Entertainment calendar (Dec. 27, 2012-Jan. 2, 2013)

Dec. 26, 2012 @ 08:30 PM

New Year’s Eve

“SIMPLY SWINGIN’ with Sinatra and Friends” will be performed by Steve Lippia at 8 p.m. Monday at Westover Church, 505 Muirs Chapel Road, Greensboro. $24, $30, $34, $42, $10 for students, www.greensborosymphony.org, Ticketmaster

THE PLAIDS perform at 9 p.m. Monday at Ziggy’s, 170 W. 9th St., Winston-Salem. $15 advance, $20 day of show, www.ziggyrock.net

CHRIS WILES gives a comedy show, “Happy Wheeew Year,” Monday at Odeon Theatre, Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Lee St. A cocktail party begins at 8 p.m., and Wiles performs at 10:15 p.m. Events after his show include a midnight buffet and dance celebration. $35, Ticketmaster

THE AVETT BROTHERS perform at 8 p.m. Monday at the Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Lee St. Amos Lee opens. $54.50, $49.50, $44.50, $39.50, plus fees, Ticketmaster

WINSTON-SALEM SYMPHONY gives a pops concert, “New Year’s Eve with the Piano Men,” at 8 p.m. Monday at Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem. The concert features music by singer-songwriters Billy Joel and Elton John. $15-$62, 464-0145, www.wssymphony.org

Festival

N.C. MUSIC AND ARTS Festival will be held Friday and Saturday at Edward C. Smith Civic Center, High Rock Outfitters and Bob Timberlake Gallery, all in Lexington. The festival is designed to feature musicians and artists in the state. Featured musicians are Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Broadcast, Big Daddy Love, Big Something, The New Familiars, The Deluge, The Heritage, The E. Normus Trio, The Family and Barefoot Manner. Artists are Bob Timberlake, David Childers, Robert Childers and Chip Holton, who will create paintings live. $30, $45 for VIP tickets, www.ncmusicfest.com

Comedy

STEVE ARIK from MTV and Bull Ohse from Tampa, Fla., perform stand-up comedy at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Joke Factory Comedy Club, High Point Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, 135 S. Main St. Tickets are $10. Dinner is available. (855) 477-5292

IMPROV comedy will be performed by Nekkid Feet of Winston-Salem 7:30-9 p.m. at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival’s Spirit Center, 807 W. Ward Ave. The group performs skits based on suggestions from the audience. Admission is only for age 21 and older. Admission is free, and the first 75 people will get two free drink tickets for beer or wine 841-2273, www.ncshakes.org.

For kids

RUDYARD KIPLING’S birthday will be celebrated  2-3 p.m. today at Archdale Public Library, 10433 S. Main St. Events to celebrate the birth of the author of “The Jungle Book” and other works of literature include stories, crafts, films and refreshments. Free

Celebration

KWANZAA, a celebration of African-American culture, is under way at various locations in Winston-Salem. Events are:
• Kujichagulia (self determination), name changing ceremony — 6 p.m. today at  Sprague Recreation Center,  1350 E. Sprague St.;
• Ujima (collective works and responsibility), “One Night With The Kings & Queens,” a Kwanzaa banquet — 6:30 p.m. Friday at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Shalimar Drive; free tickets required, maximum four per person, call (252) 204-7487 to reserve;
• Ujamaa (cooperative economics), African-American businesses and vendors — 3-6 p.m. Saturday at Carl Russell Recreation Center, 3521 Carver Road;
• Nia (purpose) celebration featuring Otesha Creative Arts Ensemble — 6 p.m. Sunday at Grace Presbyterian Church,
3901 Carver School Road;
• Kuumba (creativity), with performance by North Carolina Black Repertory Teen Theatre and Healing Force – 1 p.m. Monday at Arts Council Theatre,
610 Coliseum Drive;
• Imani (faith), with performance by Healing Force and the Alpha and Omega Youth — 4 p.m. Tuesday at Alpha and Omega Church of Faith, 1445 N Gray Ave.

Holidays

BLANDWOOD MANSION, 447 W. Washington St., Greensboro, is open for holiday tours through Sunday. Tour hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 2-5 p.m. Sundays. The family home of former Gov. John Motley Morehead is decorated for the holidays. Group tours must be scheduled in advance. $8 for adults, $7 for seniors or AAA members, $5 for age 12 and younger. www.preservationgreensboro.org, 272-5003

“SOPHIE and the Ginger Cookies” will be performed through Monday at Frank L. Horton Museum Center, Old Salem Museum and Gardens, 600 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. In the kids’ show by Heirloom Puppet Theater, Sophie goes on a journey following three exotic strangers who are in search of the Christ child. For specific show days and times, visit the website www.oldsalem.org or call 721-7300. Admission is $2 or with an all-in-one ticket.

For kids

“PETER AND THE WOLF” will be performed by Carolina Chamber Symphony Players at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. today at James A. Gray Jr. Auditorium, Old Salem Visitors Center, 600 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. $5, (800) 441-5305

Festival

WINTERFEST continues through Jan. 27 at 200 N. Davie St., Greensboro. It features an expanded ice skating rink, a 100-foot ice slide, a lighted bridge. The grand opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Wednesday features appearances by the Carolina Hurricanes mascot Stormy and the Storm Squad, skaters from “Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Fantasy” and dancers from Greensboro Ballet performing selections from “The Nutcracker.” While school is in session, the rink operates 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, hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Admission, including ice skates, is $9 for two hours of skating and unlimited trips down the ice slide during the two hours. Mid-week $7 discount nights will be posted on the website www.piedmontwinterfest.com. Admission includes plastic rental saucer sleds, or participants may bring their own.

Clubs

THE GARAGE, 110 W. 7th St., Winston-Salem, features the following: 
• Wafer Thin, Karon Click and the Hot Licks – Saturday; $7;
• New Year’s Eve party – Monday. 777-1127, www.the-garage.ws

Exhibits

“THE ARMORY Show: One Hundred Years Later” continues through June 23 at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem. The exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of the original “The Armory Show” in 1913 in New York. The ground-breaking exhibit showcased progressive American artists (George Bellows, Robert Henri, John Sloan) and works by European artists (Cezanne, Duchamp, Picasso, Gauguin) that shocked Americans. The Reynolda exhibit includes works from the museum’s collection and private collections. www.reynoldahouse.org, 758-5150

HANDMADE QUILTS and dolls are on exhibit through Monday at Yalik’s Modern Art, 701 Washington St. Dolls are by Carla Carpenter of Greensboro. Quilts are by members of The African American Quilt Circle in Durham, founded to preserve the heritage of quilting in the African-American community. www.yaliksmodernart.com

WATERWORKS Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St., Salisbury, sponsors the following exhibits through Feb. 9: “Art of Faiths - Religions of the World: Diversity and Tolerance” by Syed Ahmad of Salisbury; “Works in Cloth,” fiber art by Alice Levinson of Hillsborough; “An Endless Quest,” photography by Robert Radin of California; a group show by Shireen Alborno of Charlotte, G. Carol Bomer of Asheville, Robert Crum of Salisbury and Betti Pettinati-Longinotti of Winston-Salem; sculpture by Glenn Zweygardt of New York. www.waterworks.org

THEATRE ART GALLERIES, 220 E. Commerce Ave., sponsors the following exhibits through Jan. 3:
• “No Boundaries: Two Generations Face to Face,” works by Harriet Marshall Goode and Lucy Davis Phillips – Main Gallery;
• “Color Creates Light: Paintings by Stephen Moore,” outdoor scenes by a Raleigh physician – Gallery B;
• “Hometown Revival: An Exhibit of Drawings of Architectural Concepts Along High Point’s Main Street Corridor” by architects Peter Freeman and John P. Kennett of the High Point firm Freeman Kennett Architecture– Hallway Gallery;
• “Annual TAG Upper School Art Exhibits,” by area high school students – Kaleidoscope Youth Gallery.
887-2137, www.tagart.org

“THE CONE SISTERS Collect” continues through Feb. 17 at Weatherspoon Art Museum, Spring Garden and Tate streets, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The exhibit displays pieces donated to the museum in 19499, when Etta Cone bequeathed part of her and her sister Claribel’s collection to the museum. The 242 works included pieces by Matisse, Picasso and Jacques Villon. A list of related programs is online at www.weatherspoon.uncg.edu.

NORTHWESTERN Randolph County Arts Council sponsors exhibits by Jeremy Sams at Ed Price and Associates, 118 Trindale Road, Archdale, and by Joanna Hudson at Sechrest Funeral Services, 120 Trindale Road. They continue until Monday.

“CERAMIC ART of NC University and College Faculty” continues through Jan. 19 at the North Carolina Pottery Center, 233 East Ave., Seagrove. It shows ceramic art created by faculty who teach ceramics at stage universities and colleges. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 873-8430, www.ncpotterycenter.org

“KAOLIN TO CLAYMOUNT: Demystifying James River Valley Stoneware” continues through March 31 at Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, 924 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. The exhibit is composed of boldly decorated stoneware and recovered archeological fragments from the area of the James River near Richmond and Petersburg, Va., where potteries thrived in the early 19th century. Free, www.mesda.org

“SCHOOL OF ART and Design Faculty: Past, Present and Future Exhibition” continues through Feb. 28 in Sechrest Art Gallery, Hayworth Fine Arts Center, High Point University , 833 Montlieu Ave. It is designed to highlight the lineage of HPU’s faculty through works from past decades to the present. Works include paintings, mixed media pieces, furniture designs, photography and prints. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; the gallery is closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 803-1815

“ART ON PAPER 2012” continues through Jan. 13 at Weatherspoon Art Museum, The University of North Carolina, 500 Tate St., Greensboro. Sixty-five artists of regional and international significance were selected to show unique works made on, or primarily composed of, paper. Artists were selected through submissions and by invitation. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays; 1-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 334-5770

“ROMARE BEARDEN’S “Odysseus Series” continues through Jan. 13 at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem. Bearden (1922-1988) created a cycle of collages and watercolors based on Homer’s epic poem, “The Odyssey.” Rich in symbolism and allegorical content, the series is noted for creating an artistic bridge between classic mythology and African-American culture. Works in the series were exhibited for only two months in New York before being scattered to private collections and public museums. A new exhibit was organized by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services, and it features 55 Bearden works, including collages, watercolors and line drawings. Related events are online at www.reynoldahouse.org, 758-5580

“SCOTTY MCCREERY: An American Idol” continues through Jan. 4 at the N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. It includes items the native of Garner and 2011 “American Idol” winner donated to the museum. Among items is the outfit he wore when he sang his final duet, “Live Like You Were Dying,” with Tim McGraw on May 25, 2011. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. www.ncmuseumofhistory.org

“DINOSAURS” continues through Jan. 12 at SciWorks, 400 W. Hanes Mill Road, Winston-Salem. The traveling exhibit features animatronic models of Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, other dinosaurs and flying and aquatic prehistoric reptiles. www.sciworks.org, 767-6730 

“REAL TO REEL: The Making of ‘Gone With the Wind’ ” continues through April 14 at the N. C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. The exhibit is designed to tell the story of how the book by Margaret Mitchell became a record-breaking, historic film. It includes authentic memorabilia: costumes, scripts, screen tests, scene props and Vivien Leigh’s Academy Award. Admission is free. www.ncmuseumofhistory.org, (919) 807-7900