The Weekender: Blues for Gordon Edition

A final sendoff by James Booker.

I’m headed up to New Jersey this weekend to lay to rest my uncle, who went too young.

Gordon was a big blues fan. Big. So I’d like to dedicate this bluesy piano dirge from James Booker in his memory. Seems appropriate.

There’s plenty to occupy yourselves with while I’m gone. The Weekender follows.


  • An Evening of Short Plays @ Stephen D. Hyers Theatre (GSO), 8 p.m.
    The Drama Center Playwright’s Forum, based in Greensboro, presents Stage Fright, a collection of 10 to 15 minute long original plays. Members of the playwright’s forum crafted each play on the theme of Halloween or horror.
  • Everclear @ The Cone Denim Entertainment Center (GSO), doors 7:30 p.m.
    If you had a radio in the ’90s you’ve heard Everclear. They were a staple of alternative rock with hits like “Father of Mine” and “Heroin Girl.” The band hits the Cone Denim stage to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their album Sparkle and Fade.
  • Raise Up @ Central Carolina Worker Justice Center (GSO), 6 p.m.
    Watch workers from across the South take a brave stand against corporations in this documentary following the movement for labor rights and $15 an hour.


  • Halloween Boo-ery Party @ Pig Pounder Brewery (GSO), 3 p.m.
    Pig Pounder, the brewpub launched by Marty Kotis, hosts a Halloween shindig with a scavenger hunt, costume contest, games and, of course, beer.
  • HalloWheels Bicycle Festival: Spooky Scavenger Hunt @ Twin City Hive (W-S), 7 p.m.
    You’ll need to poke some real big eyeholes in your ghost costume for the second night of the HalloWheels Bicycle Festival. This riddle-based scavenger hunt will take bicyclists to some of the spookiest historical sites in downtown Winston-Salem.
  • WAM Masquerade 2015 @ Weatherspoon Art Museum (GSO), 7 p.m.
    Pop art and Pop culture are the theme of this year’s Halloween soiree at the WAM. The Forge is sponsoring a costume contest, and live jazz music will enliven the festivities. Animations will be projected in the atrium and local comic artists are waiting to draw you in character.
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  • HalloWheels Bicycle Festival: HalloTweed @ Millennium Center (W-S), 9:30 p.m.
    For the last day of the bicycle festival, riders are going tweed. Get on your best clothes for the English countryside and support a more cycling friendly city.
  • Pumpkin Pancake Celebration @ Greensboro Farmers Curb Market (GSO), 8 a.m.
    To celebrate the fall season Chef Alex Amoroso dishes out his pumpkin pancakes at the GFCM. You can guess the pumpkin weight and dress in costume for this celebration of all things pumpkin.
  • Carmina Burana @ Stevens Center, UNCSA (W-S), 7:30 p.m.
    If you’re alive you’ve heard Carmina Burana, perhaps in a commercial or film. The first and last movements, as performed by the UNC School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, start with the popular “O Fortuna,” the quintessential soundtrack for all villains. This music is so diabolical that Nazi Germany considered banning its release, which makes it kind of perfect for Halloween.
  • ComicFest @ Acme Comics (GSO) and Burke Street Comics (W-S), all day
    Halloween might be the best-fitted holiday for comics. That’s why Acme Comics and Burke Street Comics, among other Triad shops, are giving out free comics as participating members of Halloween ComicFest 2015. One of the free comics is a dark reimagining of the origin of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
  • Chamber of Beats: A Halloween Get Down @ Kohinoor Hookah Palace (GSO), 8:30 p.m.
    Turn off the “Monster Mash” and get down to the Chamber of Beats. Six DJs perform and the bar promises drink specials. Plus, there’s a costume contest for most ridiculous costume.