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by Jim Dowell

Spring is tryingit’s best to keep us on our toes, with the wonder of the colors offlowers and the teasing of the weather. Meteorologists and allergistsare having a time trying to decipher what is what, and patrons of thearts are getting a taste as well with lots of offerings. Take the timeto see what appeals to you, and enjoy this season of beauty and wonder. TheHeart Of Living Gallery (320 S. Elm St., Greensboro) celebrates their"grand re-opening" celebration on Friday at 4 p.m. HOLG has been openfor three years now, and city leaders join staff and customers for aceremonial ribbon cuting at that time. Refreshments and receptionimmediately follow until 9 p.m. HOLG represents some of the best localartists available. For information, go toheartofliving.net. PiedmontOpera Company of Winston-Salem offers its final performance of the 30thanniversary season with the perennial Strauss favorite Der Fledermaus.Performances are Friday, Sunday and Tuesday at the Stevens Center ofthe NC School of the Arts (405 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem). Featuringthe memorable melodies for which Strauss is so revered, this version isa fitting close to a wonderful season. Resident conductor JamesAllbritten will conduct all performances. This masterpieceincludes waltzes and champagne, flirtations at a masked ball, mistakenidentities, assorted frivolities and confusion of all kinds. The endresult is a hilarious vehicle for some of the most compelling musicever written and sung in English. The cast is first rate, as is theentire production. Mark your calendars! Tickets are priced from $15-$70. TheLexington Youth Theatre presents another all time favorite, Bye ByeBirdie. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2p.m. at the Edward Smith Civic Center on South Main Street. ArtBeatGreensboro, a weeklong celebration of the arts, begins April 27 andruns through May 4. This celebratory week includes theatre, film,dance, visual arts, literature and classical, jazz, blues and rockmusic. The event is sponsored by the Eastern Music Festival, GreensboroSymphony, and Triad Stage. For event listings and details visitartbeatgreensboro.org. Greensboro’s funky, fun art gallery/giftshop/jewelry shop Just Be is growing. They are taking over the spacethat was the Furrbulous Dog Boutique. The expansion allows themmore inventory, including green and eco-friendly products, along withmore artists and their works. They reopen on Friday and have a GrandExpansion Celebration on Saturday. Celebratory specials include alemonade stand raising money for Animal Rescue and Foster Care, and a10-percent donation of Saturday sales to the Piedmont Land Conservancyin honor of Earth Day. Congrats on the growth! The UpstairsGallery now offers reception space at no rental charge for personal orgroup venues. The gallery will host interested parties for 30-dayshowings, one-night events or weeklong events. The first group showingwill feature the popular Serendipity School faculty for the month ofMay. Interested in showcasing yourself or your friends for a privateshow? Call 336.288.9369 for more details. Hope you’re having agreat spring, and enjoying all the beauty of the season. Please submitany information for this column to jdowelljr001@triad.rr.com. I’ll see you in May!

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