Found Objects 2.21.07

by Amy Kingsley

Greensboro is rolling out the red carpet for Toni Morrison, author of Beloved, which the New York Times Book Review dubbed in October the most important novel of the last quarter century. On Tuesday, Feb. 20, the Greensboro Public Library will host a keynote address by Linda Beatrice Brown for “One City, One Author” festivities honoring Morrison at the Historical Museum. Brown, a professor at Bennett College, will address the subject “Toni Morrison and the Wounds of Community.” Her speech will be followed by dramatic readings of Beloved by the Touring Theater Ensemble of North Carolina.

Brown will return the following Tuesday, Feb. 27, to deliver a lecture titled “Toni Morrison and the Will to Heal.”

Also on subsequent Tuesdays, the Garage in Winston-Salem is screening selections from the Rural Route Film Festival. The “rural” in the title is a pretty broad criterion and encompasses films about Siberia and Los Angeles among other, more traditional country locales. The program includes more than a dozen short films, all of which you can enjoy absolutely free of charge.

If Greensboro is rural enough for you, you can stay closer to home this weekend and enjoy the Carolina Film and Video Festival, which starts on Wednesday. Among the many highlights of the multi-day festival will be the 2 p.m. screening of Ramin Bahrani’s Man Push Cart on Thursday. The timing might not be so great for office drones eager to get out and see a critically acclaimed flick – might I suggest taking a late and lengthy lunch break?

On Monday physicist Ronald Mallett will regale sci-fi nerds citywide with his tale of designing a time machine based on Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. Actually, I heard an episode of This American Life about Mallett’s quest, and it was very moving – even to someone who does not indulge in much science fiction. His lecture will follow a viewing of the documentary The World’s First Time Machine in the Elliot University Center auditorium.

Guilford College’s annual alumni art exchange wraps up this weekend with two full days of events on Friday and Saturday. The panels and workshops are mostly geared toward students and recent graduates and include tips on how to make it in the art world.

Speaking of making it in the art world, last Thursday a show curated by local painter/sculptor Carol Cole Levin opened at the Cynthia Broan Gallery in New York City. Titled “What F Word?”, the show brings together work from dozens of female artists separated by generations and geography.