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 State of Things live event in Greensboro is Tuesday, June 5.

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

Here's a preview of the lineup:

Reimagining The Historic Magnolia House Motel: The Magnolia House has a rich history in Greensboro. In the 1940s, it was one of the few places that welcomed African-Americans traveling between Richmond and Atlanta. What a guest list it had: Duke Ellington, Ike and Tina Turner, James Brown and heavy weight champion Ezzard Charles made their way through the Magnolia House Motel. Ray Charles was such a frequent visitor, he knew his way around the home even though he was blind. Though the motel didn’t have a restaurant, the owner, Louise Gist, would often serve up home cooked meals with biscuits and molasses. Sam Page grew up in the neighborhood and remembers the stories about the Magnolia House Motel. When Gist family was in jeopardy of losing the property, he stepped up to purchase, restore and preserve its rich history. Sam Page joins host Frank Stasio live from the Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret in Greensboro as we take a glimpse into the colorful stories that filled the Magnolia House.  

Clearly Carol: An Artist’s Journey From Fear To Passion: Carol Cole was a Southern girl who did what she felt was expected of her as she came of age in the 1960s. She found a good doctor to marry, had children and spent her days taking care of other people’s needs. She took her first art class in the early ‘70s and even though her mother told her she did not have an artistic bone in her body, Cole decided she wanted to be an artist. Much of her early work tackled her fears and represented a form of therapy for Cole. As she developed her technique, she recognized a common theme – the female breast. Throughout her work, she observed the form and shape represented in abstract ways. After finding herself divorced with children to support, Cole put her passion on hold to pursue a career as computer programmer where she blazed the trail as one of the few women working the field in the 1980s. In 1990, she found love again and a man who supported her passion which helped lead her back to her art. Cole and exhibit curator Emily Stamey join host Frank Stasio at the Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret in downtown Greensboro to talk about decades of producing art, how the breast became a focal point for her work and how she is creating opportunities for local artists to get national exposure. Cole’s exhibit, which is currently at The Weatherspoon Guild Gallery in Greensboro features not only her work, but also some of the art from her personal collection. “Carol Cole: Cast a Clear Light” runs through June 17, 2018.

Greensboro based singer-songwriter Emily Stewart performs live at the Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret in Greensboro. Stewart is a multi-instrumentalist comfortable on stage with a banjo, harmonica, or guitar between her hands. She is half of Magpie Thief, along with musician Matty Sheets, a Greensboro-based folk band known for what they call “folk music with street smarts.”

Future show dates in 2018:

  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018
  • Tuesday, September 11, 2018
  • Tuesday, October 9, 2018
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018
  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018