The State of Things Live in Greensboro

The State of Things in Greensboro

Each month WUNC's The State of Things travels to Greensboro for a live show at Triad Stage's UpStage Cabaret.

The next live event at the Triad Stage's UpStage Cabaret will be Tuesday,  August 15.

Greensboro Residents Work To Break Cycle Of Poverty: Nearly 20 percent of residents in Greensboro live in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. A new series by WUNC reporter Naomi Prioleau examines the specific barriers these individuals face as they try to change their economic future. Priloeau profiles area residents and investigates how factors like generational wealth and access to education and affordable housing affect people’s well-being. Host Frank Stasio talks with Prioleau about the series and the socioeconomic state of the city.


Making Art For The Masses: Clark Whittington never set out to secure a spot in a famous art museum. The Winston-Salem artist instead dreamed of creating art for the masses. 20 years ago he repurposed old cigarette vending machines to sell and distribute pocket-sized black-and-white photographs. Whittington called it the Art-o-mat, and throughout the years the project grew to include Art-o-mat machines that gave out work made by other artists. His approach to art distribution caught on. His work has been installed in museums like the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Host Frank Stasio talks with Whittington about putting art in people’s pockets. “20 Years of Art-o-mat” is on display at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem through Sunday, Aug. 27.  

Rocker Melissa Reaves Collaborates Widely And Performs Passionately: Melissa Reaves is a blues-inspired rock ‘n’ roll artist whose passion for entertaining has led her to perform more than 200 shows each year. She is an independent musician who collaborates widely throughout her adopted state of North Carolina and has released seven albums. Reaves takes what she calls a “deconstructionist” approach to music, infusing her original songs with elements of blues, jazz and rock. Her song "New Rock Song" was placed on the 55th Grammy Awards nomination ballot in 2012 for Best Rock Performance. And that same year, her collaborative project with The Meldavians, an album entitled “Farewell Arigemon,” was placed on the official Grammy nomination ballot for Best Rock Song and Best Americana Album. Host Frank Stasio talks with Boone’s resident rocker Melissa Reaves about staying the course and staying true to her voice in the constantly changing music industry.


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The phone number for Triad Stage is (336) 272-0160.