We’ve got some big-time sports going on this weekend in the Triad. The Wyndham is the last PGA Tour regular-season event before the playoffs, drawing just about every single player near the bubble at the cutoff ranking point of 125. The Winston-Salem Open comes just before the US Open in Queens.
Either one is worth calling in sick for.
- The Wyndham Championship kicked off on Thursday — Camilo Villegas leads at 7 under — at Sedgefield Country Club. Tweaks to the Donald Ross course have made it more challenging in the years since the Grimsley Whirlie Carl Petterson destroyed it with a -21 in 2008. (GSO)
- The Winston-Salem Open has become more than just a showcase for Page Pirate John Isner, who has the most devastating serve I’ve ever seen and has never lost a match at the tourney. It’s become the premiere late-summer social event among even those Camel Citians who don’t necessarily follow the game. Reminder: Be quiet and stay in your seat. If a ball comes into the stands, you have to throw it back. (W-S)
- The Carolina Summer Music Festival graces Reynolda House today at 3 p.m., featuring the “global eclecticism” of composer Franz Kisler in the genres of baroque, tango and ragtime. (W-S)
- The Blind Tiger is the setting for Amplifier ‘zine’s release of its first issue of the year. A slate of seven rock acts begins at 7 p.m. (GSO)
- Limelight in downtown Greensboro hosts the On the Run hair show featuring MaCray Huff from “Chicagolicious.” (GSO)
- Doug Davis punches in at the Garage at 9 p.m., one of 100 or so nights a year he spends on the road. He’ll be with his own band this time, the Solid Citizens, on his hometown stage. (W-S)
- High Point, which will not be hosting a nationally televised sporting event this weekend, has Stereo Doll at Ham’s Palladium. (HP)
- Lawndale Fest takes over the parking lot at the Lawndale Shopping Center, with barbecue, live music, video games and more.
- The Camel City Thrashers bout with the Palmetto State Rollergirls, followed by a co-ed matchup pitting the Triad Troublemakers against Team 151 at the Greensboro Sportsplex. (W-S/GSO)
- Elsewhere has Constellations and Conversations with Martha Whittington. Her residency at the living museum took aim at the collection of World War II era army surplus gear. The event will ” honor the soldiers whose lives are marked through the traces they have left on this collection.”
- Triad Stage brings Laurelyn Dossett and Martha Bassett together for Girls with Guitars, a fundraiser for Paper Lantern Theatre, with openers the Dan River Girls. This one’s early, with a showtime of 3 p.m.
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