Time to get in formation for the weekend, people. There are plays, a drag brunch, some environmental and civil rights events, a roomful of teeth, and more. And we hear Red Lobster has one of their usually reserved tables mysteriously freed up as of Monday, so you have that option too.

Pour yourself a nice glass of lemonade and peruse your weekend plans here.

All weekend

  • Into the Woods @ UNCG (GSO), Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. “Anything can happen in the woods….” Iconic lines from the glorious Stephen Sondheim musical that pokes fun at Disney princess culture and opts to mash up of all the more grotesque, 1500s versions of fairy tales into a haunting musical about human nature, the capacity for evil, and beans. The School of Music, Theatre and Dance will perform with a 22-piece, on-stage orchestra conducted by Dominick Amendum; hopefully a giant will not fall on them. Bryan Conger directs. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit performingarts.uncg.edu/into-the-woods.
  • Mary Poppins @ High Point Theatre (HP) High Point Community Theatre closes its 2015-2016 with this classic tale of a tightly wound dad and the ragtag crew of 150 chimney sweeps who taught him to take life a bit less seriously. Or is that an incorrect reading of the plot? No matter. “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Step in Time” will be sung; kites will be flown and perhaps Ms. Poppins, too. The cast is made up of more than 50 Triad-area performers, confirming it will be a spectacle worth seeing. Get tickets at hpct.net.


  • Civil Rights Activism panel: Local 22 and Law Enforcement @ New Winston Museum (W-S), 5:30 p.m. The museum kicks off a new quarterly salon series on civil rights activism in Winston-Salem. First up on Thursday’s panel, special guests Dr. Robert Korstad, author of Civil Rights Unionism, and Richard Koritz (son of Local 22 organizer Philip Koritz and board member for the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro) will discuss the union’s activity in Winston-Salem since its early days as a primarily black tobacco manufacturing workers’ union, with a special focus on its interactions with the local police department and the criminal justice system. The discussion will be moderated by Alex Harris and is free. Visit newwinston.org for more details.
  • Notable Latinos of the Triad @ the Latino Community Coalition of Guilford (GSO), 6:30 p.m. At this gala-style fundraiser for Latino youth education, expect a plated dinner, silent auction, and live entertainment provided by West End Mambo, along with recognizing achievements made by and for the Latino community and celebrating this year’s Notable Latino and Corazón Latino nominees. And hopefully platanos. Dress fancy, as semiformal attire is required. Tickets can be found via the event’s Facebook page.
  • Ordinary Injustice screening @ Hanesbrands Theatre (W-S), 7 p.m. After Winston-Salem resident Kalvin Michael Smith was convicted of a brutal assault and armed robbery in December 1997, he has since languished in prison for the past 19 years, despite overwhelming evidence of a botched police investigation and prosecutorial misconduct. The film looks at the series of events that led to Smith’s arrest and prosecution and the community effort to free an innocent man. Ordinary Injustice was written, produced, edited and directed by Keith T. Barber and produced in conjunction with UNCG’s MFA film program. For tickets, go to rhodesartscenter.org.




  • Pride WS Spring Drag Brunch @ Mary’s Gourmet Diner (W-S), 10 a.m. Enjoy a delectable omelet while you enjoy drag performances from some of the finest in North Carolina, including Mr. And Miss Pride Winston-Salem 2015-2016, Aria Russo And Maxwell Parque-Divine. Some would say mimosas and drag on a Saturday morning pairing is as perfect a pairing as coffee and bagels. That someone is us. There’s a $10 recommended donation, which benefits Pride Winston-Salem, and tips are encouraged. More info can be found on the Facebook event page.
  • Walk & Roll @ Innovation Quarter (W-S), 1 p.m. Research Parkway is closing down (alter your travel plans accordingly) to make way for an afternoon block party for playing the street without worrying about cars. Cycling, skateboarding or skating is encouraged, and people in wheelchairs or using walkers are invited to participate, too. Expect to see hula-hoops, jump ropes, and corn hole lying around. For serious cyclists, there are 30- or 10-mile organized bike rides that will start at 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively. All activities except for the food vendors are free. For more information, go to CityofWS.org/BikeMonth.