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Murder Most Foul

Who’s the culprit? No, not Col. Mustard or Miss Scarlett of Clue fame, but the fitness instructor, perhaps? Or the barmaid or used car salesman? Don your deerstalker’s cap and grab a magnifying glass for Community Theatre Greensboro’s Whodunit Mystery Party at 7 p.m. on January 25 at O.Henry Hotel (622 Green Valley Road). Start with a cocktail and then roam through the hotel, partaking of tasty eats courtesy of Chef Leigh Hesling, as you try to solve the case of the guest who was, er, iced at the hotel bar. For info call Community Theatre Greensboro at (336) 333-7470, ext. 205. Tickets: eventbrite.com.

Hitching Post

Just say “I do,” to the Wedding Fair, which acts as a matchmaker on January 6 at Embassy Suites/Greensboro (204 Centreport Drive). The one-stop shop — or browse — helps brides and grooms plan ahead and avoid breaking the bank, thanks to the on-site gurus who will give the 411 on wedding gowns and tuxedos, venues, florists, music, photographers and more. Can’t make this show? Not to worry: You can catch it on January 6 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds (300 Deacon Boulevard) or February 2 at Greensboro Coliseum (1921 W. Gate City Boulevard.). Tickets and info: www.33bride.com.

Wheelin’ and Dealin’

What happens when a veteran with a questionable past gets ahold of a ’39 Ford — in postwar Alabama? Why, White Lightning, of course. The play by Elyzabeth Gregory Walker, is an homage to the roots of NASCAR. Its protagonist is Avery McAllister, a World War II vet determined to put his past behind him, which he does by ripping down Alabama’s road unblushingly running moonshine — until he meets Dixie. So buckle up and enjoy the ride from January 27 through February 17 at Triad Stage (232 S. Elm Street). Tickets: (336) 272-0160 or triadstage.org.

Passing the Mantle

Or rather, manteau. As the mercury goes down, it’s time to bundle up . . . but what about those who haven’t any cold-weather gear? Time to dig through your closets for outerwear to donate to the Give a Kid a Coat campaign, which kicks off January 4 at A Cleaner World in High Point (2527 Eastchester Drive) with food and fun. If you miss the big event, you can still drop off a gently used coat until February 9 at any of Cleaner World’s locations, which will mend and clean the garments before handing them over to the Salvation Army for distribution. What better way to start the new year than by keeping a child warm outside . . . a gesture that will make you feel warm on the inside. Info: acleanerworld.com.

Scripted

Ever have any trouble reading old handwriting with its elaborate loops and flourishes (think: John Hancock’s signature on the Declaration of Independence)? Well, on January 14 at 6:30 p.m. just drop by the Morgan Room at High Point Public Library (901 N. Main Street, High Point), where historian Larry Cates will help you decipher slants, serifs, sans-serifs of handwriting styles from bygone eras. You’ll be better equipped to read historical and genealogical documents — and mind your p’s and q’s. Info: highpointmuseum.org.

Perfectly Frank

Meaning, Frank Harmon, architect, faculty member of the NCSU College of Design and author of Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See. A collection of thoughts, hand-drawn sketches and watercolors, the book explores the importance of examining places and buildings. Harmon will be on hand at Scuppernong Books (304 S. Elm Street) at 7 p.m. January 27 to discuss the tome and his life’s work. Info: scuppernongbooks.com.

Porcine Scene

Go hog wild on January 26 for an early Lunar New Year’s party celebrating the Year of the Earth Pig. From 1 until 4 p.m., the Greensboro History Museum (130 Summit Avenue) will offer snacks, crafts and other family-friendly activities to give a nod to the community’s Asian heritage showcased in its exhibit, Second Generation: Asian-American, which closes February 3. Info: greensborohistory.org.

Worth the Drive to Winston-Salem

Calling all Mozart fans! Since its inception in 1978 the Mozart Birthday Concert has become one of the most popular events on UNC-School of the Arts’ calendar. Come wish Amadeus many happy returns at this year’s faculty performance, which goes onstage on January 27 at 2 p.m. at Watson Hall on UNCSA’s campus (1533 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem). Tickets: uncsa.edu.

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