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Greensboro’s First Friday Gallery Hop, opera in W-S, ArtBeat Greensboro

by Jim Dowell

Spring is trying it’s best to keep us on our toes, with the wonder of the colors of flowers and the teasing of the weather. Meteorologists and allergists are having a time trying to decipher what is what, and patrons of the arts are getting a taste as well with lots of offerings. Take the time to see what appeals to you, and enjoy this season of beauty and wonder.

The Heart Of Living Gallery (320 S. Elm St., Greensboro) celebrates their “grand re-opening” celebration on Friday at 4 p.m. HOLG has been open for three years now, and city leaders join staff and customers for a ceremonial ribbon cuting at that time. Refreshments and reception immediately follow until 9 p.m. HOLG represents some of the best local artists available. For information, go toheartofliving.net.

Piedmont Opera Company of Winston-Salem offers its final performance of the 30th anniversary season with the perennial Strauss favorite Der Fledermaus. Performances are Friday, Sunday and Tuesday at the Stevens Center of the NC School of the Arts (405 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem). Featuring the memorable melodies for which Strauss is so revered, this version is a fitting close to a wonderful season. Resident conductor James Allbritten will conduct all performances.

This masterpiece includes waltzes and champagne, flirtations at a masked ball, mistaken identities, assorted frivolities and confusion of all kinds. The end result is a hilarious vehicle for some of the most compelling music ever written and sung in English. The cast is first rate, as is the entire production. Mark your calendars! Tickets are priced from $15-$70.

The Lexington Youth Theatre presents another all time favorite, Bye Bye Birdie. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Edward Smith Civic Center on South Main Street.

ArtBeat Greensboro, a weeklong celebration of the arts, begins April 27 and runs through May 4. This celebratory week includes theatre, film, dance, visual arts, literature and classical, jazz, blues and rock music. The event is sponsored by the Eastern Music Festival, Greensboro Symphony, and Triad Stage. For event listings and details visit artbeatgreensboro.org.

Greensboro’s funky, fun art gallery/gift shop/jewelry shop Just Be is growing. They are taking over the space that was the Furrbulous Dog Boutique.

The expansion allows them more inventory, including green and eco-friendly products, along with more artists and their works. They reopen on Friday and have a Grand Expansion Celebration on Saturday. Celebratory specials include a lemonade stand raising money for Animal Rescue and Foster Care, and a 10-percent donation of Saturday sales to the Piedmont Land Conservancy in honor of Earth Day. Congrats on the growth!

The Upstairs Gallery now offers reception space at no rental charge for personal or group venues. The gallery will host interested parties for 30-day showings, one-night events or weeklong events. The first group showing will feature the popular Serendipity School faculty for the month of May. Interested in showcasing yourself or your friends for a private show? Call 336.288.9369 for more details.

Hope you’re having a great spring, and enjoying all the beauty of the season. Please submit any information for this column to jdowelljr001@triad.rr.com.

I’ll see you in May!

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