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Everyone knows the “throw it at the wall and see what sticks” philosophy can be the death of an urban arts space. So Urban ReThink has named a new programming director to keep its calendar booked with good stuff for the smart set.

Local artist Pat Greene, who’s been organizing the Creationist Film Series at Stardust Video & Coffee since last fall, will curate events at the Urban ReThink space, which has thus far hosted all manner of book launches, movie nights, dance events and community meetings.

Greene says his plan is to bring artists, musicians and writers to the space to talk about their crafts and demonstrate what they do. “There will also be some more low- and medium-brow stuff,” he says. “Deadbeat Bingo, Storytelling with Jeremy Seghers.”

He’s also hoping to hold a monthly talk show at the space, which he’ll host – more Johnny Carson than Letterman, he says.

“We will have guests that are doing events at Urban ReThink that month,” he says, as well as “local color mixing, like Billy Manes and Buddy Dyer on the same show.”

That’s a show we’d like to see.

Greene doesn’t start until May 1, but he is producing an electronic-music event this Sunday (April 17) at Urban ReThink in conjunction with the Civic Minded 5 (the local arts supporters, not the superheroes from The Tick). Madrid composer Wade Matthews will perform an improvised set with Florida musicians Jim Ivy, Kris Gruda, Andrew Chadwick and Bryan Eubanks. The show starts at 4 p.m. at Urban ReThink (625 E. Central Blvd.), and the suggested donation is $5.

We love the Orlando Museum of Art’s New Work: A Series of Bimonthly Exhibitions of Contemporary Art series. We covered it in this space earlier this year, when the featured artist was local printmaker Ke Francis, whose fine-art books and primal woodcuts graced the little gallery just off the main lobby of the museum.

The newest exhibit in the series, Paradigm Shift, features the work of Washington, D.C., photographer Claudia Smigrod, a professor at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. The photos in the exhibit explore how reinterpretations of objects affect how they’re perceived by the viewer – Smigrod uses a camera obscura technique to photograph objects, shot from overhead, to flatten the images, giving many of them a stylized, archival-photo feeling.

Her work is on display at OMA until May 1, and admission is free.

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