The Weekender: Sept. 5-7, Couture Edition

Fashion, film and meat on the bone collide this weekend.

This is one of those weekends where there’s so much going on it would be a crime to stay home… until Sunday, that is. But before the 1 p.m. kickoff of the first week of football season, it’s all about city life.


  • It’s Fashion Week in Greensboro, the first ever, taking over the entire Elm Street Center for two nights with freakishly attractive models, clothes from local and national designers, a VIP cigar lounge, a row of sexy sports cars on February One Place and a full-on red-carpet experience. Read on for details, or just go ahead and lock down a ticket here before they sell out. (GSO)
  • The East West BBQ Fest benefits from six ribmaking champions on hand for the competition, but also a name that rhymes. There’s more to this one than just meat on the bone: live music, lucha libre wrestling, a side show, a saloon and a beer hall are but a few of the elements that make up this pork-based village. It runs through Sunday in downtown Greensboro. (GSO)
  • Triad Stage‘s newest Greensboro work, The 39 Steps, is an adaptation of a book and Hitchcock film — a witty tale of international espionage and deceit. It runs through Sept. 28. (GSO)
  • And High Point brings it on two wheels with the High Point Cycling Classic, a weekend-long criterium for the 2014 pro championships with events, rides and races for enthusiasts of all ages. The accompanying street festival features a kids zone, live music, eats and drinks and merch from the biggest local and national names in cycling. (HP)


  • It’s First Friday all over the Triad! Well… in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, anyway. This particular alliteration has not yet taken root in High Point. Downtown Greensboro’s got food trucks at the Carolina Theatre, openings at the Weatherspoon, surprises from the resident artists at Elsewhere and literally dozens of other pockets of creative energy. (GSO)
  • Highlights in Winston-Salem include Latino Perspectives at the Delta Arts Center, a sweet new show at Delurk and in what may be the best band ever assembled in the Camel City since the 5 Royales, a celebrity-studded busking outfit will perform on Trade Street. From our guy Chad Nance at the Camel City Dispatch: “Headliners include Arts Council President and CEO, Jim Sparrow, playing the clarinet; County Manager Dudley Watt, banjo; Winston-Salem Monthly Editor Michael Breedlove and twin brother on guitar and percussion; Michael Hastings, Winston-Salem journal food editor, on guitar and vocals; Tommy Priest, Krankie’s Airstream, vocals; David Ford, host, ‘Triad Arts,’ WFDD radio, jazz keyboard; Cameron Kent, WXII TV news anchor and author, guitar; Mary Siebert, arts director at Arts Based School, guitar and cowboy songs; and Eddie Garcia, Jews and Catholics band, guitar. Northwest Ward City Council member, Jeff MacIntosh, will be on hand to greet Gallery Hop revelers along with Stephen Mulligan, new assistant conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony, and Chad Nance, editor-in-chief for Camel City Dispatch.” (W-S)
  • It’s a night for local and student designers at Greensboro Fashion Week, starting at 7 p.m. (GSO)
  • And Glenwood Coffee & Books has a rock show with headliners White Lung, out of Vancouver. In support are fellow residents of the ‘Couve Mormon Crosses with Greensboro bands Totally Slow and Holder’s Scar. (GSO)


  • Time again for Hoots Flea Market over in the West End Mill Works. This month’s jam features a bicycle tune-up station, green shoots from the pumpkin patch, T-shirts from Sawtooth and a live auction along with the usual circus of food, music, fellowship and commerce. (W-S)
  • The Arts District will recover from a late night for a daytime brainer in Bookmarks, the Triad’s premiere homage to the written word. On the slate will be book vendors, readings, signings, Q&As, parties, good conversations with smart people and probably lots of coffee. (W-S)
  • It’s Farmers Appreciation Day at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market. That means biscuits and gravy from Alex Amoroso. (GSO)
  • The Run for the Greenway precedes the completion of the actual Downtown Greenway, but hey: It’s just four miles and doesn’t begin until the reasonable hour of 5:30 p.m. (GSO)
  • Geeksboro‘s got a Tarantino Film Festival in honor of the 20th anniversary of the brilliant little weasel’s most excellent work, Pulp Fiction. (GSO)
  • Seth Walker brings his uptown blues to the Garage by way of New Orleans, Austin, Nashville and Alamance County in support of his newest, Sky Hill Blues. (W-S)
  • It’s a night for national designers at Greensboro Fashion Week, including Cache, BCBG, Guess and ivy & leo.
  • And the Tour de Food takes a culinary stroll through Winston-Salem neighborhoods, with bites and sips along the way.


  • It’s football season. Time to get reacquainted with the couch and ease into the fall.

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