UNCG’s 2013-14 University Performing Arts Series offers a celebration of Dr. Maya Angelou and a hip-hop competition for students punctuated by a performance by hip-hop artist MC Lyte.

Tickets are on sale now. UNCG students pay just $5 per event.

The series, managed by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, kicks off Sept.14 with an Evening with Dr. Maya Angelou. The highlight of the evening will feature Angelou reading from her vast collection of literary works and speaking on her storied life experiences as a dancer, actress, author and mother. Also on tap is original music, dance and visual art inspired by and created for Angelou by faculty in the school.

Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, she is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker and civil rights activist. She is perhaps most well-known for her 1970 publication, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” She has since published more than 30 bestselling titles in fiction and non-fiction, and in 2000 received the Presidential Medal of Arts.

Homecoming weekend, Oct. 25-26, will include two nights of all things hip-hop. Friday night will feature UNCG students in live dance, music and spoken word competitions. Prior to the live performances, visual artists will submit works for display on campus. Winners in each category will be selected by a panel of judges, and monetary prizes will be awarded.

On Saturday night, the winners of the performance categories will open for hip-hop artist MC Lyte. Graffiti art submissions and winners will be on display in the auditorium lobby. For more information about the music, dance, spoken word and visual art competitions, visit upas.uncg.edu.

MC Lyte, aka Lana Moorer, is a lyricist, inspirational speaker, DJ, industry pioneer and entrepreneur. From her beginnings in Brooklyn in the mid ’80s she became one of the most prolific and well-respected female hip-hop artists of all time. She is founder and CEO of the Hip-hop Sisters Network, a nonprofit promoting positive images of women of ethnic diversity by bringing together leaders from the world of hip-hop, the entertainment industry and the corporate world. She is also the author of “UNSTOPPABLE: Igniting the Power Within to Achieve Your Greatest Potential.”

Kick back Feb. 22 for an evening of bluegrass music. The Tony Rice Unit and Peter Rowan are in the house for a lively down-home jam session.

On April 9, doug elkins choreography, etc  takes the stage with a merry band of dancers, actors and clowns. Choreographer Elkins offers up two dance pieces “Hapless Bizarre” and “Mo(or)Town/Redux.”

All events begin at 8 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium on the UNCG campus.

Get tickets at the Triad Stage Box Office, 232 S. Elm St., Greensboro, by phone at (336) 272-0160 or toll-free at (866) 579-8499.

Visit http://performingarts.uncg.edu/upas for more details on events and ticket prices.