The Weekender, March 27-29: 9th Wonder Edition


9th Wonder, has used his skills with the mic and the flow for activism, education and social justice,  picking up a Grammy and a professorship at Duke along the way.  He returns to his hometown this weekend for the hottest ticket in town, DashPop. Read on….


  • DashPop, running through various venues in downtown Winston-Salem, came together through Winton-Salem native and Duke University professor 9th Wonder, who teamed up with students from Wake Forest University to stage this weekend-long inclusive music festival. Highlights include Bare the Traveler, Rapsody, Gully, Bocanegra, Big Remo and a dozen more. See  for the full schedule. (W-S)
  • The original work from Winston-Salem Festival Ballet brings Peter Rabbit and friends to the Hanesbrands stage on Saturday and Sunday for Tales of Beatrix Potter. (W-S)


  • It Follows, playing tonight at A/perture Cinema, seems really, really damn good. It features the familiar horror motifs — sexy teens having sexy times, then getting murdered — but the objectively positive criticism the film’s garnered seems to point towards the originality of director David Robert Mitchell’s vision and technical virtuosity. (W-S)
  • If you’re expecting a typical love story from The Duke of Burgundy, screening tonight at Geeksboro, you’ll be sorely disappointed. The film tells the story of Cynthia, a student of butterflies and moths, and her dom/sub relationship with her maid/lover, Evelyn. The film pushes their relationship to the limit, but not in a terrible, 50 Shades way. I think the Guardian’s Jordan Hoffman put it best when he said the film “is the most tender love story you’ll see in which a woman forcefully urinates in her lover’s mouth.” (GSO)


  • Over at the Hanes Mall they’re honoring active military with a Stand at Attention contest to see which military vets can hold the pose the longest. It starts at the Dillard’s court at 10 a.m. and runs until the last soldier is standing. (W-S)
  • Greensboro Roller Derby’s season opener at the Greensboro Coliseum pits the Mad Dollies against the Battleground Betties at 5 p.m.  (GSO)
  • Sorry Mom, a new punk power trio without a substantial web presence, debuts during a full bill at New York Pizza. Dumpster — featuring new drummer Stephanie Elko — teens-and-teacher quartet Stitches, mod-meets-Everly Brothers trio the Broken Parts and time capsules extraordinaire the Raving Knaves share the marquee. The show starts at 9 p.m. (GSO)
  • Greensboro’s Ed E. Ruger headlines a studded rap revue at Cinder for the Triad Takeover. His company does not include Sturm. Instead, it’ll feature Illpo, KiD on Que$t, Rob Misfit, Josh Walker, Jewce, Shad, Cowboy Elad XIII and Phillie Phresh. The show starts at 10 p.m.; audience must be 18 or over. (HP)