It’s Mardi Gras weekend, fools! What are you doing in town? The Amtrak Crescent leaves the Depot in Greensboro just after midnight. You can be in New Orleans by 7 p.m. tomorrow, plenty of time for a lost weekend.
Or, you know, you can check this stuff out.
Cash Bash @ the Garage, Winston-Salem, 7 p.m.
- The first night of Cash Bash — the Camel City’s tribute to the Man in Black — features a slew of alt-country bands he influenced in both sound and attitude: the Mystery Hillbillies,theBo-Stevens, John Howie Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff, the Straight 8s and Danny Kay & the Night Lifers.
Funky Flow with Courtney @ the Breathing Room, Winston-Salem; 5:30 p.m.
- I’m probably misunderstanding this whole thing, but looks to me like there’s this thing called “flow” — some sort of yoga? — and that a woman named Courtney holds a Friday class to “classic funk and funkadelic beats” and if it’s what I think it is I could probably use it right now. Been kind of stressful for me this week.
Nastia Liukin Cup @ the Greensboro Coliseum, 7:30 p.m.
- Nastia Liukin‘s parents were both Russian Olympic medalists, so it wasn’t a huge surprise when she won five medals in the 2008 Olympic Games. Tonight, the tournament to which she’s given her name runs as part of the Greensboro Gymnastics Invitational, running at the coliseum all weekend.
Prince Igor: Live in HD from the Met Opera @ the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, Winston-Salem, noon
- One of 11 live simulcasts of the show being performed in New York City, Prince Igor “is a brilliant psychological journey through the mind of its conflicted hero, with the founding of the Russian nation as the backdrop,” according to the presser.
Eric Gales guitar clinic @ the Music Loft, Greensboro, 6 p.m.
- Greensboro resident Eric Gales is enough of a badass that he’s Lauryn Hill’s touring guitarist. It’s a pretty safe bet that he can teach you a thing or two.
- The Swamp Knots and Fred Reyes continue TAC’s tradition of quality music in small venues — in this case, a dress shop.
Ian McDowell’s Freakin’ Fantastic Fundraiser @ the Blind Tiger, Greensboro, 6 p.m.
- Ian McDowell is a friend, a fellow writer and a well connected figure among what I call Greensboro’s “creative underclass.” And he’s sick: Leukemia. But he’s not getting all weepy about it, and his friends are throwing a nice one to help with medical bills. On the bill are the Tremors, the Malamondos and Whiskey Christie & the Half-Pint Orchestra, along with a slew of burlesque dancers, stand-up comedy and an auction.
Or, you could hop in your car and head to New Orleans. It’s about 800 miles, 11 hours or so, but with a sweet time change on the way down. Let me know how it works out.