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by Erica Katz

Sat., April 3

Greensboro Grasshoppers vs. Florida Marlins exhibition game

NewBridge Bank Park; 408 Bellemeade St., Greensboro; 336.268.2255; 3 p.m.; $8 to $10

You won’t want to miss this exciting kickoff to the 2010 season! First pitch is set for 3 p.m. as the Greensboro Grasshoppers take on the Florida Marlins. Seats are $10 each and lawn tickets are $8. It’s been a long winter without baseball and opening day isn’t until April 8. What better way to spend a Saturday than to hang out at NewBridge Bank Park with the Greensboro Grasshoppers!

Wed., March 31


a/perture Cinema; 311 W. 4 th St., Winston-Salem; 336.722.8148;; 6 & 8:40 p.m.; $5 to $8.50 If you haven’t yet experienced a/perture Cinema, now’s the time! It’s an independent theatre that screens a mix of independent, art, foreign, documentary, local and festival films in two 80-seat theatres. Tickets are available one hour prior to the first showing each day and online. Chloe is now playing until April 8. Here’s the synopsis: When Catherine (Julianne Moore) begins to question her husband David’s (Liam Neeson) fidelity, she sets out to resolve her suspicions with the help of an alluring young woman, Chloe (Amanda Seyfried). Soon caught in a web of sexual desire, Catherine finds herself on a journey that places her family in great danger.

Thur., April 1

Self defense course

Karate International of Lewisville; 5723 Country Club Road, Lewisville; 336.945.5063;; 7:30 p.m.; $99 The best protection from most crimes is prevention. However, if prevention fails, your best chance is to fight back. But how? This class will teach you how to recognize potentially dangerous situations and escape from the most common attacks. Just $99 includes this five week course and a uniform. Don’t become a statistic!

Fri., April 2

Greensboro Blues Festival

Greensboro Coliseum Complex; 1921 W. Lee St., Greensboro; 800.745.3000;; 8 p.m.; $39.50 to $49.50 Rescheduled for tonight: it’s is the Greensboro Blues Festival, which is not to be confused with the Carolina Blues Festival taking place on May 8. This event was originally scheduled for Feb. 5. World-class blues entertainers J. Blackfoot, Mel Waiters, Roy C., Sir Charles Jones, Theodis Ealey, Shirly Brown and Calvin Richardson will share the stage. Come out for a night of highenergy music and entertainment!

Tickets are available at the Coliseum box office, and by phone.

Sun., April 4


Gold and gem panning

Castle McCulloch; 3925 Kivett Drive, Jamestown; 336.887.5413;; 11 a.m.; $4 admission/$10 buckets Come tour the historic McCulloch Gold Mill and pan for gold, emeralds, rubies, garnets, amethyst, crystals and much more! You’ll learn the history of the mill and see minerals and gems from around the world and outer space. You can also bring a picnic. The Mill is only open to the public on Sundays. Mondays through Thursdays are by appointment only. Visit the website for a coupon!

Mon., April 5

After school arts

Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center; 1700 Orchard St., Greensboro; 336.373.5881;; 2:30- 6 p.m.; $35/week Have a case of the Monday’s…in a good way. Send the kids to the Caldcleugh Center after school to get homework assistance as well as participate in activities such as music, art, dance and theatre. Students in grades K-6 will have an hour of study time to do homework and get extra help in problem areas. Then they’ll learn about the artistic cultures of the world through projects and daily activities. April’s theme is West Africa.

Students will learn the history, songs and geography of the region.

Tues., April 6

Drug discovery on tap

The Green Bean; 321 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.758.5282; www.scienceandsociety.uncg. edu; 7:30 p.m.; FREE Did you know about 25 percent of medicines, including more than 60 percent of anticancer agents and antibiotics, are derived from nature? Dr. Nicholas Oberlies of the UNCG Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will give a talk about how researchers are using natural products to create drugs for all kinds of diseases. This is part of the Science on Tap lecture series designed to inform citizens on complex scientific issues that they face on a daily basis.

Wed., April 7

An evening with Ween

Millennium Center; 101 W. 5 th St., Winston-Salem; 336.723.3700;; 9 p.m.; $26 adv./$30 day of show Alternative rockers Dean and Gene Ween – also known as the unrelated duo of Mickey Melchiondo and Aaron Freeman – appear tonight at the Millennium Center. The band formed in Pennsylvania in 1984 when the two met in an eighth-grade typing class. Ween has gained a large underground fan base and is currently touring the country. Advance tickets are available at or by phone at 919.967.9053.