It’s a pretty major score for a city to land an exclusive display of a legendary artist’s work — and that’s what’s happening in the Triad beginning this weekend, when Reynolda House shows a major retrospective of photographer Ansel Adams, whose shots of the American West visually defined the region.
Some trivia: TCB Senior Editor Jordan Green lived, for a time, within the frame of Ansel Adams’ photograph “Moonrise Over Hernandez,” a scene of the New Mexico city at; the sky takes up the top two-thirds of the shot.
May your weekend be half as beautiful.
Guilford Courthouse Battle reenactment @ 2332 New Garden Road (GSO)
General Cornwallis reportedly said of this battle: “I never saw such fighting since God made me. The Americans fought like demons.” Damn straight we did. Hundreds of re-enactors in Revolutionary-era garb will recreate the battle that gave our county its claim to fame. The battle will carry on from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon, so if you hear sounds like cannons this weekend, yes, those are actual cannons, aka ’Murca.
Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light @ Reynolda House (W-S)
This much-awaited exhibit of celebrated photographer Ansel Adams’ prolific work comes to the Triad this spring. His photographs, taken through the figurative lens of his environmentalism, are a gorgeous look at the American West in the 1940s. It’s amazing that this world-class exhibit is coming exclusively to Winston-Salem, but then again, the Camel City arts scene never stops astounding us. The gallery opens at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. Get your ticket early at reynoldahouse.org for a specially designed “field guide” for the exhibit.
Public sculpture lunch and learn @ Theatre Art Galleries (HP), 11:45 a.m.
Mural nerds and arts lovers, this one’s for you: Sculptor and author Maryrose Carroll discusses public art in North Carolina in this free talk. Her towering tree-like structures in Charlotte, Fayetteville and Hickory are credential enough. Lunch catered by Pepper Moon.
Youth Arts Opportunity Fair @ Milton Rhodes Arts Center (W-S), 5 p.m.
Are you a parent? Are you already stressed out months in advance about having your kids home all summer with nothing to do? Well, you should be, but don’t panic yet. Winston-Salem’s got you covered. Quality outfits like Twin City Stage and Sawtooth share info about all their summer programming so you can start strategically blocking off weeks on the calendar now, and yes, that pro tip is free of charge. Visit Arts Council’s Facebook for further guidance.
Lost Highway film screening @ Geeksboro (GSO), 10 p.m.
Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette and Balthazar Getty star in this puzzle-box thriller written by David Lynch and Wild at Heart author Barry Gifford. The movie is notable for both its soundtrack with Nine Inch Nails, David Bowie, the Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson, as well as the fact that it features Richard Pryor, Jack Nance and Robert Blake’s last performances on film. Tickets at geeksboro.com/lynch.
I, Anomaly EP release show @ the Garage (W-S), 8 p.m.
Winston-Salem outfit I, Anomaly, comprised of Cory Wood of Akissforjersey, Joshua Ling and Mark Wingerter, release their second EP Lost in the Waves. First listens of a preview single reveal soaring, distorted hooks over chugging rhythmic foundations. The Collection and Victoria Victoria join them. Definitely go for Ling’s stage presence, truly a delightful sight to behold: Think Chris Thile, but with a formidable beard.
Tough Talks @ the YWCA (GSO), 6 p.m.
The sex talk is a heralded awkward moment (or glaring omission) in any parent’s relationship with their child. So how the heck can you make that uncomfortable chat go well? That question is the first of many to be discussed in the Tough Talks series, a roundtable forum for parents on how to best broach difficult topics with their kids. It’s free, but space is limited; find the link to a signup form on the Facebook event.