As if it’s not enough to continue to suffer from discriminatory legislation, today we’ve lost a musical legend. His Royal Badness, the Prince, passed away today. Among many other things, the original cause of those “Parental Advisory: Explicit Content” labels. An icon, and influencer and a legend.

Well. “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.”

One weekend at a time.

All weekend

  • Wrongs of Passage @ Triad Stage Upstage Cabaret (GSO) Teens and young adults who have been or currently are in the foster care system in Guilford and Forsyth counties share their experiences of trauma through theater, and in doing so, creatively transcend the abuse through the power of claiming their stories together. TCB intern Joanna Rutter wrote about this play for her debut cover story, and spent the better part of the past month hanging out with these actors and watching them work through these tough themes, so take it from us: you do not want to miss it. Read the story here, and get tickets at Triad Stage.
  • God of Carnage @ GTCC Center for Creative and Performing Arts Theatre (HP) What happens when two families get together to discuss a fight their sons got into? Dark comedy about human depravity ensues, of course! Watch this meeting between so-called civilized adults spin wildly awry. The Broadway production won the 2009 Tony for comedy, and is most successful in how it pokes at human facades and what lies underneath them, says Joshua Waterstone, who directs. Tickets can be purchased through High Point Theatre.

Thursday

Friday

  • Kansas Bible Company @ the Garage (W-S), 9 p.m. Paste Magazine said they’re “damn brilliant” and Audiotree said the 12-piece outfit of brass-anchored psychedelic rockers is “stretching the boundaries of space and time.” Go check it out to see if the reviews stack up as they tour their forthcoming LP, Paper Moon. The album is reportedly about changes, of which one is worth noting: 11 band members moved into the same house in Nashville, only to see several leave. Apparently they made a rock album instead of a reality TV show about it. More info and tickets at the-garage.ws.

Saturday

  • NC Writer’s Network Spring Conference @ UNCG (GSO), 8:30 a.m. The ink you smell in the air may just be all the aspiring and established writers rolling in to the Gate City for this verbal bonanza of career encouragement and spurring-on. NC authors, including some from Greensboro such as Quinn Dalton, will be teaching master classes throughout the day. Register on-site on the day of; some classes are still open. An open mic event will be followed by “Slush Pile Live!” in which authors provide feedback on anonymous work. Go to ncwriters.org for the full lineup.
  • Piedmont Earth Day Fair @ Winston-Salem State Fairgrounds (W-S), 10 a.m. Both claiming to be the largest Earth Day celebration and one-day environmental education event in the region, this event is so free, a tree will pay you to come. Not really. But there is free parking, free admission, free activities and free entertainment throughout the day. And free nature! Teach your kids about how to take care of the earth we have ruined for them. (Sorry, kiddos.) Un-fun fact: If you drink from a plastic water bottle and chuck it into the trash on Earth Day, a baby sea lion somewhere weeps. Enter the fairgrounds through Gate 5 and park in the Midway lot. Visit peanc.org for more info about why we need this festival in the first place.
  • Trespassing Across America with Ken Ilgunas @ Scuppernong Books (GSO), 4 p.m. Former Stokes County resident and author of Walden on Wheels (two years spent living in a van while in grad school at Duke, like ya do), wrote a new book and returns to central NC to promote it, this time discussing this travel memoir of the four months he spent hiking the Keystone XL route, 1,700 miles from Canada to Texas, all told. We have cause to believe it makes A Walk in the Woods sound like sissy stuff, but go hear for yourself. Visit scuppernongbooks.com for more details.
  • Roller Derby double header @ the Coliseum (GSO), 6 p.m. The derby girls in town aren’t here to mess around. With strong players (with equally strong names) like Miss Shuggenah and Rum and Choke, Greensboro Roller Derby’s teams Roller Girls and Counterstrike are ready to pummel their challengers from Atlanta and New River in a killer double header guaranteed to give you your money’s worth of fierce decimation through whips, maneuvers and plays. It’s the second bout in what is sure to be an excellent season. Get tickets here.

Sunday

  • The Artist’s Studio presents: Solo Olos @ SECCA (W-S), 5 p.m. SECCA and UNCSA are partnering for their second edition of the Artist’s Studio, a collaboration exploring and showcasing creative process in contemporary art. (Short version: required curriculum for anyone who’s ever looked at a Mondrian and said, “I could do that.”) UNCSA students of contemporary dance, working under the instruction of faculty member Abigail Yager, perform a work by world-renowned choreographer Tricia Brown entitled Solo Olos. After the live dance performance, there will be a period of discussion about the work led by Yager. For more information visit www.secca.org or www.uncsa.edu.