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by Keith Barber

More than 56 years after its Broadway debut, Triad Stage presents William Inge’s Picnic tonight at 7:30 p.m. at its Main Stage venue located at 232 S. Elm St. in Greensboro. Directed by Preston Lane, Picnic is a love story set in a quiet Kansas town in the 1950s, will conclude its three-week run on Sept. 27. For further info, call 336.274.0067, ext.16 or visit: www.triadstage.org.

The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the High Point Theatre on Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Come see the festival players interpret one of the English bard’s most popular works. Tickets are $14. For further info, call 336.887.3001.

On Sept. 25, Wake Forest University presents Doubt, the Pulitzer Prizewinning play that “shines a light on the gray area between truth and suspicion,” at the Scales Fine Arts Center. Meryl Streep and Amy Adams were both nominated for Oscars for their work in the 2008 film adaptation of this story set in St. Nicholas Catholic School in the Bronx in 1964. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. For further info, call 336.758.5295.

The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem presents Moonlight and Magnolias on Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. at its venue located at 610 Coliseum Drive. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $14 for students. For further info, call 336.748.0857, ext. 201.

On Saturday, the 4th biennial West End Arts Fest will be held at Grace Park in Winston-Salem. The festival is a one-day celebration of visual arts, entertainment and food running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free admission. For further info, visit: historicwestend.org/artsfest2009.

On Thursday, Krankies Coffeehouse, located at 211 W. 3rd St. in downtown Winston-Salem, will host another installment of the Piedmont Slam spokenword competition. Sign-up begins at 7:30 p.m. with the open-mic event kicking off at 8 p.m. Admission is $3, free for patrons under the age of 18. Join some of the best literary artists the area has to offer for a fantastic spoken word event.

And in the spirit of spoken word, Rana Loca hosts The Art of Change, a spoken word event with a hip-hop feel on Saturday. Rana Loca is located at 411 W. 4th St. in downtown Winston-Salem. Admission is $5 with a canned food item. For further info, call 336.686.0680.

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