be there

by Jordan Owens

Fri., July 1

Paper Planes

Center for Visual Artists Gallery; 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro;

336.333.7485;; 6-9 p.m.; FREE

The Center for Visual Artists hosts an opening reception for its first ever “lock-in” exhibition. Ten artists were invited into the gallery to create a series of installations out of paper in only 24 hours. See the results of this intense collaborative experience in the CVA gallery this First Friday.

Wed., Jun 29


Festival Park; 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro; 336.333.7460;; 7:30 p.m.; FREE

Pack a picnic and settle on the park lawn for an evening of North Carolina independent music and movies. Dan Brawley, director of the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, will present a selection of film, video and animation shorts from the Cucalorus archives. Live music begins at 7:30 p.m. and Tar Heel Shorties gets rolling at 8:30 p.m.

Thu., Jun 30

Early Fourth Celebration

Downtown Farmer’s Market; 6th St. (between Trade St. and Cherry St.), Winston- Salem; 336.655.9785; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; FREE

The Downtown Farmer’s Market is celebrating the Fourth of July a little early with the season’s sweetest watermelons and a flag give-away for kids. Flags will be available for the first 50 children, beginning at 9 a.m. Stock up on fresh produce for the weekend cookouts and shop for flowers, herbs, crafts, baked goods and more at the weekly market.

Sat., Jul 2

Heavy Rebel Weekender

The Millennium Center; 101 W. 5 h Ave., Winston-Salem;; all day; $35 (one day pass)

The Heavy Rebel Weekender is an annual rockabilly mecca celebrating the spirit of everything rock and roll. Today is Day 2 in the three-day extravaganza featuring 90-plus musical acts, a variety of vendors, burlesque shows, contests and beer all under one roof. Drool over the custom cars and bikes in the Trade Street car show, or come inside for the rockin’ weekend-long party.

Sun., Jul 3


LJVM Coliseum Complex; 2825 University Parkway, Winston- Salem; 336.725.5635;; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; $6

The Central Carolina Cat Fanciers show brings hundreds of cats and cat lovers together for a weekend fit for feline fanatics. See kitties on display and in competition, including rare breeds you’ve only read about. Proceeds from the show help fund non-profit programs dedicated to the welfare of all feline friends, not just the purebreds.

Mon., Jul 4

Uncle Sam Jam

Oak Hollow Festival Park; 1841 Eastchester Drive, High Point; 336.883.3469; www.; 4:30 p.m.; $10 per car

High Point hosts its annual Fourth of July celebration with live music, food and drink vendors, kid’s games, and, of course, fireworks. The gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the festivities culminate with a fireworks display in the amphitheater-style bank. It’s an Independence Day spectacular not to be missed.

Tues., Jul 5

Traversing a Foreign Border Domestically

Weatherspoon Art Museum; 500 Tate St., Greensboro; 336.334.5770;; 4 p.m.; FREE

In May 2011 artist Joe Bigley began a long-term performance art project biking the length and shape of the border of Afghanistan. The journey began at Ground Zero in Manhattan, where Bigley will return after a 3,435.5 mile ride. When he passes through Greensboro this week, he’ll stop by the Weatherspoon auditorium for an artist talk and public dialogue.

Wed., Jul 6

Red, White or Blue

Associated Artists of Winston-Salem; 301 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem; 336.722.0340; 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; FREE

Wrap up your Independence Day celebrations with a visit to a fine art exhibition celebrating red white and blue hues. The members of Associated Artists have pulled a few season-appropriate colorthemed works together to remain on view through July 8.