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by Amy Kingsley

Tired of political campaigns? Then dig Elsewhere Artist Collaborative’s urban green campaign – an effort by the Dadaists on Elm Street to turn their public alley into an eco-park and hanging gardens. Every Saturday, Elsewhere denizens and their neighbors gather at around 10 a.m. and work until 1 p.m. If you want to help, bring your work gloves.

Maybe you like your entertainment more sedentary. On Friday night at Elsewhere, the artist Chad Eby – all the way from Tallahassee, Fla. – discusses his work, multi-media, interactive pieces that incorporate sound. It starts at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The Weatherspoon in Greensboro presents the Brazilian film The House of Sand on Thursday at 7 p.m. in conjunction with the exhibit TRANSActions currently on display in the upstairs gallery. Jeanine Costa, a professor in UNCG’s department of romance languages, will lead a post-film discussion. The film is free and open to the public.

The Electric Mustache, the art gallery inside Winston-Salem’s Werehouse, opens a new exhibit Friday featuring work by Matthew Lockey, Mitchell Britt, Paulette Omura and Patrick Sandefur. The reception starts at 7 p.m., and attendees can get beer, wine and caffeinated beverages at Krankie’s, the adjoining coffee bar.

The Western Film Fair moves to Winston-Salem this year. The event – which celebrates classic westerns of the big and small screens – starts Wednesday at the Clarion Sundance Plaza Hotel.

Every year for the past three years, the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte has hosted a juried exhibit of work by students in North Carolina’s public universities. This year, three students from UNCG were included: photographer J. Robert McKnight and painters Jen Kirkpatrick and Karen Lepage. The show opened last week and will run through Aug. 23.

The 75th edition of the American Dance Festival winds down this week in Durham with a weekend of performances highlighting the African-American and Asian modern dance traditions. On Wednesday, ADF resurrects three pieces from the 1980s – “Tympani,” “Jocose” and “New Moon.” Later on in the week, the Japanese troupes Dairakudakan and Kochuten strut their stuff, followed by two more nights of dancing by their countrymen. The final performances feature Natural Dance Theatre, Dance Theater LUDENS, Kei Takei and Teruko Fujisato. If you’re looking for a road trip and need more information about show times and ticket prices, visit the festival’s website at www.americandancefestival.org.

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