Triad Arts (8:35 a.m. & 5:44 p.m)
Bassist/vocalist Penny “Queen Bee" Zamagni and guitarist/keyboardist Rob “Hound Dog” Baskerville have been bringing the best of the blues to the Piedmont Triad for 10 years as co-directors of the fabulous New River Blues Festival in Grassy Creek, NC. Together they form The King Bees, and they’ve been stingin’ and swingin’ for 25 years with the likes of Bo Diddley, Carey Bell, B.B. King, Nappy Brown and many others. We’re sampling from the title track from last year’s King Bees release titled “Carolina Bound”.
Penny and Rob are planning a big celebration of their quarter century mark of music making together with a concert Friday night, November 9th at 8:00pm at the Zion Bar & Grill in Greensboro. They dropped by WFDD to talk blues with David Ford.
Triad Arts Weekend (1:00pm)
Internationally renowned choreographer, dancer, theatre director and writer Bill T. Jones has received major honors from the MacArthur Genius Award to Kennedy Center Honors, and his ventures into Broadway resulted in two Tony Awards for Best Choreography. Next week, The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zade Dance Company will be in residence at Salem College working with Salem dance students on their campus in Winston-Salem. It's part of the new June Porter Johnson Series for the Visual and Performing Arts.
BOOKMARKS Book Launch Celebration featuring the dynamic mother/daughter writer’s duo of Penelope and Jennifer Niven. Wake Forest Alumna and Winston-Salem resident Penelope Niven is the author of Carl Sandburg: A Biography, Steichen: A Biography, and her new book, Thornton Wilder: A Life has just been published by HarperCollins. On Saturday, November 3, at 7:00pm, in the Porter B. Byrum Welcome Center Auditorium on the campus of Wake Forest University, you can meet two of them.
Nothing like a warm-hearted comedy just in time for the holidays, and Festival Stage of Winston-Salem has you covered with its season number three opener The Last Night of Ballyhoo, the Tony Award-winning, Pulitzer Prize nominated play by Alfred Uhry (the man who gave us Driving Miss Daisy). The Last Night of Ballyhoo runs through November 4, at Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem.
Twin City Stage brings Fiddler on the Roof to the Triad beginning Friday, November 2 and running through the 18th. Fiddler won 9 Tony Awards, and it enjoyed more than 3,000 performances on Broadway. Twin City Stage Director Bobby Bodford and Music Director Margaret Gallagher dropped by to explain why.