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- Sound Practices @ Elsewhere (GSO)
A big weekend at the downtown curiosity features founder Stephanie Sherman speaking at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday and a Sound Practices workshop at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, part of the living museum’s transformation into a gigantic musical instrument. Weird, right?
- Devin Leonardi opening reception @ SECCA (W-S)
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art gathers 34 of the works of deceased artist Devin Leonardi for the exhibit Figure at Dusk, which runs through Oct. 4. A free opening reception starts at 6:30 tonight.
- Roots & Vine Fine Wine Tasting @ Deep Roots Market (GSO)
Food from Chef Tim Thompson paired with wines by TC Frazier begin at 6:30 at Deep Roots. We’re looking for at least five courses here.
- Sunset Thursday: The Love Language/ Below the Line @ Bailey Park (W-S)
Another new series debuts in the Camel City with a free concert at Bailey Park at 6:30 p.m. They’ve tapped Raleigh darlings the Love Language as the headliner, with Below the Line slated to open. It’s a freebie.
- What is Biotech? @ New Winston Museum (W-S)
Get with the program on a new industry that’s changing the future of the city, with remarks from Eric Tomlinson, president of the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, at 5:30 p.m. at the New Winston Museum.
- Dance From Above: Body Games @ the Crown (GSO)
This edition of the monthly throwdown at the Crown known as Dance From Above has Body Games making cubist sonic art from samples of local music, followed by DJ Marley Carroll, who performed at the first DFA a year ago.
- Center City Cinema: Muppets From Space @ Center City Park (GSO)
Muppets From Space, featuring Gonzo, Scooter, the Swedish Chef and that bald eagle who reads the news, begins at dusk in downtown Greensboro at Center City Park. It’s a freebie.
- DADA fundraiser @ the Garage (GSO)
The Downtown Arts District hosts a fundraiser at the Garage with music from Mike Bennett and Doug Davis. Fans of the district in general, and First Friday in particular, should come out in support.
- Fun Fourth Freedom Walk @ downtown Marriott (GSO)
The city’s Fourth of July Spectacular gets off to an early start with the annual Freedom Run 10K, 2-mile and tot trot. Action begins at the downtown hotel by 7 a.m.
- Great American Cook Out @ Greensboro Farmers Curb Market (GSO)
Grilled vegetables, grilled peaches, fresh bread and at least five kinds of meat — depending on how you count hot dogs — highlight the GFCM cookout, which begins at 8 a.m.
- National HIV Testing Day (TRIAD)
Free and reduced screenings for HIV are available all over the state as part of the national holiday that encourages Americans to take charge of their own health. Triad Health Project in Greensboro has an event beginning at 10 a.m. — they’re throwing in a $5 Walmart gift card for everyone tested. The website aids.gov has more.
- Natural Atlantic Coast WNBF Qualifier @ Aycock Auditorium (GSO)
Muscle men and fitness ladies undergo polygraphs and urinalysis — seriously — in order to compete in the National Atlantic Coast WNBF Qualifier, which begins with pre-judging at 11 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m. Email [email protected] for tickets.
- Summer on Trade: Campfires & Constellations @ 6th & Trade streets (W-S)
Homegrown Americana with Campfires & Constellations highlights this week’s free downtown music festival, which begins at 7 p.m.
- Block Party @ Black Lodge (W-S)
Pretty sure someone’s gonna lose a bet when the Black Lodge turns 1 year old this weekend, celebrating with a block party featuring like 10 bands, a couple food trucks and whatever else the guys can throw together. It begins at 5:10 p.m., which is weird.