A soft rain falls outside my window this morning as I type out the Weekender. Let’s hope this nonsense clears up before the weekend gets underway.
- Jennie Stencil became the subject of one of the first viral videos when she unleashed what may have been the worst rap to date — about the traffic report — on WXII. So bad. The funny lady will be leaving the Triad for a new TV gig in Texas next week, but first she’ll paint a new coat of funny on the walls of the Idiot Box, where she and her husband Steve Lesser have been insistently performing improv with their troupe for a decade. She’ll be on stage Friday and Saturday night. (GSO)
- Miss Saigon is a dramatic retelling of the opera Madame Butterfly, set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. Surely you’ve heard of all of these things. The Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance takes it on at its home theater through Sunday. (W-S)
- Every building with a jagged roof design is a considered a sawtooth building, but bot every sawtooth is the Sawtooth, where this weekend sculptor David Edgar will be making art from recycled plastics all weekend. (W-S)
- It’s First Friday in Greensboro and Winston-Salem. Go downtown with somebody fun, buy some art and have a nice, hot meal.
- In Greensboro, Will Holt is the sole US distributor for Lekker Bikes — and also the brother of TCB contributor Graham Holt. Today he’s leading a crew of riders around town on a 24-hour cruise that culminates at the Proximity Hotel. Fancy! (GSO)
- A/perture Cinema has been killing it lately. Tonight catch Venus in Fur, which, as it turns out, shares a common ancestor with the Velvet Underground song. (W-S)
- Elsewhere shows off their acronym skills with PICNIC — that’s Partners in City, Neighbors in Community — taking pitches for “creative placemaking” projects like the big one they’re launching in downtown Greensboro. (GSO)
- Artist Zac Trainor‘s TCB Beat Box resides in Geeksboro. His real art goes up at Camino Bakery as part of First Friday tonight. (W-S)
- Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line make sweet and poignant Americana tonight at Triad Stage as part of the Eastern Music Festival‘s Fringe series. (GSO)
- All the jugglers and clowns will be out at Hoots Flea Market, the hipster entrepreneurial project that takes over the neighborhood surrounding the West End Mill Works. Vendors, food trucks, live music and art, farm goods, collectibles, crafts and homemade beer highlight this community event. (W-S)
- The Raving Knaves are likely mods, and the Tremors are certainly rockers. Together they’re Mods & Rockers, tonight at the Green Bean. (GSO)
- And at Krankies, more coffeehouse serenade with Judy Barnes, Must be the Holy Ghost and I, Anomaly, a wide spread of style and genre. (W-S)
- Congratulate my friends Madelyn and Scott Greco, the best damn bodypainters in the world, as they celebrate their most recent victories in, um, Jamestown. For this, I will make a one-time exception to our focus on the cities of the Triad.
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