by Lenise Willis

The big news for this week involves some very gaudy over-dressed and dramatic actors, also known as clowns! The Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey present the Greatest Show on Earth, Legends, at Greensboro Coliseum Wednesday through Sunday.

This is also the last week of the 12 th Annual Greensboro Fringe Festival, which presents new works by local playwrights at Greensboro Cultural Center.

Thursday through Saturday is the debut of another Evening of Short Plays #30, a collection of eight plays by local authors, including plays on such subjects as the Harlem Renaissance, a woman taking control of her husband’s GPS, cavemen, the race of the reproductive system, and the life span of one woman and her relationship with her mirror.

Also showing as part of the festival is Collisions and Conversations at Empire Books on Spring Garden Street. The evening of both improvised and choreographed works will be presented on Friday only at 7:30 p.m. A donation of $5 is suggested.

For tickets and a schedule of shows visit Entry is a suggested donation of $10 unless otherwise stated. At the close of the past weekend, the festival had presented a total of more than 22 new works. Tyler Perry’s new stage play, Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned, will perform at Greensboro’s War Memorial Auditorium for three performances Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9.

If you’re smart and planning Valentine’s Day early, then check out Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra’s special performance of music from the ’60s and ’70s. Check out for tickets to the concert on Feb. 14 at Reynolds Auditorium.

Coming soon is UNC School of the Arts’ creative twist on Shakespeare’s Henry V at Freedman Theatre in Winston-Salem. Be on the lookout for Kernersville Little Theatre’s next performance, Cheaper by the Dozen, which will perform on select days Feb. 21-March 1. The story depicts a strong-willed, time-managing father with 12 children. What else would it be other than a comedy?

Later this month, Paper Lantern Theatre Company presents Gruesome Playground Injuries at Triad Stage’s UpStage Cabaret. The play follows an accidentprone daredevil and a corrosive masochist keep who running into each other over the course of three decades and lots of stitches. !