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by Brian Clarey

Okay, so while intrepid reporter Keith T. Barber takes in the glitz and glam at Sundance Film Festival out in Utah this week — funny, he didn’t mention this trip at his job interview — I’m here to pick up the slack in the line. Bear with me, arts lovers, if I miss an item or two. Big news comes from the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro and Guilford County Schools, which begin their search for the 2009 Arts Education Teacher of the Year. Eligibility hinges on role: “[A] nominee’s primary role must be as an arts educator. Arts educators are those in the visual or performing arts including drama, music, dance and visual art.” The educator must also be affiliated with Guilford County Schools. Winner gets $1,000. Nomination forms are available at www.uacARTS. org. It should be said that due to the flagging economy, the UAC will be cutting its budget 12 percent this year in anticipation of reduced fundraising capacity. The amount the group planned to give to Greensboro art projects and facilities this year, $715,788, will be cut by 5 percent. It is also worth noting that East Carolina University and the NC Literary Review have opened the gates for their Doris Betts Fiction Contest. Submissions 2,500 words or less will be judged by author Kat Meads; first- and secondplace winners will recive $250 and $100,and their work will be considered for publication in NC Literary Review. See the website, www.ncwriters.org/programs/competitions/betts.shtml, for more. Community Theater of Greensboro is offering a two-for-one sale for tickets to its production of A Raisin in the Sun, running through Feb. 8. See the website, www.ctgso.org. On Wednesday, the UNCG Department of Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) and V- Day UNCG, a student organization that works to stop violence against women and girls, hold auditions for a production of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues. Auditions nbegin at 5:30 p.m. in the Elliot University Center auditorium, and are open to faculty, staff, students and alumni of UNCG. And on Saturday, Greensboro’s Beth David Synagogue holds its annual book sale through Monday. “More than 20,000 books,” the press release promises,“ almost all $3 or less.” Tonight’s $5 cover charge covers the cost of wine and cheese, which will be served after the 6:30 opening, and first crack at the stacks. No cover on Sunday or Monday. E3 Academics, the Triad franchise owner and operator of Young Rembrants, today announced that one of its students has been selected for inclusion in the 2009 National Young Rembrandts Calendar. Amira Watson, a third grader at Sedge Garden Elementary in Kernersville, had a piece called “Mountain Graphic” chosen for the month of June. In somber news, as the global arts community mourned the passing of painter Andrew Wyeth, death hit closer to home when Winston-Salem’s Kelly Jo Peterson succumbed to breast cancer. A founding member of both the Downtown Arts District Association and the Renegade Ninja Cowgirls, Peterson played a large role in shaping the arts scene in that downtown district, and she will be missed. Donations in her memory can be made to the Kelly Jo Petersen Scholarship Fund of the School of Design and Production at the UNC School of the Arts.

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