Found Objects 5.9.07

by Amy Kingsley

Mother’s Day is just around the bend and the folks at the Broach Theater have kindly added the musical Mamaleh to the spring lineup, just in time for the maternity venerating holiday. The play focuses on the players in a multigenerational canasta game, all of whom happen to be Bronx-dwelling Jewish women. Mamaleh opens Wednesday at 8 p.m.; general admission tickets are $20 at the door.

Auditions for City Arts Drama’s annual Big Summer Musical, Oliver, are happening this Friday and Saturday. Children and adults should be prepared to read from a script, sing a song and venture a few dance steps to earn roles in the production, a collaboration of Greensboro Children’s Theatre, Livestock Players and 3rd Stage Theater Company. Auditions are Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at the Greensboro Cultural Center.

The May installment of Dr. Sketchy’s will feature Jilly-Bean from the Red Lipstick Society and will be hosted (as usual) by Two Art Chicks and Sketchmistress-in-Residence Foxy Moxy. The burlesque sketch competition features prizes from Adam & Eve and plenty of performance for serious artists and onlookers alike. Dr. Sketchy’s starts at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

A more wholesome, family-oriented activity is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hemphill Branch Library. Patrons will have the opportunity to meet with Susie Wilde, the writer behind the children’s book Tell Me a Patch. Wilde’s tale was based on a story quilt project from last summer. Everyone who comes to the release party will receive a copy of Tell me a Patch. Light refreshments will be served and the story quilt will be on display.

UNCG just announced the selection of Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier for its 2007 MALS READ program at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The event, hosted by the Weatherspoon Art Museum and featuring history professor Jeff Jones, is a free community program offered by the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at UNCG. Participants should read the book, a firsthand account of civil war in Sierra Leone as experienced by a boy soldier, before attending the program.

On the heels of last week’s West Side Story symposium at School of the Arts, a Broadway-caliber production of the landmark musical will run at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem. After the show closes on Sunday, the production will migrate to Chicago for a single performance at the Ravina Festival in June.

Last week in High Point, curators at the History Museum unveiled an exhibition about the class of 1963 at the Rosetta C. Baldwin School. Students in UNCG’s master’s program in public history tracked down 35 of the 42 people featured in the photograph. The living history exhibit is currently on display at the museum.