The Weekender: The Step Right Up! Edition

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Step right up, folks! Lots to see and do this weekend.

Step right up, folks! We got parties in the streets, films after dark, rock shows, hoop dreams, cartoon people and meat on the bone! Hur-ry Hur-ry Hur-ry!

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WEEKEND

  • The four-day Twin City Rib Fest erects a pop-up village at Fifth and Spruce in downtown Winston-Salem, with a lot more to offer than just meat on the bone: lucha libre wrestling, saloon ladies, live music, a sideshow and a pin-up contest are all part of the experience. Main stage acts include a Beatles cover band on Thursday, Artimus Pyle’s side project on Friday, Blind Boy Paxton on Saturday and Bombadil on Sunday. See twincityribfest.com for more. (W-S)
  • Preston Lane returns with Common Enemy at Triad Stage, a contemporary Cinderella story about the perils of success set against the backdrop of NCAA March Madness. It opens this weekend and runs through June 28. (GSO)

FRIDAY

  • Downtown Jazz, a free summer music series at Corpening Plaza kicks off this evening at 6 p.m. with Jackiem Joyner and Reggie Blue. (W-S)
  • High Point’s Whistle Stop Concert Series has more free, outdoor music at the downtown train depot with the Chit Nasty Band at 7 p.m. as part of the Ignite High Point series. (HP)
  • And a free, outdoor movies with a dusk screening of Dirty Dancing in Center City Park. Part of Center City Cinema. (GSO)
  • The highlight of tonight’s show at the Crown is Modern Robot, aka Ben Singer, who plays live improvisation against classic silent films, this time the 1926 version of Faust, directed by the same guy who did Nosferatu. (GSO)

SATURDAY

  • Karaoke, cosplay, trivia, art contests and more highlight the Greensboro Anime, Manga and Graphic Novel Convention, a free summer event which begins at 2 p.m. at the Central Library. (GSO)
  • The National Night Out Block Party, precursor to the safe-neighborhoods activities later in the day, kicks off at 10 a.m.  at Federal Place with K9 and CSI demos, a rock wall, barbecue and carny games. Thank the Greensboro Police Department for this one. (GSO)
  • Second Saturday at SECCA means crafts for kids, classic cartoons and lots of art beginning at 10 a.m. (W-S)
  • The Green Bean, coffee shop that started it all in downtown Greensboro, opens Grounding Grounds a new exhibit of java-themed art tonight, in collaboration with the Greenhill. (GSO)
  • Interactive art is at the core of Sideshow Saturday Nights, a series that begins tonight at Golden Flower Tai Chi Studio with dance, visual art, film and… dreaming? Cool. It starts at 8:30 p.m.  (W-S)

SUNDAY

  • Wha?!? More free outdoor events? Second Sundays on Fourth has Bio Ritmo out of Richmond, Va. headlining the free bimonthly affair that begins on Fourth Street at 3 p.m.  (W-S)
  • It’s getting a little out of control this weekend what with the free, outdoor business, but might as well roll with it. This block party celebrates the grand opening of the new Crafted and Preyer Brewing, just across the street from Deep Roots Market, which is celebrating its anniversary with music from Crystal Bright & the Silverhands and the Ends beginning at 5 p.m. (GSO)
  • The Homegrown Artisan Market, beginning at noon in the Blind Tiger’s space, brings merchants, vendors, food trucks and hungover musicians for a paean to craft culture. (GSO)