The Weekender, Jan. 30-Feb. 1:Mae West vs Mozart edition


Mae West diabetes

Mozart’s 259th birthday in Winston-Salem and a biodrama about Mae West in Greensboro sets the stage for the duel. I got my money on Mae West.

Also, Foothills Sexual Chocolate is out, if you’re into that kind of thing.


  • Dirty Blonde, running through Feb. 15 at Triad Stage, follows the trail of Mae West as she moves from vaudeville to Hollywood, bringing the icon’s story to life through the eyes of two modern-day fans. It runs through Feb. 15. See for tickets and showtimes. (GSO)
  • Greensboro’s Fringe Fest, now in its 13th year (see this week’s cover story for some context), features modern dance, experimental plays, burlesque, avant garde music and community theater. This weekend’s offerings include Not Your Mother’s Fairy Tales, a racy take on the classics, and dance from John Gamble.  (GSO)


  • Triad Acoustic Stage presents Storyhill at Mack and Mack for a one-off at the downtown clothier. Folk artists Chris Cunningham and John Hermanson met in 7th grade in in Montana and wended their way through the American folk songbook. The show is BYOB. (GSO)
  • In the lead-up to Oscar season, Geeksboro‘s got the docs and A/perture‘s got the shorts. Either one — or both, if you think you can make the circuit — would make good winter viewing. (GSO/W-S)


  • The Greensboro Aquatic Center opens its doors to all comers Saturday at noon to show off the pool, the diving tank, the Sparger system and more. Bring a bathing suit. (GSO)
  • The Ella Zoo is a children’s book of poetry by Elizabeth “Bibi” Dimmette Coyne, who is also the founder of S2udio mobile art-supply store. She’ll be at Twin City Hive to read, answer questions and lead a crafting session for the kids.  (W-S)
  • Since 1978 the UBC School of the Arts has celebrated the birthday of Wolfgang Amadaeus Mozart, one of the world’s finest composers, right up there with Frank Zappa. This year’s concert by faculty artists at Watson Hall is followed by a reception at the performance hall. Mozart would have been 259. (W-S)
  • Dead O’ Winter Masquerade Ball at the Lawndale Drive-In directs partygoers to dress as their favorite dead people, listen to great live music and support a nonprofit, EFFECT Football Camp, all at the same time. The party starts at 3 p.m., the music begins at 5 and Wanda Smith at 336.856.1013 has all the details. (GSO)
  • Crystal Bright’s live show of her new album, The Absolute Elsewhere, features a circus of acrobats, aerialists, flow-arts purveyors and mimes. She brings the menagerie to the Blind Tiger tonight. (GSO)
  • Suitcase makes music with piano, bass and drums at the Garage at 9 p.m. (W-S)