Be There: Every day, something cool

by Dave Roberts

TUESDAY, Feb. 19

NC Coastal Fossils

Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library; 1420 Price Park Road, Greensboro; 336.373.2923; 4 p.m.; FREE

While we’re sure this event, a hands-on children’s event in which your kids can dig around for fish bones and learn to identify them, will be fun for almost the whole family, we’d really just like to say that if any of our readers out there are thinking of putting together a Beach Boys tribute band, “Coastal Fossils” may be the best name ever. Just throwing that out there.


Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association

Piedmont Environmental Center; 1220 Penny Road, High Point; 336.883.8531; 7 p.m.; FREE

What’s wrong with these kids today playing their Guitar Legend? Why, in the time it takes to get good at that game, you could learn to whittle! Well, since you can’t be bothered to make flutes from birch bark, with your fancy Z-Box and your pierced nipples, you can at least come out to learn about the formation of the Triad’s own chapter of nature photographers. It’s the perfect activity for teenagers: combining the quiet, patient waiting for hours on end of hunting with the thrill of not shooting a gun. Now that’s rad, G.


Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

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

So gas prices aren’t going down any time soon, what with chaos in the Middle East (thanks a lot, Rumsfeld), China becoming more industrialized (way to go, Nixon) and India emerging as a technocracy (suck it, Gandhi). What can we as ordinary citizens do about it? Watch a movie, duh. Power of Community details the steps Cuba took in the 1990s, when the USSR’s collapse cut their oil and food imports in half, to become more self sufficient through organic farming methods. Of course, no one’s suggesting we actually adopt these methods; that would make us communists. Now go buy a Hummer.

FRIDAY, Feb. 22

The Corduroy Road

Elliot’s Revue; 701 Trade St., Winston-Salem; 336.721.2111; 9 p.m.; $3

Their bio might make them sound about as rockin’ as a block of processed Velveeta (banjo and guitar, together at last!) but don’t let the description fool you. This duo out of Athens, Ga. makes like punk rockers when the house lights come down with an energy that’s as raucous as it is infectious. Come out for some hardcore hootenannying.


LA Tool & Die CD release party

Solaris; 125 Summit Ave., Greensboro; 336.314.0715; 9 p.m.; FREE

Listen, we love Arcade Fire as much as any not-card-carrying-because-that’s-what-posers-do hipster, but challenging music can be exhausting in high doses. Some nights you just want a band to make you smile. A sugary pop-punk hybrid out of Charlotte, LA Tool & Die are all about good vibes and good times. With songs like “Jesus Saved Me at the Record Show,” you can count on an upbeat evening for once.

SUNDAY, Feb. 24

The Country Wife

Taylor Theatre; 450 Tate St., Greensboro; 336.334.4032; 2 p.m.; adults $12 seniors/students/children $10 UNCG students $7

Okay kids, quick history lesson: when the monarchy was restored in 1660 Charles II, who’d been chilling in France since his father lost 10 pounds the quick way, brought a whole bunch of French sensibility to the English court which, much like Hollywood tells us how to dress, soon trickled down to the rest of society. Thus drama in the Restoration became increasingly bawdy, catty and, well, French. William Wycherly’s The Country Wife, in which the notorious playboy Mr. Horner (get it?) pretends to be impotent so the gentlemen of high society will trust him around their wives, is a hilarious example.

MONDAY, Feb. 25

Open Mic Nite

Blind Tiger; 2115 Walker Ave., Greensboro; 336.272.9888; 10 p.m.; FREE

Feeling down? Blue? Stuck in an uncreative rut because your Third Act just won’t shine? Well, we can’t help you there, Hemingway, but we can suggest an ego boost. That’s right, open mic: where the parade of failure and self-delusion provides the bitter struggling artist with a smorgasbord of schadenfreude that makes the season premiere of “American Idol” seem like a St. Jude’s commercial. Come wallow in the sticky black nether-regions of your soul.

TUESDAY, Feb. 26

Bryan Lecture Series presents JC Watts

Greensboro Coliseum War Memorial Auditorium; 1921 W. Lee St., Greensboro; 336.316.2308; 7:30 p.m.; $20

What’s it like to be the last black Republican to serve in Congress? We can’t say for certain but we’d imagine it’s kind of like being an Army recruiter at a Grateful Dead concert or a Mormon at an orgy. At any rate, JC Watts, author of What Color Is a Conservative? will hopefully be able to explain it better than we can.