A few handpicked happenings that might be under your radar (until now).
FRIDAY, JULY 29th
@ a/perture cinema
>> Opening night for Captain Fantastic:
Premiering earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, Captain Fantastic opens tonight at Smitty’s Notes 2016 winner for Best Theater, a/perture cinema. The storyline: “Deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, isolated from society, a devoted father (Viggo Mortensen) dedicates his life to transforming his six young children into extraordinary adults. But when a tragedy strikes the family, they are forced to leave this self-created paradise and begin a journey into the outside world that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent and brings into question everything he’s taught them.” The New York Times named the film a Critic’s Pick and said “Viggo Mortensen Captivates in ‘Captain Fantastic’”. Read the full NYT review here.
(visit site for showtimes & film trailer)
@ The Olio
>> Hot Salon Series featuring Cane Glass from Around the World:
Head over to The Olio tonight for this month’s installment of the non-profit glassblowing school and creative entrepreneurship center’s Hot Salon Series. The Hot Salon potluck events happen the last Friday of the month and feature glass blowing techniques and traditions from across the globe. This month The Olio is highlighting cane glass from across the world and invites you to bring a themed potluck dish to share (think foods that are shaped like sticks). For you 21 and uppers, feel free to BYOB. Non-boozy beverages will be available. Expect a lively evening of culture, history, and inspiration!
(6p – 8p // FREEEE!)
Got glass? The Olio is looking for brown, blue, green, or clear glass that you’d like to donate. Their sustainable method recycles your glass into beautiful works of art. Stop by their shop to learn more or to drop off your rinsed, unbroken, and unlabeled glass. Find more scoop here.
>> Last chance to view Owen Daniel’s exhibit ‘America Wants’:
Tonight is your last chance to experience Daniels latest exhibit at Unleashed Arts Center in Downtown Winston-Salem and meet the artist/photographer. This event is free and open to all ages. Expect music, powerful spoken word, light bites and thought provoking conversation. From the photographer: “America Wants is about expectations, perceptions, beliefs and issues and our responses and reactions to race, politics, privilege, homelessness, labor, homosexuality and many other fears we find hidden just behind our eyes. It seeks to present a challenge to the viewer through the mirrored images we find in ourselves as we look into the eyes of America Wants.” Get a closer look here.
(8p – 10p // FREEEE!)
SATURDAY, JULY 30th
@ 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! This week’s highlight is all the funky goodness from Gnomestead Hollow Farm & Forage. Can I please tell you how much I love reading their updates. Here’s a taste, in their own words, at what they’ll be sharing: “Oh, girl..! You know we got the hottest summer seasonal flavas for those backyard BBQs and gastrognomic grill festivities! Try our kitchen sink veggie fermented freshness: Pao Cai and Salt N’ Pepper Slaw! Pao Cai offers a refreshing, zesty ginger kick that complements stir fries, rice and beef dishes, and hot pots with a flavor so deliciously unique, you’ll think you were at the high-Sichuan soiree, dining with all those Dynasties! Salt N’ Pepper Kraut takes a southern twist on Cole-Slaw, through the process of lacto-fermentation, to deliver the most savory, southern deliciousness to ever be captured in the crock! Veggies from your favorite Cobblestone farmers graciously adorn these vessel’s o’ Lexington-style lactobacilli-an flavas! It’s a must-add to any NC-style barbecue sandwich!”
(9a – noon // FREEEE!)
@ Home Grown Country Store / Pfafftown
>> Community Yard Sale:
Billed as the “HUGEST yard sale in the community”, Home Grown Country Store’s Community Yard Sale will feature items throughout Pfafftown and the surrounding areas. Kids clothes, adult clothes, bikes, cookware, furniture, power tools – you name it, they will have it. Sweet T’s Smokin’ Eats food truck will be onsite to keep you fueled up with smoked meats & BBQ, chips and potato salad.
(9a – 4p // 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.
(12:30p – 3p // FREEEE!)
>> Behind-the-Scenes Factory Tour:
Ever wonder where chocolate comes from? Now you can watch your chocolate being made at Black Mountain Chocolate’s Visible Factory on Trade Street in downtown Winston-Salem. The BMC chocolatiers lovingly coax the fine flavors from fair-trade and organic cocoa beans to provide us with the best artisan chocolate around. At the Visible Factory + Kitchen, you can enjoy a wide variety of confections and pastries – inspired by their chocolate and the great tastes of other local, small batch artisans. Pre-register here for a guided behind-the-scenes tour this Saturday.
(times vary// $5 + tax / purchase tickets)
@ Liberty Street / Downtown Winston-Salem
>> Summer on Liberty Street Concert:
Hosted by the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership, these popular free concerts bring live music to downtown on Saturday nights from June through August. The rotating live music lineup brings people of all ages, cultures and backgrounds together in a spirit of celebration. Setting the concerts in the streets and parks of downtown has provided a relaxed and safe atmosphere, and the locations also serve to showcase the architecture, shops, restaurants and galleries that are unique to Downtown Winston-Salem. This weekend’s performer: the acoustic folk-rock sounds of local favorite, Martha Bassett
(7p – 10p // FREEEE! / details)
SUNDAY, JULY 31st
>> Harry Potter Birthday Celebration:
SciWorks, the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, and Bookmarks are joining forces to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday with cake, games, magical demos, crafts, and more! Activities included with admission. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the eighth book in the series, will be available for purchase. Find the full scoop here.
(1p – 4p / find ticket info here)
@ Reynolda House Museum of American Art
>> Making Sense of the Factory: Working for R.J.R., the Man and the Company:
How did labor conditions in New South corporations change when their founders died and professional managers took over? Locally, what happened to improve conditions advocated by Katharine Reynolds — hot lunch cafeterias and day care, for example — following the death of R.J. Reynolds in 1918? This is the third in a four-part series presented in conjunction with the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, New Winston Museum, and Triad Cultural Arts; the free community event links the past to the present through storytelling and a sensory-driven exhibition. This event’s speaker, Dr. Robert Korstad, is professor of public policy and history at Duke University. His research interests include twentieth century U.S. history, labor history, African American history, and contemporary social policy, and he is the Associate Director of the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity.
(3p – 4:30p // FREEEE!)
@ Belews Lake
>> Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Lessons with Triad EcoAdventures:
Find solace on the lake this weekend while learning the ins and outs of standup paddle boarding with Triad EcoAdventures. You’ll begin with an on-land discussion followed by knee-paddling before standing up. Sunday’s PaddleFit Intro-instruction will take place at Belews Lake with a gentle launch area. You will learn to safely carry, paddle, turn, stay dry & smile. Can’t make this session? SUP lessons are held daily around the Piedmont at various local lakes. Click here for more details.
(5:30p – 7:15p // $49)