Yesterday marked the 119th anniversary of Oscar Wilde’s release from prison, where he spent two years after a trial unearthed details about his fantastic (read: gay) lifestyle.
In honour of this great writer, this weekend, your assignment is to go bunburying as Oscar would have it, exercising the freedom he didn’t have. And if dear Mr. Wilde were still with us, his advice for your weekend would be: “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”
Your weekender awaits.
Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till @ Hanesbrands Theatre (W-S)
NC Black Repertory Company present this story of a 14-year-old black Chicago teenager who traveled to the Mississippi Delta in 1955, “into a world he could never understand,” says the company’s teaser, “a world of thick color lines, of hard-held class systems and unspeakable taboos.” After whistling at a white woman, Till was brutally murdered by her family members. The play chronicles the murder, trial and confessions of the men accused of Till’s murder. Shows run Friday and Saturday. Visit ncblackrep.org for ticket information.
The Slocan Ramblers @ Centennial Station Arts Center (HP), 7 p.m. Join the High Point Arts Council for the last Third Thursday concert of the spring season with visitors from the Great White North — Toronto, to be specific. The Slocan Ramblers debuted their banjo-janglin’ bluegrass on their freshman album “Shaking Down the Acorns,” and performed in this year’s Merlefest. If you like Mumford and Sons or the Oh Hellos, you’ll probably want to make your way to downtown High Point this Thursday. For more information, contact Clint Bowman at email@example.com or at 336.889.2787 ext. 26.
Whistle Stop concert series kickoff: Boom Unit Brass Band @ Amtrak Depot (HP), 6 p.m. Ignite High Point and the City Project return with their Whistle Stop concert series, which will run Friday nights through June 17. First up, an eclectic and funky group equipped with sousaphones, saxophones, trombones and trumpets playing jazz and funk. Park for free at the city parking deck, or heck, take the train straight to the concert. Food trucks and local craft beer will be available in the former baggage room. More details on Facebook here.
Slide the City @ Freeman Mill Rd. (GSO), 9 a.m. If you’ve ever dreamed of sliding down a slip-and-slide the length of three football fields, first of all, you have very creative dreams, and second, that dream can now come true. Slide the City’s tour rolls into town this Saturday and invites you to bring water guns, buckets and enough gumption to hurtle down its slick vinyl in an inner tube. Dress appropriately. Tickets for each slip down the slide can be found at slidethecity.com.
A Visit with George Washington @ Old Salem Museums and Gardens Historic District (W-S), 9:30 a.m. This spring festival, “A Visit with George Washington,” celebrates the 225th anniversary of Washington’s visit to Salem. In 1791, Washington toured the Southern states, completing his inaugural promise of visiting every state that ratified the constitution. He arrived in Salem on May 31 and totally chilled with the townspeople like a bro. (Historical paraphrase.) There will be a Washington impersonator. One of the activities listed is making “hoe cakes,” and that is not a joke. For the ultra-competitive wedding gift-givers, there’s a pottery fair that will run in conjunction with the festival beginning at 10 a.m. in Salem Square. Tickets at oldsalem.org.
Day of UnRest with Lara Americo and Mama @ the Black Lodge (W-S), 7 p.m.
Local NC gems shine at the Black Lodge every Sunday in their Day of UnRest series, and they’ve booked a pretty killer double header for this weekend: Winston-Salem’s Mama is mainly Latina and blends ’90s punk with influences of Andino rock, blues and grunge, while Charlotte’s Lara Americo describes herself as “A cosmic traveler…a living soul trapped inside a dying body,” and happens to be the production director for the nonprofit Girls Rock Charlotte. More info on the event’s Facebook page.
Showing Roots Southeast premiere @ A/perture cinema (W-S), 8 p.m. In a small segregated Southern town in 1977, two young women — one white (Maggie Grace), one black (Uzo Aduba, of Orange is the New Black acclaim) — forge an unlikely friendship over the TV show “Roots” that sparks a search for independence, love and the perfect hairdo. The film just nabbed the best feature film award at the Maryland International Film Festival in April. Director Michael Wilson and screenwriter/producer Susan Batten will introduce the screening. Also stars Elizabeth McGovern, Adam Brody and Cicely Tyson. Get tickets at aperturecinema.com.