Time to get in formation for the weekend, people. There are plays, a drag brunch, some environmental and civil rights events, a roomful of teeth, and more. And we hear Red Lobster has one of their usually reserved tables mysteriously freed up as of Monday, so you have that option too.
Pour yourself a nice glass of lemonade and peruse your weekend plans here.
- Into the Woods @ UNCG (GSO), Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. “Anything can happen in the woods….” Iconic lines from the glorious Stephen Sondheim musical that pokes fun at Disney princess culture and opts to mash up of all the more grotesque, 1500s versions of fairy tales into a haunting musical about human nature, the capacity for evil, and beans. The School of Music, Theatre and Dance will perform with a 22-piece, on-stage orchestra conducted by Dominick Amendum; hopefully a giant will not fall on them. Bryan Conger directs. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit performingarts.uncg.edu/into-the-woods.
- Mary Poppins @ High Point Theatre (HP) High Point Community Theatre closes its 2015-2016 with this classic tale of a tightly wound dad and the ragtag crew of 150 chimney sweeps who taught him to take life a bit less seriously. Or is that an incorrect reading of the plot? No matter. “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Step in Time” will be sung; kites will be flown and perhaps Ms. Poppins, too. The cast is made up of more than 50 Triad-area performers, confirming it will be a spectacle worth seeing. Get tickets at hpct.net.
- Civil Rights Activism panel: Local 22 and Law Enforcement @ New Winston Museum (W-S), 5:30 p.m. The museum kicks off a new quarterly salon series on civil rights activism in Winston-Salem. First up on Thursday’s panel, special guests Dr. Robert Korstad, author of Civil Rights Unionism, and Richard Koritz (son of Local 22 organizer Philip Koritz and board member for the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro) will discuss the union’s activity in Winston-Salem since its early days as a primarily black tobacco manufacturing workers’ union, with a special focus on its interactions with the local police department and the criminal justice system. The discussion will be moderated by Alex Harris and is free. Visit newwinston.org for more details.
- Notable Latinos of the Triad @ the Latino Community Coalition of Guilford (GSO), 6:30 p.m. At this gala-style fundraiser for Latino youth education, expect a plated dinner, silent auction, and live entertainment provided by West End Mambo, along with recognizing achievements made by and for the Latino community and celebrating this year’s Notable Latino and Corazón Latino nominees. And hopefully platanos. Dress fancy, as semiformal attire is required. Tickets can be found via the event’s Facebook page.
- Ordinary Injustice screening @ Hanesbrands Theatre (W-S), 7 p.m. After Winston-Salem resident Kalvin Michael Smith was convicted of a brutal assault and armed robbery in December 1997, he has since languished in prison for the past 19 years, despite overwhelming evidence of a botched police investigation and prosecutorial misconduct. The film looks at the series of events that led to Smith’s arrest and prosecution and the community effort to free an innocent man. Ordinary Injustice was written, produced, edited and directed by Keith T. Barber and produced in conjunction with UNCG’s MFA film program. For tickets, go to rhodesartscenter.org.
- Stand Against Racism @ YWCA (GSO), 5 p.m. Make a bold expression of solidarity with fellow equality-lovers at the Y, where you will be lining up to form a human chain on the sidewalks along Wendover Avenue, starting at the YWCA building and stretching down as far as how many people show up. This iteration of the nation-wise movement happening in over 2,000 locations across the country will feature music, games and door prizes. Go to ywcagsonc.org to RSVP.
- Fifth Friday Open Mic @ Centennial Station (HP), 7 p.m. It’s the launch of a new event series with the High Point Arts Council, featuring rapid-fire talent in the sometimes merciful but usually too short time of 20 minutes. An open mic waiting list for a January event got so backed up they’re kind of playing catchup here. Obviously, High Point does not lack for talent, just enough room to get the all on one evening’s bill. (A good problem to have.) Admission’s free, and there’s a cash bar. Contact Clint Bowman at email@example.com or at 336.889.2787 ext. 26 if you want to perform next time.
- Roomful of Teeth @ WFU Brendle Recital Hall (W-S), Friday, 8 p.m. Winston-Salem based production shop In Ovation teams up with 88.5 WFDD to present this Grammy-winning a capella group Roomful of Teeth. They’ll be performing the beautifully odd and moving Pulitzer-winning composition “Partita for 8 Voices” by Caroline Shaw, also an ensemble member. And by showing up to the performance, you win an Oscar! Just kidding. You aren’t Meryl Streep. Sit down. Visit inovationevents.com for tickets.
- Great American Cleanup @ High Point City Lake, 10 a.m. “Clean up, clean up, everybody do your share,” takes on a whole new meaning around Earth Day season, that part of April where we all remember: Humans are just awful. Meet up with the Triad Water Stewards (a great name for a B-level environmental superhero team) to target some of the worst trashy areas. Bags and gloves will be provided and Get:Outdoors will provide boats and canoes. Life hack: Create so little waste that this event doesn’t have to happen next year. RSVP on the Facebook event page.
- Worker Justice Assembly @ Central Carolina Worker Justice Center (GSO) 10 a.m. CCWJC’s cry to action: “Calling all workers to assemble: black, Latinx, white, queer, immigrant, young, students!” If you’re a curious citizen wondering about your rights, or looking for work and having trouble finding it, or are having issues at your current job, celebrate International Workers Day by connecting with other like-minded workers to express solidarity for raising the minimum wage to $15, better working conditions, and respect in workplaces in Greensboro. Check the Facebook event for further info.
- Take a Music Stand to HB 2 @ Hamburger Square (GSO), 1 p.m. Greensboro musician Steve Haines is urging all able musicians to perform in various places on Saturday at 1 p.m. to demonstrate their desire to see House Bill 2 repealed. Front yards, driveways, produce aisle, you name it. Haines wants to use music to fight instead of anger. A worthy quest. He’ll be performing with his band in Hamburger Square, but he encourages all local musicians to perform wherever they are. For more information, contact Steve Haines at MusicApril30@gmail.com or 336.897.8800.
- Pride WS Spring Drag Brunch @ Mary’s Gourmet Diner (W-S), 10 a.m. Enjoy a delectable omelet while you enjoy drag performances from some of the finest in North Carolina, including Mr. And Miss Pride Winston-Salem 2015-2016, Aria Russo And Maxwell Parque-Divine. Some would say mimosas and drag on a Saturday morning pairing is as perfect a pairing as coffee and bagels. That someone is us. There’s a $10 recommended donation, which benefits Pride Winston-Salem, and tips are encouraged. More info can be found on the Facebook event page.
- Walk & Roll @ Innovation Quarter (W-S), 1 p.m. Research Parkway is closing down (alter your travel plans accordingly) to make way for an afternoon block party for playing the street without worrying about cars. Cycling, skateboarding or skating is encouraged, and people in wheelchairs or using walkers are invited to participate, too. Expect to see hula-hoops, jump ropes, and corn hole lying around. For serious cyclists, there are 30- or 10-mile organized bike rides that will start at 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively. All activities except for the food vendors are free. For more information, go to CityofWS.org/BikeMonth.