It’s Summer Solstice, we’re all coming off of a full moon high, and there are enough free yoga sessions, world music concerts in parks, and metaphysical festivals to make hippie hearts content.
For any of the rest of you, there’s also a huge beer festival. Either way, get out there and do summer correctly. Your Weekender game plan follows.
Annual meeting @ GreenHill (GSO), 5 p.m. Want to know more about GreenHill? Anyone’s invited to its annual meeting, where Stephanie Moore from the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design in Asheville gives a talk, followed by a summer exhibition opening. Learn about the quirky-yet-feasible upcoming 7×7 community arts project, and enjoy Hi-Wire brew tasting. More at greenhillnc.org.
Spark Fund Idea Slam @ Collab (GSO), 5:30 p.m. Get up on the mic at this informal event, where you can pitch a four-minute idea, followed by a short Q&A with whoever else showed up. Action Greensboro’s Spark Fund has the cash on hand for some of those ideas to become reality in their summer grant season; may the best idea apply. Beer and snacks on hand to get creative juices flowing. Find the event on Eventbrite to register.
Dance From Above present Kweku Collins and BoatHouse @ the Crown (GSO), 9 p.m. Pitchfork names 19-year-old Chicago rapper and producer Kweku Collins “the latest in a long line of open-minded, talented-ass kids to come out of the city” among the like of Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa. Check his recent video for “Stupid Rose” to prepare yourself. He and fellow Closed Sessions artist BoatHouse grace Greensboro with their lo-fi psychedelia. Cover at the door; info at dancefromabove.com.
12th Annual Summer Solstice Party @ Weatherspoon Art Museum (GSO), 6 p.m. It’s a bit late to celebrate the 20th’s Strawberry Moon, but, better late than never. Things will get kicked off with a yoga salute to the sun on the west side of the museum parking lot, then folk-rock band Gipsy Danger will bring the bluegrass. Wear your party clothes; interpret that however you want. Details at weatherspoon.uncg.edu.
Metaphysical and Wellness Fair @ Ohana Center (HP), 11 a.m. Alright, half-ass hippies, time to hop off the essential oil trend and commit to full-blown holistic medicine and energy healing. The fair’s program includes lectures on an overview of Native American shamanism, crystal healing and accessing “the quantum field.” We don’t know what the quantum field is, but we’re trusting it isn’t like a stargate. Fingers crossed. More information on the event Facebook page.
Summertime Brews Festival @ the Greensboro Coliseum, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Coinciding with Triad Craft Beer Week, the 12th annual Brews Fest descends upon the Coliseum for a hoppy day of over 500 beers in one very boozy location. There’s so much going on, there’s even a freakin’ app for the event. Drink responsibly, and drive very alertly around that road work on Gate City Lee High Point Boulevard Street. Visit summertimebrews.com to plan your day.
Cruel SummerFest @ Test Pattern (W-S), 4 p.m. Having too nice and cheery of a summer already? End the giggles now with an extended evening of dark, total-bummer noise that would make the Beach Boys gently weep onto their surfboards. The lineup includes Lesser Life, Spirit System, Trudge and Pallor, which all sound like Hot Topic nail polish names, so you know it’s good. Full lineup on the Facebook page.
Stand Against HB2 @ the Millennium Center (W-S), noon North Carolina musicians will raise their voices against HB 2; 100 percent of ticket sales will go toward Equality NC and Queer Oriented Radical Days of Summer. A lot of people are angry, so it’ll be a party. Tickets via a link on the Facebook event page; children 12 and under are free. Learn more about the concert at standagainsthb2.com.
Watermelanin @ ArtSpace Uptown (GSO), 5 p.m. ArtSpace promises “cultural release and melodious beats” at this delightfully titles night of poets, lyricists, singers, dancers and other performers, along with local vendors. If you haven’t checked out this new space brought to east Greensboro by entrepreneurial force Joseph Wilkerson, this is your best bet for initiation. Tickets via the event Facebook page.
Harvest @ A/perture Cinema (W-S), 7:30 p.m. Forlorn for RiverRun? Turns out the Triad keeps cooking up film events for lovers and newbies alike. (And should you have ever doubted?) A/perture, New Winston Museum and Piedmont Triad Film Commission launch the new Made in the Triad film series. In Harvest, Winston-Salem’s Cagney Gentry visualizes an Appalachian tale exploring the tension between ritual and change in a farmer’s life. Tickets via aperturecinema.com.