1. From Jan. 17-19 in Winston-Salem, catch a showing of “Disaster! The Musical” at the Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance, located at 1047 Northwest Blvd. From 8-10:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday) and 2-4:30 p.m., “Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and the unforgettable songs of the ’70s take center stage in Broadway’s side-splitting homage to classic disaster films,” the Facebook event page states. “It’s 1979, and New York’s hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. Also attending is a faded disco star, a sexy nightclub singer with her 11-year-old twins, a disaster expert, a feminist reporter, an older couple with a secret, a pair of young guys who are looking for ladies, an untrustworthy businessman and a nun with a gambling addiction. What begins as a night of boogie fever quickly changes to panic as the ship succumbs to multiple disasters, such as earthquakes, tidal waves and infernos. As the night turns into day, everyone struggles to survive and, quite possibly, repair the love that they’ve lost… or at least escape the killer rats.” For more information and for tickets, visit the website.
2. From Jan. 17-19 in High Point, head to Gallery on Main, located at 100 S. Main St., for EliQQn II- Portraits of Gavin Glass (Extended Version). According to the Facebook event page, this exhibition is composed of ”a series of 40 dark and shadowy black and white photos. The opening was at the 512 Collective on September 17, 2017. eliQQn II – Portraits of Gavin Glass (Extended Version) is 10 additional photos added to the series. These 10 photos will be unveiled in the VIP Experience area on Day 2,” the event page states. The VIP experience tickets are $30 each, and this experience takes place in a secret location. “Go to Gallery on Main, and you will be directed to the VIP location. Due to fire code, there will only be 50 tickets available for the VIP Experience. VIP Tickets include two complimentary beverage tickets. Music by Greg Stentz and Ruth Prescott.” For the full schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit the Facebook event page. The show is dedicated to the memory of Bill Hill, “a close friend that passed away” recently and is sponsored by the 512 Collective, C. Perry Studios and Gallery on Main.
3. On Jan. 17 in Winston-Salem, check out the Silent Disco with DJ Bruno D, Fame the DJ, and DJ Poochie LaFever from 8 to 11 p.m. at The Ramkat, located at 170 W. 9th St. Come together and dance to music from portable headphones from these DJs! According to the Facebook event page, the doors open at 8 p.m., and the silent disco starts at 9 p.m. Advance tickets are available now on the Ramkat website, and tickets are $10 (taxes and fees included). For more information and to buy tickets, visit The Ramkat ticket website.
4. On Jan. 18 in Greensboro, it’s the monthly Stonewall Sports installment of The Queen’s Storytime at Scuppernong Books, located at 304 S. Elm St. Local drag queen Saniya Chanel Iman will be reading “The Grouchy Mom” and “The Wonky Donkey” to children of all ages and after, there will be a free make-and-take craft. According to the Facebook event page, “This event is meant to promote love and acceptance, celebrating one’s differences. To children, Drag Queens & Kings appear like something out of fairy tales. Both children and drag queens enjoy a shared interest in dressing up, wrapping themselves in all things shiny and glittery, and using their imagination.”
5. On Jan. 18 in Greensboro, celebrate the life of Witneigh Dylan at Chemistry Nightclub, located at 2901 Spring Garden St. From 8 p.m. until 2 a.m., “All cover, tips (bartender & queens), show budget and DJ pay will be donated to the family,” the Facebook event page states. The benefit drag shows are at 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.
6. On Jan. 18 in Greensboro, join the Greensboro History Museum, located at 130 Summit Ave., for a Lunar New Year Celebration. From 1 to 4 p.m., ring in the Year of the Rat with crafts, family-fun activities, performances, and demonstrations with participating organizations such as Cambodian Cultural Center of North Carolina, NC Asian Americans Together, the Greensboro Children’s Museum, and UNCG’s Chinese Students & Scholars Association. According to the Facebook event page, “Visitors can also learn about citizenship and changing notions of American identity in the Smithsonian traveling exhibition American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith, on view at the museum now through March 29, 2020. The exhibition is the centerpiece of Greensboro History Museum’s Project Democracy 20/20 initiative exploring American democracy and voting with exhibits, programs, and community collaborations across 2020 and beyond.”
7. On Jan. 18 in Greensboro, join the Greensboro Arm Wrestling League for a boot camp at College Park Baptist Church, located at 1601 Walker Ave. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., “The Greensboro Arm Wrestling League is welcoming new wrestlers at our 2020 boot camp, where you will learn from fellow wrestlers and experts what it takes to develop a character, perform for a crowd and fundraise in support of amazing nonprofits,” the Facebook event page states. Participation in boot camp is mandatory for new 2020 wrestlers. It is encouraged to wear comfy clothes, and lunch will be provided. Space is limited; sign up here to be a 2020 League Member. “GRAWL invites women of all physical abilities, transgender women, and nonbinary people to wrestle.”
8. On Jan. 18 in Winston-Salem, after seeing the Friday night screening of Cunningham at a/perture cinema join Helen Simoneau Danse for a dance class led by Brenda Daniels at Wildlight Wellness Collective, located at 612 N. Trade St. According to the Facebook event page, “Brenda Daniels has been a Faculty member at the Merce Cunningham Studio for 15 years, teaching classes for the company and all levels of technique. She taught Cunningham technique to students from all over the world at the American Dance Festival during the summers from 2001-2014. She is Associate Dean at UNCSA School of Dance.” The class is from 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Space is limited, secure a spot by emailing email@example.com. To buy tickets to the movie screening, visit a/perture’s website.