It’s one of those rare calendar turns that takes place on a Thursday night, which means New Years Eve will run through the weekend in the Triad.
In that spirit, the Weekender looks beyond the corner bar with plenty of options ranging from the classy to the cultural to the full-on corker.
Plus there’s a slew of events to wind down the long weekend, before we see you all at the gym!
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- Kuumba celebration @ Arts Council Theatre (W-S), 1 p.m.
The NC Black Repertory Company’s Teen Theatre and Dance Ensemble performs in celebration of Kuumba, or creativity. It’s the sixth principle of Kwanzaa and to underline its importance attendees are offered a speech by Nigel Alston, the company’s interim director and to take part in the Karamu Feast.
- The Avett Brothers @ Greensboro Coliseum (GSO), 8:30 p.m.
The Avett Brothers, arguably the most popular NC act to be playing the national stage, plays Greensboro’s coliseum on the last night of the year. There’re still a few tickets available, if you’re quick.
- Bubbly dinner @ Meridian Restaurant (W-S), 8 p.m.
Nothing says “New Year” like champagne. For this one, Meridian Restaurant serves up a five-course meal with bubbly pairings from around the world. You can view the menu and reserve seats at the site.
- Jonas Sees In Color @ Greene Street Club (GSO), 8 p.m.
Greensboro alt-rock band Jonas Sees In Color finishes its 10th year of music with a New Year’s Eve show at Greene Street. Folk-rock band Old Heavy Hands plays as well.
- Smashing New Years Eve @ Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema (GSO), 9:30 p.m.
It’s all things Smashing Pumpkins at Geeksboro’s New Years celebration. Smashing Pumpkins tribute band Siamese Dream plays and at midnight a giant pumpkin is smashed to the ground from a 10-foot ladder. Find the event page on Facebook for more information.
- The Genuine @ the Garage (W-S), 9 p.m.
The Genuine is a four-piece folk band with a recent debut record. Behind the folksy-soul power lies a down-to-earth, easy listening experience. They’ll hold down the Garage until the calendar turns.
- Drawing @ Delurk Gallery (W-S), 7 p.m.
The Winston-Salem artist collective Delurk goes back to their artistic fundamentals with a series of drawings. There’s no paint here, just community-submitted works made with graphite, crayon, pastels, or whatever it takes to render these works. Find the Facebook page for more information.
- First Friday @ Downtown (GSO), 6 p.m.
It just so happens that this month’s First Friday is also the first day of 2016, which makes it kind of special, right? Participating stores open their doors for extra, after hour happenings.
- Gallery Hop @ Downtown Arts District (W-S), 7 p.m.
The DADA Gallery Hop beckons in the New Year with new gallery openings. Check out new works, street performances and the New Year’s energy happening downtown.
- CARtoons @ New Winston Museum (W-S), 10 a.m.
New Winston Museum continues their transportation-themed series with a collection of cartoons from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s.
- Ego Trippin’ @ Urban Grinders (GSO), 6 p.m.
Street artist and owner of Urban Grinders Jeff Beck exhibits a collection of his own works as chilled-out dance-pop musician the Odds plays.
- The Essence of Art @ Bethel AME Church (GSO), 5 p.m.
A poet, a gospel artist, a comedian and others share their craft to raise funds for fighting sickle cell anemia at the Bethel AME. There’s a pre-performance red carpet walk, as well. This is one classy engagement.
- Morning basketball @ Morehead Recreation Center (HP), 9:30 a.m.
Community members (18 years and up) meet for a friendly basketball competition in the Morehead Recreation Center. Part of a program that runs through March, morning basketball sessions will be held every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.