Be There: Every day, something cool

by Dave Roberts

TUESDAY. Feb. 26

Celtic Woman

Greensboro Coliseum; 1921 W. Lee St., Greensboro; 336.852.1100; 7:30 p.m.; $45.50 & 59.50

Look! Up in the sky! It’s the Corrs! It’s the Cranberries! No, it’s Celtic Woman! Strange visitors from another land with powers far beyond those of mortal ethnic musicians, including apparently the ability to take their last two albums triple platinum without anyone ever hearing of them before. If you can’t wait for St. Patty’s Day for your Gaelic fix or just need an excuse to spike your coffee (and who doesn’t?) come bask in the magical deliciousness.


The Mammoth Follies: A Pre-Historic Mammoth Musical!

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

For shame Arts Council Theatre! How many children will you condemn to the flames that burn without warmth by filling their minds with nonsense about “evolution” and “scientific facts?” A puppet show about dinosaurs? Without Adam and Eve? Why don’t you just slap a pair of leather chaps and a biker cap on Tyrannosaurus rex while you’re at it and have him camp it up on some Cetacious Castro Street? For those of you whose kids are already hellbound (Michael Lohan, we’re looking in your direction) enjoy a fun-filled musical romp through the eons. The rest of us will pray for you.


Film: Sans Soleil

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

A “tour de force” by filmmaker, poet, novelist and professional Frenchman Chris Marker, this free-form travelogue will challenge your conception of time, space and travelogues, putting Stephen Hawking’s slide presentation of his trip to Redondo Beach to shame. Now, Marker’s film is in French with English subtitles and over two hours long, so make sure to get there early while the good seats are still available.

FRIDAY, Feb. 29

Monster Truck Winter Nationals

Lawrence Joel Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum; 2825 University Parkway, Winston-Salem; 336.725.5635; 7:30 p.m.; $14.50 & $19

This is a freakin’ travesty, man; all those fossil fuels being burnt just so Mr. Jones in his establishment trucker cap can get his jollies watching scrap metal going to waste. I tell ya, some day I’m gonna start my own monster truck show that’ll be all hybrid biodiesel engines, with Waterfall vs. Peace Bug like having a rap session and learning to respect and embrace each other’s differences, sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s and Snapple. Yeah… so are you gonna pass that thing or what?


Madden NFL 08 Tournament

Jake’s Pub & Billiards; 1712-B Spring Garden St., Greensboro; 336.420.4531; noon; pre-register $5 same-day $8

Attention invalids, the obese and other human puddings: Are you tired of those pretty-boy jocks getting all the glory, women and endorsement deals just because they can move around at more than a leisurely waddle? Well this weekend is your moment in the sun (well not the actually sun – half of you guys are so pasty you’d burst into flames) as Jake’s offers up double-elimination competition without any running, jumping or heavy breathing. Go for the gold, Jabba.

SUNDAY, March 2

Swan Lake – Act II

Carolina Theatre; 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro; 336.333.2605; 3 p.m.; $10-$25

What, the monster truck show wasn’t culture enough for you turtleneck-wearing Fauntleroys? Well you’re in luck, Jean-Luc; the Greensboro Ballet will be performing “Rhapsody in Blue” and Swan Lake – Act II (Swan Harder) this weekend. Show up early; the first 50 attendees get a free ascot.

MONDAY, March 3

Book Club Brunch

The Village at North Elm; N. Elm Street and Pisgah Church Road. Greensboro; 336.299.9200; 11 a.m.; lunch $10 book $14.95

Stupid books, making our heads hurt with their words all lined up in fancy sentences. As if that weren’t enough, they have to start in with that fruity metaphor crap where a word don’t mean what it means. At least similes let you know they’re gonna get all weird on you by starting with “like.” Well, irregardless, it’s still a good idea to go out for this gay-ass brunch ‘cuz the proceeds’ll go to support the Friends of the Library, which at least has videos you can rent.

TUESDAY, March 4

Guerilla Radio: The Hip-Hop Struggle Under Castro

High Point Theatre; 220 E. Commerce Ave., Greensboro; 336.887.3001; 7:30 p.m.; adults $7 seniors/students $5

Sure, he looks like somebody’s grandfather in his track suit, and while you have to admire anyone who can stay in power for fifty years despite being on the to-do list of the most powerful nation in the hemisphere, even when the Soviet Union stopped having his back, let’s not forget that Fidel Castro is a bad, bad man. Case in point: this film by Thomas Nybo and Simon Umlauf following the tribulations of four hip-hop groups, facing censorship, jail or worse simply for dropping their brand of Caribbean science. Things may be better under Raul, but he looks like more of a Nickleback fan to us.