F o u n d O B J E C T S

by Keith Barber

Got the post-RiverRun International Film Festival blues? We’ve got the cure. Leading off this week’s edition of Found Objects is the 2009 Revolve Film and Music Festival launch screening and North American premiere of Playing in the Shadows at the Salem Fine Arts Center at Salem College on Friday at 7 p.m. Australian directors Sascha Ettinger Epstein and Marco Ianniello Urban were inspired to make the documentary after the launch of an after-dark basketball competition set up for underprivileged kids in central Sydney. The film follows the Woolloomooloo All-Stars, children from one of the city’s biggest housing projects and their ascent to the city championship game. There will be a post-screening reception at Meridian Restaurant, located at 411 S. Marshall St. in Winston-Salem. Tickets are $5. For further information, call 336.722.8238 or e-mail: The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art presents Small Plots, the next installment of its public art program, Inside Out: Artists in the Community II May 16-30. Small Plots is a collection of performances organized by Greensboro artist Lee Walton. The series consists of six performances each performed during the month of May at a variety of locations in Winston-Salem. The schedule for the coming week is as follows: May 16 — 1 p.m., “Heavy Box” will be performed at the Midtown Café & Dessertery at 151 S. Stratford Road; 2 p.m. “Too Many Oranges” will be performed at the Whole Foods at 41 Miller St.; 3 p.m., “Lost Businessman” will be performed at the Grassy Patch at the corner of Taylor and Stratford roads. On May 17 it continues with a performance of “The Big Break Up” at Rupert Bell Park at 1501 Mount Zion Place; and at 3 p.m., a performance of “Speed Walkers” will be held at Salem Lake Park at the main fishing pier. Admission to all performances is free. For further information, call 336.397.2109. On Friday, the UNC School of the Arts will present Behind the Scenes in Tanzania at 7 p.m. at the Main Theatre of the ACE Exhibition Complex on the school campus, located at 1533 S. Main St. in Winston-Salem. The “behind the scenes” event will feature the documentary film work done by students and faculty on the Nyanya Project, whose aim is to help care for African children orphaned by AIDS. Admission is free but reservations are required. To reserve your spot, e-mail: or call 336.631.1227. The event will also feature Mary Martin Niepold, lecturer in journalism at Wake Forest University and founder and president of The Nyanya Project. A short documentary film-in-progress of the project will be shown, followed by a panel discussion and question-and-answer session with the participants. Sheila’s Class Reunion, a production of the Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance opens on Friday at the theatre’s performance space at 1047 Northwest Blvd. The interactive party runs May 15-17 and May 21-24 with shows at 8 p.m. during the week and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Featuring original hits including “Knock on Wood,” “Super Freak” and “Macho Man,” this production offers a trip down memory lane for children of the ’70s. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. For further info, call 336.723.7777 or go to: On Saturday, the North Carolina Black Repertory Company will hold auditions for Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope at the Arts Council Theatre at 610 Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem. Anyone who wishes to audition must make an appointment by calling 336.723.2266. All auditions must include a two-minute monologue, a choreographed dance piece and 32 bars of two songs, one up-tempo and a ballad. And finally, on May 20, Reynolda House Museum will host a reading of the work of Edith Wharton by Wake Forest English professor Barry Maine from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Registration fee is $150. For museum members, the price is $120 and $80 for students.