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by Gus Lubin

Wednesday, April 1

Reynolda Film Festival Carswell Hall; Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem;; April 1-5; FREE Started by a student in 2008, the Reynolda Film Festival brings another film festival to Winston-Salem, and it’s all free. Start your festival binge tonight with a 7 p.m. tech-studded panel on animation, beginning with the screening of finalists for the animation competition. More films and panels follow, including director John Sayles and his film Honeydripper on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and director Thavisouk Phrasavath and his film The Betrayal on Saturday at 6 p.m. A screening of all competition winners follows on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Thursday, April 2

Picnic Aycock Auditorium, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; 336.334.5371;; 7:30 p.m.; $15 The world premiere jazz opera adaptation of William Inge’s 1953 Pulitzer-winning play, Picnic, occurs tonight at UNCG. The play tells the story of a rundown rebel who wins the heart of a small-town sweetheart, now with arias. Picnic was adapted by Grammy-winner Libby Larsen and David Holly, director of UNCG Opera Theatre. Bring your own food for a pre-show picnic, with jazz music on the lawn of Aycock Auditorium. Additional showings follow on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Friday, April 3

Heaven Grand Re- Opening Heaven; 113 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.370.1311; www.; night; TBA Heaven returns to the front and center of Greensboro’s nightclub scene with tonight’s grand re-opening. The rooftop club claims a new look, new sound, new cabana and new light and video effects. Show up wearing bathing suit and body paint to enter the Sexy Female & Male Angel Body Paint Contest, with a $250 grand prize.


113 S. Elm Street • Downtown Greensboro • Doors open at 9:00 p.m. All NEW Heaven Rooftop Club Totally Renovated • New Look • New Live Video • New Light Show • New Cabana • New Sound

SEXY Female & Male Angel Body Paint Contest bathing suit and body paint to enter the Sexy Female & Male Angel Body Paint Contest, with a $250 grand prize.

Friday, Apr. 3

THE JNFE AWARDS ARE ON FRIDAY!!!!! Just Not Famous Enough Awards Greene Street Club; 114 N. Greene St., Greensboro; 336.273.4111;; 6:30 p.m.; $15 Billed as the biggest celebrity event in North Carolina, the JNFE Awards Show features bands that are just a hair short of fame. Perhaps an award at JNFE will put them over. The event, which features bands of all genres, is sponsored by YES! Weekly.

Saturday, April 4

Foxy Moxy’s Fabulous “4-Oh!” Party The Millennium Center; 101 W. 5 th St., Winston-Salem; 336.723.3700;; 8 p.m.; FREE The Triad’s own cherubic dame Foxy Moxy is celebrating her 40 th birthday with an open stage. Revelers are invited to sing, dance, juggle, hula-hoop, striptease or perform however they like. Expect the burlesque queen to perform an equal variety. The party is free for potential performers, but $5 for resolute spectators (a cash bar and free birthday cake may change their minds).

Sunday, April 5

Craftsmen’s Spring Classic Arts & Crafts Festival Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center; 1921 W. Lee St., Greensboro; 336.282.5550;; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; $7 The Craftsmen’s Classic was founded 35 years ago in Greensboro, and has since multiplied into 10 events around the Southeast. The seminal craft show features a national showcase of over 300 artists and craftsmen, with everything from jewelry to furniture to admire and buy. The festival also runs on Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, April 6

Waiting For My Real Life Carmike Wynnsong 12; 1501 Hanes Mall Boulevard, Winston-Salem; 336.765.1555;; 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; $5 In a surprising turn for Winston-Salem moviegoers, the local Carmike movie theaters have devoted a space for occasional screenings of independent films. See one this week from today through Saturday. Waiting For My Real Life is the true story of a morbidly obese 23 year old man awaiting a life-saving operation. Might want to go light on the buttered popcorn.

Tuesday, April 7

Gattaca and discussion Sullivan Science Building; UNCG; 336.334.4314;; 7:30 p.m.; FREE UNCG scientists are screening Gattaca as part of the Ashby Dialogues on the controversies of evolution. The film, a 1997 scifi classic starring Ethan Hawke, imagines a world in which social mobility is grounded in genetic quality. And to realize his dream of becoming an astronaut, our hero must steal and impersonate someone with better genes. Of course, Hawke looks already like a man with fine genes.

Wednesday, April 8

Amy Goodman Guilford College; Greensboro; 336.316.2388;; 1:30 p.m.; $3 (for charity) Guilford College radio station WQFS 90.9 sponsors a talk by the preeminent figure of serious left-wing radio Amy Goodman. Goodman is the host and founder of Democracy Now!, which airs WQFS on weekdays from 5 to 6 p.m. The award-winning journalist will discuss grassroots activism and her book, Standing Up To The Madness: Ordinary Heroes In Extraordinary Times.