In honor of this weekend’s WTH Con at Guilford College (read on for more), we at the Weekender would like to briefly contemplate the world of the brony — grown men who play with My Little Pony toys.
Apparently, it all goes back to the “Friendship is Magic” TV series, which was a deliberate effort to market the characters to both boys and girls. Worked pretty good.
For more, see the documentary Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Fans of My Little Pony. Or head to WTH CON and try to spot one for yopurself.
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- WTH!? Con @ Guilford College (GSO)
This annual convention hosted by the Yachting Club, which we’re told is actually the Geek Club, is OVER 9,000!!! And if you get that reference, you should probably go. Cosplay to your comfort level at this multi-genre, student-led convention featuring anime screenings, magic games and a “My Little Pony” panel. Guest of Honor Kylee Henke (know otherwise as the Meme Queen) holds a panel on Saturday evening. Admission is free.
- Helen Simoneau Danse presents “Land Bridge” @ Hanesbrands Theatre (W-S)
Art Nouveau Winston-Salem hosts UNCSA alumna Helen Simoneau, who with her company presents a work that explores themes of heritage and identity, and this is the exact quote, “examined abstractly through the lens of caribou.” Guess you’ll have to show up to figure out what that means. On Saturday before the show, dance alongside company performers for a free community movement class at 11 a.m. or join Simoneau for drinks at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby.
- Casa Azul discussion @ Weatherspoon Art Museum (GSO), 5 p.m.
Latino and Hispanic artists Socorro Hernandez-Hinek, Monica Weber and Victoria Morales, all NC-based, will discuss their favorite paintings from the Pan American Modernism running at the ’Spoon until May and talk about how the artists in the exhibit influence their thoughts on artistic practice. Sure to be a lively discussion with promised ample time for questions.
- First Friday @ Downtown Greensboro and Winston-Salem, 6 p.m.
Your local loyalties will be tested this First Friday — the forecast calls for rainy snow — but don’t cave. You’ve probably got rain boots, so put your feet in them and head downtown for open galleries and neighborly camaraderie. In Old Salem from 7 to 9:30 p.m. you can celebrate chocolate-dipped history with Mars Chocolate (yeah, the M&M’s guys) with live music. In Greensboro, Russ Clegg and Bob Martin of the Special Guests play at Scuppernong Books at 7 p.m.
- Ampersand Show @ the Crown (GSO)
We’re sponsoring this one because it builds connections between our cities. Clay Howard & the Silver Alerts, who gig Triad-wide, headline with Winston-Salem stalwarts Doug Davis & the Solid Citizens and Greensboro-centric Matty Sheets & the Cold Rollers in support.
- Bernie Block Party @ Piedmont Triad for Bernie HQ (W-S), 2 p.m.
It’s primary season, baby, which means it’s time to put the party back in political parties. Holy Ghost Tent Revival plays, so, there’s your reason for going regardless of whether you’re feeling the Bern and want to canvas or make phone calls alongside other volunteers. A $5 donation is suggested. Visit the event page on Facebook for details.
- Journeys in Blackness @ Guilford College (GSO), 6 p.m.
This annual banquet celebrates black student excellence at Guilford. Organized by the student leaders of Blacks Unifying Society, Santes Beatty ‘97 gives the keynote address, “Liberating the Leader in Each of Us.” Register at journeysinblackness.com and don’t forget to wear your nice jacket; business casual attire is recommended.
- Arts & Drafts @ High Point Art Council (HP), 7 p.m.
Buzzed fundraising for the arts in High Point? Pretty much the perfect vessel to direct any misplaced artistic benevolence welling up in you. Tasting tables of North Carolina craft brews from Brown Truck, Preyer, Four Saints and more wash down BBQ sliders and bacon-wrapped breadsticks by caterers at Plain & Fancy. Turpentine Shine’s “blues and motown” provide ambiance. Call 336.889.2787 for a ticket, which includes a souvenir beer tasting glass.
- Meet and greet @ North Star LGBT Center (W-S), 2 p.m.
Via a grant from the Winston-Salem Foundation, the North Star Center now has a full-time manager. Meet Rayce Lamb, who is a student at Wake Forest University Divinity School and “has dedicated his life in pursuit of justice and creating safe spaces for those in the LGBT community.” Seems like a cool guy. Go double check for us, and bring along questions, suggestions and ideas. Extra info can be found on the event’s Facebook page.
- Brahms’ Beloved Requiem @ UNC School of the Arts (W-S), 3 p.m.
Robert Moody conducts a heavenly host of not only his whole symphony, but the Winston-Salem State University Choir and the Symphony Chorale as well, giving the rich, full sound this mournful piece calls for. Bring your hankies. Tickets can be found at wssymphony.org.
- Doing Our Work: Race and Law Enforcement @ Congregational United Church of Christ (GSO), 7 p.m.
Right on the heels of Michelle Alexander’s visit featuring her book The New Jim Crow, the Doing Our Work series returns for its March meeting to discuss “building resistance through truth-telling.” Lewis Pitts, a civil rights lawyer, provides an overview of the role of law enforcement in maintaining white supremacy, from slavery to the New Jim Crow right up to today’s police killings. Examples from Greensboro will be used. The event targets a white audience, but all are welcome. Seats go fast, so you’ll want to get there early. More info on the event’s Facebook page.
- Navigating the Juvenile Justice System @ the YWCA (GSO), 9:30 a.m.
Teens under 16 facing legal charges must go through the Guilford County Juvenile Court system, which can be a harrowing experience for both themselves and those who care about them. Carmen Graves, Guilford county court counselor, and retired judge Lawrence McSwain will speak about the system’s structure and procedures, along with how to be an effective advocate for those within the process.