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by Keith Barber

Wednesday, May 13

Local food expo Piedmont Environmental Center; 1220 Penny Road, High Point; 336.883.3646; www.piedmont; 6 p.m.; FREE High Point Public Library and Piedmont Environmental Center will host a free program exploring the benefits of buying and growing local food at 6 p.m., May 13, at the center located at 1220 Penny Road in High Point. With growing concerns over food prices and the way food is raised, locally grown food offers an environmentally friendly alternative that invests in the community. Speakers will include representatives from the Grateful Bread Baking Company and Urban Harvest to speak on the benefits of supporting local food producers and how to grow food in your own garden. Food exhibitors will offer local food samples as well as valuable information on local farms and farmers markets.

Thursday, May 14

Opening Night: Five ‘Til Now Greensboro Cultural Arts Center; 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro; 336.272.0160;; 8 p.m.; $10 Third Stage Theatre Company presents opening night of Five ‘Til Now by Tommy Trull at the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center Thursday at 8 p.m. The plot revolves around the mid-life challenges of Ann-Marie after her brotherin-law promises to feature her house in his new film, and the complications ensue. The show runs through May 17. Shows nightly at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

Friday, May 15

UNCSA Documentary Premiere UNC School of the Arts-ACE Theater; 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem; 336.631.1227;; 7 p.m.; FREE UNC School of the Arts will present Behind the Scenes in Tanzania at 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, in the Main Theatre of the ACE Exhibition Complex in the School of Filmmaking Studio Village. This “behind the scenes” event will feature the UNCSA School of Filmmaking and the documentary film work done by students and faculty on the Nyanya Project. School of Filmmaking faculty members Bill McCord and Nola Schiff will make remarks about their experiences going to Tanzania with film students to document this project. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Please email or call 336.631.1227.

Saturday, May 16

5 th annual Greensboro Storyfest Festival Park; 220 N. Davie St., Greensboro; 336.379.0060;; 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; FREE Some of North Carolina’s finest storytellers will gather at Festival Park on Saturday for the fifth annual Greensboro Storyfest. Award-winner storytellers, including headliner Donald Davis, will share their talents through humor, music, and personal experiences to entertain and enthrall audiences of all ages. Other attractions include a children’s story tent, a swapping ground where you can share your story, workshops and plenty of music and food.

Sunday, May 17

Smoke on the Mountain High Point Community Theatre; 220 East Commerce Ave., High Point; 336.887.3001;; 2 p.m.; $8- $18 Catch the closing performance of the High Point Community Theatre’s production of the musical Smoke on the Mountain on Sunday, May 17 at 2 p.m. Smoke tells the story of Pastor Oglethorpe of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant as he welcomes the singing Sanders family for a night of oldfashioned gospel music, inspiring stories and heart-warming fellowship. Audience members are the congregation for the evening’s service of such gospel favorites as “Amazing Grace” and “I’ll Fly Away,” as well as lesser known numbers, including “Christian Cowboy” and “I’ll Never Diet (I’ll Just Change My Address).”

Monday, May 18

West Side Story auditions at City Arts Greensboro Cultural Arts Center; 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro; 336.335.6426;; 7–9 p.m.; FREE Are you a Jet or a Shark? Find out by auditioning for the City Arts Drama Center’s production of the Broadway classic West Side Story. The City Arts Drama Center will hold auditions for West Side Story May 18 and 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Greensboro Cultural Center. Production dates are July 10-12 and 17-19. Spanish interpreters will be on hand to assist with auditions and rehearsals.

Tuesday, May 19

UNCG Masters Thesis exhibit Weatherspoon Art Museum; 500 Tate St., Greensboro; 336.334.5770;; 10 a.m.; FREE The Weatherspoon Museum at UNCG presents the 2009 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, featuring work by six candidates in the Master of Fine Arts program including Anthony DiSarno, Karen Maness, Scott Mayo, Mandy Newham, James Porter, and Jules Rochon. The museum’s website cites DiSarno and Rochon’s exploration of personal identity as a recurring theme in their works. Maness takes non-traditional sculpture materials like insulation foam, monofilament and dried rose petals to offer a different perspective on beauty, while Mandy Newham creates psychological landscapes with her art.

Wednesday, May 20

Endless Glass of Wine Undercurrent Restaurant; 327 Battleground Ave., Greensboro; 336.370.1266;; 5:30–9 p.m.; $23 Robert Louis Stevenson once said, “Wine is bottled poetry.” In that spirit the Undercurrent Restaurant in Greensboro offers its endless glass of wine throughout the month of May. Patrons may purchase an endless glass for $23 by selecting from six different varietals to mix and match at this wine tasting event. Nothing like an endless glass of wine to take the edge off a run-of-the-mill Wednesday in May.