Today in 1559, at a party held to celebrate peace at the conclusion of the Eighth Italian War, Gabriel Montgomery of the Garde Écossaise mortally wounded King Henry II of France in a jousting match, piercing him in the eye with his lance.
Some people party pretty hard.
Don’t risk it: This weekend, leave your sharp objects at home. Instead, handle some dangerous, chemical-ridden explosives at your festivities. After all, safety first. Your weekender awaits:
Heavy Rebel Weekender @ downtown W-S If Winston-Salem wasn’t weird enough, the Heavy Rebel music festival is rolling in to fix that for sure. In between bands, be sure to swing by the circus sideshow featuring “Adam the First Real Man,” and don’t miss the Wiggle Room burlesque show and the hot rod car show. Tickets and lineup can be found at heavyrebel.net.
Grove Street People’s Market grand opening @ Glenwood and Grove streets (GSO), 6 p.m. Glenwood’s outdoor weekly market for all things homegrown and handmade celebrates its official grand opening with music, kids’ activities, seasonal produce from local gardens, baked goods, crafts and international foods. In two-birds-one-stone/win-win fashion, the market addresses the neighborhood’s food insecurity issues while allowing local entrepreneurs a venue for making cash. For more information, call 336.430.3125.
Wake Forest Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art opening reception @ SECCA (W-S), Thursday, 6 p.m. This collection of art of all mediums has been curated in rare fashion by Wake Forest students since 1962, selected by students and purchased with university money. Turns out college kids have great taste. Fifty-nine pieces of the 160-plus collection will be on display, and it’s free. The exhibit will run until early October. Check secca.org for more details.
Lera Lynn and Skylar Gudasz @ Bailey Park (W-S), Thursday, 7 p.m. After gracing Phuzz Phest, Nashville’s Lera Lynn returns to town with her hypnotic songwriting. Rolling Stone says her songs “occupy the outer limits of Americana and indie rock,” and we’re obliged to agree. Lucky us, Durham’s Skylar Gudasz will open. Bring tissues because her music will probably make you cry, but the good kind. Find Sunset Thursdays on Facebook for a list of vendors.
Resonate presents Cereus Bright @ Hope Chapel (GSO), 7 p.m. Chipper melodies with bummer lyrics are this Knoxville band’s MO. “It’s all part of the plan and you know it, do the work for a rich man to turn in,” they sing on their latest album. Pretty sure they might have a few happy ones, too, though. In a stroke of Triad serendipity, a hit of theirs is titled “River Run.” Collaboration, anyone? Cover at the door. Cereusly check them out (Oh, god, I’m so sorry). Find Resonate Greensboro on Facebook for more info.
Stonewall Sports game night @ Westerwood Tavern (GSO), 8 p.m. Stonewall Kickball, an LGBTQ and ally sports league, welcomes challengers to its first game night. There will be Pie Face, Catan, Mario Kart, Giant Jenga, Soul Calibur and Super Smash Brothers Melee, and you’re invited to bring your favorite game. Get in touch with them at stonewallkickballgreensboro.leagueapps.com.
First Friday @ downtown W-S and GSO, 6 p.m. In Winston, you’ll want to stop by Burke Street Comics to say hi to geekdom artist and our personal fave Marshall Lakes; he’ll be live painting. Head down the block to Delurk Gallery to check out winning art from a very serious doodling contest. In Greensboro, don’t miss TCB veteran Korinna Sergent’s gallery opening at Urban Grinders; the painter’s using Sylvia Plath poetry to inspire canvases of terrifying mermaids. Then go to Natty Greene’s to pet a Corgi at their pop-up dog park and make Eric Ginsburg jealous.
Ink making and quill pen writing @ High Point Museum, 10 p.m. Re-evaluate your Etsy-licious life and think again about how far you’re willing to go back to be truly hip. Meaning, ditch the typewriter and pick up a damn feather if you’re going to commit, friend. Costumed interpreters more vintage than you will help you go back in time 300 years. Visit highpointmuseum.org for info.
Super Smash Saturday @ Gamet1me (W-S), noon Why play Wii by yourself in your basement when you could make some friends and some cash doing the same thing? Play Super Smash Bros to vie for a 100 percent payout to the winners. Doubles will begin at noon and singles at 2 p.m. All participants are encouraged to bring their own consoles and controllers. Space will be provided for system setups. Call to register beforehand at 336.712.0062.
Uncle Sam Jam @ Oak Hollow Festival Park (HP), 4:30 p.m. Get there early for vendors and live music, and to claim a prime viewing spot (duh) before the fireworks show starts at 9:45 p.m. over Oak Hollow Lake. There’s an entry fee per vehicle, so you might want to clown-car it. Visit highpointnc.gov for info.