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by Jordan Green

The weather’s nice, mostly, with occasional freak cold spells and tornados, making it prime season to hit the galleries in Winston-Salem and Greensboro. The sweet thing about this prospect is that most events are free, so economic impoverishment doesn’t have to prevent you from experiencing joy and cultural enrichment.

A prime example is the artist talk with Merrill Schatzman at the Green Hill Center for NC Arts (greenhillcenter.org) in Greensboro on Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Schatzman is one of the artists in the Word Maps exhibit, which examines “relationships between printed texts and our contemporary visual environment.” The exhibit continues through April 1.

On Friday, spoken word artist Josephus Thompson III hosts the “Poetry Café” open mic at Triad Stage (triadstage.com) in Greensboro. There’s a cover charge for this event, so visit josephusiii.com for more information.

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts (secca.org) in Winston- Salem demolishes conceptual boxes on Saturday with a panel discussion focusing on the arts as a micro-industrial incubator with a provocative performance piece.

The panel discussion, beginning at 2 p.m.

features Lybby O’Bryan, Bethanne Knudson, Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko, Stephen Framer and Eric Henry. The panelists will talk about employing “sustainable cultivation and manufacturing practices, collaborative approaches to design and production” and facilitating “the development of new economies.”

Then, at 3:30 p.m., R. Brooke Priddy, Kimathi Moore and Janice Lancaster Larsen collaborate in a performance in which a clay-treated dress slowly breaks down under the duress of a throbbing bass before it is donned by dancer Larsen.

“Noon @ the Spoon” on March 13 grants visitors to the Weatherspoon Art Museum (weatherspoon.uncg.org) in Greensboro a 20-minute tour of the Trenton Doyle Hancock exhibit We Done All We Could and None of it’s Good at the Witherspoon Art Museum. The exhibit runs through May 6.

The Writers Group of the Triad, in partnership with Melanie Arrowood Wilcox, presents a literary open mic at the Green Hill Center for NC Arts from on March 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Ongoing exhibits include Reincarnated at the Studio and Gallery (thestudioandgallery. vpweb.com) in Greensboro through March 31, Strictly Academic, Part 2 at the Womble Carlyle Gallery at the Milton Rhodes Arts Center (rhodesartscenter.org) in Winston- Salem through March 31, To What Purpose? Photography as Art and Document and the photography of Richard Mosse through April 8 and April 15 respectively.

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