Found Objects

by Amy Kingsley

The Open Space Caf Theater, located on West Market Street not far from Jan’s House, is filling the late August theater gap with a production of Vanities opening on Thursday. The play, about a trio of women coming of age during the late 1960s/early 1970s, is billed as a comedy. General admission tickets are $20; discounts are available for senior citizens and students. Call 336.292.2285 for show times.

NC A&T University alumna Sandra Bowen will be back in town Thursday at noon for a book signing at the Greensboro Public Library. The occasion of her visit is the publication of her second novel, The Cul-lud Sch-oool Teach-ur. Bowen is a retired professor of African American literature who taught for several years at Arizona State University. She is currently working on her third novel, In Search of Mammy.

On Friday, the Center for Visual Arts in Greensboro’s Cultural Center is closing their Summer Salon, a massive collection of work by local artists that opened in early July. According to the press releases, the show is the largest the gallery has every mounted, so catch it before it’s gone.

While you’re in the neighborhood, swing by Elsewhere Artist Collaborative. Their summer Artist Conversation series continues through the month, and this week the featured artists hail from my hometown: Austin, Texas. Jade Walker and Caroline Porter are sculpture and mixed media artists; if you have any questions about what that entails, feel free to ask them on Friday night.

For an altogether different scene, shuttle out to the Grove Winery on Saturday for Crafts in the Grove, featuring local craftsmen and artisans along with their wares. Representatives from Breezy Oaks Farm will be on hand, grilling up local pasture-raised, hormone-free pork and beef products.

This is the last week to catch Sword of Peace, Pathway to Freedom and Jesus Christ Superstar at Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre in Alamance County. The performance rotates from night to night, so check to confirm show times. Next week, the venerable summer stock company will debut Sleepy Hollow the Musical.

Greensboro’s Bicentennial Commission has commissioned an original play about the city’s history to coincide with its 200th birthday celebration. Brenda Schleunes, the artistic director of the Touring Theatre of North Carolina, has been charged with the task. Schleunes has penned works on historical subjects as far-ranging as World War II, Civil Rights and slavery, and her company has performed in 12 states and the District of Columbia.

The upcoming (in October) blogging conference ConvergeSouth has added a film festival for 2007. Andy Coon is accepting submissions in the following categories: music video, documentary, animation and short film. In keeping with the conference’s emphasis on citizen journalism, there will be a separate category for vlogging, complete with an online ballot. Contact information and submission guidelines are available at

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