Last week Gov. Mike Easley made it official: The North Carolina School of the Arts is now theUniversity of North Carolina School of the Arts. The change comes over howls of protest from a small group of NCSA alumni unhappy with the University prefix that Chancellor John Mauceri lobbied so hard to append. The school, which offers professional arts training for high school, undergraduate and graduate students, has belonged to the UNC system since 1972. The Center for Visual Arts in Greensboro holds a reception and fundraiser Friday featuring work by students in its summer art camp. The event features art games and the usual reception foodstuffs and all proceeds benefit the center’s programs. They’re still taking food and beverage donations, so if you need to unload some cruditÃ© and cubed cheese, call 336.333.7475.
The Queer Queens of Qomedy perform at Durham’s Steel Blue on Friday. That’s pretty far with gas prices wobbling near the $3.80 mark. If you’re inclined to wait until a lesbian comedy troupe comes to the Triad, I’d advise you to reconsider and take that hit to the chain wallet.
This week’s artist conversation at Elsewhere features special guest Guerra de la Paz, the two-man Miami art team building an installation out of second hand clothing. The Urban Green campaign continues on Saturday morning with a work session open to the public.
There’s a new performing/visual/ improvisational/inspirational/New Age arts group in town called Shape Shifters. Their inaugural event happens on Sunday from noon to 1 p.m. in Greensboro’s Festival Park, which is right next to the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center. Shape Shifters’ founders will be on hand to answer questions and encourage the kind of spontaneous artistic expression appropriate for a heavily trafficked public park. The High Point Museum has been hosting forums on the North Carolina furniture biz. This week they hold their seventh. On Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the museum, interested parties can expound on furniture, industry, off shoring and what it all means.
The Cosmic Cow Society — an emerging Greensboro arts organization — is grazing for new members. Visual and performing artists can submit applications for admission to the society at info@ cosmiccowsociety.com. Perks include an online art gallery, personal e-mail address, web hosting and regional promotion.
Visit their website, www.cosmiccowsociety.com, for more information.