8 great things to do in the Triad: May 31-June 2
1. On May 31 in Greensboro, head to Common Grounds, 602 S. Elam Ave., for “The Potted Tape: Album Release Party.” From 8 p.m. until midnight, celebrate the release of The Potted Tape by various artists such as Tony Price, Dopey Graham, SunQueen Kelcey, Deep Jackson, Antion Scales, King M Dot, Justin The Beloved, Sage Walker, and Shamir Lee (who is also the producer of the project). “’ The Potted Tape’ is a project that is inspired by ‘Potted Meat’ by Steven Dunn as well as its short film adaptation The Usual Route directed by Cory Warner,” the Facebook event page states. “This project was a journey in literature, film, and sound and was an amazing trip.” Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. There is no cover charge, but donations are encouraged and appreciated. The album is now streaming on multiple platforms. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
2. On June 1 in Greensboro, Jake’s Billiards, 1712 Spring Garden St., is hosting a Haw River Beer Dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. According to the Facebook event page, Jake’s will have “five seasonally-inspired courses paired with six of North Carolina‘s own Haw River Brewing beers.” The menu includes Demitasse (Belgian Blonde Ale with Coffee 5.5%); Newlin’s Original (Belgian Oatmeal Pale Ale 5.2%) paired with Israeli Couscous, Tomato, and Arugula Salad; Honeysuckle (Spring Witbier with Honeysuckle and Indian Coriander 5.1%) paired with Strawberry Gazpacho; Shortstraw (Northeast-Style IPA with Pine 7.6%) paired with Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken and Pineapple Skewer, Balsamic Blueberry Salsa; Mille Fleur (Rustic Saison 5.8%) paired with Sriracha-Barbecue Salmon and Wild Mushroom Medley; Sun Hands (Belgian Summer Golden Ale 10.0%) paired with Lemon-Blackberry Cheesecake Cupcake. For more information, ask the bartenders at Jake’s or visit the Facebook event page.
3. On June 1 in Winston-Salem, from noon to midnight help Fiddlin’ Fish Brewing Company, 727 Trade St. NW, usher in the summer with a Summer Kick-Off Party! There will be food trucks such as The Slanted Shed (from noon to 4 p.m.), Goodtimes BBQ Food Truck (from 5 to 9 p.m.), and the new Que Viva! Latin Street Food Truck (from 5 to 9 p.m.). The Human Foosball Tournament will return from noon to 4 p.m., with human foosball open play from 5 to 7 p.m., and Kaleideum Downtown will be in attendance with children activities and a reptile exhibit. The evening will close with live beach music in the parking lot by the Part-Time Party Time Band. “Strap on your shaggin’ shoes! Stay tuned to our social media for more details on the big day!” For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
4. On June 1 in Winston-Salem, it’s Dolly Day at The Southside Beer Garden & Bottleshop, located at 2108 Broad St. From noon until midnight, pay homage to the Queen of Country Music and humanitarian Dolly Parton with a down-home barbecue followed by Dolly-themed entertainment such as a BYOV (bring your own vinyl), “Dolly Karaoke – The Women of Country Legend” with Dumptruck Jr., Lisa & The 9-5ers, and Dolly in Drag. According to the Facebook event page, a portion of the proceeds will go to Dolly Parton’s Imaginary Library, “a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities within the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Republic of Ireland.” The barbecue plate includes “Pulled Pork or Pulled Chicken BBQ (JB’s Recipe…Mmmmmmmmm), Slappy’s Potato Salad, Grillin’ Beans, Corn on Cob with White Bread,” and costs $10. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
5. On June 1 in Winston-Salem, celebrate the second anniversary of Reboot Arcade Bar, located at 534 N. Liberty St. From 3 p.m. until 2 a.m., this anniversary parking lot party will feature local vendors, artists, food trucks, live music, and a skate exhibition. “We’re shutting down our parking lot and throwing the biggest party in WS! MC CHRIS will be joining us to celebrate two years of Reboot downtown, and we couldn’t be more stoked,” the Facebook event page states. “For those not wanting to get crazy with the nerdcore, we will have a family-friendly, all-ages vendor fair in the parking lot from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. featuring Ssalefish Comics and Salem Organic Supply, along with tons of local artists, toys and fun! There’ll be a DJ, and a small skate park set up too, so bring your decks if you want to grind rails!” Foothills and PBR will be there with beer to pair with Que Viva! Latin Street Food Truck. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
6. On June 1 in Winston-Salem, the Texas Pete Spirit of Summer Festival is returning downtown with local restaurants, breweries/wineries and live music on 4th Street from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday will be a day of tastings for food, beer, and wine. There will also be live music playing throughout the day at the big stage in front of Foothills Brewing, 634 W. 4th St., and the after party at Foothills featuring The Breakfast Club from 6 to 9 p.m. “North Carolina wineries will be offering tastings and purchase of their harvest. Beer-lovers also find their niche at the festival as several North Carolina craft breweries will be on-site offering tastings and purchases of their brews,” the Facebook event page states. “Local Winston-Salem restaurants will also be on-site cooking up their best menu items in the Restaurant Pavilion for festival goers to purchase and enjoy…This event offers a total experience that highlights the North Carolina wine and beer industry as well as the Winston-Salem food industry in a fun and festive setting. This festival is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.” Tickets start at $25. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the website.
7. On June 1 in Greensboro, head to Leveneleven Brewing, 1111 Coliseum Dr., for a free comedy show featuring local comedians. According to the Facebook event page, the comedy show is hosted by Dusty Cagle and stars Reid Pegram, David Decareaux, Austin Howard, Pat McLeod, and Dejahzh Hedrick. The show is from 8 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
8. On June 2 in High Point, see live roller derby as the Battleground Betties take on the Mad Dollies at Skate South, 208 w. Fairfield Rd., from 7 to 9 p.m. It is encouraged for attendees to bring their own non-marking chairs to watch the bout, and nonperishable food donations for Greensboro Roller Derby’s nonprofit partner, Greensboro Urban Ministry. Tickets are $10 (ages 16 and up) at the door, or $8 at the door (for student, military, seniors 55+ with ID) and free for kids ages 5 and under. Concessions will be available, and parking is free. To celebrate Pride month in June, this bout is Pride-themed in honor of the LGBTQ+ community. There will be beer for sale and drag entertainment by Andy Drodge, Betti J, and Velma Violet for the halftime show. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first whistle is at 7 p.m. For more information and to buy discounted tickets ahead, visit the Facebook event page. (YES! Weekly readers can receive $2 off admission one adult admission when they bring in Greensboro Roller Derby’s ad found on Page 74 of YES! Weekly’s Triad’s Best issue.)