Entertainment calendar, High Point This Week (Nov. 7-13-2013)

Nov. 06, 2013 @ 10:16 PM

On stage

YOUTH THEATRE of the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival gives two performances this weekend. Both are at Shakespeare Festival headquarters at 807 W. Ward Ave. Performances are:
• “The Tempest” adaptation — 7:30 tonight and 2 p.m. Nov. 9; $10;
• “The Hamlet Thrill-mageddon” — 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; $10.
Members of the student company of 29 actors age 12-18 auditioned for the program and come from Triad counties and Stokes, Iredell and Wake counties. In the program they study with professional actors. “The Tempest” adaptation is edited and directed by Sherri Raeford, NCSF outreach and education director. “The Hamlet Thrill-mageddon” is a spoof of Shakespeare developed by Don Solidis and directed by NCSF company member J. Hernandez.
Tickets will be available at the door, or they may be ordered in advance by calling 841-2273 or online at www.ncshakes.org.

“OUR TOWN” will be performed at 8 p.m. today through Saturday and Nov. 14-16 in Joseph S. Koury Hospitality Careers Center, Guilford Technical Community College, 601 High Point Road, Jamestown. The classic American play by Thornton Wilder is performed by students in GTCC’s Fine Arts Theatre. The production will be set in the near-future. When the fictional town of Grover’s Corners has experienced a Hurricane Katrina-like disaster. Inhabitants try to build their lives and find hope amid the ruins. Tickets are $15, $10 for GTCC staff and alumni, $5 for GTCC students, and they are available at the High Point Theatre box office, 229 E. Commerce Ave., 887-3001, www.highpointtheatre.com
A pre-show dinner prepared by students in GTCC’s culinary arts program will be available at 7 p.m. today and Nov. 14. Reservations are required (www.culinary.gtcc.edu).


J. EDWARD GRAY gives a reading and book signing at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Jamestown Public Library, 200 W. Main St. He is the author of “New Garden,” the tale of an American family set during the Mexican War. Participants may bring lunch; refreshments will be provided.

On exhibit

“THE AFRICAN AMERICAN SOLDIER, Our History, Our Story, Our Time” opens Monday at Rosetta C. Baldwin Historical African-American Museum, 1408 R. C. Baldwin Ave. The permanent showcases the roles of High Point African-American soldiers in wars.

“MERRY MOOR WINNETT: A Photographic Personal Perspective opens Monday continues through Dec. 4 in Sechrest Art Gallery, Hayworth Fine Arts Center, High Point University, 833 Montlieu Ave. An opening reception will be held 4-6 p.m. Nov. 21. The late artist’s husband, Tom Winnett, who donated 18 of his wife’s original works to HPU in her honor, will speak at 4:30 p.m. during the reception. The reception is free and open to the public. 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


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.   

For kids

HIGH POINT Neal F. Austin Public Library, 901 N. Main St., sponsors the following free events for children in the Storyroom:
• Build A Bird Feeder workshop, for children age 5 and older to build a bird feeder to take home and learn about birds they might see, led by staff from Wild Birds Unlimited — 2 p.m. Saturday;
• Book Babies story time for children through 11 months and caretakers — 10 a.m. Monday;
• BookWorms story time for age 12-24 months — 10 a.m. Tuesday;
• Time for Twos story time for age 2 years— 11 a.m. Tuesday;
• Preschool story time for age 3-5 years — 2 p.m. Wednesday.


“HOW TO START BUILDING a Model Train Layout with The Carolina Model Railroaders” is the title of a program 1-2 p.m. Saturday at High Point Neal F. Austin Public Library, 901 N. Main St. The program provides low-cost basic instructions. Free

In concert

HYMN FESTIVAL will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1225 Chestnut Drive. It is sponsored by the Greater Greensboro Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. It includes scripture readings and hymns based on the story of creation, and it will be led by Rob Ridgell, organist and music director at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlotte. Ridgell formerly was organist at Trinity Wall Street Church in New York. Free

VOICES OF DELIVERANCE choir of St. Stephen A.M.E. Zion Church is part of the 40-member Glenn Burleigh Concert Choir that gives the “Concert of Sacred, Classical and Inspirational Choral Music” at 4 p.m. Sunday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3906 W. Friendly Ave. The Burleigh choir is composed of members of church choirs in the Triad. The program includes pieces by Burleigh (a composer, pianist and clinician who wrote “Order My Steps”), anthems, hymn arrangements, Negro spirituals and gospel works. Free 

PENN-GRIFFIN School for the Arts harp students give a concert at 7 tonight in Burford Auditorium, 825 Washington St.


HIGH POINT MUSEUM, 1859 E. Lexington Ave., sponsors the following programs:
• Blacksmithing demonstration — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in the Historical Park, free;
• “How to Preserve Old Cemeteries,” cleaning and preserving fragile old tombstones and tracing family histories —  10:30 a.m.-noon  Saturday.

“A BEGINNER’S GUIDE to Jumping the Pond,” Part 1, is the title of a program 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday at High Point Neal F. Austin Public Library, 901 N. Main St. Larry Gates gives basic introduction on researching English records, focusing on 17th-century sources on Southerner immigration.