Chicago-Based Sound Artists To Transform Elsewhere’s Museum Into An Architectural Music Box This Summer

"(Greensboro, NC) - Elsewhere, a living museum and artist residency set within a former thrift store, is pleased to announce Museum : : Instrument, a curated sound art residency produced by Elsewhere and ThreeWalls of Chicago, IL. During a month-long special residency, artists will create new installation and performance based sound works that transform the museum’s 100-year old building into an architectural music box.

The works will premiere on July 3, during a First Friday opening event where performers and the public "play the museum," by using the building as amphitheater, music box, instrument, and speaker. A limited edition vinyl LP will collect and document the work made throughout the residency. This special residency offers museum audiences a unique opportunity to engage in sound art production, which is gaining public attention and recognition.

Artists Jon Brumit, Michael Milano, David More, Troy Briggs, and Jeff Kolar and Meredith Kooi of Radius will be in residency at the museum from June 10 - July 5. This group has been curated by  Shannon Stratton--an Independent Curator and Executive Director Emeritus of ThreeWalls-- and Joe Jeffers--musician, producer and Director of 8550 Ohio. While in residence they will produce new sound works that feature electronics, found-objects, interactive instruments, field recordings, and experimental radio broadcasting that alter, enhance, and draw attention to the sounds of the museum as a resonant architectural chamber. Their building-wide sound art interventions will invite audiences to consider the museum as a comprehensive and interconnected artwork, using electronic and auditory media to connect architectures seen and unseen.

Elsewhere will also host free, artist-designed public workshops on June 27-28. These 'hacker-workshops' will bring to life the tangible and creative aspects of sound art production, introducing workshop attendees to new skills and ideas for working with electronic materials, found objects, and toys to explore and create sonic environments.

Now in its 11th year, the residency program at Elsewhere offers creatives and researchers from around the globe opportunities to create projects on site that further their personal practices and engage Elsewhere’s core concepts of creative collaboration and working from at hand resources. Residents evolve their projects to meet the spaces and social ecologies of the museum and its communities, working with our enormous collections of textiles, toys, books, consumer technologies, thrift store shrift, and rooms full of vintage clothes and our ever-changing inhabitants. Museum : : Instrument is the first in a new series of intra-city curated residencies dedicated to providing in depth exploration of the methods and media of contemporary art production at Elsewhere for artists and the public. 

About Elsewhere
Elsewhere is an artist-run, non-profit living museum and artist residency, set in a former thrift store in downtown Greensboro, NC. Utilizing the massive 58-year inventory, Elsewhere’s environment of art and everyday objects invokes new modes for creative response, living, doing, and exchanging in our downtown neighborhood and across the world.

Elsewhere is funded in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, ArtPlace America, The National Endowment for the Arts, The North Carolina Arts Council, ArtsGreensboro, the Fund for Democratic Communities, the Future Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, Tannenbaum Sternberger Foundation, Guilford Green Foundation, the Harpo Foundation, the Gallucci Creative Fund, Lincoln Financial Foundation, The Phillips Foundation, The Carol & Seymour Levin Foundation, Art Matters & friends like you."

- A Press Release

Forsyth Tech’s Allan Younger Wins Small Business Advocate Award from Kernersville Chamber of Commerce

"(Winston-Salem, NC) – Allan Younger, director of the Small Business Center at Forsyth Tech, received the Small Business Advocate of the Year Award from the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce. Younger was recognized during the Chamber’s 2015 Small Business Awards Breakfast held at Fountain of Life Lutheran Church on May 21.

The Small Business Advocate of the Year Award is presented to an individual who assists small business or supports the development of entrepreneurship and volunteers time to help small business grow. The recipient is also someone who promotes small business for purposes of supporting economic development within the community and advocates for small business by writing and speaking about issues of importance to small business.

Younger has worked for Forsyth Tech since 2010. He is also president of GRACE Consulting, which specializes in business effectiveness, professional and leadership development, and community relations. In addition, he is a contributing writer on small business topics for Black Business Ink and Camel City Dispatch.

The Kernersville Chamber of Commerce has been hosting the Small Business Awards Ceremonies since 1987."

- A Press Release

Mother reports son missing, silver alert issued

Mr. Jamaal Phillip Dawson
"Winston Salem Police Officers responded on a reported Missing Person.  It was reported that Mr. Jamaal Phillip Dawson hasn’t been seen by his mother for approximately 2-3 months

Dawson is homeless and was last seen by his mother in Feb. 2015 at her residence located at 4840 Stonewall St.  Dawson suffers from Schizophrenia and other medical issues.  He was last seen wearing black sweatpants and red, white, and black athletic shoes.  He is approximately 5’11” in height, weighs 125lbs and possibly still has a mustache and a short beard.  He has black hair and brown eyes. 

Officers have checked the local homeless shelters and hospitals but have not yet located Dawson.

The Winston Salem Police Department is seeking the media and the public’s help in locating Dawson who has been previously known to be walk around in the area of North Patterson Ave. and Northwest Blvd.

Anyone with information concerning the location of Dawson is requested to immediately contact the Winston Salem Police Department at 773-7700.

Dawson has been entered into NCIC/DCI and a Silver Alert has been issued.   

The Winston-Salem Police Department requests that anyone with further information regarding this incident to contact CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800."

- A Police Report

Car driver's failure to yield results in fatal motorcycle crash

"On May 22, 2015 at 7:15 pm, Greensboro Police Officers responded to Huffine Mill Road and East Wendover Avenue in reference to a motor vehicle crash.

Ms. Jeannette Chaney, black female 42 years of age of Greensboro, was operating a 2014 Nissan Sentra, exiting from East Wendover Avenue onto Huffine Mill Road. She failed to yield to the right of way to a 2000 Suzuki motorcycle, being operated by Vernon Brown, Jr., black male 46 years of age of Whitsett, that was traveling north on Huffine Mill Road.

As a result of the crash, Mr. Brown was transported to Moses Cone Hospital where he later died from his injuries sustained in the crash.

Ms. Chaney was arrested and charged with Driving while Impaired, Driving while License Revoked, Felony Death by Vehicle, Fail to Yield Right of Way causing Serious Bodily Injury, and Safe Movement Violation Causing Serious Injury to a Motorcycle Operator. She was given a $100,000.000 bond.

The crash is being investigated by the Crash Reconstruction team, and the investigation is ongoing. Speed is not a factor in this crash."

- A Police Report

Priority Offender Arrested in Connection with Convenience Store Robbery

"GREENSBORO, NC (May 22, 2015) – A Winston-Salem man who was being monitored while awaiting trial for two previous robbery arrests was taken into police custody yesterday evening after investigation linked him to another robbery.

David Eugene Norman, Jr., 30, was arrested by the Greensboro Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team approximately 15 hours after he allegedly robbed the Family Fare at 2300 E. Market Street at 2:10 am on May 21.

According to the convenience store clerk, Norman reached into the register as she was ringing up the sale of his soft drink and took money out of the till.

Detectives were able to connect Norman to the crime through witnesses, video, and Crime Stoppers tips. As a result, he is charged with Common Law Robbery.

The modus operandi for the robbery of the Family Fare matched the two previous robberies for which Norman was arrested. Norman is accused of robbing the C&C Market at 2800 Lawndale Drive on Nov. 8, 2014, and the CITGO station on 5511 W. Friendly Ave. on Nov. 11, 2014. In both instances, witnesses reported that the suspect reached into the cash register till and took money after pretending to pay for candy. In the robbery of the C&C Market, the clerk reported seeing a handgun.

No one was injured in any of the three robberies.

Norman is confined in the Greensboro Jail Central on multiple bonds."

- A Police Report

Crime Stoppers Tip Leads to Arrest in NewBridge Bank Robbery

"GREENSBORO, NC (May 22, 2015) – A Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest of a man accused of robbing the downtown NewBridge Bank yesterday.

Patrick Jimel Hopkins, 47, is charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon for obtaining an undisclosed amount of money from the NewBridge Bank at 210 N. Elm St. in Greensboro.

Hopkins became a person of interest in the investigation following information provided to Crime Stoppers after the organization published a flyer containing security camera pictures of the person who passed a note to a teller demanding money.

Officials became aware of the robbery at approximately 1:40 pm on May 21 when the bank’s alarm monitoring service contacted Guilford Metro 911 about the incident.

Responding patrols, detectives, and K9, were unable to locate the suspect.

Hopkins was taken into custody without incident at approximately 12:30 pm today at a business on High Point Rd.

Hopkins is currently being processed into the Greensboro Jail Central."

- A Police Report  


Victims Identified in earling morning shooting at Jake's Diner

"The two people shot outside Jake’s Diner on 2206 S. Holden Rd. this morning have been identified as Phillip Rayshawn Wilkerson, 27, and Dexter Lavoy Pittman, 24.

Greensboro police officers responded to the parking lot of the 24-hour diner at approximately 4:07 am today, May 22, after Guilford Metro 911 received a call that someone had been shot.

Officers found that Wilkerson (address cannot be verified) had been shot multiple times in his midsection. Pittman, of 1510 Textile Drive, had been shot in the abdomen and right arm.

Wilkerson was transported by EMS to Moses Cone for treatment. Originally listed in critical condition, his status has been upgraded to stable.
Pittman was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle. He remains in stable condition.

A motive for the shooting is unknown.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000 or text the tip to 274637 using the keyword badboyz. All calls to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous, and may result in a reward up to $2,000."

- A Press Release


"HIGH POINT, N.C. - The Fifth Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival (JCIJBF) is expanding to a two-day event, Sept. 5-6, during the Labor Day Weekend at Oak Hollow Festival Park.

“It was always our intention to move to a multi-day festival from the beginning,” said Joe Williams, co-founding member of the Friends of John Coltrane. Williams is the person in charge of talent acquisition and promotions and serves as the festival’s operations manager.  “For the growth of the festival we always felt like it was necessary,” he continued.  “The second day will give visiting guests more time to spend in our area, which will help support the local and regional economies.”

Jazz vocalist Patti Austin headlined the inaugural festival and Coltrane’s son, Ravi, an esteemed saxophonist in his own right, also christened the first event with his stellar performance. In the subsequent three years, many of the top names in jazz and blues have headlined the festival including Stanley Clarke, George Duke, the master of Latin Jazz - Poncho Sanchez, Al Jarreau, and the ultimate smooth jazz saxophone quartet led by Dave Koz which featured Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot. George Benson and Boney James headlined last year’s festival.

The festival has introduced the Piedmont to many up and coming artists including trumpeter Christian Scott, vocalist Morgan James and guitar phenomenon Andreas Varady.

The expansion to a two day festival is a celebration of its growth and stability.  The additional day will allow headlining artists more performing time.

“It is an opportunity to bring in additional artists, to expose a broader array of talent and to give artists adequate stage time,” Williams explained. “So we’re not pushing a lot of talent in one day -- it gives the festival the ability to breathe.”

The announcement next month of the line-up of artists for the 5th Coltrane Jazzfest will coincide with the new website launch.

About the Friends of John Coltrane:

            The Friends of John Coltrane, Inc. officially formed during the summer of 2009.  The committee is an outgrowth of the individuals who worked for several years to raise funds to commission the John Coltrane statue that was erected in High Point, N.C. in 2006 along with a kiosk in 2008.  In 2009, the group decided to work towards the creation of an annual International John Coltrane Jazz and Blues Festival. At that point, it was decided to file to become a 501(c)3 organization and to begin staging events to raise money and awareness.  In August 2010, the IRS recognized the organization as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization."

- A Press Release