by Jordan Green
17 Days, the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro’s annual fall festival, opens on Friday and runs for — count ’em — 17 days through Oct. 7. The festival is a big tent that includes music, theater and dance, in addition to visual arts, so be sure to check out our Tunes and Drama sections for events that fall outside of the Found Objects orbit.
Actually, much of the festival is music related, and that includes the kickoff “block party,” which features the band House of Dues in the elegant sculpture garden at the Weatherspoon Art Museum.
Also part of 17 Days, an exhibit of North Carolina artist Juan Logan’s work opens at the Weatherspoon on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. According to the museum website, the new and recent work in Logan’s first solo show at the Weatherspoon “examines the power struggles at play in the financial practices of both the public and commercial spheres, and their effects upon the American people.”
The Unchained Tour, a troupe of storytellers and musicians including novelist Neil Gaiman, playwright Edgar Oliver, artist Peter Aguero, Rachel Kate and Joel T. Hamilton, makes a stop at the Milton Rhodes Arts Center in Winston- Salem on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
The Weatherspoon holds a faculty open house on Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. The open house is designed to help instructors revitalize their teaching skills and to “learn how observation and visual literacy can enhance critical thinking skills and elucidate visual bias.”
The weekly artist talk at the Elsewhere museum in Greensboro features Anne Nicole and Carrie Schneider and runs from 8 to 9 p.m. on Thursday.
Artist Natasha Bowdoin will be at John F. Kennedy High School in Winston-Salem this week to work with two English classes and an art class on a project called “Illuminated Manuscripts” that marries imagery and text using as material pages of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The completed work will be shown at the school on Friday.
The High Point Area Arts Council has announced a total of $82,000 in grants for the 2012-2013 year: $34,200 to High Point Community Theatre, $31,200 to High Point Ballet, $9,000 to High Point Community Concerts, $5,000 to Carousel Theatre and $2,600 to Piedmont Artists.