Entertainment calendar (Oct. 24-30, 2013)
LEE SMITH gives “A Conversation with Lee Smith” at 7 tonight in Hanes Auditorium, Robert E. Elberson Fine Arts Center, Salem College, Winston-Salem. The North Carolina bestselling author has written 17 books, the most recent of which is “Guests on Earth.” Smith received the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and numerous other awards. Admission is free. A reception will be held lat 5:30 p.m., and admission is $65, which includes a hardback copy of “Guests on Earth,” one reserved seat for the talk and reserved parking.
LEGENDS AND LANTERNS Halloween Twilight Tours will be held 6-9 p.m. Friday and Tuesday in the Old Salem historic area of Winston-Salem. Costumed guides will lead the 45-60-minute tours through historic buildings and tell stories of local, ghostly legends. Tours leave from Horton Museum Center, 924 S. Main St., every 15 minutes. Content is suitable for all ages, but tours do require extensive walking, often on uneven streets and brick sidewalks. Cost is $20, $15 for children. Call (800) 441-5305 for reservations.
WOODS OF TERROR, 5601 N. Church St., Greensboro, continues through Nov. 2. The haunted-house Halloween attraction this year has a new feature, “Black Out,” that is billed as “a psychological attraction that offers a journey of the mind ... and features extreme elements of earth, wind and fire.” Doors open at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $25 on Fridays, Saturdays and Halloween; $15 Sundays-Thursdays; fast passes are $25 on Sundays-Thursdays and $35 Fridays, Saturdays and Halloween night. 286-9396, www.woodsofterror.com
GHOST TRAIN Halloween Festival continues at 7:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night through Nov. 2 at Tweetsie Railroad, N.C. 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock. Visitors may ride the Ghost Train with creepy Halloween characters. $28 for adults and children older than age 2, free for children younger than 2, www.tweetsie.com
MAIZE ADVENTURE continues noon-6 p.m. Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. Sundays through October at Kersey Valley Inc., 1615 Kersey Valley Road, Archdale. The 10-acre interactive maze is made from corn plants. Other events include gem panning, giant jumping pillows and concessions. $10.95 for general admission, $24.95 for a combo pack, www.maizeadventure.com, (855)185-6293
COMIC BOOK City Con will be held Saturday and Sunday at Empire Room, 203 S. Elm St., Greensboro. Sponsored by Acme Comics, the theme of this year’s convention if the Geek Girl community. Single-day tickets are $10.. $5 for children age 12 and younger. Two-day passes are $15, $7.50 for age 12 and younger. www.comicbookcitycon.com
CAROLINA RENAISSANCE Festival will be held 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 24 north of Charlotte between Concord and Huntersville, equal distance from interstates 77 and 85. Take I-85 to exit 52 or 55 and go west. Events include an artisan marketplace that mimics 16th century architecture; 11 outdoor stages with theater, comedy, music, dance, magic, circus entertainment and falconry demonstrations; costumed characters; games; rides and feasting. $21 for adults, $11 for age 5-12, free for younger than age 5, $1 more at the gate, available at Harris Teeter stores, online at www.renfestinfo.com
2013 LANDJAM concert will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at the Carolina Theatre, 310 S. Greene St., Greensboro. The yearly concert benefits Piedmont Land Conservancy’s land conservation efforts. This year’s concert is by the Bluegrass group Del McCoury Band, Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon and The Laurelyn Dossett Band. $32.50, $27.50, $20.00 plus a $2.50 per-ticket fee, 333-2605
FALL CHORAL Concert will be performed at 7:30 tonight at Brendle Recital Hall, Scales Fine Arts Center, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem. It features the Wake Forest Concert Choir and Collegium Vocal Ensemble in a program titled “Benjamin Britten and His Contemporaries.” Free
RHYTHM AND BRASS performs “On Your Radio Dial” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Watson Hall, UNC School of the Arts, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. Rhythm and Brass is at the school for a three-day residency. The group, composed of music instructors at varying university, mixes original works with music in a variety of styles. $20, $18 for students, 721-1945, www.uncsaevents.com
“MURDER BY POE” will be performed in a staged reading format at 8 p.m. Friday at Theatre Alliance, 1047 Northwest Blvd., Winston-Salem. It is a theatrical reimagining of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous tales of terror. Admission is free; donations will be accepted for Operation Homefront to provides assistance to military families and veterans.
“SURVIVAL STORIES” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center, 1700 Orchard St., Greensboro. The play is about African-American women surviving breast cancer. $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, 373-5881, www.city-arts.org
“KING HEDLEY II” will be performed in Patrons Theatre, Performance Place, UNC School of the Arts, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The August Wilson play ran on Broadway in 2001 and was revived off-Broadway in 2007. It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play. Set in the 1980s, it follows an ex-convict working to rebuild his life in the slums of Pittsburgh. $15, $13 for students, 721-1945, www.uncsa.edu/performances
“CINDERELLA, the World’s Favorite Fairy Tale” will be performed by Greensboro Children’s Theatre Friday-Sunday at Weaver Academy Theatre, 300 S. Spring St., Greensboro. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The production shows how Cinderella is depicted in different cultures throughout the world. $5-$10, 272-0160, www.thedramacenter.com
HEIRLOOM PUPPET Theatre gives the following performances at Frank L. Horton Museum, 924 S. Main St., Winston-Salem:
• “Farmer Kater and the Apple Tree” — through Oct. 30.
$2 or with an all-in-one ticket, www.oldsalem.org
THE GARAGE, 110 W. 7th St., Winston-Salem, features the following:
• Halloween costume party — 9 p.m. Friday, $5 with costume;
• Bo Stevens — 9 p.m. Saturday, $7;
• Zack Mexico, Mike Donovan — 9 p.m. Tuesday, $5.
ROBERT LINDGREN Memorial Dance Concert will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday at Gerald Freedman Theatre, Performance Place. UNC School of the Arts, 1533 N. Main St. Lindgren was founding dean of dance the School of the Arts. Performers include Kelley Potter, a Kernersville native, and Anna Gerberich and Frederick “Pete” Leon Walker II, both principal dancers with N.C. Dance Theatre. Speakers will pay tribute to Lindgren. Admission is free; tickets are required (721-1945).
TRI-CITY SINGLES dance will be held 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday at The Elks Lodge, 2201 W. Cornwallis Drive, Greensboro. $12, firstname.lastname@example.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
POTTERY by Thomasville artist Lorrie Anderson and Seagrove artist Carolyn Poole will be on exhibit during October at Earthworks Gallery, 500 S. Elm St., Greensboro. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Mondays. www.earthworkspotterygallery.com
“ART OF THE DARK Side” continues through October at Randolph Arts Guild’s Sara Smith Self Gallery, 123 Sunset Ave., Asheboro. The exhibit of works with a dark theme are in conjunction with All Hallows’ Eve. Participating artists are Ace Benit, Bailey Powell, Brandon Yow, Brett Mcdonough, Casandra Griffin, Christopher Koenig, Eric Abernethy, Frankie Powell, John Hunter, Les lII, Melissa Ray, Tiffany Wheless and Rich Powell. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.
“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
“THE COMMUNITY Arts Show” continues through Nov. 8 at Interactive Resource Center, 407 E. Washington St., Greensboro. It is a non-juried, multi-media exhibit by community artists and artists who are members of Artstock and the Interactive Resource Center. 332-08245, www.gsodaycenter.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.
“VISIONS 2013: Making the Ordinary Extraordinary” continues through Nov. 1 at Sechrest Art Gallery, Hayworth Fine Arts Center, High Point University, 833 Montlieu Ave. The 50-piece exhibit is designed to investigate the power of everyday objects and imagery. It features the work of professional artists, many of whom are educators from prestigious universities. Their work is in a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture, lithographs and an installation piece. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 841-4680
“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
“JUST AROUND THE BEND” continues through Nov. 22 at Center for Creative Leadership, One Leadership Place, Greensboro. The exhibit of landscape paintings is by members of Piedmont Outdoor Painters. The exhibit is on view during office hours. To schedule an appointment, call 510-0975.
DURHAM ARTS Council sponsors the following exhibits at its galleries at 120 Morris St.:
• “Foster” by Brandon Cordrey — Allenton Gallery through Nov. 10;
• “A View to the Making: Portraits of North Carolina Craft Artists at Work” by Michael Schwalbe —Semans Gallery through Nov. 10;
• “Nadjib Adebola Assani: Legends of Onile” — Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery through Jan. 6.
A reception to meet artists will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday.
“CELEBRATING 50 YEARS of the Museum of Anthropology” continues through Oct. 26 at the museum at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem. The retrospective exhibit curated by students includes photos from the archives and artifacts from around the world. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Free