The Greensboro Oratorio Society, under the direction of Jay Lambeth, presents its annual performance of Handel's "Messiah" at ( *SEE CORRECTION* ) 7 p.m. Tuesday at War Memorial Auditorium in Greensboro. Admission is free, and a free-will offering will be taken. Call 373-1100 or 373-4553. don't blink\ OFFBEAT: DON'T BLINK\ One dollar gets you in; one blink gets you out. The prize: $100. That's right, put a Ben Franklin in your pocket just for staring down your opponent at a Staring Contest beginning at ( *SEE CORRECTION* ) 8 p.m. Tuesday at The Green Bean, 341 S. Elm St. in Greensboro. For information, call 691-9990.\ \ FAMILY Fun

The Carolina Theatre, 310 S. Greene St. in Greensboro, resonates with the sound of children at 10 a.m. Saturday during Christmas at the Carolina. The holiday treat features a sing-along, refreshments, a screening of "Shrek 2" and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. The event is free but limited to the first 1,000 patrons. For information, call 333-2605. FILM

\ PAUSE Film\ How 'bout pause for a good cause? The Winston-Salem Cinema Society will hold two fund-raisers for Films on Fourth, its popular indie film series that started in January 2003. The first is a membership drive and movie poster sale from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Cat's Corner, 411 W. Fourth St. Call 725-1083, Ext. 104. Later this weekend, attend a screening of "Primer," Alexander Payne's acclaimed indie thriller and Sundance Film Festival winner at 8 p.m. Saturday at Gold Theatre on the campus of the N.C. School of the Arts. Tickets are $20. Call 721-1945.

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