Apologies for the delay in bringing the Weekender this week. Send an email to brian@triad-city-beat for a full refund.
Coming at you from a tall table at Hoots Roller Bar on a Thursday afternoon, waiting on the Happy Hour crowd, which is as good a place to start as any.
There’s not much going on in the cities tonight, so I suggest hitting your favorite bar or coffeeshop or what have you and getting some good, old-fashioned human interaction before a weekend of overstimulation.
- Former political prisoner and Black Panther Eddie Conway speaks at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum — a freebie — at 4 p.m. Conway was framed for the murder of two police officers in 1970, started a literacy program in prison and wrote two books. (GSO)
- The source of Greensboro’s artistic cachet, Claribel Cone and her sister Etta befriended Picasso and Matisse back when they were still starving artists, and the Cones’ art collection became one of the finest in the world. Claribel would have been 150 years old today, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum, which holds some of the collection, celebrates her birthday at 2 p.m. (GSO)
- The BINGOz edition of Green Queen Bingo at the Elm Street Center supports Community Theatre of Greensboro’s 20th anniversary production of The Wizard of Oz. Drinks with the queens start at 6 p.m., my pretties.
- The first installment of Ultimate Painting, a live painting competition, takes place at the Creative Center: Six artists have three rounds of 20 minutes each to create their masterpieces. Winner advances to the next round. See picatic.com for tickets. (GSO)
- TOW3RS, the darling of Hopscotch and PhuzzPhest puts out the new work TL;DR tonight at the Garage with support from Estrangers, Dad & Dad and See Gulls. (W-S)
- Dave Mason enticed a young Steve Winwood to defect to the band Traffic in 1967, threw in with Derek & the Dominos for a time and put out loads of solo material in the years since. He’ll be pulling from the entire catalog tonight in the Traffic Jam tour at the High Point Theatre. (HP)
- At the Greek Bake Sale at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, traditional Greek pastries go on sale beginning at 8:30 a.m., with wonderful lunch services beginning at 11 a.m. Come by in person or place an order at 336.765.FOOD. (W-S)
- The Gate City Roller Girls take on the Little City Roller Girls in the last bout of the year at the Greensboro Coliseum at 5 p.m. Sounds like the home squad has a size advantage. (GSO)
- Winston-Salem’s derby team, the Camel City Thrashers, goes after the Kill Devil Derby Brigade at the Greensboro Sportsplex in northeast Greensboro at 6 p.m. The away team has the advantage of having a badass city to name itself after. (W-S/GSO)
- Gentleman rocker Jeffrey Dean Foster hits SECCA in support of The Arrow, his new joint made with the help of Mitch Easter and Don Dixon.
- Under Director Robert Moody, the Winston-Salem Symphony‘s Classic Series brings a performance of Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites at 3 p.m., with a bonus performance on Tuesday. Get tickets at 336.464.0145, wssymphony.org or the Stevens Center Box Office. (W-S)
- Made 4 the Holidays features 100 artisans and crafters who put their wares on display Sunday at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market in this juried show with an eye towards holiday commerce. There will be food and drink form the market and food trucks, and live performances by Marcus Horth, Stained Glass Canoe and, we hear, a ukulele player. (GSO)
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