Students at Triad-area colleges haven’t yet lost their collective summer glow, and already they’re logging long hours at the theatre, putting the finishing touches on this season’s inaugural productions. Sweeney Todd, the grisly Stephen Sondheim musical slated for a Hollywood makeover later this year, debuts at UNCG this weekend. The show opens on Wednesday in Taylor Theatre; Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Call the university box office at 33.334.4849 for more information.
On Thursday, the High Point University theatre department unveils its first performance of All My Sons. The play, which concerns the Keller family, is the first in a series of plays about business and ethics. All performances are at the Hayworth Fine Arts Center; call 336.841.4673 for show times and ticket information.
New work from students in UNCG’s MFA program will be on display at the Elliot University Center Gallery throughout the month of October. There will be a reception on Oct. 18 with free food and beverages.
At UNCG’s other gallery – the Weatherspoon – curators will screen season four of “Art:21,” a PBS series exploring art in the 21st century, on Thursday. The screening is free; go to pbs.org/art21/ for more information. On Sunday the UNCG Faculty Art Binennial opens with a reception at 2 p.m.
Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem will be opening its season of plays for the elementary set with a production of From the Mixed Up Files of Basil E. Frankweiler, which opens Thursday. Tickets for the show can be purchased on their website or by calling 336.725.4531.
The Marshall Art Gallery, located in Greensboro on Pisgah Church Road, will be opening an exhibit called “An Affair of Wine,” with a reception on Thursday. Featured artists include Dawn Ashby, Joe Bergeron and gallerista Tracey Marshall. For more information visit marshallartco.com.
The Center for Visual Arts in downtown Greensboro is gearing up for its annual juried show, which opens this week. Members of the center – which was formerly known as the Arts League of Greensboro – are vying for the top prize of $300 in a competition judged by UNCG’s Mark Gottsegen. A free reception for the show runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday.
Starting this Saturday, and returning every week throughout the month of October, up to 24 guests can experience Dark Things at the Shutter Box, an interactive theatrical performance at Körner’s Folly in Kernersville. Tickets for the show – which features magic, fortune-telling and light hors d’oeuvres – will cost you $27, and some of the proceeds will go toward restoring the kooky historic home. Contact Connie Martin at 336.996.7922 for more information.
A party to benefit the Bricolage Arts Festival will be happening this Saturday at Chinqua-Penn Plantation in Reidsville. Tickets for the evening-long affair, which will feature guided tours of the mansion, live music and cultural treats, cost $35 and can be purchased bricolageartsfestival.org or by calling 336.908.3242.
Poet Ken Rumble will be reading from his collection Key Bridge at 5 p.m. in the UNCG Faculty Center on Tuesday. Rumble, who is also known around these parts for repping the Green Hill Center, is the director of the Desert City Poetry Series and a member of the Lucifer Poetics Group. He’ll be signing books, too, so don’t forget your cash.