Found Objects

by Amy Kingsley

Poetry GSO headliner Nikki Giovanni visits the Carolina Theatre on Sunday at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and patrons will be seated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors open at 2 p.m., so come early to catch opening performers spitting some spoken word.

On Tuesday at the Carolina, professional fop and Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long returns to his native North Carolina to gab about his work. Long’s designs have appeared in Broadway productions as diverse as Seussical the Musical and Six Degrees of Separation.

The North Carolina Writers’ Network holds it annual spring conference on Saturday at UNCG’s Elliot University Center. Intensive workshops in fiction, memoir writing, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, poetry and publishing start at 8 a.m. and end at 5:45 p.m.

Civilian actors in Asheboro tackle The Fantasticks this week. RSVP Community Theatre brings the musical to downtown Asheboro, where it plays at the Sunset Theatre all weekend.

Previews for the latest Triad Stage production – From the Mississippi Delta – start Sunday at the Pyrle Theatre. In her best- known play, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Endesha Ida Mae Holland recounts her journey from abject poverty in the racially segregated South to the halls of academia.

What are the students doing? At UNCG, they’re opening the play Jersey Shore House by Michael Ferrell. It starts on Wednesday and returns in rep with Tales of the Lost Formicans a week later.

Select art students at Guilford College display their capstone projects in the Founders Hall Gallery starting this weekend. The show, entitled hypoTHESIS, runs through early May.

Elon University students undertake the Bard this weekend with their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s one of Shakespeare’s comedies that the cast and crew have transposed onto the 1960s.

The Playmakers at Page High School raise the curtain on their production of Pippin on Wednesday. The cast numbers 55, which makes quite a project for this group of local high schoolers.

The Carousel Movie Theater in Greensboro starts showing dotmatrix films this weekend, which feature local filmmakers and bands. The first one happens Friday.

And Bel Canto, the Triad’s premier choral group, holds auditions on Monday and Tuesday evening. They are looking for singers interested in choral literature with exceptional reading skills. American Idol it ain’t. Save your wobbly melisma for the next time Simon Cowell and company come around.