Found Objects

by Amy Kingsley

North Carolina School of the Arts hosts this year’s Kenan Writers’ Encounters entitled Earth: Writers and Artists Engage the Environment this weekend. The event actually spans two weekends, and this week’s speakers include environmental ethicist Jonathan Gilligan on Saturday and Terry Tempest Williams on Tuesday.

Poetry GSO continues this week in Gate City. They’ll be staffing a booth at the Bicentennial Heritage Festival on Friday and Saturday. The Hemphill Branch Library hosts a screening of a film about Nikki Giovanni on Saturday followed by readings of her poems and discussion.

Also this weekend, UNCG’s School of Music performs La Vida Breve, a lesser-known opera noted for its gypsy and flamenco influences. It opens Thursday, closes Sunday and plays Friday.

The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts recognizes enslaved craftsmen this Tuesday with the exhibition Black and White All Mix’d Together: The Hidden Legacy of Enslaved Craftsmen. The exhibit runs through September in Old Salem.

There’s lots of history stuff happening this week, including Greensboro’s Bicentennial Heritage Festival, which gets underway Friday with a Homecoming Ball at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center. Attendees are invited to wear outfits dating from 1808 to 2008.

And the Greensboro Historical Museum is getting a makeover courtesy of local architectural firm Teague Freyaldenhoven Freyaldenhoven. Voters approved a bond funding part of the overhaul in 2006; the rest of the money is coming from private sources.

The University of North Carolina holds a system-wide Festival of the Arts this week. Winston-Salem’s School of the Arts will do it up with daylong, family-friendly events staring at noon on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. It’s free and open to the public.

Mack and Mack clothing designers in downtown Greensboro unveils its second edition of WearArt on Thursday. Artist Tom Thune, who is currently showing work at the Green Hill Center, created the original print pattern from artwork submitted by an 8-year-old boy.

Refugees from Two Art Chicks have opened another gallery in downtown Greensboro. The Yew Tree Gallery opened two doors down from Ambleside on South Elm’s bustling 500 block (see story). Yew Tree’s grand opening happens next month, but the gallery is already open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., so check it out.