by Jordan Green

Bicycles, design, activism, gay families, aluminum, light and water — they all tie together, trust me.

The inaugural cycling conference The Bicycle: Art Meets Form runs from Thursday through Sunday, July 28 at High Point Theatre. The event includes the 5 Leading Lights of Custom Frame Building & Art Show exhibit at the Theatre Arts Gallery. For more information about the conference, which includes panel discussions, rides, film screenings and musical performances, visit

Carol Strohecker, director of the Center for Design Innovation, talks about design as a catalyst for economic development at the New Winston Museum on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. as part of the museum’s Salon Season.

Young men and women who are part of the Authoring Action program present original writing in spoken-word performances at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem from Thursday through Saturday. The program prepares them to be authors and advocates for social change. The performances start at 7 p.m.

Also on Thursday, Same Difference and What Do You Know: Six to Twelve Year Olds Talk About Gays and Lesbians screen at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro as part of the museum’s Family Ties film series, a companion to the kids are all right: an exhibition about family and photography, which runs through Aug. 18. Prior to the screenings, at 6 p.m., the show’s organizer, Alison Ferris, gives a free lecture on the stories behind the photos. Ferris is the curator at the Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wis.

An exhibit of the paintings of Scott Harris, rendered on aluminum, and light art by Claudio Malacarne opens at WineStyles in Greensboro on Thursday. The store holds a wine tasting on July 31.

Associated Artists of Winston-Salem holds an opening reception for Distinct Artistry, a juried member show of two- and three-dimensional art, at the Womble Carlisle Gallery at the Milton Rhodes Arts Center on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.

As Above, So Below, an exhibit of photographs from a Costa Rican fishing village and from Laos documenting a clean-water project and an exhibit by 2013 graduates of the studio programs at Salem College, Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University opens at Artworks Gallery in Winston-Salem on July 30.