The pagan-Christian triad of holidays, All Soul’s Day, Hallowmas and All Soul’s Day — along with its Mexican corollary Dia de los Muertos — is over. Election Day came has come and gone like a gust of wind that left an eerie scattering of dried leaves on the sidewalk. We’ve still got a couple weeks before preparations for the Thanksgiving feast, and the frenzy of gift-giving, partying and traveling that follows. All in all, a good time to catch your breath, take stock and experience cultural life without any particular obligations or ritual.
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• Wahyas, the new project of Josh Johnson, AKA Pinche Gringo, Lindsey Sprague of Daddy Issues and Hawke Kelley, plays host to a convocation of reverb-soaked garage-psych-pop bands from near and far afield at the Green Bean in Greensboro. Wahyas’s lo-fi, fuzzed-out rock and roll party is as good a starting point as any. The two-piece extreme volume and aggression of Winston Facials provides a complement from the Twin City, while Annabelle Chairlegs brings bracing surf-psychedelia from Austin, Texas and Daddyos respond in kind with dream bedroom pop that packs a bad-girl punch.
• The senior art thesis students at Guilford College host a night of art in a multitude of media, food and music at Hildebrandt House, located on campus. The action starts at 7 p.m.
• The inaugural voyage of Suckfest in Greensboro presents every conceivable iteration of punk, but mostly the hardcore kind on Friday and Saturday at the Blind Tiger in Greensboro. Friday’s lineup tends toward the experimental/adventurous side, with Dope Body, Roomrunner, Junior Astronomers, Dumpster, Wymyns Prysyn, Teen Death and Black Santa, while Saturday’s show is basically a sweaty mosh pit from start to finish, with Cop Problem, Priapus, Irata, Empire, Gut Feeling, Holder’s Scar, Damn Frank and Totally Slow.
• First Friday, Greensboro: Highlights of this holiday market include a retrospective at Elsewhere before what will be the last winter hibernation for the collective. The International Civil Rights Center & Museum has the Healing Blues, a project between local musicians and homeless folks from Greensboro. Our friend Jeff Beck opens the garage on South Elm Street for his Warehouse Diaries art installation. Plus there will be more shops and galleries throughout the district.
• Kat Lamp presents her first solo show since 2009 at Menace Inc. Studios, the back-room complement to Common Grounds coffeehouse in Greensboro. Her friend Sarah Love will be selling custom lamp shades. The show runs from 6 to 9 p.m.
• First Friday, Winston-Salem: The action centers on the corner of Sixth and Trade streets, where Delurk Gallery has work from Charlotte artist Robert Page and locals Shawn Peters and Dane Walters. Over on Fourth, Foothills Brewing has photography by Cawanua Adcock Crosby Keeling and a talk by the artist at 7 p.m.
• Jordan Green and Josh Neas concur that Jews & Catholics have been one of the most important Triad bands over the past decade. They’re calling it a day, and performing their final concert at the Garage.
• This weekend’s haunt, Terror in the Dark at Woods of Terror is exactly like the pre-Halloween Woods of Terror, but with the lights out.
• Waste Matters, an installation by artist Bryant Holsenbeck, opens at the High Point Public Library. The public opening is is on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., with a children’s art project from 1 to 3 p.m. and a talk by the artist at 2 p.m.
• The Breathing Room, the arts-inspired yoga studio ensconced in the adaptive reused West End Mill Works in Winston-Salem, celebrates a year of healing and wellness. Ticketholders to their anniversary bash are entitled to a spa sampler package and lots of good energy.
• Midwives, doulas, expectant moms and people who just love babies can celebrate the miracle of childbirth at Baby Belly Bazaar at the Cultural Arts Center in Greensboro. The event features belly painting and casting, maternity artwork and fashions, pre-natal massage and more. It begins at 11 a.m.
• Old Salem Museum & Gardens hosts a holiday open house with music, food, crafts, artists and storytelling, along with… shopping! Fabian Lujan, co-owner of Piemonte Cheese, demonstrates the craft at Single Brothers Workshop.
• English guitar wizard Adrian Legg graces Mack and Mack, the downtown Greensboro dress shop, for a one-off sponsored by Triad Acoustic Stage.