So the new season of prime time television started. And football season is in full swing. So where does that leave local galleries and theater companies? For my sake – and the sake of all the artists struggling in the Triad – heave your lazy, CSI-watching duff off the couch for some of the following live entertainments.
Will South, curator of the Weatherspoon Art Museum, will conduct a lecture about Modernism on Thursday evening in the Dillard Room. The class is the first in a series of four designed to instruct local gallery-goers in the basics of modern art history. Each lecture costs $10 for members of the museum and $15 for non-members. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required; call 336.334.5770 to register.
Evita, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about Argentina’s former first lady, opens at the Greensboro Coliseum on Friday. Tickets for the three performances – one on Friday and two on Saturday – are available through Ticketmaster.
In earthier artistic matters, Native American artist Connie Jenkins will be at Whispering Spirits Art Gallery in Winston-Salem on Friday for the opening of an exhibition of her work. Jenkins, who paints, sculpts and works with leather, will be on hand throughout the weekend to answer questions or accept compliments.
The Piedmont Opera is celebrating its 30th season this year, and the party starts Friday when the company opens its production of Verdi’s La Traviata. The production stars Cristina Nassiff and Harold Meers, both veterans of the American opera circuit, and runs until Tuesday. All performances will be held at the Stevens Center; visit piedmontopera.org for more information.
Greensboro’s Artstock Studio Tour is celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday more than 70 local artists and galleries will open their doors to civilians. Maps of this year’s tour are available at participation galleries including the Green Hill Center, Marshall Gallery and Two Art Chicks.
The good folks at Triad Stage will be previewing their latest production, Sleuth, stating on Sunday. The play concerns a wily, cuckolded author, his wife’s lover and a series of increasingly elaborate games. Tickets for the preview performances are $16, but for opening night the following Thursday, the theater will be offering free tickets in conjunction with the Free Night of Theater 2007. Call ’em at 336.272.0160 to claim yours.
The Garage Tuesday Film Series continues this week with a screening of Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea, an award-winning documentary narrated by John Waters. The film is a portrait of some of the eccentric communities that have sprung up around the saline lake. After the film, viewers will be invited to fill out postcards devoted to the memory of the late Sonny Bono, a champion of the sea.