Entertainment calendar (Dec. 12-18, 2013)

Dec. 11, 2013 @ 10:45 PM

Holidays

PIEDMONT CHAMBER SINGERS gives a concert of holiday favorites at 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 2575 Parkway Drive, Winston-Salem. The group polled its members in order to create the play list for the concert. $15, $5 for students, 722-4022, tickets@piedmontchambersingers.org, www.piedmontchambdersingers.org/tickets.php

SALEM CHRISTMAS will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday in the historic Old Salem district of Winston-Salem. Events include activities for children, demonstrations, period music, food sampling, wagon rides, a Christmas concert at St. Phillips Heritage Center, and carol singing. Events conclude at 5:15 p.m. with the lighting of the 16-foot-tall Moravian Christmas pyramid in Salem Square. Activities are included in a all-in-one ticket ($23 for adults, $11 for age 6-16), 721-7300, www.oldsalem.,org

“THE NUTCRACKER” ballet will be performed Friday through Dec. 22 at The Stevens Center, 405 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem. The production is by UNC School of the Arts. This year’s featured artists are Gillian Murphy, American Ballet Theatre principal dancer, and Gonzalo Garcia, New York City Ballet principal dancer, who will perform the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier Prince at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Dec. 19. A full performance schedule and ticket prices are online at www.uncsa.edu/nutcracker.

SALEM BAND performs a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Home Moravian Church, 529 S. Church St., Winston-Salem. Salem Saxophone Quartet performs Christmas jazz at 6:55 p.m. Admission is free; donations will be accepted for Sunnyside Ministry.

HANDEL’S “MESSIAH” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Centenary United Methodist Church, 646 W. 5th St. The performances are by the Winston-Salem Symphony, and its chorale. $10-$45, 464-0145, www.wssymphony.org

OLYMPIC MEDAL ICE SKATERS Nancy Kerrigan and Paul Wylie perform with the Greensboro Symphony at a holiday concert at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Lee St. The annual concert is sponsored by WGHP-TV to collect food and money for the Salvation Army in eight Piedmont counties. Last year’s concerts collected 808,650 cans of food and more than $12,000. The concert also features appearances by TV personalities, a holiday sing-along, a visit from Santa. Admission is free with donation of non-perishable food. Parking is free.

RANDOLPH COUNTY public libraries sponsors the following free holiday events for children:
• “Breakfast with Santa,” breakfast treats, stories and photo opportunities with Santa — 9 a.m. Saturday; 201 Worth St., Asheboro;
• “Christmas Fun for the Family Craft Time,” holiday stories, crafts, music, refreshments — 10 a.m. Saturday; 10433 S. Main St., Archdale.    

“HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Gerald Freedman Theater, Performance Place, UNC School of the Arts, 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. The cabaret performance is by members of the Class of 2014. Baked goods and beverages will be for sale, and Santa will greet children. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and students, and proceeds will help fund class trips to New York and Los Angeles for actor presentations.

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

“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday 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

“BLACK NATIVITY” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 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 

“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, info@oldsalem.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

Festival

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.

Science

“MYTHBUSTERS: Behind the Myths,” a live show, will be given at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in War Memorial Auditorium at the Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Lee St. It stars Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of the Discovery series “Mythbusters.” The show includes on-stage experiments, audience participation, video and behind-the-scenes stories. $48.90, $75.65, Ticketmasters

Drama

“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  

History

HIGH POINT MUSEUM, 1859 E. Lexington Ave., sponsors the following events in its Historical Park:
• Candle dipping — 10 a.m.-4 p.m .Saturday; $1 per candle (limit two per person), free for members;
• Blacksmithing demonstration — 1-4 p.m. Saturday; free.

Music

LEON COUCH, assistant professor of music at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama, 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

Clubs

JACKIE’S PLACE, 607 Washington St., has the following shows:
• DJ Ronnie Ron — 9 p.m. Friday, $5;
• DJ Energizer with karaoke — 8:30 p.m. Saturday, $5;
• Gospel brunch with DJ Ronnie Ron — 2-5 p.m. Sunday, $15.
886-5299

THE GARAGE, 110 W. 7th St., Winston-Salem, features the following, all at 9 p.m.:
• Old School Hip Hop Christmas party with DJ Cee Truth — 10 tonight, $7;
• Melissa Reaves Holiday Show 2013 — 9 p.m. Friday; $10 advance, $12 at the door;
• The P-90’s, The Girlfriends — 9 p.m. Saturday; $7.
777-1127, www.the-garage.ws

Dance

OLD TIME Square Dance will be held 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Denton Civic Center, W. Salisbury Street. Dances also include waltzes, two-step, flat-footing and clogging. Dancers may not wear taps. Live music will be provided by The Oak Tree Boys with fiddler Max Lanning. Dances will be called by Buddy Sexton. $5 for adults, free for age 12 and younger, 472-2802, www.dentondance.net

Exhibits

“OLD WAYS in Mind: Historical American Pottery and Contemporary N.C. Potters” continues through March 10 at N.C. Pottery Center, 233 East Ave., Seagrove. 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” 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.

“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 Sunday 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 Sunday 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, www.weatherspoon@uncg.edu