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by Gus Lubin

Wednesday, Feb. 18

Frog sex lecture The Green Bean; 341 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.691.9990;; 8 p.m.; FREE “Do Feminized Male Frogs Mean We Are Killing Ourselves? Hormones, Wildlife and Health” has got to be one of the best discussion topics in the UNCG Science Department repertoire. Dr. Cheryl A. Logan, professor of psychology and biology, leads this month’s stimulating coffee shop discussion at the Green Bean. In our opinion, yes, feminized male frogs may mean we are killing ourselves.

Thursday, Feb. 19

Straight Laced Dana Auditorium; Guilford College, Greensboro; 336.327.7499;; 7 p.m.; FREE Straight Laced is a documentary about gender roles and homophobia among teenagers. Academy Award-winning director Debra Chasnoff has previously made films about bullying, gay issues in school, nuclear proliferation, lowincome housing and computers. In other words she’s been saving the world since the early ’80s. Chasnoff will be on hand after the movie for a free reception. Friday, Feb. 20

Snow Ball Millennium Center; 101 W. 5th St., Winston-Salem; 336.354.0746;; 8 p.m.; $10 Spend $25 dollars downtown, keep your receipt and get in free to Snow Ball at the Millennium Center. Not sure if a tank of gas on Broad St. counts, but dinner and one or two drinks should do it. Or just pay $10 at the door. The dance party is for all ages, which means everyone will be dancing, like at a wedding or bar mitzvah. Music will be provided by large ensemble cover band Party on the Moon, which recently played with Carlos Santana at the presidential inauguration.

Saturday, Feb. 21

Miss Cyclone Pageant LJVM Coliseum Annex; 300 Deacon Blvd., Winston-Salem; 336.721.1700;; 7:30 p.m.; starting at $7.50 Ever seen a hockey mom in a swimsuit? Don’t worry; the young ladies competing for the title of Miss Cyclone will be way more fine than Sarah Palin. The competition, featuring swimsuits and evening wear, will take place during halftime of the match between the Cyclones and the Columbus Cottonmouths. Bring your skates or rent for a post-game skate-around with the Cyclones.

Sunday, Feb. 22

Oscar Night America Carolina Theatre; 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro; 336.333.2605; www.; 6 p.m. dinner gala, 7 p.m. theatre party; $125 with gala, $20 without Sure it’s only TV, but this is four hours of TV we’re talking about. Make it count with Carolina Theatre’s glitzy black-tie, red-carpet gala. The Oscars event is actually sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The more-expensive VIP dinner gala is catered by restaurant 223 South Elm. Come put on your $3,000 Gucci gown and celebrate Hollywood.

Monday, Feb. 23

UNCG Symphony Orchestra Aycock Auditorium; 1000 Spring Garden St, Greensboro; 336.334.4849;; 7:30 p.m.; $10 adults, discount for students, seniors The UNCG Symphony Orchestra play their first concert of the year tonight at Aycock Auditorium. The 100-member ensemble represents an intensive extracurricular activity for many students at the UNCG School of Music, as well as for musicians from the nearby community. Though non-professional, the orchestra is energetic, talented, baroque and classical.

Tuesday, Feb. 24

The Big Eat Restaurants in downtown Winston-Salem; 336.354.1500;; dinner hours; 50 off signature dishes Winston-Salem’s “Personal Gastronomic Recovery Plan” features 50 percent off signature dishes at downtown restaurants on Tuesdays through March 31. Half-price highlights, or what I would like to eat now, include: chicken curry at Celtic Café, shrimp and grits at Hutch and Harris, and chicken-fried Angus steak with onion straws and fixings at WS Prime Steakhouse, with a gelato at Café Prada.

Wednesday, Feb. 25

Queen of the Oil Club talk Tribble Hall; Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem; 336.758.3758;; 4:30 p.m.; FREE The first book by Winston-Salem author Anna Rubino was called by the Times of London a “deeply researched and absorbing read.” Queen of the Oil Club tells the story of Wanda Jablonski, a pioneering female journalist who developed exclusive relations with the leaders of OPEC. Rubino will read from and talk about her book, followed by a Q&A. The event is sponsored by the political science, women’s and gender studies and journalism departments at Wake Forest University.