found objects

by Keith Barber

Leading off Found Objects this week is the stage production of The Color Purple, starring High Point native Fantasia Barrino in the role of Celie. The production, which premiered Sept. 8, runs through Sunday, with performances at the Greensboro War Memorial Auditorium. Show times are as follows: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. To buy tickets, visit:, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or purchase at all Ticketmaster outlets. On Saturday, Winston-Salem hosts the Bookmarks 2009 Festival of Books, which brings together authors, illustrators, musical groups, storytellers, and chefs to share their work and insights. In addition, creative and interactive activities for children and teens will be held. The one-day festival begins at 9:30 a.m. On Monday, Maynard and Claflin — a writer, singer and storyteller — will perform for kids and adults at Elliott University Center at the UNCG. The show, which starts at 7 p.m., is free and open to the public. On Sept. 17, Weatherspoon Art Museum, located at 500 Tate St. on the UNCG campus, hosts a screening of the documentary film Taking Root. The film tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees in the rural highlands of Kenya grew into a nationwide movement. Directed by Lisa Merton and Alan Dater, the film won the Hot Docs Audience Award prize and the Full Frame Women in Leadership Award during the 2008 festival. Admission is free with local merchants and community action groups on hand t beginning at 6 p.m. The film starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. And finally, the Enrichment Center, located at 1006 S. Marshall St. in Winston-Salem, will unveil a sculpture garden with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. The garden will include three cast aluminum sculptures entitled Things That Fly.