A few handpicked happenings that might be under your radar (until now).
FRIDAY, JULY 22nd
@ a/perture cinema
>> Opening night for The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble
Looking to beat this hot, humid, sticky, icky heat? Head over to a/perture cinemas to grab an intimate seat, an adult bevie, and some cinematic inspiration. From the director of the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and the critically acclaimed Best of Enemies, this new film The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble tells the extraordinary story of the renowned international musical collective created by legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The feature-length documentary follows this group of diverse instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they explore the power of music to preserve tradition, shape cultural evolution and inspire hope.
(visit site for showtimes & film trailer)
Peek Inside: Check out this great video-short highlighting a/perture owner, Lawren Desai. This video is part of the new Sunshiner doc-series by Buck O’Hairen’s Legendary Sunshine which highlights good people spreading good energy.
>> Bookmarks Pre-Face Party:
Attention book lovers, writers, and literary groupies! Tonight you can head to the Southeastern Center of Contemporary Art (aka SECCA) to get a first-hand look at the 2016 Bookmarks Festival lineup This free event will include a silent auction, raffle items, a video announcement at 7p, along with a dessert reception. Bookmarks is a literary arts nonprofit organization that connects authors with readers throughout the year. Their goal is to create a community of passionate readers. Each year (among other things) they host a free-to-the-public annual Festival of Books and Authors. It happens to be the largest festival of its kind in the Carolinas, attracting more than 15,000 attendees from 15 states. The 2016 festival will be held in downtown Winston-Salem from September 8-10.
(6:30p – 8:30p // FREEEE!)
Have you heard the good word? Bookmarks is currently raising funds to open an independent book store downtown! But they need our help. Click here to make a contribution to make this much needed space a reality.
@ Jerry Long YMCA
>> Movie Night in the Village:
Another weekend means another outdoor movie night! This time head west with the fam to the Jerry Long YMCA in Clemmons to catch the animated favorite, In and Out under the stars. Get there early to enjoy the playgrounds and fields. And you can plan to take a night off from cooking because Boone Doggies, Chic-Fil-A and Kona Ice will on hand with food and bev. The flick begins at sunset and don’t forget your blanket and chairs. Click here for details.
(7p // FREEEE!)
SATURDAY, JULY 23rd
@ Old Salem Museum & Gardens
>> Cobblestone Farmers Market: Grab your totes and head out to support our phenomenal local producers like Harmony Ridge Farm, Billy Place Farm, Winstead Farm/Caldero, Plum Granny Farm, Sanders Ridge, Shore Farms, Fair 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 / FREEEE!)
>> Saturday Art Jam:
After picking up your locally-grown goodness, head over to the Unleashed Art Center to meet Team AFAS and unleash your creativity with a FREE community art project. All ages/skill levels are welcome and registration is not necessary. Just show up with your imagination. This weekend’s art project: Create your own hula hoop! Details here.
(12:30p – 3p // FREEEE!)
A new popup bazaar is making its debut at the intersection of 4th and Broad Streets, brought to you by the folks behind Pokez Flea at West End Millworks. Expect handmade, vintage, antique, repurposed… “bitchin everything” <<— says organizer Joseph Bradford. This new bazaar will be ongoing and happening throughout the summa the first and third Saturdays of the month.
(5p – 8:30p // FREEEE!)
@ The Children’s Museum
>> Storybook Shindigs: Red, White, & Brew:
Adulting is hard, amiright? We could all use more play. The Children’s Museum invites all you 21 and upers to partake in some lively adult play at their storybook fundraising shindig! Enjoy tunes from Americana band, The Blue Eyed Bettys, grab grub from Camel City Grill and sip on beverages from Carolina’s Vineyards & Hops, Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Co., and Foothills Brewing. Admission is $15 per person which includes three drink tickets and Museum play. Did we mention you can climb a beanstalk like Jack? Find more scoop here.
(6p – 9p // purchase tickets here )
@ Sixth & Vine
>> Colin Allured Trio:
For late(er)-night, take in the progressive-folk sounds of the Colin Allured Trio at eclectic Sixth and Vine. Guitarist/singer-songwriter, Colin Allured will be groovin’ with Kelly Buck on cajon and Tal Crews on keys. Allured is a School of the Arts grad who found his creative home in Winston-Salem after graduation. Why does he love it here? “It’s a land of cheap rent, and a great scene of artists cultivating their art and inspiring each other through deep friendship, deep enough to make a grown man cry!” Read his full bio here.
(10p–1a // FREEEE!)
SUNDAY, JULY 24th
@ The Great Outdoors!!
>> Hike your hearts out:
Check out this excellent list of local hike ideas from Visit Winston-Salem, perfect to enjoy with family, friends, new-comers, and four-legged creatures. Need more inspiration? Check out our trip to Hanging Rock Park here.