Weekend Roundup: January 16-19, 2014

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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 $10Get 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 SkatingIce Skating at LJVM

  • Daily
  • Skate times vary, call for schedule: (336) 727-2978
  • Joel Coliseum Annex
  • Admission: $6, Skate rental $3
Public ice skating is back at the LJVM Coliseum Annex. Skate times vary daily. Friday Night Ice Jams are held each Friday from 7:30-10PM featuring a DJ and karaoke. Call (336) 727-2978 for information about public skating times and lessons. Group discount rates are available. Note: There is also a spectator fee of $1.

Top Art (Film) Pick: Eames: the Architect & The PainterEames documentary

  • Thursday, January 16
  • 7PM
  • SECCA
  • 750 Marguerite Dr.
  • Admission: Adults $8; students $5
  • secca.org

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”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
  • childrenstheatrews.org

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 SciWorksSciworks Family Night Rollercoaster

  • Friday, January 17
  • 4-7PM
  • SciWorks
  • 400 W. Hanes Mill Rd.
  • Admission: Non-members $4; Members FREE
  • sciworks.com

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”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
  • wstheatrealliance.org

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 & PotluckSlow Food Piedmont Seed Swap

  • Saturday, January 18
  • Noon-2PM
  • Old Salem Visitor’s Center
  • 900 Old Salem Rd.
  • FREE
  • oldsalem.org

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 FestivalBecca Stevens Band

  • Saturday, January 18
  • 8-11PM
  • Hanesbrands Theatre
  • 209 N. Spruce St.
  • Admission: $12-$25
  • rhodesartscenter.org

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 FestWFU Gospelfest

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 AbbeyDowntown-Abbey

Experience the new episodes of the wildly popular PBS televisions show Downton Abbey on the big screen for FREE each Sunday at 9PM at a/perture cinema, Winston-Salem’s art house cinema.
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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