The Weekender: Sept. 19-21, Cameo edition

Hairspray runs at the A/perture this weekend, with Ricky Lake, Ben Stiller, Blondie and more icons from the 1980s.

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My, there’s a lot going on in the Triad this weekend. 17 Days kicked off in Greensboro last night with a slate of more than 150 events. The Camel and Furniture cities respond with heavy programming of their own. Someone really ought to rank these things…

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  • The Guilford Native American Association Pow Wow at Country Park celebrates history and heritage through Sunday with food, music and dance, vending and art. There will be serious drums and dancing as well. Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. It’s a freebie. (GSO)
  • Coinciding with Wake Forest’s homecoming, Texas Pete’s Culinary Arts Festival has live music, cuisine from local chefs, vending and more on Saturday and Sunday in the Arts District. No cover charge for this one, either. (W-S)
  • Triad Stage has two plays going on in two cities. The 39 Steps, a spoof of Hitchcock’s 1935 espionage thriller, runs through Sept. 28 at the Pyrle Theatre in Greensboro. Read Jordan Green’s take here, and Kelly Fahey’s Unsolicited Endorsement f all things Hitchcock here. (GSO)
  • At the Hanesbrands Theatre, It’s Underneath the Lintel or the Mystery of the Abandoned Trousers, in which an overdue book sends a librarian on the adventure f her life. It runs through Oct. 5. (W-S)


  • A rock-and-roll Friday kicks off with a screening of Hairspray at A/perture. The surreal 1988 John Waters feature concerns a TV dance show on which a young Ricki Lake yearned to show her moves. It’s awesome, with Ben Stiller, Sonny Bono, Deborah Harry, Ric Ocasek, Pia Zadora and the fabulous Miss Divine. There’ a screening on Saturday, too. (W-S)
  • Southern Culture on the Skids hits the Blind Tiger tonight. I once got hit in the eye with a piece of fried chicken at a SCOTS show. True story. Thank God it wasn’t extra crispy. (GSO)
  • The Tills of Asheville have signed with Phuzz Records and made a new 7-inch put together by Mitch Easter, which they’ll be releasing at the Garage tonight. Look for a slew of label mates in the room and on the stage. (W-S)
  • The Broken Parts — that’s Ben Singer, Matty Sheets and George Harris — are “heading up north.” But before they go, New York Pizza‘s got them with Kit Dean, Jack Carter and the Raving Knaves. (GSO)


  • It’s a crazy day, with a lot going on. But do us a solid and go to the Corner Farmers Market at Sticks & Stones on Walker Avenue this morning and see our own Eric Ginsburg selling Triad City Beets, a joint project between the paper, Faucette Farms and Kickstarter donators Emily Brown and Caleb Patterson, who came up with the idea. Heh. (GSO)
  • UNC School of the Arts is 50. To celebrate they invite the pubic to a free Community Day that includes performances by students and faculty, lots of fun stuff for the kids and, possibly, an appearance by the Fighting Pickle. (W-S)
  • In High Point, ART or BUSt meets at St. Mary’s at 10 a.m. for a double-decker bus tour of the city’s first public-art project, featuring artist Chuck Foster and lunch at the JH Adams Inn. Strange… no website or Facebook page for this one, just an email: (HP)
  • Hard to believe that Natty Greene’s is already 10 years old. In customary style, they’re giving back with a street festival at Hamburger Square featuring the Mantras headlining an evening of live music, food trucks and, presumably, lots of craft beer. (GSO)


  • 17 Days, Greensboro’s massive arts spectacular, has more than 150 events jammed into its calendar. This is one of the best: a Sunday set at the Carolina Theatre with story and song by Steve Earle, a real troubador with many tales to tell. A lot of people know him from roles in “Treme” and “The Wire,” but I learned about him from my college roommate the first week of freshman year, Kirk Branch of Mobile, Ala. (GSO)