found objects

by Keith Barber

As spring rapidly approaches, the arts scene in the Piedmont Triad is blossoming with a variety of events that reflects the depth and breadth of our marvelous artistic community. Theatre Alliance has earned the reputation of consistently being the vanguard of all that’s possible in regional theatre. Eric Pliner and Amy Rhodes penned this week’s staged reading of Spooky-Dog and the Teenage Gang Mysteries (see Mark Burger’s Column, page 48), which parodies Saturday morning cartoons for an adult audience. Performances begin Thursday night and run through Saturday and feature audience participation. The curtain rises at 8 p.m. each night.

Speaking of talented artists, Weatherspoon Art Museum on the UNCG campus will present a screening of Brett Ingram’s feature-length documentary Rocaterrania Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is free. Ingram, a professor in UNCG’s Department of Media Studies, explores the secret world of scientific illustrator and visionary Renaldo Kuhler in the highly acclaimed film.

Documentary filmmakers know the importance of securing grants in bringing their vision to the screen. In that vein, the Forsyth County Public Library is offering a course entitled Grantseeking Basics for Artists and Authors Thursday at 11 a.m. at the library’s main branch at 660 W. 5th St. The workshop will offer an overview of the research process vital to securing funding from foundations, corporations, and other public entities. Kief Schladweiler, coordinator of Cooperating Collections with the Foundation Center in New York, will lead the workshop. To register, call 336.703.3020.

Speaking of library events, the High Point Library presents Open Mic & Spoken Word Night on Thursday at 6 p.m. at its branch located at 901 N. Main St. Admission is free.

The Children’s Museum of Winston- Salem presents Rainbow Mobile in the Art Studio on Friday at 10 a.m. On Saturday, the museum, located at 390 S. Liberty St., presents Makin’ with Mako, an origami calendar workshop with Japanese outreach specialist Mako Aoki. For further info, call 336.723.9111.

And finally, Twin City Stage, located at 610 Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem, presents All Shook Up Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee performance at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $18 to $22. For further info, call 336.725.4001.