July is the season of leisure for most college students, but not the crew over at GTCC in Jamestown, where they are opening a weeklong production of Life is Short by Craig Pospisil this Wednesday. The work is actually is series of eight shorts satirizing Americans’ tendency toward egotism, self-absorption and personal entitlement. General admission tickets will run you $12, with discounts for seniors and students. The Greensboro Ballet is hosting a series of free events this week to kick off Greensboro Dances, a festival of the kinetic arts. On Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., the company will perform for free in Center City Park. The series kicks off in earnest on Friday, keep your eye out for event listings or contact the Greensboro Ballet for more information. Also on Friday, City Arts Drama opens its big summer musical – Oliver! – at the Weaver Academy on Spring Street. The production is a combined effort of Greensboro Children’s Theatre, Livestock Player and 3rd Stage Theater Company and features a cast of 54. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m., and Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m. Tickets are only $11 and can be purchased by calling 336.272.0160. “One Thing”, a performance of acoustic soul poetry by GoTriad columnist Josephus Thompson III will be at the Broach Theatre for one night only this Saturday. Tickets are $20 and can be had by calling the theater’s box office. The African American Atelier, a gallery tucked inside the Greensboro Cultural Center, will be holding an artist’s reception for a fiber-based exhibition this Sunday at 3 p.m.. The show, titled “No Need to Touch,” was created by Delores M. Johnson of DelMaj Creations and will run until July 29. Todd Fisher, one of the playwrights and actors behind Kuon Kukki, sent an e-mail a couple of weeks ago informing me that the troupe has T-shirts for sale at cafepress.com. Money from the sales will benefit the company, which will take its play up to the Washington, DC, Fringe Festival later this year. Regular, organic and ringer T-shirts are all available at cafepress.com/kuonkukki. The Blue Diamond Gallery, which almost burned down earlier this year, has welcomed another element onto its premises with the exhibition “Watercolors Run Deep.” The show will hang at the downtown gallery until the end of August. And finally, the Randolph Arts Guild announced the cast of RSVP Community Theatre’s production of The King and I, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. More than 50 people were cast – I’m not going to list them all here – for the show, which will open in early August. Stay tuned for more information. The Elliot University Center Gallery at UNCG is proud to host an opening reception for our current exhibition, “Put Together.” This show features the recent work of two local artists, Mark Brown and Derrick Sides. And offers insight into the role of bringing together disparate objects and ideas in making works of art. The reception will be Friday July 20 from 5:30-7:30.