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by Gus Lubin

every day, something cool compiled by Gus Lubin

Wednesday, Jan. 14

New Faces New Music tour Confluence Coffee Shop; 12394 N. NC Hwy 150, Winston- Salem;; 7 p.m.; FREE Whether you dig Christian indie pop or if you don’t, you must admit the five-artist New Faces New Music tour is an impressive collection of talent, and it’s free. The show at Confluence Coffee Shop includes California indie artist Phil Danyew, Above the Golden State’s lead singer Michael Watson and Tennessean teen star Britt Nicole. Their bright faces and new music will entertain you from start to finish of your latte.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Latin night at the 411 The 411; 411 N. Cherry St., Winston-Salem; 336.725.1411;; class at 8:15 p.m., dancing at 9:30 p.m.; $3 for women, $5 for men Salsa night is a sexy, global twist on clubbing, which also has reassuring elements of a workshop. Arrive early and learn how to move your feet, while nervously counting “one-two-three, five-six-seven.” Talented salsaleros at the 411 are happy to instruct, or at least to dazzle, with their chains of spins, turns, lifts and passionate dips. The DJ plays salsa, bachata and meringue.

Friday, Jan. 16

LA Riots Greene Street Club; 113 N. Greene St., Greensboro; 336.273.4111; www.; 10 p.m.; $10 International LA DJs Daniel LeDisko and Jo’B bring the electro dance party to Greensboro. The duelact LA Riots have worked with Justice, Method Man and Timbaland over combined 30 years of spinning. Their sound is a complex wave of vocal and musical samples over hip hop, discotheque and drum ‘n bass beats, which is great for hypnotic grinding. As for many shows at Greene Street, LA Riots is open to 18 and up.

Saturday, Jan. 17

The Eagles Greensboro Coliseum; 1921 W. Lee St., Greensboro; 336.373.2632;; 336.373.2632; 8 p.m.; tickets on In case you haven’t heard, the Eagles are back. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band, and owners of the best selling album of all time, Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975, scored a new No. 1 album in 2007 with Long Road Out of Eden. Their reunion tour includes four long-time members of the band, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, although it omits Don Felder, Bernie Leadon and founding member Randy Meisner. Expect to hear classic rock hits like “Desperado” and “Hotel California,” as well as new singles “How Long” and “No More Cloudy Days.” But online tickets are selling fast and high for this worldclass act.

Sunday, Jan. 18

4 th Annual MLK, Jr. Gospel Fest Scales Fine Arts Center; Wake Forest University, Winston- Salem; 336.758.5864;; 3 p.m.; $5 Neither work nor school tomorrow, makes for parties tonight. But ground yourself first in the spiritual, celebratory sounds of the 4 th Annual MLK, Jr. Gospel Fest. The concert at Scales Fine Arts Center features major gospel artist Donald Lawrence along with the Wake Forest University Gospel Choir and others from around Winston-Salem.

Monday, Jan. 19

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Everywhere When Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act in 1994, they called for the day to be a day of volunteer service. You can find a long list of opportunities at A few highlights include a 2 p.m. Red Cross Blood Drive at the Greensboro Blood Donation Center; a 9 p.m. March On Washington at Washington Park in High Point by the Men of Valor Excelling; and a foreclosure prevention clinic at the Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Greensboro. Find more opportunities at many Triad organizations or make up your own. Plenty of people need help this winter.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Presidential Inauguration Capitol Building; Washington, DC; 11:30 a.m.; tickets vary Goodbye Bush and Hello Obama. Barack Obama will finally enter office, putting to an end two years of presidential courtship and foreplay. Today also ends the tumultuous era of George W. Bush, as well as a 233-year trend of white presidents. So get to the Capitol Mall or gather round your TV for this moment in history, and expect a moving speech from the eloquent new president. The whole world will be watching.

Wednesday, Jan. 21

Greensboro City Council Melvin Municipal Office Building; 300 W. Washington St., Greensboro; 336.373.2396;; 5:30 p.m.; FREE On the docket today is the Protest Petition for Greensboro. The controversial petition would allow residents to limit development adjacent to their homes by an opposition of five percent. Proponents argue for local control of development, pointing to the long-standing passage of the petition around the rest of North Carolina. The other side claims that the petition would hurt city growth, as it has around the state. Whatever your opinion, the meeting is a stellar opportunity to get informed and involved in your city.