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Franks and beans! Franks and beans!

It's a good day to have a good day, because it's National French Fry Day, National Beans 'N' Franks Day and National Cow Appreciation Day. And we do plan to appreciate a cow – medium rare with a side of curly fries, please. (We should note, it's also National Delaware Day, but does anybody really care?) Come over later for a cookout and outdoor movie night at our place: There's Something About Mary.

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Estate of affairs

You know what they say: One man's family jewels are another man's treasure. Today through July 17, shop North Carolina's greatest estate and vintage jewelry event at State St. Jewelers. In addition to vintage pieces, this year's collection includes designer brands such as David Yurman, John Hardy, Marco Bicego, Mikimoto, Roberto Coin. We don't know who these people are, but they sure sound fancy. Aged to perfection, multi-faceted and a little quirky – it must be us the jewels of The Great Estate Event!



May the chords be with you

Cello? Is it air conditioning you're looking for? If you've been searching for somewhere to beat the heat and bass-ically stay outta treble this summer, don't miss this opportunity to level up your musical sophistication. Eastern Music Festival is back in full string, er, swing, this year, with concerts and performances featuring all sorts of ensembles. From chamber music to piano recitals, from young artist showcases to orchestras, they've got it all. Grab your tickets, meet us there, and join us for a nightcap of our fav drink – limoncello – afterwards.

Here comes the sun(flower)

Over at Dewberry Farms, they've got big heads. Flower heads, that is. Stay tuned because they are aaaallllmost ready to swing open the garden gate to sunflower-picking season. Get ready to walk in fields of gold, starting July 15. O.Hey tip: Book in advance.

Shall we shag now, or shall we shag later?

On July 16, the High Points Arts Council kicks off their Dancin' & Shaggin' at the Station summer series. On July 16, July 23, August 13 and August 20, from 7-10 p.m., you're invited to shake your groove thang to live music at Centennial Station. Tickets are limited, so grab yours now – we hear you shag like a minx.

Our kind of Exhibit-ionists

GreenHill Center for NC Art debuts their latest exhibit, Rebecca Fagg & Jack Stratton: Two Retrospectives, on July 16. This show, which runs through November 7, will feature paintings spanning five decades of artistic expression from these two UNCG grads. They're both a little sketchy and shady, but . . . you get the picture.

We feel seen

Local artist Karen Archia is coming at us straight outta residency at the Center for Visual Artists. Her exhibit, Seen Through, opens today and runs through August 15, with a First Friday celebration on August 6, from 6-9 p.m. Archia's – it's taking all of our willpower not to spell it Art-chia – work is all about self-reflection and community connection, which is exactly what we need in 2021.

You should give a folk

It takes the Village People to run an incredible musical festival. The NC Folk Fest is seeking volunteers to help make this year's return to live stages smooth and spectacular. We've got zero folks left, but you can help.

Return of the Jedi Spartan Cinema

Spartan Cinema at LeBauer Park returns this week with Friday night movies through August 20. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker kicks off the series. Don't be a Rogue One – meet us there! We'll be the ones by the food truck doing our best Jabba impression, which we flawlessly achieve without even trying.

Jaw ready for this

Guess what week it is, beaches! It's Shark Week at the Greensboro Science Center, now through July 17. Check their website for fintastic happenings – like shark olympics – so you, too, can become fluent in sharkasm. Remember, sharks are friends, not food.

Do you speak whale?

On July 14, the Carolina Kids Club at the Carolina Theatre rolls into action with Finding Nemo. Each Wednesday morning through August 11, hit the theater for live-stage entertainment at 9:30 a.m., followed by a different family-friendly movie at 10:15 a.m. Keep the kids cool and your disposition cooler. (And don't forget about their Summer Film Fest happening now! This week's showings include para bailar La Bamba and Independence Day.)

So you think you can dance

Greensboro Downtown Parks seeks dancers from all genres and across cultures with moves – better than Jagger – for National Dance Day GSO on September 18. We've been practicing our Toxic routine and just ordered our Free Britney shirt. Send your video and info to



Ice cream & chill

Hobbies include ice cream-eating, craft beer-sipping, food truck-hopping and artisan market-shopping. Swipe right. You can find all of your favorite crafts and chow at The Big Chill in Winston-Salem, Sunday July 18, from 2-6 p.m. They had us at beer floats.

Will run for beer

United we run, divided we fall. Well, TBH, we fall while running. And that's before beer. Luckily, you can run or walk this year's Unity 5k. This untimed-just-for-fun race, in partnership with @togetherwestandnc and four other North Carolina Breweries, supports honest conversations around community and inclusivity. All are welcome at the table starting line.

Rave music, but make it classy

If you were born to be wild – but only until 9 p.m. or so – this Saturday's City Sunsets concert is for you. DJ Mike Wawa teams up with violinist Geigespazz for a musical experience that's electrifying. Glow sticks optional.

Lettuce eat bacon

Bacon, bacon, bacon, bacon, can't you see? Sometimes your strips just hypnotize us. This Saturday, July 17, the Greensboro Original Farmers Curb Market brings back the Notorious BLT at their Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Celebration. We're ready to piggie out!

Girls gone hog-wild

Summerfield Farms invites you to GNO at the farm. Grab your best girls (ahem, us), and enjoy a summer evening of wine-sipping, taco-crunching and jewelry-shopping. Sorry, but no cow-tipping. The only thing tipsy should be you!

Summertime and the sipping's easy

Grove Winery is putting the summer in GT Summerlin & Friends. This Saturday, July 17, at 6 p.m., the Grove Lake Stage will come alive with high-vibe guitar-playing while you sit back and sip.

Licensed to ill

On Saturday, July 17, at 8 p.m., roll into the parking lot of 2001 East Wendover for Woke Fu Theatre: Ill Cosmic, presented by Uptown GSO. Live DJs will be spinning until showtime at 9:30. Imagine martial arts classics dubbed over with modern humor and hip hop. Everybody's gonna be Woke Fu sighting, so make sure you grab your tickets – and your spot – early!

Well, that's just funkin' awesome

If you are looking to get funked up this weekend, head to The Brewer's Kettle for the first ever Kernersville Funk Festival, Friday through Sunday. Yo! It's about that time to bring forth the rhythm and the rye!

Garden pARTy

On Friday, July 16, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., stroll through Kernersville's Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden for Artisans at the Park, a diverse exhibit of contemporary handcrafted goods from across the state. A garden party without art is just a garden py. Ooooh, did someone say pie?

Not gonna happen, Sharon. Ya basic.

Hey gods, it’s Devi Vishwakumar, your favorite Hindu girl in the San Fernando Valley. What’s a-poppin’? One of our fav shows of 2020 is coming back for Season 2 on Netflix this Thursday, July 15. If you're looking for a summer laugh at an awkward teenager's expense – and who isn't? – this is the show for you. Now take your Dew and go.

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