On Nov. 3, 1979, members of the Klu Klux Klan crashed an anti-Klan rally in Greensboro, killing five members of the Communist Workers Party, marking one of the darkest chapters in Greensboro’s history. The aftermath of what is commonly referred to as the “Greensboro Massacre” is explored in the documentary film, Greensboro: Closer to the Truth, which will screen at UNCG on Nov. 12. The film, directed by Adam Zucker, documents the work of the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission 25 years after the brutal killings.
The film begins at 6:30 p.m. in Room 100 of the Ferguson Building on the UNCG campus, and will be followed by a panel discussion. Admission is free. UNCG will also host Pilobolus, the internationally-acclaimed collaborative dance and performance troupe Tuesday Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. The dance company will perform at UNCG’s Aycock Auditorium as part of the university’s concert and lecture series. Individual ticket prices range from $23 to $40. UNCG student prices are $9 and $7. For further information, contact the UNCG Box Office at 336.334.4849.
The Community Theater of Greensboro is ringing in the holiday season with its annual production of The Wizard of Oz, which runs from Nov. 15-23. On Sunday, Nov. 16, CTG will present “Sing Along Wizard” where director Mitchell Sommers holds up cue cards to prompt audience participation. In addition, children of all ages will have an opportunity to dine with Dorothy during a lunch event on Nov. 15 and Nov. 22 at noon. Cost is $12 per person. Tickets, which range in price from $17-$30, are currently on sale at the Carolina Theatre box office. For further information, call 336.333.2605 or purchase tickets online at www.carolinatheatre.com.
UNCG Theatre wraps up its performances of Holiday this week with shows running nightly through Nov. 9. The legendary 1928 romantic comedy by Phillip Barry tells the story of two wealthy sisters and one young man determined to live his life to the fullest. Directed by Jim Fisher, Holiday will be performed in the Brown Building on the UNCG campus from November 5-9. For tickets and showtimes, call 336.334.4849 or visit www.boxoffice.uncg.edu.
Shifting gears to the visual arts, the Heart of Living Home Gallery will present, First Friday with James McMillan, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on First Friday. The event will give art lovers the opportunity to observe McMillan’s work and meet the artist himself at the gallery located at 320 S. Elm St. in Greensboro. A native of Sanford, McMillan was the first African-American professor at Guilford College and is currently a professor emeritus of art at the college.
Bennett College kicks off its fall theater season with a production of James McClure’s comedy Laundry and Bourbon. Performances run from Thursday through Sunday Ticket prices are $10 for adults. Bennett students are admitted free. For further information, call 336.517.2302.
And finally, on Friday the Winston-Salem Downtown Arts District Association will hold its First Friday Gallery Hop from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the area of 5th and Trade streets. Visitors are encouraged to come and explore for themselves the fiber, wood, metal, canvas and the people of the Arts District. This event is always fun and entertaining, and a relaxing way to unwind from a stressful week. For further information, contact 336.727.7282 or visit www.dadaws.org