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Tuesday, April 29

Belly dance class

Studio 318 at Artistika; 523 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.373.1311; 5:45 p.m.; $11-$13


For adventurous folks looking to get a high-energy workout, this is the place to be. Carmen Cavanagh’s level 1 belly dance class will get your abs into shape while you groove to the music. Beaded belts are available at the studio, and students are encouraged to arrive a few minutes early, as this is a very popular class. Enjoy the exercise, and let your spirit run free. This month’s Studio 318 classes will be held at Artistika from April 28 through May 10. Visit studio318.biz for new studio updates.

Wednesday, April 30

Open mic night with Country Dan Collins

The Garage; 110 W. 7th St., Winston-Salem; 336.777.1127; 8 p.m.; FREE


Want to play at the open mic? Want to kick back and enjoy the open mic? Rest assured, this is an easy remedy. To reserve a slot in the first two hours of the evening, give Country Dan Collins a ring at 336.924.5332 on any Monday after 4 p.m. or check out the-gargage.ws to register. There’s plenty of room for those who show up on the fly, too. Come on out and enjoy the tunes. We have a feeling you’ll be tapping your toes to a few.

Thursday, May 1

Jay Clifford with Steven Fiore

The Werehouse; 211 E. 3rd St., Winston-Salem; 336.722.3016; 8 p.m.; $10, $5 students


First item of business for this show: Get your tickets early, because only 75 seats are available for this amazing performance. It’s all ages, so feel free to bring anyone you’d like to enjoy the edgy yet agreeable rock. If you’re into Jeff Buckley, Sigur Ros, Coldplay or The Garden State soundtrack, you’ll be rockin’ out to this show. For music samples, check out myspace.com/jaycliffordmusic and myspace.com/stevenfiore.

Friday, May 2

All Because of Ca$h Suite

The Space 340; 340 Tate St., Greensboro; 336.314.0715; 6:30 p.m.; FREE


Music will be in the air on Tate Street for the All Because of Ca$h Suite DVD screening this Friday. All Because is a recording of a large ensemble performance of hip-hop, punk rock, jazz, spoken-word and modern classical music. The film shows an orchestra, a punk rock band and jazz groups combining forces to perform this original composition by Gray Hackelman. Copies of the DVD will be available at the screening.

Saturday, May 3

2008 Carolina Blues Festival

Festival Park at the Cultural Center; Davie Street, Greensboro; 336.333.2605; Gates open at 1 p.m.; $25 in advance, $30 at the gate


It’s time to get down for the 22nd Annual Carolina Blues Festival, the main event for the 5th annual Piedmont Jazz and Blues Festival. The blues fest is this Saturday at Festival Park, next to the Cultural Center in downtown Greensboro. The event is presented by YES! Weekly and produced by the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society, and it holds status as the longest-running blues festival in the Southeast. This year’s lineup features Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Nora Jean Bruso and Chick Willis with the King Bees. Check out piedmontblues.org for more details.

Sunday, May 4

Service industry night with DJ Rafa

The Press Wine Café; 301 Martin Luther King Blvd., Greensboro; 336.333.3190; 10 p.m.; $5 at the door


If you’re looking to get out on a Sunday night, this may be your best bet. Featuring a $10 list of wine bottles and a live DJ, the Press is ready to give you some fun at the start of the (SIN) weekend… or your last night before the 9-5 workweek starts all over again! Check out thepresswine café for their weekly music listings.

Monday, May 5

Cinco de Mayo

San Luis Mexican Restaurant; 1503 W. Lee St., Greensboro; 336.851.2158; Menu prices


Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexican forces’ initial victory led by Gen. Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín over French forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Are you celebrating tonight? San Luis can give you the best margaritas in town, the freshest seafood and the authenticity you’re looking for on Cinco de Mayo. The menu is spectacular, varying from chiles poblanos to tacos with fresh cilantro and avocado. Try something different and have fun; it only happens once a year.



Tuesday, May 6

From the Mississippi Delta

Triad Stage; 232 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.274.0067; 7:30 p.m.; $20, $26, $32


From the Mississippi Delta is a memoir by civil rights activist and Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Endesha Ida Mae Holland. The play celebrates women at their homes and with their families, displaying courage in the face of adversity during the civil rights movement in the region. Holland tells her story through Phelia, a girl born into segregation and poverty in the South. Thelia’s role is emphatically performed by three actors portraying her journey through story and song. Tickets are available at the box office or on the web at triadstage.org. The show runs through May 18; go ahead and pick the night you’re going to go.

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