Evening standard: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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An artist reception with Fran Speight about her pastel paintings, “Green Hills and Rushing Rivers,” begins at Hutch & Harris in Winston-Salem at 5:30 p.m. today.

At the same time in Greensboro, Councilwoman Nancy Hoffmann hosts her regular “Conversations and Coffee with Nancy” public office hours at Scuppernong Books (a tenant in a downtown building she owns).

Also at the same time: SynerG, a young professionals group, will meet at Local House Bar (yeah, someone actually named their business that). Called “On Tap,” this networking event in Greensboro runs from 5:30- 8 p.m. There’s even a chance you’ll catch me there, chatting politely before trying to convince someone to play skee ball with me.

On the activist end of the spectrum, the Youth & Student Coalition Against Police Brutality and the Stop Mass Incarceration Network in Greensboro are holding a vigil for Jordan Davis, a kid who was killed “following an argument over loud music.” The vigil is at 6 p.m. at the corner of Elm and Market Streets downtown.

And around the state, people are calling for a continuation of Coal-Ash Wednesdays, an action where people abstain from using Duke Energy electricity from 7 -7:30 p.m. in protest against the company’s actions.