North CarolinaSchool of the Arts hosts this year’s Kenan Writers’ Encounters entitledEarth: Writers and Artists Engage the Environment this weekend. Theevent actually spans two weekends, and this week’s speakers includeenvironmental ethicist Jonathan Gilligan on Saturday and Terry TempestWilliams on Tuesday. Poetry GSO continues this week in GateCity. They’ll be staffing a booth at the Bicentennial Heritage Festivalon Friday and Saturday. The Hemphill Branch Library hosts a screeningof a film about Nikki Giovanni on Saturday followed by readings of herpoems and discussion. Also this weekend, UNCG’s School of Musicperforms La Vida Breve, a lesser-known opera noted for its gypsy andflamenco influences. It opens Thursday, closes Sunday and plays Friday. TheMuseum of Early Southern Decorative Arts recognizes enslaved craftsmenthis Tuesday with the exhibition Black and White All Mix’d Together:The Hidden Legacy of Enslaved Craftsmen. The exhibit runs throughSeptember in Old Salem. There’s lots of history stuff happeningthis week, including Greensboro’s Bicentennial Heritage Festival, whichgets underway Friday with a Homecoming Ball at the Greensboro ColiseumSpecial Events Center. Attendees are invited to wear outfits datingfrom 1808 to 2008. And the Greensboro Historical Museum isgetting a makeover courtesy of local architectural firm TeagueFreyaldenhoven Freyaldenhoven. Voters approved a bond funding part ofthe overhaul in 2006; the rest of the money is coming from privatesources. The University of North Carolina holds a system-wideFestival of the Arts this week. Winston-Salem’s School of the Arts willdo it up with daylong, family-friendly events staring at noon onSaturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. It’s free and open to the public. Mackand Mack clothing designers in downtown Greensboro unveils its secondedition of WearArt on Thursday. Artist Tom Thune, who is currentlyshowing work at the Green Hill Center, created the original printpattern from artwork submitted by an 8-year-old boy. Refugeesfrom Two Art Chicks have opened another gallery in downtown Greensboro.The Yew Tree Gallery opened two doors down from Ambleside on SouthElm’s bustling 500 block (see story). Yew Tree’s grand opening happensnext month, but the gallery is already open Tuesday through Saturdayfrom 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., so check it out.