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Festival planning 22nd annual event

So far in its 35th season, the Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance has bounced across the decades, giving audiences productions based on such nostalgic fare as “Miracle on 34th St.,” the early days of rock and roll in “Million Dollar Quartet,” and “Happy Days: The Musical.”

In six decades in music, Herbie Hancock has transitioned from young hotshot in one of Miles Davis’ great quintets to guiding light for a new generation of music innovators including Kamasi Washington and Flying Lotus.

UNC School of the Arts opens its production of “The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls and Other Fantastical Comic Tales” Thursday in the Hanesbrands Theatre downtown. It offers two 10-minute plays and the longer “The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls,” in which all roles are played by female actors.

The annual NC State Poetry Contest is a free literary competition open to all North Carolina residents, including out-of-state and international students who are enrolled in North Carolina universities.

The Grammy Awards are about music, yes, but they are also about the music business, and gift bags with goodies — swag — for the attending celebrities are a big part of the behind-the-scenes party.

The School of Drama and the School of Design & Production at the UNC School of the Arts (UNCSA) will present “The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls and Other Fantastical Comic Tales,” an empowering fairy tale for the #MeToo age, beginning Feb. 14 in Hanesbrands Theatre, 209 N. Spruce St.

Becky Gould Gibson wins poetry honor

USA Today has named RiverRun International Film Festival as one of the “10 amazing film festivals worth traveling for,” and the 2019 festival will screen a restored version of “Dr. No,” the first James Bond film.

The 27th annual installment of the Outsider Art Fair, which wrapped up its four-day run in New York on Jan. 20, left no doubt about the endurance of this curious branch of the art world alternately known as visionary, vernacular, self-taught and contemporary folk art, as well as the French t…