TUESDAY, July 22
Battle Royal East/West NC All-Star games; UNCG field; www.nccoach.org/asgame.htm; 336.379.9095; $10 adults/$5 kids It is one of the ages when east and the west of North Carolina high schools meet to battle it out for the NCCA East/West All-star games trophies. Since 1949 the all stars join together to do battle. Football, basketball and soccer are all held during this three-day event that begans yesterday. Today is soccer with the women beginning at 7 p.m. and the men’s at 9 p.m. Check out UNCG’s soccer stadium website, www.UncgSpartans.com for directions to the stadium.
WEDNESDAY, July 23
Hitchcock not Hancock Carolina Theatre; 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro; www.carolinatheatre.com; 336.333.2605; 7:30pm; $5 When I think of Hitchcock I think of two things: him walking into his own shadow outline (something I have always wanted to do), or the movie The Birds. As a part of the Carolina Theatre Summer Film Festival the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Birds screens tonight. If you don’t already know what the movie is about, think of Arachnophobia with birds instead of spiders.
THURSDAY, July 24
Floydfest family affair Blue Cow Pavilion; Mile Marker 107.5 Blue Ridge Parkway, Floyd Va..; 540.745.FEST; www.floydfest.com; $35-$50/kids $6.50 No it is not a festival of Pink Floyd cover bands this is a different type of Floyd — Floyd, Va. to be exact, where you can hear bluegrass, rock ‘n’ roll and everything in between. There are seven unique stages, VIP packages, stellar micro brews and “keepiong the scene clean” clean atmosphere (whatever that is). Across-the-way Productions refers to the three-day festival as not only a business but a philosophy.
FRIDAY, July 25
Vanessa Carlton and Alexis Wilkinson open for Joshua Radin Green Street Club; 113 N Greene St., Greensboro; www. greenestreetclub.com; 336.273.4111; 8 p.m.; $15, all ages So when did Vanessa Carlton become an opening act again? I remember the good ole days when she was a headliner. Either way, I still have the hots for her. Carlton and Alexis Wilkinson are opening for Joshua Radin at Greene Street. I had never heard of Radin but quickly found out I was one of only a few who have not. He is a popular search on Google and hit it big when his friend Zach Brath heard his single, “Winter.” The song was played on the show “Scrubs” and critics since then seem to not be able to get enough of him. By the way, is Vanessa Carlton single?
SATURDAY, July 26
Dive into summer Portrait Homes; Robyn’s Glen; 111 Goldfinch Ave., Greensboro; www.yesweekly.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; 12 p.m.-5 p.m.; FREE My swim suit is ready but is yours? Portrait Homes is helping YES! Weekly throw a big pool party with DJ Dominic, 818, Royale & Lotta Noize to provide music. Also there are food and drinks provided. If you cannot make this Saturday’s party, no worries… there are two more this summer; Aug. 9 and Aug. 23. This week will be at Robyn’s Glen. Come one come all.
SUNDAY, July 27
Hunting Expo Special Events Coliseum at Greensboro Coliseum; 1921 W. Lee St., Greensboro; www.southerntrophyhunters.com/greensboro; 336-379-9095; 8am;10:00 am – 5:00 pm; $10 The only kind of big-buck hunting I’m any good at is the video game at the bowling alley with the bright orange shotgun. But today is the last day of the 2008 Southern Trophy Hunters Big Buck Expo, a family-friendly event. where the guns, and bullets, are definitely real.
MONDAY, July 28
Counting Crows, Maroon 5 Verizon Amphitheater; 707 Pavilion Blvd., Raleigh; www.livenation.com; 704.549.5555; 7 p.m.; $27.50-$79.50 You know that commercial where Maroon 5 talk and laugh candidly into the camera as if they are your best friends and not sell-out rock stars. Yeah, well I still kind of like them anyway and it has been a while since I indulged in a little Counting Crows. Maroon 5 and the Counting Crows are headlining together with opening act, Sarah Bareilles. By the way, if you can’t make the Raleigh trip the night before they are playing in Charlotte. Ticket prices vary but they are offering a pretty good group rate for lawn tickets so get some friends together and check ’em out.
TUESDAY, July 29
Tim Easton The Garage; 110 W 7 th St., Winston-Salem; 336.777.1127; www.the-garage.ws; $10 I still haven’t made it inside that garage door off of Trade St., but cut me a break — I’m new. This Tuesday, though, I may check out the singer/ songwriter Tim Easton, who makes a stop on his summer tour. This American guitarist is acclaimed for telling the truth about himself. He is also a bit of a traveling man who accredits his globe-trotting to his inspiration on his newest album, Ammunition. So see what type of worldly knowledge you can pick up from his show.