The Weekender, April 17-19: A River runs through Phuzz Phest

We could totally do this.

It’s the kickoff  for RiverRun, which goes through next weekend. Vying for parking spaces in downtown Winston-Salem this weekend is Phuzz Phest, which gains gravitas every year.  And don’t even get started in High Point, which has maybe 75,000 furniture people in town for market.

It’s not quite SxSW, but it’s the closest thing we’ve got.


  • Dozens of features and shorts, cocktail parties every night, appearances by directors and actors, and a modest crop of celebrities mark the 15th annual RiverRun International Film Festival, which is becoming a defining event for the Triad. We’re rolling out reviews every premiere here at the site. (W-S)
  • An absolute crapload of bands, events, debuts and more surround Phuzz Phest, Philip Pledger’s annual tribute to the local music scene that wends its way through every club worth going to in downtown Winston-Salem. See for the skinny, or read Jordan Green’s picks before you go. (W-S)
  • While Winston-Salem rocks and reels, the International Home Furnishings Market, High Point’s raison d’etre unfurls in the little-used Furniture District, turning the city into a metropolis overnight. It’s worth getting a day pass and strolling around, just to see all the awesome eyeglasses and haircuts. (HP)
  • The pitches start Friday night at the Triad Startup Weekend,  a 54-hour marathon that will have budding entrepreneurs helming their own business by the time it’s all over. (GSO)


  • Rhonda Vincent’s new double-disc set Only Me is split between bluegrass and straight-up country, with duets with Willie Nelson & Daryle Singletary (Willie hangs out on the bluegrass side, incidentally). It’s not a bad place for a veteran pro in Nashville to be, considering the various crossover permutations that have seem to have eroded country’s music’s identity in recent years. Billed as the “new queen of bluegrass,” Vincent owns an affecting voice that bears a debt to Hazel Dickens. She brings her band the Rage, one of the most powerful in the history of the genre, to the Carolina Theatre tonight. Show starts at 8 p.m. (GSO)
  • Veteran musicians and local guys the Nectar Unit play a cuddly, papa-bear variant of jam band music inspired in equal parts by Phish, Joe Satriani and St. Jerry. They’re playing at Blue Bourbon Jack‘s, one of the most hospitable rooms in the Triad, and for that matter, the only live-music venue that counts in High Point. Show starts at 10 p.m. (HP)
  • Local shooter Katie Klein taps her photography skills and life lessons for imallthatis, an art project that explores the healing power of art, and which will require her to drop everything and drive across the country. Her fundraiser starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Proximity Hotel. (GSO)


  • Dress as a superhero and run — or walk — for your favorite charity this morning at the 2015 Human Race, kicking off at the Greensboro Coliseum this morning  at 9 a.m. Day-of-race registration is okay. (GSO)
  •  Amid the revelry in Winston-Salem, the Cobblestone Farmers Market begins its season at Old Salem, where it will be every Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon. (W-S)
  • The NC Writer’s Network Spring Conference goes down at UNCG’s Curry Auditorium through the day.  “A multi-platinum songwriter, a 2014 inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, an NEA grant recipient, and several longtime, distinguished instructors of creative writing,” will be on hand for a day of lectures, readings, master classes and more. (GSO)
  • The Winston-Salem Symphony plays Led Zeppelin at Reynolds Auditorium tonight.An early setlist cites “All of My Love,” “The Ocean,” “When the Levee Breaks/Black Dog,” “The Rain Song,” Kashmir” and “Stairway to Heaven.” (W-S)
  • 27 Views of Greensboro collects essays from slate of noteworthy local authors about the Gate City, many of whom will be reading at the debut at Scuppernong, which begins at 4 p.m. (GSO)

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