Be There: Every day, something cool

by Dave Roberts

TUESDAY, Feb. 12

Classic Film: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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

Based on the 1995 hit song by Deep Blue Something – hmm…? Really? Okay… apparently it’s also based on some book by this squeaky voiced Southern writer, who we understand also wrote Streetcar of Desire and Glass’ Menagerie (about minimalist composer Philip Glass and his private liger preserve). Katherine Hepburn and the guy from The A-Team star as caterers for the ’80s pop star.


Community Service Fair

GTCC Library; 601 High Point Road, Jamestown; 336.334.4822 ext. 2292; 10 a.m.; FREE

Are you a scofflaw who’s recently been busted? Did your New Year’s misadventures find you in front of a judge? Are you the producer of Moment of Truth and need to balance out your karma before your next trip to Vegas? Well GTCC, which already has a stellar track record of rescuing folks from the ennui of menial labor and the tedium of retirement (Internet for Seniors classes still available), is connecting local nonprofits with the community this week. Here’s your chance to shut that harping little voice in your head up for another year.


Blue Man Group

Lawrence Joel Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum; 2825 University Parkway, Winston-Salem; 336.725.5635; 7:30 p.m.; $46.50-$66.50

Ah, Valentine’s Day. What could be more romantic than watching three grown men in leotards and face paint pelt each other with jello for 90 minutes. Yes, yes, there’s always watching it on mushrooms… but we know our gentle readers would never defile the temples of their bodies with illegal substances (at least not without displaying their characteristic generosity – wink wink). Treat that special moonbeam in your life to a night of crazy colors and mellow music.

FRIDAY, Feb. 15

Triad Idol tryouts

Odeon Theatre, Greensboro Coliseum; 1921 W. Lee St., Greensboro; 336.373.7400; 5 p.m.; participants $10, general public $5

Hey there undiscovered divas! Was your off-key caterwauling too wretched to even warrant a formal dressing down by the good Sir Cowell? Or did the camera lens crack at the sight of your breathtaking visage? Well don’t just sit there crying into your Jamocha® shake. Get back on that horse – well okay, maybe not that horse, but there’s a donkey that’ll happily take you all the way to your medium break into semistardom. Live the dream you’ve settled for, baby!


“Flip da’ Script” Dialect Contest

Vance Chavis Branch Library; 900 S. Benbow Road, Greensboro; 336.373.5838; 3 p.m.; FREE

Sure, we’re all familiar with more common slang like “bling” and “phat” and “golly,” but this weekend, like a Chappelle Show sketch come to life, the library is separating the poser chaff from the hoodrat wheat in a no-holds-barred slang-a-thon. Following a discussion of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God at 2 p.m., five teams of three teenagers will compete to identify slang and dialect from the book and other sources. Teachers take note, now’s your chance to understand those straight Gs in the back row (you know, the ones whose parents drive beemers) when they tell you polynomials are wack, yo.

SUNDAY, Feb. 17

Stranger-Outside: Crossing the Borders “Home” to Africa

Benjamin Branch Library; 1530 Benjamin Parkway, Greensboro; 336.373.7540; 4 p.m.; FREE

Sharon Raynor journeyed from North Carolina to West Africa, searching for her historical and cultural roots, but was treated as an outsider. Not sure what was so surprising about that; if we ever took a journey to our various European points of genetic origin it’s not like they’d leap to offer us citizenship. Regardless, Raynor’s discussion of West African culture, politics, health, economics and women’s issues sounds fascinating, plus it’ll get your Black History Month card stamped for the year and it’s a bit more credible than eating a jar of Skippy in honor of Dr. Carver.

MONDAY, Feb. 18

Hot yoga

Yoga Sol Studio; 4916 Old Country Road, Winston-Salem; 336.831.4594; 6:30 p.m.; $15

Ironically, the five pounds you put on scarfing down chocolate and chalky hearts over the weekend is throwing a bucket of cold water on the embers of your lover’s passion. Time to sweat it out in Yoga Sol’s hot studio. 90 minutes of stretching, contorting and excellent posture will shave some of that cellulite off. Plus, if you can hold those poses in a heated studio, you can definitely hold them in the steamy confines of your bedroom….

TUESDAY, Feb. 19

The Lee Boys with the Mantras

Blind Tiger; 2115 Walker Ave., Greensboro; 336.272.9888; 10:30 p.m.; $10

We don’t no nothin’ bout no Lee Boys, and normally we fear and distrust new things (foreigners, sushi, Diet Coke with Lime), but if they’re good enough for the Mantras, they’re good enough for us. Just in case though, we’re going to let you go check them out first, like the musical beefeaters to our Queen Victoria. Hmm, yes, very good.