by Keith Barber

Leading off Found Objects this week is Piedmont Slam!, the spoken-word competition to be held at Krankies Coffeehouse at 211 E. 3rd Street in Winston-Salem on Thursday at 8 p.m. If last month’s competition is any indication of the level of talent among the area’s poets, this Thursday’s event should be a hugely entertaining and enlightening. Hosted by Ismael Khabitu and Bob Moyer, Piedmont Slam!, offers local artists the chance to earn a spot in the Slam Off to be held later this spring. The top four finishers will go head-to-head in the Slam Off and represent Winston-Salem in a regional competition and possibly a national competition this summer. Piedmont Slam! is open to all ages, and participants are encouraged to sign up before 7:30 p.m. on the night of competition. For further information, contact Ismael Khabitu at 336.692.0588 or e-mail: jahscribe@ Also on Thursday, civil rights activist Angela Davis gives a lecture at the UNC School of the Arts as part of the 2009 Kenan Writers’ Encounters program. Davis will present her lecture, Art, Resistance and Transformation, at 7:30 p.m. at the school’s Thrust Theatre/Performance Place. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Call 336.721.1945 for tickets. Seating is limited. A reception and book signing will follow in the Performance Place Lobby. Artist Lee Walton and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art are currently looking for artists for a series of short, unscripted performances that will take place at various locations across Winston-Salem on three Saturdays in May. The call is open to all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience. For further information, go to or call 336.725.1904. The diversity of modern painting will be the topic of Confluence 2009, a painting symposium hosted by the Department of Art at UNCG March 29-31. The conference is open to the public at no charge and will include a panel discussion by four nationally and internationally recognized painters such as Margaret McCann, Lecia Dole-Recio, Julie Shapiro and Caleb Weintraub. The artists will speak on a wide range of issues in contemporary painting. The conference will begin on March 29 at 4 p.m. with a lecture by James Elkins and conclude on March 31 with a critique of UNCG graduate students’ work at the Gatewood Studio Arts Building. For further information, contact Jennifer Hutchens at 336.334.5248. On the arts horizon, April 1 will mark Tate Street Coffee House’s annual Community Coffee Art Show. This event is open to all creative, caffeinated customers of the Greensboro landmark coffeehouse. Coffee is the theme and must be a part of the submission, whether through medium or subject matter. All submissions must be ready to be hung and are due by April 1. For more information, please call Tate Street Coffee House at 336.275.2754. And on April 3, the Blandwood Museum presents Forms and Fantasies: Photographs and Digital Abstracts by Steve Clarke. The exhibit, which runs through April 30, features figurative images that have both an outward and an inward aspect, according to Clarke. “Outwardly, they depict the practice of yoga and dance. Inwardly, they are meant to reflect the experiences and spiritual journeys of the subjects. The intention is to give the viewer a two-track experience,” Clarke said.