It’s National Potato Day, and we’re showing love to the spuds! It’s time we pay our respects to one of the tastiest, most versatile vegetables to exist. I mean, what other vegetable can you fry, boil, mash, cover in cheese, and make salad of and it’s still good? Even potato bread slaps. In 1995, University of Wisconsin-Madison partnered with NASA to create “space spuds,” and the potato became the first vegetable grown in space. When they’re not cut into curls or waffles and dunked in grease, potatoes provide many health benefits. They’re great sources of fiber, keeping your cholesterol and digestive system regular. They also contain plenty of potassium and magnesium. Some believe potatoes have detoxifying properties, putting slices of potato in their socks when they’re sick to “draw out” the illness. No matter how you like potatoes, just celebrate them today, then check out what’s going on this weekend in the Triad.
THURSDAY Aug. 19
Borough Coffee @ Weatherspoon Art Museum (GSO) 10 a.m.
Head to the museum’s courtyard on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday for a cup of java from Borough Coffee with espresso drinks, cold brews, and baked goods provided by Black Magnolia Southern Patisserie. Afterwards, head inside the museum to view the Helen Frankenthaler: Late Works, 1990-2003 exhibit on display until Aug. 28.
High Point Rockers vs. Lexington Legends @ High Point Rockers Stadium (HP) 7 p.m.
Head to the High Point Rockers Stadium to cheer on the High Point Rockers as they take on the Lexington Legends in a game of baseball. The Rockers are also celebrating COVID Heroes Day, where frontline medical workers and EMTs will receive free admission at the box office with a valid ID. To purchase tickets, visit highpointrockers.com
Coming to America @ Carolina Theatre (GSO) 7 p.m.
As part of their 13th Summer Film Festival, Carolina Theatre presents a showing of Coming to America, the hilarious story of Prince Akeem, played by Eddie Murphy, who escapes to America to find his queen despite his father’s wishes for an arranged marriage. Tickets must be purchased in advance at carolinatheatre.com.
FRIDAY Aug. 20
Dancin’ & Shaggin’ at the Station with Carolina Soul @ Centennial Station Arts Center (HP) 7 p.m.
Round off High Point Art Council’s Dancin’ & Shaggin’ at the Station series and dance the night away at the Centennial Station Arts Center as Carolina Soul rocks the house with performances of songs by the O’Jays, Temptations, Four Tops and more! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event page on Facebook.
Andy Gross Live @ High Point Theatre (HP) 7:30 p.m.
Don’t miss your chance to see stand-up comedian, magician and ventriloquist Andy Gross live at High Point Theatre. Gross combines his many talents for an entertaining act that’s landed him in numerous television appearances, including The Ellen Show. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the event page on Facebook.
10-Minute Play Festival @ Hanesbrands Theatre (W-S) 7:30 p.m.
Join 88.5 WFDD and Winston-Salem Writers for their 2021 10-Minute Play Festival, featuring plays from playwrights across the state. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at intothehearts.org/events-info/10-minute-plays.
SATURDAY Aug. 21
August Market @ Winston Junction Market (W-S) 11 a.m.
Winston Junction Market is excited to announce its August marketing, featuring local artisans and makers selling plants, vintage items and more. If you work up an appetite shopping, Urban Street Grill food truck will be there to provide Korean BBQ specialties.
My Sister and Her Friends: All Female Comedy Show @ Elsewhere (GSO) 8 p.m.
Khristin Brooks, in partnership with Elsewhere, presents My Sister and Her Friends, an all-Black female comedy show in which Monika Scott-Rogers, ThatgirlNiq, Brandi Roberts, and Jas Gill will have you dying of laughter. Tickets will be available at the door but can be purchased in advance on Eventbrite. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase.
Grease @ The Drive at Winston-Salem Fairgrounds (W-S) 8:15 p.m.
Celebrate the grand finale of The Drive’s summer drive-in series with a screening of the classic musical Grease. Tickets are $30 per car and are available at thedrivemovie.com.
SUNDAY Aug. 22
Winston-Salem Cycling Classic Registration (Online)
Registration is now open for the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic taking place downtown Sept. 24-26. For more information and to register, visit winstonsalemcycling.com.
MUSEP Concert: doby and Sheila Star Productions @ White Oak Amphitheatre (GSO) 6 p.m.
As part of Creative Greensboro’s Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park, funk band doby and Sheila Star Productions, an R&B, country and gospel group will be performing during this summer concert series. Although the event is free, donations to Creative Greensboro are encouraged. To view more information and upcoming performers, visit creativegreensboro.com.
The Idiot Box Presents Jasmine Ellis @ The Idiot Box (GSO) 7:30 p.m.
Join stand-up comedian Jasmine Ellis at the Idiot Box as she has you cracking up during this show. It’s one you don’t want to miss as Ellis’ debut comedy album, Trash Baby, went #1 on iTunes and was featured as “Best Comedy Album by Comedians You Haven’t Heard Of” on Spotify. Purchase tickets at ibcomedy.yapsody.com.