The Weekender, extended edition: April 4-6

To Be Takei, Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at SECCA, opening night of RiverRun.

This weekend is the one we’ve been waiting months for: The weather is right, the air smells sweet again and there’s so much to do you’ll wish you could clone yourself.

Most of the action centers on Winston-Salem this weekend, which means all those Gate City residents who are afraid to make the drive down Business 40 will just have to cry in their hoppy, locally brewed beers.

Me, I’m bi-coastal. Hell, sometimes I even stop in Kernersville.


  • RiverRun is huge. It runs over 10 days, with 150 films, so many you could never watch them all. On the plus side, with so many choices, it doesn’t really matter which day you go. You’ll find something good. Check out this week’s melange of cover stories, then get all up in the schedule to make your plans. If you have kids, I highly recommend the Saturday Morning Cartoon show with Big Bang Boom. If you don’t, hit up the Opening Night Gala on Friday then hit the 10 p.m. screening of All Cheerleaders Must Die.
  • Scampering alongside RiverRun like a scrappy pup is this year’s Phuzz Phest, also in this week’s issue, with just an absolute buttload of live shows, cool parties and good times Friday through Sunday. I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for Caleb Caudle, who recently left Winston-Salem for my former home of New Orleans, so I’m gonna shout out his Saturday night set at the Garage.
  • In High Point, the city comes to life for the International Home Furnishings Market, which is sort of a closed deal. If you’ve never been, it’s worth going to downtown High Point even for just a couple hours to see what it looks like when there are thousands of people there, all with fabulous haircuts.
  • And you know what else? Down the road in Greensboro, the wondrous fools and custodians of the language at Scuppernong Books have created Wordsomnia: I applaud their usage of the colon and their resistance to the exclamation point. It’s a 24-hour poetry reading that begins riday evening at 6 p.m., with 125 wordsters coming on in 10-minute blocks. Look for TCB’s Jeff Laughlin to read at some point before dawn. He’ll be the one with the beard.
  • Also in Greensboro: Mack and Mack hosts the Touring Theatre of NC‘s Duke Ellington Uptown, with five vocalists and a three-piece band channeling the spirit and legacy of the man Stevie Wonder called “Sir Duke.” The show runs Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.



  • It’s not even fair to throw a First Friday gallery hop in amid all this action, but here we are. In Winston-Salem, the arts scenesters will intermingle with the film types, making for some interesting synergy. I’m gonna give an Unsolicited Endorsement to our friend Patrick Harris, co-owner of Delurk Gallery at the very corner of 6th and Trade, the very epicenter of First Friday.
  • In Greensboro, the crowd that remains should probably make a stop in at Crop Salon, where Amelia’s Mechanics will (finally) reunite for one more performance. Molly McGinn described the trio as “honest” in that YouTuber, and that’s as fine an assessment as any. It’s an early one, 6:30 p.m.
  • My Friday pick for RiverRun is To Be Takei, which is about George Takei. It’s at 7:30 p.m. at SECCA.
  • My Phuzz Phest pick is Krankies, with a long lineup that includes Estrangers at 8 p.m. (ish?). And if you;re still on your feet, hit the Tow3rs midnight show at Single Brothers.


  • Ya herd me about those cartoons, right?
  • In the Gate City, Peeler Recreation Center holds a membership drive at 1 p.m.
  • And Earth Day at the Greenway goes down at noon at the Morehead Park Trailhead of the Downtown Greenway. Expect food trucks, live music, local crafts and at least one dude in super-tight shorts who came on his bike.
  • My RuverRun pick? Glad you asked. I’ll go with the 5 p.m. showing of a collection of animated shorts, because I’m a sucker for that stuff.
  • As for Phuzz Phest, I like Jews and Catholics at Krankies at 6 p.m., the Bo Stevens at 7:40 at the Garage, then meander between the clubs until the 11:40 set by Jessica Lea Mayfield, again at the Garage. But that’s just me.


  • You still here? How about a 10:30 a.m. showing of Siddharth, followed by a nice lunch, then catch the 4:30 showing of A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power and Jaysen Blair at the New York Times? You would think that for a film about journalism they would have come up with a snappier headline.
  • In Greensboro, members of the service industry who made a bunch of Furniture Market cash can blow it at PrintWorks Bistro, where Jessica Mashburn hosts a Furniture Market Dance Party that begins at 9 p.m., which is kind of late for a Sunday unless you have the next day off or you’re on expense account.
  • The real badasses will still be hanging on at Phuzz Phest. How about Drag Sounds at Reanimator at 5 p.m. then a sensible dinner, followed by a long, last run: Bocanegra at the Garage at 8:40 p.m., Boogarins at Krankies at 10, Catch the first set of the Love Language at 11, then book over to Ziggy’s for Kool Keith’s 11:20 set. Not saying he’s gonna start late or anything.

Now go to bed. The sun comes up early these days.


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