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It's Lisa Frank season

She's a 10 but her "Trapper Keeper" is store brand. In just a few weeks, the kiddos will be going back to school. Send 'em back in style this year while reliving your own rainbow unicorn childhood dreams. While we're at it, is it possible to bring back the laser school photo background? Asking for a friend whose parents never allowed it.

Forward this to someone who rainbow orders her folders.



Excessively festive in the best of ways

Hints of apple cider, cinnamon, pumpkin and bonfire smoke are beginning to waft in on the autumn breezes, officially kicking off fall festival season in the Sandhills.  Award-winning Pitmasters are also preparing for the Pinehurst Barbecue Festival, Sept. 2–4. Meat us there to nosh on savories and sips, fueling up to prepare for a whirlwind of fall festivity activity. Celebrate freedom and flight at the Festival D'Avion, and spread your wings and fly — or slowly jog — in its runway 5K. Peruse the arts and crafts of Moore County at Autumnfest and shop oldies-but-goodies at the Cameron Antique Festival. Lastly, the Aberdeen Sardine Festival holds the key to a good time. No matter what your interest, there's an app a festival for that in the Sandhills.

Yet another 48 hours

Aug. 12–13, catch the 48 Hour Film Project at the Carolina Theatre. The premise is that creators have 48 hours to write, film, edit and still capture Reggie Hammond's partner-in-crime a short film.

So you think you can dance

We know where our skills lie — and they are not on the dance floor. If you've got moves that rival J. Lo's, apply now to be a National Dance Day Performer with Greensboro Downtown Parks, Sept. 17. 



Get your ruff-le ticket!

The SPCA of the Triad invites you to its Raffles for Rescues from 5–8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11. We don't know what the prizes are, but we're really hoping for puppies. And we're just happy to make a paws-itive impact.


At 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9, host Brooke Lynne Hytes — we see what she did there — welcomes one and all to a show that's sure to be a drag at the Tanger Center: WAR on the Catwalk.

Pitch perfect party

Young Professionals can network, mingle and partake in Thirsty Thursday at the Grasshoppers' home game, Thursday, Aug. 11. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. This event is sure to be baller.

Old news

We wish somebody would have told us, babe, someday these will be the good old days . . . and to keep all of our old stuff so we could sell it as hip vintage at the Körner's Folly market in Kernersville from 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13.

Our cup of tea

Join the Seagrove Potters for iced tea — and delicious homemade goodies — from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. during the annual studio crawl. Like a bar crawl, but instead of wasted, you'll feel a bit of sereni-tea.

Over fav murder mystery

It's a mafia wedding, including appetizers, cocktails, a three-course meal — and a dead body. Whodunnit? It's up to you and the rest of the guests to figure that out at Revolution Mill's Murder Mystery Show. Channel your inner Karen Kilgariff or Georgia Hardstark as you make moves to solve the case.

Cabaret? We thought you said cabernet

Recovering child star Blake McIver and his partner, Emerson Collins, are bringing their mash-up, musical and theatrical show, I Dreamed a Dreamgirl, to the Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance at 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13. It's sure to be a Full House.

Either you can or Encanto

Talk — and sing — all about Bruno at the Encanto Sing-Along Film Concert at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13, at the White Oak Ampitheatre. We'd sing along, but it seems that the drawers, floors and doors have more musical talent than us.

Spray it, don't say it

The Family Support Network welcomes children with disabilities and their fams to make a splash — and maybe some connections — at the LeBauer Park sprayground for a Summer of Fun Meetup from 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13. Wet-cha think?

On the beat-en path

Let the music move you enough to grab a seat or SRO at one of these weekly happenings:

  • At 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10, you'll be Vibin' in Peace with the Meditations at the Carolina Theatre. Let their peace, light and roots rock reggae beats fill you — better than any Headspace app experience we've ever had.
  • What do you get when you mix Appalachian roots with global musical influences? An identity crisis. Banjo Earth Band. This quartet brings its mix of twang and worldwide vibes to its CD release party — CDs are things that used to play music through a stereo, for you young'uns — at the Crown at the Carolina Theatre at 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 12.
  • At this point, we're all a little comfortably numb. Celebrate that feeling with Pink Floyd tribute band Brit Floyd at the Tanger Center, 8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13. Don't just wish you were here — be here!
  • Irish eyes will be smiling — and singing — at the High Point Theatre Saturday, Aug. 13. Emma Langford delivers her musical storytelling at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30. Meet us at Claddagh for pre-concert Guinness pints! 
  • Host Demeanor is back at the Carolina Theatre for another installment of Studio 176, featuring Katie BLVD and OC from NC, at 8 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14. You're in for a night of hip-hop and soul until it's a rap.
  • West End Mambo turns up the beat for the MUSEP concert at the White Oak Amphitheatre, 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14. Bring all your friends. You know, Angela, Pamela, Sandra and Rita, maybe even Monica or Erica.
  • From 4–5:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 14, Kirby Heard, Justin Reid and Dean Driver will be bringing down the house bookshop during Songwriters @ Scup. Free admission, but tips welcome. (The monetary kind. Learn from our mistakes.)

Monkey pox business

Congrats to our two NC Zoo family membership winners: Renee, who is most like a kookaburra because she's "all the hype girl you'll ever need," and Ellie, who, like the polar bear, enjoys long swims and delcious, carnivorous eats. And we had to give a bonus membership to cougar Dawn, who's into dating younger guys. Meeee-oooow.

Keanu belive this?

According to those who believe, on August 27, 7% of the population will escape the matrix we're all living in because a certain numeric code has appeared to them. We're not sharing that code because we don't want you to leave. While we don't care for fake friends, we'll gladly take simulated.

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