Be There!

by Jesse Kiser


Clay & Benjy Center City Park; 200 N. Elm St., Greensboro;; 336.510.4246; 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.; FREE “When we started our hair had color.” is the tagline for Clay & Benjy also known as the Botox Twins. The two acoustic guitar players; Clay, known as the tall guitar-playing one, and Benjy, known as the good guitar-playing one, can be found at the free music festival at Center City Park in Greensboro. The festival is held on Wednesdays from 11:45 a.m. until 1:15 p.m. through September, weather permitting. The two mainly do cover tunes but make sure to sneak in some of their own. Bring a blanket and some lunch and listen to Clay & Benjy.


Cat walk Greene Street Club; 127 N. Greene St., Greensboro;; 336.273.4111; $8-$10 Music and beautiful women… throw in some drinks, and it cannot get any better. And don’t worry girls there will be beautiful guys there, too, at Greene Street’s Cat Walk Fashion Show, Music Meets Fashion, hosted by Deep Cover Movement & iWish Entertainment. Also the Destination from Los Angeles will be on stage to help move the models with her music. Edison Gem and DJ Kered will be playing the hottest house music in the Triad. along with Greene Street’s own DJ Dominic starting the night off right in the Main Room and during the fashion show.

FRIDAY, Aug. 29

Stay out of the kitchen Benton Convention Center; 301 W. 5 th St., Winston-Salem;; 336.727.2976 A thousand firefighters gather in Winston-Salem for North Carolina State Firemen’s Association 121 st anniversary conference, held simulatneously with the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs conference, which celebrates of their 76 th anniversary. After the memorial service, held yesterday to honor all who have fallen in the line of duty, the conference moves today to the MC Benton Jr. Convention Center and will have on display everything from thermal imagers to boots along with informational seminars.


No air Greensboro Coliseum; 336.373.2632;; 9 p.m.; $32.50-$42.50 So did you hear? Jordin Sparks died. Yeah she had no air. Kidding! Her song “No Air,” the second single released from her first eponymous album makes the punch line for this joke. I know — pretty weak. Jordin Sparks wass the youngest “American Idol” winner at the age of 17, and Jesse McCartney, who is just barely old enough to buy a beer. Still the two are touring together through the end of 2008 and will make a stop tonight at the Greensboro Coliseum. They are the perfect pair to bring in the fans, with Spark’s powerhouse voice and McCartney’s appeal to high school girls.

SUNDAY, Aug. 31

Let’s dance Cat’s Cradle; 300 E. Main St., Carrboro; 919.967.9053;; 9 p.m.; $6-$8 It is almost Labor Day and you have nothing to do tomorrow. So let’s go out and bump to some techno! Electronic music is a rare breed in North Carolina, so this party is not to be missed. It is a pre-Labor Day dance party featuring Disco Inferno, made up of OneDuran and DJ Silvaback, with DJ Forge headlining. The proceeds will go to the Signal Foundation, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to electronic forms of music. That’s something you don’t hear about every day. So bust out the glow sticks and find a ride home cause if you are sober by the end of the night, you are probably going to be too tired to drive.

MONDAY, Sep. 1

Swirlfest Grove Winery & Vineyards; 7360 Brooks Bridge Road, Gibsonville; 336.584.4060;; 12 p.m.; FREE Okay so there is one piece of work you have to do this labor day and that’s to sit back and drink wine. Grover Winery and Vineyards can help you accomplish this task with the Swirlfest labor day celebration. The winery opens at noon and music starts at 1 p.m. There is music by Bruce Piephoff and grilling alongside the patio; you cannot get any better. Reserved seats are available on the website and must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the event. A charge of $6.50/ seat includes a glass of your favorite wine or other beverage.


Don’t be so messy Spot for Tea Parties; 402 State St., Greensboro;; 11 a.m.; $45 So are you disorganized? Aren’t we all? But if you can find the time in your busy and messy schedule then be sure to sign up of the Paper Management System Suitcase Seminar held in Greensboro today. Show up with a full mess of a briefcase and go home organized and happy, or so they say. Attend to learn great organizing tips and organizing systems. Contact Dr. Dorothy Merchant, the facilitator, at and don’t forget because advanced registration is required and enrollment is limited. But the event is monthly so if you cannot find your calendar under your mountains of unorganized papers, don’t worry — just register for next months.


Study the greats UNCG; 1000 Spring Garden St.,Greensboro; 336.334.5000;; 5 p.m.-6 p.m.; FREE I sound like an old man when I say that I remember studying things like modern China, world religion and finite math — I do not remember studying Miles Davis, but the lucky UNCG students do in the UNCG School of Music’s Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program. The program again this 2008-2009 school year is holding free weekly jazz every Wednesday that school is in session the from 5-6 p.m. in the Collins Lecture Hall (Room 217) in the School of Music Building located at West Market and McIver