Until Attorney General Alberto Gonzales perfected the form, the act of surveillance lacked the drama to make for good performance. I mean, who wants to watch people watch people? JJ Higgins, a Kansas City, Mo.-based video installationist and, yes, surveillance artist is no apparatchik. He will be at Elsewhere Artist Collaborative this Friday explaining what exactly surveillance has to do with art. It promises to be a much more candid discussion than the one currently unfolding on Capitol Hill. The National Black Theatre Festival is in full swing this week – sadly without the presence of Larry Leon Hamlin, the festival founder who died earlier this year. But the show must go on, at least until closing night this Saturday. Performances will be happening all over Winston-Salem; visit ntbf.org for more information. Filmmakers participating in this year’s 48-Hour Film Project will amass at the starting line this Friday. By Sunday, several hastily written, cast and directed films will be in the final stages of production, and teams will start to collectively descend from their NoDoz high. This year’s winners will advance to the national competition in Providence, RI. This Friday is also First Friday, and Lyndon Street Artworks Collective will feature the work of stained glass artist Julie McKnight. The reception starts at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Kuon Kukki, a play that premiered at the Greensboro Fringe festival, just came off a successful run at the DC Fringe Fest. The director, Todd Fisher, is urging supporters to visit the Washington City Paper’s website and vote the play best comedy. Tickets for the Carolina Theatre’s 80th anniversary season are now on sale. Camp filmmaker John Waters and NPR doyenne Terry Gross will be making Gate City appearances, as well as the usual slate of bluegrass bands and dance troupes. Michael Frierson, a professor in the department of broadcasting and cinema at UNCG, directed and edited seven short documentaries for this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. They were broadcast between April 25 and May 4. Frierson is also working on a film about the relationship between his dad, an FBI agent, and an informant who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan. On Tuesday, a two-person exhibit featuring paintings by Nanu laRosee and mixed media by Kimberly Varnadoe will open at the Artworks Gallery on Trade Street in Winston-Salem. The show, titled A Sense of Time, will close on Sept. 8 and is free and open to the public.
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