Eight great things to do in the Triad: Jan. 4-6
1. On Jan. 4 in Greensboro, it is the First Friday of the month (and new year), and downtown Greensboro is celebrating with art exhibitions, live music, special events, and food! From 6 to 9 p.m., stop by Artistika Nightclub, GreenHill, Greensboro Children’s Museum, Spencer’s Vintage & Fine Consignment, and Sonder Mind and Body, and more for specials and First Friday-themed events. For more information about First Fridays in downtown Greensboro, visit the website.
2. On Jan. 4 in Greensboro, head to Print Works Bistro for its Pop-up Dance Club Party from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Pop-up Dance Club Party continues every First Friday of the month until Aug. 3. DJ Jessica Mashburn will be spinning tunes as part of the restaurant is transformed into a dance floor. There is no cover charge, and there is a weekend special of 10 percent off “our Best Rate at Proximity Hotel!”
3. On Jan. 4 in Winston-Salem, from 7 to 10 p.m., “Curl Up and Read” at the DADA First Friday Gallery Hop. According to the website, the streets will not be closed for this Gallery Hop. Stop by the DADA Office & Gallery at North Trade Street Arts Center (located at 604-A N. Trade St.) and view the “DADA Members Winter Selected Show.” The show features visual works that reflect this month’s theme of literature. DADA board members will show up in their PJs and be “ready to read from favorite literary selections in the big wing chair during the Hop.” Hot chocolate, tea, and cookies will be available for sale at DADA Headquarters and featured works “Milo Writes” by Milo Wright, “Winston-Salem’s Architectural Heritage” by Heather Fearnbach, and “My Wonderful World of Sculpture” by Earline Heath King. The DADA Literary Hub will be situated around Bright Leaf Books on Fifth Street “and our members Bookmarks, Poetry in Plain Sight and Winston-Salem Writers!” For more information, visit the website.
4. On Jan. 5 in Winston-Salem, take your child (recommended ages 0-3 years old) to the Peppercorn Theatre at the Kaleideum North 400 W. Hanes Mill Rd., for the play “Música, Música, Máximo Música,” showing at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. “Discover the rhythms of life and spread the sound with Máximo and his ukulele-strumming kitten, Mandito, in this interactive play written for babies, toddlers, and their caregivers. Music, dance, and Spanish language shape a creative, heartwarming tale. La música está en todas partes,” the Facebook event page states. The play is approximately 25 minutes, and tickets cost $7 for general admission or $5 for aKaleideum member ticket. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the website.
5. On Jan. 5 in Winston-Salem, catch Asheville-based Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters at Muddy Creek Music Hall, located at 5455 Bethania Rd. According to the Facebook event page, “Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters are on tour with their latest album, a self-titled disc released June 9, 2017, on Organic Records. Lyrically driven, the songs of Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters blend the band’s old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk. Amanda says of the album, ‘I think it’s just about life and all that that entails. Including but not limited to death, strangers, birthdays, money, leaving, arriving, seasons, corruption, and love.’” (To read more about Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, check out John Adamian’s story about them in this week’s YES! Weekly.) The show will be from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets start at $12 and can be purchased through the Facebook event page.
6. On Jan. 5 in Winston-Salem, shake your booty at the Salsa Social hosted by Salsa Triad at AFAS- Art For Art’s Sake (located at 630 N. Liberty St.) on the first and third Saturdays of each month. There are beginner, intermediate and advance-level classes from 7 to 8 p.m. and then from 8 to 11 p.m., the social will begin with the hottest Salsa, Bachata and Merengue music. Donations from $5 to $20 are appreciated, and water bottles will be for sale for $1. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
7. On Jan. 6 in Greensboro, join Geeksboro Battle Pub, located at 2618 Lawndale Dr., for their weekly Jazz Brunch. “Few things in this world go better together than Jazz and Brunch. That is why we are assembling a special rotating quartet to host a special Jazz Brunch, every Sunday morning at 11 a.m.,” the Facebook event page states. There will be vegan/vegetarian options as well as live jazz music by Andrew Sanchez and others. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
8. On Jan. 6 in Greensboro, get crafty at Reconsidered Goods (2805 Patterson St.) for its Make-It-Day! From noon to 5 p.m., drop by, BYOB and food for a day of unwinding and crafting. “We will be using books and magazines to make collage vision boards for 2019,” the Facebook event page states. “Drop in during our regular open hours on either day. Activities are kid and adult-friendly! We give you the supplies, directions and show you some examples to get your creative juices flowing.” The cost is $8 per person, and it is encouraged to give yourself one hour to complete the craft. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.