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This weekend features family fun, films, a music festival, performances and Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration events. It’s not to late to start your New Year off right with a fresh new MyWinston-Salem.com 2014 calendar — now for only $10! Get yours at Coffee Park (also available online), Re-Tale, Tart Sweets Bakery and Old Winston Social Club before they sell out! And 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 Active Pick: Public Ice Skating
- Skate times vary, call for schedule: (336) 727-2978
- Joel Coliseum Annex
- Admission: $6, Skate rental $3
Top Art (Film) Pick: Eames: the Architect & The Painter
- Thursday, January 16
- 750 Marguerite Dr.
- Admission: Adults $8; students $5
You knew Charles Eames was a creative mastermind, I mean…that chair! But did you know that Mrs. Eames was his muse, his brain trust and an artist, designer and filmmaker herself? Learn more about this hardworking creative duo and their iconic contributions to modern design in this documentary film narrated by James Franco.
Top Kids’ Theatre Pick: “The Monster Who Ate My Peas”
- Friday, January 17 at 10AM & Noon
- Saturday, January 18 at 11AM
- Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem
- Arts Council Theatre
- 610 Coliseum Dr.
- Admission: $10-$14
The Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem presents an ArtsPower musical based on the award-winning children’s story about bargaining and facing your fears. The book was written by author Danny Schnitzlein.
Top Kids Pick: Family Night at SciWorks
- Friday, January 17
- 400 W. Hanes Mill Rd.
- Admission: Non-members $4; Members FREE
At the January SciWorks Family night, kids can make their own roller coaster and learn about energy, force, friction and stability. As an added bonus, attendees can enter to win tickets to the upcoming Wake Forest men’s basketball game against Florida State.
Top Theatre Pick: “When Pigs Fly”
- Friday & Saturday, January 17 & 18 at 8PM
- Sunday, January 19 at 2PM
- Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance
- 1047 Northwest Blvd
- Tickets: $14-$16
This award-winning musical combines outrageous visual humor, and gay wordplay as it portrays the story of a live-out-loud genius costume designer who imagines the show of his wildest dreams.
Top Nature Pick: Slow Food Piedmont Seed Swap & Potluck
- Saturday, January 18
- Old Salem Visitor’s Center
- 900 Old Salem Rd.
Slow Food Piedmont is hosting their 3rd annual Seed Swap & Potluck at Old Salem Visitors Center for novice and longtime heirloom seed growers. Bring a dish, a permanent marker and containers for your seeds, such as envelopes to take home.
Top Music Pick: Becca Stevens Band at the Triad Music Festival
- Saturday, January 18
- Hanesbrands Theatre
- 209 N. Spruce St.
- Admission: $12-$25
This performance by North Carolina native Becca Stevens is the headlining act of the Triad Music Festival, that showcases musicians, singers and songwriters from around the Triad. The Becca Stevens Band was hailed by The New York Times as a “best-kept secret.” Many other Triad Music Festival performances will take place over the weekend at venues throughout Winston-Salem.
Top MLK Pick: Wake Forest University Gospel Fest
- Sunday, January 19
- Brendle Recital Hall
- 2635 Wake Forest Dr.
- Admission: $5
Each year, the Wake Forest University office of Multicultural Affairs organizes Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration events. Gospel Fest is a large scale gospel event, featuring Ernest Pugh, Charles Clark and Wake Forest’s own Gospel Choir. For a full list of events celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., visit this list by the Winston-Salem Journal.
Top Screening Pick: Downton Abbey
- Sunday, January 19
- a/perture cinema
- 311 W. Fourth St.
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