WEDNESDAY, Sept. 17
Central Carolina Fair Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro; www. centralcarolinafair.com; 5 p.m.; $5 admission, $20 unlimited ride band Satisfy your inner carny in the parking lot of the Greensboro Coliseum all this week as the Central Carolina Fair transforms the asphalt into a cotton-candy dreamscape with rides, games and all the deep-fried goodness you could ever care to eat. Also part of the fair will be animal shows, a demolition derby, pig races and live music — tonight sees the Part-Time Party Time Band on the main stage at 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, Sept. 18
Celebrity bartender challenge Harrison’s; 1807 N. Main St., High Point; 336.883.0030; 6 p.m. It’s not so often you get to drink for a cause, but for the past month in High Point, Harrison’s has been giving us an opportunity to do just that. Aided by celebrity bartenders — who remain anonymous until tonight — the pub will be raising money for their favorite charities. Tonight benefits the Multiple Sclerosis Society, which is as good a reason to hit the bar as any.
FRIDAY, Sept. 19
Rock the Block; downtown Winston- Salem; www.rocktheblockws.com; 6 p.m.; FREE This is the eighth Rock the Block the city of Winston-Salem has held, and each year it seems to get bigger and better. This year sees the addition of an Americana stage and performances all over downtown by the likes of Old Stone Revue, Jew(s) and Catholic(s), the Craig Woolard Band and Caleb Caudle, as well as a BMX demo site and a kids area.
SATURDAY, Sept. 20
Idiot Box grand reopening The Idiot Box; 348 S. Elm St., Greensboro; 336.274.2699; www.idiotboxers.com; 8 p.m. and10 p.m.; $10 It can sometimes be anticlimactic when you open the same box twice, but the Idiot Box’s new location just across South Elm Street from its old digs at the Empire Room should have some surprises in store. The room is cozier, closer to the street and with a stage more conducive to the kind of improv the troupe specializes in. It should be great, but if Jennie Stencel starts rapping, just get the hell out of there.
SUNDAY, Sept. 21
Carousel Festival; Burlington City Park; www.burlingtonnc.gov; 1 p.m.; FREE Burlington’s 1910 Dentzel Menagerie carousel provides the centerpiece for this festival, which includes rides, food and music by Chuck Wicks. The carousel itself is a work of art, featuring lions, tigers, unicorns and all manner of other carved animals that go up and down and then up again. If you can’t get enough calliope music, this one’s for you.
MONDAY, Sept. 22
Google Bus comes to UNCG UNCG campus; www.uncg.edu; 9 a.m.; FREE No, the Google Bus is not a magic vehicle that will take you absolutely anywhere you want to go within seconds. I don’t even think they give rides on it. But you can climb aboard and get a hands-on demo of the Google Apps suite, and probably lots of other freebies — Google loves the swag. This is part of the bus’ nationwide tour, and was likely booked after UNCG switched to Google for all its e-mail needs.
TUESDAY, Sept. 23
Shag lessons Thirsty’s 2; 119 N. Chimney Rock Road, Greensboro; www.thirstys2.com; 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; $45 Let me tell you something: The shag is back, my friends, and if you expect to have a role in the brave new world this dance promises, well, then you better learn the steps. Lessons happen at Thirsty’s 2 every Tuesday and Wednesday, and I’m told that if you practice long and hard, you will eventually be able to dance for an entire song while holding a beer and a cigarette.
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24
Perpetual Art Machine Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem; www.wfu.edu; 10 a.m.; FREE The Perpetual Art Machine exhibit at Wake Forest University is billed as a “21 st -century international video art with live interactive installations.” I don’t know what that means, but what the hell… it’s Wednesday — you got something better to do? For the less abstractly inclined, the concurrent exhibition, The Old Alma Mater, “features artifacts celebrating Wake Forest traditions that span the university’s 174-year history.