Found Objects

by Amy Kingsley

From jumping on benches to Shakespearean whales, there are plenty of oddball diversions to keep you busy this week. Pay attention, you will be tested on this later.

Saltimbanco, the newest installment of the Cirque du Soleil franchise, premieres in Greensboro this Wednesday. The show, playing at the Greensboro Coliseum through Sunday, takes its name from the Italian phrase for “jumping on benches” and celebrates the urban milieu. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by phone at 888.397.3100 or online at

Los Angeles’ contra-tiempo, an urban-Latin dance troupe, will be performing at the Carolina Theatre on Friday. A full performance of the acclaimed piece “I Dream America,” which features choreography by Ana Maria Alvarez and original music by Cesar Alvarez, will headline the evening. Ana Maria Alvarez is a Grimsley High grad who will be making her first homecoming in 12 years.

The Weatherspoon Art Museum is hosting two special events this week. The first, on Thursday, features Patricia Gray and Donald Hodges from UNCG’s BioMusic and Music research Institute. Then, on Sunday, the museum will hold the opening reception for Falk Visiting Artist Janine Antoni. You can find more information about both events at

The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem opens its production of Smoke on the Water on Friday at the Arts Council Theatre. For more information, visit

“Leola’s Decision,” the second film produced by City Arts Drama Center, will makes its theatrical debut on Friday at the Greensboro Historical Museum. Organizers will also screen Greene Pictures’ first short, “Vader Figure.” Call 336.335.6426 for more information.

John Waters, the Baltimore filmmaker often credited with single-handedly moving the goalposts of acceptable cinematic content, visits Greensboro on Saturday (see story). Tickets for the event are still available through the Carolina Theatre box office.

Popular musical The Fantasticks opened last week at Greensboro’s Open Space Café Theatre on Market Street. The show runs through early October. Call 336.292.2285 for show times and ticket information.

If you enjoy the occasional slosh through the world of nature photography, consider making the drive to Grove Winery & Vineyards on Sunday where the photographs of Guilford County resident Katherine Munns will be on display. Also, there will be wine.

Don’t have plans for Monday night? I would suggest checking out Sea Change: Reversing the Tide at UNCG. The piece blends the lowing of horny whales with the keening of a Shakespearean protagonist and adds a dash of classical music. The event is free and open to the public, and it starts promptly at 7:30 p.m. Need I say more?

On Tuesday, the Garage in Winston-Salem will be screening Gypsy Caravan, a documentary about – you guessed it – gypsy music shot by the great Albert Maysles. The free event is part of their Tuesday night film series, and if you miss is this week, it will show again on Oct. 2.