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Foxy picks some Greensboro visual and performing arts events

by Foxy Moxy

This month I’m pleased to share my picks with you for interesting arts events in and around Greensboro. May is a wonderful time to immerse yourself in the visual and performing arts happening around town.

The Blue Diamond Gallery First Friday Event takes place at 604 S. Elm St. Blue Diamond plays host to new exhibits monthly with the talent focus ranging from regional to international artists. You can check out the latest this coming Friday at 6 p.m. The shows presented there feature an unexpected altruistic twist: Each exhibiting artist is partnered with a charity of their choosing and can offer to raise awareness, work with the gallery to donate a percentage of sales, or offer a piece from their show for silent auction. The goal is to raise awareness and increase charitable participation in the community. Additional information can be found atthebluediamondgallery.com.

If your appreciation of art is greatly enhanced by sampling some local fruit of the vine, this next event is sure to offer creative inspiration. Art On The Haw River Wine Trail begins at the Grove Winery, 7360 Brooks Bridge Road in Gibsonville, Friday and Saturday at noon. The Haw River Wine Trail and the Burlington/Alamance Convention and Visitors Bureau are presenting a two-day art and wine spectacular, combining winery tours and tasting with fine art demonstrations and sales. The event is a unique alternative to traditional studio tours; instead the venues are the four artisan wineries (Benjamin Vineyards & Winery, GlenMarie Winery, Grove Winery and Iron Gate Winery) situated along the river in Alamance and Guilford counties. Each site will host artists showcasing their work as well as live music. Tourists can travel the 50-mile long scenic drive through the heart of the rural Piedmont to find unique, handmade goods in a variety of disciplines. Check out Art on the Haw River Wine Trail this weekend for a leisurely, afternoon adventure of artistic and oenophilic discovery. Visit grovewinery.com for directions.

The latest presentation from Triad Stage is From The Mississippi Delta by Endesha Ida Mae Holland. The show plays at Triad Stage, 232 S. Elm St. in Greensboro through May 18. Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright and civil rights activist Endesha Ida Mae Holland leads us through this autobiographical journey. Every character in the play (black and white, young and old, male and female) is portrayed by one of three actresses through song and story. Ticket information can be found attriadstage.org.

A hands-on approach to art this month is offered by the Art Alliance of Greensboro at 200 N. Davie Street. Classes begin on Monday and continue through June. Art Alliance was formed in 1998 with the mission of providing quality visual art experiences at affordable prices for adults and children. Artists of both local and regional origin, respected in their fields, teach these creative classes and workshops. In collaboration with other community and arts organizations Art Alliance strives to meet the needs of Greensboro’s diverse community. May’s course offerings include pottery, drawing the human figure, intro to oil painting, watercolor and sculpting the human figure. Visit artalliancegso.com for more information.

If you’d like to support some worthy local performing artists while getting some real bump and grind for your buck, turn to this month’s bodacious burlesque event! Las Vegas or Bust! with Cabaret Risqué wraps up the end of the month in fishnet and bows on May 30-31, concluding in a matinee on June 1. Featuring some of the Triad’s top burlesque talent (including yours truly), this show is twirling its tassels for a cause. The proceeds of the show will help defray the cost for sending four of the core Cabaret Risqué performers to Vegas (baby!) for the Miss Exotic World Pageant (the world championships of burlesque) in June. You can contribute to the continuing education of these artful teasers and take in a fun and frisky new show all at once. The donated space for the event sits directly behind the Broach Theatre, 520 S. Elm St. Greensboro. Park as if going to the Broach and then follow the signs directing you to walk through the alley directly beside it.

The show will be over 21 only and adult libations will be available for purchase. For ticketing and more information visit foxymoxy.com.

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