Truliant: Triad Area Events

Triad Area Events in May

May offers a variety of interesting and exciting events for families to experience in and around the Triad. Here are some of the top offerings:


Fundamentals of Digital Photography

Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden

May 2, 9 & 16, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

$179/$159 for members

This three-part course is being taught by photographer Elizabeth Larson. The goal is to take better photos with your DSLR or mirrorless camera. School of Filmmaking Fourth-Year Films

UNCSA ACE Main Theatre

May 5, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.


A screening of undergraduate thesis films created by student crews. These films are the culmination of the students’ four years of study and the official start of their professional careers.

MANÁ: México Lindo Y Querido Tour

Greensboro Coliseum

May 6, 8 p.m.

Tickets $39 and up

Considered to be the most influential Latin rock band in the world, MANÁ continues to transcend generations with their music. MANÁ, which means positive energy in Polynesian, was started by four friends in Guadalajara, Mexico. MANÁ has 133 Certified Gold Albums and has won four Grammy Awards and nine Latin Grammy Awards.

Branford Marsalis, Greensboro Symphony

Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts

May 11, 8 p.m.

Tickets $35 to $80

Guest artist Branford Marsalis has spent his career exploring his jazz art. From his early acclaim as a saxophonist, he has refined and expanded his talents as a musician, composer,

bandleader and educator.

Emilio Rojas: tracing a wound through my body

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art

May 11-August 20

Pottery Gallery, free

Emilio Rojas is a multidisciplinary artist who works primarily with the body in performance, using video, photography, installation, public interventions and sculpture. This exhibition re-examines Rojas’ corpus and reckons with the legacies of colonial and border traumas.

The Color Purple: The Musical

Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance

May 12-21, 8 p.m.

Tickets $21 and $19

The musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel spotlights Celie, a downtrodden young woman whose personal awakening over 40 years forms the arc of this story. With a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, the performance is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love and a celebration of life.

Sleeping Beauty – Triad International Ballet

Carolina Theatre of Greensboro

May 24 at 2 p.m., May 25 at 7 p.m.

Tickets $15 to $35

One of the world’s most loved fairytales and most famous ballets comes to life in a performance by the Triad International Ballet. Young and old will be able to enjoy their favorite fairytale characters in this delightful tale of love, dreams and magic spells.

Collaboration in Craft

GreenHill Center for NC Art

Through June 24, various hours

Tickets $6

Masters of contemporary craft media from across the state who work collectively with other artists to create collaborative works in clay, wood, glass, metals and fiber are highlighted in this exhibition.

Black Mountain College: Seedbed of American Art

Reynolda House

Through June 25, various hours

Tickets $18

This exhibition explores the work of faculty and students who attended Black Mountain College in western North Carolina. The school operated between 1933-57 and was known as a place where free spirits could explore new ways of learning and fresh approaches to various subjects. The exhibition is curated by Wake Forest University Professor Emeritus Thomas Frank, Ph.D., an editor of the “Black Mountain Studies” journal.


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