Dance troupes from the mountains to the sea will congregate in Greensboro this weekend for the 16th annual NC Dance Festival. The three-day event, which starts on Thursday, will feature dancers from across the stylistic spectrum. Performances will start at 8 p.m. at UNCG’s Dance Theatre; tickets are $15 for adults, and $9 for UNCG students.
If that doesn’t sate your terpsichorean appetite, consider Monday’s performance by Tango Buenos Aires at the Carolina Theatre. As their name suggests, the groups performs traditional Argentine tango. Tickets for the show, which starts at 7 p.m., run in the $20-$30 range, with deep discounts for students.
Speaking of students, when they aren’t spending their money on dance concerts, they’re putting together full-scale productions in UNCG’s Taylor Theatre. This week, it’s Lanford Wilson’s The Rimers of Eldritch, which opens on Thursday. The play is an examination of small-town hyprocrisy, and will run for one weekend only. Contact the UNCG box office for show times and ticket prices.
Triad Stage officially opens its second production of the season, Sleuth, on Thursday evening. The show runs through Nov. 4, but if you act fast, you might be able to score free tickets courtesy of the Free Night of Theater program.
On Monday, the cast of Up With People, the longstanding musical production peddling themes of theatrical diplomacy, takes up its weeklong residency in Winston-Salem. The touring show includes a cast of dozens, many of whom come from other countries, who stay with local families during the duration of the run. Visit upwithpeople.org for more information on volunteering.
The Open Dream Ensemble, a collection of music, theater and art students from NC School of the Arts, will be performing The Amazing Adventures of Anna Marie at the Children’s Theater of Winston-Salem this weekend. Visit the ensemble’s website for more information.
UNCG creative writing alumnus George Singleton will be reading from his latest novel, Workshirts for Madmen, on Thursday at the Faculty Center. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing, during which attendees will have the opportunity to purchase one of Singleton’s previous novels or short story collections.
An exhibition of nature photographs by Brian Crean is currently on display at the Green Bean in downtown Greensboro. An opening reception and silent auction – with all proceeds benefiting Green Art for Guilford County – will be held Friday evening at 7 p.m.
The film Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea, which I mentioned in last week’s column, will be stopping in Greensboro on Thursday as part of its North Carolina tour. The film’s director, Chris Metzler, will be on hand for a post-screening discussion at the Weatherspoon Museum.
On Friday at the Idiot Box, a cast of local comedians will perform “There’s No ‘F’ in Sketch,” a show authored by a conglomeration of Greensboro and LA writers. This is the fourth installment of the program, which is a bargain at only $7. The two performances start at 8 p.m. and midnight.
Greensboro’s homegrown women’s fashion house, Mack and Mack, will be unveiling a new line of Ultrasuede jackets on Thursday evening. Refreshments, entertainment and special deals will be available during the reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.