Last week it was all listlessness and surf for your favorite chronicler of Triad arts. But this week it’s a different story: Fireworks! Summer camp! Mixed media! Let’s dive right in. The Art Alliance of Greensboro is holding visual arts camps for teens this week. And by this week, I mean the one that started a few days ago. So if you are looking for ways to occupy unemployed, out-of-school teens, dial 336.373.2725 to find out whether there is a spot at the potter’s wheel for your little ne’er-do-well. If you are looking for a short road trip for this year’s mid-week holiday, consider heading south to Asheboro, where, at the Sara Smith Self Gallery, five photographers will display five images each. There will be a reception next Tuesday for the artists, many of whom hail from Randolph Community College, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The preceding Tuesday will witness the opening of “Watermarks,” an exhibition by artists Jody Danner Walker and Carl Gericke, at the Artworks Gallery in Winston-Salem. Walker specializes in glass and mixed media, and Gericke will be showing watercolors; the opening reception will coincide with the monthly gallery hop on Friday from 7-10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, is, of course, the day our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, thereby paving the way for an annual celebration of processed foodstuffs, arsonistic tendencies and eagles. Word. At the Marshall Gallery on Thursday, “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” a multimedia exhibit, will open to the public. The exhibit, which features work by Perry Boswell, Jerry Cartwright, Charlotte Munning, Kelly Prewett and Betty Trotter, will run through July 30. Shift into a more cerebral gear on Friday, when Elsewhere Artist Collaborative holds their ongoing artist conversation series. The conversations will be happening all summer, and each week the avant-garde encampment will bring in another up-and-coming artist from around the country. Also on Friday, the Greensboro Ballet will house an exhibit of portraits by photographer Steve Clarke titled “Some Dancers I Know.” Dancers and artist will be there for the unveiling of the show, which will run for three weeks. On Saturday morning, the producers of Taxi, an independent film being shot in Winston-Salem this fall, will hold open auditions for several roles. Auditions will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; please call 336.710.9843 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. “Figured/Out: Works From the Permanent Collection,” an exhibition of abstract work displayed at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, will close Sunday afternoon. The UNCG-affiliated institution usually throws one last hurrah, with lemonade and snacks, to attend each closing. To Kill a Mockingbird, the 1962 film starring Gregory Peck, will be showing Tuesday at the Carolina Theatre as part of the Summer Classics Series. It’s a great flick, a meditation on morality and bigotry that will make for a lovely, thoughtful ending to your Independence Day week.