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by Amy Kingsley

Officials over at the Greensboro Bicentennial Commission really want me to tell you that they’ve extended the final date to apply for arts and culture grants. The old deadline, April 20, has been pushed back to May 15 because of poor response. If you’re germinating an art project with a strong focus on the Gate City, visit the city’s website at greensboro-nc.gov for more information.

Members of the local Sierra Club and other concerned citizens have teamed up to organize a free energy film festival on Wednesdays at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library. The first two films, Power of Community and Sundance Summit: A Mayor’s Gathering on Climate Protection, will screen on April 4 at 6:30 p.m. The first film is the longer one and concerns the plight of Cubans who lost access to Soviet oil after the fall of Communism in the early 1990s. The film shows how the people adapted to limited energy resources – namely by practicing conservation, cooperation and community.

Poetry GSO keeps trucking along this week at locations all over town. On Wednesday morning the festival will stop at UNCG for a workshop titled “Poems of Witness: Living With Heart in a Conflicted World.” Then on Thursday the Writers’ Group of the Triad will stop at the Green Bean in downtown Greensboro for their “Poetry, Jazz and Java” series. International Poetry Night will be happening the following Tuesday evening at the Glenwood Branch Library. The festival will really start picking up in the next couple of weeks with special guests, readings and musical performances.

All of this official business brings me to the end of my column, where I mention a little something about the Wicca Weekend poised to overtake downtown starting Friday. The incipient House of Akasha and Druidess, a Celtic spirituality organization based in Greensboro, will be hosting a “Weekend With the Frosts” at the Broach Theater.

Now for a little edification: Gavin and Yvonne Frost were part of a pioneering group of billowy-garbed hippies drawn to the Old Deities, or the Craft, in the 1960s. In 1968, they formed the Church and School of Wicca in St. Louis, Mo. Now, the Frosts are good witches, as evinced by the blinding smiles on their webpage. So, you know, there’s no unusual need to keep children or small animals within earshot. One word of warning: The Frosts are outspoken practitioners of Tantric yoga. And they’re 76 years old. Visit houseofakasha.com for more information.

Email your arts information to Amy@yesweekly.com

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