Whether you’re marching in solidarity with science, enjoying the fair in Winston-Salem, dusting off the earplugs for one of Greensboro’s many concerts or all of the above, this Earth Day looks like a good one.
Don’t forget to take some notes: On the long space-journey to other worlds, your grandkids might want to hear what the hell Earth Day was all about.
- Union Time @ Wake Forest University (W-S), 6 p.m.
WFU’s Pro Humanitate Institute hosts a screening of Union Time, a film that documents a workers’ struggle against dangerous working conditions, abuse and low pay at the Smithfield Foods plant in Tar Heel, NC. After the screening, Pro Humanitate Institute director Melissa Harris-Perry moderates a panel discussion with filmmaker Matt Barr, former National Labor Relations Board lawyer Jasper Brown, and two Smithfield employees who took part in the union struggle. More info at events.wfu.edu.
- Red Smoove Classic @ Andrews High School (HP), 7 p.m.
The TW Andrews Red Raider marching band hosts the second annual Red Smoove Classic drumline competition, auxiliary showcase and collegiate exhibition. The drumline competition features high school marching percussion sections from throughout North Carolina, and the auxiliary showcase features high school and community-based dance groups from High Point, Greensboro and other North Carolina cities. Drumlines including NC A&T’s Cold Steel, NC Central University’s DOAx and SC State University’s Bongo Bros. Inc. make up the collegiate exhibition. More info on the Facebook event page.
- March for Science @ Governmental Plaza (GSO), 10 a.m.
The rally and march in Greensboro is a one of hundreds of satellite actions around the world in solidarity with the national March for Science in Washington DC. Supporters advocate for public access to empirical, evidence-based science and demand lawmakers consider this evidence when creating policies. The event in Greensboro includes speeches by scientists at NC A&T and UNCG. More info at march4sciencegso.wordpress.com.
- Piedmont Earth Day Fair @ Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, 10 a.m.
Piedmont Environmental Alliance hosts the 12th annual Piedmont Earth Day Fair, a free, family-friendly event that includes educational activities and live entertainment. Kids can enjoy arts & crafts, face-painting and special activities hosted by Art for Art’s Sake, Imagination Installation and Kaleideum (formerly SciWorks Science Center). More than 100 exhibitors, a diverse music line-up and environmentally themed demonstrations are available for adults and kids. More info at peanc.org.
- NC Korean Festival @ Center City Park (GSO), 10 a.m.
Come out to enjoy delicious Korean cuisine and traditional Korean games, as well as cultural performances that include choral, drum and K-pop music, solo and group dance, skits and taekwondo. More info on the Facebook event page.
- GSOFest @ various locations (GSO)
Rock out at any of the eight shows taking place in the Gate City from Thursday to Saturday and help resurrect the dormant Greensboro Fest. Local bands such as Modern Robot and Harrison Ford Mustang take the stage at Geeksboro, Urban Ginders and several other venues. More info at gsofest.com.
Pick of the Week (Arts)
- Milo Writes Coming Out Party @ Milton Rhodes Arts Center (W-S), Thursday, 7 p.m.
Milo Writes is a collection of poetry by the late Winston-Salem poet Milo Wright, who passed away in March 2016. The free event includes book sales, readings, a photo booth and hors d’oeuvres. All profits from book sales benefit the arts in downtown Winston-Salem. More info on the Facebook event page.
Pick of the Week (Food)
- Hops & Shop: Spring Fling @ Foothills Tasting Room (W-S), April 23, noon
Enjoy local craft beer and food trucks while perusing the stands of more than 100 vendors selling handmade products, repurposed goods and antiques. Colony Urban Farm Store provides a spring activity where your kids plant their own seeds to take home. Mascots from the Winston-Salem Dash and Carolina Thunderbirds join. Dogs welcome. More info at foothillsbrewing.com.
Pick of the Week (Music)
- John Doyle & John Williams @ Van Dyke Performance Space (GSO), Friday, 8 p.m.
Wrangler’s Great American Music Series presents an evening of Irish songs with guitarist and singer John Doyle and accordion and whistles player John Williams. Doyle and Williams both have decades of experience performing traditional Irish, British Isles folk and Americana music. More info at thevandyke.org.
Pick of the Week (Sports)
- Greensboro Grasshoppers vs. Augusta GreenJackets @ First National Bank Field (GSO), Thursday, 7 p.m.
This game is not only Natty Greene’s Thirsty Thursday — a night of discounted beverages (water, soda and, yes, beer) — but Toga Night as well. The first 500 who wear a toga to the ballpark receive a specialty Gamma Sigma Omega (GSO) T-shirt. More info at gsohoppers.com.