The creators and publishers of last year’s Great NC BBQ Map must have developed a powerful thirst. The result: The Great NC Beer Map, a foldable road atlas featuring 181 breweries, 43 craft beer festivals and the skinny on the when, where and what’s on tap. Since 2014, when the Charlotte couple launched Edia Maps, Amanda Fisher, an English major who’s gained street cred in marketing and PR, and Paul Bright, with serious cartography chops in geographic information systems, have scoured the state, sucking down beer, ale, lager, stout, bitters, sours and pilsners. Their infographics, idiotproof symbols and icons provide detailed information on brewery tours, special release dates, pet-friendliness, food availability and whether the breweries are open to the public or are for production only. Separate sections on Asheville, Charlotte and Raleigh offer information such as walking (or crawling) times between breweries. Available at Design Archives Emporium or www.ediamaps.com.
Fabric of a Neighborhood
Ever seen a yarn bomb? The idea, which started a decade ago in Texas and has caught on worldwide, is “a fun, bright and beautiful way to celebrate a public space,” says Kathy Newsom, organizer of Knit the Bridge: Lindley Park. On November 14 a group of “guerilla artists of all ages,” who have been meeting regularly for Knit Ins at Common Grounds coffee shop, The Corner Market farmers’ market, and Scrambled Southern Diner, will install “the softest and most colorful explosion in Lindley Park history.” Be on the lookout for it along the steep and uninviting Walker Avenue bridge above Wendover Avenue that separates the two sides of the neighborhood. Removable and non-damaging, a yarn bomb installation is a creative way to unite a neighborhood, the very reason Lindley Park knitters received a grant from Building Stronger Neighborhoods Foundation for the project, which Newsom describes as “an enormous hug from the hippest grandma ever.” Info: www.facebook.com/ktblindleypark
Where the Heart Is
“A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others,” says the Tin Man to Dorothy. How beloved the source of his wise words, the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and its stage adaptation — an annual tradition of Community Theatre of Greensboro for the last twenty-one years. Speaking of love: The couple who played Glenda and the Tin Man fifteen years ago married, moved away and have returned — with their children — to this year’s cast (she as Glenda again, he, as the Cowardly Lion). What’s The Wizard’s universal appeal? “At a time when we seem so troubled, there’s something very pure about this story,” says Mitchel Sommers, CTG’s executive director. “If you have friends and family and love, you have everything.” So if you’re looking for your heart’s desire, you can find it November 14–22 . . . in your own backyard. Tickets: gtsotheatre.org.
The Art & Soul of Greensboro
Ogi Sez Ogi Overman As a music lover, one of the things I give thanks for each year is the fertile environment in these parts for enjoying artistry on stage. From the Coliseum to the theaters, from clubs to coffee shops, from street fairs to house concert venues, there is never a dull moment when quality live music is being performed. And here’s the proof:
• November 13, Revolution Mill: Austin, Texas, is for my money the musical mecca in the good ol’ U.S. of A., and Hot Club of Cowtown is one of the reasons why. Triad Acoustic Stage brought them to Mack and Mack last year, and fans were hanging from the rafters. Said promoter Bill Payne, “We’re gonna need bigger rafters.” • November 14, Greensboro Coliseum: This has produced a bigger buzz among Deadheads than the legalization of pot in Colorado. Three of the four surviving members of the Grateful Dead have added guitarist John Mayer, bassist Oteil Burbridge and keyboardist Jeff Chimenti to the mix to form Dead & Company. Far out! • November 19, Blind Tiger: The
Bluegrass Ball may be the biggest show of its kind ever to hit the BT. Del’s boys, The Travelin’ McCourys, plus two ex-Leftover Salmon members, will make this a stumpkickin’ night to remember.
• November 20, High Point Theatre: I’ve not taken Mipso’s new CD, Old Time Reverie, out of my car CD player in two weeks. Acoustic folk and three-part harmony at its finest. • November 28, O. Henry Hotel:
The jazz series at the O. Henry has been expanded to include select Saturdays. If I were you, I’d select Diana Tuffin. If you saw her as the featured vocalist at this year’s John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival, you know why.