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by Keith Barber

The Design Arts & Technology Symposium (DATS ’10) and the Dixie Classic Fair may get the lion’s share of attention this week, but there are plenty of other golden opportunities for arts lovers in the Piedmont Triad. The new Hanesbrands Theatre, part of the fantastic Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts complex in downtown Winston- Salem, presents Dracula, a contemporary twist on an epic love story Oct. 8-10.

Triad Stage presents performances of An Evening of Southern Discomfort nightly at 8 p.m. this week. A double bill of one-act plays celebrating the work of Tennessee Williams, Southern Discomfort features Christopher Durang’s comedy, “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls,” a parody of The Glass Menagerie. The evening will conclude with Williams’ oneact sensation “Auto-da-Fé.” The show runs through Oct. 9.

The Arts Council Theatre in Winston- Salem presents By a Black Hand Oct. 8-10. The play utilizes hip-hop music to help a young woman discover the contributions of her African American ancestors. The musical is appropriate for all ages. For further info, visit: www.intothearts.org.

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) presents the grand opening of North Carolina New Contemporary, a show of emerging artists from across the state, on Friday.

The Blessings Project Foundation is offering the 12-week course based on Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, beginning this week. For further info, visit: blessingsproject.org/events/.

Korner’s Folly, located at 413 S. Main St. in Kernersville, presents Conversations in a Café, the world premiere of Bill Cissna’s play about eight strangers crossing paths in a New York City café on Friday. The play runs through Oct. 17.

On Friday, Guilford College Art Gallery will host an artist reception for Susan Mullally, whose photographic exhibit explores ideas of class, race, ownership, value and cultural identification, according to the college’s website. Mullally’s appearance comes in conjunction with the Greensboro Public Library’s One City/One Book reading of The Soloist by Steve Lopez. In addition, Triad Stage presents the Touring Theatre’s production of The Soloist, the story of musical prodigy Nathaniel Ayers, beginning Oct. 12 and running through Oct. 17.

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