The Weekender: May 23-25

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Everybody into the pool!

Memorial Day weekend is when we honor those who have fallen in service of their country. It’s also the kickoff of pool season. So in between cook-outs and can-openers off the diving board, try to fit some of this stuff in. If you need me, I’ll be at the pool.

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WEEKEND

  • Triad Stage‘s redux of Brother Wolf wraps this weekend at Winston-Salem’s Hanesbrands Theatre with a final matinee on Sunday at 2 p.m. The crew moves back to its Greensboro digs for the next show in its Lucky 13th Season: All’s Well That Ends Well. Yep, gonna do a little Shakespeare at the Pyrle.

FRIDAY

  • I think you should go to a rock show this weekend. I further suggest that you do so at the Garage, which I believe is the longest-running rock club in the Triad. If I’m wrong about this, I don’t want to be right. Tonight they’ve got locals Wilde Blood and Aquatic Ceremony, with Deaf Poets (in from Miami) and Asheville’s Bad Fog. The cardinal rule at the Garage — no “Wagon Wheel” — should not come into play.
  • If you like the funny — and everybody likes the funny — head to Greensboro for the Idiot Box‘s His & HisStory: A Sketch Show about What Probably Never Happened. They run a pretty overeducated crew over there, so these may be the very best history jokes in the Triad.

SATURDAY

  • The big deal today is the NC Wine Festival at Tanglewood Park, beginning at noon and featuring beach music, oldies, vending and crafts, food trucks and an absolute boatload of North Carolina wine, which is really coming into its own these days. There will be plenty of the sweet stuff that casual wine drinkers love so well, but some more sophisticated varietals as well.
  • The good tunes keep coming with a Blind Tiger set by Electric Soul Pandemic, a friendcore mix-up with a jam-band sensibility, before they head to their next gig in Asheville.
  • If you really want to do something special tonight, I encourage you to head out of the cities (just this once) to High Rock Outfitters, where the best bassist I’ve ever seen, George Porter Jr., brings his Runnin’ Pardners for a rare Triad performance. Porter is perhaps best known as the bass player for the Meters, may favorite band ever. Click on the link for a little “Cissy Strut.”

SUNDAY

  • If you’re like most Americans who are not in the weekly newspaper business, you have Monday off. That means you can burn an entire Sunday at the Brewer’s Kettle for Backslidin’ Sunday, an event that seems to entail the drinking of ales and lagers all day Sunday. Didn’t realize that activity had a name, but I think I lettered in it in college.

MONDAY

  • It’s Memorial Day proper. Think for a bit about our country and those who have given their lives to serve it, and what that all means. Then have a burger and hit Scuppernong Books, where Matty Sheets plays an early set for Music Monday.