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by Gus Lubin

Wednesday, Apr. 8

“King Lear”

MainStage Theatre; Wake Forest University, Winston- Salem; 336.758.5295;; 7:30 p.m.; $12 They say you can’t understand “King Lear” until you grow old. The Wake Forest University Theatre department is taking the idea seriously, bringing in Dennis Krausnik, an actor from the Shakespeare & Company theatre in Massachusetts, to play King Lear in their student production. The performance, directed by WFU professor Cindy Gendrich, gives three-hour epic treatment to Shakespeare’s royal tragedy. Additional performances will be held through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Apr. 9

Grasshoppers Opening Day

NewBridge Bank Park; 409 Bellemeade St., Greensboro; 336.268.2255;; 7:05 p.m.; $6 Spring is here, with sunshine, green grass and Grasshoppers. Greensboro’s minor league baseball team kicks off the season with a home game again the Greenville Drive. Happily, tonight is a Thirsty Thursday, with $1 drinks all night. Other festivities tonight include a birthday party for mascot Guilford and Grasshopper checkbook covers for the first 1,000 ticketholders from New Bridge Bank. More games continuethrough the weekend and all summer Check Book long.

Friday, Apr. 10 H.U.M.P. Fest Lexington, NC;; 5 p.m. on Friday to midnight on Saturday; $15 if the weather is right, then get down to Lexington for an early summer music festival. Bring your own guitar and/or beer and/or tent for an open jam and camping on Friday. Saturday’s line-up of indie bands features Old Stone Revue, Feral Souls, Pacifico, Vel Indica, Wyndy Trail Travelers and Poverty Level. Also bring a donation for the 2nd Harvest Food Bank and get in to the festival for only $12.

Saturday, Apr. 11

Easter in Old Salem

Old Salem Museum & Gardens; 900 Old Salem Rd., Winston-Salem; 336.721.7350;; 9:30 a.m.; $21 adults, $10 children Relive the eighteenth century golden age of Easter at Old Salem, the “Easter City.” Saturday’s activities include customs like egg painting, sugar cake and a concert on the historic Tannenberg Organ. A ticket for Saturday includes entry to all Old Salem attractions. Then return on Sunday at dawn for the 238year-old Sunrise Service in Salem’s God’s Acre, which tends to be beautiful and cold.

Sunday, Apr. 12

The Dead

Greensboro Coliseum; 1921 W. Lee St., Greensboro; 800.745.3000;; 7:30 p.m.; $49.50 – $89 Jerry Garcia never rose from the dead, but the remainder of his band will this Easter in Greensboro. The Dead is composed of original members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, with Jeff Chimenti and Warren Haynes. The show is the first of a 16-city reunion tour, which was rumored ever since an October 2008 performance at a rally for Barack Obama. The seminal psychedelic jam band last toured in 2004.

Monday, Apr. 13

The Power Within Experiential Class

Golden Flower Tai Chi Center; 612 N. Trade St., Winston-Salem; 336.287.0061;; $15; 1 p.m. Looking to expand your consciousness without drugs? Come to the first of three Monday classes with alternative healer and former psychiatrist Sandra Phocas. Dr. Phocas teaches spiritual and physical methods for re-energizing, healing and balancing the body, mind and spirit. At $15 a session and $40 for three sessions, the course is far more affordable than Western medicine.

Tuesday, Apr. 14

Ben Hur

Carolina Theatre; 310 S. Greene Street, Greensboro; 336.333.2605; www.; 7:30 p.m.; $5 Epic films like Ben Hur are made for the big screen. Film lovers should seize the chance to see the 1959 classic in its full glory. Ben Hur won 11 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Charlton Heston and Best Director for William Wyler. It is best known for an exciting chariot race between Ben Hur and a treacherous Roman, which occurs approximately four hours into the film.

Wednesday, Apr. 15

Round Midnight

Walkertown Public Library; 2969 Main St., Walkertown; 333.703.2990;; 5:30 p.m refreshments, 6:30 p.m. film; FREE April, as you may not know, is Jazz Appreciation Month. Few films appreciate jazz more than Bertrand Tavernier’s Round Midnight. Starring saxophonist Dexter Gordon, the 1986 film tells the story of black tenor saxophone player in Paris in the 1950s. The supporting cast includes many jazz musicians, such as Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard and Herbie Hancock. The Oscar-winning score is composed by Hancock. This event is sponsored by the Piedmont Jazz Alliance and features an hourlong meet and greet before the screening.