Arts Briefs: Dog Days of Summer, Juneteenth, art exhibitions | Entertainment

June 19

The Forsyth County Government and the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Arts Council will host a June 19 celebration featuring gospel music by Jamera McQueen-Smith and Matelyn Alicia from 5-8 p.m. June 19 at Tanglewood Park, 4061 Clemmons Road, Clemmons.

McQueen-Smith is a Kernersville-based singer, songwriter and vocal coach. She has worked with musicians such as Christopher Brinson and The Gospel Music Ministries. Alicia has over 30 years of experience as an artist, life coach and leader. She completed a European Gospel Tour in 2018 and released her first musical project “God’s Butterfly LIVE!”

Artistic activities will be offered. Lakeside Drinks, Mike & Mike’s Italian Ices, Wutyasay and Sliders Street Food food trucks will be on hand.

Dog event

The Dog Days of Summer will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on June 25 at Bailey Park, 445 Patterson Ave, Winston-Salem.

All ages of people and dogs are invited to the event, which will include meetings with foster dogs for adoption, training tips and tricks, a cutest dog contest, kid-friendly activities and more .

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New exhibition

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) will host “Will Wilson: Connecting the Dots,” a mid-career retrospective of photographer Diné (Navajo) and community-engaged artist, through December 11 at the gallery main at 750 Marguerite Drive, Winston-Salem.

An opening reception with the artist will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on June 16. The reception is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10.

A prolific artist with a wide range of technical experience, Wilson exhibits an experimental artistic vision in technique and approach. His works use state-of-the-art technologies alongside historic photographic processes, including augmented reality, drone photography, and tintypes.

This exhibit features photographs and sculptures from three significant works created over the past two decades, addressing topics such as environmental justice, institutional racism, and Indigenous futurism.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. a.m. on Sunday.


The Little Theater in Winston-Salem will present “The Sound of Music” by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse as part of its 87th season.

The musical will take place at 209 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on June 22 and 25 and at 2 p.m. on June 25 and 26.

Tickets are $15 to $27 at 336-725-4001 or

Outdoor concerts

Outdoor summer concerts will continue with:

2:30 p.m. June 19: Juneteenth Gospel Superfest – Interfaith (gospel) celebration hosted by the Juneteenth GSO Fest with support from Creative Greensboro at MUSEP at Barber Park, 1500 Barber Park Drive. Free, donations accepted. Food trucks on site. Bring blankets, chairs, picnics.,

6:30 p.m. June 19: Carolina Soul Band (R&B, soul) at Arts Splash at Mendenhall Transportation Terminal, 220 E. Commerce Avenue, High Point. Free. Bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnics. No alcohol. 336-889-ARTS (2787),

6:30 p.m. June 24: Jessy J with Reggie Buie opening at Downtown Jazz Series at Corpening Plaza, 237 W. First St., Winston-Salem. Free. 336-354-1500,

7 p.m. on June 25: Gooseberry jam (roots, rock) at Saturday City Sunsets at LeBauer Park, 208 N. Davie St., Greensboro. Free. Bring blankets, chairs, picnics. Food trucks, brewery, craft vendors on site. 336-373-7533,

7 p.m. on June 25: The Bo Stevens (Country Back) at Summer on Liberty at the intersection of Sixth and Liberty Streets, Winston-Salem. Free. 336-354-1500,

6 p.m. on June 26: The Greensboro Concert Band (traditional/pop band) at MUSEP at LeBauer Park, 208 N. Davie St. Food trucks Sweet Cold Treats and Funnel Cakes and Off the Hook. Free, donations accepted. Food trucks on site. Bring blankets, chairs, picnics.,

pride march

Greensboro Pride will hold a Pride March to remember at 6 p.m. on June 28 from outside the International Civil Rights Center and Museum at 134 S. Elm St. in downtown Greensboro.

The event will commemorate the 53rd anniversary of the Stonewall Inn riots in New York, which were the catalyst for the modern gay rights movement.

Attendees can also participate in a silent march to Governmental Plaza, where the evening will begin with guest speakers and a candlelight vigil.

The Stonewall Riots were a series of protests by members of the gay community in response to a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The riots took place in the early hours of June 28, 1969.

Greensboro Pride will donate $1 for each participant to The Trevor Project, a non-profit organization focused on suicide prevention efforts for youth in the LGBTQIA2+ community.

Participants are encouraged to bring signs showing their support for the LGBTQIA2+ community.

Visit and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.


Kernersville Little Theater will present “Bright Star” with music, book and story by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell at the James Fitzpatrick Auditorium, 512 W. Mountain St. in Kernersville.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on June 24 and 25 and at 2 p.m. on June 19 and 26.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (60+) and $13 for students on


The Yadkin Arts Council will present “Let There Be Light!” – An exhibition of stained glass by Michael Isley until June 24 at the Welborn Gallery at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center at 226 E. Main St., Yadkinville.

Light is the catalyst that brings stained glass to life. Any stained glass window can be beautiful, but it takes on a different personality when light shines through its different colors, textures and shapes. Isley and her husband of 22 years live in Winston Salem with their three Maltese rescue dogs. Originally from the Greensboro area, Isley found his affinity for stained glass in the windows of local churches, as well as churches and cathedrals in Western Europe and Havana, Cuba.

He took classes at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem. He learned to draw patterns, choose colors and textures of glass, as well as cut, grind, solder and the other steps necessary to create stained glass.

Isley also plays piano and organ and has sung in several choirs over the years. Gardening is another hobby.

William E. Bennett