Arts and Cultural Calendar February 7-13


Playing with Spirits: Pokémon and Shintoism

February 7, 2017 through March 4, 2017

Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University

The video game franchise Pokémon is one of the most popular cultural products to ever come out of Japan. Now more than 20 years old, it is still enjoyed by children and adults throughout the world. Much older is Shintoism, the Japanese religion that inspired Pokémon. This mini-exhibit features objects related to Shinto practices and the cultural underpinnings of Pokémon, including the miniature art of netsuke—the original “pocket monsters.”

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The Miracle Worker

February 3, 2017 through February 12, 2017

Arts Council Theatre

This inspiring and unforgettable play is based on the remarkable true story of Helen Keller and her dedicated teacher, Annie Sullivan.

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Professor Deacon’s Cultural Cabinet

February 7, 2017 through August 12, 2017

Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University

What does a culture look like? Are the ideals, behaviors, symbols, and celebrations that comprise a culture truly unique, or do they share things in common with other cultures? A professor posed these questions to a group of WFU students, who then sought out the answers right here on campus. Objects representing the “Wake Forest University Culture” are on display alongside ethnographic objects from the Museum’s collection, allowing visitors to see for themselves how cultural traits might be both unique to a certain community and common to societies the world over.

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Faces of the Community Fine Art Exhibition

February 9, 2017 through March 20, 2017

Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts

Faces of the Community is a socially dynamic and timely fine art exhibition focusing on cultural awareness and the wonderful diversity of our community through the medium of portraiture in all fine art mediums.This Exhibition will be held in the Womble Carlyle Gallery inside the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts.

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Piedmont Wind Symphony presents Cabaret Around the World

February 9, 2017

RJ Reynolds Auditorium

Imagine you walk into a dimly lit cabaret in the 1920’s in Berlin…now transport yourself to Paris, Chicago, New York, and more. What would be the same and what would be different? This concert will feature works by composers like Kurt Weill, Jacques Offenbach, Dmitri Shostakovich, and others that contributed to this colorful genre of music.

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Fill Your Heart with Art

February 10, 2017

Sawtooth School for Visual Art at The Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts

Sawtooth will kick-off Valentine’s weekend on February 10th with a selection of four different Taste of Art sessions designed specifically for couples. Choose from ceramics, silver rings, printmaking, or woodworking. Bring a bottle of wine or anything else to eat or drink as you and your sweetie make beautiful art together.

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Old Salem Summer Camp Open House

February 10, 2017

Single Brothers’ Workshop

Interested in learning more about Old Salem’s Summer Adventures camp opportunities for grades 1–12? Join us for a complimentary open house on Friday, February 10 in the Single Brothers’ Workshop. Meet our expert education staff, participate in a few of our hands-on crafts, view items made by previous camp students and get a feel for the wonderful opportunities awaiting this summer.

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Theatre Alliance presents ROCK OF AGES

February 10, 2017 through February 19, 2017

Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance

Drew, an aspiring rock star, meets Sherrie, a small-town girl, at The Bourbon Room, a bar in danger of being torn down. While attempting to pursue their dreams and afraid to admit the truth, the two fall apart before realizing that “the dreams you come with aren’t always the dreams you leave with, but they still rock.”

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Best of School of Filmmaking Winter Screening

February 10, 2017

Main Theatre

A 90-minute program featuring more of the best short films created in the School of Filmmaking during the 2015-16 school year.

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Collidescope 3.0: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America

February 10, 2017 through February 19, 2017

Wake Forest University-Theatre

The Wake Forest University Theatre will present the science fiction play Collidescope 3.0: Adventures in Pre- and Post- Racial America, which will be directed by Ping Chong, an internationally-acclaimed director whose work focuses on race relations in modern America. An equal society that pretends to be beyond bigotry, but still practices hatred, is not equal. Collidescope is a theatrical presentation created in response to the seemingly perpetual killings of young black men in America. From the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, exploring the pre-Revolutionary War era when freedmen and slaves were contemplating their rights in a soon-to-be independent nation, then back to present day, this “kaleidoscope” explores the often tragic history of black and white race relations in America through the eyes of alien lifeforms who have landed in the United States.

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Big Bands are For Lovers

February 11, 2017

Millennium Center

An evening of fine dining and dancing in a jazz supper club-style setting, with live music by the 17-piece Camel City Jazz Orchestra.

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Henry Pickford: Nietzsche on Overcoming Nihilism

February 13, 2017

Salem Academy & College

After tracing the history of nihilism through Kant and Schopenhauer, the late Nietzsche ultimately identified the “will to life” and “will to power” as natural instincts of all living organisms. These driving forces motivate us to thrive, discharge strength, master obstacles, and impose ourselves on the environment. Can’t we thus overcome anything, even nihilism itself? Henry Pickford, associate professor of Germanic languages and literature at Duke University, will speak.

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A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute: Florencia en el Amazonas (Florence in the Amazon)

February 3, 2017 through February 7, 2017

Stevens Center – UNC School of the Arts

Brought alive by Daniel Catan’s passionate Puccini-esque score, and inspired by the magical realism of Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Love in the Time of Cholera), Florencia en el Amazonas has become one of the most popular and frequently performed contemporary operas of our time.

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Behind The Scenes Tour: The Hidden Legacy of African American Craftsmen

February 3, 2017 through February 24, 2017

Frank L. Horton Center

Join Daniel Ackermann, MESDA’s Curator (on February 10 and 17) and Jane Sutton, MESDA’s Manager of Museum Interpretation (on February 3 and 24) for a close look at objects crafted by the hidden hands of free and enslaved African American craftsmen in the antebellum South.

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The Big Eat

January 24, 2017 through February 7, 2017

Downtown Winston-Salem

The Big Eat is an annual event held on Tuesday nights in January, February, and March during which participating restaurants offer signature dishes at up to 50% off. It is a great opportunity to try a new restaurant and mix up your usual dining experience.

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Beverly McIver: 12×12 Salon Series at SECCA

On Display through February 12, 2017

SECCA-Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art

“I am inspired by people who live their authentic lives. That’s something I aspire to do.”- Beverly McIver OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION and ARTIST’S TALK Tues, Jan. 17, 2017 6pm-8pm. Admission is free. In her recent body of figurative work, painter Beverly McIver uses her deft hand and rich palette to frankly and intimately portray the men in her life.

sawtooth-gallery-and-shopSawtooth Galleries & Shop

On display through June 2, 2017

Sawtooth School for Visual Art – in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts

As the Triad’s premiere community art school, Sawtooth School for Visual Art features a variety of exhibits and shows throughout the year in the Eleanor & Egbert Davis Gallery and the Corridor Gallery.

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imagine-wellnessImaging Wellness Exhibit at Sawtooth School

On display through October 14, 2017

Sawtooth School for Visual Art at The Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts

Sawtooth School for Visual Art presents Imaging Wellness, a multi-media exhibition in the School’s Davis Gallery. A collaboration on art and wellness, the show features work by seven female artists: Amy Jordan Kincaid, Jennifer McCormick, Aimee Mepham, Martina Moore, Terry Schupbach-Gordon, Amanda Sullivan, and Joyce Teta.

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Diggs Gallery: Do You See Me? Exhibition

On display through March 1, 2017

Diggs Gallery (WSSU)

Winston Salem State University’s Diggs Gallery exhibition, “Do You See Me?” is a clear, intentional meditation on ways to take control, re-inscribe, and resist dominant narratives of what it means to be SEEN.

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dispatchesSECCA’s Dispatches: Live News Through Art Exhibit

On display through February 19, 2017

SECCA-Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art

Imagine news stories told through art. Stories such as the 2016 Presidential election, the Black Lives Matter movement, or climate change. What would they say? That’s the idea behind Dispatches, a new, multi-platform exhibition from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) bringing together contemporary artists, Pulitzer-Prize winning photojournalists, and new media artists.

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moaIncredible Journeys: The Life Histories of Museum Objects

On display through March 25, 2017

Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University

Wake Forest first-year students in museum studies curated this exhibit exploring the “object biographies” of intriguing specimens in MOA’s collections. The exhibit traces objects from their original use through the missionaries, traders, soldiers, and doctors that acquired them, the connoisseurs that collected them, and finally how anthropologists (and the Museum) might use them.

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captureVisions of Home: A Celebration of Gullah Art & Culture

On display through April 22, 2017

Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University

Home has personal significance and meaning. Home may be a place, landscape, object, journey, or relationship. Through contemporary art and ethnographic artifacts, home is envisioned as a patchwork of places, histories, and identities by the Gullah people of the southeastern Atlantic coast.

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engineer-itEngineer It! Exhibit at SciWorks

On display through October 1, 2017


Participate in the Design-Build-Test cycle through hands-on discovery. Try out DaVinci’s interlocking bridge and the Exploration Table. Experiment with racetracks, paper airplanes and helicopters, gravity, and more! Included with museum admission.

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Twin City Stage Acting Classes

On display through June 1, 2017

Twin City Stage

explore the creative processes that prepare actors for the stage and beyond. All classes, regardless of age, foster personal growth, teamwork and creativity. Weekly lessons cultivate each student’s theatrical skill set – whether they are new to acting or seasoned performers – as the class has fun exploring the many elements of dramatic art.

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