Entertainment calendar (May 2-8, 2013)
SPRING DAZE Festival will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday along E. Main Street in Thomasville. It is sponsored by the city of Thomasville. Events include live music, sales of plants and outdoor items, food sales and children’s activities. Free
A MULTICULTURAL festival will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Finch Park, 15 Paul Beck Road, Lexington. It is sponsored by the city of Lexington’s Parks and Recreation Department. Features include five areas representing different cultures (African-American, Asian, European, Latino, Native American), exhibits, demonstrations, ethnic foods, live music, a parade of nations and children and teen activities. A shuttle operates every 15 minutes from Roses Shopping Center. Free
BACKGAMMON Club meets 2:30-4 p.m. Saturday in the cafe area, first floor, High Point Neal F. Austin Public Library, 901 N. Main St. It is led by Balsam Collestan, who will offer instruction and advice. Free, 883-3646
ISABEL ALLENDE, an international best-selling author, speaks at 7 tonight in Hanes Auditorium, Salem Fine Arts Center, Salem College, 601 S. Church St., Winston-Salem. Allende, born in Peru and raised in Chile, is the author of numerous bestselling books, including “The House of the Spirits” and “Zorro.” She also will sign copies of her books, which will be for sale. Tickets are almost sold out. They are $18 in advance, $25 at the door, $35 with a copy of her recent “Maya’s Notebook.” www.bookmarksnc.org
“LETTERLAND Days” shows will be held Wednesday through May 16 at Tweetsie Railroad, U.S. 321, between Boone and Blowing Rock. The shows offer a multi-sensory approach to phonics and feature characters such as Clever Cat, Yellow Yo-Yo Man, Eddy Elephant, Harry Hat Man, Kicking King and Red Robot. Shows are free with park admission of $37 for adults, $23 for age 3-12, free for age 2 and younger. www.tweetsie.com, (877) 893-3874
“TUNA DOES VEGAS” will be performed Friday through May 19 at Theatre Alliance, 1047 Northwest Blvd., Winston-Salem. The comedy is a new installment from the “Greater Tuna” series. In it, an oddball conservative radio host announces that he and his wife are going to Las Vegas to renew their vows, and everyone in the town of Tuna, Texas, goes with them. $16 for adults, $14 for students and seniors, $14/$12 on opening night, www.wstheatrealliance.org, (800) 838-3006
“MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING” will be performed by Community Theatre of Greensboro at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and May 9-11 and at 2 p.m. Sunday and May 12 at 520 S. Elm St., Greensboro. The comedy includes all the pitfalls of a traditional marriage: bickering relatives, a crazed wedding coordinator and a jealous ex-boyfriend. A mock reception with wedding cake, dancing and a cash follows performances in The Studio, behind the theater. $10-$30, www.ctgso.org, 333-7469
GREENSBORO SYMPHONY POPS Orchestra performs the movie music of John Williams at 2 and 8 p.m. Friday at Westover Church, 505 Muir’s Chapel Road, Greensboro. Special presentations will be by members of Carolina Garrison 501st and Rebel Legion, international “Star Wars” costuming groups. $24-$42 for adults, $10 for students, Ticketmaster.com, 335-5456, ext. 224
A CONTRA dance sponsored by Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers will be held 8-10:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bryant Hall Gym, Salem College, Winston-Salem. Lessons for newcomers are at 7:30 p.m. No partner is necessary. Steam Shovel (Roger Gold and David White) will provide live music, and Dean Snipes will call dances. $8, $5 for full-time students, $3 for Salem students, 272-3245
THE GARAGE, 110 W. 7th St., Winston-Salem, features the following:
• Shannon Whitworth, Matthew Allivato & Kate Brouwer— 9 tonight; $10;
• Habitat for Humanity Birdfest, with Doug Davis and The Mystery Dates— 10 p.m. Friday; $10;
• Dark Water Rising, The Floorboards — 9 p.m. Saturday, $8.
STUDENT films will be screened today and Friday in the Main Theatre, ACES Exhibition Complex, UNC School of the Arts, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. Films by third-year students will be shown at 7 tonight, and films by fourth-year students will be shown at 4 and 8 p.m. Friday. Free
HARRISON RUCKER of High Point will be honored with a retrospective exhibit through May at Ambleside Gallery, 528 S. Elm St., Greensboro. Selections of his paintings spanning four decades will be shown and grouped according to the decade in which the work was created. His works include portraits of High Pointers. Rucker has had 26 one-man shows throughout the country, and reproductions of his paintings have been printed by publishers, including the New York Graphic Society. An opening reception will be held 6-9 p.m. Friday.
“PLEASE CALL ME By My True Names” continues through June 28 at the Photography Imaging Center, Administration/Education Center, Randolph Community College, 629 Industrial Park Ave., Asheboro. It features portraits of women living with HIV. Kelly is an award-winning photojournalist who worked as a freelance photographer in Argentina, where she focused on social themes and documentary projects, including “Women Living with AIDS,” which originally was exhibited during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays.
“SPINE” opens Friday and continues through May 17 in Bauman Galleries and McMichael Atrium, Founders Hall, Guilford College, 5800 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro. The senior thesis exhibit features works by 12 art majors. An opening reception will be held 7-9 p.m. Friday.
A MASTER OF FINE ARTS thesis exhibit continues through June 2 at Weatherspoon Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. www.weatherspoon.uncg.edu
“INDEPENDENTS, Paintings by Brett Baker, Mark Brown, Ashlynn Browning, Philip Lopez and Bonnie Melton” continues through June 2 at Green Hill Center for N.C. Art, 220 N. Davie St., Greensboro. It examines the recent work of five abstract painters from the Triangle. A list of related events is online at www.greenhillcenter.org.
“THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF LEWIS HINE: Exposing Child Labor in North Carolina, 1908-1915” continues through June 1 at the High Point Museum, 1859 E. Lexington Ave. On loan from the N.C. Museum of History, it features 40 images from the Library of Congress that highlight Hine’s work in photographing children employed in textile mills, including those in North Carolina.
“STAR POWER: Edward Steichen’s Glamour Photography” continues through May 19 at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem. Steichen was a painter and photographer, when, in 1923, he became chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines. The more than 100 photographs in the exhibit bring together Steichen’s portraits of luminaries from the worlds of politics, literature, government, journalism, dance theater, music and fashion. The exhibit also includes dresses, hats, shoes and jewelry from the same period that are in the Reynolda collection. General admission is $10 for adults and free for members and students. Related events are online at www.reynoldahouse.org.
“DIANA AL-HADID,” a solo exhibit, continues through Sunday at Weatherspoon Art Museum, Spring Garden and Tate streets, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Al-Hadid was born in Syria and grew up in Ohio. She creates large-scale sculptures, small bronzes and drawings inspired by, among other things. Italian and northern Renaissance paintings. Works are designed to explores art historical references. A list of related events is online at www.weatherspoon.uncg.edu.
“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
“GUILFORD COLLEGE Art Faculty Biennial Exhibition” continues through May 17 in the Main Gallery, Hege Library, Guilford College, 5800 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 2-5 p.m. Sundays. 316-2438, www.guilford.edu/artgallery
THE ARMORY Show: One Hundred Years Later” continues through June 23 at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem. The exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of the original “The Armory Show” in 1913 in New York. The ground-breaking exhibit showcased progressive American artists (George Bellows, Robert Henri, John Sloan) and works by European artists (Cezanne, Duchamp, Picasso, Gauguin) that shocked Americans. The Reynolda exhibit includes works from the museum’s collection and private collections. www.reynoldahouse.org, 758-5150