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by Keith Barber

The United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro is accepting applications for the 2010-2011 Central Piedmont Regional Artists grant investment program. The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Feb. 15. The Central Piedmont Regional Artist grant program encompasses Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Randolph and Rockingham counties with funding provided by the North Carolina Arts Council and local matching funds. Eligible disciplines include music (both classical and contemporary), dance, visual arts (painting, photography, sculpture and pottery), film/video, drama and literature. Applicants must submit artistic work samples and provide a narrative case for support. Eligible artists must be at least 18 years old and cannot be a student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in their art form. To apply, visit: www.uacARTS. org or call the United Arts Council at 336.373.7523, ext. 256.

On Friday, Jan. 15, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at 8 p.m. at the Proscenium Thrust Theatre of Performance Place on the school’s campus. UNCSA will host an encore performance on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. Directed by UNCSA student Rob Morris, the play will feature UNCSA seniors Brandon Harris, Alex Hoeffler and David Brown. There is a suggested donation of $10, with proceeds going toward ArtsBound, a drama showcase for UNCSA seniors to impress talent agents, producers and directors in Los Angeles. For more information, call 336.770.3235.

A/perture Cinema will hold the regional premiere of Oren Moverman’s film, The Messenger. The stellar cast of Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton and Jena Malone lights up the screen in this story of two Army officers who have the job of being the first to tell the fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers of military men and women killed in action that they’ve lost a loved one. It’s a must see for all local film lovers.

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