Some might say that acquiring a head wound on a cruise ship is the queen mother of personal injuries.
I say they shouldn’t keep the glass on those sliding doors so clean. And they should make sure they slide.
Six stitches and a wheelchair ride later, I’m ready for the weekend. How about you?
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- Celebrating Maya Angelou @ SECCA (W-S), 6 p.m.
Maya Angelou once wrote, “I had to trust life and believe that life loved the person who dared to live it.” It’s in that theme that Wake Forest University community gathers to honor the life and legacy of Maya Angelou, who passed away in Winston-Salem in 2014, by reading and performing selections of her poetry. The event is free and will be followed by a light reception.
- First Friday @ downtown W-S
Galleries all along Trade Street and beyond open their doors for this monthly cultural night out. If you’d rather get all your art in one place, go to Sawtooth School for Visual Art at 5:30 p.m. for a night of arts and craft beer, including a jewelry-making station. (Tickets can be purchased at the door or at sawtooth.org/arts-craft-beer.) After gallery hopping, enjoy Tyler Nail and other songwriters’ stylings at the Garage for a free show starting at 8:15 p.m.
- First Friday @ downtown GSO
Experience ArtQuest for Adults at Greenhill along with live music by Sam Frazier and Martha Bassett at 6:30 p.m. The Center for Visual Artists will be unveiling its new college student art exhibit, so make sure to pop in there. For Urban Grinders’ April Artist Spotlight, Greensboro steals Winston-Salem’s Hayden Tedder for her solo show, Buffering. The opening reception of her collection featuring mainly oil painting begins at 6 p.m. The Aaron Matson Jazz Trio provides ambiance.
- Which Pie Are You On? @ Central Carolina Worker Justice Center (GSO), 7 p.m.
Revolution has never tasted this sweet. Bid for pies to support Cakalak Thunder, the Queer People of Color Collective, the Greensboro Mural Project and Black Lives Matter Greensboro in this four-header fundraiser. The winner of the pie also wins a date with the piemaker if they so choose (but is totally optional). Most performers have yet to be announced, but Queer Youth Circus NC will definitely be there and will definitely have a giant aerial rig set up for silk acrobatics. Sign up to bring a pie on the Facebook event page.
- ArtsRevolution @ Revolution Mill (GSO), all day
This daylong event organized by UNCG’s entrepreneurship program and Revolution Mill intends to “educate and celebrate the Triad’s multi-faceted art community.” A morning of workshops beginning at 9 a.m. will be hosted by local brains such as Hannah Pomphrey of Hue and Tone Creative, Joe Rotondi of the Forge and Sue Sassmann, the undercover power behind the gloriously weird Greensboro Summer Solstice festival. Several dance troupes and an improv team from GTCC populate the afternoon lineup; the free fun starts at 4 p.m. with art vendors, food trucks, beer garden and wine tastings. More here.
- Grand opening @ Fairgrounds Skate Park (W-S), 11 a.m.
Not in all of their dopest dreams did Winston skaters think they’d live to see a permanent skate park. But that day has come, so gnarly celebration must be had. After all,15,200 square feet of ramps, quarter pipes, grinding rails, bank ramps, along with a 325-foot-long “pump” track to keep newbies out of the way is cause for a party. A short ceremony will be held, after which the park will be turned over to skaters. The first 24 skaters with appropriate safety gear (helmet, elbow pads and knee pads) will receive a unique skatepark T-shirt. Rad.
- Pokez Flea @ West End Mill Works (W-S), 11 a.m.
The market formerly known as Hoots Flea returns with fair weather to bring vendors and lovers of all things local together. Vintage and antique items are promised alongside repurposed and handcrafted goods from vendors like Steadfast Salvage Co. And, of course, beer and food trucks galore round out the party. There will be a watermelon eating contest at 2 p.m. Prepare yourself accordingly.
- Feet Don’t Fail Me Now @ High Point Theatre (HP), 8 p.m.
The neo-tap dance troupe Rhythmic Circus sashays into High Point for an evening of foot-stomping, foot-stamping, and other general great noises made with tap shoes, blending a variety of musical genres in their hour-and-a-half show to create a fun hodgepodge of cultures and styles. The show notably won a Spirit of the Fringe Award (Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s top theatrical award), so it must be rather good.