The Weekender, Oct. 23-26: The Purple Rain edition

The Purple One has a palpable presence in Winston-Salem this weekend.

It’s homecoming weekend in Greensboro, but it’s being upstaged in Winston-Salem by Prince, who isn’t even in town right now. Or ever. Dig it, if you will.


  • The Greatest Homecoming on Earth takes over NC A&T University this weekend, with a load of activities, entire platoons of alumni in town, a parade and a big game against Florida A&M. Take the Aggies and the over on this one. (GSO)
  • Carson McCullers’ Southern coming-of-age tale The Member of the Wedding sees 12-year-old Tomboy Frankie yearning for bigger and better things. It runs through Nov. 9 at Triad Stage. (GSO)
  • The Winston-Salem Dash and Peppercorn Theatre team up to bring Field of Fears to the ballpark, a scare-fest that includes a hayride, a spiderweb maze and a Face Your Fears trail.


  • Acclaimed movie critic Leonard Maltin moderates an interview with the esteemed director and former child actor Ron Howard in this Bryan Series talk at the Greensboro Coliseum. (GSO)
  • Living Out Loud in Winston-Salem at the New Winston Museum is panel discussion about the “past accomplishments, joys and challenges” of gay life in Winston-Salem includes Teri Hairston, Gary Trowbridge and Frank Benedetti, Brent Morin and Li Hooper. It begins at 5:30 p.m. (W-S)
  • The Vaganond Saints, a collection of Camel City music-scene veterans, take a crack at Prince’s first crowning achievement, the 1984 film and album Purple Rain, at the Garage with special guests filling in the rest of Prince’s catalog. (W-S)


  • At Blandwood Mansion, storyteller Cynthia Moore Brown spins spooky yarns at the former governor’s residence. “With just the flicker of the fireplace and candles, guests will be seated on the floor of the West Parlor, as is the old tradition of storytelling.” (GSO)
  • Greensboro Roller Derby has a doubleheader featuring the local CounterStrike  squad vs. the Carolina Bootleggers and the Gate City Rollergirls team against the Cape Fear Rollergirls at the coliseum. Wear a costume. (GSO)


  • The Airtype Field Guide Party is “a communal celebration of the many cultural riches downtown Winston-Salem has to offer,” features local food, local music, local beer and lots and lots of locals at Krankies. And it’s free. (W-S)
  • Ghoulash makes the arts center comes alive with the undead in this family-friendly street party with the bouncy houses, games, a costume contest and lots of candy. The fun begins at 3 p.m. (GSO)
  • The High Point Historical Society invites all to hear storyteller Donna Washington speak of “ghosts, goblins and other tales of Halloween wonder.” It begins at the museum at 6 p.m. (HP)

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