8 great things to do in the Triad: June 14-16
1. From June 14-15 in Winston-Salem, the Downtown Music Series starts up this year with Downtown Jazz on Fridays, 6:30- 9:30 p.m. at Corpening Plaza, 231 W. 1st St., and Summer On Liberty on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. at the corner of 6th and Liberty Streets. The Downtown Music Series is produced by Downtown Winston-Salem Partnerships. On Friday, Joe Robinson will open for Jackiem Joyner. On Saturday, funk/Motown group, Phase Band, will perform. For more information about Downtown Jazz Fridays and Summer On Liberty, visit the website.
2. On June 14 in Winston-Salem, from 7:30-11 p.m., grab a date or your best friends and head to Bailey Park, 445 N. Patterson Ave., for Innovation & Cinema: (500) Days of Summer. “A twist on the traditional rom-com, this 2009 film tells the story of what happens when a hapless romantic (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) falls in love, but his girlfriend (Zooey Deschanel) doesn’t,” the Facebook event page states. “Blindsided by their breakup, Tom seeks to solve where his 500-day romance went wrong.” The “doors” will open at 7:30 p.m. (but the movie premiers one hour later), and the night will begin with some pre-show film trivia and popcorn or other food choices from Gunny Smitty’s Hot Dogs, Wutyasay -Food Truck and Wolfies Gourmet Frozen Custard (Winston-Salem). Beer and wine will be available for purchase from Incendiary Brewing Company, no outside alcohol is allowed. Dogs are allowed but must remain leashed and parking is available at the Link Apartments Parking Deck, located at 530 N. Patterson Ave. Innovation & Cinema is presented in partnership with a/perture cinema and sponsored by Link Apartments Innovation Quarter.
3. On June 14 in Winston-Salem, The Hall Sisters with Anna Grace Beatty will perform at Muddy Creek Cafe & Music Hall, 5455 Bethania Rd., from 8-10:30 p.m. According to the Facebook event page, “There is no purer sound than the perfect harmony of siblings, the blend of not just one style of music, but an array of genres with the sparkle of youthful vitality.” The sisters’ music “stretches from rich hymns and hearty gospel to fast-paced oldies and swinging retro,” and Anna Grace Beatty is a Southern pop-rock, singer-songwriter from Birmingham, Alabama, whose debut EP, Burns You Up, is now available through all digital retailers. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
4. On June 14 in Greensboro, enjoy a Spartan Cinema sensory-friendly screening of Ferdinand at dusk (approximately 8:37 p.m.), brought to LeBauer Park, 200 N. Davie St., by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Greensboro Downtown Parks, Inc. This free movie series happens every Friday and is open to the public. The great lawn opens at 5 p.m. so folks can grab a seat early. According to the Facebook event page, “Ferdinand is a young bull who escapes from a training camp in rural Spain after his father never returns from a showdown with a matador. Adopted by a girl who lives on a farm, Ferdinand’s peaceful existence comes crashing down when the authorities return him to his former captors. With help from a wisecracking goat and three hedgehogs, the giant but gentle bovine must find a way to break free before he squares off against El Primero, the famous bullfighter who never loses.” New this year, all films will be screened with closed captions, and this film is piloting Greensboro Downtown Parks, Inc.’s sensory-friendly movie program in an effort “to make our programs and events more inclusive. Many thanks to InFocus for collaborating with and training our team on improving the park experience for everyone! Click the link for more information on what to expect at this movie night.”
5. On June 15 in Greensboro, the Indian Association of the Triad and Greensboro Downtown Parks, Inc. presents IndiaFest 2019! From noon-5 p.m. in Center City Park, 200 N. Elm St., enjoy fun in the Indian sun with authentic Indian food, beverages, games, performances, henna, and costumes. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
6. On June 15 in Greensboro, from 2 to 4 p.m., head to Boxcar Bar + Arcade, 120 W. Lewis St., for a Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt! Registration begins at the bar from 1-2 p.m., and each team can have a max of four participants (who must be 21 and up). According to the Facebook event page, teams will leave from Boxcar at 2 p.m. and arrive back by 4 p.m. There will be prizes awarded to the teams that get the most points, and winners will be announced between 4 and 5 p.m. This event is sponsored by Crown Royal and Pabst Blue Ribbon.
7. On June 15 in High Point, from 1 to 8 p.m., celebrate freedom, strength, triumph and perseverance at the Juneteenth SOULebration at the Hartley Drive Family YMCA, 150 W. Hartley Dr. According to the Facebook event page, “Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout America and Native American territories.” (Read more about Juneteenth in Ian McDowell‘s article.) There will be performances, history, local vendors, games, bounce houses, food trucks, raffles, JAP CUTZ Basketball Tournament, and a photo booth. This event is free and family-friendly, “So please share with friends and family, invite someone who looks different than you, and join us in the celebration of the Pan African past, present, and glowing future. It’s not just a celebration, it’s a SOULebration!!!”
8. On June 16 in High Point, the High Point Arts Council kicks off its 2019 Arts Splash Concert Series with the soul and funk group Hustle Souls at the Mendenhall Transportation Terminal, 220 E. Commerce Ave., from 6:30-8 p.m. This season’s concert series will present eight free concerts of varying genres “splashed” around the city. This, according to the Facebook event page is, “to better ensure a greater representation of the arts and to make the arts easily accessible to everyone in our community.” Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic dinners. No alcohol is permitted, and in case of rain, call (336) 889-ARTS after 4 p.m. on Sunday to get the latest updates.