8 great things to do in the Triad: Feb. 7-9
1. On Feb. 7 in Greensboro, Triad Health Project will be hosting a Commemoration Service for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. According to the Facebook event page, from 2 to 4 p.m., “gather as clients, volunteers and supporters share stories, poems, thoughts and prayers honoring the work that has been done to de-stigmatize and educate our community about HIV. Join with us as we acknowledge the hills we have yet to climb until our community embraces all people and everyone has access to care, hope and love.” There will be dessert and coffee available after.
2. On Feb. 7 in Greensboro, check out the opening night art reception for “Living Aura” hosted by Revolution Mill Central Gallery, located at 1150 Revolution Mill Dr. The reception runs from 6 to 8 p.m. “I have come full circle in my life, career and returned to my passion for art and design,” according to artist Mona King on the Facebook event page. “We are biologically wired to find inspiration through our connection to the natural world. My realization is that the times that I feel less stress, comfort and at peace with the world and myself, I am surrounded by the elements of nature. My art brings life to the environment by design. With nature I am living my best life. “ To learn more about King and “Living Aura,” check out Terry Rader’s article in a previous issue of YES! Weekly.
3. On Feb. 7 in Greensboro, head to Twist Lounge, 435-M Dolley Madison Rd., for a night of #TwistedDrag! See performances by Velma Violet, T-Money, Brenda The Drag Queen and Que West-Carter! There is a $5 cover charge and the drag show starts at 11 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
4. On Feb. 7 in Greensboro, it’s First Friday with Trailer Park Orchestra‘s monthly showcase at Bessemer Billiards, located at 1207 Bessemer Ave. See Trailer Park Orchestra play live with Push The Attack and Midnite Massacre from 8:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. “In it’s 6th year now, First Friday at Bessemer Billiards is known as one of the Triad’s Best Live Local Music events and it often featured in YES! Weekly Best of Triad,” the Facebook event page states. There is no cover and there will be $5 pitchers plus other drink specials.
5. On Feb. 9 in Winston-Salem, don’t miss an opportunity to dress in your “Hollywood-best” for a/perture cinema’s annual Red Carpet Party, located at 311 W. 4th St.! Celebrate the biggest night in Hollywood and 10 years of Winston-Salem’s most beloved arthouse cinema by attending this nonprofit’s annual fundraising event and watching the award ceremony on all four screens at a/perture. “Enjoy a fun and festive evening that benefits a/perture cinema and celebrates the year in film,” the Facebook event page states. “The evening includes film-themed food, beer & wine, a silent auction, Dinner & A Movie raffle, games & surprises, and the opportunity to watch Hollywood’s biggest evening on the big screens.” To learn more about this event, visit the website or check out the recent YES! Weekly’s cover story.
6. On Feb. 9 in Winston-Salem, check out Colorful Sounds in Concert “Choquenza Duet” at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, located at 2250 Reynolda Rd. According to the Facebook event page, “Join us for the 7th installment of our Colorful Sounds in Concert series at Reynolda House Museum of American Art. This concert will highlight two Colombian musicians, Jose Luis Martínez and Alberto Puentes. They have traveled across Latin America and the United States delighting the audience with their wonderful skills playing the Colombian Tiple.” There will be a self-guided tour of the Reynolda House at 1:30 p.m., a reception at 2 p.m. and the concert starts at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online.
7. On Feb. 9 in Winston-Salem, head to Foothills Brewing (Tasting Room), located at 3800 Kimwell Dr., for the third annual Camel City Love Market.According to the Facebook event page, from noon to 5 p.m., “come with your friends or with your sweeties and shop some amazing handmade items for the perfect gift! We will also have food trucks and fun couple-themed activities such as a Valentine’s photo booth, fortune teller, and caricature artist. Plus food trucks and some sweet treats!”
8. On Feb. 9 in Greensboro, watch the 5000 Factory and Haus of Atrocities battle it out with a drag and fashion show at Boxcar Bar+ Arcade, located at 120 W. Lewis St. According to the Facebook event page, “The Haus of Atrocities has formally challenged The 5000 Factory to a traditional Haus Battle. There will be two categories that will determine the winners along with Haus numbers and individual performances. The bar will also have a specially-made Haus Drink that was crafted by each Haus; sales of each drink will be tallied as points for the Haus. Doors open at 8 p.m. and there in NO COVER all night!” There will be performances and runway looks by SophieBot 5000, Kitty Bubbles 5000, Tallulah Van Dank 5000, and Crystal Violet Van Dank 5000, as well as the challenging Haus of Atrocities members Betty J., Velma Violet, Andy Drodge, and yours truly, Roy Fahrenheit.