Ten things to do for free in the Triad, Feb. 11-17

by Dani Vanderboegh

Zones of Contention: After the Green Line

This weekyou have the added joy (or frustration) and expense of Valentine’s Day.Although they say all you need is love, your whole week probably won’t be aboutit, so here are some fun and free things to do this week plus a couple freeV-Day activities, too. If you hit up any of these events with or without yoursweetie, take some pics, and when you post them on social media, tag YES! Weekly; you might win a prize.

The Abolitionists

WednesdayFeb. 11, 2015

1. Zones of Contention: After the Green Line

When: All day

Where: Weatherspoon Art Museum,500 Tate St., Greensboro, N.C. 26170

More: After the Green Line presents sevencontemporary artists who address the history and consequences of the ongoingdisputes in this highly volatile region of the world. In areas of conflict,personal and cultural differences defined by geography, economics, language,race, religion, politics, and sexuality are magnified. The distinction betweenthe self and the other becomes a lens through which daily life is understood.Through contemporary photography, video, and sculpture, the exhibition examinesthe complex social issues and erosion of personal and cultural histories thathave been taking place in Israel and Palestine for more than six decades.

2. Human Relations Promoting Film Series

When: 2 p.m.

Where: James A. Gray, Jr. Auditorium of theOld Salem Visitors Center,900 Old Salem Road, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101

More: The film this weekwill be The Abolitionists.

Jacqueline Osherow

ThursdayFeb. 12, 2015

3.Jacqueline OsherowPoetry Reading

When: 7 p.m.

Where: High Point University,833 Montlieu Ave., High Point, N.C. 27262

More: Author Jacqueline Osherow will share her poetry as part ofthe HPU Phoenix Reading Series & Festival; it is free and open to the public,and tickets are not required. Osherow will read from her newest book of poems, Ultimatum from Paradise: Poems,juxtaposed by slides of Italian architecture. Her reading will be followed by abrief q-and-a session, a book signing and light reception.

Doug Orr

Friday Feb. 13, 2015

4.Wayfaring Strangers Co-Author to Speak

When: 3 p.m.

Where: Greensboro College,815 W. Market St., Greensboro, N.C. 27401

More: Doug Orr, co-author (with Fiona Ritchie) of the New York Times best-seller Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage fromScotland and Ulster to Appalachia will speak about his book as well as signbooks afterward. Wayfaring Strangers,which Orr co-wrote with Ritchie the host of National Public Radio’s “TheThistle and Shamrock” show about music with Celtic roots, traces how the musicand the people migrated in the 18th and 19th centuries from Scotland to Ulsterand then to North America. Many of those musicians settled in the southernAppalachians. That music merged with English, German, Welch, African American,French and Cherokee music before reverberating back out and around the globe.The book, which will be on sale after the talk comes with a 20-song CD,includes interviews with current songwriters whose own family histories havehelped shape the music.

Valentine’s Dance and OPUS Concert

Saturday Feb. 14, 2015

5.Stenciling in theHistorical Park

When: 10 a.m.

Where: High Point Museum,1859 E. Lexington Ave., High Point, N.C. 27262

More: Stenciling has long been a popular method of decorativepainting. Drop in, and try your hand painting a keepsake item with stencils.All ages welcome and the cost is $1 per item. Free for members.

6.2nd Saturday

When: 10 a.m.

Where: SECCA,750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27106

More: Bring your families to Saturday mornings at SECCA where theauditorium will come alive with laughter as you watch classic cartoons and makeart together. Help make a large-scale geodesic dome out of spaghetti andgumdrops, and make a small one to take home. This activity ties into thegeodesic dome that is being built and is on display in our Collective Actionsexhibit.

7. “Sweet Sounds” Valentine’sDance and OPUS Concert

When: All day; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday

Where: Bur-Mil Park Clubhouse,5834 Bur-Mil Club Road, Greensboro, N.C. 27410

More: The OPUS Concert Series continues as the Greensboro Big Band,under the direction of Mike Day, presents its annual “Sweet Sounds” Valentine’sDay Dance and Concert from 6-8 p.m. at the Bur-Mil Park Clubhouse; the bar willbe open to purchase drinks. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.For more information, contact City of Greensboro’s Music Center at 336-373-2549or visit

8. The Vagina Monologues

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Elliott University Center atUNC-Greensboro,Greensboro, N.C. 27402

More: UNCG will produce the award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, for two showsonly, Feb. 13 and 14. UNCG students will perform the official 2014-2015 versionof the play. The production is open to the general public. A $5 donation issuggested, and T-shirts, V-Day themed food and buttons will be available forpurchase, and all proceeds go to Clara House and V-Day Campaign.

Ed Kilbourne

SundayFeb. 15, 2015

9.Ed Kilbourne

When: 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m.

Where: Centenary United Methodist Church, 2300 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, N.C. 27401

More: Well-known folk-theologian, Ed Kilbourne will be presentinga collection of music, quirky humor and insightful monologues.

10.Classical RevolutionGSO: Love Songs

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Gibbs Hundred Brewery,17 W. Lewis St., Greensboro, N.C. 27401

More: Instrumental music and arias about love for a Valentine’sweekend treat with Stephanie Foley Davis, mezzo soprano; Caroline Oliveira,soprano; Naiara Sanchez, violin; Lauren Eastman, violin; Simon Ertz, viola;Brian Carter, cello; and Cody Rex, double bass.