Be There: Every day, something cool

by Dave Roberts

TUESDAY, Jan. 22

Auditions for In the Beginning

Lindley Park Church; 4010 Walker Ave., Greensboro; 336.292.5761; 7 p.m.; FREE

Well look, if they can make a musical out the Civil War, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and one about a man-eating plant, there’s got to be some Broadway gold to be mined from the book of Genesis. An original creation (get it?) of Pastor Scott Orr, In the Beginning takes us from the garden of Eden, dinosaurs and all, down to the story of Joseph, hopefully filling in some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s gaps.


Open Mic Night

Greene Street Club; 113 N. Greene St., Greensboro; 336.273.4111; 9 p.m.; $5

You know how your impression of Jack Nicholson if he were a podiatrist kills at the water cooler? Well Shecky, this could be your big break! Hosted by Kyle Curtis, 2005’s Triad’s Funniest Person (granted, that’s kind of like being the stablest Spears sister, but still) anyone and everyone can get up behind the microphone at Greene Street this week to drop some hilarity on the crowd. We’re hoping the guy who wanders our neighborhood ranting about Cocoa Puffs and Zionism shows up; his timing is phenomenal.


Freedom Fuels

Weatherspoon Art Museum; Spring Garden and Tate streets, Greensboro; 336.334.5770; 6:30 p.m.; FREE

A car that runs on corn oil? Yeah right, maybe in some far-flung future where they have hand-held computers and robots vaccuum our floors. Anyway, those wild-eyed radicals over at the ‘Spoon are showing this work of science fiction and having a discussion where they’ll no doubt smoke quinoa and start a drum circle. Bring your hacky sack.

FRIDAY, Jan. 25

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars

The Garage; 110 W. Seventh St., Winston-Salem; 336.777.1127; 8 p.m.; $20

These days, being cynical is fairly easy (and in our case lucrative) what with ongoing tragedies at home and abroad – Darfur, Kenya, Amy Winehouse – but, having seen the worst of humanity and still celebrating the best, this group’s blend of traditional West African music, roots reggae and traditional rhythm and blues has the kind of unflinching love for mankind that almost makes us care. What’s more, their concert this weekend will benefit the Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem’s Scholarship Ticket Fund. It’s like a karmic double coupon.


Soft Scrub presents “Dancing with the Stars” – The Tour

Greensboro Coliseum; 1921 W. Lee St., Greensboro; 888.397.3100; 7:30 p.m.; $49.50-$85

Yeah, that’s right; 85 bucks to see Wayne Newton and Marie Osmond not sing and Joey Lawrence not act – okay that last one might be worth it. Regardless, while we may not be able to get a sponsor with the prestige of a household cleanser, we’re still planning on starting our own tour next year where Tom Brady does scenes from Hamlet, Mitt Romney freestyles and Tara Reid eats.

SUNDAY, Jan. 27

Islam: History, Traditions and Practices

Benjamin Branch Library; 1430 Benjamin Parkway, Greensboro; 336.373.7540; 4 p.m.; FREE

Is your understanding of the world’s second most popular religion limited to the 72 virgins thing (which, by the way, most of them take about as literally as sensible Christians take Noah’s Ark)? Did you give your co-worker Abdul a Honey Baked Ham and a bottle of merlot for Eid al-Fitr? Did that last joke go right over your head? If so, you might want to check out this lecture presented by Prof. Fasih Ahmed of NC A&T University. At least this way your gross generalizations will be accurate.

MONDAY, Jan. 28

Family Night: Skulls, Bones, and More

Hemphill Branch Library; 2301 W. Vandalia Road, Greensboro; 336.373.2925; 6:30 p.m.; FREE

Y’know, your kids have been sleeping a little too well lately. They could use something to ponder once the lights go out. Feed their little heads with a tour and presentation of Hemphill’s skull collection. Afterward there’ll be a be opportunity to ask questions such as “Why exactly does the library have a skull collection?” Is this part of a new late-return policy we’re unaware of?

TUESDAY, Jan. 29

Wayne Brodie

Armadillo Grill; 1592 N. Main St., High Point; 336.889.9255; 7 p.m.; FREE

Who doesn’t love accoustic guitar and Mexican food? Well, okay, unless you’re a death-metal fan with irritable bowel syndrome, you’ve got no reason not to be at the ‘Dillo Tuesday night for their homemade tortillas, delicious margaritas in cactus-stemmed glasses and laid-back tunes to drown out any gaseous rumblings.