Eight great things to do in the Triad: March 22-24
1. From March 22-24 in Winston-Salem, Monstercade, located at 204 W. Acadia Ave., is celebrating two years of weird with a weekend full of live music, a weirdo gameshow, and a freaky flea market.
On Friday night from 8:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m., post-punk legends Gene Loves Jezebel is doing a special show along with Alternative Champs, Bandway, and Andy Freakin’ Mabe. Tickets are $7 and will sell out (so get there early). On Saturday night from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m., there will be live performances by Bolmongani & The Hard 8 followed with a DJ set by Ray Dombi, this night will be hosted by The Elevated Weirdo Game Show and the cover cost is $7. On Sunday starting at 2 p.m., come out for a day of shopping at the Flea Monster and grab some lunch from Lobster Dogs food truck, followed by the regular Sunday programming of Exotica Nights. For more information, visit Monstercade’s Facebook page.
2. On March 22 in Winston-Salem, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., bring your furry friends to a hockey game for Pucks N Paws Night with The Carolina Thunderbirds and Oakes Animal Hospital! According to the Facebook event page, there will be a section for dogs and a section without dogs for those with allergies. There will also be a “Doggie Photo Contest thanks to K9 Doggie Bakery.” For more information, visit the website.
3. On March 22 in Winston-Salem, get lucky at United Way of Forsyth County’s first-annual casino night! According to the Facebook event page, “United Way of Forsyth County’s Women’s Leadership Council is excited to host our First Annual Casino Night and would love for you to be a part of it. Enjoy games of chance and a silent auction, along with great food, drinks, and music as we raise funds for education initiatives in Forsyth County.” Guest will feel like they are in Vegas with realistic casino gambling with games such as Blackjack, Craps, and Roulette. (No real money is ever used for the actual casino party gambling.) For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
4. On March 23 in Winston-Salem, head to SECCA from 6 to 7 p.m., located at 750 Marguerite Dr., for the free opening reception of the new art exhibit Archives Aflame. According to the Facebook event page, Archives Aflame: Works by Kei Ito and Andrew Paul Keiper is a multi-media exhibition featuring a large-scale visual and sound installation. “Ito’s grandfather witnessed the explosion of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima that killed his family, while Keiper’s grandfather was an engineer who contributed to the effort to develop the bomb,” the Facebook event page states. “Their collaboration grapples with this history while asserting its pertinence to a contemporary audience living in an increasingly unstable political landscape. Ito and Keiper seek mutual understanding while contemplating the roots, sorrow, and scope of the bombing. In an era of overt nuclear crisis unlike any seen in decades, this exhibition asks the audience to reflect on the ramifications of our current course and to learn from the past.” For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
5. On March 23 in Greensboro, join Reconsidered Goods and Greensboro Downtown Parks, Inc. for RE-play: A Pop-Up Creative Use Playground. From noon to 5 p.m., children of all ages will be able to play with recycled/repurposed items in an unstructured, free-form play space at Center City Park, located at 200 N. Elm St. Inspired by Denver’s “Free Range Playground,” and with the help of a SPARK grant from Action Greensboro, Reconsidered Goods is bringing this creative concept to town for one day only! “We trust our kids. Let’s empower them, and give them a safe space to figure things out on their own. Parents, we urge you to check your helicopters at the playground gate and let your child show you their creative world,” the Facebook event page states. The event is free, but parents/guardians must be present at check-in to sign a release.
6. On March 23 in Greensboro, don’t miss the Dames of Darkness at Shiners, located at 435 Dolly Madison Rd., Ste. M. The Dames of Darkness performances include Desired Redemption, Lola Montez, The Devil’s Notebook, Past Tense of Never, and Fairie’s Death Waltz. This concert is open to those 18-20 with a cover of $10 and 21 and up with a cover of $7. (Attendees must have a valid ID to enter.) According to the Facebook event page, it is encouraged that attendees bring can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
7. On March 23 in Greensboro, don’t miss Unknown Hinson with Flat Black Cadillac at The Blind Tiger, 1819 Spring Garden St. According to the Facebook event page, “Stuart Daniel Baker, better known by his stage name, Unknown Hinson, is an American singer, musician, songwriter, comedian, actor and voice actor. He is perhaps best known for his role as the voice of Early Cuyler on the Adult Swim animated series Squidbillies.” Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased online.
8. On March 23 in Winston-Salem, ring in spring with Wise Man Brewing’s, 826 Angelo Ave., first-annual Frühlingsfest! “Translating to “Spring Fest,” Frühlingsfest is often referred to as “Mini Oktoberfest” or “Oktoberfest’s Little Sister,” since it’s the lesser-known spring counterpart to the popular fall festival,” the Facebook event page states. There will be three new beer releases (Spring Veil Maibock, Loyal to the Dream Lager, and New Eyes Berliner Weisse w/ Lactose, Boysenberry, & Black Currant), as well as food truck appearances by Twin City Mini’s Food Truck for lunch and Food Freaks of NC – Food Truck for dinner.