If you are a theater fan, this week is a good one to be living in or around the old Gate City. For starters, Triad Stage is unveiling the second annual Theater 232 collaboration with the UNCG theater department. On the main stage, students and professionals will perform side by side in Tobacco Road, based on the novel by Erskine Caldwell. Upstairs in the rehearsal during the day, children and families are invited to performances of Carolina Jack’s Last Adventure, a play inspired by Southern folk tales that opened Tuesday. And, if you are so inclined, you can stay late to watch two cabaret-style performances of the Charles Busch classics “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom,” (see story) and “Sleeping Beauty or Coma.” The late shows start at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays and run for three consecutive weekends.
Also on tap at the Open Space Café Theater is I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, a show about the suburban dating and mating game. The show opened last week and will run through the end of the month; the café opens at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8.
On Tuesday, the 25th anniversary tour of Cats will stop at War Memorial Auditorium for a three-night stand. Contact the Coliseum box office for ticket prices and show times.
The next seven days aren’t so shabby for lovers of the visual arts, either. On Thursday artist and gallerista Tracey Marshall will be hosting a ladies’ night at Ganache on the occasion of the unveiling of Marshall’s original “Party Girl” painting at the popular dinner and dessert spot. Select wines will be half price for ladies, and the hors d’ouvres will be free for everyone.
From 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, UNCG will be holding an opening reception for its new Elliot Center exhibit featuring work by incoming graduate students in the MFA program. The show closes on June 26, but the work will be available to the public during normal gallery hours between now and then.
Elsewhere Arts Collective, that hive of da-da creation on South Elm Street, is welcoming the public with a series of artist lectures, video screenings and performances scheduled for the next 16 weeks. The events kicked off on June 1 and continue this Friday with an appearance by Jason Ferguson, an artist from Winter Park, Pa., at 8 p.m.
Real live citizens – that’s right, the vaunted You! – are invited to collaborate with professional sculptor Jim Galluci on Hemphill Library’s Sculpture Garden project this Saturday. Children as young as four can learn how to create plaster molds from found objects. Please visit greensborolibrary.org for more information.
If you’ve read this far into this column, you’ve probably already missed the appearance by author Beth Mary Bollinger at the Tuesday evening Grasshoppers’ game. Her visit, to promote her work of historical baseball fiction titled Until the End of the Ninth, coincided with the launch of the Greensboro Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.