The Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro welcomes feminist artist Sylvia Sleigh on Thursday. Sleigh gained notoriety for her odalisques featuring men instead of women. The Weatherspoon recently added a Sleigh piece to its permanent collection, which was a gift on behalf of the Guild. A conversation between museum Director Nancy Doll and Sleigh will begin at 5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Circa Gallery holds its grand opening in Asheboro on Thursday. The Caribbean-themed event pairs the sounds of 2Can with hors d’oeuvres provided by the gallery and new wine varietals by Timothy’s Restaurant, but of course the most salient feature will be the wares on display by local artists Rich Powell, Cori Cagle, Lisa Trichel- Beavers, Ashley Fetner, Ross Holt, Mary Murkin, Mandy Sloan, Amy Keith Barney and Kim Luther. Visit www.circagallerync.com for more information.
What If and Why Not? Rev-Visioning and Healing the Black Nation, a spoken-word performance, kicks off the Lyceum Series at NC A&T University’s Harrison Auditorium on Thursday. Described as “a cutting-edge spoken word performance,” the free show explores historical and contemporary realities.
On Friday the Kernersville Little Theatre opens its 2008-2009 season with The Queen of Bingo, a comedy about two regulars at St. Joseph’s Bingo Night. The production takes place inside Körner’s Folly, the wacky historical home of one of the town scions. Seating is limited, so get your tickets early by calling the box office at 336.993.6556. The show runs through Oct. 5. Friday’s featured artist at Elsewhere is Amber Phelps Bondaroff from Calgary, Alberta, whose work includes performance, installation and video pieces. As usual, the conversation is a casual affair and a good opportunity to stroll through the Triad’s only living museum.
The Elsewhere community is also in the home stretch of its Hanging Gardens project, an effort to turn the public alley behind the old retail space into something Babylonian. If you want to help, drop by on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Afterward Green Drinks Greensboro organizer Brian Higgins will host the program “How to Create Green Connections.”
Comedy is an art form, isn’t it? Of course, it is. And since it doesn’t have a dedicated slot in our book, allow me to note that comedian James Gregory will grace the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro on Saturday. Gregory works from a humble idiom that springs from “reflections on life from the front porch, where the values he grew up with became the roots of his comedy.” His publicity materials sum up the comic’s work thusly: “Ignoring the eggshells of the politically correct, Gregory pokes fun at everyone from health fanatics to animal rights activists….
It’s his unique — and hilarious perspective that packs the crowds into his sold-out shows, but it’s the absence of vulgarity that really sets Gregory apart.”
The Weatherspoon holds a reception for an exhibition featuring work by Falk Visiting Artist Eve Aschheim on Sunday afternoon. She specializes in abstract drawings and paintings and will be on the UNCG campus on Oct. 1-3. The Clemmons Community Theatre holds auditions for The Cemetery Club on Sept. 22-23. The play, with performance dates on Nov. 13-15 and Nov. 20-22, features roles for four middle-age women and one middle-age man. A warning from the community theater to fair weather thespians: “If cast, you must be committed to the run of the show.” Direct all questions to 336.280.0455.