Eight great things to do in the Triad: Feb. 22-24
1. On Feb. 22 in Winston-Salem, head to Blu Velvet Lounge, 915 Brookstown Ave., for WOW-’80s retro synthwave and ’90s house techno night hosted by Blu Velvet Lounge and Simple2nes Recordings! From 10 p.m. until 2 a.m., listen to and hit the dancefloor for ’80sand’90s dance music by DJ Turbo Killer. According to the Facebook event page, the ’80s was “an awesome era of great music,” with “no cell phones and shitty hairstyles.” For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
2. On Feb. 23 in Jamestown, head to Castle McCulloch, 3925 Dr., for its Mardi Gras Masquerade from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. According to the Facebook event page, the night is sure to be filled with “sizzling entertainment and enticing costumes,” as the venue has an “as bare as you dare” attitude toward costumes. “Roam the grounds of Castle McCulloch, an almost, 200-year-old Castle while indulging in live music, fire performances, amazing DJs and other fantastical entertainment.” Tickets range from $24 to $74. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
3. On Feb. 23 in Greensboro, head to Leveneleven Brewing for its First Anniversary Party and bottle release! From noon to midnight, enjoy a limited-edition bottle of Leveneleven’s Anno Mundi First Anniversary Ale and live music by Bigdumbhick aka Jeff Wall, John Stevens, and the Disaster Recovery Band! Enjoy food from Frank’s Top Secret Chicken & Waffle Food Truck starting at 3 p.m. For more information, check out Terry Rader’s article in last week’s issue of YES! Weekly.
4. On Feb. 23 in Greensboro, The Queen’s Storytime at Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm St., is happening from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and will be featuring local drag performer Heidi N Closet reading Giraffes Can’t Dance. Following the reading will be a free craft that children (of all ages) can make and take home with them. According to the Facebook event page, “This event is meant to promote love and acceptance, celebrating one’s differences. To children, Drag Queens & Kings appear as something out of fairy tales. Both children and drag queens enjoy a shared interest in dressing up, wrapping themselves in all things shiny and glittery, and using their imagination.”
5. On Feb. 23 in Greensboro, head to Shiners, 435 Dolley Madison Rd. Suite M, for Rap Roulette. Hosted by Ed E. Ruger and Phillie Phr3sh, Rap Roulette is, according to the Facebook event page, “an interactive show where no one, including the artists, [knows] when they perform until a fan spins the Rap Roulette Wheel!” When the wheel lands on an artist’s name, they’ll take the stage and perform. “The wheel also has spots with free cd’s, concert tickets, & the crowd favorite “Everyone Chug” spot! Come have a blast and [hear] some great music!” Artists that will be performing include C. Shreve, Childs da Poet, Phlo Deli, Lady Money Movement, Platinum Mazeratii, Dolo, Nisha Cash, Nick B, Killamo Hussain, and Blacced Out Souljas. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. This show is for ages 18 and up (with I.D.) with a $5 cover charge for ages 21 and under. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
6. On Feb. 23 in Greensboro, head to the new virtual reality arcade Dimensional Drop, 2616-D Lawndale Dr., for its Grand Opening. The Facebook event page states that “We’ve put together a whole bunch of pixels and we’re ready for you to explore and play in our brand new worlds!” Be sure to book now and save 10 percent on opening day with the code: GRANDOPEN. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
7. On Feb. 24 in Winston-Salem, the Reynolda House Museum of American Art is hosting a film screening and Q&A of Citizen Lane from 2 to 4 p.m. According to the Facebook event page, Citizen Lane “is an innovative mix of documentary and drama that delivers a vivid and compelling portrait of Hugh Lane, one of Europe’s most prolific collectors of modern art. The film follows the long-running campaign to recover thirty-nine great Impressionist paintings, including Monet, Renoir, and Manet, unwittingly left to the National Gallery London.” Associate professor of art at Wake Forest University Morna O’Neill is the author of the book “Hugh Lane: The Art Market and the Art Museum, 1893–1915.” O’Neill will introduce the film and host a post-screening Q&A session. Tickets are free with museum admission, and for more information, visit the Facebook event page.
8. On Feb. 24 in High Point, head to After Hours Tavern, 1614 N. Main St., for a benefit concert for Mitch Walker. According to the Facebook event page, “Mitch Walker, a local musician in the NC area, needs our help. He is in a time of need for his fellow musicians and friends to help him out with medical expenses. We are hoping to have a day filled with Rock and Metal, raffles, food, vendors, ice cold beer and just a damn good time!” Bands that will be performing include Desired Redemption, Skulls & Whiskey, Crimson Soil, Divine Treachery, and Mad Loco Motives. The show is from 3 to 9 p.m. and will have raffles and vendors. The cover charge is $5 with all proceeds going to Mitch Walker. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.