There’s lots going on this weekend, but nothing can eclipse the National Black Theatre Festival, with dozens of shows in a score of venues. Dance, theater, spoken word, music and insight are among the wares on display.
First Friday, an end to Daddy Issues, a Senegalese griot and more in this week’s Weekender.
The National Black Theatre Festival @ various venues (W-S)
The NBTF, which began on Monday, is so packed with events, performances, parties and forums that it takes every other year off. For some suggestions, see this week’s cover story.
- First Thursday Field Trip @ UNCG Foundry (W-S)
The First Thursday meetup is a Camel City thing, nut tonight they’ll cross the Sandy Ridge Curtain to see the foundry at UNCG. Carpools depart from Chestnut Street between Fifth and Sixth at 6:30 p.m.
- First Friday @ downtown galleries, shops and streets (GSO/W-S)
Greensboro: There’s heavy activity on both ends of Elm Street, including live music from Jonny Alright & the Hot Rod Mamas at Crop Salon, art by Mako Fufu at Chakras and, at the Carolina Theatre, the Best of the Greensboro 48 Hour Film Project at 7 p.m.
Winston-Salem: Most of the action centers around Sixth and Trade streets, where Jeff Beck has his first solo show Always Chasing That… at Unleashed Arts Center, and local scribe Kim Thoré focuses the terrible beauty of the pop-culture machine with The Beat Goes On at Inter_Section Gallery. Right there in the middle of it all is a summer tomato tasting at 7 p.m., put on by Warren Buffett. And there’s always something special going on at the Garage afterwards — this week it’s singer/songwriters featuring Tyler Nail.
- BLT Challenge @ Greensboro Farmers Curb Market (GSO)
It starts early with the Triad’s signature sandwich, featuring examples of the form from Burger Warfare, Emma Keys, la Rue, Melt, Undercurrent and the GFCM team.
- Daddy Issues @ ??? (GSO)
If it wasn’t their last show, we might not even mention it, but Greensboro’s favorite lady surf-punk band Daddy Issues is breaking up and heading their separate ways after tonight’s house show in Greensboro with Trophy Wives, the Nude Party and Totally Slow in support. It’s an early one, beginning at 5 p.m. Ask around about the venue.
- Second Sundays @ Fourth Street (W-S)
The August installation of downtown Winston-Salem’s Second Sundays series features a couple of acts with Greensboro ties. Laila Nur, kicking off at 3 p.m., charted her androgyne radical folk movement from the Gate City. Senegalese griot Diali Cissokho counts two Greensboroans among the members of his band, Kaira Ba, which came to local prominence after a memorable set at the Mosaic Festival in Festival Park.