Director Kevin Redding says their Land Jam naturally gravitates toward Bluegrass because there’s such a rich history here in the Piedmont. He’s joined by Mipso guitarist singer Joseph Terrell, and fiddler Libby Rodenbough.
Piedmont Land Jam 2014 featuring Steep Canyon Rangers, Mipso with special guest Laurelyn Dossett is Friday night, October 17th at 8:00 pm in the Historic Carolina Theatre in Greensboro. Mipso’s latest release is Dark Holler Pop. We’ve been sampling from that CD throughout the program.
Charlie Lovett and First Impressions
Charlie Lovett's highly anticipated second novel is here. First Impressions: a Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen is out from Viking Press. In his new book, Lovett's protagonist Sophie Collingwood finds herself in the midst of a literary mystery. While Sophie is working in an antiquarian bookstore, two customers request the second edition of an obscure 18th Century book of Allegories. The books calls into question the rightful authorship of Pride and Prejudice. Lovett masterfully moves between present day England and the world of Jane Austen during the late 18th Century. Charlie stopped by WFDD to tell Bethany Chafin more.
You can hear Charlie Monday, November 3rd at Barnes and Noble in Winston-Salem. There will be a talk, Question and Answer session, and book signing.
Wendy J. Fox and The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories
Denver-based writer Wendy J. Fox and her collection The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories won the inaugural Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. The author's debut collection will be published on October 17th. Press 53's Kevin Morgan Watson notes, "What impressed me most about Wendy's collection was her attention to detail, not just with everyday items, but with emotions, word choices, actions."
Wendy J. Fox will be in Winston-Salem for the launch party for The Seven Stages of Anger on Friday, October 17th at the Artworks Gallery. The event begins at 7pm. Wendy will also be participating in Press 53 and Prime Number magazine's Gathering of Writers on Saturday, October 18th. The event will be a day long series of workshops for writers of all levels. Wendy's workshop will focus on using description to help make characters and scenes feel real. Other faculty members include David Jauss, Kim Church, David James Poissant, and Lee Zacharias.
Bethany Chafin spoke with Wendy from her home in Denver about her journey as a writer.
On the campus of WFU the Hanes Gallery there, you’ll find a most unusual art exhibition. A special ice machine cycles color calibrated water to replicate the specific color of the sky directly above New Zealand’s Franz Josef glacier at a precise date and time. A programmable fan replicates the breeze as it flowed through Emily Dickinson’s window on August 14, 2012, and much more. Hanes Gallery Director Paul Bright says that after viewing Spencer Finch’s work—a sculpture in neon tubes, a watercolor—you quickly understand that he’s playing with light, and how we experience things. But Paul’s interest in Spencer’s work lies in that which ties it all together. He refers to Spencer as a phenomenologist: interested in not only how we perceive the world, but how we process those perceptions to make sense of the world around us.
On Tuesday, October 21 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm the Spencer Finch Lecture comes to the Porter Byrum Welcome Center, Kulynych Auditorium at 1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem. Spencer was in the 2004 Whitney Biennial and the first retrospective of his work, in 2007-2008, took place at MASS MoCA.
Finch was the only artist commissioned to create work for the just-opened 9/11 Memorial Museum, and he recently completed an installation at the Morgan Library in New York. You can see his work for free on display at Hanes Gallery through October 27th. Director Paul Bright shared some of the things that interest him most about Spencer Finch’s art.
The Healing Blues Project
The Healing Blues project invites folks experiencing things such as homelessness, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or abuse to share a story about the challenges they face with a participating songwriter. The songwriter collaborates with the storyteller in writing and performing their song for a fascinating new recording. The Healing Blues CD memorializes the personal struggles of nearly a dozen participants in living music. The Healing Blues project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Greensboro College faculty cross-disciplinary artist Ted Elfremoff, composer, pianist Dave Fox, art students Julia Fergus and Gabrielle Harvin. Also involved are the Interactive Resource Center—a day resource center for people experiencing homelessness—Greensboro Area Songwriters, and storytellers from the Greensboro community.
We’ve been sampling from The Healing Blues CD.