The Weekender: Aug. 1-3, Shiny Boots of Leather edition

Turns out Venus in Fur, screening at A/perture Cinema this weekend, doesn't really have all that much to do with the Velvet Underground song.

A soft rain falls outside my window  this morning as I type out the Weekender. Let’s hope this nonsense clears up before the weekend gets underway.


  • Jennie Stencil became the subject of one of the first viral videos when she unleashed what may have been the worst rap to date — about the traffic report — on WXII. So bad. The funny lady will be leaving the Triad for a new TV gig in Texas next week, but first she’ll paint a new coat of funny on the walls of the Idiot Box, where she and her husband Steve Lesser have been insistently performing improv with their troupe for a decade. She’ll be on stage Friday and Saturday night. (GSO)
  • Miss Saigon is a dramatic retelling of the opera Madame Butterfly, set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. Surely you’ve heard of all of these things. The Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance takes it on at its home theater through Sunday. (W-S)
  • Every building with a jagged roof design is a considered a sawtooth building, but bot every sawtooth is the Sawtooth, where this weekend sculptor David Edgar will be making art from recycled plastics all weekend. (W-S)




  • Congratulate my friends Madelyn and Scott Greco, the best damn bodypainters in the world, as they celebrate their most recent victories in, um, Jamestown. For this, I will make a one-time exception to our focus on the cities of the Triad.

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