Living Art Greensboro—The City’s First-Ever Body Painting Competition—To Be Held September 28 at The Elm Street Center

17DAYS Festival and Living Art America are presenting the event, which will feature 40 professional and emerging artists from the Triad and around the world


"17DAYS Festival announced today that it is teaming with Living Art America to present “Living Art Greensboro," a body painting competition, on September 28, 2014, at the Elm Street Center in downtown Greensboro. Forty artists—some from the Triad and others from across the US and around the world—will compete in two categories: Professional and Emerging Artist.
The artists’ work will be evaluated by an international panel of judges. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top five artists in the Professional category and the top three in the Emerging category. The first-place winner in the Emerging category will be guaranteed acceptance into the Emerging Artist category in the North American Body Painting Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 4, 2014. Both the “Audience Choice” and “Best Model” will also receive a cash prize.
Using the theme, “A Day in the Life,” artists will have six hours to paint their models. They will begin painting at 10 am in the Empire Room at the Elm Street Center; the public may attend a See the Artists at Work session from 2 to 4 pm, when the artists must stop painting. The artists and their models will take to the runway at 5:30 pm for the presentation and judging; the public may also attend this Runway Show and Judging segment in the Regency Room in the Elm Street Center.
“Body painting is exploding in popularity around the world,” explained ArtsGreensboro President and CEO Tom Philion. “We are so lucky in the Triad, because five-time World Bodypainting Champions Madelyn Greco and Scott Fray live in Reidsville, and they have nurtured an appreciation for this ancient art locally. 17DAYS Festival and ArtsGreensboro are proud to partner with Madelyn and Scott’s organization—Living Art America—to bring this edgy, provocative, and beautiful event to our city."
Philion continued, “It’s important to ArtsGreensboro—as the host of 17DAYS—to enrich the Festival schedule by showcasing artists from different backgrounds and across a variety of genres in various performance spaces. 17DAYS is about including and engaging as many members of our community as possible in the local arts scene and exposing them to everything Greensboro has to offer.”
Although models will not be nude, this event is for mature audiences.
Living Art Greensboro is presented by 17DAYS Festival and Living Art America. The event is sponsored by the News & Record’s entertainment tab, Go Triad; 105.7 The Buzz; and 100.3 KISS-FM.
Tickets may be purchased individually for the afternoon and evening sessions. All-day passes and VIP passes, which include a meet-and-greet reception with the artists and models, are also available. Tickets may be purchased from noon to 5 pm weekdays at the Carolina Theatre Box Office, 310 South Greene Street, 336-333-2605, or at CarolinaTheatre.com.
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About Living Art America
Living Art America was conceived and created by artists to provide a platform to promote and encourage fine-art body painting in North America and beyond. Living Art America pushes artists to challenge their creative limits and elevate the art of body painting in American culture. Visit LivingArtAmerica.com for more details. In preparation for Living Art Greensboro, Madelyn Greco and Scott Fray of Living Art America are hosting free screenings of Skin Wars, the Game Show Network’s reality show about body painting, on Wednesday evenings from August 6 through September 24 at The Crown at the Carolina Theatre in downtown Greensboro.
About 17DAYS
17DAYS Festival is a public-service, collaborative listing of fall arts and cultural events produced by dozens of independent organizations, artists, and presenters in Greensboro, North Carolina. Hosted by ArtsGreensboro and now entering its fourth year, 17DAYS has become the state’s largest collaborative festival, featuring over 100 events, exhibitions, and performances produced by more than 70 artists, presenters, organizations, and venues. The 2014 Festival will take place from September 19 through October 5. For more information, visit 17DAYSGreensboro.org or call Kaitlin Smith at 336-373-7523, x246.
About ArtsGreensboro

With an annual budget of nearly $2.8 million, ArtsGreensboro is a catalyst for innovation to build recognition and support for the arts. Through the 17 DAYS Arts& Culture Festival, power2give, and other opportunities like the National Folk Festival, ArtsGreensboro is driving the health and vitality of our community through support for arts education, celebrating the diversity of Greensboro, and supporting economic impact through excellence in arts programming."
A Press Release

Greensboro Urban Ministry Cupboards are Bare

"Hunger is the dirty secret plaguing our community. It is a demoralizing and devastating crisis that preys on young and old alike. In Greensboro, this silent plague is so prevalent, affecting 23% of individuals, that Greensboro-High Point rates second highest in the nation amongst metropolitan areas for food insecurity.

Greensboro Urban Ministry is very familiar with the plagues of hunger and food insecurity in the community. To combat these problems, Greensboro Urban Ministry provides food assistance bags through our Emergency Assistance Program. Through this program, those who are struggling with food insecurity can receive food up to four times a year. Food provided includes canned fruit and vegetables, protein, soup, and macaroni & cheese.  When available, rice, oatmeal, dry beans, Ramen noodles, peanut butter, and crackers are also included.

Each day, seventy-five households are provided with these assistance bags.

Greensboro Urban Ministry is very grateful to the community for enabling us to serve individuals in need and for the support of our food drives.  This summer, we held a food drive call “Feeding the 5,000” in partnership with the City of Greensboro, First Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, Friendly Avenue Baptist, Grace UMC, New Garden Friends Meeting, Starmount Presbyterian, VF Corporation, West Market Street UMC, Adams Farm Community Church, Christ UMC, Faith Wesleyan Church, St. Andrews Methodist, and St. Pius X Catholic Church.  Through this drive, cash and non-perishable food items totaling more than 15,000 lbs were collected.  However, this food provided for only two weeks of food assistance.

Our pantry now looks much like that of our clients – it is bare. And, there is little hope in sight until the end of September when the annual Leadership Greensboro Senior’s Food Drive restocks our shelves. Until that time, we will be purchasing food to meet the needs of our clients. In their first annual meeting last night, the Greensboro Urban Ministry Board of Directors pledged enough funds to purchase nearly two weeks worth of food, yet we have six weeks to cover.  That is why we are asking you, our supporters, to help us fill this gap and meet the needs of our clients. Your monetary gift, or donation of non-perishable food items, will go directly to those individuals in our community who would otherwise go to bed hungry tonight. Won’t you please support our efforts and give?


Individuals interested in making monetary donations can send donations to Greensboro Urban Ministry; c/o Food Bank; 305 West Lee Street; Greensboro, NC 27406, or may donate online. Those wishing to donate non-perishable food items may do so Monday – Friday from 8AM-5PM and Saturdays 9AM-1:30PM. Our Food Bank warehouse is located behind HealthServe Ministry, 1002 South Eugene Street.

For more information or to organize a food drive please call 336.553.2672 or e-mail marshall@guministry.org  For a list of suggested non-perishable food items, please visit http://greensborourbanministry.org/services/food-bank/"

- A Press Release

HPU to Host Local Authors Sáma and Catanzano

AMY CATANZANO
"High Point University will host authors Metta Sáma and Amy Catanzano as the first event of the 2014-15 Phoenix Reading Series & Festival. The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 4 in the Francis Auditorium of Phillips Hall. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

Sáma, assistant professor and director of creative writing at Salem College in Winston-Salem, and Catanzano, assistant professor of English and poet-in-residence and director of creative writing at Wake Forest University, will each give readings from their works, followed by a Q&A session, book sale, book signing and light reception.

“Their readings will expose HPU faculty and students, as well as the community at large, to innovative creative writing and thought at the forefront of American letters,” says Dr. Jacob Paul, assistant professor of English, who helped organize the event.

Sáma is the author of “Nocturne Trio” and “South of Here.” Her poems, fiction, creative non-fiction, and book reviews have been published or are forthcoming in “Blackbird,” “Drunken Boat,” “Esque,” “The Owls,” “Pebble Lake Review,” “Reverie” and “Vinyl,” among others. Sáma received her M.F.A. and M.A. from Western Michigan and her Ph.D. from SUNY-Binghamton.

METTA SAMA
Catanzano’s most recent book is the fiction and poetry hybrid “Starlight in Two Million: A Neo-Scientific Novella.” Her second book, “Multiversal,” received the PEN USA Literary Award in Poetry. Catanzano has an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

The Phoenix Reading Series & Festival brings a diverse array of writers and thinkers to the HPU campus each year. It is sponsored in part by an HPU Cultural Enrichment Grant. This year’s series is produced in conjunction with the HPU Year of the Arts.



At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students. It is ranked No.1 by U.S. News and World Report in three categories: No. 1 Best Regional College in the South; No. 1 Up and Coming School in Regional Colleges in the South; and No. 1 for A Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching in Regional Colleges in the South. HPU was named this year the No. 4 private school in NC for the best return on investment, and it is a 2014-2015 College of Distinction. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 11 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu."

- A Press Release

Miss Babe Ruth Recovering from Ear Surgery Her 575 Consecutive Game Streak in Jeopardy

"Miss Babe Ruth, the Greensboro Grasshoppers beloved Labrador Retriever bat and ball dog, is recovering nicely at home following a recent surgery. Babe, who has entertained millions of Grasshoppers fans for 575 consecutive home games, had the 90 minute procedure Monday to surgically repair an auricular hematoma.

“This occurred because a collection of blood and fluid developed between the skin and cartilage of the ear secondary to the rupture of a blood vessel in the ear flap.  The loose space under the skin filled up with blood and the pressure from the ruptured vessel caused the entire surface of the ear to swell and become very painful. If left untreated, the pain would have eventually subsided but the swelling would have generated scar tissue over time and permanently disfigured her ear. This would have likely resulted in the so-called ‘cauliflower ear’ seen commonly in athletes, like wrestlers and sometimes boxers, where trauma to the ear readily occurs,” said Team Veterinarian Jason Streck, who performed the surgery.
                
Miss Babe debuted on August 2, 2006 as a nine-month old, taking baseballs to the umpires, serving as a batgirl, and running the bases following the game. Her popularity has grown immensely over the years, as she has her own statue in front of the ballpark, her own souvenir items, and her own yearly baseball card. She greets fans after every Friday and Saturday ‘Hoppers game along with her brother, Master Yogi Berra, and her niece, Miss Lou Lou Gehrig.

“We all wish Babe a speedy recovery and hope she gets well in time to work our last three home games next week. She loves performing in front of our fans and I hope she can continue her amazing streak,” said Donald Moore, the Grasshoppers President and General Manager, and also Babe’s owner. “Right now she is listed as day-to-day and I guess we will play it by ear next week.”


The Grasshoppers return home next Tuesday August 26 for their last three regular season games. For ticket information call 336-268-2255 or go to www.gsohoppers.com."
A Press Release

"The Bicycle: Art Meets Form" exhibit opens Sept. 5 in High Point

"Theatre Art Galleries of High Point, NC is pleased to announce a Juried Invitational Art Exhibit titled “THE BICYCLE: Art Meets Form” opening Sept.5 and on view until Oct. 3.

This is the second consecutive year for the exhibit and it will be held in conjunction with the High Point Cycling Classic (and the USA Cycling 2014 Smart Choice Professional Criterium National Championships). The Opening Reception will be held Friday, September 5th from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Theatre Art Galleries is located in downtown High Point at 220 E. Commerce Ave., in High Point, NC. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12:00-5:00 p.m.

The exhibition will include 46 pieces by 40 artists from across the U.S. and around the world and all of the art relates in some way to bicycles or cycling. Work juried into the show by Kristy Thomas (Gallery Curator at the Center for Visual Artists in Greensboro, NC) will be coming from artists in Bristol, England: Paris, France: Massachusetts, Maryland, New Mexico, Arizona, as well as a number of regional and local artists. This exciting collection includes works in oil, acrylics, pastels, mixed media, linocut prints, etchings, assemblages, encaustics, photography, and a short film. In addition, there are a number of three dimensional works constructed from a variety of materials including recycled bicycle parts. Prizes will be awarded during the Opening Reception on September 5th for First Place:  $1000, Second Place:  $500, and Third Place:  $250.


Theatre Art Galleries of High Point, NC is pleased to announce a Juried Invitational Art Exhibit titled “THE BICYCLE: Art Meets Form” opening September 5th and on view until October 3rd. This is the second consecutive year for the exhibit and it will be held in conjunction with the High Point Cycling Classic (and the USA Cycling 2014 Smart Choice Professional Criterium National Championships). The Opening Reception will be held Friday, September 5th from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Theatre Art Galleries is located in downtown High Point at 220 E. Commerce Ave., in High Point, NC. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12:00-5:00 p.m.

The exhibition will include 46 pieces by 40 artists from across the U.S. and around the world and all of the art relates in some way to bicycles or cycling. Work juried into the show by Kristy Thomas (Gallery Curator at the Center for Visual Artists in Greensboro, NC) will be coming from artists in Bristol, England: Paris, France: Massachusetts, Maryland, New Mexico, Arizona, as well as a number of regional and local artists. This exciting collection includes works in oil, acrylics, pastels, mixed media, linocut prints, etchings, assemblages, encaustics, photography, and a short film. In addition, there are a number of three dimensional works constructed from a variety of materials including recycled bicycle parts. Prizes will be awarded during the Opening Reception on September 5th for First Place:  $1000, Second Place:  $500, and Third Place:  $250.

The National Championship bicycle races draw thousands to downtown High Point and will feature both men’s and women’s criterium (short track, high speed) races. For more information about the High Point Cycling Classic visit www.hpcyclingclassic.com. For more information about TAG, visit www.tagart.org or call the TAG office at 336-887-2137.

The National Championship bicycle races draw thousands to downtown High Point and will feature both men’s and women’s criterium (short track, high speed) races. For more information about the High Point Cycling Classic visit www.hpcyclingclassic.com. For more information about TAG, visit www.tagart.org or call the TAG office at 336-887-2137."
A Press Release

More Details Available on I-40 Crash

"The operator of the vehicle being driven the wrong way on I-40 this morning has been identified as 92-year-old Emery Gideon Tucker, Sr. of High Point.

Tucker was driving eastbound on westbound I-40 after entering the interstate from an off-ramp near the I-85/I-40 exchange. Callers to 911 reported seeing a blue sedan traveling in the wrong direction in at approximately 10:30 am

At approximately 10:32, three vehicles travelling westbound on the inside lane of traffic stopped to avoid striking Trucker’s 2001 Buick that was travelling towards them. The fourth vehicle in the lane was unable to stop to avoid a collision, and struck the third vehicle. The third vehicle was pushed into the second vehicle, which, in turn, struck the first vehicle that stopped to avoid being struck head-on. Tucker’s vehicle was not struck.

The driver of the fourth vehicle received minor lacerations to his face and was treated on scene by EMS. The driver of the third vehicle received injuries to her left leg. She was transported by EMS to a local hospital. Her toddler, who had no visible signs of injury and was properly secured in a child safety seat, was also transported for a medical evaluation.

The two occupants of the second vehicle complained of possible back injuries and were also transported by EMS to a hospital.

The driver of the first vehicle to stop did not report any injury.


No charges have been filed against Tucker yet. The investigation is on-going."

- A Police Report

YES! Weekly owner to acquire Creative Loafing in Charlotte

GREENSBORO— Chris Ferrell, CEO of SouthComm, Inc. announced today that the company had reached an agreement with Charles Womack of Womack Newspapers, Inc. to acquire the assets of Creative Loafing Charlotte. Womack is the founder and publisher of YES! Weekly, the alternative newsweekly based in Greensboro, North Carolina. SouthComm will continue to own and operate its Creative Loafing papers in Atlanta and Tampa.

“Charles has had a long interest in the Creative Loafing paper in Charlotte and has a successful track record of running a similar paper in the Triad. I think the publication will have a bright future under his watch,” said Ferrell.
The announcement was shared with staff today.

“To say I am excited about this deal would be an understatement,” said Womack. “I have been a reader and huge fan of Creative Loafing for many, many years. The paper has a strong, recognizable brand and serves one of the fastest growing cities in the country. I sincerely want to thank Chris Ferrell for working through this deal with me and I look forward to learning the in’s and out’s of the Charlotte market from the Loafing crew.”

The transaction is expected to close by the end of the month. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Pizza Delivery Guy Robbed at Gun Point

"On Aug. 18 at 11:21 pm officers responded to 1301 Summit Ave.in reference to a Robbery from Person, a pizza delivery driver. 

The Victim advised he was dispatched to a delivery at 1301 Summit Ave.  Upon arrival he was approached by four black male suspects.  One suspect displayed a handgun in his waistband and stated “I’ve got a gun get on the ground and give it up.”   The victim stated he was pushed on the ground and an object was placed in his back.

The Suspects then took his wallet, cash, keys, cell phone and vehicle, a gray 2003 Ford Explorer.  The Suspects left the area traveling west on Meadow Street.

The suspects were described as four black males, 18-20 years of age, skinny build and an unknown clothing description.

Investigation is ongoing.


Eastern Division Patrol and CID responded."
A Police Report