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by Keith Barber

By the time you read this, I’ll be preparing for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off Jan. 21 in Park City, Utah. Even you can’t make the 2,500-mile trek westward, there’s still plenty of arts happenings in the Piedmont Triad.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ School of Drama presents Broadway Bound, a musical cabaret, Friday at 8 p.m. in the Proscenium Thrust Theatre of Performance Place on the UNCSA campus in Winston-Salem. The cabaret is being staged to raise money to send graduating college seniors in Drama (Studio IV) to Los Angeles, where they will give a presentation to industry agents, casting directors, producers, etc., later this year. The project is titled ArtsBound”; for more information, see www.uncsadramashowcase.com. There is a suggested donation of $20.

The Open Space Caf’ Theatre presents The Odd Couple, Oscar and Felix, based on Neil Simon’s classic comedy about two middle-aged bachelors trying to co-exist. The show opens Jan. 21 and runs through Jan. 30. Show times are as follows: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults; $17 for seniors and students and $10 for all patrons under age 17.

On the arts horizon, come celebrate Valentine’s Day with Piedmont Opera as it presents an afternoon filled with scenes from Romeo and Juliet to the more contemporary sounds of Gershwin’s love songs. There will be something that makes everyone’s heart beat faster. The concert will be followed by a wine and dessert reception hosted by Dewey’s Bakery. This performance will be at 3 p.m. at Brendle Hall on the campus of Wake Forest University. For further info, visit piedmontopera.org.

And finally, the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro in cooperation with the Greensboro Partnership is pleased to announce Allen Broach, owner and operator for Broach & Company Marketing Communications, as recipient of the 2010 O. Henry Award.

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