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Numb, numb, nummy

Today, August 30, is National Toasted Marshmallow Day. We have to know: Do you like yours lightly browned, charred to an unrecognizable crisp or remixed?

Forward this to someone who s'more than enough.



More culture than kombucha 

Your First Friday is about to be made at the Greensboro Cultural Center from 6–9 p.m., Sept. 2. Did someone say PRESENCE? Choreographer and dancer Tristan Welch of UNCG's School of Dance performs at GreenHill from 6–8 p.m. Swap out those weekly Zoom meetings for a Zumba sesh from 6–7:30 p.m., hosted by GROW artist-in-residence Bevelyn Ukah. Pop into the CVA's opening reception of its exhibit on our fav 'hood, Personhood. Plus, catch an exhibit from The African American Atelier — its Area Quilters will have you in stitches. Tune into musical performances featuring guitar, flute and percussion. Lastly, stop by info tables to learn about Triad Pride Performing Arts, New Ecstatic Dance and Choral Arts Collective. One night here, and you'll be well cultured.



World (class) series

The 2022–23 Guilford College Bryan Series invites you to hear from six innovative and diverse change-makers across a range of topics. Venus Williams caused a racket for equal pay in female sports. Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin tunes into your brain on music, presenting with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash — possibly the greatest pairing since Johnny and June. Kizzmekia Corbett went viral for her contributions to creating a COVID vaccine. Haute cuisinier José Andrés feeds your mind with insights from his humanitarian work at World Central Kitchen. And Pulitzer-winning journalist Ronan Farrow sheds light on his truth-seeking work. Catch 'em all at the Tanger Center and leave inspired to make a difference — and we're not talking about subtraction.

A tall order

The Women's Resource Center seeks men who can find their way around the kitchen — without a map. Swipe right. If you or a guy you know shakes and bakes with the best of 'em, consider dishin' for a mission at the Men Can Cook fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Leapin' lizards

We're not sure if this year's Repticon is scaled up or down, but either way . . . it's back, Sept. 3–4 at the Greensboro Coliseum. Snake your way through rows of booths to both shop and learn.

Quick — we're gonna uke!

Strum circle is the new drum circle. From 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on Saturday mornings, Moore Music Company offers free ukelele jam seshes.

Shaggin' more than Austin Powers

If you've thought about swinging — as in dancing, people — learn how to do the Carolina Shag dance at Steel Hands Brewing on Wednesdays: 6 p.m., beginners; 7 p.m., intermediate.

First quencher

As mentioned, First Friday returns on Sept. 2. Check out these other happenings in the Gate City:

  • You can be sure that if we're part of the circle, the drum beats out of time. From 6:30–9 p.m., join Healing Earth Rhythms at Center City Park.
  • We usually like our Salsa with chips, but we sometimes take it with Merengue, Bachata and other latin dances. Learn to groove with Noche Latina from 6:30–10 p.m. at LeBauer Park.
  • From 6–10 p.m., hop over to SouthEnd Brewing which will be buzzing with its First Friday pop-up market and live music.



In the air tonight

Activate Entertaimment elevates (and suddenly we're singing INXS' "Mediate") street performances, literally and figuratively. Its final performance of the summer hits the ground — and air —running, 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3, at LeBauer Park.

Chill axe

Put the summer in Summerfield Farms at its Labor Day Soiree from 1 p.m.–sunset, Monday, Sept. 5. Go hog wild with wagon rides, axe tossing, food, drink and live music.

Jazzed to be here

Sept. 3–4, The John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival toots its own horn in High Point. Shake dat brass.

"N" 36, "B" yourself

Drag yourself to Piedmont Hall because the Green Queen and her girls are back for Bingo at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2.

Bases aren't the only things loaded

At 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, join the Loaded Grape at the Greensboro Grasshoppers last regular home game of the season for wine tasting and eats. Remember, there'll pinot crying in baseball, so make sure you have tickets in advance.

It's yap-pening

Bring your four-legged bestie to LoFi park from 5:30–7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, for Yappy Hour, complete with splash pools, treats, photo booth and dog "beer." Unleash the fun, but leash the pup, please.

Find Asunder a blanket with a book

While you might want to stay home with a good book, sometimes it's good to get out with a good book:

  • At 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, hit the Greensboro History Museum for a book chat with the Director of the City of Raleigh Museum, Ernest A. Dollar Jr., about his new book, Hearts Torn Asunder.
  • UNCG associate professor Holly Goddard Jones pops into Scuppernong Books, Wednesday, Sept. 1, to discuss her new book Antipodes: Stories. Pronounced like that dad joke: Euripides? Yes — Eumenides?

We think note!

Amuse yourself with live music around the Gate City this week:

  • Hit up Lawn Service for a musical mow-ment featuring local artists from 7–9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31.
  • Get a jump on Thanksgiving prep with the Gravy Boats at Joymongers from 8:30–10:30 p.m., Thursday, Sep 1.
  • Oden it be nice to relax while listening to UNCG Jazz Community Jam session while sipping brew? Do it Thursday, Sept. 1, from 7–9 p.m.
  • Greensboro Project Space is poppin' at 6 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 2, with its Friday Pop Series, featuring David Childers Acoustic Guitar Set. They know how to pick 'em.
  • Celebrate 100 years of the United Way of Greensboro with a performance from J.Timber at Little Brother Brewing. We'll drink to 100 more.
  • Become a regular at One Thirteen Brewhouse + Rooftop Bar with a doubleheader of weekend music: Ross Copley Full Band — we hear it's better than the half —  at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 2, and Radio Revolver at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3.
  • "Imagine if Hilary Duff made an emo album." That's how Frames' debut album is described and we can't imagine anything better. Catch 'em with local and new-on-the-scene group, Housewife, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Carolina Theatre.

Autumn is coming Swift-ly

If you didn't catch the VMAs on Sunday night, Taylor Swift announced a brand new album, Midnights, which will drop at midnight on Oct. 21. We'll just be counting down days by midnight snacks.

Falling in and out of love

This weekend we will unofficially end things with summer. It's just that there's someone else who's been flirting with us and we're into it. Plus, they promised us candy. And pie.

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