A few handpicked happenings that might be under your radar (until now).
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th
@ Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
>> Decades Party: With Open Eyes Collection of Contemporary Art:
Tonight head to SECCA decked out in your favorite decade’s garb for their Decades Party highlighting 60 years of student-selected work from the WFU Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art. There will be free appetizers to nosh on, a cash bar if you care to imbibe, and tunes playing from last 60 years so you can bust a move. Find more scoop here.
(6p – 8p // FREEEE!)
@ Yoga Gallery of the Healing Arts
>> Group Primal Sounds Session
Get grounded for the weekend with this pay-what-you-can group primal sounds session tonight at Yoga Gallery. Participants will be enveloped by a stream of freeform “root” sounds from indigenous instruments from around the world. Their vibrations will allow you to enter a restful, right-brain state of awareness, similar to meditation, and to go deep within. As the sounds reverberate throughout your muscular and cellular body, they will help you access and repattern the stress and trauma that may be contributing to current problems. Well doesn’t that sound nice? Read on for more soothing details.
(6:45p – 8p // pay-what-you-can / $10 suggested donation)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th
@ 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, Pine Trough Branch Farm, Plum Granny Farm, Sanders Ridge, Shore Farms, Gnomestead Hollow Farm and Forage, Fair Share Farm & more!
(9a – noon // FREEEE!)
P.S. Have you heard about Cobblestone’s upcoming Barns & BBQ event on 9/25? Enjoy local farm tour fun followed by an intimate Sunday Supper at gorgeous Stauber Farm with our buddy, Chef John Bobby of Roosters: A Noble Grille. Get the scoop (and tickets) here!
@ Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts & Spruce Street
>> 2016 Bookmarks Festival of Books & Authors:
This free-to-the-public festival will be held in and around the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts & Spruce Street and features over 40 authors, readings, book signings, panel discussions, special events, exhibitors and family-friendly happenings plus more. Bookmarks is the largest festival of its kind in the Carolinas and has brought more than 600 authors, illustrators, and storytellers to Winston-Salem during its 12 years in existence. Pop by their site here for a complete lineup of events. And while at the event, be on the lookout for opportunities to make a donation to help support Bookmarks open an independent bookstore in Downtown Winston-Salem in 2017!
(9:30a – 5p // FREEEE!)
>> New Exhibit! Grant Wood and the American Farm:
In 1785, Thomas Jefferson wrote “Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.” This attitude permeated American culture, from literature to journalism to painting. This weekend Reynolda House Museum of American Art opens their latest exhibit, Grant Wood and the American Farm, which traces the evolution of this notion over a period of a hundred years, from 1850 to 1950. A Reynolda exclusive, this exhibit gives particular attention to the Regionalist artist Grant Wood and other artists from some of the nation’s top collections including Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, Thomas Hart Benton, Arthur Dove, Charles Sheeler, and Andrew Wyeth. This examination of the American Farm is particularly appropriate for Reynolda House. The Museum occupies the center of a former 1,067-acre estate created in the early years of the 20th century by Katharine Smith Reynolds, wife of tobacco magnate R.J. Reynolds. The estate included a large and progressive model farm. Be on the lookout for more exhibitions and events this season that will help connect present-day farming in North Carolina and the arc of our country’s agricultural history. (I, for one, am totally thrilled!)
(visit their site for museum hours and ticket info)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th
@ 4th Street / Downtown Winston-Salem
>> Second Sunday on Fourth (SSo4):
We’ve arrived at the second Sunday in September which means its time to shut down Fourth and par-tay (for free!). This month’s event headliner is popular bluegrass band, Chatham County Line, with an opening performance by collaborative folk-rock band, This Mountain. Enjoy live music and kids activities in the street starting at 3 pm. This month our friends from The Olio, a glass blowing studio and social enterprise, will man the Summit School Kids’ Area and The Sergei Foundation is the featured non-profit. Free parking is available in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot on Second Street between Cherry and Marshall. Find more event info here.
(3p – 6p // FREEEE!)
@ RJ Reynolds Auditorium
>> Bookmarks Keynote Closing Event: John Grisham:
Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, Grisham served as a member of the state House of Representatives and worked long hours at a small Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time to write. Initially rejected by many publishers, A Time to Kill was eventually published in 1988. His next book, The Firm, would spark one of publishing’s greatest success stories: becoming the bestselling novel of 1991 and spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, and more than 20 other novels have become international bestsellers since. This Sunday he will appear in Winston-Salem for a closing keynote talk and to join Bookmarks in protest of North Carolina House Bill 2. This special event is also a fundraiser for Bookmarks nonprofit expansion efforts to open an independent bookstore downtown.
(Doors open at 3p // find tickets here)
TOWNIES PICK OF THE WEEK!
In April, Charlie Lovett, the president of Bookmarks’ board, announced the group’s intention to raise $400,000 to open a space. To date, $250,000 has been raised. With $150,000 to go, Wendy and Mike Brenner have pledged $20,000 in matching funds for any donations made over the festival weekend.
Donations can be made online, at the Bookmarks Bookstore on Saturday or at the festival events.
Let’s help make it happen!