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by Jordan Owens

Fri., Aug 19

Earl Francis Lloyd book signing

Big Shotz Tavern; 109 S. Stratford Road, Winston-Salem; 336.727.4490;; 7:30 p.m.; FREE

On Oct. 31, 1950, Earl Francis Lloyd was the first African American ever to play in an NBA game. He’ll visit Winston-Salem for the first time this weekend for a meet and greet and silent auction. Enjoy free appetizers (while supplies last) and pick up a signed copy of Lloyd’s book, Moonfixer. Tonight’s event will be followed by a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the Coliseum on Saturday. Visit to learn more.

Wed., Aug 17

Metaphorically speaking

Enrichment Center Gateway Gallery; 1006 S. Marshall St., Winston-Salem; 336.777.0076;; 11 a.m-5 p.m.; FREE

New on view in the Gateway Room is an exhibition of mixed media work by Dempsy Calhoun and Jan Detter. Dempsy is showing his ink and color pencil drawings along with his Thriver Survivor series made from wind tower blades. Detter displays a series of mannequinsized figures crafted from found materials including vintage buttons, ceramic shards and marbles. The show runs through Sept. 16.

Thu., Aug 18

Film @ SECCA

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art; 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston- Salem; 336.725.1904;; 7 p.m.; FREE

SECCA hosts a special screening of Automorphosis, a documentary about cars morphed into mobile works of art. Director Harrod Blank will introduce you to a delightful collection of eccentrics and visionaries and their art cars. By the end of the film, you’ll discover the the art car’s ability to alter our view in an increasingly homogeneous world.

Sat., Aug 20

Yalik’s Modern Art Grand Re-Opening

Yalik’s Modern Art; 710 E. Washington St., High Point; 336.989.0047;; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; FREE

This contemporary art space is re-opening in its new High Point location, and you’re invited to help them celebrate. See work by featured artist Scott “Rupe” Dalton of Virginia and enjoy music from the R&B/ jazz group the House Band. There will even be a giveaway featuring artwork by local artists.

Sun., Aug 21

Blind Boy Blues

Open Space Café Theatre; 4609 W. Market St., Greensboro; 336.292.2285;; 3 p.m.; $10-$20

This blues-infused musical is about the life and music of North Carolina’s own Blind Boy Fuller. Fuller, the father of Piedmont Blues, lived in Winston- Salem, Greensboro and Durham in the 1920s and ’30s. He recorded for Decca Records and put our state on the map with songs like “Get Your Ya Yas Out” and “Step It Up and Go.” Performances continue through Aug. 28.

Mon., Aug 22

Meditation with Swami

Yoga Gallery; 633 N. Trade St., Winston- Salem; 336.725.4119;; 7:30 p.m.; FREE

Swami Shivabalananda comes to Winston-Salem from Bangalore, India on a mission to spread the blessings of his guru. Spend 45 minutes in silent mediation with this master, then ask him your questions in the discussion period to follow. The evening will end with parsed, a food offering in which the food is blessed and shared. Participation is free but donations will be accepted.

Tues., Aug 23

Charity Night

Foothills Brewing; 638 W. 4th St., Winston Salem; 336.577.5972;; 6-11 p.m.

Enjoy food, beer and fun at Foothills to support Inheritance of Hope, a nonprofit organization that serves children who have a parent with a lifethreatening illness. Foothills has graciously offered to donate 10 percent of its profits from tonight.

Wed., Aug 24

Tigers’ Birthday Bash

The Natural Science Center; 4301 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro;; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; $7-$8

Axl and Kisa, the twin tigers at the Natural Science Center, are turning seven! Help celebrate their birthday by watching them tear into meat-filled gifts, signing their giant birthday cards, making tiger crafts, and listening to special tiger Keeper Talks. The birthday bash activities are included in the price of general admission.