Every year, after the Fourth of July weekend, my old college roommate gives me a call with the bad news.
“Summer’s over,” he’ll say. “You might as well put away the pool stuff and start wearing corduroys again.”
But there’s still at least six weeks of summer left. I urge you to make the most of it.
- Greensboro City Meet moved to the Greensboro Aquatic Center a few years ago after outgrowing the Lindley Park neighborhood pool. This weekend, more than 2,000 swimmers converge for what has to be the social event of the year for the 11-16 set. I was there yesterday and saw about 100 people I know. Pro tip: Make sure your phone has a full charge.
- The Barn Dinner Theatre pairs live theatre with a nice, hot meal — very old school. This weekend they launch Showtime in Harlem: A Musical Celebration of the Cotton Club Era, which runs through Aug. 24.
- Mark Walker and Phil Berger Jr. have spent an awful lot of money to win the Republican nomination for Rep. Howard Coble’s seat in the US 6th Congressional District. The least we can do in return is watch their debate — set, curiously, in Raleigh, well outside the district — which airs tonight at 7:30 p.m. on Time Warner Cable News 14. Walker’s the more charismatic, Berger more of a hardass. I think this one’s a lot closer than people think. The winner of next week’s runoff election faces Democrat Laura Fjeld in the fall.
- Two Camel City cultural icons, A/perture Cinema and Reanimator, conjoin forces for the release of We Are the Best, A Swedish film about a trio of teenage girls who start a punk band. Check Ginsburg’s take here.
- Native son Caleb Caudle returns to Winston-Salem for a homecoming concert in the friendly confines of the Garage, in celebration of his new CD, Paint Another Layer on My Heart. Aaron Lee Tasjan and Amigo provide context.
- And in Greensboro, Blind Tiger proprietor Doc Beck will bring his 11-year-old son to his first nighttime gig tonight as Bit Brigade fuses video games and “post-rock bombast.” Imagine a badass, live soundtrack running as some dude straight-up wails on The Legend of Zelda on a big screen.
- Yeah, High Point has a TEDx Talk. And from the looks of things, they sure could use one. The action and innovation of TEDx High Point goes down at High Point University‘s Hayworth Fine Arts Center, with an energy futurist, a medicinal adventurer, a Zen storyteller and the guy from Bitcoin on the bill.
- Our friends at Hoots Flea Market, post-hipster entrepreneurial types with penchants for great coffee, guitar rock, homemade beer and DIY craftsmanship, have their monthly to-do at the West End Mill Works with food trucks, crafts worth buying and spontaneous acts of artistic creation.
- The Summertime Brews Fest is a citywide day-drink now in its 10th year. Three bands, a few thousand people and an absolute buttload of beers make for an “unforgettable” afternoon. Do us all a favor and take a cab.
- Greensboro Roller Derby reveals the new roster for its B Team at a dance party tonight at the Westerwood Tavern. These ladies know how to throw down.
- You get one guess as to when Second Sundays on Fourth goes down. Music, movies, games, food and more make up this monthly party on the Camel City’s cultural thoroughfare. It’s free, it’s family friendly and it begins at 1 p.m. with Chaplin movies at A/perture and the street life starts at 3.
- I knew Pat Freitag, Greensboro’s ardent blues supporter and general good-time gal, before she passed a few weeks ago. Her community mourns and then celebrates her life today at Bleachers at 6 p.m., with a performance by the After Hours Gospel Choir featuring Allison King-Jordan and a few words by Logie Meachum. So long, Pat. Tell Muddy I said hello.
- Not technically the weekend, but we feel obligated to plug Ryan Saunders’ Potluck in the Pit, a Dinner with a Side of Culture event designed to galvanize the creators, makers and doers in High Point. The Pit, a collapsed parking garage right in the center of town where Saunders has been throwing parties, may be the key to High Point’s future.