WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29
Artist dialogue Green Hill Center for NC Art; 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro;www. Greenhillcenter.org; 336.333.7460; 5:30 p.m.; FREE Artists Jack Ketner and Mark Kingsley speak to the relevance of allegory in a wine reception that dovetails neatly with the Allegorical Realism exhibition that runs through Saturday. Also, there are unconfirmed rumors that there will be cubed cheese.
THURSDAY, Oct. 30
Zoo Boo Bash Natural Science Center; 4301 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro; 336.288.3769; www.natsci.org; 4:30 p.m.; $5 ($4 members) This costume-friendly event is for the kids who aren’t quite ready to have the daylights scared out of them on Halloween. Games, candy, entertainment and a laser show will add to the fun at the museum. Plues there will be bugs,m snakes and other creepy-crawlies for the not-so-faint of heart.
FRIDAY, Oct. 31
Spooktacular Downtown Winston-Salem; 6 p.m.; FREE Okay, so it’s Halloween night and there are hundreds of options. But we’re going with the downtown street fair in the Winston-Salem Arts District, home of YES! Weekly’s western bureau. You know the drill: costumes and music, candy for the kids and drinks for the adults, dancing in the streets and revelry all night… until 9 p.m., anyway. Slap on some face paint and check it out.
SATURDAY, Nov. 1
Richmond Renegades vs. Twin City Cyclones LJVM, Winston-Salem; 336.721.1700; www.tccyclones.com; 7:30 p.m.; $7.50- $13.50 It wasn’t so long ago that hockey in the South was something of a punchline (Remember Slap Shot?). But Southerners have really taken to the game, possibly because of its fast pace, graceful athleticism and chess-like strategy. Also, most Southerners I know were delighted to learn that blood bounces on ice. See for yourself tonight as the Cyclones take on the Renegades.
SUNDAY, Nov. 2
Horse Barn Fire Benefit Thoroughbred Training Center; 158 McCashin Lane, Mocksville; 336.998.5280; www.ttcmocksville.com; 9 a.m.; donations accepted The McCune horse barn burned down on Sept. 28, taking with it five horses, all of which left behind heartbroken owners. The event includes a horse show, a poker ride, games, a silent auction and a used tack sale, and proceeds go to the families who have lost their friends.
MONDAY, Nov. 3
Nine Inch Nails Greensboro Coliseum; www.greensborocoliseum.com; 7:30 p.m.; $25-$45 Trent Reznor, my old neighbor, brought industrial rock to the masses right around 1990 and has since released nine albums and been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards, winning them in 1992 and 1995, both for best metal performance. Ask me some time why he’s not allowed to drink in Igor’s as long as I’m around.
TUESDAY, Nov. 4
Election Day at Elsewhere Elsewhere; 606-608 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.549.5555; www.elsewhereelsewhere.org; all day; FREE No matter what side of the political fence you land on, you’ve got to be thankful that this drawn-out, ugly, divisive mess of an election will soon be over. Go vote, and then chill out with the kooks over at Elsewhere to watch the returns. I am told there will be live news updates in the window, a bloggers row and, eventually, dancing in the street.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5
All My Sons Wake Forest University, Scales Fine Art Center; 336.748.0857 x201; www.littletheatreonline.com; $5-$12 A joint project between the Little Theatre and WFU’s theater department, All My Sons is one of Arthur Miller’s earliest plays and his first smash. It explores corruption, honor, family and the American Dream in stark terms. Spoiler alert: This one’s kind of a downer. Go see for yourself at Wake Forest tonight.