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by Brian Clarey

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24

Wednesday Night Live: Adopt-A-Pet Downtown Jamestown; www. beverlyhillsonmain.com; ; 5 p.m.;FREE

It can still feel like the days of yore in Jamestown, one of North Carolina’s oldest communities, when everybody takes to the streets on autumn nights. Tonight the sidewalks will bustle in support of our furry little friends. SPCA of the Triad will have pets up for adoption on hand and Art Nest Gallery will give a gift in return for canned or dried pet food. Also, bluegrass music by Family Eversole.

THURSDAY, Sept. 25

Spookywoods opening night Spookywoods; 1615 Kersey Valley Road, High Point; (336) 821-9999; www.spookywoods.com; $22-$35 (children $12)

Since 1985, the folks at Spookywoods have been scaring the crap out of all who pass through its doors, and over the years it has grown to encompass the haunted house, the Maize Adventure, a pumpkin patch, gem digging and other attractions. This FAQ from the website says it all. “Q. Can I bring my weapon to protect myself in case I get scared? A. No mace, No firearms, No knifes, No martial arts weapons, No problems.”

FRIDAY, Sept. 26

Preston Lane’s Dracula UpStage Cabaret, above Triad Stage; 232 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.274.0067; www. triadstage.org; 7 p.m.; $18

Triad Stage Artistic Director Preston Lane chose his 2004 interpretation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula for the inaugural performance at the theater’s newest endeavor, the UpStage Cabaret. Kind of like Triad Stage’s hipster cousin, the space will host art events, film screenings and performances of every stripe. Get there by 6:30 p.m. to take advantage of the opening night reception, brought to you by YES! Weekly.

SATURDAY, Sept. 27

Tate Street Festival Tate Street at Spring Garden, Greensboro; noon; FREE

Sometimes it’s hot outside at the Tate Street Festival. Sometimes it’s downright chilly. Sometimes it rains. But every year you can count on the denizens of the university district to put on a good time. Live music this year includes Bronzed Chorus, the Mantras, Hot Politics, Thackery Dairy Road, Not Dead Yet and John Doe & the Runners, and there will be world music, singer/songwriters and a capoeira demonstratio on Hippie Hill.

SUNDAY, Sept. 28

Jay Bakker speaks in Ralegh 11 a.m.: Broughton High School Auditorium, 723 St. Mary St. 7 p.m.: St. John’s MCC, 805 Glenwood Ave. ww.revolutionnyc.com

Jim and Tammy Faye may be gone, but their son Jay brings his own brand of pizzazz to the ministry. Raised in Charlotte and preaching in Phoenix, Ariz., Bakker wears black clothes and has tattoo sleeves; his services often incorporate DJs and bands; and supposedly they serve great coffee. His own story is a somewhat typical story of excess, abuse and redemption, but the guys is sick with style and he knows how to put on a good show.

MONDAY, Sept. 29

Genes and behavior Kirkland Room, Elliott University Center, UNCG; 2 p.m.; FREE

Dr. David Goldman has been studying the phenomenon of addiction and abuse since the ’70s, when people really knew how to overindulge. In his speech, “From Genes to Complex Behavior in the Domain of Addiction,” the doctor explores the links between genetic conditions and alcohol and drug abuse. It is sponsored by the UNCG departments of biology, psychology and public health; the genetic counseling program; and the Center for Biotechnology, Genomics and Health Research

TUESDAY, Sept. 30

An evening with John Hammond The Garage; 110 W. 7 th St., Winston-Salem; 336.777.1127; www.the-garage.ws; 8 p.m.; $20

Simply put: When you get a chance to see a guy like John Hammond in a place like the Garage — on a Tuesday! — you get your ass out of the house and you go. Hammond, who is a not-so-distant relative of the Vanderbilts, has been playing solo blues for nearly 50 years, with 30 albums and a Grammy to his credit. But all you need to know is that he’s Tom Waits’ favorite drinking buddy.

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1

Blues for an Alabama Sky opening night Huggins Performance Center, Greensboro College; 336-217-7220; 7:30 p.m.; $10 ($8 students and seniors)

Blues for an Alabama Sky tells the story of Harlem from its renaissance in the 1920s up through the Great Depression, a period that saw cultural prosperity and economic hardship. Langston Hughes and Josephine Baker appear as characters in the play, which is by Pearl Cleage.

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