I spent part of Thursday evening watching author and former News & Record columnist Bill Morris read from his newest work, Motor City Burning, at Scuppernong Books. From what I gather, it’s about baseball and justice. Bill’s great — smart and funny, guy still writes with a typewriter.
- Irving Park Art & Frame hosts Art & Bark, a weekend of folk art starting with an artists reception on friday night at 6 p.m. with the work of Tim and Lisa Kluttz — yeah, that’s a real name. They make pet-themed folk art. Then, on Saturday, the Art & Bark party kicks off at 11 a.m. — a lot party with raffles, vendors and a food truck. Proceeds benefit Red Dog Farm Animal Rescue Network.
- There’s free jazz in Corpening Plaza at 6 p.m., featuring Saundra Crenshaw and Cindy Bradley. Thank the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership for this series, which has just two more installments this summer.
- A lot more goes on in the Breathing Room than its name suggests. Tonight, for instance, there’s Acoustic Potluck — bring your guitar or drum (or what have you) and a covered dish and be ready to share.
- I’m not sure what, specifically, inspired the We Just Can’t Let Them Win Fest at the Carolina Theatre tonight, but it sounds deliciously subversive. Under the banner of “arts, unity and resistance,” it’s got dance, comedy, spoken word, live art, activism and the debut of Remember 7, a very, very strange film. Kudos to the Carolina Theatre for hosting something different.
- Juice Newton, aka the “Queen of Hearts,” fronts Exile at the High Point Theatre. Do yourself a favor and click on the link to see the one of the finest expressions of the 1980s video-music machine in existence. It’s perfect.
- And hey: Ty Bru is coming home to the Blind Tiger as part of DSB—16, a producer battle Ed E. Ruger & the Iconoclast Crew. Bru’s been in China working on his verbal kung fu.
- It’s the last Saturday in July, which means Aitrype is throwing a block party in the City Bev parking lot. Vendors. Food trucks. Family friendly.
- A/perture Cinema screens Phillip Seymour Hoffman‘s last film, A Most Wanted Man, shot before he overdosed in New York in February. Check the website for showtimes.
- Southern Lights Bistro hosts a Garden Party with fancified Southern delicacies, singer/songwriter Molly Miller and a new emphasis on the art gallery on the walls of the restaurant.
- SECCA has a show with Hiss Golden Messenger and William Tyler — the 10th installment of Crossroads @ SECCA, that begins early, at 7 p.m.
- We don’t usually move past the weekend here at the Weekender, but it’s worth noting that UNCG’s radio station WUAG holds its 50th Fest at Glenwood Coffee & Books today at 3 p.m.
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