Foxy picks some Greensboro visual and performing arts events
This month I’mpleased to share my picks with you for interesting arts events in andaround Greensboro. May is a wonderful time to immerse yourself in thevisual and performing arts happening around town. The BlueDiamond Gallery First Friday Event takes place at 604 S. Elm St. BlueDiamond plays host to new exhibits monthly with the talent focusranging from regional to international artists. You can check out thelatest this coming Friday at 6 p.m. The shows presented there featurean unexpected altruistic twist: Each exhibiting artist is partneredwith a charity of their choosing and can offer to raise awareness, workwith the gallery to donate a percentage of sales, or offer a piece fromtheir show for silent auction. The goal is to raise awareness andincrease charitable participation in the community. Additionalinformation can be found atthebluediamondgallery.com. If yourappreciation of art is greatly enhanced by sampling some local fruit ofthe vine, this next event is sure to offer creative inspiration. Art OnThe Haw River Wine Trail begins at the Grove Winery, 7360 Brooks BridgeRoad in Gibsonville, Friday and Saturday at noon. The Haw River WineTrail and the Burlington/Alamance Convention and Visitors Bureau arepresenting a two-day art and wine spectacular, combining winery toursand tasting with fine art demonstrations and sales. The event is aunique alternative to traditional studio tours; instead the venues arethe four artisan wineries (Benjamin Vineyards & Winery, GlenMarieWinery, Grove Winery and Iron Gate Winery) situated along the river inAlamance and Guilford counties. Each site will host artists showcasingtheir work as well as live music. Tourists can travel the 50-mile longscenic drive through the heart of the rural Piedmont to find unique,handmade goods in a variety of disciplines. Check out Art on the HawRiver Wine Trail this weekend for a leisurely, afternoon adventure ofartistic and oenophilic discovery. Visit grovewinery.com for directions. Thelatest presentation from Triad Stage is From The Mississippi Delta byEndesha Ida Mae Holland. The show plays at Triad Stage, 232 S. Elm St.in Greensboro through May 18. Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright andcivil rights activist Endesha Ida Mae Holland leads us through thisautobiographical journey. Every character in the play (black and white,young and old, male and female) is portrayed by one of three actressesthrough song and story. Ticket information can be foundattriadstage.org. A hands-on approach to art this month isoffered by the Art Alliance of Greensboro at 200 N. Davie Street.Classes begin on Monday and continue through June. Art Alliance wasformed in 1998 with the mission of providing quality visual artexperiences at affordable prices for adults and children. Artists ofboth local and regional origin, respected in their fields, teach thesecreative classes and workshops. In collaboration with other communityand arts organizations Art Alliance strives to meet the needs ofGreensboro’s diverse community. May’s course offerings include pottery,drawing the human figure, intro to oil painting, watercolor andsculpting the human figure. Visit artalliancegso.com for moreinformation. If you’d like to support some worthy localperforming artists while getting some real bump and grind for yourbuck, turn to this month’s bodacious burlesque event! Las Vegas orBust! with Cabaret RisquÃ© wraps up the end of the month in fishnet andbows on May 30-31, concluding in a matinee on June 1. Featuring some ofthe Triad’s top burlesque talent (including yours truly), this show istwirling its tassels for a cause. The proceeds of the show will helpdefray the cost for sending four of the core Cabaret RisquÃ© performersto Vegas (baby!) for the Miss Exotic World Pageant (the worldchampionships of burlesque) in June. You can contribute to thecontinuing education of these artful teasers and take in a fun andfrisky new show all at once. The donated space for the event sitsdirectly behind the Broach Theatre, 520 S. Elm St. Greensboro. Park asif going to the Broach and then follow the signs directing you to walkthrough the alley directly beside it. The show will be over 21only and adult libations will be available for purchase. For ticketingand more information visit foxymoxy.com.