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Special free screening at Winston-Salem’s Temple Emanuel this Thursday

by Mark Burger

This Thursday, Temple Emanuel’s Environmental Movement (TEEM) will present a special screening of documentaries about bicycling and transportation, the theme being “Bicycling in Our Community.”

This program will explore how different communities have included bicycles into their transportation systems, and how our community is doing its best to support bicycle transportation and encourage safety planning. In addition to its health benefits, bicycling

also has a practical benefit in that it saves money on gasoline — a practical benefit that a number of communities worldwide have embraced.

A selection of short films includes Contested Streets, the self-explanatory How the Dutch Got Their Cycle Paths and a sneak preview of Jeff Barrie’s upcoming documentary Pedaling a Dream.

Among the guest speakers scheduled to attend the event are Matthew Burczyk, the bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for the Winston-Salem Department of Transportation, and Davis Bourland, the Winston-Salem Sustainability Resource Center and the Winston-Salem Bicycle Cooperative. They’ll be discussing inroads in bicycle transportation and safety planning, as well as taking questions from the audience.

The screening will take place this Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Temple Emanuel (201 Oakwood Drive, Winston- Salem). Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served, and donations are gratefully accepted.

This is only the latest in an ongoing series of free screenings and seminars designed to examine and explore different trends and aspects of our community, and improving it so that it’s the best (and safest) for its residents. For more information, call 201.638.1640 or e-mail cynthia.silber@ gmail.com.

Classes are back in session at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, following an exceedingly active summer that saw a number of comings and goings among its top echelon, and much more.

No matter the time of year, there’s always something going at UNCSA — including some location filming for “Mad Man” creator and multiple Emmy Award winner Matthew Weiner’s big-screen directorial debut, You Are Here, in late spring and early summer. A number of School of Filmmaking graduates and students worked on the production. The cast includes Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler and filmmaker Peter Bogdanvoich, who’s a School of Filmmaking faculty member, and the film is due for release next year from LionsGate.

On July 1, Carl Forsman assumed the position of dean of the School of Drama, succeeding Gerald Freedman, who has held that position since it was first created more than 20 years ago. Forsman, a veteran Broadway and off-Broadway producer, is also the founding artistic director of the Keen Theatre Company in New York City.

Also on July 1, Dean Wilcox assumed the position of dean of the Division of Liberal Arts (yes, a “dean” named Dean), having served first as assistant dean from 2006 until last summer, then as interim dean following the retirement of Richard “Rick” Miller.

On Oct. 1, Mark Hough will assume the position of Chief Advancement Officer at UNCSA. Currently the executive director of the Orlando Ballet and president of Hough and Associates, he is also a UNCSA graduate, having received his BFA in acting from the School of Drama in 1979.

This year has also marked the departure of Jordan Kerner as dean of the School of Filmmaking, with Susan Ruskin currently filling in as the interim dean.

When I inquired whether Kerner, whom I’d interviewed before — including when he first accepted the post — was available for a quick interview, I was told he was in Paris producing Smurfs 2….

For more information about all the goings-on at UNCSA, including upcoming performances and special announcements, visit the official website: uncsa.edu.

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