Be There: Every day, something cool

by Dave Roberts


Amateur Radio General License Class

Guilford County Emergency Services; 1002 Meadowview St., Greensboro;; 7 p.m.; FREE

Sure, you may not have the subtle grace and sophisticated on-air style of Michael Savage, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rant about the Muslim terrorists running a front operation out of Great Stops. This is America after all, where everyone is entitled to their opinion, no matter how batshit crazy it is. And if you act now, you can get your ham radio priviledges upgraded to General Class, all the better to bray your incomprehensible messages into the airwaves and beyond. Just think, a thousand years from now, alien civilizations will know all about Rosie O’Donnell’s plot to seduce America’s children with badly-sung showtunes.


The Wiz!

McGirt-Horton Branch Library; 2509 Phillips Ave., Greensboro; 336.373.5810; 3:30 p.m.; FREE

You’ve got to hand it to Sydney Lumet. Adapting L. Frank Baum’s novel into a film with even more camp value than the original Wizard of Oz is the kind of feat John Waters would shave his molestache to achieve. Of course, stick a still-black-and-not-quite-insane-yet Michael Jackson in a scarecrow costume and shoot a screenplay by Joel “Bat-nipples” Schumacher and anything’s possible.


Skybus On-Site Ticket Giveaway

Old Town Draught House; 1205 Spring Garden St., Greensboro; 336.379.1140; 7 p.m.; FREE

Combining the luxury of bussing with the convenience of air travel may sound like a BF Skinner pipe-dream gone horribly wrong, but you can’t argue with cheap airfare. If that’s not enough to wet your wanderlusting whistle, now Skybus, WUAG and your favorite alt-weekly are giving away five round-trip tickets to anywhere in the US. Come on down, imbibe a libation and enter for your chance to visit your poor aged grandmother in Poughkeepsie before her hip cracks from pure loneliness.

FRIDAY, Feb. 8

Benefit for pancreatic cancer

Greene Street Club; 113 N. Greene St., Greensboro; 336.273.4111; 9 p.m.; $8

Listen, just because no one knows where the pancreas is or what it does exactly is no reason not to come out for this very good cause. Rock the Cure features performances by House of Fools, Far Less, Classic Case, Beloved, Telescreen and more. So cough up the eight bucks ya cheapskates and, in all seriousness, talk to your pancreas about cutting back on the cigarettes and the asbestos sandwiches.


Simply Simone – The Music of Nina Simone

Brown Building Theatre, UNCG; 336.334.4849; 8 p.m.; adults $15 seniors/students/children $12 alumni $9 UNCG students $7

Child prodigy, jazz superstar, civil rights activist, political exile, but enough about Don Knotts. This Saturday is really about Nina Simone, North Carolina native and a diva of the 20th century in the truest sense (and not the sense that VH1 likes to throw around, especially when the “diva” in question is under 30). Robert Neblett and David Grapes’ production pays tribute to the High Priestess of Soul from Feb. 6 to the 9.

SUNDAY, Feb. 10

Cultures Up Close – Chinese Calligraphy

Museum of Anthropology; Wake Forest University, Wingate Road, Winston-Salem; 336.758.5282; 2:30 p.m. $7 per child, adults FREE

Having trouble adjusting to the concept of a Sunday without football (the Pro Bowl doesn’t count) and need something to do with the kids? Kill two hamsters with one grenade by trotting them on down to the museum for a class in calligraphy. It’s just what their Ritalin-jacked minds are up for. Just wait till that next parent-teacher conference when Mrs. Hornblatt shows off the notes they’ve been passing in Mandarin.

MONDAY, Feb. 11

Mega Movie Mondays – Forrest Gump

Carolina Theatre; 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro; 336.333.2605; 7:30 p.m.; $5

So, let’s get this straight. Since apparently classic movies like North by Northwest and Tuesday’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s aren’t putting the nominal amount of butts in the seats, CT’s game plan is to start showing movies everyone’s already seen on cable a dozen times? At least pass out drinking game rules beforehand. We’ll get the ball rolling: Every time Forrest’s simple wisdom transcends the complexities of his times is a sip; every time he alters the course of American history like a retarded god is a gulp.

TUESDAY, Feb. 12

Waiting for Martin

Arts Council Theatre; 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem; 336.725.4531; 7 p.m.; general $8 reserved $12

Probably inspired by Samuel Beckett’s famous play (no, not Endgame; try again, business major) the Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem’s latest production tells the story of three teenagers in 1960s Alabama, living under a railroad trestle and waiting for Martin Luther King, Jr. to come, in hope their lives will change for the better. You guessed it: It’s a comedy!