The Weekender: The Oscars Edition

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The Oscars come again on Sunday night. Though that’s still a few days from now, the controversies and criticisms are already well underway. Whether it be the sexual abuse allegations against Best Actor nominee Casey Affleck, or objections raised to Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech that some feel missed the point, or predictions of racist or misogynistic outcomes to the most esteemed awards, or aversion to the celebrated wealth and extravagance that defines the event, the Academy Awards promises to muscle its way into the news between now and early March.

During that time, here are a few of this week’s Best Supporting Events around the Triad.

THURSDAY

  • Arlo Guthrie @ Carolina Theatre (GSO), 8 p.m.
    For the Running Down the Road tour, Guthrie hits the circuit with his band to showcase the best of his music from the ’60s and ’70s. The show promises to take the audience back to a remarkable era several decades ago. More info at carolinatheatre.com.

FRIDAY

  • The hidden legacy of African-American craftsmen @ Frank L. Horton Center (W-S), 2 p.m.
    Join Jane Sutton, the manager of museum interpretation at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, for a behind-the-scenes tour of objects crafted by free and enslaved African American craftsmen in the antebellum South. More info at mesda.org.
  • Union Time: Fighting for Workers’ Rights @ Bennett College (GSO), 7 p.m.
    This documentary screening tells the story of the successful fight to organize a union at a Smithfield Foods slaughterhouse in Tar Heel, NC. Matthew Barr, professor in the department of media studies at UNCG, spent nine years making the film, which Danny Glover narrates. More info at bennett.edu. (See this week’s cover story, “Birth of a union,” at triad-city-beat.com.)
  • Batman roast @ Idiot Box (GSO), 10 p.m.
    The citizens of Gotham and a few special guests roast Batman at a show sponsored by Acme Comics. Door prizes are included. More info on the Facebook event page.

SATURDAY

  • I Am Not Your Negro @ Aperture Cinema (W-S), 1 p.m.
    Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro presents the life of James Baldwin through his own words. The screening of the film is followed by a discussion of the James Baldwin book The Fire Next Time. More info on the Facebook event page. (Read a review of the film at triad-city-beat.com.)
  • Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 @ High Point Theatre, 8 p.m.
    Two acclaimed, award-winning pop vocal groups combine forces for the first time. The all-ages show includes jazz, swing, gospel and R&B. Each group performs a set, followed by a duet. More info at highpointtheatre.com.

TUESDAY

  • Mardi Gras celebration @ the Regional Visitors Center (HP), 5 p.m.
    Participants gather to celebrate Mardi Gras and can tour the Regional Visitors Center while engaging in a scavenger hunt. Network opportunities as well as complimentary refreshments including beer and wine provided by the Brewer’s Kettle, light snacks from PepperMill Café, and local band EyeCon, playing soft rock music. More info at highpoint.org.

Pick of the Week (Arts)

  • Our Time, Our Legacy @ the Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center (GSO)
    In honor of Black History Month, the Drama Center presents a tribute to African American history through music, including jazz, blues, folk and rap. The all ages shows happen at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday as well as 2 p.m. on Sunday. More info at thedramacenter.com.

Pick of the Week (Food)

  • Pancake breakfast @ GreenTree Church (W-S), Saturday, 8:30 a.m.
    Hoops4LYFE, a nonprofit that stands for Low-Income Youth and their Families Everywhere, hosts its first pancake breakfast in an effort to raise money and promote awareness about the services the organization offers. More info on the Facebook event page.

Pick of the Week (Music)

  • Side by Side by Sondheim @ the Elberson Fine Arts Center (W-S), Friday, 7:30 p.m.
    The Salem College School of Music vocal studio sings a concert that includes Sondheim compositions from West Side Story, Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, Dick Tracy and more. Cristy Lynn Brown, mezzo soprano, and Kristin Schwecke, soprano, join their voice students in this concert. More info at salem.edu.

Pick of the Week (Sports)

  • Wake Forest University vs. USC baseball @ David F. Couch ballpark
    The WFU baseball team takes on the University of Southern California in a three game series this weekend. Games are played at 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday as well as 1 p.m. on Sunday. More info at wakeforestsports.com.