Gentleman quarterback Cam Newton and Co. have dabbed their way into the Super Bowl this year, bringing with them some of their biggest fans, some local cuisine and an actual pair of fancy pants.

If Cam can rush for 100 yards — which I believe he might — and throw for another 300, they should be fine.

There’s plenty more for the sports fan going on over the next few days, as well as the art hop, theater, rock, film and more.

Your Weekender awaits…


  • 2016 US Olympic Table Tennis Trials @ the Greensboro Coliseum (GSO), 10 a.m.
    Yes, ping-ping is a real sport, and yes, there is fierce competition to make it onto the US team. Find out who will bring us glory in Rio, keeping an eye out for Olympic hopeful Bill Guilfoil, who happens to be 93 years old. Admission is free 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday if you care to watch the warm-ups.


  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution @ Winston-Salem State University, 7 p.m.
    From director Stanley Nelson, winner of RiverRun 2015 Master of Cinema Award, comes a film telling the story of the Black Panther Party, its movement and the rise of the revolutionary culture of the 1960s. The preview screening will be followed by a panel conversation featuring former leaders of the Winston-Salem Black Panthers. The screening’s free, but you’ll need to RSVP at ahead of time.
  • Bombadil and Lowland Hum @ Krankies Coffee (W-S), 9 p.m.
    Durham duo Bombadil tours their fifth album Hold On, full of folk-pop adorkable charm, while Greensboro husband-and-wife team Lowland Hum bring their acclaimed sophomore album to life with essential oils and homemade songbooks shared with the audience.
  • Must Be the Holy Ghost @ the Crown (GSO), 9 p.m.
    Greensboro’s Lowland Hum and Winston’s Must Be the Holy Ghost might have some sort of Freaky Thursday arrangement as they swap cities. Jared Draughon’s psychedelic-grunge solo project toys with looping layers of sound accompanying haunting vocals; get there in time to catch the opener, Pleasures, which dabbles in the same electronic territory.


  • Salam Neighbor @ Guilford College (GSO), 6 p.m.
    The first filmmakers allowed to set up a tent inside a refugee camp, two Americans plunge into capturing the daily life and struggles in a Jordanian refugee camp in Salam Neighbor. The screening is hosted in part by Every Campus a Refuge, a Guilford College organization which will be hosting a Syrian refugee family on campus this year. Following the film, there will be a Q&A with the filmmakers and a virtual-reality exhibit. Reserve free tickets on
  • First Friday @ Downtown GSO/W-S
    Now that the holidays and the ugliest part of winter is over, it’s time to do your cultural duty, put on your coat, and march downtown for First Friday. Don’t-miss events in Greensboro include a performance at GreenHill by SUAH African Dance Theatre at 6:30 p.m., the opening of Stewart Knight’s art show Wolves Wishing the Forests Delight at Urban Grinders, chocolate samples from La Palette at Just Be, and new dance works by Fringe Festival artists at 6 p.m. in the Cultural Center. The gallery hop starts in WSNC at 7 p.m.; make sure to check out the opening of mixed-media show Rock, Paper Scissors at Piedmont Craftsmen and a staged reading of Bash: Latterday Plays at 8 p.m. at the Theatre Alliance.

Between the World and Me discussion @ Scuppernong Books (GSO), 2 or 4 p.m.
Radio’s 88.5 WFDD Book Club returns for its third meeting to discuss National Book Award winner Between the World and Me by Atlantic regular contributor Ta-Nehisi Coates, a memoir written as a series of letters to his teenage son that sorts through memories of senseless racial injustice in the land of the free. Trust that Toni Morrison isn’t messing around when she calls this book “required reading.” Go to to RSVP.

  • Belt-making workshop @ Centennial Trading Company (W-S), 6 p.m.
    Think Build-a-Bear Workshop, but with actual hides instead of velour ones.
    Professional makers will guide DIY diehards through the whole process (and make sure nobody gets hurt), from sizing the custom belt, cutting a strap from a full hide, punching holes, and fitting the buckle. And there’ll be beer. Space is limited; grab tickets at


  • Intro to African-American genealogy @ High Point Library, 3 p.m.
    African Americans face distinct challenges when trying to uncover the stories of their ancestors. This class, which covers the basic steps for getting started on the journey, will be led by archivist Marcellaus Joiner of the Heritage Research Center. Find out more at
  • Super Bowl 50: Carolina Panthers vs. Denver Broncos, 6:30 p.m.
    The Panthers have pounded their way to the very top; to miss this game would be downright anti-Carolinian. Parties will be happening everywhere imaginable in the Triad, from Stumble Stilskins in Greensboro to Reanimator Records in Winston. If all your other plans fall through, just follow the sound of TCB sportswriter Anthony Harrison’s cries of joy or sorrow, depending on how the big game goes.

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