Entertainment calendar (Dec. 19-25, 2013)
“GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER” will be performed by Moscow Ballet at 4 and 8 p.m. Friday in War Memorial Auditorium at the Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Lee St. The award-winning Moscow Ballet is composed of 40 dancers who will perform the tale of Clara and her magical nutcracker to the music of Tchaikovsky. The production includes 200 new and hand-embellished costumes designed by Shakespearean expert Arthur Oliver and created in St. Petersburg’s best theatrical costume shop. $27.50-$78.70, Ticketmaster
“THE BEST CHRISTMAS Pageant Ever” will be performed by Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem at the Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Santa will visit during the Saturday and Sunday matinees, and children may have their photos taken with him. Non-perishable items will be accepted for Children’s Home. $10 for adults, $5 for age 2-12, 748-0857, ext. 203
KORNER’S FOLLY, 413 S. Main St., Kernersville, is decorated in the style of a Victorian Christmas and will be open for tours through Jan. 4. Tour hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Visitors must arrive by 4 p.m. each day to purchase tickets. $10 for adults, $6 for children 6-18, free for children younger than 6, 996-7922
“Christmas by Candlelight,” self-guided tours, are available 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Reservations are not necessary. $10 for adults, $6 for age 6-18
“THE NUTCRACKER” ballet will be performed through Sunday at The Stevens Center, 405 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem. The production is by UNC School of the Arts. This year’s featured artists are Gillian Murphy, American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, and Gonzalo Garcia, New York City Ballet principal dancer, who will perform the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier Prince at 7:30 tonight. A full performance schedule and ticket prices are online at www.uncsa.edu/nutcracker.
COUNTRY CHRISTMAS Train runs on selected dates through Dec. 26 at Denton FarmPark, 1072 Cranford Road, Denton. A decorated diesel train runs on a 1.5 mile track through woods, also decorated with lights. Along the way, a short Christmas movie is shown. At the on-site church, visitors may sing Christmas hymns or hear the story of “The Three Trees.” $10 for adults, $5 for age 5-11, free for age 4 and younger, $5 each for wagon rides, pony rides and photos with Santa, www.countrychristmastrain.com
“SATURDAYS with St. Nicholas” will be held Saturday at Frank L. Horton Museum Center, 924 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. The event includes photos with St. Nicholas, performances of “Herr Kater’s Christmas” by Heirloom Puppet Theater (10 a.m.-2:45 p.m.), readings of “The Night Before Christmas” every half hour, refreshments. $7, free for children younger than 2, 721-7300, firstname.lastname@example.org
BLANDWOOD MANSION, the family home in the 1840s of Gov. John Motley Morehead at 447 W. Washington St., Greensboro, will be decorated for Christmas and open for tours through Dec. 29. It will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Tour hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. $8, $7 for seniors, $5 for age 12 and younger, www.preservationgreensboro.org, 272-5003
WINTERFEST continues through Feb. 1 outdoors adjacent to the Greensboro Cultural Center, 200 N. Davie St. Features include an ice skating rink open 4-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 4-10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and noon-7 p.m. Sundays. During school holidays the rink will be open 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Other features include an ice roller coaster, an ice gazebo, a light carousel. Admission to the rink, including skates and an ice saucer, is $10 per person for 2 hours of skating and ice sliding. The $10 price includes unlimited trips down the ice roller coaster during the two-hour time frame. Groups of 15 or more can skate for $8 per person. Special mid-week $8 discount nights are available. Private rink rental times are also available for parties and corporate events before or after public skating hours. The full schedule and additional programming details are online at www.piedmontwinterfest.com.
“SNOW QUEEN” continues through Sunday at Triad Stage, 232 S. Elm St., Greensboro. Performances are the world premiere of an Appalachian adventure story by Preston Lane, with original music by Laurelyn Dossett. In it, a young boy disappears on a winter day in the heart of Appalachia, and his best friend sets out to bring him home. $10-$48, 272-0160, www.triadstage.org
THE GARAGE, 110 W. 7th St., Winston-Salem, features the following, all at 9 p.m.:
• Billsfault, The Wizard Dilemma, Morgan McPherson — 8 p.m. Friday, $7;
• Wolvesx4, Burrowed Arts, Fury & The Sound, Stop Motion — 9 p.m. Saturday; $7.
“OLD WAYS in Mind: Historical American Pottery and Contemporary N.C. Potters” continues through March 10 at N.C. Pottery Center, 233 East Ave., Seagrove. The exhibit features works by N.C. potters influenced by historic American pottery. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. 873-8430, www.ncpotterycenter.org
“WINTER SHOW” continues through Jan. 12 at Greenhill Center for North Carolina Art, 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro. It features more than 500 works in a variety of media by 130 artists from throughout the state. www.greenhillnc.org
THEATRE ART Galleries, 220 E. Commerce Ave., sponsors exhibits through Jan. 3:
• “Facescapes: Paintings by Dan Smith” — Main Gallery. Smith creates face portraits, and more than two dozen will be on display. He has taught college-level painting, drawing, design and photography, and he currently teaches at Appalachian State University.
• “Adele Wayman: Paintings and Altars. A Painter’s Journey - Conversations with Nature.” — Gallery B. Wayman uses oil sticks and oil paint on cotton or linen canvas and wood to create patterns of nature that often are symbolic. Some are used as altars for personal or group rituals.
• “Ignite High Point: Vision in Action” — Hallway Gallery. The exhibit is designed to serve as a six-month progress report on new projects to create a more vibrant city center.
• “Annual Elementary school Exhibition” -— Kaleidoscope Gallery. Participating schools are: Montlieu, Parkview, Shadybrook, Southwest, Union Hill elementary schools, Wesleyan Christian Academy, Westchester Country Day School.
Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays. 887-2137, www.tagart.org
NORTHWESTERN RANDOLPH County Arts Council sponsors exhibits through Dec. 31 by Joyce Royal at Ed Price and Associates, 118 Trindale Road, and by Mary Pegram at Sechrest Funeral Service, 120 Trindale Road, both in Archdale.
“EDUCATION is Freedom - Improve the Outlook of Learning” is on exhibit through Dec. 31 at Jamestown Public Library, 200 W. Main St. Organized by Dan Lambeth of Archdale, the exhibit is designed to show the history of education in the United States 1610-2010. The exhibit changes to include different schools each month.
“QUILTS and Crafts of the Lakota” continues through Jan. 26 at Delta Arts Center, 2611 New Walkertown Road, Winston-Salem. It is in conjunction with the Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University. The exhibit is composed of two related exhibits: “Quilts of the Lakota” organized by The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, and “Contemporary Creations: Arts and Crafts by Lakota Artists” by C-H Jacobson Produktion AB of Stockholm, Sweden. www.deltaartscenter.org
“THE WAR AT HOME: Exploring Winston and Salem During the Civil War” continues through June at New Winston Museum, 713 Marshall St. South, Winston-Salem. Designed to present the war from the perspective of the communities of Winston and Salem, the exhibit has three components: “A Divided Community,” “The War Effort” and “Life and Legacies.” Museum hours are noon-5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Free, www.newwinston.org, 724-2842
“PARTISANS: Social Realism in American Art” continues through March 16 at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem. It is designed to explore art as a form of protest against social injustice. It is a Reynolda rotating exhibit, and it includes works not regularly on view, such as “Bootleggers” by Thomas Hart Benton and “Spring Turning” by Grant Wood. www.reynoldahouse.org