This weekend’s happenings revolve around the arts: dance, literature, theatre, pottery, film and music — you name it, it’s available. Get out there to support the work of children, college students and some of the best-respected artists in North Carolina, especially if you haven’t treated yourself to an evening out in a few weeks.
If it’s calm you seek, though, retreat with your fresh copy of Triad City Beat.
Piedmont Environmental Alliance party @ Temple Emanuel (W-S), 6 p.m.
Enjoy beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres while mingling with environmentally-conscious people during PEA’s annual party. This year’s theme is “envisioning our future city.” Community experts speak about their visions for Winston-Salem, inviting everyone to discuss possibilities from green buildings to roadway design. Learn more at peanc.org.
North Carolina Dance Festival @ Greensboro Project Space (GSO), 8:30 p.m.
The Dance Project presents experimental performances that showcase North Carolinian modern dance choreographers. A conversation between audience members and artists follows the performance, and the festival continues in the Van Dyke Performance Space on Saturday at 8 p.m. Learn more at danceproject.org.
Phoenix Literary Festival @ High Point University, 5 p.m.
High Point University hosts poet and cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum, who kicks off the two-day festival with a reading of his work at Phillips Hall on campus. A question-and-answer session, reception and book signing follow the reading. The festival continues all day Saturday, featuring a craft talk, readings from local authors and an open mic. Learn more at highpoint.edu.
Triad Startup Weekend @ Flywheel Coworking (W-S), 6 p.m.
Flywheel Coworking and the Center for Design Innovation host Tech Stars for a weekend-long entrepreneurship accelerator. Learn how to meet potential collaborators, mentors and investors. Each attendee pitches an idea and the top picks will work with teams to develop them for the chance to receive software and marketing support. Learn more at communitites.techstarts.com.
The Comedy of Errors @ Greensboro College, 7:30 p.m.
The Drama Center Children’s Theatre presents a youth-centered version of this William Shakespeare comedy at Odell Auditorium on the campus of Greensboro College. This family-friendly show runs through Sunday afternoon. Find the event on Facebook.
She Kills Monsters @ Guilford College (GSO), 8 p.m.
The Guilford College Theatre Studies Department opens its 2017-18 season with She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen at Sternberger Auditorium. This dramatic comedy touches on LGBTQ issues, bullying and grappling with the death of a loved one, and runs through Nov. 18. Learn more at guilford.edu.
Potters of the Piedmont Fall Festival @ Leonard Recreation Center (GSO), 10 a.m.
More than 50 regional potters converge to showcase handmade pottery. Peruse the decorative, functional and sculptural pottery pieces and meet with accomplished local potters under one roof. Learn more at pottersofthepiedmont.com.
Birth of a Movement @ Aperture Cinema (W-S), 10:30 a.m.
As part of RiverRun International Film Festival’s Indie Lens Pop-Up series — designed to spark community conversations about challenging topics — the organization screens this documentary based on Dick Lehr’s book The Birth of a Movement: How Birth of a Nation Ignited the Battle for Civil Rights. The free screening is first-come, first-served. Learn more at aperturecinema.com.
Angelo’s Artisan Market @ Wise Man Brewing (W-S), noon
Catbird Art & Events brings more than 40 vendors to present handmade, upcycled and antique goods for a dog-friendly market. Check out vendors’ tables, entertain the kids with children’s activities and take advantage of sessions with DeAnn Holmes. GoodFellers and Big City Lights perform live while attendees pair food from Flite Time Wings or Bahtmobile food trucks with Wise Man brews. Find the event on Facebook.
FemFest @ Test Pattern (W-S), 2 p.m.
Women musicians perform a 12-hour show to raise awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence. All proceeds benefit the upkeep of Winston-Salem Family Services’ women’s shelter. Find the event on Facebook.
Star Spangled Girls @ Centennial Station Arts Center (HP), 2 p.m.
The Touring Theatre of North Carolina presents a play about real women who served as Army nurses in the Women’s Army Corps, Red Cross volunteers or as WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) during World War II. The production takes place at the Upstage Cabaret. Find the event on Facebook.
Story Dance @ Kaleideum Downtown (W-S), 2 p.m.
Experience a program that fuses reading and dance for children. Participants learn simple ballet movements and collaborate to design a dance to illustrate the book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Find the event on Facebook.
Greensboro Roller Derby match @ 3123-I Cedar Park Drive (GSO), 6 p.m.
Join the Battleground Betties and the Elm Street Nightmares in their warehouse for the last home bout of the season. This playoff determines which team will progress to the Home Team Championship in December. Find the event on Facebook.
#InspiredbyaBlackWoman: Live reading & book release @ the Q (GSO), 7 p.m.
Ali D. Collins — who is black, queer and trans — shares poems and prose from his new collection, #InspiredbyaBlackWoman: Loved by a Black Femme, an intimate collection rooted in personal experiences of healing influenced by black women and femmes in his life. Debbie the Artist shares the stage with a live music performance. Find the event on Facebook.