An exploration of the environment, and a Thanksgiving treat for all ages

by Mark Burger

The monthly Environmental Movie Night and Panel Discussion is scheduled for 7 p.m. this Thursday at Temple Emanuel, 201 Oakwood Drive, Winston-Salem.

The program will include the screening of selected scenes from Jean-Michel Cousteau’s PBS documentary Return to the Amazon, in which he returns to the region that he first explored with his late father Jacques some 25 years ago, and the documentary Defending the Amazon, narrated by acclaimed actress Sigourney Weaver.

The Amazon is the most powerful, and perhaps the most important, of the world’s rivers, flowing through the world’s largest tropical rainforest, and the ongoing ecological damage to the region has become an international concern among environmental activists. They believe that unless the region is preserved and nurtured, the climate of the entire planet could be altered in negative, and possibly irreparable, ways. There’s an entire body of scientific evidence supporting this notion.

The panel discussion following the screening will examine ways in which local residents can do their part to preserve the ecology in this region (including the Yadkin River), and how such efforts can have a positive, longlasting impact.

The panelists scheduled to be on hand include Prof. Robert A. Browne, Wake Forest University Department of Biology; Barry Geller, Amazon Herb Company; Dean Naujoks, Yadkin Riverkeeper; actress/writer Angela G. Phillips; Wake Forest University student researcher Katherine Sinacore; Wilda Spalding, UN NGO (the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs) Working Group on Indigenous Populations Observer; and Cierra Young, International

Human Rights Consortium Fellow.

Admission is free; donations accepted.

Refreshments will also be served at the event.

For more information, e-mail or call 336.766.2767 or 336.642.4361.

The Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem gets a jump on the Thanksgiving season with its Theatre Youth Playhouse presentation of The First Thanksgiving According to Dwayne, which will be presented 7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 12) and Saturday (Nov. 13) at the Arts Council Theatre (610 Coliseum Drive, Winston- Salem).

The hero of this story, of course, is Dwayne, whose school assignment to report on America’s first Thanksgiving begins

“Four score and seven years ago, Christopher Columbus drove his Plymouth on a rock.”

Needless to say, this is something of a revisionist take on history, and that’s only the beginning of Dwayne’s uproarious, oddball take on the first Thanksgiving. Nevertheless, it’s a foregone conclusion — “four score and seven years ago,” notwithstanding — that he and his classmates will eventually learn the truth about Thanksgiving and its importance, albeit in a humorous and affectionate way.

The First Thanksgiving According to Dwayne was penned by Pat Cook, author of the equally irreverent family favorite The Three Musketeers — All Swash and No Buckle!

Tickets are $5. For more information, call 336.725.4531 or visit the Children’s Theatre’s official website: