Eight great things to do in the Triad: Aug. 24-26
1. On Aug. 24 in Greensboro, head to New York Pizza, located at 337 Tate St., and check out Comedy Punk Night. The cover charge is $10, doors open at 7 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Starting off the night is the Greensboro-based band Corporate Fandango followed by stand-up with Reid Pegram. Then Virginia’s Drop The Girl will play followed by stand-up with Drew Robertson. Finally, Greensboro’s Come Clean will play followed by stand-up with Dusty Cagle. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
2. On 25 in Greensboro, pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin at the Greensboro Public Library. Franklin passed away on Aug. 16 from pancreatic cancer, and Greensboro will celebrate the soul legend and civil rights activist with film footage and her musical recordings. “Come share your memories and thoughts on her impact of this national musical treasure,” the Facebook event page states. The event is free and takes place from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hemphill Library, located at 2301 W. Vandalia Rd. For more information, contact Ronald Headen at (336) 412-6199.
3. On Aug. 25 in Greensboro, don’t miss the opening night of the art exhibit Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Weatherspoon Art Museum, located at 500 Tate St. According to the Facebook event page, this exhibit brings works of contemporary artists who have used classical fairy tales to address “the complexities of our lives today.” The reception is from 5 to 7 p.m., admission is free and there will be a cash bar. “Twenty-one internationally-recognized artists are featured in the exhibition.” Ian McDowell wrote in the article for this week’s paper. “These include Ghada Amer, John Baldessari, Natalie Frank (who on Oct. 25 will take part in a conversation at Weatherspoon with her frequent collaborator, the preeminent fairy tale scholar Jack Zipes), David Hockney, Cindy Sherman and Miwa Yanagi.” Curator Emily Stamey, Ph.D., recommends that some adults may want to preview the exhibit before bringing children, as it contains mature content. There are images available for preview at the front desk. For more information, visit the Weatherspoon website.
4. On Aug. 25 in Winston-Salem, Get schwifty from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. at Reboot Arcade, located at 534 N. Liberty St., for its Rick and Morty Party! The Vindibeacon is flashing, and that can only mean one thing…Reboot is releasing its newest addition to the arcade: the Vindicators Arcade Game! “It’s a late 80’s tank battle game where, if you’re the smartest being in the galaxy, you can just riggity-riggity-wreck your friends all day long biiiitch,” the Facebook event page states.There will be Rick and Morty-themed cocktails and other drink specials along with a costume contest. The winner (judged by the Citadel of Ricks, aka Reboot employees) will take home a trip for two to Blips-N-Chitz (aka Las Vegas)! The costume contest begins at 11 p.m. sharp. Returning to Reboot is DJ Melophobic and the cover for ages 18 and up is $5.
5. On Aug. 25 in Winston-Salem, check out a performance by Black Violin at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds & Annex Theatre, located at 414 Deacon Blvd. The concert is from 7 to 10 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), tickets start at $20 and parking is $6. According to the website, “Black Violin is lead by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin), and joined onstage by DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes. The band uses their unique blend of classical and hip-hop music to overcome stereotypes while encouraging people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers. In the past 12 months, the band has performed for over 100,000 students in the US and Europe, and has partnered with Yamaha EDU and NAMM (National Association of Music Manufactures) to continue supporting music education.”
6. On Aug. 25 in Jamestown, The Castle Presents, Castella: The Enchanted Music Festival at Castle McCulloch, located at 3925 Kivett Dr. It is like Coachella, but in the Triad– Castella is a music festival and costume party with an enchanted theme. According to the website, playing at the festival is Doby, Sahara Reggae Band, Stereo Doll, The Straight 8s, The Tremors, Quilla and more. The Castle welcomes “as bare as you dare” when it comes to costumes, and this broad theme allows participants to use their imaginations to dress up as mythical woodland creatures or whatever participants interpret “enchanted” to mean. Tickets range from $20 to $55 and parking is $5. For more information, visit Castle McCulloch’s website.
7. On Aug. 25 in Kernersville, Körner’s Folly, located at 413 S. Main St., and The Kernersville Arts and Crafts Guild are hosting the Homegrown Arts Festival from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Local artisans will showcase and sell their creations on the lawn. After the festival, participants are encouraged to stay for a tour of the historic house. The festival is free to attend and tours for adults cost $10, children (ages 6-18) cost $6 and children under 5 are free. The event is rain or shine. Pets and smoking are prohibited. For more information, visit the website.
8. On Aug. 26 in Greensboro, The Greensboro Food Truck Festival is finally here! Head to downtown Greensboro (Market, Elm and Greene Streets) for 50 food trucks, craft beer, vendors, live music and kids activities from 3 to 9 p.m. For a list of all food trucks, performers and a map of the event, visit the website. There are parking decks around the event and Elm Street will be closed from Friendly to February One. There are three ATMs onsite and picnic tables for seating (but it is encouraged to bring your own). Pets are discouraged because of the large crowd and alcohol is not allowed outside the event.