Allen Smith leads discussion series

Allen Smith, a teacher in the UNC School of the Arts high-school academic program, will lead a series of discussions on art films, Looking @ Art Cinema 2019, on Tuesdays in June and July at Aperture Cinema, 311 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem.

The series, a partnership with Tales of Europe, a program organized by Europe Cinemas and Europa International, is intended to initiate public dialogue about cinema as art. Wine will be for sale at each screening.

The films start at 6:30 p.m.

  • June 18: “A Polar Year,” 2018, France, Denmark
  • June 25: “Mug,” 2018, Poland
  • July 2: “The Venerable W,” 2017, France, Switzerland
  • July 9: “I Still Hide To Smoke,” 2017, France, Greece

Tickets and information are at

Matt Kendrick Trio

to perform

The Matt Kendrick Trio with vocalist Diana Tuffin will play 5:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, June 19-July 24, at Sir Winston Wine Loft & Restaurant, 104 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem.

The virtuoso ensemble will perform songs from the Great American Songbook. The trio comprises Kevin Timmons, piano; John Wilson, drums; and Kendrick, bass. They have held down a weekly jam session, Jazz at Tate’s, on Tuesdays for the past nine years.

SECCA will present ‘Interstitial’

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art will partner with dancers Taryn Griggs and Chris Yon to present a performance, “Interstitial,” at 7 p.m. June 20 in the Main Gallery.

Centered around the duet dance practice of Griggs and Yon, “Interstitial” falls in the margins between categories, genre and discipline in performance and occurs in spaces in between other programming. Each edition of “Interstitial” is made specifically for each space.

Admission is free, and donations to the dancers will be accepted. There will be a cash bar; no bar charge for SECCA Members. Donations to the dancers are welcome.

Artists Unite! to present arts with a message

Artists Unite! will present a two-day event 7 p.m. June 20 and 21 at The Ramkat, 170 W. Ninth St., Winston-Salem.

Part academics, part performance, part conversation, the event will include:

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  • une 20: Screening of the critically acclaimed film “The Burial of Kojo,” followed by a discussion, moderated by Melva Sampson, a professor in the Wake Forest University Divinity School and leader of the Pink Robe Chronicles on Facebook, with Kimya Dennis, a professor at Salem College; and Ghanaian-born, Brooklyn-based musician, filmmaker and writer Blitz Bazawule, aka Blitz the Ambassador,
  • who directed “The Burial of Kojo.”
  • June 21: Spoken word artist LB the Poet (2019 Forsyth County Artist of the Year); R&B/gospel musician Alfred Clemonts; hip-hop rapper Demi Day; and featured international artist Blitz the Ambassador with his musical ensemble.

Admission is $17.50-$35 on June 20, and $25-$40 on June 21, at

Elkin Roots Festival

is this week

The Reeves Theater will present the Elkin Roots Festival this week at 129 W. Main St., Elkin.

  • 7 p.m. June 20: The Harris Brothers & Presley Barker. At 14, Barker has been playing acoustic guitar for six years. Living in the N.C. mountains and listening to Doc Watson on the radio inspired Presley to begin picking fiddle tunes and bluegrass music. Reggie and Ryan Harris were born and raised in Western North Carolina. They have been playing professionally as a duo for more than 20 years. Tickets are $12-$20.
  • 6 p.m. June 21: The Big Blues Show with Lathan “Pudgee” Hill; Wanda Johnson; Big Ron Hunter; Coty Robinett; Bob Kogut; Douglas & the Wannabees. Tickets are $12-$20.
  • 8 p.m. June 22: The Larry Keel Experience. Music critics and reviewers describe Keel as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarist performing today. Keel has absorbed the lessons from his bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. Tickets are $20-$27.

Tickets are at 336-258-8240 or

Kruger Brothers

set to perform

The Kruger Brothers will return to the Blue Ridge Music Center on June 22 to present their bluegrass sound that incorporates classical and folk music from around the world. The old-time duo Chatham Rabbits will open the show.

Starting at 7 p.m., the concert will be held in the outdoor amphitheater at the base of Fisher Peak located at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Galax, Va.

Originally from Switzerland, brothers, Jens and Uwe Kruger moved to Wilkesboro, in 2002 to be closer to their musical hero and friend, Doc Watson. Growing up in a musical family, Jens and Uwe started singing and playing instruments at a young age, and were exposed to diverse musical influences.

The husband and wife team of Austin and Sarah McCombie comprise the folk duo Chatham Rabbits. With Sarah on banjo and Austin on guitar, they are known for their tight harmonies on originals and old-time mountain songs.

Food and beverages will be for sale.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on day of show, at or 866-308-2773, ext. 212. Season passes are also available. Parking is free.

Lonestar to play

at fairgrounds

The Winston-Salem Fairgrounds will present Lonestar at 8 p.m. June 22 in the Annex Theatre.

For more than 20 years Lone-star has released Platinum-selling albums and 10 No. 1 singles, earned ACM and CMA awards and inspired rave reviews from as far away as London, where The Guardian proclaimed them exemplars of “country’s greatest strength: picture-painting, story-based, tear-your-heart-out lyrics that are the most direct and lucid in popular music.”

Tickets start at $20 at or Parking is $6 in coliseum lots. Visit for more information.

Sawtooth Center to combine fan favorites

The Sawtooth Center for Visual Art will present two of its most popular annual events on the same day.

Arts + Craft Beer and the Not Quite Perfect Pottery Sale events will be on June 22 at 251 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem.

The Not Quite Perfect Pottery Sale will be 3-5 p.m. Some artists are perfectionists. When their work doesn’t turn out exactly how they planned, they start all over again. Many of the rejected but practically perfect pottery pieces get donated to the sale. Admission is free. Proceeds help pay for equipment and supplies for the Sawtooth’s ceramics studio.

Arts + Craft Beer will be 5-8 p.m. The Arts + Craft Beer will feature tastings from local and regional breweries, food trucks and kombucha on tap. Attendees can make art, such as screenprints and earrings, shop for artisan goods at our Maker’s Market or watch artist demos. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.


Summer Solstice Festival planned for June 22

The 15th annual Summer Solstice Festival celebration will be 2-10 p.m. June 22 at the Greensboro Arboretum in Lindley Park, 401 Ashland Drive, Greensboro.

The festival presents world music, a parasol/puppet parade, a drum circle and a fire finale. More than 100 local entrepreneurs will set up shop to display art, promote businesses and educate the public at this earth-centered, volunteer-driven celebration.

Admission is free. No pets allowed. For information, visit or call 336-339-1828.

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