Wednesday, Feb. 4 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
Aycock Auditorium; UNCG, Greensboro; 336.334.4849; www.boxoffice.uncg.edu and www.kcactf4.org/festivalinfo; tonight at 8:30 p.m. and shows through Saturday; $10 You may have missed UNCG’s fall production of The Revenger’s Tragedy; and you surely didn’t see the fall plays of Troy University, Middle Tennessee State University or College of Charleston. See them now at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, a collection of seven plays from seven Southeastern colleges. Following tonight’s show by host UNCG, show times are at noon and 8:30 p.m. through Saturday. Extreme theatre buffs may register at Taylor Theatre for the full festival program, which includes five full days of workshops, at a cost of $75.
Thursday, Feb. 5 Spartans vs. Wildcats Basketball
Greensboro Coliseum; 1921 W. Lee St., Greensboro; 336.373.2632; www.greensborocoliseum.com; SpartanFest at 5 p.m., game at 7 p.m.; $15 To stand a chance against top-30 ranked Davidson, the UNCG Spartans will rely on a raucous home court atmosphere. Fans have two hours to get pumped up at the pre-game SpartanFest, which features kid games, concessions and free Spartan rally towels for the first 1,500 fans wearing blue and gold. But facing national player of the year candidate Stephen Curry and the Wildcats, Greensboro remains a long shot. Join a double-sized student section and cheer them on.
Friday, Feb. 6 Bruce Springsteen tickets
Greensboro Coliseum box office; 1921 W. Lee St., Greensboro; and www.Ticketmaster.com; 1.800.745.3000; 10 a.m.; $65 and $95 Buy tickets now for Bruce Springsteen’s May 2 show at the Greensboro Coliseum. Springsteen and the E Street Band are touring for their new album Working On A Dream. They also played recently at the presidential inauguration and the Super Bowl, during which the Boss looked damn spry in tight black jeans.
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Friday, Feb. 6 The Dickens
Plum Krazy’s; 106-B College Rd, Greensboro; 336.851.0133; www.myspace.com/plumkrazybar; 10 p.m.; $8 The Dickens is a high-energy funk and hip-hop cover band based in downtown Greensboro. But beyond the occasional wedding reception and frat party, the Dickens rarely leave the downtown music nucleus. Tonight they venture as far as Guilford College Road to Plum Krazy’s, a bar better known for classic and Southern rock.
Saturday, Feb. 7 Cupids & Canines
Camp Bow Wow; 6207 Chimney Center Blvd., Greensboro; 336.323.3133; www.campbowwow.com/ greensboro; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; FREE Who let the dogs out? Camp Bow Wow will today. Stray pups from the Humane Society of the Piedmont and Animal Rescue Groups of North Carolina will be on hand for the doggy adopt-a-thon. Even if you don’t want a new pet, stop by to dog browse, and drop off donations of unopened dog food, blankets, leashes, bowls and monetary donations.
Sunday, Feb. 8 A Raisin in the Sun
The Greensboro Masonic Temple; 426 West Market Street, Greensboro; 336.333.7469; ctgso.org; 2 p.m.; $10 – $25 “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore — And then run?” Inspired by these lines by Langston Hughes, the seminal play of Lorraine Hansberry tells a story of deferred dreams in 1950s Chicago. “A Raisin in the Sun” begins as the Youngers are about to receive an insurance check for $10,000, but things get worse and worse from there. The Community Theatre of Greensboro production closes today, and also shows on Feb. 5, 6 and 7 and 8 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 9 Slipknot
Greensboro Coliseum; 1921 W. Lee St., Greensboro; 336.373.2632; www.greensborocoliseum.com; 7 p.m.; $38.50 on ticketmaster.com In the midst of job loss and awful economic reports, Slipknot will deafen the Greensboro Coliseum with their doleful new album All Hope Is Gone. The horror-masked metal thrashers from Iowa are celebrating their tenth anniversary, and are returning from a worldwide arena tour, spanning Australia, Russia and the UK. Critics recommend Slipknot’s new album for incorporating slight elements of melody and harmony.
Tuesday, Feb. 10 Audrey Auld
The Garage; 110 W 7 th St., Winston-Salem; 336.777.1127; www. the-garage.ws; 8:30 p.m.; $10 Part of the Garage’s American Music Showcase Series, even though she was born and raised in Tasmania, Audrey Auld shows that country music isn’t exclusive to America. Auld moved to Northern California in 2003 and quickly adopted Americana stylings, finding in the wild West a reminder of her wild Down Under. The beautiful brunette singer-songwriter plays acoustic guitar and sings gravely alt-country — perfect fare for a Tuesday night.