by Jordan Green

First Friday falls this week, which means that galleries in Winston-Salem’s Downtown Arts District and the South Elm Street corridor in Greensboro, along with other venues in the two cities, stay open late.

Two highlights from the Downtown Arts District: The artists from the Seed Collective will be on hand to talk about their work during the opening of their new exhibit at Karma Salon & Gallery. And Studio 7 is showing acrylic paintings and pencil drawings by Miguel Pes and landscapes by Elin artist John Furches.

Art in Odd Places, founded in New York City, makes its inaugural run in Greensboro. Hosted by the UNCG Art Department and Downtown Greensboro Inc., the event features 36 performances and objects by local and national artists. Look for it up and down South Elm Street from Friday at noon to Saturday at 9 p.m.

Also on South Elm, Earthworks Gallery features carved and sgraffito work by Leanne Pizio. And Elements Gallery features pottery by Izabella Blaschke and Darlene Birdwell and jewelry by Jun Fukukura.

There’s more over in what used to be called the Cultural Arts District. Stylist/community organizer Shaina Machlus is back from Cambodia with the Hair Do Project. The show features photography by Kevin Smith and an interactive hair performance at the Downtown Library in Greensboro.

Casa Azul celebrates Dia de los Muertos with giant animated puppets from Paperhand Puppet Intervention and the Viejitos Dance Company at the Greensboro Cultural Center.

Stephanie Freese and Brett Mc- Donough, are featured in the Animated! exhibit at GreenHill, give a talk on Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Nature in All Its Glory, an exhibit of paintings and sculpture from the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s permanent collection, opens in Greensboro on Saturday, while American Moderns 1910-1960: From O’Keefe to Rockwell, an exhibit of paintings from the Reynolda House’s permanent collection, opens in Winston-Salem.

And Lynn Book performs a concertstyle version of Kurt Schwittters’ early 20 th century dada classic “Ursonate” at the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem as part of the gallery’s ongoing Letterforming exhibit on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.