be there!

by Gus Lubin

every day, something cool

Wednesday, March 18 Ghosts Triad Stage at the Pyrle Theaer; 232 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.272.0160; www.; 7:30 p.m.; $22 and up “Some secrets should not be kept” — the tagline sounds like a cheap horror film, but Ghosts is actually a riveting melodrama by 19 th -century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Triad Stage presents the world premiere adaptation written and directed by North Carolina native and Triad Stage Artistic Director Preston Lane. Tonight’s performance is a preview, with opening night on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and running through April 5.

Thursday, March 19 Meredith Monk Brendle Recital Hall; Wake Forest University, Winston- Salem; 336.758.5295;; 7:30 p.m.; $20 Remember the scene in The Big Lebowski with the woman strapped to a harness flying naked over a painting canvass? The weird chanting soundtrack to that scene, as well as perhaps the inspiration for the scene, comes from Meredith Monk, who is performing tonight at Wake Forest University. Monk is the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Genius Grant for her work in all kinds of dance, music and film.

Friday, March 20 Chicago Carolina Theatre; 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro; 336.333.2605; www.; 8 p.m.; $21.50 It’s opening night for the Community Theatre of Greensboro production of Chicago. The hit Broadway musical is best known from the film adaptation by Baz Luhrmann, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger and “Razzle-Dazzle” Richard Gere? The CTG production runs through Mar. 29.

Saturday, Mar. 21 Pat Travers Millennium Center; 101 W. 5 th St., Winston-Salem; 336.723.2700;; 8 p.m.; $15 Stadium rocker and guitar hero Pat Travers plays smaller venues these days, like the Millennium Center in Winston-Salem. That makes for a great chance to catch the rock legend. Travers’ hit songs from the seventies and eighties include “Snortin’ Whiskey” and “Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights).” Said YES! Weekly Publisher Charles Womack: “If Tesla sold out, Pat Travers will be huge.”

Sunday, March 22 Harlem Globetrotters Greensboro Coliseum; 1921 W. Lee St., Greensboro; 336.373.2632; www.; 2 p.m.; $20 and up Of all the basketball in Greensboro this weekend, only one team is sure to win. The Harlem Globetrotters will defeat the Washington Generals, once again. The trick-shooting Globetrotters have serious basketball talent, with a team composed of legendary street ballers, NBA rejects and the 7-foot-3 “Skyscraper Alleyne.” They also have a really catchy theme song, “Sweet Georgia Brown.”

Monday, March 23 UNCG Inventions Showcase Alexander Room of Elliot University Center; UNCG; 336.334.9701;; 2 p.m.; FREE UNCG is hosting a free and open conference called The 21 st Century Entrepreneurial University from Mar. 23-27. Students and faculty kick off the conference today with a showcase of their inventions. Inventions, of course, can be exciting and groundbreaking, such as the light bulb, the automobile and fiveblade razor. Full conference listings, found online, also include talks on North Carolina’s green economy and innovation at the university.

Tuesday, March 24 Triad Commute Challenge Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation; Triad Area; 336.662.0002;; March 24-June 23 As part of their Clean Air Solution, PART is challenging Triad residents to try another form of transportation at least once between March 24 and June 23. It may sound easy, but when was the last time you actually rode a bus or bike to work? Former YES! Weekly reporter Amy Kingsley tried it for a week back in July (search for “Transit Diaries: A week without driving a car: Can it work in the Piedmont Triad?”). You can take the pledge on PART’s website.

Wednesday, March 25 Joe Bonamassa Carolina Theatre; 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro; 336.333.2605; www.; 8 p.m.; $25.50 and up Born in 1977, Joe Bonamassa has been a blues legend since the age of 12, when he opened for BB King. Since then his skill and prestige have increased, winning the title of best Blues Guitarist by Guitar Player magazine for the past two years. Listen in style at the grand hall of the historic Carolina Theatre.