As the poet T. S. Eliot once said, “April is the coolest month.” Ok, I’m paraphrasing, but between National Poetry Month, NC Beer month, Record Store Day, and our own RiverRun International Film Festival, there are plenty of Winston-Salem events to ring in the springtime! Here’s what’s happening in Winston this month. 



RiverRun International Film Festival: April 4–14


Every year, the RiverRun International Film Festival curates an eclectic mix of documentaries, animated shorts, foreign films, panel discussions, and much more at Winston-Salem locations such as a/perture cinema, the Hanesbrands Theatre, and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA). Here are some of the highlights. 


Note: Check out the event page for each film to see other screenings!



This Is Love

04.05 | 8 pm


You may not know Rudy Love’s name, but you will almost certainly know his voice. Mick Fleetwood, Sinbad, and George Clinton unveil an unsung hero of soul in this investigation of a singer who turned down fame to make music with his family. Just when it seems all his music is lost, it shows up on the other side of the world. Made by NC director John Alexander, this is a wonderful portrait of an esteemed musician who has made a major impact on music history!

No Country for Old Men with an Original Live Score by 1970s Film Stock

04.06 | 7 pm

Hanesbrands Theatre


This critically-acclaimed philosophical drama by the Coen brothers gets a sonic makeover with local soundscape wizard 1970s Film Stock (Eddie Garcia), who will perform live alongside the screening of the film with an electric guitar and an array of effects pedals.


04.07 | 8 pm

Hanesbrands Theatre

In this poignant and carefully composed portrait of six guide dogs and their owners, Heddy Honigmann explores the close bond between animal and human. One of the owners is a now 86-year-old blind woman who reflects back upon all the dogs that have been at her side since she was 21. An autistic boy explains how his loyal friend Utah can tell when he’s upset. The wife of a war veteran suffering from PTSD explains that the guide dog Mister is probably the reason they’re still together. 

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

04.08 | 8 pm

Hanesbrands Theatre

Originally premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, this film is a testimony to one of the most under-recognized, yet important filmmakers.  Alice Guy-Blaché was active beginning in the late 19th century, and one of the first to make a narrative fiction film. From 1896 to 1906 she was probably the only female filmmaker in the world. She experimented with Gaumont’s Chronophone sound syncing system, color tinting, interracial casting, and special effects. Pamela B. Green’s energetic film about this pioneering female filmmaker is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation.

In Saturn’s Rings

04.13 | 1 pm

UNSCA main stage

In Saturn’s Rings is the first ever long form multiplane animation film in history. Made with over 7.5 million images from various explorations and narrated by LeVar Burton, the film takes you from the earliest images after the Big Bang to the final photographs Cassini took before plunging into Saturn’s clouds, moving audiences with amazing space images, some never before seen.

Well Groomed

04.13 | 7 pm

Hanesbrand Theatre

Competitive creative dog grooming is the most colorful competition in America and this film captures the hearts, minds and imaginations of the artists involved. Follow four champion groomers and their gorgeous, vibrant dogs through a year in the life on the technicolor competition circuit, playfully exploring their creative process. From South Carolina to California, New York to Arkansas, these women are revolutionizing the age old question—what is art? Director Rebecca Stern has captured an up-close and revealing look at pets, families, friendships and the glory of dog grooming through a bright spectrum of color.

This film is sponsored by our friends at Carolina Pet Place!

Miles Davis: Birth of Cool

04.13 | 8 pm


Miles Davis: Horn player, bandleader, innovator. Miles was a singular force of nature, the very embodiment of cool. The central theme of Miles Davis’ life, and of this film is Davis’ restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. This documentary feature explores archival photos and home movies shot by Miles and his colleagues, his manuscripts and Miles’ original paintings, to explore the man behind the music. Featuring interviews with some of the most well-known musicians on the planet, including Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Carlos Santana, The Roots, and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers; the film explores why Miles continues to be a relevant voice in today’s world. 


See the Full List of RiverRun Films


Record Store Day: April 13th, 2019!

Whether you’re a vinyl collector or you’re completely puzzled by vinyl’s continued popularity, Record Store Day is a great time to check out some of the latest releases & reissues by a wide range of artists. Started in 2008, Record Store Day encourages communities to support their local independent record stores.


In Winston-Salem, we’re lucky to have two friendly, knowledgeable record stores, so check them out and show some love—and support them year-round!


Underdog Records | Earshot Music


Here’s a small sample of what you can look forward to this year.


Julien Baker

Red Door / Conversation Piece

7” vinyl

Coming off her critically-acclaimed second album, Turn Off the Lights, and her EP collaboration with boygenius, Julien Baker is releasing two new songs (though she’s been playing them live).

Courtney Barnett

Everybody Here Hates You

12” single

Quirky, grungy, and catchy, Courtney Barnett’s distinct songwriting is always a delight. This year, she’s releasing a new single along with a b-side from last year’s record store day release.

Broken Social Scene

Let’s Try the After Vol. 1 & 2


This release is a generous offering compiling several songs following their previous record, Hug of Thunder (2017). 


Bill Evans

Evans in England

Double LP

In this previously undiscovered live recording, Bill Evans teams up with longtime bassist Eddie Gomez and drummer Marty Morell for a 1969 performance at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London. This double LP includes extensive liner notes complete with rare photos and interviews. 

Benjamin Gibbard

Me and Magdalena

7” vinyl

This unique release from the Death Cab for Cutie frontman is part of a series that aims to bring awareness to addiction. The A-side is the unreleased demo of “Me and Magdalena” which Gibbard wrote for The Monkees 2016 album Good Times! The B-side is an alternate unreleased version of Teenage Fanclub's “The Concept” from Gibbard’s cover of the band’s classic Bandwagonesque album, which he released in 2017.


I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions


Blending dancehall, reggae, and Afro-Caribbean pop, Santigold’s second mixtape gets a vinyl release!

Moses Sumney

Black in Deep Red, 2014

12" single

Featuring three songs inspired by his experience attending a protest in 2014, this release draws Sumney away from his characteristic ethereal beauty to capture the chaos of the current political climate.

Jeff Tweedy



This release compiles 10 unreleased tracks from the Wilco frontman’s recording sessions for Warm, his recent critically-acclaimed solo record. 

See All Record Store Day Releases

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry month! And while we always love featuring Winston-Salem’s regular literary events, we’re especially excited for what’s coming up this month, including poetry and fiction.


Ruth-Ellen Kocker & Raquel Salas-Rivera

04.25 | 7pm

Library Assembly Room, Gramley Library, Salem College

Hear two poets read at Salem College and learn more about their work!


Word of Mouth Teen Experience

04.27 | 7 pm

AFAS Center for the Arts, Unleashed Arts Center, 2nd Floor

LB the Poet and his Word of Mouth crew is building a thriving poetry community in Winston-Salem. This event will feature some of the up-and-coming local teen poets. Don’t miss out!

George Saunders

04.10 | 6:30 pm

Porter Byrum Welcome Center, Wake Forest University

One of the most celebrated writers of contemporary fiction is coming to Wake Forest for a FREE reading. Saunders latest novel, Lincoln in the Bardo (2017), followed several collections of beloved short stories and essays that originally appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Harper’s, and various Best of anthologies.

Book Launch with Joseph Mills

04.18 | 7 pm


North Carolina poet and author, Joseph Mills, will read from his latest work, Bleachers: Fifty-Four Linked Fictions

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