Entertainment calendar, High Points This Week (Nov. 21-27, 2013)

Nov. 20, 2013 @ 07:55 PM

On stage

“HANSEL AND GRETEL” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hayworth Fine Arts Center, High Point University,  833 Montlieu Ave. The classic fairy tale will be performed as a fully staged opera, a first for the HPU department of music. It will be sung in English by students, and the production includes special effects and an animated backdrop with which students interact. Free, open to the public

DISNEY’S “MULAN, JR.” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in River Hall, Westchester Country Day School, 2045 N. Old Greensboro Road. More than 40 students in kindergarten through grade 12 perform the stage adaptation of the Disney film set in the legendary, storytelling days of ancient China. $5, www.westchestercds.org

Holidays

“GRAND OPENING - A Holiday Event” will be held Friday through Sunday at locations in downtown High Point. The new holiday event is part of the Create Your City initiative by local businesses and city partners. It is designed to complement the Holiday Parade on Sunday, and it includes lighting displays, home furnishings, art and antiques. Free activities are:
• Friday:
Exhibit openings at Theatre Art Galleries, 220 E. Commerce Ave., with update on Ignite High Point — 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Opening of holiday lighting exhibit in the Showplace parking lot and Mendenhall Transportation Terminal area, with live music, food trucks, baked goods sales — 7:30-9:30 p.m.
• Saturday:
Home furnishings, antiques, art sales at Antiques and Interiors, 416 W. Green Drive; Theodore Alexander, 416 S. Elm St.; Ashley Interiors, 310 S. Elm St., with trolly transportation between the locations and a park-and-ride lot at 303 W. Green Drive — 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Sunday:
“Art Takeover” in the area of High and Broad avenues and Main Street, with food trucks and vendors, arts and crafts vendors, painting demonstrations, a scavenger hunt with art prizes — beginning at 2 p.m.

“THE NUTCRACKER” ballet will be performed at 2 p.m. Saturday at the High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Ave. The production by The Dance Center of Greensboro includes narrative to tell the classic holiday story of Clara, who receives a magical nutcracker for Christmas. Performers range in age from age 4 through adult. Professional dancers Jayson Douglas of Ballet Pensacola and Christine Sawyer of Anaheim Ballet dance the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier. Dancers will be available in the theater lobby 1-1:30 p.m. to meet with audience members, sign autographs and pose for photos. $15-$20, 887-3001, www.highpointtheatre.com

On exhibit

THEATRE ART Galleries, 220 E. Commerce Ave., sponsors new exhibits opening Friday and continuing through Jan. 3. An opening reception will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday.
• “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

ELIZABETH BRIGGS is the featured artist this month at High Point Neal F. Austin Public Library, 901 N. Main St. Her works are on display in the lobby. A reception will be held 6-7 tonight. Briggs’ prints are in private collections throughout the United States.

STUDENTS at Penn-Griffin School for the Arts, 825 Washington St., display art Tuesday in the school’s Black Box Theatre.

Author

LYNNE TILLMAN gives a program at 7 tonight in Francis Auditorium, Phillips Hall, High Point University, 833 Montlieu Ave. Her program on her work and career in writing is part of Phoenix Literary Festival at the school. Tillman is a novelist, short story writer and culture critic. She is a professor and writer-in-residence in the department of English at the University of Albany and fiction editor at FENCE magazine.