Poetry GSO headlinerNikki Giovanni visits the Carolina Theatre on Sunday at 3 p.m. Theevent is free and open to the public, and patrons will be seated on afirst-come, first-serve basis. Doors open at 2 p.m., so come early tocatch opening performers spitting some spoken word. On Tuesdayat the Carolina, professional fop and Tony Award-winning costumedesigner William Ivey Long returns to his native North Carolina to gababout his work. Long’s designs have appeared in Broadway productions asdiverse as Seussical the Musical and Six Degrees of Separation. TheNorth Carolina Writers’ Network holds it annual spring conference onSaturday at UNCG’s Elliot University Center. Intensive workshops infiction, memoir writing, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, poetry andpublishing start at 8 a.m. and end at 5:45 p.m. Civilian actorsin Asheboro tackle The Fantasticks this week. RSVP Community Theatrebrings the musical to downtown Asheboro, where it plays at the SunsetTheatre all weekend. Previews for the latest Triad Stageproduction – From the Mississippi Delta – start Sunday at the PyrleTheatre. In her best- known play, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrightEndesha Ida Mae Holland recounts her journey from abject poverty in theracially segregated South to the halls of academia. What are thestudents doing? At UNCG, they’re opening the play Jersey Shore House byMichael Ferrell. It starts on Wednesday and returns in rep with Talesof the Lost Formicans a week later. Select art students atGuilford College display their capstone projects in the Founders HallGallery starting this weekend. The show, entitled hypoTHESIS, runsthrough early May. Elon University students undertake the Bardthis weekend with their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’sone of Shakespeare’s comedies that the cast and crew have transposedonto the 1960s. The Playmakers at Page High School raise thecurtain on their production of Pippin on Wednesday. The cast numbers55, which makes quite a project for this group of local high schoolers. TheCarousel Movie Theater in Greensboro starts showing dotmatrix filmsthis weekend, which feature local filmmakers and bands. The first onehappens Friday. And Bel Canto, the Triad’s premier choral group,holds auditions on Monday and Tuesday evening. They are looking forsingers interested in choral literature with exceptional readingskills. American Idol it ain’t. Save your wobbly melisma for the nexttime Simon Cowell and company come around.