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The Arts Top 10

September 1, 2013


Sept. 01--Summer is drawing to a close, but there's still plenty to do, including outdoor events, concerts, plays, and screenings that bring performances from as far away as Britain and Russia to a theater near you. Here are some of the best offerings for September and October:

Symphony for Superheroes

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Children's Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St.

Why go: The Piedmont Wind Symphony is joining forces with the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem for this musical salute to superheroes and action stars, with music from such films as "Superman," "Spider-Man," the "Star Wars" trilogy, "Pirates of the Caribbean" and the James Bond and Harry Potter film series, as well as TV shows including "Mission Impossible." You can bring your lawn chairs and a picnic or buy food from vendors. Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero and join in a "Heroes Parade." In case of rain, the performance will move to Brendle Recital Hall on the Wake Forest campus. The Children's Museum is offering admission from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday for only $3.

Information: Free admission. For more information, go to

Bookmarks Festival of Books

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Around the intersection of Sixth and Trade streets in the Downtown Arts District.

Why go: To see authors whose works you love or find authors whose works you may love. The day-long festival is a celebration of the written word, with plenty of authors on hand to read from their works, autograph copies of their books, hold panel discussions and meet with fans. Among the more than 45 writers on hand will be Debbie Macomber ("Rose Harbor in Bloom"), Jill McCorkle ("Life After Life"), Rachel Renee Russell (the "Dork Diaries" series), Bill Harley ("Lost and Found"), James McPherson ("Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era"), Elana Amsterdam ("Paleo Cooking") and many more.

Information: Free admission. More information on Bookmarks can be found in this Thursday's Relish or online at

The Carolina Chocolate Drops

When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12.

Where: Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University

Why go: The Grammy-winning string band from Durham brings its show to Wake Forest University's Secrest Artists Series. The New York Times described the Chocolate Drops' concerts as "an end-to-end display of excellence.... They dip into styles of southern black music from the 1920s and '30s -- string- band music, jug-band music, fife and drum, early jazz -- and beam their curiosity outward."

Information: Admission charged. See for more information.

SpectiCast Special Events

When: "Dancer's Dream," 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12; "Swan Lake," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3.

Where: Marketplace Cinemas, 2095 Peters Creek Parkway.

Why go: Marketplace Cinema is kicking into high gear with its new collaboration with SpectiCast, which brings digital-streaming video of arts performances to the movie theater screen for special, one-night events. The selection is diverse, and the schedule in the next two months includes "A Dancer's Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky," which was recorded in New York at the Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in June; and Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," which was performed by the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Information: Admission charged. See for ticket information and for more information on the performances.

'The Philadelphia Story'

When: Sept. 13-15 and 19-22; Shows are at 8 p.m. except 2 p.m. Sundays

Where: Twin City Stage

Why go: Twin City Stage puts on this adaptation of the Broadway hit, which was Katharine Hepburn's first commercial success on stage. It later became a popular 1940 film in which she co-starred with Cary Grant and James Stewart. The story is a romantic comedy about a socialite whose pending marriage is complicated by her first husband's unexpected return.

Information: Admission charged. Go to for more information.

Historic West End ARTSFest

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14.

Where: Grace Court, intersection of Glade and West Fourth streets.

Why go: Local artists will have their work -- including paintings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, glass, woodwork and more -- on display. There will also be music and performances from local talent including the Traid Scottish Fiddlers, the Theatre Alliance and Karon Click & The Hotlicks, food vendors, a children's art-activity area and door prizes donated by the artists and local businesses.

Information: Free admission. Go to for more information.

'Les Miserables'

When: Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 3-6; shows are at 8 p.m. except 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Where: SECCA, 750 Marguerite Drive.

Why go: The Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance's latest production is so big that they are moving to a different venue than their stage on Northwest Boulevard. They are taking the show to SECCA. They are tackling the pop opera that became a smash hit on the London and Broadway stages and spawned a recent theatrical adaptation.

Information: Admission charged. Information is available at

National Theatre Live Shakespeare Productions

When: "Othello," 2 p.m. Sept. 29; "Macbeth," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, 8 p.m. Nov. 8 and 2 p.m. Nov. 10.

Where: Milton Rhodes Arts Center, 251 N. Spruce St.

Why go: Two of William Shakespeare's most powerful plays are featured in productions from Britain's National Theatre streamed to theaters around the country.

" Othello" features Adrian Lester ("Hustle") in the lead role, with Rory Kinnear ("Skyfall") as the scheming Iago, who feeds Othello's jealous paranoia over his young bride. And "Macbeth" is a broadcast of the Manchester International Festival's production of The Scottish Play, with Kenneth Branagh as Macbeth and Alex Kingston as his diabolical wife.

Information: Admission charged. Go to for more information.

'Wagner and His World'

When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12.

Where: Stevens Center

Why go: This concert by the UNC School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra focuses on the works of Richard Wagner, timed to the bicentennial of his birth in 1813. Artists involved in the production include Dmitri Shteinberg, a faculty artist who has appeared around the world, and Carter Scott, a UNCSA alumna who performs as Isolde in the concert-closing "Prelude and Liebestod" from Wagner's opera "Tristan and Isolde."

Information: Admission charged. Go to for more information.

Graphic Design: Now in Production

When: Oct. 24 to Feb. 23

Where: SECCA, 750 Marguerite Drive

Why go: This art show will look at graphic design in the 21st century, exploring " the worlds of design-driven magazines, newspapers, books and posters; the expansion of branding programs for corporations, communities, and individuals; the entrepreneurial spirit of designer-produced goods; the renaissance in digital typeface design; the storytelling potential of film and television titling sequences; and the transformation of raw data into compelling information narratives."

Information: Free admission. Go to for more information.

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