The Weekender, March 6-8: Phoning It In edition

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Unfinished Business, indeed.

Oh man, am I running late today, in part due to our awesome anniversary party at SECCA last night and in part because I spent too much time looking at the free Vince Vaughan downloadable clip-art. Vaughn, no stranger to phoning it in, would likely approve.

WEEKEND

Five actors front a lounge-y trio to pay tribute to the Duke Ellington’s life and music in this Touring Theatre of North Carolina Production that runs upstairs at the Crown through March 14. (GSO)

A quartet, a duet and a couple solos mark Helen Simoneau’s anniversary performance at the Hanesbrands this weekend, including a solo piece by Simoneau herself with original music by John CB Wilson. (W-S)

FRIDAY

It’s First Friday in downtown Greensboro and Winston-Salem, and the weather looks halfway decent. Things are slowly coming back to life. (GSO/W-S)

Greensboro Ballet lures First Friday crowds to the Cultural Center with a tango-inspired ballet in Tangos & Tutus at 7 p.m. (GSO)

Guilford Green Foundation has been presenting drag-queen bingo at the Elm Street Center for more than a decade. This installation, Bingo’s a Drag, features, as always, legendary host Shirli Stevenz, and the fun begins at 6 p.m. (GSO)

Triad troubadour Alan Peterson drops California to Carolina, his first solo release, Friday night at the Blind Tiger with support from his friends in Roseland and other special guests. (GSO)

SATURDAY

The Musical Moods Masquerade Ball focuses on “shedding the mask” of mental illness in that bastion of rational thought, the Greensboro Country Club. For tickets contact Liz Theisen at 336.275.7896, ext. 27 or email [email protected]. (GSO)

Let’s not pretend that a healthy percentage of our readers — and certainly Ginsburg and Laughlin — will be doing anything else Saturday night until the final buzzer sounds in the Duke/Carolina game which starts at 9 p.m.

An installment of the Vaudeville After Dark series dubbed “Queen of the Glammed,” will as always use improv, audience participation and props in its quest to titillate. Show starts at the Idiot Box at 11:30 p.m. No kids. (GSO)