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by Jordan Owens

Tues., May 31

Salsa and Bachata Bash

Vintage 301; 301 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Greensboro; 336.333.3190;; 7:30 p.m.; $5

Learn salsa with Suhaila and Steven, two of the most prominent dance instructors in the Triad. The party kicks off with beginner lessons at 7:30 and DJ Juancho keeps it going with music all night: salsa, merengue and bachata. Have fun dancing to hot Latino beats and enjoy performances.

Wed., May 25

The Bookup

Community Arts Café; 411 W. 4th St., Winston- Salem; 336.793.8000; communityartscafe. com; 6 p.m.; FREE

The Bookup is a new social experience welcoming anyone to join in for quiet reading time. Before the reading begins, you’ll have a chance to mingle with other readers and local writers from Press 53.

At 6:45 p.m., the reading begins, and you can settle in your seat with food and drinks to celebrate “long-form reading in a short-form world.”

Thurs., May 26

If We Are Listening

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art; 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem; 336.725.1904;; 7 p.m.; FREE

SECCA presents If We Are Listening, a short multimedia film examining issues of civility/incivility in our society. The night of film and music begins with a live performance from the Enrichment Center Percussion Ensemble and ends with a post-screening discussion with the filmmakers and cast members.

Fri., May 27

Improv Comedy

The Idiot Box; 348 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.274.2699;; 8 & 10 p.m.; $10

The Idiot Box is serving up two rounds of laughter tonight, starting with Stand Up Prime Time at 8 p.m. and followed by hilarious improv at 10 p.m. You’ll laugh yourself silly as the actors create on-the-spot smart and funny comedy sketches based on suggestions from the audience.

Sat., May 28

Playshops: Mending

Elsewhere Collaborative; 606 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.549.5555; www.; 2 p.m.; $1

Do you have clothes with tears or missing buttons? Visit Elsewhere this weekend to learn simple sewing solutions like hemming, button replacement, clothing repair and other services on demand. This mending workshop is open to beginners and experts alike. Call ahead to claim your spot.

Sun., May 29

The Glass Menagerie

Hanesbrands Theatre; 209 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem; 336.747.1414; www.; 2 p.m.; $20-$24

Today’s matinee performance wraps up the Festival Stage production of Tennessee William’s depression-era story, The Glass Menagerie. The classic masterpiece follows Tom Wingfield as he looks back on the events of his life, revealing the resilience of families and the fragility of their dreams.

Mon., May 30

Memorial Day

Backyards Everywhere

Break out your white shoes and celebrate the unofficial start of summer with the traditional Memorial Day long weekend fare: backyard barbecues, beach trips, family get-togethers and fireworks. Of course, in the true spirit of the holiday, take a moment of remembrance to honor the lives lost in the armed forces.

Wed., Jun 1

Home Run for Homelessness

NewBridge Bank Park; 408 Bellemeade St., Greensboro;; 6 p.m.; $6-$9

Fight homelessness in our community while enjoying America’s favorite pastime. Before the opening pitch in tonight’s Grasshoppers game, learn about homelessness at a fun and educational carnival. A portion of the game’s proceeds will benefit Partners Ending Homelessness.