Weekend Roundup: February 6-9, 2014

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The City of Arts & Innovation shines this weekend! It’s bursting with beautiful art, fine food, blues and mambo music, dancing, a black history tour and more! As always, if you participate in any of these weekend events, or have suggestions for others, please comment below to share the Winston-Salem love.

Top Art Pick: American Moderns: 1910-1960 From O’Keeffe to RockwellNorman Rockwell Tattoo Artist

  • Exhibit opening begins Friday, February 7
  • 9:30AM-4:30PM
  • Reynolda House Museum of American Art
  • 2250 Reynolda Rd
  • Admission: $14
  • reynoldahouse.org
We were thrilled to get a sneak peek of this exhibit, and it is a must-see! Familiar paintings by American greats that I’ve only seen in college posters and coffee table books were thrilling to see in-person! The exhibit, from the Brooklyn Museum, showcases 53 paintings and four sculptures, featuring some of the most well-known American artists from 1910-1960. The showcase includes Georgia O’Keeffe, Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Grandma Moses, Arthur Dove, Joseph Stella, Elie Nadelman, and Norman Rockwell. The exhibit runs through May 4, 2014.

Top Black History Pick: The Hidden Legacy Tour at Old SalemOld Salem Pottery

  • Friday, February 7 at 11AM & 3PM
  • Saturday, February 8 at 11AM & 3PM
  • Old Salem
  • Frank L. Horton Museum Center
  • 924 S. Main St
  • Admission: Included in Old Salem all-in-one ticket ($21 adults; $11 children), or separately for $11 for adults; $5 for kids ages 6-16.
  • oldsalem.org

This tour focuses on the African American stories behind some of the most iconic artifacts at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) including furniture, pottery, and paintings. The tour will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays in February. The tour lasts 45 minutes.

Top Arts District Pick: First Friday Gallery HopDADA First Friday Gallery Hop

  • Friday, February 7 at 7:30PM
  • 7-10PM
  • Downtown Arts District
  • Sixth & Trade Streets
  • FREE
  • www.dadaws.org

The first Friday of every month, head downtown to the Arts District for First Friday Gallery Hop. Explore brand spankin’ new gallery exhibits, live music, dancing in the streets, a free drum circle and more!

Top Performance Pick: Red Velvet Cake WarRed Velvet Cake War

  • Thursday-Saturday February 6-8 at 8PM
  • Sunday, February 9 at 2PM
  • Arts Council Theatre
  • 610 Coliseum Dr.
  • Tickets: $18-$22
  • twincitystage.com

This Southern comedy tells the store of whacky Gaynelle Verdeen Bodeen. She recently crashed her car into her husband’s mistress’s doublewide, and may be declared insane. Cousins Peaches and Jimmy try to save the upcoming family reunion where there is a bake-off like no other to see who makes the family’s best red velvet cake.

Top Party Pick: Big Winter Bash With Party on the Moon BandBig Winter Bash

  • Friday, February 7 at 8PM
  • Millenium Center
  • 101 W. Fifth St.
  • Tickets: $10-$15
  • dwsp.org

It’s the 6th annual Big Winter Bash with the “world famous” party band Party on the Moon. There’s a cash bar and dress is business casual. Note: No food will be served so be sure to eat before. Why not grab a bite of dinner downtown before the Bash?!

Top Blues Music Pick: Scott AinslieScott Ainsley

  • Friday, February 7 at 8PM
  • Community Arts Cafe
  • 411 W. Fourth St.
  • Admission: $12/$10
  • fiddleandbow.org

Presented by the Fiddle & Bow Society, one of their most popular acts from 2012 returns. Guitarist and singer Scott Ainsley is one of the finest interpreters of, and an authority on, blues legend Robert Johnson.

Top Foodie Pick: Battledish Winston-SalemBattledish Winston Salem

  • Saturday, February 8
  • 2-6PM
  • Six Downtown Restaurants
  • Begins at Spring House Restaurant
  • 450 N. Spring St.
  • Tickets: $40-$65 ($30-$55 with MyWinston-Salem promo code: MYWS)
  • dishcrawl.com

Calling all foodies to taste and vote in this competition between six downtown Winston-Salem chefs. This self-guided restaurant tour allows foodies to taste and judge six dishes and/or drinks to determine the winner of Battledish Winston-Salem. Participating restaurants are Spring House, Foothills Brewing, Bib’s, Artisan, Small Batch Beer Co. and more. Dishes may include butter poached lobster tail atop jumbo lump crab. And this might just be paired with a “Millionaire’s Row Margarita” made with 150-year old Grand Marnier foam and garnished with Hawaiian black sea salt.

SPECIAL DEAL: MyWinston-Salem.com readers use promo code “myws” to receive $10 off  Battledish tickets! 

Top Dance Pick: West End MamboWest End Mambo

  • Saturday, February 8
  • 9PM
  • Krankies Coffee
  • 211 E. Third St.
  • Admission: $10
  • westendmambo

West End Mambo is a nine piece band that plays salsa, rumbas and other latin tunes you can really dance to. The musicians come from all over the Americas (South, Central and North) and the Caribbean. They have been entertaining crowds since 1999.

Top Screening Pick: Downton AbbeyDowntown Abbey

Experience the latest episode of the British hit televisions show Downton Abbey on the big screen for FREE each Sunday at 9PM at a/perture cinema, Winston-Salem’s art house cinema. And, yes, for those who DVR it at home, this is the date and time that the show first airs each episode every week.
About The Author:

Kristi was born and raised just up the road in Mount Airy (a.k.a. Mayberry) and frequented Winston-Salem often growing up for school field trips, shopping, and dining. After attending Appalachian State University, and a brief stint living in Southern Virginia, Kristi returned to Winston-Salem, NC in 1999 and began her work in non-profit, public relations and writing. She and her family enjoy the convenience of living near downtown Winston-Salem. She enjoys the arts, photography and cooking. "I'm a small town girl at heart, but Winston-Salem isn't an overwhelming city. It is rich with friendly people, history, culture and has a vibrant art community and that is why I am proud to call this "My Winston-Salem!"

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