Daily Beat: Aug. 4, 2014

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To-Catch-A-ThiefThe Winston-Salem Youth Chorus is auditioning children ages 8 to 18 for its 2014-15 season on Mondays and Tuesday for the next two weeks between 3 and 6 p.m. Visit wsyouthchorus.org to schedule an audition.

Today:

• State Sen. Joyce Krawiec and state Rep. Debra Conrad, two conservative Republican lawmakers who represent Forsyth County, speak to the party base at the Golden Corral at Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem at noon.

• Greensboro City Council holds a special meeting in the Plaza Level Conference Room of the Melvin Municipal Office Building, located at 300 W. Washington St., to discuss “solicitations, and selection and award of service contracts” (translation the propriety of awarding a contract to blogger Ben Holder AKA the Troublemaker). Read on for information about council’s regular meeting.

• The finance committee of High Point City Council (translation: the city council meeting to discuss finance-related agenda items) meets in the City Manager’s Conference Room in the Municipal Building, located at 211 S. Hamilton St., at 4:30 p.m. The meeting is open to the public as a matter of North Carolina public meetings law, but come early if you want a seat. Keep reading for information about the regular council meeting.

Tonight:

• The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board holds a special called meeting in the Superintendent’s Conference Room on the third floor of the Administrative Building, located at 475 Corporate Square Drive, at 5 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to approve the hiring of a new principle at Whitaker Elementary and a contract with a public consulting group for something called “EdPlan Solutions. At the beginning of the meeting the board will go into closed session to discuss an undisclosed personnel matter and an undisclosed legal matter.

• Greensboro City Council meets in the Melvin Municipal Office Building, located at 300 W. Washington St., at 5 p.m. The public hearing agenda includes two economic development initiatives: 1) a resolution conveying the Cascade Saloon to Preservation Greensboro with an appropriation of $175,000 for preservation and rehabilitation, and 2) and an appropriation of $30,000 to restaurateur/developer Marty Kotis for water and sewer extensions to a planned shopping center on Burlington Road. Prepare for a long night. Bring cases of bottled water and camping gear.

• High Point City Council, in its format designed for public consumption, meets in Council Chambers in the Municipal Building, located at 211 S. Hamilton St., at 5:30 p.m. Many of the agenda items will have already been decided before the vote. If you wanted to know the reasoning for the council’s decisions, you probably should have skipped work to attend the “meeting before the meeting” at 4:30 p.m. Among other agenda items, council will consider a resolution to demolish First Baptist Church on Washington Street.

• Paper Puppets, a musical group, perform at Scuppernong Books, located at 304 S. Elm St. in Greensboro, at 6:30 p.m.

• The Camel City Jazz Orchestra covers the waterfront with selections from the canon by greats like Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Benny Goodman, along with modern composers such as Thad Jones, Donald Brown and Mulgrew Miller. The ensemble plays two sets at Krankie’s Coffee, located at 211 E. Third St., between 7 and 9:30 p.m.

• If members of Winston-Salem City Council aren’t playing hooky at Krankie’s, they’ll be feeling the heat in City Hall when they meet, also at 7 p.m., to vote on putting a $139.2 million bond referendum on the ballot this November. They’ll also have a raft of rezoning requests to consider, along with appointments to the Creative Corridors Design Review Committee, Historic Resources Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. City Hall is located at 101 N. Main St.

• Local film critic Budd Wilkins introduces Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief at the Carolina Theatre, located at 310 S. Greene St. in Greensboro, at 7 p.m.

• Steely Dan, perhaps the most famous group to take their name from a William Burroughs book and described by Rolling Stone as “the perfect musical antiheroes of the seventies,” performs War Memorial Auditorium in Greensboro at 8 p.m.

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