Shortcuts August 01 2001

High Point, N.C.
Celebrating the industry that brings North Carolina its tables and chairs, sofas and beds, the North Carolina Furnishings Festival is scheduled Aug. 3-5. The fourth annual event includes seminars with designer Bob Timberlake, known for his log cabin home collection, and Betty Lyn Eller from Country Living Magazine. Along with a benefit sample sale and bed race, entertainment includes Letty & Georgia, African-American Dance Ensemble and Ester Lorena Dunham. Downtown High Point and Showplace Centre Stage. Event times vary. 336-956-1888 or www.ncfurnishingsfestival.com.

John Sloan (1871-1951), a member of the Ashcan School, was known for painting and sketching everyday scenes of life — hanging out the wash, sleeping on rooftops in the summer and drinking at local pubs. The Gist of Drawing: Works on Paper by John Sloan displays 116 of his drawings from 1882 through 1946. Some of the works are on view to the public for the first time. Complementing the main exhibit is Making Faces: A Selection of Portraits by John Sloan, on view through Aug. 19 in the lobby of the Patrick Theatre. Through Sept. 2. Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Road. Museum hours are Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m.; and every Thursday of the month until 9 p.m. Free. 706-649-0713 or www.columbusmuseum.com.

The third annual Eatonton Literary Festival & Book Fair celebrates the lives of three of the area's greatest writers, Joel Chandler Harris, Alice Walker and Flannery O'Connor. Each of these writer's stories is told by their family members during the festival, being held Aug. 3-5. Other highlights include readings by Georgia Poet Laureate David Bottoms, Gullah storytelling by Carolyn "Jabulile" White and a performance by blues singer Precious Bryant. The festival concludes with a mass at O'Connor's home parish, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Milledgeville. Tours of the O'Connor Collection, the old Capitol Museum and Memory Hill Cemetery will be offered. Times and venues vary. Free. Info online at www.gsu.edu/eatonton or e-mail hisgte@panther.gsu.edu??

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