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by Gus Lubin

Wednesday, April 15

Minus 8

Loewy Building; 500 W. 4th St., Winston- Salem; 336.201.0681;; 7 p.m.-midnight; FREE Since the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art building closed for yearlong renovations, the organization continues its local presence with lowlevel art installations. The latest, Minus 8, is a video of silhouetted figure skaters, which will play on loop in the window of Winston-Salem’s Loewy Building from 4/15- 4/30. The video is a project by Anna von Gwinner, a Berlinbased artist and architect who currently resides in North Carolina. Thursday, April 16

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival

1439 Henderson Tanyard Road, Pittsboro; 919.542.8142; www.; 4/16-4/19; $22-37 per day Let your hair grow long. All kinds of hippies and grassroots performers will play the four-day festival at Shakori Hills, including Eilen Jewel, Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys and the New Familiars. It is billed as a “family-friendly festival,” with four-days of music, dance, art and education. Tent camping is free and vehicle camping costs $60 dollars.

Friday, April 17

Leon Russell

Greene Street; 113 N. Greene St., Greensboro; 336.273.4111; www.; 8 p.m. $25 Speaking of long hair, Leon Russell sports shoulderlength white hair, white beard and a white suit and white cowboy hat. The legendary rocker wore it no different in the 1970’s, when he played keyboard and guitar with the pantheon of rock stars, from Clapton to the Rolling Stones. Russell wrote songs for Joe Cocker, produced albums by Tom Petty, performed with George Harrison — and is playing tonight at Greene Street.

Saturday, April 18

Spring Fling

Plum Krazy’s; 106 College Road #B, Greensboro; 336.851.0122;; all-day; TBA Go no further than the outskirts of Greensboro for today’s music festival. Plum Krazy’s Spring Fling features a dozen near-local rock bands, including Southbound 49, Gear 5 and some other bands with numbers in their names, like Five II One, Sixty Eight Seasons and Thirteen 20. Some bands may be awful and other will be great. Either way, enjoy drink specials and giveaways.

Sunday, April 19


Stevens Center; 405 W. 4 th St, Winston-Salem; 336.725.1035;; 3 p.m.; $10-40 Invigorate your Sunday with the sultry music of Spain. The Winston-Salem Symphony is playing Falla’s ballet The Three Cornered Hat, Rodrigo’s Concierto Andaluz featuring four guitars, Turina’s Danzaz fantásticas and the headliner, Ravel’s “Bolero.” The bolero is a slow Spanish dance with castanets and guitars. Ravel’s 1928 masterpiece is a favorite of ballerinas and figure skaters.

Monday, April 20

Ron Paul

Wait Chapel; Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem; 505.320.7669; www.; 7 p.m.; FREE Students don’t like the Law telling them what to do, but they do like political theories. The 26,000 who supported libertarianism in 2008, as Students for Ron Paul, have reformed as the Young Americans for Liberty. And with them comes Paul. The congressman will speak at Wait Chapel about limited government, free markets and civil liberties.

Tuesday, April 21

Winston-Salem Writers open mic night

Billy Bob’s Silver Diner; 1650 Hanes Mall Boulevard, Winston- Salem; 336.722.4790;; 7 p.m. FREE Got a manuscript under your pillow? The lonely writers and sad poets of Winston-Salem will gather tonight for an open mic, where anyone can read, without fear of a politely-worded rejection letter. For those who lose their nerve, they may take solace in a thick milkshake and juicy cheeseburger from Billy Bob’s. Poets are limited to five minutes and prose writers are limited to two double-spaced pages.

Wednesday, April 22 Earth Day

Center City Park; 620 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.387.8351; www.; 4:30-7:30 p.m.; FREE Celebrate Earth Day with art. Sustainable Greensboro and Elsewhere Artists Collaborative are hosting their first annual Earth Day event at Center City Park. There will be arts and crafts for adults using trash materials; an installation of tepees made from polymorphic plastic trash; arts and crafts for kids; and more, all to the sweet sounds of the New Familiars and Amelia’s Mechanics.