The sand mandala expresses the transitory nature of material life and human endeavor. An intricate arabesque of colored sand created with painstaking care over many days, it is wiped away after completion in a ritual celebrating the Buddhist doctrine of impermanence.
Such an exercise can be instructive and memorable, especially for children. Tibetan Buddhist Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery will complete their sacred sand mandala over the course of five days at the SaxArt gallery in Alamance County.
The monks will teach a sand-painting workshop during their week-long stay in Saxapahaw. Register online.
When: Today through Sunday
Where: SaxArt Gallery, 1616 Jordan Dr, Saxpahaw
Tickets: $25 for sand-painting workshop
Info: 336-525-2394; saxapahawartists.com
“Miss Representation” uncovers a glaring reality we live with every day but fail to see. Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro
A time-honored business gimmick: two things rhyme, so why not sell them as a package? This will be year six for the odd mash-up of summer baseball and knitting. A section at the ballpark has been reserved for knitters, crocheting, and even fringe-element needlepointers.
“Fun was had by all,” crowed web page for Yarns Etc. after the 2009 event. And why not? A weblog called Wool Durham advised last year that “Durham baseball games in the summer, when it is hot, are not the time to haul out the afghan projects. I think I’ll go for some nice socks instead or a lacy scarf.”
Sounds reasonable. Summer baseball at times seems so languorous, you long for something to do with your hands other than scarf hot dogs and beer. Bring the knitting sticks! Mascot Wool E. Bull better stand clear.
Aptly named, that Wool E. Bull
When: Friday, 7:05 p. m.
Where: Durham Bulls Athletic Park