The Weekender: The Greatest Edition

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(courtesy of the NC A&T State University website)

North Carolina A&T State University touts the “Greatest Homecoming on Earth,” which falls this weekend in Greensboro. Read on to learn how to join the Aggies in jubilee, or head a few minutes North where President Trump will be making Irving Park neighborhood Great Again as he graces the Gate City with his presence.

Not trying to party or protest? Not to worry — we’ve got you covered. And if nothing here jumps out, do your thing. Just don’t forget to curl up with a fresh copy of Triad City Beat and — if you’re a Greensboro or High Point voter — take advantage of early voting through Saturday, Oct. 7.

THURSDAY
Shop the Block @ downtown (W-S), various times
Through Sunday, Oct. 8, more than a dozen retail stores in downtown Winston-Salem participate in a coordinated local sales event. A coupon book with every participating stores’ deals will be available at each retail outlet, along with a complimentary tote bag. Learn more and find a list of participating stores at downtownws.com.

My Fair Lady @ High Point Theatre (HP), 7:30 p.m.
High Point Community Theatre opens its 2017-18 season with an ASL-interpreted performance of this Tony-winning 1956 Broadway classic. My Fair Lady, based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, runs through Oct. 8. Learn more and find tickets at hpct.net.

FRIDAY
Fall book sale @ Central Library (GSO), 11 a.m.
The Friends of Greensboro Public Library holds its annual sale of thousands of fiction, mystery, history, political science, religion, biographic and sports books. Most sell for $2 or less, and DVDs and CDs are also available. The sale continues all day Saturday when, from 3-5 p.m., attendees can fill a provided bag for $5. Learn more at greensboro-nc.gov.

Aggie FanFest @ War Memorial Stadium (GSO), 4 p.m.
FanFest entertains thousands of with live music and more than 100 vendors of arts, crafts, food and drink in honor of NC A&T University’s Homecoming weekend. This year, organizers also offer kid-friendly entertainment options. The festival continues through the weekend with a concert featuring Migos and Gucci Mane at the Greensboro Coliseum Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Learn more at ncat.edu.

Kaleideum After Dark: Oktoberfest @ Kaleidium North (W-S), 6 p.m.
Kaleideum celebrates the onset of autumn with pumpkin carving and a live performance from the Piedmont Polka Practitioners. Indulge in Carolina Vineyard & Hops wine or seasonal Hoots beer while enjoying a meal from Lowes Foods. This event is for ages 21 and up. Learn more at downtown.kaleideum.org.

Louise Fishman: A Retrospective @ Weatherspoon Art Museum (GSO), 6 p.m.
Artist Louise Fishman joins the community in conversation about her decades-long career to mark her first retrospective exhibition currently housed in the Weatherspoon, Louise Fishman: A Retrospective. Fishman’s work reflects components of her Jewish heritage and feminism, and varies in form from paintings to woven-and-stitched works. A public reception follows the talk. Learn more at weatherspoon.uncg.edu.

High Point Music Festival @ After Hours Bar & Tavern (HP), 8 p.m.
Tori Lattimore and T.Latt host a late-night music festival featuring live performances from 20 High Point artists. DJ Sleeze will keep up the energy while festivalgoers enjoy candy apples, face-painting, food vendors and drink specials. Find the event on Facebook.

SATURDAY
Dickinson Avenue @ Aperture Cinema (W-S), 1 p.m.
Aperture hosts several films for the Out at the Movies International LGBT Film Festival from Thursday through Oct. 8. Dickinson Avenue: The (Mostly) True Story of the Paddock Club portrays the people who found a home at the Paddock Club, a nightclub Greenville, North Carolina that served as a safe-haven for LGBT people in the South from 1973 to 2003. Learn more and find tickets at outatthemovieswinston.org.

Public education discussion @ Grace Presbyterian Church (W-S), 2 p.m.
The Coalition for Equity in Public Education hosts its first community conversation, featuring guest speakers Lou Fabrizio, federal policy director at the NC Department of Public Instruction, and Keith Howard, a Charlotte-based attorney with expertise in education law. Enjoy light refreshments while learning more about the rights of students and parents with regard to public school policies and administrators and how to effectively engage the school system. Find the event on Facebook.

Talk Socialism with Us @ Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Co. (W-S), 6 p.m.
The Winston-Salem chapter of the International Socialist Organization hosts a laid-back discussion about the history of socialism and what it means to be a socialist in today’s context. Find the event on Facebook.

A Murder is Announced @ Greensboro Cultural Center (GSO), 8 p.m.
Local teens star in the City Arts Drama Center’s presentation of A Murder Is Announced, a play based on Agatha Christie’s murder mystery, on the first level of the Greensboro Cultural Center. Learn more and find tickets at thedramacenter.com.

SUNDAY
Drag Brunch @ Mary’s Gourmet Diner (W-S), 11 a.m.
The breakfast queen hosts Pride Winston-Salem’s annual drag brunch. Join newly-crowned Mr. and Miss Pride Winston-Salem for an entertaining brunch. Donations are suggested. Find the event on Facebook.

 Hops & Shop: Fall Fest @ Foothills Brewing (W-S), noon
Catbird Art & Events partners with Foothills to host a family- and dog-friendly event featuring more than 100 regional arts, craft and antique venders. Enjoy live music, activities for kids, facepainting and four food truck options. Find the event on Facebook.

Fall cosplay meet @ the Bog Garden (GSO), 3 p.m.
The North Carolina Anime Community hosts its annual meetup for Triad cosplayers. Spooky cosplays encouraged, and cosplayers can mix afterwards at Geeksboro. Find the event on Facebook.