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by Amy Kingsley

The Greensboro Public Library is honoring author Toni Morrison, who will be speaking on March 13 as part of Guilford College’s Bryan Series, by dedicating a month to her work. Library officials have declared Feb. 15 to March 15 “One City, One Author: A Celebration of Toni Morrison.” During those four weeks, the Central Library and several of the branches will host a variety of programs and lectures related to the author’s most famous novels: Sula, The Bluest Eye and Beloved. Tickets to Morrison’s speech, which will take place at War Memorial Auditorium, cost $20, but admission to library events is always free.

The library press office also wants citizens to know that an English teacher at Dudley High School has recently been awarded a grant from the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro. Alexis Gines won funding for a High School Poet Laureate project to be held in conjunction with Poetry GSO. The money will pay for the publication of a booklet of poems produced by high school students in the program, who will also have the opportunity to attend workshops to develop their skills.

The Weatherspoon Art Museum is kicking off a series of films about photographers on Thursday with William Eggleston in the Real World. In the hour-and-a-half film, Director Michael Almereyda follows Eggleston on trips to Los Angeles and Kentucky, and observes him at home in his native Memphis, Tenn. Rock ‘n’ roll types might be more familiar with Eggleston’s work than they know; his famous “The Red Ceiling” is the cover art for Big Star’s album Radio City. Also, he produced a book about the making of True Stories, a film by former Talking Head David Byrne.

Comedians affiliated with the Idiot Box, a comedy club on Elm Street, claim to be incubating Greensboro’s first sketch comedy troupe. The group, known as There is no F in Sketch, won’t be debuting their material until the last week in February. The show will be directed and produced by AJ Schraeder and Brian O’Sullivan and will feature Idiot Box regular Steve Lesser. Those involved in other sketch comedy projects – past or present – in Greensboro or High Point, please take up your historical accuracy concerns with Lesser.

Today (Jan. 31) at 5 p.m. is the deadline for artists interested in submitting work to the United Arts Council’s Coffee Cup Collaborative. The project commemorates the request for a cup of coffee made by participants in the Greensboro Sit-Ins on Feb. 1, 1960. Artists are asked to submit designs for individual bronze coffee cups that will be displayed throughout the community. For more details visit coffeecupcollaborative.com or call 336.373.7523 x246.

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