by Keith Barber

Found OBJECTS Feeling the post-Christmas blues already? Then check out the opening ceremony for Kwanzaa entitled “Umoja,” or Unity on Friday, Dec. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Urban League building in Winston- Salem. Enjoy West African dance and drumming from the Otesha Creative Arts Ensemble, Praise Dancers, Cultural Art and Music. Community service awards will be presented for those who have worked to create harmony within and without their circles. The Urban League building is located at 201 W. 5th St. For further information, call 336.725.5614. Nothing like a little poetry reading and reggae jams to soothe the post-holiday blahs. Coffee Connect, located at1405 E. Highway 66 South in Kernersville, will host “Reggae-Poetry Night” on Dec. 26. Wordsmiths are encouraged to come out and share some creative verses as RasRyan & Ramu lace them with some reggae riffs. For further information, call 336.497.4701. Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts & The Friends of the Delta Arts Center invite you to ring in the New Year with music by the William Darity Group on Dec. 31 from 11p.m. to 2 a.m. at the arts center, located at 2611 New Walkertown Road in Winston-Salem. For further info, call 336.722.2625. On Jan. 2, join the Downtown Art District Association for First Friday Gallery Hop from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Downtown Arts District at 6th , Trade and Liberty streets in Winston-Salem. Streets will be closed and shops, studios and galleries are open with artwork, music and more in the downtown arts community. Gallery Hops are funded entirely by DADA — a non-profit organization of artist studios, residences and businesses that is dedicated to the promotion of arts and culture through education, entertainment, community interaction and trade. For further info, call 336.734.1864. On Jan. 6, the Center for Design Innovation, located at 301 N. Main St. in Winston-Salem, will host a lecture by Richard Emmet entitled “Music and technology: Spurring innovation by creating new relationships among composers, performers and participatory audiences.” For further info, call 336.727.4310. On Jan. 8, join Kharma of Three Graces Entertainment for introduction classes to tribal fusion belly dance. Included in class fee will be a warm up, break down of movements, drill exercises, a short combination and a cool down. Pre-registration is highly recommended; forms can be found at: Classes are on Thursdays from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. For further information, call Beverly at 336.682.6166 or email at SciWorks in Winston-Salem presents an African American Scientist/Inventors Exhibit beginning Jan. 17 in recognition the contributions of African- American scientists and inventors. Fountain pens, a reclining chair, the “Super Soaker” and many more contributions to everyday life are on display. For further info, call 336.767.6730. On Jan. 16, Associated Artists will host a program entitled, “Self Publishing: Creating a Book from Art.” Carl Galie, photographer and author of 175 Paces and Kevin Watson, of Press 53, will discuss creating a book from art self-publishing and the small press. Associated Artists is located at 301 W. 4th St. in Winston-Salem. For further info, call 336.722.0340.

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