Unless you’re one of those remember-y people who remember holidays, anniversaries, and other insignificant details, let this serve as your first and tragically late reminder that this Sunday is Mother’s Day, and join in a collective “oops.”
A holiday originally intended to be a day for mourning women to remember fallen soldiers and take an active role in promoting peace, it went commercial in the early 1900’s; women’s organizer Anna Jarvis gave everything to fight the bastardization of the day, even crashing a confectioners’ convention (that’ll teach ’em). She eventually died without a cent in a sanitarium.
There are better ways to celebrate below.
- On Site/In Sight @ downtown W-S Helen Simoneau Danse presents a dance festival throughout downtown Winston-Salem. The weekend will include movement classes, pop-up, rooftop, and courtyard performances, and site-specific works throughout Winston-Salem’s downtown. If you’re regularly befuddled or intimidated by modern dance, this is the baptism you need to become obsessed with this beautiful, abstract and important art form. Local artists Blakeney Bullock, Cara Hagan, Julianne Harper, Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, Caitlyn Swett and Helen Simoneau organized the whole thing; admission is free. Visit helensimoneau.com for a full lineup of events.
- First Friday @ downtown GSO and W-S Aw, hell yeah, it’s First Friday. In Winston-Salem, the On Sight/In Sight festival will have a nighttime performance at the Wherehouse Rooftop above Krankies Coffee at 9 p.m. Before catching that, don’t miss ogling new works by heart-of-gold artisan Laura Lashley at Kleur starting at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, in Greensboro, a new show from Colombian artist Nico Amortegui opens at Urban Grinders at 6 p.m., and the Van Dyke Dance Group will perform a short set at Greenhill at 7 p.m. Note that the city will be closing Elm Street between Washington and Market streets and from Market Street to Friendly Avenue from 5 to 9 p.m. to kick off Bike Month.
- May artist: Michael Hayworth @ DeBeen Espresso (HP), 7 p.m. Enjoy a night of creative expression and conversation to celebrate High Point local Michael Hayworth with the opening night of his month on the walls of DeBeen. No clues as to what his medium may be, so it could be a sort of fun surprise. The venue says they’re “conversation pieces.” For more info, find DeBeen on Facebook.
- Free Comic Book Day @ Triad comic book shops We have a lot to thank nerds for (shout out to pocket protectors and the X-Files) but the greatest debt to them we may owe them is probably the nationwide high holy day of Free Comic Book Day, a thing the internet decided to invent. GSO’s Geeksboro will start the festivities early on Friday night with a line party for people who take being first in line for next door neighbor Acme Comics very seriously; Parts Unknown in the same city will be giving away prizes for the best costumes all day. Winston’s Ssalefish shop will be raffling off a CGC graded Dark Knight III sketch signed by Frank Miller. For more info about the national event, check out freecomicbookday.com.
- Concrete Canvas Mural Fest @ ARTivity on the Green (W-S), Saturday, 8 a.m. This all-day event features 11 mural painters from Winston and Greensboro as they redecorate Winston in this all-day marathon. It wouldn’t be a Triad arts festival without some body painting and some food trucks, so there’ll be some of both, and local acts like The Finks and Star Wizard with provide ambiance. Arrive with your offspring in tow at 12 p.m. for a special guided art project for kids. For a full list of artists and performers, go to the event’s Facebook page.
- Edu-Consciousness series premiere @ Beloved Community Center (GSO), 4:30 p.m. Afri-kin Common Thread presents a new series of documentaries and dialogue, kicking it off with a film by Claud Anderson, author of the epically titled PowerNomics: The National Plan to Empower Black America. Admission is free but bring a dish to share. For more info, find Afri-kin on Facebook.
- Made in Winston fashion show @ Benton Convention Center (W-S), 7 p.m. Truth Life Revolution, a Winston-based clothing label, hopes to bring some fresh excitement around streetwear at this inaugural show, showcasing what they’ve started in Winston-Salem but also creating a platform for others to do the same. For details, visit tlrevolution.com.
- 3rd Annual Trucks & Tunes @ Junior League Briles House (HP), Saturday, 7 p.m. Camel City Grill and Food Freaks NC come to an unusual venue: the Junior League house of the High Point league. The event will feature all-female classic rock cover band Jaxon Jill, which sounds like a nice change from the norm. Tickets cover a meal and a drink, and can be purchased at jlhp.org.
- Homegrown Artisan Market @ the Blind Tiger (GSO), 12 p.m. Diva is a female version of a hustler, therefore, expect to see a lot of crafty divas at the Blind Tiger this Sunday afternoon hustling their wares. Pro tip: Bring your darling mama and buy her a gift here for Mother’s Day, which you forgot about and she certainly did not. There’ll be live music, a food truck and the bar will be running. Check the event on Facebook for details about the vendors.
- A New World: Intimate Music from Final Fantasy @ Scales Fine Arts Center (W-S), 7 p.m. Odd that a classy Mothers’ Day spectacular features mainly music from a video game your mom probably got tired of hearing when you were in high school. No matter. It’s still an amazing soundtrack, and the versatile New World Players chamber ensemble, led by Grammy-winning conductor Arnie Roth and joined by pianist Benyamin Nuss, are sure to do it justice. Go to ffnewworld.com for tickets.