The National Folk Fest, paid for mostly with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and Bookmarks, which represents the type of book-learnin’ that led to economic theory in the first place, are fine demonstrations of Democratic Socialism, not to be confused with communism or Marxist socialism. But not as fine as a Greensboro visit from the patron saint of himself, Bernie Sanders, who hits the Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday — the first visit from a 2016 presidential candidate to the Triad area.
Gibe this to Bernie: He’s quick on the draw.
The Weekender follows…
- 75th Annual Folk Festival @ downtown (GSO)
This week’s cover story curates the impressive three-day lineup for the National Folk Festival, but you’re welcome to make your own picks from the site or the app. Be sure to stay hydrated; it’s going to be a huge weekend.
- Bookmarks 2015 Keynote Opening Event @ RJ Reynolds Auditorium (W-S)
Bookmarks, Winston-Salem’s annual ode to the written word, kicks off on Thursday with this keynote. David Baldacci is an author who hit it big. His books have been adapted for screen — one starring Clint Eastwood — and been sold in 45 different languages. The rest of the weekend is ripe with readings, signings, dinners, book sales and more.
- Songs of Hope and Justice @ the Railyard (GSO)
Vocalist and instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens is only one of the luminaries participating in this concert highlighting songs from the folk canon and original songs about contemporary social issues, which kicks off the National Folk Festival. Bluegrass pioneer Alice Gerrard also appears, along with singer-songwriters Laurelyn Dossett, Molly McGinn, Bhi Bhiman and Django Haskins. The show is free and starts at 7 p.m.
- Artist Talk: Xi Jie and George Jenn @ Elsewhere (GSO)
The newest residents of Elsewhere, Xi Jie and George Jenn, open their stay at the downtown arthouse by descrbing their individual visions and projects.
- Amy Grant @ High Point Theatre (HP)
Amy Grant has been called the “Queen of Christian Pop,” with a catalog that mines the more virtual and merciful moments of the human experience. But that’s not to say she can’t dance. Showtime is 8 p.m.
- Gem, Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show @ Dixie Classic Fairgrounds (W-S)
The Forsyth Gem Club has been at it for 43 years showing and selling their precious gems. “Sulfides, Sulfates and Sulfosalts” is this year’s theme. If you have no clue what those are, there will also be meteorites and fluorescent minerals to rock your pebble brain.
- Flea-East @ Bailey Park (W-S)
Hoots Flea Market is hosting this flea extravaganza that includes a food-eating contest, live bids starting at $1 and a four-band lineup of Crooks on Tape, the un-Google-able Bolmangani, Axis: Sova and Spirit System. It’s your chance to find that carpet that really ties the room together while you get down in the park.
- Bernie Sanders @ Greensboro Coliseum (GSO)
The economic populist presidential candidate from Vermont who is scaring the hell out of Hillary Clinton appears at the Special Events Center in the Greensboro Coliseum Complex at 7 p.m. Free.
- The Donkeys @ Fourth Street (W-S),
The music of the Donkeys, a San Diego band, conjures Kerouac’s “end of the land sadness” with a languorous, rich sound. Not a bad way to spend a pleasant, late summer afternoon at Second Sundays on Fourth in downtown Winston-Salem. The show is free and starts at 3 p.m.