by Jordan Green

Thursday evening, the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro launches a series of discussions called “Think Tank Thursdays.” The first outing, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., involves Greensboro resident Beth Feeback and her tale about discovering two large paintings for sale at a thrift store for $9.99 each, one of which turned out to be by Russian artist Ilya Bolotowsky, whose works command more than $25,000. Also proving how the boundaries between the arts and civic engagement are collapsing, the Weatherspoon is serving as an early-voting site through Nov. 3. So vote, and then go get your art on.

At Elsewhere the Thursday artist talk features Andrea Polli and Billy Ghayas.

In Winston-Salem, Reynolda House Museum of American Art provides free admittance to students on “Epic Thursdays” from 4:30 to 8 p.m. to Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey. Two special events transpire: The Piedmont Spoken & Literary Arts Movement presents a spoken word competition. And Josefina Baez performers her text “Comrade, Bliss Ain’t Playing.”

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem launches two solo exhibits on Friday. Misunderstanding is the first solo museum exhibit of Salisbury-based artist Frank Selby, whose work concerns conflict and mass media. New Delhi-based artist Vibha Galhotra’s first solo museum show in the United States, Metropia, ruminates on globalization and growth in her native India. On Thursday at 6 p.m. at SECCA, Galhotra will give a talk about her artistic practice, and the challenges and opportunities of being a young, female artist in India.

The Center for Visual Artists in Greensboro holds an opening reception on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. for its juried exhibit showcasing the work of NC college and university students.

The City Arts Drama Center is soliciting original plays and short stories that may be adapted to screenplays from Guilford County high school students — public, private or home-schooled. The deadline is Nov. 1. The plays should be 10 pages or less, and the short stories should be 1,000 words or less. The winning play submission might be produced at the 11th annual Greensboro Fringe Festival. Two of the stories will be selected for filming by Teen Greene Pictures and presented during the General Greene Film Festival in August. Submissions may be e-mailed to