Around Town :: April 22nd – 24th, 2016

 A few handpicked happenings that might be under your radar (until now).

Friday, April 22nd 

@ a/perture 
>> Opening Night – City of Gold:
From the folks at a/perture: “In this richly penetrating documentary odyssey, Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold shows us a Los Angeles where ethnic cooking is a kaleidoscopic portal to the mysteries of an unwieldy city and the soul of America. Combing through colorful neighborhoods in his green pickup truck, Gold is sniffing out his next strip-mall discovery-whether Oaxacan grasshopper soup, hand-cut tonkotsu ramen, or a particularly unctuous pad see ew. As piping-hot platters are served up, so are stories of immigrants whose secret family recipes are like sacred offerings pledged for the opportunity to build their American Dream…”  —- sounds delicious, right?
Here’s the trailer and here’s more scoop over at Triad City Beat.
(click here for screening times and ticket info)




Saturday, April 23rd

@ Old Salem Museum & Gardens
>> Cobblestone Farmers Market: Grab your totes and head out to support our phenomenal local producers like Harmony Ridge FarmBilly Place FarmWinstead Farm/CalderoPlum Granny FarmSanders RidgeShore FarmsFair Share Farm & more! Plus Chad’s Chai will be on hand to keep you caffeinated, Camino Bakery has your fresh bread for the week, Village Juice Company will get you juiced up, and Atelier on Trade always promises the buttery, savory, and sweet. See you there!
(9am – noon / FREEE!)


@ Skippy’s Hot Dogs
>>#MikesWeek Fundraiser begins!:
As many know by now, Mike Rothman was sadly forced to close his beloved downtown institution, Skippy’s Hot Dogs following his recent diagnosis with brain cancer. Not willing to just stand by as a fellow entrepreneur struggled, downtown restaurant owners banded together to reopen the restaurant for one week and raise funds to support Mike and his family. While no one will event attempt to make Mike’s famous pretzel rolls in his absence, each of the participating restaurants will be dishing up their own signature hot dogs as they volunteer their time and talents from April 23rd – April 30th. Sadly this will be the last hoorah for Skippy’s with doors officially closing on April 30th. But we can’t think of a better sendoff to a space and place that is loved by so many… and a celebration of the pretzel man that made his tasty mark on our town.
Get the full schedule + participating restaurants + signature hot dog lineup here. Want to offer up more financial support to the Rothman family? Check out Mike’s GoFundMe page here.
(10a – 8p/ Hot dogs: $4, fries: $3, chips: $1, drinks: $1)


@ Winston-Salem Fairgrounds
>> 2015 Earth Day Fair presented by The Piedmont Environmental Alliance:
This FREE event is the largest Earth Day celebration and one-day environmental education event in the region, folks. Quite impressive! The theme of this year’s fair is “Eat. Drink. Think.” aimed at educating the public on the importance of supporting sustainable food systems. What does the term sustainable food system mean you ask? Well in simplest terms it’s the production of food, fiber, plant or animal products using farming practices that protect the environment, public health, communities and animal welfare. It means the production of healthful food that’s good for our bodies, the environment and doesn’t compromise future generations’ ability to do the same. Head to The Earth Day Fair to learn loads more plus you’ll find food, demonstrations, music, and plenty of activities for the wee ones. Click here for a listing of exhibitors and here for a schedule of events.
(10a – 5p // FREEE!)


@ Historic Washington Park
>> The 2016 Washington Park Spring Home & Garden Show: Did you know Washington Park is one of Winston-Salem’s oldest residential areas? Set in the steep hills south of Salem Creek are gorgeous historic homes originally built along a streetcar line and dating from about 1892 to 1940. In the Washington Park ‘hood you’ll find notable examples of Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, and Bungalow/American Craftsman style architecture, and on Saturday eight of these private gems will be open to the public to explore. Ticket proceeds will support the Washington Park Neighborhood Association’s operating expenses and annual events. Camel City Carriage will be offering free carriage rides from 2p – 4:30p.
(noon – 5p // purchase tickets at The Vintage Theatre, 7 Vintage Ave. / $25)


@ Reynolda House Museum of American Art
>> Ansel Adams Community Day: Celebrate the weekend of Earth Day with FREE admission to the exclusive Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light exhibit, art activities, live music, food vendors, and a public art installation inspired by Ansel Adams’s lifelong commitment to environmental conservation. Participating food vendors include Taqueria Luciano’s, Patriot Pretzel Co., Street Meat, Inc., Village Juice, and Cafe Gelato.
(noon – 4p // FREEE!)

@ a/perture cinema
>> Special Screening – Purple Rain: “Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer. ‘A strong spirit transcends rules,’ Prince once said — and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative.” ~ President Obama. Over at a/perture they are celebrating his life and legacy the way they do best – with a special community screening of Purple Rain.
(10:15p / find more on Facebook)


Sunday, April 24th

Foothills Tasting Room

 Hops and Shop: Let’s see – an afternoon of booze/buying/trading/selling. Hmmm don’t mind if we do! Event organizers say you’ll find clothing of all styles and sizes plus home decor, books and more. Plus beer. Over twenty taps of freshly crafted Foothills brew. Just don’t forget your cold hard cash -it’s recommended – as well as a few items to donate if you’re in the spring cleaning mode. For every five items you donate at entry you’ll earn a raffle ticket for a chance to win loads of good stuff.
(2p – 5p // FREEE!)



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