Here it is Friday afternoon and I have yet to take down my first Thanksgiving sandwich — and also to send out the Weekender. My apologies.
But it’s worth the wait: This long weekend is so loaded with events they stretch into Tuesday. No joke.
- It’s a Wonderful Life LIVE from WVL Radio Theatre @ Carolina Theatre (GSO), 7 p.m.
What better way to start the holidays than a story within a story? In this take on It’s a Wonderful Life, only a few WVL Radio actors have braved the snow to show up for the performance. Viewers at the Carolina Theatre are privy to a live broadcast of Frank Capra’s classic Christmas tale, which means seeing the foley artist at work and the drama that happens behind the voices.
- Magpie Thief @ Gia (GSO), 9 p.m.
Imagine a stripped-down version of Joni Mitchell or Bob Dylan — not in clothing, but in instrumentation — and then give it the gritty sounds and street smarts of Greensboroans Matty Sheets and Emily Stewart and you’ve got something close to Magpie Thief. They hit Gia with their tunes of love and loss as you sit and place fancy new-age food in your mouth.
- The Second Mother @ Red Cinemas (GSO), TBA
Brazil’s selection for the foreign Academy Award looks at modern sociopolitical and family relations. The Second Mother follows a tireless live-in housekeeper as she tries to reconcile with her free-loving and ambitious daughter. Both sociopolitical dynamics and hearts are torn wide open in this touching dramatic comedy.
- Handmade for the Holidays @ Deep Roots Market (GSO), 7 a.m.
Nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday, where the unsung heroes of plush art, pottery and fiber art get a little love. Deep Roots Market hosts the market with locally sourced gifts. Find more information on the Handmade for the Holidays Facebook page.
- Ivadell LP release show @ The Crown (GSO), 7 p.m.
Amplifier ’zine hosts a release party for the experimental post-hardcore guys with a touch of sweetness, Ivadell. They perform their latest LP “Maybe Tomorrow” along with performances by Greensboro bands Torch Runner and Totally Slow. Find the event page on Facebook for more details.
- Carolina Christmas Spectacular @ Reynolds Auditorium (W-S), 7:30 p.m.
Former Olympian acrobats contort and swing to the sounds of Winston-Salem Symphony for the third annual Carolina Christmas Spectacular. Cirque de la Symphonie, a company of renowned acrobats and gymnasts who perform specifically with symphonies, performs with the symphony. It’s sold out, so you’ll need to pull some strings.
- All Them Witches @ The Garage (W-S), 9 p.m.
Heavy metal meets psychedelia and slide guitar, among other elements of Southern music, in Nashville’s All Them Witches. This four-piece is a Black Sabbath redux with more amplification and a few finger picking ballads thrown in. They play with North Carolina’s electronic-psychedelic man Jared Draughon as Must Be the Holy Ghost. Find tickets and more information at the Garage website.
- Dinner with a Side of Culture @ Café Europa (GSO), 7 p.m.
Get to know the Art of Chase, a street artist from LA who teams up with freshly pressed coffee shop Urban Grinders and the city-makers of Create Your City to bring some flair to downtown Greensboro as part of their No Blank Walls street art project. It’s a conversation with room for further participation in the street art project.
- Noshup @ Quisqueya Restaurant (GSO), 5:30 p.m.
Ethnosh, a culinary expedition sponsored by three Greensboro organizations (Face to Face, Triad Local First and Bluezoom Advertising), throws down with some Dominican cuisine. Meet the owners and see what Dominican food can do for you at this neighborly meet up at Quisqueya.
- Swingle Bells @ Old Salem Visitors Center (W-S), 4 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Experience the first wave of this season’s Christmas tunes with Winston-Salem’s small but talented Carolina Chamber Symphony Players. This jazzy group of nine brings all the classics including the sinister “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch.”
- Dragon’s Milk Release Party @ Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema (GSO), 4 p.m.
Bathed in bourbon barrels and carrying the fragrance of coffee and chocolate, New Holland Brewing Co.’s Dragon’s Milk Reserve is not your grandpa’s stout. Geeksboro is ready to let this is 11% ABV beer out of its cage and, in fact, they hold the only keg of this beer in Greensboro.