by Jordan Green
The arts calendar for Winston-Salem and Greensboro is packed tight this week, so we’ll jump right into it.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, a documentary about the Chinese artist, screens at Hanesbrands Theatre in the Milton Rhodes Arts Center on Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
A preview of … and we build our own truths, a collaboration between composer Steven Landis and choreographer Nicky van Straaten that is part of the 17 Days Arts & Culture Festival, will be performed at Peabody Park on the campus of UNCG on Thursday at 1 p.m.
Meanwhile, across town at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, curator Steven Matijcio and guest curator Tom Patterson will host a discussion about the evolution of visual arts in Winston-Salem with Anne Kesler Shields, Marjorie Northup, Mitzi Shumake and Leigh Somerville in conjunction with the center’s 50-year retrospective on Shields’ work.
Artist Georgia Mueunster and others will discuss concepts, culture and art through a salon-style conversation at Elsewhere in Greensboro on Thursday at 8 a.m. The talk is another event of 17 Days, a movable feast of multiple media organized by the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro.
Admission to Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston- Salem is free on Saturday as part of Smithsonian magazine’s “Museum Day.” To take advantage of the deal, you must download a ticket from smithsonianmag.com/museumday.
The Center for Visual Artists, Photobiz and Downtown Greensboro Inc. host a chalk block party at 516 W. Friendly Ave. in Greensboro on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Elsewhere holds its annual fundraiser on Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight with bands, choirs, games and “spirits.” It’s your guess as to whether the spirits will be the ethereal or inebriating kind.
The United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro is soliciting applications for its 2012-2013 Teacher Arts Grants program, designed to emphasize arts in all school subjects and bring artists into the classroom. Grants are available to public, charter and private schools serving greater Greensboro (schools in High Point and Jamestown are served by the High Point Area Arts Council). The deadline for applications is Oct. 15. Those interested in applying should visit uacarts.org or call 336.373.7523.