by Jordan Green

Puppets, YouTube, history, text, verbal combat and comics — it’s all fair game in this universe of arts. So let’s get started, shall we?

“Farmer Kater and the Apple Tree,” a historically based puppet performance takes place on Wednesday and Friday in the Heirloom Puppet Theater in the museum center at Old Salem. Visit for performance times and ticket prices.

Miami-based YouTube artist Jillian Mayer leads a discussion at Elsewhere in Greensboro on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Mayer will be working as a Southern Constellations Fellow at Elsewhere through Oct. 26. Simultaneously, GreenHill presents a talk by UNCG student Steisha Pintado on her undergraduate research project, “Remediated Optical Toys and Animated GIF.”

Annie Lapin, the Falk Visiting Artist at UNCG, gives a lecture at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Lapin’s solo show runs at the Weatherspoon through Jan. 5.

The War at Home: Exploring Winston and Salem during the Civil War opens to the public at the New Winston Museum on Saturday.

Letterforming, an exhibit that explores the intersection of text and image, opens at the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery on the campus of Wake Forest University on Oct. 21.

Piedmont Slam takes up residence at the Community Arts Café in Winston-Salem on Oct. 22 for what promises to be a regular event every fourth Tuesday. Sign-up begins at 7:45 p.m. The show gets underway at 8 p.m.

Five artists featured in GreenHill’s Animated! exhibit — Bill Fick, Thomas Spradling, Stephanie Freese, Paul Friedrich and Brett McDonough — talk about their influences and processes on Oct. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Sawtooth School for Visual Art is soliciting submissions from artists interested in participating in its annual fine arts and crafts sale, Deck the Halls. Early registration is open through Oct. 25. Visit for details.