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by Keith Barber

Two major opera events highlight this week’s arts happenings in the Piedmont Triad. On Friday, Piedmont Opera presents The Marriage of Figaro at the Stevens Center off West 4th Street in Winston-Salem. Showtime is 8 p.m. Piedmont Opera will hold encore performances on April 5 at 2 p.m. and April 7 at 7:30 p.m. For more than two centuries, Mozart’s creation has remained one of the world’s most beloved operas. Steven LaCosse returns to Piedmont Opera as director for the first time since his heralded production of Un Ballo in Maschera. For further information and to purchase tickets, go to www. piedmontopera.org or call 336.725.7101. On Thursday, the UNCG School of Music and UNCG Theatre present a world premiere opera event, Picnic, composed by Libby Larsen and based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by William Inge. Set to a pulsing and poignant jazz score, Picnic is a touching portrait of small town America in the 1950s. This town is changed forever when a young, sexy drifter comes to town and steals the heart of “good girl” Madge. Performances in Aycock Auditorium on the UNCG campus on April 2-3 will be held at 7:30 p.m. The April 5 performance will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, students, children; $9 for groups of 10 or more and UNCG Alumni; and $7 for UNCG students. For further information, call 336.334.4849 or go to: boxoffice.uncg.edu for more information or to purchase tickets. Tickets also sold one hour prior to each performance in the lobby of Aycock Auditorium on the corner of Spring Garden and Tate Streets in Greensboro. 336.725.7101. On April 1, Krankies Coffee and Werehouse off 3rd Street in Winston-Salem will host a performance by the Wake Forest improvisational group the Lilting Banshees. Composed of 12-20 Wake students, the group brings uncensored sketch comedy to the campus of Wake Forest and beyond. For further info, call Krankies at 336.722.3016. This month, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art presents Berlin artist and architect Anna von Gwinner as the second of seven artists in its year-long public art series Inside Out: Artists in the Community I. SECCA will offer three free special events for the public to experience von Gwinner’s work. On April 3-5, SECCA will present Von Gwinner’s first video installation, In Flight. The first 300 people to check out the video exhibition have a chance to win a free iPhone. On April 15-30, SECCA will present Von Gwinner’s second video installation, Minus 8, in partnership with the RiverRun Film Festival, which runs April 22-28. And lastly, to demonstrate how von Gwinner challenges perceptions of architecture and urban spaces, SECCA will present In Flight in an unconventional location — an RV storage space. On April 3- 5, from 7 to 10 p.m., In Flight will be screened at Moore Self Storage at 3935 Westpoint Boulevard in Winston-Salem. Minus 8 will be shown in downtown Winston-Salem on 4th Street at the Loewy Building. To kick off National Poetry Month the Forsyth County Public Library presents author Joseph Bathanti on Wednesday at the main branch off West 5th Street in Winston-Salem. Winner of the National Book Award, the Oscar Arnold Young Award from the NC Poetry Council and the Novello Literary Award, Bathanti is a professor of creative writing and co-director of the Visiting Writing Series at Appalachian State University. And finally, on Thursday, animator Adam Burke of Pixar Animation Studios will deliver a presentation on the animation industry and process, as well as the importance of education in the industry at the Annenburg Forum at 7 p.m. at Wake Forest University. The discussion will draw from analyses of Pixar projects, as well as Burke’s personal experiences in the animation business. Admission is free. For further information, e-mail: johnmcgowan@reynoldafilmfestival.com.

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