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by Brian Clarey

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22

Greensboro stories UNCG Cone Ballroom; Greensboro; www.uncg.edu; 7 p.m.; FREE In acknowledgement of Greensboro’s 100 th anniversary, local scribes Howard Covington Jr. and Jim Schlosser will speak tonight in the Elliott Center. Covington’s narrative chronicle, Once upon a City: Greensboro NC’s Second Century, traces our journey from cow town to manufacturing center. Schlosser’s recent book, The Beat Goes On: A Celebration of Greensboro’s Character and Diversity, is a collection of his newspaper columns for the Greensboro News & Record collected over 41 years with the paper.

THURSDAY, Oct. 23

Greensboro Symphony Masterworks: Time for Three War Memorial Auditorium; Greensboro; www.greensborocoliseum.com/www.greensborosymphony.org; 6:45 p.m.; $21-$36 Time for Three, hailed in a press release as a “young, dynamic trio of classically trained string musicians,” draw material from the worlds of classical and pop music and have played with some of the world’s finest conductors and orchestras, though they’re all still in their twenties. We’re thinking “Eleanor Rigby.”

FRIDAY, Oct. 24

Carrie Underwood & Little Big Town Joel Coliseum Theatre, Winston-Salem; www.ljvm.com; 7:30 p.m.; $36.50-$56.50 If you’ve got a thing for Carrie Underwood, the 2005 American Idol, now’s your chance to see her onstage doing that funny little boogie dance and singing her big hits. We always kind of thought of Underwood as a poor man’s Kelly Clarkson but with blonde hair, but we’ve since upgraded her to a sober version of Tanya Tucker.

SATURDAY, Oct. 25

Carolina BalloonFest Statesville Regional Airport; www.carolinaballoonfest.com; 7 a.m.; FREE Sure, there will be hot-air balloons aplenty over in Statesville all weekend long at this, the largest event of its kind in North Carolina, with balloon rides, wine tastings and live music. But this year’s event, the 35 th , also features a form of scavenger hunt known as geocaching. “Armed with longitude and latitude data, your GPS and a thirst for adventure, you can find all kinds of goodies tucked away in the most unusual places,” says the press release. Find out more at www.geocaching.com.

SUNDAY, Oct. 26

C&E Gun & Knife Traders Show Dixie Classic Fairgrounds, Winston-Salem; www.dcfair.com; 10 a.m.; $7 (11 and under FREE) Need a handgun real fast? How about a bayonet, brass knuckles, a samurai sword or a shotgun? Well come on down and celebrate your second amendment rights at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds today, where you can buy, sell or trade in this perfectly legal and legitimate gun show.

MONDAY, Oct. 27

Bike Night Harrison’s; 1807 N. Main St., High Point; www.harrisonsdeli.com; 6 p.m. Harrison’s in High Point treats bikers right every Monday with serious specials for everyone on two wheels (though you could probably pull it off with just a decent pair of leather chaps). Once you’re in, burgers, dogs and drafts are just a buck, but if you do the Pee Wee Herman dance on those big white shoes, you might even get a deeper discount.

TUESDAY, Oct. 28

Science on Campus UNCG Sullivan Science Center; www.uncg.edu; 7:30 p.m.; FREE Robert Sapolsky of Stanford University delivers his lecture, “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: Stress, Disease and Coping,” tonight as part of an informal science series hosted by the university. But we’ve seen zebras in the wild, and they’re nervous wrecks.

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29

Green Drinks Winston-Salem Finnigan’s Wake; 620 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem; www.linkedin.com/e/ gis/131794; 5:30 p.m.; FREE Green Drinks is a drinking club for people interested in the environment. From the group’s press release: “We have a diverse group of NGOs, academia, green and renewable energy production companies, real estate professionals, architects, business leaders, environmental groups, artists, alternative medicine, film productions, everyday people and many many more.” So belly up and bitch about the polar bears, who can’t speak for

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