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by Brian Clarey

Here’s what you need to know, friends, this late-spring season: The weather is going mad. Early-spring frosts shorted out my fruit trees; cloud cover is stunting the growth of my sunflowers; and we’ve had so much rain I think I would have had an easier time growing rice in my backyard. Anyway…. In fast-food news, Wendy’s plans on releasing its boneless chicken wings this month, and Dairy Queen launches a Blizzard based on the Tagalong Girl Scout cookie — that’s the one with the chocolate and peanut butter. In slow food news, Greensboro’s Undercurrent debuts an early-summer dinner menu this week. Highlights include lobster-corn chowder with apple wood bacon and thyme oil, wild boar sausage with sweet Creole mustard and malt vinegar slaw and dried strawberry-rhubarb compote, and a rosemary-peppercorn crusted rack of lamb that does not mess around. Check the website, www. undercurrentrestaurant.com, for more deliciousness. On Wednesday, Green Drinks Greensboro celebrates its one-year anniversary with a 5:30 p.m. meeting at the Lindley Park Filling Station. They are courting “everyone who aspires to be green, breathes green, wants to learn just what green is, wants to meet other green people and anyone interested in discussing just what it means to be moving towards a green future here in Greensboro and beyond.” Thursday sees a Rediscovering Pinot Wine Dinner at Undercurrent featuring a pinot blanc from Oregon Pinot, an Alsatian pinot gris and pinot noirs from France and California. Font out more at the website. On Friday you can get a free light smoothie at Orange Julius stands nationwide. Or you can hit EarthFare in Greensboro for a wine and beer tasting that benefits the American Cancer Society and begins at 6 p.m. Call 336.369.0190 for details. On Saturday the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market will be hopping with its annual Wingfest featuring a Best Wing contest with several categories and a Lord of the Wings eat-off. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. But on the same day and in the same place, the farmer’s market holds its annual crawfish boil. A word of warning: The mudbugs are usually gone before noon — at least they are every time I try to get some. To this day I have never eaten a Carolina crawfish. Sunday is Father’s Day. Take your old man to brunch. Or, better yet, give him a six-pack of good beer and the remote control, then get everyone else out of the house. And on Tuesday, June 23, all the action is in the Camel City. Krankie’s Farmers Market, for one, will be holding its weekly celebration of natural goodness beginning at 11 a.m. and lasting until 1 p.m. — so you gotta move quick. And that evening in the Arts District, 6th & Vine screens 10, starring Bo Derek and Dudley Moore, as the latest installment of its Dinner and a Movie series. If you recall, that’s the movie that made white women want to get cornrowed.

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