The spring semester winds to a close this week, bringing an end to another chunk of credit hours and, in some cases, academic careers. Be warned, this is the last stretch booked solid with pre-commencement activities.
At the School of the Arts, those include a spring dance concert that opens Thursday at the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem. The program includes classical ballet and contemporary dance, including a piece choreographed by Merce Cunningham.
The School of the Arts is awaiting approval from the head honchos at the University of North Carolina system to change its name to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Also, its AJ Fletcher Opera Institute presents Kurt Weill’s Street Scene this weekend. It plays at the Agnes de Mille Theatre Thursday through Sunday.
Students completing their MFA degrees in film at UNCG screen thesis projects on Friday and Saturday. All the films are free and open to the public; they start at 7 p.m. at the Elliot University Center and will be preceded by an hour-long reception.
The filmmakers’ graduate compatriots in the arts also show their stuff in the EUC Gallery this week.
The graduating MFA students celebrate their success in fancier digs – over at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. On Tuesday you can tour the MFA Thesis exhibition at noon and enjoy complimentary beverages and baked goods.
Also at UNCG, but wholly unrelated to matriculation, the liberal studies program hosts a community discussion of Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma on Tuesday. The book was selected for the 13th annual community read, and the discussion happens at 7 p.m. at the Weatherspoon.
The Revolve Film and Music Festival brings the film Wonders are Many: The Making of Dr. Atomic to the Weatherspoon on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Students at UNCG who ventured beyond the ivy walls to uncover the Triad’s immigrant community also display their work off campus at Tate Street Coffee on Wednesday. A reception for the show, entitled The Triad’s Global Community: A Visual Exhibition, starts at 5 p.m.
Tony Craig, a North Carolina native who moved to Hollywood and directed cartoons, returned to his home state several years ago and began taking pictures of old country stores. He compiled them into a book that has been published by Mock Turtle Press. Craig will be signing copies of that book at the Literary Book Post in Salisbury on Friday and at Livin’ Lattes in Pilot Mountain on Saturday.
If your mom is a hippie, there’s a good chance she’d enjoy a gift purchased at Ten Thousand Villages’ World Fair Trade Day on Saturday. The store is at the corner of New Garden Road and Bryan Boulevard in Greensboro.