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Artistika: A unique bit of Greensboro

Staff Writer

Published: Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Updated: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 13:09


This past Wednesday a friend of mine invited me out to check out “Artistika.” Now initially I had no idea what I was going to, I assumed by the title it was some form of art display or gallery in Downtown Greensboro. So, after a little midnight snack at the brand new Wendy’s, about six friends and I went to South Elm Street to scope it out.

Turns out, what I was going to was Artistika Nightclub, located on 523 S. Elm Street in Downtown, a stone’s throw from Natty Greene’s and the Idiot Box. I’m not sure what exactly was going on there this particular evening, but there was no cover charge, live music in the form of both bands and DJs, and it was put on by WUAG and the Coraddi, the UNCG Magazine of the Arts. I picked up a WUAG button and the last issue of the Coraddi for free.

This fun little trip got me interested into what happens at Artistika does on the other days of the week. For starters, they have a pretty awesome college night by the sound of it. There is no cover charge if you have your college ID, two DJs spinning everything from house to hip-hop, $3.50 cocktails and beer for cheaper still. They also have Electro Funk Fridays, also no cover and cheap drinks, also starting at 10PM. Electro isn’t for everyone, but if you like a good groove you might get into it.

If you’re looking for something on the classier side, or just want to move, they have a “Latin Night” starting at 9:30PM on Saturdays. The dress code is chic and you can get some pointers on your salsa dancing, until the after party at 11PM.

Another event being promoted heavily is the “Gate City Get Down,” a bi-monthly event on every first and third Tuesday of the month. This past Tuesday they had four DJs playing all sorts of funk, world music, soul and the like. An advertisement for the event states that their atmosphere is more European, and they say that you are not going to hear music like theirs anywhere else in Greensboro. After that happens again on the 21st, another special night will be on the 29th of September. The show will feature cutting edge electronic artist Tobacco, a member of Black Moth Super Rainbow who just released a solo album. WUAG is sponsoring the event, it goes down at Artistika and “is not to be missed,” according to the university radio station.

For me, finding this place was really a blessing. I’ve been to dub-step and electro shows at Greene St. and other venues, but they don’t happen terribly often and usually the artist is popular enough to draw a packed house. Artistika puts on things like this every week. So if I ever have an urge to go find some DJs spinning some really unique stuff, I’ve got a great outlet for that. I do realize that many folks probably aren’t huge on electronic music – but I assure you, the scene is alive and well in Greensboro. So if you’re ever looking for a place to start listening, or just want to hear something other than the Top 40 while you kick back and hang out, Artistika might be the perfect spot to venture to for a few hours.

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