Found Objects 5.2.07

by Amy Kingsley

It’s May. The birds are singing and the bees… well, they’re not exactly buzzing. But not all the nature news is bad. This week at the Sawtooth School in Winston-Salem, instructors will be demonstrating how to turn the season’s floral bounty into beautiful centerpieces. On Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the arts and crafts school will hold their Spring Fling luncheon. Seating for the event is limited and tickets cost $35. Admission to the shopping event, which runs all day, is free.

Thousands of ornamental domesticated common carp – otherwise known as koi – will be on display at Winston-Salem’s Benton Convention Center this weekend. The Southern Koi Expo brings together suppliers, instructors and owners for seminars and, yes, competition. Think Best in Show for the aquatic set.

Speaking of growth, Moises Kaufman’s Laramie Project, which chronicles the town of Laramie, Wyo. in the year after Matthew Shepard was killed, will be showing at Temple Emanuel on Wednesday and Thursday. Shepard was murdered in 1998 because he was gay, a crime that catapulted homophobia into the national headlines. The show is free to all high school students, $5 for college students and seniors, and $10 for adults.

The Weatherspoon Art Museum wraps up its Photography on Film series with a look at America’s most famous celebrity photographer, Annie Leibovitz. The film, Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens, is on Thursday at 7 p.m. and admission is free.

Erik Ström and Charlotte Chipman Ström will be opening an exhibit, titled “Pattern and Motion,” in TwoArtChicks’ main gallery this weekend. According to the press release, Erik’s work imitates universal patterns and Charlotte’s “translates internal emotion to external motion.” Drinks, food and good company will be available from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday. The show closes on June 14.

The Heart of Living Home Gallery will host a fundraiser for Music for a Great Space, a nonprofit that brings renowned musical artists to the Triad. Starting at 9 a.m. artists will be painting in the open air and will auction off completed works later that evening. Tickets for the auction and cocktail party cost $20 and can be purchased at the door or in advance.

On Tuesday the Carolina Theatre will screen Monty Python and the Holy Grail at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Carolina Classics film series. Tickets cost $5. I also heard that every line from the movie uttered by Monty Python cultists would incur a dollar surcharge payable to yours truly.

Triad Stage announced last week their acquisition of the rights to Doubt, to be performed next season. Playwright John Patrick Shanley won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for his script about controversy at a Bronx Catholic school circa 1964.

Also, the short film “Packed,” which was produced and debuted at the Greensboro 48-Hour Film Project, screened at the Flicker Film Festival in Wilmington on April 27. And UNCG film professor and documentary filmmaker Brett Ingram earned a Guggenheim Fellowship that will fund the completion of a film about a North Carolina scientific illustrator.