"Myths and legends of the Isle of Green come to life in High Point Ballet’s latest original ballet, Celtic Legends. You can catch this spritely production for one night only at 7:30PM, Thursday, March 19 at the High Point Theatre, 220 E Commerce Ave., High Point. Purchase tickets in-person at the High Point Theatre Box Office, by calling (336) 887-3001, or by visiting http://www.highpointtheatre.com/events.asp. Tickets range from $22 for Adults to $16 for Students. The box office is open from Noon to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday and one hour prior to the performance.

Get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with High Point Ballet’s Celtic Legends, as leprechauns, fairies, and creatures of Irish fantasy dance, jig, and reel on stage before you. Our dancers celebrate the music and folklore of this captivating culture, from the earliest days of traditional Irish music and movement to the most celebrated contemporary Irish performances. High Point Ballet brings to the stage a spellbinding experience that is sure to captivate the Triad.
High Point Ballet, the vision of Founder and Executive Director, Rita Taylor, held its debut performance in 1987. Comprised of professional and pre-professional members, the Company is a funded affiliate of the High Point Area Arts Council and a Performing Member of Regional Dance America’s Southeastern Regional Ballet Association. High Point Ballet’s vision has been to create a diverse company encompassing a wide array of technical and theatrical elements of dance.

For further information visit www.highpointballet.org or call (336) 803-1880."

- A Press Release


"Award-winning actress, author, and singer Molly Ringwald is probably best known for her roles in the John Hughes’ motion pictures Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink. Now she will pair her mesmerizing vocal style with the UNCG Jazz Ensemble I and strings, directed by Chad Eby, in an evening of music from the American Songbook. Ringwald will put her unique spin on standards such as “Brother Can You Spare a Dime” and “They Say It’s Spring,” as well as 80’s classics such as “Don’t You (Forget About Me).” “An Evening with Molly Ringwald” will be offered at Aycock Auditorium on the UNCG campus for one performance only on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

Ringwald’s passion for jazz and singing started at a young age. According to Ringwald, “I grew up in a home filled with music and had an early appreciation of jazz since my dad was a jazz musician [pianist Bob Ringwald]. Jazz music has continued to be one of my three passions along with acting and writing. I like to say jazz music is my musical equivalent of comfort food. It's always where I go back to when I want to feel grounded."

Her debut album, Except Sometimes, has received rave reviews. The Huffington Post described Ringwald’s voice as “unaffected, clear, and at moments, vulnerable,” and further added, “she coaxes complexity from her honeyed mezzo-soprano.”

All ticket proceeds will benefit the Greensboro Urban Ministry. Throughout its forty-five year history, Greensboro Urban Ministry has worked with the community to meet the needs of its most vulnerable and oft-forgotten citizens. The Greensboro Urban Ministry shares a special connection with the UNCG Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program. Arthur “Buddy” Gist, donor of the famous Miles Davis trumpet housed in the UNCG Music Building, was well cared for by the Urban Ministry after falling on hard times.

“An Evening with Molly Ringwald" is generously sponsored by the Marriott Greensboro Downtown, the Greensboro News & Record, Tom Chitty and Associates, William F. Black, Lincoln Financial Group, Tate Street Coffee House, Graphic Visual Solutions, and Ralph Lauren.

Tickets for “An Evening with Molly Ringwald” are available from the Triad Stage Box Office in person at 232 S. Elm St., by phone at (336) 272-0160, or online at www.triadstage.org."

- A Press Release

Arts Council Welcomes Public Library Program to Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts

Carolyn Lowery, left, Children’s Room staff member
who developed the  Music and Movement program at
the Forsyth County Public Library,  and Nan
LaRosee, Children’s Services Director at the
Library, prepare children for a period of
animated activity at the program’s new
home in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts.
“Music and Movement“ livening up this downtown venue during library construction

"You might compare it to the difference between shopping at one large grocery store, like Harris Teeter or Fresh Market, or stocking the larder each week by visiting Ronnie’s Country Store, the city’s two farmer’s markets, a local bakery, Trader Joe’s and a shop that specializes in olive oil. What are we talking about?  Availing oneself of library services during the two-year construction period when the Forsyth County Central Library is no longer “central” but still the sum of its parts that are scattered about the city.

The treasured North Carolina Collection, for instance, has a new home in the Forsyth County administration building. Other programs have found suitable homes. The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County welcomed with open arms  “Music and Movement,” the Children’s Room signature program for kids from infants to kindergartners and their caregivers.

Chris Jones, The Arts Council’s Chief Operating Officer, tells us why.  “We are looking for ways to make the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts Center more welcoming and vibrant, from top to bottom and throughout the entire day and evening. A morning program like Music and Movement certainly fits the bill.  Caregivers, usually mothers, come in pushing strollers – some with two or three kids in tow – and head for our newly up fitted Mountcastle Forum.  Now also a performance space, as well a venue for meetings and receptions, it has a new floor that scores of boisterous kids cannot harm a bit.  There is a lot of music and movement, to be sure, but that’s just fine with us,” Jones said. “and we already had addressed noise considerations while prepping the room for music and theatrical performances.”

Nan LaRosee, Children’s Room Director at the Central Library, says Music and Movement is offered every second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 11 to 11:30 a.m. The program is free and open to the public.
“It takes a lot of imagination to keep preschoolers engaged for even 30 minutes,” she said, “but our staff members have pretty well mastered that. They incorporate elements of storytelling, rhythm instruments and movement into our carefully chosen song list. Everyone is an active performer in this high-energy activity.”

“The Central Library has been offering the program for about three and a half years. The Walkertown Branch was first and started offering it a year or so earlier. It replaced the traditional story time at the Central Library that was fading in popularity, and the very first week, 25 showed up, 30 the next and it kept growing,” said LaRosee.

Average attendance now is 70-80 with the number sometimes going over 150 during the Library’s summer reading program.  Walk into the Mountcastle Forum and you will  see kids marching, dancing, singing and keeping rhythm with sticks, maracas, rhythm eggs, and jingle bells and then, on cue, falling down and feigning nap time for a few seconds as the music suggests. Library staff use a variety of children's music by such performers as Jim Gill, Greg & Steve, Bari Koral and Ralph's World, along with updated folk songs, a capella, and rock and roll classics. They look for music that requires listening skills in order to interact with the song at the correct time and in the correct order, and encourages movement and rhythmic response.

Music and Movement is high-energy, but controlled. Stories are generally light and humorous and often incorporate puppets and responses from the audience. Staff have found that participants like to be fully engaged and actively contributing to all of the activities. Caregivers are free to join in or visit among themselves, making new friends and swapping parenting tips.  It is obvious they welcome the morning divertissement and value the friendships that are being developed.
Music and Movement programs are popular in many libraries, but the Forsyth County Library staff have formatted the local program based on what they have found to be effective with library patrons.  They are constantly tweaking “Music and Movement” to make it more engaging.
Convenient, modestly priced parking is located just across the street from the Milton Rhodes Center. The Center now has a branch of Coffee Park, which has the signature Air Stream trailer on Reynolda Road near the Children’s home.  Krankie’s coffee; cookies, breads and muffins from Camino Bakery; pastries from Atelier on Trade; sandwiches from West End CafĂ©, as well as other beverages and snacks are available for caregivers and kids.

Inquiries about “Music and Movement” can be made by contacting Nan LaRosee, Children's Room Director, Forsyth County Public Library (336) 703-3041, laroseal@forsyth.cc."

- A Press Release


"The 17th RiverRun International Film Festival today announced the theme and selection of films for the Festival’s annual Spotlight program. This is the first program announcement for this year’s RiverRun, which runs April 16-26, 2015. The full lineup of the entire Festival will be announced in three weeks, on March 17, 2015.

This year, RiverRun will present a six-film Spotlight on Black American Cinema from 1971-1991, exclusively featuring films directed by black filmmakers, in an effort to draw attention to their contributions and importance to American cinema as a whole. The program spans three decades and includes films that are familiar and considered classics, as well as rarely screened gems. The 2015 Spotlight selections kick off in the early ‘70s, immediately following the sweeping social changes of the Civil Rights era, and culminate in 1991, which saw both the first Academy Award nomination for an African American filmmaker and the first major Hollywood film directed by an African American woman.

“Although America has enacted a lot of changes since the 1960s, recent events have shown that our country and culture still suffers from serious racial problems and has a long way to go, said Andrew Rodgers, RiverRun’s Executive Director. With this year’s Spotlight program, we wanted to showcase the work of some of this country’s most talented filmmakers of the post-Civil Rights era while also giving our audiences the chance to see these important films in a historical context.

RiverRun created the Spotlight section in 2010 and purposefully left it undefined to allow for a variety of future curatorial choices. Since then, the Spotlight has focused on a specific country, genre, filmmaker’s body of work or some combination thereof. Recent Spotlights include collections of films focused on: Archiving & Preservation (2014), Ingmar Bergman (2013), Pre-Digital Science Fiction (2012), Contemporary French Masters (2011) and the History of Mexican Cinema (2010).


Shaft USA / 1971 / Director: Gordon Parks
Private-eye John Shaft is hired by a Harlem crime lord to find and rescue his kidnapped daughter. Shaft finds himself caught in a struggle among feuding mobsters. Widely considered a prime example of the Blaxploitation genre, Shaft was selected in 2000 for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

Killer of Sheep USA / 1979 / Director: Charles Burnett
Stan works in drudgery at a slaughterhouse. His personal life is drab. He’s unresponsive to the needs of his adoring wife, and struggles against influences which would dishonor and endanger him and his family. Killer of Sheep is one of the first 50 films to be selected for the National Film Registry and listed as one of the “100 Essential Films by the National Society of Film Critics. The UCLA Film & Television Archives carefully restored the film on 35mm. (Print source: Milestone Films) Note: Killer of Sheep will be preceded by The Horse, a 1979 short film also directed by Charles Burnett. (Print source: UCLA Archives)

She’s Gotta Have It USA / 1986 / Director: Spike Lee
The story of Nola Darling’s simultaneous sexual relationships with three different men as told from different perspectives. While all three men want Nola to commit solely to them; she resists being “ownedby a single partner. As Spike Lee’s first feature-length film as writer and director, this film was the catalyst for the beginning of his influential career. It is also considered a landmark film in independent American cinema and was a welcome change in the representation of African Americans in cinema. (Print source: Park Circus)

Hollywood Shuffle USA / 1987 / Director: Robert Townsend
An actor limited to stereotypical roles because of his ethnicity dreams of making it big as a highly respected performer. As he makes his rounds, the film takes a satiric look at African American actors in Hollywood. Through comedy this film was able to shine a much needed light on the lack of substantial roles for black actors and the misrepresentation of people of color in film and television and was a resounding independent success, grossing more than $5 million in the first 10 months of release. (Print source: UNCSA Moving Image Archives)

Daughters of the Dust USA / 1991 / Director: Julie Dash
Set in 1902, this film takes a languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia. African folkways were maintained well into the 20th Century in this isolated region, and it was one of the last bastions of these mores in America. As the first feature film by an African- American woman distributed by Hollywood theatrically in the United States, this film opened to great critical acclaim, played at the Sundance and Toronto film festivals, and in 2004 was added to the National Film Registry. (Print source: UCLA Archive)

Boyz n the Hood USA / 1991 / Director: John Singleton
The film debut for both Ice Cube and Morris Chestnut, this life-in-the-hood drama highlights a group of interrelated subjects as they struggle to either accept or deny the fate of their South Central Los Angeles upbringing. Also starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Nia Long and Angela Bassett. Nominated for an Academy Award® for both Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

TICKETS AND INFO: RiverRun’s popular Ticket Samplers, which include 10 film vouchers for the price of nine, are now on sale at the Stevens Center Box Office. RiverRun members may also purchase advance tickets on March
18, 2015, prior to public sales. For more information about the many benefits of becoming a RiverRun member, visit  www.riverrunfilm.com/donate. General tickets go on sale March 19, 2015, at the Stevens Center Box Office, via  www.riverrunfilm.com or over the phone at (336)721-1945.

SPONSORS:  The sponsors of the 2015 RiverRun International Film Festival help sustain the organization's mission to foster a greater appreciation of cinema and a deeper understanding of the many people, cultures and perspectives of our world through regular interaction with great films and filmmakers. Festival sponsors
include: Title Sponsors The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Reynolds American, and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Presenting Sponsors City of Winston-Salem, the Millennium Fund and Winston-Salem Journal; Marquee Sponsors Elephant in the Room, Hanesbrands Inc., John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation, Salem Smiles Orthodontics, Wake Forest University and Wells Fargo; Premiere Sponsors –High Point Bank, JDL Castle Corporation, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Visit Winston-Salem, and the News & Record.


The 17th RiverRun International Film Festival will be held April 16-26, 2015 in downtown Winston-Salem. RiverRun is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the role of cinema as a conduit of powerful ideas and diverse viewpoints. Founded in 1998, RiverRun is a competitive event that annually showcases new films from both established and emerging filmmakers around the world. Each spring, RiverRun screens new narrative, documentary, short, student and animated films, offering both audience and jury prizes in competition categories. For more information visit  www.riverrunfilm.com or call 336-724-1502."

- A Press Release

Winston-Salem Symphony Names 2014-2015 Peter Perret Youth Talent Search Winners

"The Winston-Salem Symphony has announced the winners of the 2014-2015 Peter Perret Youth Talent Search competition. The first place winner of the senior division for ages 13 through senior year of high school is Kiffen Loomis, a pianist from Asheville, North Carolina. Loomis attends Christ School in Asheville and studies piano with Suzan Fehr. The winner of the junior division, for students ages eight to 12, is violinist Brian Lin of Greenville, North Carolina. Lin is in the eighth grade at Arendell Parrott Academy in Kinston and studies violin with Chris Gawlik.

Loomis and Lin will perform with the Winston-Salem Symphony at the Concert for Community on March 14, 2015, at 3 p.m. in Wait Chapel on the Wake Forest University campus. The concert is free and open to the public. Loomis will play Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Lin will play the first movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor. 


Other contestants recognized for their outstanding performances were as follows:
Senior Division:
  • Second Place: Jane Zhao, piano, from Cary, North Carolina
  • Third Place: Nathalie Schmalhofer, violin, from Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Junior Division:
  • Second Place: Caroline Smoak, violin, from Fort Mill, South Carolina
  • Third Place: Gabriel Crist, piano, from Durham, North Carolina
The finals for the 2014-2015 competition were held on Saturday, January 31 in Winston-Salem at Crawford Hall, University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Judges for the Talent Search were Peter Perret, Conductor Emeritus of the Winston-Salem Symphony; Stephen Mulligan, Assistant Conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony; and Dimitri Shteinberg, a member of the UNC School of the Arts Piano Faculty.
The annual Youth Talent Search, named in honor of former Winston-Salem Symphony Music Director Peter Perret, was developed to identify the region’s most gifted and talented young musicians, to develop young talent, and to recognize and support the teachers and families of musically-gifted children. Participation in the competition also provides students with experience and motivation to continue their musical studies. Many have gone on to become professional musicians, including the winner of the very first Peter Perret Youth Talent Search, who is now a member of the New York Philharmonic.

About the Winston-Salem Symphony
The Winston-Salem Symphony, now performing its 68th season, is one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded regional orchestras. This season also marks Maestro Robert Moody’s 10th Anniversary with the Symphony. Under the baton of Music Director Moody, its performance season includes a classics series, a pops series, concerts for kids, annual  performances of Handel’s Messiah, a concert featuring Winston-Salem Symphony and Youth Symphony musicians, holiday concerts, three youth orchestra ensembles, and a multitude of educational and community engagement programs.  For more information visit WSsymphony.org"

- A Press Release

Special Exhibit to Open at Sea Life Aquarium “Claws” exhibit will feature crabs and crustaceans from around the world

"CONCORD, N.C. (Feb. 26, 2014) – “Claws”, a brand-new special exhibit at Sea Life Charlotte-Concord Aquarium, will open to the public on Feb. 27. The exhibit will feature multiple displays and showcase a variety of crustaceans, including the Japanese spider crab, fiddler crab and peacock mantis shrimp. 
Recognized as having the largest leg span of any crustacean, the highlight of the new exhibit is the Japanese spider crab, a crab that can grow up to 14 feet wide or the size of a small car. These unique creatures can inhabit depths of up to 2,000 feet and are typically found crawling along the seabed of the Pacific Ocean near Japan.

Another unique creature, the brightly colored peacock mantis shrimp can punch its prey with speed 50 times faster than the blink of a human eye, allowing it to break though the shells of clams and mollusks. Speaking of eyes, these crustaceans have the most complex eyes in the animal kingdom.

“We’re excited to show our guests these fascinating creatures of the deep,” said John Markovics, Marketing Manager at Sea Life Charlotte-Concord. “With interactive displays and special viewing windows, guests can get an up-close perspective of how these creatures look and behave.”

“Claws” joins 20 other educational and interactive exhibits found at Sea Life Charlotte-Concord, as well as thousands of diverse sea creatures. The exhibit is included in regular admission. For ticket information, visit www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord.

About Sea Life Charlotte-Concord
Sea Life Charlotte-Concord is a 26,000-square-foot indoor aquarium with another 10,000 square feet planned for future expansion. This one-of-a-kind attraction allows visitors to experience the magical world beneath our seas with marine habitats, displays, and close encounters with thousands of sea creatures. Sea Life provides a glimpse of the diversity of marine life while also playing an active role in animal and environmental conservation. Visitors see strong evidence of Sea Life’s Breed, Rescue and Protect activities around the world, including new projects developed locally.

Sea Life is the world’s largest aquarium chain with over 45 attractions around the world. Sea Life Charlotte-Concord is the sixth Sea Life aquarium launched in the U.S. and parent company Merlin Entertainments’ 100th attraction worldwide. Sea Life Charlotte-Concord is located at Concord Mills, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd. in Concord, NC. For more information, visit www.visitsealife.com/charlotte-concord."

- A Press Release


"Greensboro, N.C. — A Compassionate Action Award is on its way to TJ Lepock, a Greensboro man who donned a wetsuit and leapt into a mostly frozen pond to save Nina, an 8-month-old dog who had fallen through the ice. Nina, who spent nearly 30 minutes in the frigid water before Lepock arrived on the scene, is now resting at home with her guardians, and Lepock will receive a framed certificate and a box of delicious vegan chocolates from PETA for his bravery.

"Knowing that time was of the essence, TJ Lepock took quick action to pull this lucky dog to safety," says PETA Senior Director Colleen O'Brien. "PETA hopes his kindness and tenacity will inspire others to stop and help animals in need."

PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to abuse in any way," reminds all dog guardians to keep dogs on a comfortable and secure harness and leash when they're outside and not to leave them unattended.

For more information, please visit PETA.org."

- A Press Release


"Bookmarks presents talk show host, political commentator, and bestselling author Tavis Smiley for a presentation, reading, and signing of his new book My Journey with Maya, a memoir and remembrance of 25 years of friendship with Dr. Maya Angelou. The book release celebration will be held on Thursday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at SECCA, 750 Marguerite Dr, Winston-Salem, NC. This event is sponsored with support from SECCA, 88.5 FM WFDD, The Winston-Salem Journal, and 90.5 FM WSNC.

From his celebrated conversations with world figures to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders, Tavis Smiley—broadcaster, New York Times bestselling author, publisher, advocate, and philanthropist—has emerged as an outstanding voice for change. Smiley is currently the host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS, as well as The Tavis Smiley Show and Smiley & West both from Public Radio International (PRI), and the daily radio program, Tavis Talks, on the Tavis Smiley Network (TSN).

Smiley is the author of 16 books including Death of a King, his 2014 bestselling history of the 12 months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination and a memoir, What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America, which became a New York Times bestseller. He is the editor of Covenant with Black America, the first nonfiction book by a black-owned publisher to reach #1 on The New York Times bestseller list.

Smiley is the presenter and creative force behind “AMERICA I AM: The African American Imprint”, a traveling museum exhibition, which toured the country for four years celebrating the extraordinary impact of African-American contributions to our nation and the world, as told through rare artifacts, memorabilia, and multimedia. He is also the founder of the Tavis Smiley Foundation, which has reached more than 6,000 young people through its Youth to Leaders training workshops and conferences.

Smiley’s achievements have earned him numerous awards and honorary doctorate degrees, including one from his alma mater, Indiana University. Smiley is the recipient of the prestigious Du Bois Medal from Harvard University and the 2009 Interdependence Day Prize from Demos in Istanbul, Turkey. TIME magazine honored Smiley in 2009 as one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.” In 2013, Smiley celebrated 10 years on PBS, and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that Smiley will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this year.

Admission is by ticket only. Tickets are available at bookmarksnc.org or by calling 336-747-1471.

Ticket prices are listed below and include sales tax. The event is expected to sell out, so please purchase your tickets ahead of time. Tickets will probably not be available at the door.

$15 for a general admission ticket for the event, followed by a book signing and reception. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Program begins at 7:30 p.m.

$32 for a general admission ticket and a hardback copy of My Journey with Maya. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Program begins at 7:30 p.m.

$75 for a premier admission ticket, which includes reserved premier seating at the 7:30 p.m. event and an intimate private reception with Tavis Smiley beginning at 6 p.m. featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres by California Fresh Catering, wines by Raffaldini Vineyards, a hardback copy of My Journey with Maya, and a book signing. ($15.00 is tax deductible). Doors open at 5:45 p.m.

Bookmarks is a literary arts nonprofit organization that engages, inspires, and connects readers with authors. This is achieved through the largest annual free book festival in North Carolina; Triad-based author talks; and the Authors in Schools program, which reaches 5,000 students annually. Please visit bookmarksnc.org for more information."

- A Press Release