every day, something cool
Wednesday, April 29
RiverRun closing night UNCSA Main Theatre; 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem; 336.724.1112; www.riverrunfilm.com; 7 p.m.; $25 Riverrun 2009 is closing with a classic. The film festival will screen Speedy, a 1928 comedy about the last horsedrawn cart driver in New York City. The silent movie will be accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra, a three-man musical ensemble that uses synthesizers and unusual percussion. Next door at the same time, RiverRun will also present the award-winning short films from this year’s festival.
Thursday, April 30
The Tempest Salem Fine Arts Center; 601 S. Church St., Winston-Salem; 336.917.5508; www.salemacademy.com; 7:30 p.m.; FREE There is a new Shakespeare production every two to three weeks in the Triad. But The Tempest, a late magical comedy by the Bard, is a standout play, featuring lines such as “O brave new world, that has such people in’t” and “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.” Salem Academy promises the use of technology to allow the fairy Ariel to fly. See the all-girl production for free tonight, Friday and Saturday.
Friday, May 1
ArtBeat kickoff Greensboro; 336.275.3304; www.artbeatgreensboro.org;
FREE Between the opening of ArtBeat Greensboro and the First Friday Gallery Hop, it is a perfect night to patronize the arts in Greensboro. ArtBeat is an annual week-long event organized by the Eastern Music Festival, the Greensboro Symphony and Triad Stage. The program for tonight, found online, includes a “Memory Map” at the Greensboro Historical Museum, operas The Telephone and Trouble In Tahiti at Greensboro Day School and a reception at the Cultural Center of Greensboro.
Saturday, May 2
‘Come Be Scottish For A Night!’
The Pour House; 360 Federal Place, Greensboro; 336.333.2226; www.triadhighlandgames.org; 4 p.m.; $5 Like bagpipes? The wistful windbags will sound all day at the Pour House to celebrate the annual Triad Highland Games. The “Ceilidh” begins early, with whiskey seminars at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., along with martial arts, kid games and more. And if bagpipes and whiskey aren’t enticement enough, then think of the kilts.
Saturday, May 2
Free Comic Book Day
Acme Comics; 2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro; 336.574.2263; www.acmecomics.com; and most other comic book stores; FREE If you’re considering about getting into comic books, today is the best day to start. Free Comic Book Day is a nationwide event, where you can get free preview, special edition and overstock comic books. There will be special events too, including a visit to Greensboro’s Acme Comics by Wolverine — a man dressed as Wolverine, that is, not Hugh Jackman.
Sunday, May 3
6th and Trade streets, Winston-Salem; www. theafasgroup.com; 1-5 p.m.; FREE Gather downtown for sunshine and blues at the Blues-A-Palooza. The palooza features free performances by Big Ron Hunter & the Have Mercy Band, 12M Case, Different Shades of Blues and Artimus Pyle. The event is sponsored by Art For Art’s Sake and will raise money for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. AFAS will hold free music events on Trade Street on Sundays through May.
Monday, May 4
Paradigm Dance Annual Showcase
Elliott University Center; 1000 Spring Garden St., Greensboro; 336.334.4849; www.uncg.edu; 7:30 p.m.; $5 Tonight is a coming out party for Paradigm, a new hip-hop and contemporary dance group at UNCG. In addition to students, Paradigm includes kids from community outreach programs. The first annual showcase will include other student groups, such as Well Versed Xpressionz, Generation X Step Team and SALSA.
Tuesday, May 5
Cinco de Mayo
Whole Foods Market; 41 Miller St., Winston-Salem; 336.722.8233; www.wholefoods.com; 3-7 p.m.; FREE On this day in 1862, the Mexican army defeated the invading French. Americans love to celebrate the holiday, thanks in part to a heavy ad campaign by Corona. Also thank the Whole Foods Market. The organic grocery store is offering catfish tacos, peach salsa, virgin peach margaritas and more. Buy whatever strikes your fancy and continue the party at home.
Wednesday, May 6
EMF Jazz & Blues
Liberty Oak Restaurant; 100 W. Washington St., Greensboro; 336.273.7057; www.easternmusicfestival. org/jazzandblues.php; 7 p.m.; FREE with dinner reservation Continuing the ArtBeat program of events, the 6th annual Eastern Music Festival Jazz & Blues program begins tonight. Join Grammy nominee and “Professor Jazz” bass player John Brown and his Trio at Liberty Oak Restaurant for fine food and high quality jazz. The four-day festival continues with a songwriters clinic by Kristy Jackson, Lawyers Guns & Money and concludes with the fantastic Carolina Blues Festival on Saturday in Festival Park.