It’s the craziest weekend in downtown Winston-Salem all year when Phuzz Phest and RiverRun collide. It’s also one of two of the biggest weekends of the year in High Point as the furniture market rolls in. And in downtown Greensboro, there’s a lot of consrtuction going on. Plan accordingly.
- Phuzz Phest @ downtown Winston-Salem
We’ve called this musical weekend “a rite of spring,” and we meant it. Hot on the heels of RiverRun comes an indie music festival curated by Philip Pledger. Neon Indian headlines, joined by 50-some-odd other acts. There’s more going on than the sets; we’ve got our eye on special events like the Building & Sustaining A Music Community panel at the Center for Design Innovation planned for Friday at 5:30 p.m. and a free yoga session in Bailey Park at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning. Check out our senior editor Jordan Green’s Top 12 picks on our website, then peruse the lineup for yourself at the site.
- High Point Market @ downtown HP
It’s springtime. The buds are on the trees, the birds are tweeting and thousands of people are pouring into the Triad to behold a whole lot of furniture. Some companies have issued statements decrying HB2 and have withdrawn from the market; hopefully their action have the desired effect. If you want to go sneak a peek into this biannual local phenomenon and go sit on a lot of chairs, download the nifty iOS app so you don’t get lost in a showroom and we find you living in a wardrobe three days later. Visit highpointmarket.org for details on the weekend’s events.
- Triad Startup Weekend @ the Nussbaum Center (GSO)
What can you get going in 54 hours? According to this event’s schedule, quite a bit. On the agenda: Friday night pitches, brainstorming and prototyping on Saturday, and Sunday night presentations. The weekend’s affiliated with Google for Entrepreneurship, so you know it’s legit. While you’re there, come upstairs and say hi: the TCB office is on the second floor. Get tickets here.
- Cul-de-Sac @ High Point University
The world premiere of a new play by acclaimed playwright John Cariani, author of Almost Maine, takes place this weekend at HPU. Cariani developed the play along with the school’s theater faculty, students and alumni over the past year. Set in generic suburbia, the story follows neighborhood family drama: The Johnsons feel stuck, the Smiths feel lost, and the Joneses seem to have it all figured out. Get your free tickets by contacting the HPU Campus Concierge at 336.841.4636.
- Dash opening day @ BB&T Ballpark (W-S), 7 p.m.
The Dash returns to Winston-Salem. This local team is a Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, though I couldn’t tell you what that means. Be a true American and go watch some baseball. Select beers will be $1 through the seventh inning, a surefire recipe for a calm and respectful evening had by all. (Ball responsibly, dear readers.) More info and links to tickets are on the Winston-Salem dash page on Facebook.
Lift Every Voice: Queer Faith, Spirituality & Activism conference @ Guilford College (GSO), 9 a.m.
Participants from across North Carolina gather to honor the role that faith and spirituality play in the lives of LGBTQA communities and social justice movements, faith as an act of resistance and “queering” theology. If one or all of those concepts either sounds completely alien or completely up your alley, this day-long conference at the Bayard Rustin Center is a must. Martha E. Lang, recipient of the 2nd annual Angelic Troublemaker Award for her activism, presents the keynote talk. The event is free; visit the Center’s Facebook page for the registration form.
- Reign Supreme Paint Battle @ ArtSpace Uptown (GSO), 7 p.m.
Joseph Wilkerson’s breaking in his new gallery in Uptown Greensboro with an event sure to be epicly raucous. Twelve local artists go through three rounds of painting on different mediums (canvas, wood, then plastic) and the audience votes on who deserves to move on to the next round, ultimately selecting a champion. The art from each round will be available for purchase. Check out the venue’s page on Facebook to buy tickets ahead of time.