Found objects 2.07.07

by Amy Kingsley

Barring any more icy weather, UNCG will be hosting their usual plethora of artsy events this week. The first will feature poet and alumna Julie Funderburk, who will read in honor of the release of the anthology Best New Poets 2006. The celebration will happen at the Faculty Center at 4 p.m. – roughly the same time this paper hits downtown racks.

Los Angeles photographer Catherin Opie will be in town on Sunday to deliver an artist’s talk in conjunction with the opening of an exhibition of her work at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Opie will show work from 1999, a series taken on a road trip taken near the millennium, and In & Around Home, which explores the particulars of Opie’s queer home life.

UNCG history professor Thomas Jackson recently published a book about Martin Luther King Jr. that will be available for purchase and perusal during Black History Month. At 472 pages, the book is not a light read. Dilemmas and Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black America’s Quest for Racial and Economic Justice explores complexities in King’s legacy related to his opposition to the Vietnam War.

In related news, Rev. B Elton Cox, one of the original freedom riders and a mentor for the first sit-in protest by high school students, will be at the High Point Museum and High Point University on Thursday. A reception at the museum will take place from 4p.m. to 6 p.m.

“Figures and Faces,” a joint exhibition by artists Jason Byars and Emmett Williams will open in the Old Greensborough Gateway Center on Friday at 6 p.m. The center is located at the corner of Elm and Lee streets; Byars’ and Williams’ shindig will be happening in Suite 212.

On Monday Triad Stage will host a reading of The Overwhelming, a play by NC School of the Arts grad and award-winning playwright JT Rogers about the Rwandan genocide. The event is free, open to the public and expected to last about two hours including intermission.

“The Art of Food,” an ongoing exhibition I should have included in this column last week, is showing at the Marshall Gallery until Feb. 27. The show opened at the beginning of the month and features artists’ creative takes on all the wholesome substances our bodies consume.

This weekend is the last opportunity to check out the Fifth Annual Greensboro Fringe Festival. The two-week performance extravaganza closes on Sunday with a matinee reading of short plays by members of the Greensboro Playwrights Forum. It’s free, and it’s happening at the City Arts Studio Theatre.