Be There!

by Jesse Kiser


One night will change your life Triad Stage; 232 S. Elm St., Greensboro; www.; 336.272.0160; 7:30 p.m.; $16 Tennessee Williams is one of the best hard knuckle American writers. The Night of the Iguana is a William’s play directed by Preston Lane and performed at Triad Stage now through Sept. 21. The play is about a former priest, T. Lawrence Shannon, now a tour guide in Mexico. One night, on the verge of insanity, he leads his tour group to a motel outside of the jungle as a storm rolls in. Through the night he must fight off three lustful women. I’m pretty sure three lustful women would not help my insanity.


Discover Boone in Boone Downtown Boone;; 828.264.2262; all day; FREE-$65 Starting today and going through Sunday are the Daniel Boone Days, filled with education and fun surrounding the history of pioneer Daniel Boone. There is a three-in-one race to beat Boone on Saturday morning followed by a world record attempt later that day. The Pioneer Festival runs all day Saturday starting at noon and wraps up the long weekend. Most events are cheap and close to downtown.

FRIDAY, Sept. 5

Leon Russell Greene Street Club; 113 N. Greene St., Greensboro; 336.273.4111;; 8 p.m.; $18 advance/$22 door The legendary Leon Russell will be headlining Greene Street tonight with Medusa Stone. Russell, a singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist, now owns his own label, Leon Russell Records. He began as a session man, and his first hit was Joe Cocker’s 1969 version of “Delta Lady.” Not too bad of a session musician, considering he has played with the likes of Willie Nelson, the Beach Boys, Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton, to only name a few. Sorry kiddies, it’s an 18 event.

Tattoo you Downtown Marriott, Greensboro; 336.379.8000; www.; noon; $20-$40 Little John is gone, but his legacy goes on. The gruff but loveable John Bury put the Piedmont Triad on the map in the world of needles and ink when he began the North Carolina Tattoo Convention 14 years ago. This year’s fete is dedicated to the man who inked a thousand arms. At least. More than 60 tattoo artists, vendors, live music and even a clown will help celebrate the life of a man who touched so many.


The air up there Smith Reynolds Airport; 3801 N. Liberty St., Winston-Salem;; 336.767.6361; 10 a.m.; $6-$15 Smith Reynolds Airport is a relativity small and quiet airport, but when the Winston-Salem Air Show rolls into town it explodes with performances by F-22s, F-15s, the Black Daggers Jump Team, F-18s and the Russian tank-destroying A-10. And that’s just the short list. There is a jet car that goes 400 mph in 8 seconds, and at least two of the North Carolina Aviation museums will be on hand along with a tremendous number of vendors and fans to join in the excitement. The show runs today and tomorrow.

SUNDAY, Sept. 7

The 1960s: A Decade of Change Weatherspoon Art Museum; UNCG; www.weatherspoon.uncg. edu; 336.334.5770; FREE Remember the ’60s? Me neither, but there was something about that decade that has always interested me. The Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War… it was a time that saw more change than any other in the 20 th century. The Weatherspoon Museum has The 1960s: A Decade of Change, an exhibit that starts today and runs through Dec. 21, and includes everything from paintings, to earthworks and photos.

MONDAY, Sept. 8

Death metal The Lincoln Theatre; 126 E. Cabarrus St., Raleigh; www.; 919.821.411; 7:30 p.m.; $14 advance/$16 door Tonight at the Lincoln Theatre will be hell of a good show as death-metal band Necrophagist rolls through. This concert is not for the faint of heart, so you had better be prepared to rock hard. They are a German band founded by guitarist/vocalist Muhammad Suicmez and have been around since 1992. Grinding is their type of music, a mixture of fast death metal and progressive sound. The band is most famous among European death-metal aficionados, but they have had some success here in the States. This is a stop on the Summer Slaughter Tour.

TUESDAY, Sept. 9

Carolina Classic Movies — Barefoot in the Park Carolina Theatre; 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro; www.; 336.333.2605; 7:30 p.m.; $5. Sorry for those of you looking to kick off your sandals to flex your toes in the green grass: This is just the name of the movie playing tonight. The plot of Barefoot In the Park? Just think of the original “Dharma and Greg,” made in the 1960s. Two newlyweds played by Robert Redford and Jane Fonda — one uptight and formal, the other a free-spirited hippie chick — have to learn to live together in their small Greenwich Village apartment.


Percussion discussion with John Beck UNCG School of Music;; 336.334.5789; 7:30 p.m.; $3-$10 The UNCG school of Music holds a percussion discussion with its newest faculty member, John Beck. Beck’s career includes being a visiting faculty member at UNCG for the 2008-2009 school year and a member of the faculty at the UNC School of the Arts, along with being a percussionist with the Winston-Salem and Greensboro Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Band of Battle Creek and the Philidor Percussion