The Weekender: June 20-22 Summer Solstice edition

See 'Space Jam' for free at Center City Park in Greensboro after dark on Friday.

Tomorrow is officially the first day of summer, So I guess it’s kay to start complaining about the heat — but only if you didn’t complain about the cold over the winter. You can’t do both.

It will definitely be hot, and many of this weekend’s events take place outdoors. Hydrate accordingly.

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  • All’s Well that Ends Well keeps on ticking at Triad Stage through June 28, with shows through Sunday. It’s Shakespeare, dude.


  • The Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro puts on an elaborate Summer Solstice party, its 10th, with an opening exhibit, a bartender/artist duo Fallen Fruit and their custom cocktail, live music with Jonny Alright and Roseland, stuff for the kids, food trucks and more.  As one Facebook friend put it, this looks legit. Action begins early, 6:30 p.m.
  • Down the road at Center City Park, a free screening of Space Jam begins after dark. The 1996 film starring Michael Jordan and his NBA cohort along with Bugs Bunny and his pals, is still culturally valid.
  • And at Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem, it’s the Drive-By Truckers with Don Chambers.
  • And hey-ho! We got free live music in High Point, North Carolina, of all places. Jazz in June goes down in the Washington Street neighborhood, where the Kilby Hotel once stood, with live music, live art and just life in general. Come on out — the city needs you.


  • The Amnericanarama continues with a freebie in downtown Winston-Salem for Summer on Trade. The set by Possum Jenkins begins at 7 p.m.
  • In the Greensboro Arboretum, the annual rite of the season, the Summer Solstice, brings out the fairies and dancers and such beginning at 2 p.m. It is definitely surreal. Stick around until after dark for the fire show.
  • Single Brothers in Winston-Salem throws their own bohemian solstice party with a Low Country boil, a 2.5- and 5-mile Sun Run, an evening house party and a nighttime anniversary celebration. It’s for good causes: two local charities and longtime bartender Jay Dunbar, who is moving on.
  • Speaking of the avant garde… tactical urbanist Ryan Saunders throws Power to the People’s Transit, rescheduled to Greene Street Club. The kid wants to build a transportation co-op to demonstrate the power of public transportation. He’s throwing in a solid lineup: Kopecky Family Band, Love Language, Jack Carter & the Armory, and David Wimbish & Friends.
  • If you “don’t get” public transportation, maybe the first annual Right Wing Brewfest is for you. Thrown by the Guilford County Republicans at their headquarters and beginning at 11 a.m. (really, guys?), this could well be the most interesting event of the weekend.


  • It’s the US vs Portugal in World Cup action at 6 p.m. The whole world will be watching! Join them at Small Batch Beer Co., where a preceding set by My Brother Skyler (of High Point!) highlights a street party at 3 p.m.For a less rowdy viewing, try A/perture, which will be streaming the game. Or watch at Geeksboro. Or any sports bar in the country. If we win, it’s a huge accomplishment for the US squad. If we lose, we can all go back to ignoring the world’s favorite game.