There was a small but inevitably mighty internet explosion as Boxcar Bar and Arcade announced its expansion into Greensboro’s downtown, as Mario bros nerded out over the combination of hops and hopping onto turtles’ backs, while development dudes geeked over the revitalization of GSO storefronts.

But why wait to play Smash while smashed? There are plenty of funky mashup events happening this weekend to get your quirk on, like a new interpretation of Shakespeare, but with puppets, and a grown-up prom night, but with a freaks-only policy.

Because, let’s be real, the Triad’s been mixing up the weekend long before a bar thought of the idea. Your inspiration follows.

All weekend

Volkswagen Pro Road Cycling Nationals @ downtown W-S America’s top professional road cyclists will descend on Winston-Salem this weekend to make a final push for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Individual time trials will be held Friday morning on Old U.S. 421; if you make it, keep an eye out for Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong (no relation) who looks to repeat as the women’s pro National Champion, and Andrew Talansky, who won the 2015 men’s pro crown. On Saturday, the start/finish line for the 12-lap men’s road race will be located on West 4th Street at Popular Street. Look for Brevard native Matthew Busche, the defending champ. Visit for a full list of race times.

The Tempest: A Modern Retelling @ Milton Rhodes Arts Center (W-S) What do Shakespeare, puppets and a significant conglomeration of UNCSA grads have to do with each other? Loads, in this inaugural play from the newly minted Rhinoleap Productions, which we review this week in our Culture section. In their debut, the wizard Prospero uses a tribal-inspired mask to cast spells on his magical servants Caliban and Ariel, both portrayed with inventive puppetry and blacklighting. It’s abridged, too, so it’s a perfect entry point for Bard newbies. More info and tickets via


Civil Rights Activism in Winston-Salem: School Integration @ New Winston Museum (W-S), 5:30 p.m. After the Brown v. Board of Education decision, Gwendolyn Bailey was the first black student to attend RJ Reynolds High School in 1957, but her enrollment only marked the beginning of a rocky integration process. Featured guests include Norma Corley, one of three black students assigned to integrate the formerly all-white Easton Elementary in 1958; Daisy Chambers, the first black teacher at Clemmons Elementary in 1964; and Kenneth Simington, a student at Carver Elementary in 1970 and currently the assistant superintendent for instructional and student services with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. More info at

Say Yes Task Force info session @ Central Library (GSO), 6 p.m. The Guilford crew of the Say Yes Initiative invites you to come out for an informational session on volunteering for a task force. (Other sessions take place throughout Guilford County on May 31, June 2 and June 7.) You’ll learn about Say Yes Guilford, its task forces, and other volunteer opportunities. The job of the task force includes reviewing school data, identifying issues related to student performance, and recommending changes for student success. If education issues get you fired up, there’s probably no better way to have an exponential impact than joining up with Say Yes. The information sessions serve as a precursor to formal half-day training sessions for task forces that will occur June 14, 16, 18 and 23 (locations and times TBA). Details at


Kamara Thomas & The Night Drivers and Sarah Shook & the Disarmers @ the Amtrak station (HP), 6 p.m. Two lady-fronted bands borrowing from the nomenclature of Joan Jett & The Blackhearts? A thousand times yes. Kamara Thomas brings “cosmic Americana” while Sarah Shook is more country (but with a punk soul). Experience the glorious mashup for free with a hat tip to Ignite High Point and City Project; visit here for details.


Spraygrounds grand opening @ Barber and Keeley parks (GSO), 11 a.m. Completing Greensboro’s urban summer perfection, the spraygrounds at Barber Park and Keeley Park are opening on Saturday. These free water playgrounds could totally change your cool-off parenting strategy for the whole summer. Coincidentally the city pools open today, too. Maybe make it a splashy double-header? Check out for more details.

Brilliant Bakery: Worker Co-op Interest Meeting @ Urban Grinders (GSO), 2 p.m. If you knead an excuse to get your doughy self out of your kitchen and into the mixing bowl with other like-minded chefs, can you survive the puns in this sentence to bake it to this meeting? If yes, here: this is an interest meeting to talk about creating a worker co-op bakery in Greensboro. Topics discussed will be the nature of a worker co-op, its benefits and risks. They’ll hold another meeting after this to talk detailed logistics. Bakers, donut miss this. (Sorry.) See Brilliant Bakery on Facebook for details.

Cringe-Con Freak Prom @ the Garage (W-S), 10 p.m. Freaks, dweebies, stoners, tweakers, riff raff, boobs and gang bangers are all cordially invited to dance to fundraise for Cringe-Con’s third iteration of weirdness. Special guests Life Stinks join a crazy DJ rave with “all the Reanimator all-stars.” There will be a dance contest, a raffle, and limbo, so stretch beforehand. Find the event on Facebook for info.


Hugs Heal of the Triad @ Center City Park (GSO), 12:30 p.m. Sometimes all you need is a hug from a well-intentioned stranger, am I right? Local organization I Rock My Curves the Best says they are proud to be a strong voice in the community spreading joy, peace, hope, love and meeting the needs of those who are less fortunate. In this instance, they mean the Un-Hugged. Grab your grumpiest friends and a non-perishable donation and head over to help them meet their goal of hugging 500 people and feeding 300. To volunteer to be a hugger, sign up at

The Hankerin’ @ Doodad Farm (GSO), Sunday, 4 p.m. With the help of some of North Carolina’s best musicians, Doodad Farm is dedicating a spring Sunday afternoon to Hank Williams, one of America’s most influential songwriters, and celebrating the rich musical community in the Triad. All proceeds will go to Voices Together, a Durham-based nonprofit that uses music therapy to help individuals with mental disabilities. Featured names include Sam Frazier, Nancy Middleton and Al Simmons, but the list is long, so go read the rest of the names on the event’s Facebook page. Rain date is June 4. PS: There will be horseback rides.


12×12 Salon Series: Bill Fick @ SECCA (W-S), Tuesday, 6 p.m. Following Mijoo Kim’s haunting photography in SECCA’s local artist spotlight pop-up gallery is the brash, cartoonish punk screen printing of Durham’s Bill Fick. The printmaker will install a live screen-printing operation at SECCA for the artist’s salon; the full-surround print installation will change over time and public participation at his two print demonstrations is welcome to become part of the show. Come in your painting garb. Visit for info.