February offers a variety of interesting, exciting and one-of-a-kind events for families to experience in and around the Triad. Here are some of the top offerings to consider:
Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group
Schaefer Center at Appalachian State University
Feb. 1, 7 p.m.
Lyle Lovett, a singer, composer and actor, has expanded his definition of American music. A gifted storyteller, Lovett incorporates elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in his performances. Lovett has won four Grammy Awards.
Reynolda Quartet: Intimate Letters
Reynolda House in Winston-Salem
UNC School of the Arts and Reynolda House Museum of American Art have formed the Reynolda Quartet. Led by Ida Bieler, an internationally renowned violinist, the inaugural concert will include the premiere of Lawrence Dillon’s “Last Spring.”
2 Wolves and a Lamb
Triad Stage: Pyrle Theater, Greensboro
The local elections in Hawboro, N.C., pit old friends against each other – and special interests dominate the process. No one is a bystander in this election. Audience members will be able to immerse themselves in the rush of the campaign and become participants as they vote in the election and decide the end of the story.
Student Film Screening
UNC School of the Arts, ACE Main Theatre
Feb. 7, 7-9 p.m.
UNCSA School of Filmmaking presents student films from the 2018-19 school year. The 90-minute screening offers a sampling of high-caliber films produced by UNCSA student filmmakers.
The Paul Simon Songbook and the Greensboro Symphony
Feb. 14, 8-10 p.m.
This is an opportunity to hear the unique artistry and music of Paul Simon – on Valentine’s Day. Vocalist Paul Loren, his band and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra will perform a number of songs, including: “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “The Sound of Silence” and “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.”
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance
“The Buddy Holly Story” details Buddy’s meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when “That’ll be the Day” hit the radio airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later. The play features over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits.
UNC-G College of Visual and Performing Arts, Taylor Theatre
On a distant island a man waits in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Robbed of his job, power and wealth, his enemies have left him on an island. But this is no ordinary man or island. Prospero is a magician, able to control elements and bend nature to his will. His enemies will surely suffer.
Winston-Salem Symphony – John Williams: Star Wars & Beyond
R.J. Reynolds Memorial Auditorium
Tickets start at $24
John Williams – “Harry Potter,” “Indiana Jones” and “Star Wars” – is the king of Hollywood cinema soundtracks. The symphony celebrates this living legend with a concert of his best-loved music, drawn from 50 years of unforgettable scores.
Fabulously Funny Comedy Festival
Feb. 16, 8 p.m.
Mike Epps, a comedy heavyweight, brings an all-star group that includes Gary Owen, DC Young Fly, Kountry Wayne and Tommy Davidson. Epps recently starred in “Dolemite Is My Name,” a Netflix comedy.
UNC School of the Arts, Stevens Center
Feb. 27-March 1
This year’s Winter Dance has an abundance of riches. There will be the elegance of “The Sleeping Beauty, Act III,” a new contemporary ballet by Stephanie Martinez and a new work stage by Anouk Van Dijk, a Dutch choreographer.
Yadkin Arts Council, Willingham Theater
Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m.
A musical play starring Jason McKinney, a renowned baritone/bass, honors two literary and historical giants of the 19th century. Fredrick Douglass was a statesman and politician; Paul Laurence Dunbar was a poet; both were icons of the black community.