Maybe you think you’ve never heard Burt Bacharach, but I’m pretty sure you have. The guy wrote just about all of the popular music in the US in the ’60s and ’70s.

He wrote “What’s New Pussycat?” for Tom Jones back in the day.

Bacharach’s catalog, while not exactly new, comes into play this weekend, along with artists from the Fringe, new art, shows and many free outdoor films.

The Weekender follows…




  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off @ Reynolda House (W-S)
    Reynolda House begins its late-summer Cinema Under the Stars with the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which still totally holds up. The lights go down around 7:30 p.m.
  • Talladega Nights @ Center City Park (GSO)
    Center City Cinema screens the story of Ricky Bobby, who was born to drive, on it big screen at sunset.
  • Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill @ Hanesbrands Theatre (W-S)
    This Twin City Stage production turns Hanesbrands into a cocktail lounge for the evening in a tribute to Billie Holiday.


  • WhoDat Festival @ Doodad Farm (GSO)
    The daylong festival has seven “killer” bands along with comedy, poetry and beards. All local, all volunteer, all nice and easy, no tickets in lieu of donations at the door. The site,, has the rest.
  • Close to You: The Music of Burt Bacharach @ Old Salem Visitor’s Center (W-S)
    It’s possible that birds will suddenly appear when you get near the classic sounds of Burt Bacharach interpreted by a stripped-down chamber group with a jazz foundation. It’s part of the Carolina Summer Music Festival, with shows at 4 and 7 p.m. Pretty sure you can score tickets at the door.
  • GFW Drink Reveal Party @ the Marshall Free House (GSO)
    The official drink of Greensboro Fashion Week will be revealed tonight at 9 p.m. in the mixology lab at the Marshall Free House.
  • Royal House/Big Shoals @ the Garage (W-S)
    Big Shoals comes straight off a gig at the Gray Eagle in Asheville and just before a night at the Cave in Chapel Hill. Royal House claims Walnut Cove as the base for their indie-folk rock. They meet at the crossroads of the Garage.


  • Gazebo Concert Series @ Teresa’s house (GSO)
    It’s a Greensboro House show in the grand tradition, at Teresa Staley’s house on the 3700 block of Parkwood Drive. Listen for the sounds of Jessica Pennell and Tony Low beginning around 7:45 p.m. to find the right place.
  • Mr. Destiny/the Rockers @ Winston Square Park (W-S)
    Had enough free outdoor movies? Not so fast! This one pairs the 1990 Jim Belushi film with local band the Rockers, who open the evening at 7 p.m. at the downtown park.

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