Welcome once again to the Dog Days of summer, when there’s never a dull moment or any doldrums in the City of Arts and Innovation.
My Top 10 picks for groovy doings range from chamber to rock music, and from veteran to fledgling dancers.
Don’t miss another minute of summery fun. Get off that couch and move it, move it.
July 1-27: Red Dog Gallery will present ”The Cost Of…..”, a collaborative art show by Arts For Art’s Sake artists Stewart Knight and Cheryl Ann Lipstreu at 630 N. Liberty St. Knight and Lipstreu competed together and won first place in the 2015 Living Art America North American Bodypainting Championships. The show’s theme, “The Cost of…”, will be reflected in the art pieces and, the artists hope, will leave the viewer with a lasting impression of what costs are relevant to them. An opening reception will be 6-9 p.m. July 5, during DADA’s First Friday Gallery Hop. Admission is free.
July 5-Nov. 22: Two exhibitions will be on display through Nov. 22 in the Diggs Gallery, Winston-Salem State University. “Uncategorized,” by photographer Chi Modu, will include some of the most groundbreaking images in hip-hop history. The show includes photos of Tupac Shakur, Wu Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, Nas, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Gang Starr and Q-Tip. “UKNOWHOWWEDU” features the works of artists Iona Rozeal Brown, LaKela Brown, Georgie Nakima (WSSU alumna) and Stephanie J. Woods. The black female artists in this show pay homage to the sixth track on Bahamadia’s debut album, “Kollage,” from 1996. There will be a reception for the artists 5-7 p.m. Oct. 24. For information, call 336-750-2458.
July 11-13: Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance will present “HUNGER” at 7:30 p.m. at the Hanesbrands Theatre, 209 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem. Unconventional professional ballet company Terpsicorps marks the beginning of a new dual residency between Asheville and Winston-Salem with “HUNGER,” choreographed by Heather Maloy, artist director. A collaboration with Second Harvest Food Bank, “HUNGER” asks the question, “What do you hunger for?” It will be accompanied by two other works: “Extensions,” by the late Salvatore Aiello, and “AYT? (Are You There?),” a world premiere featuring dancers … and their phones. Tickets are $20-$40 at 336-747-1414 or https://rhodesartscenter.org/.
Have a Seat
July 18-Jan. 5: Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art will present “Furnished” at 750 Marguerite Drive. “Furnished” features more than 50 works — from furniture-based sculpture to sculpture that functions as furniture — by 15 contemporary artists from North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. SECCA looked for artists whose works examine the contemporary spirit of furniture, design and functional sculpture. An opening reception will be 6-8 p.m. July 18, with several of the artists on hand to discuss their work. There will be a cash bar, with no bar charge for SECCA members. Admission is free.
July 19: UNC School of the Arts “Summer Dance Concert” will be at 2 p.m. at the Stevens Center, 405 W. Fourth St. Residents of the UNCSA Summer Dance Choreographic Institute will present contemporary ballet and contemporary dance works created this summer, performed by students enrolled in the School of Dance summer intensives. Helen Pickett is a mentor. Tickets are $10 at www.uncsa.edu/performances or 336-721-1945.
July 27: The Forsyth Association of Rock Musicians (FARM) will present Farmstock, nine bands and seven solo acts, noon-midnight at Rizzo’s, 6353 Cephis Drive, Clemmons. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted at the door for Down Syndrome Association of Greater Winston-Salem. For a list of bands and more information, visit their Facebook page.
30 Years on Holy Ground
July 29-Aug. 3: The North Carolina Black Repertory Co. will present 30 productions from 30 theater companies (25 professional and five universities) at the 2019 National Black Theatre Festival in honor of the festival’s 30 anniversary. Fourteen states will be represented, as well as one international selection from Cape Town, South Africa. N.C. Black Rep will produce two shows at the festival: George Wolfe’s “Jelly’s Last Jam,” the opening night performance, and an outdoor production of “Twelfth Night” set in Jamaica, directed by stage and TV veteran Ted Lange. Tickets range from free to $265 (for the opening-night gala and show) at www.ncblackrep.org, www.nbtf.org or 336-723-2266.
Free at last
Aug. 9, 16 and 23: For the first time in its 13-year history, Cinema Under the Stars will be presented for free, thanks to the support of The Ginther Group of Keller Williams Realty Elite and Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation. Films will be shown at dark on the main lawn of Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road. Gates open at 7 p.m., food trucks will be on site, and a cash bar will be set up (no outside alcohol permitted). Blankets, chairs, and well-behaved, leashed dogs welcome. Visit www.reynoldahouse.org. Here’s the schedule.
- Aug. 9: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
- Aug. 16: The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
- Aug. 23: The Great Gatsby (2013)
August 12-13: The Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts at UNC School of the Arts will presents Artivate: Summit 2019, two arts-infused days to connect you with a vibrant and diverse community of creative leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs. Vijay Gupta, a violinist, MacArthur Fellow and social activist, will open the event at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 12, at Hanesbrands Theatre. Aug. 13 will provide a full day of programming, including interactive workshops, performances and break-out sessions; lunch and keynote with spoken-word artist Donovan Livingston; creative community excursions and a closing party at The Ramkat. Artivate registration is $239, which includes An Evening with Vijay Gupta, all sessions and meals. Individual tickets to the Gupta concert are $40 general admission and $75 for preferred seating and a post-performance reception. Tickets and information are at www.uncsa.edu/artivate.
Aug. 4-24: Music Carolina will present Summerfest 2019, beginning with “An Afternoon of Song” with soprano Jodi Burns and tenor Thao Nguyen performing solos and duets, arias and musical theater at 3 p.m. on Aug. 4 and ending with Piedmont Opera’s “Sacred and Profane” at 7 p.m. Aug. 24. In between, there will be two Latte and Learns @ Bookmarks, a House Dance at the home of Jonathan Burdette and Shona Simpson (limited seating), intergenerational dance with Christina Soriano and the the Dan River Girls; Jazz Haiku at the Hawthorne Inn; the American Music Ensemble, Mark Norman, conductor; Martha Bassett; the Pivetta Duo − and more. Joe Mount and Matt Kendrick are co-artistic directors. Admission ranges from free to $24 at www.musiccarolina.org.