17Days Arts & Culture Festival kicks off Friday

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- This weekend kicks off the 17Days Arts & Culture Festival. For nearly two and a half weeks more than 200 events are planned in the city to celebrate the area’s rich culture and art.

"It's a West Coast, East Coast connection of accepting art," said artist Ramekon O'Arwisters, a Kernersville native, who now serves as Curator of the San Francisco International Airport Museum.

O'Arwisters is displaying his crochet fabric at Greensboro College through the festival and leading a Crochet Jam over the next several days. People can learn to crochet fabric that will be added to O'Arwisters artwork touring the country.

"These piece were made in San Francisco and parts of California," he said "They'll have their own presence when we add Greensboro."

This year's festival starts Friday, Sept. 19 and runs through Oct. 5.

According to ArtsGreensboro, host of the festival, the 17 days will include events and entertainers like Joan Osborne and Kathy Mattea. The festival will include exhibits from Greenhill and the Weatherspoon Art Museum, popular cellist Matt Haimovitz in Beyond Bach, Symphony concerts, dance and a Triad Stage production of the thriller Wait Until Dark.

A number of restaurants are offering special menus and deals during the festival as local vintners and micro brews share their crafts. A special weekend is even devoted to the art of chocolate.

For more information visit www.17daysgreensboro.org.


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