Be there!

by Gus Lubin

Wednesday, Jan. 21

Triad After Work Social Cafe Pasta; 305 State St. #A, Greensboro;; 5:30-7:30 p.m.; FREE If you’ve been working hard, then you deserve free food and free drinks. Come get both at the Triad After Work Social at Cafe Pasta. Sponsored by YES! Weekly and 336Events, the event is held at various restaurants on the first and third Wednesday of every month. As always, the first 100 guests receive two free drink tickets, and the rest receive one.

Thursday, Jan. 22

Economic forecasting expert Bryan School of Business & Economics; UNCG, Greensboro;; 336.334.5619; 4 p.m.; FREE

National debt skyrocketing, unemployment quintupled and Linens-N-Things gone bankrupt — what on Earth happens next? Maybe Lyle E. Gramley can tell us. Gramley is a senior economic adviser with think tank Stanford Group, with over 40 years experience in economic forecasting. He may have miscalled the last one, but the economist has a good line on the future. The title of Gramley’s talk is “Financial and Economic Crisis: Where We Stand Now and How Do We Fix the Problems.”

Friday, Jan. 23

If You Can Kill a Snake With It, It Ain’t Art! Green Hill Center; 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro; 336.333.7460;; 5:30 p.m.; FREE

Diverse works from the collection of Jonathan Williams comprise the new If you can kill a snake… show at the Green Hill Center. A Black Mountain beat poet, Williams (1929-2008) was an avid collector of imaginative art, including works by Ansel Adams, Georgia Blizzard, William Christenberry and Aaron Siskind. He also collected photographs by Lyle Bonge, progenitor of the “snake” quote. As a matter of fact, many of the works in the exhibit feature snakes, such as sculptures of snakes and snakes on sculptures. Tonight’s reception features introductory words by writer Tom Patterson and poet Thomas Meyer.

Saturday, Jan. 24

A Dance for Hope Regency Room; 203 S. Elm St., Greensboro;; 336.379.9808; 7 p.m.; $25 for charity Inspired by “Dancing With the Stars,” tonight’s fundraiser is a ballroom spectacle by top local dancers. Many of the dancers come from the Greensboro North Fred Astaire Dance Studio; and judging by their names, most of them are Russian: Sasha Tsyhankov, Alyosha Anatoliy, Gulya Asgarova, Gregory Mishura, Dasha Chub, Oksana Barantsova, Artur Sveshnikov… and Nathan Foreman. Expect beauty and intensity. All profits go to Greensboro Urban Ministry.

Sunday, Jan. 25

Rampant Lion presents: Burns Night The Pourhouse; 360 Federal Place, Greensboro; 336.965.3426;; 4 p.m.; FREE

Put on your kilt and join local Scots organization Rampant Lion in celebrating the 250 th birthday of Scottish bard Robert Burns. Known as the Ploughman Poet, Burns is the author of many poems including “Auld Land Syne” (that’s Scottish for “Old Long Since”). Lacking a staple like St. Patrick’s Day, the Scottish take what they can get for parties. Of course, there will be haggis and beer.

Monday, Jan. 26

Hospitality training class Self Help Building; 122 N. Elm St., Suite 609, Greensboro; 336.379.0060;; 3 p.m.; $5

Downtown Greensboro Inc.’s hospitality training class is a must for waiters and aspiring hostesses. The popular two-hour class offers a historical and cultural orientation of the Gate City, including a downtown walking tour. Graduates receive an Ambassador Certificate as proof of their new street smarts. Recent graduates include the staff of 223 South Elm Restaurant and Prudential Carolinas Realty.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

6 Day Bender The Garage; 110 W. 7 th Street, Winston-Salem;; 336.777.1127; 8 p.m.; $5

Hard-hitting bluegrass-rock from a hot new band is a sure bet for Tuesday in the Triad. 6 Day Bender describes their music as “mountain Rock ‘n roll,” somewhere between Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Avett Brothers. The Charlottesville, Va. band was recently named artist of the month by Eastern Surf magazine and “C’ville’s next big band” by The Hook magazine.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Green Drinks Winston Krankies Coffee; 211 E. 3 rd St., Winston-Salem; 336.722.3016;; 5:30 p.m.; FREE

Would you like to discuss carbon footprints over a bottle of beer? Green Drinks is the place for active and questioning environmentalists to network, unite and have fun. The organization was started in 1989 at a pub in North London, following the auspicious meeting of two sets of eco-minded drinkers. It has since spread to 463 cities worldwide — by the way, Green Drinks Greensboro meets on the third Wednesday of every month. Tonight’s gathering is catered by Camino Bakery and hosted by Krankies Coffee.