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by Keith Barber

This week’s edition of Found Objects kicks off with the Carolina Theatre’s 2nd annual Summer Film Festival still in full swing. On Wednesday, the festival continues its tribute to the Coen Brothers with a screening of the 1998 cult hit, The Big Lebowski. Jeff Bridges plays Jeff Lebowski, otherwise known as “the Dude.” The character is based on a real person named Jeff Dowd, a well-known script doctor in LA. I had the good fortune to meet Jeff “The Dude” Dowd at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and the man is a phenomenal storyteller. Anyway, in the film, Bridges captures the essence of “the Dude” as the unkempt stoner who gets caught up in a kidnapping plot he doesn’t fully understand. Admission is $5 with student and group discounts available. Also on Wednesday, the Paper Lantern Theatre Company presents Dead Man’s Cell Phone, a dark comedy by Sarah Ruhl. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Theatre Alliance stage at 1047 Northwest Boulevard in Winston- Salem. Tickets are $15 with student and senior discounts. For further info, call 336.721.1310 or e-mail: info@paperlanterntheatre.com. On Thursday, Alive After Five returns to Corpening Plaza in Winston- Salem from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership has teamed up with Ziggy’s Presents to bring the free outdoor concert series to town. The collaboration also presents Downtown Jazz and Summer On Trade throughout the summer. On Friday, Gateway Gallery at 1006 S. Marshall Street in Winston-Salem will open the exhibiton Color Texture Abstractions with a reception on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The exhibition features abstract paintings by Pat Spainour and Jack Hernon and pottery by Kenneth McMahan and Jonathan Lindsay. Guitarist and vocalist Drake Duffer will perform during the reception. The exhibition will be on display through Sept. 19. Also on Friday, ACT Quest presents RENT: School Edition at 7 p.m. at the Little Theatre located at 610 Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem. The Tony-Award winning rock musical tells the story of a group of young struggling artists in New York. RENT features

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