Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Glories of Home Sweet Home

River Run Fun Festival is in full swing in Winston-Salem, Triad,
but it's not too late to get tickets to many promising films. So far,
we've seen three- two documentaries and a narrative, and have
given them scores of five, three, and four. Oh, just to explain, at
each showing, the audience a is given a rating tab and asked to
score their reaction to the film on a one to five scale, one being
basically "I hated it" to five being  "Loved it, would recommend it."
Not bad, I think, for early in our film-watching odyssey of thirteen
films over nine days. This celebration of new and innovative films
is a must-see for all film buffs in the area, in my opinion. To learn
more, go to the River Run website (www.riverrunfilm.com )and
then go, go, go to sister city, Winston-Salem, for a memorable
experience.

Kuddos, too, to UNCSA for their wonderful, energetic, totally fun
presentation of "Guys and Dolls" at the Stevens Center. If you
have never attended one of the fine presentations by the Theater
Department of the School of the Arts, you are missing something
remarkable. These "kids"- students all, present professional,
high-quality theater with incredible costuming, stage sets, and
lighting done by yet more students, putting together shows
which rival any other theater in the Triad and perhaps the state.

My twenty-five years of living in the Piedmont Triad have led me
to the inescapable conclusion that people in each of our three
unique cities fail to realize the richness available in the other two,
fail to reach out beyond their own environs to seek out what is
available just beyond their own doorstep. Sad...when there is so
much amazing art, music, theater, history all around us. Neighbor,
perhaps it's time to consider widening your own horizons, to
celebrate the truly wonderful diversity that is the Piedmont Triad,
with emphasis on TRIAD...three cities with so much to offer...if
you're only willing to look.

(No, I am not being paid by the Chamber of Commerce or the Arts
Council, though I sometimes wonder why these organizations
aren't doing more to encourage LOCAL support for who and how
and what the Triad has to offer.)

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