Is it just me, or did this week take longer than most?
Maybe it’s me.
Anyway, here’s what we got:
- It’s time for the most exciting weekend in sports: the opening weekend of the Final Four NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, where brackets are busted, Cinderellas crowned and nobody wants to be at work. No one will blame you if you spend the entire weekend in front of the television watching the games. At least, I won’t blame you.
- But if you’re the type who likes to be among the other humans, Winston-Salem is the place to be Friday night. The Winston-Salem Light Project, “a multi-media public art initiative using Winston-Salem NC as the canvas,” officially kicks off with an installation of art and light over half a mile of the Winston-Salem Strollway. It runs through April 20, dovetailing neatly with RiverRun. I believe we call that synergy, folks!
- If you’re itching for some hoops of a different sort, head to the Joel, where the Harlem Globetrotters will be making a mockery of the sloppy, scrappy college game. Here’s a tip: Take the Generals and the points.
- Gloria opens at the A/perture Cinema on Friday. Gloria, a “woman of a certain age,” works the adult singles scene to curb her loneliness until she meets Rodolfo, at which point I understand things get pretty hot and steamy. Its run at the A/perture begins Friday and runs until Thursday next week.
- Earshot Records in Winston-Salem is inviting some artists from its Art on Record show back for solo shows featuring music-inspired art. Ian Bredice’s show, a punk-themed set called God Save the Machine, opens with a reception Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Plus, it’s free and there will be refreshments. Bredice’s work will be up through April.
- Soylent Greensboro, resident comedy troupe of the City Arts Center, hold shows at 7 and 8:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Cultural Center — the early show is family friendly; the late one is tagged “We are not responsible.” Be warned.
- The Greensboro Roller Derby action kicks off at 5 p.m. as the two Greensboro squads — the Battleground Betties and the Elm Street Nightmares — face off in hyperlocal action at the Greensboro Coliseum. Look for members of the Triad City Beat crew in the crowd.
- Winston-Salem Junior League’s Tour of Fine Spaces is a straight-up real estate smorgasbord of some of the city’s best listings appeals to builders and architects, agents and brokers, interior designers and people who just like to look at great dwellings. Find out about ticketing at jlws.org/touroffinespaces.
- The Hispanic League and Piedmont Craftsmen present a night of wines from South Africa, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Australia and North Carolina, with remarks by bilingual sommelier Peter Mikeal and Carlos Mungia, co-owner of Dos Familias Winery, the first Latin-American-owned winery in the state.
- New Orleans’ own Preservation Hall Jazz Band hits the Carolina Theatre courtesy of Arts Greensboro tonight at 8 p.m. This is the old-school jazz, born in the brothels of Storyville, honed on Bourbon Street and aged over the years.
- Inequality and Social Justice in a Changing World, an exhibit of works from the Permanent Collection at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro “speak[s] volumes about the conditions of the working class, disparities in global wealth and power, and the rights of women and ethnic groups in the modern world,” according to a presser. It kicks off today and runs until June 22, so there’s plenty of time to check it out.
- Then it’s back to the Carolina. Following its christening last week for Amplifier ’zine’s party, the Crown is mustered back into service on March 23 as Jack Carter & the Armory celebrate the release of their new record, Billy the Kid. Only two tracks into the album, a listen yields exquisite sonic pleasures derived from wry lyricism and stirring sonic confection.
One thing you won’t be doing this weekend is watching NC State play basketball. Are you freakin’ kidding me?