The Weekender is running a little late today due to a late-night airport run through an absolute monster of a rainstorm and a necessary stop at the Waffle House in Burlington, because when someone tells you they’ve never been to a Waffle House, you must quickly rectify the situation. That’s just Southern hospitality.
But never fear. This is one of the busiest weekends of the spring so far, with scores of great events. Our curated list of picks should keep you hopping until you fall into bed Sunday night, exhausted and fulfilled. Get it delivered directly to your inbox here. And as always, please forward to your friends.
- Winston-Salem triad-city-beat.com commenter Steve Fowler reminded us of the Greek Festival at the Greek Orthodox Church that runs all day through Sunday. The cultural experience includes great food, singing and dancing, church tours, a marketplace with goods imported straight from the Peloponnese peninsula, cooking demos and stuff for the kids.
- Also in Winston-Salem, Triad Stage’s Brother Wolf continues its run at the Hanesbrands Theatre. Just one mroe week to catch this one.
- More Camel City: The Arts Council Theatre brings the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe for Soul Crooners, a celebration of the 1970s groove. Shows are Friday and Saturday.
- TCB Associate Editor Eric Ginsburg is really digging the notion of bicycle polo — which I’m pretty sure I invented in the fifth grade. Humor him and hit Greensboro’s Lake Daniel Park today at 6 p.m.
- My pal Dusty Keene (who loves a good name-check once in a while) hosts the Just One More Quarter video-game art show at his spot, Common Grounds in Greensboro’s Whiskey District, which is now officially a thing. It’s curated by artist Jeff Beck, whose Menace Inc. occupies the back room. Cheap and cool art, a DJ and a 3-D printing demo round out the evening, which begins at 6 p.m.
- There’s nothing that isn’t cool about Winston-Salem’s Reanimator, a “record store, beer bar and performance space” near Krankies. Tonight they’ve got Super Goth Klubb with Baltimore’s Curse and Primovanhalen. Buck the trend and don;t wear black.
- And in Greensboro’s Crown, high atop the Carolina Theatre, Diali Cossokho & Kaira Ba joined by Bruce Piephoff, the Bard of Tate Street, and Scott Sawyer. This is the type of show for which this venue was designed. Let’s hope it gets some support.
- The Winston-Salem Arts Council wants to save your soul by working your body. Sexy, right? The Arts Move My Sole 5K & Fun Run begins at 8:30 a.m. sharp at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds. If you haven’t yet registered, bring cash or a check.
- The Camel City Thrashers roller derby team rolls into a doubleheader at the Greensboro Sportsplex beginning at 5 p.m. The second act features men’s derby teams Collision Men’s Derby and the Greenville Atom Bombs. Look for me and Citizen Green, handing out copies of the paper.
- The NC Wine Festival pays homage to our state’s growing viticulture scene in Tanglewood Park beginning at noon. Got some beach music going on.
- And if you’re still on your feet, do yourself a favor and catch Unknown Hinson at the Blind Tiger. The guy sort of needs to be seen to be believed.
- Wind it down with the peaceful vibe at Gaia Conceptions, home of eco chic, where the new retail boutique Nomad opens with demos, an art market, refreshments and a performance by Amelia’s Mechanics. This one’s a freebie, starting at 11 a.m.