Opportunities to bathe in nostalgia abound in the Triad this weekend, just in time for many presently wrestling with the tension between despondency and rage. Whether it’s delighting in a few hours of 80s escapism, supporting a community theatre paying homage to a favorite children’s book character, taking a longer walk than usual, or whatever — take a moment to replenish. We have work to do and mass movements require sustainability.
On a pleasant note, events centering gender-bending icons Prince and David Bowie are slated for the final days of Pride Month. Head to Greensboro’s Adam & Eve Saturday afternoon if you want to send off the month with a bang, and with community.
Julian Sizemore & Hunter McBride @ LeBauer Park (GSO), 7 p.m.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket for live music under the full moon and prepare to dance when DJ MikeWawa takes over at 8:30 p.m. Find the event on Facebook.
Labyrinth Anniversary Ball @ Reboot Arcade Bar (W-S), 8 p.m.
Dress up as your favorite character for Reboot’s Labyrinth screening and stick around for free arcade games midnight ’til 2 a.m. Find the event on Facebook.
Laser Metallica @ Greensboro Science Center, 7 p.m.
Just when you thought “Enter Sandman” couldn’t sound any better, your local science center adds lasers for a multisensory experience. Head to the OmniSphere Theater at 7 p.m. for an electric mix of Metallica’s hits or catch later shows at 8 and 9 p.m. Learn more at greensboroscience.org.
Purple Rain @ On Pop of the World Studios (GSO), 7:30 p.m.
OPOTW Studios screens Purple Rainin the backlot before the Ringos perform Prince classics. Don your best purple clothing and accessories for the occasion. Find the event on Facebook.
EmiSunshine & the Rain @ the Ramkat (W-S), 8 p.m.
The powers that be are calling her a musical prodigy. See for yourself as the roots singer/songwriter brings her blend of bluegrass and country to the stage. Learn more at theramkat.com.
Brave @ LeBauer Park (GSO), 8:30 p.m.
UNCG’s Spartan Cinema series continues at sunset. This week, a rabble-rousing archer challenges tradition, turning a kingdom upside down. Find the event on Facebook.
Basement Life @ Boxcar Bar & Arcade (GSO), 9:30 p.m.
Taste the indie rock rainbow. Greensboro-based post-punk band Basement Life headlines with math rockers Youth League and local newcomersSaucer. Find the event on Facebook.
The “Death of Geeksboro” Sale @ Geeksboro (GSO), 6 a.m.
Geeksboro is moving, and much memorabilia, furniture, AV equipment, merchandise, games, movies, video games, fixtures and artwork can’t come along. Proceeds from the sale — which will take place at the original location — will help dull the pain of moving expenses. Find the event on Facebook.
Blueberry Pancake & Celebration Day @ Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, 8:30 a.m.
On the corner lawn of Lindsay and Yanceyville streets, guest chef Alex Amoroso of Cheesecakes by Alex prepares pancakes with fresh blueberries as jazz musician Griffin Ross and singer-songwriter Laura Jane Vincent perform live all morning. Market-goers will find other blueberry-centric products throughout the market and proceeds benefit the Curb Market’s non-profit. Learn more at gsofarmersmarket.org.
Thank Goodness it’s Pride! @ Adam & Eve (GSO), 1 p.m.
On the 49thanniversary of Stonewall, celebrate Pride by learning some queer kink history followed by product demonstrations, a sexual-health discussion, games and raffles. Take advantage of free STD testing with the Triangle Empowerment Center at 4 p.m. and stick around for a drag and poetry performance with Flex Jonez and Ivy Carter at 7 p.m. Find the event on Facebook.
Jill Goodson Band @ 6thStreet & Liberty Street (W-S), 7 p.m.
The Jill Goodson band continues Winston’s Summer on Liberty series. Come out for classic rock and blues with a twist of country. Learn more atdowntownws.com/music.
1970s Film Stock @ Monstercade (W-S), 9 p.m.
That’s right: cassette release. 1970s Film Stock aka Eddie Garcia releases a live, improvisational album recorded in his hometown of Gastonia. It’s called Irrational Aesthetics: Live in Gastonia. Experimental rock groups Hectorina and Spookstina join in the fun.Find the event on Facebook.
Rock Out the Quarry @ Quarry Park (W-S), 6p.m.
Whip out the lawn chairs and blankets for this pre-Fourth of July festival. Enjoy a fireworks show with grub from one (or two or three) of 10 participating food trucks: Zekos 2 Go, Wingz and Thyngz, Off the Hook, Manna, King-Queen Haitian Cuisine, Gunny Smitty’s Hotdogs, Spice Delight Mobile Café, Sunset Slush, Kona Ice, and Cherries on Top. Darryl Little & Friends play live.
Junie B. Jones @ Community Theatre of Greensboro, 2 p.m.
Barbara Park’s beloved children’s book character Junie B. Jones tackles everything from making new friends and adjusting to glasses to kickball tournaments in first grade. Find the event on Facebook.