The Weekender: The Real Boy Edition

Pinocchio, a strange coming-of-age tale with betrayal, redemption and transubstantiation, runs at UNCG Theatre this weekend.

UNCG has Pinocchio this weekend, reminding us how weird that particular fairy tale is. We’ve got an old toymaker crafting for himself a wooden boy for a companion. The kid encounters grifters and clowns, and eventually turns into a jackass while his owner is swallowed by a whale in an echo of the biblical tale of Jonah. Oh, and when the kid lies, his nose grows. What would Freud have said about that?



  • The Music Academy of North Carolina hosts soprano Jill Gardner in an evening concert at UNCG’s McIver Hall, followed by a meet-and-greet reception with the artist, and a Saturday master class with the singer. (GSO)
  • UNCG Theatre opens Pinocchio at the Taylor Theatre tonight. This retelling of the classic fairy tale puts a modern twist on the story. (GSO)
  •  The Hispanic Arts concert at Carter G. Woodson School is the culmination of a three-week artist-in-residence program for the Hispanic Arts Initiative, the show features music and dance from the countries of Latin America. (W-S)
  • The Cumberland Ghost band joins the aerialists, fire dancers and other tricksters of the Southern Fried Circus to bring a multimedia piece of performance art to celebrate the Spring Equinox at the Blind Tiger tonight. Shoot for a 10 p.m. start time. (GSO)


  • This year’s Tour of Fine Spaces by Junior League of Winston-Salem highlights “innovative kitchen, bath and living concepts,” wending its way through some of the city’s most beautiful homes.  (W-S)
  • If you’re pregnant, if you know someone who is or if you plan to one day be with child, the Baby Belly Bazaar can help with lectures, vending and artists all dedicated to the rituals of motherhood. It begins at 11 a.m. at the Greensboro Cultural Center and is free and open to the public. (GSO)
  • Vol. 3, Issue 1 marks two years of Amplifier, the indie ’zine that covers the music scene from Murphy to Manteo — which is fancy way of saying “statewide.” Bands at the Crown include the Bronzed Chorus, Earth Mover, Ivadell and headliner 1970s Film Stock. It starts at 8 p.m. (GSO)
  • Big Ron Hunter has been a happy bluesman, whatever that means, ever since 2007, when the Music Maker Relief Foundation brought him out of obscurity. The Winston-Salem native, a protege of Guitar Gabriel, plays the Community Arts Cafe tonight. (W-S)