The Weekender, Feb. 20-21: The Tauntaun Edition

This weather remind you of anything?

Serious shades of Hoth, the ice planet out there, something I referred to in this week’s Editor’s Notebook, though I was informed by a commenter that I misspelled the name of the reptilian mammal that saved Han Solo’s life out there in the ice.

I feel like a fool.

Anyway, don’t let the cold keep you indoors. But bring a lightsaber.


  • It’s Restaurant Week in Winston-Salem, a first for the area, brought to you by the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership and the good people of the service industry. Almost 30 restaurants are  running through the weekend a slate of $20 and $30 fixed dinner menus with house specialties, new dishes and more. See for participating restaurants. (W-S)
  • From Paul Laurence Dunbar to Tupac Shakur, the African-American poetic tradition encompasses many forms. The Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center celebrates them all Saturday and Sunday night with African-American Poetics an additional performance on Feb. 28. Find their page at (GSO)


  • Rock the Runway, Triad Goodwill’s winter fundraiser, challenges seven designers to come up with spectacular looks pulling from the thrift shop’s ample wares. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. at the Elm Street Center (GSO)


  • Explore living history at the 19th Century village for its President’s Day event, with activities for young and old beginning at 9:30 a.m. Election cake, anyone? (W-S)
  • Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel hosts this TEDx event at noon, with the theme Hearts & Minds. Expect quiet enlightenment, counterintuitive wisdom and people with glasses. (W-S)
  • The Color Purple hits the High Point Theatre for a one-off in the Third City. The musical, based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer-winning novel, has a 2 p.m. matinee and an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. (HP)
  •  A Free Legal Clinic at the Greensboro Senior Center covers living wills, healthcare and power of attorney. It begins at noon. (GSO)
  • Dan Dos Santos demonstrates the illustration techniques he uses in graphic novels, fantasy literature and video games in an artist talk at Geeksboro at 4 p.m. We saw him first, Joe. (GSO)
  • Once Again, a one-off produced by Artists 4 Justice and director Tomeka D. Allen is “an artistic journey into the black experience,” with local performers, vending and more at the International Civil Rights Center & Museum. Showtime is at 3 p.m. (GSO)
  • The Connells of Raleigh were tossed up on the same Southern jangle-pop wave that berthed REM and Let’s Active in the early ’80s. Now that REM is a rock firmament (and disbanded), it’s fun to remember that they were part of a regional scene that was a visceral reaction against the redneck trappings of Lynyrd Skynyrd and other Southern rockers of their ilk. Show starts early at the Crown, 6:30 p.m. (GSO)
  • “Dark psychedelic Appalachian doom” as a label for Helgamite basically means the music would have been considered a variant of hardcore during the ’90s, albeit with dark and shamanic trappings. Raleigh’s Bedowyn has a classic metal sound that balances between raw and powerful. Virginia’s Lamperjaw puts a cretinous, backwoods spin on metal. Fans of Charlotte’s Viajando, with a new EP called Counting Days, hear elements of stoner and punk, but mostly they’re just good old-fashioned metal. Show starts at the Garage at 9 p.m. (W-S)