The Weekender: May 9-11

My Neighbor Totoro at Geeksboro Saturday.

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This weekend, we’ve got theater, music, food, anime, a guitar named Trigger and a giant organ.

Let’s get to it, shall we?


  • Triad Stage Artistic Director Preston Lane and his musical collaborator Laurelyn Dossett have written five pieces for the stage in the last few years. This one, Brother Wolf, debuted in Greensboro but now hits the black-box stage at the Hanesbrands Theatre in Winston-Salem for another run, with new staging, set and costumes. Here’s our take. It runs through May 25.


  • The federal Common Core curriculum is controversial with parents and teachers alike. Lt. Gov Dan Forest takes it on this morning at 4191 Mendenhall Oaks Pkwy in High Point — it’s an office park — at 2:30 p.m. Joining him will be Kim Norcross, the Superintendent of Phoenix Academy Charter School, and Senator Jerry Tillman who chairs the North Carolina State Senate’s Education Committee. For more info email Tyler Haymore at
  • The kids who hang out at Tate Street’s New York Pizza in Greensboro have built a genuine outpost for the creative underclass: affordable, accessible, hilarious and raw with righteous energy. Tonight on the corner comes Sharkfest 2: Kindom Chum, with Laila Nur, Hot Basic, Ameriglow and more.
  • And if you like big, old organs — and who doesn’t — get to the Old Salem Visitor’s Center tonight at 7:30, where they’l be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their Tannenberg organ, one of nine left in the world, built in 1800 for the Winston-Salem’s Home Moravian Church, disassembled in 1910 and held in storage until a six-year effort brought it back in 2004. Marylin Keiser, the Chancellor’s Professor of Music emeritus at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music will be working the big organ.
  • Chancellor’s Professor of Music Emeritus at Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, Marilyn Keiser. Admission costs $15 for adults, $5 for students. For more information, call 1-800-441-5305.


  • The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market brings it early with a celebration of things gritty: blues music and actual grits, which will be served with a surprising array of toppings. The food line begins at 9 a.m. The music, provided by the esteemed duo of Bump & Logie, begins soon afterwards.
  • Greensboro’s Downtown Greenway has a new piece of art at the Tradition Cornerstone, “intended to represent the role that Greensboro played in the Revolutionary War.” Does anyone remember that we lost the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, and as punishment we were forced to name a street after the general who defeated us? Be there at 1 p.m.
  • Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss have each covered more miles of musical spectrum than practically anybody else in the business. Throughout a career in excess of half a century, Nelson has moved seamlessly from penning songs for the likes of Patsy Cline to outlaw-country iconoclast to interpreter of the standards to hippie pot activist. The 81-year-old fifth-degree black belt probably doesn’t have many surprises at this point. Alison Krauss, who was born almost 40 years after Willie, has a good three decades under her heels, and has explored virtually every vein of contemporary bluegrass and country. The Devil Makes Three opens. Catch them at the White Oak Amphitheatre in Greensboro tonight.
  • The Garage lines them up tonight in a honky-tonk frenzy. John Howie Jr. & the Rosewood Bluff join with the bo-stevens and their bassist Billie Feather, who takes a solo set. Odds are she steals the show.
  • And Geeksboro begins a monthlong anime festival featuring the work of Hayao Miyazaki today at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. and continuing every Saturday through May. My Neighbor Totoro starts things off.


  • It’s Mother’s Day. Take your mother to brunch.