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by Gus Lubin

 every day, something cool

Wednesday, April 29

RiverRun closing night UNCSA Main Theatre; 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem; 336.724.1112;; 7 p.m.; $25 Riverrun 2009 is closing with a classic. The film festival will screen Speedy, a 1928 comedy about the last horsedrawn cart driver in New York City. The silent movie will be accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra, a three-man musical ensemble that uses synthesizers and unusual percussion. Next door at the same time, RiverRun will also present the award-winning short films from this year’s festival.

Thursday, April 30

The Tempest Salem Fine Arts Center; 601 S. Church St., Winston-Salem; 336.917.5508;; 7:30 p.m.; FREE There is a new Shakespeare production every two to three weeks in the Triad. But The Tempest, a late magical comedy by the Bard, is a standout play, featuring lines such as “O brave new world, that has such people in’t” and “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.” Salem Academy promises the use of technology to allow the fairy Ariel to fly. See the all-girl production for free tonight, Friday and Saturday.

Friday, May 1

ArtBeat kickoff Greensboro; 336.275.3304;; FREE Between the opening of ArtBeat Greensboro and the First Friday Gallery Hop, it is a perfect night to patronize the arts in Greensboro. ArtBeat is an annual week-long event organized by the Eastern Music Festival, the Greensboro Symphony and Triad Stage. The program for tonight, found online, includes a “Memory Map” at the Greensboro Historical Museum, operas The Telephone and Trouble In Tahiti at Greensboro Day School and a reception at the Cultural Center of Greensboro.

Saturday, May 2

‘Come Be Scottish For A Night!’ The Pour House; 360 Federal Place, Greensboro;336.333.2226;; 4 p.m.; $5Like bagpipes? The wistful windbags will sound all dayat the Pour House to celebrate the annual Triad HighlandGames. The “Ceilidh” begins early, with whiskey seminarsat 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., along with martial arts, kid gamesand more. And if bagpipes and whiskey aren’t enticementenough, then think of the kilts. Saturday, May 2 Free Comic Book Day Acme Comics; 2150 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro; 336.574.2263;; and most other comic book stores; FREEIf you’re considering about getting into comic books, todayis the best day to start. Free Comic Book Day is a nationwideevent, where you can get free preview, special edition andoverstock comic books. There will be special events too,including a visit to Greensboro’s Acme Comics by Wolverine— a man dressed as Wolverine, that is, not Hugh Jackman.
Sunday, May 3
Blues-A-Palooza 6th and Trade streets,Winston-Salem;; 1-5 p.m.;FREEGather downtown forsunshine and blues atthe Blues-A-Palooza. Thepalooza features free performances by Big Ron Hunter & theHave Mercy Band, 12M Case, Different Shades of Blues andArtimus Pyle. The event is sponsored by Art For Art’s Sake andwill raise money for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. AFASwill hold free music events on Trade Street on Sundays throughMay.
Monday, May 4

Paradigm Dance Annual Showcase Elliott University Center; 1000 Spring Garden St., Greensboro;336.334.4849;; 7:30 p.m.; $5Tonight is a coming out party for Paradigm, a new hip-hop andcontemporary dance group at UNCG. In addition to students,Paradigm includes kids from community outreach programs.The first annual showcase will include other student groups,such as Well Versed Xpressionz, Generation X Step Team andSALSA. Tuesday, May 5

Cinco de Mayo Whole Foods Market; 41 Miller St., Winston-Salem;336.722.8233;; 3-7 p.m.; FREEOn this day in 1862, the Mexican army defeated the invadingFrench. Americans love to celebrate the holiday, thanks in partto a heavy ad campaign by Corona. Also thank the Whole FoodsMarket. The organic grocery store is offering catfish tacos, peachsalsa, virgin peach margaritas and more. Buy whatever strikesyour fancy and continue the party at home.
Wednesday, May 6

EMF Jazz & Blues
Liberty Oak Restaurant;100 W. Washington St.,Greensboro; 336.273.7057;; 7p.m.; FREE with dinnerreservationContinuing the ArtBeatprogram of events, the6th annual Eastern Music Festival Jazz & Blues program beginstonight. Join Grammy nominee and “Professor Jazz” bass playerJohn Brown and his Trio at Liberty Oak Restaurant for fine foodand high quality jazz. The four-day festival continues with asongwriters clinic by Kristy Jackson, Lawyers Guns & Moneyand concludes with the fantastic Carolina Blues Festival onSaturday in Festival Park.