Entertainment calendar (Dec. 5-11, 2013)
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
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS will be held 6-9 p.m. Friday in downtown Greensboro. The festival encompasses a seven-block area along Elm Street. More than 20 groups will perform; shops, restaurants and galleries will be open. The North Carolina A&T Fellowship Gospel Choir performs at 5:45 p.m. at Center City Park, followed by a community sing-along led by Wally West at 7 p.m. The 38-foot-tall community tree, with a 5-foot star, will be lit at 7:30 p.m. Free
“DONNIE AND MARIE Christmas” will be performed at 7 p.m. Monday at the Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Lee St. The Osmond siblings’ program mixes holiday songs with recordings from their time on TV specials. $72.50-$141.35, Ticketmaster
“BLACK NATIVITY” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Dec. 13-14 and at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 14-15 at the Arts Council Theatre, 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem. The Langston Hughes classic will be performed by North Carolina Black Repertory Company. $15-$24, 723-2266, www.ncblackrep.org
"HANDEL’S “MESSIAH” will be performed at 3 p.m. Sunday in Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem. The performance is sponsored by the Mozart Club, and it features area groups and community singers. Donations will be accepted.
“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Dec. 12-14 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at Main Street Baptist Church, 126 N. Main St., Kernersville. The production of the classic holiday play is by Kernersville Little Theatre. It will be staged as a live Christmas Eve radio broadcast. $8 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, $4 for children. www.kltheatre.com
CANDLELIGHT tours will be given 4:30-7 p.m. today through Saturday at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem. $18, $12 for members and students, 758-5523
A HOLIDAY CHORAL concert will be performed at 7:30 tonight in Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem. The concert is a fundraiser for the choir’s performance tour to Ireland in March. $10 for adults, $5 for students
“SATURDAYS with St. Nicholas” will be held each Saturday through Dec. 21 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. 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
“HERR KATER’S CHRISTMAS” will be performed by Heirloom Puppet Theatre through Dec. 20 at Frank L. Horton Museum, 924 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. Cost is $2 or with an all-in-one ticket. Show times are online at www.oldsalem.org
“LET’S CELEBRATE,” a Disney on Ice production, will be performed at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. today; 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Lee St. In the show, 50 favorite Disney characters cavort in a winter wonderland, at Halloween, at a Hawaiian luau and at a royal ball. $21.25-$58.50, Ticketmaster
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 Dec. 22 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
JOHN PRINE and Justin Townes Earle perform at 8 p.m. Friday in War Memorial Auditorium at the Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Lee St. During his long career Prince has become known for his songwriting, and he was honored by the Library of Congress and as a U.S. Poet Laureate. $49.40-$71, Ticketmaster
“UNCSA JAZZ Ensemble: Swing Era Extravaganza” will be performed at 7:30 tonight at Gerald Freedman Theatre, Performance Place, UNC School of the Arts, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. The concert features dancers from the School of Dance and big band jazz music conducted by Ron Rudkin. $15, $13 for students, 721-1945, www.uncsa.edu/performances
TIMOTHY OLSEN, Kenan Professor of Organ at UNC School of the Arts, performs at noon Wednesday on the Tannenberg organ at James A. Gray Jr. Auditorium, Old Salem Visitor Center, 900 Old Same Road, Winston-Salem. Free
FRANKIE BALLARD, a guitarist and vocalist who is new on the country scene, gives a show Saturday night at Johnny and June’s Ultra Saloon, 2105 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem. Doors open at 8 p.m. Ballard is touring in support of his new single, Helluva Life.” $10, www.etix.com
“OLD WAYS in Mind: Historical American Pottery and Contemporary N.C. Potters” opens Saturday and continues through March 10 at N.C. Pottery Center, 233 East Ave., Seagrove. An opening reception will be held noon-2 p.m. Saturday. 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” opens Sunday and 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.
“LETTERFORMING” continues through Sunday at Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem. It gives an historical overview of the development of letters and words and traces the evolution of text, typefaces and print and notes current shifts. Free, www.hanesgallery.wfu.edu
“MERRY MOOR WINNETT: A Photographic Personal Perspective continues through Wednesday in Sechrest Art Gallery, Hayworth Fine Arts Center, High Point University, 833 Montlieu Ave. Winnett (1951-1994) was known in the late 1970s as the queen of experimental photography, and she used infrared, hand-painted, toned, stitched and composite-printed images. The retrospective exhibit covers Winnett’s lifetime of work. Featured works include 45 vintage surreal photographs from a variety of series and collections, with themes of mythology, fantasy and popular culture. Winnett’s work is in the permanent collection of Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and it also is at Guilford College, University of South Florida, Reynolds Collection, Greenhill Center for Art and New York’s Floating Foundation of Photography. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays. 841-4680
“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
INUIT art will be on exhibit through Dec. 15 at Guilford College Art Gallery, 5800 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro. The exhibit includes more than 100 contemporary works — sculpture, textiles, prints, drawings, paintings, photographs — from private collectors who have made trips during the past decade to Nanavut, the largest and northernmost territory in Canada. Related events are online at http://library.guilford.edu/art-gallery.
“COMPLEX CONVERSATIONS: Willie Cole Sculptures and Wall Works” continues through Dec. 15 at Weatherspoon Art Museum, 500 Tate St., Greensboro. The exhibit encompasses more than 30 years in the career of Cole, including three-dimensional sculpture, drawing and printmaking. Cole, from Newark, N.J., and he considers himself an urban archaeologist. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays; 1-5 p.m. weekends. Free, 334-5770, email@example.com