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by Jordan Owens

Sat., Apr 9

Hairspray

Carolina Theatre; 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro; 336.333.2605; www.carolinatheatre.com; 8 p.m.; $10 – $30

Imagine it’s 1962, and pleasantly plump teen Tracy Turnblad is dancing her way to sudden stardom on the popular Corny Collins show. Dress in your best 1960s style and tease your hair up big for tonight’s performance of Hairspray: The Broadway Musical. YES! Weekly is presenting a costume contest with special prizes and giveaways, so come with a ’do that would make Tracy Turnblad proud.

Wed., Apr 6

Video Musics II: Sun Wu Kona

Salem College, Shirley Recital Hall, 601 S. Church St., Winston- Salem; 336.721.2600; www.salem.edu; 7 p.m.; FREE

National touring artist Alexis Gideon will present his new one-hour multimedia video opera at Salem College. The project combines talents from a supergroup of contemporary animators and musicians to create an aural and visual experience that transcends both media. Whether you consider it film or music, high art or pop, you don’t want to miss your chance to see Sun Wu Kona.

Thurs., Apr 7

The Small Screen

Associated Artists of Winston-Salem; 301 W. 4 h St., Winston- Salem; 336.722.0340; www.associatedartists.org; 5-7 p.m.; FREE

Celebrate the kick-off of the RiverRun International Film Festival at the opening reception of The Small Screen. The exhibition features a juried collection of small works inspired by the big screen. Andrew Rogers, RiverRun’s executive director, will judge the cinema-related works on display. The exhibition runs through May 19.

Fri., Apr 8

Student Art & Design Exhibtion

CVA Gallery in the Cultural Arts Center; 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro; 336.333.7485; www. greensboroart.org; 6-9 p.m.; FREE

Join a group of talented art students for an opening reception presented by the Center for Visual Artists. The juried exhibition features original works of art and design from students attending various North Carolina Colleges and Universities. Selections include painting, drawing, sculpture and mixed media. The exhibition runs through April 29.

Sun., Apr 10

Gateway Gardens Opening Celebration

Gateway Gardens; 2800 E. Lee St., Greensboro; 336.373.2199; www.greensborobeautiful.org; 2-5 p.m.; FREE

After years of planning, fundraising and collaboration, Greensboro’s newest garden is officially opening. To mark the occasion, all residents are invited to celebrate with storytelling, live music, children’s activities and more. Enjoy a performance by Big Bugs, a tour of the gardens and a stunning display of outdoor art.

Mon., Apr 11

RiverRun International Film Festival

a/perture; 311 W. 4 th St., Winston-Salem; 336.724.1502; 2011. riverrunfilm.com; 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; $5 – $10

By today, the 2011 RiverRun will be in full swing with plenty of film-going opportunities all Monday long. Screenings include documentaries and narratives and feature work from both a Wilmington filmmaker and a contemporary French master, plus much more. All matinee screenings before 5 p.m. cost only $5! For a full schedule, visit 2011.riverrunfilm. com.

Tues., Apr 12

Scrabble Challenge

West Market Street United Methodist Church; 302 W. Market St., Greensboro; 336.230.2223; www.readingconnections.org; 6 p.m.; $30-$35

Test your word power while supporting literacy in Guilford County. Scrabble enthusiasts and spectators are invited to join Reading Connections for its 11th annual fundraiser. The tournament will include play, food, beverages, trophies, raffles, music and more.

Wed., Apr 13

The Bookup

Bin 33; 324 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.609.1833; www.facebook.com (find The Bookup); 6 p.m.; FREE

Join a new social reading experience inspired by the popular Silent Reading Party in Seattle. Bring a book and enjoy food and drinks from Bin 33 while you read to yourself. There’s no talking, no discussing and no charge — just a room full of engaged imaginations. The organizers will be collecting voluntary donations of money and books to benefit the Greensboro Public Library.

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