Compiled by Carissa Joines
Summer is officially upon us, and the long evenings provide opportunity for all kinds of activity in Camel City. Live music outdoors, a night at the museum, fundraisers and theater are just some of the events on tap this weekend. Check out our guide below and get out and have some summer fun!
MUSIC & PERFORMANCES
Winston-Salem Writers and New Winston Museum are partnering for an Ekphrastic Night at the Museum on Friday, June 24, from 6 – 9 p.m. (Ekphrastic: a device in which one medium of art tries to connect to another medium by defining and describing it in an effort to relate more directly with its audience.) Writers are asked to stop by the museum to view the Birth of the Cool photography exhibit by Owens Daniels and write a poem or spoken word piece that is inspired by one of the photos. On June 24, writers will read their pieces. Lorraine Boland, jazz and blues vocalist, will perform, and Alex Baum will play guitar and provide background music as the writers read their works. This is a free event. Light refreshments will be served.
Downtown Jazz in Corpening Plaza from 6pm to 9pm on June 24th featuring Matt Marshak with opening performer Titus Gant. Corpening Plaza is located behind the BB&T building, between First and Second Streets. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy this free event.
The Vagabond Saints Society plays Talking Heads at the Garage Friday the 24th at 9pm. Enjoy a full night of Talking Heads, including the long version of the “Stop Making Sense” soundtrack in its entirety! The Garage is located at 110 W 7th St.
Near Strangers album release with The Well Respected Men, Saturday the 25th at 9pm at the Garage, 110 W 7th Street. Check out Chad Nance’s review of this album HERE, and then head to the Garage to hear it performed live and purchase the album. For more about this event, click HERE
Cruel SummerFest at Test Pattern, Saturday the 25th with doors opening at 4pm, shows at 5pm. Test Pattern’s Cruel SummerFest is a dark-tinged, noise drenched, & psychedelic way to start your summer off properly! There will be food provided by Burger Supreme, booze & a killer line up of bands to sonically devistate your soul. 21 and up. Click HERE to see the bands featured at this event.
Summer on Liberty featuring Melva Houston (Jazz Blues). Saturday the 25th starting at 7pm at the intersection of 6th street and Liberty street downtown Winston-Salem. This free, family friendly event is open to all – just bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the music.
Lewisville Street Party, Saturday at 6 PM – 10 PM, Shallowford Square. The band, The Extraordinaires will take the stage from 6 p.m.-10p.m and the event will host a variety of food trucks for your dining pleasure. Adult beverages will be sold by Hoots Brewery and Medaloni Vineyards.
Stand Against HB2 – a concert by over 30 bands and musicians. Sunday, June 26th, 12:00 noon until 11 PM at The Millennium Center, 101 W. 5th Street, Winston-Salem. North Carolina musicians raise their collective voice for equality and raise funds to help support EqualityNC’s fight against the discriminatory law HB2. 100% of ticket sales will go to this Equality NC to help their fight against this harmful and hateful law. Tickets: $20/advance $25/day of show – kids 12 and under free. Click HERE for more information.
Soul Ash Pictures presents an intimate evening premiere of “Life in the Sacrifice Zone”, with an evening of meaning and music. Life in the Sacrifice Zone is an 8 episode documentary series sharing the stories of one community impacted by coal ash – in their own voices – and their efforts in cooperation with other groups to achieve environmental justice in North Carolina. The people behind Soul Ash Pictures have produced two documentary shorts on coal ash and communities which will be screened. All proceeds go to help produce the remaining episodes. Suggested donation at the event is $100. Event includes preview footage of the series, with food, wine and beer available. Afterwards there will be music in the outdoor amphitheater, and the labyrinth will be open for walking meditation. Bring a lawn chair and BYOB for outside with the band, firepit and stars! In order to provide proper refreshments, please RSVP HERE, where you will find directions to Medley Meadows.
Shimmy for the Shelter. The Black Fox Belly Dance company will host a benefit performance, pot-luck dinner, cake walk and raffle to support women and children who are threatened by domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Cakes and prizes donated by local businesses and bakeries around the Triad. Open to the public. General admission at the door is $5.00 and a covered dish or beverage. 7 Vintage Avenue, Winston-Salem from -10pm. Funds support Family Services.
HOPS & SHOP: Summer Sale. Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Foothills Brewing Tasting Room, 3800 Kimwell Drive (off of Stratford Rd), 12:00-5:00 pm. This will be the second HOPS & SHOP event, and will feature 27 vendors selling handmade crafts as well as gently used and new items such as clothing, accessories, toys, and home décor. Food Freaks food truck and Café Gelato will also be on site serving yummy goodies throughout the day. Free and open to the public, but bring money for shopping. Rain or Shine the event will run indoors.
Salon Series: Civil Rights Activism in Winston-Salem – The Black Panther Party Movement. Thursday June 23, 5:30-7pm at New Winston Museum. The final segment of the NWM Salon Series discussion on Civil Rights activism in Winston-Salem. The event will feature Mr. Robert Greer and Mr. Bradford Lilly, former members of the Winston-Salem Black Panther Party. The Winston-Salem chapter of the Black Panther Party was born organically out of the ashes of earlier civil rights groups. When the group of activists that would eventually become the Winston-Salem Panthers first started organizing, they were not formally associated with the national Black Panther Party. Even before they became officially affiliated in 1971, however, the Winston-Salem Panthers were engaging in some of the same community-building and self-defense activities as other chapters of the Black Panther Party. The ultimate aim of the Black Panther Party was to improve the lives of local Black people socially, politically, legally, and otherwise.
Theatre Alliance presents The Little Mermaid at SECCA (Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art), 750 Marguerite Drive. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker and written & directed by John Musker & Ron Clements. Performances Friday, June 24, 2016 at 8 pm; Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 2 pm and 8 pm; Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 2 pm and 7pm. For tickets and information click HERE