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by Keith Barber

Local theater kicks into high gear this week with the premiere of Reefer Madness: The Musical by Kevin Studney and Dan Murphy. The musical, based on the 1936 cult classic film, will run Oct. 17-19, Oct. 22-26, Oct. 29-31 and Nov. 1 and 2 at the Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance’s new performance space located at 1047 Northwest Blvd. (near the corner of Reynolda Road). Performances begin at 8 p.m., except for Sundays, which begin at 2 p.m. Reefer Madness: The Musical is a tonguein-cheek raucous musical comedy about clean-cut kids who fall into a twisted, hilarious downward spiral of reefer, sex and mayhem. The 1936 anti-marijuana propaganda film lectured parents about the dangers of their children using marijuana with a cautionary tale of what happened to once-innocent kids when they became addicted to the drug — their mind alterations lead to a car accident. Recommended for mature audiences. To reserve tickets for Reefer Madness, call 336.768.5655. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors/ students, and group rates are available. For more information about the 25th Anniversary Season, visit: www.wstheatrealliance.org. 5IVE & 40RTY Gallery in Winston-Salem continues its exhibition entitled, Seeing Winston-Salem: Contemporary Artists’ View of the City. The exhibition, which opened Oct. 3, runs through Nov. 29. The show is presented in collaboration with Reynolda House and the Museum of American Art’s Seeing the City: Sloan’s New York. 5IVE & 40RTY owner Amy Garland said the exhibition showcases the work of local artists depicting the city they call home. The work of local artists Shawn Beard, Scott Betz, John Blackburn, Carlos Gustavo, Hieronymus, Laura Lashley, Trena McNabb, Leo Morrissey, Phil Morrison and Angus MacLachlan, Elsie Dinsmore Popkin, Julie Rattley, Liz Simmons, Peter Spivak, Ben Towle, Holly Wilbur and Mary Ann Zotto are on display for the next six weeks, so make a point to swing by the swanky gallery, which ironically, is located at 541 N. Trade St. On Monday the Carolina Theatre presents Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction as part of its Mega Movie Mondays series. A crime drama with a nonlinear storyline, the film is known for its rich, eclectic dialogue, its ironic mix of humor and violence, and its host of cinematic and pop culture references. The film was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture. The theater is located at 310 S. Greene St. in Greensboro. Show time is 7:30 p.m. and admission is $5. And last but not least, on Oct. 23, UNC Greensboro will screen The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo in Room 225 of the Curry Building. The film, which received a Special Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, will be screened at 7 p.m. at no charge to the public. The film will also be shown on Oct. 24, at NC A&T University. Emmy Awardwinning producer and director Lisa Jackson will be on hand to answer questions following the screening. The event is being held in conjunction with Congo Week, taking place Oct. 19-25 at colleges and universities around the world.

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