Found Objects

by Amy Kingsley

The spring semesterwinds to a close this week, bringing an end to another chunk of credithours and, in some cases, academic careers. Be warned, this is the laststretch booked solid with pre-commencement activities. At theSchool of the Arts, those include a spring dance concert that opensThursday at the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem. The programincludes classical ballet and contemporary dance, including a piecechoreographed by Merce Cunningham. The School of the Arts isawaiting approval from the head honchos at the University of NorthCarolina system to change its name to the University of North CarolinaSchool of the Arts. Also, its AJ Fletcher Opera Institute presents KurtWeill’s Street Scene this weekend. It plays at the Agnes de MilleTheatre Thursday through Sunday. Students completing their MFAdegrees in film at UNCG screen thesis projects on Friday and Saturday.All the films are free and open to the public; they start at 7 p.m. atthe Elliot University Center and will be preceded by an hour-longreception. The filmmakers’ graduate compatriots in the arts also show their stuff in the EUC Gallery this week. Thegraduating MFA students celebrate their success in fancier digs – overat the Weatherspoon Art Museum. On Tuesday you can tour the MFA Thesisexhibition at noon and enjoy complimentary beverages and baked goods. Alsoat UNCG, but wholly unrelated to matriculation, the liberal studiesprogram hosts a community discussion of Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’sDilemma on Tuesday. The book was selected for the 13th annual communityread, and the discussion happens at 7 p.m. at the Weatherspoon. TheRevolve Film and Music Festival brings the film Wonders are Many: TheMaking of Dr. Atomic to the Weatherspoon on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Studentsat UNCG who ventured beyond the ivy walls to uncover the Triad’simmigrant community also display their work off campus at Tate StreetCoffee on Wednesday. A reception for the show, entitled The Triad’sGlobal Community: A Visual Exhibition, starts at 5 p.m. TonyCraig, a North Carolina native who moved to Hollywood and directedcartoons, returned to his home state several years ago and began takingpictures of old country stores. He compiled them into a book that hasbeen published by Mock Turtle Press. Craig will be signing copies ofthat book at the Literary Book Post in Salisbury on Friday and atLivin’ Lattes in Pilot Mountain on Saturday. If your mom is ahippie, there’s a good chance she’d enjoy a gift purchased at TenThousand Villages’ World Fair Trade Day on Saturday. The store is atthe corner of New Garden Road and Bryan Boulevard in Greensboro.