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by Gus Lubin

Wednesday, April 22

RiverRun opening night gala Reynolda House; 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem; 336.724.1502; www.; 9 p.m.; $15 Last week’s cover story and this week’s premier event, the Riverrun International Film Festival, shines a light on Winston-Salem. Join filmmakers and prestigious guests for the gala at Reynolda House, with live music, food and drinks — cocktail attire required. But first, check out the opening night screening of (500) Days of Summer, a bittersweet romantic comedy starring Zooey Deschanel, at the Stevens Center, 7 p.m. Many, many more films playing all week.

Thursday, April 23

Poet Claudia Emerson Elliott University Center Auditorium; UNCG, Greensboro; 336.334.5371; www.; 7 p.m.; FREE Pulitzer Prize winner Claudia Emerson is returning to her alma mater for a poetry reading. Emerson graduated with an MFA from UNCG in 1991 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2006 for her collection Late Wife. She comes as part of the Greensboro Review’s literary festival, which runs through Saturday. Other reading writers include: George Singleton, Kathy Flann, Dorianne Laux, Al Maginnes, Joseph Millar, Jack Riggs and Eric Weil.

Friday, April 24

LiKuiD Nation/PiNC launch party Social; 108 W. McGee St., Greensboro; 336.279.1004; www.; 7:30 p.m.; FREE Cameron Bennerman, who led NC State’s basketball team in scoring in 2006, has his own urban clothing line. Founded last summer in Greensboro, LiKuiD Nation is re-launching tonight at Social. The party includes the premier of an upscale line, PiNC, or People in North Carolina. Also enjoy music and live art by CZA and Sam and a chance to win the 1st edition PiNC Skateboard.

Saturday, April 25

Triad Idol Four Season Town Center, Greensboro; and Hanes Mall, Winston-Salem; 336.333.7470;; 11-4 p.m.; $10 Think you have what it takes to embarrass yourself on national TV? Prepare 30 seconds of your showcase song for an a cappella audition. But remember (from the rules): Judges reserve the right to ask a participant to stop singing before the 30 seconds are up. Auditions occur at the Four Seasons on Friday through Sunday and at Hanes Mall on Saturday through Sunday. Those who got talent may progress to quarterfinals, semis and the final event on May 31.

Sunday, April 26

Fleetwood Mac concert canceled Did you buy tickets for the Fleetwood Mac concert at the Greensboro Coliseum? Too bad. The eternal British rock band, known for hits like “Tusk,” “Go Your Own Way” and “Dreams” and for its female lead, Stevie Nicks, has canceled their concert due to scheduling conflicts. Tickets purchased online and via phone have been automatically refunded, and tickets purchased at outlets or the box office can be refunded at point of purchase.

Monday, April 27

Bel Canto and Piedmont Chamber Singers Christ United Methodist Church; 410 N. Holden Road, Greensboro; 336.333.2220;; 7:30 p.m.; $20 For the second time ever, Bel Canto Company and Piedmont Chamber Singers are joining forces, in a concert called “Shared Applause.” The two local choirs will sing Felix Mendelssohn’s “Ehre sei Gott,” Eric Whitacre’s “Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine,” Norman Dello Joio’s “Song of the Open Road” and more.

Tuesday, April 28

The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead Triad Stage; 232 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.274.0067;; 7:30 p.m.; $10-42 In a new comedic thriller by Robert Hewett, the blonde, the brunette, the redhead and four more parts are played by one actress. The play tells the story of how a moment of passion by jilted wife Rhonda Russell, the redhead, affects several lives. The play opens on April 30 and runs through May 17. Tonight’s preview features a postperformance discussion with cast and crew.

Wednesday, April 29

The Time of Your Life Catawba Theatre; 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem; 336.770.3399;; 8 p.m.; $12 Don’t miss the two-night run of The Time of Your Life, a 1939 Pulitzer-winning play by William Saroyan. The five-act play features the Americana idyll and picaresque patrons of Nick’s waterfront saloon in San Francisco. Caroline Kava directs and students in the UNC School of the Art’s Studio III class star in performances, 8 p.m. tonight and Thursday.