Entertainment calendar (Sept. 19-25, 2013)
17DAYS Festival opens Friday and continues through Oct. 6 at locations throughout Greensboro. The arts and culture festival, in its third year, features more than 130 events in the fields of theater, art, music, dance and exhibits. The official opening event is a concert by seven-time Grammy Award nominee Joan Osborne at 8 p.m. Friday in Dana Auditorium at Guilford College. A complete listing of events, venues, prices is online at www.17daysgreensboro.org
EL GRITO Festival will be held noon-7 p.m. Sunday at White Oak Amphitheatre at the Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Lee St. It is a celebration of Mexican Independence Day and the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15). It features live bands, cultural entertainment, activities for children and Latin and Mexican food and beverages. Free, www.elgritotriad.com
THE HARVEST MOON Festival will be held 5-8 p.m. today at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2205 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem. It features performances by Dom Flemons of the Grammy Award-winning band Carolina Chocolate Drops and local performer Jeffrey Dean Foster. Other events include art displays, food and craft beers sales and lawn games. Participants may bring lawn chairs and blankets. $15, $10 for students and members, 758-5150
APPLE Fest will be held 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at Historic Bethabara Park, 2147 Bethabara Road, Winston-Salem. It features apples and apple products, live music, dancing, contests and demonstrations of historic crafts. Admission is free, but there is a charge for crafts, food and drinks. www.bethabarapark.org
CENTERFEST Arts Festival will be held 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at City Center, 120 Morris St., Durham. It features 130 juried fine artists and crafters, live music and entertainment on five stages, children’s activities, sales of locally sourced food. $5, www.centerfest.durhamarts.org
A WATER CIRCUS performed by Cirque Italia at Bowman Gray Stadium, 1250 S. Martin Luther King Junior Drive, Winston-Salem. Shows are at 7:30 tonight and Friday night; 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The European circus is touring America for the first time. It features performances against a 35,000-gallon water stage that is 40-feet wide and 4 feet high. $9-$45, www.cirqueitalia.com/tickets, (941) 704-8572
FAMILY DAY will be held noon-7 p.m. Saturday at the North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 East Ave., Seagrove. Events include demonstrations, discussions, pottery identification (charge of $5 for three items). It is conjunction with Seagrove’s Centennial Celebration. Free
DAVID BROOKS gives a lecture, “American Perspectives,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Stevens Center, 405 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem. It will be followed by a question-answer session. He is a political and social analyst and an op-ed columnist ford The New York Times and a regular analyst on “NewsHour” and “All Things Considered” on NPR. $35, $50, 721-1945, www.oldsalem.org/davidbrooks
WINONA LADUKE gives a lecture, “To Honor the Spirit of the Earth,” at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Farrell Hall at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem. She is an author, orator and activist with advanced degrees in rural economic development. A book signing and reception follow. Free
CENTRAL CAROLINA Fair opens continues through Sunday at the Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Lee St. It features agricultural competitions and displays, rides, carnival food and games and entertainment. Concerts at White Oak Amphitheatre, all at 7 p.m., are: Yacht Rock Revue on Friday, Parmalee with Emily Minor Band on Saturday, Eric Paslay with Honeysuckle Ridge on Sept. 21. Concerts are free with fair admission, which is: free opening night; $5 for regular admission; free for seniors, college students, military; free for patrons shorter than 42 inches. Unlimited ride wristbands are $20. After 8 p.m. on Saturdays, admission and an unlimited ride wristband is $25. www.centralcarolinafair.com
MAIZE ADVENTURE continues through October at Kersey Valley Inc., 1615 Kersey Valley Road, Archdale. The 10-acre interactive maze is made from corn plants. Other events include gem panning, giant jumping pillows and concessions. $10.95 for general admission, $24.95 for a combo pack, www.maizeadventure.com, (855)185-6293
KATHY MATTEA is in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Carolina Theatre, 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro. Her concert is part of the 17Days Arts and Culture Festival. $32.50, $29.50 for students, seniors and military, $2.50 per ticket fee, 333-2605
RUTHIE FOSTER is in concert at 8 tonight at the Carolina Theatre, 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro. The Austin, Texas, singer/songwriter is known for her voice and blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel, $24.50, $22.50 for students, seniors and military, $2.50 per ticket fee, 333-2605
WAKE FOREST University sponsors the following performances in Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center, on the campus in Winston-Salem:
• Louis Goldstein, piano faculty recital, “Triadic Memories” — 7:30 tonight;
• “Along the Field,” faculty chamber recital — 3 p.m. Sunday.
“THE PHILADELPHIA STORY” will be performed through Sunday at the Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. The production is by Twin City Stage. Set in the late 1930s, the classic romantic comedy is about class, manners and marriage. $22, $20 for seniors, $18 for students, 725-4001
“THE LARAMIE PROJECT” will be performed in Scales Fine Arts Center, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Wednesday through Sept. 28 and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 29. In October 1997, Matthew Shepard was beaten and left to die tied to a fence post in Laramie, Wyo., because he was gay. The drama is based on the aftermath of the murder. $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students, 758-5295
“THE LAST ROMANCE” will be performed by Kernersville Little Theatre at Korner’s Folly, 413 S. Main St., Kernersville. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28 and Oct. 3-5; and at 2 p.m. Sept. 29 and Oct. 6. In the play, a widower decides to take a different path on his daily walk, and that path leads to a second chance at love. $19 for adults. $17 for students and seniors, 993-6556
“DANCE GALA Greensboro: The Vital Grace Project” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday at Aycock Auditorium, 408 Tate St., Greensboro. The performance by Cyrus Art Production focuses on men in dance and features performances and works by male dance artists. Guest artists include Lloyd Knight, a soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company; Ben Ingel from North Carolina Dance Theatre 2; and Aran Bell, a ballet prodigy featured in the documentary film “First Position.” Duane Cyrus also will premiere a new work with professional artists and students from UNCG. $15; $12 for students, seniors, children 12 and younger, $9 for UNCG students, 334-4849, www.purchase.tickets.com/buy/ticketpurchase
OLD TIME Square Dance will be held 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Denton Civic Center, W. Salisbury Street. Dances also include waltzes, two-step, flat-footing and clogging. Dancers may not wear taps. Live music will be provided by The Oak Tree Boys with fiddler Max Lanning. Dances will be called by Ken Beck. $5 for adults, free for age 12 and younger, 472-2802, www.dentondance.net
JACKIE’S PLACE, 607 Washington St., sponsors the following:
• DJ Lemon Lyme, DJ Jimmy Jam — 9 p.m. Friday; $7;
• DJ Ronnie Ron — 8 p.m. Saturday; $5.
THE GARAGE, 110 W. 7th St., Winston-Salem, features the following:
• Harris Family Stone — 9 p.m. Friday, $5;
• New Madrid — 9 p.m. Saturday, $7.
“PRESENT TENSE: An Atmospheric Exploration with Some of Winston-Salem’s Rising Contemporary Artists” continues through Oct. 13 at Womble Carlyle Gallery, Milton Rhodes Center, 251 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem. The exhibit is designed to explore what is similar and dissimilar about the point of view of young artists in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.
INUIT art will be on exhibit through Dec. 15 at Guilford College Art Gallery, 5800 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro. The exhibit includes more than 100 contemporary works — sculpture, textiles, prints, drawings, paintings, photographs — from private collectors who have made trips during the past decade to Nanavut, the largest and northernmost territory in Canada. Related events are online at http://library.guilford.edu/art-gallery.
“VISIONS 2013: Making the Ordinary Extraordinary” continues through Nov. 1 at Sechrest Art Gallery, Hayworth Fine Arts Center, High Point University, 833 Montlieu Ave. The 50-piece exhibit is designed to investigate the power of everyday objects and imagery. It features the work of professional artists, many of whom are educators from prestigious universities. Their work is in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, lithographs and an installation piece. Featured artists are Barbara Nessim of New York, honored by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London retrospectively for work in the 1960s; Christopher Clamp, a S.C. native whose work is featured in the biennial presentation at Arnot Museum in Elmira, N.Y.; Thomasville native Rankin Willard, who studied at HPU and whose works are in private collections. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 841-4680
“COMPLEX CONVERSATIONS: Willie Cole Sculptures and Wall Works” continues through Dec. 15 at Weatherspoon Art Museum, 500 Tate St., Greensboro. The exhibit encompasses more than 30 years in the career of Cole, including three-dimensional sculpture, drawing and printmaking. Cole, from Newark, N.J., and he considers himself an urban archaeologist. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays; 1-5 p.m. weekends. Free, 334-5770, email@example.com
“JUST AROUND THE BEND” continues through Nov. 22 at Center for Creative Leadership, One Leadership Place, Greensboro. The exhibit of landscape paintings is by members of Piedmont Outdoor Painters. The exhibit is on view during office hours. To schedule an appointment, call 510-0975.
“FOODWARES: Pottery for Storage and Preparation of Food” continues through Oct. 26 at the North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 East Ave., Seagrove. Wares on exhibit are both historical and contemporary. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for students in grades 9-12, free for younger students. 873-8430, www.ncpotterycenter.org
SERENDIPITY School of Art artists exhibit their works through Sept. 30 at Ed Price and Associates, 118 Trindale Road, Archdale. The five artists are Barbara Lingerfelt, Roger Rollman, Karen Povey, Marina Martelli and Sue Weston.
THEATRE ART GALLERIES, 220 E. Commerce Ave., sponsors the following exhibits throughSunday:
• “The Bicycle: Art Meets Form,” in the Main Gallery and Hallway Gallery, featuring original art with bicycles as the theme by local and regional artists with the bicycle as the theme.
• “Five Leading Lights … Of Custom Frame Building” in Gallery B. Examples of current leading bicycle frame builders — Peter Weigle, Mark DiNucci, Dario Pegoretti, Nick Crumpton and Dave Wages — will be on display.
Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays. 887-2137, www.tagart.org
DURHAM ARTS Council sponsors the following exhibits at its galleries at 120 Morris St.:
• “Foster” by Brandon Cordrey — Allenton Gallery through Nov. 10;
• “A View to the Making: Portraits of North Carolina Craft Artists at Work” by Michael Schwalbe —Semans Gallery through Nov. 10;
• “Nadjib Adebola Assani: Legends of Onile” — Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery through Jan. 6.
“CELEBRATING 50 YEARS of the Museum of Anthropology” continues through Oct. 26 at the museum at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem. The retrospective exhibit curated by students includes photos from the archives and artifacts from around the world. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Free