The Weekender is a weekly, web-only curated list of the Triad’s weekend events brought to you by the staff of Triad City Beat — and, of course, all the people who fund, plan and attend events around here. Have it blasted directly to your inbox by clicking here. Then you can forward it to all your friends. Now that we’ve taken care of that little bit of business, let’s get on to the weekend, which is about as jammed up with events as a warm spring weekend can be.
- Triad Stage‘s Pump Boys and Dinettes runs through May 4.
- And the Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance has Chess, rock opera revolving around a masters-level chess tournament.
- Greensboro’s historic Carolina Theatre is the site for the Triad stop of the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, an evening fest of short films and docs about environmental sustainability and the beauty of nature. The students of Guilford College’s Cape Fear River Basin Studies program brought this one here, and they’ve got tickets at 336.316.2321 or you can buy them at the Carolina box office. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
- Delurk Gallery is probably the coolest gallery on the Camel City. To prove it, they have a rock show tonight featuring Molly Grace, R Father and Eddie Garcia, who normally astounds listeners as the guitarist for Jews & Catholics. Action starts at 9 p.m. And a Patrick Harris painting makes a great souvenir.
- Then you can always walk around the corner to the Garage, where Hammer No More the Fingers is in from Raleigh for a weekend gig. The guys from Hammer are immensely talented — not just sonically: Their band name has been making me chuckle for years.
- If Greensboro’s your scene tonight, celebrate budding literary talent when UNCG’s literary magazine, the Corradi, launches its spring issue with an on-campus fete at the Gatewood Studio Arts Building at 8 p.m. Staff promises attendees will “bathe in stickers and soda,” which is probably the best offer you’ve had in a while.
- Then you might want to wander down Tate Street and hit New York Pizza for the return of the Brand New Life, the Gate City’s most sophisticated export. They’re back in town from their new home in Brooklyn to play for the people who made it possible.
- The rise of Cakalak Thunder has lasted 10 years now. Celebrate the Gate City’s only anarchist drum corps, the soundtrack to just about every protest in town since the W days, in Glenwood, at the corner of Glenwood and Grove, for a day of fun beginning at 11 a.m. that includes a street parade and festival.
- The Spring Tickle is Greensboro’s Summer Solstice fundraiser. Get it on with the fairies today at the Greensboro Railyard at 5 p.m.
- Down Elm Street, Scuppernong Books is combining the old slap and tickle with poetry, which may be the sexiest form of writing there is, excluding limericks of course. The Burlesque Poetry Open Mic begins at 7 p.m.
- There’s a big rock show at the Blind Tiger on Saturday, too. Shoot the Moon Media is back, with 20 bands on two stages on the Tiger’s ample grounds. It’s an all-day affair, beginning at 1 p.m.
In Winston-Salem, the geeks are gearing up for Free Comic Book Day at the annual Winston-Salem ComicCon, held on Saturday at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. This sweet little con is in a larger space this year, with artists on hand and every vendor in town. Last year I bought a bunch of 1970s-era Mad magazines for $5.
- Like Lionel Richie, I’m a big fan of taking it easy on Sunday morning. I’m thinking about cutting my lawn, messing around in the flowerbeds a bit then heading over to the Lost Ark in Greensboro, where the North Carolina Spring Pinball Classic goes down at 2 p.m. Loving the Batman and Star Trek machines over there these days.
- Then do a good turn for another at MaceStock, at the Blind Tiger beginning at 2 p.m. It’s a benefit to help the musician William Earl Mace, with performances by Abe Reid & the Spikedrivers, MonkeyMind, Big Something, the Heritage and more, with a SuperJam running from 11 pm. until closing.