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by Jordan Owens

Greensboro Fringe Festival

City Arts Studio Theater; 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro; 336.549.7431; www.greensborofringefestival.org; 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.; $10

JAN 27

The Greensboro Fringe Festival takes the stage tonight with its first two shows, Stag Unassisted and A Little Potato and Hard to Peel. All of the pieces featured at the festival are premieres performed by local talent who may not have a regular venue to showcase their art. The festival runs through Feb. 13 with more than 25 unique new works. Visit www.greensborofringefestival.org for a full schedule.

Wed., Jan 26

Winter Miniatures Show

Community Arts Café; 411 West 4 th St., Winston-Salem; 336.793.8000; www. communityartscafe. com; 5:30-8 p.m.; FREE

The second annual Winter Miniatures Show is back. It represents a big range of local artists and media, but each tiny work of art on display is smaller than six inches in any dimension. Clark Whittington, miniature art expert and founder of the Art-O-Mat, will be presenting awards during tonight’s reception.

The show runs through March 13.

Fri., Jan 28

Black Mama Monologues

Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center; 1700 Orchard St., Greensboro; 336.373.5881; www.city-arts.org; 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.; $5

The Black Mama Monologues go from paper to the stage as We Are One Artistic Collective’s Winter Writing and Performance Project. The performance features original work by a some of Greensboro’s own talented theater artists. Due to adult language and situations, parental discretion is advised.

Sat., Jan 29

Deodato

High Point Theatre; 220 E. Commerce Ave., High Point; 336.887.3001; www. highpointtheatre.com; 8 p.m.; $15-$30

Brazilian-born Eumir Deodato, a respected artist, producer and arranger, performs his eclectic mix of big band and combo jazz with touches of rock, R&B, Latin, and symphonic music. You may recognize his funky cover of “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” which earned him a Grammy in 1973. This event promises to be a unique opportunity to see a gifted artist in live performance.

Sun., Jan 30

Make Opera not War

UNCSA Stevens Center; 405 W. 4 th St., Winston-Salem; 336.721.1945; www. uncsa.edu/performances; 2 p.m.; $10-$20

The AJ Fletcher Opera Institute makes opera, not war in their retelling of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. They’ve changed the setting in this timeless tale of relationships to 1967’s “summer of love,” giving the classic opera a comic 20 th century twist. It’s a deceptive web of love, intrigue and infidelity, all in 1960s style.

Mon., Jan 31

Huge Used Book Sale

Beth David Synagogue; 804 Winview Drive, Greensboro; 336.294.0007; www. bethdavidsynagogue. org; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; FREE

Browse through over 30,000 gently used and well-organized titles. You’ll find fiction, non-fiction, classics, cookbooks, reference, textbooks, religion, LPs, CDs, children’s books and more. If you’re overwhelmed by the selection, friendly volunteers will be on hand to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. The sale opens Saturday night with a wine and cheese party and wraps up today, so don’t miss your chance to shop this huge annual sale.

Tues., Feb 1

Foster and Adoptive Parent Open House

The Children’s Home Wrenn Conference Room; 1001 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem; 336.721.7699; www. tchome.org; 5 p.m.; FREE

If you’ve ever considered adopting or fostering a child, this open house is a wonderful opportunity to learn a little more about the process. The Children’s Home will introduce visitors to traditional, therapeutic, respite, foster and adoptive parenting. You’ll also be able to pick up applications and sign up for training. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP.

Wed., Feb 2

Groundhog Day

Natural Science Center; 4301 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro; 336.288.3769; www. natsci.org; 10 a.m.; $7-$8

When is spring coming to Greensboro? Be at the Natural Science Center to watch Woody the Groundhog make his annual meteorological prediction. If he can’t see his shadow, an early spring will surely be on its way. Come root for the prediction you want to see!

Go to yesweekly.com for a full listing of happenings around the triad.

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