Entertainment calendar, High Points This Week (Dec. 5-11, 2013)
A LUNCHTIME ADVENT concert of gospel Christmas music will be performed at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, 405 N. Main St. It will be performed by singers from Temple Memorial Baptist Church, directed by Richard Nixon. A hot lunch will be served in the dining room at 12:30 p.m. for $6.
“HOLIDAY CABARET” shows will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today and Friday at the High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Ave. The new, holiday performances are by the Vocal Chords, a group of local singers and musicians that gives shows to support Friends of the High Point Theatre. They will sings holiday favorites such as “White Christmas” and “Home for the Holidays”; fun songs such as “The Twelve Days After Christmas”; spirituals, including “Candlelight Carol,” and the ballad and title song “The Very Best Time of Year.” Seating is cabaret-style, on stage, at tables for eight. $15, 887-3001, www.highpointtheatre.com
NEWSONG brings its “Very Merry Christmas Tour” to First Wesleyan Church, 1701 Westchester Drive, at 7 p.m. Monday. The tour features gold-selling Christian recording artist Audio Adrenaline; Christian radio favorites Sidewalk Prophets; American Idol finalist Jason Castro; and special guest, award-winning Canadian duo Love & The Outcome. NewSong will perform selections from its best-selling recordings “The Christmas Shoes” and “The Christmas Hope” and its upcoming “Swallow The Ocean: Christmas Edition” digital release. Tickets are $15 (riser seats), $20 (artist circle), $35 (platinum), and they are available at First Wesleyan Church, Bicycle Toy and Hobby Shop, Oak Hollow Thrift Store or through www.itickets.com.
“A COMMEDIA CHRISTMAS Carol” will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Station Arts Center, 121 S. Centennial St. The live theater family production is performed by Tarradiddle Players of Charlotte. It tells the traditional story by Charles Dickens of Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation in the commedia dell’arte style. It is sponsored by Carousel Theatre, an affiliate of the High Point Area Arts Council that brings live theater productions to school-age children. The performance is open to the public; tickets are $5. For reservations, call 812-3953 or visit the website www.hpcarouseltheatre.org.
“UPTOWNE High Point Holiday Stroll” will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday along N. Main Street, from Ray to State avenues. Historic homes, churches and merchants will hold open houses, and community groups and carolers will perform. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available for a charge, and children’s activities feature appearances by Santa and his elves. Costumed characters from the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, which sponsors the event with the Uptowne High Point Association, will stroll throughout the area, posing for photos and offering help and directions. www.uptownehighpoint.org
“Grits Southern Breakfast,” a breakfast fundraiser to benefit High Point Community Clinic, will be held 8-11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Community Life Center, 205 W. Farriss Ave. For information, call 841-7154.
“DECK THE HALLS with Southern Writers” will be performed at 7 tonight at Centennial Station Arts Center, 121 S. Centennial St. The one-woman Christmas play is adapted and performed by Barbara Bates Smith from the works of noted Southern authors. Jeff Sebens provides musical accompaniment on hammer dulcimer. It is presented by Friends of High Point Public Library. Excerpts will include “Christmas on Sugar Fork” from Lee Smith’s novel “Fair and Tender Ladies” and “The Christmas Spectacle” from Allan Gurganus’ “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells it All.” Portions of Truman Capote’s “Christmas Memories” will be woven into an original work by Smith titled “My Own Christmas Story, with Apologies to Norman Rockwell.” The performance is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends group, and a cash bar also will be available.
“CHRISTMAS FUN for the Family Craft Time” will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Archdale Public Library, 10433 S. Main St. Events are for children age 5 and younger, and they include holiday stories and crafts, a puppet play, music and refreshments. Free
“HOLIDAY MUSIC at the Library” will be held 1-3 p.m. Saturday at High Point Neal F. Austin Public Library, 901 N. Main St. Penn-Griffin School Ensemble performs at 1 p.m., and the UNCG Brass Quintet performs at 2 p.m. Free.
A CHORAL concert will be performed at 7:30 tonight at Hayworth Fine Arts Center, High Point University, 833 Montlieu Ave. It features Christmas carols by composer John Rutter, who has three separate collections of carols that will be performed by a group of more than 100 singers, including members of the University Singers, Chapel Choir, Women’s Chorus and the Chamber Singers. The accompanying orchestra will feature HPU students, faculty and guest musicians. Some of the carols are arranged for audience participation. Complimentary tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis by contacting 336-841-9209 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARTSMARKET will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Mendenhall Transportation Terminal, 220 E. Commerce Ave. The open-air market features sales of hand-made items by area artists and crafters. It is sponsored by High Point Artists Network, a consortium of local arts groups.
PENN-GRIFFIN School for the Arts, 825 Washington St., sponsors the following student presentations:
• Winter orchestra concert — 7 tonight in Burford Auditorium;
• Spring art convocation — Friday, Black Box Theatre;
• Winter guitar concert — 7 p.m. Tuesday in Burford Auditorium.