Art, film, astronomy, guns and tango — it all comes together in scintillating fashion in this week’s Triad arts rundown.
Artist Frank Selby presents the film Taxi Driver at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem on Thursday at 7 p.m. Selby will talk about how the film has inspired his line drawings.
The City Dark, a documentary that follows amateur astronomer Ian Cheney and “chronicles the disappearance of darkness,” screens at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
A panel discussion on gun violence and gun control will be held at Inter_Section Gallery in Winston-Salem as a companion to the exhibit Under the Gun on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Panelists include exhibit curator Cindy Taplin, sociology professor Jon Epstein, Winston-Salem Councilman Dan Besse, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board member Elisabeth Motsinger, Salem College professor Kimya Davis and Wake Forest University professor Steven Gunkel. Orginally conceived as a response to the July 2012 shootings in Aurora, Colo., Under the Gun features the work of Taplin, Epstein, Alix Hitchcock, Kimberly Varnadoe, Woodsherry Anderson, Mary Ann Zotto, Will Wilner, Kate Magruder and Kim Thore.
Poets Will Alexander and Nathaniel Mackey will read from their books in the Mendelbaum Reading Room of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem on Friday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The two will also read a Byrum Center Auditorium at Wake Forest University at 7 p.m. the same day. On Saturday, vocalist Laura Ingram Semilian will accompany Alexander in an improvisational musical exploration of his poems at the Scoring Stage at the school of filmmaking at UNC School of the Arts. Alexander will play piano for the performance.
Earthworks Gallery in Greensboro hosts a trunk sale featuring the work of Asheville jewelry maker Alice Scott on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Earthworks Gallery sells a selection of pottery, soap, candles, cards, paper and sculpture made by North Carolina artisans.
The work of Argentinian artist Fernanda Piamonti will be featured at Noche de Arte y Tango at 205 Gallery in Greensboro on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. The event will also feature music by Lorena GuillÃ©n Tango Duo. Visit CasaAzulGreensboro.org or call 336.373.7523 ext. 247 for ticket information.