Tree of Life Mural Winston-Salem

Around Town :: July 8 – 10


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


@ New Winston Museum 
>> Letters to the New Year Performance: Six Months Later:
Picture this: Volunteers previously signed up to have artist, Blakeney Bullock compose a letter on their behalf. Each volunteer completed a questionnaire in order to help organize their thoughts and intentions. However, Blakeney’s composition was not with her words, but with her body; she embodied what she imagined the volunteers wished to express through improv dance. The dance was accompanied by music from Tim Nolan created with drums and a toy keyboard. Meanwhile, writer Jacob Paul sat outside looking through a plate glass windows with a manual typewriter loaded with carbon copy paper sandwiched between two sheets of stationary. He watched, and after each dance, he wrote a translation of Blakeney’s dance. Photographer, Michael Durando captured it all. Tonight you can view original artifacts and stories from this collaborative artist experience.
(7p – 9p // FREEEE!)


@ Artivity on the Green:
>> An Easy Evening in the Park:
“Come let our chords melt away the discontent easily enabled by this modern world’s discord,” says singer/songwriter Eddie Atkins, organizer of this free community night of music, which opens with Douglas Moore Jr. Expect an evening of acoustic folk melodies, heartfelt lyrics, twinkling fireflies and free spirits. There’s not too much to it -just come and be.
(8p – 10:30p // FREEEE!)



@ Old Salem Museum & Gardens
>> Cobblestone Farmers Market:
This week’s highlight in four words: CORN ON THE COB. Swing by the Shore Farms and Felsbeck Farm booths for this crunchy, sweet summer goodness. Here’s how we like it best.
(9a – noon)


@ Reynolda House:
>> Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light:
Have you been meaning to check this exhibit out for months? Well friend, time’s a ticking and ya better get to going. Only two weekends left; the exhibit closes, Sunday, July 17th. As a reminder, Ansel Adams is pretty much the best-known photographer in American history and right now you can view 40 of his breathtaking photographs live and in person. And did I mention these photographs have never been on view together before. Our very own Reynolda House is the exhibition’s only venue.
(see site for museum hours + ticket info)

Did you know? Members of the Museum , students, children, and members of the military may reserve a ticket at no cost. Click here for that.


@ The Children’s Museum 
>> Opening Weekend – Flor to Somewhere:
Another great option to beat this weekend’s oppressive heat. Grab your kids (and/or kids at heart) and head to the opening of Flor to Somewhere at the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem.  The play is presented by the Peppercorn Theater, a non-profit organization that showcases emerging professional artists, produces original theatre works, and introduces live performance art to children and families. The storyline: Hailing from Mexico City, and equipped with one invisible rocket ship, Flor is faced with the challenge all great superheroes have to face at one time or another, how to find home. With the help of the friendly spirit of a Greek restaurant owner, and you, Flor travels through time to discover what it takes to turn “nowhere” into somewhere.
(11a & 2p // click here full performance schedule & ticket info)

Tip: Make a day out of your visit. Museum + play combo tickets are only $11.



@ Fourth Street / Downtown Winston-Salem
>> Second Sundays on Fourth (SSO4):
“We are really interested in downtown development, and we’re also interested in creating a space where people of all kinds can come together and enjoy life together…So crossing racial lines, crossing economic lines, all of those things.” These are the words of Cary Clifford, owner of Camino Bakery on Fourth and the newly opened, Camino at Brookstown (via). She and fellow local business owners from the 300 block of 4th Street are the organizers behind this family friendly event which happens every second Sunday (obvi) of the month through October. Every SSO4 concert features two bands along with local nonprofits and arts organizations. The event also includes a kids’ zone with free bounce houses, games and arts activities. This weekend’s performers are Americana artists, Michael Nau, front man for the band Cotton Jones, and Silver Sedans, fronted by Jason Groth of Magnolia Electric Company. Do yourself a favor and read all about SSO4’s mission here.
(3p – 6p / FREEE!)


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