The Weekender: Friday, March 14-Sunday, March 16


Don’t know about you, but I’m itching to get out of the house this weekend. Fortunately, there’s a lot of action to choose from.


  • The big story is the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament, in Greensboro this weekend for perhaps the last time in a while. As I’m writing this on Thursday evening, NC State just advanced to tonight’s quarterfinals, but it’s not certain whether they’ll be losing to Syracuse at 7 p.m. or Duke at 9 p.m.
  • If you’ve got a creative, angsty teen (I do!) and you’re in High Point this afternoon, bring the kid by the High Point Library where the regular meeting of the Manga/Anime Club convenes in the Teen Garage at 4 p.m. It’s open to ages 12-17, and Sara at 336-883-3244 can give you more information.
  • Inclement weather blew out the event last weekend, but the Female Artist Takeover gets a do-over tonight at 9 at the Green Bean in Greensboro. The slate includes Carmen BlissChris Mcauley, and The Tudes featuring Suzanne Stafford.
  • Native son Richard Clabaugh is on hand tonight at A/perture in downtown Winston-Salem to discuss his role as director of photography on the film The Prophecy, starring Christopher Walken, Viggo Mortensen and Eric Stoltz, and directed by the guy who wrote the line, “In the end, there can be only one.” Clip, anyone?
  • And the Brass Taps in Greensboro kicks off the St. Patrick’s Day weekend with a block party beginning at 5 p.m. Beer, food music… you know the drill.


  • Tournament Town, baby. ACC games at 1 and 3 p.m. A lot of tickets become available as teams get knocked out — unless it’s Duke and UNC, in which case I’d say it’s a seller’s market.
  • The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market kicks off at 6 a.m., but the St. Paddy’s Day fun begins at the more reasonable hour of 9, with Irish stew, soda bread, stuff for the kids, a raffle and more. If you haven’t yet planned your Celtic feast, this is a good place to start.
  • Finnegan’s Wake enacts an annual ritual in downtown Winston-Salem at 2 p.m. (and again at 9 p.m.): a full-scale funeral procession in honor of the holiday. Definitely worth checking out.
  • Nothing says Tournament Town like Eddie Money — who, ironically, is playing for free in downtown Greensboro at the Tournament Town Goes Downtown event, kicking off at 5:30 p.m. near the corner of Elm and McGee streets in the Ham’s parking lot.
  • It would be remiss of me not to recommend the free Girlfriends show at Ziggy’s in downtown Winston-Salem at 8 p.m., with Green Needles. Jordan Green says, “Whatever brand of retro they are, the sound is right.”


  • It’s Sunday. The ACC tourney finals are on at 1 p.m. Then maybe a little nap afterwards. It’s been a big weekend.