The Weekender, Jan. 16-18: Crazy About the Arts Edition

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People go a little stir crazy in the winter.

In this last, long thrust of winter, our attention turns to the arts — specifically the ones that can be practiced indoors. It’s a great weekend for film, fine art and theater. But the US Figure Skating Championships, on tao this weekend in Greensboro, perhaps epitomize this sentiment best with elements of cold weather, movement and artistic creation.  Great costumes, too.

WEEKEND

  • The 2015 US Figure Skating Championships begins at the Greensboro Coliseum this weekend and runs through Jan. 25. It’s a biggie, with hundreds of skaters competing at the highest level of the sport. (GSO)
  • The Greensboro Fringe Festival began its 13th season on Thursday with a dance piece at its new home the Stephen D. Hyers Studio Theatre in the Center for Creative Artists. There will be dozens more pieces of performance art in the weeks to come. (GSO)

FRIDAY

  • Ultimate Painting is bracketology for the art world: a live painting competition that pits artists against each other and the clock over three rounds of spontaneous creativity. The paint starts flying at 6 p.m. at the Center for Visual Artists. See ultimatepainting.com for more. (GSO)
  • Giles Clement is one of the last of the wandering artists, a photographer with a carful of ancient gear who’s stopping by the Garage — and, the next day, Hoots Roller Bar — on his run through the state with his tintypes. In addition to the art show, Tucker’s lining up something special for the stage. This one should fill the place, so get there by 6 p.m. (W-S)
  • Dusty’s added wine to the offerings at Common Grounds, his coffeehouse on the Corner, and a slate of intimate live performances kicks off with Alan Peterson, performing with a full band at 7 p.m. (GSO)

SATURDAY

  • Artist Jeremy Sams provides all materials, art instruction and a light snack at this acrylic painting workshop that begins at 9 a.m. (HP)
  • Excerpts of Freedom Riders, the documentary about the fateful bus tour will be shown at St. Philips African Moravian Church in Old Salem at 2 p.m., with comments form Collis Crews, who participated in the 2011 re-enactment of the Freedom Rides, and a performance by the Parkland High School Choral Ensemble and Dance Team. (W-S)
  • On the composer’s 150th birthday, the Zéphyros Winds joins UNCSA faculty for a retrospective of Richard Strauss’ work in Watson Hall. The presser elegantly states, “the sesquicentennial presents an opportunity for this world-class ensemble to explore the composer of grandiose orchestral scores and scandalous opera on a more intimate level.” See uncsa.edu for more information. (W-S)
  • You can still enter the Chili Cookoff that starts at 2 p.m. at the Old Winston Social Club for $2 less than a tasting ticket, but you might be better off paying the higher fare and tucking right in. Proceeds benefit the Lake Waccamaw Boys and Girls Home.
    (W-S)
  • The Steep Canyon Rangers bring the Grammy-quality fiddle and string to Ziggy’s, with Time Sawyer. (W-S)