How do you spell “inebriated”? At the third citywide Hypepipe Spelling Bea (Arthur) at the Flatiron on Thursday, contestants will have the opportunity to both answer and embody that question. The event starts at 8:30 p.m. and participants aged 21 years and older can register at the door or in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge for participation, and finalists will win gift certificates and bragging rights.
Triad Stage opens its 2007-2008 season on Sunday with a preview performance of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes. “Technically Talking,” the theater’s behind-the-scenes discussion with designers and production staff, will take place after the Tuesday evening performance.
An exhibition of voodoo figures by Lucy Duncan at Earthbound Arts in Winston-Salem is scheduled to close on Thursday. The show, titled No Accidents, has been on display since mid-August in the Trade Street Gallery.
The SEED Gallery in Winston will be closing its 10th anniversary celebration of Art-o-Mat this week, and opening another exhibition by painter Tiffany O’Brien the next. O’Brien specializes in off-kilter, doe-eyed cartoon portraits; visit tiffanyobrien.com to check out her work.
In Furniture City – since we’re getting all Triad-wide in this column – the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival kicks off its main stage season this Sunday with a production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. All performances are at the High Point Theatre, in lovely downtown High Point. Visit ncshakes.org for show times and ticket information.
The second installment of the Marshall Gallery’s Clay and Glass series closes on Tuesday. The exhibition, in Tracey Marshall’s North Elm Street space, features sculptures by several local artists, including Melody Watson, Dawn Ashby and Paul Nixon.
The Greensboro Fringe Festival is currently accepting submissions for its 2008 installment, scheduled for Feb. 1 to Feb. 14. The festival features only new theatrical work, and aspiring applicants are encouraged to visit greensborofringefestival.org for guidelines and instructions. Applications must be postmarked by Sept. 15.
Young writers of a less exhibitionist bent are encouraged to enter the second annual Inspired Ink creative writing competition for high school girls. The contest, sponsored by Salem College, is open to students living in Alleghany, Ashe, Burke, Caldwell, Rutherford, Surry, Watauga and Wilkes counties, as well as all the Piedmont counties. The deadline for entry is Oct. 1, and winners will be announced in mid-October.
A couple of new community arts and performance spaces are in the offing in Greensboro this fall, including one called the Sanctuary on 16th Street. The Sanctuary is a center for creativity and spirituality, and will feature all sorts of classes, lectures and performances. Another community space in Glenwood is rumored to be in the works, and we’ll bring you more news on that as it develops.