It’s a snow day. Trade Street here in Winston-Salem is quiet, a gray mess occasionally disturbed by bright jackets or the sound of snow sliding off a roof.
It’s nice. And the perfect time to compose my weekly summary of arts events.
Philip Rupprecht of Duke University will visit UNCG’s music building on Thursday to deliver a theory lecture titled “Wordless Dramas: Character and Action in the Music of Thea Musgrave and Harrison Birtwhistle.”
Looking for something more… uh… incendiary? The Weatherspoon will screen Freedom Fuels the same night. The film, which is part of their Sustainability Series, examines alternative fuels like bio-diesel, ethanol and vegetable oil. There will be an open discussion after the movie.
On Saturday, the cast of “Dancing with the Stars” will twirl into Greensboro. The tour includes some of the show’s most famous hoofers, including Marie Osmond and Wayne Newton, along with a stable of professional dancers. That’ll be happening at the Greensboro Coliseum; call the box office for show times and ticket prices.
Beth David Synagogue will hold its sixth annual book sale on Saturday featuring used fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, textbooks, VHS, LPs, CDs, books on tape, Judaica and vintage books. The event starts at 6:30 p.m., and for a piddling $5, you can enjoy wine and cheese while you browse.
On Sunday, the Weatherspoon will unveil an exhibition culled from its extensive collection of works by Mattise. The show will remain in the museum until the end of March.
Triad Stage presents preview performances for Mrs. Warren’s Profession starting this Sunday. Technically Talking, a question and answer sesh with designers and crew, is scheduled for Tuesday after the performance.
Local artist Tony Forrest will present the Greensboro Bar Association with a portrait of Andrew Jackson at his gallery, the Blue Diamond, on Monday. Forrest, who was originally commissioned last year, decided to donate the piece to the citizens of Greensboro and will make the work available for public viewing through Thursday.
Winston-Salem’s Bookmarks book festival is looking for a few good volunteers. An information session will be held at the Bethabara Park Visitors Center at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. No reservations are necessary.
I left a couple items out of last week’s edition: The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem is displaying a special collection of works by Salem craftsman Gottfried Aust through Feb. 17.