The Weekender: May 16-18

The future is Unknown at the Blind Tiger Saturday.

The Weekender is running a little late today due to a late-night airport run through an absolute monster of a rainstorm and a necessary stop at the Waffle House in Burlington, because when someone tells you they’ve never been to a Waffle House, you must quickly rectify the situation. That’s just Southern hospitality.

But never fear. This is one of the busiest weekends of the spring so far, with scores of great events. Our curated list of picks should keep you hopping until you fall into bed Sunday night, exhausted and fulfilled. Get it delivered directly to your inbox here. And as always, please forward to your friends. 


  • Winston-Salem commenter Steve Fowler reminded us of the Greek Festival at the Greek Orthodox Church that runs all day through Sunday. The cultural experience includes great food, singing and dancing, church tours, a marketplace with goods imported straight from the Peloponnese peninsula, cooking demos and stuff for the kids.
  • Also in Winston-Salem, Triad Stage’s Brother Wolf continues its run at the Hanesbrands Theatre. Just one mroe week to catch this one.
  • More Camel City: The Arts Council Theatre brings the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe for Soul Crooners, a celebration of the 1970s groove. Shows are Friday and Saturday.


  • TCB Associate Editor Eric Ginsburg is really digging the notion of bicycle polo — which I’m pretty sure I invented in the fifth grade. Humor him and hit Greensboro’s Lake Daniel Park today at 6 p.m.
  • My pal Dusty Keene (who loves a good name-check once in a while) hosts the Just One More Quarter video-game art show at his spot, Common Grounds in Greensboro’s Whiskey District, which is now officially a thing.  It’s curated by artist Jeff Beck, whose Menace Inc. occupies the back room. Cheap and cool art, a DJ and a 3-D printing demo round out the evening, which begins at 6 p.m.
  • There’s nothing that isn’t cool about Winston-Salem’s Reanimator, a “record store, beer bar and performance space” near Krankies. Tonight they’ve got Super Goth Klubb with Baltimore’s Curse and Primovanhalen. Buck the trend and don;t wear black.
  • And in Greensboro’s Crown, high atop the Carolina Theatre, Diali Cossokho & Kaira Ba joined by Bruce Piephoff, the Bard of Tate Street, and Scott Sawyer. This is the type of show for which this venue was designed. Let’s hope it gets some support.



  • Wind it down with the peaceful vibe at Gaia Conceptions, home of eco chic, where the new retail boutique Nomad opens with demos, an art market, refreshments and a performance by Amelia’s Mechanics. This one’s a freebie, starting at 11 a.m.