It’s a weekend of whiskers in the Triad, as the Carolina Beard and Mustache Club stages a grow-off weekend that wends through several Greensboro establishments.
There’s also film, music, comedy and the wonderful Ersin tradition of St. Patrick’s Day hitting the Triad, all of which would go better with a beard.
- 5th annual NC Beard and Moustache Competition @ downtown GSO
If you see a proliferation of bushy-faced gentlemen on Elm Street this weekend, you are not experiencing a lumberjack hallucination. The bearding community (yes, actual thing) from all over North Carolina rolls into Greensboro to duke it out for the title of Most Glorious Beard. A Saturday pub crawl starts at noon at the Mellow Mushroom; all participating bars will be donating to BackPack Beginnings and Safe Alliance for the day, so you can feel good about getting buzzed on two levels. The official competition’s at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Greene Street Club, and both women and men are invited to compete. For a complete schedule and tickets, check out the event on Facebook.
- Lovesphere 21 Music Festival @ various locations (GSO)
Gary Heidt and Lawrence “Lipbone” Redding founded Lovesphere in 1995 in New York City as a 67-year project to take place every year on the Spring Equinox, and its 21st iteration also happens to be its first year in Gate City. Things get kicked off with at Scuppernong Books at 7 p.m. on Friday, proceed to Glenwood Community Books on Saturday afternoon starting at 3 p.m. (don’t miss the F-Art Ensemble, a Greensboro institution since 1979 that calls itself “uncategorizable orchestra of musical mayhem”) and concludes at PB & Java with sets from the Difficulties, Knives of Spain and Jizo, among others. All the events are free and open to the public. Probably come with flowers in your hair. Visit lovesphere.net for a fascinating history of previous festivals and a full lineup.
- Allegiant movie premiere @ RED Cinemas (GSO) 7 p.m.
The latest in the Divergent series comes to Midtown with DJ party in the lobby, underneath the wineglass chandelier on Friday and Saturday night, with five screenings of the film per day.
- St. Patrick’s Day (HP, W-S, GSO)
Start drafting your Friday sick day email now, people. Due to a bummer ABC law, Finnigan’s Wake in Winston-Salem has to move its 10th anniversary Paddy’s Day revelries indoors, but it’ll still be a good time: The pub opens at 7 a.m. on March 17 with a traditional Irish breakfast, then showcases music throughout the day with no cover charge. Get jiggy in High Point at the Claddagh with live music outdoors — don’t miss celtic outfit Banna playing at noon — or watch Jamestown Pipes & Drums at the Centennial Station Arts Center at 7 p.m. The Gibb’s shindig starting at 8 p.m. in Greensboro looks promising, with music by Mebanesville and a special Irish-inspired menu from Empanadas Borinquen (maybe corned beef tacos?); 1618 Wine Lounge is hosting a dance party deejayed by Jessica Mashburn featuring the music of “70’s, 80’s, 90’s & Beyoncé.”
- synerG Lunch & Learn: Pitching Greensboro @ the Coliseum (GSO), 12 p.m.
Panelists from the Greensboro Coliseum, the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Greensboro Partnership and RLF Communications will share strategies for attracting events and businesses to Greensboro. This talk is perfect for small businesses looking for talent recruiting tips or gossips who like to know before everyone else which businesses have their eye on the Triad. It’ll take place in the catchy sounding “Special Events Center MR 1-A” at 1921 W Gate City Blvd. Reserve a spot on Eventbrite.
- Poverty Thought Force Meeting @ St. Peter’s Church and World Outreach Center (W-S), 6 p.m.
Organizers from the Winston-Salem Poverty Thought Force seek input on two aspects of poverty: health and wellness, and jobs and workforce development. The meetings will be simultaneous, so you can only attend one. Those recently or currently living in poverty, those who work with the poor, policy experts who have studied these issues, and other interested members of the public are specifically encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served. Register at povertythoughtforce.com or 336.758.4021.
- Disability rights talk @ Wake Forest University (W-S), 5:30 p.m.
If you’re a bona-fide theater kid, you’ll recognize “Glee” actor Lauren Potter from her role as Coach Sue’s sassy henchwoman, Becky Jackson (her signature phrase was a viciously delivered “bi-otch!”). She now advocates for the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as herself with organizations like Best Buddies; its Wake Forest chapter hosts her talk and a following Friendship Walk. The event is free. More details can be found at wfu.edu.
- Strollin’ Colon @ Whole Foods (GSO), 11 a.m.
Have you ever seen a 12-foot-long, 10-foot-wide inflatable colon? If not, would you be interested in walking through one in an interactive exhibit? Well then. Your weekend plans are to visit the free event coordinated by the Cone Health Cancer Center at Wesley Long Hospital. Cancer experts will escort visitors through the exhibit to learn about polyps, ulcerative colitis and the various stages of colon cancer, along with providing info about colonoscopies. As silly as an inflatable colon may seem, colorectal cancer is common and deadly, and can be easily prevented if caught early, so, go walk through a colon, people!
- Bike Wheel Dreamcatchers @ Shelf Life Art + Supply Co. (GSO), 2 p.m.
Bicycling in Greensboro, a nonprofit dedicated to velocipede love, generously provide old bike wheels for crafty purposes. Supplies for the project can be purchased in-store. Ambitious dreamcatcher artists are invited to enter their creation into the Pop-A-Wheelie art show at Geeksboro by March 25. Follow RSVP instructions on Facebook to save your free spot.
- Percussion Ensemble Concert @ High Point University (HP), 7:30 p.m.
The Percussion Ensemble is directed by percussionist and composer Nathan Daughtrey for this special evening of timpani, marimba and triangle. Be tickled pink that the college is trumpeting “a diverse mix of beats” regarding what to expect from the evening. Pieces by Scott Harding, Steve Riley, Lynn Glassock are on the program, including the world premiere of Daughtrey’s “Black Rainbow” for percussion ensemble and two pianists. This event is free, no ticket needed.
- Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company @ Guilford College (GSO), 8:30 p.m.
The touring arm of the legendary improv group Upright Citizens Brigade in New York and Los Angeles comes to Greensboro. Kudos to whatever Guilford event organizer managed to book this ticket, because this is a big deal. Alumni of the UCB Theatre include Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Donald Glover and veritable “SNL” goddess Kate McKinnon. You also might have heard of Amy Poehler, one of its founders. UCB provides a direct pipeline of talent to shows like “Saturday Night Live” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” along with supplying writers to shows like Key and Peele and Inside Amy Schumer. McKinnon and company were once scrappy young improv comedians starting out; you may see the next Poehler at Guilford. Get tickets at ucbtourco.com.