Touring Theatre demonstrates commitment to Triad Local First with this brand new production, “Local Produce”!

"Brenda P Schleunes, Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Touring Theatre of North Carolina announced today the production of Local Produce, the third in the Theatre’s three part chamber series for 2014-15.

In the fall of 2014, Touring Theatre of North Carolina requested submission of short stories from local writers as a way of supporting the Triad Local First movement.  From fifty submissions, three were selected:  by Alice Hodkins, Anne Barnhill and Kevin Varner

In this spring mix, entitled Local Produce, Touring Theatre’s audiences will discover a delicious combination as local actors and local directors blend local stories into a delightfully seasoned dish.   Actors Victoria Singleton, Laurine Concutelli and Kevin Varner perform characters whose lives are changed when they encounter, among other things, the children’s book Good Night Moon, tangerines with strawberries, and a boom box.

The Touring Theatre of North Carolina is the longest running professional theatre in the Triad. Its innovative spirit allows the company to celebrate, commemorate and raise concerns of its community through carefully selected materials that focus on the ongoing human search for dignity across lines of ethnicity, gender, economic status, religion and age.  All productions are created with the highest professional standards and are designed to promote conversations about the community.

May 1, (pay as you can) 2, 8 and 9 doors open at 7:30 show starts at 8:00 pm
The Crown at The Carolina Theatre, 310 S Greene St. downtown Greensboro

Tickets are general admission.  It is open seating.
$20 for Adults, $17 for Groups of 10 or more, $15 for Students with School ID
There is a $1.00 Facility fee and a $3.00 service fee for purchasing on line. 6.75% sales tax is included in the price of the tickets

For tickets call 336-333-2605 or visit"

- A Press Release


"JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Guilford Technical Community College’s Theatre Program will present its first play in the new Center for Creative and Performing Arts Theatre on April 17.

Located on the High Point Campus (901 S. Main St.), the Center for Creative and Performing Arts Theatre will serve as an additional teaching lab and performance space for students enrolled in GTCC's Creative and Performing Arts programs, comprised of entertainment technology, theatre and music. The two-story 11,705 square-foot-facility features a modified black box stage and theater seating for 82.

“Greater Tuna” will be the first public performance to debut in the new space. Showtime is 8 p.m. The laugh-out-loud comedy by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard is set in the fictional small town of Tuna, Texas. The bevy of eccentric characters, including two clueless radio disc jockeys, a zany animal rights advocate and a crooked judge, have made this fast-paced show popular with audiences throughout the world.

The play debuted in Austin, Texas in 1981 and moved to off-Broadway in 1982.  Subsequently, the show has toured nationally, and has been performed by theater companies throughout the world.  A “Greater Tuna” special aired on HBO in 1984. One of the most produced comedies in American theatre history, “Greater Tuna” continues to delight audiences with its fast-paced dialogue, eccentric characters and droll view of life in the fictional small town of Tuna, Texas.

Directing “Greater Tuna” is GTCC Theatre Instructor Wm. Perry Morgan. The cast includes GTCC students Jason McMasters, Linda Bui and Kristal L. Taylor; GTCC nursing instructor Linda McMillian, making her theatrical debut; and Michael Carter, who has acted in professional and community theatre productions throughout N.C. and Va., making his GTCC Theatre debut.

“Working on ‘Greater Tuna’ has been a marvelous acting experience for our students,” said June Guralnick, director of GTCC’s Theatre Program. “There are not many plays where actors get to play a multiplicity of roles, and ‘Greater Tuna’ certainly provides that opportunity.”

The Center for Creative and Performing Arts Theatre is the final piece in a longtime vision to create one centralized location for all of the Creative and Performing Arts programs and stimulate further collaboration between students on cross-departmental projects and performances.

In addition to the Creative and Performing Arts Theatre, the college also offers two performance venues: a major production studio with seating for an audience of 225; and an amphitheater accommodating more than 500.

Tickets for “Greater Tuna” are $15, general public; $10, GTCC staff and alumni; $5, GTCC students (plus tax). Tickets are available off-campus at the High Point Theatre box office (220 E. Commerce Ave., High Point), by calling (336) 887-3001 or visiting There is an additional ticket surcharge for patrons purchasing tickets online. For group sales, call (336) 334-4822 ext. 50299. Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended.

For more information, contact June Guralnick at or call (336) 334-4822 ext. 50299.

- A Press Release

The Staight 8s and The Raving Knaves to play The Green Bean April 11

The Straight 8s
"North Carolina’s rockabilly circuit is alive and kicking, partly due to the efforts of musician and promoter Dave Quick whose “Heavy Rebel Weekender” and “Elvis Fest” events draw bands and fans from around the state and nation. It was at Elvis Fest in January, where rockabilly purists The Straight 8s, from Chapel Hill, met Greensboro’s neo-mods, The Raving Knaves and decided to plan a gig in Greensboro. 
The two bands will perform Saturday, April 11 at The Green Bean. It’s a compatible mash-up of three decades of influences as both bands put forth with intentional showmanship and staging that has been known to inspire dancing. Event page:
Brain Drain Records’ The Straight 8s have been delivering their combustible blend of high-octane rock-a-billy music for over a decade. Based in Chapel Hill, NC the band has performed countless shows throughout the Southeast, birthplace of our beloved rock-a-billy. Continuously in demand, the Straight 8s captivate audiences with their exceptional musicianship and dynamic stage presence. The band has released three full-length records and has been featured on several compilations. Their music has also been featured on radio programs in the US, Canada, UK, and the Netherlands. Photos here, in electronic press kit:
The Raving Knaves are an original rock’n’roll trio organized in 2008, led by 35-year veteran, Dave McLean on guitar, vocals. McLean is also primary writer. They have one full-length CD and one EP available online and at gigs.

Show time is 9:00 pm. All ages admitted."

- A Press Release

Julie Malloy Copeland Honored with Distinct Governor’s Volunteer Service Award

"Greensboro, NC – As Former Junior League of Greensboro President, it was not uncommon to Julie Malloy Copeland to be working tirelessly to better the community and the women leaders working alongside her. That is just one of the few reasons she has been named one of the recipients of the 2015 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.  

As President of the League from 2013-2014, Julie worked to provide volunteer and leadership training, as well as meaningful experiences for more than 360 active members. During this time she was also overseeing day-to-day operations of the organization with more than 1,000 members. She did it all while maintaining a full-time job as Vice President of Talent Management & Development at HRD Strategies, Inc., as well as volunteering her time with other various organizations in the community. Julie has given tirelessly to the Junior League of Greensboro since joining as a volunteer, by becoming a committee chair, board member, and executive board member. It’s what has made her such a vital member of the Greensboro community.

Julie was the first President to focus all of the League’s efforts on education, which in turn increased the impact of volunteer efforts and funding. With her help and guidance, the organization partnered with Cone Elementary School in Guilford County in 2013. The Title I school consistently performed low on testing and 98% of its student population requires free or reduced lunch. Julie personally helped to train 100 volunteers to dedicate their time there and raise $70,000 to put toward projects at the school.

Julie was also able to take the Junior League’s mission of making women leaders in the community one step further. It was her vision that helped to turn the Women’s Leadership Conference into an event with national-level speakers and bring in women from across the region for leadership development. Her level of commitment has motivated other leaders in the Junior League of Greensboro to step up and dedicate their time as well.

"The Junior League of Greensboro is so fortunate to have Julie Copeland serve as not only a volunteer but as a leader in our organization!  Her dedication to our mission is visible in all that she does and we are so proud of her for receiving this much deserved recognition."
 – Paige Butler, President of the Junior League of Greensboro

The Governor’s Volunteer Service Award recognize people in who engage in volunteer activities throughout the state of North Carolina. Recipients have gone above and beyond the call of duty to serve their communities. Through their works of service, these individuals have made an impact on others, as well as the betterment of the community. Nominated recipients are chosen based on merit by a panel. The award is given to the state’s top 20 volunteers.

About Julie Malloy Copeland:

Julie is the Vice President of Talent Management & Development at HRD Strategies, INC., and organizational development and leadership firm located in Greensboro, NC. Accredited as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, Julie provides strategic expertise to organizations seeking optimized performance, talent excellence, and financial synergy. She also serves as a Director with the National League of Junior Cotillions, actively volunteers with Junior Achievement, and is a graduated of Leadership Greensboro. Julie is a Bonner Scholar, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Wofford College. She was recently named an “Impact Leader” by Business Leader Magazine and a “Top 40 Leader Under 40” by the Triad Business Journal."

- A Press Release

NC Musician, Clay Howard, releases second lyrics video to preview upcoming release

"Greensboro, NC, - Long Time North Carolina musician and author, Clay Howard has debuted a second lyrics video to preview his upcoming release, Who The Hell is Clay Howard?, coming April 17 on rocksteady records.

  "We all seem to be moving our communication to these devices, these ever present smartphones, "said Clay Howard. "So what better way to tell the story of someone recovering from a bad relationship, than by having the lyrics unfold as a conversation on a an iPhone?"

"LOL" is the lead track on Clay's first solo record, Who the Hell is Clay Howard?  The 10 song collection was produced and recorded with Minneapolis producer/musician, Brynn Arens. Mr. Arens is the lead singer and guitarist for The Oddfathers, and former lead singer of 90's favorites, Flipp.

The new video can be viewed at the following link:

Who The Hell is Clay Howard will be available at all the usual online retailers, as well as via one of Clay's websites: or

A lyrics video for another track, "Never Give It Away" has already garnered over 800 views:


About Clay Howard:

Clay is a 25+ year veteran of the NC music scene, having released 10 albums of original material in various bands. He currently resides in Kernersville, NC with his wife and three of his four children, their dogs, Scout and Atticus, and one fat cat- Calpurrnia."

- A Press Release


Owners Celebrate New Location

"HIGH POINT, NC - High Point residents looking for a taste of the tropics will be in for a treat this April, as the Tropical Smoothie Café, located at 3860 John Gordon Lane (Old Bruester’s) will be open for business. 

The café will celebrate with prize giveaways. In addition, customers will be able to sample products and register to win free smoothies for a year.

The Tropical Smoothie Café is owned by franchisees Drs. Victor Archie and Nikki Graves. The 1500 square foot café employs 15 team members. The café will also offer a drive-thru, catering, on-line ordering, and delivery. 

“Tropical Smoothie Café is a unique brand, with a bold, fresh, flavorful menu which is what attracted us to the business,” said Nikki Graves. “We’re excited to be able to serve our community a delicious, healthy meal in a great tropical atmosphere.”

Known for providing made-to-order real-fruit smoothies, as well as toasted sandwiches, flatbreads, wraps, tacos and gourmet salads, the High Point café is part of a national chain with more than 400 locations nationwide.

For more information on the High Point Tropical Smoothie Café, please call 336-803-4643 or"

- A Press Release

Lowes Foods Manager Awarded Store “Mini Makeover” in Competition

Greensboro Store Unveils
Changes at March 28 Reopening

"GREENSBORO, N.C.  - Taking a page from reality shows, Lowes Foods held a competition last fall among its managers with a prize of a “mini makeover” for the winning manager’s store.  Brian Loye, manager of the Lowes Foods at 243 North Church Street in Greensboro, was a winner of the competition.  The updates have been completed at his store, which will celebrate with a reopening ceremony on Saturday, March 28 at 11 a.m.

To enter the contest, store managers presented their ideas for store upgrades to a panel from Lowes Foods that included Lowes Foods president Tim Lowe. 

“Our store managers frequently come to us with great ideas for improving the customer shopping experience at their stores,” Lowe said.  “We decided to have a little fun by having a contest among our managers to hear their ideas for store improvements.  The panel was blown away by the incredible enthusiasm of our store managers and the great ideas they presented.”

“We were particularly impressed by the ideas presented by Brian Loye for Greensboro’s North Church Street store,” he said.  “Brian really knows his guests and what the area needs.” 

“I was thrilled to hear the news that my Greensboro store was selected by the panel for one of the makeovers,” Loye said.  “I think shoppers are going to love the changes that were made to our store during the past few weeks.  In addition to the upgrades, our store now has the new Lowes Foods branding that has been rolled out at other stores that have received major remodeling.”

“One of my favorite additions to our store is the new Pick & Prep area.  It’s like having your own personal sous chef,” Loye said.  “Shoppers select their fruits or vegetables from our produce department.  Next, the Pick & Prep hosts dice, mince or cube them—however they are needed for recipes or snacks.  Cooks can even customize their mix of Pick & Prep items for a recipe or pick up a prepared selection.”

Loye said the store’s Beer Den features a craft beer collection, including several locally brewed beers. Guests can purchase 64-ounce growlers and then have them filled with craft beers direct from the Beer Den’s tap.  The Beer Den also offers hundreds of craft beer bottles, including the ability for shoppers to create their own favorite six packs.

Another addition to the North Church Street store is Lowes Foods’ unique Pizzanini & Family, which features fresh, made-to-order pizzas that can be served hot from the store or taken home to bake.  Lowes Foods also offers paninis that can be made to order throughout the day with Boar’s Head meats, cheeses and fresh produce.

In addition to its Greensboro North Church Street store, Lowes Foods is completing mini makeovers at its Burlington University Drive store, which also reopens on March 28, and in Boone, Chapel Hill and Hickory.

About Lowes Foods, LLC
Founded in 1954, Lowes Foods employs nearly 9,000 people and operates 95 full-service supermarkets in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Locally owned and operated, Lowes Foods is truly a homegrown company committed to bringing community back to the table, by providing customers with the freshest and most innovative local products from local suppliers. The company maintains a strong focus on exceptional attention to our guests, with services like Lowes Foods-To-Go personal shopping and gas rewards discounts. To learn more, visit or follow Lowes Foods on Facebook or Twitter. Lowes Foods, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alex Lee, Inc.  For more information, please visit

About Alex Lee, Inc.

Founded in 1931, Alex Lee is a family-owned and operated company that employs nearly 10,000 people. It serves as the parent company of Merchants Distributors, LLC, which provides full-service, wholesale distribution to supermarkets across the Southeastern United States. In addition, Alex Lee is the parent company of Lowes Foods, which includes more than 100 full-service grocery stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, as well as Just Save food stores in North Carolina. Alex Lee, Inc. is based in Hickory, NC.  For more information, please visit"

- A Press Release

I HEART ARTS Family Jubilee & Summer Camp Fair

"Free Family Fun on Sunday!


See you Sunday, March 29, from 1 - 5:30 pm at Revolution Mill Event Center

April 2015 is I HEART ARTS Month, a chance for everyone in Greensboro to show their love for the arts. 

Join ArtsGreensboro as we kick off I HEART ARTS Month with a free Family Jubilee and Summer Camp Fair at Revolution Mill Event Center, 1000 Revolution Mill Drive, Greensboro, NC 27405. You'll find loads of free parking and fun, crafts, and snacks for all, with performances including:

1:45 pm: Greensboro Ballet
2:30 pm: The Poetry Project
3:15 pm: Greensboro Opera
4:00 pm: Music Academy of North Carolina
4:45 pm: Community Theatre of Greensboro
...and some surprises-and door prizes-sprinkled throughout the day! 

Cast your votes ($1/vote) on artwork by students from Guilford County Schools. The student artists who garner the most votes will receive People's Choice Awards, which will be presented in conjunction with the Superintendent's Awards on Monday, March 30.

Other highlights include:

Art activities led by the African American Atelier and the Center for Visual Artists;
A photo booth hosted by Greenhill/ArtQuest;
Hula hoop and dance contests; and
 A Summer Camp Fair featuring:

African American Atelier...Camp Bur-Mil...Carolina Theatre...City Arts...City of Greensboro Parks & Rec...Community Theatre of Greensboro...Eastern Music Festival...Greensboro Ballet...Greensboro Children's Museum...Greensboro Day School...Greensboro Historical Museum...Greensboro Opera...Greensboro Public Library...Guilford County Schools' Summer Arts Institute...Music Academy of NC...NCCJ...The Poetry Project...Tumblebees...Youth Cricket Club of Carolina

Did you know?
If every Greensboro resident donated $1 to ArtsGreensboro during April, we could provide $275,000 in additional funding to arts organizations, artists, teachers, and arts-in-education initiatives. 

Participate. Celebrate.


-  A Press Release