Regionalism is the new rage around these parts. Whether your poison is One Guilford or Heart of the Triad, folks seem to be racing to be the first to fashion this area’s über-identity. Add to the list of regional initiatives an arts festival called Bricolage organized by the Piedmont Triad Partnership. I’m getting a little ahead of myself, because the festival itself doesn’t start until next week. But discount tickets and a schedule of events are available until Sunday at the website, bricolageartsfestival.org. Begin planning your weekend accordingly.
Fortunately you don’t have to wait until next week to sample some of the Triad’s best live performers. On Wednesday the African-American Studies program at UNCG is hosting an open mic event titled Politickin’ and Poetry. The event, which features local poet Amaris Howard, will be going down in the nursing building around 7 p.m.
Also, in honor of Disability Awareness Month, professor Anjail Rashida Ahmad will read her poetry on Wednesday evening at the Central Library.
If your class consciousness wasn’t stoked enough by the UNCG performance, check out the Greensboro Symphony Guild ‘s annual tour of homes – Encore 2007 – this weekend. I’m unsure about the particulars, but I know the main event involves an envy-inducing tour of seven Irving Park homes. Somehow this raises money for the symphony, a worthy cause if I ever saw one.
Up With People, the theatrical phenomenon recalled fondly by veterans of 1970s pop culture, is putting on a performance this Saturday to cap its weeklong residence in Winston-Salem. The show will be happening at RJ Reynolds Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., and all proceeds from the performance will benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
The High Point Museum is hosting a detachment of Civil War reenactors, the North State Rifles, on Saturday. The group doesn’t exactly recreate famous battles, they’re more into rifle drills and uniform particulars. Count on a lot of information about rifle maintenance and battlefield tailoring.
Professor Mark Gottsegen from UNCG will wade into the battle over alleged Jackson Pollock paintings reportedly found in a storage facility. The lecture on Monday afternoon is at the Weatherspoon Art Museum and is free and open to the public.
In Winston-Salem on Tuesday, the Garage continues its Tuesday Film Series with a screening of Searching for the Wrong Eyed Jesus. The film, which won best documentary feature at the Seattle Film Festival, follows musician Jim White as he faces down the devils of his Southern musical heritage.
And since the devil has been implicated in more than one musical genre, this would also be the place to mention the Carolina Theatre’s Tuesday night screening of The Phantom of the Opera. Organist Larry Kessler will accompany the classic black-and-white film. Tickets are only $7 for the general public, and $5 for students.