The Weekender: April 18-20


Looks like it’s gonna be a cool Easter weekend in the Triad — in more ways than one. Go easy on the jellybeans. WEEKEND

  • Winston-Salem adds cycling to its repertoire of big-time sports when the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic hits the town, with events rolling all weekend. The amateurs can race in a criterium beginning Friday morning, with the pros starting on Saturday. The Gran Fondo, open to all, takes off Saturday morning as well, running through three wineries. On Saturday night, engage your kickstand and catch the big, free rock show downtown, with headliners Better Than Ezra slated to perform at 8 p.m.
  • The Winston-Salem Dash engage in a four-game home stretch against the Salem Red Sox that runs through Monday. It’s early in the season, which means that standout players could find themselves in the Big Show by the end of the summer. It’s a good time to check in with the home team.
  • Meanwhile, the Greensboro Grasshoppers take a weekend at home against the Delmarva Shorebirds on Friday and Saturday. One way or another, there will be fireworks.
  • And on the boards, Triad Stage continues its run of Pump Boys & Dinettes, with showtimes at 8 p.m.


  • Chris and Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes are the Cain and Abel of rock, which is another way of saying that it’s possible one of them may end up killing the other. Frontman Chris brings his solo act, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, to Ziggy’s tonight in the big room.


  • I personally plan to start my Saturday at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, getting ingredients for my Easter feast. Pro tip: Get there early.
  • If there’s time, I want to hit the kinetic-sculpture art opening at Scuppernong Books, in the early evening.
  • I’d have to be a fool to miss the Eric Gales Band at the Blind Tiger tonight. Dude is straight badass, a six-string fingersmith who plays the upside-down Strat like Hendrix, tours with Laurin Hill and moved from Memphis to Greensboro for the love of a good woman.


  • It’s Easter, if you’re into that kind of thing. If you’re coming to my house, expect an Easter-egg hunt, televised sports, lamb stew and enough candy to make you nauseous.
  • Ride that sugar high into the evening and then head over to the Idiot Box in downtown Greensboro, where “The Bong Show” kicks off at 6 p.m. It’s a talent competition of sorts, but the judges are viewing via feed from Colorado, where they’re heavily indulging in perfectly legal weed.

And a final piece of advice: One cream egg a year is plenty.

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