If you’re looking for something to celebrate Labor Day this week, then check out the Carolina Theatre on Tuesday, when it hosts “Labor Day Comedy Explosion with Sheryl Underwood & Friends.” Sheryl Underwood, current cohost of CBS “The Talk” and host of BET COMICVIEW, will perform with Chris Thomas, funny-man master impressionist and host of BET Rap City. Underwood has also been in numerous films, thanks to being the first female finalist in the Miller Lite Comedy Search.
In other news, with summer coming to an end and the school year around the corner, theatre productions are starting to pile back up. In just a couple of weeks, the Triad will be teeming with entertainment, but before then the big news is the National Folk Festival, which begins next week, September 9-11. Included in the exciting mix of bluegrass, jazz and folk songs are several interesting dance performances, like that of Chaksam-pa, a Tibetan opera and dance group.
Performing next Saturday, Chaksampa will begin their showcase with a ritual dance of purification and blessing known as ngonpey dhon, which features flat masks representing the constant presences of sun and moon. The ensemble performs a wide variety of Tibetan traditions, including pentatonic traveling songs from mountainous Kham (Eastern Tibet), foot-stomping dance songs from the central Lhasa district, and the classical nangma (a typical entertainment for picnics and festivals). The group’s folk operas, lhamo, are influenced by Buddhist morality plays and share historical dramas and traditional folk tales.
Also next week, on September 13, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) will host an event by the national CROSS-CURRENTS: ART+LEARNING symposium on “Powering Creative Readiness.” The series of short talks is open to the public and will include distinguished arts, education and civic leaders discussing issues in the pursuit of creative placemaking.
Community Theatre of Greensboro is getting ready for its performances of Avenue Q, which will begin September 16. The adult comedy provides a playfully cynical look at the real world, using puppets with dirty senses of humor.
Also beginning September 16, Open Space Café Theatre will present And The World Goes ‘Round, a musical revue featuring the songs of Fred Ebb and John Kander. !