The Weekender: The Copycat Edition

Doing it wrong.

Imitation, they say, is the sincerest form of flattery. But it can drive you nuts, like a little kid repeating everything you say in a stupid voice.

Plus, I’ve got cats on the brain this week.

But there’s only one curated, digital weekend events calendar covering the cities of the Piedmont Triad, and that’s the Weekender. And there’s only one TCB.

Now go do something awesome.


  • The Winston-Salem Cycling Classic kicks off tonight with a VIP ride through the courses and wends through Saturday and Sunday with a gran forno, a fun ride, a professional criterium and pro road race, with events and concerts in between. (W-S)
  • The list of local musicians who have recorded at Glenwood neighborhood’s On Pop of the World Studios includes Crystal Bright, Black Squares/White Islands and the many incarnations of Matty Sheets. Mojo, the studio dog, watched them all. Now Mojo’s got a cancerous mass, and the bands are throwing together a benefit — the first in my memory for a dog — that runs through Sunday. Check the Facebook page for details on Backlot Woodstock. (GSO)


  • Much like Peter Frampton before it, the city of High Point is coming alive with a Friday-night Ignite High Point Whistle Stop concert at the downtown train station. Last week’s brass band gives way to this week’s talent, the Black Lillies from Knoxville, Tenn. Things get going around 6.


  • Beer, swine and Carolina sunshine are on tap at Natty Greene’s weekend Pig Fest shindig, with four Pig Stations, each pushing a different kind of barbecue, and live music by Yer Crooked Cousins. This is an all-you-can-eat situation that begins at 4 p.m. (GSO)
  • We’ve got Greensboro Roller Derby hitting the flat track at 6 p.m. (GSO)
  • A big slate of small bands highlights the daylong Unity Fest, that takes over the downtown music hall beginning at 3 p.m. (W-S)
  • Two dancers from the Dominican Republic’s National School of Dance join the Artistic Motion School of Dance at Greensboro Day School’s Sloan Theatre on Saturday and Sunday for this production of Esmerelda, based on The Hunchback of Notre Dame. (GSO)
  • Tucker Tharpe’s got a genuine rock show booked tonight at the Garage, with all your favorites from the local scene: the Bronzed Chorus, 1970s Film Stock and the aforementioned Black Squares/White Islands. See you there, 10-ish. (W-S)


  • Wheels on the Greenway is a cycling event for kids at the Morehead Park Trailhead encouraging 2-4-wheeled vehicles — sorry, no unicycles — to use the green loop around downtown. It runs from 2-4 p.m. (GSO)
  • Notorious bartender Mark Weddle had to get a new hip, which means he won’t be slinging drinks at Josephine’s Kitchen for a while. His friends have put together a short afternoon benefit, WeddStock, at the Blind Tiger that begins at 3 p.m. Hook a brother up. (GSO)