In RiverRun’s sweet spot this year is the biopic of one of television’s greatest names. Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You looks at the influence of the shows Lear produced — “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Sanford and Son” “One Day at a Time” and “Maude.” It runs Thursday night.
So, for no real reason except his awesomeness, we name this Weekender in honor of one of his greatest characters, Dwayne Schneider, the be-denimed and mustachioed superintendent of the building where Anne Romano raised her teenaged daughters as best she could.
They took it one day at a time, you know.
- RiverRun International Film Festival @ Winston-Salem
Directors, producers and cinema lovers descend on the Twin Cities to glory in the past year’s best indie films. Check this week’s cover story for roughly 20 reviews brought to you by the TCB editorial team. (We just watched movies all week for work. It was terrible.) The festival’s 10 days long; each location across town hosts multiple screenings each day. Don’t get overwhelmed. Check the schedule online for films showing this weekend, read a review or two, and soak up being a part of this significant Triad festival. Buy tickets in-person at the Stevens Center or online.
- Mr. Burns: a Post-Electric Play @ UNCG Brown Theatre (GSO)
In lieu of a thesis, MFA student Sarah Hankins directs this trippy exploration of a post-electricity world by Anne Washburn, where survivors struggle to hold onto their humanity by revisiting a classic tale of their pre-apocalyptic time: the “Cape Feare” episode of “The Simpsons.” The play premiered in 2012 and left most critics conflicted; perhaps Hankins’ take will tie this sprawling plot (covering 80 years) together. Opening night is Wednesday. Get tickets here.
- High Point Ballet on Broadway @ High Point Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
For this one-night, all-ages production, High Point Ballet presents excerpts from classic Broadway shows featuring pre-professional and professional dancers from throughout the South. School of the Arts alum and founder of the Winston-Salem Festival Ballet Gary Taylor choreographs.
- GSO Newsmakers @ Scuppernong Books (GSO), 7 p.m.
Greensboro author Quinn Dalton moderates what is promised to be a lively community conversation with five Greensboro news editors, one of which will be TCB’s Brian Clarey. Joining him are Afrique Kilimanjaro of the Carolina Peacemaker, Allen Johnson from the News & Record, John Hammer at Rhino Times and Jeff Sykes of Yes Weekly. Up for discussion: the editors’ views of Greensboro issues and fielding audience questions. Welcoming remarks by Mayor Nancy Vaughan. More info can be found on the event’s Facebook page.
- Public hearing on state Medicaid reform @ Guilford Health and Human Services building (GSO), 6:30 p.m.
The NC Department of Health and Human Services holds a public hearing on its drafted plan to reform the state’s Medicaid program; this is the Guilford iteration of hearings that will be taking place all across the state this week. Comments received by April 18 will help shape the final Medicaid reform waiver application that will be sent to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for approval. Share your comments for the public hearing period here.
- Wordsomnia @ Scuppernong Books (GSO), 12 p.m.
The third annual 24-hour marathon reading of poetry and prose begins on Friday at noon and ends Saturday at noon. Each reader can sign up for a 10-minute time slot in which to read original work. Free coffee will be served from 2 to 7 a.m. as incentive to stick around, and sleeping bags are welcome. No word on whether the Brians will allow napping on the bar. A special surprise event at dawn is promised. For more information, or to sign up to read, call Scuppernong Books at 336.763.1919 or email us [email protected]
- RiverRun gala @ Millennium Center (W-S), 9 p.m.
This is your best chance to rub elbows with famous people in the Triad short of hanging around in the VIP lounge at the Coliseum. This sure-to-be-swanky evening will have live music by Camel City Jazz Orchestra, a free photo booth, appetizers and desserts from area restaurants and drinks from the cash bar. Dress well: You might run into Jeff Daniels. Though, technically, that rule applies to every day. Buy tickets at the site.
- Paddle:Fest Demo @ Lake Brandt Marina (GSO), 9 a.m.
When else do you get to pick from a hundred kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards and ride them around a lake for free? Hypothetically, it’s to test them out to buy from GetOutdoors outfitters, but that never stops anyone from eating seven Sam’s Club samples in a row, either. We won’t tell. Paddles and lifejackets are provided. More details on the Facebook event page.
- Christina Baker Kline discussion and book signing @ High Point Museum, 7 p.m.
The author of widely acclaimed Orphan Train will hold a discussion of her book as well as a book signing. Kline’s fifth novel spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list, and the Library Journal called it a “compelling story about loss, adaptability and courage”; come find out why. For more information about the 2016 High Point Community Read series this reading belongs to, email [email protected].